Colorado State Building Wedding: Lindsay & Angela
May 29, 2016
Lindsay and Angela met in Boston through mutual friends. After a few years of dating, they moved to Denver to pursue Lindsay’s dream job. Angela proposed when they had been dating for six years. It was a few days after marriage equality became a reality nationwide. They had been discussing marriage for a long time and really wanted to wait for legal recognition. Lindsay had Angela’s ring, but Angela surprised Lindsay by having her ring and proposing.
While searching for an inexpensive wedding location, Angela came across the Colorado State Capital. The West Steps boast a view of the mountains and the iconic One Mile High step. They applied for a permit and through the process found out that they were the first people to get married on the West Steps. The permit coordinator from the city had an infectious excitement (it was a fun departure for her from requests for demonstrations and commercials).
The wedding came together magically. Passersby honked their horns in support, and there was only one naysayer during pre-ceremony photographs. After the ceremony, they took a Pedi Cab to their brewery reception site, which was the perfect blend of urban and rustic.
Lindsay and Angela had a tree planting ceremony during the wedding and the tree is now planted in their yard. They experienced a freak hailstorm a few days before the wedding and their little tree took quite the beating, but their officiant wove it into the ceremony beautifully. The aspen tree became a sub-theme of their wedding. Their invitations had an aspen tree on them and Lindsay’s aunt painted a picture of one for people to sign as the guest book. It is not framed in their home and is a great reminder of the love they felt that day.
Angela’s favorite wedding day moment was during the toasts their families prepared. One could tell how deeply they cared for the couple. They asked their parents and siblings to give toasts and they made the newlyweds laugh and cry in all the right ways. Then, Lindsay’s brother and his partner surprised them by singing (and rapping). Finally, Lindsay’s 92-year-old grandmother sang a song she made up by herself about their love.
Lindsay’s favorite moment was during the ceremony when their officiant had them look out at all the people who were there. Angela squeezed her hands and there was so much love. Time stood still.
The brides chose “Us Again,” by Brandi Carlile as their first dance song. It was difficult to find a song that felt classic, but not overly gendered. They are fans of Carlile, her music, her advocacy and her willingness to be open about her sexuality.
When asked what advice they would share, Lindsay and Angela said, “People will ask questions and say things mostly because they don’t know. We found it helpful to put more information on our website that straight couples might need to do.”