Snowy Colorado Wedding: Kara & Erin
February 28, 2015
Kara & Erin met on an online dating website and felt an instant friendship connection. They embarked on adventures, from skiing to training for a triathlon. Of course, they enjoyed some occasional post-training burger eating and beer drinking too! After a year of growing closer, a different spark started – their relationship evolved into a passionate and loving partnership.
Erin and Kara have a morning ritual of coffee in bed each day. One particular Sunday morning, along with coffee, Kara delivered a surprise photo album that she made for Erin. The homemade album contained photos from all the adventures they had gone on over the past year or so. Erin pulled on the string and a ring slid out. At that point, they both teared up and Kara choked out a ‘will you marry me’ & well. The rest, of course, is history.
As Kara was planning the proposal, the US Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, and almost overnight, same-sex marriage became legal in Colorado.
Planning was both fun and intense. It was challenging getting so much done in a short amount of time, and within budget. Finding the perfect outfit for Kara was the most challenging as she didn’t want to wear a dress, but wanted to find something that let her feel like herself: tomboyish, yet soft. She ordered and returned five pairs of shoes before she found the right ones!
Kara did most of the planning, as she enjoys it more and her work schedule is less demanding than Erin’s, who works full time as a PA as well as one weekend a month as a PA in the Army National Guard. Kara had bowties custom made for groomsmen, dads, ring bearers, and ‘Francis’, Kara & Erin’s golden doodle puppy that helped bear the rings. She also made a lot of the decorations from Pinterest ideas, including burlap runners and a seating assignment board. Kara’s parents were a huge help in decorating as well. They made table numbers, and other table decorations.
Kara’s least favorite memory of the day, but funny nonetheless, was waking up with no voice whatsoever. After a long week getting ready and a fun welcome dinner evening the night before, it was quite a surprise to wake on the wedding day to only be able to utter a squeak. She spent the day drinking hot tea with honey and not trying to talk at all (quite a challenge!) Her voice cracked a little during their vows, but after a glass of champagne, was back by the reception. Kara suspects Erin enjoyed the quiet morning amidst the chaotic weeks leading up to the big day.
The couple’s favorite memory of the day is the photo shoot out in the snowy field together. It was such a beautiful afternoon and they felt so much love. They also cherished their long cocktail period before dinner, because it enabled them to walk around and talk to each and every guest.
Kara and Erin suggest that other couples not skip or postpone the honeymoon. When the stress starts to rise leading up to the big day, you may need that to get you through.
To other same sex couples, they suggest looking at Pinterest and other online resources if you are anything like Kara and don’t feel like a dress is your thing. Get ideas and putting the pieces together that uniquely work for you.
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Photographer: Beth Photography LLC // DJ: a plus music //Ring Designer: Cronin // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Knotty Tie // Officiant: Mile Hi Church // Shoes: patagonia // Makeup Artist: St. Julien Hotel & Spa // Floral Designer: Sturtz & Copeland // Reception Venue: The Greenbriar Inn // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: This Humble Abode // Hair Stylist: Voodoo Hair Lounge //Beauty: Voodoo Hair Lounge //
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