Vibrant Colorado Wedding: Allyson & Wendy
May 30, 2015
Wendy and Allyson met when a friend invited Wendy to a party with Allyson’s running group. Allyson proposed while the two were on a trip to San Francisco last December. They had dinner at Greens, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, where Allyson presented a book that she’d made with photos of their family over the past year. The last page asked if Wendy would marry her. She presented a “pretty cool” sapphire and diamond ring with the book too!
The brides realized pretty quickly that they wanted a venue that could provided everything they needed down to the dance floor, food, liquor, and ambiance. They initially looked at spaces that were just empty room where you would need to provide everything. They ended up choosing a restaurant, Aji Latin American Restaurant, to fill those requirements, and it turned out to be the perfect venue in every way. The staff made them feel welcomed throughout the planning process
During their planning, the couple attended a wedding showcase event in Boulder, with a bit of hesitation. They hoped it would provide a way to quickly find the vendors they needed, and were happy to find that to be true. They found their photographer and DJ that day. The very first question they asked anyone they talked to was “Do you have any issues at all with providing services at a wedding for two women?” They were overwhelmingly greeted with positive answers. They chose their photographer based on her awesome work, and the fact that she was the only one there who had photos from a same-sex wedding on display.
Both Wendy and Allyson have daughters from previous relationships, and wanted to be sure the day was special for them as well. They were part of the ceremony and wore the brides’ rings on their necklaces.
Their wedding was the first time Wendy and Allyson had experienced having all of the people in their lives they loved in the same place at the same time. Walking in, they felt completely supported by their community of friends and family. Their parents were able to witness that support as well. It was pretty overwhelming and meant a lot.
To other couples, Wendy and Allyson simply recommend, “Be yourself, and let your wedding reflect that.”