We love the rustic vibe of this gorgeous celebration! Bride Tatiana reveals all about her winter wedding in Colorado…
How did Taylor propose?
Taylor and I were on one of our usual road trips. This specific one, he was taking us through the San Rafael Swell in Utah, through Escalante, Utah, to Lake Powell, AZ then to Sedona, AZ. He proposed at Vermillion Cliffs, AZ, in an area called the White Pocket. We had been trekking on a hike for about an hour, hiking around the rocks and pockets, when all of a sudden I had found the perfect spot for us to take a photo with our pup Bodie. I wanted Taylor to set up his tripod to take a possible photo for our annual Christmas card, he had a huge smile on his face and I had no idea what was coming next. Apparently up until this point he was lingering behind me the whole time trying to pick out the perfect spot to ask. We set up the tripod on one of the beautiful ledges to get the perfect shot of the 3 of us, when Taylor then dropped to the ground. I thought he was slipping off the ledge or something so I knelt down with him. He then grabbed my hands and started to shake a little, which was unusual, Taylor literally isn’t scared of anything. He’s a mountaineer, and climbs gnarly and dangerous peaks for fun. It only took a few more seconds to realise what was going on. It was the most spectacular place to get engaged.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
Sareh Nouri makes beautiful wedding gowns, and the Mercer gown was simply elegant. I wanted to pick a dress that wouldn’t distract from myself or the wedding. I wanted to be wearing the gown, not it wearing me. It is simple yet stunning. I had tried on a lot, everything from lace everywhere to beading and patterns, and nothing felt right. I thought I was going to have to settle for something really girly and not so much me, until I slipped the Mercer gown on and started to tear up. I knew it was the one right away. Also, my husband is an architect and has a very clean lined and minimalist taste, so that was in mind the entire time as well.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Simple & classic. We wanted a natural feel.
How did you come to choose the location and venue?
Honestly, we wanted to make our wedding easy for all of friends and family. We travel a lot, but did not want to place that burden on our loved ones. Our venue made things easy for everyone as well keeping a Colorado vibe, which represents our everyday lives.
Can you describe what type of ceremony you had and how you were able to personalise it?
We had a short Catholic ceremony the Monday prior to our Saturday wedding. So, we were able to keep the ceremony at the venue short and sweet for our guests. We had catholic readings, our own personal vows to each other, our best friends and family up there as our wedding party. As well as out pup Bodie, he was able to be there with us the entire time. He’s our third musketeer.
Describe the cake and cake topper:
We only had a two-layer cake, because we had a dessert bar as well. The two layers were: almond poppyseed with whipped buttercream frosting, and a lemon cake with amaretto frosting. The outside of the cake was simply white, with falling Aspen leaves for a taste of home. The cake topper was simple and from Etsy.com
What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
Eucalyptus, mixed greenery, white florals & magnolia leaves, with a touch of orange & yellow floral for the season.
How did you choose your table décor?
Grey and forest green are some of our favourite colours, so we chose grey tablecloths, with greenery as runners, with pops of white floral and magnolia leaves because I grew up in the state of Georgia.
What was the menu for the reception?
Good ol’ BBQ. We have both been to quite a few weddings, and usually leave still hungry. So, we did not want that to be the case at our wedding, as well as my growing up in the Southeastern part of the country, BBQ was the choice.
What were your favourite moments from the day?
The moments we had alone with each other honestly. We are best friends, and the moments we had to ourselves we will always cherish.
Any DIY décor elements?
The only DIY element we had was our wedding guest wood piece, which the groom hand made for guests to sign, instead of a guestbook. As well as our card suitcase, which my grandmother had bought me a while back and my father cut a slot in it to have our guests drop their cards in.
Any sentimental touches?
We displayed our Grandparents and Parents wedding photos.
What was the biggest splurge of the day?
The flowers. I love flowers, and wanted things to represent nature, since we camp, hike and live in such a beautiful area.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Japan, most of the Northern Region.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Have more time to yourself on the day. Focus on getting married and not the show of it.
If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Our wedding was fun and it was so wonderful to have everyone we cared about celebrating with us.
Wedding Date: 26/10/2019
Wedding feature thanks to: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Dress: Sareh Nouri – Mercer Gown bought at The Bridal Collection in Denver, CO. https://sarehnouri.com/home/
Veil: Gwendolyn by Maggie Sattero
Makeup: Done by the bride
Hair: Done by the bride
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Accessories: Earrings & bracelet – Swarovski, hair pin – Swarovski from Bloomingdales, as well as the Bride’s Great Grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand. Engagement ring & wedding band designed by the Groom but made in partnership with Hyde Park jewellers in Cherry Creek, Denver CO.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids – Lulus, Maid of Honor – Eliza J.
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni
Groomsmen Suit: theblktux https://theblacktux.com/
Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop
Food: Buffalo Gals Catering from Colorado Springs
Flowers: A Design Resource
Photographer: Tamara Gruner Photography https://www.tamaragruner.com/
Ceremony and reception venue: Albert’s Lodge at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Larkspur CO https://sprucemountainevents.com/blog/category/alberts-lodge
Entertainment: DJ David Moore with TH Entertainment, Denver CO
Wedding Favours: Columbine seeds & pumpkin seeds packaged by Etsy vendor. As well as cookies from Sugarplum Cake Shop with packaging from Etsy vendor.