I met Leenae and Chad at Red Rocks for their engagement session. The wildflowers were all in bloom and we had a beautiful evening to celebrate!
Leenae shares, “Chad and I went on our first date in March of 2015, but didn’t officially start dating until July of 2016. At the time of our first date, I was traveling quite a bit for work and thought a relationship may be difficult to manage so I decided to stop seeing Chad. A year after our first date, I reached back out to him because I felt like he was someone I cut loose too soon. Chad then told me he was too busy and traveling too much for a girlfriend. It took him a few months, but he eventually came back around and we began seeing each other more regularly.
We steadily dated for 4.5 years before Chad proposed. We planned a trip to Arizona with his friends in March of 2020 and planned to leave immediately after our workdays. Throughout the day, I packed my bags in between meetings to make sure I was ready to go at 5 pm. At noon, I noticed that Chad had only packed his frisbee golf set. As we were approaching 5 pm, Chad had asked me to help him organize his suitcase since he wasn’t able to do it throughout the day. While I agreed to help, I was extremely frustrated with him. Tucked away in our luggage, was a ring box that I initially missed. Once I discovered it, Chad had asked me to marry him and he had secretly set up a camera to capture the moment (although apparently I was standing in the wrong spot, so the quality of the video wasn’t great). With the quick turnaround for the airport, we called our friends and families on the road. Needless to say, the proposal was everything I had wished for: a moment that I’d least expected, in an intimate setting that is our private memory to share, in the first home we had shared as a couple.
With both of us being Colorado natives, we wanted to take full advantage of all the scenery Colorado has to offer. Our wedding ceremony will take place in Evergreen to enjoy the front range with the reception being in Golden, where Chad went to school. In August, we are moving to Chad’s hometown, Brush, to be closer to his family. We’re currently in the process of renovating an old farm house that has been in Chad’s family for nearly 100 years. In order to move this city girl to a farm town, we’ve compromised to raise Pygmy goats and eventually (hopefully) alpacas and pigs.”
Congratulation Leenae and Chad!
Anna and Pete held a joyous wedding celebration at the Lyon’s Farmette in Colorado.
Betty, the beverage burro, made a very special appearance during cocktail hour. All the guests really enjoyed having their photo taken with Betty.
This lovely story was shared with their guests on their wedding website, “Anna and Pete began talking on eHarmony in the fall of 2015. Pete was an electrical engineering student at the Ohio State University and Anna was working in marketing at an engineering firm nearby. The commonalities they shared were intriguing — not only did they both live abroad in Japan at the same time, but both spent childhood summers near the same small town in northern Wisconsin. Not many people know what a hodag is, but Pete and Anna both did.
The twist in this story is that Pete and Anna almost didn’t meet in person. After a week of emailing with Pete, Anna went camping in Glacier and Yosemite, where she tragically/ridiculously got bear-sprayed in the face by a defective can of CounterAssault. Returning home with a hideously swollen face and blurred vision, Anna made a point of avoiding Pete all week.
Fortunately healing happened fairly quickly and the two met up for coffee and walk. Things went well, so they had their first official date on October 15 at Aab India. One date led to another, and soon they were in love.
Five months after the relationship started, Anna and Pete took a chance on each other and relocated to Colorado for work. Second to online dating (yikes), it was the best risk they’d ever taken.
Today Pete and Anna live in a sunny little house in Arvada with two “dingos” (a dingo-looking mutt named Luna and an Australian cattledog named Apollo), a bettafish named Taki, and a bunch of houseplates. They’re also sneakily married already. Life is good.”
Anna and Pete had planned on getting married in 2020, but had to postpone the celebration. However, they did not postpone the wedding. Anna shares, “We tied the knot with just two friends and a neighbor as witness on May 1, 2020. We did this because after a year and a half of engagement, we were ready to be married, and because we were planning to buy a new house. However, because it was important to formally thank our friends and family for supporting us, we decided to hold a reception a full year later to treat everyone to food, drink, and adorable animals. A vow renewal ceremony also took place prior to the reception so we could celebrate our joy all together.”
The reception was held outdoors and included many special, personal touches, including these gorgeous handmade paper flowers.
The bride’s father and brother and the groom’s father all shared very special toasts. The groom’s father included a reading from a poem by Mary Oliver,
“When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Congratulations Anna and Pete!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Lyons Farmette Taylor@lyonsfarmette.com Taylor
Coordinator: Dahlia Events & Designs, Kayla Hinrichs
Bartender: With a Twist
Music: Farmette Sound System
Officiant: Michael Wood
Transportation: Best Denver Party Bus
Animals: Betty the Beverage Burro
Flower crown: Boulder Blooms
Bouquet: DIY using loose flowers from Boulder Blooms and a scrap of my mom’s old wedding dress to tie it
Flower arrangement on bar: SOL Floral
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Danielle and Gabe were married on a beautiful spring day at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
The ceremony took place inside the enchanting Woodland Mosaic.
After the ceremony, we walked around the grounds and enjoyed the Lilac Gardens, Rose Gardens, Romantic Gardens, June’s PlantAsia and more.
Danielle shares, “Gabe and I met on a dating site! Neither of us remember who made the first move. We made it official, after only a few dates. We knew it was true love, and trusted that we would be together forever.
We both sold our houses, and started building a brand new house, after only 11 months together. On our 1-year anniversary, we went to the Ritz Carlton in Tucson to celebrate! We had gotten all dressed up for dinner and were walking to the car, and all of a sudden Gabe made me go out a side door of the hotel to “check out what’s over there.” I was pushy and told him that we had reservations for dinner and we couldn’t be late (my biggest pet peeve – tardiness) and this wasn’t the time to explore the grounds of the resort. He insisted, so I followed him out, huffing and puffing and making comments about being late (LOL). When we got outside and turned the corner, I saw a beautiful private grassy area, set up with a table that had flowers, champagne, and light-up ‘D&G’ signs. Gabe told me what an amazing year it had been together and, with tears in his eyes, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I, of course, said yes, and he gave me the most beautiful ring. After I said yes, his brother and sister-in-law popped out of the bushes to celebrate with us. I’m so grateful they were there because they got pictures and video of the proposal!
Shortly after that, guests at the resort cheered from their balcony, celebrating our engagement with us. It was such a special day for us. Just like our proposal, our wedding was also small and intimate. My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle, very emotional, and seeing Gabe at the end of the aisle, also crying and emotional. I felt the power of how much we love each other in that moment, both so emotional and overcome with love for each other, knowing that it was the start of our forever. Our day was so perfect (even if I was late because I forgot my veil and bouquet and had to run back to get them)!”
Congratulations Danielle and Gabrielle!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens
Catering: Rocky Mountain Catering
Makeup: Kelsey Bailey Beauty
Guitarist: Bill Sickles
Engagement Ring: Brilliant earth
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
The couple is getting married in the backyard of Jessie’s childhood home, along the waterfront in New York.
She adds, “James asked me to be his girlfriend on October 11, 2013, asked me to be his wife on October 11, 2020, and we are going to both say I do on October 11, 2021, surrounded by everyone we love.”
Happy engagement Jessie and James!
Special thanks to Rachel Wise of Wise Artistry for Jessie’s gorgeous hair and makeup.
Leah and Nathan were married in September, but jumped at the chance to extend the celebration with some beautiful snowy portraits in Denver.
Hutson Floral Design created a beautiful, wild, winter bouquet featuring roses, greenery, and a pin cushion protea with moss wrapped stems.
Leah shares, “Nathan and I met at a Christian leadership academy in Mijas, Spain, in 2018. I had a huge crush on him and he didn’t know I existed. As we both went on our own journeys, our hearts were formed and transformed by unconditional love and, eventually, our paths converged. In our dating, I was plagued with loads of relationship anxiety, the effects and aftermath of trauma. I’m passionate about that part of our story because it’s more common than the cultural narrative would have us believe and I want everyone to know, relationships are lovely and messy. Both, at the same time.
We got engaged in the midst of COVID and committed to planning a wedding in just 57 days – piece of cake! Our covenant ceremony was the most lovely, magical day complete with a carpet dance floor.”
Congratulations to Leah and Nathan!