Lauren & Tucker’s colorful Colorado wedding simply warms my heart. These two are just adorable together, and I think you will agree once you take a look through all the picture perfect captures by Elevate Photography, that they are a match made in heaven.
From the Bride, Lauren:
How did you meet?
Tucker and I met at a young adults Bible study at our church, Calvary Aurora, about four years ago. We were friends for a while and after dating for just 6 months, God confirmed in both our hearts that we were meant to walk through life together.
Tucker proposed just 2 days before Valentine’s Day, which totally threw me off! It was an amazing, all day affair. I was working that day and he just had one special gift delivered to me after another by close family and friends. First, it was a huge bouquet of flowers with a sweet note saying, “Just because.” After that, he had my favorite drink from Starbucks delivered to me by a best friend. Later on, my mom arrived with my nephew and Chinese food from my favorite local restaurant. When I dropped my second grade students off at their enrichment class, my now brother-in-law (who worked with me at the time) gave me a wrapped gift to open in my classroom. The gift contained a sweet beaded bracelet and a surprising black sweater that said “fiancé.” That’s obviously when my heart really stopped! When I went to pick up my kids, I opened the door and the room was FILLED with beautifully colored balloons and cheering children. I love balloons! There were enough to for each of them to take one home, and I still had plenty left over!
After school, another close friend came by with an envelope from Tucker. Inside was a wad of cash and instructions to trust the person who gave me the card. She ended up kidnapping me from school and taking me to my favorite boutique to pick out a brand new outfit (that’s what the money was for!). My mom had snuck her my makeup bag earlier that day so I could do touch ups at a nearby mall before we drove downtown to Union Station. It was there that I finally got to see Tucker and open my last card from Him, which contained his proposal. When I looked up from the note, he was down on one knee, a beautiful 1920s Russian-cut diamond engagement ring in hand. Best proposal ever! What made it even more amazing is that all of our family and friends were standing on a bridge overlooking the site of our proposal, and I had no idea until a burst of cheers broke out when I said yes! Amazing!
For the overall look and feel of the wedding, we went for the shabby chic/rustic look with urban touches that you can see in the metals we incorporated throughout the ceremony space. We wanted our wedding to be romantic, but also very cheerful and fun. We wanted our friends to enjoy themselves and be able to relax as they celebrated with us. Our wedding was very DIY and all of those personal touches made for a very warm and relaxed feel. My bridesmaid Katie really brought my wedding vision to life and I will forever be grateful for all the vases she hand painted and metal wire she manipulated. Every bride needs and artist best friend!
The shades of wine, yellow, gray, teal, and white that we chose were a mixture of my and my husband’s favorite colors. I knew I didn’t want my bridesmaids’ dresses to match early on, but it took a while to discover a pallet that perfectly contrasted. It took a while, but I absolutely loved how the colors of the flowers, dresses, linens, and details popped. It was beautiful and cheery and romantic all at the same time.
For my own wedding look, I really wanted to capture the same feeling of romance and ease as my wedding. The first dress I tried on while visiting a little shop in the highlands area of Denver with, my mom and nephew, was actually the dress I wore on my wedding day. It was perfect–beautiful, light tulle skirt, lace and sequin top, silk ribbon, and a warm almond underlay. It was love at first sight with Wtoo’s Agatha gown. For my hair, I did a really loose, voluminous updo with a lot of curls, and kept my makeup very warm and romantic. My earrings and little tiara had a very vintage feel to help with the romantic, timeless look I was going for. I wore a simple, tulle veil on the back of my head during the ceremony that was hemmed with lace from my mother’s wedding dress. That was so special and such a magical touch for me!
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
The whole day was a dream come true. From answered prayers for the rain to hold off just long enough for us to say our vows, to my sweet husband serenading me during our reception with his own rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Outloud,” it was just one sweet memory after another. Even months later, I still have friends telling me how much fun they had that day or how beautiful they remember everything being, and that is just such a sweet blessing to me. As much work as those months of preparation were, I would do it all again just to bask once more in the love, warmth, blessings, of that day.
Photographer: Elevate Photography|Reception Venue: Lionsgate Center: The Dove House & Gatehouse|Wedding Dress: Wtoo Agatha Gown