Notes from the wedding planner, Shayna of Cherry Bomb Events:
Amy and her mom made every single element of this Orchard and Vintage Botanical themed wedding. From the hand cut vintage inspired fabric as table runners, bunting and garlands, to the hand embroidered handkerchiefs for guests, the paper rose boutonnieres for every member of their large family, to the table labels named after different apples and made to look like saplings. They hand wrote every escort card, a drink and food menu on delicate chalkboard signs, and the groom got involved too cutting, sanding and staining a giant Jenga game.
Food from Georgia Boys in Longmont was absolutely delicious and caused a bit of a family kerfuffle when mom was accused of going back for mac and cheese too many times.
Both the bride and groom have large and blended families who flew in from around the world. Amy and Julian are recent Colorado transplants and their wedding was basically a destination wedding for all but 4 guests. They wanted to show off their new home and made sure every element was Colorado-farm classic.
As the sun went down, Amy provided blankets to her guest in an antique cart and the fire was lit for a s’mores fest.
The guests young at heart and young were entertained all day by feeding the very pregnant grey horse who calls YaYa home, and were provided carrots throughout.
Perhaps the best part about this intimate and heartfelt day was that the Bride’s grandmother, Gammy, was asked to act as the Bride’s whiteness when signing the marriage license, as Amy and Julian went without a traditional bridal party. All of the parents and siblings of the couple, about 22 people total walked down the aisle prior to the bride, but were not asked to do anything else. This was a beautiful and moving way to forgo a traditional bridal party and truly honor the couple’s family.
We used every piece of vintage furniture that YaYa has to offer and guests enjoyed their dinner amongst the trees of the orchards.
It was a magical, casual, uniquely Colorado wedding and celebration of a great couple.
Julian and Amy said their vows at the edge of the orchard, with the mountains behind them and their families and friends participating in the ceremony. And they planted a little pine tree together with their mothers, too perfect.
This wedding also occurred 1 week prior to the last snow storm…in May. Amy had planned snow and rain back-up plans for her May wedding in Colorado and luckily we didn’t have to use any of those contingencies. Amy made every possible effort to remind out of town guests to wear boots and bring sweaters, it turned out fine and no one had a run-in with the ever present manure, a staple of a Farm Wedding. But we will never forget that 6 days before our first wedding of the 2014 season is snowed. Out of Town guests must always be given full warning of the Colorado roller coaster of weather.
We could go on and on about the wonderful day they created but what was more palpable than the planning was the love. The promises. The party! These are two people who are simply adored by their people and so much fun was had celebrating the promises they made to each other.
Photographer: Tara Polly Photography | Venue: YaYa Farm and Orchard | Planner & Florist: Cherry Bomb Events | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress | Bartenders: With a Twist | DJ: A Music Plus | Cakes: Kim and Jake’s Cakes | Second Photographer: rebecca of manzanita photography