Q & A with the Bride and Groom (Emily and Tim):
How did you meet?
I met Emily at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, CO during the summer of 2010. On a night off, for reasons I am still unable to discern, Emily marched right up to me at Ed's Cantina and introduced herself. I nearly spit out my beer, but recovered quickly and managed to make an acceptable first impression.
A few weeks later, I again found myself at Ed's Cantina with some mutual friends of Emily's. Unbeknownst to me, Emily was in Boulder on a the worst date of her life. She walked into Ed's later that evening, sat down next to me at the table, and said "I apologize for this, I don't know you very well, but I really need to finish this beer right now." She was a woman of her word, and after collecting my jaw from the floor, I proceeded to handle things in the most mature way possible – that is, asking one of Emily's friends to do some recon and see if she'd be interested in a date.
Armed with the latest intelligence, I asked Emily out – and had to cancel on her last minute due to inclement weather while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Miraculously, she was willing to reschedule for the following week, in a true testament to both her kindness and my incredibly good fortune. Our first date at the Rock Inn the following week was, by all accounts (mostly mine), perfect. I was hooked and she, bewilderingly, seemed to like me too.
More dates followed, and for the rest of the summer we saw each other as often as we could before she had to go back to Boston for her senior year of college. At first, we agreed to "stay in touch," which quickly turned to weekly phone calls, which turned into nightly phone calls. The end result of all this was me frantically scrounging in the couch cushions for spare change so I could afford a flight to Boston to see her. On October 1st of 2010, I awkwardly asked a pretty girl to be his girlfriend for the last time, and the rest is history.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
Having met in the mountains of Colorado we knew as soon as we started planning the wedding, that he outdoors and beautiful mountains of Colorado would be central to our plan. Devils Thumb offered everything and more in terms of a beautiful mountain vista as well as the opportunity to enjoy some Colorado outdoor adventures for our guest. Yellow being Emily's favorite color a fall wedding with golden aspens surrounding us seemed only perfect.
What was most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important thing for us by far was the guest list. We wanted to spend the best day of our lives with all the people who have made us who we are, and who give us so much joy to be around. If you pair a great guest list with an open bar, in the gorgeous mountains, you can't possibly fail.
For us it was about being with people we love enjoying good food and drink and an absolutely breathtaking mountain venue
What did you do for favors?
Our guests went home with plaid fleece blankets. Something to keep them warms and cozy which turned out to be perfect when we saw the snow flakes start to fall on our wedding day.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Take the time to step back and enjoy it. While we can get lost in every small detail the actual point of a wedding is to promise to share your life with someone you love and to make that promise in front of the most important people in your life. Your wedding will be one of the few opportunities you have to have all of your favor people together in one place to celebrate. Pause and appreciate that and have as much fun as you possible can. It will be some of the best memories of your life. And I promise your guests won't remember ehat silverware you picked, if your timeline was a little off, or someone shoes didn't match... They will remember the fun!