Venue - TenMile Station Breckenridge, Colorado
Florist - Statice Floral in Arvada (contact: Lori Dries)
Cupcakes - Small Cakes in Lone Tree (contact: Heidi Hamilton)
DJ - A Music Plus
Dress - Boulder Bridal ;designer: Maggie Sottero
Shoes - Adrianna Papell
Jewelry - Nadri
Photography - Drake Busch Photography (Ashley Busch) & Ashley Kidder of Urban Safari Photography
How did you meet? Paul and I met through mutual friends back in the summer of 2010 while boating on Chatfield Reservoir. We hung out together in the days and weeks that followed, but I think our official first date was to Mezcal. Some might speculate that he was "the one" at that point in time, as Mexican food is definitely one way direct to my heart! Over the course of that summer, we enjoyed dates and parties with friends, and decided to move in together that fall. (Actually, I was more or less another roommate at the infamous 1241 house.) The following March we got our own place, and since then, we've grown so much. Grown as individuals, but really grown as a couple. I'm not sure there was ever a time when I thought "this guy is the one" - rather, over time, I thought about living my life without Paul and knew that wasn't an option. I wanted to have him in my life forever, share every moment with him, and grow old with him. And as I think about it more, maybe that is in fact just another way of saying yes, he was then, and is now, "the one."
What was your favorite memory from your wedding day? first and foremost, seeing each other so happy and so fulfilled on one of the most special days of our lives. A very close second was having the most important people there to help us celebrate such an important occasion, and really feeling all of their love and support. It was overwhelming, but truly incredible to have so many loved ones in one place at one time...all for us.
Do you have any advice for future brides? For others planning their wedding, my best piece of advice is to elicit help from people who know you best. For Paul and I, my sister was our unofficial wedding planner, and because she knows us so well, she was able to help make some important decisions. Needless to say, a strong, organized "driving force" is a must. Another important thing to remember is that a lot of people want to help, so delegate tasks when you can. Don't try to do EVERYTHING on your own because you'll overwhelm yourself. Let others bear the burden on occasion. After all, they love you, and want to make the planning process go as smoothly as you do. Most importantly though, have fun!!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? What did you do there? We went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon, and stayed at the Occidental Grand Papagayo, which is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in the Guanacaste region. It was a nice resort; I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars, as it's not the biggest or most glamorous of resorts. The people, though, were very nice and hospitable. We took three excursions: an all day trip to Arenal (including a boat ride across Lake Arenal, and a trip to a hot springs), a hanging bridges tour in the rain forest (which was incredible), and a semi-private catamaran tour, which included food, drinks, snorkeling, and a sunset cruise. We booked through Apple Vacations, which we've done twice now. Both times, we didn't have any problems and were happy with our accommodations and the booking process overall.