Venue: Snow Mountain Ranch (SMR onsite coordinator Mike Ward)Wedding Coordinator: Friend of the Family Caterer: Basic Kneads Pizza (Denver) Florist: Lace & Lillies (Fort Collins) Dress: Dora Grace (Fort Collins) Bridesmaid Dresses: By Amsale from the Bridal Suite @ Nordstrom Park Meadows Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s Hair/Make up: Winter Park Salon Cake: Friend of the Groom DJ: Rock Candy DJs Shoes: DSW Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms Wedding Bands: Passed down from the bride’s grandparents. They exchanged the same rings on the same weekend in October 35 years prior.
How did you meet each other? That’s a funny story. We met online like many couples these days do. We met thru a popular website and decided to meet in Old Town Fort Collins. I (Ali) was supposed to go on another date earlier in the day with someone else but had a gut feeling to reschedule it for another day. As the night unfolded we discovered that the date I had cancelled had actually been with Tim’s roommate. Considering the thousands of matches made thru the website it was a pretty crazy (and somewhat embarrassing) coincidence. Tim took it well and made a funny joke “Well this will be a funny story to tell if we ever got married!”.
What was the best memory of your wedding day? The overwhelming amount of love and support we felt from our friends and family members. Every good wish, every favor, everyone’s attendance, everything in general meant the world to us. Our hearts were overflowing with the love that weekend.
What would be some advice you would give to future couples as they plan their wedding day? Don’t get hung up in the small details and don’t get overwhelmed by the day. Take time to step back and enjoy things, it’s over before you know it and you’ll want to savor the moments.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Where did you stay and what were a couple activities you enjoyed? Would you recommend to other couples? We went to Jamaica for 10 days. Our first two days were spent in the Montego Bay/Ochos Rios area where we explored the Luminescent Lagoon, the Irie Blue Hole and Dunns River Falls. All were incredible! We have the most amazing driver named Stevart who owns Best Jamaica. If you’re going to explore and need a driver there’s no question that he’s the top choice. He gave us great trip advice, taught us about the culture and made sure we experienced the area. We spent the rest of our time in Negril. Our first leg of our Negril trip was spent on the West End where the cliffs overlook the ocean. We had our own private bungalow at the Tensing Pen. It was by far the most amazing, tranquil, relaxing place we have ever been. We had our own ladder into the water, although we typically just used it for exiting. We spent a lot of time there snorkeling and in general just relaxing with one of the resort’s dogs that adopted us for our stay. We took a snorkeling trip with Famous Vincent who afterwards took us to Booby Cay for a fresh lobster lunch (BEST MEAL EVER!). We also ate at the Rockhouse, Catcha Falling Star and Ras Rody’s. Ras Rody’s is another do not miss! For the end of our trip we stayed at Couples Negril which is an all inclusive on the sandy beach of Negril. We spent most of our days scuba diving. We saw nurse sharks, turtles and so many colorful fish. We also took a sunset cruise on a catamaran and did some more snorkeling on the West End. The food was incredible and the beach was a great place to lay out and have a few afternoon cocktails. We did the majority of our trip planning ourselves but our stay at Couples Negril was arranged by Brenda at Blue Diamond Divers and Travel, she made sure we got our Honeymoon package with champagne, flowers and massages. We are so happy we chose Jamaica for our honeymoon, we had the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation and can’t wait to go back!