Good Morning Everyone! For those of you who are in my Denver circle, you know that life has been absolutely bonkers for me recently. It has pretty much been work, work, work for this girl, and well...you know...priorities! Thankfully, I have had a lull in activity in the last couple of days so I finally had time to finish this blog post for you. I wanted to include a lot of the details because that was what we spent sooooo much time on. If you want to see more photos of family and friends head over to Kendall Pavan's blog and check 'em out. Also, I had so much fun crafting for my wedding that I am offering a lot of the decorations up for sale over at my Etsy shop. I will be adding stuff as I have time. If you see something that you like, but would like it tweaked especially for you, just drop me a line, and let's see if we can figure something out.
Rather than having a guest book, I thought it would be cute to get some old vintage keys, tie tags to them, and create a "Keys to a Happy Marriage" board where guests were invited to share their suggestions for relationship nirvana. Overwhelmingly, people wanted Mike to know that my happiness should be his number one priority (duh!), and that Naked Saturdays are someone's secret to success.
We shuttled guests from Telluride so a number of them were at the house for an hour or more before the ceremony started. Like any good hostess, I wanted to make sure there was an assortment of beverages available
Bateman was the ring-bearer and my cousin, Drew, was his handler. He was a cheap hire. All I had to do was agree to purchase him a bow tie for his troubles, such a future frat star (and he is on the golf team). Bateman was not really happy over the course of the weekend, and at one point started snipping at people. I think he was overwhelmed by all of the guests, the stressful energy in the air, and the fact that his favorite romping field was suddenly interrupted by a massive white tent.
This was when I was trying to hold it together, and my dad was trying to hold it together. It was fun.
Following the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour at the old barn on our property. When I first suggested using the barn as a back drop, my parents were worried that it would look dirty, but I assured them it would look authentic. However, it wasn't until they found out that Ralph Lauren had commissioned a similar barn for his son's wedding to Lauren Bush, that they cozied up to the idea. I'm glad good old Ralph and I have such great tastes. Mike designed and created the "BARN" sign, and had the really brilliant idea of having the "N" burnout so that it looks like "BAR" when the lights are on. It looked amazing! I was really proud of him. We had 3 passed apps during the cocktail hour as well as a cheese bar. Hey, the Harkness family loves cheese.
Mike and I decided to create signature cocktails for our guests during happy hour. Mine was called a "Telluride Packmule" and was essentially a Moscow Mule with muddled blueberries and mint. It was delish and refreshing. Mike created a "Runaway Mine Train" which was bourbon, alpine liqueur, mint, and muddled peaches. Yum.
My Granny always prided herself on having strong genes. She was so proud of this beautiful family that she created. These are two of my so very, very handsome cousins. Granny would be pleased with those genetics!
I really wanted to create a lighting scheme that created a mood instead of just lighting a tent. Since I wanted this event to feel sort of like of walking in the woods and stumbling upon a fairy tea party, I turned to a lot natural materials to achieve my vision. I decided that to fill the tent and create some atmosphere that I could put all those sticks I had been gathering from the yard to use. Wait for it...BRANCHELIERS aka branch chandeliers! It's a play on words (huge fan of those) and just a really cool DIY project that we took on for the wedding. They we really labor intensive, and highly scratch inducing, but I loved the way they turned out. The forest behind our house is literally covered in moss. It is really magical, and as a kid I would take my shoes off and walk across the carpet of moss searching for mushrooms, so I decided to incorporate it into my centerpieces. We cut circles of moss (or I should say, my mom, sister, and her mom did) and topped them with florals and a candlestick. Thanks guys! Mike sliced pieces of aspen and we topped them with glass cloches to hold floral arrangements alongside the vintage brass vases that I had been trolling Ebay forever for. Totally worth it.
Did somebody say, "Dessert bar"? Ever since I saw my first dessert bar, I knew that we were destined for one another. I have such mixed feelings about sugar. I know that it is so terrible for you, but then again, you put me within smelling distance of a funnel cake, and my knees buckle. Man, that stuff is good. Because of my issues with anything sweet, I tend to avoid having it in my house, but come on, this is my wedding. I figured a little splurge wouldn't hurt. We displayed the desserts on a piece of furniture that had been sitting out in the garage since my mom remodeled. I had been doing a LOT of antiquing prior to the wedding and had invested in some little accent pieces like hurricane lanterns, and old case, and some re-purposed crates to spice up the display.
Doesn't the light look so good at night? Great work Husband! Our band was a bluegrass band called Whitewater Ramble and the term "good ole fashioned hoedown" would best describe the dance party that ensued. There was line dancing, two-steppin', and heel clickin' good times. I had a blast, and watching my Dad try to dance like the youngins was a gift all its own. Mom had put together little s'mores packs for the kids to go down and roast at the bonfire, which was adorable. My brother had worked his butt off to make sure that his beach on the river was in ship shape for guests to chill alongside the tiki torches. My dad spent hours clearing the pasture, building my wedding arch, and the list goes on. My sister, her mom, and my brother-in-law were such an amazing help, too. I was overwhelmed with all of the love and support I received from my family, bridesmaids and friends. Thank you to each and everyone of you who made my day special. It was the best day ever! Yes, it flies by. Yes, get a videographer and photographer so that you can at least attempt to capture all of the special moments. Yes, take a deep breath, remember to eat, and try to greet each of your guests. Don't sweat the small stuff. It might all be a little overwhelming, but it will be one of the most wonderful days of your life.