Rock City Elopement | Chattanooga, TN | Morgan & Brandon

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Morgan and Brandon eloped at Rock City.

I'm sure you've heard of it - if you've ever traveled through the south, you've seen billboards, barn roofs, and bird houses all plastered with, "See Rock City." The legend claims you can see seven states from the overlook. Though just between you and me, it's not like they're clearly defined with black thick boundaries like they are on a map, so who really knows what you're looking at. Regardless, it's a beautiful attraction, well known for its swinging bride, Lover's Leap, and the waterfall.

Morgan and Brandon wanted to merge their two small families in an intimate ceremony - no other friends or family members, just the two of them and their two adorable boys. 

We sucked in for Fat Man's Squeeze, clung to the wire cords of the swinging bridge, and chose the sight for their wedding vows right atop the overlook with the Tennessee Valley spread out beneath us. It was sweet and romantic, and their boys made it fun and turned it into an adventure - my favorite type of wedding. 

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Timber Ridge Lodge | Keystone, Colorado | Lindsey and Jared

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To say this is one of my all time favorite weddings is an understatement. I first met Lindsey and Jared at Denver Beer Co. to talk about their wedding - it's a brewery, okay. I knew right then we were going to get along. We stayed for several hours while we discussed their golden retrievers, their love for the mountains, snowboarding, hiking, and SEC football. Umm, hello new best friends! 

The day of their ceremony, Maria and I drove to Keystone, Colorado on a blustery, but warm August Friday. We rode in a ski-lift to their private mountain-top venue - yes, I mean the whole mountain top was theirs for the day! Jared wore his emotions on his sleeve, and forgive me, but damn, do I love an emotional groom. To see a man clearly so in love with his bride, and so overwhelmed with joy and happiness.... excuse me, I'm not crying - you're crying! 

These two have never once made me feel like a just another vendor or hired help. They wanted Maria and I to dance, and to celebrate, and to laugh with all of them like we were guests. That's how you know you've snagged that dream client - they're friends. Also - be sure to check out their engagement session at Piney Lake - another favorite!

By the way, the creative team for this wedding was just next level! I absolutely recommend each of these vendors!

BRIDAL GOWN:   Monique Lhuillier 

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE:  Anna Be

GROOM'S TUX:   Men’s Warehouse

BRIDESMAID GOWNS:  Mixture between BHLDN, Watters & David’s Bridal

Day of Coordination: Muse Events

FLORIST:  Fleur De Liz

CATERER:  Keystone Resorts

CAKE DESIGNER:  Keystone Resorts

VENUE:  Timber Ridge

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Good Angle Pictures

ENTERTAINMENT:   Greattime DJ’s

 

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McNichols Civic Center | Denver, Colorado | Jeanne and Chad

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Brace yourselves. This is a long one. 

Reasons why Jeanne and Chad's urban Denver wedding was awesome:

  • Denver. Duh.
  • Jeanne's Japanese heritage influence
  • Origami
  • Live band
  • The Denver Beer Olympics were happening in the backyard
  • Hello Kitty Wedding Cake. I repeat, Hello Kitty Wedding Cake.
  • Dip-dyed BHLDN thrifted wedding gown
  • All the big, dramatic Grecian columns
  • Coordinated first dance with wedding party. And hats.
  • Love love love
  • Lots of dancing

This wedding rocked my socks off. Go on, see for yourself!

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Colorado Springs | Hillside Gardens | Gabi & Manny

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This day was filled to brim.... no, this day was overflowing with emotion. Gabi and Manny's wedding day brought tears to my eyes more times than I can count.

As Gabi stepped into her  wedding gown, her mother began to sing to her an old lullaby as she buttoned her gown. Later, she had a first look with her father and brother, both of whom were brought to tears as they approached her, whispering what a beautiful bride she made. In fact, during the ceremony as Gabi and Manny recited their vows, I don't remember seeing a dry eye in the house! It was touching and emotional and truly beautiful. 

But once the reception got going, the party was in full-swing! Hillside Gardens is an expansive an truly unique wedding venue! At night, market lights twinkle over the gardens, and the whole atmosphere feels magical! Their guests danced the night away, and the groomsmen even rapped an old rap they'd written as teenagers! 

Just another wonderful wedding in the Colorado mountains!

XOXO

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Las Vegas | Travel Diary

I didn't know if I was going to like Las Vegas. While I love exploring new places, it's generally the great outdoors I seek out more so than concrete jungles. That being said, some of my favorite places on earth are cities - New Orleans has my heart. But upon arriving, I couldn't stop from pressing my forehead against the Uber driver's car window. I would have hung out of it, if it wasn't rather chilly and raining - which it proceeded to do the entire trip. 

I was obsessed with the lights - the sparkling twinkle of every building, billboard sign, sequin dress, flashing casino slot machine. It was all so dazzling! The colors, the music, the constant *ching ching* sound of the slots, the wood clacking of the roulette tables, the street performers - in fact it reminded me quite a bit of New Orleans - only less French, more western, almost as much debauchery. 

I was quite sad that we were in the desert and it continued to rain the entire time, and would not even let up for my bride on her wedding day. We didn't get to do everything I wanted to - I'm dying to go see Fremont Street, the Neon Museum, and make my way out to the desert next time. 

You should definitely take advantage of all the free activities to partake in even on the strip. Honestly though, I'm perfectly happy walking around for hours just people-watching, sliding the occasional coin into the penny slots (especially because you'll get a free drink if you hang around), and drooling over all the beautiful colors, decor, and very, very expensive shops. 

The Bellagio offers free access to their Botanic Gardens, The Flamingo has it's own complimentary wildlife sanctuary (leave it to me to travel half a country away to stand and watch fish for an hour), the water fountain showing at the Bellagio (yes, as in the one from Ocean's 11) goes on for hours starting at 3pm and it's actually not the same one over and over, Fremont Street has a nightly light/laser show, and while we passed it, we totally forgot to head back to the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign, but definitely go snap a picture there too!

I definitely want to head back ASAP!

Bellagio Botanic Gardens

Bellagio Botanic Gardens

Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Bellagio and Caesar's Palace

Bellagio and Caesar's Palace

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Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino

Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino

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Las  Vegas Strip

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The Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary

The Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Flamingo Hotel and Casino

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The Bellagio Fountains

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The Chateau at Paris

The Chateau at Paris

Desserts and tables at Caesar's Palace

Desserts and tables at Caesar's Palace

Las Vegas strip at night

Las Vegas strip at night

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