Their Story: “We decided a small wedding because we want our people there. We don’t like a big fuss. We like more low key intimate meaningful things in life. We decided Colorado because that’s where we got engaged so it holds a special place in our heart! We would like an outdoor ceremony with just our parents and siblings to share this special moment with us, then a nice dinner afterwards.”
Wedding Details: Amanda and Cesar started off working with using our Ceremony Site Report. Since their priorities were to have an outdoor ceremony in a unique setting, easy to access with and wheelchair with a short walk, they settled on Garden of the Gods Park near Colorado Springs. Throughout their planning Amanda mentioned they are not very glitzy or glam, but are more of a boho chic style with earthy tones. She settled on more terra cotta colors with rustic dried elements for florals - and yes! Our florist does dry her own flowers. She often incorporates some dried elements when the couple requests it in their styling - and, Amanda wanted more than a few. We love this combination!
Tips and Ideas: We love it when we can connect with couples in the beginning phases of planning a wedding. Amanda and Cesar started off with our ceremony site report. They identified a budget of $10,000 with is totally doable with intentional planning and decisions. Luckily, they had not booked a venue and decided on Garden of the Gods Park which is a FREE site. When booking parks on public lands, make sure that you know their regulations. Many of them when will be the same, but other spots like Garden of the Gods will allow for weddings at designated spots ONLY! Also, they do require planners and photographer to get the proper approval and permits, which we do include in the package price. Other regulations to consider that are quite common on public lands:
There are other budgeting tips that we can recommend to stick within $10,000 for a small micro-wedding:
Mother, teacher, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative. Wendee has been planning weddings in Colorado since 1995. In 2012, she decided to "go small" and only plans micro-weddings & elopements with 35 or fewer guests. Contact Wendee to get started planning your intimate small Colorado wedding.
I've been planning weddings since 1995 when I moved to Colorado from Iowa. I cut my teeth at Keystone Resort in their wedding department, then then ventured on to planning corporate meetings. But, I kept helping friends and their friends with weddings starting my first full-service company in 2002 (yes - planned the big overwhelming ones). In 2012 with the birth of my son, values shifted and I decided to go small, intimate and meaningful. Please connect with me to make your dreamy, simple mountain wedding come true!
Behind the Scenes
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes of a micro-wedding day? Jaime L. Barba, one of our talented professional photographers, captured me at work from one of our May 2023 weddings in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy! .... and yes, she does wedding-day content creation (a great alternative if you cannot afford videography) for couples as well as photography.
What is a wedding day content creator? It’s someone who is there on your wedding day taking pictures on a cell phone (or in Jaime's case, her professional equipement), documenting behind-the-scenes moments, capturing and telling stories, and delivering short-form media content of your wedding day in real-time. Checkout one from our September 2023 weddings ⬇️.