This blog post is one of those that could go on for hours if I only had the patience to sit and write it all out. I get too excited thinking about this wedding and have a hard time composing eloquent sentences as there is just SO much to say. It actually gave me butterflies the moment the inquiry popped into my inbox last summer:
From the bride's mother: "The wedding should be old-world traditional, but the reception will be "Country Supper and Dancing." Live bluegrass music for first two hours, then deejay (with no mike! Sidney says) ;-) and a very specific 60s playlist (compiled by bride and groom) for dancing. She envisions a big, bare-topped farm table for the buffet. She would love more farm tables around the room, but. . .reality may prevail in this area. We have a friend who will loan us quite a few large taxidermy objects to create a Kentucky hunt scene. Would love to borrow oriental rugs, old Victorian sofas and chairs, a very attic-y look and feel. Maybe fruit and vegetables for centerpieces. Dutch still life with a bluegrass flavor. Wish we had a fireplace! You get the picture."
Who in the world were these people and how did they already know my soul? Who was this bride with such impossibly cool, eclectic, comfortable style? Judging by the descriptive note from her mom, I knew she had been birthed by someone with just as great style otherwise she wouldn't have understood the vision so well.
My very first 'hello!' convo with Sidney was via the internets. She sent me the most thought out email I've ever received detailing her and her fiance Dane's relationship. She wrote "Dane once wrote in an inscription on a book he sent me before we started dating that "a joy shared is a joy doubled, and a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved." I'm pretty sure it was a quotation (I can't remember to whom he attributed it and I'm too engrossed in this email to Google), but I wholly agree with the sentiment, and would only add that a joy shared with Dane is a joy immensely multiplied. " It took four full paragraphs for her to start talking about the decor of her wedding- that right there told me she was my kind of girl. She was more about the marriage than the wedding and was aware it would be a visual extension of their relationship. She requested a "relaxed, but not irreverent, feel within the reception space. " And in an instant, I totally got her.
We planned and designed their January marriage blessing and reception at the Pointe with MUCH help from her mother Vivian (and Stephanie!) and coordinator Liza. From old rugs to art to lamps to books to vintage furniture, we outfitted the space with props from Actor's Theatre. You know I'm a prop nerd so this was such a treat for me! We hung taxidermy on the walls to make it feel like a Colorado Lodge. We created colorful centerpieces with inspiration from the Dutch Masters- poppies, fruit, lush roses, greenery, and all kinds of texture- we even hung cedar garland from the rafters and walls to bring the outside in. The beautiful, beautiful mismatched China came from Lancaster Court, LLC and it brought everything together so nicely!
Some of the sweetest details were straight from the family. Sidney wore her mother's 1970's wedding dress adorned with a necklace that has been worn by four generations of weddings in her mom's family. Sidney's family (as well as her and Dane as a couple) have traveled and studied in many different countries and to represent that, we had flags at the wedding to honor each place (I will give credit where credit is due- this was Vivian's incredibly thoughtful idea) Over all, we tried to represent both families as best as we could- blending the bride's southern roots and the groom's upbringing in the Colorado mountains.
Today, Sidney & Dane's wedding is featured on Martha Stewart Wedding's blog. I am so excited to share such a uniquely personal event, and even more grateful to have gotten to have been a part of it. Many years to Sidney & Dane!!
Event Planning and Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey | Photography: Whitney Neal | Location: Christ Church Cathedral; The Pointe | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Videography: Molly Roberson | Officiant: Jady Koch | Stationery: Hound Dog Press | Calligraphy: Rachel Fisher | Cake: Sweet Surrender | Music: Fresh Cut Grass Bluegrass Band | Rentals: Lancaster Court China Rentals; Essential Details; La Tavola Fine Linen; All Occasions Event Rental; Ballou’s Rental;Actor Theater | Hair: Hali B & Co | Makeup: Kristie Hicks | Transportation: R&R Limo