"What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it."
Jessica and Brian's big day filled my heart with overwhelming joy and energy. Their passion for each other, faith in God, and love for family and friends is awe-inspiring. Their travel-inspired Park Church wedding was a perfect reflection of them and having a little time in downtown Denver for portraits was fresh and fun!
These two perfect people met through CRU, an organization dedicated to connecting people through Christ for college students. They worked together for some time before Brian summoned the courage to ask Jessica out. Their first date was at the Boulder Parade of Lights, where they both wore tacky Christmas sweaters. They came up with a game to play while watching the parade. Brian came up with Parade Bingo and had fun bingo cards, and Jessica came up with Parade Truth or Dare. At one point Brian even stood on top of a rock on Pearl Street belting Jingle Bells at the top of his lungs! After the parade they shared dinner at a cute Italian place and shut the place down. Their strong friendship made for a solid foundation and easy transition into dating.
Eight months later, after spending much of the summer apart (traveling), Jessica arrived home from a trip to find herself on a lovely picnic date with Brian at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. It was a cooler August day and fog had settled along the Front Range, making the Flatirons play peekaboo through the misty clouds. Upon arrival at the park, Brian had an open air tent already set up with a spread of charcuterie style foods, candles, and pink roses. Frank Sinatra played in the background while they enjoyed their picnic lunch. After they finished eating, Brian started setting up a camera to record a live music video (you HAVE TO see this!) for a song parody he wrote for her. He sang the song parody mashup about their relationship, finishing the song with lines about getting married. Then he got down on one knee and officially asked. It was completely and utterly perfect.
These two chose their church in which to celebrate their wedding. Full of history, Park Church was recently renovated and still displays beautiful character. Their October date was warm and sunny, and when I arrived to the church I found Brian in the sanctuary with a huge grin on his face. He was SO excited to marry Jessica! As he read a letter she wrote to him and spent a little time in prayer, the tears started flowing.
Jessica exuded quiet anticipation, shared giggles with her best friends, and as the doors opened at the back of the santuary and her brother escorted her down the aisle in honor of her late father, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.
When asked about their favorite wedding memories, their response was "we absolutely loved our ceremony. Particularly we loved writing our own vows, we didn't share our vows with each other before the ceremony, but based them off of the same structure. I (Jessica) almost lost my composure a few times during the vows. Brian's were incredibly beautiful. It was also really special taking communion together and having a moment to pray together and come before God to recognize His vital role in our marriage."
After sealing their vows with a kiss, we headed downtown for portraits in the warm fading Colorado sunlight. These two didn't need much prompting ta all; they were so passionately enjoying the moment, it made my job a cinch! After portraits, we arrived back to the church to enjoy a picnic style family dinner, heart-felt toasts, and a ton of dancing!
These two love traveling together and have been to a combined total of more than 50 countries! They enjoyed a honeymoon in Costa Rica and plan to continue exploring the globe as Mr. and Mrs. I'm SO HONORED to have been a small part of their wedding day. It was magical and fun and blessed and just plain perfect.
Jessica and Brian, I wish you the very best future together. May God bless your endeavors, make clear your paths, and always protect your adventures.