When a bride and groom are so happy with the experience they received that they recommend you to their friends, it really is the highest compliment they can give. I had the pleasure of working with Shayne and Tyler back in 2017 (if you missed their beautiful ranch wedding, you can take a peek here) and through them I met Gabrielle and Colton.
Gabrielle and Colton technically met for the first time... twice. They were celebrating birthdays with a fun-filled day at Elitch Gardens with friends, when one of Gabrielle's friends recognized Colton and his group. They hung out that day together but didn't re-meet until the following summer when the same friends reconnected. That night, Colton decided he wasn't going to let Gabrielle get away again.
These two fell in love quickly. Just after graduating college, Gabrielle convinced Colton to go backpacking through Europe. Colton said he wanted to visit Ireland because he has Irish heritage, but really he had other reasons... He asked Gabrielle to carry on his Irish last name on the Cliffs of Moher on a drizzly, foggy, magical afternoon.
These two chose beautiful YMCA of the Rockies as the epic backdrop for their wedding. Their day arrived in true Colorado fashion: sunny and stormy. While we were all on pins and needles as dark storms approached, we were blessed with a break in weather and full sun after their ceremony.
Gabrielle and Colton decided to not share a First Look before their ceremony, and it was a beautiful choice. The emotions were high as she walked down the mountaintop aisle and they shared tear-filled vows, and perfect first kiss, and sealed the entire thing with a secret handshake.
I adored every minute of their special day! From their color palette (hello, gorgeous!) to their giggles and every moment in between, it was a perfect day.
The couple's biggest wedding planning advice? "Focus on the personal details that are important to you. Those will set your wedding apart and be the little things people remember." #callmeconnolly #abearyconnollywedding
Vendor dream team:
Venue: YMCA of the Rockies Flowers: Kiss These Tulips (Rebecca Andrews) Bride's Dress: Dora Grace Bridal Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse Coordination: Muse Events DJ: DjKaaos (Craig Nicholson) Cake: Batter Up Cakes Hair: Hair West Salon, Fort Collins, CO (Sarah Rowley) Makeup: Lark Mervine Shuttles: NOCO Party Bus Beverage Service: Peak Beverage 2nd Photographer: Christina Gonzales