Jenna and Kevin celebrated their marriage with a colorful wedding at Denver art gallery, Space Gallery. These two artists had a creative alternative to a unity candle and offer some very sweet marriage advice for newlyweds. Read on to learn more from Jenna!
Kevin and I met at Star Bar, a fun little karaoke bar in downtown, Denver. Kevin sang right into my heart that night and he never left.
After two years together, Kevin planned an unforgettable surprise proposal. Kevin, who is a musician, wanted to put his originality to the test by writing an album with songs about our relationship and love for each other.
He then planned a big reveal and proposal on the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, knowing that the MCA is my favorite art museum. We got engaged on the roof and celebrated with a glass of champagne looking over the city.
We decided on a classic-modern theme to create an artistic quality for the wedding. Kevin and I are both artists, so this was very important to us. It was hard to stick with just one or two colors after seeing so many different wedding concepts, while searching for inspiration. I would keep going back and forth on the color palette as the planning went on.
Once we needed to focus on specifics for the bridal party and décor, we decided to pull from a variety of different colors. We stuck with different shades of gray, golden yellow, royal blue, and a saturated blue green color. I felt that it was important for my bridesmaids to pick their own style of dress, while sticking to the color scheme.
Kevin and I wanted to do something special during the ceremony to symbolize our commitment and the two of us becoming one. Instead of the traditional lighting of the candle or blending of the sands rituals, we went with something more unique by creating a unity painting.
We each picked two different colors and poured them onto a canvas, naturally mixing together, never to be separated. It was such a beautiful and fun alternative for the ceremony. The best part is having them displayed in our home to always remind us of our special day.
We both sat down and made a list of what was important to each of us individually and made sure we focused on those specifics during the process of our wedding planning.
(To learn more about how to do this, read The Colorful Colorado Weddings blog post, "The One Thing You Need to Do Before You Start Wedding Planning.")
The venue was a high priority for the both of us. We had a clear vision of a venue that was unique and non-traditional. It was important that the space was vast, so we were able to host the ceremony, cocktail, and dinner reception all in one area. Space Gallery was the first venue we considered and it was exactly what we were looking for.
Photography was also high on the list. We wanted to make sure our big day was perfectly captured.
Music was also important for us. We wanted everyone to have a great time at the reception, so we spent extra time making a playlist that was unique to our taste. We cut out the traditional "Chicken Dance" and "Electric Slide," but included songs we knew our friends and family would enjoy just as much.
Luckily, we have some very talented friends that were willing to help when we needed it. We were able to cut cost on the D.J. by creating our own playlist using Spotify and had one of our good friends run it.
Décor and the florist were also something we saved on. The artwork throughout the venue helped with limiting decorations for the wedding. We saved a ton on the décor by doing everything ourselves.
As for the florist, we went to our local grocery store and picked out different flowers that worked well together. I loved the idea of having a wild flower arrangement instead of something perfectly displayed. I planned a day for my bridesmaids to come over and we created beautiful arrangements for the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres.
My mother had saved meaningful pieces from when she and my father got married. While browsing through her cherished keepsakes, I found a veil that had a beautiful headpiece attached to it. I was not planning on wearing a veil, so I detached it and just wore the headpiece. It was the perfect addition and matched with my wedding dress.
Our guest book was something that we spent a lot of time prepping for. We cut out pieces of fabric for the guests to sign that will eventually be sewn into a quilt. It will be a great way to look back and cherish memories from our wedding.
One of the favorite moments of our wedding was when Kevin surprised me with our engagement video, which I had never seen before. It was such a special moment for the both of us and it means even more now that we were able to share it with our family and friends.
I feel that the biggest challenge was planning everything on our own. We did not hire a wedding planner, so we had no idea where to begin. We pretty much relied on Pinterest, a wedding planning book, and advice from recent married friends. When we hit challenging times, it helped us work on stressful situations together.
(If you don't need a full-service wedding planner but don't want to totally wing wedding planning on your own, check out "The Wedding Planning Kit That Won't Make You Want to Elope" by Colorful Colorado Weddings editor Kristi Thompson.)
I wish I had been aware of the impact that stress can have on your health while wedding planning. The last couple of weeks before the wedding can be the most stressful part. We ended up sick right before the big day. Luckily, it was mild and did not affect us much during the wedding.
Tips for Engaged Couples
During the planning process, we suggest staying on top of everything and making sure you are organized. We made a breakdown each month of things to do and buy for the wedding. This really helped with our finances and prevented us from getting stuck with a huge bill at the end.
Use your resources and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our friends and family were more than willing to lend a helping hand if we needed anything.
Be sure to make time for other things when you are together. It is easy to get burnt out on wedding planning, if that is the only thing you do or talk about when you see each other.
Being a newlywed is seriously the greatest thing ever. The best advice as a newly married couple is to be your spouse's biggest fan. Having someone who will always be there supporting you and your decisions builds that unbreakable bond between the two of you. It’s not always a fairytale and there will always be stuff that needs working on, but just knowing someone is there for you helps in the biggest way.
Guest List Count: 200 // Photographer: Enrique Parrilla and Andy Martinez // Venue: Space Gallery // Caterer: Prairie Schooner Cafe // Videographer: Tad Hutchinson // Musician: Dan Ha // Hairstylists: Carlie Jo Shingledecker and Madison VonFeldt // Makeup Artist: Angel White // Groom's Wardrobe: Suit Supply