Real Wedding | Julie + Brett

A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the bride & groom, or the guests, at this beautiful Colorado wedding. In fact, Julie improvised and used her creativity to add character to an already charming celebration. I love the fact that she ran out the morning of her wedding and bought adorable pink wellies for her bridesmaids (they made for awesome photo ops!). Julie’s reception was full of charming details as well. Don’t miss the lovely tablescapes and gorgeous flowers.

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck…so here’s to a long, happy and lucky life together for this sweet couple!

Julie + Brett | June 12, 2010 | Longmont, Colorado

The ceremony

We were wed by a “Poetic Justice of the Peace.” We wanted the ceremony to capture who we are as a couple and the direction of our lives together — and he absolutely blew us away! We intended the ceremony to be outdoors, but due to a downpour of rain we got married under a tent looking out on the property. I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played live on ukulele (my husband is from Hawaii so we wanted elements of my home and his.) We had to improvise a little because of the rain (I ran and bought wellies for my bridesmaids that morning) but that didn’t stop our moment from being anything other than dreamy!

The reception

The reception was held at the Rembrandt Yard in Boulder, Colorado which is an art gallery/event space. We really just wanted our guests to feel at home, and tried to create an intimate atmosphere with lighting, seating and draping fabric. Once the DJ started, the dancing didn’t stop, except for sneaking back for some pictures in the photo booth and a surprise performance by a hula dancer (again, for my husband.) Overall, we wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple–it had the beauty of Colorado and touches of Hawaii (our favorite Hawaiian flower, tuberose was tucked into the floral settings, and our favors were hand-made Hawaiian soaps,) but was laid-back, warm and full of fun.

How Julie felt in her wedding dress

Elated, Glamorous, Loved

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

This is a once-in-a-lifetime dress. I had my moment in it, and I don’t feel right about shutting it up in a closet never to be worn again. I know it is the kind of dress that will make another bride look and feel special and beautiful, and I think that is the proper place for it to end up.

Julie’s dress: Monique Lhuillier, Rihanna

Photography: Katie Thurmes of Jenna Walker Photography