When you own an amazing, historic home in downtown Denver, and you're engaged, why on earth would you get married anywhere else? That's probably what Avery & Joey were thinking when they were planning their June wedding in Denver.
When we met with Avery & Joey, they knew exactly what they wanted concerning wedding photography. We ended the meeting with Joey insisting on giving us a tour of their house, which was a first for us during an initial consultation. It was clear when we entered that this place was more than just a house to them. They had put a lot of work into restoring the century-old home and had really made it their own.
My favorite part about this wedding -- and one of the best things about having a DIY wedding -- was all the freedom they had to fill every part of their day with meaning. Their ring bearer had performed the ring-bearing role for several past weddings in the family. Outside of being super useful, the carabiners scattered throughout the decor -- connecting the garland hanging from their front porch, holding their rings to the ring pillow, and draped from their chuppah -- represented their mutual climbing hobby. They used a collection of glass vases for their centerpieces, and their chuppah poles were strung with paper flowers bearing words of encouragement and companionship. Avery's mother carried the bouquet from her own wedding, and the couple's commitment to the color green was impressive.
Lovely ceremony music performed by a band with perhaps the best band name in the whole world, The Klez Dispensers.
Due to the incredible layout of their back patio, Avery & Joey got to have a wave from the balcony moment, and we got to play around with aerial views of their Hora dance. It was my first time having a bird's eye view of the traditional Jewish wedding dance (much of the time, we end up on the ground floor), and now I have a much better idea of what's actually happening during the Hora.
And yes, they do make champagne bottles in this size.
As the sun went down, the lanterns and light strings warmed up the courtyard. Wedding photographers *love* hanging lanterns and market lights -- they create bokeh and a dreamy effect that we're always looking for. If you are planning a wedding and wondering whether or not to go with hanging lights, do it.
Of all the wonderful parts of this day, the most unique part might have been the wedding piñata. Neither of us had ever seen such a thing, but I'm convinced this should be more common. Imagine getting to hit something as hard as you can on your wedding day. It must have been really satisfying. Good idea all around.
The resident champagne guy ended up sabering a bottle of champagne. I think he did it twice, even.
Mazel tov, Avery & Joey! Thank you for inviting us into your home.
Catering by Bliss Caterers
Cake by Mulberries
Bridal gown by Blue Bridal
Music by The Klez Dispensers