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Romantic courtyard wedding in the Rocky Mountains

When the planner tells the florist, "the bride is obsessed with flowers," you know magic is going to happen.

Our bride was after a floral design that would bridge a European garden-vibe with the Colorado mountains in summer: luscious, romantic blooms meet playful movements and textures. For this couple, we really wanted the flowers to tell a story. In fact, this is the number one tip we have for our couples is to let go of making every floral detail identical. Let there be movement between the designs. Cohesive changes will make each aspect and space of your day feel more intentional and special.

Bride and bridesmaids Rocky Mountain wedding
Wedding ceremony at The Surf Hotel, Colorado

For our bride and her maids, we wanted a modern look with each person carrying a bouquet of one flower variety. To create a special look for the bridal bouquet, we wanted something more unique than garden roses, so we hand selected delicate, ruffled lisianthus grown at a local Colorado flower farm. We are big fans of petite and delicate bouquets. And with the mismatched bridesmaid gowns and romantic cut of the bridal dress, the overall look came together flawlessly.

In contrast to the clean look of the personal bouquets, the ceremony backdrop design reflected more of a landscaped garden. The dappled sunlight in the courtyard danced on the lush pockets of hydrangea, dahlia, roses, and textured native grasses. Chartreuse smokebush foliage brought in a vibrant pop of color. The ceremony aisle was lined with designs composed of all seasonal textures: sea oat and feathertop grasses, apache plume branches, and touches of dried pennycress- subtle nod to the Colorado landscape changing in late August.

White and green wedding centerpiece

In the reception space, tables were dressed in a mixture of designs, ranging from a full and lush floral runner at the head table, textured grass centerpieces, and garden-like floral centerpieces. Mixed votive candles brought warmth and romance to the tablescape. To bring in a bit of whimsy, playful cosmos danced out of the designs adding yet another surprise to their overall design. The cherry on top? Delicate lisianthus buds placed at each table setting for a special touch as each of the guests took their seats.

Taken in one at a time, each of these floral elements had a unique style to it. But when experienced all together, we created a stunning and memorable space for our couple to celebrate their marriage.

Planning: Brindle & Oak

Florals: Yarrow & Spruce

Venue: Surf Chateau, Buena Vista, CO


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