Who better to feature on a Colorado wedding blog than Miss Colorado 2014 herself! Stacey and Jeremy are a couple who prove beauty is about what's on the inside though. Their philosophy is that they need to love on each other every day, but it's easy to see they love others around them as well. Be sure to check out their incredibly thoughtful favors, which were truly gifts that keep on giving. Read on to learn more from Stacey!
The beginning of this love story goes back to one moment on a cool fall evening. Jeremy was playing in a Friday night football game for our high school. After a tough fight, our team lost and Jeremy was heartbroken.
He and I had only spoken a few times but on this evening we made eye contact across the field, gravitated toward each other, and the rest is history. After nine years together, Jeremy proposed on Christmas morning.
I had always wanted a "rustic chic" wedding, but when Jeremy and I saw the Manor House, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. The building is historic and gorgeous; it looks like a plantation, perched perfectly in the foothills. We decided to go for a classic theme with romantic twists. I wanted the colors to be soft: champagne and blush, with metallic accents. Jeremy wanted to add a bold pop of navy and it turned out great!
Jeremy and I identified the really important things up front, we decided we wanted a venue with a view, really good food, and an open bar. We prioritized these three things and cut back on costs in other areas. For example, I bought a sample gown and did several DIY decorations.
One of my favorite details was our unique wedding favors. Jeremy and I wanted to give our guests the ability to give to others. Giving is the best feeling in the world, and there are so many people in need. So we created bags for our guests to keep in their car for when they see someone who is experiencing homelessness. The little bags contained socks, water, and snacks.
Another detail I loved was having two of my best friends, who also happened to be Miss North Dakota and Miss Georgia, sing "A Thousand Years" as I walked down the aisle.
Our dessert table was also unique, instead of one wedding cake we had a whole buffet of dessert goodies. Jeremy's mom and dad made chocolate cupcakes and my mom made gluten-free carrot cake. We also had cannolis, cookies, and an outdoor s'mores station.
The manor house also had a separate bar area that made for a fun and unique wedding guest experience. We also had pictures of Jeremy and me from when we started dating next to our engagement photos.
When Jeremy and I walked into the reception everyone was cheering. It was so fun to see all of our favorite people as excited as we were about our marriage. I also loved our ceremony. We chose to read each other letters and I felt that it made our ceremony personal, light-hearted, and romantic.
Jeremy and I planned our wedding in three months. It was a challenge but we worked together and chose to focus on the important things. We didn't fuss over tiny details and we also worked to keep our wishes at the forefront of our decision making. We often joke that if we can plan a wedding together in three months that we can do anything.
I wish I would have known that you can take people with you to the food tastings! Jeremy and I showed up and had no idea that we could have taken our parents along to help us decide between all the amazing choices we had.
Tips for Engaged Couples
Invite who you really want to be there. This is your day! You should have the people present that you want to be part of your marriage. Also, don't second guess your decisions, it will drive you crazy.
Enjoy every moment together. My father passed away a month before our wedding, he and my mom had the sweetest relationship and to lose him was devastating. You always hear that life is short, but losing my dad right before my wedding reminds Jeremy and I need to love on each other every day. Remember, that you are so lucky to share the special relationship you and your partner have and don't let bickering or arguments get in your way.
Guest List Count: 215 // Photography: Chris and Kylee Coleman // Venue: The Manor House // Coordinator: Kelley Case, Manor House Coordinator // Bakery: Romano's Italian Restaurant // Caterer: A Perfect Bite // Bar Services: The Manor House // DJ: Ignight Entertainment // Stationery: Minted // Florist: Plum Sage // Hairstylist: Rochelle Romano // Wedding Dress: Anna Bé Bridal Boutique // Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Groom's Custom Tux: Tom James // Groomsmen's Wardrobe: Al's Formal Wear // Shoes: Antonio Melani // Officiant: Judge Ed Putka