A Colorado Experience – German Wedding – 07.27.13

AED Couple : Josh & Toni German
Married On : July 27th, 2013
Ceremony Venue : Genesee Park (Genesee, Colorado)
Reception Venue : McNichols Civic Center Building (Denver, Colorado)

What We’ll Never Forget :
>Josh & Toni had so many great ideas for their wedding. They really wanted to make it an experience for their guests, and different from any other wedding they had ever attended, especially since most of their guests were headed to Colorado from out of state. They succeeded!
>The ceremony site was beautiful! The couple chose a flat surface amongst a bunch of rocks. It was unusual but worked perfectly!
>Toni and her father arrived at the ceremony aisle via a pedicab by Mile High Pedicabs.
>Toni designed and arranged all of the wedding flowers with the help of her bridesmaids.
>Because the reception was at McNichols, Denver’s first library, the couple had a subtle library theme for their dinner reception.
>Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed the first of two cocktail hours on the mountain complete with kegs, champagne, a live band, a food truck and lawn games.
>Once the first cocktail hour was over, guests rode shuttle buses to McNichols and enjoyed another cocktail hour, again with live music, on the second floor of the building.
>They then worked their way upstairs to participate in a Hora for the new husband and wife, followed by a catered dinner, a live band and lots of dancing!
>During the reception, guests enjoyed a beer bar filled with a variety of Colorado brews.
>And, for a late night snack, Josh & Toni brought in cookies from one of their favorite bakeries and gourmet ice cream sandwiches by Peteybird.
>With a mountain ceremony and city reception, 2 cocktail hours, dinner and lots of live music – the celebration made for a long day and night, but guests never tired – they enjoyed every minute of it!

Thank you to Peak Wedding Photography for sharing these fabulous pictures.

To see more pictures from this wedding, click here.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.04.20 PMEach bridesmaid had her own style/color of dress and they all wore cowboy boots.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.13.34 PMScreen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.02.23 PMAn emotional moment caught on camera – when Toni’s father saw
her for the first time on her wedding day.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.09.39 PMWhat guests saw when they got off the shuttle buses at Genesee Mountain.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.05.14 PMThe Bride and her bridal party did an amazing job with the flowers!

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.17.15 PMWorking their way to the aisle.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.19.53 PMJosh’s face as he saw his bride for the first time, walking down the aisle toward him.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.23.17 PMSuch a unique ceremony site.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.27.12 PMThe couple’s dog was a big part of the ceremony and day.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.30.45 PMGuests enjoyed cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony,
before heading to McNichols for the rest of the festivities.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.10.35 PMGuests loved the food truck on the mountain!

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.36.06 PMGoing along with the library theme, guests’ names and table numbers were listed in alphabetical order in this card catalog.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.35.09 PMThere were both long, family style dinner tables, as well as rounds at the reception.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.35.40 PMThe beer bar – ready to go.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.37.24 PMA Hora kicked off the dinner reception.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.37.50 PMAfter dinner, guests were treated to a variety of flavored ice cream sandwiches.

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 3.27.41 PMCongratulations to Josh and Toni on their happily ever after!

Words from our client :Due to the venues we chose (two outdoor and one indoor, spaced 30 miles apart), our wedding ceremony, post-ceremony festivities, and reception were all logistically complicated. However, Sarah was so buttoned up in her pre-planning management that I was able to go into my wedding day with 100% confidence that I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Sarah gave me the piece of mind that everything would go flawlessly and it did! Sarah and her team were fantastic, and Sarah herself was a joy to work with! Hiring Sarah was the best money I spent on my wedding because in the end, it allowed me to enjoy our day!” ~Toni (Bride)

Sarah was invaluable in our wedding planning. She is easy to work with and very professional, and takes the time to work with you throughout the process. She has very good insight into what will/will not work, and as a result we were able to anticipate many potential issues and address them beforehand. Sarah pays attention to all of the details and instills confidence that things will be done and done right.” ~Josh (Groom)

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The vendors who made the wedding such a success :
Day of Coordination : Ansley Event Design, LLC
Ceremony Venue : Genesee Park
Reception Venue : McNichols Civic Center Building
Mountain Cocktail Hour Food Truck : Baba and Pop’s Kitchen
Ceremony & Mountain Cocktail Hour Musicians : The Parlor Pickers
Reception Band : Thumpin
Dessert (Ice Cream Sandwiches) : Peteybird
Caterer : Footers Catering
Photographer : Peak Wedding Photography
Officiant : Stacey Roberts (Family Friend)
Rentals : Party Time Rental
Shuttle/Guest Transportation : University of Colorado Buff Bus
Alcohol : Argonaut Liquor
Pedi Cab : Mile High Pedicabs

The Bears – Griffiths’ Wedding – 05.18.13

Being an event planner, I am constantly getting asked what my craziest experience has been. This beautiful, crazy wedding is currently the winner!

I was hired by the Groom’s mother, Suzanne, to make sure Chris & Shannon’s wedding day was absolutely perfect. From the first phone call with Shannon, who was living in Spokane, Washington and planning her wedding long-distance, I knew that her and her fiance were going to be great to work with.

On the day of their wedding, a nervous Groom and glowing Bride showed up at The Pines at Genesee to begin their unforgettable day. I don’t think the smile on Chris’ face left the entire day, seriously, the entire day! He was so happy. And when he got the first look at his bride walking down the aisle toward him, his smile got even bigger.

The ceremony began like most other ceremonies – guests all facing forward and looking at the Bride & Groom. I made my way down the long aisle so I could get a better view when through my walkie talkie, my side-kick (my Dad) says – ‘Sarah, there is a bear coming toward the ceremony’. I was MAD!!! Thinking he was playing a very cruel joke on me. Then, again – ‘Sarah, seriously, there is a bear coming toward the ceremony.’ I turned around and behind me was a bear heading down the hill right toward the ceremony. No Joke! EEKS!!! Having to make a quick decision, I stopped the ceremony. First time I’ve ever had to do that. Guests’ initial reaction was to jump out of their seats, but I quickly reminded them to stay calm and sit down – and they did. We all watched the bear for what seemed like forever as he made his way to an empty stroller with snacks, then almost walked right down the aisle. Something changed his mind and he went over to the musicians to check out what kind of tasty treats they may have. Everyone was calm. The vendors were amazing. But this bear wasn’t going away, so eventually we all started cheering and clapping and he decided it was time to leave. After one last look at the crowd, the bear went back over the hill and on his way. Once everyone took a deep breathe and calmed down, the ceremony continued.

Why was this experience so perfect for this wedding?
#1 – Shannon had mentioned how much she wanted to see a bear during their rehearsal dinner the previous night at Boettcher Mansion. Be careful what you wish for!
#2 – Shannon’s family has been called the ‘Bear Family’ for years.
#3 – The experience created a great story for the Bride & Groom to tell time and time again, especially since everyone was safe and no one got hurt.

So, the ceremony continued and it was absolutely beautiful! Chris and Shannon exchanged vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as they shared their personal stories. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and live music while the Bride & Groom took pictures with their families. Once everyone finished up dinner and all the traditions were complete, the party really got started and the dance floor was packed for the rest of the night.

Watching Christopher and Shannon, you can tell they truly are a team. They’ve already experienced a lot together and the next journey was just beginning with a recent move to Colorado right before the wedding. The two are constantly sharing smiles, kisses and high fives and it’s evident that they have their friends and families’ support in all that they do.

Congratulations Chris & Shannon on your happily ever after!

April O’Hare Photography not only captured the day wonderfully, she also was able to keep shooting during the stressful experience and get great shots of the bear. Thank you for sharing these unforgettable moments with us April! To see more pictures from the wedding, click here.

The film that Locker Partners created really shows the personality of the couple and how great the day was! Click here to watch the video and make sure to stay tuned until the end for the bear footage.


Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris89372_lowThe ceremony took place at The Aspen Wedding Terrace, which has such a beautiful and natural back drop.

Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris9308_lowThe ‘little’ fella makes his appearance.


Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris89952_lowShannon & the Bestman’s reactions tell it all as the
bear almost makes his way down the aisle.

Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris9329_lowOne last look at the crowd before he disappears over the hill.

Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris96872_lowAnd the day continues…


Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris90762_lowThe table decorations were simple, elegant and perfect for the venue.


Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris0207_lowChris & Shannon get the party started.

Ryan_Griffiths_April_OHare_Photography_ShannonChris97132_lowSuch a wonderful couple!

Words from our client : “Throughout the initial planning process, Sarah was kind, efficient, and professional. She invested a lot of time in my wedding, and thought of details I would have otherwise missed. She eliminated so much stress for me, and I felt incredibly calm and relaxed on my wedding day. My special day was interrupted when a black bear actually arrived in the middle of my ceremony and Sarah handled the situation in a most composed and graceful way. I work with many meeting planners in my career, and Sarah is truly the cream of the crop. Overall my experience with Sarah was truly a wonderful one, and I highly recommend her for any type of event in the future.” ~Shannon (Bride)

Click here to see more pictures from the wedding.

Click here to see the video of the day.

Thank you to the incredible team of vendors who made this day so great!
Day-Of Coordination : Ansley Event Design
Event Venue & Caterer : The Pines at Genesee
DJ : Brian Martinez of Kantrast Media
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians : Nobility Strings
Cake : Safeway
Photographer : April O’Hare Photography
Officiant : Reverend Kim Tavendale
Florist : Danette Maas
Videographer : Locker Partners
Transportation Company : Premier Charters
Hair : Kim Jerome