Our intimate outdoor wedding ceremony had views of the mountains, personalized wedding vows, and non-traditional touches. It was intimate and absolutely beautiful.
When my husband and I started planning our wedding ceremony we envisioned it being intimate and personal, and that’s exactly what it was.
From the beginning, we wanted to keep things super simple. We didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen. We didn’t have a flower girl or ring bearer. We didn’t include any traditional rituals during our ceremony. And it was beautiful, simple and so intimate.
Our ceremony venue was the same as our reception and the same place we stayed, Fall River Village in Estes Park, CO. Fall River Village had just opened a new wedding venue on site called SkyView. It had opened about a month before our wedding, and it was so freaking gorgeous. We were lucky because our original wedding venue caught fire three months before our wedding, and we had to find a new venue for our ceremony and reception. Fall River Village was incredibly generous and easy to work with. They saved our wedding!
We kept the flowers super simple for the ceremony. There were such gorgeous views of the mountains from our ceremony site that we didn’t feel like we needed a ton of flowers. Our florist from Best Day Floral put simple greenery on the chairs in the aisle. We wanted a lot of greenery in our flower arrangements because we felt like it complimented the destination of our wedding – Colorado.
It was really important to us that people didn’t take photos during our ceremony. We didn’t want our photographer to have obstructions in her photos (people holding up their phones). But, more importantly, we wanted everyone to be present. One of my brother’s friends from high school makes wood signs, and I asked him to make an ‘unplugged wedding’ sign for us so we could let our guests know about our wishes. It turned out beautifully.
I walked down the aisle to the song, “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky. My husband and I love Explosions in the Sky, and have seen them perform live twice together. The song is absolutely gorgeous.
Both of my parents walked me halfway down the aisle, they walked to their seats, then I walked the rest of the way down the aisle by myself. I didn’t love the tradition of having my dad walk me down the aisle and give me away. I felt like it was patriarchal. I was also 35 years old when I got married and I’ve been on my own for many years, so I didn’t feel like my dad was actually giving me away. I loved that I was able to honor both of my parents during our ceremony. It felt like a way of expressing gratitude for all that they’ve done for me.
We also took a moment during our ceremony to thank my parents and my husband’s dad and stepmom. We hugged each of them, which was really sweet.
We left one seat open to honor my husband’s mom, who is no longer living.
Our officiants were our good friends, Mark and Beth. Before our vows, we asked them to include their own words about us, love and marriage, and it was so personal and beautiful. We loved having people that have known us since the beginning of our relationship be such an important part of our wedding ceremony. It made the ceremony even more personal and intimate.
When we looked over scripts for traditional wedding ceremonies, the words didn’t resonate with us. “To honor and obey” just wasn’t going to be said during our wedding. So I spent a lot of time researching non-traditional, non-patriarchal wedding ceremony scripts and vows. I took pieces of ceremony scripts that felt like us and edited them to make them more personal to us. It’s been so long, I can’t remember where I found the scripts online.
Here’s the vows that we read to one another…
I take you as you are, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise from this day forward, to be grateful for our love and our life, to be generous with my time, my energy and my affection, to be patient with you and with myself, to fill our life with adventure and our home with laughter, to encourage you to grow as an individual, and inspire you to do so, to support your ambitions and dreams, to love you completely. Most of all, I promise to be your equal partner forever.
So sweet, right?
There was laughter and tears and really loving, beautiful moments during our ceremony.
I know I’m partial, but it was the best wedding ceremony I’ve ever experienced.
After our ceremony was over, we had a private moment in the bridal suite with our officiants to sign our marriage license. It was nice to have a moment to thank them, reflect on the ceremony and celebrate privately before joining the rest of our guests.
Here are some of our wedding details:
Photographer – Deana Johnson Photography, Omaha, NE
Flowers – Best Day Floral, Johnstown, CO
Wood ‘Unplugged’ Sign – Bucolic Productions, Kearney, NE
Hair/Makeup – Amy Merritt Hair and Makeup, Boulder, CO
Suit – Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Shoes – Thursday Boot Company