Your Story (How Did You Meet)
Bob and I have worked at Memorial Hospital for many years. We were formally introduced by a co-worker of mine in 2009. Bob is a pharmacist at Memorial and I am an oncology nurse. I began my graduate studies in 2009 to pursue a Master’s in Nursing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and in the Fall Semester, I had enrolled in Advanced Pharmacology. Shortly thereafter, Bob and I began dating and I believe that it was fate as he is a brilliant pharmacist and helped me get an A+ in the class! J We got engaged in August 2010 and planned our wedding for August 2011. Bob is an outdoorsman and I am as well to an extent, but I love cocktails and shopping much more. We make each other laugh, and appreciate each other’s differences, as we believe we complement each other well. Our shortcomings are evened out by our strengths when we are together and I believe that we will be very happy together and hopefully grow old together for many, many years.
Why did you select Eastholme?
Eastholme in the Rockies B&B offered Bob and I an opportunity to share our very special wedding day with our closest friends and family in an intimate outdoor setting in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mtns. The historic Victorian charm and peaceful setting was just what we were looking for as a way to celebrate our marriage to one another.
Rev. Calvin was a terrific surprise. His very personal and spiritual ceremony led us to believe that we had known him for years.
Deborah (Eastholme owner and wedding coordinator) couldn’t have been any more on the ball than she was. Not one thing was out of place and each and every guest was well attended to. The food was outstanding, the setting, décor, flowers, and flow of the reception surpassed all of our highest expectations. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Resources Most Helpful: www.mywedding.com and www.theknot.com. Both were great resources for pictures of bouquets, cakes, hairstyles, and table arrangements. The American Wedding (www.theamericanwedding.com)was a great site for ordering wedding invitations and the live online and telephone support was terrific.
How long to plan wedding: Roughly 9 months – Deborah did all the work and all Bob and I had to do was taste the food, pick out flowers, a cake, and arrange a guest list. She had all details covered from the Rev., photographer, florist, caterers, to the seating arrangements and organization of the ceremony just shortly after we had signed our contract.
Number of Guests: 50 on the nose!
Wedding Theme/Inspiration: Vintage, simple elegance, and intimate.
Color Palette: Off-white and lavender
Attire: Formal wedding gown with vintage detail; Groom had on a black suit with lavender tie; Best-man wore a black suit with lavender tie; Maid of Honor wore a lavender knee-length dress with silver shoes.
Decor: Simple elegance – minimal and simple table decorations which included off-white table cloths, lavender cloth napkins, floral centerpieces which coordinated beautifully with bridal bouquet and Cook’s mini-champagne bottles as party favors. Dishes were simple – off-white with a scalloped edge and no other detail.
Programs: Simple Christian ceremony performed by Rev. Calvin, lunch, drinks, and lots of pictures. No dancing, but we did play some great Frank Sinatra songs.
Bouquets: Purple, white, and off-white flowers for Bride and Maid of Honor.
Boutonnieres: Groom – White rose and purple accent and the Best-man – White rose.
Centerpieces: Purple, white, and off-white flowers in purple tinted square vases to coordinate with Bridal bouquet.
Cocktail Hour: A selection of red and white wines and imported beers provided by Coaltrain Wine & Spirits.
Reception Menu: Beef tenderloins, chicken marsala, bowtie pasta with shrimp, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables.
Cake Design: Three tier butter cream cake off-white frosting with purple accent flowers – two layers of chocolate sour cream and one layer of white cake.
Favors: Cook’s mini champagne bottles.
Your favorite details/special touches: The beauty of Eastholme itself created an intimate, simple elegant setting which catered to our vintage wedding theme.
What Made Your Wedding Unique: Our guests – only our closest family members and friends were invited and attended and we had time to spend with all of them.
Memorable Moments: The photographers were terrific! The Rev. performed the ceremony as though he had known Bob and I for years and our vows, although simple and well known, were said with love and we both felt an honest commitment to one another as we recited them.
What Would You Do Different: Not a thing!
Your Advice to Couples Just Starting to Plan Their Wedding: For the bride – choose the site and then choose the dress. The rest will fall into place. Think simple, find a way to not focus on minute details and create a wedding day that will allow the bride and groom to have fun, enjoy the time spent with close friends and family, and learn to laugh at anything that may throw you off a bit.
For the groom – wear something you will love, be comfortable in, and feel proud to wear for your bride. Let her run the show and be supportive. Learn to laugh and worry about the bills later.
The Wedding Professionals Involved (Deserve a 5 Star Rating):
Cravings, Coaltrain Wine & Spirits, Reflections Photography, and of course Eastholme!
Ceremony: Eastholme in the Rockies B & B
Reception & Rehearsal Dinner: Eastholme in the Rockies B & B
Photographer: Reflections Photography
Event Planner: Deborah (Eastholme owner and wedding coordinator)
Wedding Gown: Danielle’s Bridal Colorado Springs, CO – A Vintage Original resembling something Kate Winslet would have worn in the movie Titanic.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor lavender knee length strapless bride’s maid gown.
Formalwear Rentals: Groom and Best-man wore Armani suits and lavender ties.
Caterer: Cravings and Coaltrain Wine & Spirits.
Cake: Cravings – 3 tier buttercream cake with off-white frosting and purple accent flowers to coordinate with wedding theme colors.
Florist: Dassell's Florist in Colorado Springs
Officiant: Rev. Calvin
Invitations/Programs: Invitations ordered through The American Wedding online
Hair & Makeup: Wendy Kramer from Le Reve Salon Colorado Springs, CO
Honeymoon Location: Victoria, British Columbia – we stayed at Abigail’s Hotel which was a beautiful inn located in the heart of Victoria. A terrific get-a-way!
Any other special moments, funny stories to share: Honestly, the wedding weekend, to include rehearsal dinner, wedding preparation day of, ceremony, and reception went absolutely perfect! Careful planning and help from outstanding professionals was the key to a successful fairy tale wedding!