Your Story (How Did You Meet)
We met on Match.com! I had been on Match off-and-on over two years, but wasn’t sure I really wanted to meet someone on an online dating site. The ones I did meet usually ended after one date. Dan’s Match story is very similar. Dan doesn’t like to give credit to Match because I had only displayed my profile for a couple hours and decided to remove it and he had been on Match for a while and was just getting ready to quit. He saw my profile and “winked” at me. I typically ignored men who didn’t have the nerve to send me an email, but I liked his profile, so I responded to his “wink” with an email. That was May 7th. We talked on the phone for a couple of days and Dan asked to meet over a cup of coffee. I suggested beer… being Irish, he liked that. We decided to meet on May 12 at a local brewery restaurant. As I pulled into the parking lot, I saw Dan walking toward the restaurant. Our eyes met and we smiled at each other. I parked and checked my hair and makeup. I opened the car door and there was Dan, standing there to greet me. He had such warmth in his eyes and smile. The wait at the restaurant was pretty long and we didn’t want to sit in the bar. Dan remembered from my profile that I liked sushi and asked if I wanted to go to a nearby sushi restaurant. We went to dinner and talked for three hours and left there and shared a bottle of wine and conversation for four more hours. We had a great time and learned a lot about each other. Dan was the perfect gentleman… to my disappointment. He didn’t even hug or kiss me when we went our separate ways!
Why did you select Eastholme?
We wanted an intimate ceremony and decided to have it at a bed and breakfast. We looked at several B&Bs in the area and liked Eastholme because of the location, it felt like a home from the moment you walked through the door, and Deborah’s pleasant nature and expertise as a wedding planner. I loved that Deborah was able to take care of all of the details for us… the bride’s party staying the night before, breakfast in the morning, scheduling make up and hair, flowers, the officiate, and the photographer. Everything went off as planned.
We had a beautiful ceremony. Deborah made sure everything was timed perfectly. We could not have chosen a better person to officiate than Reverend Wulf. He was so personable and guided us through the ceremony as if we had practiced it. He also provided us with a booklet of the ceremony. We had an Irish wedding and we were able to find a piper in Georgia who provided us with a bagpipe rendition of the wedding march.
We had a simple cocktail reception at our house, but we really should have let Deborah take care of that too. The food was catered by Cravings Catering and they did a wonderful job (the bacon wrapped dates are delicious!) We served our own homemade cabernet sauvignon, white blend, and pinot noir wines; they were a big hit. We also had a bag piper who played for about 20 minutes.
Resources Most Helpful: Eastholme, without question! Having Deborah take care of all of the ceremony details was a tremendous help and took a lot of stress off of us!
How long to plan wedding:
We met in May, got engaged in July, and married in December. We planned our wedding in just four months. My husband, Dan, took on a lot of the planning and coordination. I have to give him a lot of credit for taking on most of the responsibility… while working full time and having our house remodeled.
Number of Guests: 38
Wedding Theme/Inspiration: Irish!!! We’re both Irish but Dan bleeds green!
Color Palette: Green for the groom’s party and cranberry for the bride’s party.
Attire: Full-regalia formal kilts for the groom’s party and gowns for the bride’s party.
Décor: Christmas -- The décor at Eastholme was beautiful and balanced (not overdone.) We made a special wedding Christmas tree at our home with white lights and white, crystal, and silver ornaments.
Bouquets: Roses & baby’s breath for the bride. A single red rose for each of the bride’s maids.
Reception at Home: Heavy hors d'oeuvres – bacon wrapped dates, ahi tuna rolls, springs rolls, baked brie with fresh fruit and crackers, jumbo tiger shrimp, asparagus cigars, baby pears with gorgonzola drizzled with balsamic
Cake Design: Strawberry Frasier from Marigold’s (our favorite cake!!)
Favorite Details/Special Touches
The cake toppers (the groom wore a kilt), the wedding Christmas tree, the beautiful linens provided by Posh Linen
What Made Your Wedding Unique
We had an Irish themed wedding with kilts and a bagpiper.
The ceremony was very intimate and beautiful. I was aware of other people being there, but I felt like it was just the two of us.
What Would You Do Different
Let Deborah plan the reception and have it at Eastholme. Have a photographer at the reception. We tried to economize and sat throw away cameras around the house for the guests to take random shots. Although we have a lot of good shots, the quality is not very good.
Your Advice to Couples Just Starting to Plan Their Wedding
Don’t have a reception at your home!! The groom may have some weird friends and family who will rearrange your whole house after you leave!
The Wedding Professionals Involved (Deserve a 5 Star Rating)
Ceremony: Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast
Reception: Our Home
Photographer: Reflections Photography
Event Planner: Deborah Rice
Formalwear Rentals: KiltRental.com (Colorado Springs)
Cake: Marigold’s Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Calvin Wulf
Videographer: Reflections Photography
Limousine/Transportation: American Limousine
Hair & Makeup: Kimberley Fooshee / Amie Carr
Jewelry: Luisa Graff Jewelers
Honeymoon Location: The Broadmoor