Allison and Doug had a lovely Boettcher Mansion Colorado Wedding shot by Katie Keighin Photography!!! They wanted their them to be “Us”…..we love that idea!!! That is the most important part of the day!!! The day was filled with their activities, life and their friends and family!
Meet Allison and Doug!!!!
How did you meet?
Doug and Allison met in the middle of the country. Literally. Doug moved to Colorado from California to make a fresh start. Allison moved to Colorado from Chicago to attend grad school. Once Doug & Allison were both in the same state, never knowing that the other existed, a mutual friend set them up. That first, blind date turned into many, many dates that involved dancing, sports activities, and conversations about a life together.
Tell us your proposal story!
Nine months later on New Year’s Eve, after an evening of country line dancing, Doug proposed over rose pedals and candle light. He said, “I want to live life with you” and both Allison and Doug knew that’s what it was all about; finding your person to live life with, dance with, and love.
What is your favorite date night?
Mystery dates! We take turns planning a date night. Its a complete mystery for the other person. You’re told a day, time, and what to wear, then you just show up.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding?
Community. And ourselves. A friend asked us, “what’s your theme” and we said, “Us.” It was about our activities, life, and all of the friends and family in it.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our personalized, meaningful ceremony. Our ceremony consisted of live musicians, who were the bride’s sister and friends. We had a section for Community Stones, where each person in attendance set an intention into a pebble and then place in a glass bowl. We honored our parents with a small speech to thank both sets and then asked them to read “The Art of Marriage” poem by Wilfred Arlan Peterson. As the act of unity, we had a Unity plant with 3 jars of dirt — 1 from the Groom’s parents, 1 from the Bride’s parents, and 1 from our own garden. Each family poured dirt onto the plant. The plant now sits on top of the bowl of pebbles from our community.
Decorations were kept to a minimum and were meant to be reusable or recyclable. The table # assignments were picture frames of Doug & Allison doing one of their many activities. Guests were assigned to the “hiking table”, “dancing table”, “camping table”, etc. After the wedding the picture frames are going to be repurposed & hung on the wall with family photos.
What is one piece of couple/marriage advice you have for our readers?
Continue to date your loved one. Pursue them. Be romantic. Have date nights. Flirt. That should never stop once you’re married, but it can very easily slip away.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Jamaica! We were gifted a time share destination, but we only looked at places that had “huts.” We wanted rustic chic, to relax. We stayed in beautiful tree huts and relaxed on the beaches.
What do you love most about your wife?
I love how important her family is to her. I love her passion for life. I love her smarts and our deep conversations. I love her desire to do big things. I love her smile and the way she always dances and sings. I love her cheesy jokes. I love her confidence in what she does. I love her ability to teach people and help them grow. I love how she makes me feel.
What do you love most about your husband?
I love Doug’s desire to be exposed to new activities, travels, and life experience so that he can grow. I also love that he frequently prays and asks me to pray with him, so that he shares his moment of vulnerability, self-reflection, and connectedness with God. I love that he can clearly see each person for their individual strengths and that he truly sees me for all that I am.
How has marriage made you grow as a person and/or couple?
Marriage makes us self reflect more than ever before, forcing us to grow as individuals. When you are so closely connected to another person, you suddenly become more aware of your own insecurities, weak points, and frustration buttons. When those surface, marriage is the safe space for each of us to face our fears, to face our developmental areas, and grow into a better person– so that you can be the best person possible for your partner.
What are you looking forward to in your marriage in the next 10 years?
We’re looking forward to building a deeper community of friends and family. We are both 3-4 years new to Colorado and just bought a house. We desire to have a space to share with friends and family to build community.
Any additional information that you’d want to share!
The centerpieces were actual pumpkins, carved the day before by family & friends, and held a few flowers purchased at Costco. The pumpkins & flowers decomposed after the event.
YAY! Magnets were selected as the “take-away” gift because they could double as the holders for the name cards. We selected a variety of YAY Colorado! YAY Mountains! Yay Sunshine! that we could personalize to our guests.
Event Planner: Purple Summer Events
Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals
Florals: The Perfect Petal
Caterer: Relish Catering and Events
Dress Store: D’Anelli Bridal
DJ: Quality Mobile Sound
Videographer: Crystaline Photography & Multimedia