Captured by EJ Dilley Photography located in Eagle, CO
Married on 9.18.18
Brittney and Mel had a gorgeous wedding ceremony on top of Loveland Pass. These two are Colorado lovers at heart, so it only made sense to travel from New England and elope on a mountain top in Colorado. The adventure reflects who they are as a couple. I find my LGBT weddings and elopements are incredibly meaningful to me, as I too eloped and am married to a kind and gorgeous woman. Brittney and Mel were surrounded by the immense beauty of Colorado and by a small group of three close friends. Their elopement was intimate with iconic Colorado views. Here is their story in pictures!
Lauren & Shelley Maroon BElls Aspen Wedding
Lauren and Shelley were SO beautiful on their wedding day! They chose the stunning Maroon Bells Amphitheater for their intimate Colorado destination wedding, and had a wedding planner help them through the details. Their group came up from Texas, and loved the gorgeous day and the stunning views of Maroon Bells. The awesome vendor team that executed this wedding - and would be happy to help with yours:
Planning - Sweetly Paired
Photography - Erin Witt
Florist - Olive and Poppy
Officiant - Wedlock Officiants - Scot Sanders
Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Johnston Speaks to Colorado Gay Weddings about his views - and the #OPENCO movement!
I read a lot of Supreme Court opinions in law school. Many of them moved me, but none ever brought to me tears until I read Anthony Kennedy’s words in the Obergefell case three summers ago:
“In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. The Constitution grants them that right.”
I was moved by the power of these words, but more by the power of the world that these words opened up: for people who had spent lifetimes hiding their love in the dark, this moment finally welcomed it into the light. The decision invited LGBTQ couples to throw parties and exchange vows, take photographs and try on dresses, print invitations and pick wedding bands. It declared America’s greatest celebration of love as one that was open to all.
This week’s Supreme Court decision clouded the beauty of those moments by raising the fear that every time an LGBTQ couple walks into a cake tasting or a dress fitting, they will be suddenly shamed back into the darkness from which Justice Kennedy’s words helped liberate them.
So it’s time for all Coloradans to take action. That is why we are calling on Colorado to launch an #OpenCO movement, where we ask everyone in the Colorado wedding industry — be they cake decorators or caterers, fashion designers or florists — to publicly display the answer to one simple question: Are all your wedding services open to all people?
And if the answer is yes, then proudly display this #OpenCO logo — in your window, on your website, and across social media — to assure all LGBTQ couples and their straight allies that they are doing business with a company that will celebrate every part of their wedding with them.
Join the #OpenCO movement right now by:
Mike Johnston - Democratic Candidate for Governor of Colorado 2018
Mike Johnston, who is currently running in the Democratic Primary for Governor of Colorado, grew up on the Western Slope. During his two terms as a Colorado State Senator, he passed over 100 bills with bipartisan support, including legislation to prevent gun violence, increase education funding, and promote rural economic growth. He served as a senior education adviser to President Obama and would be the first public school teacher and principal to be elected Governor of Colorado. He is fluent in Spanish and lives in Denver with his wife, Courtney, and their three beautiful kids.
Check out Gorgeous Stevi and Katy anD their lovely Wedding day!
We loved this elopement-style backyard event in the Boulder Colorado area from Christina Kiffney! Check out their lovely boho dresses, and the love that they shared!
Stevi & Katy
Katy and Stevi met while they were living in Bozeman MT. They officially met while working together in a small startup, but did not really know each other out of the company, until Stevi mentioned that she was looking to find a someone to fill an empty room in her house, which Katy promptly took. Soon after Katy moved in and late night talks in the kitchen they realized how much they had in common, and a wonderful relationship was formed. After spending four years traveling, moving and working together Katy proposed on Christmas day while they were visiting Stevi's family in the south of England for the holidays and chose to have the wedding the following March in the small rustic bohemian mountain town of Jamestown, just out of Boulder CO. The ceremony was held in their back garden with a firepit for warmth, surrounded by their friends and family gathered on the patio with one of Stevi's oldest friend marrying them. When the ceremony ended everyone wandered over to the Jamestown Mercantile where a wonderful evening unfolded with amazing food, company
and plenty of dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe
Christina Kiffney Photography
Michelle and Amy have been together for 20 years and have an eleven year old son. They had assumed they would never be able to be married in their lifetime, and were thrilled to have the chance to commit to each other in front of their dearest family and friends. Michelle is a writer, and there was not a dry eye at the ceremony when she read her vows. In one part, she said that committing to marriage after 20 years together, after so many challenges and losses, after moves and changes, after raising a son together, was very different than it would have been committing to marriage when they first started out on their journey together. Now they know how hard it is, now they know each others’ faults and shortcomings, now they know who they’re marrying. And they still choose each other.
J.A. Special Events, Jessica Adler
Devil's Thumb Ranch - venue & catering & lodging
Christina Kiffney Photography
Insta for Christina!
Colorado Same Sex Wedding photographer - New Hope Photography
Weddings are stressful. There is no way around this. Most people have built up this
day in their minds for years and have certain expectations. The family has
expectations, and so do friends (although with friends it is usually good food and
Over the years I have learned to craft little intimate moments for my couples so that
they have time to enjoy each other during their wedding day. When I meet with
couples, I tell them that I make at least three times during the schedule that we get
to go out and get photos without anyone else. Usually with each of these moments,
once I finish, I'll head out giving them a few minutes together. Because to me,
marriage is about being married more than getting married.
One of my favorite times to take my couples out is after the ceremony, and the
speeches and all the stressful parts are done. Most weddings this falls perfectly for
Golden Hour and not only is the light perfect, but emotions are perfect. So many
times this is when we get the best photos.
A few months back I was shooting an intimate wedding in Rhode Island. This was an
amazing wedding with Tanis and Alicia on a quiet little farm in the middle of
This has been one of my favorite weddings because of how close everyone who was
there was. They even had a good friend fly out and surprise them which was an
amazing moment. Every flower, light, and detail of this day was perfectly planned
and in such an intimate and relaxed way.
During their first dance, they had such perfect several minutes. It seemed as though
they were in a world by themselves, all the while being surrounded by family and
So, this time I had a new idea. When the time came for us to get out and go get these
photos, I took them to a secluded spot in the woods and all I said was "Sing your
first dance song to each other."
This is what we created.
I am a Colorado Native. When not out taking photos, I am probably watching The Office and editing. When not focused on creating media, I am in my garage working on a project bike (bicycle) or doing woodworking. I have a dog that has more energy than Tesla, and neither my wife or I have the energy to wear him out. I am always in search for the next best gif. (Is it pronounced with a J? That's silly). I'll share my favorite if you ask. I will do anything to create an epic photo, and I have done many crazy things to make them. So if you are up for the challenge, let's create together.
Colorado LGBT Wedding Photographer KJEAN Photography
A great Colorado wedding officiant gives us his take!
After almost 3 decades of ministry in a Conservative Evangelical setting I made a radical change in my views on LGBTQ issues and Same-Sex Marriage. In 2011 I had my own coming out of sorts when I began to question the hurt and pain that the church continued to inflict on LGBTQ Christians by allowing hate and homophobia to define how a whole group of people is treated.
First, my change of heart came when I performed a funeral of a father who chose to leave a church he attended for years to protect his son who came out. After his son came out, he and his wife dedicated their lives to reaching out to gay youth whose families rejected them.
Second, a very dear friend who was transitioning emailed me and gave me, along with many of his friends the opportunity to end their friendships with him. It broke my heart and I committed to remain friends and now stand proudly and supportively with her ... my friend!
That year, 2011, I took a stand calling for LGBTQ acceptance and supporting same-sex marriage. I answered "yes" that I would not only support same-sex marriage but I would also, officiate same-sex weddings.
Recently, I was challenged by reading the book "A Bigger Table" by John Pavlovitz and he describes this observation so clearly, " I could see how irresponsibly the Church has used scripture to justify a sustained contempt for the LGBTQ community, how they've fueled the politicized religion we've adopted as gospel and perpetrated the horrible witness we're making on behalf of Jesus."
So all this led me to leave the Evangelical comfort zone I had become accustomed to, I resigned my pastorate and committed myself to preaching and living out a message of Love and Acceptance. I will stand with my LGBTQ brothers and sisters who have been so hurt and injured by the church, I believe that Christians and Churches should welcome and support those of all sexual orientations. I will commit myself to embracing and facilitating all people and their need for Love, Companionship, and Marriage.
Finally, I am a Minister and a Wedding Officiant and I believe with all of my heart that each of us has a God-given desire to fall in love and experience a lifetime of happiness with a partner.
Rev. Samuel J. Lopez, Pastor, Minister, Wedding Officiant
We love the support that has poured out of our local Colorado Vendors!
Colorado Wedding Planner Lilli Black with Sweetly Paired (and our CEO here at CGW) has shared this story with Colorado Gay Weddings - and though we're sad it happened we LOVE the outpouring of support from the Colorado Wedding Community.
Tuesday Feb 27th 1952 (JUST KIDDING! It was 2018!):
I was sitting in Starbucks - The awesome one down by Park Meadows with the bench seating, plugs everywhere, and good WIFI by the Google. It was late for some folks to be working, but I'm a night person, so I was in my prime. I had just finished a call with one of our clients for this year in Beaver Creek - at the GORG Allie's Cabin. I started to do some follow up emails and my phone rang again with a TX area code. I pretty much always answer as SO many of my clients are from out of state.
"This is Lilli with Sweetly Paired, how can I help?"
"Hi, um are you a wedding planner?"
"Yes ma'am I am! Are you getting married?"
"Well, we want to. We're not sure what to do, though"
"Welp, helping you through that is what we do! Tell me about you guys! When are you looking to get married? Are you looking at Colorado? Do you have a date? (I'm sure I sound like a kid in a candy store - I love hearing new couples' stories!)"
"Yeah, we are hoping for sometime in the summer next year. The thing is..."
*another voice on the phone* "Just tell her! .....Mutters.... Ok I will. We're both women."
"Oh, awesome, so do you have any favorite spots you've picked out so far? Favorite venues or areas? Have you been here before?"
"Hello? Did I lose you?"
"No, we're here. We just want to make sure you work with gay couples."
"Well of course we do!"
*some sniffling in the background*
"Ok, wow, good. We just had a call with a planner who told us she didn't take same-sex weddings."
**I had a moment while I swallowed my murderous rage**
"I'm so sorry you had to deal with that! Not only do we work with ANY couple, but we have an inclusive network of vendors we refer. We have you covered, and you won't have to ask that question again."
NOBODY should have to ask that question ever again. Read more below!
Inspired by the newly restored historic School House on Main Street in Parker, CO our art themed wedding styled shoot captures bright bold colors, lots of laughter and fantastic details. Candice and Kaitlyn are a beautiful same sex couple (soon to be married!) inspiring others to Love Out Loud!
We desired to capture the couple’s playful and less formal side. This relaxed and not caught up in the “formalities” modern wedding plays off these two being a “blank canvas” and all the rest of the wedding design (and their future) is full of color!
The School House on Main Street is a beautiful blank canvas that inspired us to play in the world of art. Paying homage to its classroom beginnings over 100 years ago where the future is bright and the possibilities endless. We wanted to play in the light, warm welcoming space and show off its character and giving a nod to its beautiful history as a foundation building in a once old stage coach stop town.
The brides wore all white with matching Converse shoes, a playful 50’s styled dress, and a paint “kissed” tie. A bridal perfect faux-hawk and colorful make up capture these two personalities perfectly.
Playing in warm bright colors, yes even neon! Our local Denver artist Patrick McGirr painted a stunning original 8’x10’ backdrop for our ceremony and reception. Our bar height head table dons a hand painted canvas “runner” helping the paint pour down the front of the table as if to come from the backdrop behind it.
Guests are greeted at their seats with custom paint brush place cards, tying the art theme through from invitation to table. The invitation suite and save the date perfectly capturing the playful and colorful personalities of our brides.
Rippled clear plates and hammered flatware provide an elegant background so we can show off our stunning menu! The Primer (1st course): Beet mousse on endive leaf with pomegranate kernels and fresh mint. The Sketch (2nd course): Bacon wrapped brussel sprouts with fig balsamic glaze. The Painting (3rd course): Grilled rainbow tandoori cauliflower with grilled lamb in sensation spice on the bed of saffron infused mashed potatoes and parsley herb oil. With the dessert “The Varnish” being a visually stunning and colorful upside-down white wedding cake with dulce de leche and Swiss meringue buttercream. Inspired by the painting it “floats” before the guests.
Fuschia, orange, and yellow tulips and gerbera daisies accompanied paint brushes to create a masterpiece worthy tablescape, continuing the “pouring” of color across and down the table.
The bouquet bright and playful, loosely structured with fun flowing greens dangling from the end. The boutonniere a “plucked” gerbera daisy with greens – taking a modern twist on a familiar flower.
Unique, genuine, one-of-a-kind came to mind when we worked with Candice and Kaitlyn. These key elements collided to bring you this Love Out Loud inspired wedding. We hope it inspires others to live in bold beautiful color!
Bakery/Desserts - A Cake Come True
Caterer - The Gourmet Kitchen - www.thegourmetkitchen.biz
Florist - Fleur Decor - www.fleurdecor.com
Hair/Make Up - Fox & Crow Salon - www.foxandcrowsalon.com
Photography - David Alderman Weddings - www.davidaldermanweddings.com
Rentals/Flatware/Silverware/Table Decor - Event Rents - www.eventrents.net
Stationery - Lucky Onion - www.luckyonion.com
Venue - The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet (PACE Center) - www.parkerarts.org
Video - Kelsey Luciano Productions - www.kelseyluciano.com
Planner/Design - MAG Events - www.eventsbymag.com