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Cindy + Grayson: A Tie-Dye Boulder Wedding Before Dead and Company

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The Back Story

Music makes us smile, laugh, cry and in rare instances of brilliance, brings together two kindred spirits in love and marriage.

For Cindy and Grayson their online meeting three-and-a-half years ago evolved from virtual chance to reality. They quickly realized a shared love for music and a passion around The Grateful Dead. Incorporating the band into their wedding plans seemed a natural thing to do. They planned a casual small family wedding in Boulder, Colorado before the July 6, 2019, Dead and Company concert at Folsom Field.

Truckin’ to Boulder

Focusing on tie-dye and beach casual as a theme, the couple gathered on Saturday afternoon at Boulder’s Chautauqua Green. The cloudy-turned-to-sunlight sky gave a warm hazy summer glow to the event. Traditional afternoon thunderstorms held off for the day as Mother Nature delivered a brilliant display of nature around the Flat Irons.

The wedding party wore orange tie-dye dresses and carried brightly colored bouquets of assorted flowers. The groom sported a matching tie and pocket kerchief. To accent her white fringe-edged hem dress, the bride wore a tie-dye garter and a tie-dye wrap. Guests also wore casual beachy attire and sandals, creating a casual yet put-together vibe.

Learning to Say “We” Instead of “Me”

Both the groom and the bride read self-written vows to each, beautiful tributes to their evolving relationships. Grayson used metaphors and poetically expressed his feelings to his bride. (The Kleenex® tissues were passed several times in the ring around the couple during the vows.)

Cindy talked about music, adding that at the record store: “I will always let you [Grayson] choose the music because your Music thrills me.”

She also expressed her feelings around becoming a family with Grayson and his daughters, Robin and Wren.

“With you all in it, my life is so much better! I have a family–And now I am learning to say We instead of Me.”

Final Words: They Love Each Other

©Lyrics By: Robert Hunter Music By: Jerry Garcia

Merry run around
Sailing up and down
Looking for a shove in some direction
Got it from the top
It’s nothing you can stop
Lord, you know they made a fine connection

Chorus They love each other
Lord, you can see it’s true
Lord, you can see it’s true
Lord, you can see it’s true

He could pass his time
Around some other line
But you know he chose this place beside her
Don’t get in the way
There’s nothing you can say
Nothing that you need to add or do

It’s nothing, they explain
It’s like a diesel train
Better not be there when it rolls over
And when that train rolls in
You won’t know where it’s been
You gotta try to see a little further

Though you’ll make a noise
They just can’t hear your voice
They’re on a dizzy ride and you’re cold sober

Hope you will believe what I say is true (note 1)
Everything I did, I heard it first from you

Heard your news report
You know you’re falling short
Pretty soon won’t trust you for the weather
When that ship comes in
You won’t know where it’s been
You got to try to see a little further

(1) These two lines form a short bridge and appear in early versions of the song. But they were later dropped–and are not in the published Hunter lyrics

Lyrics from Dead.Net

Details on Tie-Dye and More

Venue: Chautauqua Green
Hair and MakeUp: Tiphani Larson (Salon 71)
Tie-Dye Attire: Tied Up And Dyed
Flowers: King Soopers
Dinner Following Ceremony: Chautauqua Dining Hall
Note: Photos on the trailhead require a permit from OSMP

Tunes: A list of Grateful Dead songs for your wedding from My Wedding Songs


Dinner Following Ceremony: Chautauqua Dining Hall
Note: Photos on the trailhead require a permit from OSMP

Tunes: A list of Grateful Dead songs for your wedding from My Wedding Songs

Selected Photo Gallery

The bride wore a classic white dress trimmed with a fringe lace at the hem. She wore a tie-dye garter that matched the bridal party clothing.
The girls wore a warm-colored tie-dye dresses for the wedding.
Tie-dye details made the wedding a warm and beautiful expression of color. Also a perfect attire for the Dead and Company following the wedding celebration.
Beautiful orange-colored tie-dye purchased from Tied Up And Dyed.
The groom kisses the bride during the tie-dye ceremony at Chautauqua Park, Boulder.

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