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 for 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 wedding 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 other, 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 about 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/Dynamite Dyes
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 an OSMP permit

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

Tie-Dye Wedding Selected Photo Gallery

Flowers and foliage surround the Chautauqua Park signage at the entrance to the park.
Front wide angle view of the historic Chautauqua Park Dining Hall in Boulder, Colorado.
The mother of the bride secures a family pearl necklace  the only traditional item at this tie-dye wedding.
Two photos in one panel: 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.
A bride smiles as her maid of honor helps with the dress as the mother of the bride looks on.
A friend of the bride and professional stylist uses her artistry to pin up the back of the brides hair and affix a comb with a single diamond.
One of the groom's daughters wears a brightly colored tie-dye dress for the wedding.
One of the groom's teenage daughters turns to look over her shoulder and smile broadly at the camera. She is wearing a tie-dye dress that matches her sister.
Two images in one panel: Tie-dye details such as the girls bright dresses and the grooms tie with matching pocket scarf made the wedding a warm and beautiful expression of color. Also, these made the perfect attire for the Dead and Company concert following the wedding celebration.
Two sisters in brightly colored tie-dye dresses in shades of orange, yellow, and green, pose for the camera on the father's wedding day.
A two panel image. On the left, the mother of the groom in layered pieces of tie-dye, takes a cell phone photo. On the right, a close up of the bride's colorful gerbera daisy bouquet in pink and yellow looks vibrant against her white dress.
A half circle of friends and family in tie-dye attire look on as the middle age bride and groom, also in tie dye, exchange vows in Chautauqua park on a bright summer day.
Close up of elegant ivory colored roses that stand out against the bridal company in brightly colored tie-dye attire.
The bride has tears in her eyes as she gazes lovingly at her husband-to-be during their non-conventional tie-dye wedding.
The groom in a white shirt and brightly colored tie-dye tie and pocket scarf smiles during the vow recital at his wife-to-be.
Close up of the ring pillow showing off the ribbon details and tied-on rings.
Close up of the bride's hand as the groom places the wedding ring on her finger.
Back side view of the groom's daughter with pretty ribbons woven in her dark Asian hair and colorful tie-dye attire.
The first kiss as man and wife during a brightly colored tie-dye wedding in Chautauqua Park, Bolder, Colorado.
The bride and her two besties wearing attire from  Tied Up And Dyed during a non-traditional tie-dye wedding at Chautauqua Park, Boulder, Colorado.
The bride with her sister and two  nieces along a fence and pathway at Chautauqua Park on a sunny day with the Flatirons in the background.
The bride in a white dress and brightly colored bouquet of vibrant flowers poses against a split rail fence at Chautauqua Park, Boulder, Colorado.
The bride and groom after their tie-dye wedding in Chautauqua Park pose in front of a split-rail fence with the Flatiron mountains in the background.
The bride and groom in white with tie-dye accessories and brightly colored bouquet walk along a pathway at Chautauqua Park, Boulder.
Bride and groom after their tie-dye wedding walk along a path together at Chautauqua Park.

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