Churches often serve as the foundation for connecting couples through marriage. This proved true for Laura and David, active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their courtship began after meeting each other at their church.
From this divine intervention, a cross-country relationship took root. They kept in touch with Laura connecting from Virginia and David from Chicago, Illinois.
Many Skype calls and back-and-forth visits later, David decided to make things official. He used his professional film-making talents and proposed to Laura by video.
The couple selected Colorado for an intimate Denver Temple wedding since many of Laura’s family members still lived there. Their sealing took place inside the striking white-stoned Denver Colorado Temple in Centennial.
Laura’s sister-in-law Jessica and David’s friend Sarah, one of the missionaries that worked with him after he joined the Church, witnessed the sealing for a historic moment. They are the first women to officially recognize a marriage sealing at this Denver Temple wedding. Recent rule changes in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints made this participation possible, which meant a lot to Laura and David.
The couple emerged from the Temple doors to the applause of the loving crowd waiting outside. After hugs and congratulations, the family assembled for portraits on the Temple’s beautiful grounds. A combination of yellow-tinged autumn-colored trees, blue and yellow pansies, and a water feature created many beautiful portrait backdrops for this Denver Temple wedding.
Bride (and Groom’s) Style
In addition to the colors of nature, the bride added her personal style to the day. Her bouquet incorporated her colors, using flowers in burgundy, navy and a blush-colored pink. The gentlemen attending dressed in navy suits with fashionable pink ties. And not to be outdone, the groom wore a boutonniere of burgundy and navy along with stylish pink suspenders.
Finally, both the bride and groom kept comfortable under their wedding finery with country-appropriate socks. Laura wore socks woven with the US flag and David sported his native British flag. (Be sure to scroll to check out the gallery below for photos.)
Rustic Barn Portraits
After the formalities, the couple escaped for an hour-long intimate portrait session before the reception. They drove up to Greenwood Village to spend time at the rustic Boyko Barn.
Fortunately, most of the snow from a surprise fall storm earlier in the week had melted. (Everyone’s socks stayed dry!) The barn offered many wood surfaces inside along with chairs and props to create both serious and fun photos.
Moving outside, a gravel road surrounded by trees provided another photo element of a natural archway. Many people out walking, jogging, and biking stopped briefly to extend their congratulations to the newlyweds.
Following portraits, the couple drove to Laura’s Aunt’s house for the back-yard reception. A ring ceremony conducted by Laura’s brother kicked everything off. David recorded the moment on video to send to his sister in New Zealand and other family/friends unable to attend.
Special guests included a friend of Laura’s from middle school. They hadn’t seen each other in many years and enjoyed seeing some old notes secretly passed in class complete with doodles and names of old boy crushes.
Everyone feasted on a buffet of croissants, cold cuts, crudités, and chips. Afterwards, the couple confidently cut the beautiful cake made by her Aunt.
Lastly, a groom’s cake (cheesecake!!!) with a humorous topper summed up the inner spirit of the bridal couple and their families. Throughout the day, little bits of humor here and there by the bridal couple and their family members made everything romantic, lighthearted, and most importantly, FUN.
Laura and David, may your new chapter in life as a married couple be the movie of your dreams. May your romance for each other and great senses of humor carry you through life, both the thick and thin. Best wishes and congratulations!!!
Ceremony: Denver Colorado Temple – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Wedding Witnesses: Jessica Collins and Sarah Slansky
Portrait Venue: Boyko Barn – Rachael Boyko, Owner
Cake Baker/Reception Hostess: Annette Carlos
Ring Ceremony: Scott Collins