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Kayla & Ben: A Simple Church Wedding in Denver, Colorado
Photos By Rachel Havel Photography
By L. K. on Apr 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm in Rustic and Simple/Minimalist
The great bard Walt Whitman once wrote that “nothing is better than simplicity,” and one look at today’s wedding brings out the truth in this quote. “We are both very private people, so I really wanted to reflect that in our wedding by keeping things beautiful but simple,” said the bride, Kayla, who opted for few adornments and fragrant, unfussy dried flower arrangements over fresh ones. “We used lavender, globe thistle, and dried larkspur,” Kayla said. “I chose dried flowers because the selection of fresh flowers in February was rather limited, and when I saw the dried lavender, I just fell in love with the simple beauty of it.” Kayla and Ben were married in Denver, Colorado, at the Sanctuary Downtown, an old theater-style church with stained-glass windows and antique church pews made out of cast iron and wood. The grandness of the church was a perfect counterpoint to the quiet, minimalistic beauty of the wedding, captured artfully by Rachel Havel Photography.
Q & A with Kayla
What’s your love story?
Ben and I met seven years ago when we both worked together; nothing happened then, and we did not really stay in touch after we stopped working together. Last May, we reconnected and went to a concert together, which led to us walking the streets of downtown Denver until three in the morning. After that, we more or less saw each other every day. Four months later, Ben proposed. He drove me out to a spot in the mountains by a stream and asked me to marry him.
Can you tell us a little bit about the details of your wedding?
The idea was to keep things really beautiful but simple. We are both very private people, so I really wanted to reflect that in our wedding by keeping things beautiful but simple and not showy. For flowers, we used lavender, globe thistle, and larkspur. I chose dried flowers because the selection of flowers in February was very limited, and when I saw the dried lavender, I just fell in love with the simple beauty of it. Plus, dried lavender smells amazing, and it was much cheaper than fresh flowers, which certainly didn’t hurt. Our colors were midnight blue and gray.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?
I think my favorite moment was right after the ceremony. We had just gone downstairs and were supposed to be sneaking back around and up to sign the legal documents and then take family photographs. Ben and I hadn’t seen or talked to each other all day, and so we just kind of stopped in a doorway, looked at each other, and said, “We’re married!” It was just this crazy, amazing moment of realization that all the stress of planning the wedding had been worth it.
What kind of advice would you offer to future brides?
The only advice I have to share was advice given to me. One, you should take the time to find a good photographer. Two, you should be careful to avoid letting the craziness of planning a wedding hurt your relationship. Your wedding day is an important day, but your life together after the wedding should be the real focus.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > rachel havel photography
Ceremony Venue > sanctuary downtown
Reception Venue > sanctuary downtown
Flowers > save on crafts
Catering > bleu sage catering
Cake > the shoppe denver
Bride’s Dress > david’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses > for her and for him
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > men’s wearhouse
Hair > alicia of body & soul salon
Makeup > alicia of body & soul salon
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What's Being Said
Carol, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
What a beautiful couple. I love the looks on their faces........pure love!
Rachel Havel, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
I'm so honored! Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful couple & their wedding. <3
Amy ✈ Fly Away Bride, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
I think that's the nicest cake I've ever seen! So elegant. I just adore the mix of dried flowers- more brides should use them!
Sara, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
LOVE this wedding! It's so minimalist and so beautiful - the cake - wow!
Katie, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Love this couple and their story! This wedding is classic and will never go out of style. Those are the best types :)
Aleah and Nick, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
So lovely. The touches of lavender are so sweet!
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