Katelyn and Tom were married on August 31, 2013 at the gorgeous Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Katelyn’s gown, ‘Devotion’ by Claire Pettibone from Little White Dress Bridal Shop, is a perfect match for the natural mountain setting of their soft and colorful wedding.
Thanks to Kerinsa Marie Photography for the lovely photos of their day! (And for sharing the world’s cutest flower girl and ring bearer with us!)
Do you want to meet and be styled by Claire Pettibone? The world famous designer of feminine, naturally beautiful gowns will be at Little White Dress for a trunk show of her new collection, plus favorites from seasons past, January 24th-26th! Please visit www.lwdbridal.com for more info.
For so many brides who choose a Claire Pettibone gown, the dress is just “meant to be” and so often looks like it was made specifically with that woman in mind. It’s one of the many reasons why we adore Claire Pettibone and her truly extraordinary gowns. The Viola gown is that kind of dress for bride Cindy – it is just her.
Cindy was kind enough to chat with us about her new husband, her wedding, and finding her gown. We are absolutely delighted to share photos from her December Denver wedding – and we’re pretty sure they’ll give you a warm winter glow, they’re that pretty.
Do you want to meet and be styled by THE Claire Pettibone? Schedule an appointment for our Claire Pettibone trunk show at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, January 24th-26th, 2014. Call 303-814-8972 or go to www.lwdbridal.com to reserve your spot at our most popular trunk show of the year!
How did you and your husband meet? Where was your wedding?
My husband, Wilson, and I actually grew up next door to each other in Littleton! After I went off to college we lost touch for about 10 years, and then he found me on Facebook about a year and a half ago. We decided to meet for lunch… and then stayed for an 8 hour lunch! Seriously, we sat there for 8 hours. :) He is in the Air Force (stationed in North Dakota) and I was in Graduate school until recently out in California, so most of our relationship has been long distance. Our wedding was at the Eisenhower Chapel at Lowry, and the Reception was at the Soiled Dove Underground. It was on December 14th, on a perfect warm winter day.
How did you choose the Viola gown by Claire Pettibone?
I had come across the Viola dress on Pinterest originally, and then looked it up on Claire Pettibone’s website. I was immediately drawn to the illusion back, the gorgeous lace details and the silhouette of the satin. It was actually the first dress I tried on at Little White Dress! I knew I wanted a Claire Pettibone, and even though I tried on quite a few of them, I kept coming back to Viola! It was just perfect with my hair and skin, and the vintage theme of our wedding. I am a botanical illustrator myself, so the floral lace details were exactly what I was looking for. I still can’t get over what a work of art my dress is, Claire is truly a visionary! I am SO IN LOVE with my dress. I could not have been happier with Viola!
My experience at the Little White Dress was excellent! I came during the Claire Pettibone trunk show and had Talia as my wedding stylist. Talia was so helpful, super fun, encouraging and patient! She made me feel comfortable and at ease with trying on dresses. She let me take my time and re-try dresses; I never felt rushed or pushed. Talia took excellent measurements, and helped me to get a rush order, as my wedding was coming up quickly. My dress fit so well when it did come in, and I only had to have a few, very small alterations. Talia recommended seamstress Donna Savoy, and she did a lovely job with the subtle alterations. I felt like my Viola dress was “my” dress; exactly made for my body. I am so happy and incredibly satisfied with my experience at Little White Dress Bridal Shop! Thank you.
If you had to choose your favorite memory of your wedding day, what would it be?
I am still in shock about how well our wedding day went! So many great moments! But… My favorite moment of the wedding day was a surprise from my new husband at our reception at the Soiled Dove. Wilson surprised me by playing the guitar and singing me a song at our reception!!! I had no idea!!!! After we ate, he appeared with his guitar and had set up a spotlight and everything. He sang, “So In Love,” by Cole Porter. It was romantic and sweet and unbelievable! We had candlelight set by deep purple and amber colored glass, and it was just the most lovely ambiance. His handsome face lit by candlelight, his strong voice, and his bravery to sing to me in front of all our guests all form a special memory I will never forget. I am so blessed with a very talented and loving husband!
We adore every detail of this wedding, from Caitlin’s blue shoes to the beautiful ceremony setting to the absolutely stunning florals by Cori Cook. Topped off by perfect photos by IN Photography. Congratulations to Little White Dress bride Caitlin and her new husband!
Megan and Carl’s love story is like something out of an epic novel, and their wedding is a reflection of their out-of-the-ordinary, adventure-filled, and romance-despite-the-odds tale. Little White Dress Bridal Shop is truly honored to have played a role in Megan’s happiness on her journey to marriage, and we have the privilege of sharing Megan and Carl’s incredible story.
Tell us about the story of your wedding. What made you decide to get married in such a unique and far-away location?
Carl is originally from Montana while I was born in Utah, but we met in Namibia in 2007 as Peace Corps education volunteers. When we got engaged during a trip to Australia in 2011 we immediately knew we wanted to return to the place where we met to exchange vows and introduce the incredible country of Namibia to our closest family and friends. Shortly after we got engaged our parents threw an engagement party and we announced to our family and friends that we planned to wed on August 26th, 2013 at the Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia, and if they had any interest in an African adventure that we would love for them to join us. We budgeted, planned and coordinated for just over two years. In the end, forty of our closest family and friends, traveling not only from Utah, Montana and other parts of the States, but also from Europe and Australia too, all came together in Namibia. It was literally a dream come true.
Megan continues: The landscape around the Sossusvlei Lodge is expansive and open, pierced with island mountain ranges. Our ceremony took place 20 minutes from the lodge, in the middle of nowhere in this vast landscape, and was held at sunset. Planning the ceremony had been the most difficult part for us because we wanted it to be personal, meaningful, unique and a true representation of our shared values and commitment to each other. A lot of time and effort went into the ceremony program, which we were so excited to share with our guests.
I was really lucky to find your store and I will forever be thankful for Tayler helping me find a dress I loved so much! Since I don’t live in Colorado, I visited a couple of stores locally in Salt Lake and also in New York City, but always left feeling disappointed. I took a chance flying to Denver based on the excellent reviews Little White Dress Bridal Shop had online and it was the best thing I ever did. LWD not only carries beautiful and unique lines, but the overall experience with staff was so personal and positive. I am so grateful. When my mom and I entered LWD, it didn’t feel like I was just another of the thousands of brides looking for a dress that day. Rather, Tayler and Malea not only made us feel welcome and comfortable, but they were also excited and invested in me finding something I loved. Tayler, Malea and the others at LWD reminded me how significant and exciting it is to find your perfect wedding dress. I tried on many different styles and brands at LWD, but when I tried on the Jenny Packham “Eden” gown, I knew I’d found the dress.
What were some of the most memorable parts of your trip leading up to the wedding?
In the two days before the wedding, guests enjoyed hiking the windswept dunes and photographing wildlife, indulging in delectable food and being consumed by a twinkling, vast, endless night sky.
The team as Sossusvlei Lodge planned a rehearsal dinner at Desert Camp, which is the sister campsite to the Sossusvlei Lodge. Namibia is known for its incredible night sky, which is what everyone enjoyed while alongside a bonfire, enjoying ceremonial toasts with delicious South African wine. It was intimate and perfect.
Sossusvlei is one of the most famous places in the world to take a hot air balloon ride, and many guests planned to do so the day before the wedding. Unfortunately, a violent windstorm prevented that from happening on August 25th, so the only possible day was the actual wedding day. Along with 20 other guests, we arose at 4:30am to catch sunrise from a balloon. The rainbow-colored balloons were magnificent as they were slowly heated and filled by huge bursts of fire in the pre-dawn light. We spent our wedding morning silently floating over the Namib Desert, the landscape scarred only by the mysterious fairy-circles below.
What did you do for your reception in the desert?
After the ceremony, Carl and I were driven in a buggy behind the rest of our guests and we had little idea what to expect, and since night had fallen, we could see no detail beyond the headlights of the buggy. We parked, and were told to walk around a large rock formation, and we would find everyone waiting for us. As we rounded the rock formation, we saw that the walkway was lined with flickering candles inside paper bags that wound their way up a mountainside. You could hardly tell where the earth ended and sky began beyond the glow of the candles. The ceremony and reception were truly magical. Many of these guests remarked that they never would have considered traveling to Namibia, but it ended up being the best journey they’d ever had. We could not have dreamed up a better way to start their lives as husband and wife.
Megan and Carl, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your beautiful story with us! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together and many more adventures to come. Many, many thanks also to their photographer Dror Eyal, based in South Africa, for graciously sharing their absolutely stunning photos with us.
Venue: Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia (Megan said, “All of the ‘magic’ of our wedding is because of Christelle and her team, and the care that they put into our wedding.”)