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Heather & Brandon: An Outdoor Wedding in Boulder, CO

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Heather & Brandon in Boulder, CO
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Heather originally wanted an all-anemone bouquet, but the flowers were out of season. Instead, she carried ranunculus, berries, hydrangeas and heather, which brings good luck to brides, according to Scottish tradition.
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Brandon also paid homage to Heather's Scottish heritage by wearing thistle, a native Scottish flower, and heather, which was also in his bride's bouquet. Trachillium filled out the boutonniere.
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Heather and Brandon incorporated a traditional Scottish handfasting ritual into their ceremony, where ribbons are tied around the couple's hands, symbolizing their agreement to become one.
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Heather had umbrellas on standby, and they came in handy during a brief, heavy downpour. "My coordinator was able to hand them out, without us knowing," Heather says.
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Heather and Brandon wrote personal notes to each guest on stationery that tied in with the other wedding day papers. The cards hung from metal twine to resemble letters hanging from a clothesline, but with a modern, industrial twist.
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Heather and Brandon set out a bowl of pennies and asked guests to throw one into the nearby pond, make a wish and then write a note to the couple, a creative, interactive activity for guests.
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Orange sugar ranunculus topped the modern cake. The baker gave the dessert dramatic height by doubling the width of the third tier. Heather also served her guests a traditional Scottish wedding fruitcake she made herself.
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Heather and Brandon shared their first dance to Ray LaMontagne's "Hold You in My Arms," in memory of their first official date when they saw LaMontagne in concert.

Heather & Brandon in Boulder, CO

Even though they had met while working for non-profits in the same building, Heather and Brandon didn't hit it off until they launched their own businesses five years later. The Bride Heather Clark, 33, wedding and event planner The Groom Brandon Dwight, 37, bike shop co-owner The Date September 20 "I was waiting for a client in a local coffee shop when Brandon walked in," says Heather. His new shop was next door. Heather recognized him, and they struck up a conversation. She emailed him a few weeks later with a question about her bike and to suggest they meet for a drink. That meet-up led to many more. Three-and-a-half years later, around Christmas, Brandon made Heather believe he forgot to fill her stocking (her favorite tradition). After exchanging their last gift, Brandon confessed, "Actually, I did get something for your stocking." Heather reached down and pulled out a ring. Brandon proposed on one knee by the light of the Christmas tree. This time, with Brandon's help, Heather planned her own wedding, a modern event with vivid orange and green details and nods to her Scottish heritage.
- Carrie Chambers
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