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Kelly & Michael: An Outdoor Wedding in Colorado Springs, CO

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Kelly & Michael in Colorado Springs, CO
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Kelly carried a monochromatic bouquet of white ranunculus wrapped with white satin ribbon. Her bridesmaids carried textured bouquets in soft green, pink, and white.
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To match his bride's bouquet, Michael wore a white ranunculus with bear grass on his lapel. The groomsmen's boutonnieres were similar, but also contained a few stems of hypericum berries.
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The sash and large bow on the bridesmaids' dresses mimicked the one on Kelly's gown and give the bridal party a cohesive look. The bridesmaids each expressed their individual style by choosing their own jewelry.
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In lieu of a unity candle, the couple hand-picked 200 flat, black river rocks, stenciled their initials onto each one, and gave them out to guests. Kelly and Michael asked guests to hold the stone and make a wish for them during the ceremony, then drop the rocks into wooden vessels to signify the couple joining together afterward.
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DIY-lover Kelly used the same green-and-white emblem created for her invitations on her escort cards. She printed guest names and table numbers on green cardstock, and, for earthy accents, attached them to twigs displayed in a bed of wheatgrass.
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The bride and groom wanted to share their luck with their guests, so they gave everyone lottery tickets tucked them into cards that read, "Lucky in Love."
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The original color scheme of green and white was updated to include hints of bronze, which complemented the details of the venue.
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"Cake never tastes as good as cupcakes," says Kelly, so the couple opted for a tower of little treats instead of the traditional dessert. Michael didn't want to miss out on the cake cutting tradition, so they topped the tiers with a small cake covered in ranunculus and hypericum berries.
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Kelly & Michael in Colorado Springs, CO

Michael pulled off a heartwarming proposal in a cold situation. He and his girlfriend of three years, Kelly, who met at a mutual friend’s engagement party, were spending New Year’s Eve at Kelly’s parents’ home in Westcliffe. The Bride Kelly Knoth, 25, interior designer The Groom Michael Christensen, 27, broker The Date September 5 Even though it was snowing heavily -- and only ten degrees outside -- the couple decided to go skiing. Halfway through, Michael pulled off to the side of the hill; Kelly caught up to see what was happening. By the time she got to him, Michael had unsnapped his skis and had a huge smile on his face. "He hugged me and told me he loved me more than anything in the world and couldn’t imagine what life would be like without me." Then Michael pulled out the ring, got down on one knee (in two feet of snow!) and asked Kelly to be his wife. The couple planned their outdoor, green-and-white wedding over the next eight months with help from the notebook of wedding ideas Kelly had been filling for years.
- Carrie Chambers
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