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Susan & Nathan: A Traditional Wedding in Denver, CO

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Susan & Nathan in Denver, CO
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Peonies, Susan's flower of choice, were out of season, so her florist used garden roses to get the same lush look. The bridesmaids' creamy spray roses and pink ranunculus also had that "fresh from the garden" feel. To tie in Susan's bird motif, the florist pinned three vintage bird pins to the satin-wrapped stems.
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Instead of a pillow, Susan's nephew carried the rings in a bird's nest made by the bride's mother. Two miniature birds were attached to a bed of moss with the rings tucked neatly inside and tied with a ribbon.
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To match Susan's maids, Nathan's groomsmen donned pink ranunculus buds and fresh herbs on their lapels.
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Tea-length silk-dupioni gowns were the perfect fit for the garden party celebration. Susan's bridesmaids got to choose between halter and strapless necklines, and finished the look with their own silver shoes.
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Both the bride's and the groom's mothers participated in the couple's sand ceremony -- mixing pink and tan sand together, symbolizing the blending of two families and their inseparable union.
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A large urn filled with pink and green blooms, moss and branches made for a stunning escort card display. Paper birds, resembling those on the invitation, hung from the branches, appearing to fly over the similarly designed guest cards below.
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Pink linens and white napkins were placed around glass tripod vases filled with roses, ranunculus and geranium leaves for a simple, garden-party look.
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Susan incorporated the same floral design of her bouquet into the cake topper. A glass bird vase displayed the fresh flowers atop the four-tiered dessert.
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The couple chose Stevie Wonder's "I Believe When I Fall in Love" for their first dance. "The song is from the movie High Fidelity, which we watched on one of our first dates," says Susan.

Susan & Nathan in Denver, CO

A joke about having tickets to a Michael Bolton concert was what convinced Susan Whittle to give Nathan Duncombe a shot. The two met at a mutual friend’s party, and Nathan asked Susan out a week later. The Bride Susan Whittle, 31, social worker The Groom Nathan Duncombe, 31, account executive The Date August 2 It took Susan a month to get back to him, but once they went out, they clicked. Two years later, the proposal came when Susan least expected it -- while she was making a “to do” list. “I want you to be my wife,” said Nathan. “Yeah, someday,” replied Susan, engrossed in her list. When she finally looked up, she saw Nathan holding a ring box. Susan squealed and cried when she realized it was an actual proposal.
- Carrie Chambers
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