Molly & Kristian: Whirlwind planning for a Boulder wedding

"We were both so excited that morning," says Molly, remembering her wedding to Kristian. "We smiled and smiled." Happy faces aside, planning their nuptials was a whirlwind experience: Molly and Kristian bravely put their wedding together in just four crazy months. "It was short and stressful," remembers Kristian, with a laugh, "but fortunately the stress only lasted over four months!" Both sets of parents helped hash out the details-for example, Molly's dad facilitated matters by creating spreadsheets, calendars, to-do lists, and delegating tasks. "The whole process was very organized," admits the groom.

THE BRIDE Molly Dodge, a radio broadcast editor
THE GROOM Kristian DeKruif, a mechanical engineer
THE DATE October 27
THE SCENE Boulder Country Club, Boulder

"We looked forward to a wedding that would be warm and personal, somewhat formal but not stuffy, and reflective of our personalities," says Molly. Set up by mutual friends, their first date involved ice-skating on a mountain lake in Evergreen. A year and a half later, the lovebirds would return to the scenic setting for a romantic picnic-a picnic that culminated with a hugely emotional proposal. "He asked me to marry him only after reading me some of his most intimate and sincere thoughts on the topics love, life, and marriage," says Molly. Not surprisingly, Kristian adds, they didn't end up eating much of the picnic he'd packed.

They were married at 10 a.m., within the intimate confines of a tiny adobe church. "It has a Southwestern feel," describes Kristian, "with red brick floors and white walls." The cross in the back of the pulpit gleamed golden, thoroughly drenched in early-morning sunlight. "In the photos, it's almost surreal," describes Molly. The religious ceremony focused on friendship and traditional Episcopalian ideology. "We wanted our ceremony to be consistent with who we are individually and as a pair," notes the bride. Later, in between the ceremony and reception, Molly, Kristian, and their wedding party happened to drive past a field of pumpkins. There, a sweet farmer let them climb up onto his tractor for photos.

After enjoying a formal luncheon with their guests, Molly and Kristian drove home to Aurora. "While Kristian drove, I rested my head in his lap," remembers Molly, "happy to know that this was only the beginning." Later that night, the newlyweds snuck out to have dinner at Red Robin, their favorite burger joint, and then catch the movie Serendipity.

-- Amy Elliot
Photography © Wedlake.com

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