A Classic Orange and Purple Wedding at Cielo at Castle Pines in Castle Rock, Colorado

Cara Stengel (30 and a sales manager) and Josh Friedman (30 and a sales manager) met in high school. For their wedding, the couple chose Cielo at Castle Pines in Castle Rock, Colorado, for its perfect combination of mountain elegance with vaulted ceilings, stonework, fireplaces and gorgeous ceremony gazebo built into the hillside. Since Cara grew up Catholic and Josh grew up Jewish, they decided to have a nondenominational ceremony with both unity candles and stomping of the glass. Kim Mattei officiated the wedding and was everything Cara and Josh had hoped for. “We wanted a light hearted and funny yet beautiful wedding and Kim was the perfect match,” Cara says. “She was a total hit with all the guests and had everyone laughing and crying all at the same time.” After the ceremony, the couple had a sophisticated reception inside the ballroom. They used shades of purple and orange for a fun, bright color palette. One of the best parts of the reception was the surprise flashmob-style wedding party dance, which was choreographed by Matthew Peters from Boulder's Dinner Theatre. “Before the dance began, the DJ announced all 16 wedding party members to silly nicknames (assigned by us!) as if they were a basketball team while playing ‘Sirius’ by the Alan Parsons Project in the background,” Cara says. “When it came to announce the happy couple, we came out across the large ballroom to ‘I feel so close to you Right Now’ by Calvin Harris. From there, we joined they wedding party on the other side and busted out into a hilarious mob flash. The entire venue went nuts, not expecting it, and it set the tone of fun for rest of the night.”