A Classic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver, Colorado
For their mid-summer wedding, Melissa Zyzda (22 and an elementary teacher) and Jonathan McCoy (25 and a healthcare consultant) wanted more than a venue and decor that exuded classic elegance, they wanted each detail to tell a story, not only of their own relationship, but of their families’ pasts as well.
The day started with a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas in Boulder, Col. “My husband and I met in college at the University of Colorado Boulder, but not wander the Hill or on campus,” says Melissa. “We met at the local Catholic church, St. Thomas Aquinas. Although we don’t live in Boulder any longer, we couldn’t imagine not having our ceremony there.”
After exchanging vows, the newlyweds gathered their families and friends at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver for the reception. “It’s the epitome of classic beauty,” says Melissa. “The building itself is breathtaking with a terrace out back where we had cocktail hour and various rooms to host and serve guests.” Drawing on the mansion’s historic feel and beautiful natural setting, Melissa and Jonathan incorporated antique elements, including vases, books, globes and various trinkets belonging to their families into the centerpieces to infuse the space with personality and old world charm. “In every detail we hoped to build off the beauty of the past to make our future,” says Melissa.
Wanting their guests to mix, mingle and enjoy the summer evening as much as possible, the couple decided to skip the traditional sit-down dinner. They opted instead for a more interactive format, serving a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour and offering stations later in the evening. Music from Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Ray Charles filled the air, lending the festivities a romantic, classic feel. Dancing was held on the mansion’s lower level, where Jonathan surprised everyone by DJing at the end of the evening. A tip for the taking from Melissa and Jonathan: “We wanted every decision we made, every decoration and every item we used to have a purpose. We wanted our wedding to be intentional and that is why we used so many articles of the past to tell our story on this day, from the lace on my shoes, to the groom's wedding ring, the center pieces and the cake. Our greatest advice to future couples; remember that you are creating a day and an experience for everyone else. If you are the one getting married, it will be one of the best days of your life regardless of the centerpieces you never actually see or the food you don't eat. We wanted our guests leaving joy-filled and to have seen us in every part of the day. Once you accept the reality that this day is, in part, to serve your guests, it becomes much easier to make certain decisions.”