A Glamorous DIY Wedding at Artwork Network in Denver, Colorado

Tory Rust (21 and a fashion photographer) and Michael Barkman (23 and an investment banking analyst) met in economics class at the University of Denver. “Michael proposed to me exactly how I wanted him to, in the comfort of our own home,” Tory says. “I got home after a long night of shooting a wedding and sat next to him in the living room. He excused himself for a few seconds to go grab the ring, and then he just asked me. He was really nervous, and I was nervous for him. After he proposed, he explained that my ring was made in the 40s, when thoughts of space and star exploration were on the rise. That’s why the settings look like stars.” The couple split their wedding into two days. They had an intimate ceremony with about 20 guests and a huge party of a reception the next day with 150 guests. (The morning of the reception, Tory got breakfast in bed!) They decided to split it so they could take in all the events without being too overwhelmed. Inspired by DIY projects, the couple made a lot of the decor themselves including the glamorous broach bouquet (which took more than 20 hours), string-lit ceremony backdrop and gold glittery tin can centerpieces. The official wedding colors were navy and gold even though they were not afraid to add some other colors inspired by the art gallery. The adorable two-tier white and gold cake by Cakes By Karen was topped with a silver and gold robot couple.