A Mid-Century Modern Ballroom Wedding at Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver, Colorado
Matthew and Phillip hosted an elegant soiree full of contemporary and stylish details. "Our design aesthetic was meant to capture the natural aspects of our favorite places: the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the expanse of Colorado and the South with fall colors," the couple says. "We chose the venue (the Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver) because it reminded us of a mid-century modern mountain cabin where we could retreat and snuggle by the fire. The walls are a rich wood, and the carpet was like a gray plaid flannel shirt." For the ceremony, Matthew and Phillip walked hand-in-hand up the aisle and stood beneath a gold chuppah decorated with ferns, red astilbe, hydrangeas, driftwood and aspen branches. "Our wedding was a custom ceremony derived from Judaism, but stripped of its hierarchical, patriarchal, gendered dynamics and language. We wrote interpretations of each ritual and how it brings meaning and enrichment to our connection," they say. The reception took place in the hotel's ballroom, where round tables were topped with woven gray tablecloths, raw-wood chargers, sage-green cascading napkins and copper flatware. The florist also created tall centerpieces of textured greenery, earth-tone flowers and berries. The couple's favorite parts of the day was a "surprise" drag queen, Dixie Krystals, who performed during the band's break. She created a full 30-minute set of monologues, lip-synching and live singing that was tailored to celebrate the couple's relationships and personalities. "Our cake was designed to break every rule in cake design—to literally flip it on its head—to defy the rules the way our relationship and our marriage has defied the continued cultural resistance to same-sex relationships," Matthew and Phillip say. "We decided to give our guests a choose-your-own-adventure cake experience. Guests were each served mini-cakes, several icing flavors and fillings. They received a map of the different flavors like spice cake, lemon icing, raspberry filling and hazelnut brittle. They each got to try out their own combinations and choose their favorites."