A Simple Winter Wedding at Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Leslie Graul (24 and a middle school teacher) and Joshua Wangeman (24 and a middle school teacher) met through while swing dancing. When they graduated from college, they were going to move to different cities. They were sitting on the couch one night talking about their future when Josh said, “Well you want to get married?” He gave her a teddy bear ring that Leslie had won at an arcade on their third date. Leslie and Josh had an intimate wedding with only 50 guests. They focused on their families and did an interfaith ceremony with Jewish and Christmas traditions for their winter wedding. Wanting a wedding on a budget, they created DIY details such as snow globe centerpieces. They each picked a color for their color palette. Josh picked purple because he is a KSU fan. Leslie picked turquoise because it is her favorite color. They had their ceremony and reception in the same room and served cheese, hummus and hot chocolate during the flip. They also allowed guests to tour the Briarhurst Manor since it was such a cool, historical venue.