A Sophisticated Pomegranate-Filled Wedding at the Pinery at the Hill in Colorado Springs, Colorado


                    Samantha Bruner (30 and a marketing professional) and Joel Wood (31 and a financial adviser) started their relationship right be

Samantha Bruner (30 and a marketing professional) and Joel Wood (31 and a financial adviser) started their relationship right before Joel quit his job and moved to Granada, Spain. They didn’t let that stop them, though, and their long-distance relationship became a really romantic, special time. Wanting to honor that part of their relationship, Samantha and Joel incorporated pomegranates into their decor since "granada" means pomegranate in Spanish. The couple cut pomegranates in half to put into their centerpieces, they made a pomegranate martini for cocktail hour, their pastry chef made a pomegranate ganache for their wedding cake, and guests went home with chocolate-covered pomegranates at the end of the night. “I love that all these things served as small reminders of what we had overcome as a couple and of how our relationship blossomed into what it had become that day,” Samantha says. Samantha and Joel chose the Pinery at the Hill in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for their sophisticated soiree because of its stunning views overlooking downtown in one direction and Pikes Peak in the other. “We selected this venue for its extraordinary panoramic views of the city, and because it provided many amenities in house. The caterer, florist, pastry chef and DJ were all included, which was great for us, because it meant a few less decisions,” Samantha says. There are so many details we love about this blush, ivory, burgundy and gold wedding. See them all, beautifully captured by Rene Tate Photography, below. A tip from Samantha, “My advice to brides planning their wedding is to hire an amazing photographer—they’re worth it! Involve your groom and take a honeymoon immediately. You’ll need the vacation.”

The invitations were custom designed by a local graphic designer, Michael O’Cana of Root Spring, to match the wedding theme. The white stationery was decorated with pink ranunculus and gold pomegranates to go with the centerpieces.
Samantha carried a mix of dahlias, peonies, roses, hypericum berries and gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus. She loved how the bouquet was both classic and sophisticated for the mountain wedding. It also added plenty of texture to her look.
Joel wore a white ranunculus accented with gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus for his boutonniere. The groomsmen wore white hydrangeas with similar gold eucalyptus for something a little different but still consistent. Samantha and Joel loved the sophisticated twist on the classic look.
The bridesmaids wore blush-colored long satin dresses. Some of the necklines were strapless sweetheart and some were V-neck. Samantha gave them gold pashminas and statement necklaces for the mountain wedding.
“Probably the most significant part of our day was the prayer and encouragement we received from family and friends,” Samantha says. “Joel’s father, a pastor, officiated the wedding and gave an incredibly heartfelt and personal message during the ceremony. We are thankful to God for bringing us together and for allowing us to share that special day with so many people we love.”
The bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas, blush roses, pink hypericum berries, gold seeded eucalyptus and pink veronica in their lush bouquets. Samantha loved how they matched her arrangement and the pink satin dresses.
Samantha and Joel started their relationship while Joel was living in Granada, Spain, which means pomegranate in Spanish. Wanting to incorporate that into their decor, the couple had the bartender create a signature pomegranate cocktail. It included vodka, Cointreau, pomegranate and lemon juice.
White Lily, White Hydrangea Centerpieces
The centerpieces were decorated with lisianthus, lilies, gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus and pomegranates. Samantha and Joel started their relationship while Joel was living in Granada, Spain; the city's name means pomegranate in Spanish. Wanting to honor that time of their relationship, they cut them down the center and painted the outsides gold.
For dessert Samantha and Joel enjoyed a three-tier white wedding cake with white buttercream frosting and gold flake decor. Inside, there was also a layer of pomegranate ganache to match their pomegranate theme.
Samantha wanted her look to be sophisticated and flirty for her classic wedding. After visiting seven boutiques, she finally found her dress at Emma & Grace Bridal in Denver, Colorado. “The moment I put on that dress designed by Kelly Faetanini, I was in love. The dress was satin with a sweetheart neckline, trumpet-style skirt and billows of chiffon cascading asymmetrically at the bottom,” she says. “I knew it was the one for me by the way it made me feel–completely beautiful and feminine.”