A Vintage Fall Wedding at The Hudson Gardens and Event Center in Littleton, Colorado

Everything from the brown and orange color palette to the pumpkin details to the natural fall leaves at Brooklynn Saelens (33 and an audio engineer) a

Everything from the brown and orange color palette to the pumpkin details to the natural fall leaves at Brooklynn Saelens (33 and an audio engineer) and Steve Schaffner’s (34 and an elementary art teacher) wedding screamed fall. Wanting to add a little vintage flair to the autumn ambience, they added pageboy hats and jackets complete with elbow patches to the wedding party’s attire. The Ruffly Rose brought the fall theme, vintage accents and garden venue together with natural floral arrangements. Brooklynn and Steve exchanged vows at The Hudson Gardens and Event Center in an outdoor ceremony and got lucky with gorgeous weather and natural fall foliage. The couple picked over 100 pumpkins for the aisle decor and escort cards and guests even got to take them home at the end of the night as favors. One of the best parts was the eclectic centerpieces Brooklynn spent all summer assembling, and she let guests take them home at the end of the night, too. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake (since neither Brooklynn nor Steve are huge fans), the couple decided to go to a local donut shop, Voodoo Doughnut, and get different types of donuts for dessert. The bakery even made a huge black-and-white donut for the couple to cut and enjoy. “All the fall colors and eclectic feel of the whole room, everything came together beautifully and matched in its own way,” Brooklynn says. “We are huge music lovers, and the band, Groundscore Bluegrass, was what was most important to us, and our guests. We danced the night away, and everyone loved it.”

The Ruffly Rose created the bride and bridesmaids’ fall-inspired bouquets including roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, hypericum berries, silver brunia balls, blue thistles and astilbes. Brooklynn wanted the floral arrangements to look organic to match their rustic venue as well at the natural fall foliage.
Wanting to match the autumn wedding theme, the groomsmen wore khaki pants with burnt orange shirts and brown suspenders. They completed their look with brown and orange striped ties and brown pageboy hats for the perfect mix of vintage and fall. The bridesmaids wore strapless floor-length brown dresses with burnt orange scarves to match the groomsmen’s shirts and to stay warm during the outdoor fall wedding.
“We knew we wanted a fall wedding,” Brooklynn says. “So we found a botanic gardens, this one in Littleton, that had gorgeous foliage and flowers. We were married outside the cabin, then went inside for the reception. We were so lucky, as the weather was 75 degrees that day in mid-October in Denver! The tree colors were absolutely amazing.”
Brooklynn and Steve lined their ceremony aisle with orange pumpkins to match the fall wedding theme and match the orange color palette. They also scattered fall leaves down the aisle instead of more traditional rose petals. Loving the naturally gorgeous fall trees and gardens at their venue, they decided to keep decor to a minimum.
Steve wore a Ralph Lauren brown and red plaid sports jacket (complete with elbow patches!) with khaki pants, a royal blue tie and a brown pageboy hat. He wanted his look to be a perfect mix of vintage and fall, which inspired the hat and plaid jacket in shades of brown.
A Rustic Red Barn Venue in Colorado
Rustic Gift Table Display
Inspired by their fall wedding, Brooklynn and Steve went to a pumpkin patch and picked over a 100 baby pumpkins for the escort cards. Brooklyn used brown card stock and punched little leaves into each one. She tied some twine through the hole and around the pumpkin’s stem. At the end of the night, guests took their pumpkins home with them as a little favor.
Brooklyn and Steve loved the old, historical log cabin at The Hudson Gardens and Event Center in Littleton, Colorado. It had been completely renovated and even had two fireplaces inside, which added to the autumn ambience. The couple also loved the orange and red vintage chandeliers that perfectly complemented their color palette and vintage centerpieces.
“For the centerpieces, I collected bottles and vases all summer from everywhere from garage sales, thrift stores, online and just from friends or family,” Brooklyn says. “I found all these different antique trays at an estate sale that I used for the center of my tables, too, then I put together about five different bottles on them, and my florist put one or two flowers in each vase. It was so pretty. At the end of the night, we told guests to please take home a vase in memory of the day.”
Instead of a traditional wedding cake (since neither Brooklynn nor Steve are huge fans), the couple decided to go to a local donut shop, Voodoo Doughnut, in Denver and get different types of donuts for dessert. The bakery even made a huge black-and-white donut for the couple to cut and enjoy.
An Alternative Log Cabin Ballroom