A Whimsical DIY Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Littleton, Colorado

Emily Williams (24 and works in fundraising) and Shawn Kramer (27 and a geologist) met through mutual friends. Two years later, Shawn proposed in a nearby park. “Our proposal story is one of the simpler ones, just the two of us, quite and private, overwhelming with emotion,” Emily says. “But after spending so much time being apart, desperately wanting to be together, it was the absolutely perfect.” The couple had a difficult time deciding to get married in Colorado since they moved there just before the wedding. But, decided they would just share even more love with their closets friends and family in appreciation (such as having a separate birthday cake for one of their good friends at the reception). Emily and Shawn had an outdoor ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield with a color palette of mint, coral and a mix of neutrals for their whimsical, DIY details. Shawn’s mother spent months grown succulents in San Diego and drove them to the wedding for the floral arrangements and hair accessories. Emily’s aunt made the three-tier buttercream cake topped with whimsical, floral elephants. The couple also wanted to be conscious of nature and had seeded save-the-dates, which guests could plant and they would bloom. They also did seeded matchbooks as the favors. But, Emily, being a foodie, wanted an amazing meal at her wedding. It was more important than what she wore! “The hors d'oeurves included bacon-wrapped dates, deconstructed BLTs (endive with bacon, pear tomatoes and basil mayo) and caprese ice cream cones (so cute),” Emily says. “It was important to me to have a seated dinner as opposed to a buffet. I wanted everyone to enjoy eating together, have rich conversation and not be bothered with waiting in lines. Our catering company did a fabulous job with doing simple dishes that were over the moon yummy. Summer salads to start, with their choice of balsamic braised short rib or dijon chicken. We had a carrot cake for our wedding cake, and German chocolate cake for our grooms cake. My amazing auntie made both from scratch. She drove out from Texas with all her supplies, and made two or three practice cakes to make sure her recipe would be just right in our Mile High city!”