They say that life begins after you’re married. For Tiffany & Peter, life’s adventures began upon finding each other. They have a lof of common interests & are both truly adventurous in nature. They actually share a mutual love for skiing. In fact, their first date was spent at the annual screening of Warren Miller’s ski movie. Upon planning their wedding, most of their inspiration for the theme was built around the bouquet which contained succulents, peach garden roses, & ranunculus. Tiffany also loves gold so she integrated that as an accent color. They chose the beautiful & scenic Denver Botanic Gardens to have their romantic garden wedding set-up considering that Peter also proposed in a romantic garden in Barcelona. Their wedding date was the same as Tiffany’s parent’s 30th wedding anniversary. Everything they did & chose for their wedding had a relevant significance with their lives. And it definitely created a huge difference & feel to the wedding because of those personal choices. And I think that’s an important ingredient when planning your wedding. At the end of day, it’s not really the physical details that counts; it’s not the bouquet arrangements, not the table cloths that were used or the kind of favors you gave away. It’s more of those little personal touches you spend time thinking & adding into the wedding that most people would truly remember. Thanks again to Brinton Studios for sharing with us another lovely couple story that we’re sure to inspire a lot of future brides out there! Happy Sunday!
What is your story as a couple, how did you meet & fall in love?
We met on the first day of medical school and were friends from the start. We shared a love of skiing and consider our first “date” the annual screening of Warren Miller’s ski movie. We were inseparable from then on. We have shared many adventures since: biking to secluded beaches in Panama, skiing the Cirque at Snowbird six times in one day, surfing in the Basque region of Spain, and sailing the Ionian sea in Greece. After matching into our residency programs in San Francisco, we packed our bags and headed to Spain for a month long adventure! We traveled for two weeks before arriving in Barcelona where Peter planned a romantic proposal at the center of a labyrinth in the Jardin de Laberint D’Horta, an old romantic garden built in 1808 and dedicated to love.
What makes the two of you a perfect match?
Our adventurous spirits, love of skiing, the outdoors, and love of dogs!
What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?
To enjoy every second of the wedding day because it flies by! Look at all the faces in the crowd during the ceremony (especially during the recessional). Also, don’t worry about the little things! Just enjoy being engaged and most importantly, have fun on the wedding day!
What inspired your wedding decor? Why did you choose the things that you did?
My bouquet actually inspired a lot of it. We have several succulents throughout our home and I fell in love with a bouquet of succulents, peach garden roses, and ranunculus. The sage green and peach colors of the bouquet influenced my choices of bridesmaid dresses and reception decor. I also love gold so integrated that as an accent color. Since we got engaged in a romantic garden in Barcelona, we thought the Denver Botanic Gardens, and specifically the romantic garden, would be the perfect venue. We chose the date because it was my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary!
Do you have advice for couples still in the planning process?
- If you are going to have a wedding planner, find one before booking the venue! They will have many more ideas for the perfect venue.
- Get a good band! This can really change the feel of the night.
- Work on finalizing the invite list early (decide who will get a plus one and whether kids are invited)…because this can change your final number significantly.
- Don’t stress about the little things!
What were some challenges you faced planning your wedding & what would you have done differently to avoid them?
Our reception hall was a bit cramped…. the mock up of the room we received did not take into account draping of the walls which took 6 feet from each side of the room. So the tables were a bit close together. To avoid this:
- Get a wedding planner early to help with venue selection.
- Make sure to get a correct mock up of the space!
What was the wedding budget?
Where did you save the most money?
Florist- we went with a florist who works from her home and she did an amazing job!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
What are you most excited about for the future?
We are excited about building upon our life together, sharing our joyous and difficult times, encouraging each other and challenging each other to be better every day. We are also excited for out ski trip to Japan in January!
How many guests were invited in your wedding and what was the final guest count?
270 invited 225 came to the wedding.
Was it difficult to narrow down your guest list?
What songs did you use during the ceremony?
- Guests arriving: my cousin and her husband sang “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat
- Processional: Trumpets voluntary
- Bridal entrance: Canon in D
- Recessional: All you need is love
What would you say, the overall story for this album?
Romantic Garden Elegance
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
In regards to my dress, I was looking for something light and elegant for a garden wedding but didn’t knowexactly what I was looking for. I described this (in more detail) to one of the stylists at the Vera Wang store in San Francisco and she said ” I have the perfect dress!” I tried it on and instantly fell in love with it. I literally purchased the first dress I tried on. I loved the rosettes at the bottom and the gorgeous neckline with sheer organza over the shoulders. The lace in the bridesmaids dresses was inspired by the elegant garden ceremony site and color influenced by the bouquet of succulents and garden roses. Peter wore a custom made three piece navy suit. The groomsman wore similar suits. All were custom made by: Justin Kwan at Made Clothing. The light gray chambray ties were perfect for the summer day.
What was your favorite part of the day?
I don’t know how to choose! The whole day was amazing. Getting ready with my girls, photos with the wedding party, seeing all of my friends and family as I walked into the ceremony, dancing… BUT I have to say that my favorite part was hearing the speeches. They were so heartfelt and genuine. I felt so lucky to be surrounded by so much love!
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
Not many since the wedding was in Denver and we live in San Francisco. The wedding favors were tulip bulbs in little gold bags with a little tag with a message on it which we put together a few days before the wedding.
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
Ceremony highlights: walking out with my dad and seeing Peter standing up at the front, looking out at the crowd a couple of times during the ceremony and seeing all of my friends and family smiling, a few light-hearted moments during the ceremony filled with laughter (a bug landed on me and Peter flicked it off).
Reception highlights: Wedding party introductions, speeches, the awesome band, dancing!
Photographer: Brinton Studios
Reception Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens
Event Planner: Table 6 Productions
Can you tell me where you got the grooms/groomsmen’s suits? I’m looking for exactly the same thing! Please and thank you!