Talk about doing a wedding-day 180!

Becca and Ari originally planned a 150-person mountain wedding in Vail, Colorado, but it was cancelled due to restrictions on even the best wedding venues in Colorado.

Instead, they did the most well executed wedding planning pivot I’ve ever seen! Instead of a traditional mountain wedding with all the guests, they planned an intimate wedding with immediate family. And with the lavish florals and attention to detail, you’d never know they planned an entire wedding in less than two weeks!

Intimate Colorado garden party wedding

They were able to book their intimate wedding at the Woodlands Mosaic solarium in Denver’s Botanic Gardens, which had a maximum guest allowance of 10 this past July. Not only was it perfection for an afternoon garden party wedding, it had actually been Becca’s dream wedding venue long before they started planning their wedding! The only problem was it wasn’t big enough for all of their invited guests.

Enter 2020’s restrictions … which put this venue back in the running for an elegant summer greenhouse wedding.

Wedding Photography at the Denver Botanic Gardens

These two spent the afternoon taking photos around the garden’s lush grounds, then celebrated a heartfelt and traditional Jewish ceremony under a floral-covered chuppah. Laura Shackles with Blush and Bay also adorned the chuppah with the tallits from both of their fathers, as well as white zinnia flowers to symbolize their friends who were not able to attend the wedding in person.

The ceremony was followed by champagne toasts, first dances, cake cutting, and even an impromptu hora — something they thought they had to give up with fewer guests. But not so — you really can do the hora with only 12 people!

Becca and Ari and their families finished off the night having dinner at a nearby Denver restaurant and a staycation at Cherry Creek’s iconic Halcyon Hotel with rooftop pool. Most importantly, they are the new Mr. and Mrs. Morris, who can now say that everything they went through leading up to the wedding was worth it once they were finally able to say “I do”!

How to plan a wedding in two weeks

Advice from Becca and Ari on planning an intimate wedding during these unpredictable times: “The most important thing you can do if you need to plan a wedding quickly is to prioritize the critical aspects of your wedding and eliminate the things that you don’t need in order to create that wedding.

“It was very important to us for our wedding to feel like a normal wedding so that we could look back and not be reminded of the pandemic, especially since we already sacrificed so much.

“Our families also played a large part in making the day happen. They were incredibly helpful during the planning stages and took a lot of the work off of our plate. They were also very flexible when it came to the schedule which made it easier for us to plan the wedding we wanted. We were also very lucky to have amazing vendors who were willing to work with us on such short notice, so make sure you choose your vendors wisely.”

These two definitely chose wisely! This Colorado wedding dream team created the most beautiful, intimate wedding — one these two will be talking about for years to come!

Denver Botanical Gardens Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: Woodlands Mosaic, Denver Botanic Gardens
Floral: Blush and Bay
Wedding planner: Michelle Wildman (friend of the bride)
Hair: Hayley Hale
Makeup: Nicole Toledo
Wedding Dress: Anne Barge
Bridal Shop: Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Tom James Company
Wedding Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop
Rentals + Linens: Event Rents
Videographer: Kelsey Luciano Productions
Photographer: Michele with one L

Weddings

December 30, 2020

Intimate Colorado Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens

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