The wedding of Grey and Austin was one for the books and one I hope we never forget. With the ceremony taking place in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the chipping green, an emotional ceremony overlooking picturesque views and a joyful reception at The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery.
As I walked into the bridal suite I was surrounded by a sea of gorgeous girls in pink robes, with family buzzing all around making sure everyone was doing ok and a snack bar of treats and mimosas.
After a knock on the door, Grey was surprised by the Best Man holding a gift from her Groom. So excited to see what sweet gift he’d gotten her, she unwrapped a journal filled with love notes, prayers and dreams that Austin has been writing in over the past 300 days of their engagement. And a gorgeous, hand painted Bible Austin has made for her.
But Grey wasn’t the only one to get a gift that day, as she sent her Maid of Honor over to the Groom’s Suite to deliver a piece of art called “The Fingerprint of God.” With scriptures written in the formation of a fingerprint, the gift was a representation of how God’s “fingerprint” has been on their relationship from the beginning.
For all my parents out there reading this, perhaps you too can echo the sentiment and desire for your kids to one day find their perfect half. We pray they’ll become who they need to be for their future spouses, and we pray daily for the person that will one day be their spouse. It was a beautiful reminder all day long, to hear the answered prayers of those who love them. And these gifts were such a testament to that.
After Grey and Austin shared the sweetest first look, she made her way down the stairs and into the arms of her groom. Tears flowed for them both as they fully felt the emotion of the day that they worked so hard to prepare for.
Austin wasn’t the only one treated to a first look. As Grey’s bridesmaids lined up with their hands covering their eyes, they were WOW’d seeing their dear friend standing before them ready to go see her groom. It was absolutely a moment you want to relive again and again.
Shortly after that the groomsmen arrived at the suite and on a whim she decided to do the same thing with them. So with their boutonnieres in place, they faced backwards waiting for the moment. And as they turned around to see her, my heart just exploded. Their jaws were dropped and tears welled up in their eyes. These sweet men, just adored Grey with every ounce of their being and you could feel the love they had for her so genuinely in that moment.
The ceremony took place on the chipping green at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, which overlooked Cheyenne Mountain. Grey and Austin’s wedding in Colorado Springs, was a celebration like no other. Lavish with gorgeous florals by Mark Wehrly at A Wildflower Florist, surrounded guests at every turn. Cocktails were flowing upon the arrival of guests, as they made their way to their seats.
A stunning archway wrapped around the couple as they shared communion, with their grandparents singing “How Great Thou Art.” And an artist stood off in the background, capturing the gorgeous ceremony in a live painting of the site.
Grey and Austin knew it was a big sacrifice to travel for their wedding during these uncertain times. Their gratitude for their guests was a constant throughout the day as well as their desire to share their faith with the friends and family. This was made evermore evident in toasts and also in their ceremony. They wanted their marriage to reflect God’s love, which it absolutely did that day.
As guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, Grey and Austin enjoyed a private dinner together at The Warehouse. Which was probably one of their most inspired ideas, because it allowed them to have a moment together, just the two of them. But it also meant that while guests enjoyed their dinner, they could go around the room table by table to thank everyone for coming.
As each guest wondered into the reception, you could hear the ooh’s and ahh’s as they found their names carved out of wood on each of their plates. The Warehouse staff did such a lovely job maintaining safety regulations, while allowing guests to feel comfortable and present.
If you didn’t know it before, it was made immediately clear that you were in Sooner Country, or at least in a room full of hardcore OU fans and grads. Taking moments to share in their school pride throughout the day, it was mid-toast the best man spontaneously shouted “Sooner,” with a loud “BOOMER” coming from the crowd.
There was a moment during the celebration, that I looked around the room and saw complete and utter joy on the faces of their guests. But it wasn’t just the typical joy you experience on a wedding day; it was relief, euphoria, a release of emotion that up to this point they hadn’t been able to express. You see, as I looked around that room I didn’t just see wedding guests, I saw a room of 2020 college graduates, who never got to celebrate graduation. Who didn’t get to say goodbye to their college roommates and dear friends. It was a room of people who needed a win and needed to celebrate and feel the emotion of the day.
There’s no greater gift than to look around and see true, honest, real deal friends. And as Jeremy and I walked away from Grey and Austin’s summer wedding, we couldn’t help reflect on the incredible friendships these two are surrounded by. Never have I seen a core group of friends who are so deeply connected that they feel every emotion you feel. Every tear shed, was also shed by their friends and every joy was their’s as well.
Grey and Austin, we know it took so much work to sift through the constant changes to your wedding plans. But you created a place for everyone to feel so blessed and so loved. Every detail was clearly a celebration of the love you have for one another and for your guests. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Purvis and thank you again for allowing Jeremy and I to be there with you on your wedding day!
To see photos from Grey and Austin’s Engagement jump to their Blog Post. Are you looking for a photography team for your upcoming wedding? Let’s chat and see if we’re a good fit for each other!
Ceremony Venue | Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Reception Venue | The Warehouse Restaurant
Bride’s Dress | Brickhouse Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Generation Tux
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup | The Day on Location Beauty
Cake Artist | Icing on the Cake
DJ | Jay Kacik
Florals | Mark Wehrly of A Wildflower Florist
Officiant | Ron Brenning
Coordinator | Kate Charter, Coordination Company
Videographer | Ben of Rocky Mountain Films
Wedding Painter | Julia Dordoni
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