You Are My Sunshine

Sunflower yellow combined with navy blue may be one of the best color combinations ever!

Carissa and Chris knew they wanted to get married in the Rocky Mountains, as they have spent many dates rock climbing and hiking in Boulder, Colorado. They selected sunflowers and daisies as their signature flowers: Sunflowers because they are big, bright and light up the room (and Chris played baseball so sunflower seeds are a staple in their home); Daisies because Carissa’s mom had daisies in her wedding bouquet, giving special meaning to Carissa’s bouquet. A navy blue color palette was an easy decision after the flowers were decided upon, as yellow and navy blue compliment each other so perfectly. The bridesmaids wore beautiful long cayman blue dresses, while the groomsmen rocked dark gray Vera Wang suits. Carissa wore a gorgeous lace dress along with navy heels to incorporate her own “something blue.” The darling flower girls dresses were handmade by Carissa’s mother! The couple had a beautiful outdoor catholic ceremony that included unity sand.


The sunflower, burlap and lace details gave the wedding a rustic mountain feel. The tables were all named after Colorado 14ers, and our talented, crafty Carissa made all the sign holders herself by staining wood, bending metal and hot gluing! Other DIY projects Carissa (with the help of her brother) implemented, included: designing and printing the save the dates, invites, table signs, wedding programs, coloring books and place cards. She had her brother draw up “beef cut” images of a cow, fish, and carrot, which she then printed on each guests’ place card to show the caterers what meal they had chosen. For the kiddos, she printed out a wedding coloring book and put it in a goody bag chalk full of fun things from the dollar store. And let’s not forget about their adorable wedding cake! The tree stump base was an Etsy purchase, which include their names and wedding date engraved on it. The darling cake topper was made by Willow Tree. Pinterest was the inspiration behind the chalkboard hashtag sign for instagram, the bird cage card holder, basket of flip flops, basket of bubbles for the bride/groom exit, and the small vintage milk bottles filled with Jordan’s almonds (Italian family tradition).


For their first dance, they chose “How Far This Road Goes” by Gareth Dunlop, Chris and his mother danced to “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, and Carissa and her father danced to what started out as “The Way You Look Tonight,” and then transitioned into a series of of dances including “Jitter Bug,” “Bernie,” “Wobble,” “Thriller” and “Party Rock Anthem.” So much fun! Carissa admitted this was her father’s idea and that it was really special for them to spend time practicing the dances together before he gave her away. (Precious!)


Cuban Cigars were one of the major hits of the night! Chris gave all his groomsmen and fathers Cuban cigars as a gift. Chris’s father’s side of the family is Cuban, so it only seemed fitting:) At one point in the night the dance floor cleared, and outside you could only see a cloud of smoke as ALL the men were enjoying cigars! The gifts for the bridesmaids were just as meaningful: white lace flats for the dance floor along with a sterling silver infinity bracelet from Etsy, to convey Carissa’s infinite gratitude for all they had done to help make the wedding of her dreams come true!

Daylene Wilson Photographic