Old World Romance

If ever there was a wedding that epitomized “Old World Romance,” trust me, this is it.   There is just something so incredibly special, so incredibly timeless about Allison and Sam’s Fall wedding. And it’s made all that much more darling how the couple infused their personalities among the traditions. Complete with gorgeous florals, gold leaf, a surprise a cappella performance, her beautifully classic gown and black tuxes a plenty, this gallery is autumn wedding gold.


Allison and Sam were married in September in Estes Park, Colorado. Both Sam and Allison love going on mountain “adventures,” they met each other at the University of Colorado Boulder, so they were no strangers to Colorado’s awesomeness. They knew they wanted to get married in the mountains during the most beautiful time of year (Fall) and when the leaves were changing.  A couple who loves entertaining and celebrating, they wanted to treat their guests to a intimate evening of fine wine, Colorado-sourced Italian food, good company and great dancing.



  • The bride and groom combined both Catholic and Jewish traditions in their ceremony by sharing of the wine and breaking of the glass.
  • Allison and Sam collected baskets of fallen aspen leaves and after the ceremony, their guests tossed them in air as the bride and groom passed through.
  • They kept their colors cool and sophisticated with charcoal, navy and ivory, and their centerpieces included fir slabs that they purchased from a mill in Boulder, antique mismatched silver and brass candlesticks, and small boulders that they gathered from Estes Park.  The bride studied Classics (Ancient Greece and Rome) in college so the table numbers (Roman numerals, of course) were hand-painted in gold leaf.
  • Their florist, The Painted Primrose, kept things romantic and earthy with soft white flowers and hints of juniper and privet berries in the arrangements, and Allison’s bouquet even featured some mini pine cones!
  • Instead of a cake, they offered various individual-sized pies to their guests. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy their sweet tooth, each guest was given a homemade, hand-wrapped caramel bar prepared by the bride and groom!
  • A surprise performance from the University of Colorado Buffoons during dinner really made their wedding memorable, especially when they sang the first dance song, “When The Stars Go Blue”.
  • Guests left loving messages on a pair of antique wooden skis that Sam and Allison found at a thrift shop after they got engaged, and the mother-of-the-bride hand wrote all of their signs including their welcome sign: “Together is a Beautiful Place to Be”.
  • Their signature cocktails, Cranberry Ginger Vodka and Whiskey Apple Cider, put fall-inspired spins on their all-time favorites.
  • The bride wore a magnificent James Clifford modified a-line gown, while her bridesmaids wore the Annabelle by Jenny Yoo in navy.

We’re sending an extra special thanks to Allison and Sam for sharing their day and their images to treasure forever!


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