When I first heard from Kricket, my initial thought was something like, “Only a really cool girl can rock a name like Kricket, and I need to meet her.” My first assumption was completely true, as well as my second. Kricket is one of the coolest girls on the planet and she does rock her name like no other, and I can’t imagine a life where I didn’t meet her.
Kricket & Andrew planned an incredibly perfect day, down to every last detail. Their black and white theme was based on their love of Formula 1 racing: complete with white florals, black velvet bridesmaid dresses, a brilliant classic white venue, and black dogs. Not to mention the black and white checkered racing flags that their friends and family waved as they raced down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Every intricate detail was nothing short of picture-perfect.
Because the absolute best part of their day was the huge bundle of emotion & happiness everyone fell into throughout the day, by far the second best part was seeing all of their personal elements spread throughout. Rather than sticking with the often “mandatory” traditions or decorations, Kricket & Andrew put a little piece of their life in every corner. To implement the racing theme, they put their fur-babies (the sweetest adopted racing pups named Pirelli & Enzo, of course) front and center in the bridal party. Since a winter ceremony often takes place after dark, they filled every nook and cranny with the perfect winter florals: fresh white lilies and roses alongside tall, white candles to light and warm up the place. Plus, they even had Andrew’s own racing gloves ready for his detail photos. For future brides, take a page out of Kricket & Andrew’s wedding planning book.
The morning of their wedding in late November, the Colorado foothills were covered in a blanket of crisp white snow. The white of their venue, The Manor House, looked even more regal with the delicate placement of snow, almost as though Kricket & Andrew had thought out these details, too!
Kricket put on her intricate long sleeved white gown in the guest house alongside the Manor House. The La Valee gown showed lace cutouts along each side of her silhouette and down the sleeves, adorned with well placed sequins for a hint of shimmer. The lace pattern matched that of the cathedral length veil perfectly, thanks to the many hours of hard work by Kricket’s sweet mother!
Andrew’s classic black suit was the perfect compliment to Kricket’s gown, complete with a matching skinny black tie and white rose boutonnière. Andrew readied in the library of The Manor House, for the extra unique and stylish touch.
The ceremony took place in front of the fireplace of The Manor House Hall, a white on white venue with Colorado Foothills views. They sprinkled the fresh white winter florals with greenery wherever they could, tall white candles in clear glass votives everywhere else, and complimented with greenery and black velvet drapery; making all the Pinterest girls drool over the winter wedding decor goals.
Aside from being the absolute dream-team in the Bride & Groom world, Kricket & Andrew are two of the kindest and thoughtful people I’ve ever met, and I absolutely had the best year getting to know them and celebrate with them!! They are also very much goals in the dog-parent department, and I’ll soon be helping Kricket convince Andrew to let her have all the chicken babies. 😉 Soon, we’ll blog their amazing engagement session in the beautiful desert of Moab, Utah – as you can imagine, are complete goals as well. A huge virtual hug and all the love to these two, Pirelli & Enzo, and both Kricket & Andrew’s sweet families for making this a day I will absolutely always cherish! And a huge thanks to the incredible vendor team that made this insane day happen, and my sweet friend Molly for shooting with me that day. See below for vendor list and to hear more from Kricket & Andrew on their wedding planning journey!
What memory of the wedding day is most vivid?
Kricket : One of the most vivid moments of the wedding day was the first look and putting on my dress. I was so excited to see Andrew that day and his reaction during the first look was just awesome. After all the waiting, putting my dress on for the first time with my hair and makeup done was just a dream. It was my vision coming together.
Andrew : Seeing her walk down the aisle or turning around for the first look was probably the most romantically vivid. I also will always remember one of my groomsmen, Taylor, coming into the hall after the ceremony and before dinner while appetizers were going around with a full plate of shrimp for us while we were busy taking pictures. Really came in clutch there.
Kricket – What is the weirdest thing he had an opinion on while planning?
Oh my this is a loaded question – Andrew had an opinion about a lot during our planning process. I think one of the weirdest things he had an opinion on was the color of the silverware.
Andrew – What is the funniest thing she did while wedding planning?
I would have to say when she had a practice flower collar for Pirelli made so that she could get used to wearing it. And because Kricket has already written her portion the silverware is supposed to be sliver…it’s in the name!!
What is the moment you knew you would marry him/her?
Kricket : There were many times in our relationship that I knew I wanted to marry Andrew. One moment was pretty early on in our relationship when Andrew invited me to spend a holiday with his family. The way in which we got along was just the icing on the cake. Another moment where I knew Andrew and I were ready to get married was all during our journey of buying a house and landscaping. Andrew has always been there for me through the big times and the little moments in life.
Andrew : I don’t know if there was just one singular moment, but instead many moments leading up to the belief that I would marry her. To name a few though – the Fiat trip we took, going to other friends’ weddings, and how supportive she was through tax season, baseball season, football season, and when we bought the house together.
How did you two meet? Who made the first move?
During our last year in college, Andrew and I met through a mutual friend after one of my volleyball games in college. At first, Andrew made the first move over Facebook, but it wouldn’t be for a little while till I made the next move. So I think we both made the first move just at different times (haha).
What is one thing you did to keep wedding planning fun and take away stress?
One thing we did to take the stress away from the planning process was that we made supper to break it up into different pieces so it was not so overwhelming. Some of the funnest times planning the wedding were meeting with all the different vendors. My mom and I did much of the planning and we had such a great time. We have thought about this day for a long time and it was great getting to spend time planning our big day!
What is the silliest/most fun thing you’ve ever done together?
While there are a lot of silly and fun things we have done together, there are two trips which stand out the most. Last summer, we went with a Fiat club to the Rockies and did a two day trip around Colorado. The second most fun thing we have done together was go to the Formula 1 race down in Austin, Texas.
Andrew – What are you most proud of your bride for?
Probably how dedicated she is towards things. She was able to get an awesome job after graduating school, get her master’s degree, teaching license, and plan a wedding all in just a few years. She continues to amaze me with the things she accomplishes.
Kricket – What are you most proud of your groom for?
There are so many things that made me proud of Andrew. Throughout our entire relationship Andrew has been such a hard worker. Since we have been together, Andrew has graduated with his bachelors and MBA, got his CPA license and started a new job. I am proud of how much he loves me and the dogs and works so hard for us. Not only does he work hard, he makes time to have fun and enjoy our life we are building together. I’m also proud of how passionate he is about his hobbies and how he works to be the best he can be.
Advice for future brides: What is the single best thing you did at your wedding? Anything you would change?
My advice for future brides is to be super organized before you even get to the venue. This takes all of the stress away and was one of the best things that made the wedding run so smoothly. Also, finding vendors that are super awesome at what they do, but also are great people helps make the day go so much better. Working with people that have been to the venue and worked with the venue before was also a great thing we did. This way we did not have to worry, and they could give great advice. The single best thing would be greeting everyone at the wedding. Honestly, I would have not changed a thing about our wedding. It was literally our dream wedding and the day went so perfect it was crazy. If anything, I wish I could create a time machine to go back and relive the day because it went by so quickly!
Of course I can’t end today’s blog without say a major THANK YOU to the vendor’s who were so instrumental in making Kricket and Andrew’s wedding meet all their expectations and more!
Venue : The Manor House
Florist : Kimball Floral
Second Photographer: Molly Stevens with For the West and Wild
Baker : Kelley Kakes with The Bundt Shoppe
DJ : Elite Entertainment and OnCue String Quartet
Calligrapher : Minted
Hair and Makeup : Aura
Dress Boutique : La Vallee