Broadmoor Elopement | Irada + Mubariz

Irada and Mubariz are two people from Canada and the US who found out they originated from the same small town in Azerbaijan. They came down to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs to have a small intimate elopement and a nice dinner with family. After some fun engagement style photography sessions, they retired to sign the marriage license and eat a hearty meal.

They were a super fun couple who, even when it began to rain, never once stopped having a good time.

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A Bride's Guide to Getting Married Abroad

There's a lot to figure out when you decide to have a destination wedding, particularly if it takes place outside the country. While it has an adventurous appeal, you need to be aware of the differences and unique steps that it takes to plan such an event. Have no fear, KAT IS HERE!

I've done a lot of research on getting married abroad, and I'd also like to think of myself as a travel pro. So I wanted to create a step-by-step plan with details that you should be aware of, or things you should look into when getting married in another country. Logistics is so important with this type of wedding or elopement, so don't forget to check the details!

1. Start by checking the country's marriage laws

Contact the embassy or tourist information bureau of the country where you plan to get married and learn about the specific requirements/laws for a valid marriage. Also plan to contact the Attorney General in your state of residence to make sure the marriage will be recognized when you get home! Gather all the paperwork and make sure you cross this step off as soon as you know all the information. You don't want to come home to find out you're technically not married!

2. Find a wedding planner familiar with the area

Finding a planner aware of the location and venues is so helpful when planning a wedding in another country. Sometimes the venue provides someone who can be an extremely helpful resource. This is of course more important if you plan to have a wedding with guests. If you elope, the key vendors to find would be a photographer ;), an officiant, and witnesses for the marriage license. Securing the vendors is the biggest part of the planning process and should be done well in advance. Plan to keep tabs with them during the time leading up to the wedding as well. Communication is key with destination weddings. Check out my destination wedding FAQs for more info on how I handle weddings abroad. Open communication is one of my BIGGEST pieces of advice.

3. Gather the travel details

Grab flight information and make sure you know the luggage rules for the specific airline you'll be using. This is especially important if you plan to bring the dress with you from the U.S. I'd advise that you don't check-in the important items in case the luggage gets lost. I typically try to get all of my camera gear in a carry-on piece of luggage. Or at least have a back up plan. You can find some amazing and unique dress makers within the country you're planning to get married. Try flying out early and getting a dress there. Otherwise make sure to make a detailed checklist of everything that needs to be packed and how you plan to pack it. 

4. Develop clear timelines

I make this suggestion almost selfishly. I'm a sucker for a well thought out timeline. Plan the days leading up to the wedding and the day of with room for travel upsets. It's more important for these travel weddings to be flexible rather than rigid. But a good timeline helps organize everyone else to be where you need them to be!

5. Budget 

I'd make this suggestion for any wedding, but basically determine a budget well in advance to keep things on track. I have a budget worksheet you can use in my free planning guide -> just head over here to get it. Keep costs of flights and other travel details in mind. All inclusive packages are helpful, but sometimes planning differently can lower expenses. Costs not typically associated with at-home ceremonies that do come up with destination weddings include flights, transportation, and tourism fees. But most of the time you can get a cheaper wedding by eloping abroad or creating  destination wedding. 

 

I hope this helps point you to some details to be aware of in destination weddings, but if you have questions or more thoughts REACH OUT to me! I'd love to help out and talk about it.

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5 Best Seattle Locations to Get Married

Oh Seattle constantly tugs at my heart with some amazing ideas for wedding venues. The city always seems so alive! I have a hard time explaining it to people, but every time I've been there people have raved about the city. And it has some unique and awesome places to get married. Here are my top urban or city picks:

1. Seattle Art Museum

If you are a fan of art (I have no choice! My entire family is made up of artists) then I highly recommend the Seattle Art Museum as a modern venue for your wedding. It's very urban and contemporary for all my city Brides. 

2. Pike Place Market

A Seattle staple, the Pike Place Market is a destination must visit. It has a few small event spaces that make for some great intimate locations to get married. The Atrium Loft space is adorable and the best thing about the location, is the opportunity for some very urban unique photo opportunities.

3. Rainier Chapter House

If you're looking for something more traditional and stately for your wedding, check out the Rainier Chapter House. It reminds me of one of my best friend's gorgeous wedding in the deep south east in one of those old plantation homes. It's a gorgeous background for a traditional Bride.

4. Space Needle

If you really want the Seattle experience, try renting out the SkyLine banquet hall in the  Space Needle for your wedding venue. It's a unique layout with some amazing views. Not to mention the catering is the BOMB dot com. 

5. The Foundry

Another one of my favorite venues for an urban/loft feel is The Foundry. High ceilings with open duct work, concrete floors, and large wooden barn doors appeals to my urban rustic aesthetics. 

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Aerial Photography: A New Venture

It official! I've gotten a camera drone. And my excitement is too great to not share it with everyone! And I'm so pumped to share that I can now do aerial photography at your wedding! Whether you want an over sweeping view of the ceremony, or some amazing couples photos from a higher vantage point, I can now deliver. Say hello to my new DJI Mavic Pro!

As an added bonus, I might even take some video to share with your friends and family of your amazing wedding day. :)

5 Best Locations to Get Married at in Denver

I love Denver, Colorado. So much so that my husband and I moved near there. I have some amazing friends there and I've been to visit multiple times. Since I've traveled around quite a bit here, I thought it would be awesome to give you some ideas for the best places to get married in Denver. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best wedding venues in Denver:

1. Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is one of the more popular places to get married in Denver, CO. It has the amazing beauty of the rock formations and excellent staff to help your day go splendidly. It's perfect for that intimate breathtaking view.

2. Moss Denver

Moss Denver is one of my favorite downtown Denver wedding locations for the urban bride. Think loft style with brick, open ceilings, and concrete floors. It houses at most 200 guests which I think is the perfect size. 

3. Denver Botanical Gardens - York Street

If you're more into the floral and fauna locations, look no further than the Denver Botanical Gardens. The location on York Street offers lush gardens as the background to your wedding. I have friends who love that garden atmosphere, so I recommended this for their wedding venue. 

4. Church Ranch Event Center

The Church Ranch and Event Center has everything you could ever need to setup the best wedding ever. Their staff and vendors are the best: completely organized without the Bride needing to plan too much. It has a stunning location that makes for some excellent photos too!

5. Shupe Homestead

Last but certainly not least, the Shupe Homestead is perfect for the rustic Bride in you. Mountain views, amazing barns, and a setting in the country are the perfect venue descriptions to get the country Brides out there! 

 

I hope this helps you find the right place in Denver to get married. If you have any suggestions, please comment below! I'm always on the lookout for new places to suggest to my Brides.

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