Sarah and Robert’s Black, White and Gold Conservatory Wedding in North Carolina by Rachael McIntosh Photography
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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend? What did you get up to, any weddings at all? I do hope so! I am loving my Instagram and Facebook feed being full of weddings again, such a delight to see! My weekend was good. Saturday it was a quiet one with my two boys, we all felt the need to get some fresh air and see some wide open spaces! Sunday we had a welcome home party for my sister in law and her family, who have come back from a year living in Australia. It was so good to see them all again, and Dexter was delighted to be reunited with his cousin Ted who he has missed so much! I am only in the office for a few days this week as I am off on holiday to Cornwall on Friday, woo hoo!! Now on with today’s wedding, and it’s the turn of Manisha and Greg who got married in the Denver Botanic Gardens.They held this stunning pastel loving elopement in the greenhouse and it’s an absolute delight! Manisha put the whole thing together herself and I have to say it’s absolutely beautiful. The elopement comes in two parts as the next day they went off to the Great Sand Dunes for some stunning portrait shots! Big thanks to Sheena Shahangian Photography for these gorgeous images.
To say Manisha and Greg went all out for their garden greenhouse elopement would be an understatement. They actually eloped over the course of two days, with the first day being their ceremony and private elopement reception in a historic greenhouse at Denver Botanic Gardens and the second day being adventurous post-elopement photos at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Manisha is incredible at designing decor, and she actually set up their entire ceremony and reception herself, curating plates from West Elm, champagne glasses from Anthropologie, vow books from Rifle Paper Co, and getting custom marble coasters with her and Greg’s names engraved in gold. She’s also incredible at baking and baked their two-tier wedding cake herself.
The whole greenhouse setup was elevated with stunning floral arrangements done by the talented Beet and Yarrow, with various pink pastel shades of peonies and roses for days. To pair nicely with the slightly minted green of the historic greenhouse where they had their ceremony, Manisha opted for pastel pink accents throughout, which added to the whimsical, ethereal feel of the elopement. This included a pink saree draping, along with pink and gold bangle bracelets.
Day one of the elopement, Manisha and Greg wanted to honor Manisha’s Indian heritage, so they incorporated the traditional Indian garland exchange during their ceremony, and Manisha donning a saree with stunning henna. As is common in Colorado with elopements, the two of them married without an officiant.
We continued the first day’s festivities with a private reception with the two of them, where they cut into Manisha’s homemade two-tier cake and toasted to their new life together. The evening wrapped up with the two of them exploring the gardens and adventuring amongst the stunning plant life on the grounds.
We met back up two days later for sunrise at Great Sand Dunes for the second part of their elopement celebration. The sand dunes are actually home to North America’s tallest dune, towering at over 750 ft tall. These two hiked and ran around the dunes in the morning light, soaking up the desert.
During springtime at the dunes, there’s actually a creek that runs through the sand. You can only see it in the late winter and spring season, and by the time summer rolls around, the water is usually gone. It’s the wildest phenomenon, caused by the snowmelt in the mountains, and Manisha and Greg ended their adventures by playing in the water. Talk about the perfect ending to the perfect two-day elopement adventure.
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