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Winter Wedding in the Forest

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Winter Wedding in the Forest photographed by Tina Joiner and Associate Amie Hazlett with Tina Joiner Photography

How They Met

Cassidy: Jeff and I met in college at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. We met freshman year in 2012 but we didn’t start dating until our Junior year in 2015.

How Did He Propose?

Cassidy: Jeff proposed on July 15, 2017 in Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. He told me we were going hiking but would not tell me where. On the drive up he finally told me we were going to sky pond near Estes Park. We were already half way there when I looked up the trail and told him this was a 9 mile hike round trip. The hike was beautiful! We started at Bear Lake and then had to follow signs to other trails that eventually led us to the sky pond trail. The trail description warned that it was not an easy hike and at some times you would need all 4 limbs.

After about 2 hours of hiking we came out of the tree lines and we were staring at a wall that had a small wooden sign that said “Sky Pond” and the arrow pointed up. We climbed the wall and the pond was right at the top. We walked around the pond to get to the side with the mountains facing behind us. At this point in the day there was no one around, it was just us. I was sitting on a rock just looking over the pond, exhausted. Jeff asked if I got all the pictures I wanted and I said yes. I asked him if he got everything and he said no because he wanted one of us but there was nobody there. As I stood up to start walking back I turned around and Jeff was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “yes!” of course. He said I hugged him so hard I almost knocked us off the side of the cliff we were on. 

Jeff got my ring at a jewelry store in Oceanside, California, AG Jewelers. We got our wedding bands from Luisa Graff in Colorado Springs.

Why Did You Choose Wedgewood in Black Forest?

Cassidy: My mom and I had been looking at wedding venues for a little bit before I was actually engaged. We knew about Wedgewood in Black Forest because I actually had my senior prom there. After Jeff proposed, I knew I wanted one of the Wedgewood locations in Colorado because of their all inclusive packages. I picked Black Forest because I love the forest and all the greenery and knew an outdoor wedding would be beautiful there regardless of the weather. 

Tell Us More!

Cassidy: I went back and forth for awhile if I wanted a Fall or Winter wedding. Since our wedding date of November 30th was right in between, I ended up going with winter. I have always loved the color green and thought that would be perfect for a winter wedding. I chose accents of red to bring it all together. Wedgewood was so amazing in putting together exactly what I wanted. I asked Wedgewood if they would be able to put up all their Christmas decorations during my wedding and they were happy to do so.

Someone asked me during the wedding if it was everything I had imagined and I can honestly say yes. It was like someone went inside my mind and pulled everything out, thats how perfect our wedding was. I would not change a single thing. Tina and her team did an amazing job with everything! I get compliments everyday on how amazing the photos are.

At first, Jeff didn’t want a photographer at first because he said everyone was going to have their phones out. When we got the sneak peak pictures back the next day, Jeff thanked me for getting the photographer and he was happy with the outcome.

Our wedding at Wedgewood was actually on our one year anniversary. We had signed the papers Nov. 30, 2017 before Jeff was deployed and then booked our wedding for our anniversary when he got back. 

Other Vendors

Cassidy’s Wedding Dress: Danielle’s Bridal Boutique

Cassidy’s Dress Shoes: Michelle’s Shoes and Accessories

Jeff and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Generation Tux

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang Collection

Wedding Flowers: Hillside Consultants

Wedding Cake: Garden of the Gods Gourmet

Bride gets ready at a downtown salon in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cassidy's dress hangs on a huge mirror in the bridal room at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Brides jewelry and engagement ring and wedding bands
Cassidys details and flowers for her wedding
Cassidy gets ready and has sentimental details attached to her wedding dress
Bride puts on finishing touches as she gets dressed in the bridal room at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Red, green and white bouquets and flowers at this winter holiday wedding ceremony at Wedgewood in Black Forest, Colorado
Wedgewood at Black Forest has their outdoor ceremony site decorated with Christmas inspiration
Bride walks down aisle towards groom and they see each other for the first time.
Brides father gives her away at her winter wedding with Christmas inspiration
Bride and Groom at their outdoor winter wedding ceremony in Black Forest, Colorado during the holiday season
Bride and groom at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Jeff and Cassidy share their vows and exchange rings at their outdoor wedding ceremony in winter at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Bride and groom kiss as their family and friends celebrate at the closing of their wedding ceremony
Cassidy and Jeff standing and holding each other smiling at the camera, there is snow on the ground, they are standing in a forest, during the holiday season
Cassidy stands holding her bouquet in her wedding dress in the forest at wintertime for her Christmas wedding
Bride and groom stand smiling for their individual photographs on their winter wedding day
Bride and groom stand for full length portraits on their wedding day in black forest, Colorado, in winter time
Jeff holds Cassidy and kisses her temple, Cassidy has her eyes closed and is holding her Christmas themed bouquet
Bride and groom stand in a forest with snow around at their winter holiday wedding
Bride and groom walk together holding hands at dusk in the forest in wintertime
Bride and groom stand in snow in a forest with their foreheads together after their wedding ceremony and smile
Jeff and Cassidy dance and embrace and kiss in the forest during their winter holiday wedding in Colorado
Cassidy and Jeff stand with their foreheads together in the forest after their wedding ceremony
Cassidy and Jeff and their wedding party, Altogether 22 people, bridesmaids are wearing forest green and the groomsmen and grooms lady are wearing black
Bridal party having fun and celebrating the bride and groom
Groom and Groomsmen plus one Lady in a forest at wintertime wearing black
groom and his groomsmen, one lady included, laugh and have a good time during photos
Cassidy stands with her bridesmaids, who are wearing hunter green, dark green, forest green, at her winter wedding during the holiday season
Bride and bridesmaids having fun and laughing while taking portraits
Christmas wedding reception details at wedgewood in black forest
Jeff and Cassidy's wedding cake decorated with evergreen stems, white orchids and hypericum berries and pinecones, it is decorated to look like a tree trunk
Cassidy and Jeff enter their wedding reception celebrating, their friends and family are happy and they have a smores bar
Jeff and Cassidy cut their wedding cake and feed each other, Cassidy wipes icing on Jeffs face and they kiss
Jeff and Cassidy have their first dance with dramatic lighting at Wedgewood in Black forest, Colorado
Wedding Reception dance party
Bride and groom go outside for night portraits in the snow near Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wedding Guests blow bubbles as bride and groom exit their wedding reception at this grand exit at wedgewood in black forest

Winter Wedding in the Forest photographed by Tina Joiner and Associate Amie Hazlett with Tina Joiner Photography

How They Met

Cassidy: Jeff and I met in college at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. We met freshman year in 2012 but we didn’t start dating until our Junior year in 2015.

How Did He Propose?

Cassidy: Jeff proposed on July 15, 2017 in Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. He told me we were going hiking but would not tell me where. On the drive up he finally told me we were going to sky pond near Estes Park. We were already half way there when I looked up the trail and told him this was a 9 mile hike round trip. The hike was beautiful! We started at Bear Lake and then had to follow signs to other trails that eventually led us to the sky pond trail. The trail description warned that it was not an easy hike and at some times you would need all 4 limbs.

After about 2 hours of hiking we came out of the tree lines and we were staring at a wall that had a small wooden sign that said “Sky Pond” and the arrow pointed up. We climbed the wall and the pond was right at the top. We walked around the pond to get to the side with the mountains facing behind us. At this point in the day there was no one around, it was just us. I was sitting on a rock just looking over the pond, exhausted. Jeff asked if I got all the pictures I wanted and I said yes. I asked him if he got everything and he said no because he wanted one of us but there was nobody there. As I stood up to start walking back I turned around and Jeff was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “yes!” of course. He said I hugged him so hard I almost knocked us off the side of the cliff we were on. 

Jeff got my ring at a jewelry store in Oceanside, California, AG Jewelers. We got our wedding bands from Luisa Graff in Colorado Springs.

Why Did You Choose Wedgewood in Black Forest?

Cassidy: My mom and I had been looking at wedding venues for a little bit before I was actually engaged. We knew about Wedgewood in Black Forest because I actually had my senior prom there. After Jeff proposed, I knew I wanted one of the Wedgewood locations in Colorado because of their all inclusive packages. I picked Black Forest because I love the forest and all the greenery and knew an outdoor wedding would be beautiful there regardless of the weather. 

Tell Us More!

Cassidy: I went back and forth for awhile if I wanted a Fall or Winter wedding. Since our wedding date of November 30th was right in between, I ended up going with winter. I have always loved the color green and thought that would be perfect for a winter wedding. I chose accents of red to bring it all together. Wedgewood was so amazing in putting together exactly what I wanted. I asked Wedgewood if they would be able to put up all their Christmas decorations during my wedding and they were happy to do so.

Someone asked me during the wedding if it was everything I had imagined and I can honestly say yes. It was like someone went inside my mind and pulled everything out, thats how perfect our wedding was. I would not change a single thing. Tina and her team did an amazing job with everything! I get compliments everyday on how amazing the photos are.

At first, Jeff didn’t want a photographer at first because he said everyone was going to have their phones out. When we got the sneak peak pictures back the next day, Jeff thanked me for getting the photographer and he was happy with the outcome.

Our wedding at Wedgewood was actually on our one year anniversary. We had signed the papers Nov. 30, 2017 before Jeff was deployed and then booked our wedding for our anniversary when he got back. 

Other Vendors

Cassidy’s Wedding Dress: Danielle’s Bridal Boutique

Cassidy’s Dress Shoes: Michelle’s Shoes and Accessories

Jeff and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Generation Tux

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang Collection

Wedding Flowers: Hillside Consultants

Wedding Cake: Garden of the Gods Gourmet

Bride gets ready at a downtown salon in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cassidy's dress hangs on a huge mirror in the bridal room at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Brides jewelry and engagement ring and wedding bands
Cassidys details and flowers for her wedding
Cassidy gets ready and has sentimental details attached to her wedding dress
Bride puts on finishing touches as she gets dressed in the bridal room at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Red, green and white bouquets and flowers at this winter holiday wedding ceremony at Wedgewood in Black Forest, Colorado
Wedgewood at Black Forest has their outdoor ceremony site decorated with Christmas inspiration
Bride walks down aisle towards groom and they see each other for the first time.
Brides father gives her away at her winter wedding with Christmas inspiration
Bride and Groom at their outdoor winter wedding ceremony in Black Forest, Colorado during the holiday season
Bride and groom at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Jeff and Cassidy share their vows and exchange rings at their outdoor wedding ceremony in winter at Wedgewood in Black Forest
Bride and groom kiss as their family and friends celebrate at the closing of their wedding ceremony
Cassidy and Jeff standing and holding each other smiling at the camera, there is snow on the ground, they are standing in a forest, during the holiday season
Cassidy stands holding her bouquet in her wedding dress in the forest at wintertime for her Christmas wedding
Bride and groom stand smiling for their individual photographs on their winter wedding day
Bride and groom stand for full length portraits on their wedding day in black forest, Colorado, in winter time
Jeff holds Cassidy and kisses her temple, Cassidy has her eyes closed and is holding her Christmas themed bouquet
Bride and groom stand in a forest with snow around at their winter holiday wedding
Bride and groom walk together holding hands at dusk in the forest in wintertime
Bride and groom stand in snow in a forest with their foreheads together after their wedding ceremony and smile
Jeff and Cassidy dance and embrace and kiss in the forest during their winter holiday wedding in Colorado
Cassidy and Jeff stand with their foreheads together in the forest after their wedding ceremony
Cassidy and Jeff and their wedding party, Altogether 22 people, bridesmaids are wearing forest green and the groomsmen and grooms lady are wearing black
Bridal party having fun and celebrating the bride and groom
Groom and Groomsmen plus one Lady in a forest at wintertime wearing black
groom and his groomsmen, one lady included, laugh and have a good time during photos
Cassidy stands with her bridesmaids, who are wearing hunter green, dark green, forest green, at her winter wedding during the holiday season
Bride and bridesmaids having fun and laughing while taking portraits
Christmas wedding reception details at wedgewood in black forest
Jeff and Cassidy's wedding cake decorated with evergreen stems, white orchids and hypericum berries and pinecones, it is decorated to look like a tree trunk
Cassidy and Jeff enter their wedding reception celebrating, their friends and family are happy and they have a smores bar
Jeff and Cassidy cut their wedding cake and feed each other, Cassidy wipes icing on Jeffs face and they kiss
Jeff and Cassidy have their first dance with dramatic lighting at Wedgewood in Black forest, Colorado
Wedding Reception dance party
Bride and groom go outside for night portraits in the snow near Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wedding Guests blow bubbles as bride and groom exit their wedding reception at this grand exit at wedgewood in black forest

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