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Shawn and I got married on Saturday, August 31, 2013.  It was such a magical night and everything went off without a glitch.  We DIY’d all of our wedding decorations to include refinishing whiskey barrels for the ceremony, painting chalkboard signs, and I made all of paper goods (i.e. dinner menu, ceremony guide, and name place cards).

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Our gorgeous flowers are courtesy of Sunflower Creative in Colorado Springs.  Cheryl did an AMAZING job and she was so much fun to work with!

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I bought used whiskey barrels from a local distillery called Stranahans. Shawn and I refinished them by sanding and staining them the darker color.

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We got married outside at the Dunafon Castle in Colorado. Shawn loves medieval books and was so excited to get married in a castle. The weather was great…it came REALLY close to raining but luckily it passed over!

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My niece (Becky’s daughter) was our flower girl.  She was 4 years old at the time and was the cutest thing ever! She threw those flowers down the aisle like a champ :)

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My brother-in-law Erik (Becky’s husband) conducted the ceremony.  We were so fortunate to be able to have him marry us.  He made it very personal and fun.  (We did have a minor issue with the microphone so if you look closely, you can see that a huge microphone is actually sitting in Erik’s jacket pocket!)

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Andddddd we’re married!!!! :)

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When Erik announced us as “Mr and Mrs. Shawn Jarrett,” it was one of the greatest feelings of the evening. We walked out of the ceremony to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the best thing.”

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For the reception, each table had a burlap and lace table runner that Becky’s mother-in-law, Pat, helped sew.  I found the burlap on craigslist and we went to a fabric store to get the lace.  Pat is an expert in sewing and is the reason these runners turned out beautiful!  My goal for the centerpieces was to be able to re-sell everything which I was able to do, other than the wine bottles I made.

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For the table numbers, I recycled our wine bottles over the few months leading up to the wedding and had labels created on Etsy.  For the flower vases, I craigslisted and thrift shopped 4 x 4 square vases that I was also able to re-sell.  Cheryl filled the vases with ivory hydrangeas and roses.

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For my wedding present, Shawn stuck with the castle-theme and wrote me a beautiful note that he rolled into a scroll and used a wax stamp to seal.  The present on the right were beautiful stud earrings.

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For my bouquet, Cheryl wrapped the base with burlap and lace to tie it in.  I seriously can’t say how pleased I was working with her!

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I couldn’t write this post without at least one picture of my bridesmaids.  These girls have been a huge influence on my life and I am so grateful for our friendships.

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Of course we have to include the handsome men as well!  Shawn’s groomsmen were so much fun and have been so influential to Shawn over the years.

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I made all of our chalkboards with items I found on craigslist. My friend (and cousin-in-law) Jenny helped me write on chalkboards because she has such good handwriting!

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Our cake was done by Das Meyer Bakery in Arvada, CO.  This was the best cake I’ve ever had and I don’t even really like dessert! They also made us an anniversary cake a year later so that we didn’t have to freeze a piece.

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I made the name place cards using card stock from Office Max and a heart stamp I got at Hobby Lobby.  I purchased the wine corks on Etsy because we were running out of time to do wedding projects (and I wanted to ensure they were done well so they would sit flat on the bottom).

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We only had about 6 kids at our wedding but I made them ceremony guides that they could color on to keep them busy during the wedding!  The program included Mickey coloring pictures, connect the dots, and a word search with wedding words like “rings” and “love.”

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Our first dance was so special to us.  My sister and brother-in-law (who have their own band called Two Way Crossing), wrote us a song based on emails that Shawn and I had exchanged while he was working abroad in Italy.

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The dancing reception was held on the rooftop of the castle.  I bought glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets off of Amazon which turned out to be a huge hit!

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And for the grand finale picture, our photographer Traci of Real Photography captured all of our guests from the roof. Traci and her husband did such a great job capturing our day!

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My sister Jenny (who is also a photographer and videographer), put together our wedding video with the help of Christi Bode.

All in all, this was the most special day of our lives so far and we are so glad we had our families and friends there to celebrate the day! :)

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