Willow Ridge Manor wedding – Hannah & Connor
Hannah and Connor met through a campus ministry while attending Colorado State University. They grew up in the same town and were acquaintances, but had never hung out before. While dating in college they made many memories together, and a big milestone for them was when Connor graduated and they spent a year in a long-distance relationship until Hannah finished school. Connor says he had wanted to propose to Hannah for a while, and once she and her family started dropping hints, he knew it was time to start planning. Connor asked his sister and a friend for help in creating the perfect surprise proposal for Hannah. On a beautiful fall day, Connor asked Hannah to go on a hike in Matthews/Winters Park and Hannah had no idea what was waiting for her on top of the mountain. There was a blanket, flowers, Champagne and cupcakes! Once they arrived at the special spot, Connor’s sister started the song “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw. Of course, Hannah said yes!
The couple had a colour palette which was charcoal grey, dusty purple, and cream/champagne. They wanted to keep the theme more Spring than Winter although their wedding was at the beginning of March so it was a little chilly. The style was modern with a touch of the early 1990’s, and Willow Ridge Manor has preserved its memories very well in its decor – this venue was truly special since Hannah’s parents got married at Willow Ridge in 1992.
Before the ceremony, Connor and Hannah were prayed over by the entire bridal party and they also took communion after they said their vows with the bridal party, before sealing their vows with a kiss and being announced as the new Mr. and Mrs. Bemiller! They had a beautiful Christian ceremony done by one of their dear friends, and they were thrilled to have such a good friend, mentor and man of faith marry them.
They decided to keep the decor as simple as possible, saying “It’s too easy these days to get overwhelmed with all the DIY projects. We had a wood round that my maid of honor used in her wedding, it was freshly cut weeks before her wedding in August out of Red Wood Trees from CA. I borrowed table numbers from a dear friend and borrowed picture frames with bible verses in them to place on the wood rounds. The flowers were the main attraction.”
Hannah’s maid of honor’s mother was their florist; she flew in from California a few days early to begin; She had little help and did a magnificent job, keeping their spring theme alive with beautiful arrangements. They had centerpieces on each table, and bouquets for Hannah and the bride’s entourage; Flowers played a huge part in the wedding, they really did make everything pop with color!
Before the ceremony began, the maid of honor’s brother played acoustic guitar, he continued throughout the ceremony and also during cocktail hour. The couple sais that “it really created a classy and relaxing atmosphere. Our favorite part of the wedding was the first look and getting to dance with all the guests on the dance floor!”
Hannah said that when it came to picking her wedding day outfit, “I always knew that I wanted a ball gown wedding dress. My mother, sister, cousins and bridesmaids came with me to pick my wedding dress. I chose a Oleg Cassini tulle ball gown wedding dress with a crystal-beaded tank illusion bodice and simply striking layered skirt. The layered skirt had many layers and was quite heavy, by the end of the night, my shoulders were hurting from holding up the tulle to dance so no one would step on the gown. It was all worth it though, I loved my dress. I also wore a white fur wrap during the ceremony. It truly completed the look, everyone said that it was stunning. Connor had a charcoal grey suit, white shirt and patterned dark grey tie. Of course, he and the groomsmen all had crazy socks on.”