A Dreamy Sherbet Color Palette Drove the Design of This Garden Micro-Wedding in Colorado
Elle Harala Patton, an event planner, always knew she wanted an intimate celebration. " I know how quickly weddings can change scope and lose focus," she explains. So, when she stumbled across a micro-wedding giveaway, facilitated by fellow planner Laurel & Rose, she made sure her fiancé, Ron Patton, was on board and took a chance. "I saw an Instagram post about the giveaway on the very last day submissions were due. I applied immediately because I knew this is exactly the type of wedding we would want—especially during these crazy times—with an amazing list of vendors," says Elle. "You could say we didn't have to pivot due to COVID-19—it was exactly what was meant to be."
The petite celebration was culled in just two months, thanks to the Laurel & Rose team, who partnered with some of the area's best wedding professionals and handled just about every detail—right down to choosing the venue, Boulder Flower Farm. "We wanted an outdoor property and the farm had plenty of space for us all to safety maintain distance while enjoying a dreamy setting," explains Laurel & Rose. "While Colorado is known for its mountain views and rustic settings, this property felt elevated, charming, cozy, and formal enough for this celebration!" A sherbet color palette fit perfectly into the backyard garden-inspired celebration, which was attended by eight guests; the rest of the couple's loved ones joined in virtually.
All Elle and Ron had to do was show up on August 21, 2020—and the bride says that relinquishing control was such a relief. "We knew very little design details and it was the best thing we could have done," she explains. "Allowing our vendors to do what they do best and having surprises throughout the day was amazing—there was no stress."
Signed, Packaged, Delivered
Hazel Eye Designs created an invitation box for the couple; the package was filled with motifs that spoke to the venue—like honey, lavender, wood details, dried florals, and plant-dyed linens—and nodded to the event's curated color palette of warm, buttery yellow and pale purple. As for the suite itself? The main card was printed on cotton paper with a hand-deckled edge and listed all the key details, while a second—a "quote card," as they couple calls it—alluded to their unofficial theme loosely predicated on the song, "All You Need Is Love."
The duo's eight in-person guests received boxes, but Elle's mother had another idea for those witnessing the nuptials virtually—the duo sent the remainder of their loved ones bottles of rosé with an invitation to join in online. "We wrapped the bottle of rosé in a burlap wine bag and attached a Hazel Eye Designs invite that was put inside a vellum envelope and sealed with wax," she says. "It was the perfect touch to make our guests feel a part of our wedding day."
"I had very limited options for a wedding dress," explains Elle, noting that she had to purchase an ensemble off the rack due to the two-month timeline—no small feat, since most stores in Seattle were closed due to the pandemic. Luckily, she found the gown of her dreams, an antique ivory fit-and-flare from Maggie Sottero, in the end. "It was a feeling—I felt like a bride and it fit like a glove," explains Elle. "I knew I wanted off-the-shoulder sleeves, so I had a seamstress add those, which balanced the dress out." An extended veil—a gift from Little White Dress—and her "something blue" Nike tennis shoes (a present from Ron saved from the early days of their relationship) completed her look.
The Perfect Petal crafted Elle a peach-and-white bouquet of farm blooms, which comprised of white lisianthus, scabiosa, tweedia, and local cosmos; the arrangement's base, freckled Pee Gee hydrangeas and peach dahlias, were sourced from another farm down the road. Heirloom peach zinnias finished the palette and a clematis vine trickled down towards the ground.
Ron wore a custom-made tuxedo from Hartman's Tailoring, and completed his ensemble with a silver Breitling watch to match his wedding band. "I gave this to him when we exchanged gifts the morning of our big day," says Elle. The bride, on the other hand, received her gifts in a sweet way. After spending the morning of their celebration together in the hot tub on the rooftop of their hotel ("It calmed our nerves to spend a few quiet moments together, watching the sunrise," says Elle), Elle returned to her room to find not one, but two presents: a pair of diamond earrings (sourced from Trabert Goldsmiths, where Ron purchased her engagement ring) and a Louis Vuitton bag, engraved with her new initials.
A Private Moment
The couple met in front of the house on Boulder Flower Farm for their first look, and then turned the corner to exchange personal vows ahead of the ceremony. "We were both so nervous to see one another," shares Elle. "The second I turned the corner I began to cry because I had never seen Ron smile so big! It was a very emotional moment for both of us."
Under the Trees
Elle and Ron's ceremony was situated under a canopy of trees on the property; The Perfect Petal used florals in nudes, peaches, and natural greens to play off the organic setting.
The service's floral palette included eremurus, wild grasses, locally grown cafe lait dahlias, butterfly ranunculus, scabiosas, and dried elements for a structural touch. Simple wooden chairs referenced the tree-covered grove.
Upon guests' arrival, they were given a parasol and guided to their assigned ceremony seat.
Since their loved ones' safety was their first priority, Elle and Ron provided masks and hand sanitizer, as well.
Let's Get Married
After Elle's Uncle Rick walked her down the aisle, the couple was married by Michael Welchert.
Before they were pronounced husband and wife, Elle and Ron gathered with their nearest and dearest for a group prayer.
Ahead of dinner, the celebrants joined in on a "cocktail moment," as opposed to a traditional hour; they sipped Champagne out of coups while enjoying the farm's scenery and posing for photos. Marty from Mannequin The Band provided acoustic music, playing a myriad of recognizable songs during the brief interlude.
"Given the current local guidelines at the time of the wedding, a traditional cocktail hour was not encouraged," explains Laurel & Rose. "So, we had servers pass an hors d'oeuvres bite—a pressed chicken thigh with garlic aioli and pickled beets—on an oversized spoon as the guests were seated for dinner."
Full of Whimsy
Dinner took place underneath a pergola draped with lush vines. At the entry point, Perfect Petal designed a twisting "cloud," which hung above the bride and groom. "She carefully tinted the stems to create the perfect peachy shade to hang and fill the space with a sense of whimsy and wonder," adds Laurel & Rose. "This also framed the couple as they sat with their guests during dinner."
The idea of an "elevated garden party" drove the majority of the reception's design; attendees sat at a single table layered with a series of linens from La Tavola. As the sun set, candles were lit for ambience.
A mix of floral arrangements danced down the tablescape; blooms were hand-selected and nestled into vintage china pieces for a romantic twist.
Place settings were sourced from Enjoue Studio and were conceptualized around the "Wild Bird" Limoges dinner plates with scalloped edges hand-painted in 24-carat gold; they featured a reprint of four pieces of artwork by Félix Bracquemond, which date back to the 1870s.
At the far end of the table, a bird bath was filled with a myriad of the event's signature blooms in an effort to tie more of the natural landscape into the design.
For dinner, the small group dined on a course of artisan cheeses before a salad, comprised of farm greens and walnuts dressed in a tarragon Dijon vinaigrette, was brought out. For the third course, each attendee was served a farm strip steak with truffled parsnip purée, roasted radishes, baby tomatoes, and a shaved fennel and herb salad. Marty strummed his guitar throughout the meal's entirety: "He was the glue of the entire wedding," says Elle.
Each guest received an individual vanilla cake from Wildflower Cakes that was frosted in yellow ombré buttercream. The confections were dressed with leafing detail and a unique icing patten and placed on vintage plates from Enjoue Studios.
A First Spin
Elle and Ron chose "All of Me" by John Legend for their first married spin. "We dance in our living room to romantic songs often and every time this song comes on we know all the words—it becomes our song and dance performance!" shares Elle. "On our wedding day it was funny, because we felt like we were back in our living room singing and dancing."
Photographer, Rachel Havel
Venue, Boulder Flower Farm
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Laurel & Rose
Videography, Elysium Productions
Flowers, The Perfect Petal
Invitations and Day-of Paper Products, Hazel Eye Designs
Officiant, Michael Welchert
Bride's Gown, Maggie Sottero
Veil and Jewelry, Little White Dress
Hair, Andres of SideDoor Salon
Makeup, Alchemy Facebar
Groom's Attire, Hartman's Tailoring
Groom's Watch, Breitling
Engagement Ring, Trabert Goldsmiths
Wedding Bands, Joseph Jewelry (Ron)
Music, Mannequin The Band
Catering, GB Culinary
Cake, Wildflower Cakes
Rentals, Enjoue Studio, La Tavola Fine Linens, BBJ, Colorado Party Rentals, Lavish Loo
Alcohol Sponsor, Cured Boulder, apart·y
Honeymoon Gift Basket, The Perfect Petal Boutique
Photo Album and Box, Priscilla Foster Handmade