Jennie and Patrick’s wedding

I’m calling this the summer of love because it seems like every week I attend some wedding-related event for myself or a close friend. I’ve seen some of my most independent female friends tie the knot, and I feel incredibly good about their relationships and over the moon for the couples. Now we’re on deck, and I just hope our wedding is anywhere near as wonderful as theirs have been.

So, without further babbling, here’s how Jennie’s gorgeous, laid-back, Colorado microbrewery wedding went:

First we boarded the bus to head from Boulder to Lyons. Our chariot.

Our driver, also the mechanic.

The Oskar Blues bus is a little rough around the edges. It made some strange sounds, and the driver did have to leave the door open the entire time for ventilation, but we wouldn’t have gone any other way.

Some of the notes written on the ceiling were a little perplexing. We added some of our own, too.

Once we arrived at the park for the ceremony, we gathered around a little pathway lined with pinwheels. The ceremony took place next to the water, where tubers were going down the whole time.

The bride wore flip flops. And a huge smile.

It was beautiful. And despite rain the day before, not a drop fell.

Mike took these photos of the ceremony.

It was simple and sweet, and conducted by a friend of ours. We especially liked the part in their vows where they said something to the effect of, “I will be true to you, to myself and to us.” Well said.

After the ceremony we caught up with some friends. I can’t remember what this sign said, but it was clearly important.

The men of dirt, Brian, Pete, and Dave. We’re still trying to figure out where Pete got that jacket.

This is Kim and Brian, of Tee and Cakes.

I had one of their amazing Oreo cupcakes for dessert at the wedding. Then we talked a lot about how hard it is to run a business and how you just have to kind of jump in before you can talk yourself out of it. So true.

Anyway, the reception was held in a barn, decorated with lights and a hanging kayak.

They had a live band, the Whiskey Bottles, play. So much fun.

The best part, though, had to have been the pinball arcade that was right around the corner. We snuck in, got some quarters, and tried out a few different machines, including this dueling pinball machine. The bride won, of course.

No, actually, I think the best part was when someone delivered pipe cleaners to our table so that we could get creative for the photo booth. Who knew adults could have so much fun with a packet of pipe cleaners?

At the end of the night, everyone took home a souvenir beer glass.

Congrats to Jennie and Patrick. They are off to their honeymoon in Scotland!