"Yes, it happened," says April Pinon, 29. "My husband, Matthew Anderson, and I met at a bar." It was the spring of 2012, and April was at a Kansas University basketball watch party (she's an alum). "Matthew wasn't a basketball fan, but now he pretends very well!" she laughs.
A year and a half later, the night before heading on a two-and-a-half week cruise through the Mediterranean, April and Matthew met their friends for a send-off happy hour. When they got home, April found the house full of roses and a huge wrapped box on the dining room table. She opened the box to find a framed photo of their home and a letter Matthew had written to her. "When I turned around to hug him, he got on his knee and asked me to marry him. It hasn't felt like real life since," April says.
A mere eight months later, the Colorado residents invited 185 guests to join them at the Denver Art Museum on June 7th, 2014 for a modern, romantic wedding planned by Bella Event Design and photographed by Ashley Sawtelle.
The bride chose accessories to match the venue, wearing strappy silver sandals by Jimmy Choo and dangling statement earrings to complement her soft updo. She carried a full bouquet of white peonies, accented with greenery.
April fell in love with her Anna Maier gown's ivory lace and petal-like detailing. "I knew Matthew would love it," she says.
April's bridesmaids wore blush lace dresses that complemented her gown. They carried slightly smaller bouquets of white and blush peonies.
The ceremony took place in front of a cluster of vases filled with white hydrangeas and floating candles. April's parents walked her down the aisle to "This Year's Love" by David Grey. Matthew and April didn't write their own vows: instead, they exchanged the vows that her sister and brother-in-law said at their wedding in 2010.
During cocktail hour, guests dined on mini crab cakes and a Pad Thai station as they sipped the bride's and groom's choice of cocktails (a Cosmo for her, a Manhattan for him).
The reception was decorated in shades of white and gray, with mirrored accents.
The couple sat at a sweetheart table sat at a white lacquer table topped with hydrangeas, roses, and candles. Round tables were topped with cascading orchids, while others featured mirrored toppers and boxes full of roses.
"Matthew's main priority was to make sure no one left hungry," says April. After a meal of grilled salmon and beef tenderloin, guests were treated to vanilla and chocolate cake, topped with fondant ruffles, as well as a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream bar, complete with mix-ins.
"We traveled so much over the year before our wedding," says April, "so we took an unconventional honeymoon." The duo rented an RV and road-tripped through Colorado for a week, stopping for excursions like white-water rafting and hiking, as well as roasting s'mores and playing with their 6-month-old puppies. "We had the most incredible time enjoying each other in such a simple way," says the bride.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Denver Art Museum || Wedding Planner: Bella Event Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Salon E || Makeup: Liz Boyle Makeup Artistry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN || Groom & Groomsman's Attire: John Philbeck || Engagement Ring: Sam L. Majors || Florist: Design Works || Invitations: From the Heart Graphics || Paper Goods: Richard's Notebook || Music: ceremony - Ribbons & Strings Ensembles, reception - Soul X || Catering: Palettes || Cake: Kelley Kakes || Ice Cream Bar: Cold Stone Creamery || Rentals: Event Rents || Photo Booth: Bamboo Booth || Videography: Wedit || Photography: Ashley Sawtelle