Jenny and John both attended Dartmouth College but didn't actually meet until a mutual friend set them up on a date three weeks before John graduated. "I was dubious about the whole 'setup' thing, but John showed up with flowers and we hit it off—especially once he told me he was a Broncos fan!" says Jenny.
The couple wanted a winter wedding but decided to host it in Denver instead of the mountains to make traveling easier for their many out-of-town guests. Jenny wore a Pronovias gown, while John sported a Hugo Boss suit.
The bride wore a birdcage veil from Brenda's Bridal Veils.
The bride carried a bouquet of garden roses, tulips, sweet peas, lavender, and freesias. "The tulips represented John's Dutch heritage," says Jenny.
The 3:30 p.m. ceremony was held at Trinity United Methodist Church, where Jenny's father read a love poem by Confucius, first in Chinese, then in English.
The programs were designed by the couple.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their 105 guests traveled to the Pinnacle Club on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Denver for the reception.
"The space offers gorgeous panoramic views, and the fireplace provided a warm, intimate feel," says Jenny.
After enjoying hors d'oeuvres like crab cakes and brie-stuffed strawberries during cocktail hour, guests found their seats via escort cards displayed in pinecones collected by the bride and her family in Boulder's Chautauqua Park.
In the dining room, tables were adorned with centerpieces of hydrangeas, tulips, and snapdragons. All florals were by Kimball Floral.
John and Jenny's chairs were adorned with wooden "Mr." and "Mrs." signs from The Little Wee Shop.
During dinner, catered by the hotel, the maid of honor, best man, and Jenny's dad each gave toasts. "They were all wonderfully funny and touching," Jenny says.
The hotel's pastry chef made the cake; tiny pine cone accents added a wintry touch.
Later, DJ Farrell Woods kept the energy high on the dance floor. "He played oldies, pop, and country," says Jenny. "At one point, John's college friends got into a chorus line—with my dad in the middle!—and they all sang 'Don't Stop Believin'' by Journey."