Article Allyson Reedy Photography Sarah Box Photography
Kate Siegel first laid eyes on Jay Shimko across a crowded bar, but she didn’t think he’d noticed her. It wasn’t until she was on her way out that he summoned her with a smile, a wave, and of course, a beer. That first encounter turned into a street-side first kiss, then a proposal at their brand-new home and, finally, a wedding three years later at Bob’s Farmhouse and Oxford Farm.
“Choosing a location was one of the hardest parts of wedding planning,” Kate says. “For months we went back and forth on whether we should get married in the mountains or in Boulder.”
Although the big views of the mountains were tempting, Kate fell in love with a family friend’s farm just outside of Boulder. Upon visiting, she started daydreaming about the ceremony in the field with the Flatirons in the background, cocktail hour next to the fishing pond and the reception in what felt like a secret garden.
“From that moment on, the mountain resort wedding was a distant memory. We knew this was the place!” she says.
For their Regal Americana-themed wedding, Kate and Jay put as much of themselves into the day as they could fit.
“When planning the wedding, I was passionate about putting pieces of our lives and personality into the décor,” Kate says.
Among the personal touches: Michigan cherries (an homage to Jay’s home state) made appearances in tablescapes; pieces of fencing from their home were re-imagined as menu and bar signs; the signature cocktail was a ‘Zingerita’ in honor of Kate’s dad’s former company, Celestial Seasonings; groomsmen wore fly fishing boutonnieres, an ode to Jay’s passion for fishing; and reception tables were named after cities the couple had visited together.
Even the date, July 4, 2015, was meaningful. Kate works in politics and has an intense pride for the United States. As the new Mr. and Mrs. walked back up the aisle, each guest waved an American flag.
“What a visual!” Kate says. “Each decision was made with a memory and a passion in mind, which added so much meaning and intimacy to such a special day.”
Even though the wedding took place in a rustic, outdoor setting, the couple’s formal décor and ‘Colorado Black Tie’ attire made for a sophisticated event. Elegant chandeliers and gold silverware mingled with gold-painted antlers, while Pastures of Plenty catered a lofty farm-to-table dinner of halibut and short ribs.
“I loved incorporating a juxtaposition of an all-American rustic wedding with regal, elevated details,” Kate says.
Following the wedding, the couple escaped to a Michigan lake for a mini-moon, where they had time to unwind and reflect upon their wedding weekend. Then, in February, they took their real honeymoon to Grand Exuma, Bahamas.
“It was heavenly,” Kate says. “We even swam with pigs!”
Wedding Photographer: Sarah Box Photography
Wedding Planner: Bride’s Mother (Jennifer Siegel) and Bride
Day-Of Coordinator: Kara Delay, Love this Day Events
Wedding Location: Bob’s Farmhouse/Oxford Farm
Event Decor & Design: All Events Tent and Party Rentals
Bride’s Wedding Day Attire: Custom Hayley Paige, Anna Be
Shoes: Louise et Cie
Groom’s Attire: Custom Tux from Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Michael Kors
Bridesmaids Attire: After Six
Cake Designer & Catering: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe
Make-Up Artist: Colorado Makeup and Hair
Hair Stylist: Colorado Makeup and Hair
Floral Designer: Pink Posey Design and Bride’s Sister, Megan Siegel Jansen
DJ: DJ Connection