What happens when an event and wedding planner’s community comes together for an all out wedding weekend bash.
Leah Colby knows weddings. She’s run her own wedding and event planning company, La Dolce Events, for seven years. So what happens when a planner extraordinaire steps out from behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight on her own wedding day? Just as you’d expect, Leah’s wedding to Arron Alexis was an intentional event, filled with personal details and a whole lot of love with a community coming together to celebrate.
Although Leah and Arron both grew up in Boulder, their paths didn’t really cross until seven or eight years ago when they started running into each other at parties and events. Not-so-spoiler alert: they hit it off.
Last September, Arron made it official with a surprise proposal at the barn where Leah rides a horse named Lirico. He schemed with fellow barn boarders to get Leah out there, but instead of finding an equine emergency, she found Arron down on two knees.
“He said he couldn’t remember which knee to get down on, so he got down on both knees!” Leah says. “I was definitely in shock. The fact that he did it at my favorite place was so thoughtful and sweet.”
Given Leah’s occupation, the couple had a head start when it came to planning the wedding. She already knew which vendors would be the best fit for her and Arron’s style, so she pretty much gave them free reign to create something beautiful. And her tight-knit community did just that.
“Everyone I worked with I absolutely love and trust, so I told them, ‘You do what you do best,’” Leah says. “But I did have a little bit of a hard time letting go of control. I could have delegated better.”
They chose a family friend’s Longmont residence for the ceremony and reception because of its stunning location and personal significance. Since Mother Nature already did most of the decorating for them, the space didn’t need a whole lot to get it wedding-ready.
They used a neutral color palette and brought in combo roses and peonies — Leah’s favorite flowers — to achieve a slightly eclectic, Italian summer theme. The abundance of flowers had an extra special touch since they were provided by lifelong friend and owner of Fiori Flowers, Lara DeBroux.
Having seen many couples scrambling at the last minute to write their wedding vows, Leah and Arron got theirs done a couple of weeks before the wedding.
“I felt like we were able to better take it all in and really say them to each other,” Leah says of the vow swap.
Leah’s highlights were spending a full weekend of wedding activities with loved ones — including a women’s blessing, pilates class, rehearsal dinner and pool party at Boulder Elks Lodge — and having a huge loving wedding party that consisted of 11 bridesmaids, one bridesman, one junior bridesmaid, seven groomsmen, eight flower girls, three ring bearers and seven attendants, ushers, greeters and, last but not least, a butler.
Did we mention there was also an epic wedding party flash mob? (Which the wedding party definitely would be considered a mob considering the size!)
Right after the first dances where Leah danced with two loves of her life — Arron, a given, and her adoring mother — Leah’s 12 bridesmaids and bridesman surprised the couple with a choreographed dance to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi.
“Honestly the entire day/weekend exuded love, I’ve never felt so in love or loved. And loved by every single person there,” says Leah.
After the wedding, the couple flew to Maui for a quick honeymoon. Then it was right back to wedding planning so Leah could focus on making other brides’ day as special as hers.
Icing on the Cake
Wedding Date: July 7, 2018
Favorite Detail: Loved the details from the homemade limoncello as guest favors. (Called Mamacello because it was made by our moms.) Arron is part Italian and he LOVES Italian cuisine, drinks, etc. Mama Mia!
Pre/Post Wedding Festivities: Women’s blessing for the bride, pilates in the park the day before the wedding, rehearsal dinner at Koenig Alumni Center, day after Reggae pool party at the Boulder Elks Lodge
First Dance: River by Leon Bridges (performed live by Kevin Watson)
Most Personal Detail: Huge cottonwood tree was the backdrop/arch for our ceremony. We love the significance of the tree, the age, two huge, main branches coming together to one trunk. Our officiant spoke about the roots extending underneath all of our guests.
The After Party: Arcana, the most gorgeous restaurant in town. Love, love, love it there and their craft cocktails are to die for.
Wedding Day Vendors
day-of coordination: Madison Boyer-Hayes (La Dolce Events) // catering: GB Culinary // lighting: Luminous Trees, Somerset McCarty // photography: Poppies + Paisley Photography // dessert: Kim & Jake’s // rentals: Event Rents // musicians: Kevin Watson & Hunter Welles (ceremony, cocktail hour and bride and groom’s first dance) // dj: DJ West // florals: Fiori Flowers // bar: Bougie Syrups & Cocktails // after party: Arcana // hair: SideDoor Salon – Thomas Obershaw & Andres Mendoza // hair: Kate Manz // makeup: Alchemy Face Bar – (Bre Morris, Tina Merli and Kristin Schroeder) // invitations, and all stationary printing and design: Black Dog Press // invitation calligraphy: Hazel – Inky Fingers Calligraphy // bride’s ring: Todd Reed // groom’s ring: Hurdle’s Jewelry // wedding dress: Anna Bé Bridal Boutique, Designer: Ines Di Santo // groom’s attire: Indochino // hand-dyed groomsmen ties and table runners: Amée Hinkley // flash mob choreography: Nancy Cranbourne // restrooms: Lavish Loo // horse: Piernass de Listo (Aka, Tango) owned by Shelley Smagac // wine: Sundae Wines // officiant: Ginny Jordan