A Mapleton Hill Backyard Wedding


Leigh Romano and Paul DiBona first crossed paths in Boston while working at Whole Foods. They had an instant connection, but life milestones would soon get in the way. Paul was on his way to Chicago for work, and Leigh just graduated from college and was en route to the Big Apple. Despite the distance, the two stayed in touch.

“Three years later when I moved back to Boulder I convinced him to come visit. Six months later he moved here,” says Romano.

When it came to the proposal things were a little less unexpected. Romano’s father excitedly called her one day and blurted, “Congratulations…I mean how’s the barn?”

“I knew then and there it was going to happen, but it was a matter of when,” says Romano.

While on a trip to the west coast, the couple enjoyed vineyards, breweries, a Giants game and a marriage proposal.

“Two of my best friends were with us, and halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge we stopped to take a picture…he got down on one knee and proposed,” says Romano.

When they started planning their big day, there was no question where their wedding would be.

“My parent’s home on Mapleton Hill is beautiful. Since the time I could imagine having a wedding I always knew I wanted to have it there,” says Romano.

Romano’s mother, who is gifted with a green thumb, and Susan McCausland, owner of Beyond Gardens, helped execute their wedding theme vision of traditional garden. Roses, hydrangeas and dahlias were lighted with lanterns, and bistro lights streamed across the yard. To make the theme complete, Sarah Cioni of Painted Primrose created floral arches and flower décor.

“I think we added just the right amount of floral to an already full garden,” says Romano.

Romano had a personal connection with many of the individuals that helped with the event. Leah Colby of La Dolce Events was her wedding planner, and also a longtime childhood friend.

“She worked with us for countless hours transforming our yard into a wedding venue. She had a solution for everything, especially when I had my little freakouts,” says Romano.

Romano’s Maid of Honor, Catherine Icaza, owns The Monogrammed Home in Pasadena, California, and supplied many of the wedding details such as unique paper products.

One of Romano’s most memorable moments were the handwritten vows the couple shared.

“I think that was one of the most special part of the wedding because nothing was generic, and we vowed things we truly meant. Even if it included getting Paul to become a Broncos fan, and to always drink good beer together,” says Romano.

After the big event, the couple spent three days in Aspen, one of their favorite places to unwind.