Whenever Jesse and I go to Barnes and Noble, he has to stop me before we get into the store to tell me the plan: browse books for an hour and then meet at the front of the store. He made the mistake once of trying to go over the plan after we had gotten into the store and immediately regretted it. By the time he had turned to me, I had dashed off and he spent the rest of the hour looking for me (I’m short, so it’s hard to see me behind the bookshelves).
But Moira, you say, aren’t you supposed to be posting about a wedding? Absolutely. However, this story needed to be told so you can appreciate just how much I loved the wedding this past weekend. Amy and Kalen are a pair of bookish nerds after my own heart and I mean that as the greatest compliment! For Amy’s pre-wedding gift, Kalen bought her a collectible set of Harry Potter books (in Ravenclaw blue, might I add). Their rings were carried down the aisle in a book and they each selected a poem to read to each other as part of their vows.
Even better, Amy and Kalen are adventurous bookish nerds! Not everyone would be on board when we suggest sitting in front of a Mennonite choir for a photo op or riding the 16th Street Mall bus or practicing their first dance in an empty city park, but these two not only jumped at the chance, you could tell they were having a blast.
The night wrapped high above Denver on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air-inspired toast, a cake covered in quotes from classic novels, and a rowdy dance party that had the floor shaking. It was the perfect combination of good people and great literature.
Venue: Grand Hyatt Denver
Bride and groom portraits: Denver 16th Street Mall
Day-of Coordination: Christine Calace
Catering and cake: Grand Hyatt Denver
DJ: DJ Connection
Florist: Flower Power
Dress designer: Jacquelin Exclusive
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse