Hops and Homebrew in Manitou Springs

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This bride and groom loved to brew beer and making homebrews together had been a part of their courtship. The earthy textures of grains and hops were a natural fit for their wedding, held at a lodge in the mountains outside Manitou Springs, Colorado. Simple burlap runners created a rustic setting while the tablescapes incorporated the brewing theme with scattered grains, tables named after various ale styles and of course, delicious beer brewed and bottled by the bride and groom.

I used vines of bright green hops to decorate the reception area and the purple and orange floral palette added the perfect contrasting splashes of color. The colors also echoed the custom bridesmaid tea dresses, each of which was made from a vintage-inspired floral fabric. Bright purple ribbons carried through the color from bouquets to centerpieces.

Hail and rain pounded the hillside during the day, but in true Colorado fashion, one hour before the ceremony, the weather tapered off and gave way to a beautiful evening with a stunning sunset.

Photos by Jason and Gina Grubb

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