As if you thought that this Lyons Riverbend wedding couldn’t get better, now you all get the chance to learn more about Suzy and Sarah.
For starters, we met at one of my all-time favorite spots in the neighborhood where I live, El Camino, when we were obviously being responsible adults with margaritas in our hands. I knew from that moment that these were my kind of people.
From there, the engagement session was so fun since they brought their pups to the session. Honestly, pups make everything better, right?
Suzy and Sarah are down to earth and so caring. They wanted a nontraditional approach but that certainly didn’t take away from the intimacy of the day. A few of my favorite parts were:
- The two awesome locations. The ceremony at the Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado and the reception down the street at the Lyons Farmette are hella good spots for a number of reasons. 1. You can stay at the tiny home village near the Riverbend, 2. You can include produce from the farm into your reception food, 3. The crew at the Farmette are eco-friendly with composting and recycling bins all over the venue (if you know me, you know how big of a deal this is), and 4. You can also have some flowers added to your ceremony and reception that were hand-picked from the farm, which is exactly what Suzy + Sarah did for their floral design.
- Food trucks. When we say this was nontraditional, we mean completely nontraditional. Instead of a choreographed and seating arranged dining portion, these two had a classic food truck from Steuben’s for the dinner. In their words, “We loved having a food truck and casual reception. No seating chart or served dinner. It made the evening more relaxed.” I couldn’t agree more.
- A quintessential Colorado location without having the hassle of I-70. I know how gorgeous and majestic the mountains are here. But let’s not pretend like it isn’t a total downer to have to deal with I-70 traffic to get there. The Lyons Riverbend and Farmette are the perfect option for a couple who wants that breathtaking Colorado backdrop without having to do the I-70 thing. Can we get that train along the highway already, please?
- Alpacas. Yep, this place has alpacas and we were able to take photos with them after the ceremony!
A chill couple, a mixed bridal party with fun dudes and ladies, and an eco-friendly and environmentally conscious celebration is one I know I won’t forget. Going against the grain with your wedding plans turned out to be one bangin party. A huge thank you to these two wonderful and strong women and cheers all of our to future margaritas at El Camino together!
Lyons Riverbend Wedding | Ashley Kidder Photo
Venue: Lyons Riverbend and Farmette | Dress: Watters | Floral: Farmette Flowers | Hair: Wedlocks Bridal Hair | Officiant: Friend of the couple | Food truck: Steuben’s | Dessert: Friend of the couple | Bridesmaids’ attire: Azazie | DJ: Elite DJ | Coordinator: Dahlia Events | Neckwear: The Tie Bar | Bartenders: Garnish Bartending | Tables: Harvest Tables |
Ashley Kidder is a Denver-based wedding and engagement photographer who shoots anything from mountainside to urban locations. She shoots stellar couples and weddings that are both trendy and unconventional. When she’s not working the camera you can find her in the gym (Pearl Street Fitness is bae) or sharing philosophical ideas with her corgi, Sherman.