How We Met:
Jake and Deanna’s love story began at Colorado State University in the University Center for the Arts. They had both volunteered to sell tickets to a swing dance fundraiser for their collegiate music educators group since they were both studying to become music teachers. They spent the whole night sitting at the table laughing and sharing stories (and selling some tickets too…). After several months of awkward flirtatious banter and run-ins in the music building, a bowling night, and some serious mutual friend interventions, Jake asked Deanna out on a real date at the Wild Boar Coffee Shop (Jake says he was turned down the first time, but Deanna says they just had to reschedule). That date changed everything and started a life changing adventure!
How We Got Engaged:
After college, both Jake and Deanna were able to land great teaching jobs. However, Jake got a job teaching middle school orchestra in Colorado Springs and Deanna got a job teaching middle school choir in Highlands Ranch so they decided to try a long distance relationship. They continued to date and looked forward to spending time every weekend together even though they didn’t get to see each other much during the week. They continued this happily for 5 years. After dating for 6-plus years, people were starting to wonder if Jake was ever going to actually pop the question. Jake’s brother, Nick, even went as far as to ask Deanna to marry Jake for him. Problem was, Jake was living in Colorado Springs while Deanna was living an hour away in Highlands Ranch. Jake was eventually able to get a job in Aurora and moved to Parker, so the time was finally right.
Jake asked his mom to help him pick out the ring so they planned to go after a teacher work day at Jake’s school. Jake had been mentioning how much work he was going to have to do and Deanna, being too sweet, wanted to come help out. Unfortunately, this was throwing a wrench in Jake’s plan. He had to come up with a clever story to explain to Deanna why she couldn’t come help. Little did she know what was about to happen. The next weekend, Deanna had a meeting with the Colorado Middle School All State Choir board in Woodland Park, just a little ways out of Colorado Springs. Jake went with her with a plan. After her meeting, Jake suggested that they take a walk around the lake at the Broadmoor, one of their favorite places. They walked around the lake and reminisced about their relationship. When they got to the bridge, Jake proposed they take a picture. As Deanna was looking at the picture on her phone, Jake surprised her and got down on one knee and proposed.
The Pines at Genesee was the first wedding venue Jake and Deanna toured. They toured many other locations but kept coming back to The Pines because of the feeling they had gotten there initially and it truly just felt so perfect for them! (They were also slightly swayed by the idea of having a mashed potato bar at their reception). They set the date for June 21st, 2019 (the longest day of the year) and started planning. Along the way, The Pines staff were incredibly helpful and Jake and Deanna loved getting to attend the monthly tasting events to get to know potential vendors and to set their menu.
After almost 2 years of being engaged, the big day arrived! Deanna stayed with her bridesmaids the night before in a hotel suite in Golden. They spent the morning and early afternoon in the suite getting hair and make-up done and just enjoying the time together. Jake started the day at TopGolf with his groomsmen and then headed to his parents house to get ready. They both were concerned about the weather which was cold and rainy and they prayed that it would clear up!
Deanna and her bridesmaids arrived at the venue first since Deanna and Jake planned to not see each other until the actual ceremony. Deanna got dressed in the bride’s room downstairs while Jake took pictures with his groomsmen and family upstairs and outside while the weather lasted. Deanna was also able to get some great pictures with her bridesmaids and family on the downstairs patio. Their photographers and their coordinator, Vivian, worked together to keep the two lovebirds separated. When it came time for the ceremony, Vivian worked together with Jake and Deanna to make the call to move the ceremony inside. Jake and Deanna were disappointed to not be able to get married outside but incredibly grateful to have a beautiful ceremony space alternative upstairs. Who knew that it would be 40 degrees and raining/hailing on the summer solstice?! The ceremony was everything Deanna and Jake hoped it would be – filled with laughter and tears, music by family and friends, and officiated by Deanna’s brother. After the ceremony, the bridal party was able to go outside to the Evergreen terrace for a few minutes to take some fun pictures with umbrellas. Jake and Deanna’s favorite picture from the day was captured in the midst of hail coming down and the beautiful lights on the Evergreen Terrace above. Deanna and Jake had their reception downstairs with around 170 guests. Everyone enjoyed the incredible “Walk-Around-Feast” style buffet and commented afterwards on how amazing the food was as well as the catering staff. There were fantastic toasts, silly photo booth pictures, and lots of dancing before the night was over! In spite of the rain and hail, the day was truly perfect and Deanna and Jake were so happy they chose The Pines at Genesee as the place to celebrate the best day of their lives!
Photographer: Felicia Marti Photography
Florals: Designs Inspired By You Floral, Sheet music roses made by the bride
Wedding Dress: Chiyos Bridal, MoriLee
Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Bridal on Etsy
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Denver Tux
DJ/Photobooth: Spark Entertainment – Chris Davis
Hair/Make-Up: Beauty Mark By Kacie
Invitations: Kim Chlumsky
Cake: Carrie Kraft (sister-in-law of the bride)
Lantern Centerpieces/Cake Base: Mike Kraft (father of the bride)