Colorado Wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens :: Douasong & Thaxia

I’m not sure what I love most about this Colorado wedding: the touching first look photos, the black and white reception details, or that scrumptious naked cake. The nice thing is, I don’t have to pick just one thing to love – the whole thing is beautiful and thoughtful, and I know you’ll find some inspiration in Douasong and Thaxia’s romantic wedding.


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Guests were greeted with lemon water as they waited for the ceremony to begin.


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t stress over the small things! On your wedding day, enjoy and embrace every moment!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding and plan a wedding that represents who you are as a couple.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Absolutely nothing.


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The Ceremony

“Thaxia and I both love the beauty of Colorado so when we saw Chatfield Botanic Gardens, we just knew it would be the perfect location to exchange our vows and say our I do’s!  Chatfield has done such a phenomenal job of creating an atmosphere of beauty in nature with all flowers and trees, and the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains really adds grandness to the entire venue.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Simple, intimate, romantic

Who officiated your ceremony?  Mark Plaza, a friend and mentor of ours, officiated our wedding. Mark and his wife Fay became good friends of ours after I began working for the Denver Rescue Mission. Knowing that marriage isn’t always going to be as simple as the movies make it out to be, we wanted an officiant whose marriage was full of love and respect and centered in God, and that could be a lantern to us during times of darkness, and Mark and Fay have illustrated this in their 34 years of marriage. We could think of no one better to officiate our wedding.


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What were your vows like?  We exchanged traditional vows in addition to writing our own. My vows were a simple testament of my love for Thaxia and how I will be the support that he needs to be a godly man. Thaxia was so romantic. He wrote a lengthy vow that first explained how he came to fall in love with me then queued up the song “I Don’t Deserve You” by Plumb and afterwards continued to recite his vows to always love me and try to be the godly leader that he felt I deserved.


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What was your ceremony music?  We played the song by Sleeping at Last called, “Turning Page” for our ceremony. Thaxia and I went through so many different songs that were all so fitting for a ceremony but that one just struck a cord with us – it is a simple and romantic song about pure love and how love is worth waiting for.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I think my favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was when we took communion together – to us it exemplified that our marriage is founded on the grace of God.


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The Reception

“I did a lot of research, looking through Pinterest and countless wedding blogs for hours, finding so much inspiration in what others have done with their weddings. But in my heart I knew what I wanted was something simple and romantic. We chose black and white as the color scheme for our wedding because we are such opposites but at the same time, so complementary of one another. We decided upon white roses for their elegance and simplicity.”


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How would you describe your reception?  Romantic, modern and chic.

What was your first dance song?  “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

What was your wedding menu?  Thaxia prepared the entire meal: Italian Salad, Tomato Basil Bisque Soup, and Italian Roast Leg of Lamb with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.


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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  One of my best friends created and put together all of the flowers for the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. In addition, she and I spent countless hours cutting and sewing all of the black and white napkins. Because I was inspired by the rustic and simplicity of wooden plates, Thaxia made large wooden serving platters for the roast leg of lamb.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Raspberry red velvet “naked” cake.


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The part that stood out most in my mind would be the rain. Who wants rain on their wedding day, right? Not I. I recall speaking with Thaxia about the forecast and how it showed a 60% chance of rain on our wedding day, and every day leading up to it. With all the preparation and running around getting everything together, I was an emotional wreck. Thaxia assured me that there’s nothing we can do about the weather and that if it’s in God’s plan for us to have rain on our wedding day, it will be beautiful all the same. On our wedding day, to my surprise, the clouds cleared up and the sun was beaming down, so we had blue skies for our ceremony. Not long after we all sat down for the reception under the tent, it started to pour. Everyone was able to stay dry and watch the rain as dinner was being served. Some people decided to dance in the rain, others took pictures in it. It was magical. The rain started to die down as speeches were made, and when we made our way to the table to cut our cake, there was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen. Thaxia was right, if God intended rain, it was to bless us and I believe the beautiful rainbow arching across the sky was a symbol of His blessings.


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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  There were so many special moments throughout the evening but what I will treasure and remember the most from our reception are all the speeches given. The words from both our parents, Thaxia’s two best men, and my maid of honor will always remain in our hearts. They made us laugh and cry with their stories and speeches but most importantly they made us felt loved.


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Vendor Credits

Photographer: Levi Tijerina / Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado / Planner: A Vintage Affair Events / Florist: Lucy Yang / Cake Kalia’s Kreations / Dress: Katie May via A & Be Bridal Shop / Bartender and Service Staff: Hey Bartender / Officiant: Mark Plaza / Rentals: Event Rents /


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