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Biking @ the Grand Canyon

Biking @ the Grand Canyon

This weekend, we decided to brave the cold temperatures (low 14/ high 42) and head up to the Grand Canyon for some camping and adventuring. We found some dispersed camping in Tusayan off of Forest Service Rd 302. The camping here is PERFECT! Each site has a fire ring ready for an awesome camp fire, snow covered space and pine trees galore. This area is impeccably serene, inspiring and invigorating. We sat around the fire for a couple hours, eating snacks, laughing and watching the stars, hoping to see something of the Unicorn Meteor Shower. We were lucky enough to see a few shoot through the sky before the temperatures started getting a bit too frosty for us, lol. Side note: there are no facilities here so make sure to bring TP, water and other essentials. After we were done with the fire, we spread out a bunch of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows in the back our trailblazer, so as to make sure our little one stayed warm, and we all slept well.

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The next morning, everything was far too wet for our morning campfire, so we headed out and entered the Grand Canyon for some fun. We entered in from the South Entrance and drove over to the Visitor Center. We walked through their museum because the Grand Canyon is celebrating 100 years! We checked out the book store and had some nice chats about the park with some of the rangers. After that, we decided to get on one of the shuttles just for kicks. We went to the marketplace, bought Max a Grand Canyon hoodie because her last growth spurt was a big one and her coat was a little smaller than I would have liked for a bike ride in those temperatures. After she donned her new hoodie, we decided it was time to return back to our bikes and head out for a bike ride. Our initial intent, was to ride Desert View but decided against it due to the icy roads. Once we grabbed our bikes, we headed East on the Kaibab Trail (B-E-A-UTIFUL!!) before turning around, heading back west to the marketplace and village, then back to the Visitor Center. It was a super fun ride with AMAZING views! The whole time we were on our bikes, we were telling jokes, laughing and smiling! How could life get any better?!

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Max fell out 10 minutes into the ride so she napped during our ride but she had a blast before and after. I would totally tell any family, who is into having fun and adventuring, to check out this ride. It’s super short (less than 8 miles) with some of the most SPECTACULAR views! It’s amazing how inspiring and refreshing it is, standing on the rim with a bike and the canyon in front of you… I am in awe at this marvelous wonder and am super thankful to have been able to enjoy and appreciate it from this perspective! What a fun way to spend the weekend with my family! <3

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 7

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 7

RETURN HOME ON AMTRAK

Day 7!! WOOHOO!!! We took yesterday off to explore Dana Point and spend time with friends. Today, we head home. Thank you California for a wonderful trip!!

Would we do this again? ABSOLUTELY!! We are already planning our next trip! I think we might do some small day trips in the next few weeks. We’ll keep y’all posted!!

Keep on Adventuring! <3

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 5

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 5

Long Beach to Dana Point
Distance – 38.25 Miles
Elevation Gain – 1193 ft
Average Speed – 9.3 mph
Duration – 4:07:31

Day 5 was another successful endeavor! We began our day at another bike shop, for equipment solutions, and a park! Max had a blast enjoying yet another playground while we were at the bike shop. We had some serious ground to cover today, as well as our highest elevation climb of the trip. We made a couple of other stops for restrooms, snacks and such, and the playground on Huntington Beach.

Most stops were pretty short so that we can make our destination before dark. Once we neared Dana Point, the traffic began to feel congested and rushed. Someone rolled down their window and suggested we go one street up for a bike lane and way less traffic (THANK YOU!). So we did! We ended up climbing an additional 300 feet in elevation with the new route but we were very pleased with the few cars we came across. It was the perfect trade-off.

In the end, we made it safe and sound! We arrived in Dana Point and decided that we would take the next day as a rest day before returning to Santa Barbara.

Day 5 = SUCCESS
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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 4

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 4

Venice Beach to Long Beach
Distance – 35.23 Miles
Elevation Gain – 750ft
Average Speed – 9.1 mph
Duration – 3:52:01

Day 4 we had a super late start due to equipment failure. We had to swing through a couple different bike shops to remedy the situation before the day’s ride. We stopped at a playground to start the day off correctly and began our trek. We were able to experience Venice Beach, Redondo Beach and Shoreline Village in Long Beach before settling down in a hotel again.

The air quality today was a little rough, due to the fire, and our ride to Long Beach required us to ride through Los Angeles until we got to the L.A. River. As overwhelming as it seems, to have to ride through Los Angeles traffic on a bicycle, we had absolutely no issues and had a very pleasant ride! No major winds today, beautiful sunny weather and agreeable traffic made the ride today awesome! The Redondo Beach Pier was super fun for a stop and stroll. We stopped, walked, ate and had a blast before heading out. When we arrived in Long Beach, we walked through Shoreline Village and had fun in their arcade, before riding to our hotel for the night. After taking showers, we ran out to the laundromat and did our laundry. All in all, another successful day!

Day 4 = SUCCESS
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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 3

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 3

Thornhill Broome State Beach Campground to Venice Beach
Distance – 36.59 Miles
Elevation Gain – 884ft
Average Speed – 8.7 mph
Duration – 4:48:50

Day 3 winds were rough again, but we were able to enjoy the scenery of Malibu, Santa Monica and Oxnard before arriving at Venice Beach. Climbing those hills against the wind has to be one of the most challenging things we have done together. It was an amazing experience to add to our family timeline. <3

When we woke up, the winds were bad but the sunrise was STELLAR! We packed up and got out of the state beach as quickly as we could, in order to get started for the day. No showers at Thornhill so packing up was quick. We had to go 12 miles before reaching civilization (a.k.a. Starbucks). We took a nice long break, had some nibbles and coffee, charged our electronics and then set out again. The caffeine boost was just what we needed to get through the ride today. So much beauty in those climbs and so much wind! There weren’t many playgrounds on today’s route so we had to get creative and play games when we did stop.

Arriving in Venice Beach, we decided to grab a hotel for some comfortable beds and showers. We chose to stay at the Cadillac Hotel on the boardwalk. It’s a super cute and edgy little boutique hotel. The rooms are minimalistic and sleek with open windows and a view of the ocean.

As day 3 came to a close, I was relaxing and reflecting on the trip thus far… it was turning out to be an EPIC adventure and fueled my desire to begin planning our next trip as soon as we returned home.

Day 3 = SUCCESS

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 2

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 2

Carpenteria State Beach to Thornhill Broome State Beach Campground
Distance – 43.95 Miles
Elevation Gain – 920ft
Average Speed – 8.7 mph
Duration – 5:04:16

Day 2 was challenging as well as rewarding. Upon waking up, we packed up quickly, utilized the showers at Carpenteria State Park (coin operated and SUPER convenient), and set out to conquer the next section of our ride. Our goal for the day, was to make it to Point Mugu State Park for the night. We battled some rather strong headwinds, having us work to go downhill, and it was a rough day for our potty training toddler.

Our little one has been potty training… so we thought we had it figured out when we chose to bring her little potty with us on the trip. The idea behind this was: there were stretches of road that didn’t have any facilities… we thought, in case she needs to go, we could hop over to the side of the road, provide a little privacy, and voila! This worked out PERFECTLY when we could hear her tell us she needed to stop. The winds were so severe, there were times we didn’t hear her in time. This caused some emotional outbursts (understandable), and it required some creative solutions. As soon as it became available, we pulled into a beachside playground for her to run off some energy. This turned the whole day around and we were back to smiles. Two playgrounds, a rocket museum, 3 popped tires, and many many laughs and tears later, we were nearing our destination.

The views we experienced during our ride today were absolutely spectacular! My goodness.. the scenery made every obstacle totally worth it! In the end, we pulled into the state park, set up camp and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset! Those pesky winds, on the other hand, made for a memorable night, lol. Our tent almost flew away, with us in it, and then continued to collapse on us every time we were sandblasted. Long story short, the winds were so rough, we woke up to the Sahara Desert in our tent (j/k.. just an inch or two of sand).

Day 2 = SUCCESS

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 1

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 1

Santa Barbara to Carpenteria State Beach
Distance – 12.31 Miles
Elevation Gain – 314ft
Average Speed – 9.0 mph
Duration – 1:20:33

For our first day, we decided to keep it simple and only ride to the first camp ground we could find hiker/biker camping. We left Santa Barbara, embarked on our first family bike tour with our two year old, and rode south to Carpenteria State Park. There, we were able to secure a hiker/biker camp site for only $10/person. Since Max is only 2, she was able to get through for free and we only had to pay for ourselves.

Day 1 was super simple and enjoyable!! We left Santa Barbara with fantastic weather and excitement. We set up camp and meandered along the beach until we were ready to make dinner and crash out. We all had a blast playing with the sand, running to and from the water, and just enjoying the beautiful setting.

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The plan was to get up bright and early, eat some breakfast and head out for our first day of serious riding.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Camping & Presidential Rally

Camping & Presidential Rally

This past weekend was nice and action-packed, lol. We started the weekend off with Camping at Jack’s Gulch, in Poudre Canyon, with Uncle Scott and Aunt April. It was the last weekend that this campground was open for the season. They will reopen next year on May 26th. “Jacks Gulch Campground is located adjacent to the Pingree Park Road (CR63E) and the Old Flowers Road. It is situated in a ponderosa pine forest setting with scattered clones of aspen. It is also an area that has abundant wild flowers at certain times of the camping season. The Columbine Loop has 27 sites with electrical hookups. This loop also provides access to 10 walk-in tent sites. The Yarrow Loop has 28 sites without electricity. A unique feature of this campground is an equestrian camp which has 5 sites, each with four horse stalls and room to accommodate a horse trailer. Each site contains a tent pad, fire grate, and picnic table. There is a hiking trail that circumnavigates the campground. A portion of this trail serves as a self-guided nature hike and offers a stunning view of the Mummy Range. Popular activities in this area include hiking, stream fishing, mountain biking, scenic driving and some four-wheel driving.” Josh and I camped in our tent, as we normally do, but this time we had Keeda in the tent with us, so we had to make sure she was warm as well. We purchased a small space heater from the store on our way in. Since we were going to be camping at an electric site, we figured it would work out perfectly.

When we first arrived Friday night, we began to set up our tent while we waited for the remainder of our party to arrive. We laid down one tarp under the tent, one inside the tent, and one we draped over the tent, in order to maintain a warmer temperature inside. We brought an inflatable bed this time in order to have that extra layer between us and the cold ground. After setting up the airbed and the sleeping bags, I had to set up Keeda’s sleeping area. We brought her orthopedic bed and a bunch of blankets. I laid the blankets down in a way that I can simply wrap her up in them like a little cocoon in order to keep her warm, in case the heater idea didn’t work out. Utilizing a carabiner, we hung the space heater from the ceiling of the tent and turned it on so that we can test it out and warm up the tent. This idea worked out PERFECTLY!! Once we were ready to go to bed, we removed it from above us and placed it on the ground at the corner of the tent. The space heater had a tip switch that would turn the heater off instantly if it was tipped over by accident during the night. It was warm enough in the tent that I did not need my beanie or hoodie for the night; being in the sleeping bag was sufficient in order to be comfortably cozy and snugs.

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Saturday Morning, we started off with an awesome breakfast of potatoes, eggs, and sausage with toast and OJ. After hanging around the campfire for a while, we went for a short hike to explore the area. We walked the trail that loops around the campground and then went exploring. All in all, a nice relaxing day out in the wilderness. 🙂

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Saturday Night was a bit frosty and we were very thankful for the space heater… we woke up to a frozen windshield and a layer of frost on EVERYTHING. Sunday morning, we packed up everything, had breakfast, said our goodbyes, and headed back home to get ready for the rally. We had a full day planned for Sunday.

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We had reserved two tickets for the Governor Gary Johnson Rally in Denver at 3:00PM and were super stoked about it. We got there early and watched the Liberty Comedy tour before heading over to where the Rally was going to begin. At the rally, we listened to several speakers before listening to Governor Gary Johnson. We are huge fans and were super happy to have been able to make it. We got to meet Governor Gary Johnson and chat with him for a moment before taking some selfies with him. It was incredible and we are looking forward to rallying again next election season.

Since the Broncos were playing, we had to make sure to get to our destination by the time the game started. We hopped in the car, ran home to grab Keeda, and then headed out to watch the game. The game was a bit of a disappointment but hey… we all have our good days and our bad, right?

After all is said and done, it was another successfully wonderful weekend! Here’s to another adventure next weekend!!

 

Blue Agave – 16th Street Mall

Blue Agave – 16th Street Mall

Friday, Josh and I went with some friends and family to the soft opening for the Blue Agave in Downtown Denver on 16th street. It is located next to the Cheesecake Factory at the 16th Street Mall in LoDo.

The Blue Agave is a contemporary southwestern grill that operates out of a scratch kitchen. They currently have two locations: one in Fort Collins  and another in Downtown Denver. Josh and I have been to the location in Fort Collins, and LOVED it, so checking out their downtown location was a treat. Their menu for both locations offers several Gluten Free items, Guacamole made to order, a large Tequila selection, Sangria made in-house, thirteen different kinds of Margaritas and a beautiful and classy atmosphere. The servers are top-notch and strive to provide their patrons with the BEST experience. They have Happy Hour Specials Monday through Friday and a Weekend Brunch Menu.

Happy Hour Specials Include:

– Monday thru Friday 3pm to 6pm
– $1.50 off all Margaritas
– $1.00 off all Beer
– $2.00 off all Wine and Spirits

Brunch Menu Includes:

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm
With BOTTOMLESS mimosas and house-infused Bloody Mary’s

We had the pleasure of having Abbie (Abbey?) as our server and she was absolutely incredible. None of our drinks were empty before we had a fresh drink or a refill. The entire server team was on-pointe and helped each other take care of all the tables by emptying plates, refilling drinks, and checking on us to see if we needed anything else. When a restaurant focuses on teamwork and not individual success, a restaurant’s organized chaos flows so much more smoothly. Flowing smoothly offers the restaurant the opportunity to take care of its patrons as well as its servers. When the servers are stressed, the patrons don’t enjoy the experience as much… however, when the servers are happy, they take better care of the patrons, who in turn, take better care of the servers.

I ordered their Muy Macho Margarita which is made with their Jalepeńo-infused Tequila, cucumbers, lime and salt on the rim… OMG that is a tasty Margarita! It’s only spicy in the beginning, with a flavorful spice that does not linger on the tongue, and finishes with a fresh and crisp aftertaste, thanks to the cucumbers. I believe I had three and enjoyed every last drop. We started off with their Lobster Street Tacos appetizer and then ordered the Pan Seared Sea Scallops and the Lobster Mac and Cheese. The street tacos are absolutely incredible and didn’t last 5 seconds. They are artfully presented and taste DELICIOUS! The combination of flavors compliment each other and leave you wanting more. Josh ordered the Lobster Mac and Cheese, which is his favorite on the menu. I ordered the Pan Seared Sea Scallops and was absolutely amazed. The Lobster Mac and Cheese is not your ordinary entree in the fact that you don’t normally witness seafood, dairy and pasta generally combined. The chef at the Blue Agave masterfully made this a local favorite. The Pan Seared Sea Scallops had the PERFECT texture and were served with their new signature Goat Cheese Chipotle Mashed Potatoes. The mashed potatoes had a creamy texture with robust flavor that did not need anything extra. For dessert, we ordered the Caramel Blondie Brownie with Ice Cream. WOW… The crispy outer shell gives way to a moist, decadent blonde brownie and the ice cream on top solidified this as Josh’s new favorite dessert.

All in all, our experience was fantastic and we would totally recommend checking it out, enjoying a meal, then meandering along the 16th Street mall for a nice & chill evening. Bon Appétit!!

MUDBOGGING!! Mt Massive Wilderness

MUDBOGGING!! Mt Massive Wilderness


This past weekend, Josh and I met up with some of his family members for some camping in the Mt Massive Wilderness area. We arrived Friday evening, set up our tent (yes, tent… we LOVE sleeping next to the sound of the water from the river rushing by), and hung out for a bit before crashing. We had looked into what the weather was supposed to be like and it was supposed to be perfect, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 20s, but no rain and no snow. Now personally, I am not a fan of mummy bags… you can’t move and you definitely can’t cuddle so we figured out another way to stay warm. The trick, is to connect 2 individual regular sleeping bags, to create a queen size sleeping bag. Do that twice, (this means you will need 4 individual sleeping bags) and put them inside each other so that you have 2 Queen size sleeping bags inside of each other. We laid down a couple of tarps both under the tent and inside the tent, a couple of camping blankets, the sleeping bags and one more comforter on top. With 2 bodies in the sleeping bag, it is super cozy and we had no issues with staying warm, it was PERFECT! You can also add a blanket inside the sleeping bags for additional comfort, as well as an air mattress or air bed underneath. I prefer to sleep with a beanie on my head so that I can keep my head outside of the sleeping bags but, if you don’t mind being in the sleeping bags throughout the night, you can just curl in and hold the top of the sleeping bags down in order to create your own little cocoon of toasty warmth.

Saturday morning, we woke up fully refreshed and ready for a wonderful day in the mountains. Some time after breakfast and a brisk walk, we decided to go search for fallen trees to use for firewood. Josh, the pup and I hopped in the Trailblazer, and his dad and uncle hopped in the pickup, while the rest remained at camp. We drove past the Mt Massive Trailhead and into the dispersed camping areas beyond the maintained road. There is a sign, just after the Massive Trailhead, telling the driver that the road is pretty gnarly and unmaintained. There are all sorts of little obstacles you have to drive through and it makes for a super fun time. I am still learning how to do the whole backcountry driving thing, so I was in the driver’s seat getting my practice in. We stopped at several places and filled the back of Uncle Scott’s pickup with fallen logs to take back to the campsite. A campfire is one of the best things about camping so we always make sure we have an awesome one. We had been leading the way but when we turned around to head back to camp, Uncle Scott was driving ahead of us. We were driving along nice and carefully when we began approaching a fork in the road. If you stay on the main road, it’s pretty tame, however if you take the right, it dips down and comes back up to the main road in a more gnarly fashion. Josh looks at me and says,

“Take the right”

“You want me to pass them?”

“FLOOR IT!”

Hesitant but excited, I took the right. I look over to the left and it looks like Uncle Scott might have sped up so I gun it in order to get in front of them. As I’m approaching where the detour meets back up with the main road, I notice I have a tree on my right. As I maneuver to the left of the tree, barely scraping by, I have a boulder on my left that I have to avoid as we come up barreling back on to the main road just barely making it in front of Uncle Scott. I make a hard right and we are back on the main road in front of the truck. We were going so fast, we went flying over an edge, came down and seemed to bounce back up, all while maintaining control of the vehicle to stay on the road. We hear Uncle Scott honk the horn but we were laughing so hard that all we could say was, “MUDBOGGING!!!” LOL!

When they returned to camp behind us, they told us that the entire rear end of the Trailblazer was off the ground and we all had a great laugh over it.

I am super excited for getting back out and camping again soon! I know that technically, the season for camping is over but… I just don’t believe the season should ever end! You just have to make allowances for weather and come prepared. I sincerely believe that with the proper level of preparedness, ANYTHING is fun.

When you wake up before everybody and would like to enjoy the warmth of a campfire with your sunrise <3
When you wake up before everybody and would like to enjoy the warmth of a campfire with your sunrise <3
We’re Married!!!

We’re Married!!!

A few weeks ago, on June 6th 2015, I married my best friend at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. We were married on the 3 year anniversary of the day we met and at the location where we first met. The day was, for lack of a better word, PERFECT.

Our ceremony took place at Palmer Park’s Grand View Overlook in Colorado Springs and we held our reception at Lazy Land in the same park. A Piece of Cake Catering took great care of us at the reception with an amazing spread and Marvelous Images Photography was there to capture our EPIC day.

THANK YOU to all of our family and friends whom attended! Our special day was made even more special with your presence.

After the reception, we had a party bus rented from Denver Limo, Inc. ready to take 33 of our guests to Garden of the Gods for pictures and fun on the town. The bus traveled through Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch, scenic overlooks and downtown Springs. Our driver was AWESOME… THANK YOU KEN!!

We decided to have our honeymoon here in CO hiking our favorite mountains. Pictures of our adventures can be viewed here.

These are the vendors who helped make our day INCREDIBLE!! Any of them will take care of you and are extremely accommodating.

Photographer: Marvelous Images
Emailmarvelousimages@yahoo.com
Phone: 303-991-0656

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Caterer: A Piece of Cake Catering
Email: apieceofcakecaterings@hotmail.com
Phone: 719-310-7683
720-309-8071
Address: 1865 Peterson Rd.
Colorado Springs 80915

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DJ: Anderson Entertainment
Email: CDJOCKMAN@aol.com
Sean Lynch, our DJ, set up at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park for the ceremony, only to tear down and re-set up in Lazy Land for our reception.

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Transportation: Denver Limo, Inc
Email: info@limoservicedenver.com
Phone: 303.360.0283
Driver: Ken

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Our Wedding DJ!

Our Wedding DJ!

Anderson Entertainment, based out of Littleton, CO, was hands down, the BEST DJ we could have possibly had! For our wedding, we had 2 locations where we needed music: The Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park for the ceremony and then afterwards for the reception, almost 2 miles away at Lazy Land in the same park.

When we started chatting with Sean about the wedding and the type of music we wanted for everything, he always had the idea or solution we needed to move past a hiccup. He was always professional, courteous, energetic and knowledgeable. We met with him a few times before the wedding to iron out details and song lists. Every time we met, the level of preparation and dedication we received from Anderson Entertainment was beyond impressive. My husband and I are extremely energetic and fun-lovingly happy people… we desired the same thing out of a DJ for our reception. Sean has the energy, the fun-loving attitude, the drive and the know-how to appease an audience. He was able to keep the energy level high, fun and get people on the dance floor at our reception.

He arrived early to set up at the reception area in Lazy Land for when he returned, then went up to the overlook to set up for the ceremony. There is no electricity at either of these locations. Sean provided us with a generator, wireless speakers, wireless mics, etc.

At the overlook, he had a generator powering all of his DJ equipment, setup complete, and playing seating music by 11AM. The ceremony was supposed to begin at noon and circumstances had us all waiting there for an extended time of 40 minutes before we could begin the ceremony. Sean had extra music that he began playing, once all of the music choices we had made for our beginning arrangement had played through. He didn’t miss a beat and everything flowed perfectly! Once we were able to begin, everything played the way it was supposed to and right on cue, once we were announced as husband and wife, our exit song played. It was PERFECT!

My new hubby and I stayed with the photographers while the guests all began to head down to the reception area for appetizers. In this time, Sean tore down his equipment completely and headed down to the reception area to setup for our arrival. When we arrived for our grand entrance, music is playing, guests are enjoying appetizers and I had to have my bustle tied up. Once we were done, Sean was made aware that we were ready and our grand entrance song began as we started our way across the field to the stairs. We were announced and from then, on until the end of the reception, the music only stopped for speeches and announcements. The pavilion was set up with wireless speakers all around, Sean had a canopy to stand under so that he wasn’t directly under the sun on the edge of the pavilion, the speeches were all done using wireless mics, and to top it all off, he had 2 different backup contingency plans in case something didn’t work out. THAT is what I call being prepared!!

When it was time to begin heading to the party bus, Sean made all of the necessary announcements, tore down his equipment, loaded up, congratulated us sincerely and said their goodbyes.

Anderson Entertainment provides a quality of service that is desirable in a vendor. We could not have been happier with our day and Anderson Entertainment, THANK YOU for helping make our day that much more special! We would recommend Sean Lynch of Anderson Entertainment to anyone who would require a DJ for ANY event.

Our Party Bus for the Wedding!

Our Party Bus for the Wedding!

When we started planning for our big day, we wanted it to be EPIC! So, we embarked on a new adventure. We chose to be married on the 3-year anniversary of the day we met and eventually chose the location of where we met as the venue. It had a special meaning to us… Our ceremony was up at the Grand View Overlook in Palmer Park because that is where we sat down and had our first conversation. The reception was at the same park because we spent a healthy amount of time mountain biking, hiking and running at Palmer Park during the beginning stages of our relationship. This part was easy.

Now, having a reception in a city park has its pros and cons… the sites are beautiful and it is an amazing location. However, there is no alcohol allowed and we were having a wedding reception. So, we pondered this for a moment and decided what better way to end the day than with a Party Bus! We decided we would have the ceremony, have a short reception, and embark on a fun tour in a party bus with 33 of our guests.

Thus, the research for the best company had begun. We called around all over Colorado and spoke with several companies. We finally chose to go with Denver Limo, Inc and I am very glad we did. They had the most to offer for what we were looking for and the people on the other side of the phone were professional and courteous. They wanted to make sure we had the BEST experience, and we sure did! We had signed up for a six-hour block in a 35 passenger bus with an open bar and it was AMAZING!

On the day of, we all arrived at the pickup location and met our driver, Ken. He was AWESOME!! He was extremely flexible, accommodating and an all around cool person. We ended up making several unscheduled stops but each time a request was made, he complied and with a smile! If anyone had a question, he had the answer. If the photographers saw a nice photo spot, we were able to stop. He had a fun personality and we certainly enjoyed working with him. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and appropriate individual as our driver.

The bus was super clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. We had a fully stocked bar and beautiful glasses to enjoy the rest of the day with. The lights on the inside were all functioning, the pole was sturdy, the upholstery was all smooth and plush, and all in all a WONDERFUL experience!

We do not have a single complaint or ANY negative feedback about Denver Limo, Inc., the services offered OR the driver provided! They provide a high value and high quality service that is worth utilizing and we would recommend them wholeheartedly.

Our Wedding Caterer

Our Wedding Caterer

Our wedding was going to be in Colorado Springs and I wanted to make sure we had AMAZING food for our guests! After interviewing several caterers in Denver and Colorado Springs, I was beginning to feel like this was going to be never-ending. Finally, I came across A Piece of Cake Catering. The owner Jason made an appointment with me almost immediately and set up a tasting for the next week. Some of the other caterers I had contacted didn’t even reply to me till 2 weeks before the wedding. I met with Jason in January and the wedding was in June. Needless to say, whether the other caterers were more cost-effective or not, I didn’t feel like my business was important to them. Jason is one of those small business owners who treats each and every client as if they were his only client. My sister, who was to be my matron of honor, came with me to scope things out. OMG was the food delicious and his cupcakes are to die for! After meeting him, getting to know him and tasting the dishes he prepared for us, I was sold. I had been looking for a caterer for 3 months and none of them impressed me. I reserved his services for our big day during the meeting and before we left, we had the entire menu picked out. He is extremely professional, laid back and super accommodating. I have a niece with Celiac and he helped me decide on a menu that was healthy, delicious and mostly gluten-free. A Piece of Cake Catering grilled everything on-site for us and provided 2 gentlemen who were courteous and an extreme pleasure to work with. They manned the grill and the buffet with such professionalism and respect for all of our guests. Everybody who is employed by and represents A Piece of Cake Catering, whom I have interacted with, have been topnotch. They truly represented their company in an impressive manner that was definitely recognized by all of the guests at the wedding. We had several appetizers, 3 meats grilled on site, several sides, salads, an edible arrangement made by Jason himself, and cupcakes (we went with the strawberry champagne and the carrot cake cupcakes). Jason made sure all the colors matched our wedding colors and everything looked beautiful! On top of everything, a little side note about the food: Jason makes EVERYTHING from scratch whether it is the ranch dressing or the edible decorations on the cupcakes. And, to show how great the food is, we had food for 10 extra people and enough cupcakes for everyone there to have more than 2; almost no food was left! The food and cupcakes were all gone by the end of the evening. Everyone was satiated and happy :-)

In addition to the catering, Jason also took care of all the rentals we needed for the day. He was my one-stop shop for the catering and rentals and he did it all with a smile and a great attitude. I didn’t have anything to worry about and he will do that for all of his clients. The way I see it, they are the professionals and we hire them for a reason… let them do their job and you won’t be disappointed :-)

I would definitely recommend A Piece of Cake Catering for ANY catered event. THANK YOU for helping make our day that much more incredible Jason!

Our Wedding Photographer!

Our Wedding Photographer!

Marvin, and his business Marvelous Images, are AWESOME!! When Josh and I started looking for wedding photographers, we interviewed several before we came across Marvin’s portfolio. After reviewing his portfolio we were excited to meet him and set up an appointment to see if his personality meshed with ours. We are extremely easy going and fun loving people… we wanted the same in our photograher. After meeting Marv, we decided to reserve his services before the end of our meeting. We loved the fact that he “likes to capture the moments between the moments” and were excited. We added an engagement session to our package and waited for the big day. Our engagement session went beautifully and we were so happy with the results, that we were certain the wedding photos were going to be epic. You can check out our photos for the engagement session here. Sure enough, the images of our wedding day came out BEAUTIFULLY!!! Everyone had so much fun! Marvin and his assistant photographer Jackie captured so many of the unique little moments we were hoping for.

Make sure you reserve your dates as early as possible… Marvin is booked pretty quickly because he is such a pleasure to work with. THANK YOU Marvelous Images!!!