3/7 Real Wedding: Laura & Chase’s Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

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Y’all, Laura and Chase had a sweet, food and booze-filled backyard-type wedding. And they did it right. They got alcohol in bulk from a local store to stock their full bar, and returned any unopened bottles. Laura Hobby Lobby-ed her brains out for supplies to make their pomanders, Chinese lanterns, seating charts and a plethora of other things. Their focus? Friends, family, each other and FOOD. Also, guuurrrllll … I feel yo pain with the hairdo that takes FUR-EV-UH. But you rocked it. Oh … did I mention there’s ADORBZ pups involved?

Names: Laura and Chase

Occupation: Aerospace Engineer (Laura), Photographer (Chase) www.chasehoffman.com

Wedding location: Boulder, Colo.

Wedding Date: June 4, 2011

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Budget: Projected: $22,500 – Including the wedding, the rehearsal dinner, wedding bands, gifts for the wedding party, and a hotel the night of the wedding. Without the rehearsal dinner, about $18K.

How would you describe your wedding: We had a very casual and comfortable wedding. We wanted our guests (and ourselves) to feel laid-back. Like an upscale backyard party.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Way before we were ever engaged, we started making a list of all the things we hated at other people’s weddings and vowed to never do them at our own.  We wanted an open bar, we wanted assigned tables, we wanted a live band … I’m so glad we were able to have each of those things.  I also think the food was one of the best parts.  We’ve never been the biggest fan of wedding cake, so we came up with cheesecake.  My favorite comfort food is mac ‘n’ cheese, and the caterer worked it into the meal by making fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls as an appetizer – yum!

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What did you splurge on? Food.  We’re foodies, and well, we really wanted excellent food.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What did you save on? Venue. We found a quaint farm that was a relatively new venue. We were able to rent it for two days, so we could arrive anytime and then didn’t have to worry about cleaning up the night of the wedding.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? One thing I would’ve done differently is getting my hair done in practice.  I didn’t want to spend the money on it, and I thought, how long could it take to curl my hair?  I planned for 45 minutes and it took over two hours …

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Luckily we had lots of buffer time with having our pictures before the ceremony.  I had my father officiate our wedding, but felt so bad asking such a “huge favor” that I wrote the entire ceremony.  I should’ve just let my dad do what he knows how to do (be a minister and lead a wedding), rather than try to control him.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What was your biggest challenge in planning? Being a people pleaser, I felt like I had to make sure everyone was happy and OK with how things were going.  It was a challenge between feeling OK with the decision I made and how people reacted to it.  It was difficult not feeling guilty about asking my busy friends and family to help with things.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)
Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? I knew from the get-go that you can’t get everything you want at the price you want. I learned to prioritize what I absolutely couldn’t do without, what I would be OK settling on.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)
Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

  • The overall comfortable vibe we achieved.  It definitely represented us as a couple.
  • Having tasty food.  And the time to do a plated dinner.
  • Live band – I absolutely love live music.
  • The photography.  And getting a photo with our little family – the pups, Penny and Leo!
  • My dress and jewelry.  I wore a pearl necklace from my great-great-grandmother.  It really meant something to have that piece of family history.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Top 5 least favorite?

  • My hair taking an hour longer than I thought – but it was really pretty in the end!
  • Chase’s brother starting the toast before the Champagne was served. We forgot to tell him to wait for that … oops.
  • The limo company not showing up at the end of the night to take us to our hotel.  We hitched a ride with one of my bridesmaids.
  • The camera we set up as a photobooth ran out of battery power.
  • The fact that I kept forgetting my gorgeous bouquet of flowers during pictures!

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? “You get what you pay for.” Most things we ended up paying an average price, or slightly cheaper. We did our research, and found quality vendors at an acceptable price. I don’t think we lost out because we didn’t pay tons of money for something.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)
Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

The best? Trust your vendors.  They do this a lot, they know what they’re doing. The catering manager was pretty much our wedding coordinator and she did amazing.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Any other bits of wisdom? Check the weekly ads at Hobby Lobby (if you live in that area of the states).  I saved so much money on decorations by strategically buying things when they were on sale! And stay organized – Google Documents was a huge help.  Finally, doing a first look and then all my portraits before the ceremony was so worth it.  We had so much more time and got to enjoy cocktail hour with our guests.

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)
Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Budget breakdown?

Venue: $1975, 63rd St Farm

Flowers: $860 Painted Primrose

Music $1600 18 Switchbacks 

Invitations: $300 Wedding Paper Divas 

Save the Dates: $55

Cake: $400 Cheesecake Therapy

Liquor: $1145 LiquorMart , we bought in bulk and returned anything we didn’t use.

Catering/Rentals: $6677 Savory Cuisines

Photography: $2250 April O’Hare 

Groom’s Suit: $407 Men’s Wearhouse 

Bridal Attire: $400 (shoes, veil, jewelry – dress was gifted by Grandmother)

Decorations: Everything was DIY’d, and the supplies cost $335

Real Wedding: Laura & Chase's Colorado Foodie Wedding (With A Healthy Dose Of Puppy Love!)

Congrats, you two!

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  • Brides advice was right on and she is proof to it. I did like the advice of trusting your vendors…thank you. Nicely executed, love love the blue

  • I really like the bridesmaids' dress. Great color.

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  • emily

    Broke ass bride? $22K wedding? Am I in the right place?

    • Hi Emily! That was her projected budget. She actually spent a bit less, and the $22K included the rehearsal dinner. But Laura and Chase did do a number of things to help bring down costs and spend wisely. Which is what it's all about, really. Right?

      • Heather L.

        I agree. "Broke ass" is about spending wisely and not buying into all the needless schlock that people try to sell you when you get engaged.

    • What people project to spend and what they actually spend are usually different. Coming in under budget is always a good thing! Especially when I tried to save where I could DIYing things. The projected number also includes things that people "gifted" towards our wedding, which I've noticed is usually not included in people's budgets.

    • Carl Q. Lator

      Do the math. It's $16404 when you add up the breakdown.

    • Sarah

      Dang, that's what I'm saying too!

  • I am really so much in love with garden weddings. I love the bride's gown, it's so fantastic. The bride's maids are very beautiful with their blue dresses. wedding party gifts

    • Thanks Lady Anne! We changed our minds 3 times on the bridesmaids dresses, but the combo of light blue for the ladies and gray for the guys plus the garden/farm vibe turned out perfectly. Funny that the colors are the thing most people comment on.

      • Their dresses are perfect. No doubt about it. Yes, the color of their dress is a perfect fit for the reception especially that it is located in the garden/farm. Gray is not really a bad combination with light blue. groomsday

  • Shelbeenia

    I cant afford table fabric table linens for my wedding…would it look to cheap to have the plastic covers or no covers? HELP!?!?

  • Shelbeenia

    *fabric table linens—-oops

  • Dear

    This is too cute! My favorite pic are the strawberries on the cupcakes(stealing your idea), at first when I read 22k I about choked, but then taking into consideration that you factored in -everything- including rings, my hat's off to you. You pulled Broke Ass off very well.

  • So this is the tricky part of publishing budgets. One person’s budget wedding makes another “choke.” Both the Broke-Ass Bride and I had out weddings in 2009. Mine cost around $5K, I think Dana’s was around $10K. Setting aside for a moment the differences in the cost of living between LA and Asheville, I will honestly say, when I read about Dana’s budget, I wished I had an “extra five grand for my wedding.” But I didn’t judge her for it. Rather, I loved reading the Broke-Ass Bride. Dana had so many clever ideas and shared such great advice.

    It’s takes a lot of guts to publish a budget. And even if it’s more than you would spend on your wedding. I hope you’ll join me in being grateful that both the bride, and Dana are providing such awesome information. Would I have liked to have 20 Grand for my wedding? You bet. Even though I didn’t, am I grateful to get a better understanding of price ranges in Colorado. Yuppers 😉

  • Sherri

    LOL Cheesecake Therapy 🙂 She makes great cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, everything yummy goodness!