An Artfully Crafted Wedding at the Denver Art Museum

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We, at Bella Designs and Planning, absolutely love the mountains which is why we live here, but it’s nice to sneak out of the hills every now and again. The Pinon Wedding was the perfect opportunity to not only venture away from home but mix it up, in terms of venues.

April and Matthew wanted the city, something from the norm, and tasteful. So we chose the Denver Art Museum as the perfect site for their marvelous wedding!

If you are from Colorado you know that the weather changes every 5 minutes, so having a back-up plan for rain is a must. The wedding ceremony was suppose to take place in the courtyard of the museum but the weather was looking fierce so it was decided to bring the ceremony inside. And honestly the back-up plan was less a back-up and more of a second number 1 option.

The room that the ceremony was in had an amazing piece of art hanging on the wall right behind the couple as they said their vows. After the ceremony, we walked the guests upstairs to a pop-up chic cocktail lounge, where guests had an amazing view of the city.

The reception space, was simply jaw-dropping. There were white cut-out globes dangling from the ceiling, magnificent centerpieces, a small sitting area, and an absolutely astounding head table. And the cherry on top? Well, a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream bar of course!

Stop the party at 11pm? No way! The couple kept the night going with an after party right in the museum! Guests were invited to return to the upstairs lounge area where the decor and space had been altered to a chic DJ lounges.

It was amazing how each space took on its own artfully crafted identity and how the spaces reflected the April and Mathew’s distinct personalities.

Congratulations to the new fabulous couple!

Here are all the photos, which are art in themselves. Enjoy!

AshleySawtellePhotography-4 AshleySawtellePhotography-5The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids getting ready.


AshleySawtellePhotography-10An absolutely stunning gown.

AshleySawtellePhotography-1The very modern architecture of the Denver Art Museum.

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AshleySawtellePhotography-50The formidable head table.

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AshleySawtellePhotography-71Reuniting with a former bride and her sweetheart of a mother.
AshleySawtellePhotography-74AshleySawtellePhotography-75AshleySawtellePhotography-80The after party lounge area.


 The Team

Design and Planning: Bella Design and Planning

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle

Venue: Denver Art Museum

Florals: Design Works

Makeup: Colorado Makeup and Hair

Drapery and Lighting: Design Works

Ceremony Music: Ribbons and Strings

Reception Music: Starkey Entertainment

Invitations:  Sara Francess at From the Heart Graphics

Wedding Day Stationery: Richard’s Notebook

Cake: Kelley Kakes

Caterer: Palettes – Kevin Taylor Catering

Ice Cream Bar: Cold Stone Creamery

Photobooth: Bamboo Booth

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