Real Wedding: Running Buddies to Mr + Mrs


When we begin planning with our couples, we ask a few “get to know you” questions. One of them being to describe each other. To Neal, Hannah is adventurous, enthusiastic, dedicated and really quirky. To Hannah, Neal is outdoorsy, intellectual, laid-back and…really quirky. Twelve months of getting to know these amazing humans and we can confirm each one is 100% true!

H+N met in college, running cross country in Golden, CO. I’m impressed by distance running in general, but good on them for doing it in the mountains, at high altitude! They bond over a love for traveling, skiing, microbreweries , small bite foods, experiences with friends and family…I mean…what’s not to love about all of those things?! Each of them playing a big role in the planning of their dream wedding!

We had great chemistry from the start, even just over the phone. So when they came to Denver for our first in person meeting, it didn’t take long for the spark to ignite into something more than a working relationship. After a day of site visits, we kicked-back for a couple of beers at Barrels & Bottles and I left with a sense of “I love these two, I’m so happy they chose me to help bring their wedding to life!”


As we do with a lot of our couples, our planning began from a distance. H+N lived in Utah and we were still in Denver. Family & nostalgia brought them back to Colorado for their wedding - something we suggest when deciding on the perfect place for your wedding, choosing a place with emotional ties. Cue the Briarwood Inn in beautiful Golden, CO! Golden is home to Hannah’s family, their college and many miles of cross-country trail that these two ran together.

The overall goal in our planning was to give H+N’s guests an experience that would leave them feeling like they needed 30 more minutes with the DJ. One that would leave people in awe of how in love they were (by the way, it was very obvious , they spent the whole night together, dancing, holding hands, stealing newlywed kisses…)! With their friends & families in mind, we created the cozy, intimate, winter wedding these two had always dreamed about.


  • A first look on the bridge they often ran across for CC

  • An Irish hand fasting ceremony

  • Plaid shawls for the girls

  • A venue with hand carved woodwork, a wood burning fireplace and cozy nooks

  • A color palette of jewel tones with shades of green, magenta, deep purple, and teal

  • A mix of candlelight, brass and birch details for a romantic, rustic charm

  • Dramatic floral design with antler accents

  • Home-brewed beer with custom labels & stories for each

  • German chocolate wedding cake with mini pastries

  • Dancing faces off to an awesome mix of genres & generations

What made planning with H+N so much fun were their contagious smiles & laughter, their genuine sweetness and interest in keeping things personal. Each meeting and conversation started with a “how are things, how’s life” moment followed followed by excitement for the next planning detail. Yet again, we were the lucky ones, being brought into H+N’s adorable love story. Love. This. “Work.”

planning + design: MKSocial photography: Studio 29 Photography venue/catering/bar: the Briarwood Inn bakery: Aspen Baking Company DJ: Elite Entertainment floral design: Beet & Yarrow hair stylist: Amanda Ragulsky makeup: Ashley Benavides invitation suite: Minted