Here Comes the Bride, All Dressed in What?

Here's a secret all wedding coordinators know: The dress dictates everything. It's about inspiration and a vision-start with the gown and all the other details will fall into place. The Mile-High City abounds with options for your wedding-day ensemble, from glossy ultramodern to funky vintage-bohemian. And in a culture that's keen to defy tradition-we're a collection of free spirits, after all-the sky is the limit when it comes to selecting your style. For a little bridal inspiration, check out our five fabulous fashions that prove there's more than one way to walk down the aisle. Plus, our picks for Colorado's most outstanding venues, fabulous photographers, groovy entertainment, killer favors, and eye-catching cakes-all of which complement The Dress (of course).
February 2006
Phipps Mansion (3400 Belcaro Drive, 303-777-4441, www.du.edu/phipps). This 33,123-square-foot Georgian-style mansion with more than 70 rooms and stunning surrounding gardens is one of Denver's most elegant and timeless wedding venues. The facility gives brides the option of either an indoor or garden affair and up to 125 guests.

International Villa (239 Detroit St., 303-333-1524, www.internationalvilla.com). This bastion of fine china, silverware, everyday dishes, and home accessories has been in the Denver area for more than 50 years. Its easy-to-navigate registry system and knowledgeable customer service make it a no-brainer for Mile-High brides.

Four-tier, white-fondant-iced white cake with pearl-trimmed ribbon from Gateaux (1160 N. Speer Blvd., 303-376-0070, www.gateauxpastries.com).