by Amy Serrago
Kaitlin and Colten are self proclaimed “simple people” who don’t like a lot of “formality”, they wanted their wedding to be all about family, the joining of their two families into one. They chose Epic Railyard in El Paso, Texas to honor Kaitlin’s family’s roots in the Railroad business. Her great grandparents met and fell in love when her great grandfather was transferred to West Virginia to work on the Virginian railroad. She just knew Epic was the space as soon as she saw it, and since Kaitlin loves vintage styling and flowers, the couple decided early on that the theme for their wedding would be Vintage Boho-Chic. To keep the focus on family, Kaitlin and Colten incorporated family heirlooms like vintage church pews and a window from the house her grandfather built for her grandmother into their ceremony. Kaitlin also wore an engagement ring that had been handed down through generations of women in her family that was both her “something old” and her “something borrowed”, and since its diamond had been sold during the Great Depression and replaced later by a sapphire, it was also her “something blue”.
Kaitlin’s pale blush vintage inspired gown, with its antique lace overlay and sparkling belt made her the picture of boho bridal beauty. Topping off her look with a bold lip, floral headpiece and long veil only enhanced the vintage feel of her styling. Her bridesmaids wore shades of pink and blush in varying gown styles, some with a hint of sparkle to bring the retro glamour. All of the ladies carried gorgeous bouquets of red, pink and white florals with eucalyptus accents, a theme that carried into the reception’s styling. Colten and his guys were handsome in blue, he in a full suit and his groomsmen in shirts with suspenders. They all completed their classic look with red bow ties.
The exposed brick of the industrial reception space was the perfect backdrop for the fun details, like the vintage bus snack bar and antique chandeliers, that Kaitlin and Colten infused into their day. Sparkling rose gold accents highlighted the rich vintage feel of the florals. A grand centerpiece of peonies, roses and eucalyptus with wildflower accents adorned the couple’s sweetheart table and strung Edison lights gave the space a romantic glow. Dinner was served family style at long tables and Colten had a special Indianapolis Colts groom’s cake in his honor, which was not to be outdone by Kaitlin’s donut wall. The couple bucked tradition when it came to the bouquet toss, instead opting for an anniversary dance, in which the bouquet goes to the couple who has been married the longest. In the case it was Colten’s grandparents that were left on the floor at the end of the dance. They’ve been married 52 years! Kaitlin and Colten ended the night by dancing to “their song” from back in their high school days before exiting to a sparkler send off led by all of their friends and family!
Photographer: Kristen swanson photography//Linens and Coverings: Table Occasions//Cake Designer: Honey Bee Cakes//Dress Store:Ella Blu Bridal//Design and Decor: Three Sisters//Event Planner: Three Sisters//Event Designer: Three Sisters//Floral Designer: Kern Place Florist//Makeup Artist: Deshea Exclusive//Other: Southwest Creative//Event Venue:EPIC Railyard Event Center