You're Invited: Cara Dafoe and Evan Hyndman

NOTHING COOKIE-CUTTER HERE: THIS RINO WEDDING IS AS DIY AND PERSONALIZED AS THEY COME

April 23, 2016
Blanc, Denver

Real Weddings: Jill and Ryan Kronberg
Real Weddings: Jill and Ryan Kronberg

CARA DAFOE AND EVAN HYNDMAN DIDN’T DESIRE A CONVENTIONAL “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” wedding. Well, except for the borrowed part.

The two wanted the vibe of their spring wedding to be decidedly DIY and iconoclastic, so they ended up choosing Blanc, an eclectic, versatile venue in RiNo. “Most weddings I go to, the couple shows up, puts flowers out and maybe a couple of centerpieces, and that’s the only touch you get to add. What we liked about Blanc was the industrial feel, the exposed brick wall,” Cara (now Hyndman) says. “It just totally fit our personalities. It was very simple but still elegant. It wasn’t as commercialized, but was more like a blank canvas, so we could bring in what we wanted.”

That meant creating what Cara describes as a couple of “living room scenes” and a “fake fireplace scene,” using birch logs to line their aisle, acquiring materials from Goodwill and, yes, borrowing items from friends. “We just kind of pieced together everything from our own vision, doing as much do-it-yourself or through friends as we could. And the building has so much character that we didn’t have to do much.”

Cara, a job recruiter who in her spare time plays on a roller derby team called the Dooms Daisies (Evan, who works in cyber security, plays hockey), asked a fellow skater to be her hairstylist. She also chose a strikingly original dress, a two-piece Anne Barge number from the Little White Dress Bridal Shop that paired a mid-thigh dress with a detachable wrap-around overskirt. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were simple greens, and the couple served heavy hors d’oeuvres at the reception, with stand-up cocktail tables and sit-down tables scattered throughout the space. “It really was just an environment of people on their feet dancing (there was a DJ) and mingling.”

The celebration, which included the couple’s parents and a few other relatives, “was more like a house party with friends of ours—people in their mid-20s to early 30s—getting together.

“Everyone commented about how fitting the whole wedding was for us. It was very simple, very laid-back, very personalized. We wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

Real Weddings: Jill and Ryan Kronberg

The Details

VENUE
Blanc, Denver

PHOTOGRAPHY
Elevate Photography

FLORALS
Sugar n’ Stems

CATERING
Three Tomatoes

BEVERAGES
Peak Beverage

BRIDE’S DRESS
Anne Barge Blue Willow Collection “Jenny” from Little White Dress Bridal Shop

GROOM’S SUIT
Banana Republic

GROOMSMEN’S SUITS
Express

HAIR
KT Hogan at Evelyn Pearse Hair Company

DJ
Ignight Entertainment

GREENHOUSE
Calabrese Greenhouse

STRING QUARTET
Cellos: Raven Underwood, Olympia Vida
violin: Yuka Kubota
viola: Nathaniel Washington

RINGS
Evan’s: Todd Reed
Cara’s: Erie Basin

Real Weddings: Jill and Ryan Kronberg