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Real Weddings | Mariko & Bobby

Bride | Mariko Hodgkinson
Groom | Bobby Hodgkinson
Wedding gown style | Ethel
Wedding date | September 23, 2011
Boutique purchased: Anne Be Boutique in Denver, Colorado
Location | Golden, Colorado – Lookout Mountain at the Boettcher Mansion
Photographer:  Jackie Nuxoll, of Selah Photography

First things first, where did you meet your husband?  How did you know he was the one?

After meeting at a campus marketing survey during our time at the University of Colorado at Boulder, we went our separate ways without exchanging information. Bobby decided to pursue me after finding my name on the popular social networking site, Facebook, despite me having a boyfriend at the time. When I became available, we decided to go on a date  – hot chocolate & a movie. Since that first date, we haven’t spent a day apart, both of us knowing that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

How did he propose? Tell us the story!

Bobby proposed on New Year’s Day 2010. It had snowed the evening before in Boulder, and I left that morning for work. I typically drive myself home, however Bobby was adamant to pick me up ( although it was unusual I thought nothing of it). We pulled up outside the house and I started walking towards the door, I look up and see a life size snowman, fit with Bobby’s t-shirt, shoes and hat. The snowman was kneeling, next to it were two hot chocolates and in its hand was a movie ticket – referencing back to our first date. He had the movie tickets printed to read, ‘Will you marry me?’  I was so taken aback, not just due to the actual proposal as we had discussed getting engaged for a couple of months, more so about the extent of Bobby’s creativity & actual labor to create a life size snowman! What a truly special proposal.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?

Of course, everyone dreams to wear a Vera Wang gown on their wedding day – being fortunate enough to make that dream a reality was truly exceptional! Once I tried on the gown, I knew it was the one – the design, the material, the quality, the detail & the way the dress accentuated my individual beauty was unlike any other designer. She truly knows how to design the wedding gown. After trying on her designs, there was no one else but Vera.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?

I wanted to keep the accessories minimal, keeping my wedding day look reflective of my style. I chose to wear only champagne crystal tear drop earrings to accent my hairstyle and my neckline. I paired rich creme satin Badgley Mischka shoes and a simple knee length veil to finish my look from head to toe.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?

Bobby & I are both from Colorado, and Bobby himself was a Boettcher scholar thus getting married at the Boettcher Mansion had special meaning for him. Aside from the fact that it was a truly beautiful venue nestled in the breath taking Rocky Mountains! I wanted to compliment the natural colour palette of the mountains:  dark browns, rich creams, touches of gold. I aimed for timeless, classic elegance using the Colorado landscape as our backdrop.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?

No I didn’t, growing up with my Japanese mother I hadn’t really heard of this wedding rhyme until I was older in life & it didn’t mean anything to me. Life is all about new experiences & memories – break the mold and do or wear whatever you want on your special day!

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?

Try on styles you normally wouldn’t. I always thought I was a traditional, princess or ballroom type of bride, but thanks to my fantastic bridesmaids I tried on Vera’s Ethel gown and fell in love! There are so many different styles and silhouettes available, you should try them all and make sure you find the one that is absolutely perfect. This is your chance to wear the dress of your dreams! Embrace it.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?

My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, looking solely into Bobby’s eyes as tears were streaming down his face. There was so much raw emotion, raw love between us that I forgot everyone else was there. It was such a pure moment.


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