Tim & Jodie’s Natural Science and History Museum Wedding

February 4, 2011

Tim & Jodie were hitched at The Natural Science and History Museum in Denver and I am more that a little bit in love with them and their wedding. Not only becuase Jodie looks fabulous and the venue is a beaut, but becuase the idea behind their wedding was to celebrate more than just their love for one another…they celebrated their love for everyone!

The couple explained, “We both agreed that the wedding was just as much about our friends and family as it was about us, so almost every detail was considered with our guests in mind. We looked at the wedding as our chance to throw an unforgettable party, and we definitely succeeded. It’s hard to put my finger on one particular detail that made it so great, but we heard, “Best. Wedding. Ever.” over and over again from guests, staff, and even the off-duty police officers who were working security. We tried to stick to a few basic tenets (emphasis on the “tried”) and they included: Don’t overthink it. Don’t worry about “the rules”. Don’t do anything just to impress someone else.  Do have fun.”

“Regarding the rules, we did little “by the book.”  Even our ceremony was far from traditional.  Our officiant was Tim’s former boss from Twist and Shout, a long-haired hippy named Paul.  Paul is, as he says, ordained through the powers of the internet, and our ceremony was not religious in the slightest bit.  Rather than having a reading from the book of [insert bible book here] we chose to have a reading from “the book of Starship.” Before exchanging vows, Tim’s brother and Jodie’s college best friend took turns reciting the lyrics to Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.  Besides being one of Jodie’s karaoke standards, the song had the right amount of familiarity to make people smile and feel “in” on the joke, and yet the lyrics to the pop tune took on a new meaning in the context of a wedding ceremony.”

“We have a lot of gay friends and are both keenly aware that they are denied the right to engage in a legally-binding ceremony such as ours, and we wanted to be mindful of that and have our wedding be as inclusive as possible.  To achieve that goal, we registered with the Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality advocacy division as part of our bridal registry, and it was great to see so many people donating money to their cause on our behalf.  And, in another break from tradition, we asked our officiant to read an excerpt from the court decision early marriage equality case – Goodridge v. Dept. of Health. The judge’s decision considered marriage as fulfilling yearnings for security, safe haven, and a connection that expresses our common humanity.  Tim’s a recent law school graduate, and focused much of his studies on the rights of sexual minorities.”

Jodie wore two dresses. The first, a sexy body-con number by The Row and the second a sheath dress by Dolce & Gabbana – she bought both on sale at an outlet mall! “I consider myself a pro bargain hunter – both dresses combined cost me less than $500,” she continued. “I never imagined that I would wear anything remotely resembling a wedding dress in color or design, but both of these dresses jumped off the rack at me. Plus, I liked the touch of slut factor in the tight short dress by The Row. Neither of us wanted to break the bank on items we would never wear again, and so we both went for pieces that didn’t scream “bride and groom”. I will wear all items again and again. The second pair of shoes were the ubiquitous Vivienne Westwood jelly heels. The pearl necklace was Tim’s mom’s necklace that she made herself by adding pearls to throughout the years as her budget allowed. She passed away in 1998, so there was no doubt that it would be worn at our wedding in her honor. I made the red and turquoise beaded necklace, again, because I am a cheap date.”

The unusual wedding cake was also a talking point at the wedding. I’ve personally never seen anything like this but I think it’s a great (and funny!) idea for those on a budget, “The cake was another expense that we thought could easily get out of hand. We thought about all the weddings we had been to where guests don’t even touch (sometimes don’t even see) the cake, yet the couples had probably spent a fortune on them.  In order to avoid this happening at our wedding, Tim came up with the idea to screenprint an image of one of those fancy cakes on top of a sheet cake from Safeway. We ordered three sheet cakes, each with a variety of fillings and frosting, and called it a day. My sister picked the cakes up at her local grocery store, and happened to know the woman working behind the counter…she gave my sister a discount. We were charged $10 each for three cakes.”

Huge love and thanks to Tim & Jodie and their awesome photographer Melissa for sharing these today

Photography Credit: Fresh in Love Photography
Venue: The Natural Science and History Museum in Denver
Bride’s Dresses: The Row and Dolce & Gabbana
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Groom’s Suit: Versace
Cake: Supermarket
Flowers: DIY
Entertainment: Felony Misdemeanor (drag queen)


  1. It’s so cool to see my photography on the website i look on daily! Thanks for the credit and putting them up! Realyl appreciate it. Love this site.

    Leigh Boardman Photography

  2. Claire

    The shoes are amazing! What a lovely wedding. Just shows its not about money, but the thought and innovation. Fab! 🙂

  3. Great wedding – I love the stationery, its so cool. The red balloons are super cute too. Nice work Leigh on capturing some lovely shots.

  4. Congrats Kelly and Matt! Your wedding looks so cool. Love the balloons and the stationary. And thanks for including my cake topper! x

  5. Lynsey

    Congratulations! Your wedding looked fab! I have just ordered the same dress as yours from Berketex in Glasgow for my wedding next August. I was just wondering how you found the sizing of the dress? I am so worried because I am a size 18-20 just now but I know I will be a 14-16 for the wedding. The woman in the store was trying to make me order a size 20 which I know for a fact will be way too big by next year so I settled for an 18. Do you think it will be too big for me if I am a size 16?

    Any advice would be much appreciated 🙂 x

  6. Kelly James

    Hey Lynsey,
    Thank you 🙂
    I hope you have more luck with yours than mine, It only arrived a week before the wedding ( on the date Berketex had AS the wedding!!
    I found I had to have mine taken in – mad rush! Its a really easy fitting dress, no fussy corset etc and I am a size 16, I seem to remember they ordered me an 18 which was fine, just needed pulling in at the waist.
    If you know you’ll be a size 16 then I would say to order an 18, wedding dresses are always a size out. Why they like to make us feel fat and insecure on our big day I will never know!
    It’s a beautiful dress and you’ll enjoy wearing it, make sure you have fab shoes!
    Also can you let me know something – as I was the first to order this dress from Berketex they told me they were going to name it after me, please let me know if they have because that would be lovely 🙂

    Alternatively you could always cancel your order and buy my dress :p


  7. Lynsey McDonald

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you so much for replying! Firstly, you will be pleased to know they have named the dress after you! 🙂

    From what you have said I reckon the dress should fit me perfectly, I just need to keep going to the gym for the next few months! I would have gladly cancelled my order and bought yours but my mum has paid the dress off in full and she would be gutted at losing the deposit. Thank you for the offer though, if only I had known before I ordered 🙁

    I’m really worried about the dress not arriving on time as I have heard so many horror stories about Berketex not delivering dresses before the big day. To make it worse, I stupidly told them the real date of my wedding. I might try and tell them we’ve had to have the date changed…

    Finally, I have bought VERY sparkly shoes too!! I did this before I saw this website so it turns out we must have very similar tastes 😀

    Thanks again for replying so quickly.

    Lynsey xxx

  8. Michelle

    Hi Kelly

    Congratulations! Amazing wedding and stunning pics. Do you still have your dress and would you sell it? I love it!


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