2017 was a year for the books. My own big day was one of the last weddings of the season and let me tell you, it was a season. That year, we had 17 weddings on our calendar and did our very best to make it to as many as we could.
At the height of the season, I noticed all of my girlfriends were complaining about the chaos of wedding planning. They couldn’t wait for their big day to arrive so they would never have to organize a wedding again, but not me. Was I crazy?
I was one of the only women that truly, genuinely loved every single moment of the wedding planning process. I began helping some of my girlfriends with the minor details that can feel truly cumbersome to any bride-to-be.
Fast forward through all the drunken best man speeches, copious amounts of hairspray, happy tears and love to September 20th, 2017, just three days before our wedding day. The forecast undoubtedly called for rain. Despite my mother’s sunny disposition, I just knew it was going to rain on our wedding day. I wasn’t going to let that stop me from having the best day ever, so I visited my trusty friend, Amazon, and purchased 200 ponchos.
September 23rd, 2017, the day had come. We enjoyed amazing pre-wedding yoga on the rooftop terrace where the ceremony would be held later that day. The practice was centered around staying grounded and present in the day. Did I mention the sun was out? By all accounts (historically speaking), you couldn’t ask for a more perfect day. In fact, there’s only a percent chance that more than 0.04 inches of total precipitation will fall in Denver throughout the day on September 23. But Mother Nature had a different plan for our day.
I could have very easily let this ruin my day. After all, what bride wants rain on her wedding day? But earlier, I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to let anything rain on my parade, not even rain itself. I was blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing women and bridesmaids who lifted me up in so many ways.
That said, there was a moment that changed it all. We were about one hour away from the start of the ceremony. My dress was on, my hair and makeup were flawless (thanks to Candace at Dotted with Hearts Artistry and Lauren Shea at Belle Shea Salon), my amazing family and friends were surrounding me, but in that moment, it was still raining.
With so many things happening around me, feelings suddenly rushed over me like a wave. I was asking 200 people to sit in formal wear, on a rooftop, in downtown Denver, in the rain. Immediately, I reminded myself to stay grounded and calmly made my way to the window. Looking down, I longed to just put my feet in the grass, but I knew that wasn’t an option. Instead, I sat by the window and cracked it the whole two inches allowed on the 34th floor.
Suddenly, I was met with an all too familiar smell, petrichor, otherwise known as the smell of the earth after it rains. In that moment, I knew everything would be okay. I was marrying my best friend and that was what the day was about. Rain or shine, I got to stand and profess my love for the man of my dreams in front of all the people near and dear to our hearts.
From there, Petrichor was born. As the dust settled the weeks following our wedding day, I knew that I had to harness that love and light, bring to brides the sense of peace I found in that moment on my wedding day. It’s easy to get caught up in the weeds of the messy details of money, family drama and which table linens your Great Aunt Kathy thinks you should use. In the end, it’s about you and your best friend and the love that you share.
As a Colorado wedding coordinator, I will help you plan and execute the perfect ceremony while gently reminding you to stay grounded. This approach ensures that you enjoy every precious moment of your wedding day. Your big day will be over before you know it, but it’s the starting line for a life of bliss as you begin your journey into marriage.
– Owner, Meghan Leigh
Meghan was born in Chadron, Nebraska where she spent 2 short weeks before her parents moved to Columbus, Ohio, where her father attended THE University of Ohio State, Law School. Some say she bleeds Scarlet & Grey but we’ll just say, don’t get in between her and a Buckeye football game on Sunday’s. This was just the start of moving for Meghan throughout her life, she ended up living in 1/2 a dozen states and several cities within. It wasn’t until she found Colorado at the age of 18, that she found “home”. Which, admittedly, at first, she was not a fan, coming from the South, it was cold, it was brown and it was not where all of her friends were. However, after she started to plant her roots, find friends who were more like family & met her husband, Michael, everything changed. The Colorado skies were suddenly more bright blue and the cold days seemed to warm her from the inside out.
Fast forward to today, Meghan has lived in Colorado for over a decade and has truly made this place her home. Petrichor was born and launched on October 23rd, just one day after her daughter (unbeknownst to her) was conceived. This came on the heels of her marriage, which was truly what made her realize that she was made to be a wedding planner. After a long career in Digital Media, she thrived in a high pressure, environment and loved the opportunity to help bring calm to chaos in any situation and I mean, come on, who doesn’t love all of the wedding day feels. There is something about planning weddings that just fills Meghan’s cup and overflows it in all the right ways.
Today, Meghan is the proud wife to her incredibly passionate, supportive, caring and loving husband, Michael. Mother to the most adorable, happy and fierce tiny human, Olivia. And the proud business owner of both Petrichor Planning and Pure Barre Fort Collins. She has a true heart for helping people to achieve their goals and exceeding their expectations in working with her.
While she has an affinity for waking up at 4 am to get her day started (we know, she’s crazy) she couldn’t do any of it without her trusted Assistant, Niki Beacom.
Niki grew up like a lot of other little girls who dreamt of the day they would put on that beautiful white dress and walk down the aisle to the love of their life and then get to live happily ever after. As she got older and discovered her love for school supplies, order, and a schedule, she realized that maybe she just wanted to make big events. like weddings, really incredible. So in high school, she dove into an event planning internship and never looked back. The first wedding that she ever worked, she was wiping down 152 wet chairs and then gave the bride a big hug telling her they were all clear for an outdoor ceremony and that is when it happened. Niki fell in love with being an integral part of the best day of someone’s life. There is something so magical about being there at every turn to make things go smoothly so that a joyous couple can spend the day simply loving one another. She may not let it on much, but she truly is a hopeless romantic.
After a few weddings on her own during and after college at Colorado State University, Meghan and Niki’s paths crossed during their ‘day-jobs’. They found their mutual joy for weddings and now Niki has been a part of the team since the 2019 season. She could not be more thrilled to be apart of the Petrichor family and bring joy to each and every Petrichor bride.