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Margot + Austin | Evergreen, Colorado | The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park - Love Stories TV

April
28
2018
Margot & Austin

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“We met on February 13, 2013,” begins Margot, talking about Austin. “We’d both independently avoided a first date falling on Valentine’s Day. We met for drinks and primarily discussed Austin’s purchase – finalized that day – of some property in the mountains. First and foremost, the property would serve as a workspace for a Burning Man mutant vehicle build that summer, but the shack on the property would hopefully serve as a starting point for Austin to construct his own home, with his own hands. Stars had aligned: Margot shared a drive to start creating wild large-scale art, and had always wanted to build her own home.

Within a few months, Austin moved full-time into the shack on his property to begin making it liveable enough for construction. At the time, Austin had no cell service or utilities when on the property. So we found a way to hang out: we embarked on a massive art car project up there with two friends: a double-decker school bus converted into a banana split, with oversized disco-ball cherries on top that doubled as flame-throwers. It was a failure in many ways, but the project was our first huge/wild project together. And we were hooked.

A few months later, Austin severely injured his dominant hand on a house project, requiring substantial reconstructive surgery. He moved into Margot’s apartment in Boulder to recover. Although it was unplanned, cohabitation – regardless of the circumstances – made us realize how ready we were to make it permanent – but in a place that would truly be ours, not a cookie cutter apartment – and we decided to move into the shack and tackle our dreams at the end of Margot’s lease. Which fell in the middle of our time running a camp at Burning Man.

Running a Burning Man Camp requires the majority of our time and attention in the summer months… which coincides exactly with the limited build season at 9,000 ft. in CO. So from the playa in 2014, we moved directly into the shack full-time – some might say prematurely – to survive the following Rocky Mountain winter with no running water, no plumbing, drafts with a side of walls, limited and jenky electricity, and a compost toilet in another shack that required a trek with snowshoes. But it was pure magic.

Slowly but surely, we started taking the phrase “weekend warrior” to the extreme, and making improvements to what we had, and plans for what we’d do. Our goal was to create an art project that doubled as a house, constructed by us and for us, playing on Austin’s ingenuity and Margot’s creativity, so that it would truly become our own home-made home. We focus on using repurposed materials – often times begging our friends for their trash and turning it into a wall, or siding, or a chicken coop. Progress is slow – and sometimes insane – for two people who maintain independent careers. But that’s the magic – our lives don’t enable us to devote ourselves 100% to this project, so very often we have to struggle through to the next step…. When that struggle is 6 months of CO winter with no running water, our appreciation for turning on a faucet and seeing water coming – and knowing we made that happen – is what it’s all about for us.

On our three year anniversary, Austin proposed on a snowy morning, in the structure who’s foundation we had dug and poured, and who’s walls we’d framed out together, in our home.

Over the next year, we ignored the pressure to actually plan our wedding, and continued to focus on creating our home and devoting time to our Burning Man art. For us, our wedding is intended to be a celebration of what we have together, not the thing that officially makes us a couple. So we didn’t let other people’s opinions rush us, because we love our ability to evolve together. The beauty of our style is that Austin is an engineer, and Margot is an artist. Together we are complimentary: form and function. The projects we choose to work on are challenging and inspirational for both of us, and push us to the next level constantly.

On our 1 year anniversary of being engaged, we finally decided it was time to plan a wedding. Our wild art project in the woods has transformed into a home that has us in every detail and continues to evolve, our inspirations continue to grow and feed each other – the time to celebrate the life we’ve built and continue to build finally made itself known, and we’re getting married in a barn at the end of April.”

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April
28
2018
Margot & Austin

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

“We met on February 13, 2013,” begins Margot, talking about Austin. “We’d both independently avoided a first date falling on Valentine’s Day. We met for drinks and primarily discussed Austin’s purchase – finalized that day – of some property in the mountains. First and foremost, the property would serve as a workspace for a Burning Man mutant vehicle build that summer, but the shack on the property would hopefully serve as a starting point for Austin to construct his own home, with his own hands. Stars had aligned: Margot shared a drive to start creating wild large-scale art, and had always wanted to build her own home.

Within a few months, Austin moved full-time into the shack on his property to begin making it liveable enough for construction. At the time, Austin had no cell service or utilities when on the property. So we found a way to hang out: we embarked on a massive art car project up there with two friends: a double-decker school bus converted into a banana split, with oversized disco-ball cherries on top that doubled as flame-throwers. It was a failure in many ways, but the project was our first huge/wild project together. And we were hooked.

A few months later, Austin severely injured his dominant hand on a house project, requiring substantial reconstructive surgery. He moved into Margot’s apartment in Boulder to recover. Although it was unplanned, cohabitation – regardless of the circumstances – made us realize how ready we were to make it permanent – but in a place that would truly be ours, not a cookie cutter apartment – and we decided to move into the shack and tackle our dreams at the end of Margot’s lease. Which fell in the middle of our time running a camp at Burning Man.

Running a Burning Man Camp requires the majority of our time and attention in the summer months… which coincides exactly with the limited build season at 9,000 ft. in CO. So from the playa in 2014, we moved directly into the shack full-time – some might say prematurely – to survive the following Rocky Mountain winter with no running water, no plumbing, drafts with a side of walls, limited and jenky electricity, and a compost toilet in another shack that required a trek with snowshoes. But it was pure magic.

Slowly but surely, we started taking the phrase “weekend warrior” to the extreme, and making improvements to what we had, and plans for what we’d do. Our goal was to create an art project that doubled as a house, constructed by us and for us, playing on Austin’s ingenuity and Margot’s creativity, so that it would truly become our own home-made home. We focus on using repurposed materials – often times begging our friends for their trash and turning it into a wall, or siding, or a chicken coop. Progress is slow – and sometimes insane – for two people who maintain independent careers. But that’s the magic – our lives don’t enable us to devote ourselves 100% to this project, so very often we have to struggle through to the next step…. When that struggle is 6 months of CO winter with no running water, our appreciation for turning on a faucet and seeing water coming – and knowing we made that happen – is what it’s all about for us.

On our three year anniversary, Austin proposed on a snowy morning, in the structure who’s foundation we had dug and poured, and who’s walls we’d framed out together, in our home.

Over the next year, we ignored the pressure to actually plan our wedding, and continued to focus on creating our home and devoting time to our Burning Man art. For us, our wedding is intended to be a celebration of what we have together, not the thing that officially makes us a couple. So we didn’t let other people’s opinions rush us, because we love our ability to evolve together. The beauty of our style is that Austin is an engineer, and Margot is an artist. Together we are complimentary: form and function. The projects we choose to work on are challenging and inspirational for both of us, and push us to the next level constantly.

On our 1 year anniversary of being engaged, we finally decided it was time to plan a wedding. Our wild art project in the woods has transformed into a home that has us in every detail and continues to evolve, our inspirations continue to grow and feed each other – the time to celebrate the life we’ve built and continue to build finally made itself known, and we’re getting married in a barn at the end of April.”

Wedding Team
Fawns Leap
Florist
Foster Creative
Wedding Videographer
Miss Sew It All
Bridal Salon
Paper Forest
Event Designer or Planner
Relish
Catering Services
Wedding Vibe