Sept 26-27: Rue De Seine Collection Debut at a&be

a&be bridal shop {LISTmember} could not be more thrilled to be the exclusive Colorado retailer for the absolutely stunning collection from Rue De Seine. Inspired by the artistic style of the streets of Paris, Rue De Seine is the darling of the boho chic, romantic wedding dress designers. During the launch weekend, all Rue De Seine gowns will be 10% off plus brides will be able to meet with the designer. The entire Young Love collection will be available to shop from during the weekend and appointments are limited. The collection begins at $2,100.

Call a&be at 720-627-5760 or make your appointment online.

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Spotted: Gray

I recently attended Neiman Marcus‘s Fashion Trend Report Luncheon at The Four Seasons Denver. Models dressed in the latest fashion trends strolled around the room while I sipped champagne and nibbled on a delicious lunch. Perfect way to start out the weekend!

One of the apparent trends is GRAY: this year’s definitive neutral. Check it out on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE and COUTUREcolorado BABY

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Interview: David Lynn Photography

I am thrilled to introduce you to the talented husband and wife team, David and Lynn of David Lynn Photography {LISTmember}.

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Describe your business and the service you provide:

We are a husband-wife photography team who loves to capture the real, soulful moments of a wedding day.  We approach each wedding with warmth, openness and professionalism.  It’s very important to us that we connect with our clients; we want to learn who they are as individuals and a couple, and tell their story in an authentic way.  We absolutely love our profession!

When and why did you start your business?

We first met at a photography gallery in Denver, and we were already photographing weddings individually when we decided to photograph one together.  We were blown away by the moments that each other saw, how intuitively and fluidly we worked together, and how much we enjoyed it.  We combined our businesses in 2006 to form David Lynn Photography, and we haven’t photographed a wedding apart since then.

How did you learn your craft? 

David -  Cameras were always around  in my family growing up, so I was probably learning my craft from a very early age. More recently,  when I moved to Colorado, I began as a nature & landscape photographer, and then I worked in a portrait studio learning lighting and the technical aspects of photography.  I’ve also developed my photojournalistic style from Lynn’s influence.

Lynn - I fell in love with photography in high school and got my degree in photojournalism in college.  After working as a journalist for newspapers and magazines, I realized that I wanted to interact more with the people I was photographing and be free to express my creativity in another way.  After meeting Dave, he encouraged and supported me to start my own business, and I learned so much about portraiture and lighting from him.  Our styles have really meshed, and we now have a beautiful blend of photojournalism and creative portraiture.

Describe you photography style and approach to weddings.

We have a photojournalistic approach and work very non-intrusively so that our couples can be present on their wedding day and really live it to the fullest, without even noticing that we’re around. We strive to capture the incredible emotions, details & moments that unfold throughout their day.

What or who inspires you?

David - I’m inspired by Lynn (of course!), and definitely Colorado.  The mountains are what inspired me to become a photographer, and we absolutely love that we get to photograph all over this gorgeous state for our careers. I’d never want to live and work anywhere else.

Lynn - Definitely my husband!  I am also truly inspired by our couples who let us into their lives and trust us to capture the most meaningful day of their lives.  Since we now have children, it’s not uncommon to see my eyes well with tears during the father/daughter and mother/son dance, too.  The love is so strong on this one day, and we feel so grateful to capture it!  Combine all of that with a perfect blue-sky Colorado day and gorgeous light, and I’m in heaven.

Any awards or features/publications?

Awards: The Knot Best of Weddings, Denver A-List Top 10.

Magazine Features:  Travel & Leisure, The Knot, Wed, Luxe Mountain Weddings, and more.

Blog Features:  Couture Colorado, Style Me Pretty, Rocky Mountain Bride, Wedding Wire, Luxe Mountain Weddings (Blog), Far Far and Away, Paper Moon Weddings, Colorado Weddings Magazine (blog), and more.

Favorite Wedding location.

We love mountain locations, and there are so many beautiful ones in Colorado!  We also love small, intimate backyard weddings, because it offers such a genuine feel and really focuses on the purpose of why everyone is gathered to celebrate.  If we had to choose one, we would settle on Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.  We spent part of our honeymoon there, so it has sentimental meaning for us, but we are always amazed at how perfectly they balance a rustic/mountain look with a very high-end experience.  Whenever we’re there, we never want to leave.

Favorite Wedding Trend.

The Unplugged Wedding.  Guests turn their phones and devices off to allow them to be fully present for the couple during the ceremony.  We believe that this is important to do once in a while, no matter where you are!  As photographers, it eliminates any inadvertent interference with us performing our job the best we can. Love it!

Advice for a couple planning a Colorado Wedding. 

As much as possible, stay flexible and focus on the true meaning of your wedding.  With so many couples choosing outdoor weddings & receptions, it’s important to be accepting of those unforeseen circumstances that may arise (like rain)!  The wedding day will unfold beautifully if allowed to do so, and it will be truly yours.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?

David grew up in Maryland and moved to Colorado 20 years ago to live near the mountains.  Lynn is a Colorado native, and can’t imagine living anywhere else!

Here are just a few of their favorite photographs. Go to www.davidlynnphoto.com see more.
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Mountain Chic in Vail

A gorgeous outdoor ceremony with stellar mountain views is followed by a stylish rustic chic reception with sparkle and distressed wood details.

Photography by the talented husband and wife team Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers {LISTmembers}. 

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Photographer: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers | Event Planner: Save the Date | Event Venue: Vail Ski Resort| Caterer: Footers Catering | Cake Designer: Intricate Icings Cake Design | Event Designer: Pink Monkey Solutions

Colorado Ranch Wedding

This mountain chic wedding is filled with romantic and rustic details and with a setting that Devil’s Thumb Ranch provides…… I’d say it simply perfection.

Cinematographers: Locker Partners {LISTmember} Venue: Devils Thumb Ranch {LISTmember} | Designer & Florals: The Perfect Plan Events | Photographer: Paige Elizabeth | Officiant: Scott Aubrey | DJ: Elite DJ

Spotted: Black and White Vintage

No color doesn’t mean you have to be boring. A black and white wedding is timeless and by adding in a few vintage-inspired details it becomes fabulous.

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The black dress with white stripes is perfect for bridesmaids OR for the bride for the rehearsal dinner. Available on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE for $57! 

Marc jacobs shoes / 5×7 frame / Vintage Playing Cards vintage home accessory, $115 / Hand painting / Holiday decoration, $37 / Home decor / Personalized Engagement Gift, Happily Ever After Print, Personalized… / Black and white striped dress / Black white home decor / Black and White Wedding Cakes Pictures as an Inspirational Source / Black and White Wedding Inspiration / A Timeless Wedding in Denver COUTUREcolorado WEDDING colorado wedding…

September Gift with Purchase

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I am so excited to announce this month’s Gift with Purchase promotion on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

We are offering $50 gift cards to Prana, a premium clothing company offering sustainable apparel for yoga, climbing and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. Only available to our newsletter subscribers.

  • you MUST sign up for our newsletter to receive the promo code
  • valid for orders over $100
  • must use promo code to receive gift card
  • limit quantity available….. gift cards will be distributed on a first come first serve basis
  • newsletter with promo code will be going out at noon on Monday, Sept 8th

Sept. 16th: Sample Sale at Anna Be and a&be

You’re invited to the FIRST ever anna be and a&be super sample sale!

September 16th, 10am – 8pm By Appointment Only

dual sample sale, two bridal boutiques, all dresses priced under $1,000

 

Boutique Experience + Budget Pricing on September 16th, 10am – 8pm 

The two boutiques are joining forces for one day only to bring brides loads of gowns all under $1,000! It’s going to be a crazy good sale for brides that don’t want to break the bank but are still looking for an awesome dress. To keep it manageable we are requiring appointments, and expect there to be over 100 sample gowns available.

All appointments should be made by calling 720-855-1111 and the sale will take place at anna be1575 boulder street, denver, co 80211 

HOW TO SHOP THE SAMPLE SALE:

#1: This sample sale is by appointment only. All appointments must be scheduled over the phone by calling 720.855.1111.

#2. This is a one-day sale and due to the limited nature of appointments, you will be asked to share a fitting room with other brides.

#3. Generally, sample sizes work best for brides who wear between a 6-10 in ready-to-wear clothing, but keep in mind that you will still need alterations.

#4. All bridal dresses will be priced under $1,000.

#5. Anna Be and a&be will be providing sneak peeks of the gowns on our Facebook page so be sure to like and follow them in order to see just a few of the dresses that we will be putting on sale.

#6. All sales are first come, first sold.

SAMPLE SALE GUIDELINES: 

Navigating a sample  sale can be tricky business but we have scores of brides who have gotten their dream gown for a serious discount at one of our sample sales.

In order to help you figure out if you could be one of them, here’s a couple of things to consider: are you able to make a decision quickly or do you need lots of opinions and/or mom’s approval before making your final choice? are you a street size 6-10 and average height? is there one particular dress that you absolutely have to try on or have?

There’s no wrong answers here, but sample sales can be a bit hectic {there’s lots of fashionistas on a budget} and so they cannot hold a gown. This means that when you find your dress, you have to be ready to make that split second decision.

And please know, for this one-day sale they are going to be EXTREMELY aggressive with their pricing so you can spend more time shopping and less time haggling.

Happy Shopping!

Interview: Lynn Clark Boudoir

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I am so pleased to introduce you to our first boudoir photographer on our resource guide: Lynn Clark.

She creates intimate, sexy, sensual  (and even naughty) photos that will remind you just how beautiful you really are. Yeah, that’s right. She makes you look good!!!!

Let Lynn create an unforgettable boudoir experience for you that will absolutely change how you see yourself. She will design your session to reflect who you are (and who you want to be). Then, you have the pleasure of owning the artwork. So when you’re 85 and wrinkly, you can look back and say, “damn, I was hot!” Do it for yourself. You deserve it.

When and why did you start your business?

I started my boudoir portrait studio part-time in 2010. At the time I was working in my full-time public relations career. I had been doing photography as a hobby and shooting events for some nonprofits (as well as at the day job), and that led to my doing an engagement session, then a wedding, for a friend for fun. During the getting-ready photos, the bride asked me to do a few photos of her in her bridal lingerie. She told me later that those photos made her feel like a woman instead of a tomboy, and I was hooked on boudoir. I photographed boudoir sessions part-time until April 2012, when I left my corporate career for a full-time adventure into helping women to express their sensuality and bare their beauty through boudoir photos.

I was fortunate to find excellent mentors in several nationally acclaimed boudoir photographers. Through one-on-one learning, workshops and photographing nearly 200 women, I’ve learned not only the technical side, but to me the most  important part: being able to connect with a woman, make her feel comfortable with me and trust me, to pose women of all body types in ways that allow them to look past perceived flaws and embrace the gorgeous women they are.

Describe your photographer style.

My style is classic, intimate and sensual. I want to create “pretty” boudoir photos and “sexy” boudoir photos. For brides, doing a boudoir shoot is a gift for her spouse-to-be, and I keep that in mind when I’m creating the photos so everyone is happy. My goal is to capture real emotion through coaching her through every detail, including what to think about. I believe creating that intimate, emotional connection between subject and viewer is what changes a picture into a portrait. I create portraits.

What or who inspires you? 

I’m inspired the most by my clients who give me their trust and by the change I see so often in them after they’ve had this experience and have their photos in their hands. I’m also inspired by my daughter, who at 13 keeps pushing through life’s pubescent difficulties with grace, and my husband, who is hands down the hardest-working person I know.

Any awards or features/publications?

My photographs have won several awards from the Association of International Boudoir Photographers and have been published in Philosophie magazine and the association website. (There aren’t many places to publish boudoir shoots, unfortunately.) I am also the co-founder of The Business of Boudoir, an education blog specifically for boudoir photographers.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?

I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and went to Rangeview High School (go Raiders) and Colorado State University (go Rams). Although life has tried to pull me out of our beautiful state, I’ve somehow resisted. Living here is such a privilege.

Advice to a bride planning on getting boudoir photos.

First, give yourself plenty of time ahead of your wedding date to do your boudoir session. I recommend scheduling it for about 12-16 weeks ahead. That way, your album and any other products you purchase will be ready well before you need them — one less thing to stress about in the last days before your big event.

Second, when you’re thinking about what to wear, consider bringing your bridal lingerie, veil, jewelry, shoes and even your dress. I love incorporating all of those special things into your shoot. And, it’s a fun surprise for your spouse to see you in your regular wedding photos … and then in your naughty wedding photos. It can also be fun to have a simple bouquet made to use as a fun prop. Then, I say think outside the box. I give plenty of guidance in that area, so not to worry.

Finally, I want brides to give their partners something amazing … and I want them to have something amazing they can see every day too. I encourage all of my clients to display a photo or two in a private space. I do it, and I can say that every time I see that huge canvas over my tub, I feel beautiful.

Here is a sample of her work. Check out her website to see more and to book your appointment.

 

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