DIY: Rosette Embellished Ponytail Tutorial

“Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol ponytail? Luckily, this one takes the same amount of time and is ten times cuter than the average pony look,” explains contributor Melissa Cook. “It is perfect for any season or occasion and will have all your friends oohing and ahhing at your amazing styling skills. This rosette embellished ponytail is so pretty and feminine, and it’s exactly what every girl needs in her beauty rotation. Let’s get on with the tutorial, shall we?”

What You Need:

  • brush
  • two clear elastic bands
  • four to five bobby pins
  • medium hold hairspray

Step 1

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Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles and part the hair in the preferred spot. Separate off small sections of hair on each side of the head.

Step 2

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Bring the two sections to the back of the head and over the rest of the hair, then tie it together with an elastic band.

Step 3

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Now braid this small ponytail section into a basic three-strand braid and tie off the end with a second elastic band.

Step 4 

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Roll the braid up and towards towards the elastic band at the top, creating a rosette shape.

Step 5

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Pin down the edges of the rosette with four to five bobby pins, making sure they stay hidden underneath.

Step 6

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Spray the style with a medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!


Romantic Rustic Mountain Styled Shoot

This styled shoot is filled with gold details, a naked cake, gorgeous mountains views and to top it off a romantic canoe ride under the stars.

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Photographer:  Aldabella Photography | Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC | Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events | Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry | Floral Designer: A florae | Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dora Grace Bridal {LISTmember} | Cake Designer: La Momo Maes Bakery

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Hay Bales, Boots, & A Sunset

This Colorado ranch wedding took place at the bride’s family’s ranch. The scenery included a beautiful homemade arch, hay bales for seats, an impressive array of flowers, and lots of cowgirl boots to top it all off.

“We used my parents ranch because we knew we would always be able to have the memories of the wedding day every time we go back there and it will always be in our family,” says Melanie, the bride.
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Photographer:  M Photography | Flowers & Decor: DIY

The Parenthood Project

A major cable network is set to begin production on a new series, The Parenthood Project (w/t), this winter right here in Denver!

Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment Inc is currently seeking couples who are at odds about starting a family and would like to experience parenthood for a week prior to making the final decision. Do you and your spouse/partner go back and forth about how and when you plan to start a family? Hopefully this once-in-a-lifetime experience can help you and your partner decide once and for all if you’re ready for parenthood!unnamed-1

“I’m excited be casting this series in Denver for a variety of reasons, namely the mix of traditional & modern family values, cutting edge parenting styles and let’s face it.. Denver makes a beautiful backdrop for a Documentary TV Series like this!” says Casting Director and Reality TV veteran Vinnie Potestivo.

This is NOT a gimmicky reality show, you won’t get famous from being on an episode of this series. You WILL have a full week to experience parenthood courtesy other Denver families who are passionate about seeing your dreams of having a family come true. If you would like to take part in this gratifying and rewarding experience (or if you know someone who does), then Vinnie and his casting team would love to hear from you!

Couples should be between the ages of 25 and 45 and live in the Denver area.

For more information, please send a photo and a brief description of why you and your partner would like to participate to


Colorado Road Trip Styled Elopment

Notes from the photographer, Tara Bielecki Photography

Like the vast, expansive prairies of Colorado, this styled shoot evokes the freedom, soul, and adventure of the open road. We photographed this styled elopement at Spruce Mountain Open Space Park near Larkspur, CO. Capturing the essence of wanderlust, this shoot embodies the spirit of a spontaneous cross-country road trip that culminates with an intimate picnic in the grassy field, an elopement ceremony upon towering rock bluffs, and camping beneath the stars in the back of a vintage Ford truck. A bed of pillows and blankets, a picnic basket full of the finest local charcuterie, softly hued blossoms and a seasoned road atlas combine to create the perfect recipe for this styled elopement. Bringing focus to the essence of a wedding, a windswept flower mandala was crafted for the ceremony to represent the unity and harmony of true partnership, and the expression of love, devotion, and promises made. This session celebrates the simple joys in life: soft grass beneath your feet, calm breeze through your hair, and adventure in your heart. We revel in the great adventure of leaving everything behind to just be with one another on the road, side by side, hand in hand. A truly locally-crafted collaboration between industry professionals, this session showcases a handful of Denver’s most creative vendors, artists, and merchants, blooming into an inspiring portrayal of what it really means to simply be in love.

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Abigail & Noah – A Styled Shoot Elopement from Missing Frame Photography on Vimeo.

Photographer: Tara Bielecki Photography | Paper Goods: Whimsy Design Studio {LISTmember} | Cinematography: Missing Frame Cinema | Stylist: Prema Style | Jewelry: CLP Jewelry | Food: Cured | Makeup Artist: Faces by Liz | Dress Store: Free People | Apparel: Topo Designs

Timeless Black Tie at The Denver Country Club

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Photographer:  Brinton Studios | Event Planner: Colorado Wedding Company |
| Venue & Caterer: Denver Country Club | Floral Designer: Somerset Floral Design |  Makeup Artist: Blush Artistry and Company | Hair Stylist: Erin Ferris Designs | Shoes:Jimmy Choo | Dress Store: Mariee Bridal | Dress Designer: Martina Liana  | Musicians: Syndicate Band

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Wedding #Hashtag

wedding-hashtagOver half of all weddings are now using a hashtag, which probably means that other half is going the complete opposite route to having an “unplugged” wedding. For those who love sharing on social media, use a custom wedding hashtag to get the most out of the day. You will love browsing through all your guests’ posts on the morning after. If you don’t post it on facebook, did it really happen?


Here a few tips on creating your custom wedding hashtag: 

1. Start with Your Names

Start with the basics. Use your first, last and nicknames as your starting point.

2. Add Numbers

To set you hashtag apart (especially if you have common names), add numbers. Try the your wedding date or the year. #KateAndChris2015

4. Keep it Short

Remember your guests will have to type this each time they post so keep it simple.

5. Capitalize the First Letter of Each Word

Capitalizing the first letter of each word can help with readability if guests can see where each word starts and ends. #PamAndBrianGetMarried

6. Check the Hashtag

Do a quick check of the hashtag to see if there’s already been something tagged to it and if so how many photos.

7. Spread the Word

Put it on the save-the-dates and on signage on the big day

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Vintage Whimsical Farm Wedding

A vintage whimsical farm wedding complete with a red barn, yard games, and donuts,

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Photographer:  cmp studios | Venue: Osborn Farm | Equipment Rentals: Robin Event Rentals | Caterer: Taste of the Season | Donuts: Glazed and Confuzed | Cake Designer: Happy Cakes Bakeshop | Invitation Designer: Nigel Penhale | Dress Store: A & Be Bridal Shop | Dress Designer: Watters | Hair Stylist: Big Hairy Monster | Makeup Artist: MakeupByAriel | Ring Designer: Robbins Brothers | Ring Designer: Wedgewood Rings

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