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 joy@vpetalent.com.

 

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

Yellow Whimsical Wedding Decor

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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

Vintage Chic Woodland

Inspired by a antique hand painted china plate……

Notes from event designer, Elizabeth Restauri of Total Imagination Events

The Boettcher mansion was our first and most obvious choice for the location of the shoot with it’s mountain vistas and heavily wooded pine landscape providing an enchanted forest-like atmosphere to breath life into our Vintage Chic Woodland Wedding Shoot.

As the shoot was styled around the antique plates, we built the settings from the top down, finding hand painted and mismatched antique plates for each setting with gold trim and deep pink flowers. We added dinner ware from Anthropologie with a turquoise salad plate and a cream dinner plate from the ‘Old Havana’ line.  We finished the look with an ‘Alpine Gold’ rimmed charger and ‘Gold Sentry’ flatware from Event Rents Denver and a cream linen with gold lace trim from Pier 1 Imports. We now had our color pallet featuring hues of pink from deep fuscia to blush matched with and antiqued turquoise and accents of gold.  The complimenting colors provided an opulent, rich and evoking color scheme to design the shoot within.

Our bride was styled by the Little White Dress Bridal Shop in the trendy Highland neighborhood of Denver, Colorado and was outfitted in a strapless ball gown by Anne Barge specifically designed for the owner of the shop, Cate Malone, featuring a romantic and voluminous skirt and delicate lace bodice.  We knew this dress was immediately a perfect fit for our shoot with it’s lace bodice complimenting our vintage feel, the light blush color of the dress just barely hinting at the pink in our color pattern and the silk satin organza skirt with it’s perfectly placed rushing personifying the definition of enchantment.

Artistry Events & Design provided their hand restored leather cream club lounge set, gold metal wrapped mirrored coffee table, and art-deco wire side tables and we finished the set with a glass and crystal chandelier hanging from the branch of an overhead pine.  Our stunning table setting consisted of two high back tufted wing cream linen chairs fit for a fairytale dinner positioned on either side of a mahogany pine farm table and matching benches.  Softly lighting the branches overhead bathing our farm table in a delicate glow hung a crystal and glass chandelier.  Nearby stood the champagne bar made of a solid wood hand carved chalk wash distressed turquoise door with drop-down bar.

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Caroline Colvin Photography & Ashlee Burke Photography  | Venue: The Boettcher Mansion | Planner: Total Imagination Events | Florist: Bella Lu Floral | Videographer: Dillon Mortensen Videography | Dress Designer: Anne Barge | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop |Décor and Lighting: Artistry Events and Design | Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas | Fashion: Love Alana Designs | Professional Mentoring
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More notes from vendors:

The Dress:
The Anne Barge ‘Cate’ dress is a strapless ball gown with a Chantilly lace bodice and a pick-up skirt of blush silk organza and silk satin organza. It is a beautifully romantic and ethereal style, thanks to the subtle blush shade, the lightness and movement of the voluminous skirt, and the delicate lace bodice.

The Cate gown was named after Little White Dress Bridal Shop owner Cate Malone, after she asked Anne Barge if it was possible to combine the skirt of one style and the bodice of another to create a dress that she thought Colorado brides would love. Anne Barge agreed to create the new dress and named it ‘Cate’ – to Cate’s complete surprise and delight! The dress was created specifically for Little White Dress Bridal Shop, but other shops around the country loved the Cate gown as well, and it is now available at other stores.

Anne Barge, one of the most respected names in the bridal fashion industry, is known for creating classic and romantic gowns with a meticulous focus on fit, interpreted for the modern bride. Her gowns feature an extraordinary attention to detail, using intricate embroideries, French laces, and Italian fabrics.

The Invitations:
‘Victorian Splendor’ is the perfect expression of classic wedding elegance with a dash of glam. Wedding Paper Divas’ premium foil collection is completely customizable and the ideal addition to a wedding that’s sophisticated, classic and chic. Alter the colors, trims and fonts for a look that’s completely unique. Customize your invitation and impress with matching wedding stationery and a complete day-of suite including response cards, enclosure cards, menu cards and more.

The Venue:
The Boettcher Mansion provides a rare combination of historic authenticity and modern amenities from its secluded setting inside the 110-acre Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, located less than a half-hour from downtown Denver.  Built in 1917 as a summer home and seasonal hunting lodge for Charles Boettcher, the former “Lorraine Lodge” was enjoyed for more than 50 years by family members until it was donated to Jefferson County for public use and enjoyment.  In 1984, the Arts & Crafts style estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as Jefferson County’s premier events venue.  The Mansion, Carriage House, Gazebo and garden can be reserved for a wide variety of social galas, including weddings, receptions, commitment ceremonies and many other festive gatherings

Wedding Escort Cards

There are so many options and resources for paper goods but how you display your escort cards is the key. Pinned to an old rustic door, hanging from clothes pins, ribbon hanging from a tree…….. there are so many options. Be creative.

Vintage Rustic Mountain Wedding

Notes from the Bride, Jamienne :

The first and biggest decision we had in the wedding planning process was location. My dad started throwing out some fun ideas and said let’s make a vacation out of this. My fiancé, Ryan and I started searching all over the county, outside the country, you name it, we looked it up. Finally, I looked at him and said, “what about Keystone, Colorado?” He said, “And this is why I am marrying you.” Keystone, Colorado was our very first vacation together and where we annually go for a ski vacation. He said that is brilliant, how come I didn’t think of that. In Keystone, the venue became very clear to us once we found Timber Ridge. We were told all the guests would be taking a 30 minute gondola ride up to the top of North Peak, where the ceremony would take place outside on a beautiful deck overlooking the mountains, and the reception would then be inside in big timber cabin. It was a done deal. The details fell into place after that.

We wanted a small and intimate wedding but as everyone knows, that is harder than it seems. We ended up with 110 of our closest family and friends, mostly all traveling from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. When guests arrived, they received a welcome bag filled with mountain goodies including, organic palisade peaches from Palisade, Colorado. We bused our wedding party and family to Breckenridge, Colorado to have a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Modis, full of great food, laughter and drinks. After dinner we met the rest of our wedding guests at Kickapoo Tavern in the Keystone village for a happy hour to kick off our wedding weekend.

We had a few special touches that made our wedding unique. One of the most memorable things about our wedding was the people who married us. In Colorado, you can be married by anyone. Because of this, we decided to include our family so we had my brother, Chad, and his sister, Jill conduct the ceremony. It was beautiful and so personal, you would have thought this was their full time job. During the wedding planning, his mom and sister had found these gorgeous antique old skis and so we had one of the groomsmen refinish them and add metal plates with our names and wedding date. At the wedding, we had everyone sign them and now they are hanging in our home.If one guest book wasn’t enough, we had pieces of fabric that everyone signed that we have now turned into a beautiful quilt (By SoutherCharmQuilts) with love notes from all of our favorite people. I will cherish that blanket forever. We incorporated both of our nieces to be the flower girls, and our nephew to hold a sign that said “Last Chance to Run, Uncle Ryan,” although he became bashful right before the walk down the aisle. The star of the show was our goldendoodle, Hank, who was our ring bearer and ran around greeting all of our guests throughout the reception. Another sweet moment was not only getting to dance with my father but I also had a separate special dance with my mom.

The first vendors we chose were our amazingly talented photographers. I cried when I was looking at their website because I just felt like Michele and Mark, of IN Photography had to be the ones to capture our wedding. I was out of town when my fiance called me with a surprise that he booked the photographers. I was elated and never looked back. They are a husband and wife team who we would recommend to every couple. It was so comfortable with them and they captured every single moment, and then some. Right before I walked down the aisle, I did a first look with my dad and I will cherish the tears and excitement on his face forever.

All of the bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen attire, flower girls, sign holders, and grooms attire were from JCrew weddings. I was wearing an Eve of Milady dress from Stardust Bridal in Plano, Texas with Jcrew shoes. The flowers were pretty easy for me to decide on because who doesn’t like succulents? Cindy and Rochelle at Bloom in Breckenridge nailed it when it came to the flower and tables. I screamed when I first saw my bouquet because it was simply perfect. Our wedding favor was different kinds of Chocolove candy bars, made in Boulder, Colorado with a love note that explained to our guests that a donation was made in their honor. We donated to a foundation called, Amazing Little Hearts, which supports families of babies with congenital heart defects at Medical City Children’s Hospital. This is very close to our hearts because my husband is a pediatric perfusionist and works with these families every single day.

We stayed in Keystone for a few nights to visit with all of our family and friends and then we escaped to Aspen, Colorado to enjoy the rest of the week together. When we think about our wedding we just keep saying we wouldn’t have done it any other way.

 

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IN Photography | Venue: Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado | Planner: Johnna at Distinctive Mountain Events | Florist: Bloom: Makeup Artist: Chantilly’s Brow Bar | Hair Stylist: Root Hair | Bridesmaids Dresses & Groomsmen Attire: J Crew | Favor: Chocolove Candy Bars of Boulder, Colorado

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