Urban Industrial Elegance at Mile High Station

Notes from the wedding planners, Jessica and Stacy of JA Special Events {LISTmember}:

Tory and Vinnie’s wedding featured some of Denver’s favorite urban spaces.  From getting ready at the hip & luxurious Four Seasons (where else can you get emergency trouser repair in less than an hour?), to a touching wedding ceremony under the elegant pillars of Cheesman Park, to an industrial chic reception at Mile High Station, Brinton Studios captured the stylish day in in beautiful detail.  And the details were impressive!

Tory and her mom, Klea, owner of Jones Design Group, created an industrial chic design that perfectly complimented Mile High Station, formerly the Midwest Steel & Ironworks Building. Exposed brick and I-beam elements inspired custom-welded steel vases, metallic rocks displaying table numbers, gold chargers, gilded manzanita branches, and golden animal place card holders (hand-slitted by Tory & Vinnie). Statice Floral softened the look with clouds of white hydrangea and candles of varying height.  Beautiful script on framed mirrors pointed guests to cocktail hour and later to their reception tables.  Jones soda bottles (in honor of Tory Jones) and Pacifico beer bottles (in honor of Vinnie Pacifico) were crafted into candle holders for cocktail tables and fun food stations filled by the creative Footers Catering. VooDoo Doughnuts adorned a fun and colorful dessert bar.

The most important “detail” of any wedding, of course, is the bride and groom. Tory & Vinnie’s warm hospitality, beautiful sense of style, and fun-loving personalities made this an unforgettable weekend.  We felt truly privileged to be part of it!

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Brinton Studios | JA Special Events {LISTmember} | Venue: Mile High Station | Ceremony Venue:  Cheesman Park | Statice Floral | Dessert:  VooDoo Doughnuts | Catering: Footers Catering | DJ: Elite DJ | Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau | Dress Boutique: Anna Be | Getting Ready Hotel: Four Season Denver 

Mountain Wedding with Soft Romantic Details

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Photographer:  Marianne Brown Photography | Venue: Private Residence in Breckenridge, Colorado | Event Planner: Beyond Expectations | Floral Designer: Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean | Caterer: All Events & Catering | Design and Decor: Colorado Tents and Events | Cinema and Video: Forget Me Not Media |  Dress Store: Malindy Elene Bridal


Anthropologie Wedding Registry


Anthropologie just got better and even more fabulous than every before! Yes, I know, I didn’t think it was possibly either.

Anthropologie has debuted its Wedding Registry in their Denver store.

Registry is the perfect way for the newly engaged to create a collection that celebrates who they are as a couple. The tool helps find those wonderful things that will make their everyday and special occasions meaningful.

The Denver location will offer an enhanced Registry experience with an expanded assortment of tabletop product including online exclusives, so customers may mix and match to achieve looks all their own.

Along with our personal in-store Registry experience, customers can easily access Anthropologie’s Registry service through their iPhone app or by visiting anthropologie.com/registry.

Mountain Chic in Vail

Michelle and Austin, originally from Texas, threw a destination wedding for friends and family at the luxury hotel the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. It was a small intimate gathering featuring views of Vail’s ski resort and mountain chic decor with hues of purple.

Photographer:  Preston Utley |  Event Venue: Four Seasons Vail |  Floral Designer: Vintage Magnolia | Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Denver {LISTmember}  | Dress Store: Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Naked Cakes

This is one wedding trend I love!! There is something very organic and minimalistic looking these cakes thatI can’t get enough of. With the trend spreading, the creativity has as well. Between red velvet cake, chocolate, ombre & cookie; the options are endless and delicious!

Naked Cakes

1. Victoria Sponge Layer Cake with Berries

2. Red Velvet Strawberry topped Cake

3. Beautiful FloralTopped Cake

4. Golden Layer Cake Drizzled with Caramel 

5. Amazing Cooke Cake 

6. 4 Layer Ombre Cake 

7. Chocolate & Cream Naked Cake 

8. Fanciful Forest Cake

{Image Credit to Offbeat Bride, Delicious Cake Collections, Rent my Dust, Cakes, Bakes & Cookies }

By Rachael Hofmann of Decor Design Group {LISTmember}

Old World Charm

A styled shoot combining classy elegance with rich old world styling.

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Photographer:  Meredith Harris Photographers, LLC | Venue: Wellshire Inn | Dress Store: a&be {LISTmember} | Model: Emily Thomas | Event Planner: Jamie Lynn Events | Hair Stylist: Kim J Beauty {LISTmember} | Floral Designer: Lale Florals {LISTmember} | Invitation Designer: Platypus Papers | Cake Designer: Yours Truly Cupcake

Breathtaking Alpine Wedding

Q & A with Elizabeth, the bride: 

How did you meet?

Five years ago, I was blessed to meet Matt MacFarlane at Cornell University. Matt was an engineering student and defensive lineman on the Football Team. I was in the Hotel School and a defender on the Field Hockey Team.  One night during my sophomore year, Matt’s fraternity was hosting an event that I attended with my field hockey friends.   I had previously met most of his friends, but had never met Matt before that evening. The next day, Matt sent me an email asking me to his formal that night. Unfortunately, I received the email too late and missed the event. Over the next several months, Matt and I became good friends.The next semester, we went to our first formal together.  We knew instantly that we had a special connection. The more we got to know each other, the more we fell in love. During the following years at Cornell, we enjoyed activities together in Ithaca and made many visits to Denver and Verona to visit our family and friends.

After graduating, Matt and I took jobs in different locations.  I spent two years with Vail Resorts working in Vail, Jackson Hole, and Boulder. Matt moved to Chicago where he began his career with Peak 6 Investments as an options trader.  Our time apart made us realize how deeply we cared about each other and how truly committed we were to one another. While we enjoyed taking vacations to be together as often as possible, we decided that a plane ride away was too far to be apart.I began looking and applying for jobs in Chicago. In March of 2013, I made the big move to Chicago! Matt and I were together again! And less than a year later, Matt was down on one knee, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him! Matt proposed to me at the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of our favorite spots to take a walk in Chicago. It was the middle of winter and snowing. As we walked in, we spotted the lions right in front of the viewing window outside. We had never seen them so close! We were so excited, and asked a walker by to take a picture with the lions in the background. At that moment, Matt got down on one knee and proposed. I was completely overjoyed!! And now, we have some amazing photos with 2 giant lions “photo bombing” the proposal.

Where to did have your wedding and why? 

Vail, Colorado.

The Ceremony was at the Beaver Creek Chapel and the Reception was at the Sonnenalp Hotel. I am from Denver, CO, and Vail has always been a big part of my childhood. I grew up skiing, hiking and biking in the Vail Valley. My family has a home in Edwards, CO just 20min from Vail. As a student at the Cornell Hotel School, I spent one of my summers working at the Sonnenalp front desk.  The owners of the Sonnenalp are friends of our family, and we have always enjoyed going to their King’s Club for cocktails and to listen our favorite pianist, Britt Herrington. He has become a friend of ours and also plays at our church in Vail. Britt was the musician during our ceremony. The Beaver Creek Chapel is the most beautiful chapel; on the mountain side, alongside a creek, and among the aspens. From the time I was young, I wanted to get married in that church! Both of these venues were very special to me.

What did the wedding party wear? 

For the bridesmaid’s dresses, I was looking for long and elegant dresses that would look great on everyone! I picked the Jenny Yoo  “Annabelle” dress in sterling grey. The best part about the dress, was that the girls could tie the sashes however they wanted! So while everyone had the same dress, they could make it their own! The color was soft and elegant! The groomsmen wore grey Vera Wang tuxes with black ties (the groom had a white tie) and black suspenders. This was the most handsome look I have ever seen!My wedding dress was a Christos gown by Amsale, called Zoe. It was beautiful, and the best part about the dress was that it was a true reflection of me! I picked the dress in Chicago with my mom and my best friends; an experience I will never forget!

Describe your decor and flowers.

The flowers at the wedding were so beautiful! Yellow was our main color that came through at every point.  Our florist was Perfect Petal. Here is how they defined the look:“This breathtaking Alpine wedding, with a backdrop of the shimmering aspen and old world romance of the Sonnenalp will feature sumptuous floral designs in pale pastels, twinkling candlelight and vessels of gold and mercury glass. Lush garlands, accents of gardenia, canopies of terrace lights and glowing lanterns will surprise and delight guests on this gorgeous evening”.

Describe the reception and your favorite moments.

The cocktail hour was around the outdoor pool and gardens of the Sonnenalp Hotel, which is alongside the Gore Creek that runs through Vail Village. It was stunning! Matt and I entered in at the balcony of the reception venue that overlooks the pool area. The reception venue was at Sonnenalp’s Ludwigs Restaurant, and the Bully Ranch. The wedding took over the entire venue. The balcony terrace patio space was the dance floor – so beautiful as it was open to the sky with beautiful strings of lights and flowers floating above the guests. The band, Soul-X, was incredible!  There was not one person who was not dancing! The toasts were beautiful. The food was fantastic. The table settings were breathtaking. Matt and I loved every moment of our first dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. A MacFarlane tradition at weddings is to bring a trunk of fun hats that they have collected over the years. Toward the end of the reception, the MacFarlanes introduced the hats to all the guests who enthusiastically began wearing the hats! This resulted in some fun photos. After the reception, we invited the guests to a new venue for after hour drinks and fun food in the Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp. This was such a fun and unexpected treat for our guests as no one wanted the party to end!

Did you host any other events over the weekend? 

In addition to the wedding ceremony and reception, we hosted two other great parties over the wedding weekend . To kick off the wedding weekend, we invited all our guests to join us at our favorite piano bar (the Kings Club) for drinks and light appetizers. We had Britt Herrington at the piano playing our favorite music. Following the welcome reception and in easy walking distance, we had reserved all the bowling lanes at Vail’s newest upscale bowling and dining venue – Bol! Hosted by our parent’s lifelong friends from the Wharton Christian Fellowship group, we entertained our guests with bowling, great food and fun drinks. The following night, before the wedding day, we had a western themed Rehearsal Dinner at the Minturn Saloon in Minturn, CO. The Minturn Saloon is a historic bar and restaurant with a lot of western character! The guests really enjoyed the various venues, giving them a true taste of the Vail Valley! (We provided transportation to every event, which made it very easy for our guests).


Jamee Photography {LISTmember} | Venue: Sonnenalp Lodge & Spa | Planner: Colorado Wedding Company | Florist: Perfect Petal | Videographer: Michael Bielack | Wedding Dress: Christos “Zoe” | Carissa Hollander | Hair Stylist: Babette LeGaspe | Officiant: Tim Wilbanks | Band: Soul X | Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals Sue Terbush | Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express (CME)