Gemy Maalouf now available in Denver

Anna Be, a Denver bridal boutique, has always graced us with high fashion in the bridal world. With names like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier, Anna Be is the destination for the fashion forward bride. This year the gals at Anna Be keep on impressing us by welcoming Gemy Maalouf, international designer, to Denver.

Gemy’s ready to wear collection has been spotted on everyone from Lada Gaga to Giuliana Rancic.  Super stylish, this collection ranges from $2,200 – $4,950 and really it’s just a few styles that are over $4,000!

While this collection has a big international presence, it’s just getting its due in the US. Anna Be is one of five stores in the country to carry Gemy!!!

Gemy Maalouf is on a mission to “provide a new generation of fashion conscious women with clothes that feel and look fabulous, providing incomparable fits and luxuriant fabrics.”

Call or book online: Anna Be {LISTmember} – 1575 boulder street, denver, co 80211 – 720-855-1111

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Summer Style on the Morning Show Colorado’s Best

I am so thrilled to show off a few of my favorite summer looks recently on the morning show Colorado’s Best. With the launch of our online boutique, I have been bursting at the seams to spread the word and to share with the world all the awesome products we have listed for sale.

For this TV segment, I decided to take the trends that I have been seeing in the fashion magazines and translate them to fit into our casual Colorado lifestyle. So each outfit is comfortable yet chic. And all are available locally and on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

Maxi Dress from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $47

Chambray Top from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $47

Swing Necklace (on the maxi look) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $46 *15% until August  17th with promo code MBlaunch

Chain Gang Necklace (I wore) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $61 *15% until August  17th with promo code MBlaunch

Coral Top (I wore) from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $34

Aztec Romper available from Starrs available on COUTUREcolorado for $107 *10% until July 31st with promo code WSlaunch

Ring of Sunshine Necklace (short necklace on romper look) by Swoon available on COUTUREcolorado for $111 *20% until July 31st with promo code WSlaunch

Leather Snake Necklace (long necklace on romper look) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $86 *15% until August 17th with promo code MBlaunch

Utility Pant from Willow available on COUTUREcolorado for $278 *10% until July 31st with promo code Wlaunch

Gray Tank from Willow available on COUTUREcolorado for $51 *10% until July 31st with promo code Wlaunch

Felix Bag by Winter Session available on COUTUREcolorado for $273.50 *10% until August  17th with promo code WSlaunch

Garrison Bag by Winter Session available on COUTUREcolorado for $293.50 *10% until August  17th with promo code WSlaunch

Boulder Bridal Style

Merrick Chase {LISTmember and photographer} gathered up the best of Boulder to create a high style bridal shoot featuring LISTmember Plum Sage Flowers, bridal gown designer Maggie Evans Designs and jewelry designer Todd Reed.

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Photographer: Merrick Chase {LISTmember} | Florist: Plum Sage Flowers {LISTmember}  | Dress Designer: Maggie Evans Designs | Makeup Artist: Bre Ortola of Alchemy Mineral Blends | Hair Stylist: Catherine Wompey Kleinman of Catherine Hair | Jewelry: Todd Reed | Production Assistant: Jessica Dayton Chase | Photography Assistants: Jessica Dayton Chase, Trevor Hollyer | Models: Brianna Bascom, Naomi Brown, Gaetane Maxwell

Notes from the photographer :

I wanted to put together a different kind of wedding shoot styled around the work of Boulder jewelry designer Todd Reed, whose wedding pieces have begun to join the prominence of his other signature work. Todd’s jewelry is unusual. It’s raw and even rough, yet sophisticated at the same time. Todd [and his then PR-Coordinator Naomi Brown] was absolutely great and gave me essentially free reign to use any of the pieces in his studio that weren’t out on loan at the time.

With Todd’s work as the centerpiece so to speak, I wanted to source everything in the shoot locally from Boulder and if need be, from Denver. First I approached Boulder wedding gown designer Maggie Evans of Maggie Evans Designs. I wanted to know if she’d be interested in designing gowns for the shoot entirely from scratch and modeled after the fashion of Todd’s jewelry. Maggie jumped at the opportunity and set out to design and construct three unique gowns completely from the ground up for the shoot.

The key was that I was aiming for something different as I set out to do this shoot. Todd’s jewelry was the starting point and some elements that we spontaneously introduced into the shoot on Pearl Street complemented this theme. Just as well however, these ‘different’ types of images could be eliminated and the remaining more traditional and straightforward images could stand strongly on their own.

The second part of the shoot and our second location reveals the shoot’s deeper themes. We shot up Boulder’s Sunshine Canyon, that was ravaged by fires a few years ago. Like the Pearl Street images, a selection of these images could stand alone and simply showcase the artists’ pieces. Alternately, they could be presented in a series that tells a deeper story of death and rebirth: the charred earth and the healing promise of young, beautiful brides. Shining through darkness, much like Todd’s jewelry.

One bride appears with angel wings and their obvious symbolism. Another shows the pain of the charred earth on her face and offers her bouquet to the charred trees and to the earth itself, in an attempt to help the healing process come about. In some of the images the bride’s bouquet can even be seen to be wilting slightly, adding further to this theme.

 

Spotted: 2014 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends are always changing and this year is no different. Thankfully for our brides to be, 2014 marks the return of elegance, romance and simplicity. Of the listed few below, I must say my favorite may be the the use of the color pink. Adding a touch of pink signifies romance to me that to see it in the top trends of the year makes me giddy!

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1. Unplugged weddings are spreading liek wildfire. Why have your wedding spread across social media that night when you really want your guests to be in the moment enjoying it instead?!

2. Pink is back. While I’m not at all suggesting “pepto bismal” pink; I am suggesting shades of hot pin or barely there pink for your maids to enhance the overall wedding party look.

3. Flower Garland is back with a vengeance. Perfect for the alter, bars, staircases and more.

4. Less is more invitation suites. Finally, we can open them up in a few minutes instead of taking an hours to run through the million and one add ons.

5. Music befitting your theme. Going high end ballroom? Try a classic playlist of Dean Martin & Nat King Cole. Farm wedding? Bluegrass!

6. Skip the favor and go for a pillow present for the guests hotel rooms.

7. Pre-planned after parties. Because after all- “after the party comes the after party!”

8. Seasonal cake flavors, Summer wedding? Try something light like lemon or strawberry shortcake. Winter? Go rich with a devils food cake with chocolate c=ganache or a tahitian vanilla!

Image Credit to Josh Luna via COUTUREcolorado Wedding

By Rachael Hofmann of Décor Design + Production Group

 

COUTUREcolorado Boutique has Launched!

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Today, our very own online boutique has officially launched! Shopping local just became that much easier.

COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE is a well-curated online shop featuring hand-crafted, beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind products that are only made better by the fact that they were created by a Coloradan {or sold from a locally owned Colorado boutique}.

From handcrafted jewelry to custom baby bibs to fashionable clothing to unique wedding favors, the boutique offers an ever growing diverse selection of products.

To celebrate our newly launched boutique, we are having a BIG SALE on select products for a limited time only.

Stay tuned…..

Each month we hold a GIFT WITH PURCHASE promotion. We partner up with a local business that we love and gift you with something special. Whether it is a discount to a spa or a gift card to a new restaurant, each month come back and see what exciting item we are gifting. Gift with Purchase promotions will start on August 1st with The Four Seasons Denver.

And we plan on holding a series of pop-up shops through out the year. Our first pop-up shop will be held at our Launch Party on September 12th. Details to follow.

*Pictured above is a handcrafted bridal headpiece by Denver designer Nerida Mason. Get 20% off until August 17th with promo code NMlaunch

Spotted: Farm Accents

Farm chic has become a theme of it’s own as of recent years. Luckily for Colorado brides, we have so many farms venues to choose from that the actual choice of which farm may be the biggest to make overall. To do it right, I suggest using details to make your farm wedding one of a kind & covetable!

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1. Pattern & Pop Table Numbers

2. Use fresh fruit to highlight the reception!

3. Simple Wedding Gown

4. Perfect way to display seed favors

5. Best hay bale seating ever!

6. Stack your florals on rustic crates

7. Play with the farm animals- and pose for photo ops!

8. Barrels & Lace add a DIY look to the ceremony

By Rachael Hofmann of Décor Design + Production Group {LISTmember}

 

Bridal Shower: Old, Borrowed, and Flow Blue

The bridal shower is one of many celebrations the bride-to-be gets to enjoy prior to the wedding. Bridal showers come in all shapes and sizes (just like weddings). This particular bridal shower is fit for a queen with to-die-for flow blue details.

Flow blue is a style of white earthenware, sometimes porcelain, that originated in the Regency era, sometime in the 1820s, among the Staffordshire potters of England. The name is derived from the blue glaze that blurred or “flowed” during the firing process.

The event planner, Milk Glass Productions, calls this particularly luscious bridal shower “Old, Borrowed, and Flow Blue.” In keeping with the name all aspects of the shoot are accentuated with enough flow blue to make your grandma cry! Flow Blue is definitely something that a family member or close friend is likely to have lying around the house or in storage. You can borrow plates, glasses and various dinnerware from friends and family can make for a wonderful, collaborative, ‘DIT’ (do-it-together) event-planning experience.

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Event Planner: Milk Glass Productions | Photographer: Joe Friend |  Venue: Frasca Food and Wine | Flowers: Fiori Flowers | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sweet Letter Press | Cake: Happy Cakes Denver 

Clothing Boutique: Hailee Grace Boutique

Notes from the event planner, Carly Witzburg of Milk Glass Productions

The shower was held at Frasca Food and Wine – Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s flagship restaurant that has consistently been voted the best restaurant in Boulder, and often in the state of Colorado. Every morsel served by Frasca’s staff was to die for – the prosciutto was sliced paper-thin with a ($20,000!) antique Berkel slicer from the 1920’s. Not only does it slice like no other, it’s amazing to behold for event goers both as a piece of art and in action.

Our vision – that was brought to life plus so much more via Lara from Fiori Flowers – was to have radiant pink flowers to contrast the flow blue and silver sequined tablecloth. We also had the Queen Protea flower added to the main arrangement for added distinctiveness and texture – it was also quite the conversation piece!

SWEET letterpress & design fashioned some picture-perfect invitations and menus that were inspired by the intricacy of the flow blue print. SWEET definitely mastered their product and left attendees desperate to see what was to come.

Hailee Grace boutique provided stunning apparel, which could not have been more perfect for this bridal brunch.  Since it is the beginning of summer, they used bright colors as well as flowy and flirty dresses. People often have more trouble finding something to wear to an early morning or afternoon event – Hailee Grace did a wonderful job of helping all of our attendees fit right in (and stand out at the same time!).

Our incredible sweets table was another addition that helped bring the entire event together. Our beautifully simple, yet elegant cake was created by Happy Cakes Bakeshop, and was surrounded by a blue candy bar with a massive blue floral centerpiece that brought depth and height to the table. And as a sweet addition, our candy bar was a mimicked a real “bar,” holding various sweets and treats in tumblers, martini, and champagne flutes!

We also incorporated two smaller tables that provided engaging interactions and experiences for guests. These tables offered two smaller, DIY offerings – a champagne bar and a bath salt bar. For the champagne bar we had several bottles of Vilmart Grand Cellier paired with lots of fresh fruit from local Boulder’s Farmer Market. The bath salt bar contained all-natural sea salt bath salts, dried lavender & rose buds in apothecaries with mini glass jars for a make-your-own gift bag.

This inspiration shower was one of our favorite creations! From the exquisite contrast of the deep flow blue to bright, hot pink we couldn’t imagine a more perfectly feminine bridal pairing. Our vendors did an excellent job maintaining a uniform theme – each element complemented one another. The images taken by Joe Friend Photography turned out beautifully and we can’t wait to share them with you!  Thank you in advance for your consideration!!!

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