Feb 21: Estes Park Bridal Expo




your wedding vows spoken, surrounded by family and friends, in the majestic beauty of the Estes Park Rocky Mountains.

Visualize the possibilities as you…

Allow the professional local vendors to share what Estes Park has to offer as your wedding destination.

Enjoy the benefit of the vendor’s creative expertise to make your wedding day tailored perfectly for you.

Check out the unique wedding memories Estes Park can offer your guests.

Tour Estes Park’s unique ceremony and reception sites.

Chance to win fabulous prizes in addition to our VIP and Grand Prizes.

Dream of the possibilities of your wedding in the breathtaking beauty of the Estes Park Rocky Mountains.

If you are thinking about a mountain wedding, you don’t want to miss this fabulous event...

Sunday, February 21, 2016 11am – 3pm
Estes Park Events Complex: 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

For more information


Destination Weddings: Pre-planning and Post-sharing

Destination weddings are hugely popular these days especially here in Colorado at the mountain resorts. Your wedding guests may be unfamiliar with the location you have chosen for your wedding destination. So, if you want both you and your guests to have an enjoyable destination wedding planning experience, you will find that communication and convenience are two of the key considerations for success.

Pre-wedding communication of all of the details involved in planning for and traveling to a destination wedding can be both time-consuming and expensive. If you create a wedding website, however, you can provide all of the wedding details in one place. That way, your guests can make their travel plans using your suggestions about where to stay, what to do and how to get there. Not only will your research make it easier for your guests to plan their travel arrangements, but you will also save your own time and money because you will not have lots of phone calls to field or multiple mailings to send.

Creating website links directly to the reservation pages of the hotels, B&Bs or Inns that you recommend and making suggestions regarding local activities for those who may be extending their stay will make it much easier for your guests to know what is both available and closely located to the wedding location. For added convenience, you can even provide a calendar of pre-arranged events along with the directions to each.

Including stories on your wedding website about where you grew up, how you met and how you became engaged will allow the friends and family members of each side to get to know you better. You may even want to allow your guests the opportunity to get to know each other better by creating a page on your website that includes photos and stories about how you came to know each of them. To further include your guests, you can post photos or video of the actual proposal or even blog entries about your wedding planning experience – doing so will allow them to share in the experience and comment on your entries.

Since destination weddings tend to be smaller in size, you will mostly likely have friends and family members who will not be in attendance. Not only is a wedding website a wonderful planning tool, but because you can share guestbook entries, photos, stories and videos post-wedding, it is also an ideal method for sharing your wedding experiences with everyone, including those who could not be there with you in person.


Photographer: Autumn Burke Photography {LISTmember} | View entire real wedding feature 


Vintage Tea Party Bridal Shower

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Photographer: Alicia Lewin Photography | Venue: The Hudson Gardens and Event Center | Etsy Designer: Ashley Anne Jewelry | Apparel: Boss Unlimited Vintage Clothing | Floral Designer: Flowers by Elise | Hair Stylist: GLOW Portfolio | Bakery: Honey B’s Macarons | Equipment Rentals: Plank & Pearl | Model: Stephanie graham

Winter Wedding at Dunton Hot Springs

Just across the mountain from Telluride lies a romantic ghost town, Dunton Hot Springs. This picturesque alpine valley provided the perfect setting for this rustic chic wedding.

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Manzanita Photography | Venue: Dunton Hot Springs | Planner & Florist: Love This Day Events | Allure BridalsThe White Dress | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Shayla Wilkes


Interview: Four 13 Designs

Take your wedding from just so-so to OMG gorg with custom stationery. Paper goods carry your theme through out the wedding starting with your save the date and ending with the thank you card. And don’t forget about those cute straw flags!

I am pleased to introduce you to the founder and head designer of Four 13 Designs {LISTmember}, Lauren Benson.

Four 13 Designs combines imaginative design with about mehandcrafted details on the finest materials to create an exclusive design reflective of you alone! Lauren Bensen, the founder, designs all types of stationery: Invitations, Save-the-Date cards, Announcements, Menus, Programs, Escort Cards, Place Cards, Favors, Welcome Letters, and more. . . the sky’s the limit! Lauren handles everything from initial concept through printing & assembly. She works with various printing companies so you get the exact look you desire, whether you want vintage letterpress stationery, classic foil stamped stationery, or simple digitally printed stationery.

When and why did you start your business?
I started my business in 2012 but it began evolving well before then. After practicing architecture for 5 years I decided I needed a change. I wanted something that would allow me to further express my creativity and design abilities, so I decided to go back to school to enhance my design skills in graphic design. While in school, I began working with a wedding planner and immediately fell in love with the event industry. After two year of experience in wedding planning and a love for graphic design, I knew a career as a graphic designer in the event industry would be the perfect fit. And that’s when Four 13 Designs was born!

How did you learn your craft?
My design career began at Virginia Tech where I received a bachelors of Architecture. It developed my eye for good design and taught me an understanding of spatial layout. Also, while in architecture school I learned to use graphic software like InDesign, Photoshop, etc for our presentations.

When I officially decided to switch careers into graphic design, I knew I needed to learn more about Illustrator, typography, and print production so I took a few classes at the local college to buffer my existing knowledge.

What or who inspires you?
My clients! One of my favorite parts about my job is getting to know my clients, their personalities, interests, and their unique love story. I take great joy in bringing their personalities, tastes, and overall wedding vision to life through their invitations and other paper items.

Also, my background as a wedding planner has allowed me to see the full picture of a wedding and not just the wedding paper items I create. So I like to take inspiration from their wedding details (i.e. flowers, colors, tablescape, dress, etc). and meld my work with the whole design of the wedding.

Favorite Wedding Trend.
I’m not one for trends. I like clean, classic, simple design, which I feel is a design style that is timeless.

Favorite Wedding Theme.
Similar to wedding trends, I like simple, elegant weddings but with unique details about the couple. Something that speaks of who the couple is or something they enjoy together. For example I had a client who loved concerts, so for their table names they had images of all their favorite concert venues.

Advice for a couple planning a Colorado Wedding.
Two things. First, when planning your wedding stick with what inspired you initially. Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest and all the wedding blogs out there. There is a lot of amazing wedding inspiration out there, but your stick with your gut.

Second, on the day of your wedding ENJOY THE DAY! Don’t stress over the details. Focus on getting married and having fun with all your guests. That’s what matters.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?
I was born in Nashville, but consider Signal Mountain, Tennessee (suburb of Chattanooga) my hometown, since I spent most of my childhood there. Throughout my life, I have vacationed a lot in Colorado (ski trips, backpacking/camping trips, etc) and I love the outdoors, so after I graduated from college I packed up my jeep and drove across country to start a life in the mountains. Over 10 years later with an amazing husband and hilariously cute two year old, Colorado is now my home. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Headshot photo by Zorn Photography

Gold & Pink

From the Bride, Anna:

Favorite Moment of the day….I had all kinds of small favorite moments! A friend of mine gave me great advice to “pause throughout the day and soak in what is going on around you, because it flies by.”  I tried to do that as much as possible. From the ride to the venue with all my girls belting out Taylor Swift, our “first look”, sharing a moment with my dad right before our walk, the moments right after the ceremony where just our closest friends (bridal party) made a toast and were the first to celebrate with us as Mr & Mrs….The little things were simply perfect. It was the best day for not only us but everyone around us! If we had any doubt leading up to such a big event, by the end of the evening we realized just how amazing it was to have everyone we love enjoying themselves under one roof (or Chandelier) ;) It was the best day ever.

Favorite Decor……My dad and I spent two afternoons spray painting and creating the glittered wine bottles for the centerpieces…Nick even jumped in on it one day. It was great to have a project with the guys we could all bond over. Especially when most of the wedding plans were done by the ladies. I don’t know if I enjoyed the project with my dad or looking at the finished centerpieces more! I didn’t do a lot of “DIY’s” with my busy schedule, but I was so glad there was one project we could do together.

Advice to those planning a Colorado wedding…..Have a fabulous “Plan B” for outdoor arrangements. We were lucky that when the forecast changed to rain, our second choice for an inside ceremony area was just as lovely as the outside. Making the decision for last minute changes very easy and less stressful. Also having a day of coordinator was very helpful for executing those quick changes necessary.

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Libbie Holmes Photography | Venue: The Wedgewood on Boulder Creek | Florist: Painted Primrose | Dress Designer: Willow by Watters – BHLDN | Dress Boutique: BHLDN | Makeup Artist: Tina Merli with Alchemy Studios Boulder | Hair Stylist: Lindsey Cody |Cake:  Shamane at Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | DJ Christoper Nice with A Music Plus | Ceremony Music: Brody Ray Runge | Men’s Suiting by Men’s Warehouse

Oct 3-4: Charity Bridal Event & Trunk Show


Saturday, October 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $20 Each

Be the first to try on and purchase your dream gown, before general admission. Enjoy light bites, beverages, entertainment and giveaways. Limited Tickets Available!

Sunday, October 4, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 Each

Venue: Double Tree Hotel – 3203 Quebec St.
Denver, CO, 80207

Register here

A Bridal Experience Including…..

Mountain Wedding with Vintage Chic Details

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Photographer:  Melissa Yocum Photography | Event Venue: Granby Ranch | Shoes: Frye Boots | Bridesmaid Dresses:J Crew | Groomsman Attire: Jos A Banks | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Dress Store: The Bridal Collection

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