Interview: Hey! Party Collective

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I am pleased to introduce you to a dynamic duo, Christie and Nicole, of Hey! Party Collective. They offer brides and grooms a fresh and modern perspective on wedding planning, coordination, design, crafting, and installations.

Who is Hey! Party Collective? Tell us about your team.

Hey! Party Collective is the brainchild of Christie zumBrunnen and Nicole Lowery, a party planning dynamic duo, intent on pushing the envelope, but keeping it sophisticated. We are out here trying to show brides they don’t have to have a ho-hum wedding. We are also notorious dance party starters, so that’s just a bonus! Who doesn’t love a good dance party?!?

Our goal is to inspire clients with fresh ideas, to be themselves, to push the envelope, to think outside the box. Our clients are those who are looking for something different, bold, hip, and edgy, and aren’t finding it in your typical event planning operation. Because of this, we try to work with venues with a unique atmosphere, promote and collaborate with like-minded industry badasses, and find styles that cater to the particular tastes of our clients.

 When and why did you start your business?

Christie and I were both were always finding a reason to throw a party or host dinners or help friends out with their events. We just loved to do it. And we always had big dreams for decorations and details – fine for professional party planning, not so much for a no-budget little house party. So many friends encouraged me to pursue this, so I quite literally quit my day job, and thankfully Christie was interested in giving this thing a shot with me! We both had the same vision for Hey! Party, and we are a great combination of creativity and organization. Christie and I both felt that Denver was in need of a little kick in the pants when it came to creative event design, with the use of unique venues, bold decor, and disregarding the conventional trends – especially in weddings.

What or who inspires you?

Our clients, and other like-minded industry pros. But more specifically, we are inspired by bold and unexpected color palettes, unique objects, the urban landscape of Denver, adventurous couples, little details with big impact, street food, and killer cocktails!

Any awards or features/publications?

We have been featured on Ruffled, Rock n’ Roll Bride, Ultimate Bridesmaid, Westword, and Apartment
Therapy, have collaborated with the Denver Art Museum collective, and have been quoted in both Denver Life Magazine and the Denver Post. We are also featured wedding artists on Green Wedding Shoes and Offbeat Bride!

Favorite Wedding Trend.

Food trucks. And signature cocktails. And creative decor.

Ultimately, we encourage brides and grooms to plan a wedding that feels right to them. There will always be “wedding trends,” but we are seeing more couples plan their day around what they find important and decor that fits their personalities, instead of going blindly with tradition or using Pinterest to the extreme.

I love your tag line, we throw glitter in the face of stuffy tradition, tell us about how you came up with that.

It just became our way of quickly explaining our philosophy – we are a little unconventional, we’re fun (at least we think so), and we’re not afraid to be different. Oh, and we like glitter. We think this sums us up pretty nicely, and hints at what our clients can expect from Hey! Party.

Get more info on their website: Hey! Party Collective.
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Mother’s Day Sale at Swoon!

Mother’s day is just around the corner. It can be tough to find a gift fit for the queen, thankfully Swoon Jewelry Studios has the answer; 20% off of $50 or more from their shop . Offer is good now through 4/19/14 at midnight- get shopping!swoon_logo_f_ol

You Deserve This Mama!
{Papas in case you forgot mother’s day is less than a month away and we want to make her day sparkle!}

soulglowdiamond-2TMother’s Day, a chance to tell our Mothers how grateful we are for them. A chance to pamper ourselves and bask in our family. A day when we feel the loss of those that are no longer with us and allow their wisdom to soak in a little deeper. We believe in celebrating here at the studio, celebrating our motherhood and our mothers and you, our beautiful customers.

avaOur new Soul Glow necklace is fit for a queen and made for a mother. Simple lines and a diamond’s sparkle make not only your eyes light up but your soul glow.

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How do you define a Mama? The truest friend, an anchor in any storm, a dream soother. For me, the only way to define a mama is love, pure love. That love is the catalyst of our ‘You Are My Sunshine’ Collection. With custom necklaces and mother daughter bracelets the connection is pure love.

For all the mamas in your life that deserve a little lovin’ this Mother’s Day, enjoy 20% off your order of $50 or more through Saturday.

*Use code: couturemama at checkout
*code expires Saturday 4.19.14 at midnight, not valid on previous orders, offer may not be combined with any other offer or voucher

May 4: Indulgence for Brides

Indulgence, A day for Brides and their Bestie! Spoil yourself and your girls before the big day!

With each ticket, enjoy complementary Champagne cocktails, lunch, sweet treats, swag bags, informational sessions, hands-on fun, mani’s and more…

Pamper yourself or your BFF even more with add on services like massage, professional make-up or hair styling, boudoir and glamour photography sessions

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Sponsored by LISTmember L Elizabeth Events, Rocky Mountain Bride and Villa Parker

On May 4, 2014 from 11-3 PM

At Villa Parker {LISTmember} 10750 South Pine Drive Parker, CO 80138

Register at www.indulgeforbrides.com Get 1/2 off tickets with code: INDULGE

 

Anna Be’s Stylebook

Get ready for sensory overload! From gorgeous gowns to high style hair to jaw-dropping jewels, Anna Be’s {LISTmember} Stylebook shoot is nothing short of fabulous! This shoot shows us what the gals at Anna Be have been coveting in the dress world. The ArtHaus provided a bold backdrop with a mix of raw brick, lots of white open space, and even a working artist studio. I invite you to be inspired by these images, to appreciate the art of fashion, and to make a statement on your wedding day.

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Bridal Boutique: Anna Be {LISTmember}Photographer: Adonye Jaja Photography | Venue: ArtHaus | Florist: Violet Floral Design {LISTmember}Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Matthew Morris | Nails: Base Coat Modern Nail Salon x Gallery | Artwork: Michael Gadlin and Aliki McCain

 

Rustic Chic at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers the bride and groom with the perfect setting for a true Colorado experience. They have done an amazing job at filling gap between rustic and elegance.

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Photographer:  Michele Hart Photography | Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch {LISTmember} | Floral Designer: Margaret’s Garden | Band: A Music Plus Entertainment | Event Planner: Busy Brides Best Friend | Dress Store: Volle’s Bridal

Spotted: Foodie Favors

If you and your fiancee are foodie enthusiasts, why not tie that into your wedding with thought out foodie favors. This is great way to customize your wedding and really stand out from the rest. With unlimited choices, find a favor that works for you and represents your relationship. Do you attend every farmers market in town? Go for some local jam or honey in cute packaging. Trying to embrace your roots? Go with a regional or classic in mini version so all of your guest can have taste of your home town! The options are literally endless, go with what you love and what works with your wedding style.

wedding- foodie favors

 

1. Your Favorite Variety of Jam

2. Traditional Southern Boiled Peanuts

3. Fresh Honey

4. Farmers Market Strawberries (in a craft bag as table numbers!)

5. Specialty Coffee

6. Hot Sauce

7. Mini Panettone Bread

8. Infused Olive Oil

By Rachael Hofmann LISTmember Décor Design + Production Group

A Proposal at The Clock Tower

Maybe I have watched too many seasons of the Bachelor. What can I say….I love a good proposal story. And this one is has it all: a room filled with flowers, a gorgeous view, and a man down on one knee.

Here’s the scoop directly from newly engaged Brandon:

Long story short…The proposal was at the Clock Tower on the 16th Mall. I had Lindsay of Pink Paisley Events involved in trying to round up Sarah and have her believe there was a consultation for a potential client at the Clock Tower. Lindsay had told Sarah to “dress to impress and she would do the rest!” Sarah went along the entire time which was surprising to all parties involved.

How did you two meet?

We met in 2007 through friends and then we reconnected online in 2011.

When did you realize you wanted to marry Sarah?

Shortly after we started dating(3 months) I realized Sarah would be the one I would marry. She is smoking hot and has this uncanny ability to make me laugh. Her presence is powerful and her ability to love is unlike any person I have ever met.

How did you come up with the proposal idea? How long did it take to plan?

I wanted to do something on a rooftop or something with a view of the city ( something Colorado) and I started looking for places I could get roof access and stumbled across The Clock Tower. It took me one week to plan!

Did you have any help?

I had Lindsay with Pink Paisley Events,  Ali from Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography, Lilli from Bella Calla and the property manager from The Clock Tower.

How did you manage not to spoil the surprise?

I was good at keeping it a secret and trusted those who were helping me. It was hard not to show too much excitement and details – especially since Sarah is really keen on catching on

Was it intimidating to plan a proposal for a wedding planner?

Yes! Since Sarah is in the industry she has standards and I wanted to not only meet them but exceed them! Sarah was always bringing up ideas as well as sharing stories from her clients proposals that made her happy. I just wanted to make her happy and create a memory in our relationship. We loved that you worked with a photographer.

How did it feel to have the moment documented?

Ali did a great job at capturing the moment that will be with us for the rest of our lives! She captured the emotion and set up I wanted. Thanks Ali!

Sarah’s engagement ring is stunning! Tell us about the selection process.

Hahaha!! The selection process included going to most of the jewelry stores in the Denver-metro area and doing a lot of research. After Street searching through countless jewelry stores and not finding the perfect ring I found a sales representative at one of the stores who took the time to come up with an idea to design a customized ring. I spent all of January building and customizing the ring with a very patient sales representative. Through trial and error I finally liked what I designed and new would reflect Sarah’s taste but also give that jaw dropping effect. It is a double halo with cushion cut center diamond. The middle halo is rose gold. The overall ring has more than 48 diamonds.

Any advice for guys considering proposing?

There is never enough time even when you think you plan ahead. Spend the extra time to reflect your relationship in the proposal. Whether on the mountains, in a living room, on the beach, or on a holiday make sure to add a couple elements of your love story.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

Not worked the day before.

What part of the wedding planning process are you most looking forward to? 

I am looking forward to the tastings of course! I am interested in seeing how Sarah brings our love story to life like she does for so many fortunate couples. I get to see Sarah happy and want to be right by her side to help with decisions.

Just for fun, tell us what you love about Sarah.

She is fun to be around- there is never a dull moment with Sarah haha. She is good looking. Her faith inspires me  There is so much to say about Sarah that I wouldn’t have enough space.

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Planning: Lindsey of Pink Paisley Events {LISTmembers} | Photography:  Ali from Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography | Flowers: Lilli from Bella Calla | Venue: The Clock Tower in Downtown Denver | Ring: Shane Co

Interview: Sarah Hays Photographer

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To me, photography is one of the most important vendors to book. I am pleased to introduce you to this Colorado native and talented wedding photographer, Sarah Hays {LISTmember}.

Description of Business:

I am a Denver based photographer specializing in wedding photography. I love traveling all through out Colorado and anywhere the road will take me!

When and why did you start your business?

I have always been drawn to all types of photography and in 2003 I shot my first wedding and fell in love with it. I had found a way to create the art that I love and give people something they would cherish forever!

How did you learn your craft? 

When I knew I really wanted to be a photographer I wanted to learn everything about it. I decided to attend the Art Institute of Colorado and I graduated in 2003. I was asked to shoot a wedding with a friend shortly after I graduated and I was hooked. Ten plus years later I am still loving every minute of it!

Describe your photography style and approach to weddings

I love turning beautiful moments into beautiful art. My style often reflects my clients unique love story. I love beautiful natural light it brings a simplistic beauty to my images and I use it whenever I can! My artistic style is soft, simple, and romantic. I love getting to know my clients, hearing their love story and vision for their wedding it lets me connect with them so that I am able capture their day just the way they envisioned it.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by music, art, love, movies, design and fashion. Photographers I follow are Elizabeth Messina and Jose Villa

Feature Publications

One Hitched Lane, Style Me Pretty, Paper Moon Weddings, Luxe Mountain Weddings, Mile High Bride

Favorite Wedding Location

I love living in Colorado because there are so many amazing places to have a wedding it’s to hard to just pick one. Outdoor weddings is what I really love to shoot but give me a unique indoor space and I love that too.

Favorite Wedding Trend

I love wedding dresses and flowers! I have seen some amazing wedding dresses in the past year and I am just in love with all of the different styles. Flowers are such an important detail in a wedding and even a simple approach to the flowers can be stunning. Right now my favorite are fresh floral headpieces they are so beautiful and unique.

Advise for a couple planning a Colorado wedding

This time in your life only comes along once, slow down and really soak up every little detail and moment. You should feel like you trust your photographer enough that you have no doubt they are going to capture this special moment in your life just the way you imagined it. Feeling a connection with your photographer is as important as the images they create because when we connect with someone we become vulnerable, and that’s when magic happens.

Where did you grow up?

I am a proud Colorado Native! I grew up in the Littleton area and still reside here with my two beautiful daughters and amazing husband. Colorado is very dear to my heart I feel so blessed to have such an beautiful place to work and raise my family.

Below are a few of our favorite images of Sarah’s. Check out her website to see more: www.haysphotog.com

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