An Irish Fall Wedding

The bride and groom held true to the groom’s father’s Irish traditions and did the “knot tying ceremony” to symbolize the bond of marriage. And, of course, the guys wore kilts which make for killer photos! With the mountain view, the kilts, the fall colors, this fall wedding was everything!


Photographer:  Tyler Jones Photography | Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Event Planner: Sarah Viera Event Planning & Design | Floral Designer: Bare Root Flora | Caterer: Biscuits and Berries | Cake Designer: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet | DJ: Starkey Productions | Hair Stylist: Evergreen Cottage | Makeup Artist: Magnifica Bella


Restaurateur + Nurse

Notes from LISTmember and Photographer, Merrick Chase

Telluride, Colorado residents Sarah and Tyler are two of the most spontaneous, adventurous, and self-motivated people that I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with. Whether day tripping in their dune buggy over high mountain passes in the San Juans (Mountain Range), speeding along together on Tyler’s Ducati through the rugged Colorado landscape, or simply tearing it up on the dance floor of any night club, USA, these two know how to have fun with a capital ‘F’ in utterly any situation.

Sarah is a family practice nurse practitioner who graduated summa cum laude with her masters in science and nursing from Vanderbilt University. She serves her patients with utter dedication and a kindness that you can actually see radiate from her eyes. Tyler is a restaurateur and the two reside in the small and eccentric town of Telluride, Colorado. Both came for a visit independently of the other and ultimately fell in love with the mountains and decided to stay.

Tyler moved to Telluride several years ago to [construct from the ground up] and then open an utterly unique kind of high-end restaurant-bar, offering only the very best in gourmet ‘bites’ and creative cocktails, Manhattan style, with what might be called a speakeasy vibe. Previously, he’d spent the better part of a decade working for famed Nobu Restaurants. During the three-and-a-half years prior to moving to Telluride, Tyler served as director for the entire beverage program for their New York restaurants. Tyler’s Telluride creation, called simply ‘There,’ soon became known to insiders and celebrity visitors to town alike as the ‘hippest place in town to go for a cocktail.’

Located in a quiet corner of Telluride’s slightly less traveled West End, A-list visitors seem to feel right at home ‘there.’ Guests have included the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Lance Armstrong, David Byrne, Hillary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Jewel, Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Shadyac, makeup magnate Bobbi Brown, screenwriter John Millius (think Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry), director Barry Soddenfeld, mandolin virtuoso and Nickel Creek frontman Chris Thile, as well as his Punch Brothers band members. A sampling of private party guests drinking up There’s cocktails while enjoying There food at private events catered by Tyler’s restaurant include the likes of Brad Pitt, Quincy Jones, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Hawke, John Stewart, and Steve Carell- to name a few.

Suffice to say that There has become the stuff of legend in the few short years since its opening and that Tyler and Sarah are pleased. Both are about the most down to earth people you could ever hope to meet and that must be another reason for There’s great success. Tyler and his investors are currently exploring a location for his second Colorado venture, somewhere on the Front Range.

When Sarah and Tyler aren’t working they can be found out enjoying all that high country living has to offer, ranging from the motorized activities mentioned above to both townie and fat biking, powder skiing, and hosting friends for elegant dinner parties (with the best food and drink you’ve ever tasted in your life!). They both also enjoy traveling to favorite destinations like Marfa, Texas, New York City, and Isabella, Puerto Rico.

The images from this shoot really capture the spontaneity of this couple and just how carefree they’re able to be together. They don’t mind being perceived as silly; in fact, they thrive on just this kind of behavior. You can certainly see this in the photos and I think that the photos also go to show what a great team these two are apart of and how much they value each other. The love between them is so free flowing, when you’re around them that you can’t help but feel it- and join in their fun. I think you’ll see what I mean as you have a look at this quite spontaneous shoot that took place while the couple was visiting Boulder on a trip to scout for possible locations for Tyler’s next restaurant project. The shoot serves as sort of a ‘snippet’ of their day as I spent a couple of hours hopping around town with them.

Photography: Merrick Chase {LISTmember} | Location: Boulder | Engagement Ring:  Custom designed by Tyler and produced by Beau Staley of Dolce in Telluride

Spotted: Radiant Orchid

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority, has announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid for Fashion

Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.

Radiant Orchid for Beauty

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Radiant Orchid for Interiors

Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Radiant Orchid for Weddings

This bold color will brighten up anyone’s big day. Perfect for spring and summer. Below you see examples of how to incorporate this hue into your wedding…….. from shoes to the bridesmaids dress to the cake to a signature cocktails. Think big and bold and you will not regret it!

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About the PANTONE Color of the Year

The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Black, White, & Gold Modern Styled Shoot

Notes from photographer, Moriah

Windsong Estate, a new venue in Northern Colorado was an obvious location choice for the modern feel we hoped to achieve. From there we were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response we received from interested vendors. As more creative wedding professionals reached out to us our “little” shoot grew and became a tremendous collaborative project.

Emily and I made the executive decision to feature not only a ceremony and reception set up, but to also take advantage of the wonderful spaces of Windsong Estate and feature a “Lounge” display as well. For this we invited Windsong’s proprietress (and bride herself), Jackie Matsuda Davison to create a signature cocktail for the styled shoot. Jackie crafted the glistening and glamorous “Modern Whimsy Champagne Cocktail,” which added a beautiful (and delicious) personalized touch to our shoot.

Signature Drink: Modern Whimsy Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:  Gold Sugar  -  1 ounce Goldschläger  -  4 ounces chilled Champagne

Directions: Lightly dazzle the rim of the champagne glass with gold sugar. Add Goldschläger and top off with chilled Champagne. Enjoy!


Photographer: Moriah Riona LLC |  Venue: Windsong Estate | Planner: Jolly Events | Florist: Avenue Blooms | Videographer: Moriah Riona LLC | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Dress Boutique: Dora Grace {LISTmember} | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Orchidee Salon and Spa |  Cake: American Girl Baking Co. | Paper Goods: The Fancy Envelope | Rentals: Flexx Productions | Drapery & Lounge Furniture: Colorado Event Productions | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | Creative Direction:  Jolly Events and Moriah Riona LLC

Vintage Chic Wedding at The Stanley Hotel

Notes from the Bride, Katy:

We met in a PhD seminar on social network analysis. It was nerd love at first sight. I was driving down to Cornell University from Syracuse once a week for the class. And for six weeks he would wait for me after the seminar and ask me to lunch. At one point I complained to my friends that I thought we were only lunch buddies, but it turns out that he was taking it slow because he really liked me and didn’t want to screw it up. Then my adviser took a new job in Washington, DC and I had to transfer down with him. Sean and I broke up for about six months but couldn’t stop thinking about each other. So he came down to visit me on the excuse of attending the Stephen Colbert March to Keep Fear Alive in fall of 2010. We have been together ever since. After two years of long distance, I moved up to Ithaca, we got engaged, and now we are planning our wedding. I grew up in Colorado and Sean grew up in Arizona. We are both outdoorsy and adventurous (in addition to being nerdy), and we wanted to get married in the mountains.


Photographer:  Harper Point Photography | Floral Designer: Floral Design of Europe | Cake Designer: Intricate Icings Cake Design | Venue:The Stanley Hotel

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Notes from the photographer, Kira:

It was a morning wedding at the Stanley in Estes Park. I was so thrilled the second I saw what Katy was wearing. The dresses were stunning and so on point. Breakfast is my favorite food so it’s always fun to have a brunch wedding with custom omelets and bloody mary’s, yum! It was nerd love and they are the best, totally comfortable with each other and so open for adventure. Caleb had the idea to go on the gondola after the wedding since we would be done early and have tons of time. This was an awesome choice. We did end up waiting 30 min to get on but once we were on the photos turned into magic.

A Colorado Bohemian Winter Wedding

This Colorado winter wedding with bohemian inspired details is to-die-for! Now, this is how you get married during the winter.

Tiffany + Nicholas {Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding Video} from LockerPartners on Vimeo.

Designer/Coordinator: JA Events {LISTmember} | Cinematographer: Locker Partners {LISTmember}  | Photographer: Scott O’Malley PhotographersVenue: Devils Thumb Ranch {LISTmember}  | Florals and Decor: Statice Floral | Drape: Pure Energy | Pastor: Neil Arnold | Hair and Makeup: Macy Brouchard (hair only), Tiffany McCray (makeup -El Salon)

Arapahoe Basin Wedding

A gorgeous summer mountain wedding with chic pink and burlap details.

After getting ready in Keystone at The Black Bear Lodge, the full bridal party took the ski lift up the Arapahoe Basin Mountain where the outdoor ceremony took place. Immediately followed the reception as the sunset.


Photographer:  Amy Caroline Photography | Reception Venue: Arapahoe Basin’s Black Mountain Lodge

Spotted: Aqua

Aqua, a greenish blue color, is fresh, modern and whimsical.

Check out aqua in baby land on COUTUREcolorado BABY.
Check out aqua interior design inspiration on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE.

Trashy Diva blue wedding dress / Mint pumps / Two s Company snap frame / Shabby Chic Wedding decor Guest book Aqua Green Wooden Letter L Kids… / Aqua Love … diy tissue paper pom garland // nursery // wedding… / Gingham dog bow tie – aqua blue / turquoise / Aqua Wedding Confetti – 50 Eco Friendly Plantable Paper Hearts for… / Blue Heart Love Postage Stamps / Aqua And Yellow Backyard Wedding / Aqua And Yellow Backyard Wedding / Chevron Love / vintage wedding transportation / D.I.Y Vintage Apothecary Bottles Free Labels Eat Drink Chic / Aqua Striped Paper Straws / GALLERY

Oct 1st: Think Pink Bridal Show

THINK PINK Supports Couples Affected by Breast Cancer in Second Annual Boutique Bridal Experience



Event will be held on October 1, 2014.

Think Pink, a boutique bridal experience designed to benefit The Wedding Pink and inspire engaged couples getting married in Colorado, announces its second annual event at Denver’s newest wedding venue, Blanc (3150 Walnut Street, Denver, CO) on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. A VIP Wedding Professionals Industry Mixer will kick off the evening’s showcase at 5:00.

The Wedding Pink is an organization founded by Cheryl Ungar that provides an entire wedding for couples touched by breast cancer. COUTUREcolorado recently featured their 2014 wedding.

Colorado’s brightest wedding talents, including event producers Party Singers and planners from Cloud 9 Weddings, Revel & Bloom and Day Planner Events, will join together to showcase the latest in wedding design and dècor concepts as guests progress through a mock wedding with totally unique ceremony, cocktail hour and reception inspirational experiences.

“American Idol” Finalist and “Rockslide” lead singer, Mathenee Treco, will perform with the popular variety band. National-headlining pickers from “Rocky Mtn. Bluegrass” and award-winning a cappella singers from “Absolute Romance”, along with several other musical ensembles from the event’s producers, Party Singers, will perform throughout the evening as well.

Couture bridal gowns from Little White Dress and Anna Bè will be on silent auction with opening bids starting at $100. Exciting raffle prizes will be awarded to fortunate engaged couples at 8:30 pm.

Delectable treats and exquisite drinks and cocktails from Colorado’s most in-demand food and beverage companies will be offered to all attendees.

Fine lingerie, engagement portrait sessions, wedding invitation giveaways and more thrilling raffle prizes valued at $250-350 went to nine lucky attendees, and four ecstatic brides won couture gowns from The Little White Dress for $150-750 in the silent auction at Think Pink 2013.

The event will help celebrate the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. All services are donated and 100% of the proceeds benefit The Wedding Pink. Entry tickets will go on sale July 1, 2014. Each engaged couple will receive four raffle tickets and a swag bag.

Visit for more information, to sign up for the mailing list and peruse photos and video from Think Pink 2013 AND of course to buy tickets!

A Telluride Wedding

Notes from the Bride, Jessica:

It truly was one of the most beautiful days I feel like Telluride has ever seen! This was a total destination wedding! I’m from Destin, FL and my husband from Memphis, TN, we’ve both lived and been together for the last 6 years in Destin. When we got engaged on Easter Sunday of 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, we knew right away we wanted to get married in our favorite place surrounded by our most favorite people – Telluride, Colorado! Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Gorrono Ranch was the first and only venue I looked at. I knew the second I stepped foot there that this was the place! My theme was rustic chic blending gold shimmer and tree branches throughout. Dress for the wedding was black tie and the rehearsal dinner’s was casual elegance. I planned everything from hundreds of thousands of miles and made the majority of my decisions online. Risky but exciting! We had a very intimate wedding – 65 of our closest friends and family! Great food, incredible music, an oxygen bar, late night grilled cheeses, a huge bonfire, champagne limbo, cigars for the gentlemen, and a sparkler send off were some of the highlights of the evening! Truly the best night of our lives!

Photographer: Captivated Studio | Venue: Gorrono Ranch at Telluride Resort {LISTmember} | Wedding Planner & Decor: Nicole Shortridge | Florist: New Leaf Design | Cake: Sweet Spot Cakes |  Oxygen Bar: My Aroma Spa | Ceremony Music: Telluride String Trio | Reception Music: The Great Funktier | Bride’s Signature Cocktail: Mrs. Bracken’s Bubbly! |  Groom’s Signature Cocktail:  Mr. Bracken’s Budweiser | Officiate: Mayor of Telluride, Stu Fraser | Transportation: Telluride Express | Lodging: Mountain Lodge | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Honga’s Lotus Petal Telluride | Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Dress Boutique: Simply Elegant  | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Something New: Veil

Something Borrowed: Diamond Earrings I wore (my mother-in-law’s)

Something Blue: The bridesmaids!

Honeymoon: This Bride and Groom did a backwards honeymoon and arrived to Telluride two weeks early! Being huge music fans, they went to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival the weekend before our wedding!

Looking for more info on Telluride? Check out these articles on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE: Girls Getaway | Colorado Getaway

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