Royal Wedding Style

Notes from the photographer, Vanessa of Heirloomsnaps:

In a small mountain village a scandalous marriage of upper class meets lower class awaits at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau. What could the families say to the couple whose love and beauty brought back memories of their own youthful romances.

Reds of mauve and pomegranate beat through the wedding day to represent the cycle of love and life. Gold and silver to bring the couple good luck behind closed doors and in their pockets. The village artisans made local delicacies like blue cheese chocolate truffles, croquembouche and fleur-da-li bundt cakes. The village’s world renowned dress and jewelry designer charmed Stella, the bride, with their custom gown and jewels inspired by her beauty.

A special tradition is kept to remind the couple once again of the cycle of love and life, the newlyweds sit down to enjoy all the tasty treats served on heirloom plates and goblets used in the groom’s grandparents wedding. Next to the wedding couple’s plates lay hand painted gold pinecones for happiness and fertility, soon to be placed under the their wedding bed.

As the wedding carries on the newlyweds take a moment to walk the grounds of the chateau to chat about their new life together and share a few moments of lust.

Uniqueness of Colorado Artisans and Design:

Here in Colorado we are own village saturated with local talent. All the vendors that were used are examples of this talent. The shoot was styled to show that a Colorado bride could easily have her wedding elements custom made and custom designed without the help of big names and maintain a unique and romantic style that would make New York, Chicago, or Los Angles brides turn their heads. Furthermore, a bride could personalize her wedding further and give meaning to the details that she loves and start new traditions.


Photographer: Heirloomsnaps | Venue: Della Terra Moutian Chateau | Florist: A Florae | Dress Designer: Mayra | Bridal Boutique: Emma and Grace | Makeup Artist: Jacob Anthony Hair Studio | Hair Stylist: Bombshell and Beau | Croquembouche: Indulge Bakery | Fleur-da-li bundt Cake: The Bundt Shoppe | Chocolates: Chocolate Lab Denver | Rock Crystal Pave’ Diamond Drop Earrings: Carla Morrison | Wedding Announcement: Sweet Zion Paperie {LISTmember} | Models: Brad and Jessica G.

Telluride Wedding

Notes from the photographer Joe of Salt and Pine Photography

Shyann and Yurik started dating in high school. It was just as hard to find them apart as it is now. During college, much of Shyann and Yurik’s relationship was long distance, but after school they were able to move together to Colorado. Their wedding date, August 7, 2014 marked their 8 year anniversary of dating.Together, Shyann and Yurik enjoy just about any activity that involves the outdoors. Most of all, they share a love of downhill mountain biking, which we were able to capture them doing the day before their wedding. Telluride was the perfect location for their wedding, not only because it highlighted the beauty of the state they called home, but also because it was also one of their favorite places to go downhill mountain biking. Shyann and Yurik said their vows at the San Sophia Overlook, just below 11,000ft of elevation. The view of the mountains that surround Telluride was breathtaking. They kept it intimate, with less than 50 guests attending. Shyann wore a beautifully unique sterling grey Vera Wang dress, and designed and made her bridal bouquet as well as the bridesmaids. They even brought their love for mountain biking into their wedding with bicycle pocket squares for the guys.


Photographer: Salt and Pine Photography | Beauty: Alpenglow Beauty | Hair Stylist: Bliss & Bang Bang | Dress Store:David’s Bridal | Event Venue: San Sophia Overlook at Telluride Resort {LISTmember} | Dress Designer: Vera Wang

Tea Party Wedding Inspiration

Notes from the florist, Frances of Prema

On a dreary November day, a collection of Denver floral designers gathered together to drink tea, relax, discuss our favorite flowers and the joy and perils of our industry. We drank Earl Grey with cream, nibbled on cucumber sandwiches, currant scones and French macarons. We ended up talking a lot about our grandmothers and the things we love from days-gone-by. This event was in part a celebration of the launching of my company Prema, which specializes in floral design as well as prop, wardrobe and event styling, but even more than that, it was an opportunity for us to connect as a creative community and strengthen our friendships. I used pieces from my assorted collections of antique vases, tea cups, linens and plates to give a refined, nostalgic and very feminine feel to our gathering. I wanted sweet, colorful flowers in lush abundance to decorate the room. I chose flowers that made me smile: perfect yellow peonies, blown Majolica spray roses, caramel-colored roses, fragrant pink David Austin roses, fluffy blush astilbe, ruffly ranunculus, autumnal Virginia Creeper vine and the little blue star flowers of Tweedia.


Photography: Red Shoes Photography  | Florals and Styling: Prema |  French Macarons: Sugar Mill 

Rustic Chic Wedding

Notes from the photographer,Chris Loring Photography : 

Ashley & Andy had the most personal, elegant, beautiful, wedding in June at a luxury mountain home with alpine views. The entire day was so laid back, but it still felt very high end and I have no doubts that it was an absolute treat for their 50 guests!

Ashley’s brother is a pastry chef and created amazing desserts in lieu of a cake, including gluten free key lime tarts.

The bride wore a romantic lace and chiffon Melissa Sweet gown from Nearly Newlywed, an online resource for authentic designer wedding gowns that were closeout stock, discontinued, or once store samples.

Before the wedding ceremony, Ashley & Andy traded personal notes to each other and then saw each other for the first time in a private moment in a field of wildflowers. The ceremony was emotional and beautiful, and guests enjoyed local candies as a thank you for their support!

The venue is a spectacular high end home in Fraser, CO that can be rented for the weekend and has a beautiful patio for ceremonies. Oso’s Overlook is surrounded by fields of wildflowers, aspen groves, and incredible views. It is one of my favorite mountain venues in Colorado!

Photographer:  Chris Loring Photography | Location: Oso’s Overlook | Floral Designer: Margaret’s Garden | Makeup Artist: Kari Jordan Hair & Makeup | Apparel: Nearly Newlywed  | Caterer: Wild Horse Catering

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The Tux is Back

Cozy chic casual weddings has been all the rage the last few years. But in 2015 expect to see more classic, formal and black tie weddings. The tux is back in a major way.


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The Ultimate Unique Wedding

Every bride dreams of their wedding day in-depth.  Figuring out the finer details while dreaming away as a child.  There is one thing that brides have in common. That is that they all want to have something unique on their special day.  That sets their wedding aside from the rest.  Here are five must-have wedding ideas.  If you want something alternative on your wedding day.

1.  Step away from the norm!

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upside down cake by  Intricate Icings Cake Design | photo by Jason+Gina Photographers | view real wedding

Choose a wedding cake made of cheese or pizza slices instead of your usual, traditional iced wedding cake.  Opt for a wedding fish and chip van or have an owl fly down the aisle with your wedding rings.  You don’t have to follow tradition if that’s not what you want.  It’s your special day & it’s your choice to arrange it in the way that you wish.

2  Customize it!

Pick out your wedding dress, shoes, bridesmaids dresses. Then customize them by blinding them up to your particular style and taste. Angelina Jolie recently married Brad Pitt.  She chose paintings made by her children on her veil.

3. Unusual wedding favors


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Choosing your wedding favors, defines a piece of your personality. It says something about you and your connection with your guests. There is so much to choose. Popular choices are chocolates or sweeties. You can put the bride and grooms name on the wrappers. Bubble blowers. Dream catchers, custom coasters, flower seeds, key rings, you name it! What sets each of these items aside, is how you choose to present them to your guests. For example. The flower seeds you decide on could hold a special memory.  Or the coasters could contain a special saying or image.  Whatever you decide, you will add your unique touch to it in some way.

4. Feature your day

Contact magazines, bloggers, on-line forums, to discuss having your wedding featured. Everyone loves reading up about a real life wedding.  So why not share yours with the world and pass on your wonderful ideas?

5. Have an alternative theme


photo by Jamee Photography {LISTmember} | view real wedding

Across the world, there are thousands upon thousands, of alternative wedding venues. You can get married in a cave.  By an underwater lake in Cornwall. In a car in Vegas. Upside down. On the edge of a cliff.  Perform a bungee jump just after your vows; get married in a tipi or on top of a mountain or a beach. Where you get married is completely up to you and your partner.  You can add a theme to your day.  Create a fun dress up occasion, such as the great Gatsby.  Superheroes or your favorite Disney characters!  You could use the day to remember a loved one that has not been able to make your special day.  Maybe release balloons or lanterns. Mention your loved one in a speech.  Sing in their honor or lighting candles.  Your wedding day is not just about taking your vows.  It is an expression of yourself and your creativity, by making it unique to you.

Whatever you decide on, remember what the day is truly about.  Committing to sharing your life with your loved one.

Colorado Barn Wedding

Notes from the photographer, Jackie Cooper:

This wedding perfectly blended pretty and chic with the rustic interior of a beautiful red barn. Jill’s mom owns a bakery, which created the beautiful cake. Her mom also hand-stitched the beadwork for her veil, and one of Jill’s sisters designed their invitations.Their gold-painted animal escort card holders were inspired by the couple’s last name, Stang.


Photographer:  Jackie Cooper Photo | Ceremony Location: St. Francis de Sales | Reception Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Event Planner: The Wedding Studio | Floral Designer: A florae  |Invitation Designer: Sara Kovacic | Transportation: A Advantage Limousine Service |  | Makeup Artist: Beautiful You by Nancy | Hair Stylist: Berenices Salon | Bakery: Cheri’s Bakery |  | Equipment Rentals: Event Rents | Caterer: Footers Catering | Musicians: Phat Daddy  |  | Dress Store: The Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jos A Banks | Shoes: Kate Spade

Interview: Whimsy Design Studio


Your wedding invitation is your guest’s first impression of your wedding. So make a good one! I am thrilled to introduce you to the incredibly talented designer, Meagan of Whimsy Design Studio {LISTmember}.

Whimsy Design Studio specializes in one-of-a-kind invitations and stationery for life’s important moments. The design of your wedding invitation should express the look and feel of your wedding, while presenting information in a creative & beautiful way. We aim to provide a fun, collaborative design process for our clients so that, together, we can send something great!

When and why did you start your business?

I have a passion for paper! My nerdy confession is how much I’ve always loved mail. There is something so enjoyable about opening a handwritten letter or carefully chosen card, beautifully addressed just to me, in a stamped and slightly worn envelope that has traveled a distance to find me.

For years friends and family members have been requesting my services to design wedding & party invitations. It was through those projects that I fell deeper in love with stationery and all things paper! Although I have been designing invitations for nearly six years, I didn’t officially set up shop as Whimsy Design Studio until the spring of 2014.

How did you learn your craft?

Having been an arts & crafts aficionado since practically birth, I always knew my career path was headed towards something creative. I proudly graduated from the University of Texas (Hook ‘em Horns!) with a BFA in Design. My 9+ years of graphic design experience has been predominately in corporate/commercial design, which has offered me invaluable business skills while developing my passion for stationery.

What or who inspires you?

I constantly find inspiration in my clients! Custom is all about collaboration and I’ve been lucky to work some really creative couples with unique and personal ideas for their big days. The fluctuation of wedding styles in each of my projects really keeps me inspired and excited to help bring each couple’s vision to life. I love being able to take their wedding vision and translate that to paper!

Favorite Wedding Trend.

I adore hand-drawn text and calligraphy; really any sort of craft traditionally done by hand that can blend with more modern stationery styles. I love to incorporate hand lettering into my work – a more artistic drawing rather than written out letterforms – but I’m still perfecting the meticulous art of calligraphy. I aspire to officially add it my repertoire soon so be on the lookout!

Favorite Wedding Theme.

As a designer, I’m a big fan of over-the-top, eclectic themes! The visual detail that goes into something like Steam Punk or Circus theme combined with the innate romance of a wedding has the amazing ability to captivate and awe. Although each invitation I craft is unique, taking on a project with an unusual theme like that is such an exciting creative challenge!

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?

I grew up in Katy, Texas (outside of Houston) and moved to Denver in 2011 when my fiancé (then boyfriend) got a job here. We got hooked on the fresh mountain air and all of the outdoor activities pretty quickly and haven’t looked back!

Below are a few of our favorite designs by Whimsy Design Studio. Check out more on their website:

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