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.

 

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!!!

2015 Wedding Pink Submissions

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The Brown Palace Hotel will be the host for the 5th annual Wedding Pink. The wedding will be held on May 15, 2015 and submissions will be open this August 1-10.

The Wedding Pink is an annual, heartfelt wedding giveaway package presented to a couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer. Cheryl Ungar, the founder of The Wedding Pink, is a 23-year breast cancer survivor and a professional photographer. In addition to Cheryl donating her own wedding photography services, she has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

The Wedding Pink will be held in a different Colorado town each year; however, as long as you meet our submission criteria you may live anywhere in the country and submit your story. This is an opportunity for one deserving couple to be awarded a dream wedding nearly cost free and valued at over $40,000.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Your life must have been recently touched by breast cancer. The experience is not limited to the bride, but could be with the bride or groom’s extended family.
  • You must be engaged or soon-to-be engaged at the time you submit your story.
  • Submissions will be open August 1, 2014 - August 10, 2014.
  • Winning couple will be selected in early September 2014 (wedding will take place May 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado).
  • We do not have income qualifications; however, if you have financial hardship, please detail that in your submission and we will take it under consideration.
  • All submitted information will be verified.
  • Winner will be chosen by a selection committee; all decisions are final.
  • Submissions open to legal residents of the United States.
  • Cheryl Ungar Gives retains the right to publish excerpts from submitted stories plus any and all photographs/videos from the engagement session, wedding and any other events associated with The Wedding Pink.

Check out more details and submit your story here. 

COUTUREcolorado is a proud sponsor of The Wedding Pink.

 

July 17th & more: Thrifty Thursday at a & be bridal shop

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Mark your calendars for the start of Thrifty Thursdays. Thrifty Thursdays are a one-day sample sale at a&be bridal shop {LISTmember} The sale takes place on the third thursday of each month.

Beginning in July, every Third Thursday they’ll be selecting 10 new dresses to put up on sample sale at deep discounts. This means that each month there will always be something new to check out on the sale rack. Of course, there will be more than 10 dresses total, but the catch is that some of those gowns may only be on sale for one day! Every wedding dress is discount at least 30% off and up to 75% off the original price.

These wedding dresses are from every designer including: Catherine Deane, Elizabeth Dye, Sarah Seven, Claire LaFaye, and Katie May! Hurry in, because this sale only lasts one day. No appointments needed, first come, first sold. You can always pop by a&be bridal shop to see what gowns have been added to the sale rack, but just keep in mind that the stylists don’t know until that morning.

DATES:

  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th

Here is a little sneak peek at what will be on sale on July 17th.

WToo Belize: Original $1067 / Sample Sale $395
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Nicole Miller Veronique: Original $1320 / Sample Sale $528

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Vintage Whimsical Wedding with Gold Details

This wedding is filled with to-die-for vintage and whimsical details in blush, cream and gold. AND to top it all off the groom takes his new bride for a plane ride.

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Photographer: Harper Point Photography | Cake: Fiona’s Catering | Event Venue & Caterer: Highland Meadows Golf Course | Floral Designer: lace and lilies

Notes from the photographer: Chris is a pilot so we naturally had to do pictures at the hanger. I suggested that we take a little plane ride since Chris has his training license but I had no idea what a memorable experience it would be. We went up in the plane and it was the first time Emily had ever been in a plane with her new husband as the pilot and my first time in a tiny plane. Granted I got a little sick, it was worth every minute.

Happy Fourth of July!

I wish you a very happy and joyful Fourth of July. Looking for something cool to do in Colorado this weekend, check out our top 10 list of things to do for The Fourth on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE.

Here is a little Americana wedding inspiration in honor our country’s birthday.

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Wallis evening dress / The Patriotic Tassel Garland (Red, White & Blue) / I Heart Nautical Collection / The Beau- americana collection double stacked bow ties for boys of all… / Set of 200 Red, White and Blue Glitter Heart Confetti- 4th of July,… / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Phenomenal Photography Creative Use of Shadows / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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