Rustic Chic and PInk

This rustic chic wedding was held in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Estes Park.  Gorgeous setting and beautiful decor using shades of pink.

Notes from the bride, Kate:

From the time Jeff and I were engaged we knew we wanted a smaller wedding with our closest family and friends in the Colorado mountains. We both grew up in Colorado and wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. We searched so many venues and fell in love with Taharaa Mountin Lodge in Estes Park. We loved everything from the breathtaking views to the antler chandeliers, it was perfect. After the venue was decided I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of DIY details. The”Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs on our chairs as well as the “I Do’s, We Did” sign were particularly special. The wood was from an old country barn and my mom hand painted the letters. We also hand painted the table numbers and escort cards. The whole day was made perfect by our incredible vendors and we feel so lucky to have had such an amazing day surrounded by the love of our family and friends.
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Photographer:  Chris Gentile Photography | Reception Venue: Taharaa Mountain Lodge | Caterer: Greens Point Catering | Dress Designer: La Sposa | Floral Designer: Palmer Flowers | Cake Designer: Schmidts Bakery  | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Alfani Red | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor | Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka

Aug 27th: COUTUREcolorado Pop-Up Shop & J. Hilburn Trunk Show

You’re invited to COUTUREcolorado’s first pop-up shop…. TONIGHT!

On August 27th, in conjunction with J. Hilburn, COUTUREcolorado is thrilled to announce their first pop-up shop featuring accessories and gifts.

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Join Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Weddings & Events {LISTmember} for a firsthand look at the amazing style J. Hilburn has to offer. Menswear for everyday or your special day including  personalized suiting, custom shirts, tuxs, ties, cufflinks, and more.  To browse prior to the event, please visit laurapearson.jhilburn.com

From handcrafted jewelry to purses to baby bibs to dog collars, check out in person COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE’s accessories and gifts. COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE is a well-curated online shop featuring hand-crafted, beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind products that are only made better by the fact that they were created by a Coloradan {or sold from a locally owned Colorado boutique}.

Where: Von Tornow Gallery 1255 Delaware Street Denver CO 80204

When: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 5pm – 8pm

COCKTAILS – MUSIC – FASHION – GIVING BACK – SHOPPING

Bring your gently used career clothes, for Urban Peak, and receive $20 off your new J. Hilburn digs OR 10% off select items with COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

*Urban Peak helps youth who are experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.

For more information email Laura Pearson at laura.pearson@jhilburnpartner.com or COUTUREcolorado at 720-366-2011 info {at} couturecolorado.com

 

Giveaway: The Not Wedding

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action.

Event Details:
Thursday, September 18th
Ceremony begins at 7:00pm
The McNichols Building – 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80202

Tickets are $30.00 and include dinner, sparkling wine, dancing and a swag bag.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Denver NotWedding event page.

Last chance to win two tickets to The Not Wedding Denver!!!!  Enter below. Contest ends today! The two winners will be emailed on August 27th.
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Colorado Ranch Wedding in Vail

Notes from the photographer, Rachel Olsen {LISTmember}:

Lauren and Travis put together an amazing ranch wedding with the perfect personal touches – from cowboy boots to table decorations that represented all of their favorite places for biking, skiing, hiking & exploring. Their ceremony was filled with heartfelt touches that involved family & friends. A dear family friend lead introductions and another officiated the marriage. Lauren’s brother Brian was “maid of honor” and he held his own with her other bridesmaids that are all phenomenal athletes & downhill skiers who grew up racing on Vail mountain. Travis’ groomsmen were family and friends that have supported him all throughout his life, and have watched him become a Coloradoan while retaining his Pennsylvania roots. The thoughtful readings and lots laughter throughout the ceremony were the perfect way to celebrate the love that Lauren & Travis share for one another.

The cocktail hour was filled with horse shoes, drinks on the patio and breath taking views as the sun began to set. The reception included wonderful sweet treats made by family and friends and a surprise cake from Lauren’s mom, topped with Woody, Jessie & Bullseye from Toy Story. (Lauren & Travis had no idea they would be having a cake!) All of the toasts had people laughing and sharing a few tears… and of course there big smiles about the fact that dating the boss’ daughter actually worked out brilliantly for Travis! (Lauren’s Dad might of had a hand in Lauren meeting Travis at a company Christmas party!) To top off the evening, the dance floor was hopping with the great Vail Valley Band. It truly was a wonderful day from start to finish.

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Photographer: Rachel Olsen Photography {LISTmember} | Venue: 4 Eagle Ranch | Florist: Gemini Gardens | Dress Designer: Tara Keeley | Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique | Band: The Vail Valley Band 

Spotted: Orange is the New Black

I am hooked on the T.V. show The Orange in the New Black! Whether the creators of this hit show realized it or not, but orange has been spotted on all the runways. This hue has been heating up summer weddings this year as well. And the color orange, when done right, can be fun, chic, and stylish.

Check out COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE for orange in fashion.

In the baby world, orange is a perfect gender neutral color and is popping up everywhere. Check it out on COUTUREcolorado BABY.

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Top Left: Snippet and Ink – photo by Jo Ann Manolis |  Top Right: Grey Likes Weddings by Melangerie, Nine Cakes and Jen Huang |  Middle Left: Santa Barbara Chic |  Middle Right:Inspired by This – photo by Aaron Shintaku |  Bottom Left: Grey Like Weddings – photo by Jen Rodriguez Photography |  Bottom Middle: Brides Cafe – photo by Morgan Trinker |  Bottom Right: Snippet and Ink - floral designs by Ariella Chezar, and the photography of Meg Smith

 

Classic Wedding in Fort Collins

 A classic simple outdoor ceremony followed by a casual reception in a speak-easy jazz bar.

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Photographer: Sarah Hill Photography | Venue: The Avery House and The Armstrong Hotel | Florist: Paul Wood Florist | Dress Designer: J. Crew | Hair Stylist: Leslie Boehner |
Grooms Suit: Custom at A Tailored Man | Shoe Designer: Seychelles | Invitations: Paperless Post

Notes from the photographer:

Being a photographer this wedding was a blast! I hadn’t met the Bride or Groom in person until the wedding day which is always a little nerve-wracking. . . but these guys were absolutely fantastic! Elyse & Trevor live in Washington DC, but decided to have their wedding in the Brides hometown of Fort Collins. Elyse has such a classic style that shows through in her gown and all her bridal details. She has a timeless beauty about her! Their friends and family were all such a blast to be with and were having so much fun. Elyse & Trevor’s first look was on the steps in front of the old Post Office in Downtown Fort Collins where everyone was watching:) They had a wonderful moment and were ready to celebrate the day with their wedding party! I had scouted out some unique locations in Old Town and we wandered the streets and got some pretty awesome photos:) The couple got married in the yard at the historic Avery House just sat the Colorado weather was looking like it might pour on us. The rain managed to hold off and the ceremony was beautiful. Filled with personal touches and emotion, they were finally happy to say “I DO”. The couple choose to use very minimal decor for their reception which was held at Ace Gillettes in the basement of The Armstrong Hotel. It used to be an old speak easy and now is a jazz bar. They let the bar speak for itself and partied the night away! I had a wonderful time capturing the days events and hope you enjoy the outcome!

 

Giveaway: The NOT Wedding

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action.

Event Details:
Thursday, September 18th
Ceremony begins at 7:00pm
The McNichols Building – 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80202

Tickets are $30.00 and include dinner, sparkling wine, dancing and a swag bag.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Denver NotWedding event page.

I am thrilled to offer our readers a chance to win tickets!!!!! I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway. Enter below. Contest ends on August 26th. The two winners will be emailed on August 27th.
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Styled Shoot in an Art Gallery

The photo shoot was inspired by the art in the gallery with an orange color gradient scheme. Perfect fusion of urban and romantic elegance.
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Photographer: Lisa Siciliano | Venue: Point Art Gallery | Florist: Merci Bouquet | Dress Designer: Love, yu | Dress Boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylists: Matthew Morris Salon

Orchard and Vintage Botanical Wedding

Notes from the wedding planner, Shayna of Cherry Bomb Events:

Amy and her mom made every single element of this Orchard and Vintage Botanical themed wedding. From the hand cut vintage inspired fabric as table runners, bunting and garlands, to the hand embroidered handkerchiefs for guests, the paper rose boutonnieres for every member of their large family, to the table labels named after different apples and made to look like saplings. They hand wrote every escort card, a drink and food menu on delicate chalkboard signs, and the groom got involved too cutting, sanding and staining a giant Jenga game.

Food from Georgia Boys in Longmont was absolutely delicious and caused a bit of a family kerfuffle when mom was accused of going back for mac and cheese too many times.

Both the bride and groom have large and blended families who flew in from around the world. Amy and Julian are recent Colorado transplants and their wedding was basically a destination wedding for all but 4 guests. They wanted to show off their new home and made sure every element was Colorado-farm classic.

As the sun went down, Amy provided blankets to her guest in an antique cart and the fire was lit for a s’mores fest.
The guests young at heart and young were entertained all day by feeding the very pregnant grey horse who calls YaYa home, and were provided carrots throughout.

Perhaps the best part about this intimate and heartfelt day was that the Bride’s grandmother, Gammy, was asked to act as the Bride’s whiteness when signing the marriage license, as Amy and Julian went without a traditional bridal party. All of the parents and siblings of the couple, about 22 people total walked down the aisle prior to the bride, but were not asked to do anything else. This was a beautiful and moving way to forgo a traditional bridal party and truly honor the couple’s family.

We used every piece of vintage furniture that YaYa has to offer and guests enjoyed their dinner amongst the trees of the orchards.
It was a magical, casual, uniquely Colorado wedding and celebration of a great couple.

Julian and Amy said their vows at the edge of the orchard, with the mountains behind them and their families and friends participating in the ceremony. And they planted a little pine tree together with their mothers, too perfect.

This wedding also occurred 1 week prior to the last snow storm…in May. Amy had planned snow and rain back-up plans for her May wedding in Colorado and luckily we didn’t have to use any of those contingencies. Amy made every possible effort to remind out of town guests to wear boots and bring sweaters, it turned out fine and no one had a run-in with the ever present manure, a staple of a Farm Wedding. But we will never forget that 6 days before our first wedding of the 2014 season is snowed. Out of Town guests must always be given full warning of the Colorado roller coaster of weather.

We could go on and on about the wonderful day they created but what was more palpable than the planning was the love. The promises. The party! These are two people who are simply adored by their people and so much fun was had celebrating the promises they made to each other.

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Photographer: Tara Polly Photography | Venue: YaYa Farm and Orchard | Planner & Florist: Cherry Bomb Events | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress | Bartenders: With a Twist | DJ: A Music Plus | Cakes: Kim and Jake’s Cakes | Second Photographer:  rebecca of manzanita photography

 

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