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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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

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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A Vail Wedding that has it all

Fabulous food, breathtaking views, gorgeous flowers, and a whole lot of smiles………

Notes from the Bride: 

For traditional families like ours, marrying away from home personifies eloping. However, our dream was to celebrate an intimate affair that would be at once classic and steeped in beautifully, rich tradition. As such, we decided to do a destination Colorado wedding; we strictly limited our wedding invites to our best friends and immediate family, who in turn were eager to join us from around the globe; think of a super-fun family reunion and an epic adventure for us and our dear guests.We knew we were taking a slight “risk” with a remote wedding location far away from home, but above all we valued a unique experience and a fairytale ceremony within a setting that reflected our “true colors.”Colorado’s vast nature with its expansive scenery helped us realize that the greatest luxury of all is to be confronted with a sense of spirituality amidst abundant majestic mountains. In essence, our greatest wish in orchestrating a destination event was to have all of our loved ones hit the ‘pause button’ in their busy lives, focus exclusively on happy celebration, bond with each other, and help Michael and me enjoy one of the most special occasions of our lives. And the ‘altar’ of nature would be our witness …

Embrace your location!: this tip is almost self-evident if you are doing a destination wedding, but what I mean is that if you are, say, surrounded by pristine nature, don’t expect the same experience you’d have in a New York City ballroom. It will be differently beautiful and that is how it is supposed to be. I vividly recall the first time I set foot into the luxurious Arrabelle hotel: when the doors opened, I saw the magnificent mountains and felt a soft breeze caress my face … what a divine feeling! I turned towards my planner and insisted right there and then: “I want the mountain to be part of our wedding–regardless of weather! And the rest is history …

Tying the knot on the top of a mountain can entail weather-related uncertainty. What was your back-up plan for a full day of rain? How did rain influence your reveal and ceremony?

Against the well-intentioned advice of our wedding planner, parents, and even some of our adventurous friends, we decided to tie the proverbial knot on the mountain top of Vail–practically in heaven! We certainly weighed the pros and cons of holding our ceremony at over 8,000 feet and intentionally had no back-up plan whatsoever; I believe that our wedding planner secretly harbored one, but we don’t believe in Plan B and this was our moment.

I totally remember how windy and cold it was up there. In fact, as luck would have it, it started raining moments before we were supposed to take the gondola up for our reveal or so-called first look. And guess what? The gondola station actually shut down … and here we were … Michael and I just a few meters apart, but of course aware that we had come too far to spoil this once-in-a-lifetime moment by seeing each other early. Interestingly, the delay allowed Michael to finalize his love note to me and even further enhanced my anticipation and desire to connect with him.

The ceremony is a different story all-together. So … fast-forward a little … we headed up the mountain for what was truly a Goosebumps reveal. But then came the ceremony: the rain had stopped and we were simply excited to kick things off. Everything seemed to be going according to plan–tears and laughter with beauty all around. And then, just before the breaking of the glass–our mazel tov moment–it started hailing.All the guests–and I mean all, including our parents–abandoned the ceremony prematurely and sought shelter at the nearby gondola station. In fact, it was suddenly just the rabbi, us, and our courageous photography and cinematography teams. We were so close to heaven, and it felt like in heaven! I could have cared less about the weather conditions in that moment. So Michael and I concluded the ceremony, took a few unforgettable bridal portraits near our chuppah, and then ran for the gondola station as well. The wind and hail were such a powerful force that Michael had to protect his yarmulke as we escaped in concert. And you know what? I will never forget that priceless moment and would not trade it in for anything!

Food, food, food … or may we dare say food porn? Michael, please tell us about your interest in the art of food and how you came up with such an incredible selection?

When it comes to food, we don’t play games–especially Michael, who draws his abundant knowledge and inspiration from the likes of Wolfgang PuckPeter CallahanDaniel Humm and many other seasoned experts whose blogs he follows. Our reception vision was about a dining experience that would not interrupt the flow of the party, but where food would be a spectacle in its own right and even entertain as an optical and culinary delight. Keeping each dish relatively small allowed us to offer a greater variety to our guests, ensuring that there would be something tasty for everyone.

I don’t believe the catering department of the Arrabelle had ever created something quite as elaborate! Chef Douglas Dodd, in collaboration with his creative team, and Chef David Schwadron from Miami, practically celebrated cuisine in front of our eyes. Our menu paid homage to Colorado’s extraordinary agricultural bounty as well as to the centuries-old culinary traditions that have taken root there. Our chefs custom-tailored our menu for us based on the exchange of hundreds of emails and countless hours of research from our side.

In retrospect, one of the learning lessons was that our deliberate choice of small serving sizes resulted in exponentially greater challenges across the board. To everyone’s credit, no one gave up, but instead embraced the occasion.

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Photography: Adagion | Cinematography: Cabana Pictures | Venue: Arrabelle in Vail, Colorado | Event Design: Bella Event Design

Post Wedding Shoot:

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Level 3 Salon at The Four Seasons

As if the Four Seasons Hotel Denver couldn’t get any better, their spa just added a salon called Level 3 Salon. The COUTUREcolorado team tested the waters for you and it is fabulous! Even the chair you sit in to get you hair washed is remarkable…….. it massages you. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, and pretty with my “salon ready” hair.

Decorated in hues matching The Spa, in soothing colors of amber and caramel, the salon is destined to be a relaxing haven. A custom shampoo station offering shiatsu massage will enable the guest to fully unwind and savor the experience. A glamorous chandelier, gorgeous mirrors, and a wine bar add to the salon’s posh décor. There’s even a dressing area with a dedicated space to hang a wedding gown.

“I’m thrilled to offer this new component to our guests,” said Candis Ayers, Spa Director at Four Seasons Hotel Denver. “Hairstyling truly completes the look and is the perfect conclusion to spending a day at The Spa. Brides will love the convenience factor of getting ready for the wedding day from head-to-toe.”

The new four-station salon will exclusively offer blow-dry’s and hairstyling, from casual and curled blow-outs to chic chignons, braids, and formal up-dos. A “bombshell” menu of blow-dry styles provides the description for each look, such as “sleek and straight,” or “loose waves.” Extra services can be added on, such as a scalp massage or conditioning treatment. As an added benefit, anyone who reserves a hairstyling appointment is extended complimentary access to use The Spa’s facilities pre-or-post treatment, including the spacious fitness center featuring TechnoGym equipment, and the relaxation lounge including steam room and whirlpool.

Professional makeup application, eyelash application, and makeup lessons also will be offered by the team of talented hairstylists and estheticians.

So for your wedding or just a extra special date night, check out The Four Seasons for your hairstyling needs.

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Blow-dry’s and styles will be offered for USD 65.00. Formal up-do’s start at USD 75.00 and makeup application is USD 65.00. For the opening month of January 2014 only, blow-dry’s and styles will be offered at the special introductory rate of 45.00, exclusive of gratuity. For appointments: 303-389-3020.

Photos by LISTmember Rachel Gomez

 

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