Vintage Rustic Mountain Wedding

Notes from the Bride, Jamienne :

The first and biggest decision we had in the wedding planning process was location. My dad started throwing out some fun ideas and said let’s make a vacation out of this. My fiancé, Ryan and I started searching all over the county, outside the country, you name it, we looked it up. Finally, I looked at him and said, “what about Keystone, Colorado?” He said, “And this is why I am marrying you.” Keystone, Colorado was our very first vacation together and where we annually go for a ski vacation. He said that is brilliant, how come I didn’t think of that. In Keystone, the venue became very clear to us once we found Timber Ridge. We were told all the guests would be taking a 30 minute gondola ride up to the top of North Peak, where the ceremony would take place outside on a beautiful deck overlooking the mountains, and the reception would then be inside in big timber cabin. It was a done deal. The details fell into place after that.

We wanted a small and intimate wedding but as everyone knows, that is harder than it seems. We ended up with 110 of our closest family and friends, mostly all traveling from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. When guests arrived, they received a welcome bag filled with mountain goodies including, organic palisade peaches from Palisade, Colorado. We bused our wedding party and family to Breckenridge, Colorado to have a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Modis, full of great food, laughter and drinks. After dinner we met the rest of our wedding guests at Kickapoo Tavern in the Keystone village for a happy hour to kick off our wedding weekend.

We had a few special touches that made our wedding unique. One of the most memorable things about our wedding was the people who married us. In Colorado, you can be married by anyone. Because of this, we decided to include our family so we had my brother, Chad, and his sister, Jill conduct the ceremony. It was beautiful and so personal, you would have thought this was their full time job. During the wedding planning, his mom and sister had found these gorgeous antique old skis and so we had one of the groomsmen refinish them and add metal plates with our names and wedding date. At the wedding, we had everyone sign them and now they are hanging in our home.If one guest book wasn’t enough, we had pieces of fabric that everyone signed that we have now turned into a beautiful quilt (By SoutherCharmQuilts) with love notes from all of our favorite people. I will cherish that blanket forever. We incorporated both of our nieces to be the flower girls, and our nephew to hold a sign that said “Last Chance to Run, Uncle Ryan,” although he became bashful right before the walk down the aisle. The star of the show was our goldendoodle, Hank, who was our ring bearer and ran around greeting all of our guests throughout the reception. Another sweet moment was not only getting to dance with my father but I also had a separate special dance with my mom.

The first vendors we chose were our amazingly talented photographers. I cried when I was looking at their website because I just felt like Michele and Mark, of IN Photography had to be the ones to capture our wedding. I was out of town when my fiance called me with a surprise that he booked the photographers. I was elated and never looked back. They are a husband and wife team who we would recommend to every couple. It was so comfortable with them and they captured every single moment, and then some. Right before I walked down the aisle, I did a first look with my dad and I will cherish the tears and excitement on his face forever.

All of the bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen attire, flower girls, sign holders, and grooms attire were from JCrew weddings. I was wearing an Eve of Milady dress from Stardust Bridal in Plano, Texas with Jcrew shoes. The flowers were pretty easy for me to decide on because who doesn’t like succulents? Cindy and Rochelle at Bloom in Breckenridge nailed it when it came to the flower and tables. I screamed when I first saw my bouquet because it was simply perfect. Our wedding favor was different kinds of Chocolove candy bars, made in Boulder, Colorado with a love note that explained to our guests that a donation was made in their honor. We donated to a foundation called, Amazing Little Hearts, which supports families of babies with congenital heart defects at Medical City Children’s Hospital. This is very close to our hearts because my husband is a pediatric perfusionist and works with these families every single day.

We stayed in Keystone for a few nights to visit with all of our family and friends and then we escaped to Aspen, Colorado to enjoy the rest of the week together. When we think about our wedding we just keep saying we wouldn’t have done it any other way.

 

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IN Photography | Venue: Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado | Planner: Johnna at Distinctive Mountain Events | Florist: Bloom: Makeup Artist: Chantilly’s Brow Bar | Hair Stylist: Root Hair | Bridesmaids Dresses & Groomsmen Attire: J Crew | Favor: Chocolove Candy Bars of Boulder, Colorado

The Barn at Raccoon Creek

I toured this new venue personally last month and it is AH-MAZING. It is chic while still having rustic elements and even has great mountain views (you can’t tell in these photos with the overcast sky but trust me….killer views for being so close to downtown).

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Venue: The Barn at Raccoon Creek | Planner: A Touch of Bliss {LISTmember} | Photographer: Katie Van Buren Photography | Ceremony Florals: Flowers Forever | Country Vignette Florals: Crystal in the Garden | Modern Vignette: Hawk Flowers | Quirky Vignette Florals: Swank Stems {LISTmember} | Romantic Vignette Florals: A Design Resource | Catering/Sweets: The Bundt Shoppe | Catering/Sweets: Happy Cakes | Photobooth and DJ: Jammin DJs | Outside Tent Design/Decor: Eclectic Hive | Inside Design/Décor (farm tables, draping, chandelier, extra furniture) & Uplighting: Artistry Events and Design | Linen Rentals: Chair Covers and Linens | Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Tents: Under The Sky | Mini Makeovers: Kim J Beauty {LISTmember}

Vintage Boudoir Bridal Shower

Notes from Jordan for Long Ago Love Events {LISTmember}:

Long Ago Love Events was so excited to coordinate and style this shoot of a feminine vintage boudoir bridal shower, dreamed up by photographer Melissa Mullins. The inspiration for this shoot came to Melissa as she was trying to plan a girls’ gathering for her sister’s shower and bachelorette bash. She wanted to plan a party where all the ladies could relax and enjoy some treats while get professionally glammed up for mini photo session (what better party favors then a few gorgeous photos of you and your friends, all bedecked in floral-crown goodness?) before heading out for a night on the town. Melissa realized that such a service was nowhere to be found, so she set out to make it happen with some truly fabulous vendors–when we heard her idea, Long Ago Love Events couldn’t wait to get onboard!

Using The Holiday Chalet, a gorgeous Victorian B&B in downtown Denver, to set the stage for our festivities, Kim J Beauty {LISTmember} and Lark Mervine gave our ladies the royal treatment, with a bit of alluring, subtly dramatic makeup and a lovely, unique updo for each, with a floral crown of fresh blooms from Brightside Flora as the finishing touch.  We incorporated boudoir elements and the detailing on the sweetly vintage-inspired lingerie handmade by Ohhh Lulu Lingerie was swoon-worthy!  Delicate jewelry from Dolce De Leti Jewelry completed the girl’s looks.

Dressed and pampered, our ladies enjoyed scrumptious macarons from Honey B’s Macarons {LISTmember} and the most delightful pink ombre cake created by From Scratch Ltd. as they took turns doing glam photo sessions with Melissa. Cheerful chatter around the table and bestie photos were a staple of the party. The vibrantly beautiful invitation suite was hand-painted by Lauraland Designs.

Long Ago Love Events had so much fun piecing together the tablescape and dessert array, using our collection of blush Depression era glass pieces and cheerful colorful linens from Pear Tree Rentals, paired with breathtaking florals provided by Brightside Flora. Unique hand-painted pendants from Amy Heyse Art were the perfect party favors. A truly fabulous antique settee served as the backdrop for the beauty shots, and the ladies absolutely rocked it and had a great time celebrating together just how beautiful they each are.
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Melissa Mullins | Venue: The Holiday Chalet B&B | Planner: Long Ago Love {LISTmember} | Florist: Brightside Flora | Makeup Artist: Lark Mervine | Hair Stylist: Kim J Beauty {LISTmember} | Lingerie: Ohhh Lulu | Cake: From Scratch Ltd. Macarons: Honey B’s Macarons {LISTmember} | Paperie: Lauraland Design |  Linens: Pear Tree Rentals | Jewelry: Dolce De Leti | Pendants: Amy Heyse Art

Simple Elegant Farm Wedding

Notes from the wedding planner, Heather of Calluna Events {LISTmember}: 

Sometimes, in our culture of over indulgence, simplicity is better. Jenny + Cory are the living, breathing example of how stunning a simplistic, understated wedding can be. A picture perfect Lyons Farmette wedding, Jenny + Cory tied the knot in what ended up being a gorgeous summer send off. The late September affair was complete with a sweet and intimate ceremony followed by a perfectly chic pizza party under the open sky. The family style dinner gave way to a myriad of pies accompanied by lively bluegrass music. Lyons Farmette, one of our favorite outdoor venues, compliment the soft florals and simple elegant décor details to create the most beautiful ambiance for their special day. Can we relive this day one more time?

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Michele Hart Photography | Venue: The Lyons Farmette | Wedding Planner: Calluna Events {LISTmember} | Florist: Plum Sage Flowers {LISTmember} | Caterer: Basta  | Bartending: 3 Chicks Bar tending  | Rentals: Harvest Table Company | Band: Andy Hamilton And The Whiskey Hitchers

Mid-Century Wedding Styled Shoot

Notes from Amber; Planner at Save the Date Events:

We live in a world where wedding inspiration is boundless. Pinterest. Instagram. Wedding blogs. Wedding websites. Magazines. Friends and family…the list goes on.

With so much to love, how are we supposed to choose just one design for our Big Day?

The answer, we’ve found, is all in the details.

Sometimes a wedding’s design can start with a color palette, a beautiful pin of a centerpiece, or a personal belonging. Or sometimes it can come from articulating the right combination of words, like “elegant and lacy” or “modern and sophisticated.”

Finding that one thing is a landmark moment in the wedding planning process, and it’s the springboard for how you tie all the pieces together. For many wedding planners, this challenge is the most critical and the most exciting part of the process.

We recently put this concept to life in a styled shoot, and we wanted to share our creative process with those brides out there that are struggling with the very modern condition of “over inspiration,” in the hopes that it might help them get started on an easier path. When Wedding Paper Divas approached us to do a styled shoot and industry party, we jumped at the chance.

Since Wedding Paper Divas specializes in invitation design, it felt natural to draw inspiration for the event from the invitations themselves. So we searched and searched, and decided on their foil-stamped Everlasting Gem invitation. It has these amazing clean lines that create a delicate crossing pattern in a mix of color and metallic. The feel of it spoke to us and we felt good about the many directions we could go with it.

Next we created a design board using the invitation as our centerpiece, we went to a local vendor’s website that specializes in unique vintage rental pieces, and discovered a little treasure there. It was a mid-century modern gold shelving piece that, as it turned out, had the exact same shape and angled lines as the invitation we loved.

Instead of forcing other concepts to creep into our design board, we stuck with the mid-mod style and had fun with it. We found other mid-century modern pieces, terrarium-style foliage, bold colors, and metallic accents that worked with our concept, and encouraged our vendors run with it.

As common with all of our past successful events, we didn’t over think anything. This gave us the freedom to shut out all the other distractions, so we could focus on just the things that felt organic and natural to our design.

The style of the invitation piece we used comes out everywhere in this shoot. The cake, floral backdrop, table setting, rug, and even the wedding dress were all inspired from this one invitation.

If you are having trouble deciding on a direction to go with your wedding design, try selecting a few pieces you love and see where it takes you!

Use that one thing you love as the glue that ties your whole wedding together. It could be a wedding invitation, a dress, a famous painting you love, or a crazy piece of furniture. Just go with it and let the rest fall into place.
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Photographer: Sarah Hays Photography {LISTmember}  | Venue: StudioWed Denver | Planner: Amber with Save the Date Events | Florist: Plum Sage Flowers {LISTmember} | Videographer: Pure Cinematography {LISTmember} | Dress Boutique: BHLDN  | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Heidi with The Parlour | Invitations and Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas | Cake: Intricate Icings | Rentals: Yonder floral + decor house  | Linens: La Tavola

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Notes From Plum Sage Flowers:

Our botanical inspiration was to focus on unusual greenery and utilize plant and foliage types that are not typically seen in fresh designs. These included coleus plants, peperonia, zebra plant, maranta and hoya. We wanted the greenery to act as a focal bloom and really loved playing with sewing the sword fern and succulent blooms onto the fabric backdrop.

In addition to the above, we enjoyed utilizing large quantities of unique flowers such as the frill tulips. We also were able to use fresh cut Fritillaria for the first time, which was stunning.

Notes From Intricate Icings:

My inspiration for this fondant cake was the gorgeous white, green and metallic stationery provided by Wedding Paper Divas. I love modern geometric patterns and thought this linear design would work wonderfully on a cake. I chose to add a single sugar fern as a nod to the lush greenery used throughout the shoot. I wanted to provide an interactive experience for the guests, so I created an edible wall of petite fours allowing the dessert to truly become the decor, while letting the guests serve themselves from a slightly more unique setting.

Barn Wedding Decor

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West Elm animal sculpture / Rustic centerpiece / Yellow home decor / Lace bridesmaid dress / Flower dress / Rustic feather Boutonniere lapel pin Woodland wedding boutonniere… / West Virginia Rustic Barn Wedding / Ivory Romance ~ A Rustic Wedding Inspiration Board / Late Spring/Early Summer Rustic Outdoor Wedding Inspiration in Shades… / How to Throw a Barn Wedding / Vanessa + Adam’s Charming Barn Wedding Ruffled / A Rustic DIY Wedding in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Cross Creek Ranch / Eclectic Garden Party Wedding Erin Greg / A Rustic Barn Wedding on Lake Tahoe Bridesmaid.com

Shabby Chic

This outdoor wedding took place on a golf course, and features colorful DIY elements. I particularly love the customized mason jars for each guest.

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Photographer:  From the Hip Photo | Event Venue: Highland Meadows Golf Course | Cake Designer:‘B’ Sweet Cupcakes | Dress Store: Amanda’s Bridal & Tux | Etsy Designer: CRCmade | Floral Designer: F. Dellit Designs | DJ: Sound of the Rockies | Hair Stylist: The Parlour Salon

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