Classic Mountain Wedding

Notes from the bride, Hollie: 

Our wedding stands out simply because it was planned in 4 months! We love the summer in the Vail Valley and think August is the best month of the whole year. Once we toured The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera’s “Overlook Lawn,” we immediately committed to a date… that was 60 days away!

From the moment I started planning our wedding, I wanted the theme to be natural, whimsical and reflective of the beauty of the surrounding mountains in Cordillera. To evoke that theme, I first chose ivory, taupe and pine green as our color scheme. We also had a lot of gold that added a touch of subdued glam in a romantic, fairy tale kind of way. My dress and flowers also reflected that whimsical mountain romanticism; the tulle in my wedding dress with its taupe ribbon, the bridesmaid’s baby’s breath bouquets and the large amount of greenery I used on our wedding arch, welcome signs and center pieces brought in that organic, natural vibe.

My parents created multiple DIY items for our wedding. I originally saw a seating chart, arch and welcome sign on Pinterest that I adored. When I showed my mom the photos, she instantly said, “I can totally do that!” And she didn’t stop there. Our corn hole game, welcome boxes for our guests staying at the hotel, seating chart, arch and welcome signs were 100% DIY. I’m lucky to have such artistic parents!

Although planning was an exciting and special time, I’m happy to report that being actually married is SO much better than the actual wedding, which can be really stressful! I have a lot of reflections on what I learned about weddings throughout the planning process, but if I could pass on any real advice to a bride-to-be, I would suggest to simply not skimp on any parts that are really important to you. If you are on a budget and you care the most about your dress, flowers, decor, food, entertainment, etc… then it’s ok to spend less on other things so you can spare no expense on the things you love the most!

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Art Deco Wedding Style

Notes from the photographer,Tara Bielecki {LISTmember}

For this shoot we really wanted to show couples that you can take the classic influences of art-deco and make it into a wedding that is modern and unique to your personality, breathing new life and putting a spin on such an elegant theme.We photographed the wedding at the new Globeville hotspot, Fort Greene. It was named after the Brooklyn neighborhood and boasts the original bar dating back to 100 years ago, as well as some of the original fixtures that still light this cozy space. Fort Greene has made quite a splash with the young professionals in downtown Denver and is the go to spot for handcrafted cocktails. As you’ll see in the photos and video, this place has tons of character, making it the perfect location for intimate weddings.We chose a simple but very glam Sarah Seven gown that complimented our brides style and the gorgeous jewelry from Abby Sparks. For menswear we chose clothing that really represents a majority of men living in Denver. Armitage & McMillan was the perfect spot to chose clothing that modern grooms can relate to and feel comfortable in. It was important to us that we have rich, jewel-toned florals to accent the green walls that cover this prohibition styled bar. MJM Designs married the elegance of the 1920s with modern couples in her stunning arrangements.

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Photographer: Tara Bielecki Photography {LISTmember} | Restaurant: Fort Greene | Event Planner: Hourglass Productions | Dress Store: a&be | Jewelry: Abby Sparks | Makeup Artist: Alchemy Artistry | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Armitage & McMillan | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Denver {LISTmember}  | Bakery: Langilicious Fine Pastries | Videography: Missing Frame Cinema | Floral Designer: MJM Designs, LLC | Invitation Designer: Rook Design Co. | Dress Designer: Sarah Seven

DIY Coconut Rose Oil Conditioner

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“I’ve always been good at conditioning my hair — I condition religiously, in fact. However, some mistakes resulted in hair that needed serious resuscitation, and so I was on a mission to find the best products to help,” explains Wendy Rose Gould beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site Latest-Hairstyles.com.

“I found some good ones, of course, but as a DIY-er, I also concocted my own deep conditioner. I consider this DIY hair conditioner a moisture bomb, of sorts, as it’s loaded with hair-loving oils and butter. To give it an extra personal twist, I even added a little bit of rose oil. Here’s the 100% original recipe and how-to.”

What You Need:

  • 5 Tbs Shea Butter
  • 3 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. Dr. Bronners’ Pure Castille Soap
  • 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15 drops 100% Camellia Seed Oil
  • 6 Drops of Rose Essential Oil (or scented to preference)

Step 1

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Combine three tablespoons of shea butter and three tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until everything’s melted and mix well.

Step 2
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Add your castille soap, olive oil, camellia seed oil and rose scent. The castille soap will help during the rinsing process, the camellia seed oil will soften, and the coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil will provide intense moisture to restore shine and strength to your hair. The rose scent isn’t necessary, but it’ll add a little bit of rose fragrance if you’re into it.

Step 3

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Place the mixture into the fridge or freezer until it’s cool, but not solid.

Step 4

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Add your remaining two tablespoons of shea butter to the mixture and whip with a hand mixer. It’ll turn into a normal, conditioner-like consistency.

Step 5

DIY-hair-mask-8Place in a container and date it. The conditioner should last up to 30 days.

Conditioning:

This conditioner works in multiple ways.

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Deep Conditioner: After shampooing, apply the DIY conditioner. Let it set for three to five minutes, then rinse. Consider this a deep conditioner and only use it once or twice a week.

Conditioning Mask: This is my favorite way to use the conditioner. Simply apply to ends of dry hair and let it set for 15 to 20 minutes before shampooing.

Leave-In Conditioner: If you have very dry hair, or coarse/textured hair, this is a good option. Rub a dime-sized amount of the conditioner into your hands and apply to your ends of damp hair. Style as normal. You can also apply to the ends of day two or three hair for a little bit of a boost.

Classic Colorful + Rustic

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Photographer:  Grace Combs Photography | Event Venue: The Barn at Raccoon Creek  | Makeup Artist: Katie Miesbauer Make-Up Artistry | Dress Store: The Bridal Collection | Cake Designer: The Makery Cake Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

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