Interview: L Elizabeth Events

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I am thrilled to introduce you to Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Events {LISTmember}. She is not only a talented photographer but she is uber organized and creative and offers wedding planner services as well.

Tell us about what inspired you to combine wedding planning and photography.

I really like the creative aspects of both professions. Both are in my skill set. I love the variety! My college background is in large-scale production but I was doing wedding photography in my twenties and the two seemed to marry very well. No pun intended – ok maybe a little. I do both independently as well. I’m not always planning weddings I photograph and vice versa.

What advice do you have for guys who are considering proposing?

Consider your fiancé’s personality and what would appeal to them. Hire a photographer or cinematographer to capture the surprise – trust me, your other half will be so grateful to have those memories to share. Be authentic to who you both are.

Which trend are you ready to be done with?

Shabby Chic and DIY. Mostly because both are typically much more work (and frequently more cost) than couples ever dream of. In response, brides become extremely overwhelmed and the “fun” project becomes a monster she now hates.

Which non-venue in Colorado would make for a great wedding location?

As a predominantly mountain wedding planner, I think a scenic campground or open space would make a wonderful location for a glamping wedding.

If a couple had very limited funds, but still wanted great images and planning, what advice would you offer?

Limit your guest count to those who mean the most to you. When you have a guest count of 35 instead of 135, you can have many of the extra touches your budget wouldn’t allow for in a larger wedding.

Any ideas for events surrounding the wedding?

I love to see couples incorporate local activities, traditions, fare, etc. In the Colorado mountains, plan a nature hike and bring a local trail mix for everyone to enjoy at the top. At the beach, throw a clambake beach party for your post wedding day “brunch”. In the city, hit the food trucks and enjoy local craft beer for a welcome bash.

What are your favorite colors and themes to work with?

I am a lover of color! I don’t believe weddings have to be white. That being said, I don’t have a favorite. I like to find what fits perfectly for the couple I am helping – something that speaks to them and their personalities.

Advice for tackling DIY projects?

  • Know yourself – is this something you can and want to do? Do you have the time?
  • Finished them early – months early!
  • Make sure the costs aren’t more than if you purchased or hired out for the project – many times it is more expensive especially if you run into issues.

Advice for guests?

I have 2 pieces of advice for guests.

  • Be present in the moment and enjoy. Not everything is going to go perfectly but it will be a perfect day full of love. Make sure you are adding to that vibe.
  • Be prepared for varying situations and be flexible (particularly when it comes to Colorado weather)

What is your favorite wedding-themed movie?

Father of the Bride is probably my favorite. It really shows that even with great planning life can happen that can change the course of events; but with a little humor, love and resolve, it will be spectacular no matter what happens. Plus I’m a sucker for dads. I am a huge daddy’s girl!!

Here are a few of her favorite images. Check out more on her website: L Elizabeth Events

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Chartreuse

Unexpected and clever color schemes for are “in”.

Chartreuse: a color halfway between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the green color of one of the French liqueurs called green chartreuse, introduced in 1764.

Rustic Chic Beaver Creek Wedding

This rustic chic wedding was filled with colorful pastels and wine inspired details. The setting was perfect: a luxury log cabin in the mountains of Beaver Creek.
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Photographer:  IN Photography | Caterer:Beano’s Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano’s Cabin | Caterer:Beano’s Cabin | Cake Designer: Mountain Flour

Interview: Plum Sage Flowers

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From the bouquet to the table settings, the flowers bring life into your wedding. Hiring an expert that is not only professional but creative is important. I am pleased to introduce to the talented team at Plum Sage Flowers {LISTmember}.

Describe your business and the service you provide: 

We are a boutique floral design studio that specializes in wedding and event decor. We provide attentive, spectacular service and promise creative, high quality arrangements.

When and why did you start your business?

Plum Sage was created in the spring of 2005 after friends and family were requesting arrangements created by Erin for special events.

How did you learn your craft?

Our team has 35 years of combined experience and have learned on the job on organic farms and in retail locations.

What or who inspires you? 

Nature and fashion (Erin), history (Liz) and architecture (Mallory).

Favorite Wedding location. 

Our favorites include Devil’s Thumb Ranch (Erin), Timber Ridge in Keystone (Liz) and Blanc (Mallory).

Favorite Wedding Trend. 

The use of unique foliage and greenery utilized in organic, botanical designs.

Advice for a couple planning a Colorado Wedding. 

Trust your vendors. We love what we do and have your best interest in mind.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?

Erin grew up in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona and came to Colorado to attend CU. Liz grew up in Iowa and was drawn to Colorado’s mountains after traveling abroad. Mallory grew up in Boulder and moved to Denver after graduating from CSU.
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Check out more at Plum Sage Flowers

Royal Wedding Style

Notes from the photographer, Vanessa of Heirloomsnaps:

In a small mountain village a scandalous marriage of upper class meets lower class awaits at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau. What could the families say to the couple whose love and beauty brought back memories of their own youthful romances.

Reds of mauve and pomegranate beat through the wedding day to represent the cycle of love and life. Gold and silver to bring the couple good luck behind closed doors and in their pockets. The village artisans made local delicacies like blue cheese chocolate truffles, croquembouche and fleur-da-li bundt cakes. The village’s world renowned dress and jewelry designer charmed Stella, the bride, with their custom gown and jewels inspired by her beauty.

A special tradition is kept to remind the couple once again of the cycle of love and life, the newlyweds sit down to enjoy all the tasty treats served on heirloom plates and goblets used in the groom’s grandparents wedding. Next to the wedding couple’s plates lay hand painted gold pinecones for happiness and fertility, soon to be placed under the their wedding bed.

As the wedding carries on the newlyweds take a moment to walk the grounds of the chateau to chat about their new life together and share a few moments of lust.

Uniqueness of Colorado Artisans and Design:

Here in Colorado we are own village saturated with local talent. All the vendors that were used are examples of this talent. The shoot was styled to show that a Colorado bride could easily have her wedding elements custom made and custom designed without the help of big names and maintain a unique and romantic style that would make New York, Chicago, or Los Angles brides turn their heads. Furthermore, a bride could personalize her wedding further and give meaning to the details that she loves and start new traditions.

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Photographer: Heirloomsnaps | Venue: Della Terra Moutian Chateau | Florist: A Florae | Dress Designer: Mayra | Bridal Boutique: Emma and Grace | Makeup Artist: Jacob Anthony Hair Studio | Hair Stylist: Bombshell and Beau | Croquembouche: Indulge Bakery | Fleur-da-li bundt Cake: The Bundt Shoppe | Chocolates: Chocolate Lab Denver | Rock Crystal Pave’ Diamond Drop Earrings: Carla Morrison | Wedding Announcement: Sweet Zion Paperie {LISTmember} | Models: Brad and Jessica G.

Telluride Wedding

Notes from the photographer Joe of Salt and Pine Photography

Shyann and Yurik started dating in high school. It was just as hard to find them apart as it is now. During college, much of Shyann and Yurik’s relationship was long distance, but after school they were able to move together to Colorado. Their wedding date, August 7, 2014 marked their 8 year anniversary of dating.Together, Shyann and Yurik enjoy just about any activity that involves the outdoors. Most of all, they share a love of downhill mountain biking, which we were able to capture them doing the day before their wedding. Telluride was the perfect location for their wedding, not only because it highlighted the beauty of the state they called home, but also because it was also one of their favorite places to go downhill mountain biking. Shyann and Yurik said their vows at the San Sophia Overlook, just below 11,000ft of elevation. The view of the mountains that surround Telluride was breathtaking. They kept it intimate, with less than 50 guests attending. Shyann wore a beautifully unique sterling grey Vera Wang dress, and designed and made her bridal bouquet as well as the bridesmaids. They even brought their love for mountain biking into their wedding with bicycle pocket squares for the guys.

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Photographer: Salt and Pine Photography | Beauty: Alpenglow Beauty | Hair Stylist: Bliss & Bang Bang | Dress Store:David’s Bridal | Event Venue: San Sophia Overlook at Telluride Resort {LISTmember} | Dress Designer: Vera Wang

Tea Party Wedding Inspiration

Notes from the florist, Frances of Prema

On a dreary November day, a collection of Denver floral designers gathered together to drink tea, relax, discuss our favorite flowers and the joy and perils of our industry. We drank Earl Grey with cream, nibbled on cucumber sandwiches, currant scones and French macarons. We ended up talking a lot about our grandmothers and the things we love from days-gone-by. This event was in part a celebration of the launching of my company Prema, which specializes in floral design as well as prop, wardrobe and event styling, but even more than that, it was an opportunity for us to connect as a creative community and strengthen our friendships. I used pieces from my assorted collections of antique vases, tea cups, linens and plates to give a refined, nostalgic and very feminine feel to our gathering. I wanted sweet, colorful flowers in lush abundance to decorate the room. I chose flowers that made me smile: perfect yellow peonies, blown Majolica spray roses, caramel-colored roses, fragrant pink David Austin roses, fluffy blush astilbe, ruffly ranunculus, autumnal Virginia Creeper vine and the little blue star flowers of Tweedia.

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Photography: Red Shoes Photography  | Florals and Styling: Prema |  French Macarons: Sugar Mill 
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