Woodland Luxe Styled Shoot

This styled shoot showcases a woodland luxe look set amongst the trees and snow on Lookout Mountain in Colorado. With the beautiful patio at the historic landmark Boettcher Mansion, the custom built wood table and cross back chairs give the perfect base for a refined, rustic look. A combination of organic and metallic items were used in tablescape. The bouquet features garden roses, ranunculus, maiden hair fern, flat fern and plumosa wrapped with a gorgeous moss green velvet ribbon.


Photographer: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer | Reception Venue: Boettcher Mansion | Event Designer: Quintessential | Floral Designer: Design Works | Hair Stylist: AK Studio | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Denver Tux | Other:Level Custom Decor  | Dress Store: The Bridal Collection Denver | Cake Designer: The Makery Cake Co.

Q & A: Sara Gabriel


Sarah Gabriel is one of the most sought out bridal veil designers and she lives right here in Denver! We had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah a little bit better at a recent a trunk show at Anna Be {LISTmember}.

How did you learn your craft?

My mother taught me to sew when I was little and I was always very taken with it. I got into veils, headpieces and jewelry almost by accident…this is what my initial customers were asking for!

When and why did you start you business?

I started my company on the floor of the basement in my apartment 14 years ago…and now there are 10 of us in a 5,000 square foot production studio. The studio space is kind of “industrial-meets-glam”. We took a gigantic warehouse with 25 foot industrial ceilings, exposed electrical and plumbing and glammed it up with an 8′ high crystal chandelier in the entryway, red velvet drapes, a turquoise and gold crystal antler chandelier in the kitchen. Quirky, unique…I love it!

Describe your style and designs.

I am most known for my delicate take on vintage styling. It’s very easy for accessories to too “costume-ey” (I know that’s not a real word, but it works!), particularly when you get into French blushers and blingy/ornate hair clips. I believe my scaled down softer hand with these kind of details is part of what brides are attracted to when they choose something from my collection.

What or who inspires you?

The brides I have designed for directly over the years have the most influence on my style…my business was initially a bespoke service for brides (that was before the advent of Etsy!) and I just loved sitting down with a bride and trying to understand her vision and create something that was perfect for her personality, her gown and her venue. Even though my company has grown exponentially, I still get to work with brides directly at all of the trunk shows I do. Listening to what they are asking for…their style…drives the new collection each year.

Name a celebrity that you would love to make a custom headpiece for.

Hands down: Madonna!

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Albuquerque, NM.  I’ve lived in Denver for 14 years, since 2000. I was chasing a boy I was in love with who attended CU Boulder…and who is now my husband of 12 years!

If you weren’t designing veils & headpieces, what would you be doing?

Oh my gosh, I can’t even begin to imagine my life without my company…that would be the same as trying to imagine my life without my husband or my kids. Too hard! If I had to pick something…I’d say I’d likely be running another company, preferably one that involves sparkles!

We think Denver rocks. What is your favorite thing about living in Denver and Colorado?

What’s not to love? Seriously, there is NO better place than Denver. We have the best of everything here!

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photography by our contributing photographer rachel gomez

A Classic Winter Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

Notes from the events planners JA Special Events {LISTmember}: 

From the sparkling snow, blue skies, and mountain backdrop of Carolyn & Sean’s first look to the dripping orchids and soft drape framing their ceremony; from the twinkle lights on evergreen trees to the glimmer of sequined flowers on table linens; and from the touching toasts to the human pyramid, this wedding showcases the beauty and romance of winter in all its elegance.  Inspiration abounds in the images captured by Studio JK.

Notes from the bride Carolyn: 

How did you meet your groom and how did he propose? 

Sean and I met 3 years ago on eHarmony  He had recently moved back to Boulder from California and I was living in Denver.  Funny enough we both attended CU Boulder for our undergraduate degrees, lived in the same dorm and had never met each other.  Thankfully our stars finally aligned!  Sean surprised me with a trip, last June, to Laguna, CA. for my birthday . He had planned to propose on the beach at sunset, but was so excited that he decided he couldn’t wait…. and proposed on our first morning there over breakfast.  What a memorable birthday it was!

What was your inspiration for your wedding day? 

When we got engaged we knew we wanted to be married before the end of 2013 (why wait! ), which meant we had less than 6 months to get all the details together. We weren’t sure that we would find a venue (that we loved) that could accommodate us so quickly. When we found out that the St Julien was available we couldn’t have been more thrilled. We had our 3rd date at the bar at the St Julien & loved that the venue already had personal meaning to us. In addition, Boulder of course held special place in our hearts having both gone to school there.

The one & only thing both Sean and I had envisioned for our wedding was having it outdoors. Of course, we knew this was going to be near impossible to make happen in December. Little did we know our wedding weekend would have record breaking cold temperatures; thankfully we made the decision early to plan the festivities indoors. This is where our amazing wedding planners & my Mom helped bring this vision together.  My mom & I really wanted the decor to be elegant  & festive with a touch of “rustic” to honor our (Sean & my) love of the outdoors.  During the planning stage, my Mom said she wanted the room to be “magical”.  Which it most certainly was…  from the candle lit ceremony, to the gorgeous flowers, the Christmas trees & the beautiful table settings it really could not have been more perfect.

What was your favorite memory from you big day? 

Picking our favorite memory of the day is tough because the whole entire weekend was just fantastic.  We had an absolute ball,  loved every moment and truly did not stress about a thing (a big thank you to JA Special Events for helping to make that possible). If I had to choose,  I think one of our favorite moments was our first look… Sean and I really want get some photos outside so we had planned to meet up at Chautauqua Park. Little did we know how cold it would be… but we had fun regardless. It was great to have some time together (just us)  before the actual ceremony… Joe & Joyce (Studio JK) were so fantastic and such troopers to endure the zero degree temperatures with us. We absolutely LOVE the shots they got!

What is your advice to other couples planning a Colorado Wedding? 

My only advice would be to be present! The best thing that we did was to just enjoy every moment, each other and all of our friends & family.  Stressing and worrying about the details is not worth it (it will all come together!). Take in every wonderful moment in…It goes so quickly… have a blast! It truly was the best weekend of our lives…”

(Planned by Jessica Adler with coordination assistance by Stacy Horn & Jacque Gisetti)

Photographer: Studio JK | Event Planner: JA Special Events {LISTmember} | Venue: St. Julien Hotel & Spa | Florist: Statice Floral | Cake & Dessert: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Music: A Touch of Class | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens |  Lighting & Drape: LMD Productions |  DJ: Top Hat Entertainment

Jan 6th: Wedding Wars – A Knock-out Bridal Show

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WHEN: Tuesday January 6, 2015  5:30-8PM

WHERE: Vehicle Vault 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway Parker, Colorado 80134

Classic cars, fashion show, special performance and 15K wedding giveaway are a few of the highlights

Purchase your tickets here and receive ½ off tickets with code: COUTURE

Wedding Wars brings you into the ring with the excitement of a night out blended with 4 style corners filled with unrivaled wedding inspiration every couple longs for.  These knock out designs are meant to awe and inspire you, while showing you how “one of a kind” your own wedding can be.

Get the blow by blow of current and advancing wedding trends in each style corner including décor, floral, lighting, bridal fashions, details and so much more.

This wedding design bout brings out the competitor in our wedding professionals.  In each show, they are inspired by a theme and create a knock out style corner showcasing their talents.  You make the call helping to crown the champion, by placing your vote for your favorite style corner.

This year’s Denver WEDDING WARS is…Vroom!  Welcome to the brand new Vehicle Vault, a premier auto gallery and event venue. Wedding Wars is taking over the Vault, for one night only, to blend the beauty of these cars with the beauty of wedding design.

This year’s themes are inspired by the amazing vintage and collectable cars and the eras they ruled!  Come see what our teams have in store as they incorporate these one of a kind vehicles into their style corners.

Guests enjoy an evening of complementary tastings, libations and live entertainment while getting to know Colorado’s most talented wedding contenders.

Couples will be entered to win give-aways and could take home the ultimate prize, a $15,000 wedding! Come enjoy this soiree style event, eat, drink, mingle and be inspired.


What’s a style corner?

Our creative and fun loving wedding professionals capture every detail you would ever need in your wedding in a stylized wedding scene. Each team takes their corner in “the ring” and brings everything to the mat. Yes we enjoy inserting playful boxing references wherever possible!  Everything from reception table design, floral arrangements, ceremony décor, catering menu, and cake design, to attire are brought together in a fully conceptualized designed set. Come interact with each style corner, taking in the detailed perfection of each uniquely inspired theme.


A Chic Mountain Wedding at The Four Seasons Vail

Notes from LISTmember Cara Leonard Photography:

This wedding was held at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort, Vail. The day called for rain and thunderstorms all day, leaving this couple along with friends and family checking the forecast by the minute. Just at the times we needed it, the skies cleared up, the sun peeked out, and this group from the New Jersey area were able to celebrate just as planned. Even more, the bride had dreamed of having her wedding announcement in the New York Times as a little girl. In the middle of our portraits she was brought a copy of the paper, that was to be released the NEXT day, and there her and her soon to be husband were featured. It may have been one of her favorite moments of the day, definitely sweet to witness. They held their ceremony at the pool of the Four Seasons, and then celebrated with all of their friends and family, dancing the night away with DJ Kiss out of NYC and Richie Canata (Billy Joel’s saxophone player). Memorable in so many ways, and a beautiful celebration for these two.
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Photographer: Cara Leonard {LISTmember} | Venue: Four Seasons Vail | Planner: AK Schleusner | Florist: Vintage Magnolia

Dec 2nd: Sample Sale at a&be bridal shop

Better than a Black Friday sale! On Tuesday, December 2nd for one day only, Colorado brides can score a serious deal on their wedding dress at a&be bridal shop. They are clearing out their inventory and have tons of gowns that will be at least 50% off and many will be under $500!

Wedding gowns that will be on sale include: Katie May, Sarah Seven, Leanne Marshall, Nicole Miller and more! This sale is by appointment only and there are limited spots so book yours today by calling 720-627-5760.


Here’s a sneak peek of what you will find at a&be bridal shop‘s sample sale:

Love Marley ‘Heidi’: Originally $1641, On Sale for $400

 Blush by Hayley Paige ‘Rosemary’: Originally $1870, On Sale for $500

Nicole Miller ‘Sloane’: Originally $1500, On Sale for $450


Aspen Winter Wedding Inspiration

Notes from the event planners and designers, Chelsea and Kate of Gold Leaf Event Design & Production

In the brisk, fresh air of the Rocky Mountains, Jason + Gina Photography caught our bride and groom heating things up on the set of our enchanting, and intimate winter wedding shoot. If you’re a thrill seeking bride, or a groom who loves adventure, there’s no better place to tie the knot than the new Elk Camp venue, located mid-mountain, in Snowmass Colorado.

Strolling through exquisite scenery, the groom, dressed by Ralph Lauren accompanied his bride, who wore elegant lace, complemented by maroons, purples, and emerald floral. Taylor and Tessierís necklaces and bracelets, and Ippolita rose-gold earrings balanced the ensemble, which made for incredible inspiration.

We wanted to combine our coupleís passion for the outdoors with romantic elegance. Instead of toasting their first glass of champagne over wedding cake, they picnicked with Veuve Cliquot in the mountains. Mercury glass votives lit faux deer decor, garland, winter fruits, and grape vine balls that sat beautifully on a well-dressed table, in front of the artistic Elk Mountain shattered glass decal. Later, the bride slipped out of her heals and into her ski boots, and the newlyweds took their first ski run together. Guests were treated with a bundle of goodies to share on their ride down the Elk Camp Gondola.


Venue: Elk Camp at Aspen/Snowmass in association with ASC Catering {LISTmember}  | Event Design and Coordination: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production | Photography: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers {LISTmember} | Videography: Red Mtn Productions | Floral and DÈcor: Carolyn’s Flowers | Jewelry: Taylor and Tessier and Ippolita | Groom’s Clothing: Ralph Lauren | Bride’s Clothing: J Crew | Gift Box: Bundles Colorado Artisan Gift Co. |  Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl | Paper Goods Printing: Express Yourself Basalt

A Guide to Planning Your Special Day

Planning your own wedding is like planning a military operation. Everything must be perfect, otherwise you’re sure to turn into a huge Bridezilla that nobody will want to be around. The process of planning sure is a rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re happy, the next you’re sad, then you’re angry, then you’re in denial, and then the process starts all over again. The truth is, you don’t need to plan your special day and go through this all on your own. Use this guide to get you started!

Grab a Folder

Use a folder to document everything to do with your wedding, from ideas and inspiration to services you’ve booked. This will help you to keep track of things as the day draws closer.

Set a Budget

You must have a budget before you start planning your wedding, as it’s so easy to go over it. Set your maximum budget, and try to stay below it. If you need to, cut back on expenses that aren’t so important to improve cash flow.

Get Wedding Insurance

Weddings cost a fortune. Everybody knows this. Get wedding insurance to protect you! You never know what might happen, and although it isn’t very nice to think about, it’s important to be sensible.

Sort Out Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Who will you ask to help you with the big day and be there for you? Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen if they’ll do the honors of being in the ceremony!


Image by Chowen Photography {LISTmember}

Write a Guest List

Begin to write your guest list. It helps if you and your husband-to-be have discussed whether you’d like a big, extravagant ceremony or a small intimate ceremony. Usually, the less people you invite the more money you can save. However, sometimes costs are fixed. If this is the case, make the most of it!

Select Venues and Reserve Your Desired Dates

Where do you imagine getting married and celebrating? Select your venues and see if you can book your desired dates. Do this as far in advance as you can to make sure you can get the times you want.

Book the Officiant Who Will Perform the Ceremony

You need to book your officiant. This is the person who will make you man and wife!

Select Entertainment, photography services and caterers

Now it’s time to think about entertainment, photography, and caterers. When it comes to entertainment, you have many options. You can go for a DJ, a live band, or even dancers. Use your imagination! You could even hire a photo booth with props for everybody to pile in and take funny pictures. These make great souvenirs!

You’ll need to pick a photographer whose style you like, and meet with them several times to make sure you’re on the same page. You’ll need to give them a list closer to the day of moments you’d like captured for your wedding album.

Caterers will be in charge of the food. You’ll usually get a better deal with family run businesses, as they always go the extra mile to make your day special!

Pick Your Flowers

All weddings need beautiful flowers, so make sure you pick flowers that you feel represent you and your partner. Roses are a popular choice, but don’t be afraid to pick more colorful, tropical flowers.


Image by laura smith - Bouquet by Lalé Floral Designs {LISTmember}

Go Dress Shopping

The dress is one of the most important aspects of your big day. Go dress shopping with a few people who you trust to find the perfect gown. You may also want to find a separate gown for the evening, but this is optional.

Send Out Your Invites

Send out your invites as soon as you can to make sure all of your guests can get the time off work and make arrangements. A really quick and easy way to get your invites out is to use a service like einvite.983invitation.com. Most people use the internet these days, so you can be sure that your guests will receive your invite in the quickest most efficient way!

Other Wedding Attire

It isn’t just your dress that’s important. You need to get your bridesmaid’s dresses too, along with the groom/groomsmen outfits. You may also want to buy gifts for the wedding party at this point!

Arrange Transport

How will you arrive to your venue on the day? Arrange your transport, and make sure people who are traveling in from out of town know how they are going to travel too.

Order Your Cake

Decide on a cake design and flavour and put in your order in time for the big day.

Pretty in Peach

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