March 1st: Estes Park Bridal Crawl

If you are considering having a mountain wedding, you should definitely attend The Estes Park Bridal Crawl.  With Venue Tours and a Vender Showcase, you will learn about all the possibilities of a wedding in Estes Park.

Date: March 1, 2015
Where: Estes Park Resort
Time: Vendor Show Case 9:00am-11:30am
Venue Tours/Crawl 11:30am-3:30pm
Grand Prize Drawing: 4:00pm at Wild Basin Lodge (must be present to win)
Cost: $10 per person and $5 per additional person for people who pre-register
$15 per person and $5 per additional person at the door. Register Here.

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Colorful Vintage

Notes from the wedding planner, Jessica of A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals

Jenny and Ben’s wedding was so much fun to plan and design. She wanted a colorful vibrant atmosphere.The invitations definitely set the tone with the hand illustrated floral liner based off the floral designs for the wedding. When it came to flowers, Jenny wanted something happy and bright, which is was she got. The textured gorgeous flowers really made the day. For their guestbook, guests signed quilt squares which the brides mother is going to latter make a quilt for the couple to keep. One of the most fun details was having Little Man Ice cream cart come at the end of the night. Guests got their pick of cake or ice cream (or both!).

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Photographer: Jenna Noelle Photography | Planner: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Venue: Crooked Willow Farms | Florist: Bare Root Floral | Dress Designer: Wtoo
Dress Boutique: a&be Bridal {LISTmember} | Makeup Artist: Kelsey Zabawa Make up Artistry | Hair Stylist: Alex Cox Hair Design | Invitation Designer: Lana’s Shop {LISTmember} | Ice Cream: Little Man Ice Cream

 

Classic Wedding with Orange and Mint Green Details

Notes from the Bride, Christina:

Because our families were spread out over the US, and Europe, we decided to have two ceremonies – our official wedding in Boulder and a marital blessing just outside of Rome, in a vineyard near Filippo’s family’s home. Our wedding ceremony took place at Cairn Christian Church, a small church just outside of Boulder which we had been attending – drawn to its progressive minded community and fellowship. The church although small was beautiful and perfect for our close-knit group of about 50 people. My sister was my maid of honor, and his brother was his best man. Our flower girl and ring bearer were Filippo’s adorable nieces, ages 6 and 4. We had a string quartet play some of our favorite classical music, and my mother and aunt performed a song together during our ceremony. White sheer draping decorated the walls and the walkway to the altar and small bouquets of soft colored flowers and eucalyptus dotted the aisles. The style of the floral decor was inspired by a bohemian vintage theme. My dress had been made by a local seamstress, based on a design I had seen in Paris. Along with my bouquet, I wore three strands of Pikake (a heavenly smelling Hawaiian flower) as well as a strand in my hair. After the ceremony, we sped away in a mint-colored 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. Our reception took place at the Boulder Country Club, which looks up to the mountain range. The sunset was beautiful and the toasts were made outside against this setting. Our cake was utterly scrumptious and made by the local “Piece, Love and Chocolate” – a white chocolate cake with Liliko’i (Hawaiian for Passion Fruit) butter cream filling.

Above all, the date of our wedding was special to both our families as it was my grandparents’ anniversary and Filippo’s mother’s birthday. We love swing dance and so our first dance had to be swing ! We choreographed (with help from Steven, our Boulder Swing instructor) our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Best is Yet to Come” and to this day can’t believe we remembered all the steps. The evening was beautiful, heartfelt and fun, made special by all our family and close friends that came from all over the world to celebrate with us – including Filippo’s close family who came from Rome, and my great Uncle Howard who just turned 100 this past October.
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Photographer: Rachel Gomez Photography | Church: Cairn Christian Church | Venue: Boulder Country Club | Florist: Fiori Flowers | Dress Designer: Theia | Makeup Artist: MAC Make Up Boulder | Hair Stylist Joy at Zing Hair Salon | Cake: Piece Love and Chocolate | DJ: Roger Cridlebaugh

More from the Bride: 

How did you two meet? 

How did a girl from Honolulu, Hawaii end up with a guy from Rome, Italy ? It seems unlikely that a couple could meet and fall in love from such distant geographic locations. But the story is an international one and so perhaps more likely than not. Filippo and I met while teaching abroad in Paris. We were part of an French government sponsored educational program which brought freshly minted college degree holders from all over the world to teach their respective maternal languages to French students. The French work week allowed for ample time to explore the city and its surroundings, and so we met for the first time in front of the monumental Versailles palace, with a group of friends in common who planned the visit. I remember distinctly thinking his eyes were so kind, that there was something special about him. While I would like to say the rest was history, it actually took many years — 5 to be exact– and many emails, letters and skype calls before we would meet again and begin our true love story. We were first friends that traveled together – we went to Berlin, Istanbul and Lebanon together before moving back to Paris as a couple and then eventually to Boulder, Colorado where I was pursuing my PhD at CU.

How did he propose? 

Filippo first asked me to marry him during a trip to Rome, but officially proposed to me on my birthday last year at the top of the Royal Arch trail — a beautiful look-out at the top of the FlatIrons in Boulder. The trail had been damaged due to the floods, and at some points on the hike I thought we should turn back, but he assured me that it would be worth the wait – and it was!

Colorado Winter Wedding Inspiration

This Winter-Inspired Styled Shoot has touches of the marsala (the color of the 2015), soft greens, shades of pink, and ivory. Granby Ranch created the perfect rustic setting with mountain views and lots of snow.

Decor elements include an incredible fur-wrapped bouquet filled with pine cones, Marsala toned peonies, jingle bells, peppermint bark, hand knit flowers, roses, holly, and fresh picked cotton by Love Letters Floral Design {LISTmember}.

The tablescape is built on a stunning hand made reclaimed wood farm table by the founders of Old Wood Soul, topped with a stunning floral arrangement, gold candlesticks and flat-ware from Ultra Pom rentals, wood chargers, white dishware with gold accents, luxury printed napkins, and some incredible high end custom paper goods with hand calligraphy on the envelopes by Blue Ink Studio.

The bride is in a sweet designer lace gown by Blush from the JLM Couture Line, courtesy of a&be bridal shop {LISTmember} in Denver, and accessorized her with some of the beautiful custom pieces from EYM Bridal Designs. Her cotton long sleeve lace top is from Target; this is our homage to the laid back bride who wants something warm and cozy that feels like home on her wedding day.

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Photographer: Chris Loring Photography | Event Venue: Granby Ranch | Event Planner: Sara Brown Weddings | Floral Designer: Love Letters Floral Design {LISTmember} | Invitation Designer: Blue Ink Studio | Dress Store: a&be bridal shop {LISTmember} | DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: EYM Bridal Designs | Bakery: Gold Mine Cupcakes |  | Makeup Artist: Kari Jordan Hair & Makeup  | Equipment Rentals: Old Wood Soul  | Equipment Rentals: Ultra Pom 

January 16-17: Nicole Miller Trunk Show

Colorado brides, shop the Nicole Miller wedding collection at a&bé bridal shop {LISTmember} during the January Nicole Miller Trunk Show. This two-day event will highlight the latest timeless, elegant bridal gowns that are classic, simple and oh-so-affordable priced from $1,200. To set up your appointment with a stylist call a&bé at 720.627.5760.

a&bé bridal shop {LISTmember}: 1955 w. 35th avenue denver, co 80211

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Spotted: A Touch of Gold

Wedding decor themes have gone from drab to highly en vogue lately. Whether you are planning a minimalist wedding or a refined bohemian wedding, luxury touches can be added. Gold is the ultimate in luxury. It has often been shied away from in wedding decor as it isn’t for everyone, but get this right and you’ll wow your guests.

You don’t need to do everything in gold. Don’t choose a gold wedding dress (unless you really want to!) but instead opt for small touches. Gold is luxurious, opulent and desirable. Your wedding should reflect this if you plan to use it successfully in your theme. Look for ways to add gold touches into your wedding day decor and make it a day to remember!

Invites in Gold Hot Foil. Your wedding invites are your big chance to make a stunning first impression and to set the scene for events to come. Use gold hot foil printing techniques. Your printer will explain these and talk you through the process. You will then be quoted a price. Use calligraphy style fonts and luxurious personal touches to create invites that just scream luxury!

Gold and Flowers. You can add subtle touches of gold into your floral displays. Denver weddings have been known to do this well. Simply use gold sprayed flowers or leaves dotted amongst the rest of the flowers to create an understand look that will really stand out in the crowd. Keep the accompanying colored flowers simplistic and chic, and you’ll find this effect works well.

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photo by: harper point photography | view real wedding feature

Gold For Reception Decor.  Your wedding reception should be full of style and grace. Use gold-flecked glasses, blush pink flowers and gold chair backs. When infused together, this look will seem unique and stunning. Wear some gold jewellery yourself, and you’ll look every bit the princess in your own fairytale wedding.

Gold for Favors.  When you plan your wedding favors, think about what your guests would like. It’s always a good idea to place a mini camera next to their favour bag so that they can take photos of your special day. Gather these up afterwards, and you’ll have lasting mementos. Use mini chocolates wrapped in gold foil or cute candies coated with edible gold leaf. Present these in boxes with classic black and white name tags on and tie with blush pink ribbon to complete your look.

Gold for the Wedding Cake. Your wedding cake could really set the whole reception off. Opt for an extravagant design with at least three tiers. Beautiful pink flowers swirled into the design in an ombre design will look stunning when paired with a few simple gold flowers or rose gold bead working detail. Rose gold is highly in fashion right now so if you prefer this color of gold then use this with pink to create your final look.

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photos by Rachel Gomez view engagement styled shoot

However you incorporate gold into your wedding day, it is bound to look amazing. Now all, you need, are some stylish guests to bring the glamour and the entertainment to your special day.

January 16-17: Elizabeth Fillmore Dress Event

January is the prime shopping time for your gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore bridal gown at anna be {LISTmember}. These light, silky gowns are perfect for a destination wedding or for the romantic, bohemian bride who wants to show off her silhouette. The ethereal collection will only be in Denver for the weekend so book your appointment online now or by calling 720-855-1111. 

anna be 1575 boulder street, denver, co 80211

Elizabeth Fillmore from Elizabeth Fillmore on Vimeo.

 

Getting to know Elizabeth Fillmore: 

efI graduated Parsons School of Design in 1993 with the passion that I wanted to start my own collection… I began with a high end niche collection of sexy and romantic evening pieces – After several years in the evening market – I was urged by the fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, to start a Bridal collection. It was the best thing I ever did”….

The ELIZABETH FILLMORE BRIDAL collection launched in 1999, as a natural extension of her evening line.

“I love the “magical” aspect of a wedding gown, and the personal choice each bride makes…I design for the “Modern Romantic”…Individuality is so important to me and the look of each collection.”

The designs are a beautiful balance of Sophistication, Femininity, and a touch of the “Bohemian”…there is an overall lightness to the designs coupled with the personal touch of hand done accents on each dress, the flowers, trim or twist of a drape, that keeps the collection so special.

The Collection focuses on slender bias cuts with graceful draping accents, chic fitted hourglass gowns to ethereal empire silhouettes…the fabrics are extremely important to the look of the collection – Elizabeth uses all silk fabrics and linings – relying on mainly French and Italian couture fabrics that offer an added originality and richness to the designs.

“My bride has an independent vision – and I hope to fill that vision for her through my designs…”

Spicing Up Your Wedding Night

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I am all for people making their wedding day their own. If it makes you happy, I say do it. To hell with tradition. You should be able to twist, alter, or even eliminate all of the once-customary practices in order to create the wedding you always dreamed of.

On the other hand, however, I’m still completely confused by the people willing to take an unorthodox approach to their ceremony and reception, while disregarding their own desires entirely for the most intimate part of the entire day—the wedding night.

Some people will spend months creating the unique and perfect day from visions they’ve had for years, then when it comes to the wedding night, they’re stuck in conventional mode. If the cause of your anticipation for vanilla, unenthusiastic sex on your wedding night is due to no one telling you that you’re allowed to do anything different, take this to heart: You have every right to make your wedding night as special as your day.

And just like your ceremony and reception, it’s going to take a little planning.

First, make the night even hotter simply by upping the anticipation. One of the best ways to stay on his mind (and maybe even prevent cold feet) is to give him the sexy gift of a boudoir photo shoot. As sexologist Dr. Kat explained in a blog for Adam and Eve, not only will the pictures serve as a personalized gift for him, they can also boost your own confidence and self-esteem. Take pride in all that sweating for the wedding you did and keep that memento of your wedding day bod to look back on when you’re old and wrinkly!

If you’re going by tradition, you probably won’t be sleeping in the same place the night before the ceremony, or even see one another until you walk down the aisle. So before you say goodbye to him the night before, give him the photos in a sealed box or envelope, and make sure to say they’re for his eyes only!

When it comes to the night of, take into account the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the room. It’s likely the hotel staff or friends in your wedding party will have attempted to set the mood for you by showering the bed with rose petals (or even prophylactics if the task fell on the groomsmen), but you’re still in charge of your own presentation. I always recommend bridal lingerie, if for no other reason than it may be the only opportunity to you have to wear it. Sure, your new husband probably cares more about what’s “inside.” However, if you show up wearing the same lingerie from your boudoir photos that have teased him for the last 24+ hours, you’ll seem like a fantasy come true.

For the cherry on top, dab yourself with a perfume that you know he enjoys in areas that you want him to focus on, like the nape of you neck or chest. Then set the mood with some music. Spotify offers playlists described as “The Best Tracks to Play During Sex,” but if you find making love to Marvin Gaye as hilarious as I do, I recommend taking the time to customizing your own playlist prior to the evening, instead of taking a chance on “shuffle.”

Finally, just as reassurance for those of you who understand the pure exhaustion that goes into attending a wedding—let alone being the center of attention at one—I’ll be the first to admit that you’re in no way required to have sex on the wedding night.

A few of my friends have admitted to being too tired or drained to get excited about having sex after the ceremony, and The Knot posted a related article citing several couples with a similar experience. Their reasons for holding off on consummating their marriage ranged from overindulgence (booze or cake) to flooded honeymoon suites.

Instead of forcing themselves to get it on because of a tradition (which isn’t really a great reason to have sex by the way) they opted to make the first night of their honeymoon their “special” night. They were able to heighten their anticipation of the evening and really put forth the time and energy to make it a special moment. Instead of their first time sleeping together as a married couple being out of obligation, they were actually able to lose themselves in the moment and truly enjoy the experience.

You may not be headed to the honeymoon suite a virgin, but the first time you sleep with your partner as a married couple should still be a cherished event in your relationship. I’m not saying toys or crazy yoga-inspired positions are necessary, but you have the entire day to make your own and celebrate becoming a married couple. Whether it’s the same night or the next day, acting on it should be just as special.

Refined Bohemian Style in the Mountains

Everything came together on this refined bohemian style wedding. The setting, the dress, the decor, the bright blue mountain sky……… all perfection.

Notes from the wedding planner,Samantha Robertson-Brittz of Bella Design and Planning

Nestled among the pines at the top of Keystone Resort, Timber Ridge is a spacious mountain lodge with high cathedral ceilings and a two-story stone fireplace. With a blend of light, wood and stone, the lodge’s unique atmosphere was the perfect venue for Laura and Patrick Berry’s refined bohemian wedding.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the bride and groom wanted to create a special destination event where they could celebrate with their loved ones amidst the majestic views of the Rocky mountains. Tucked far back into the range, their guests enjoyed two breathtaking gondola rides high over the pines to get to this special venue. From there the magnificent views over the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges were the perfect setting for Laura and Patrick’s ceremony which took place on the lodge’s outdoor wooden deck.

Held on an ideal autumn day, guests were able to mingle in the warm sunshine after the ceremony enjoy canapés and the couple’s signature cocktails while reminiscing and catching up with friends and loved ones. For dinner a duo of petite filet mignon and rocky mountain was served. After which guests enjoyed an assortment of cake and were rocked the rest of the night away to the sounds of the Diamond Empire Band before being whisked back down the mountain on a starry gondola ride at the end of the night.

Working closely with the bride, Bella Design and Planning drew elements from the couple’s fun and loving personalities to create a whimsical yet refined bohemian theme that was woven throughout their magical day. Favoring a palette of navy blue, peach, fuchsia and pewter on a backdrop of lush greenery, floral arrangements were punctured with thistle, garden roses and succulents. To add personal touches the couple played on the groom’s surname with a HochBerry cocktail and a berry sorbet intermezzo at dinner; they incorporated their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes in the wedding program and topped off the details with silver favor boxes filled with their favorite delicate macaroons at each place setting. From the big to the small, the careful and whimsical attention to detail that was given to this loved filled event held high in the majestic Rocky mountains is one we are proud to present to you for your consideration.

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Photographer: Audre Rae Krull | Wedding Planner: Bella Design and Planning | Venue: Timber Ridge | Florist: Bloom Flower Shop | Videographer: Lupher Arts | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Colorado Makeup and Hair | Photographer’s second shooter: Savady Photography | Stationer: Samantha Robertson-Brittz of Richard’s Notebook

 

Q & A: Claire la Faye

colorado-wedding_0013Recently, the wedding dress designer Claire la Faye was in Denver for her trunk show at a&be bridal shop {LISTmember}. What began as a fine arts degree at Parson’s School of Design in NYC, Claire la Faye evolved from a line of re-constructed tee’s into one-of-a-kind ‘red carpet, feminine frocks’ worn by many a celebrity, to what is now the current line of ethereal bridal gowns.

How did you learn your craft?

For the first part of my life, I was primarily self taught, eventually polishing my skills while earning my BFA at Parson’s School of Design in NYC.

When and why did you start you business?

I started the “Claire La Faye” label in 2001. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts and in the wake of 9/11 I moved to Portland Oregon, a city abuzz with self employed entrepreneurs and artists….It was only a natural transition to start something of my own which over the course of 15 years led from reconstructed t shirts, to red carpet party dresses for LA pop stars to the Claire La Faye bridal line you see today.

Describe your style and designs.

The Claire La Faye style has always been part old Hollywood, part romance, part fine art, and alittle part whimsy. I am an artist by nature who went into bridal, so my brain and heart design accordingly- The designs are soft and whimsical, with elements of colors, smooth silks and tender details, lovingly hand stitched into each piece.

What or who inspires you?

I am inspired by my contemporaries of course, as well as notable greats such as Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci to name a few. And let’s not forget Karl Lagerfeld, the king of haute couture opulent decadence.

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

Zooey Deschanel would be fun….she’s so adorable and quirky.

Where did you grow up?

In the deep heartland of the Midwest…..Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I left at 18 for warmer waters…..

If you weren’t designing dresses, what would you be doing?

If I didnt have to work, I would no doubt be the CRAFTIEST mom on the planet. But I dont think I could stand not working…..so most likely a working artist. Or a midwife.

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colorado-wedding_0015photography by our contributing photographer rachel gomez
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