Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Married in Colorado

1. Perfect for OUTDOOR CEREMONIES. Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine, more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami.

2. SCENERY.  Need I say more? We have 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet with breathtaking views. With ski towns like Aspen, Telluride and Vail, you will not be skimping on style or luxury.

3. For the CITY GAL. Downtown Denver has many chic modern venues and restaurants including The Ritz and The Four Seasons.

4. WINTER WONDERLAND. In most states the winter is not a very popular time of year to get married.The mountains become a winter wonderland making it the perfect destination for a wedding.

5. Low humidity. Everyday is a GOOD HAIR DAY.

6. Very unique transportation options. GONDOLAS and SKI LIFTS take you and your guests to the very tip top of a mountain. Something that your guests will never forget and you will cherish forever.

7. PERFECT DESTINATION WEDDING. Your guests will have an overwhelming amount of fun activities to do: hiking, biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, golfing, skiing. It’s true! In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. Let’s not forget the brewery seen in Denver is epic.

Your guest will have no problem making their flight arrangements. Denver International Airport is the 13th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States.

8. SAVE MONEY ON YOUR BOOZE TAB. Alcoholic drinks pack a big punch at this altitude.

9. THE SKY IS BLUER here due to the less water vapor in the air at this altitude. Great for photos!

10. TALENT AND BRAINS! Denver is the second most educated city in the United States. We have the most talented and creative wedding professionals here to help you create the wedding of your dreams. Start planning your wedding today with Our top-notch resource guide 

Wedding of Holly Brazelton & Mark Symns in Longmont, CO

Image Credit {from the top to right}:  Dana Romanoff Photography | Vanessa Kruse {LISTmember} | Jason and Gina Photography {LISTmember} | Carly Mitchell | Jenna Walker Jason and Gina Photography {LISTmember} | Chowen Photography {LISTmember} | Rachel Gomez Photography | Jamee Photography {LISTmember} | Jamee Photography {LISTmember}

Sassy Stripes

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How to Create a Woven Updo in 3 Minutes Flat

unnamed-3“Sometimes you have but a few minutes to spare, and an event calls for an updo with a bit of class and sophistication. That’s when you whip out this bad boy: the three minute woven updo,” explains explains Wendy Rose Gould beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site Latest-Hairstyles.com.

“As the name implies, this hairstyle takes all of 3 minutes to recreate. Not to mention, the finished look makes it seem as if you spent hours slaving away in front of your mirror. We’ll leave it up to you on whether or not you want to reveal just how simple it was to do when the oohs and ahhs start rolling in. For this look, all you need are some bobby pins and a bit of hairspray. You can also apply a nourishing serum to your hair before starting in order to create glossier locks. Oh, and for your convenience, we’ve included a text tutorial, video tutorial and a photo tutorial. Whew!”

THE THREE MINUTE WOVEN UPDO 

Step 1: Gather Front Section of Hair

Take a small section of hair from the front of your head. Gently twist and then push section up a little bit to create some lift at the top of your head. Secure with two criss-crossed bobby pins.

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Step 2: Twist a Small Section

Take the section of hair that begins just above the ear and ends where your front section stopped. Gently twist it and drape across the back of your head, then secure.

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Step 3: Repeat On The Other Side

Do the same thing again on the opposite side of your head. To conceal your bobby pins, drape this second twisted section over the last bobby pin. When securing this section, make sure the bobby pin you use is tucked under the other twisted section of hair.

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Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3

Follow steps two and three again, this time using sections of hair from behind the ear. Secure with bobby pins.

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Step 5: Create a Bun

Gather the leftover section of hair. Start twisting it and then wrap it into itself to create a simple twisted bun. Secure with bobby pins. If you have layered hair like me, you may have pieces sticking out. Tuck them in and then spray lightly with hairspray. You can also apply a light coat of hairspray over the entire look to keep everything in place.

 

Vibrant in Vail

In addition to the vibrant color pallet, the couple highlighted the locale by incorporated Vail-inspired details into the decor, including handmade table name signs that looked like the trail markers of some of the couple’s favorite runs at Vail.

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Photographer:  Dawn Sparks, LLC | Event Planner: Frosted Pink Weddings | Reception Venue: Sonnenalp Resort of Vail | Floral Designer: The Flower House

A Vintage Garden Wedding

This vintage garden themed wedding had a light color palette of blush, green and ivory. Paired with rustic details such as the textured florals, chalkboard table numbers and lantern centerpieces to complement the stunning scenery at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

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Photographer:  cmp studios | Event Planner: La Dolce Events | Floral Designer: Sturtz & Copeland  | Ceremony Location & Venue: Chautauqua Park | Caterer: Three Leaf Catering | Bakery:The Huckleberry | Dress Store: Almond Tree Wedding Boutique | Dress Designer: Anne Thomas Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Band:Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles | Groomsman Attire:Joseph A. Banks | Hair Stylist: Laura Beth Walsh | Makeup Artist: Laura Beth Walsh | Shoes: Nina Shoes | Ring Designer: The Diamond World | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Studio |

Happy Fourth of July!

I wish you a very happy and joyful Fourth of July. Looking for cool things to do this weekend? Check out our feature on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE: 10 Things to do on The Fourth of July in Denver.

Here is a little Americana wedding inspiration in honor our country’s birthday.

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Wallis evening dress / The Patriotic Tassel Garland (Red, White & Blue) / I Heart Nautical Collection / The Beau- americana collection double stacked bow ties for boys of all… / Set of 200 Red, White and Blue Glitter Heart Confetti- 4th of July,… / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Phenomenal Photography Creative Use of Shadows / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Take on Traditions or Make Your Own?

It started with what was hopefully a really great first date…or a date that went so horribly awry that it’s now one of the funniest stories the two of you tell tag-team style at parties. Whichever it was, something special began that night and now, well now you’re throwing the biggest party of your life to celebrate the fact that you’ve decided to commit yourselves to each other officially and forever.

This is what weddings are supposed to be: really great parties that celebrate who the two of you are as individuals as well as who the two of you hope to be as a team. And that’s how you want to approach the planning process but, suddenly, out of nowhere all of your relatives start coming out of the woodwork screeching about traditions and family obligations and before long you’re ready to just toss the planning guide at your Mom and say “you know what? You do it. Just tell me where to be and when.”

Instead–and not just because nobody wants the mother of the bride (or groom) to have a shiner on the big day–it might be helpful to share some of the ways that wedding traditions have been changing…and to show them that some of the things we insist are traditional (like that giant poofy white dress) aren’t necessarily traditional at all. Here are just a few examples to keep in your back pocket.

The Engagement and Wedding Rings

Unlike wedding rings, which are steeped in lengthy traditional rules, did you know that the diamond engagement ring only came into fashion about a hundred years ago? It’s popularity now can be traced back to a seriously aggressive marketing campaign by a jewelry company who wanted to move the stones (while turning a hefty profit). If you love diamond engagement rings, great! But if you’re into a simpler style, that’s great too!

Of course, just because there is a strong tradition behind that single, simple gold band (the wedding ring) doesn’t mean that you have to adhere to it. Many couples don’t anymore. A quick glance at the Front Jewelers men’s wedding rings page, shows most wedding bands aren’t simple gold bands anymore. They are bands made of titanium, bands that are black, silver, gold and some that are even fancier than Super Bowl rings.

Some couples don’t buy rings at all but get matching tattoos (now that’s commitment) around their ring fingers instead.

The Dress

Some women love spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their wedding gowns. If that’s you’re style, rock on. But if you’re on a budget, don’t sweat it. There are lots of great options out there including vintage dresses, dresses that you make yourself and dresses that aren’t meant to be wedding dresses at all but that you love enough to wear on your special day. There are even dresses made out of toilet paper…though we’re not sure you’d really want to wear them.

That white dress with which we are all so familiar was a trend started by Queen Victoria, at a time when red was all the rage in bridal fashion. After 175 years it’s hard to argue that it isn’t actually traditional, at least as far as western culture is concerned.

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image from a & be’s stylebook – view full feature

Still, in today’s contemporary culture, many women are opting for dresses that not only aren’t white, but aren’t fancy or ornate. In fact, according to the Daily Mail, only half of the women getting married these days choose to wear the traditional white dress. They’re choosing simpler lines, less frill. Our advice is to choose a dress that you love and that you will feel comfortable wearing for at least a couple of hours (though likely more). Or, hey: why not go extra rogue and opt for a suit if pants are more your style and let your husband to be wear the dress?

The fact is that there are a lot of wedding traditions that are now old and outdated. For example, having a bride’s father “give her away” is seen by most as an antiquated and sexist ritual. Many are threatening to mutiny if the chicken dance isn’t pulled out of reception rotations. Receiving lines are thought to be more rude than expedient. Couples are writing their own vows and having their friends marry them.

The point is this: your older relatives (and those who are particularly traditionally minded) might get screechy but this day is not only about them. It’s good to find a way to honor them, maybe during the ceremony or a special moment during the reception. But the day is mostly going to be about you. How do you want to remember the day?

Destination Europe

colorado-castleWhen you’re planning a wedding one of the most important decisions you need to make is the choice of venue. Traditionally, brides marry close to home. But this seriously limits your choices. I am obviously biased in Colorado but there is something enticing of a destination wedding. And why not choose a place that you could also enjoy as a honeymoon destination? Perhaps a favorite vacation spot, or childhood haunt could be your perfect wedding place.

For many of us, Europe seems so romantic, traditional and chic. The architecture in those historic cities is just breathtaking. Chapels and Cathedrals just aren’t built like that anymore! If you have ever had a vacation or even a business trip in Europe chances are you were in awe at the spectacle of some of those buildings. How incredible would it be to have one of those as the backdrop to your wedding?

America certainly has some amazing landscapes. There are dozens of places with scenery that just knocks your socks off! But none of it resembles the mountains, rivers, lakes and countryside you can find in Europe. Think about the Alps or the Fjords. In fact, if you’re thinking about getting married in Switzerland then why not make some of this incredible scenery part of your wedding package?

Switzerland is a great country to start a European vacation from too. With so many neighboring European countries all sharing the same currency, you will never run out of things to see and do. Switzerland itself is renowned for its ski resorts. And don’t forget the chocolate! Switzerland is also home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and wedding venues.

You might be wondering how you could possibly organize a wedding so far from home. Usually, when you book a wedding package, the management team at the venue will take care of everything for you. Accommodation will be provided for you and the guests for as long as you want it. Decorations and celebrants will also be organized. You can be as involved as you like, but all you really need to worry about is getting to the nearest airport on time.

If you are marrying in Europe, then you might want to buy your dress in Europe. Some of the Parisian designers are really hot this season. Just imagine browsing in all those quaint little boutiques. For a wedding ring, London is the place to go. There are some jewelers there that have been established for centuries. The best thing is that every city is so accessible, by train, plane and car.

Getting everyone to Europe isn’t too tricky these days either. Most major airports will have connecting flights to almost any part of Europe you have your heart set on. Maybe you want the sun and celebrities of the French Riviera? Or perhaps you fancy the breathtaking beauty of the Alps as your backdrop. Europe can cater to any taste. Best of all, having your wedding catered by Europe’s top chefs means you can be spoilt rotten at your reception. Enjoy French champagne, Swiss chocolate, and Italian fashions at your European wedding next year.

If you are looking for a European feel for your wedding here in Colorado, check out his real wedding at a Castle in Evergreen (pictured above).

photo by mark hayes photography | view full real wedding feature

 

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