Rustic Glam

Notes from the Bride, Jessica: 

If I could capture a year’s worth of happiness in a jar, it wouldn’t even compare to how happy I felt on my wedding day! It was truly the happiest day of my life! We got engaged on April 11, 2013 and got married on September 20, 2014. After tossing around a few different wedding ideas, we decided on a beautiful fall wedding in the Rocky Mountains. This is where we fell in love. This is where we call home.

Our wedding took place at Adams Rib Ranch in Eagle, Colorado. We did the ceremony on the 10th fairway. Cocktail hour featured our two favorite cocktails with live music on the deck, and a full on dance party pretty much sums up the reception. The whole day was stunning and magical in every way possible.

I did the majority of planning on my own, with help from my handsome groom. We wanted our wedding to reflect “us” as much as possible. So, we settled on a Rustic Glam theme… rustic, natural Colorado with a hint of sparkle. We didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty of the setting, so our neutral color palette was a perfect choice for our already gorgeous venue. We chose the people we love most, family, to be in our wedding party.

Our splurge worthy, elevated bar food menu included authentic Mexican tacos and salsas, a variety of sliders and fries, and street food. On the dessert menu were homemade pies, local gelato, and mochi. Late night snacks of warm donuts and s’mores were also served.

The day started a bit mellower though. I woke up in my own bed and went on a long, calming run before the sun came up. I met my girls at the hair studio for a few hours of pampering to get gorgeous. The groom spent the morning playing golf, napping by the pool, and taking a ride in our “Corvette for the Day.” The moment I remember most is when my dad came to get me before the ceremony. He told me how great it is to have a life partner, someone to witness your life and your successes. He told me the day to day things are what make a happy marriage. I wasn’t nervous all day long until I stepped onto grass, before walking down the aisle. Heels sinking into the grass, my arms shaking, and the hot sun beating on my face were all unique details of the day that I’ll never forget. It was nothing short of perfection, even with its imperfections.

When we were planning our wedding, we wanted people to remember a gorgeous setting, delicious food, and a fun party! The local two person band and the phenomenal DJ Rock City helped us make it the best party we’d ever been to. The dance floor was packed all night. Our throw back Polaroid Cameras were making the rounds. And, the bride was having too much fun to even eat dessert! Many of the ideas that brought our wedding together came from Pinterest. While it was overwhelming, it was such a helpful tool. Once I realized that I could never actually do the few thousand pins on my wedding board though, I created a second wedding board with only pins from my first wedding board. This was a “secret board” with the ideas I loved most!

One of my favorite decorating ideas was the glittered wood “cookies” that my mom, aunt, and I spent hours painting and glittering in my parents backyard. Also, the bible verses hung on the chairs, down the aisle were a special touch that brought the religious piece that was important to us.If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. The planning was so much fun. The events leading up to “the day” were so special, and we’re still talking about how our wedding day was the best day of our lives!

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Photographer:  Captivated Photography | Venue: Adam’s Rib Ranch | Event Planner: Rhiannon Roberts | Floral Designer: Petals & Pours |  Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Dress Store: Bea’s Bridal Nook | Ring Designer: Berg Jewelry | Hair Stylist: Bliss Studio | DJ: DJ Rock City | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Elevee |  Video: Hallowed Ground Outdoors | Musicians: Harry Baxter Band | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew| Makeup Artist: Jessica Van Dusen | Groomsman Attire: Jos A. Banks | Shoes: Kate Spade | Invitation Designer: Minted  | Dress Designer:Saison Blanche | Jewelry:Squash Blosso

Denver Beer Company

Notes from the photographer, Jo of Elevate Photography:

We have a lot of favorite Breweries, but the Denver Beer Company is definitely on the top of that list.

In their own words: “We love the Denver lifestyle and wanted to create a brewery that matches our city’s personality. Denverites work hard, and play even harder. And after a long slog at the office or a gnarly mountain bike ride there is nothing better than a friendly place to sit and relax with friends and a pint. We welcome both oxford shirts and dirty shorts. Dogs are welcome too. Denver Beer Co is a community where patrons will likely meet a new ski buddy and swap scar stories with strangers”.

Not only are their beers incredible, (my favorite is the Graham Cracker Porter -yuuuum!), but it is in such a perfect location. Confluence Park is just a short walk away for people who want to get outdoors, and not much further than that is the heart of LoDo including Union Station and Coors Field. If you head west on the pedestrian bridge over I25, you’re in the Highlands! Seriously, could your location get any better than that?! It can’t. And for Elevate Photography, it is such a perfect location for engagement photos! Katie’s couple, Lara and Steve, are also big fans of the Denver Beer Co. SUCH big fans in fact, that they are one of the brewery’s local hops growers, and even won an award for producing the most hops! It is a special location for the couple as it was a regular hang out spot while they were dating. They knew that for the engagement photos to really reflect who they are as a couple, it was the perfect place. They even had their rehearsal dinner for the wedding there – and I’m guessing if it were big enough they would’ve even been married there :). Anyhow, on to the photos!

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Photographer: Elevate Photography | Restaurant: Denver Beer Company

Wedding Gown Style

Notes from the photographer, Nina de Zayas of From the Hip Photo

The Stanley Aviation building has a lot of history. The first ejection seat was designed here and it was pivotal in early aerospace engineering. The new face of Stanley is going to be a bustling marketplace, with a unique event center run by Kevin Taylor and many unique shops and restaurants. This is the setting for our shoot, taken a month before construction begins which will metamorphise this amazing 140,000+ sq. foot space.About the dresses:Cindy Yan in Nicole Miller’s gown from A & Be Bridal Shop and also rocking a Bardot gown by Matthew Christopher Couture Wedding Gowns from Little White Dress.Susana in Rita Vinieris Rivini Martini gown from Little White Dress.Laura is in the Ariel Gown from Simply Bridal.�Styling and accessories by Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpiecess, Devann and Matt at Rita B Salon Denver, and Lilli at Bella Calla.

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Photographer:  From the Hip Photo | Event Venue: Stanley Marketplace | Dress Store: a&be {LISTmember}  | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Hair Stylist: Rita B. Salon | Veils and Headpieces: Sara Gabriel | Dress Designer: Simply Bridal |  | Dress Store:The Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Model: Wilhelmina Denver

Southern Charm in the Mountains

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Photographer:  Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer |  Event Venue: Strawberry Creek Ranch | Event Planner: Pick Me Weddings | Floral Designer: Southern Charm Wedding and Events | Linens and Coverings: Allwell Rents Co | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Denver Tux | Photo Booth Equipment: Ear 2 Ear Photobooths, LLC | Other: Peak Beverage  | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Collection Denver | Bakery: The Makery Cake Co.

A Mountain Chic Wedding at Cordillera

Jennifer and Andrews met at a college alumni happy hour in Houston. A few years later, Andrews proposed on their anniversary. “We went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, and I was taking my time on the tower of gelato they brought out for dessert,” Jennifer says. “I could tell Andrews was getting impatient, but I didn’t realize we had a group of friends and family waiting on us while I was savoring every last bite of this gelato. (In my defense, it was awesome). Afterwards, we went home and he asked if I wanted to come up to the deck with him. It was on the roof, and you have to climb a ladder up. About halfway there I saw a ton of candles, rose petals and a bottle of champagne. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of the Houston skyline and I said, ‘Yes!'”

They decided to get married at one of their favorite place to visit: Colorado. They fell in love with Cordillera’s beautiful, intimate setting for their guests to have a weekend away. The ceremony was on the Overlook Lawn with incredible mountain views. “We are terrible dancers and do not enjoy having attention on us so we were both super nervous about these two minutes of the big day,” Jennifer says. “We took dance lessons to prepare, but there is only so much they could do for us. We tried to walk through our choreography to Van Morrison’s ‘Into the Mystic,’ but pretty much gave up and laughed our way through the dance. We had total a blast, and hopefully the video never makes it on YouTube.”

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Photography: Jamee Photography {LISTmember} | Venue: Cordillera Lodge & Spa | Florist: Cori Cook | Planning and Coordination: Kelly Karli Weddings | Attire: Lela Rose, Rivini, Ivory Bridal Atelier | Hair: Weemala | Band: Masterful Musicians

Contemporary Mountain Style

Notes from the wedding planner, JA Special Events {LISTmember}: 

It’s said that an invitation sets the tone for an event, building expectation and excitement with hints of style.  Erin and Dan’s wedding invitation was full of thoughtful details, contemporary style, a romantic pair of lovebirds, and a little booklet featuring the destination’s history; a perfect preview of the intimate fall mountain wedding celebration.

On the wedding day, guests arrived early to discover bird adorned name signs on each room of the charming historic Outlook Lodge and it’s adjacent contemporary Little Beaver Inn.  Bottles of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and richly textured rug bags full of goodies welcomed an intimate gathering of twenty eight guests to relax and settle in before meandering over to enjoy a cocktail on the Victorian porch.

Golden aspen leaves danced in the breeze through cottage windows as a string trio played Marry Me and the sunroom became a sanctuary for tying the knot (literally). Intricately embroidered gemstones shimmered in elegant curves as Erin stepped from the sunlit Victorian porch into the gaze of her beloved. The rustle of guests rising from their seats met a delicate whisper of sequined tulle on luxurious folds of Chantilly lace, sweeping over the intimate aisle with breathless grace. A living room of damp eyes watched Erin & Dan express their profound love for each other and then for twins Danny & Grace with special custom bracelets as Erin joined their family.

Claret Cobbler, a house recipe signature drink (featured in the invitation’s history booklet), filled mason jar mugs monogrammed with blush lovebirds. The clean contemporary look of cocktail tables dressed in white linen adorned with white freesia blooms in smooth white vases was accented in a romantic touch of soft pink candles and a pair of white lovebirds.  As guests moved from the front porch rocking chairs and wicker settee to the back yard patio for dinner, a basket of pink pashminas and Adirondack chairs around a cozy fire pit offered warmth in the crisp September air.

Inside, ceremony chairs were cleared from the living room and guests danced by the fireplace between bites of truffles and Boston Cream Pie for dessert. Candlelit lanterns lined the stone steps down to Little Beaver Inn as guests ended the evening warm with the glow of wine and friendship.

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Elizabeth Ann Photography | Planner: JA Special Events {LISTmember}Outlook Lodge | Florist: Twigs & Posies | Dress Designer: Pronovias Atelier | Dress Boutique: The Bridal Collection | Caterer: Cravings | DJ: Laser Sound | Ceremony Music: Aspen Strings | Rentals: Event Rents

Wedding Party Style

From the guys’ ties to their socks, to the maids’ hair pins to their earrings, this just another opportunity to use your colors, add to your theme and to show off your personality. Be creative and think outside the box. Break the rules and have your bridesmaid where different style of dresses.

You must check out Bella Bridesmaid {LISTmember} for your bridesmaid dresses. It is a boutique solely dedicated to stylish bridesmaids dresses located in Cherry Creek in Denver.

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Image by Chowen Photography {LISTmember}

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Image by Fresh In Love Photography

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Image by Chowen Photography {LISTmember}

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Wedding Gift Ideas

Wedding gifts can be difficult to buy whether you’re a guest buying for the bride and groom or the happy couple thanking the wedding party. If you’re attending the wedding as a guest, there are a few things that could happen. The bride and groom to be might have a registry, and you may or may not choose to buy them something from it. Alternatively, they might choose not to have a registry but provide some guidance, such as asking for practical gifts for their new home. But if they don’t offer any suggestions, you’re on your own in choosing what to get them. Try these ideas to find something that suits anyone’s budget.

Home Decor

These days, when a couple gets married they’re just as likely to have already lived together than to be moving into their first home. But they’ll still be living together as a married couple for the first time, and they might be moving into a new home. They could even be getting reading to have children. So a gift of something to brighten up their home is likely to be well received. There are gifts at lots of different prices ranges, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much. You might decide to gift them with an antique silver chandelier, but you could also choose a set of candle holders, some photo frames or a vase.

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Another type of gift that could be useful for their changing relationship is anything that would be practical around the home. Some couples will ask for this sort of them when they’re moving into a new house. Although they might both have their own things, it can be better to start again than to try and mix two sets of possessions together. Your practical gift could be anything from a set of quality towels or sheets to a kitchen mixer or a set of glasses. It might be a good idea to ask them what they need, so they don’t end up with 20 sets of towels.

Experiences

If you want to give the newly wedded couple something different, steer away from physical objects. Instead, gift them with something they can do. There are lots of experiences you can buy for them whether it’s a year-long membership or a one-off day out. You could get them a membership for their favorite museum or a dinner at an exclusive restaurant. You might even consider sending them skydiving or bungee jumping, or you could get them a weekend away.

Wedding Contributions

With the cost of weddings these days, many couples ask for a small contribution toward the expense instead of gifts. Even if they haven’t asked for it, you could offer money or to pay for something if you think they would receive it well. Some guests organize a collection among themselves to put toward costs for the wedding or the honeymoon. You could all get together to give the couple a surprise experience on the day.


Coming up with a unique wedding gift can be stressful, but remember the best one of all is your presence on their special day. Anything extra that you give them is a bonus.

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