Colorado Ranch Wedding

This mountain chic wedding is filled with romantic and rustic details and with a setting that Devil’s Thumb Ranch provides…… I’d say it simply perfection.

Cinematographers: Locker Partners {LISTmember} Venue: Devils Thumb Ranch {LISTmember} | Designer & Florals: The Perfect Plan Events | Photographer: Paige Elizabeth | Officiant: Scott Aubrey | DJ: Elite DJ

Spotted: Black and White Vintage

No color doesn’t mean you have to be boring. A black and white wedding is timeless and by adding in a few vintage-inspired details it becomes fabulous.

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The black dress with white stripes is perfect for bridesmaids OR for the bride for the rehearsal dinner. Available on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE for $57! 

Marc jacobs shoes / 5×7 frame / Vintage Playing Cards vintage home accessory, $115 / Hand painting / Holiday decoration, $37 / Home decor / Personalized Engagement Gift, Happily Ever After Print, Personalized… / Black and white striped dress / Black white home decor / Black and White Wedding Cakes Pictures as an Inspirational Source / Black and White Wedding Inspiration / A Timeless Wedding in Denver COUTUREcolorado WEDDING colorado wedding…

September Gift with Purchase

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I am so excited to announce this month’s Gift with Purchase promotion on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

We are offering $50 gift cards to Prana, a premium clothing company offering sustainable apparel for yoga, climbing and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. Only available to our newsletter subscribers.

  • you MUST sign up for our newsletter to receive the promo code
  • valid for orders over $100
  • must use promo code to receive gift card
  • limit quantity available….. gift cards will be distributed on a first come first serve basis
  • newsletter with promo code will be going out at noon on Monday, Sept 8th

Sept. 16th: Sample Sale at Anna Be and a&be

You’re invited to the FIRST ever anna be and a&be super sample sale!

September 16th, 10am – 8pm By Appointment Only

dual sample sale, two bridal boutiques, all dresses priced under $1,000

 

Boutique Experience + Budget Pricing on September 16th, 10am – 8pm 

The two boutiques are joining forces for one day only to bring brides loads of gowns all under $1,000! It’s going to be a crazy good sale for brides that don’t want to break the bank but are still looking for an awesome dress. To keep it manageable we are requiring appointments, and expect there to be over 100 sample gowns available.

All appointments should be made by calling 720-855-1111 and the sale will take place at anna be1575 boulder street, denver, co 80211 

HOW TO SHOP THE SAMPLE SALE:

#1: This sample sale is by appointment only. All appointments must be scheduled over the phone by calling 720.855.1111.

#2. This is a one-day sale and due to the limited nature of appointments, you will be asked to share a fitting room with other brides.

#3. Generally, sample sizes work best for brides who wear between a 6-10 in ready-to-wear clothing, but keep in mind that you will still need alterations.

#4. All bridal dresses will be priced under $1,000.

#5. Anna Be and a&be will be providing sneak peeks of the gowns on our Facebook page so be sure to like and follow them in order to see just a few of the dresses that we will be putting on sale.

#6. All sales are first come, first sold.

SAMPLE SALE GUIDELINES: 

Navigating a sample  sale can be tricky business but we have scores of brides who have gotten their dream gown for a serious discount at one of our sample sales.

In order to help you figure out if you could be one of them, here’s a couple of things to consider: are you able to make a decision quickly or do you need lots of opinions and/or mom’s approval before making your final choice? are you a street size 6-10 and average height? is there one particular dress that you absolutely have to try on or have?

There’s no wrong answers here, but sample sales can be a bit hectic {there’s lots of fashionistas on a budget} and so they cannot hold a gown. This means that when you find your dress, you have to be ready to make that split second decision.

And please know, for this one-day sale they are going to be EXTREMELY aggressive with their pricing so you can spend more time shopping and less time haggling.

Happy Shopping!

Interview: Lynn Clark Boudoir

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I am so pleased to introduce you to our first boudoir photographer on our resource guide: Lynn Clark.

She creates intimate, sexy, sensual  (and even naughty) photos that will remind you just how beautiful you really are. Yeah, that’s right. She makes you look good!!!!

Let Lynn create an unforgettable boudoir experience for you that will absolutely change how you see yourself. She will design your session to reflect who you are (and who you want to be). Then, you have the pleasure of owning the artwork. So when you’re 85 and wrinkly, you can look back and say, “damn, I was hot!” Do it for yourself. You deserve it.

When and why did you start your business?

I started my boudoir portrait studio part-time in 2010. At the time I was working in my full-time public relations career. I had been doing photography as a hobby and shooting events for some nonprofits (as well as at the day job), and that led to my doing an engagement session, then a wedding, for a friend for fun. During the getting-ready photos, the bride asked me to do a few photos of her in her bridal lingerie. She told me later that those photos made her feel like a woman instead of a tomboy, and I was hooked on boudoir. I photographed boudoir sessions part-time until April 2012, when I left my corporate career for a full-time adventure into helping women to express their sensuality and bare their beauty through boudoir photos.

I was fortunate to find excellent mentors in several nationally acclaimed boudoir photographers. Through one-on-one learning, workshops and photographing nearly 200 women, I’ve learned not only the technical side, but to me the most  important part: being able to connect with a woman, make her feel comfortable with me and trust me, to pose women of all body types in ways that allow them to look past perceived flaws and embrace the gorgeous women they are.

Describe your photographer style.

My style is classic, intimate and sensual. I want to create “pretty” boudoir photos and “sexy” boudoir photos. For brides, doing a boudoir shoot is a gift for her spouse-to-be, and I keep that in mind when I’m creating the photos so everyone is happy. My goal is to capture real emotion through coaching her through every detail, including what to think about. I believe creating that intimate, emotional connection between subject and viewer is what changes a picture into a portrait. I create portraits.

What or who inspires you? 

I’m inspired the most by my clients who give me their trust and by the change I see so often in them after they’ve had this experience and have their photos in their hands. I’m also inspired by my daughter, who at 13 keeps pushing through life’s pubescent difficulties with grace, and my husband, who is hands down the hardest-working person I know.

Any awards or features/publications?

My photographs have won several awards from the Association of International Boudoir Photographers and have been published in Philosophie magazine and the association website. (There aren’t many places to publish boudoir shoots, unfortunately.) I am also the co-founder of The Business of Boudoir, an education blog specifically for boudoir photographers.

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

I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and went to Rangeview High School (go Raiders) and Colorado State University (go Rams). Although life has tried to pull me out of our beautiful state, I’ve somehow resisted. Living here is such a privilege.

Advice to a bride planning on getting boudoir photos.

First, give yourself plenty of time ahead of your wedding date to do your boudoir session. I recommend scheduling it for about 12-16 weeks ahead. That way, your album and any other products you purchase will be ready well before you need them — one less thing to stress about in the last days before your big event.

Second, when you’re thinking about what to wear, consider bringing your bridal lingerie, veil, jewelry, shoes and even your dress. I love incorporating all of those special things into your shoot. And, it’s a fun surprise for your spouse to see you in your regular wedding photos … and then in your naughty wedding photos. It can also be fun to have a simple bouquet made to use as a fun prop. Then, I say think outside the box. I give plenty of guidance in that area, so not to worry.

Finally, I want brides to give their partners something amazing … and I want them to have something amazing they can see every day too. I encourage all of my clients to display a photo or two in a private space. I do it, and I can say that every time I see that huge canvas over my tub, I feel beautiful.

Here is a sample of her work. Check out her website to see more and to book your appointment.

 

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Happy Weekend!

COUTUREcolorado is taking the weekend off to enjoy all the fabulous things that Colorado has to offer this Labor Day Weekend. If you are looking for something to do, check out our Top Ten list of things to do this Labor Day Weekend in Denver.

Typically on Saturdays, I share trends that I love through our SPOTTED post. Please take a little time this weekend to catch up on what is trending in the wedding world on our weekly post: SPOTTED.

Have a lovely weekend!

Rustic Chic and PInk

This rustic chic wedding was held in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Estes Park.  Gorgeous setting and beautiful decor using shades of pink.

Notes from the bride, Kate:

From the time Jeff and I were engaged we knew we wanted a smaller wedding with our closest family and friends in the Colorado mountains. We both grew up in Colorado and wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. We searched so many venues and fell in love with Taharaa Mountin Lodge in Estes Park. We loved everything from the breathtaking views to the antler chandeliers, it was perfect. After the venue was decided I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of DIY details. The”Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs on our chairs as well as the “I Do’s, We Did” sign were particularly special. The wood was from an old country barn and my mom hand painted the letters. We also hand painted the table numbers and escort cards. The whole day was made perfect by our incredible vendors and we feel so lucky to have had such an amazing day surrounded by the love of our family and friends.
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Photographer:  Chris Gentile Photography | Reception Venue: Taharaa Mountain Lodge | Caterer: Greens Point Catering | Dress Designer: La Sposa | Floral Designer: Palmer Flowers | Cake Designer: Schmidts Bakery  | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Alfani Red | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor | Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka

Aug 27th: COUTUREcolorado Pop-Up Shop & J. Hilburn Trunk Show

You’re invited to COUTUREcolorado’s first pop-up shop…. TONIGHT!

On August 27th, in conjunction with J. Hilburn, COUTUREcolorado is thrilled to announce their first pop-up shop featuring accessories and gifts.

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Join Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Weddings & Events {LISTmember} for a firsthand look at the amazing style J. Hilburn has to offer. Menswear for everyday or your special day including  personalized suiting, custom shirts, tuxs, ties, cufflinks, and more.  To browse prior to the event, please visit laurapearson.jhilburn.com

From handcrafted jewelry to purses to baby bibs to dog collars, check out in person COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE’s accessories and gifts. COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE is a well-curated online shop featuring hand-crafted, beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind products that are only made better by the fact that they were created by a Coloradan {or sold from a locally owned Colorado boutique}.

Where: Von Tornow Gallery 1255 Delaware Street Denver CO 80204

When: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 5pm – 8pm

COCKTAILS – MUSIC – FASHION – GIVING BACK – SHOPPING

Bring your gently used career clothes, for Urban Peak, and receive $20 off your new J. Hilburn digs OR 10% off select items with COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

*Urban Peak helps youth who are experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.

For more information email Laura Pearson at laura.pearson@jhilburnpartner.com or COUTUREcolorado at 720-366-2011 info {at} couturecolorado.com

 

Giveaway: The Not Wedding

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action.

Event Details:
Thursday, September 18th
Ceremony begins at 7:00pm
The McNichols Building – 144 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80202

Tickets are $30.00 and include dinner, sparkling wine, dancing and a swag bag.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Denver NotWedding event page.

Last chance to win two tickets to The Not Wedding Denver!!!!  Enter below. Contest ends today! The two winners will be emailed on August 27th.
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