Bridal Shower: Old, Borrowed, and Flow Blue

The bridal shower is one of many celebrations the bride-to-be gets to enjoy prior to the wedding. Bridal showers come in all shapes and sizes (just like weddings). This particular bridal shower is fit for a queen with to-die-for flow blue details.

Flow blue is a style of white earthenware, sometimes porcelain, that originated in the Regency era, sometime in the 1820s, among the Staffordshire potters of England. The name is derived from the blue glaze that blurred or “flowed” during the firing process.

The event planner, Milk Glass Productions, calls this particularly luscious bridal shower “Old, Borrowed, and Flow Blue.” In keeping with the name all aspects of the shoot are accentuated with enough flow blue to make your grandma cry! Flow Blue is definitely something that a family member or close friend is likely to have lying around the house or in storage. You can borrow plates, glasses and various dinnerware from friends and family can make for a wonderful, collaborative, ‘DIT’ (do-it-together) event-planning experience.

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Event Planner: Milk Glass Productions | Photographer: Joe Friend |  Venue: Frasca Food and Wine | Flowers: Fiori Flowers | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sweet Letter Press | Cake: Happy Cakes Denver 

Clothing Boutique: Hailee Grace Boutique

Notes from the event planner, Carly Witzburg of Milk Glass Productions

The shower was held at Frasca Food and Wine – Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s flagship restaurant that has consistently been voted the best restaurant in Boulder, and often in the state of Colorado. Every morsel served by Frasca’s staff was to die for – the prosciutto was sliced paper-thin with a ($20,000!) antique Berkel slicer from the 1920’s. Not only does it slice like no other, it’s amazing to behold for event goers both as a piece of art and in action.

Our vision – that was brought to life plus so much more via Lara from Fiori Flowers – was to have radiant pink flowers to contrast the flow blue and silver sequined tablecloth. We also had the Queen Protea flower added to the main arrangement for added distinctiveness and texture – it was also quite the conversation piece!

SWEET letterpress & design fashioned some picture-perfect invitations and menus that were inspired by the intricacy of the flow blue print. SWEET definitely mastered their product and left attendees desperate to see what was to come.

Hailee Grace boutique provided stunning apparel, which could not have been more perfect for this bridal brunch.  Since it is the beginning of summer, they used bright colors as well as flowy and flirty dresses. People often have more trouble finding something to wear to an early morning or afternoon event – Hailee Grace did a wonderful job of helping all of our attendees fit right in (and stand out at the same time!).

Our incredible sweets table was another addition that helped bring the entire event together. Our beautifully simple, yet elegant cake was created by Happy Cakes Bakeshop, and was surrounded by a blue candy bar with a massive blue floral centerpiece that brought depth and height to the table. And as a sweet addition, our candy bar was a mimicked a real “bar,” holding various sweets and treats in tumblers, martini, and champagne flutes!

We also incorporated two smaller tables that provided engaging interactions and experiences for guests. These tables offered two smaller, DIY offerings – a champagne bar and a bath salt bar. For the champagne bar we had several bottles of Vilmart Grand Cellier paired with lots of fresh fruit from local Boulder’s Farmer Market. The bath salt bar contained all-natural sea salt bath salts, dried lavender & rose buds in apothecaries with mini glass jars for a make-your-own gift bag.

This inspiration shower was one of our favorite creations! From the exquisite contrast of the deep flow blue to bright, hot pink we couldn’t imagine a more perfectly feminine bridal pairing. Our vendors did an excellent job maintaining a uniform theme – each element complemented one another. The images taken by Joe Friend Photography turned out beautifully and we can’t wait to share them with you!  Thank you in advance for your consideration!!!

2015 Wedding Pink Submissions

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The Brown Palace Hotel will be the host for the 5th annual Wedding Pink. The wedding will be held on May 15, 2015 and submissions will be open this August 1-10.

The Wedding Pink is an annual, heartfelt wedding giveaway package presented to a couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer. Cheryl Ungar, the founder of The Wedding Pink, is a 23-year breast cancer survivor and a professional photographer. In addition to Cheryl donating her own wedding photography services, she has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

The Wedding Pink will be held in a different Colorado town each year; however, as long as you meet our submission criteria you may live anywhere in the country and submit your story. This is an opportunity for one deserving couple to be awarded a dream wedding nearly cost free and valued at over $40,000.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Your life must have been recently touched by breast cancer. The experience is not limited to the bride, but could be with the bride or groom’s extended family.
  • You must be engaged or soon-to-be engaged at the time you submit your story.
  • Submissions will be open August 1, 2014 - August 10, 2014.
  • Winning couple will be selected in early September 2014 (wedding will take place May 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado).
  • We do not have income qualifications; however, if you have financial hardship, please detail that in your submission and we will take it under consideration.
  • All submitted information will be verified.
  • Winner will be chosen by a selection committee; all decisions are final.
  • Submissions open to legal residents of the United States.
  • Cheryl Ungar Gives retains the right to publish excerpts from submitted stories plus any and all photographs/videos from the engagement session, wedding and any other events associated with The Wedding Pink.

Check out more details and submit your story here. 

COUTUREcolorado is a proud sponsor of The Wedding Pink.

 

July 17th & more: Thrifty Thursday at a & be bridal shop

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Mark your calendars for the start of Thrifty Thursdays. Thrifty Thursdays are a one-day sample sale at a&be bridal shop {LISTmember} The sale takes place on the third thursday of each month.

Beginning in July, every Third Thursday they’ll be selecting 10 new dresses to put up on sample sale at deep discounts. This means that each month there will always be something new to check out on the sale rack. Of course, there will be more than 10 dresses total, but the catch is that some of those gowns may only be on sale for one day! Every wedding dress is discount at least 30% off and up to 75% off the original price.

These wedding dresses are from every designer including: Catherine Deane, Elizabeth Dye, Sarah Seven, Claire LaFaye, and Katie May! Hurry in, because this sale only lasts one day. No appointments needed, first come, first sold. You can always pop by a&be bridal shop to see what gowns have been added to the sale rack, but just keep in mind that the stylists don’t know until that morning.

DATES:

  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th

Here is a little sneak peek at what will be on sale on July 17th.

WToo Belize: Original $1067 / Sample Sale $395
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Nicole Miller Veronique: Original $1320 / Sample Sale $528

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Vintage Whimsical Wedding with Gold Details

This wedding is filled with to-die-for vintage and whimsical details in blush, cream and gold. AND to top it all off the groom takes his new bride for a plane ride.

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Photographer: Harper Point Photography | Cake: Fiona’s Catering | Event Venue & Caterer: Highland Meadows Golf Course | Floral Designer: lace and lilies

Notes from the photographer: Chris is a pilot so we naturally had to do pictures at the hanger. I suggested that we take a little plane ride since Chris has his training license but I had no idea what a memorable experience it would be. We went up in the plane and it was the first time Emily had ever been in a plane with her new husband as the pilot and my first time in a tiny plane. Granted I got a little sick, it was worth every minute.

Spotted: Neutrals

One trend I find timeless and truly elegant is the neutral color palate. Not many combinations can work for a modern downtown wedding, a beach wedding and even a mountain chic wedding just as well. Really, there aren’t wedding vibes that this tonal look doesn’t work for. Below are a variety of may favorites, all displayed from very different weddings showing exactly how versatile it is!

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1. Modern Downtown Wedding

2. Simple Bouquet & Boutonniere

3. Long Taupe Bridesmaid Dress

4. Sweet Zion Wood Grain Tonal Invitation Suite

5. Printed Tonal Rehearsal Dress

6. Lowcountry Beach Display

7. Rustic Lyons Wedding He & She Detail

8. Beautiful Beach Vases

By Rachael Hofmann of Décor Design + Production Group {LISTmemeber}

Happy Fourth of July!

I wish you a very happy and joyful Fourth of July. Looking for something cool to do in Colorado this weekend, check out our top 10 list of things to do for The Fourth on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE.

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

Winter-Inspired Engagement

Time to cool off with this charming snowy engagement shoot. Just got engagement, consider winter for your engagement shoot. It is fun, romantic and makes for great pics.

This winter-inspired engagement shoot is so cute and cozy filled with plaid blankets, hot cocoa, and an adorable puppy.

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Photographer:  Kelly Lemon Photography

DIY: Lemonade Bar with a Twist

Give your lemonade bar an adult twist with Prairie Organic Spirits, a handcrafted line of organic gin and vodka, meticulously created and distilled to taste. These cocktails will be sure to impress guests.
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Pretty in Pink Lemonade

  • 3 cups Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 cups simple syrup (2 cups sugar and 2 cups water, cooked until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool)
  • 8 cups (two liters) cold seltzer
  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup grenadine syrup
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Ice, as needed

Directions: Add Prairie Organic Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine to dispenser. Add seltzer and lemon slices. Stir to combine ingredients, and top with ice.

 

Here Comes the Lime

  • 3 cups Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 cups simple syrup (2 cups sugar and 2 cups water, cooked until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.)
  • 8 cups (two liters) cold seltzer water
  • 3 cups lime juice
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • Ice, as needed
  • 6 cups fresh or frozen sweet black cherries (optional)

Directions: Add Prairie Organic Vodka, simple syrup and lime juice to dispenser. Add seltzer and lime slices, and stir gently to combine ingredients. Top with ice. To make cherry limeade, add 6 cups of fresh or frozen sweet black cherries to simple syrup while cooking.

 

The Display: While the drinks may speak for themselves, below are a few ideas for pulling together a beautiful table to present your tasty drinks.

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Display your cocktails in glass beverage dispensers, complete with a label so guests can see what they’re getting before they sip. To make beverage pouring as simple as possible, place your dispensers on top of simple glass cake stands to elevate your drinks without taking away from their colorful splendor.

Add to the DIY feel of your table by lining it with colorful Mason jars and striped paper straws for the guests to drink from. We suggest placing chalkboard labels on the glasses and laying out chalk for guests to use – with labeled glasses, no one will drink from the wrong cup again!

Interview: MJM Designs

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One of the exciting and fun parts of planning a wedding is the design aspect. Flowers set the mood from romantic roses to plush peonies. I am pleased to introduce you to Denver Wedding florist, Mandy of MJM Designs {LISTmember}.

Describe your business and what sets you apart:

I am a boutique floral design business that enjoys making a one-on-one connection with a couple to customize and create an overall vision for the their wedding day. I want my passion to show through the flowers yet show off the couple’s ideas and personal expression. I also enjoy making out-of-the box creations to even further express creativity of the couple, and myself.

When and why did you start your business?

I started MJM Designs last July. My brother was getting married and I had the amazing opportunity to create all of the floral arrangements. With the help of my family and friends, I decided to pursue my own business.

How did you learn your craft?

My experience has been all hands on from the start. In college, I worked for a floral shop and discovered my love for designing all things floral. Several years later, I worked as an intern with another wedding and event florist, while assisting several other designers during the week and day of their client’s weddings. Designing and creating with flowers is truly my zen!

Describe your floral style and approach to weddings.

My style would be natural, wild, free form, artistic and often asymmetrical. I also enjoy more traditional styles like Martha Stewart’s “roundy moundy” bouquets. I work with the couple to envision the atmosphere of their wedding, making sure the flowers are part of their story in a way that truly relates to who they are. Together we create a Pinterest board to work from, understanding the mood and style, as well as the other details, to see how everything comes together. I want the couple to feel confident and comfortable, trusting that I can create exactly what they are looking for, based on our collaboration

What or who inspires you? 

Art – paintings – colors found in nature; and I also pursue inspiration through Pinterest and by following floral design blogs throughout the U.S.

Any awards or features/publications?

I have been featured twice on Style Me Pretty: Emerald Inspired Shoot and Thanksgiving Hanukka Inspiration Shoot.

Favorite flowers to work with? 

There’s so many!  I love hydrangea’s because they are full and soft; poppy’s always bring a “pop” to an arrangement; ranunculus because they have so many petals; all types of roses… you can never go wrong with roses!

Favorite Wedding Trend. 

I enjoy seeing brides carry asymmetrical bouquets. The traditional styles are still popular, but it’s always great seeing the bride choose something a little different.

Tell us a little bit about planning florals for your own wedding

As a florist, I know that people were expecting the flowers to be amazing, so there was a bit of pressure there! I knew fairly quickly into the planning process what I wanted as far as shape and colors; but the hard part was picking which flowers to use! I wanted to use all my favorites but had to keep in mind cost and which flowers were in season compared to those that weren’t. After all the hard work putting the flowers together amongst everything else in the last 3 days before the wedding, it turned out amazing and I love how everything looked. It is truly a great feeling seeing the vision in your head come to life!

Advice for a couple planning a Colorado Wedding?

My advice is to avoid getting caught up in trends like rustic chic, and vintage barn weddings unless they truly speak to who you are. All of those styles are amazing and gorgeous in their own right, but keep in mind what you two really want, and who you really are as a couple. No matter the style you choose, it will be amazing, because it will be you.

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

I was born in Virginia but I’ve lived in the Denver Metro Area since I was 3 yrs old. Even though I’m not a technical “Native,” I feel that I am!

Here are just few favorites of her floral portfolio. View more on her website: MJM Designs.

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Photography by Rachel Gomez Photographer {contributing photographer}

Spotted: Fleur De Lis

LISTmember Fleur De Lis is a local Denver-based stationery company with serious style. Choosing your invitations can be overwhelming with so many styles and designs to look at.  Fleur De Lis prides themselves of creating unique, custom invitations within your budget. Being perfectionists, each and every design that comes from their studio is high quality and style!

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Reach out to Fleur De Lis for more information on creating your custom invitations for your big day!

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