Orchard and Vintage Botanical Wedding

Notes from the wedding planner, Shayna of Cherry Bomb Events:

Amy and her mom made every single element of this Orchard and Vintage Botanical themed wedding. From the hand cut vintage inspired fabric as table runners, bunting and garlands, to the hand embroidered handkerchiefs for guests, the paper rose boutonnieres for every member of their large family, to the table labels named after different apples and made to look like saplings. They hand wrote every escort card, a drink and food menu on delicate chalkboard signs, and the groom got involved too cutting, sanding and staining a giant Jenga game.

Food from Georgia Boys in Longmont was absolutely delicious and caused a bit of a family kerfuffle when mom was accused of going back for mac and cheese too many times.

Both the bride and groom have large and blended families who flew in from around the world. Amy and Julian are recent Colorado transplants and their wedding was basically a destination wedding for all but 4 guests. They wanted to show off their new home and made sure every element was Colorado-farm classic.

As the sun went down, Amy provided blankets to her guest in an antique cart and the fire was lit for a s’mores fest.
The guests young at heart and young were entertained all day by feeding the very pregnant grey horse who calls YaYa home, and were provided carrots throughout.

Perhaps the best part about this intimate and heartfelt day was that the Bride’s grandmother, Gammy, was asked to act as the Bride’s whiteness when signing the marriage license, as Amy and Julian went without a traditional bridal party. All of the parents and siblings of the couple, about 22 people total walked down the aisle prior to the bride, but were not asked to do anything else. This was a beautiful and moving way to forgo a traditional bridal party and truly honor the couple’s family.

We used every piece of vintage furniture that YaYa has to offer and guests enjoyed their dinner amongst the trees of the orchards.
It was a magical, casual, uniquely Colorado wedding and celebration of a great couple.

Julian and Amy said their vows at the edge of the orchard, with the mountains behind them and their families and friends participating in the ceremony. And they planted a little pine tree together with their mothers, too perfect.

This wedding also occurred 1 week prior to the last snow storm…in May. Amy had planned snow and rain back-up plans for her May wedding in Colorado and luckily we didn’t have to use any of those contingencies. Amy made every possible effort to remind out of town guests to wear boots and bring sweaters, it turned out fine and no one had a run-in with the ever present manure, a staple of a Farm Wedding. But we will never forget that 6 days before our first wedding of the 2014 season is snowed. Out of Town guests must always be given full warning of the Colorado roller coaster of weather.

We could go on and on about the wonderful day they created but what was more palpable than the planning was the love. The promises. The party! These are two people who are simply adored by their people and so much fun was had celebrating the promises they made to each other.

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Photographer: Tara Polly Photography | Venue: YaYa Farm and Orchard | Planner & Florist: Cherry Bomb Events | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress | Bartenders: With a Twist | DJ: A Music Plus | Cakes: Kim and Jake’s Cakes | Second Photographer:  rebecca of manzanita photography


Spotted: Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Floral prints are in full bloom! Typically, when you see a trend across the board in interior design, fashion, wedding and in even baby land,  the trend has longevity.

View Floral Print Trends on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE
View Floral Print Trends on COUTUREcolorado BABY

In wedding style, the trend for bridesmaid dresses to be bold whether it is mismatching styles or a floral print.


6 hot bridesmaids dress trends to consider for your 2014 wedding! / Floral Print Inspiration – Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog / Handmade Washington Farm Wedding Lindsay Mitch / Inspired by These Citrus Orange and Pink Wedding Ideas – Inspired By… / Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses / Floral Print Inspiration – Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog / Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Summer Outdoor Engagement Shoot

Another gorgeous engagement shoot by LISTmembers Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers. Congratulations to Brittany and Brian on their upcoming wedding at The Four Seasons Denver.

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Photographer:  Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers {LISTmember} | Event Planner: A Touch of Bliss {LISTmember} | Location: Eldorado Canyon

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

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

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


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


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


Orange Wedding in the Mountains

A beautiful fall wedding in October at the gorgeous Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO.
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Photographer:  Visual Poetry | Cake Designer: Colorado Rose Cake Company | Floral Designer: Cori Cook Floral Design | DJ: Standing Room Only | Reception Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau


A gift for you….

Each month COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE holds a GIFT WITH PURCHASE promotion. We partner up with a local business that we love and gift you with something special. Whether it is a discount to a spa or a gift card to a new restaurant, each month come back and see what exciting item we are gifting.

For our first Gift with Purchase, we have partnered with The Four Seasons Denver.

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With a purchase $50 or more, you will receive 20% off at your next visit to The Four Seasons Level 3 Salon. AND you will be entered into a giveaway to win a $100 gift card at Level 3 Salon.  *must enter promo code: fsdenver

Level 3 Salon at The Four Seasons is downtown Denver’s new destination for luxe locks and looks. From haircuts to blow-outs for men, women and children, the new make-up and hair salon ensures the perfect finishing touch. The COUTUREcolorado team recently visited the salon and LOVED it! Read more about it on COUTUREcolorado LIFE & STYLE.

  • Promo Code: fsdenver
  • For all orders $50 or more
  • Promotion Ends on August 31, 2014
  • Terms: Excludes wedding consultations and events. Limit one offer per person and must present offer upon arrival
  • Winner of the $100 gift card will be emailed by September 2nd


Interview: Lalé Floral Designs


I am thrilled to introduce you to the talented and creative Stephanie Clark of Lalé Floral Designs {LISTmember}

Lalé Floral Designs is a unique floral art studio that specializes in high end weddings and events. Stephanie, head designer and owner, loves the challenge for embracing the individualized style of our clients and creating passionate and thoughtful floral decor for their special day.

When and why did you start your business?

I started Lalé Floral Designs in 2011 as an extension of my fine arts background and through my passion for flowers. I love flowers as a medium for art and design because of their temporary beauty and what value that holds. Paintings, textiles, statues, drawings, and music once composed have an appreciation the ebbs and flows through time but flowers are to be admired in the here and now and that is something that is very moving to me as I design. I wanted to create a business where each design that leaves this door is created with this in mind.

My decision to not be a retail business was intentional for this purpose as well. Since flowers are temporary I wanted to be sure I wasn’t rushing orders but taking the time to create something truly individualized and weddings and events expand this opportunity to full decor and ambiance management.

How did you learn your craft?

I am mostly self taught. I have a fine arts background which allowed me to develop a consistent style of aesthetic which translates through my floral designs. I appreciate negative space and silences in all forms of art which are then balanced by high points of dramatic design.

I worked in flower shop in L.A. for a year and was never allowed to design. I would watch them design and on nights that I closed, I would recreate their designs, and then put them back in the cooler.

Describe you floral style and approach to weddings.

I love to embrace the personalities of my clients and incorporate the venues aesthetic. Each client brings something very special and unique to the design table. The wedding industry as a whole has really captured this sentiment; wedding flowers are no longer just there for tradition, they are there to represent the couples story. Our style really embrace the wilds and follies of vintage design but with an avant-garde twist. With selectivity and style, we create unique floral art for every couple from bouquets to floral decor. We are big on appreciating the integrity of local and seasonal blooms while finding a peaceful balance of cutting-edge contemporary and classical delicacy.

What or who inspires you?

My aesthetic is very much influenced by the american artist Robert Rauchenberg whose unconventional approach to sculptured paintings are smeared with layers of new and old. Nothing is forced and the materials vary, in this vain we like to incorporate subtly unique elements balanced by tradition floral design.

Travel is also a huge inspiration for my work. Spending a few years in the western Middle East I was engrossed in a beautiful collaboration of antiquity alley ways and bazaars swarming with western fashion, sounds and style. Again this mold of new and old meshed together, I am inspired by traditional delicacies and the contemporary drama of art in all mediums.

Any awards or features/publications?

We have been featured in Denver Life Wedding Magazine, Modern Bride in the summer 2014 issue, my weddings online magazine, a and be’s stylebook catalog, elizabeth ann designs wedding blog, Burnett’s Boards as well as COUTUREColorado wedding blog :)

Favorite Wedding location.

Man, hard question…I would say anywhere in the outdoors, garden weddings, petite mansions, or a place with high ceilings!

Favorite Wedding Trend.

I am not sure if this a trend or not but I am loving adding loftiness to weddings. Macrame, heavily draping garlands, floral chandeliers and climbing vines; even aerial designs where the table scape is elevated over the tables. I am also starting my own trend basically out the lack of diversity in greenery found at wholesalers. In this trend, we either scavenge greenery from nature or directly from potted plants. The variety is so much more captivating and interesting, I want to start a trend where greenery becomes more of a feature than a filler.

Advice for a couple planning a Colorado Wedding.

Embrace the environment and the freedom to be as casual or formal as you want. Denver specifically is an up and coming city, becoming a hub for creative innovations, there are a vast array of wonderful wedding vendors to put your trust in so let them do what they do best! Oh and plan for any weather!

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

I was born in Chicago and moved to Australia when I was young. From there we moved to Denver just in time for me to start high school, nothing beats having the Rocky Mountain landscape and people! I left Colorado for college, moved to L.A. then Turkey and India and just couldn’t do without the Mountains any longer and returned home to Denver to start my dream of Lalé Florals.

Here are a few favorites of her portfolio. Be sure to check out her website to view more: Lalé Floral Designs.

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headshot photo credit: anna gleave photography

laura smith | our love is loud | alison vagnini | jenna walker | taryn kapronica | bryce covey | adonya jaja | 180 degrees | anna gleave 

Spotted: Bridesmaid Gifts

Whether you are asking your BFF to be your maid of honor or saying thanks on the big day, presenting your bridesmaids with a gift is a thoughtful gesture. Jewelry is always the perfect gift but to make it even sweeter gift your maids with a one-of-a-kind, can’t find this at the mall, piece of jewelry that she will cherish forever.

All of these pieces are handmade locally and are available for sale on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.


View more ideas for Bridesmaids Gifts on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE


The Pastel Light of the Desert

Notes from the Photographer Lucky Malone:

Photographing these two in the perfect pastel light of the desert was a truly enjoyable experience. These two are getting married Labor Day weekend at a farm in Loveland, CO. Michelle has big DIY plans for the wedding and you get a taste of her bohemian-glam style from the invitations she designed. I love this couple’s style – be sure to check out Michelle’s beautiful antique ruby engagement ring. I love the cow “branding” for the invites and the wedding, which is a nod to Gabor’s family name.

Notes from the Bride, Michelle: 

We’re really committed to a bilingual wedding since Gabor’s family is from Hungary speaks little to no English. We want to make sure both cultures are represented and really feel included since it is going to be the first major introduction. Gabor is from Budapest, Hungary and his last name is Boczonadi, which his family has shortened to Boci for generations. Boci means cow or calf in Hungarian and his family is really proud of this. Their business (a small tool/hardware retailer) even has a cow as a logo. We decided to incorporate into our wedding as we start a new line of the Boci family. Now, as our friends and family catch on, I’m afraid we’ll end up with an entire house of cow knickknacks!

The ring was given to us by Gabor’s mom and was her great aunt’s ring. His family doesn’t know the whole story behind it, but they think it is from around 1910 and is a ruby. His grandma told me a great story about how family jewelry is really important in Hungary because they have been through so many wars, where homes and land were destroyed or stolen, it is some of the only family wealth many people have. She can remember smuggling her pouch of jewelry through three different wars.

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Photographer: lucky malone | Invitation Designer: CatPrint

An Irish Wedding in a Castle

This wedding was nothing short of gorgeous. From the castle to the kelts to the lace veil, it was a real life fairy tale.

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Photographer:  Mark Hayes Photography  |  Reception Venue: The Dunafon Castle | Dress Designer: The Ivory Gown | Musicians: Denver Bagpiper |  DJ: greatime dj  |  Caterer: Relish Catering Co. |  Floral Designer: Stems Flower Shop  |  Cake Designer: The Makery Cake Co. | Bakery: The Makery Cake Co.

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