Meet Emma!

Meet Emma! She will be interning with us for the 2017 summer season.

My name is Emma Walker and I am a rising Junior at the University of Denver! I am studying to get my major in Marketing and am the style chair for Delta Zeta at DU. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and love every second of living here. I have a french bulldog named Stella and she is the light of my life! I also love fashion, food, and of course weddings.

Meet Stephanie! She will be interning with us for the 2017 summer season 🙂

All About Me

Hi! I’m Stephanie Rudolph and I’m currently a sophomore at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I’m working on my bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. While at school I am very busy with wind orchestra, and the Rock Climbing club, which I am the president of. I was born and raised in Colorado, growing up in Arvada. My family means a lot to and I would not be able to do any of the things I do without them. I love food, exploring the Denver area, my dog Maverick, the state of Colorado and going on hikes.

Travel

Luckily, I have spent quite a bit of time out of the country. I have been to Mexico, Canada, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, and at least 25 states. I would love to study abroad and I am currently working on doing so. I have never been to France, but Paris is the first place on my travel bucket list. I think I could love in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. I love to travel but there is no place like the beautiful Colorado.

Weddings

I am very passionate about love. Weddings are a physical representation of love which is why I want to be a part weddings on a daily basis. My mother and father were high school sweethearts so love was a very important part of my childhood. I am obsessed with wedding planning and have 16 wedding related boards on Pinterest. I am so excited for this summer internship experiment with A Vintage Affair and gain the knowledge I need to become a successful wedding planner.

Elegant and Romantic Restaurant Wedding

This elegant and romantic restaurant wedding in the heart of downtown Denver was the perfect way to celebrate Kristin & Brett’s love and commitment to one another. With the help of an incredible team, this foodie couple was able to transform the contemporary urban eatery into a romantic, elegant, and warm soiree with their closest friends and family. Kristin, who is an event planner herself, gave attention to every single detail of the day. There was not a inch of the restaurant that didn’t incorporate a piece of her vision and style. You can also see this wedding on Rocky Mountain Bride CO Spring & Summer 2017. Or in the latest issue of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine!

Kristin brought in the fabulously talented Liz of Siloh Floral Artistry to help bring her vision to life. Together they came up with the concept of having a “living” art piece as the backdrop for their ceremony. Kristin and Liz wanted to create an intimate and unique element that would combine abstract art with romantic and feminine florals. What came to life on the wedding day was a ten foot high and ten foot wide painted canvas with blooms and foliage spilling out of the canvas to make it appear alive and growing. It was absolutely incredible and so jaw dropping! It later doubled as the photo booth backdrop. 

This romantic restaurant wedding was held at The Kitchen. Outside, the city of Denver bustled by while guests enjoyed a family-style meal seated down long wood tables under the warmth of candlelight. The tables were adorned with beautiful and lush centerpieces in muted and neutral tones that spilled onto the tables.

The invitations and the menus were created by Sweet Letterpress. All of the signage for the wedding was hand-lettered by Taryn from Taryn Eklund Ink. From the custom cocktail boards, the guestbook globe, and the calligraphy on the mirror in the restaurant, everything had a personal touch from the bride and groom. 

With a fairly feminine and soft vision, Kristin wanted to incorporate a masculine element that would represent more of Brett’s personality and interests. There was a whisky tasting and cigar bar table for the groom with his groom’s cake, accented with brass and copper lanterns, terrarium with succulents, and moss.

The day was captured beautifully on film by the wonderful Connie Whitlock.

Photography: Connie Whitlock | Florals: Siloh Floral Aristry | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Venue and Catering: The Kitchen | Invitations and Menus: Sweet Letterpress | Calligrapher: Taryn Eklund Ink | Ceremony & Reception Music: Elite DJ | Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Chargers: Yonder Floral and Decor House | Tables: Alexan Events | Photo Booth: Flash Box Photo Booth | Cakes: Gateaux Bakery | Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa | Hair: Chad Cantu | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Boutique: Anna Be | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Vendors: What to Book & When

The trees and flowers are blooming which means Spring is upon us and so is the start of Colorado’s wedding season! If you are joyfully looking forward to your wedding this year we wish you all the best and hope your wedding is all that you dream of. If you are newly engaged, (congratulations!) or still looking for vendors for later this year, check out this guideline from WeddingWire about when you should be hiring certain vendors.  And continue reading for some helpful do’s and don’ts from A Vintage Affair on the planning process! Hopefully this will help you with your own planning process and make it a little more fun!

A little recap! And a few extra tips from us.

12 months before: Ceremony & Reception Venues, Wedding Planner

You want to book the venues as one of the first vendors because it will determine your wedding date. If you book far enough out a planner can help you choose the venue if you would like, but it’s hard to book other vendors without your date set.

Do: When looking into venues consider who you and your fiancé are, what you like to do and your aesthetics. Are you two big foodies? Your favorite restaurant could be a great reception spot. Check out these restaurant weddings! The Kitchen and Coohills. Do you two like to spend time outdoors? Consider something out of the city, a little closer to the foothills, or even in the mountains like Lyon’s Farmette, Vail Nordic Center, Taharra Mountain Lodge.

Are either of you from a state with more water? There are a few venues with running rivers or a lake on property! See Piney River Ranch, Riverbend, Evergreen Lake House. Do you both lean towards a more modern or industrial style? Maybe look closer into the city, as there are venues that cater to this style. Places like Blanc, Moss and McNichols Building may be great for you. Remember, it’s about you two that day, so choose what makes you both happy!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page and WeddingWire’s venues page to check out even more venues!

When it comes to the planner, make sure you connect. You will be working with your planner the duration of the planning process whether that be five months or a year and a half.

Don’t: What I’m about to say will hold true to ever vendor on this list. Maybe parents, other family or even friends will be helping you pay for the wedding, totally normal. What we want you to remember is that it’s still yours and your fiancé’s special day. Take the others opinions into consideration, but don’t make big decisions based on what whoever’s paying wants, especially if it goes against what you really want. There are ways to thank those helping you with the wedding, without compromising your dreams.

10 months: Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Caterer

Do: Again, you want to make sure you vibe well with your photographer. Aside from one another, you and your fiancé will be with your photographer more than anyone else that day. You want to make sure you both get along well with whoever you choose. The same goes with the videographer.

When you narrow down your selection of caterers, it is okay to go to more than one tasting. We’d probably recommend narrowing it down to two but no more than three. Menus are a great way to figure out what you’re going to serve, but until you actually taste what the caterer has to offer, you won’t know for sure if you like it or LOVE it!

Here at A Vintage Affair, we have a love affair (get it?!) with flowers. So we get excited to discuss your flowers, hear what you want and help you find which florist we think you’d mesh with the best. Again, take your style into consideration, are you more romantic, free spirited, traditional or a mix? All florists have their own signature and style. Chat with your planner about it and they can point you in the right direction.

Don’t: Even if florals may not be in your top priorities it is definitely important to seek florists out early on.  Again let your planner know your priorities so they can point you to someone who would work well with you, your vision and your budget. But it’s always sad when a couple leaves florals last, because they aren’t as focused on flowers so the florists we would recommend to them are already booked. As you can see from this list, florists book out months in advance so better sooner than later.

9 months: Band or DJ

Do: Consider the range in prices for bands. They can range vastly among bands and with the amount of people you want to hire. If you’ve always imagined a band at your wedding but don’t have the budget for a 10 piece band consider going down in number of band players.  A three to five piece band can be just as awesome! A guitar, drums, and bass with a vocalist is a good starting point and then you can add on keys & horns etc… 

8 months: Ceremony Music (if different from Band or DJ), Guest Accommodations, Officiant, Wedding Dress, Stationery Save the Dates

Do: When making guest accommodations check if hotels can provide transportation to the venue for potential guests staying there. Some venues even have an arrangement with venues and transportation companies and if a certain number of guests are staying on property they will work directly with a transportation company to book a bus.

7 months: Cake Baker, Bridesmaid Dresses, Honeymoon Travel Consultant
6 months: Stationery Invitations, Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Rentals

Do: We absolutely recommend doing a trial with both your hair stylist and makeup artist before the wedding date. It helps ensure that you are on the same page with each other on what you want and you’ll know if you really do like that look from Pinterest or if you need to change it up a little bit.

5 months: Men’s Attire, Accessories, Transportation
3 months: Favors, Wedding Rings

While you do not have to follow this guideline exactly, it is a good place to start. Our biggest takeaway: don’t wait to book your vendors! Happy happy wedding planning to all of you. Remember to enjoy the process, have fun planning!

Meet Whitnie!

We are delighted to introduce Whitnie, who will be interning with us this summer!

Hello, my name is Whitnie Watkins! I am entering into my junior year at Western State Colorado University where I am studying art and business. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and absolutely love living in the city. I am obsessed with elephants and cupcakes and all things beauty. When I am not in school I love spending time with my family trying out new eateries and exploring new areas in the state.

Travel

I have never been out of the country, but I have a serious case of wanderlust. I will actually be studying abroad in Paris, France this May and I am so excited! Within the states, my favorite place has been San Francisco. The food was incredible and offered both the city and the sea. I think being able to travel and experience all that this world has to offer is one of the biggest opportunities in life. I hope to travel much more often once I graduate and be able to experience all corners of the world.

Weddings

Weddings are just the best! From the bride’s dress to the décor to the couple’s vows every moment in a wedding is unique and magical. I love how weddings express a couple’s unique style and how they are able to unite two people and their families and friends. I’m thrilled to be able to work with A Vintage Affair and help produce a couple’s unforgettable dream day.

Meet Brittany!

Meet Brittany! She will be interning with us for the 2017 summer season 🙂

Hi! My name is Brittany Ann Pierce and I am currently going to be a senior at Colorado State University, studying communications. I was raised in Eaton, CO. I also work for the CSU football team and just turned 21 at the beginning of April. My favorite color is pink (but not hot pink, has to be baby pink). I have my own dog and his name is Dually and he is a 2 year old yellow lab. Also, my family is the biggest part of my life and are my biggest supporters.
Travel
I have been to many places within the states and out of the country as well. Traveling is something that is a passion to me and I strive to make my way around the world. I am currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy and it is the best decision I have ever made. Getting to experience different culture and be immersed in it for months is an opportunity everyone should take.
Weddings
When I walk into an empty room, I can picture exactly how I think it should look with decorations, colors, design, etc. A wedding should be one of the best days of someone’s life and to be able to make that dream day come true for someone is amazing. Also, weddings are a special time when people come together for love and that rare occasion should be celebrated in the best way possible. I’m very excited to see where this journey takes me and to be a part of such a great opportunity.

Feminine Garden Inspiration

In a world filled with so much chaos, development, innovation, and modernism, we wanted to stop and celebrate something timeless and enduring: the beauty of femininity. For this shoot, we wanted to do something feminine, organic, and romantic. The muted color palette really allowed for the natural beauty of the ranch to show through. Running streams and rows of pine trees set the backdrop for this mountain shoot, along with breathtaking views.

 To achieve that soft, graceful look we were going for, we dressed the table with airy and delicate florals. We also created a table number of pressed bougainvillea, aspen leaves, spray roses, and many other beautiful flowers. We layered a  ivory silk runner from Tono & Co. onto of a blush pink chiffon linen for texture. For the napkins we wanted to compliment the scenery with green silk napkins. On top of the table sat marble taper candle holders with thin white taper candles. We chose clean white plates, gold rimmed glassware, and modern gold flatware for an effortless look.

 

Megan Joy designed a beautiful textured blush cake consisting of delicious sour cream cake with mountain huckleberries and maple buttercream, dark chocolate stout cake with smoked caramel and espresso and chocolate buttercream, and a buttermilk cake with vanilla bean buttercream.

 

The invitation suite provided by Plume Calligraphy was the perfect blend of clean and elegant. They were encased with a vellum wrap which Plume embellished with leaves and it was pressed together with a black garland wax seal. We also added pressed flowers to the bride and groom’s place cards.

 We went with a gorgeous dress designed by Flora, an Israeli designer. It had a flowy skirt and a sheer top with lace embellishments. Paired with a long veil from Sara Gabriel, it was perfect.  The subtle and soft makeup created a flawless look on our model.

See this shoot featured Here!

Photography: Callie Hobbs Photography / Planning and Design: A Vintage Affair Events / Flower Design: Siloh Floral Artistry / Venue: Blackstone Rivers Ranch / Cake: Megan Joy Cake / Wedding Dress Boutique: Anna Bé / Wedding Dress Designer: Flora / Veil Designer: Sara Gabriel / Stationary: Plume Calligraphy / Make up & Hair: Liz Wegrzyn by Faces by Liz / Model: Victoria Strehlow / Table & Chairs: Allwell Rents / Flatware: Event Rents, Plates: Suite One Studio from Anthropologie

Vibrant Planet Bluegrass Wedding

 So excited to see Sara & Glenn’s beautiful vibrant Planet Bluegrass wedding featured in MyWedding magazine this season. Lale Florals knocked it out of the park from embellishing the couples’ custom built chuppah with a colorful and natural landscape that complemented the beauty of the area to the unique and beautiful bouquets and reception flowers. The day was beautifully captured by the talented Michele Hart!

This ceremony was definitely one for the books! As Sara was walking down towards, a gust of wind whipped her veil around  and eventually blew it off.  Instead of worrying Sara and her parents laughed it off and continued down the aisle. During the ceremony, the rabbi invited both Sara and Glenn’s parents up where they danced together in a circle, laughing and smiling, celebrating the joy of their children’s’ marriage. It was a ceremony filled with so much love and happiness, you couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear.

The ceremony set the tone for the rest of the day. Sara and Glenn, family and friends enjoyed the evening eating and dancing. Surrounded by love and laughter it was a day no one will soon forget. We wish Sara and Glenn all the best!

Photography: Michele Hart | Venue: Planet Bluegrass | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Florals: Lale Florals | Caterer: A Spice fo Life | Cake: Bridesmaid | Desserts: Tee & Cakes | Makeup: Allison Beach | Hair: Indie Six | Band: The Fever | Rabbi: Itzhak Vardy | Transportation: Ace Express | Wedding Dress: Emma & Grace Private Label | Bridal Shop: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | Groom’s Suit: Zegna Suit | Paper Goods: The Bride and Groom!

 

Classic Vail Wedding

Alba and Jordan’s  classic Vail wedding took place at Donovan Pavilion the second weekend of October in the lovely mountains of Vail, Colorado.  The fall colors made a stunning backdrop for their mountainside first look.  And Becca, the couples adorable pup was the cutest “Dog of Honor”. Alba has such a classic style which made for a timeless and romantic day at the iconic venue. Congrats again Alba & Jordan!

Photography: Irving Photography / Venue: Donovan Pavillion / Planning: A Vintage Affair Events / Floral: Petal & Bean / Catering: Gourmet Cowboy / Dessert: Whole Foods / Music: A Music Plus / Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express (CME) / Hair: Hair Artistry by Hilary / Makeup: Liana Kathryn Makeup/ X-back Chairs: Charming Chairs