Unique Send-Off Ideas

Sending off a bride and groom at the end of their reception is a classic tradition that lives on today. The sendoff can add an extra bit of style and personality to the end of a couple’s big day. However, keep in mind that many venues have restrictions on what may be allowed. If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Streamers or ribbons add a pop of color that can tie into your color scheme and are a great idea for a daytime getaway. These wands are an awesome no-mess option and can also become a noise-maker, if you so choose, by simply adding small bells to the top of the wooden dowels. This alternative can complete your day by adding a touch of lightheartedness and whimsy.

Do you love neon colors? Do you want your send-off to illuminate the night sky? Glow sticks may be the perfect option for your special day. These glow sticks can be handed out while guests are still on the dance floor which would give your reception a club atmosphere and delightful pictures.

If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Image 1: Laura Murray / Image 2:  Paula Bartosiewicz

Snowy, Elegant Wedding

An elegant wedding with a side of surprise snow, definitely made for a day to remember! This snowy, elegant wedding was held at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. The couple decided to journey out to Colorado from their home in Texas! The first impression the guests had for what the day was going to look like were their invitations. The bride worked with Momental Designs to create a hand painted invite that captured the beauty of the mountains where the wedding was to take place and cabins to add to the mountain setting. 

 They brought everyone together by having their ceremony in a circular shape while they stood in the middle, surrounded by their loved ones. They made the most out of the on and off again rain and snow and danced the night away with Elite DJ! A photo booth with props brought spunk and silliness while their oxygen bar by Summit Oxygen brought life back onto the dance floor! Polaroid pictures taken by guests brought creativity and fun into a guestbook. Florals with a more neutral color palette from Sweet Pea Flowers lent to the dreamy and elegant look for their wedding coupled with tapered candles, soft drapery, and gold chandeliers hanging from the beams embellished with greenery to make it more organic. The bride picked out beautiful glass chargers, and glasses with gold rims to add a little more glam into the table setting.  Tamara Gruner captured this fairytale day!

Now featured on Style Me Pretty, check it out here for the full feature.

Photographer: Tamara Gruner | Florals:Sweet Pea Flowers | Planning and Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Venue and Catering: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Ceremony Music: Cloud 9 Strings | Reception Music, Photo Booth, Draping, and Lights: Elite DJ | Officiant: Skip Banks |Transportation: Valley Taxi | Hair and Makeup: Fluff Bar | Invitations: Momental Designs | Rentals: Yonder and Something Borrowed | Oxygen Bar: Summit Oxygen | Table and Chair Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Dark Romance Inspiration Wedding

Hey there everyone! My name is Whitnie and I’m interning with A Vintage Affair this summer and as part of our tasks we were asked to create an inspiration board for a potential wedding that was based on a non-wedding photograph. Well, I had just gotten back from a month in Paris where I was exposed to more art than my brain knew what to do with, and subsequently took a ton of photos as well of said art. When we were given this assignment I immediately knew what photo I wanted to use.

This painting by Giacometti includes beautiful rich tones and a dark aesthetic. The deep red and blue colors were complimented by the cool whites and accents of gold. These colors and the overall composition evoke a feeling of dark romance, and I knew this is what I wanted my inspiration board to reflect as well.

I began by looking at photos that incorporated this moody vibe and wanted to embrace a variety of textures and finishes. I absolutely love the contrast between the opulence of the velvet furniture against the industrial finish of the candle shelf. I also really wanted this board to contain a balance between natural elements, like the wood of the farm table, and more polished and romantic details, as seen in the gold flatware and the whimsical blush table runner.

The flower arrangements contain stunning shades of maroon along with greenery, which perfectly reflects the outside ceremony space and gorgeous place cards, done by the amazing Bash Calligraphy . The accents of sparkly gold against the stark black reminds me of the days of gothic cathedrals and adds a touch of glamour.

I wanted this inspiration board, and corresponding wedding, to transport guests to another world. A world filled with magic, intrigue, and fairytale endings. I hope you all enjoy and can take aspects of this board and incorporate them into your own special day!

Furniture: The Perfect Palette | Circle Shelf: Something Borrowed | Altar: Nonagaya | Tablescape: The Perfect Palette | Cake: Cakes2Cupcakes | Bridal Party: Junebug Weddings | Escort Cards: Bash Calligraphy |

Megan & Steve’s Mediterranean Inspired Garden Wedding

In our minds, the best thing you can say about a wedding is that it truly reflects a couple–that it was just “so them.” Just like Megan and Steve, this wedding was colorful, fun, and romantic. Best of all, they took their guests on an adventure. Having traveled the world over, they wanted to bring a little bit of a place they loved so much back home to share with the people they love most in the world.

They asked us to create a lush, Mediterranean feel saturated in warm, citrusy color. Villa Parker was the ideal canvas. From the beginning, flowers were a main focus in terms of decor. From the ceremony to the reception, each space was marked by a gorgeous floral focal point.

To welcome guests to the ceremony, we wanted to give the courtyard a warm and inviting atmosphere. Bare Root Flora created a stunning lemon topiary for the water station, and slices of citrus, floating candles and gorgeous flowers filled the fountain in the courtyard at Villa Parker. After the ceremony, the guests sipped cocktails in this beautiful Mediterranean courtyard.

As they wandered into the rear courtyard for an al fresco feast, guests found their seats on two gilded Moroccan screens that featured vintage cutting boards hand lettered with their names and table numbers.

The back courtyard was the perfect space for a Mediterranean dining experience. Bare Root Flora designed gorgeous tablescapes featuring peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, bougainvillea, sweet pea, artichokes, olive, grapefruit, lemons and oranges. The custom-made blue silk table runners were the perfect foil to the citrus tones of the flowers. Tall taper candles were both romantic and dramatic. Each place setting featured a beautiful vellum thank-you note to their guests.

Because Megan and Steve wanted the day to be a celebration not just of their own marriage, but of all the people who helped them write their story, guest comfort and experience was paramount in their minds as they planned their day. Because fun is so much a part of who they are, they wanted it to be a huge part of their wedding too, and it was. After dinner highlights included a cigar bar, an S&M monogrammed ice luge and their darling illustrated signature drink sign: She likes it dirty. He likes it old-fashioned!

The evening ended on a sweet note, with an absolutely gorgeous cake display from the incomparable Rachel Teuffel of Intricate Icings. Three gorgeous flower-topped cakes, including an incredible three-tier lace cake matching the lace pattern of the bride’s dress, were even more delicious than they were beautiful. And the hit of the night was the oil derrick groom’s cake that Megan surprised Steve with.

Planning & Design: Jessica Hearing, A Vintage Affair |  Photography: Connie Whitlock | Floral Design & Styling: Bare Root Flora | Venue: ViIla Parker | Catering:  A Spice of Life | Blue Runners: Tono & Co | Napkins: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Event Rents & Yonder House | Invitations: Plume Calligraphy | Wedding Dress Boutique: Felice Bridal | Signature Drink Sign: The Wells Makery | Dessert: Intricate Icings | Music & Lighting: Elite DJ | Officiant: Jason Jones of Park Church Denver | Hair: Noelle Benjamin | Make up: Liz Wegrzyn | Videography: Films About Love | Photobooth: Red Fox Photo Booth | Ice Sculpture: Colorado Ice Sculpture

Brad & Emily’s Rocky Mountain Wedding

Brad and Emily’s had a picturesque Rocky Mountain wedding in Colorado last Fall. As outdoor enthusiasts, they were inspired to pick The Winding River Ranch tucked in the Colorado mountain town of Grand Lake. Emily wore a stunning lace gown by Nicole Miller and her bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of purple, nude, and blush. Flora by Nora’s fall inspired arrangements brought the reception to life along with a live band that kept the guests dancing all night. Photography was a huge priority for the couple since the groom is Brads the CEO of Artifact Uprising. They choose the talented Levi Tijerina to capture the day. The true beauty of this wedding was all the special touches. Table numbers were National Parks which was fitting since they got married with the Rocky Mountain National Park as their ceremony backdrop. The bride’s grandmother needlepointed the bright colored Chuppah that hung above them as they said “I do”. Thanks Brad and Emily for letting us be a part of your big day!

Photography Levi Tijerina // Florist Flora by Nora // Planning A Vintage Affair Events // Venue The Winding River Ranch // Caterer Wild Horse Catering // Music Mostly Harmless // Officiant Grandma Barbara // Hair Hair by Hilary // Makeup Liana Figgins // Dress Designer Nicole Miller // Dress Boutique Brilliant Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses Designers Amsale, Donna Morgan, and Jenny Yoo // Bridesmaid Dresses Boutique Bella Bridesmaids // Cake, Pies and Cupcakes Whisk & Bean // Chocolate Chip Cookies Grandma Boo // Invitations  Katelyn Stetler from Artifact Uprising

Barbara & Sam’s Lovely Denver Wedding

Barbara and Sam had a lovely  Denver wedding. Everything about the day was perfect, from the fall weather, to the colorful flowers, and meaningful traditions. The best thing about working with Barbara and Samuel is that they put a lot of trust into their vendors, allowing us to do what we do best! Barbara and Samuel wanted to tie in some classic elements which contrasted nicely with the industrial vibe on the venue. Their outdoor ceremony had a Chuppah made of aspen branches and covered with delicate sheer draping and greenery.

The black napkins, grey tapers candles, and copper flatware provided the perfect backdrop for the whimsical centerpieces. They were lush and full with berry, lavender, blush, marsala, and amber colors. With all of the streamlined details and the simple but industrial backdrop of Blanc, the flowers really stood out and pulled the color palette together, making the feel of the reception seamless.

The photo booth backdrop consisted of natural greenery and doubled as a great backdrop for the couple to sign their ketubah.  It was great to be able to use this beautiful installation for multiple purposes. The original plan was to sign the ketubah in front of a white wall but using the backdrop instead really added to the photos and makes them extra special.

One my favorite elements of their wedding was the Mezinka, which is a Jewish tradition honoring the parents who have just married off their last child. Barbara and Samuel crowned her parents and their guests danced a celebratory circle around them.

Photographer: Michele Hart | Florals: Park Floral Design | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Venue: Blanc | Catering: Footers | Desert: Bumblebee | Ceremony Music: Susie Peek | Reception Music and Photo Booth: Elite DJ | Officiant: Rabbi Lev | Hair: Alex Cox | Makeup: Faces by Liz | Flatware Rentals: Allwell | Alcohol: Peak Beverage | Transportation: Ramblin Express | Nanny: Charity Hardin | Hotel: Hotel Monaco

Victoria & Ross’s Stunning Wedding

So excited to share Victoria and Ross’s stunning wedding with you! It is being featured in MyWedding magazine! They recently moved to Texas, but decided to come back to Colorado for this beautiful wedding. They incorporated their love of music into the day by having tables named after different bands that they love. They also had guests sign vinyl records as an alternative guestbook. The reception was held at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The florist Park Floral Design installed copper pipes over the tables and draped them with greenery and candles. The luscious flowers brought a pop of color with red, green, white, and mauve. Victoria looked stunning in her Pronovias gown. Shannon VonEschen captured the gorgeous day.

Photographer: Shannon Von Eschen | Florals: Park Floral Design | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Ceremony Venue: Boulder Central Park | Reception Venue: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art | Catering : Three Leaf Concepts | Cake: Kim & Jake Cakes | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: KC Groves | Reception Music and Lighting: Elite DJ | Officiant: Life Vision Weddings | Hair: Courtney Blalock | Makeup: Nicole Toledo | Hotel: St. Julien | Photobooth: Bamboo Booth | Bride’s Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Invitations: Prairie Letter Shop | Calligraphy : Taryn Eklund Ink

Claudia & Alex’s Nature Inspired Wedding

Claudia and Alex’s  wedding took place at Blanc in Denver. They were a fun couple with who to work and had a very laid back approach to the planning process. They did their first look at Union Station. Claudia was radiant with her beaming smile and Rue De Seine dress. The decor of this wedding was nature inspired. My favorite examples included hanging greenery hoops in the ceremony, a potted herb seating display, and custom slate rock table numbers. The color scheme stayed pretty neutral with gray, white, and sage, but the groomsmen wore bold blue suits. The Bumblebee Truck was a huge hit amongst the guests. Julie Harris captured this beautiful day. Enjoy!

Photography: Julie Harris |  Florals: Flora by Nora |  Planning and Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Venue: Blanc | Catering: Biscuits & Berries | Dessert: The Bumblebee Truck | Music: Trading Post Duo | Transportation: Ramblin Express | Hair: Jaded Beauty | Makeup: Alli B | Lighting and Photo Booth: Firefly Event Services | Alcohol: Peak Beverage |  Invitations:  Melissa Monroy | Wedding Dress Designer: Rue De Seine | Wedding Dress Boutique: a & bé

DIY Wedding Do’s and Don’t’s

DIY Wedding do’s and don’t’s are the first thing you should be researching if you’re considering doing anything for your wedding yourself. There’s pinterest and wedding blogs telling brides they can do it all on their own. However, there are somethings you should leave to the pros and not stress over.

Do’s

Favors

DIY wedding favors are a brilliant idea.  It adds an immediate personal touch to your wedding. At the end of your wedding when your guest are on their way out, grabbing a favor you made yourself is a great way to give them a part of who you are as a couple. Favors can be put together weeks in advance while you’re sitting in front of your television. They can be anything  from homemade cookies frozen in advance to a cute mini bar in ajar.

Guest Book Alternatives

Guest Books are starting to morph into other alternatives. When exploring pinterest there are so many different alternatives for a do-it-yourself type  to consider. DIY wedding guest book alternatives are an easy way to add a personal touch to the reception area. Not only is it personal for you it is also personal for the guests. Creating a guest book alternative is also not nearly as daunting as many other diy options out there.

Bridal Party Gifts

Choosing your bridal party is one of thee first tasks when planning your wedding. Once you have the group set, you can start thinking of gifts that would fit each member. You know your friends best; therefore, you know which gifts they would appreciate. Why not make it yourself?

Don’t’s

Invitations

Unless you are a graphic designer or calligrapher an invitation is something you should leave to the pros. Making your own invitations is a huge time commitment that requires a lot of dedication as they should all match. There are so many different options to find your invitations with places like Etsy and Minted. If you are dead set on doing your invitations yourself consider downloading a template online.

Catering

This should not even be considered! Not only is catering your own wedding a huge time commitment it also causes you to lose out on a lot. Caters do so much more than just making the food for you and your guests, they set the tables, they refill water glasses, they take out the trash, etc. Without a cater you are left to find your own wait staff that would have been included with a cater.

Photos

This is the most memorable part of your wedding. Wedding photos will be showed off for generations to come. Self timers should not be something you have to figure out the day of your wedding day. When hiring a professional photographer you can focus on the ceremony and the reception instead of worrying about whether or not the moment has been captured.

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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.