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

2017 Wedding Summer Internship

We’re looking for Summer Interns! We are excited to be adding up to 3-4 interns to our team this summer!

Do weddings make you swoon? Are you curious about learning the ins and outs of the wedding day and the planning that goes into it before?  Are you interested in the inner-workings of a local small business? This internship is a great opportunity to learn more about design, as well as event planning and production. Send us your résume and a brief summary of who you are (a résume can only tell us so much!) and why you’re interested in weddings.

Internship Curriculum consists of:

On-site management, directly communicating with vendors and clients, and lots of insight into the Colorado event planning industry! Learning the logistics of wedding planning: timelines, rehearsals, communicating with couples via email, consultations, and phone calls. Learning the design process (color boards, floral inspiration, blog posts on design trends, creating inspiration boards)

We believe in:

High standard of professionalism when communicating with clients, vendors, and our couples. Prioritization and organization. We have learned that the greatest advantage in wedding and event planning is having strong organizational skills. Even the greatest of tasks can be completed through strategic organization. The effectiveness of a team. Whether that be in a supporting role or a leading role, the most important role is one that benefits the team as a whole.

Details:

This will be a 3 month commitment from June-August (depending on school schedule) and applicants MUST be available most weekends. This is an unpaid internship and must be recognized by the interns college instruction as academic credit towards his/her chosen degree. 20+ hours a week.

If you are interested in an internship:

Completed applications are due February 25th, 2017 with interviews beginning at the beginning of March. Applications may be sent to: hello@avintageaffairevents.com

Magical Mountain Wedding

 The day before Whitney and Eric’s wedding it rained for the entire day. And then on the day of….it rained and rained. But, right before the ceremony, it just stopped. The fog hovered over the mountains and it was so peaceful, it really created a magical mountain wedding! It was a day they will never forget, nor will anyone who witnessed it .

From the Bride: We are that couple that met in a bar but ended up with a happily ever after! We shared some tequila and the rest is history. I can attest to the old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder as we started our relationship overseas and it was over Skype dates, a twelve-hour time difference and longing to be back together that sparked our love. Our first date was when Eric came back to the states for one of his best friend’s weddings. We were inseparable ever since.

A few years later, Eric took me on a summer trip to one of his favorite places, Telluride, where he proposed at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls…swoon! Having been born in Colorado, we visit often and it has always had a special place in our hearts. We knew right away a mountain wedding was a must!

Planning a wedding in Colorado while living in Florida required a relaxed and carefree attitude. We actually booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person! I was very lucky to have found the venue, our phenomenal photographer and exceptional florist on Instagram. I put all my trust in my vendors and let the experts take over. This gave results better than I could have imagined and definitely made things much easier for me.

We wanted our guests to feel relaxed yet be awed by an extravagant experience. We envisioned a dreamy, romantic and chic boho vibe. We chose to go with shades of neutrals and incorporate some natural elements. As everyone who knows me is aware I have an absolute love for lavender so we enjoyed including it into our decor, using fresh sprigs on our place settings, creating a signature lavender infused cocktail and designing a crate of dried lavender to hold our escort cards. The florals were soft with pops of color to keep a fun summer feel. I gave full rein to our florist and she put together incredible bouquets with an assortment of florals that were even accented with fresh mint! She also made a stunning hair piece that really complemented the style I was looking for.

The most memorable part of the wedding for us was writing and exchanging our vows in front of our dearest family and closest friends. The dinner was exquisite with four courses and complemented by some incredibly funny and heartfelt toasts! The party carried on as the band rocked the dance floor late into the night. We chose to take a special moment together at the end of the evening. As the guests were lining up outside for our exit we shared one last dance together, just the two of us, to Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons. It was as if everything went into slow motion. It was such an incredible way to take in all the delight of the day. Our wedding was more magical than I ever could have imagined. It rained for almost two straight days before the wedding but hours before the ceremony it cleared and made for the most mystical backdrop as the clouds filled the mountaintops.

To anyone currently planning, start early if possible, absolutely get a planner, and let go completely of any expectations once the day arrives. It truly will be the best day ever!

Photographer: Windsome & Wright / Planning: A Vintage Affair / Floral: Siloh Floral Artistry / Stationery: The Wells Makery / Venue: Beano’s Cabin / Officiant: Mountain Do / Cake: Mountain Flour / Make up: Liz Wegrezyn / Hair: Brittani Estes / Band: Tunsia / Videography: Films About Love / Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau

See their wedding being featured on Style Me Pretty!

Elegant & Intimate Mountain Wedding

Jessica and Kiffer’s intimate mountain wedding was absolutely stunning! From the ceremony at the Vail Wedding Deck ( I mean look at that view!!), to the elegant reception, marvelous food presentation by Hooked, and the of course the couple themselves. Not to mention the bride’s amazing wedding dresses including a top she designed herself! Such a joy to witness these best friends tie the knot and celebrate with their closest friends and family. Thank you Jessica and Kiffer for letting me be a part of your special day.

Photography: Kindling | Planning: A Vintage Affair Events | Bouquets and Boutonnieres: The Perfect Petal | Ceremony Site: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Dinner: Hooked | Cakes: Whole Foods | Food Display: Party Girl Events | Set Up & Tear Down & Bartender: At Your Service | Guitarist & DJ: Jon Linder | Bride’s Skirt: Hayley Paige | Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture Flagship Salon | Bride’s Ceremony Top: Her Own Design | Bride’s Reception Top: Grace Loves Lace | Bride’s Hairpiece:  Viktoria Novak | Makeup: Anais Naw

 

Fall Wedding Inspiration

So many beautiful bridal inspiration shoots are built around the bride of course, which we love. But so many men out there are just as stylish and bespoke as the lovely ladies in their lives, so we wanted to highlight a couple who both love fashion and style, and who wanted to see that reflected throughout the aesthetics of their wedding day. Photographer Cassidy Brook was looking to highlight color with a stylish green groom’s suit, which was where our design ideas began to take shape. We wanted an organic, modern look to the shoot and a warm and textural fall feel that we thought would not only inspire stylish couples but feel relatable and attainable. Adding in tones and shades of marsala and deep fuchsia gave us just the palette we were wanting–fresh and fallish, yet sophisticated.

We outfitted our real couple in a stylish emerald green suit by ASOS and a stunning halter gown by Willowby paired with a flowy skirt from WToo and stunning ring by Susie Saltzman. It’s a tossup whose updo we loved more–his stylish manbun or her beautiful braided look by KIS Hair and Makeup Design! We outfitted their bridesmaid in a gorgeous deep fuchsia halter gown by BHLDN. We kept flowers organic, romantic and textural and we LOVE how the color palette married with the incredible fall colors of the landscape.

The Manor House recently added a new ballroom and we felt like it perfectly married the modern yet still organic feel we were going for. The table set in front of the fireplace was a stylish focal point for the shoot. Velvet is a favorite for fall weddings and we loved the unusual shade of this Rose Velvet Linen from La Tavola–a neutral but with more depth. We set the table with modern gold candelabra and stylish brass votives, which were a lovely tie-in to the gold rimmed plate and flatware from Crate and Barrel. A concrete vessel filled with lush and textural dahlia, garden roses, pieris buds, grapes, crabapples, blackberries and mint gave the table an organic yet elegant vibe. Stationery from Julie Ha Calligraphy completed the look.

See it here on Joy Wed!

Photography: Cassidy Brook | Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Flower Design:  Bare Root Flora | Wedding Dress: op Vanu by Willowby and Effie skirt by WToo | Hair & Make up: Kis Hair & Make-up  | Wedding Dress Boutique: A & Be Bridal Shop | Cake: Wildflower Cake |Stationery: Julie Ha Calligraphy | Venue: Manor House | Ring & Earrings: Susie Saltzman | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Groom’s Attire: ASO | Bride Model: Talene Weeks | Groom Model: Jon Weeks

Creative Boho Wedding

Bailey and Chad had an awesome, creative boho wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. This stunning venue is located at the foot of the Gore Range right next to Piney Lake in Colorado. To help Bailey’s vision of a chic boho wedding come to life she brought in the talented Rachel with March Floral Designs. Rachel knocked it out of the park with her creative ideas from a wildflower semi-circle garland ceremony piece for the couple to stand in which was perfect since it didn’t block the views, to the bridesmaids similar yet each one uniquely different bouquets with mismatched ribbon or leathers strands, to the head table adorned with the garland repurposed from the ceremony with flowers and candles spread throughout and vines that sprang from the table and cascaded to the floor! 

Other amazing details that came together to create this gorgeous day included calligraphed watercolored escort cards hung on a macrame backdrop with a guestbook sign to match, and calligraphed signs of the bar menu, welcome sign and large chalkboard sign with a love quote to hang in the newlyweds home.  An extra special detail was that their first dance and ceremony were held on the deck of the Ranch overlooking the lake and the mountains.  This charming day was captured so beautifully by Kellsworth Photo. See it here on Green Wedding Shoes! Congratulations again Bailey & Chad! 

Photography: Kellsworth | Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Florals: March Floral Design | Venue and Catering: Piney River Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Bethany Ruehl with Head Case Hair Studio | Music: Elite DJ | Photo booth: Picture Perfect | Cakes: Whole Foods | Transportation: Timberline Tours | Napkins: Event Rents | Bride’s Dress: Anais Anette |Bridal Shop: a & be bridal shop | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Show Me Your Mumu, Free People | Groom’s Suit: Black Tux | Bride’s Engagement Ring: Heidi Gibson | Bride’s Hairpiece: Untamed Petals | Watercolor Calligraphy: Alexa Ray Studio

What’s in Bloom?

We were so excited to meet with Ashely Swapp, owner of Park Floral Design, to get her input on what it takes to create these stunning floral installations. It was great to sit down with her to hear about her inspirations, the design process, and her background. Read the interview below! 🙂

Photos by: Jill Thomas Photography

How and when did you get into floral design? Were you inspired by something or have you always been interested in it?

I have always known that I want to work with weddings. I thought my passion was photography, but after a while I wanted to try something more hands on and creative that’s still in the wedding industry. My mother and grandmother have been garden lovers ever since I was little, so I grew up around flowers and have always been very familiar with them. So I really just started teaching myself! I took online classes and was able to get internships with florists and now have my own company.

What’s the most important thing you need to know from a bride when creating her bouquet, flower attire, center pieces…

Color palette. Color is my favorite thing and I love the concept of always wanting to make it more complicated. I would say my style is very feminine and more on the wild side,  But keeping a natural, garden look is also really important to me and a big inspiration for my designs.

What is your favorite part about designing floral attire and decorations for an event?

I think the reason I love my job so much is that it’s the exact opposite of calm. I love the design process and the crazy rush that comes from being in your element and how everything finally comes together after so many months. When the wedding day comes and everything is set up and the bride is happy, there’s no better feeling and is for sure one of the best parts about my job.

What is the time frame you need to get everything done?

It all starts with the clients and how early they decide to book. The ones who book around a year are obviously ideal, but if not a year at least a few months before is absolutely necessary. There’s material that needs to be ordered, flower orders to be placed, things that just take time and can’t be done last minute. But the week of the wedding is the most important week because i can’t start any designing until then. If the wedding is on saturday, then that Monday and Tuesday of that week is when I will start to pull candles, supplies, buy any last minute materials, start to put together arches… Wednesday I pick up the flowers from the airport and make a trip up to red daisy farm to complete any needed purchases. I’ll start to unwrap the flowers, clean and trim the stems, and start to fill the buckets. It’s an all day process but it always feels like christmas to me. Thursday and Friday are my actual design days and then Saturday is the wedding!

You have a variety of designs on your website from really simple greenery to these huge bright colored flowers, what display is your favorite to create and allows you to be the most passionate?

I love to incorporate both if I can. Flowers are obviously the focal point and it’s easiest for me when I have something to focus on and then i can build off of that and add in greenery and fillers.

Obviously there are thousands of types of flowers in the world, how do you know which ones are right for the couple you are working with? Meaning of the flowers?

The first and most important thing I have to consider is seasonality. Once I’ve narrowed down the flowers I have the option of working with I choose a few focal flowers that I’m familiar with, and then build off of those with greenery and fillers. Color palette plays a huge role in the design process because for the colors to go well together they have to transition smoothly and almost ombre into each other. I don’t ever want a  polka dot effect. But actually some of my best designs have come from last minute forging, which is just clipping flowers or greenery or branches myself and adding them in. It’s only really necessary if something isn’t ordered properly or doesn’t come in the right color, but it’s fun to add in some personal touches and they always end up making the piece.

Who is your ideal client?

A bride who loves and appreciates art, as well as texture,  color and of course flowers! It  always makes choosing a color palette 100x easier. They will have a better understanding of what flowers will look best on their wedding day and can tend to be be more open as to what options they have for their flower attire and decor.  

How do you stay up with all the current trends of floral design?

Art inspires me in so many different ways. All the different forms of nature, the certain colors that I love together, and the act itself of doing something for fun and because I love to do it allows me to show my true passion and love for floral design.

Relaxed Winter Park Wedding

Working with Sara and Blaine on their relaxed Winter Park wedding was such a joy! They are so fun, sweet and cheerful that I couldn’t wait for their big day from the moment we began working together. Their love for one another was so evident the entire day, and even going back through these photos to make this post, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. Cheers to such a wonderful day spent on top of the Mary Jane mountain! Congratulations again Sara & Blaine!