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Fall Bucket List

Now that I’m a mom, time seems to fly by at warp speed. I had a baby this spring, I blinked and it’s Fall. I want to be more intentional about enjoying each season. I’m thinking of starting a seasonal bucket list. Here is what I have so far. Am I missing anything?

1. Make Addie’s Halloween Costume 2. Have hot chocolate 3. Go to a Pumpkin Patch 4. Make a wreath for our front door 5. Plant some Mums 6. Bake something pumpkin 7. Send holiday cards 8. Plant some tulip bulbs in my backyard 9. See aspens leaves changing.

Photo: Cassidy Brooke Photography

Flowers: Bare Root Floral

Venue: The Manor House

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 |

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

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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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!

Australia Elopement Inspiration

With more and more couples entertaining the idea of marrying abroad in the sun, we thought we would put together some Australia Wedding Inspiration, but it could work for any beach wedding.  It is being featured today on one of our all time favorite wedding blogs: Style Me Pretty!

Connie Whitlock and I recently traveled to Australia together, looking for creative refreshment and inspiration after a busy summer. Being from the United States, we were so impressed with the collaborative environment, hospitality, and beautiful scenery we found in Australia.

The inspiration for this shoot originated from the pastel sunsets we saw every night. We fell in love with the beautiful colors of pastel purples and pinks, and the lovely turquoise blues of the Australian waters. We brought our inspiration into our color palette with the muted colors and textures created in the tablescape, while the bold colors, chosen by Sassybird Flowers for the bouquet and centerpiece, popped against the pastel skies and jagged, earth toned rocks. We incorporated found elements from the beach into the shoot to tie everything together. Our table was a wooden palette that had been left on the beach, and over time it gathered barnacles and was faded by the sun and ocean air. Driftwood flanked the tablescape and defined the space in the sand. We wanted our dining to feel casual and to be an al fresco experience, so we chose a low table and used pillows for seating. The lovely two piece dress from Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes was a perfect choice for a beachside inspired wedding. The watercolor and hand scripted invitations from Betlem Calligraphy mimicked the waves crashing on the shore and the hand torn edges complemented our laid-back feel. The mostly down hairstyle with a loose tied back braid by Tyla Miller was perfect for the wind and ocean mist by the water. We also brought in pieces of rose quartz to mimic the colors of the sunset and to highlight our tablescape.

Click here to see the feature on SMP!

Photography: Connie Whitlock Photography | Event Planning + Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Sassybird Flowers | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Stationery: Betlem Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Tyla Miller | Model: Dallas Jays

Guest Blogger: Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

Today’s informative and fun guest blog post comes from Anna, co-owner of anna bé  and a&bé bridal shop, two of the best wedding dress boutiques in Denver. She will be sharing all you need to know about wedding dress trunk shows.

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What exactly is a wedding dress trunk show?
A trunk show is a weekend event where brides have the opportunity to shop some of the newest styles from a featured designer. When a designer comes out with a new collection of wedding dresses they may design anywhere from 8 to 20 new styles. And as much as we would love to, we generally are unable to have all of the styles in our shop and so we may only have 4 – 6 styles. But… that all changes during the trunk show. During the trunk show the designer will send us lots of new styles and usually some past favorites as well allowing a bride to try on tons of gowns! In the past, the gowns traveled in an actual trunk from location to location, which is where the name originally came from.

During a trunk show, a bride will still work one-on-one with our stylists for a 90 minute appointment. Once a bride finds her gown, measurements will be taken and the dress will be made to order. In terms of timing, we recommend ordering your wedding gown at least 6-9 months before your wedding date and with a trunk show sometimes that timing may be even longer as sometimes we only host 1 trunk show per year per designer! If you are lucky enough to be shopping during the trunk show definitely take advantage of this special event!!!

What are some of the benefits are attending?
In addition to being able to try on a TON of styles, sometimes these styles can be seen before they even arrive in the stores! This means a bride will be one of the very first to ever buy that particular dress.

And if a bride is really lucky, the designer will be at the trunk show. Seriously, how cool is that. A bride could meet with the person who designed the dress that she will wear on her wedding day.
Lastly, we rarely have sales or incentives, but if there is going to be one, you can bet it will happen during a trunk show! Sometimes meeting with that designer means making a change to your dress for no cost!

When are your upcoming ones? Anyone in particular you are excited about?
For a&be denver we’ve got some really fun events on the horizon:

February 26-27 // Wtoo and Willowby
Hands down, this collection coming from the Wtoo and Willowby line is the strongest collection that has been put out in years. There’s something for every type of bride: the rustic, the romantic, the classic, and the bohemian. And, this collection starts for less than a $1,000 and during the trunk show all brides who buy will save 10%!

March 4-5 // Claire La Faye
Claire is the coolest ever. Before bridal, she worked as a stylist and really takes this strength of taking one’s individual style and bringing it to a bride’s wedding dress. During this trunk show brides will get to meet with and work one-on-one with Claire!

March 10 // Sara Gabriel (thursday night)
We adore Sara! Sara is a local Denver veil designer and is taking over the bridal world with her hand-finished collection of veils and headpieces that have classic roots and are perfect for the free-spirited, independent bride. Not to mention, she’s pretty fabulous. For one night, we’re inviting all of our brides to come get styled by Sara. She’ll help you pick the perfect finishing touch for your wedding dress!

March 11-12 // Limor Rosen
Limor Rosen is a new Israeli line that is going to be one of the hottest names and we get to bring the collection to Denver brides first! The gowns will only be in our shop for one weekend!

March 18-19 // La Poesie
This line is effortlessly cool. It’s inspired by parisian boho chic and is so romantic. This also is a collection that we are bringing to Denver brides first and will only be in the store for one weekend.

Do I need an appointment to attend?
YES! We want to make sure that we have a fitting room and a stylist to work with you. We encourage you to call us at 720.627.5760 to schedule your trunk show appointment. If you have any questions about the designer, a specific dress, or any of the events we would love to help answer your questions.

Good luck to all you lovelies looking for the dress!

Blush Pink Anniversary Session

Recently we traveled to Nashville. While we were there we visited our gorgeous, sweet, and talented friend Tricia of Violet Floral Design! Her and Eric had just celebrated 3 years of marriage. We loved styling their anniversary session with the talented Connie Whitlock Photography. And now this lovely session is being featured on Brunett’s Boards! Click HERE to see the feature!

Photography: Connie Whitlock // Styling: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals // Floral Design: Violet Floral Design // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Location: Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Denver Venue: Moss

We think finding a venue is a lot like finding a house. You have something in your head and sometimes it can be hard to find in reality. Which is why whenever a new venue pops up, we get so excited. Especially when that venue is as cool as this one! We recently toured this new Denver venue: Moss and brought the talented Connie Whitlock along to document how gorgeous the space is. What we love about it: the exposed wood, brick, abundance of gorgeous chandeliers,  industrial feel, and close proximity to downtown.

See for yourself:

It you are looking for a venue for your wedding, be sure to set up a tour of this lovely space.

Photos: Connie Whitlock Photography / Venue: Moss