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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.

7 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photos

When all is said and done, your wedding day is just that—one day. It’s the photos (and, of course, your love) that will ultimately stand the test of time, so they should be perfect.  We collaborated with photographer Callie Hobbs to bring you these 7 tips for beautiful wedding photos! We loved being able to shoot this at the stunning Emma and Grace bridal studio in Denver. Have fun going through these, and take a look at the article and full gallery published on Style Me Pretty 🙂

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Pick a getting ready location with good light, especially if your photographer uses film. We all know that the sunlight is the best form of flattery in pictures – when done right 😉 And who’s going to get that better than your photographer? So don’t be shy, embrace that light! If your photographer uses film, it’s a huge help to them, as their photos will come out even better. If the room is too dark, the focus could be off and skin tones will tend to look muddy and dark instead of radiant and flawless. Digital cameras also appreciate lots of light as it too will present a softer more flattering photo!

 

Two

Have a pretty bridal hanger at the ready! As well as bridesmaids and if needed groom and groomsmen hangers. This is a simple detail that so many people don’t even think about. When it comes time for the photographer to shoot the bride’s dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses or even the groom and groomsmen attire they need to hang it on a hanger (no brainer!). But if that hanger is just one of your hundred plastic hangers – or the flimsy metal hangers you get from the dry cleaner’s – then all the attention goes to it instead of the gorgeous clothes! Ok, maybe not all the attention, but it does certainly take away from the beauty and elegance of the picture. Depending on the theme/feeling of your wedding there are quite a few options to choose from. Some of our favorites include these vintage inspired beauties from Anthropologie’s BHLDN line, or the popular calligraphy elegant hangers with your name written out in the metal like this one. But, before you buy a hanger make sure to ask your planner or photographer if they don’t already have one on hand, because chances are they may have already thought about this.

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Three

Another detail that’s often neglected is getting shots of what you’ll be wearing on the big day. This not only includes your dress, but your shoes (are there multiple?), your veil, your bouquet, accessories and of course the ring! Photographers and stylists love coming up with the best ways to show off all these details in pictures. And as a word of advice let your dress out of the bag right when you arrive to get ready so it has time to breathe.

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Guys, don’t think you’ve been left out the photographer wants to shoot your details too! Cuff links, boutonnieres, vow book, shoes, watch…all the goods! So before you see your photographer that day, put all these items in a convenient little bag so that when you do see her or him you can just hand that off and they can be on their merry way enjoying photographing the finer details of the day.

Five

Now I might need a whole section just on the invites! Let me start with simply leave time for your photographer to take pictures of them (meaning make sure you have an extra on hand)! You paid to have them made up, printed, maybe even done in calligraphy. They are your fist creative outlet, the first glimpse your guests have into the magnificence that is your wedding. It’s only right to get a lasting memory of them. Also, don’t forget about those other stationery items (programs, table numbers, escort cards). An additional way you can spice up your invite stylings is vintage stamps. Who knows, the stamps you used to send out your invites could be beautiful (if that’s the case use them!), but chances are they could also just be the standard Forever stamp or something similar. Vintage stamps add a certain je ne sais quoi to your photos. There’s a dash of elegance, a sprinkle of delicacy, and a hint of timeless romance to complete the everlasting memory of your stationery. Did I mention you can also find just the right stamps to go with your color theme?! You can find vintage stamps at many of your local vintage and antique stores. Now this next invite styling tip goes a little above and beyond, but can really add some flair to your invitations. If you didn’t get them done in calligraphy for your guests, you can get one set done for yourselves. Adding calligraphy to the envelope is a sweet and nice touch to add to the timelessness of the images. These last few elements may seem to come off as silly or unnecessary, but they add so much more thought into the artwork of the photos. And when you look back at them over the years, you’ll truly appreciate the smaller details that will bring your wedding photos to life as you relive your special day!

Six

Wear a cute robe before you put on that oh so special dress. There are a few reasons why you may want to wear a pretty robe or something special while you are getting ready. One of them is the fact that many times you’re getting photos taken while you’re getting ready. It’s fun to look back at those photos and not think “man I wish I would have worn something cuter.” You don’t have to worry about dressing up for those photos, you just get out of bed and pop on a robe and voila! you’re already picture perfect for those photos. Even if you don’t have your photographer taking the pictures of you getting ready you can still don the robe. I know that when I’m dressed a little nicer than just sweats and a shirt I feel prettier. I don’t mean putting on makeup or doing my hair, but just having something other than my frumpy pj’s on helps me perk up and feel incredible like I’m ready to take on the day. It’s your wedding day! You deserve to feel pampered and relaxed while not caring or worrying about what your outfit looks like. With a robe (or even cute PJ’s) it’s cute yet easy.

Seven

Have your florist bring her favorite centerpiece to photograph during this time. We love seeing the centerpiece photographed by itself so you can really focus on the flowers. It helps bring the centerpiece to life. When it’s mixed in with everything else, it’s still beautiful, but by itself it’s able to stand out. It’s also hard to appreciate all the flowers that aren’t a bouquet or boutonniere on your wedding day because you’re so caught up in the day (and you should be!). This way you’ll be able to look back on the photo of the centerpiece and truly treasure how beautiful it is!

Photography: Callie Hobbs | Event Plannin & Design: A Vintage Affair Events | Floral Design: Bella Lu Floral | Makeup: Alli B | Wedding Boutique & Venue: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | Stationary: La Happy | Model: Dakota Summerton | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

Elegant Rocky Mountain Inspiration featured on Magnolia Rouge!

You guys, I love Colorado. I am totally smitten with this gorgeous state and her mountains. I know most of you (or all) of you who live here feel the same. However, as much as you love Colorado, some of you can’t picture a rustic wedding. Which I totally get! I designed this shoot with that idea in mind. It shows just because you are getting married in the Rocky Mountains, doesn’t mean you can’t have an elegant and romantic wedding! See more of this shoot being featured on Magnolia Rouge!

Photography: Connie Whitlock Photography / Planning & Event Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals / Florist: European Flower Shop / Stationary: Sweet Letterpress
Venue: C Lazy U Ranch / Calligraphy: Designsgirl / Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry
Hair: Alex Cox Hair Design / Dress Boutique: a&bé bridal shop / Dress Designer: Sarah Seven / Cake: Megan Joy Cakes / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen/ Groom’s Suite: Ted’s Clothiers / Chairs & Glassware: Event Rents/ Vintage Chargers: Yonder Floral + Decor House
Models: Bryson & Mandy Berquist

Mandy & Bryce’s Wedding featured in My Wedding Magazine

So delighted to see Mandy & Bryce’s wedding featured in My Wedding Magazine! Be sure to grab your copy of this wonderful magazine.  And see more photos of this elegant Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding here.

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My Wedding Magazine featuring Mandy & Bryce’s wedding. 

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Photography: Brumley & Wells | Film Lab: Mammum Film Lab | Planning & Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Flowers: European Flower Shop | Custom Invites, table numbers, programs, and menus: The Wells Makery | Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Bride’s dress: Enzoani | Dress Store: Blue Bridal | Hair: Alex Cox Hair Design | Makeup: Katelyn Simkins | Lighting & Draping: Lighting & Design By Scott | Cake: Cake Heads Bakery | Violinist: Brett Omara | Reception Music: DJ West | Videographer: Films About Love | Caterer: Occasions

Romantic Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding featured on Wedding Chicks!

I loved working with Sara & Patrick! They are genuinely selfless, kind-hearted, and fun loving couple! They wanted a romantic, soft, and timeless wedding while also giving their guests, who were mostly from out of state, a taste of Colorado. To do this they chose to have their wedding on a gorgeous 400 acre ranch. When guests arrived at Spruce Mountain Ranch they strolled up the mountain side on a meandering path to an open meadow which had the most breathtaking view of the valley and the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. The soft color palette of ivory, green, blush pink, peaches, nude, and a touch of bright pink really complimented the mountain views.  La Happy designed a lovely custom suite perfectly blending mountain illustrations with her modern calligraphy style. It’s no surprise that this lovely wedding is being featured on Wedding Chicks today! Click here to see the feature. 

 

Photographer: Sara Hasstedt / Planning & Design:  A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: La Happy Design & Calligraphy / Flowers: Bella Lu Floral
Venues & Officiants: Spruce Mountain Ranch / Catering: Epicurean
Cakes: Cakeheads Bakery / Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bella Bridesmaids
DJ:  Elite DJ / Photo Booth: Traveling Photo Booth
Beauty: Kelsey Zawaba Make Up Artistry & Alex Cox Hair Design
Rentals: Chair Covers & Linens & Old Wood Soul / Fashion: Love Lane & Essence of Australia

River Bend Inspiration Featured on Magnolia Rouge

So thrilled to see this styled shoot featured on Magnolia Rouge. It was an absolute joy getting to work with such an amazing group of women on this shoot!

Check out the feature now on Magnolia Rouge!

Planner and Designer: A Vintage Affair / Photographer: Rachel Havel / Florist: Robyn fromBare Root Flora / Megan from Megan Joy Cakes / Stationary and Calligraphy: La Happy Design & Calligraphy / Makeup Artist: Liz Wegrzyn of Faces by Liz / Dress Boutique: A and Bé Bridal Studio / Dress Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld / Venue: River Bend / Farm Table & Glassware: All Well Rents / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Model: Katrina Grosz

Garden Party Baby Shower

When one of your favorite photographers and good friends is pregnant, you can’t help but get excited to plan her a baby shower, especially when it means working with some of your other favorite vendors in the process. This is exactly how we felt when we were able to plan a baby shower for the lovely, sweet, and radiant Laura Murray with the help of Robyn from Bare Root Flora and Sarah with Sarah Box Photography.

Mama to be, Laura, loves florals so The Denver Botanic Gardens set the scene perfectly for the “Garden Party” theme and the Mosaic Garden was so quaint and open and allowed for a great setting to eat, drink and socialize with everyone.  We used one of Laura’s own travel photos, of a beautiful garden gate, for the back of the invitation. We then used a watercolor app to give her photo the soft look we wanted for the invite and Calligrapher Megan Tidwell designed and lettered text.  

Simple, colorful and delicious food from one of Laura’s favorite restaurants made for a beautiful display, as did the pretty desserts in miniature, thoughtfully provided by Laura’s mom and sister. Each delicious dish was labeled with sweet, hand-painted signage by Lana’s Shop.

We wanted to keep things simple so we decided to skip the games and present opening in favor of conversation and wandering the gardens, but we couldn’t resist doing an interactive guest book. Guests gave advice or congratulations on vintage postcards from places that Laura has traveled. The postcards will be randomly mailed to the parents during baby’s first year.

It was a perfect afternoon in a sundrenched little paradise in celebration of a glowing mama to be!

Photography: Sarah Box Photography | Event Planning: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Invitations: Meagan Tidwell | Signage: Lana’s Shop | Linens: La Tavola

Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding

Highlands Ranch Mansion has got to be one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Denver. The sprawling grounds, over 100 year old history, and distinct architecture make it stand out. It ended up being perfect for Kellen and Justin’s big day. Which is interesting because it wasn’t the plan. I meet Kellen and Justin a couple months before their wedding when they had last minute switched to this venue because their original venue shut down and canceled all of the events. But looking at these photos you would never know that this wasn’t the plan all along.

Admittedly, there was a little rain and the ceremony had to be moved inside. That did not damper the happy day one bit. I loved how light hearted this couple was! One of my favorite movements was the stool that Kellen stood on right before she kissed her handsome but very tall groom!

What an amazing day it turned out to be!

Thank you Kellen & Justin for letting me share you lovely day with you! And to Artessa Photography for the lovely photos and to Park Floral Design for the most amazing flowers!

Angie & Carl Fall Ranch Wedding

We loved working with Angie & Carl! They had so much personality and spunk. With such vibrant personalities the couple had the colors to match! Their flowers from Bare Root Flora were so fun and beautiful we instantly fell in love them. The day was filled with so much love and joy, it was truly a delight to watch these two say “I Do.”

P.S. Did we mention how adorable the flower girl was?

Thank you Angie and Carl for letting us be a part of your special day!

Photographer: Chris Humphreys   |   Planning and Design: Jessica Hearing with A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals   |   Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch   |   Florist: Robyn with Bare Root Flora   |   Caterer and Desserts: Biscuits and Berries   |   Beverages and Bartending: Peak Beverages   |   Ceremony and Reception Music: Billy with Elite DJ   |   Make up and Hair: Candace Post with Foundation Hair Studio   |   Wedding Dress: A&Bé Bridal Shop

Real styled proposal featured on Mile High Bride!

Just a quick little post to share some exciting news! Mile High Bride featured Jimmer & Caitlin’s secret styled proposal. This was something I absolutely loved being a part of. It was unlike anything else and I could not be happier for this couple. Check out the proposal HERE. It is bound to make your heart sigh! 

 

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