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Romantic Blush Mountain Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

 Caitlin and Jimmer are such a beautiful couple inside and out. They are close friends of mine so when Caitlin asked me to be her bridesmaid I was thrilled! She also later asked me to be her planner which was just as exciting…but I knew would be a little complicated! Planning with her was such a wonderful experience and thankfully on the day of Michaela and Grace came to my rescue so I could focus on being a bridesmaid! I have the best team ever!  Thanks so much to Connie Dai Photography for these gorgeous photos. You are the truly talented.  And, a high thanks to Violet Floral Design for the most lovely romantic lush flowers I’ve ever seen!

It’s no surprise that this wedding is being featured on Style Me Pretty! Click here to see the feature.

When we began the design process, we knew we wanted to create something understated, romantic, and elegant for their mountain celebration. Caitlin and Jimmer chose the mountains of Estes Park because they wanted a weekend event, but also because Estes held a special place in their hearts. It is the place of their very first vacation together, and more since. It had also held so many memories for them and promised more in their future, starting with their wedding. This wedding was the perfect reflection of them as a couple – genuine and caring. They took every step to make sure everyone felt included and knew how much their presence meant to them. It was one of the most heartfelt days I’ve ever been a part of.

Caitlin’s Hayley Paige gown could not have been a better fit. The lace bodice with an organza overlay gave the lace a layered, delicate effect. The ceremony pergola was covered with chiffon draping and a lush gorgeous garland from  Tricia of Violet Floral Design.  Cocktail hour was held on a covered deck with sweeping views of the valley. Custom-made pink and white chiffon draping framed the beams. Chiffon linens covered the cocktail tables, giving them an airy and simple look. Bistro lights added the perfect ambiance, and also allowed for dancing to take place al fresco.

The reception was full of classic touches that included silver and crystal taper candles down the head table. Each place setting had a pink napkin with a menu tucked in, and the escort card was tied with delicate ribbon and a sprig of rosemary. The lovely cake table held a trio of small cakes adorned with flowers with a calligraphed mirror with a quote by Walt Whitman that read “We were together, I forget the rest.” For the guest book, guests filled out vintage Colorado postcards that the maid of honor is going to be mailing to the couple randomly during their first year of marriage. Even the cocktail napkins were a special detail – the bride’s mother sewed the linen napkins herself. Connie Dai Photography captured the day exquisitely. It is always a treat to have her skilled lens capture my work.

Photography: Connie Dai Photography | Floral Design: Violet Floral Design | Wedding Planning & Event Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Cake: Whole Foods Market| Stationery: Dear Jane | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Taharaa Mountain Lodge |  Catering: Greens Point Catering | Hair: Alex Cox Hair Design | Calligraphy: Pretty Writing | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bistro Lights: Colorado Event Productions | Cocktail Table Linens: Chair Cover And Linens | Dress Boutique: A & Be | Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry | Music: Chris Webb | Music: A Music Plus | Wedding Dress Designer: Blush By Hayley Paige

Heidi & Paul’s Wedding Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Heidi and Paul’s July wedding is being Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!! This couple was very easy-going and so much fun to work with! I love the bright colors and fun details that went into this day. It was great working with Connie Dai Photography, Violet Floral Design, and Epicurean (can’t beat a yummy  food truck)! One of the best parts of the wedding was the amazing gelato from Fior di Latte.  See the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes by clicking HERE!

Heidi and Paul chose a 100 year old barn nestled in the mountains overlooking a lake and a meadow where a buffalo herd roams (literally!).  Playful invites with a sewn fabric pocket with pinked edges containing an invitation set the tone for the day. The same fabric was used to tie the boutineers. A gorgeous Anna Campbell gown with delicate beadwork and flowing silk chiffon paired with a floral crown was perfect for this free spirited bride. Tricia of Violet Floral Design did an amazing job creating a large, lush and vibrant floral arrangement set atop on a vintage buffet for a simple yet stunning ceremony backdrop.  The couple’s American Bulldog Mattie was all dolled up as the flower girl with fresh florals attached to her collar.  For the reception tables, Tricia of Violet Floral Design used a mismatched collection of mint glass and clear class clusters packed with beautiful peaches and blush toned flowers. Lovely pastels colors created a whimsical feel. Tucked in the vases were mint ombre table numbers. Selecting the food for their celebration was one of their favorite parts of the planning process, and they couldn’t have been happier with their choices: a delicious food truck and a refreshing gelato cart, which were also huge hits with their guests. One of my favorite details was their wedding hashtag #itstartedwithamohawk. Heidi really wanted to choose an original hashtag, so she went for one of the reasons why she first fell for Paul!

Thank you everyone for pulling it together to create this lovely day:

Photography: Connie Dai Photography/ Flowers: Violet Floral Design/ Planner & Design: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals / Food Truck: Epicurian/ Gelato Cart: Fior di Latte/ Dress Designer: Anna Campbell from Felice Bridal / Stationary:  Teal Typewriter / Guitarist: Chris Webb  /DJ: A Music Plus / Hair Stylist: Alex Cox Hair Design /Makeup Artist: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry / Ceremony Benches: Chairs with Character / Venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

 

 

 

 

Garden Party Bridal Shower

I wanted to design something very feminine with vivid colors for Caitlin’s bridal shower. A garden party seemed to be a perfect fit. The inspiration for the whole party started with the quote: Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” The invitation set the tone with a watercolor floral border, a honeycomb patterned envelope liner, and a bright pink envelope and Tricia Egan of VIOLET FLORAL DESIGN combined a cheerful mixture of peach, ivory and pink Peonies, blush Garden Roses, Lilac and Clematis to create a fun pastel garden-fresh palette.

A special detail, the adorable floral wristlets that greeted each guest with a Ranunculus bloom attached to the most beautiful pink ribbon. The splendid pink striped bar provided the perfect spot to gather and sip champagne. For a sweet treat, guests nibbled on colorful macaroon favors. The scrumptious waffle bar was the perfect choice for this brunch party (and what fun to include Pop Tarts in the buffet! Guests also loved the “Pin the Lips on Ryan Gosling” game! And the bride won! It turned out to be the perfect spring party that the bride wanted.

The whole party was captured on film by the talented CONNIE DAI.

Vendors: Photography: CONNIE DAI PHOTOGRAPHY // Event Design and Styling: A VINTAGE AFFAIR EVENTS // Floral: VIOLET FLORAL DESIGN // Invitations: DEAR JANE // Rentals: ALLWELL RENTS // Poptarts & Scones: SUGAR BAKESHOP // Prettiest Girls Sign: THE FIRST SNOW

Also check out the shower on Grey Likes Weddings HERE

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Jimmer & Caitlin’s Engagement Party featured on 100 Layer Cake!

Jimmer & Caitlin are friends of mine and are so great to work with…but most of all they are both exceptionally kind and caring people. We you have a couple as sweet and and adorably happy as they are it makes everything fun. And that is exactly what I wanted to give them for their engagement party that I was honored to host.

The engagement party has been featured on 100 Layer Cake today! Click HERE to see the feature and hear more about the party and their story.

Photography: Connie Dai Photography / Event Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals / Floral Design: Bare Root Flora / Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott / Linens: La Tavola / “The Best is Yet to Come” Sign: The First Snow /  “Oh My Darling” Sign: Oh, Albatross / Favor Bags: Pretty Sweet Stuff / Salted Caramel Favors: The Caramel Jar / Dog Bow Ties: Mia’s Closet

Romantic & Soft Wedding Inspiration

We are delighted that today a recent shoot of ours is being featured on

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When planning this shoot, we knew that we wanted it be romantic, but still have a soft, natural feel. We chose a beautiful open space park and complemented the location with a number of scenes designed to evoke casual, elegant romance. With our location in mind, we selected green, lavender, blush pink and touches of gold to complement the other elements of the shoot. The whiskey-barrel cake table was set with simple buttercream cakes subtly decorated with fresh flowers and fruit. For favors, were small bread loafs were tied with a delicate lace ribbon and presented on a bed of lavender buds offering a variety of texture, taste, and smell.

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 For the table scene, we loved the look of mismatched vintage china flanked by vintage silver flatware. The flowers were soft, romantic and beautiful without being overbearing. For those looking to toast the bride and groom, we built a champagne toasting station complete with beautiful bottles, a vintage bar cart and a sprig of lavender in each flute. Throughout the shoot, there are vintage love letters and small touches designed to serve as subtle reminders that love is timeless. Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_60 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_62 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_63 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_65 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_72 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_74 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_75 Romantic_Lavender_and_Lace_Inspired_Shoot_77

 For the hair, there were a few different looks:  We started off with a modern Gatsby retro wave which is very on trend for this wedding season.  Next is something that is here to stay, the fairy tale, braided headband.  This look is romantic, innocent & soft.  Finally, we finished with an unconventional wedding upstyle for the fashion forward bride.  Either embellished with fresh flowers or a decorative heirloom comb, this look is a showstopper.

 

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For the invitations, we couldn’t decide on just one so we did a few.

The rustic love note inspired wedding invitations are inspired by vintage love letters (which compliments the love letters in the shoot). This invitation blends cursive and typewriter fonts for a bold typographical approach on a rustic-textured paper. The main invitation, with an elongated tea-length design, melts your heart with a beautiful quote about love and relationships on the backside. The response postcard has space on the front for a love note, giving the bride and groom a wonderful keepsake to cherish long after the wedding is over. The elegantly layered blush is layered on Kraft paper, this wedding invitation is romantic and feminine. Lastly, the  natural hand drawn kraft wedding invitation is simple and vintage-inspired wedding invitation is purely typographical with a strong hand drawn approach on Kraft paper.

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 Vendors:

Vintage Rentals & Styling: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals

Photography: Connie Dai Photography

Make up: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry

Hair: Heather Chapman Hair

Invitations: Crazy for Chic

Model: Ryli Stender

Dress: Tara Keeley via Blue Bridal Boutique

Personalized Ribbon & Feather: The Lonely Heart

Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

Vintage Love Letters: Oh Pardon My French & Flea Market Floozie

Dried Lavender: Starlight Room

Bridal Shower featured on Wedding Chicks!

Do you remember when I shared my own bridal shower brunch on the blog just a little while ago? Well I am delighted to share it has just been featured on Wedding Chicks!! Click HERE to see the feature!

We love planning and styling bridal showers too! Please feel free to contact us if your interested.

Connie Dai PhotographyCori Cook Floral DesignAll Well Rents for Tables & Chairs, Honey LabelsHoney JarsLa Tavola for linens.

Bridal Shower Brunch

As some of you may know- I am getting married this August! I will be gone pretty much the whole month getting hitched and enjoying the Mediterranean (will share some of my photos from the trip when I get back!). But before I go, I wanted to share with you my recent bridal shower!

Remember my lovely bride Connie from this wedding? Well she happens to be a amazing photographer who took these great photos of my shower. Thank you again Connie!

These gorgeous flowers are by Cori Cook Floral Design

The flower hair pinning was a fun hit!

If anyone knows me they know I have a slight obsession with bagels! So of course a bagel “bar” was in order!

And since my future Mother in Law makes the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever tasted- there was also a biscuit bar!

Fruit..for those healthier individuals

And brunch is not brunch without doughnuts!

I think he agrees!

Games of course! If you would like any of these templates I designed- feel free to email me.

The best part- THE PARTY:

My most handsome men in their formal attire

A huge Thanks to Brenda (my future MIL) and all the family and friends who helped pull it all together!

And again- thanks to all the vendors: Connie Dai Photography, Cori Cook Floral Design, All Well Rents for Tables & Chairs, Honey Labels, Honey Jars, La Tavola for linens.