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Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Sara + Brian's image in the RMB Cover Contest! I'm thrilled to announce that THEY WON!!! You'll see this gorgeous couple grace the cover of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine's 2014 Summer issue! Secondly, I wanted to share some insight behind the photo. Sara + Brian had a fabulously detailed and stylish, late-August wedding in Estes Park. After the ceremony commenced, guests headed up to the pavilion for cocktails and nibbles, while Caroline (Pippin's Pictures), Sara, and Brian trekked off for the newlyweds' photo session. Immediately following that session, the couple was introduced into their reception, had dinner, and started celebrating with everyone who had joined them. Fast forward about an hour...behind-the-scenes, Caroline and myself, were commenting on how gorgeous the light was and what a glorious sunset we were about to witness. We also chatted about the difficult decision to pull our very happy and celebratory couple away from their festivities for MORE pictures in the sun-kissed light! I am SO SO SO happy we made the decision to do that, because the winning picture was from that 2nd newlyweds' session!! And...I'm sure Sara + Brian as just as thrilled that they took Caroline up on her offer for the fabulous re-do of their bride + groom portraits! Congratulations again to the happy couple and "Cheers" to Caroline for capturing such a lovely image and the cover of RMB!
Aspen grove, antlers, and magnificent watercolor. Those are the 3 things that come to mind when I think about Meredith + Greg's lovely Beaver Creek wedding. Their very intimate ceremony took place in the aspen grove outside the back doors of the stunning SaddleRidge Restaurant and was officiated by Meredith's father, Harvey. Following the ceremony + cocktail hour, guests moved into the dining area where each table was adorned by various shaped centerpieces with different types of flowers, herbs + plants, and antlers! Having a traditional Colorado wedding allowed Meredith to incorporate her LOVE of antlers into her decor. Throughout the entire day, watercolor was an ever present detail in every aspect. From their save-the-dates and invitations, to the ceremony programs and escort cards, rounded out by the table numbers and burlap runners, Meredith completely outdid herself! And, it all played beautifully together. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your special day!
Venue: Saddle Ridge
Photographer: Laura Murray
Florist: Bare Root Flora
Catering: Saddle Ridge Restaurant
Hair: Brandice Boss
Makeup: Cassandra Garza with Pink Lashes MUA
Linens: Hand colored burlap by the bride
Baker: Batter Cupcakes
Stationery: Hand colored by the bride
Ceremony Guitarist: Friend of the couple
DJ: A Music Plus
Officiant: Harvey Martz (Father of the Bride)
Transportation: Beaver Creek Village Transportation
Katie + Tom were SO. MUCH. FUN. to work with! They both have jobs that keep them extremely busy and so naturally, in their limited downtime, they like to have as much fun as possible. I literally walked away from every meeting with a sore stomach from laughing so hard. I don't know how their photographer, Joni Schrantz, was able to keep her focus with these two and capture the amazing pictures she did!! Although it was a very classy wedding and reception in Vail, they met every decision with a casual, carefree, "it's one day" kind of attitude! My kind of couple! :)
Ceremony Venue: Beaver Creek Chapel
Reception Venue: The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Photographer: Joni Schrantz
Hair: Brandice Larsen
Makeup: Cassandra Garza with Pink Lashes MUA
Catering: Arrabelle Hotel
Baker: Pastry Chef at Arrabelle Hotel
Florist: Petal & Bean
Linens: Chair Covers & Linens
Transportation: Vail Coach
Officiant: Pastor Mark Huggenvik (with BC Chapel)
Ceremony Guitarist: Steve Shurack
DJ: Rockin' Roger
As a planner, I get asked by almost every single bride what she should do with her left over flowers. Sometimes brides are sentimentally attached to their bouquets and want to keep them. Other times, they can't give them away fast enough. Sometimes centerpieces make a great gift/favor for someone special like grandma or an aunt or uncle. But, if they don't live nearby, flowers are not the best travel companions (not to mention the hay day security would have with said relative at the airport). So what's a bride to do with her leftover flowers? Donate them!
I've worked with several out of state and destination brides who have no way of caring for the beautiful flowers that their 'maids carried or the centerpieces that adorned guest tables at the reception. I know it's hard (especially to myself and the caterer, who end up doing the dirty work at the end of the night) to throw away all of those beauties and (let's be honest, the money spent on them). As a "not so common" tidbit of knowledge...hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, assisted living centers, recreation centers, and tons more locations will happily accept wedding leftovers! The best thing about that you ask? As Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, "Flowers. . . are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world."
So, if you are a planning bride (in state or out of state), keep in mind that at the end of the night when the music has stopped, all of your guests have gone home, and your special day is coming to an end, you can extend that "good feeling" and the price you paid for those blooms to someone who will appreciate it more than you know. If you need recommendations for donation centers, ask your planner, caterer or florist!
Until next time, Cheers!
Diana + Seth's simple, yet beautiful, vintage boho wedding is featured on The Wedding Chicks! While I'm working on a full blog post for you here, you can check out the awesome DIY and vintage details in the feature on Wedding Chicks. Enjoy!
When I first met Emily, it was a few years back and she was tasked with "training" me on the ins and outs of my new position (corporate gig, that I grew to despise). I was fresh out of college and she was the veteran higher up on the totem pole. Fast forward a couple years, holiday parties, and life changing moments later, and she and Pete are engaged. When Em and I sat down for what I thought was a much needed and long overdue "catch up" sesh, she informed me that they wanted to hire me to help with their big day in Taos, NM! Of course, I was completely honored and couldn't wait for the momentous occasion! All of the magic from their day was captured by the award winning, Albuquerque based, Kitty + Craig Fitz of Twin Lens.
The ceremony (below) was held in an area of the property known as "The Sacred Circle" and officiated by Peter's father, Doug. Such a special and intimate ceremony for the most amazing couple.
Ceremony + Reception Venue: El Monte Sagrado
Photographer: Kitty + Craig Fitz of Twin Lens LLC
Officiant: Doug Brittin (Father of the Groom)
Baker: Cakes by Jocelyn
Flowers: Simply Sheila
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Sol Y Luna
Reception Music: DJ Jimmy
Photobooth: Mobile Photo Lounge