Donate Those Flowers | Colorado Wedding Planner

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!

{Published} The Wedding Chicks!

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!

{Married} Emily + Peter | Taos, NM Destination Wedding

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

{Married} Kristen + Tim | Breckenridge, CO Wedding

When I think of Kristen + Tim's wedding the first thing that comes to mind is...PEONIES!!  Kristen's godfather owns a peony farm and saved approximately 2500 stems for her mid-June wedding.  In addition to the fabulous flowers, this wedding was chock full of amazing details, from a delicious and non-traditional rice crispy wedding cake to their own "brand," which was christened and burned on a log during the reception.  Look for Kristen + Tim's special "brand" on their candle holders! And...Kristen's dress is absolutely TO.DIE.FOR.  This lovely couple lives in Arizona but wanted the perfect rustic chic wedding in Colorado. I'd say they achieved that and more at their venue located just outside Breckenridge! Gorgeous film images by Kelli Lyn Photography.

Venue: Dry Gulch Placer

Photographer: Kelli Lyn

Videographer: Ryan Gonzalez (Friend of the Bride + Groom)

Hair and Makeup: Roots Hair Salon and Mary Wolfgang with Bobbi Brown

Flowers: Bride's Godfather (peony farm) and Aunt (Flowerama)

Linens: Chair Covers and Linens

Lights + Photo booth + Dance Floor + Heaters: Premier Denver Event Rentals

DJ: A Music Plus

Cake: Butterhorn Bakery

Catering: Vision Catering

Guest Transportation: Fresh Tracks

Officiant: Louie McGeorge (Friend of the Bride + Groom)



{Published} Brides Magazine!

Karine + Carl's gorgeous and intimate destination wedding at Dunton Hot Springs is published on BRIDES Magazine!  You can check out the full feature and gorgeous images by Laura Murray Photography here.   Enjoy!

{Published} Ruffled Blog!

Alexandra and Seth's stunning May wedding at Deer Creek Valley Ranch, captured by Tess Pace Photography is published on Ruffled Blog!  Click here to check it out!   You can also view their wedding on the Galleries page.