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Rakhi and Brad’s wedding took the sensory experience to a new level in a fusion of cultures that was as full of vibrant energy as it was of thoughtfulness and hospitality.  Captured below with incredible beauty by Brinton Studios.

             

Rakhi and Brad welcomed their east coast and southern guests to a Colorado mountain experience at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.  On-site hiking, biking, zip-lining, horseback riding, and archery for the adventurous; yoga, spa treatments, and pond-side benches for the relaxed; restaurants and coffee shop for the hungry; the Ranch offered a diverse and authentic experience, an unexpected yet ideal setting for the weekend’s celebration.

       

Friday was spent amongst family and friends honoring timeless traditions including the Haldi which is a cleansing ceremony using a combination of turmeric, yogurt and oil that is intended to cleanse and purify the bride for her upcoming marriage.  The combination of spices are placed all over the bride by her elder family members.   This was followed by the Mehndi which is a henna ceremony in which women and men participate.  Brad and Rakhi were both adorned with elaborate designs as were many family and friends.

         

                            Some of the most memorable weddings are those that reflect the uniqueness of the bride and the groom while demonstrating their shared interests in a kind of sensory love story celebration.  A bride’s favorite color showing up in the invitations, the flowers, and the fabric.  A groom’s favorite dessert served at the table.  A couple’s favorite Jenga game assembled as a guestbook.

  

One of the most striking elements of sensory fusion was in the colorful food buffet (preceded by a traditional plated first course salad) featuring both classic hearty American fare and traditional savory Indian dishes.  Even the dessert table boasted an elegant wedding cake surrounded by authentic colorful Indian sweets.

    

Perhaps the most beautiful display of cultural fusion showed itself on the dance floor where intricate sparkling saris and soft modern cocktail dresses swirled together around a couple who celebrated their uniqueness and their love story very well.

  

Check out even more photos of this wedding at the Brinton Studios blog:  Devil’s Thumb Meets India with a Bang!

The awesome vendors who contributed to this wedding:

Event Design & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Floral Design:  Plum Sage | Décor:  Décor n More | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | DJ:  Soundmaster Entertainment | Indian Fare:  Star of India Restaurant

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Julie is a very  mature, articulate, bright, and spirited young lady.

She had so many interests and ideas and a great appreciation for Colorado’s natural beauty.  Together, we created “Julie’s Colorado”, using her favorite color (purple), wildflowers, burlap, pinecones, delicious (and fun) food, and a custom sign displayed on the dance floor.  And we brought all that to the JW Marriott, Cherry Creek, one of Denver’s most hip hotels.

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There is something so touching and inspirational and special about being part of a bat mitzvah.   Julie’s family are members at our synagogue and I truly enjoyed getting to know the family and consider them friends.  I really appreciated how Julie valued and discussed the religious significance of her experience. For her, what the party celebrated held special meaning.

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JM0007-2924408747-O      JM0008-2924408777-OThere is nothing as rewarding and fulfilling as seeing the mitzvah child’s face when we reveal the room for the first time and they see their vision come to life.  Julie’s room showed her personality and interests everywhere she looked.

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Pinecones used at the escort card table and in the tablescapes were collected on family hikes in Winter Park.

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Grand entrance on a pink hora!  Such a “princess moment” and well-deserved.  We love “your Colorado”, Julie.  Congratulations!

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The vendors who brought “Julie’s Colorado” to life:

Event Design and Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  JW Marriott, Cherry Creek | Photographer:  All Digital Photo and Video | Florist:  Statice Floral | Lighting and Drape:  Pure Energy Events | Entertainment:  Dance Trax Productions

Karensa and Elliott exchanged vows in the backyard of their gorgeous Boulder home under a custom arch made by a close family friend from natural branches and decorated in soft hued peonies, ranunculas, and stock.  Colorful pedicabs whisked the bridal party away to North Boulder Park for photos while guests enjoyed cocktails and artwork at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery in downtown Boulder overlooking the eclectic Pearl Street.  The dinner and reception took place on Rembrandt Yard’s third floor where the room had been draped and uplit with a soft pink light, complimenting both the garden romantic centerpieces and also the suspended clear globes holding delicate rose petals and candles throughout the room.  One of our favorite details was the late night snack bar featuring Elliott’s ritual late night snack—an assortment of cereal, complete with milk fountain!Newman_Morgan_Frances_Photography_0129KarensaElliotW0641_low

Love the colorful getting ready robes!  Great for photos and fun as a bridesmaid gift.

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First look from the bride’s perspective:

The first look was an amazing and special moment. We had spent the whole day apart to get ready, and at 3:30 our photographer Frances told us it was time to see each other. She positioned Elliott on the walkway in the front of our house and told him to turn his back to the front door—where I would emerge from, tap his shoulder, and we would see each other for the first time on our wedding day. The moment feels like a dream now–time seemed to stop as I got nearer and nearer to Elliott, who was fidgeting and shifting nervously in anticipation of my arrival. When he finally turned to see me, we both began to cry, and he threw his hands to his face in utter disbelief of what he saw. Then we kissed and held each other, both smiling harder and brighter than perhaps we ever had before.

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The soft combination of pink peonies, ranunculas, and astilbe is incredibly feminine, romantic, and a little artsy with touches of curly willow.  Great bouquet by Statice Floral.

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Thoughts on hosting a wedding ceremony in your own backyard (from Karensa, the bride):

Elliott and I bought our house in Boulder almost two years ago and we came to love it so much, that we knew it would be the most romantic, intimate, and special place for us to get married. I got ready in the house and it was amazing to secretly spy on our family and friends as they came into the backyard below our bedroom window. This house is very much a reflection of our life together, and we couldn’t have imagined any other place to get married. We felt like ourselves there and had a ceremony that was for us—the atmosphere of a lovely Boulder evening filled with laughter and love in our own yard.

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Newman_Morgan_Frances_Photography_2354KarensaElliotW0641_lowThis pedicab ride with champagne from the ceremony to North Boulder Park for photos was a unique highlight of the wedding day.  There may have even been some dance moves between laughter at the park…captured in an equal spirit of fun by Frances Photography!

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The inspiration concept in this design is Romantic with a touch of Warmth.  Working with Jessica (JA Special Events), Lori (Statice Floral), and Brian (Pure Energy Events), the concept really comes to life in the soft draping around the room, uplit in just the right hue of pink, lush centerpieces incorporating peonies, ranunculas, astilbe, hydrangea, and stock.  Candles reflecting off the mercury glass and navy napkins topped with a custom menu and a sprig of wax flowers added warmth and personality on the tables while clear globes suspended from the ceiling contained LED candles reflecting off rose petals for another romantic “wow” element.  Even the food, catered by Footer’s Catering, was artistically displayed, complimenting the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery venue.

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The Epic Late Night Snack (some final comments from Karensa):

My most favorite detail of our reception was the late night snack. We wanted to offer something fun, playful, and definitely different. Ever since I have known Elliott, he has loved cereal! When we first started living together, I couldn’t keep a box of cereal in the house longer than three days, yet I never saw him eating it in the morning.  Instead right before bed every night, he poured himself a bowl of cereal. Elliott’s nighttime habit was the perfect inspiration for our late night cereal bar with a milk fountain I like to call “icing on the cereal bowl”!

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To see more gorgeous photos of this wedding, check out Frances Photography blog!

We’re thrilled to see Karensa & Elliott’s wedding on The Knot:  A Rembrandt Yard Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

The Team that made this wedding fabulous:

Coordination and Design:  Jessica Adler, JA Special Events | Photography:  Frances Photography | Venue: Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery | Flowers: Static Floral | Lighting and Drape:  Pure Energy Events | Catering:  Footer’s Catering | Music:  Fox Street Allstars | Bride’s Dress: Mikaella from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Bridesmaid Dresses:  Amsale | Bride’s Earrings:  Vintage Coco Chanel from Elliott’s grandmother | Groom’s Shoes:  Cole Haan blue suede shoes | Groom’s Bowtie:  Vineyard Vines | Invitations: Express Yourself Basalt

running in the mountainsThere is something about a hike in the woods that inspires.  The snap of a twig underfoot.  The visual texture of leaves, bark, ferns, flowers, and berries.  The grace of a stately elk.  The grandeur of an unexpected mountain vista.  The gentle lapping of water on a rocky alpine lakeshore.  This intricacy of details invites a sensory participation that both engages and frees the mind.  An inspiring interaction.  A timeless dance between nature and soul.

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Parker reading a letterMom & Daughter momentBridal PortraitBridal party in coralElizabeth and Parker’s first dance as husband and wife gracefully swept the details of lace, ribbon, and pearls together with aspen branches, soft-hued roses, green berries, and an elk antler chandelier.  The dance was witnessed under Tivoli lights strung like stars between log beams atop a rocky bluff.  In the distance, gentle waves lapped mountainous shoreline.  In the log structure, warmed by the glow of candles and fine wine, surrounded by the textures of nature, friends, and family, an intimate celebration was inspired.

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Flower kidsBirch flower basket topped in moss was a very organic addition to this nature-inspired setting.

ceremony at Grand LakeThe ceremony site at Grand Lake Lodge overlooking Colorado’s largest natural lake, flanked by the Rocky Mountain National Park is hard to beat!

Grand Lake Lodge_Durling PhotographyThis venue has dramatic views of Grand Lake, an historic woodsy feel, and easily transforms into elegant with some chivari chairs, Tivoli lighting, gorgeous flowers, and golden chargers.

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Birch centerpiecesWe really loved the use of birch branches in the vase, appearing as stems and tying in the woodsy feel as well as lightening the look. Curly willow is also a great way to add height and texture in the room, drawing the eye up to appreciate the wood elements of the space.

Simple elegant cakeBeautiful cake by Mulberries Cake Shop. Very simple yet elegant swirling and the addition of a few flowers coordinated with the bridal bouquets tops it off perfectly.

tivoli lightingUse of Tivoli lights and candles add a romantic warmth and festive air to the celebration.

Dance under the chandelier       The team who made this wedding day amazing:

Ceremony & Reception: Grand Lake Lodge |  Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Adler |  Photography:  Durling Photography | Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop |  DJ: Elite DJ Entertainment |  Lighting and Design by Scott |  Cinematography: One Fine Day Productions |  Floral: Statice Floral |  Wedding Gown: Felice´ Bridal |  Mother’s Gown: M.H. Pomander’s Bridal |  Stationery: The Perfect Paperie |  Hair & Makeup: Kut Above Salon |  Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew Bridal |  Suits: Al’s Formal Wear |  Flower Girl’s Dress: Olive & Fern

A very special thank you to Durling Photography for sharing their photos with us!  Check out more of their gorgeous photos from this wedding:  E&P | Destination Wedding | Grand Lake, Colorado

Also featured on Luxe Mountain Weddings!  Inspired by Nature

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