Tom & Erin are debatably the sweetest couple in Chicago and we are thrilled that their winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, captured by Brinton Studios, has been featured today on Colorado Weddings Magazine Blog! Check out the hand-tied mini-snowshoes, the blossoming branches on a cake from Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, the beautiful willowy arrangements from Plum Sage, and the personal details as told by Erin on the blog: Destination Devil’s Thumb Ranch!
It’s not everyday that I have the honor of being part of the planning and celebration for my best friend’s sister. Being part of Elizabeth & Kevin’s wedding day was truly a privilege and a blessing. I have known Elizabeth since 1994 when her sister, Julie, and I became best friends. Watching Elizabeth become such a composed, beautiful, energetic, and successful young lady has been a joy over the years. Kevin shares my slightly sarcastic sense of humor and wit (maybe he’s even funnier). He challenges and cares for Elizabeth and shares her same passion and enthusiasm for life, making him her ideal partner.
Elizabeth and Kevin’s beautiful personal wedding ceremony was officiated by a close childhood friend, (now a minister), in the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church where Elizabeth and her family have attended for years. Mile High Station provided the perfect urban reception setting. Footers Catering and Shamane’s Bake Shoppe offered fabulous fare; food was of utmost importance to the couple since Kevin is in the restaurant industry in New York City. And they danced the night away with their guests to the musical stylings of Groove Nation. Brinton Studios captured the day so well.
Happy One Year Anniversary to an incredible couple!
The Vendor Team
Coordination: JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Cabrini Parish | Reception Venue: Mile High Station | Photography: Brinton Studios | Floral: Statice Floral | Catering: Footers Catering | Dessert: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Lighting & Lounge Furniture: Décor n More | Music: Groove Nation | Linens: Event Rents
Captivating. Inspiring. Vibrant. From the stunning swirl of lace and sunlit sparkle in Katie’s dress (created for her by a costume designer friend), to the kaleidoscope of color on groomsmen’s Happy Socks, Katie and Zim’s winter mountain wedding graced Devil’s Thumb Ranch with breathtaking romance and lighthearted fun, captured in the signature “soulful” style of David Lynn Photography. Postcards from Colorado (where Katie & Zim first met) in lieu of a guestbook and pine cones from an outdoor camp in California (where Zim is a counselor) both add an authentic rustic vibe, complimenting the aspen chuppah decorated by friends and the monogrammed tree slice carried by an adorable ring bearer. Tivoli lights from Pure Energy, calla lilies and lanterns by Plum Sage Flowers, and a gorgeous cake alternating layers of mountain silhouette with lavendar ruffles and roses by Kelley Kakes lend a festive elegance to the evening.
Katie & Zim, you inspire us with your authentic captivating vibrant personalities. You are beautiful people and it was an honor to have coordinated such meaningful wedding details. Thank you!
The Vendor Team
Event Coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photography: David Lynn Photography | Floral: Plum Sage Flowers | Lighting: Pure Energy Events | DJ: Pure Energy Events | Hair: Irene & Heidi, 3rd Street Salon | Cake: Kelley Kakes
Jeans and jewels … a casual elegance with bright pops of bling and color. The bat mitzvah theme suited Mira perfectly. She is one of those people that brightens a room as soon as she enters. We love how she was involved in the planning and excited for her party while also taking the religious aspect and purpose of the experience very personally and seriously. Her close relationship with her younger sister is evident and the two of them offered the ha motzi blessing over the homemade challot to begin the evening. Elements such as a converted ski gondola photo booth and an original “bling station” were the perfect compliments to a fun evening. It was such a joy to be part of this simcha and to see so many familiar faces and friends! Captured in all of its glamour and fun by the delightful Brinton Studios.
The Vendor Team:
Ceremony Venue: Temple Sinai | Reception Venue: Inverness Hotel | Photography: Brinton Studios | Flowers: Statice Floral | Lighting & Lounge Furniture: Pure Energy | Catering for Kiddush: Footer’s Catering | Entertainment: Dancetrax | Photobooth: Ear2Ear Photobooths | Signage & Bling Station: Melissa Clarke Designs | Linens: Party Time Rentals
While weathered window frames, wine barrels, and white roses converge with burlap banners, cowgirl boots, and chandeliers in a symphony of rustic elegant details at Amanda and John’s Crooked Willow wedding, it’s really the yellow billy balls, the colored cacophony of groomsmen’s socks, and the pie pops propped in moss, that evoke the true exuberant personality of the day. Huge props to Bros Photo who creatively captured a range of emotion and detail, true to their homepage description:
“You are Unique. Your Wedding will be Unique. We’re here to make lasting moments that will never happen again.”
Love this series of photos! Not only does it showcase the gorgeous hairdos by Janelle Gallegos, it reveals Amanda’s (aka Mrs. Always Right) great sense of humor.
Statice Floral used hydrangeas, roses, and dusty miller with a bright pop of yellow billy balls on these fun yet elegant bouquets. Amanda’s bouquet wrapped in lace and secured with pearl pins compliments her stunning dress while the bridesmaid bouquets wrapped in burlap add just the right amount of rustic to their lace-edged, cowgirl boot accessorized tiffany blue dresses.
If you like John’s socks, you should really check out his ring…
Bros Photo describes their style as portrait journalism “with a touch of artistic fashion and fun”. We dig it! Especially the generational wedding rings. And the parent wedding pics in hand. And the wedding party in the window of a kiss. And the flower girl and ring bearer holding a frame. And…well, you get the idea…
Check out these mason jar glasses with little chalkboard stickers showing each person’s name and tagged with their table number. Great multi-purposed environmentally savvy pieces!
Burlap pinwheels, log stumps, and a plethora of pies make this rustic dessert table an attraction between dances in Lola’s Loft, neighboring barn to the reception space. Mini pies under a Mr. & Mrs. banner are a cute stand-in for the cake cutting ceremony.
Amanda & John, in the words of Bros Photo, you made “lasting moments that will never happen again” and we are still laughing at the memories. With your fun-loving personalities, we’re pretty sure there will be many unrepeatable moments of hilarity interspersed with stylish romance in your marriage and that inspires us and keeps us smiling. Thank you for letting us be part of your celebration and we wish you the very best!
The Creative Vendor Team:
Day-Of Coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Crooked Willow Farms | Photography: Bros Photo Wedding Photography | Flowers: Statice Floral | Catering: Buffalo Gals | Rentals: Event Rents | Desserts: The Little Pastry Chef | Music: A Music Plus | Hair: Janelle Gallegos | Officiate: Paul Roper (father of the groom)
Jo & Sean flew in from Australia with a spirit of adventure and a hint of glamour to grace Devil’s Thumb Ranch with their wedding celebration. Two One Photography captured the romantic color palate of flowers from Love This Day, the rendezvous with a white saddle horse, sequin studded chevron runners, and some crazy dance moves on the snowy deck.
Sean, born in the United States, met Jo, an Australia native, in New Zealand. The two are well-traveled but had actually never visited Devil’s Thumb Ranch until two days before their wedding. They discovered the ranch on an internet search and with the help of Sean’s sister, then planned the entire soiree over Skype and email.
Jo’s limited edition dress, Adele, from Australian designer Jennifer Gifford, is mesmerizing. Layers of tulle dancing in the breeze, rich textures of satiny silver-jeweled flowers, soft blush tones, complimented with a coordinating hairpiece and topped with a fur jacket—gorgeousness! Sean sports his Ted Baker suit very nicely, too.
The ceremony took place in Timber House, often called “the glass room” because it features four walls of windows that give it a very open feel and views of the Continental Divide. Hand-hewn beams come from the same civil war era barn used to create Broad Axe Barn where Jo & Sean’s wedding reception was held.
Heart-shaped confetti was enthusiastically showered on the newlyweds. Both Jo and Sean are very close to their families so the celebratory mood was very heartfelt (pun intended).
Candlelight playing off the mercury glass vases and the gold-sequined chevron runners adds warmth and a little glamour to the room while the soft-hued composition of flowers from Love This Day brings a whisper of romance. Elegant table numbers painted in gold on weathered wood complete the look of romantic glamour in a rustic barn setting.
Jo underwent a wardrobe change for some serious (or not so serious)
dance moves that migrated to the deck when snow started falling
Here’s to the adventurous spirit, the tender romance, and the inspiring glamour of your story, Jo & Sean. We enjoyed being part of your weekend and we wish you the very best in your adventure of marriage!
The Vendor Team:
Event Design & Coordination: JA Special Events | Photography: Two One Photography | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Flowers: Love This Day | DJ: Sound Choice Entertainment | Chevron Table Runners: Chair Covers & Linens
Dawn and Kyle rode a chairlift up to their mountain ceremony at Granby Ranch. With a jaw-dropping vista of the Continental Divide, slopes covered in yellow and purple wildflowers, and an aisle that started in the lush shade of an aspen grove, the June setting could not have been more perfect. Steve Stanton Photography captured everything beautifully, from wooden runners adorned in purple thistle to hula hoops and fire pit fun.
Granby Ranch, home to Sol Vista Ski Resort, features lodging at the base for guests, a chairlift up to one of the most inspiring mountain ceremony locations in Colorado, and even a yurt at the top complete with mirrors for that last minute veil adjustment.
Bouquets by Statice Floral added just the right pop of wildflower color, especially against Dawn’s gorgeous white dress. Her flowered belt with a touch of bling is perfect in the natural setting, too.
Guests rode a chairlift back down the mountain to enjoy cocktails and cool summer breeze on the deck.
Antlers encircling wildflowers, wooden runners from a friend’s weathered fence, bud vases wrapped in twine, lighted branches emerging from vintage inspired tin milk cans…this reception was rich in visual texture that complimented the mountain ski lodge setting.
Sharpe pens + Wooden Bench = Guestbook! We love the personal practical concept and guests had fun leaving notes for Dawn and Kyle. They also had a lot of fun on the dance floor to the music of Raygunomics, an 80’s cover band. The idea of displaying colorful flip flops for dancing in bushel baskets tied in nicely with the rustic comfort theme, as did the outside firepit enjoyed by all ages.
Whole Foods created this colorful delicious assortment of cupcakes which we displayed on a variety of platters and tree slices.
Dawn and Kyle are appreciative people, as evidenced by their thoughtful thank-you at each guest’s place setting (pictured below, with a menu printed on the reverse side). Their wedding style tastefully appreciates the natural beauty of breathtaking mountains, delicate wildflowers, and earthy elements of wood, metal, antlers, and light.
Dawn and Kyle are much appreciated in return, both by the numerous guests who made this one of the largest weddings ever hosted at Granby Ranch and by us. Cheers to you both, Dawn & Kyle! Thank you for letting us be part of your day!
The Mountain Vendor Team:
Event Coordination: JA Special Events | Photography: Steve Stanton Photography | Venue & Catering: Granby Ranch at Sol Vista | Ceremony Flowers: Statice Floral | Reception Flowers: JA Special Events | DJ: A Music Plus | Band: Raygunomics | Cupcakes: Whole Foods | Videography: Blue Ring, Mark Labriola
Check it out! This wedding was featured on Borrowed & Blue wedding blog: Dawn & Kyle’s Wedding
From the graceful arches of St. Cajetan’s chapel to the quaint former residence of an Israeli Prime Minister, to the lavish elegance of downtown Denver’s Brown Palace, Debbie and Frank’s wedding was a fusion of histories, a juxtaposition of cultures, and a gorgeous ballroom accented with Colorado rustic details. Beautifully captured by the talented Rebecca Bonner Photography.
From the bride: “My aunt designed the necklace I wore. She’s a jewelery designer (Sue Shefts Designs) who has long-battled my absolute pickiness when it comes to jewelry. She literally made 8 different necklaces just for me to choose from for the wedding, and mailed them to me from Atlanta so I could try them out. It came down to the wire though…she was working on the necklace during the rehearsal dinner so it would be just right! She also made the matching earrings.”
Debbie and Frank sipped champagne and savored gourmet chocolates in the historic residence of Golda Meir, former Israeli Prime Minister and signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. The Denver landmark sits next to St. Cajetan’s, a Spanish colonial chapel built in the 1920’s and home to Denver’s first Hispanic parish. It is striking in its gracefully arched interior, accented in soft light filtered through towering stained glass windows.
From the bride: “The choice of St Cajetan’s was a little random but worked out so well. My family is Jewish (mostly) and Frank’s is Episcopalian (mostly). We both wanted a religious ceremony in a religious building. Finding a venue and an officiate to accommodate the interfaith ceremony proved to be challenging. Frank amazingly found the church which was so great because of its location (just ten minutes from the Brown Palace) and the fact that it looked like a beautiful church on the inside and out but still permitted our Jewish + Christian ceremony. As one of my friends said, ‘Only you two would get married under a chuppah in a church.’ Probably true.”
From a décor perspective, we wanted to honor the simple beauty of the chapel so we brought in white chairs and used white drape to cover the distracting stage which we weren’t using. The chairs were arranged in semicircular sections around the chuppah to create an intimate less formal atmosphere. In keeping with that intention, the bridal party was seated during the ceremony and select family members shared blessings that they had custom-written for the occasion. Pninah, family friend and rabbi from California, officiated the custom ceremony in Hebrew and kindly translated into English.
Covered in a special linen, the shattered pieces of wine glass from Frank’s “Mazel Tov stomp” were later made into a custom picture frame by the mother of Debbie’s childhood friend.
Historic and cultural fusion continued in the grand ballroom of downtown Denver’s Brown Palace, an elegant ornate hotel as impressive in grandeur now as when it opened in 1892. Every president since Teddy Roosevelt in 1905 has visited the Brown Palace (with the exception of Calvin Coolidge) and it featured the most onyx of any building around when it was built.
Rich tones of wood, lush velvet drapes, gold-rimmed monogrammed chargers, and ornate chandeliers need little enhancement. Debbie and Frank chose centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, stock, and ranunculas in varying height for visual texture. Succulent accents were a nod to the West. Guests created thumbprint leaves in a variety of fall colors on a guestbook tree in keeping with the October wedding and peaked aspen leaves outside.
From the bride: “The choice of the Brown Palace is actually a cute story. I was dead-set on NOT getting married at a hotel because they always feel a little blah and cliche to me. But obviously the Brown Palace is no ordinary hotel. It also had super special meaning to Frank because 1) he’s from Eastern Colorado originally, and has memories of “going into Denver and staying at the Brown Palace” as a treat when he was little. Adorable. 2) More adorable, his aunt and uncle actually met there when they were a housekeeper and a cook, respectively. Of course he didn’t tell me any of these things until after we had booked it.”
From the bride: “All in all I think the wedding put itself together with some elbow grease from all involved. Our family members chose their own ceremony blessings. Our bridal party chose their own outfits. Also, behind the scenes were our two best men, our little brothers, who were AMAZING and were more crucial to the whole operation than they could possibly know. Frank and I both have really special relationships with our brothers and I’m glad they got to be showcased a little. It was the build-your-own-adventure of weddings, I think. May not work for everybody, but it totally worked for us.”
Frank & Debbie, thank you for letting us be a part of your adventure. You and your families were so sweet to work with and we love the way you personalized such a beautiful celebration. Congratulations!
*Note that JA Special Events had the privilege of coordinating Debbie & Frank’s ceremony at St. Cajetan’s and guest transportation while Michelle Gillette at the Brown Palace expertly handled all reception details.
The Vendor Team:
Ceremony & Transportation Coordination: JA Special Events | Photography: Rebecca Bonner Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Cajetan’s Chapel at Auraria Campus | Reception Venue: Brown Palace | Transportation: Presidential Worldwide Transportation | Ceremony Chairs: Allwell Rents | Ceremony Drape: Artistry Events & Design | Ceremony Flowers & Chuppah: Painted Primrose | Reception Flowers & Cake: Brown Palace | DJ: Starkey Productions | Hair & Makeup: Brown Palace | Bride’s Necklace: Sue Shefts Designs
Check out Debbie & Frank’s wedding featured on Couture Colorado blog: Classic Elegance
We’re so honored to have two of our weddings featured on blogs today! Check out Molly & Wynn’s Garden Elegant wedding on Borrowed and Blue while Irena & Mark’s Vintage Ranch wedding inspires on Red Dirt Bride.
Richness of detail in a wedding communicates love in a very tangible way, giving sensory expression to the personality, style, and thoughtfulness of a couple who cherishes the friends and family they are hosting. Unexpected details delight and engage guests in the journey of their experience. From the rustic “Almost There” arrival sign on the dirt road of a luxury mountain ranch, to the departure gift of homemade limoncello, hand-tied with custom “grazie” tags, thoughtful details enriched Laura and Paul’s sophisticated country wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Tastefully designed with décor from Homefest and captured with incredible poignancy by the very talented Laura Esmond of Hannah Photography.
Some of the best details are inspired unintentionally. In her invitation search, Laura discovered this gold embossed bee on an RSVP card (We will “bee” there) and the bee motif makes an appearance on custom water bottles, dancing flip flops, and favor tags. It’s understated but offers a playful thread of continuity in the overall experience from invitation to end of the night.
Revered wedding dress designer Amsale Aberra defines her signature style as “understated, confident elegance”. She further explains, “I think it’s hitting the perfect balance of exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint”. (taken from her March 11, 2013 blog post)
Laura graced the meadow aisle in a modern elegant Amsale gown from Sak’s Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Her beaded hairpiece was originally part of the dress’s waist accent and the couture veil was designed by Denver-based Sara Gabriel. “Exquisite simplicity”, “understated”, and “confident elegance”…Amsale describes her perfectly.
Ribbon hand-tied around soft shawls and cascading from a chic parasol, “Just in Case” written in beautiful calligraphy on a card, a basket of dancing flip flops later in the evening…all details provided with guest comfort in mind, even for those “just in case” scenarios.
Breathtaking mountain views beyond the split rail fence where a pinto grazed, sweet melodic notes from an acoustic guitar carried across the daisy-strewn meadow on a comfortable summer breeze, laughter over wine after vows were shared…guests reveled in the natural beauty of a luxurious mountain ranch setting.
The vintage bee pin on Laura’s bouquet belonged to her grandmother who couldn’t travel to the wedding but was fondly represented in a way that used the subtle bee motif.
A sophisticated color palate of soft grey, white, and green tastefully compliment rustic elements of burnished wooden barrels, wrought iron lanterns, and the rough hand-hewn beams of a civil war era barn.
The overall “sophisticated country” look was attained with many artisan crafted items from Homefest, a luxury home décor store in Greenwood Village owned by the bride’s parents. It was such an honor to join Laura’s parents in a tour of Homefest, discussing their ideas and vision for the sophisticated country look. On the wedding day, their team unpacked wooden angels, bird nests, glass chargers, chic chandeliers, candles in all sizes, silver pedestals and so much more and it was a joy to see the whole vision come together. Stunning centerpieces created by the talented team incorporated both fresh and silk florals (from Homefest).
Paul, a restaurant manager and sommelier, understands the defining importance of excellent food and wine in any celebratory event. His guests feasted on filet mignon and pasture-raised chicken while sipping on glasses of specially ordered wines in the warm glow of mercury glass votives, slender tapers, pillar candles, and chic wooden chandeliers.
Silver stands heaped with fruit and gourmet cheeses, wooden platters of tartlets and cheesecake bites, and a bird’s nest of chocolate espresso beans adorned the dessert table.
Laura & Paul thanked each guest with a vintage style bottle of homemade limoncello featuring “grazie” notes (inspired by Laura’s time in Italy), hand-tied in twine knots. A heartfelt detail of departure to summarize the weekend experience, “Please Enjoy. Fatto con amore.” (made with love)
Laura & Paul, we appreciate you and your families and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of your richly detailed, tastefully elegant, thoughtfully designed celebration. Our heartfelt congratulations to you both!
The Classy Vendors for this Sophisticated Soiree:
Design, Décor, & Floral: Homefest | Coordination: JA Special Events | Photography: Hannah Photography | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Hair: Shawna Pirovano | Makeup: Bre Ortola, Alchemy Mineral Blends | Ceremony Music: Tyler Payne | Reception Music: Soul X Band, Starkey Productions | Officiate: Steve Peterson, YMCA of the Rockies