Inspired | Styled | Seen

            

The quirky cobblestone streets and bustling historic pubs of Boston lay half a country away as Emily and Jason landed in Denver.  They were, in a sense, returning to the roots of their relationship, honoring the history of their beginnings, remembering the journey of a growing love.  The allure of the West with promise of adventure, grandeur of mountain peaks, and wildness of character beckoned a return, not just to reminisce but to merge history, elegance, and festivity in wedding celebration.  Captured in all its classy detail at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa by the most charming and talented Casey of Two One Photography.

            

Candlelight playing off the silvery surface of mercury glass, lush pink roses and soft-hued ranunculus framed in seeded eucalyptus and tendrils of trailing vine (beautifully arranged by Plum Sage), gold-lettered custom menus complimenting the rich hues of a thick striped overlay…Emily and Jason’s wedding emanated Old World elegance.

Chandeliers and drape in Broad Axe Barn, Pink Monkey Solutions, JA Special Events, Two One Photography

          

Then again, pops of purple thistle and bursts of yellow ranunculus paired with hand-hewn Civil-War Era barn beams in soft drape, cozy log cabins nestled among pine trees, horses grazing in a meadow just beyond the split rail fence, and groomsmen gathered by a firepit, surrounded by tundra-topped slopes…Emily and Jason’s wedding showcased the spirited wildness of a rustic mountain ranch.

      

          

 

     

 

A high five to the ring bearer whose treasures had been safekept in a wooden toy truck, a green paper heart crown and feather boa on the guestbook table, high heels in the grassy meadow, golden lions and lionesses circled in escort cards…Emily and Jason’s wedding infused sophisticated yet playful personalities.

   

Our warmest congratulations to Emily & Jason, whose classy down to earth style and vibrant personalities prove that making history can be so much fun!

                      The Classy Sophisticated Team that had Fun Collaborating on this Celebration:

Coordination & Design:  JA Special Events | Photography:  Two One Photography | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Flowers:  Plum Sage  | Drape:  Pink Monkey Solutions | DJ:  Elite DJ | Linens:  All Events Rentals

Incidentally, Trendy Bride liked Emily & Jason’s style, too!  Click here to see the feature on their blog.

Check out more pictures of this wedding on the Two One Photography Blog!

From the moment you’re welcomed by friendly gatekeepers at the flag-lined vista drive, you feel like the people of Beaver creek are happy you’ve come and that they intend to show you a good time with top-notch service.  Combined with the aspen forests, the mountain grandeur, and the lodge of another era complete with winding staircase and tucked away alcoves, Saddle Ridge fully delivers an enjoyable and memorable experience.

        

Golden bears, elk, moose, and mouse table numbers, gilded candles on a bed of wood chips, emerald green homemade jalapeno jelly favors, an eclectic mix of old wooden chairs, heirloom photos surrounding a dahlia-adorned cake, and a mix of white roses, baby’s breath, and chamomile in rustic wooden boxes (artfully arranged by the groom’s mother)…the rich details of Colin & Deidre’s mountain lodge wedding were beautifully captured by the fun and talented duo, Jason + Gina Photography

      

 

Envelopes of fresh rose petals were sealed in gold and burgundy wax and offered for guests to shower on the newly married couple.  We love how this little detail compliments the historic feel of the lodge and gives a sense of timeless romance.

      

    

Colin and Deidre’s families were very involved in the décor for this western lodge celebration.  They were very creative in the use of wildlife figures, sprayed in gold and displayed on dark wooden stands to hold up the table numbers.  Gold-flecked candles on a bed of wood chips in their glass containers interspersed with wooden boxes of flowers all adorned the various wooden tables.

 

Favor jars of homemade jalapeno jelly (a favorite of the couple) and lace runners added the perfect touch of vintage elegance to the rustic lodge setting.

 

Saddle Ridge lays claim to “the largest collection of American western antique furnishings and artifacts outside of a museum”.  They even include these mismatched wooden chairs, rich in character and so perfect for the setting.

    

View More: http://jason-gina.pass.us/deidre-collin 

We were thrilled at this wedding to re-connect with a sweet couple whose wedding we had coordinated last summer and who were kind enough to refer us to Deidre and Colin.  They now have an adorable little baby boy.  It’s so fun to stay connected with our couples as they continue life’s journey post-wedding.  And being able to meet new couples through referrals from previous clients is, to us, such a compliment.

Honoring a heritage of strong family ties, Colin & Deidre proudly displayed these vintage family wedding photos on their cake table.  We complimented the photos with some western antique furnishings and artifacts (mentioned above) and, later in the evening, some mini-pies and desserts.

 

Congratulations, Colin & Deidre, on beautifully celebrating your family of two while honoring the richness of your heritage, tastefully complimenting the lodge and mountain setting with your décor, and, true to the Beaver Creek welcome, showing everyone a great time!

Hat’s off to the Vendor Team:

Coordination:  JA Special Events | Photography:  Jason + Gina Photography | Venue:  Saddle Ridge | Flowers:  Groom’s Mother | DJ & Lighting:  Pure Energy Events | Cake & Desserts:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Wedding Dress:  Little White Dress

Deidre + Collin | Beautiful Beaver Creek Wedding was featured on the Rocky Mountain Bride blog!

    

Romantic relationships generally require a gritty dedication, moments of creative imagination, and patient nurturing to flourish and produce the “Wow, those two are really in love,” effect.

Given the same attention, flower gardens respond with their own intricate little “wow” beauty.  It is entirely fitting, then, that Molly and Wynn said “I do” in a garden setting with a beautiful lake in the background in the glorious backyard of the parents of the groom, misted with a light rain.   Of course, there were other elements like the lake backed by mountains, the pool decked in Chinese lanterns, the Carribbean inspired colors…but I’m getting ahead of myself.  Captured below by the incredibly talented Frances Photography.

Garden roses and ranunculas breathe romance into any bouquet.  When featured in bright playful hues and combined with sprigs of fresh mint, they lend an unexpected hint of the tropics (where Wynn proposed to Molly in the blue waters of the Bahamas).   We worked with Statice Floral to customize this combination.

          

It started with a 5th grade crush…and then officially progressed to dating in high school…and just kept growing through the college years apart.  Hats off to these two for the gritty dedication, creative imagination, and patient nurturing that brought them to this day!

     

Guests were welcomed at the gorgeous home of Wynn’s parents where their cars were valet parked as they followed a lantern-lined stone walkway past the aqua pool to white chairs facing a garden embankment.  Molly and Wynn exchanged vows at the top of this embankment, lakeside, with a mountain backdrop.  And while surrounding areas were getting high winds and heavy rain, the light mist here just added a fresh coolness to the July air.

 

Building a reception space from the ground up takes some time.  When you factor in the tent set-up, the carpet installation, draping the entire ceiling and walls, adding uplights, hand-tying the chivari chair cushions, and hanging greenery-ensconced chandeliers, this set-up took all of three days and eight vendor companies.  Totally worth the elegant garden-inspired effect.

       

As guests were enjoying a poolside cocktail hour, one wall of the tent was removed to reveal a mountain view for guests as they entered and enjoyed dinner.

             

Creative presentation, customized menu planning, & delicious flavor made Footer’s Catering the top choice for this tasteful event.

   

Artfully adorned by Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, the wedding cake was a vibrant masterpiece.

        

And here it is, that “Wow, those two are really in love,” effect.  Congratulations, Molly and Wynn!

Check out more beautiful photos on the Frances Photography blog:  Molly and Wynn’s Outdoor Summer Wedding

The Vendor Dream Team

Event Design & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Florist:  Statice Floral | Photography:  Frances Photography | Catering:  Footer’s Catering | Cake:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Lighting:  Pure Energy Events | Drape:  Décor n More | Tent:  Party Time Rental | Farm Tables: RC Special Events | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens | Sound:  ShowTek Productions | Valet Service:  Jay’s Valet | Venue:  Private Residence on Lake of the Pines in Boulder, Colorado | Band: GROOVE NATION through Celebration Nation Entertainment | Portable Restrooms:  Royal Restrooms

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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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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