Inspired | Styled | Seen

Basketball player cutout, Jared Wilson Photography  Coby's bar mitzvah entrance, Jared Wilson Photography  Monogrammed sock & signage, Jared Wilson Photography

Coby Gold loves basketball and this passion is evident in every aspect of his Infinity Park bar mitzvah, rolled out in red carpet style and expertly captured by Jared Wilson Photography.  Design Works created striking centerpieces with personalized graphics and elevated basketballs in custom logoed cases.  Scoreboards and slideshow images were projected on the surround screens while sleek red spandex chair covers banded in black complimented the red napkins in black sports band favors.  Guests enjoyed contemporary white lounge seating at the edge of a basketball imaged dance floor.  An eclectic assortment of food stations featured some of Coby’s favorite foods with creative signage like “Gold’s NY Pizzeria” & “Coby’s In & Out Burgers & Dogs”.  Fun Productions provided hoops and gaming tables while RIPM Entertainment, a green screen photobooth, a bling station, and VooDoo Doughnuts kept young and old happy and entertained all evening.  Congratulations, Coby!  Your bar mitzvah celebration was a slam dunk!

Custom bar mitzvah signage, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball themed escort cards for bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography  Bar mitzvah welcome table by Design Works, Jared Wilson PhotographyCustom basketball sign for bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography

Basketball themed escort cards, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball games from Fun Productions, Jared Wilson PhotographyCustom basketball graphics, Jared Wilson Photography

black & red basketball themed bar mitzvah reception at Infinity Park, Jared Wilson Photography

Spandex chair covers from Linen Hero at basketball bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography

Basketball themed bar mitzvah at Infinity Park, Jared Wilson Photography

Basketball player table names, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball centerpiece, Jared Wilson Photography  Custom basketball centerpiece from Design Works, Jared Wilson Photography

Basketball player table names, Jared Wilson Photography  Custom basketball themed centerpiece from Design Works, Jared Wilson PhotographyNapkin with sportsband guest favor, Jared Wilson Photography  Red & Black basketball bar mitzvah at Infinity Park, Jared Wilson PhotographyCustom basketball centerpieces from Design Works, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball centerpiece with graphics from Design Works, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball player silhouette from Design Works, Jared Wilson PhotographyBasketball projection at Infinity Park, Jared Wilson Photography  Custom imaging at Infinity Park bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson PhotographyWhite lounge seating at red & black bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography

Basketball dance floor, Jared Wilson Photography  Bar mitzvah entertainer, Jared Wilson PhotographyBlack and red bar mitzvah invitations, Jared Wilson Photography  Custom bar mitzvah menu, Jared Wilson PhotographyCustom food bar signage, Jared Wilson Photography  Custom food bar signage, Jared Wilson PhotographyBar mitzvah food station, Jared Wilson Photography Bar mitzvah food station, Jared Wilson Photography Food station, Jared Wilson PhotographyMini-sliders from Epicurean Catering, Jared Wilson Photography  Soup & sandwich shooters served by a referee at basketball bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson PhotographySeafood display from Sushi Sasa, Jared Wilson Photography  Shrimp display from Sushi Sasa, Jared Wilson PhotographySushi rolls from Sushi Sasa, Jared Wilson Photography  Sushi rolls from Sushi Sasa, Jared Wilson PhotographyShooters served by referee, Jared Wilson Photography  Chocolate covered strawberries, Jared Wilson PhotographyBling Station from Melissa Clarke Designs, Jared Wilson Photography  Bling station activity at bar mitzvah from Melissa Clarke Designs, Jared Wilson PhotographyBar mitzvah Casino games from Fun Productions, Jared Wilson Photography  Casino games from Fun Productions, Jared Wilson PhotographyRIPM Entertainment, Jared Wilson Photography  Drummer at Bar Mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photographybar mitzvah slideshow over the dance floor, Jared Wilson Photography

glow stick dancing at bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography  Hora chair at bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson PhotographyVooDoo donut dessert table at bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography

VooDoo Doughnut sign from Design Works, Jared Wilson Photography  VooDoo Doughnut box, Jared Wilson PhotographyVoodoo Doughnuts with bubblegum center, Jared Wilson Photography  VooDoo Doughnuts with Fruit Loops, Jared Wilson PhotographyVooDoo Doughnuts, Jared Wilson Photography  VooDoo Doughnuts, Jared Wilson PhotographyBasketball player cutout guestbook at bar mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography  Basketball cutout guestbook, Jared Wilson PhotographyBasketball games at Bar Mitzvah, Jared Wilson Photography  Coby's Bar Mitzvah portrait, Jared Wilson Photography

The All-Star Vendor Team

Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Infinity Park | Photography:  Jared Wilson Photography | Décor & Design:  Design Works | Catering:  Epicurean Catering, Chipotle, Sushi Sasa | Dessert:  VooDoo Doughnuts, Epicurean Catering | Games:  Fun Productions | DJ:  RIPM Entertainment | Rentals:  Party Time Rentals | Linens & Chair Covers:  Linen Hero | Photobooth with Green Screen:  A Custom Look | Bling Station:  Melissa Clarke Designs


When a bride first receives her bouquet on the morning of her wedding or when we reveal the barn or ballroom for the first time on the wedding day, the emotion and reaction are genuine and real and personal.  And what often makes the room and the experience complete are the flowers and décor.  The colors and textures create the ambiance and pull many months of creativity and ideas and personality together.  There is nothing like a florist who is truly an artist and loves the craft.  Someone who truly takes pride and is passionate about every flower in every bouquet and wants to get to know her clients and treats them like family.  A florist who always goes above and beyond and understands the bride’s vision but who is also able to generate her own unique ideas and style.  I am fortunate enough to not only be able to refer someone like this but to also consider her a great friend.  Lori with Statice Floral is one of the best in the business and collaborating with her on weddings, mitzvahs, and many other events is a joy and a privilege.


Contributing Photographers

Brinton Studios | Frances Photography | Studio JK | Durling Photography | Robin Cain Photography | Steve Stanton Photography | All Digital Studios | Armitage Photography | Karen High Photography

Check out all of our weddings with Statice Floral:  Statice Floral Archives

Katie & Zim on Couture Colorado

We’re thrilled to see Katie and Zim’s wedding featured on Couture Colorado!  Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Check out Katie’s gorgeous dress, specially created by a costume designer friend.  So many other great details captured beautifully by David Lynn Photography and a fantastic vendor team:

Devil’s Thumb Ranch | David Lynn Photography | Plum Sage Flowers |  Pure Energy Events | Kelley Kakes


See more on our blog post:

Graceful Romance, A Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch


A Rembrandt Yard Wedding in Boulder, CO

Happy Anniversary Month to Karensa & Elliott!

Their beautiful backyard wedding is featured on The Knot online:  A Rembrandt Yard Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

The Knot Fall/Winter 2014 Magazine

It even received a special mention in the Fall/Winter 2014 magazine!

Props to the vendor team: Frances Photography | Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery | Static Floral | Pure Energy Events | Footer’s CateringFox Street Allstars | Bea’s Bridal Nook | Express Yourself Basalt

Check out more on our blog feature:  Artsy, Elegant, & Fun; A Boulder Wedding at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery

                  Karensa & Elliott's reception

 In the same issue, JA Special Events is honored to be listed among the five

“Best of 2014 Wedding Planners”

best of the Knot


When Annie and Adam’s wedding venue was destroyed by flooding a month before their October wedding, they planted a few original invitations (made from seeded wildflower paper) and started planning “Wedding 2.0”, a January mountain soiree at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.  Adam crafted a chuppah from trees and brought a wood-burning tool to the welcome reception for guests to sign it.  Annie invited her close friends from California, (lovingly referred to as second parents) to officiate a traditional Paiute ceremony in their native dress.    Six containers of sand from significant life places like Israel, New York, and Colorado were gathered for the unity sand ceremony.

High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was approved for food service just days before Annie and Adam’s wedding, making theirs the first reception held in this stunning civil war era reconstruction.  In the cocktail loft space, guests found escort cards attached to various Colorado-centric items including kestrel feathers, planted wildflowers (from Wedding 1.0 invitations), Colorado microbrews, succulents, and more.  Corresponding tables were adorned with the attached items and an eclectic display of old books, rustic tree slices, bud vases of wildflowers (Sweet Pea Flowers), and vintage décor (Reale Events).  Annie’s brother’s band, the Kinetics, provided rousing entertainment with lighting from Pure Energy, warming guests on an otherwise chilly night, and making the long-awaited “Wedding 2.0” a memorable success.  Our thanks to Holland Photo Arts for the beautiful photos below!



Annie & Adam, our deepest congratulations to you.  Your creativity and grace through the re-planning process were inspiring to all of your vendors and we are honored to have been part of your story!

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Holland Photo Arts | Flowers & Orbs:  Sweet Pea Flowers | Lighting & Drape:  Pure Energy Events | Band:  The Kinetics | Additional Décor:  Reale Events | Cinematography:  Pure Cinematography

Check out Annie & Adam’s touching wedding video from Pure Cinematography: Annie & Adam’s Wedding Day

Also featured in The Knot Colorado Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015 Issue!

A weathered wedding sign points the way past an old wagon wheel, under a canopy of lush green trees, over a rustic wooden bridge atop a little gurgling creek, to an open lawn where Lauren and Jake celebrated their wedding day.  There is a sense of authenticity in backyard farm weddings and Pastures of Plenty Farm in Boulder captures that well with their own fields supplying both produce for dinner and flowers for bouquets and centerpieces arranged on site.  Meat grilled on open flame during cocktail hour joins colorful vegetables in carved platters atop planked wooden tables for the main course.  One has the sense that the fading blue paint of a small bench holding luscious fruit probably got its beautiful vintage look right there on the farm.  Unpretentious.  Beautiful.  Close to the land.  Authentic.

Lauren and Jake’s ability to be completely present in their day, deeply personal in their vows, and unabashedly expressive with their emotions complimented the earthy authenticity of Pastures of Plenty and was captured expertly by Garrett Hacking of Photography G.  From the gracious laughter under romantic market lights  (Pure Energy) to the breathless gasp on a hora chair to the raw tears when Lauren’s uncle gave her late father’s shoes to Jake and told him he had “big shoes to fill”, the entire wedding experience was beautiful.  Unpretentious.  Close to the heart.  Authentic.



We think of our relationship as a strong foundation upon which we can both grow individually and together.  We support each other in our own individual journeys of growth and self discovery and we feel lucky to walk hand in hand as we journey together. We are deeply connected in profound ways, but we also know how to let loose and goof around.  

We believe that if you and your partner love each other and you are both passionate about growing consciously as a person and seeking true, profound happiness, you can get through anything! 


From the Bride:  We are big foodies and we worked on an organic family farm together in 2011. We believe in sustainable food, so Pastures was such an immediate draw for us.  We also really wanted a place that had laid-back, natural energy and scenery and that was also obvious with Pastures of Plenty.


Lauren and Jake, we were so touched to be part of your celebration.  Thank you for expressing yourselves so beautifully and naturally.  We wish you a deeply meaningful life together!


The Vendor Team

Event Coordination & Design:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Pastures of Plenty Farm | Photography:  Photography G, Garret Hacking | Catering:  Big Bang Catering | Flowers:  Pastures of Plenty Farm | Additional Tabletop Décor:  JA Special Events | Tent, Tables, Chairs, & Linens:  All Events | Lighting & Drape:  Pure Energy Events | Cake:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | DJ:  Pure Energy Events | Parasols (in case of rain):  Splendor For Your Guests | Transportation:  Banjo Billy Bus Tours

From the day Phil asked if he and his groomsmen could fly into the ceremony on a helicopter, we knew this would be a fun wedding.  Elements of surprise and humor throughout the day kept guests memorably entertained and perfectly reflected Phil and Kristy’s fun-loving endearing uniqueness.  A light snowfall on the fall-inspired day was just the first pleasant twist in this Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding.  We were so fortunate to work with the well-traveled Jac & Heath Photography.  Their exquisite photos below show the grace and laughter of an incredible day.  Be sure to check out the video from All Digital Studios, too: Kristy & Phil at Devil’s Thumb Ranch


Proposal story from the Groom (who is, incidentally, a pilot):

I told Kristy we were going for a picnic in La Jolla and we showed up at the airport in front of the helicopter place. We had a pilot fly us all over San Diego County and I had it planned with the pilot to land at Torrey Pines Glider Port which is a take-off and landing area for paragliders and hang gliders. It is rare to find a spot to land on the coast but for a small fee we were able to land there. We had all our picnic stuff with us so after we landed we went and sat at a table on this nice grassy knoll on the cliff overlooking the ocean. We had some wine, cheese, figs, etc, and after a few minutes we got up to take a selfie.  Once the picture was taken, I said a few words, got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me.

Then we got back in the chopper and flew around and finished the tour de San Diego from the air.  Afterwards, we celebrated with dinner and drinks at our favorite restaurant in San Diego called Cucina Urbana.





Their ceremony “flight plan” changed to a surfboard entrance (Phil on a surfboard carried by groomsmen, reminiscent of California where the pair lives) but as surfboards are rare in the Colorado mountains, and since snow was forecasted for the late October day, the plan changed once more, a day before the wedding.



In fact, Phil’s entrance was perfectly normal as he walked into the civil war era barn ceremony.  Groomsmen in orange striped bowties sporting boutonnieres of yellow billy balls and red berries stood opposite bridesmaids in ruffled orange & white polka dot dresses, brown leather boots, and autumn colored bouquets.   One of the groomsmen grabbed a guitar and a friend stood up to sing in clear melodic tones while massive barn doors were pulled back to reveal a breathtaking Rocky Mountain vista.  Kristy walked the barn aisle in her stunning lace dress and shiny orange toe peep wedges.  A black lab in bowtie watched ceremony and scenery next to Phil.


Phil and Kristy were pronounced husband and wife.  They kissed.  They turned to face their guests.  And then they turned around and mysteriously walked out the barn doors instead of down the aisle.  Puzzled looks turned to laughter as Phil pedaled Kristy by the barn doors on a tandem bicycle.  They made a turn and came back to ride down the aisle in a most memorable exit, one of the highlights of their wedding weekend.






The fun continued with homemade baklava favors, the Harlem shake in a horse mask, and dancing on a snowy deck draped in market lights.  And laughter.  Lots of laughter.


Kristy & Phil, congratulations.  Thank you for making the planning process so fun, for being unique in your wedding celebration, and for your generous offer of an airplane ride to the beach.  Or am I confusing that last part with our offer of a glass of wine when you’re in town…whatever the scenario, we look forward to laughing with you both again soon!

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Jac & Heath Photography | Flowers:  Fleur de Liz | DJ:  Elite DJ | Videography:  All Digital Studios | Photobooth:  Ear2Ear Photobooths

The wedding video from All Digital Studios:  Kristy & Phil at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Phil & Kristy’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!  Check it out:  Rustic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

We are SO THRILLED to see Kristy & Phil’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today:  Rustic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding with stunning images from Jac & Heath Photography and a stellar vendor team including Fleur de Liz, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Ear2Ear Photobooths, All Digital Studios, and Elite DJ.

Congratulations to Kristy & Phil!  We are excited to share their wedding on our own blog in just a couple days!