We adore Couture Colorado and it’s a special treat to see Carolyn & Sean’s St. Julien wedding featured on their blog this month!
The moving melody of A Thousand Years played sweetly on a single violin as Brandon, full of anticipation under an aspen chuppah draped in folds of soft white fabric, watched his bride appear over the gentle rise with a backdrop of breathtaking mountain peaks at Vail Wedding Deck.
The natural beauty and captivating elegance of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains inspired Viviana. “The inspiration behind my day came from the beautiful backdrop of our wedding location. I wanted an elegant and beautiful wedding, mixed with a casual and unstuffy vibe. The mountains spoke to me – beautiful, natural, and elegant.” Molly from Blair Bennett’s Photography captured the beauty exquisitely.
Her romantic details complimented the majestic peaks and verdant slopes. The soft blush of bridesmaid dresses, the singular elegance of calla lily boutonnieres, and the satin sheen of a flattering Lazaro wedding gown combined in a statement of elevated yet graceful elegance.
After witnessing a meaningful mountaintop ceremony, guests rode the gondola down to enjoy cocktails next to a gurgling creek by the rustling leaves of an aspen grove, while inside willow branches in vases of river rock were adorned with orchid blooms and the soft glow of candles floating over calla lilies from Best Day Floral Design showcased the concept of elegance inspired by natural beauty.
A chic white cake wrapped in ribbons of gold and accented with ruffled white flowers from Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections was displayed on luxurious sequins, a highlight that greeted guests as they entered the airy pavilion featuring high wooden beams and windows framing candlelit teardrop orbs suspended in faux crystals. Guests picked up their delicately scripted escort cards from aspen logs on a bed of moss sprinkled with white orchids. Moss covered numbers hung from willow branch centerpieces, directing guests to their gold chivari seats where an orchid bloom topped each blush-framed menu and satin napkins lined textured gold runners.
The evening continued with a sumptuous dinner from Taste 5 Catering featuring a gourmet dual entrée, and the wildly popular ice cream sundae bar. One of Viviana’s favorite moments happened on the dance floor. She recalls, “It is so hard to pinpoint my favorite part of the weekend and/or wedding day! There are so many to choose from as there were so many magical times! I will say that I loved seeing all of my favorite people in the whole world together to celebrate such an important time in our lives. There was a moment I remember at the wedding reception when I looked around the dance floor and saw my gorgeous new husband dancing. Behind him were his family and friends, as well as my family and friends, all commingled and having a great time! It was so special physically seeing the coming together of two families.”
Guests wrote notes and bits of advice on wooden hearts which Brandon & Viviana keep in a cute box as their guestbook. When asked what advice she would give to future brides, Viviana replied, “This is really going to sound absolutely cliché, but I would say to enjoy the wedding planning process as much as possible. I really enjoyed planning every detail of my wedding, and all the festivities leading up to the wedding – the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, etc., etc.! Its such an exciting time and it goes by so fast. I would urge brides to enjoy every second and savor the memories!”
The Creative Team
Event Coordination: JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Photography: Blair Bennett’s Photography | Catering: Taste 5 Catering | Cake: Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections | Flowers: Best Day Floral | Officiant: Rabbi Ted Stainman | Ceremony Music: Wedding Strings, Peggy Fasing | DJ & Uplights: Quality Mobile Sound | Cinematography: Cinematique Films | Chair Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens | Hair: Holly Maxwell | Makeup: Michele McKamie & Shannon Corbin
Check out the lovely footage from Cinamatique Films!
Being part of the planning and celebration for the second of this family’s three young adults is such an honor. I am so grateful for their friendship and to be trusted with all the details and design of such a significant event. We needed a space that could comfortably accommodate 300 people and emphasize elegance balanced with personality and pops of color. Infinity Park was just the venue, though we knew we would be completely transforming the space to create a winter wonderland feel to touch on Allie’s love of skiing and the outdoors while complimenting the surrounding screens with images of family vacations and memories of Allie leading up to her bat mitzvah. Brinton Studios shared the gorgeous photos on our blog.
It was also a joy to watch Allie embrace learning Hebrew and a respect and love for Judaism. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Allie over the past three years during her brother’s Bar Mitzvah planning as well and she is a vibrant, intelligent, funny, and sophisticated young lady. She is one of those people that lights up a room and has a very bright future ahead.
The Creative Team
Event Coordination & Design: JA Special Events | Venue: Infinity Park | Synagogue: Temple Sinai | Photography: Brinton Studios | Videography: All Digital Studios | Catering: Catering by Design | Entertainment and Music: Amuse Entertainment | Cake: Intricate Icings | Logo Design and Printed Items: Melissa Clarke Designs | Invitations: Swoozie’s, Cherry Creek | Main Event Lighting and Production: Infinity Park | Drape and Supplemental Lighting: Pure Energy Events | Florals and Centerpieces: Statice Floral | Transportation: Presidential Transportation | Favors and Welcome Bags – JA Special Events | Photo Booths: A Custom Look | Casino and Carnival Games: Colorado Event Productions | Other Games: Fun Productions | Rentals: Party Time Rental | Linens and Chair Covers: Linen Hero/Chair Covers and Linens
While Red Rocks is best known for exciting concerts under glowing sunsets on balmy summer nights, this inspiring Colorado landmark is also an inspiring wedding backdrop, especially framed in the windows The Chapel at Red Rocks where Vanessa and Jason said “I do”. The striking blue color of a cloudless sky accented the day in chic bridesmaid dresses, bachelor button boutonnieres, and a sweet gem on the bottom of Vanessa’s David Tutera heels. Lovely bouquets from Ladybird Poppy combined the elegance of roses and ranunculus with loose textures, had a freshly picked wild beauty.
A foothills reception at Christies of Genesee boasted sweeping views of Denver and charming details, captured in all loveliness by Rachel Olsen Photography. Adorable rabbits topped an elegant Das Meyer cake draped in pearl beading, a nod to the Vanessa’s stunning necklace. Wooden birds proclaiming “we do” flanked a birch vase etched with a heart around Vanessa & Jason’s names. Strands of silver circles adorned the cake table among lavender rose petals.
Vanessa & Jason, as your friend and colleague, it was such a special honor to be part of your day. I’m truly thrilled to see you so happy and so in love and I wish you both the very best together!
The Creative Team
Coordination: JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue: Chapel at Red Rocks | Reception Venue: Christies of Genesee | Photography: Rachel Olsen Photography | Flowers: Ladybird Poppy | Cake: Das Meyer | Ceremony Music: Musical Moments String Quartet | Bride’s Shoes: David Tutera
When Erin and Derek dressed up in alternating superhero capes, 80’s spandex, and Gatsby feather boa and tophat for their engagement photos with Brinton Studios, we knew their Vail wedding was going to be a fun and stylish celebration. In fact, the spokes of a thousand bicycle wheels from the USA Pro Challenge Bike Race, rolling through town on an August afternoon couldn’t compete with the exuberance in this winning wedding day.
Smooth wood swoops gracefully over guests at Vail Chapel, tucked intimately among aspen and spruce trees that peek through tall elegant altar windows as Erin and Derek exchange their vows.
The beauty of windows and wooden beams continues to showcase natural mountain beauty at Donovan Pavilion where guests sip on cocktails by a gurgling creek, Footers Catering prepares a fresh dinner onsite, and the fine script of a ski run table name is tucked into its slotted branch among mercury glass, ivory candles, and romantic clusters of hydrangea, roses, stock, and dusty miller arranged by Statice Floral. Gold chargers, gold chivari chairs, and gilded signs lend a sense of glamour to the romantic elegance. The sweet and stylish soiree is a perfect reflection of Erin & Derek’s thoughtfulness, creativity, and attention to the gorgeous details that make a fun and memorable experience for their guests.
Be sure to check out the sweet video from Pen Weddings at the bottom of this post!
Check out this touching video from Pen Weddings!
The Creative Team
Event Planning: JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue: Vail Chapel | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Photography: Brinton Studios | Videography: Pen Weddings | Flowers: Statice Floral | Catering: Footers Catering | Cake & Desserts: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | DJ: Elite DJ | Transportation: Presidential Transportation | Chair Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens