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It’s said that an invitation sets the tone for an event, building expectation and excitement with hints of style.  Erin and Dan’s wedding invitation was full of thoughtful details, contemporary style, a romantic pair of lovebirds, and a little booklet featuring the destination’s history; a perfect preview of the intimate fall mountain wedding celebration so beautifully captured by Elizabeth Ann Photography.

On the wedding day, guests arrived early to discover bird adorned name signs on each room of the charming historic Outlook Lodge and it’s adjacent contemporary Little Beaver Inn.  Bottles of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and richly textured rug bags full of goodies welcomed an intimate gathering of twenty eight guests to relax and settle in before meandering over to enjoy a cocktail on the Victorian porch.

Golden aspen leaves danced in the breeze through cottage windows as a string trio played Marry Me and the sunroom became a sanctuary for tying the knot (literally).

Intricately embroidered gemstones shimmered in elegant curves as Erin stepped from the sunlit Victorian porch into the gaze of her beloved. The rustle of guests rising from their seats met a delicate whisper of sequined tulle on luxurious folds of Chantilly lace, sweeping over the intimate aisle with breathless grace.

A living room of damp eyes watched Erin & Dan express their profound love for each other and then for twins Danny & Grace with special custom bracelets as Erin joined their family.

Claret Cobbler, a house recipe signature drink (featured in the invitation’s history booklet), filled mason jar mugs monogrammed with blush lovebirds.  The clean contemporary look of cocktail tables dressed in white linen adorned with white freesia blooms in smooth white vases was accented in a romantic touch of soft pink candles and a pair of white lovebirds.  As guests moved from the front porch rocking chairs and wicker settee to the back yard patio for dinner from Cravings Catering, a basket of pink pashminas and Adirondack chairs around a cozy firepit offered warmth in the crisp September air.

Inside, ceremony chairs were cleared from the living room and guests danced by the fireplace between bites of truffles and Boston Cream Pie for dessert.  Candlelit lanterns lined the stone steps down to Little Beaver Inn as guests ended the evening warm with the glow of wine and friendship.

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The Creative Team

Design:  Erin (O’Brien) Cernich (bride) | Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Outlook Lodge | Photography:  Elizabeth Ann Photography | Catering:  Cravings Catering | Flowers:  Twigs & Posies | DJ:  Laser Sound | Ceremony Music:  Aspen Strings | Rentals:  Event Rents | Hair & Make-up:  Jessica Davis | Bride’s Dress:  Yirsa by Atelier Pronovias from The Bridal Collection

Check out this lovely wedding featured on Couture Colorado!  Contemporary Mountain Style

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Nicole and Pete exchanged their vows on the lawn of a mountain log cabin, twenty minutes from the bustle of Beaver Creek, captured in brilliant fashion by Brinton Studios.

Beano’s Cabin, with its massive log beams, intricate antler chandeliers suspended from vaulted ceilings, and double sided stone fireplace, welcomed guests in the cozy lodge fashion perfect for cooling fall temperatures. Over one hundred window panes with towering views of ski runs edged in golden aspen, a five course gourmet dinner prepared in a guest-facing kitchen with pristine tiles and suspended copper pots, elegant eucalyptus table runners accented in white hydrangea and candlelight (from Statice Floral), and the laughter and easy flow of conversation delighted the senses.

Guests ended the evening dancing to the exceptional music of Homeslice band under a canopy of market lights on the cabin deck, stealing an occasional breath of cool mountain air under the romantic twinkle of the Milky Way and sudden burst of a shooting star.

For us, Nicole & Pete’s wedding had the added delight of catching up with some of our former client couples who came as guests and we’re looking forward to more fun in 2015 when we have the honor of planning two of the bridesmaids’ weddings.  We love this group of stylish fun-loving friends!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Beano’s Cabin  | Photography:  Brinton Studios  | Catering & Desserts:  Beano’s Cabin  | Cake:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe  | Flowers:  Statice Floral  | Band:  Homeslice

Check out Nicole & Pete’s wedding on Style Me Pretty!  Rustic Mountain Wedding

        

Cara began her wedding day with her closest friends at Denver’s luxury salon, Antoine du Chez.  Looking glamorous in spa robes and Prada heels (bride), the ladies sipped champagne on their posh limo ride to the day’s festivities at Cielo at Castle Pines where Casey from Two One Photography captured chic details in lovely fashion.

Cara and Josh exchanged vows under soft drape edged in eucalyptus and accented with pops of orange roses.

Outdoors, guests enjoyed the warm crackle of a fire and the soothing sound of a garden waterfall during cocktail hour.  The reception with delicious food from Footers Catering boasted brilliant orange orchids against a palette of white manzanita branches dripping in faux crystals and candlelit orbs.  A pearl-studded cake design from Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, custom monogram, and classy lighting from Pure Energy complimented the glamorous elegance of the evening.

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The Creative Team

Event Design & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Cielo at Castle Pines | Photography:  Two One Photography | Catering:  Footers Catering | Desserts:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Lighting & Drape:  Pure Energy | DJ:  Elite DJ | Transportation:  Presidential Transportation | Salon:  Antoine du Chez | Linens & Rentals:  Event Rents

Check out this gorgeous wedding featured on The Knot!

A Classic Orange and Purple Wedding at Cielo at Castle Pines in Castle Rock, Colorado

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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!”

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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!

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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.

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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