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.
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
From our first encounter at Starbucks, Amber & Jared have remained one of the most down to earth, honest, genuine couples we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Their fun-loving personalities combined with a sarcastic wit made the planning process entirely entertaining. When it came time to celebrate their wedding, Crooked Willow Farms in late summer with loads of bright yellow sunflowers, earthy elements of apples, burlap, and twine, and a couple of camels could not have been more perfect. Our cowgirl hats off to the equally awesome Brinton Studios who captured the fun in a way that makes even wagon wheel lantern chandeliers look romantic.
Crooked Willow provides a spacious farmhouse for the ladies and a luxurious lounge for the men to get ready in. Jared thoughtfully contributed to the getting ready process by gifting Amber with a beautiful necklace which she wore for the rest of the day.
The charm of leather cowgirl boots on a grassy aisle, the sweet scent of a flower garden in full bloom, and the alluring melody of a violin all played to the senses of Amber & Jared’s guests as they enjoyed an inspiring vista of rolling foothills, anticipating the wedding ceremony.
Sunflowers really help distinguish the ceremony arch, making it a focal point while not distracting from the gorgeous scenery. They suggest happiness and fun while manzanita branches add a touch of wild rustic. Statice Floral carried the fullness of summer concept into groomsmen’s boutonnieres using Viking mums (they look like mini-sunflowers) and wheat. Check out the flowered padlocked ring pillow, placed safely on a wine barrel during the ceremony. Love!
In addition to bricked archways, gleaming wooden horse stalls, romantic garden fountains, a posh cigar lounge, and ornate chandeliers, Crooked Willow has two camels in the field. Really, what’s not to like?
Linens and napkins in deep purple (Amber’s favorite color) play off the brilliant yellow of the sunflower centerpieces and Viking mum place setting accents, making both colors pop in playful combination. Cut apples in the tall vases and stalks of wheat lend visual texture on the burlap overlays adorned with mason jar water mugs.
Often used for storing hay bales, barn lofts, as it turns out, work really well for dancing. Lola’s Loft maintains a rustic look with exposed beams and lanterns hanging from wagon wheels for lighting. A whole wall of flameless candles on rough wood ledges adds just the right touch of romance. And those camels, if they looked through the loft’s open shutter doors, would have witnessed some down to earth fun times on the dance floor!
From Starbucks to Lola’s Loft with lots of laughter in between, Amber & Jared, it’s been a pleasure and we wish you the very best!
Event Coordination: JA Special Events | Photography: Brinton Studios | Venue: Crooked Willow Farms | Flowers: Statice Floral | Catering & Dessert: Catering By Design | Linens & Rentals: Event Rents | DJ: RIPM | Violinist: Josh Estrada & Maestro Hughes
Check out Amber & Jared’s wedding featured on Luxe Mountain Weddings: Rustic Comfort in Colorado
We are SO thrilled to see Rakhi & Brad’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book blog today!
Check out more photos of this wedding from Brinton Studios on our recent blog post:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
There is nothing as rewarding and fulfilling as seeing the mitzvah child’s face when we reveal the room for the first time and they see their vision come to life. Julie’s room showed her personality and interests everywhere she looked.
Pinecones used at the escort card table and in the tablescapes were collected on family hikes in Winter Park.
Grand entrance on a pink hora! Such a “princess moment” and well-deserved. We love “your Colorado”, Julie. Congratulations!
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!
Love the colorful getting ready robes! Great for photos and fun as a bridesmaid gift.
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.
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.
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.
This 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!
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.
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”!
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