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What a joy it is to share some of our favorite images of 2017-what an amazing year it has been! We are so fortunate to work alongside some of the very best clients and vendors around; so a big thank you to all of those who made this year truly spectacular! Enjoy taking a walk down memory lane with JA Special Events-we love all that we do thanks to each of you!

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Lauren & Devin were married in mid-September as aspen trees were turning golden in the Rocky Mountains and the fall air was crisp enough for a crackling fire during cocktail hour but pleasant enough for an outdoor ceremony under the wooden pergola outside High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Daylene Wilson Photography captured the early part of the day with Devin and the guys casting their fly fishing lines in hopes of landing trout and later with Lauren and her girls getting ready.   The stone archways and wrought iron doors of the ranch’s wine grotto were an exquisite setting for Lauren as her bridesmaids assisted her into a gorgeous gown from The Bridal Collection.

Majestic peaks, an aisle lined with flower-adorned lanterns, and an elegant swag of fabric trimmed in eucalyptus garland gave guests plenty to admire, even before the dapper suited Devin watched his lovely bride walk down the aisle to say “I do”.

Escort cards creatively displayed in succulents growing from mercury glass containers, directed friends and family to table names hand-painted on weathered barnwood signs.  Inside the reception barn, market lights added a festive twinkle while textured linens from Chair Covers & Linens warmed the room in soft golden hues.  Table centerpieces from Statice Floral Design were a playful floral mix of pinks, peaches, and orange, artfully displayed in a variety of styles throughout the room including terrariums on tree slices, eclectic lantern collections, manzanita trees with candles, and barnwood boxes.

That 80’s Band, as always, kept the crowd entertained from a bridal party entrance complete with wild wigs, colored hats, and sunglasses to the end of a very full and satisfying evening on the dance floor.

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch, High Lonesome Barn | Photography:  Daylene Wilson Photography | Floral:  Statice Floral Design | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens via JA Special Events | Lighting & Drape:  Lighting & Design by Scott | Catering, Cake, & Desserts:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Band:  That 80’s Band | Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Collection | Ceremony Music:  Strings Ensemble, Masterful Musicians | Officiant:  Greg Hydle (friend)

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From the first meeting with Chelsie & Mike, we loved their style.  It wasn’t just the way Chelsie described her vision of a “classy romantic garden party with lots of candles” or the couple’s appreciation of really good food, or the sweet way Mike smiled at his fiance and encouraged her enthusiasm.  These endearing qualities came with a spark of spunk that elevated the elegant soiree, adding creative moments that delighted guests throughout the evening.   A huge thanks to one of our favorite photographers, Casey from Two-One Photography, both for sharing the beautiful images and for always being fun to work with!

Pedicabs whisked guests thru the verdant grounds of Hudson Gardens, past an idyllic pond to the sweeping grace of a grand willow tree.  Chelsea looked stunning as her dress brushed white rose petals and flickering candles down the aisle to join the handsomely dressed Mike under an arch draped in white fabric accented with mounds of hydrangea from Pink Posey Design.  Mike’s mom, Doris, officiated the wedding in her traditional South African attire.  Libations to the four directions of the earth, a unity drink ceremony, and “jumping the broom” made for a riveting exchange of vows.

RSVP cards asked for dessert flavor selection rather than the traditional list of entree choices and as the evening light faded around cocktail tables and swank white couches on the lawn, guests found their dessert of choice, a neatly packaged bundt cake (from Nothing Bundt Cakes) topped in a personalized golden aspen leaf (designed by Platypus Papers) at each place setting.

Over a hundred candles flickered and floated in the tented reception under ceiling strands of market lights from Elite Production.  More delicate lights shone softly behind a sheer layer of tulle as they glistened against a wall of glittering gold drape, the gorgeous backdrop to Chelsea & Mike’s head table.   On the dance floor side of the room, Mike & Chelsea kicked off dinner with a first dance inspired by Ed Shearan’s music video that showed off weeks of practice, choreography, and a hint of Chelsea’s competitive dance skills. And a stunning reception gown.

Around the room, stations of sushi in mini cones, colorful rolls, and savory dishes, a tenderloin carving table, and a gourmet mac and cheese bar from Footers Catering fully met the foodie expectations and a gold curtained photobooth from Two One Photography kept guests entertained between dancing and bundt cake revelry until midnight.

This was truly a stylish soiree, elevated by meaningful creative touches and truly a wedding we were delighted to be part of!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Hudson Gardens | Photography & Photobooth:  Two One Photography | Catering:  Footers Catering | Flowers & Decor:  Pink Posey Design | Lighting Design & Gold Drape:  Elite Production | Rentals:  Event Rents | Bundt Cakes:  Nothing Bundt Cakes | Video:  Burlap Productions | Officiant:  Groom’s mother

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Sarah & Dan’s summer wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was an absolutely beautiful celebration.  From the exquisite Paper Guppy invitations to the eucalyptus garlands accented with peach garden roses from Statice Floral Design to the orbital chandeliers dripping in amaranthus, the vibe was natural mountain elegance and it perfectly complimented the High Lonesome Barn venue.  Sarah was stunning in her Augusta Jones lace gown from Anna Be Bridal Boutique and shimmering Jimmy Choo heels.  Kelli Lynn Photography captured such lovely images of Dan & Sarah and all of their pretty details that we were thrilled to see the wedding featured earlier this summer on Style Me Pretty!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue, Catering, & Dessert:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photographer:  Kelli Lyn Photography | Videography:  Carl Grandinetti (family friend) | Flowers & Decor:  Statice Floral Design | Linens:  Linen Hero via JA Special Events | Band:  Raising Cain | Hair & Makeup:  Belle Shea Salon | Officiant:  Richard “Dick” DeLuce (grandfather of the bride) | Printed Items:  The Paper Guppy | Bride’s Dress:  Augusta Jones from Anna Be Bridal Boutique

Also check out this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty:  Romantic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

And on Couture Colorado Weddings:  Elegant Colorado Mountain Wedding

Lamb_Lewis_Brinton_Studios_larkspurvailwedding0002_lowAly & Kyle met in high school and have been together ever since.  They are genuine, fun-loving, true soulmates with a graceful style that fits the elevated mountain vibe at Larkspur, Vail.  Their beautiful dog, Myla, the breathtaking backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the natural touches of understated elegance, and the milk & cookies on their dessert bar are just a few of the sweet details that made this weekend special and a true pleasure to be part of.  From the ceremony arch constructed by the father of the bride to the high school yearbook that served as a guest book, we loved all the personal and special touches throughout the day.  We’re always excited to work with Brinton Studios and to share the photos they capture so perfectly.  Perfect Petal brought the bride’s vision to life and the florals and design were fabulous.  Congratulations, Aly & Kyle!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Larkspur, Vail | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Flowers:  Perfect Petal | Lighting:  Elite Production | Ceremony Music:  A Touch of Class | Reception Music:  Soul X Band | Cake & Dessert:  Larkspur | Ceremony Arch & Placecard Door:  Father of the bride

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Nicky & Karl brought their easy-going fun spirits and their magnificent grand style to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for an entirely memorable July celebration.  From Nicky’s fabulous feather accented dress, playful sunflower bouquet, and golden aisle of rose petals to the post-ceremony horse-drawn wagon ride after an unexpected downpour (yes, that’s Jessica holding an umbrella over the proceedings!), to the lavish arrangements of purple orchids, roses, and calla lilies spotlighted under luxurious folds of soft drape and glittering chandeliers in High Lonesome Barn, the exquisite moments were captured in all their loveliness by the uber-talented Frances Photography.  Designing this soiree with elements of rustic summer ranch that flowed into luxurious elegance was an absolute pleasure with Nicky, her sweet mom Peggy, and the creative resourcefulness of Michelle from Design Works.  Some great music from Elite DJ & Entertainment made the party complete!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Frances Photography | Flowers, Decor, Lighting, Drape, & Linens:  Design Works | DJ:  Elite Entertainment | Escort Cards:  Melissa Clarke Designs | Cake:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch | S’mores favors:  JA Special Events

 

009 (15)Woodland mountain romance was the inspiration of this gorgeous soiree at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.  Captured in fashionable detail by the impressively talented Drake Busch Photography, Amanda and Dave’s wedding day featured some of the bluest skies of an otherwise rainy spring.  Florals and greenery accented an aspen ceremony arch tucked among towering evergreens as Matt Raynak of Rocky Mountain Wedding Services had the wedding rings pass through each guests’ hands to bestow warmth and well-wishes for the new couple.  After cocktails on the patio with a striking view of the continental divide, guests signed a guestbook under the watchful eyes of squirrel, owl, and fox in a playful woodland scene.

Artful twists of curly willow reached up toward Chihuly blown-glass chandeliers from mounds of white hydrangea, purple lisianthus, and blush stock on lush lilac table linens (from Linen Hero).  Statice Floral further brought the romantic woodland look into a long king’s table centered in the room with a runner of eucalyptus and moss, accented with candles, flowers, and small lanterns, reminiscent of camping trips with grandparents.  A fern beside each woodland-motif menu brought the look home and snow-capped mountains of chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory awaited each guest at their setting as a sweet favor.  Rod from RD Stars Entertainment (uncle of the groom) really went all out with uplights and dance lighting and even showcased music videos with some of the songs, providing entertainment for onlookers as well as the dancers.

Amanda did such a lovely job of choosing the details that reflected an appreciation of natural beauty that she and Dave share, creating an absolutely memorable experience for their guests.  And the guests were Amanda’s favorite detail.  When asked, “What was the best memory of your wedding day?”, Amanda responded,  Seeing everyone so happy! It doesn’t  seem often that you are surrounded by your closest friends and family who have smiles beaming from ear to ear, and you spend all day hugging and laughing. To be that happy and excited for the entire day, with all the people you love, was the best part for us both!

Our heartiest congratulations to this special couple and best wishes for many more days of happiness and excitement with loved ones!

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The Creative Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  The Stanley Hotel | Photography:  Drake Busch Photography | Flowers:  Statice Floral Design | Linens & Chair Covers:  Linen Hero | Ceremony Music:  Nobility Strings | DJ & Lighting:  RD Stars Entertainment | Videography:  The Pros | Cake:  Colorado Rose Cake Company | Officiant:  Rocky Mountain Wedding Services, Matt Raynak | Favors:  Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory | Hair & Makeup:  Carly Speir | Wedding Gown:  Maggie Sottero

020Some of the most magical wedding days include a torrential downpour that, contrary to the hourly forecast, clears just in time for the marriage ceremony. The sun shines brighter as vows are exchanged and guests feel a sense of awe and appreciation at the timely cooperation of nature.  Casey of Two One Photography captured just such a wedding day with us this past May.

Meg and Bryan, doctor and lawyer by trade, flew from Chicago to Colorado during the third week of daily lingering rainstorms, an out of character weather pattern for the normally sunny western state. The wedding day forecast noted a 100% chance of rain, right at the ceremony time. Clearing skies clouded over again and at ten minutes to go time, we decided to bank on a patch of blue on the mountain horizon and were rewarded with sunny skies by the exchange of rings. Meg’s father officiated the ceremony that included movie quote readings (followed by the audience guessing which movie the quote was from), a fun interaction inspired by Meg & Bryan’s love of movies. The rain didn’t start again until guests were enjoying cocktails in the cozy library of Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Hotel is an elegant turn of the century historic landmark, nestled at the base of the towering Rocky Mountains in the charming town of Estes Park. Most noted for inspiring Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining, the hotel offers a popular evening ghost tour and lays claim to the 4th most haunted building in the United States, incidentally the Concert Hall where we celebrated Meg & Bryan’s reception under blown glass Chihuly chandeliers.

As guests entered the Concert Hall for dinner, they were greeted by a hand-painted sign from one of the couple’s friends and adorable pine cone escort card holders created from Texas pine cone tops mounted on Colorado tree branch slices, all made by Bryan’s father.

Tabletops continued the mountain rustic elegance with candlelit lanterns set on tree slices and adorned with vases of burgundy peonies, ranunculus, and dusty miller. Vintage styled postcards were framed as table names and a clever write-up on the back of each gave the highlights and personal history of places like Portland, Texas, Notre Dame, Chicago, St. Louis, and more.

One display table was dedicated to generations of marriage and it included a photo of Meg and Bryan surrounded by wedding photos of siblings, parents, grand-parents, and even great-grandparents, some ornately framed while other photos were displayed on a digital frame slideshow.

Meg incorporated one of her grandmother’s beautiful brooches into a striking feather hairpiece, complimenting the exquisite Omelia gown from designer Catherine Deane of London. Her stunning bouquet of burgundy peonies added a lovely richness to the timeless elegant look.

Guests enjoyed the celebration so much that Rob of Elite DJ got an encore at the end of the night. Twice! Friends and family circled the dance floor with arms around each other, swaying and singing together, ending the night in full appreciation of the timely sunshine, the sumptuous four course dinner, the wine, the mountainous beauty, and the warmth of a kind-hearted, stylish, brilliant couple.

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The Creative Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  The Stanley Hotel | Photography:  Two One Photography | Floral Design:  Boulder Blooms | Music & Lighting:  Elite DJ | Ceremony Music:  Cheza String Quartet | Wedding Gown:  Omelia by Catherine Deane | Hair & Make-up:  Amethyst Spa at The Stanley Hotel | Cake & Desserts:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

Check out Meg & Bryan’s wedding featured on Couture Colorado Weddings!

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Style Me Pretty Feature

Nicole and Pete had an absolutely gorgeous September wedding on the slopes of Beaver Creek.  We’re thrilled to see their day featured in Style Me Pretty!  Check out the sweet romantic photos from Brinton Studios and the textures in that white bouquet from Statice Floral, all at Beano’s Cabin!  Click below for the full feature:

Rustic Mountain Wedding

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