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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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What a privilege it is to share some of our favorite images of 2016-what a remarkable year it has been! We are blessed 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 what we do all thanks to you!

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We love seeing Ashley and Mark’s fun-loving Vail wedding at Donovan Pavilion on Colorado Weddings Magazine blog today with some romantic snowy photos by Brinton Studios, a heart-warming mac and cheese bar from Footers Catering, and a cake masterpiece by Mountain Flour.  Check out all the fun details and the complete vendor team in the feature:

A Spring Wedding in Vail

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With the snow falling on their special day, Alison and Andy’s downtown Denver winter wedding at the Brown Palace was captured ever so eloquently by Daylene Wilson Photography.

Pops of red and green were interspersed throughout, reflecting the festive time of year and the Brown Palace Flower Shop contributed to that beauty. With snowflake ornaments hanging from Christmas trees as the place card display, the atmosphere of the whole day truly glistened as bright as the snow. Elite DJ kept the party lively to conclude a memorable occasion. Thank you, Alison and Andy, for letting us be a part of your special day!




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Vendor Credits

Custom planning & coordination:  JA Special Events | Photography:  Daylene Wilson | Ceremony Venue:  Holy Ghost Catholic Church | Reception Venue & Catering:  Brown Palace Hotel & Spa | Florals:  Brown Palace Flower Shop | Cake:  Kelley Kakes | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens | DJ, Uplights, & Photobooth:  Elite DJ | Hair:  Blondies | Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Collection | Invitations:  Swoozies | Transportation:  Jay’s Valet & Presidential Transportation


Winter weddings have a flair of adventure and beauty unique to the season and when you bring an adorable kind-hearted couple from Connecticut to the mountains for a winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, well, it becomes a little magical.  Milestone Imaging was a pleasure to work with and they’ve captured the sweetest moments beautifully.

Lucy designed her lovely wedding with some supportive input from Vinny and we were privileged to help pull everything together with day-of coordination.  A soft palette of blue and green complimented the natural setting and softened the hand-hewn beam interior of Broad Axe Barn.  Pops of anemone added a little dramatic flair in lovely arrangements from Somerset Floral Design while birch-wrapped vases, tree slices, and cute birch table name holders added an outdoor mountain element to guest tables.  Sprigs of evergreen submerged in elegant vases of water were topped with floating candles on the impressive king’s table and the look was a perfect combination of winter forest and cozy romance.

Elite DJ completed the experience with their expert music mixing.  Family and friends had traveled from around the country to celebrate with Lucy & Vinny and they celebrated well in the unforgettable winter mountain setting.

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Vendor Credits

Day of coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Milestone Imaging | Flowers:  Somerset Floral Design | DJ:  Elite DJ

1473Lauren & Brendan love animals, good food, Colorado, Subarus, and great photography.  Their wedding somehow combined all of these elements in perfect winter style this January when they drove from Texas with their beloved dogs Ryleigh & Enzo, to Boulder where the two had met in college.  The fun-spirited ceremony was celebrated outside on the patio of Flagstaff House, known for excellent cuisine and breathtaking views.  Zorn Photography captured not only the fun and fashion of the wedding day but they also spent time with the newlyweds in Breckenridge with snowboards, snowy village scenes, and a bit of snow-angel frolicking.  As of this summer, we’re delighted to welcome Lauren & Brendan back to Colorado as residents…where their hearts have long been and where their dogs and other assorted animals will be happy to call home!

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The Creative Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Flagstaff House | Photography:  Zorn Photography | Floral Design & Centerpieces:  Painted Primrose | Officiant:  Diego DeCastro, esteemed friend | Hair & Makeup:  Crystal, CMP Bridal | Cupcakes:  Flagstaff House | Cookies:  Boulder Baked | Limo & Shuttles:  Presidential Worldwide Transportation


Burlap Events is this sweet new company based in Missouri that Ashley & Mark introduced us to.  Couples choose a flip camera package, receive the cameras via mail the week before the wedding, and start shooting footage.  They and their guests can capture everything from behind the scenes footage to ceremony vows to honeymoon adventures.  The cameras are then sent back to Burlap Events to be edited into both a long and short version of the wedding festivities.  It’s genius!  And fun.

Check out Ashley & Mark’s Vail Mountain Wedding for some great footage and editing results!


Baylee and Matt’s classic wedding makes the most of both city and mountainscape and even captures romantic moments in the fresh snowfall through the lens of Jamie Beth Photography.  Lovely rose bouquets in soft shades of purple from Statice Floral complimented the Park Church ceremony and later became part of the centerpiece decor at Pines at Genessee where a bundt wedding cake (so delicious!) and music from Elite DJ accented the evening celebration.  Congratulations to such a sweet couple!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Photography:  Jamie Beth Photography | Ceremony Venue:  Park Church | Reception Venue:  The Pines at Genesee | Floral:  Statice Floral Design  | Music:  Elite DJ  | Wedding Gown:  David’s Bridal

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Baby’s breath and burlap are a sweet combination for any ranch wedding, especially this sweet celebration at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Ashley and Brian added fun to the mix with chalkboard tabletop signs like “I solemnly swear to protect you from spiders as long as we both shall live” and “I don’t get drunk, I get awesome”.   We love the details captured by Brinton Studios and so did Borrowed & Blue, who recently published this pretty wedding:  Ashley & Brian at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography & Photobooth:  Brinton Studios | DJ:  Elite DJ


Mountain weather can be unpredictable in April but as Vail locals, Ashley and Mark completely embraced the gently falling snow that softened their wedding day.  Brinton Studios beautifully captured the romance of that first dance on the Donovan Pavilion patio surrounded by friends, family, baby’s breath, and shimmering bubbles, the festive bridal party serenade from a green Turtle Bus, the sacred moments of a meaningful ceremony at Vail Chapel, and hand-crafted details like the pretzel ski poles dipped in chocolate by Ashley’s mom, the escort cards displayed in wine corks on wine-box cheeseboards crafted by Mark, and the aspen tree masterpiece cake by Mountain Flour.  A gourmet mac and cheese station from Footers Catering warmed guests up for an evening of fun and dancing.

Ashley and Mark, you are such a beautiful couple, inside and out, and we are so grateful to have been part of your weekend!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue:  Vail Chapel | Reception Venue:  Donovan Pavilion | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Catering:  Footers Catering | Floral:  Sarah Pounder | DJ:  Ben (friend) | Hair:  Creek | Videography:  Burlap Productions | Cake:  Mountain Flour | Rentals:  Alpine Party Rentals