Friday, December 31, 2010

Caroline & Joey - a fall Boulder wedding at the St. Julien

Caroline & Joey
September 25, 2010
St. Julien Hotel & Spa :: Boulder Colorado
Photography :: Chad Moore Photographer

You know a couple is in love and it's going to last when all the toasts at the wedding reflect on the couples love and respect for one and other. Their friends said that they not only looked up to Caroline & Joey as a couple, the were amazed by the respect that the two had for each other.

We loved working with this sweet, easy-going couple! Not only was Caroline a gorgeous bride we LOVED all of the details Caroline chose and how simple, yet impactful they were. Her choice of colors {pinks, oranges, yellows} for a fall wedding was so refreshing, different and lovely. The aspens alongside the gazebo provided a dramatic, yet unassuming touch to frame the couple as they were married.

Bridal and bridesmaid bouquets designed by Brighter Day Floral in Boulder, Colorado.

Cupcakes by Tee & Cakes. Cupcake decor by the bride.

Calluna Events provided Day of Coordination services for Caroline & Joey's wedding. They planned the wedding, booked the venue and vendors, secured all the details and we tied everything together in a schedule for the day of so that things were smooth and stress free.

Wedding Venue :: St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Florist :: Brighter Day Floral
Band :: Soul School
Day of Coordinator :: Calluna Events

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Calluna Events

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 Calluna Events recap - best of the best photos {part 1}

It's that time again for our annual posting of the best wedding photographs of the year. In what is becoming one of our favorite traditions, we took the opportunity to look through images from our 2010 weddings and selected some of our favorite photographs of the year. Not only does this tradition allow us to look through our weddings and reminisce about all the fun we had, it allows us to be truly humbled and gracious for the opportunities we have all year long.

And it is with that spirit we want to say an enormous thank you; not only the brides & grooms showcased below, as well as the super talented wedding photographers who captured them, but to ALL the Colorado wedding vendors we had the opportunity to work with this year! YOU - our clients and vendors make what we do a joy - you make us look good!

We worked with some of our favorite clients this year - clients who became friends, who we want to stay in touch with and hear their wonderful news. We are grateful to be surrounded by lovely couples who allow us to help them plan their wedding.

Happiest of holidays from Calluna Events! From our team to your family, we wish you and yours much love, happiness and best wishes for 2011!

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3....

Julie & Brett :: Jenna Walker Photography

Annie & Nick :: Recherche Photography

Nicole & Javier :: Artessa Photography

Kristine & Brock :: Heisel Photo

Christine & Dan :: Beth Photography

& Wyatt :: Story Lens Photography

Happy Holidays!
Thanks for reading!
Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lyons Farmette - an adorable option for a farm to table wedding or event

Lately we've been loving the trend in using everything local for your wedding. From local food, produce, local flowers and incorporating a "farm to table" feel for, options galore are springing up for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or other wedding event.

We recently visited our friend Betsy Burton at her residence, the Lyons Farmette and we were so impressed. When Betsy had originally contacted us she had just purchased the farm and was in the process of seeing what the best use would be. After a full season of cooking classes and a few rehearsal dinners under her belt, Betsy acquired a property adjacent to the farm which will allow for plenty of party for larger parties - and now weddings! We say yippee! Boulder County needs more outdoor wedding venues like this one. Betsy's farm incorporates a real working farm with fresh cut flowers, vegetables as well as chickens running around. There are large trees on the property and even a tree swing.

Betsy partners with a catering company, Back to Basics Kitchen, that works on the farm and helps with the cooking classes she offered this year but other caterers are welcome. The flowers on site are all organic so you could incorporate local, fresh & organic flowers into your bridal bouquet and reception flowers.

We are so excited to work with Besty at the Lyons Farmette next season!

Contact Betsy to schedule an event:
Betsy Burton

Photos of the rehearsal dinner by Hendrickson Photography

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Colorado Wedding Planner

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Calluna Events is a Best of Weddings 2011 winner from The Knot!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been picked as a Best of Weddings 2011 winner from The Knot for the 4th year in a row! Thank you to everyone who nominated, believes in, supports and loves us! We are honored and humbled once again!

Thank you, thank you!
The team at Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Friday, December 17, 2010

Calluna Events :: our big why? what we love :: what motivates us :: why do we do love what we do

“What’s your purpose, your cause, your belief; why do you get out of bed in the morning; why should anyone care.” Simon Sinek

This summer we were at a networking meeting and the presentation was based around Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why”. The presenter asked us all to think about our WHY? Everyone knows how to do what they do, right? But does everyone know WHY? We were asked to take 10 minutes and write down our WHY? This is raw but here’s what I came up with in that 10 minutes.

Calluna Events :: our big why? what we love :: what motivates us :: why do we do love what we do

· Our favorite moment during a wedding is watching the groom see the bride for the first time. The anticipation, the love and the joy…it’s what our job is all about…getting to that moment.
· We still cry at weddings.
· And during the first dance.
· We LISTEN to our clients to really, truly implement their vision into their day.
· We love to help couples imprint their style and personality into their wedding to make it truly unique to them.
· We love to take the stress away from our brides, grooms, moms and vendors. Our job is to make everyone’s life easier on the wedding day. It’s a big job but we love it!
· We glow when people love what we do and are moved by our work.
· When people are happy, we are happy.
· We thrive on the sense of accomplishment at the end of a wedding. A wedding that was smooth, stress-free and exactly what the bride and groom wanted.
· We smile inside at the end of said wedding when the newlyweds tell us that they couldn’t have done it without us. Maybe they could, maybe they couldn’t but we just beam knowing that we helped make their dreams a reality.
· We are proud of the years we’ve spent cultivating and creating our extensive network of Colorado wedding vendors. We take very seriously our recommendations for our clients and work hard to pair our brides and grooms with the vendors who will do the best job for them.
· We love going to work everyday.
· We love hearing engagement stories…even after hundreds they are all so wonderful and special.
· We love watching a father dance with his daughter at the reception. Another tearjerker. Yes, we are saps.
· We like all things pretty.
· We are inspired by the people we get to work with on a daily basis and are thrilled to work along side them.
· We are honored to be chosen time and time again to help couples plan the biggest day of their life.
· We LOVE that we end up close, if not friends, with our brides. Some we are so close with them that our kids play together.
· We are humbled when a Mother of the Bride tells us we were the best money they spent on the wedding.
· Our clients trust us.
· We believe our work is all about YOU, our client, and not about US.
· In fact, we believe we are most successful if a wedding runs smoothly and no one even knew we were there.
· And we love it when photographers and videographers share the joy and love they’ve documented for our couples…and we get to see it all over again.
· Our personalities allow us to connect well with all types of people to help them achieve the wedding of their dreams. Traditional, modern, funky, unique, stylish, chic, over the top, romantic, bring it on!
· We are inspired and challenged to constantly think outside of the box.
· We are motivated to provide the best possible service for our clients and advocate for them 100% of the time.
· We are committed to being green whenever possible and we love helping couples infuse green, local and sustainable elements into their wedding.
· We are motivated to make each event exactly what the client wants.
· We are your classic super organized, detail oriented, cross your i’s dot your t’s type of gals but we are so, so down to earth, laid back and CALM.
· Many of our past clients and vendors have used the word calm to describe us. We like that.

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Heather :: Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner

Calluna Events :: Colorado Wedding Planner

Innovative and creative planning :: wedding day coordination :: comprehensive vendor network :: fresh perspective

Are you in need of a wedding planner for your 2011 wedding? If so, call us soon! We are booking up for the 2011 wedding season and we'd love to work with you. We'd love to meet with you and learn more about your style, personality and needs for your wedding and see how we might help with your planning. After our initial meeting we prepare custom proposal for you based on your exact needs. Please call or email us for a complimentary consultation.

Calluna Events combines unique, creative and fresh ideas with unparalleled organizational skills and an exceptional attention to detail to create your perfect wedding or special event. Based in Boulder Colorado, we offer full service planning, Day of Coordination and hourly consulting along the Front Range and Mountains of Colorado and beyond. Let us help infuse your style and personality into the event you’ve always imagined!

Calluna Events was conceived in 2004 by Heather Dwight. Prior to Calluna Events, Mrs. Dwight honed her skills while working as an event planner for a non-profit organization. In the last 14 years, Mrs. Dwight has planned intimate to grand weddings (and everything in-between), 40th birthday & 25th anniversary parties, board meetings, national annual dinners in destination cities, small soirees and larger galas, expos, new business launch events and much more, all with a keen sense of style and creative flair making every event unique. Mrs. Dwight is an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants and a member of ISES (International Special Events Society).

Calluna Events was invited to be a part of the Little Black Book of wedding vendors on Style Me Pretty. We are thrilled to be a part of the book and honored by their endorsement of our work!

We have also received The Knot Best of Weddings award for four consecutive years, 2008-2011.

At Calluna Events, we have planned numerous weddings and special events that have incorporated green elements or were 100% green. Working with specific vendors in the Colorado area who are committed to being green, we can pass along tips and ideas to our brides for making their wedding green and environmentally friendly. We’ve helped brides compost the food and flowers from their wedding, serve all local foods, as well as organic/biodynamic wines at the reception, designing with local and organic flowers, print their stationery on recycled papers and those printed with soy based inks, purchase carbon off-sets for their guests travel, set up donations to environmental organizations in lieu of favors, reduce the waste and excess that come with weddings, purchase used bridesmaids dresses and used recycled materials for a handmade wedding dress, and much more! In addition to helping our brides plan eco-friendly events, we are committed as a company to being green.

Be sure to check out our {BLOG} and {WEBSITE} to see past weddings and fun inspiration!

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Heather Dwight :: Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner