Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Romantic proposal or date ideas: Picnic Baskets from Cured

Often times these days, romantic intimate dates are harder to come by in a world on crowded restaurants and movie theaters.  We believe in removing yourself from the craziness and indulging in some good old romantic one on one time away from iPhones and emails! As hard as this sounds at times where people are so busy, now is the perfect time as summer is winding down to an end. Picnics can be a great romantic date that takes little preparation with the help from Cured in Boulder, CO.  Celebrating their first anniversary this weekend, Cured opened in August of 2011 by owners Coral and Will Frischkorn who work to offer hand picked cheese, cured meats, table wines, and fresh sandwiches.  Cured is offering custom picnic baskets that will make your picnics as easy as ordering, hiking, laying down the blanket and indulging in one of the most delicious culinary picnic baskets your will ever encounter.  

Cured offers several different types of baskets to fit your needs. Baskets like "The Stolen Hour", "An afternoon off", "A Night, Not, on the Town" offer a hassle free way to create a romantic evening in nature where you can sip on wine, nibble on cheese and meats, and reminisce on the story of your love.  These specialty picnic baskets are also great for elopements, engagements, anniversaries, or just that special date night.  Let your love of fine wine, cheeses, and meats be paired with the love of those three items in these delicatessen picnic baskets! One of the most special things about love is reminding each other why you fell in love in the first place. These little dates are the best way to keep the sparkle alive as you spend time with your partner in life.  

To order get in touch with Cured through email or phone, 720.389.8096.

Much love
Colorado Wedding Planner + Stylist 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beaver Creek Wedding :: Jen + Greg's Stylish Colorado Wedding

Jen + Greg
Beaver Creek Chapel + Park Hyatt :: Beaver Creek, Colorado
Jen and Greg traveled from Los Angeles to join friends and family from all over the globe to celebrate their marriage in Beaver Creek. It was the perfect destination for their friends and family to get away from it all, relax and celebrate together.
On the morning of the wedding Jen and her bridesmaids had their hair styled at the Allegria Spa inside the Park Hyatt. Jenny of Jenny Hager Makeup did a fabulous job with the ladies makeup while they relaxed in their suite at the Park Hyatt. Dora of Petals of Provence stopped by the suite to give Jen and her bridesmaids their bouquets.
Rainy conditions didn't allow for the first look to take place outdoors but Laura of Laura Murray Photography did an incredible job of capturing the couple's first look in the Park Hyatt library.
The wedding party and guests were shuttled over to the Chapel at Beaver Creek for the wedding ceremony. Andy Hackbarth and one of his band members provided beautiful music for the ceremony.
After the ceremony guests made their way back to the Park Hyatt for cocktail hour filled with delicious appetizers, drinks and lots of laughter.
Guests were asked to take their seats in the ballroom that was beautifully draped and lit by Pink Monkey Solutions.
Andy Hackbarth and his band got the party started as the bridal party was introduced and Jen and Greg took the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife.  Magbooth was there to capture some of the fun and serve as the couple's guest book.
Guests later enjoyed a variety of pies and a complete candy bar as the DJ took over and kept Greg, Jen and their guests dancing late into the night.

Much love
Colorado Wedding Planner + Stylist

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Add Color to Your Wedding Gown!

            One of the most anticipated moments of planning a wedding is shopping for the dress. Starting from when women were little girls, they dream of what their perfect dress will look like, giving them more than ample time to prepare and imagine their wedding dress.  The traditional wedding dress is usually a hue of white; why is this you may ask? You have Queen Victoria to thank for this. In the 19th century the Queen’s choice of a white lace gown set a trend that would become the criterion of the traditional wedding gown for centuries to come.  Although, some may think that the white wedding dress is a universal standard, it is applicable only to Western cultures.  In many Eastern cultures, brides are dressed in red as it symbolizes auspiciousness. Traditionally many brides in the 19th century inherited their mother’s wedding gown and made alterations to the gown for their special day. It wasn’t until 1890 that Ladies Home Journal spun the rumor mill that women had the freedom to pick their own gown, consequently being white given Queen Victoria’s long run fashion sense.  For centuries there are have been millions of beautiful brides who display some of the most unique, creative, and down right gorgeous works of fashion for one day. However, recently there have been brides defying the Queen’s trend by adding splashes of color into the typical white wedding gown. 

        This liberating and artistic trend allows for brides to express their creativity and shock guests with this unexpected and awe-inspiring detail.  Some of you may be wondering how does one introduce color into such a historically white gown? Well, we are here to commend some of the best ways for a bride to let the colors of the rainbow shine at her wedding. 

For the bride who loves the traditional white gown but wants to add that little something special, there are subtle ways for her to do just this.  One of our favorite ways to introduce color into a traditional wedding gown is through the tulle.  Many brides have tulle underneath their gown; this is the prefect place to spice up the dress by adding whatever color suits your fancy! This will keep your guests playing peek-a-boo with this unique detail throughout the evening as your walk down the isle or twirl around on the dance floor. 

For those dare devil brides who want to really make a statement, don’t worry; there are plenty of ways for you to accomplish this.   A flowing veil or train gliding down the isle in a different color is another unique way to add a splash of color to your wedding dress.  Accentuating your gown with color through a hairpiece or a simple ribbon on your dress is also a way to reinvent the traditional wedding gown.  We love the idea of subtle display of color through different colored buttons on your gown or a simple lace embellishment in a unique color for your gown. 

A style that is huge trend right now is ombre, we’re seeing is in hair and even with nail color! Where did this stylish trend originate? On the runway of course.  Our all time favorite way to introduce color into the traditional wedding gown in through this unique fashion trend.  Ombre wedding dresses have become quite popular and this trend is among one of the most chosen ways for brides to bring a little color into their wedding day look.  

These trends are allowing brides to add as little or as much color as they wish into the dress they’ve been conjuring up in their imagination for years and years. We’re not sure how Queen Victoria would feel about this recent form or rebellion against her fashion trend but we absolutely love it!

Much love
Calluna Events
Colorado Wedding Planner + Stylist 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wedding Stationery :: Important Questions To Ask Your Designer

       The process of planning a wedding can be a bit overwhelming with so many aspects to account for and plan! The countless venues and conversations can begin to make one excited bride-to-be get a bit dizzy. One of our favorite parts of weddings is the little details that share the personality of the bride and groom.  Not quite sure how to make these little details shine? Using the right stationery designer for your wedding is a great way to showcase your personality.  For those lucky in love couples who have never worked with a stationery designer, have no fear; we’re here with a few important questions that you should ask stationery designer when you are meeting with them for the first time. 

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1) What is your designer’s background?
It’s great to know what type of previous work your designer has to get an idea if they are going to be a good match for you and your hubby!

2) Does your stationery designer provide free samples?
What better way to decide on a stationery designer than to see the actual product?!

3)  Does your designer outsource the printing or is it done in your shop?
This is an important question because it changes the cost of your printing as well as the turn around time of the product!

4) Does your designer make custom creations or do they use templates?
Depending on the creativity of your designer as well as the templates offered, this question can guide the extent of creativity you and the groom to be are going to be able to freely use.

5) Can your stationery designer also print products other than invitations and save the dates?
If you want everything to match, this is an important question to ask your stationery designer for items such as table cards and menus.

6) Is your stationery designer capable of printing pictures?
This little detail is important to certain couples and can give you more freedom in the design of your stationery and other paper products!

7)  Can you see a variety of their work?
This is important to know what type of work you will be sending and showing to your guests for your special day.

8) Does your designer offer any packages or discounted prices?
We know that weddings can take a little chip out of one’s wallet so it’s great to ask for packages if they fit your budget and needs!

9)  Does your designer know of any new trends or styles that you may have not seen yet?
It is always fun to ask this question and possibly even create your own new style or trend with the ever-creative designer you are meeting with. 

10) Can your stationery be printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly ink?
It’s always important to be environmentally conscious!

11) Can your stationery designer mail your invitations and how much do they charge for this service?
This little task can be a time saver for you and is just one more thing to cross off of the checklist! 

Meeting with vendors can be a bit overwhelming but these meetings also helps to build the excitement for the special day! We hope that these questions will help to guide your search for the perfect stationery designer for you and your fiancé!

Much love
Colorado Wedding Planner + Stylist