In September of 2013 here in Colorado, we experienced devastating flash floods in many areas of our state. Kelly & Aaron’s wedding was scheduled just days after the first of the flash floods hit, and with all of their guests flying in from out of state, it was questionable whether or not their wedding would be able to take place the weekend that they had planned. From Kelly’s dress being stranded at the cleaners in a town that had been evacuated, to the National Guard turning away guests and vendors attempting to get to the wedding location (Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park), it seemed at one point that none of their plans were going to happen as they’d intended. Nonetheless, even though many of the details amazingly did come together at the last minute, their attitudes were the true testament to what their day was really about. One thing I always remind my brides of on the wedding day is that, if nothing goes according to plan other than being happily married at the end of the day, then their wedding was nothing short of perfection. One of the most memorable parts of the day in my mind was when Aaron was giving a toast at the reception he said, with a smile on his face, “Over the last year of planning this wedding, we had many people ask us, ‘Why Colorado?’. My answer was always that same: ‘Because it’s always sunny and it’s easy to get to!’”. Read more of their amazing story over on Snippet & Ink today!
The concept behind the Lonely Bouquet Project was originated by a small floral shop in Belgium. My friend Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Designs, inspired by the original story, took it upon herself to launch a new Lonely Bouquet Project in our beautiful city of Denver and asked myself and Lana Frankel of Lana’s Shop to be a part of it. In essence, the Lonely Bouquet Project is the process of creating a beautiful bouquet and sacrificially leaving it behind in a downtown area for a passerby to discover in hopes that it will bring a smile to someone’s day and spread kindness throughout the city. One of the most amazing privileges we have as artists is being able to add beauty to our world and I love the way The Lonely Bouquet Project does just that. Who wouldn’t be smiling after discovering such a beautiful and colorful creation during their lunch hour at work?
See more photos and read more of the story behind The Lonely Bouquet over on Wedding Chicks today!
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In this Kate Spade inspired bridal shoot that I collaborated on with a group of talented vendors, we wanted to portray a really playful and vivacious bride who was still very feminine and elegant. I adore Kate Spade’s motto “Live Colorfully” so we played up that aspect with the florals and the bold lip color, as well as choosing a gorgeous Sarah Seven dress in gold instead of traditional white. We incorporated some non-traditional wedding elements such as a pink frosted sprinkle donut (because my bride would agree that dessert can ALWAYS be justified), a Kate Spade bow ring in place of a more traditional engagement ring and a pair of Kari sunglasses by Coach for a little added flirtiness!
Enjoy more from this shoot over on Grey Likes Weddings today!
Floral Styling: Cori Cook
Stylist: Ashley Nicole Events
Dress: Sarah Seven
Dress Store: A & Be Bridal
Makeup/Hair: Matthew Morris Salon
Bow Engagement Ring: Kate Spade
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I absolutely adore these two! Vanessa & Max are planning a destination wedding in Vail, Colorado next summer and flew from their home in New Orleans this past July to do their engagement session in the Colorado mountains. A field of wildflowers seemed appropriate for Vanessa’s relaxed feminine style. You wouldn’t know it from how lovely they look in the photos but it was pouring rain the entire session! I think they make the rain look super romantic, don’t you? Vanessa is playful and feisty and both her and Max have such refined and elegant style. Not to mention their love of good food might just rival my own love of eating! Max is even co-owner of a restaurant in New Orleans called Root that has won many awards since opening in 2011 including being named one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants! I think I need to find an excuse to fly out to New Orleans just so I can eat at Root every night while there!
Our time was so limited by the rain for this session that we did a make up session on a sunny day in August about a month later. I had the great privilege of getting to know these two even better over cocktails afterward. I am so looking forward to the intimate mountain top wedding they are planning which will be styled by one of my favorites, Kara Delay of Love This Day Events.
Head wreath by the fabulous Cori Cook!
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Susan & Howard had an intimate ceremony overlooking the stunning Rocky Mountains with thirty of their closest friends and family at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera this past summer. Susan wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown (one of my favorite designers!) and their cocktail hour included a concert by one of Howard’s favorite musicians, Sam Baker. She was such an elegant bride and it was an honor to be present to photograph such an intimate affair!