Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shoot

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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!

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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

Sunglasses: Coach from Colorado Eye Center

Necklace: JCrew

Bow Engagement Ring: Kate Spade

 

jennifer blair - December 3, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Sarah, these so so so good! You are swimming in talent!

ashley goodwin - December 3, 2013 - 3:14 pm

OH. MY . WORD. DIED.

Lisa O'Dwyer - December 3, 2013 - 9:06 pm

So sunny and warm! Lovely!

Lauryl Lane - December 4, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Pretty, pretty! Dying over that third image… it looks like pure magic. xoxo

Rachel Havel - January 28, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Love the new website Sara! It’s so you. Beautiful shoot as well. You again! :)

Foto clipping - February 2, 2014 - 2:32 am

so colorful and gorgeous…like the last shot very much :)

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Vanessa & Max | Engaged in the rain

Contax 645 | Fuji 800z

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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!

Foto clipping - February 2, 2014 - 2:31 am

Brilliant use of the natural elements.. just love the photography

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Intimate Mountaintop Wedding | Cordillera Colorado

Contax 645 | Fuji 400h

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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!

[…] This year has been an amazing year. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people and visit some incredible venues! Earlier this year I had the honor of second shooting this beautiful, intimate wedding with Sara Hasstedt. The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera provided breathtaking views for the ceremony, and the entire day came together with effortless perfection. See more of this wedding on Sara’s blog here. […]

Foto clipping - February 2, 2014 - 2:30 am

Beautifully captured…..love the photography….very impressive

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How to plan a 6 course dinner: A celebration of 6 years of marriage

Every year Paulie and I celebrate our anniversary a little differently. Neither of us feels the need or the pressure to make each year’s celebration better than the last. Some years we take trips, some years are much more simple. Last year we celebrated our 5 years of marriage by drinking margaritas on the beach in Mexico (well, mine were all virgin of course because I was pregnant with our first sweet babe at the time). This year since our baby girl was 7 months old at the time of our anniversary, we knew we would be playing it a little more low-key since neither of us wanted to leave her for more than just a few hours. I wanted to do something special for Paulie but a little closer to home. About a month before our anniversary I got the crazy idea to plan, cook and style a six course dinner in honor of our six years of marriage and I wanted it all to be a surprise for Paul. Once I find an idea I like, there is no turning back, no matter how crazy it may be. Let’s just say that about 2 weeks into the planning I was just thanking my lucky stars that I came up with this idea for our 6th anniversary and not our 10th!! (continued below…)

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During each course we talked about the corresponding year of our marriage (course one, year one…), our favorite memories from that year and things we learned during that time. It was such a sweet night of conversation, wine-a-plenty and lots and lots of yummy food. That’s pretty much a perfect night in my mind. Wine, good food and great company. The only thing that would have made it better was if it hadn’t started pouring rain halfway through the third course! We brought everything inside as it was pouring rain and set up the table again once indoors. We left the door wide open and the iPod playing a mix of Jack Johnson and Bon Iver combined with the sound of the rain pouring down became the soundtrack for the rest of the evening. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter celebration of the last six years spent together!

When I posted the sneak peeks on instagram alluding to my plans (Paul doesn’t have an instagram account, so it was a fun way for me to share my secret without spoiling the surprise!!), I had a lot of interest in sharing how I was doing it and what I planned for the menu so I have shared below.

First course: appetizer: sliced pear with goat cheese and crumbled bacon

Second course: salad: wilted spinach salad with warm apple cider dressing

Third course: soup: broccoli soup with monterrey jack cheese

Fourth course: pasta: garlic basil gnocchi with pesto

Fifth course: entree: balsamic brushcetta chicken with roasted rosemary potatoes

Sixth course: dessert: strawberry sorbet over sparkling rose moscato

Planning the menu:

I found THIS blog post that helped a lot when it came to planning the menu. I wanted a menu that would allow me to actually enjoy dinner with Paul so it had to be simple enough or have things that I could prepare in advance. I used the blog post I found as my inspiration when planning each course and took the salad and appetizer recipes directly from the site. For the other courses, I did my best to choose recipes where I could prep a lot in advance and the actual “cook” time during dinner would be relatively simple. I prepared all sauces, toppings and garnishes the day before or a few hours before the dinner. For the soup and pasta course, I cheated and bought soup and gnocchi from Whole Foods so that I didn’t have to cook those courses from scratch. They were still delicious! For the dessert I did a rose Moscato float. I bought organic strawberry sorbet and poured pink Moscato over the top and garnished it with chocolate shavings and fresh raspberries. Simple, simple, simple was my goal. And of course, no six course dinner would be complete without wine pairings so as soon as the menu was planned, I chose a Sauvignon Blanc for courses one through three and then a Pinot Noir for courses four and five and of course the Moscato for the dessert course.

Styling:

Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan, I styled the tablescape using things we already owned or pieces that I could find at thrift and antique shops. I also made the centerpiece myself. I’ve always had such admiration for the talents of floral stylists, it is definitely harder than it looks! In the off-season this year I would love to take a floral design class just for fun! I know absolutely nothing about how to do it properly and here in Denver there are no “public” flower markets so I was limited to grocery store flowers, which are not my ideal. The roses I got were tightly budded so I read online about how to encourage them to open and blossom which gave them a more full look (as close as I could get to Juliet roses with the extremely limited floral selection I was faced with). I also filled the vase with tons of greens that I foraged in our backyard to give it more fullness and a more wild and free look. Then of course, I photographed only the best angles! I think that was truly my best strategy with the floral design. ; )

Lauryl Lane - September 27, 2013 - 10:07 am

Sara, this is such a wonderful idea and so beautifully executed! I love all your little details like the menus and the mini pear accents. Just lovely! And if you want, I can put you on my interest list– I’m in the midst of planning my first floral design workshop and the first part of it will be specifically to teach basics of floral and tablescape styling for photographers and planners — with an emphasis on details like how to set the table properly, etc. You’d probably really enjoy it.

Michele Hart - September 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

I love the menu Sara! Did you design it? Good work on the flowers too! They look great!

Sara Hasstedt - September 27, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Thanks Michele! I did design the menu. I forgot to mention that part but I purchased a calligraphy font online and used that to design it!

Sara Hasstedt - September 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Thanks so much Lauryl! That means a ton coming from you! You are the queen of styling and I’m a bit embarrassed for you to even see my “floral design” since you are so so talented at that! I’d love to be on the list for your workshop! I saw that you were doing that, it looks like so much fun!

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Jess & Todd | Wedding

Contax 645 | Fuji 400hantique-engagement-ring

Jess & Todd had such a lovely outdoor wedding last summer at Spruce Mountain Ranch here in the foothills of Colorado. But even with as beautiful as their day was, it just couldn’t compare to the beauty of these two souls, even more beautiful now as one. Todd is so sweet and tender with Jess and she so clearly adores him. Theirs was one of the most heartfelt and meaningful ceremonies I’ve ever had the honor of attending. Jess has a quiet confidence and elegance about her and that came out through her soft feminine details and choices she made for her day. I’m so happy to share their wedding here on the blog, and you can also see it featured over on One Hitched Lane! Happy almost one year anniversary Jess & Todd! Much love you two!

Dress: Watters & Watters Floral Styling: Sarah at Ladybird Poppy Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch

Tess - August 15, 2013 - 11:42 am

Such a magical day! Truly beautiful work, Sara! xoxo

Virginia Kemmerling - August 15, 2013 - 12:10 pm

These are sooo beautiful, Sara!

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