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Industrial Chic Denver Wedding Inspiration

I’ve been to Colorado once and while I had an amazing time in the mountains, it was the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver that I remember most fondly. So it’s not surprise this shoot won me over pretty quickly. Captured by  Lisa O’Dwyer, it’s the perfect result of mixing the state’s wild nature with the industrial heart of the city itself and it has me feeling ready for a repeat visit. See it all here!

From Lisa O’Dwyer… We wanted to bring a sense of bringing nature and the wild outdoors of Colorado into an industrial city setting in Denver. A lot of couples coming to Colorado choose the mountains for their wedding setting understandably, but there are some fantastic places in the city for a wedding…one of those places is Blanc in Denver. This is an industrial building with raw exposed brick interiors and lots of huge windows to let in natural light which is perfect for wedding photography. Jessica of A Swank Soiree styled the table with inspiration from nature such as the antlers, a greenery table runner, and a paper suite with industrial lettering and a deer motif. The result is a harmony of the wild nature of Colorado in the industrial heart of the city of Denver.

Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Wedding Dress: Emma And Grace Private Label | Stationery: Platypus Papers | Makeup: Makeup With Mel, Mel Akana McIntosh | Lighting: Lighting And Design By Scott | Venue: Blanc Denver | Bridal Boutique (Bridesmaids' Dresses): Dora Grace Bridal Fort Collins | Chairs: Event Rents | Rentals: Yours For The Day Eclectic Event Rentals | Styling/Event And Wedding Planner: A Swank Soiree | Tableware: Event Rents

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Romantic + Industrial Denver Wedding

I love this wedding.  Like, really, really love this wedding.  It’s sophisticated, sweet and the coolest mix of industrial meets romantic I have ever seen.  Think a fab warehouse setting, crazy creative details and florals crafted by Alexan Events that are simply breathtaking.  Head to The Vault for every moment captured by Jordan Weiland.  It’s a must-see.


From Jordan Weiland… Courtney + Jon had a beautiful, eclectic wedding in the heart of Denver. Being from Phoenix, AZ they had a destination wedding in Denver with all of their family and friends. When telling their wedding guests why Denver, they said, “we just fell in love with a city, and we wanted you all to be a part of it too.” From their invitations to the hanging florals and the farm tables, it was cloaked in beauty throughout the entire day. Little touches like the custom invitations with the couple’s faces drawn on them and the gold embroidery hoops with greenery adorning the ceremony and reception space really set this wedding apart.

From The Bride… Before we began planning our wedding, I always kind of envisioned something rustic. You know: an outdoor ceremony, a barn, lots of lace, and mason jars. I am from the Southwest, and I think it’s a look that was somehow engrained in me. But, when we actually started the planning process, I realized our combined taste, history, and experiences as a couple were driving me into a completely different direction.

We are from Phoenix, but after looking at a few local wedding venues, we quickly realized we wanted something that we didn’t see everyday. We eventually decided on Denver, Colorado, after visiting the city and completely falling love with the downtown area. We were inspired by the city’s urban development and its focus on using old and industrial buildings in creative ways. After that, our venue hunt shifted from rustic to more modern, airy, open venues.

At first this kind of freaked me out, because a small piece of me was still admiring barns and babies’ breath on Pinterest, even though we were looking at art galleries and warehouses. Luckily, our wedding planner recognized this and didn’t laugh at me when I said, “I don’t really have a theme.” Instead, she found a venue (a modern industrial warehouse… with lots of greenery and a little barn in the back!) that allowed me to flex my eclectic vision of what I eventually called “Romantic Industrial,” even though I’m still not really sure what it was.

She said, “just pick out what you like”, and assured me that would be enough to make it all come together. (She also said not to worry – if anything was too far off base, she’d reel us back in). So, when the time came, I embraced the mix of modern chairs and farm tables, succulents and garden roses, geometric shapes and mercury glass, metallics and blushes, floral crowns and white walls. I also trusted my instinct and didn’t choose things just because they were in the same design theme or color palette. Our invitations were picked out on Etsy, and didn’t necessarily go with our colors/venue, but we loved them above all others, so we went with it. In the end, our wedding planner was right – it all came together. Even after a bit of rain, having to execute “ceremony plan B”, and forgetting to bring our vows, when I look back at our wedding, I think it was exactly how it should have been – because it was completely and imperfectly us. I realized my favorite part was simply the ceremony: when I married my best friend and we laughed at ourselves along the way.

My best piece of advice to brides-to-be is go with your gut along the way – don’t let other people sway what you and your groom really want. I’d also say to make time for you on the big day. That sounds strange, but it’s the little things you forget to factor in – like getting one last look in the mirror before the ceremony, allowing yourself five minutes to touch up your hair/makeup at the reception, setting aside time to be with your parents, or just taking the time to look around at your friends and family, and all the other details that only come together in one night. It really does go by so fast, and in my experience, taking the time to take it all in is the very best way to let it all go.

Photography: Jordan Weiland | Event Planning: Alexan Events | Floral Design: Alexan Events | Wedding Dress: Watters Via Mariee Bridal | Cake : Happy Cakes Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Blanc Denver | Reception Venue: Blanc Denver | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Epicurean Catering | Makeup Artist: Weemala | Hair Stylist: Eva Verdugo | DJ: Elite DJ | Transportation: Avi Limo | Beverage Service: Peak Beverage | Bridesmaid Robes: Silk And More | Bundt Cakes: The Bundt Shoppe | Ceremony Decor, Gold Orbs + Flatware: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Chairs + Tables: Alexan Events | Cocktail Hour Musicians: Los Fear Of Shrimp | Getting Ready: Renaissance Denver Downtown | Invitations, Programs + Table Numbers: Ello There | Menu Signage: Sweet Zion Paperie | Wedding Rings: Shane Co.

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: A Whisper of Sweet Pink

As a little girl, my favorite color was pink. And, even though I’ve grown up, and pink is no longer my favorite color, I’m completely obsessed with this sweet pink makeup look from Liz Wegrzyn. The rosy cheek, soft smokey eye and petal pink lip work together to create a delicate and romantic look. And you can trust that I’ll be recreating it for myself using the tips and products below!



It’s so important to start with a base when you are applying your makeup. When painting your living room you would use a primer for your walls before you begin to paint! It’s the same principle when it comes to makeup—and, prepping the skin makes for a more flawless application. Make sure your skin is completely clean and exfoliated so that all the dead skin on your face is off and ready to have products applied. Then start with a moisturizer. For dry skin, use a hydrating lotion or rich cream formula; for oily skin, use an oil-free or gel-based moisturizer, and then apply a primer once your moisturizer is dry, like the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It mattes down the skin and smooths out fine lines and large pores.

Concealer + Foundation

To recreate this look, use Koh Gen Do Moisture foundation High Definition. A little goes a long way with this flawless liquid/cream foundation. You only need two or three pearl-size drops for your entire face. Use a blender to apply the foundation in tapping and rolling motions to blend and press into the skin. The tapping and rolling movement of the sponge will make the foundation press into the skin more, which creates a finish that mimics your skin. Then, apply a concealer under the eyes and to any blemishes or discoloration the foundation did not cover. You’ll find that starting with foundation first, and not concealer, will help you to not have to use as much product as the foundation usually will cover up those minor imperfections. Now your skin is prepped and ready to go!

Cheeks + Highlighting

This beautiful bride’s look consisted of a very subtle cream blush by MAC Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush in Ladyblush. Cream blush creates the look of a pinched cheek rather then a strong color sweeping across the cheek bone. When applying the cream blush, you only need a little bit. Start by dabbing your beauty blender with the narrow side going into the product. Apply to your face in a tapping motion just on the ball of your cheek and move up along the cheek bone once most of the product is applied to the ball of cheek. Blend until it looks soft and subtle. Cream blush is build-able, so if you don’t feel there is enough color, just keep adding more, little by little until you have your desired look. Next, highlighter. Try High Beam by Benefit—this stuff goes a long way, so less is definitely more in this case. Open the bottle and apply the brush to your index finger and dab the product onto your temples and bring down to the spot just above your cheek bone. Do this on both sides of your face and dab a bit on the bridge of your nose, cuspids bow, and chin. This effect with make you glow in certain lights when hitting your skin.


Brows are the key to framing your face. If your hair is fair, try a light color brow powder duo like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Powder Duo in Taupe . You can mix the two colors or use one shade depending on your brow color. Use an angle brush to apply the product and paint the color on by following the natural hair growth of the brows using sweeping motions. Less is also more with this step. Start off with less product and build as you go.


For this look you want to start off with an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Apply a small amount to both eyelids and blend in with your finger using a tapping motion. Then, apply a layer of eyeshadow using a flat brush like the MAC 239 brush. Only apply this color on the base of your eye below the crease. Press the color onto the lid, but do not sweep it on. Then, apply a layer of the colors pinkish hues like MAC’s Yogurt and on top of the color you just applied. Next, using a 217 brush by MAC, add definition to your eyelid by sweeping a golden brown into the crease of your eye. Take the same brush and apply a deeper brown color into the outer corner of your eyes in small circular movements, bringing the color into the crease slightly but only in the outer corner. Now your shadow is done! 

Next, the eyeliner. Use an angle brush like the 263 brush by MAC. Dip the brush into a cream gel eyeliner and then, make sure the brush is flat on both sides so that the line is clean as you apply the liner to your eye. Apply in small motions and not one line to avoid bumps or imperfections along the lashline. Bring the brush all the way to the end of the eye and flick up to create the cat eye effect. For the bottom of the eye, take a brown pencil eyeliner and add it to the outer corner of the eye about a quarter of the way to the center. Final touch? Apply a vigorous amount of your favorite water proof mascara and you are good to go!


Use a lip color that creates a soft feminine look like a soft pink. Tap the color onto your lips and blend for a pouty, natural look. Finish with a little bit of gloss in a similar shade to create the look of shine and softness.

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Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn | Photography: Emily Jane

Denver Rowboat Engagement Session

If you’re looking for a recipe for dreamy engagement photos, look no further than this sweet love sesh from Tamara Gruner Photography—a floral adorned rowboat floating two cuties through Denver City Park, complete with a champagne toast, floppy hat and cherry blossoms dotting the shoreline. Adorable? We’d say so. See it all here in the full gallery!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe delicate waves of the lake created the rhythm. The blossoming trees on a spring evening provided the light. This was a picture perfect setting for our couple to enjoy their moment before the big day. The soon-to-be-bride along with her beau enjoyed a gentle row down the waters in their charming boat adorned with flowers. Sipping a glass of champagne, exchange words, they dreamed about their lives ahead. It was simply a beautiful day!

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Flowers: A Bloom | Hair Stylist: Stephanie Koehl Hair Design | Venue: Denver City Park | Floral Skirt: Haute Hippie | Hat: Nordstrom | Jacket: Theory | Lace Top: Top Shop | Pink Skirt: Rag And Bone | White Blanket: Pottery Barn

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Colorfully Organic Glamper Wedding Inspiration

Glamping is kind of the best thing. It’s a mashup of cozy and fancy all in one and it doesn’t really get any better than that. This slice of goodness from Carrie King and Yonder Floral And Decor House is taking glamper status to a whole new level m’dears. With utterly beautiful bites from Chef Crystal Melanson of Zen Eats in every corner, wild blooms galore and a flowing Gemy Maalouf number from Anna Be, you’ll be feeling all kinds of happy after perusing this gallery.

Head over to SMP Living for this pretty Lemon Tart recipe crafted by Chef Crystal Melanson!

From Yonder Floral and Decor HouseThe inspiration behind the shoot began with the discovery of 6 yellow taper candles in varying shades that jumped out at a local antique store. I wanted to create a look that was neutral and fresh with elements of jewel tones and citrus accents. The mix of the light woods and soft greys paired beautifully with subtle pops of yellow with lavender accents. The glamping trailer was a neutral backdrop for our couple’s reception offering beautiful lines and wood details, so we wanted to soften the look with lush blooms and pastel colors. The bride Crystal is a beautiful and talented Paleo chef and nutrition coach who prepared a feast of healthy and beautiful dishes or the dinner. This shoot proved to be a lovely combination of natural woods and tones paired with lush greens and pastel blooms with varying options of textured and silk tops with the beautiful Gemmy Malouf skirt from AnnaBe Bridal Shop.

Menu by Chef Crystal Melanson

Lemon Tart: Creamy lemon tart with fresh meyer lemons, a coconut and date crust and garnished with lavender and blackberries

Blood Orange Cupcakes: Vanilla, orange and coconut cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting and blood orange segments

Grilled Chicken Skewers: marinated and grilled, local and organic chicken with fresh papaya, cucumber, and blackberries

Butternut Squash and Cashew Cheese Ravioli: Butternut squash filled with creamy raw cashew cheese and served with fresh pesto vinaigrette

Beet and Mint Salad: Roasted red and golden beets with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh mint

Roasted Carrots and Crispy Ham: Roasted rainbow carrots drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with crispy organic ham

Zucchini and Summer Squash Pasta: Raw Zucchini, yellow summer squash and carrot pasta marinated in a tangy vinaigrette and garnished with hemp seeds

By eating meals made from real, fresh ingredients, such as organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, oils, and fruits, you not only support your health but the environment around you as well. Eating Paleo replaces a diet of toxins, GMOs, and low nutrient foods, with wholesome, nutrient-dense real ingredients. Keeping your body healthy and energized with such a diet helps reduce your risk of disease and obesity. Not only does eating locally and organic support your community and local farmers, but it provides your family with a diet of sustainable foods while reducing negative environmental impacts and producing less waste.

Zen Eats is a Fort Collins,CO chef services company, owned and operated by Chef Crystal Melanson, that creates beautiful and nutritious Paleo meals made from scratch for her clients. All dishes are made from fresh and organic ingredients, sourced locally when possible.

Photography: Carrie King Photographer | Floral Design: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Food: Zen Eats - Chef Crystal Melanson | Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop | Hair: Chloe Paige Beauty | Wedding Venue: Blanc Denver | "Gabrielle" Scalloped Lace Bridal Jacket: Anna Maier | Bridal Boutique: Anna Be' | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Glamper Rental: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Rentals: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Skirt Designer: Gemy Maalouf

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