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Rustic Fall Wedding

Show me a rustic Colorado wedding any day of the week and I’ll show you one of the happiest faces you’ll ever see (truly, I am that obsessed).  Now add in a bride who happens to be THE dress expert at the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, two stunning gowns (but, of course) and an entire world of sophisticated, fall-hued details and it’s a drop-dead gorgeous affair captured by Ash Imagery in one, two, three

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Fall
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Rustic

From Love This Day Events… Kelly and Josh’s fall Beaver Creek wedding was simply timeless. As the marketing director of the Little White Dress Shop in Denver, Colorado Kelly had the opportunity to hand pick her favorite Colorado (and Philadelphia) wedding vendors. Every detail was perfectly polished and thought out – this wedding was absolute perfection! And get ready to be so incredibly inspired by her TWO gorgeous dresses. Swoon.

From The Bride… Josh came home from work on a chilly late October Friday evening. Our apartment building has a roof deck with a gorgeous view of the city skyline, and when Josh came home he said I should grab my camera (I’m a photography hobbyist) and take some photos from the roof deck since the sunset that evening was particularly beautiful. Not suspecting a thing, I said, “No, that’s ok. It’s cold out.” He nudged a bit more, telling me how pretty the sunset was, but I stood firm and told him I didn’t want to go to the roof deck. So we stood in our kitchen going through mail and catching up a little after the day, as Josh was practically chugging a beer. I just thought he’d had a long day, and I still didn’t suspect anything. After finishing his liquid courage, Josh gave me a hug and kiss and told me how much he loved me, and got down on one knee right in our kitchen, with our cat Matilda looking on. To say I was shocked is a complete understatement. As soon as I remembered to say yes, he told me about his original plan to propose on the roof deck at sunset, and told me that he hadn’t come from work but had come straight from a local jeweler to pick up my ring, which Josh had been working with the jeweler to design for almost six months! I felt so bad about ruining his proposal plan that I insisted we immediately go up to the roof deck to take photos. Even though the proposal wasn’t quite his original plan, I love it even more since it’s so “us” to have it go wrong like that, and now every time I’m in our kitchen I have the memory of the day he proposed! We celebrated afterward with dinner at our favorite family-run Italian restaurant in our neighborhood.

My mom opened Little White Dress in 2008. She always had a passion for the wedding industry and after years of dreaming, she quit her corporate job to create her own bridal shop. I was so thrilled for her starting a new adventure and, as her daughter, was always a sort of informal adviser as she started the business and as the shop grew. I never imagined that I would be a part of the business as I worked in finance and international relations in New York, Switzerland, the Middle East, and North Africa for several years. After years of living away from Josh for my work, I decided to move to Philadelphia to be with him, and as I was between jobs I offered to help my mom with some of the marketing tasks for Little White Dress, which I could do without being in Denver and while I was looking for work in my field. Well, almost two years later now, I’m working full time for Little White Dress and absolutely love it. It’s amazing to contribute to my family’s business and it’s such a dynamic, challenging, fun industry to be in. I go to bridal market in New York twice a year, and went to London for bridal market this year, and I do social media for Little White Dress, as well as help out with our advertising, photo shoots, events, and everything else related to marketing the business and the brand. The business has grown so much and it’s really exciting to be a part of.

Years ago I used to try on a lot of the dresses at Little White Dress, but as I felt that Josh and I were getting closer to getting engaged, I didn’t try on any gowns (as much as I wanted to!) so I could keep it special for when I was actually engaged and choosing my gown. Still, I thought I had a pretty good idea about which styles and specific dresses I would like. I found out I was completely wrong when I actually started trying on dresses after I got engaged. After seeing what worked best on my figure, I wanted a drop-waist silhouette with a more dramatic skirt, which I never would have expected – I always thought I would want a subtler silhouette with sleeves. The Reem Acra Tiffany gown was in the shop for a trunk show, and it had that drop-waist silhouette, with such gorgeous beading, and I loved that it had the illusion neckline. I knew it was “the one” as soon as I put it on. It was so fun and special to choose my wedding dress in my mom’s own store. During a Rivini trunk show, I spotted a stunning fitted silk crepe gown with gold stitching and tried it on for fun. Everyone’s jaws were on the floor when I put it on, and I loved that it had a completely different vibe than the more princess-y Reem Acra. My friends’ and family’s expectations for my dress were pretty high since everyone knows my mom owns Little White Dress, so I decided to go for two dresses! Trust me, I know how lucky I am!

Advice for other brides is choose vendors that you feel like you could be friends with. Put your money and trust toward people and businesses that you respect and like. And once you’ve made a decision (on the dress, the photographer, the venue, etc.) move on and don’t look back!

Photography: Ash Imagery | Flowers: The Perfect Petal | Cake: Intricate Icings | Invitations: Golden Silhouette | Shoes: Emmy London ‘Francesca | Makeup: Stephanie Klasse | Hair: Christina Trostel | DJ: Elite DJ | Accessories: Headpiece (with First Dress) And Earrings By Maria Elena Headpieces (www.mariaelenaheadpieces.com), Headpiece (with Second Dress | Day Of Coordination: Love This Day Events | Dresses (Rivini Rita Vinieris And Reem Acra Tiffany): Little White Dress Shop | Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek | Rentals: Pink Monkey | Rentals: Ultrapom

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New Years Aspen Engagement Session

Surrounded by snow capped mountains and serious beauty, this perect pair rang in the New year newly engaged. And with Bluebird Productions coordinating every scene and Lane Dittoe behind the lens each and every image is frame-worthy, right here!

From Lane Dittoe… Alex and Jessie got engaged while skinning to the top of a mountain in Jessie’s hometown of Aspen in early 2014. Alex works in Aspen as a Deputy of Operations for the Sheriff’s department and Jessie works at the local hospital in Ultrasound. Soon after their engagement, Bluebird Productions and Lane Dittoe asked Alex and Jessie to be the subjects of a shoot based around the historical properties that make Aspen such a magical town. From the Holden Marolt mining museum up to the ghost town of Ashcroft, we highlighted some of the best locations in Aspen to capture the romanticism of times come and gone. Their love for one another in addition to the dreamy snowfall on that early April day, created the perfect recipe for inspiration in the mountains.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Coordination: Bluebird Productions

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Snowy Elegance at The Sonnenalp Hotel

Laura Murray captured everything I love about classic winter weddings when she sent these snowy Vail nuptials our way. Candlelight? Check. Flowy ribbons? Check. Ethereal ‘maids in Jenny Yoo? Check. Not to mention, that ring… drooling over here. Calluna Events tied every bit up pretty with a bow with their amazing planning skills and you can savor all the elegant goodness here in the gallery.

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From Laura Murray PhotographyYasmin and Chris were a dream to photograph. They had such an authentic love, the kind that stands the test of time. While their day was quite busy and very much on-the-go, I noticed them tell each other right after their first look that all that matters is what’s about to happen at the end of the aisle. I think couples can often get too caught up in the production of the wedding that they forget what it is really about … this couple NEVER forgot the real reason behind their wedding, which is their extraordinary love for each other.

Yasmin and Chris are both plastic surgeons and met in med school. While their friends were off getting married and settling down, both Yasmin and Chris were buried deep in their textbooks pursuing medicine. But not buried too deep to notice each other and their love began to grow. They reside in Chicago, but Colorado has always held a special place in their heart. They picked a winter date in Vail, Colorado to say their vows. Yasmin is Persian and much of her family traveled across the globe to be there on her wedding day.

Her dress was a custom Inbal Dror and her shoes were Christian Louboutin The groom and groomsmen wore tuxes with tartan pocket squares. The bridesmaids were in gorgeous full length gowns and each bridal bouquet had floor length silk ribbon which matched the invitation ribbon.

Their ceremony was at the Vail Chapel. Calluna Events and Perfect Petal worked together to implement the brides vision for the chapel to make it a more intimate and cozy atmosphere. Candles and garland lined either side of the aisle as well as the altar and railings. Many glowing lanterns adorned the front steps of the church, welcoming guests in from the cold.

Then the reception took place across the street at the Sonnenlap Resort. Calluna Events, the planner and designer for the wedding, collaborated with the florist, furniture, lighting and linens companies to transform the space with a natural and organic feel. Working with florist, The Perfect Petal they truly accomplished Yasmin’s vision of bringing the outdoors inside to create a warm, romantic, almost-Tuscan inspired space. Candlelight, flowing greenery down the center of the tables as well as several hanging greenery garlands above the head tables made the room more intimate and lush and contributed to cozy atmosphere. Three different tablescapes were created that incorporated garland, candles and flowers to provide texture and interest to the room. Delightful table signs, escort cards and a hand lettered custom seating chart complete with Vail ski runs were hand illustrated by Mauve and Peach (who also pulled together a sophisticated invite suite) and Event Rents provided the wood cross back chairs and linens that were the last finishing touch to the design.

The day was full of laughter and unique memories. The groom’s sister has the most memorable toast I have ever seen. She and her husband reenacted a series of memories of the groom in a song, complete with a guitar accompaniment. That had the audience rolling delete in their seats with laughter.

The bride’s present to the groom was sentimental — Yasmin’s father wanted to gift his vintage rolex watch to the groom. The rolex was over 50 years old. And the bride’s cute little pup was present in the getting ready room … this cute dog was practically a part of the bridesmaids, there for the big moment when the bride stepped into her dress. In lieu of traditional wedding cake, the couple set up a hot chocolate bar and served creme brûlée and chocolate cheesecake after dinner.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Videography: Forget Me Not Media | Event Planning: Calluna Events | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Vail Chapel | Reception Venue: The Sonnenlap Hotel | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Ahmana Aryan | Hair: Jennifer Nelson | DJ: Greattime DJ | Invitations And Paper Goods: Maeve And Peach | Rentals: Event Rents Denver

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Vail Snowy Mountain Engagement

Believe it or not, us Bostonians were hit with another round of snow yesterday so this wintery e-sesh truly feels fitting. It’s what happens with the amazing KT Merry takes two lovies to the mountains of Vail and captures the beauty in perfect form. Snuggle in for a cozy, cute gallery right this way.

Our Story:

Becky had just finished graduate school and was living in Cambridge, MA. Jason was working for Google and living in San Francisco. Having had no prior opportunity to meet each other, in October 2012 fortunate coincidence brought them together during the final night of the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine. They met, each finding the other to be strangely intriguing, leading them to spend hours chatting during the final party of the multi-day conference. However, as the hour grew late, they both realized that it was unlikely that they’d see each other again unless they did something.

Jason asked Becky to do something “crazy” and accompany him on a date somewhere in the country on an upcoming weekend. Knowing this was something real, they planned their first date to be in Austin, a city in the middle of the country where neither of them had been, in two weeks.

They arrived in Austin, and had two straight days of what felt like date-montage scenes from a movie. When it came time to leave, we decided that we should do it again. Two weeks later Jason traveled to New York, where Becky had just moved home to from Cambridge. It was on the last day of this New York date that they had brunch with Becky’s parents. Needless to say, it went well. Two weeks after that Becky came to San Francisco for a long weekend, and then two weeks after that they spent nearly 2 weeks in Colorado on a ski vacation and celebrated New Year’s in downtown Denver.

Becky decided during her time in Colorado that she would make a bold move and move to San Francisco. She arranged for a sublet in the Castro district and on January 2nd, 2013, instead of flying home to NY, flew to San Francisco. Becky stayed in a sublet for a month and a half before they together got a place in the Haight, moved in together after having dated for about 3 months, and have lived in the same apartment since February 2013. Becky currently works as the Managing Director for Fullbridge West and Jason is a Product Marketing Manager at Google.

Engagement Session:

From Becky + Jason… Vail holds a special place both Becky and Jason’s hearts. Having both skied since they were toddlers, they have spent a lot of time in the mountains over the course of their relationship. Jason grew up in Colorado and frequented Vail with his family and Becky grew up skiing on the east coast in Vermont. Together they often visit the family home in Vail to ski, hike, spend time with family and friends, and escape from the everyday hustle. The mountains are both serene and overwhelming in their beauty, providing a magical and meaningful setting for the engagement shoot.

Being able to shoot our engagement photos in the wintry mountains of Colorado was a dream come true. Working with KT and her husband Chad made the entire experience an incredible adventure. It was certainly a weekend to remember. Together the four of us scouted sites near Vail on Friday, marveling at the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains in winter. On Saturday morning, KT and Chad found a secluded path in the outskirts of East Vail where the snow was white, the trees and mountain provided vibrant colors and texture, and the lighting was perfect. As we dressed for the shoot, we wanted to show both our fancy and our casual sides while being playful. KT is a master at helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera and really made the whole day a lot of fun.

The day was not just a photo shoot, it was a real Colorado adventure! We snowshoed, hiked, and watched KT sink into a waist-deep snow bank. At the beginning of the weekend, we asked KT and Chad about their most adventurous photo shoot. After the weekend, I think we can safely say this is up there on that list.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Hair And Makeup: Megan Rowell, W Salon | Becky Outfit 2: Sweater – Club Monaco, Jeans – JCrew, Jacket – Merrell, Shoes – Bootleggers, Scarf – Zara | Becky's Outfit 1: Dress – Marchesa Notte, Shoes – BCBG, Scarf – Zara | Jason Outfit 1: Jacket – Ben Sherman, Bowtie – JCrew, Shirt – JCrew, Pants – JCrew, Shoes – Cole Haan | Jason Outfit 2: Jacket – Ben Sherman, Sweater – JCrew, Scarf – JCrew, Jeans – Bonobos, Shoes – Sorel

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Rustic Mountain Wedding

Set against a stunning mountain backdrop, this is the kind of rustic meets romantic wedding that just sings.  Think antler chandeliers, eucalyptus table runners and a breathtaking outdoor ceremony all crafted by a fabulous team of vendors, including JA Special Events Statice Floral and Brinton Studios.  It’s classic, gorgeous and oh-so-mountain chic.  See it all in the full gallery.

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Fall
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From JA Special Events… Nicole and Pete exchanged their vows on the lawn of a mountain log cabin, twenty minutes from the bustle of Beaver Creek.

Beano’s Cabin, with its massive log beams, intricate antler chandeliers suspended from vaulted ceilings, and double sided stone fireplace, welcomed guests in the cozy lodge fashion perfect for cooling fall temperatures. Over one hundred window panes with towering views of ski runs edged in golden aspen, a five course gourmet dinner prepared in a guest-facing kitchen with pristine tiles and suspended copper pots, elegant eucalyptus table runners accented in white hydrangea and candlelight, and the laughter and easy flow of conversation delighted the senses.

Guests ended the evening dancing to the exceptional music of Homeslice band under a canopy of market lights on the cabin deck, stealing an occasional breath of cool mountain air under the romantic twinkle of the Milky Way and sudden burst of a shooting star.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Event Planning: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Cake: Shamane's Bake Shoppe | Ceremony Venue: Beano's Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Band: Homeslice | Catering & Desserts: Beano's Cabin

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