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Colorful Boulder Engagement

There are so many beautiful engagements on SMP, but this mountain e-sesh has stolen my heart in a serious way. From the stunning blooms by Violet Floral Design to the killer captures from Connie Dai Photography, I could spend all morning clicking through pics. Hop to the gallery for so much more!

From the Bride… Jimmer and I began dating while we were students at Colorado College. We happened to be taking the same evening class, and also lived in the same apartment building, so we got to know each other on our walks home at the end of the night. Our busy schedules kept us from being able to plan an official date until Valentine’s Day. To lessen the awkwardness of a first date on a holiday designed for love, Jimmer planned a goofy date that included him losing to me at bowling.

Somewhere in the last five years, Jimmer and I have moved to Denver, found jobs teaching, became roommates, bought a TV, got a dog, and then bought our first home. Jimmer and I both have a great love for the outdoors and the Colorado landscape. Jimmer’s proposal was in a beautiful park in Denver and we are currently planning our wedding in the laid-back mountain town of Estes Park. So for our engagement pictures, we couldn’t imagine any thing other than being outside. But, we wanted a different landscape than our high-mountain wedding venue will offer. Connie Dai Photography delivered, finding two parks just outside Boulder that were absolutely stunning. We will definitely return to those gorgeous locations for some hikes and picnics in the future.

Knowing that I will be in the color white in just a few weeks (yay!), I wanted to wear a pop of color for this shoot. I love how the dress stands out against the background. Jimmer was also able to experiment more with his outfit and picked a two-tone look. We were even able to use the cruiser bike, which was a special gift from Jimmer, in a few shots. We did not use a lot of other props, but I adored the bouquet from A Violet Floral Design. We felt we were able to be much more adventurous than the color palate planned for our wedding day, and the vibrant colors of this bouquet were perfect.

From Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design.. When Caitlin decided on a long gorgeous red dress for her engagement session, she had the idea to go more bold with color when it came to her bouquet. Her upcoming soft and dusty wedding palette consists of blush pinks, so it was a fun chance to get edgy with the bright tones and fabulous textures! The bouquet recipe includes a diverse mixture of: Ivory Peonies, Pink Anemones, Burgundy Scabiosa Pods, Pale Blue Muscari, Citrus Grevillea, Red Amaranthus, Olive Branch and one yellow Poppy. Last, I tied the stems with a combination of colored flowing ribbon and… Voila!

Photography: Connie Dai Photography | Floral Design: Violet Floral Design | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair & Makeup: The Look Salon | Groom's Attire: H&M | Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka

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Colorful Indian Fusion Wedding at 63rd Street Farm

Pair a gorgeous location like 63rd Street Farm with vibrant cultural touches and one fabulous DIY detail after another and the result is this: a day that is dripping in beauty, from the very first image captured by Stone Crandall to the very last kiss between a bride and groom who are sooo cute, you won’t be able to stop staring at them (seriously).  Start your weekend off in style right here.


From The Bride…Wade and I met the first day of orientation at the University of Colorado at Boulder when we were only 18-years-old. Together we finished college, traveled the world, and ended up moving to New Hampshire to both start medical school. Eight years after we met, Wade took me back to Colorado and proposed in the Rocky Mountains where we met and fell in love.

When we started planning our wedding we knew we needed to create an event that would fit a medical school budget (which is actually negative money), but would still start out married life in style. I knew I wanted a wedding that would honor my Indian heritage (my Mom is from India and my Dad is a homegrown guy from Kansas), but that also wouldn’t be overtaken by tradition. The Colorado backdrop that we love exploring was an absolute must. The final result was a DIY casual outdoor wedding with lots of Indian touches and tons of vibrant color.

My crazy wonderful friends and family tolerated my DIY tendencies, and helped pitch in by spending a year collecting vases for me from garage sales, preparing parts of the ceremony, baking homemade delicious wedding cakes (HUGE thanks to the groom’s cousin!!), and even staying up the night before the big day making bouquets and boutineers. We hand-sewed the table runners from Indian silk saris, and my father built the arbor we said our vows under himself. Perhaps most importantly Wade and I decided to brew all the beer for the event, and our friends helped out making six specialty brews for the occasion!!! I even made Wade’s wedding band, casting it myself and etching the outside with my fingerprint.

To include the Indian components that are such a big part of who I am I had the border of a wedding sari sewn to the bottom of my wedding dress. My aunt selected a stunning “chunni” that I used as a veil (a tradition that comes with her blessings) and sent it from India for wedding. My bridesmaids and I had the traditional wedding mehndi (henna) on our hands and feet, and my aunt gave me the stunning jewelry that she wore at her own wedding.

Our photographer, the wonderful Stone Crandall, was blessed with a baby boy the week before our wedding. Despite the big changes in his own life, he was there on my wedding day to capture these lovely images for us. The vendors we worked with were kind and wonderful people, and all deserve special appreciation. My amazing seamstress Rachel helped me create this lovely fusion dress, and the most wonderful make-up artist in the world, Sally Walker, calmed my nerves on the day and made me feel beautiful. She was truly a god send. I hope you all enjoy this colorful ball of Indian Colorado wedding fun!!

Photography: Stone Crandall | Wedding Dress: Sophie, Priscilla Of Boston | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Savory Cuisines | Groom's Attire: H&M | Makeup: Sally Walker Of Alchemy Minerals | Seamstress: Rachel Kirkland, Foxglove Custom Bridal Gowns | Wedding Venue: 63rd Street Farm

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Nautical Themed Kids’ Party

We’ve featured many little girls’parties, but those for little boys have been harder to come by. It doesn’t matter though, because this next party is so good, so lovely, and so creative that it’ll be the only event you ever need to reference from here on out. Captured and designed by Shannon Von Eschen of Shalynne Imaging, I feel bad for any nautical themed party that comes after it. Oh, and there’s a lot more in the gallery too!

From Eli’s mom… As a mother who’s also a photographer, I have a hard time throwing the traditional cartoon, plastic tablecloth and balloons birthday party. There’s nothing wrong with those parties, it just that I’m an over-the-top person and aside from Toy Story, I’m not big into cartoons. Neither is Eli. Just yet. So, even though he was turning two, I wanted to create a space that would bring our families together, but also hold a story . I love curated spaces with obvious color palettes and though I slept hardly at all the week prior, the whole day was worth it.

My husband and I own a tree nursery in Boulder so I chose to host his birthday party at “work” in an old barn on our property. The party was entirely last minute on my part, so this made planning and designing a bit easier since I could do it in-between clients and editing while still being with Eli during the day. And he was even able to nap in the next room while I set up all the decor! ;) But the best part was how special the set-up and design really was because of how many family members of mine pitched in to bring my vision to life with such little time. My father helped me build the pergola out of 4 vintage wooden, front-porch posts I found laying outside of an old 1900s home owned by my in-laws. We used old barn-wood from our first office to attached them all together. But my father was so much more than a handyman. He hand-made a wooden sailboat for Eli and a very large, wooden anchor to match. He also spent long nights hand-making mini sailboats as party-favors for the guests that matched Eli’s boat, and little wooden fishies that hung over an old fence as decor. My mother made half the food & chocolates and my grandmothers made pies and other desserts that matched my theme. And a picture of the USS Chauncey sat on an old armoire–the boat my grandfather sailed on in the Korean War. He recently passed away, but it would have thrilled him to see this “sailboat party.” ;)

I used a ton of old antiques I found inside of my mother-in-laws vast collection, including an old painting of a sailboat that we used as a focal point over the buffet table, and a wall of vintage national geographic maps that filled a whole wall with a sea of water. The seats for the tables were old stumps from tree our nursery, and I brought in a few ornamental grasses we were selling at the time too. The cakes were custom made by a dear friend, and award-winning cake designer here in Colorado. I simple gave Rachael a few inspirational images of what I was hoping for, and she created a gorgeous three-tired cake of fondant waves, topped with an anchor that looked identical to the one my father made. And then for Eli’s smash cake, she made a smaller cake of sugar waves and topped it with a hand-cut sailboat to match the mini sailboats we had for favors.

From a simple “nautical” vision that popped in my head a week before his birthday, a whimsical party came to life before my eyes. But seeing Eli’s face light up when he saw his very own boat, and all the people he loved in one room was the very best part. Almost as good as the icing on his cake. Almost.

Photographer: Shalynne Imaging | Event Design: Shannon Von Eschen | Cake: Intricate Icings | Invitations: Shannon Von Eschen | Culinary Styling: Kendall Lind | Handmade Wooden Decor: Twigs & Treen | Paper Goods & Lables: Natosha Cooke | Stamps: Verde Studios | Tree Nursery: CreekSide Tree Nursery | Vintage Props: Newel Post Antiques