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Rustic Elegance Rocky Mountain Bridal Inspiration

Can something be both ridiculously elegant and downright cozy at the same exact time? Yes m’dears, it can. Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits shows us the beauty of both coming together in perfect unity with this shoot set amongst the Rocky Mountains, with lush bouquets by Natasha Kolenko and gorgeous gowns from Blue Bridal Boutique. See all this rustic romance right this way!


From Majesta Patterson Weddings & PortraitsAs my trip to Colorado grew closer, I decided to reach out to some Denver-local wedding vendors because I was dying to photograph those big, gorgeous Rocky Mountains and create Colorado magic! With blue skies and green fields, we were pleasantly surprised by a fresh dusting of snow the night before our shoot. Blue Bridal Boutique selected a soft tulled Wtoo gown, creating a delicate balance against the rustic charm at the Chautauqua forest in Boulder. Our florist, Natasha, who also flew in from San Francisco, designed lush arrangements with golds and blues to accent against the majestic flat iron mountains. These bright, organic florals created a beautiful pop of color, complimenting the blue hued snow. Sarah Swell offered her organic gold jewelry to compliment the romanticism of our look. Everything for this shoot just fell into place like it was meant to be; to epitomize that Colorado-esque beauty!

Photography: Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits | Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Dress: Watters Wtoo | Jewelry: Sarah Swell | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Sameera | Hair Stylist: Noelle Benjamin | Bridal Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique | Model: Cayte B

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Rustic Meets Elegant Boulder Wedding

It’s probably pretty obvious by now that we love rustic with a little side of bling.  And this sweet Boulder affair?  Well, it’s embracing the concept whole-heartedly.  Think pretty pink + gold hues, fab florals from Cori Cook Floral Design and a stunning bride in a whole lot of  gorgeousness from Little White Dress Bridal Shop.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.  See it all captured by Brinton Studios right here.

From Brinton Studios… Lauren and John are basically models. They might not make money doing it, but they seriously should. Lauren looked like a fashionista with her perfect bun and even better skin. When we talked about it, her comment was priceless: “Well, I needed something tall so that it didn’t look like he was kidnapping me.” Hilarious!

It is safe to say that mixing these two cuties along with Boulder and its natural beauty was perfection. The Omni, Chautauqua Park, Sunrise Amphitheater, hidden trails along the foothills and near Flagstaff made for superb backdrops. And it’s not everyday that a bride is willing to take a hike to the top of a mountain in the heat for a photo opportunity. The entire day and their Flagstaff House wedding was amazing and we were so fortunate to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone involved and to Cori Cook for adding the ultimate touch with the lovely flowers!

From the Bride… Jon and I met in college at CU-Boulder after he moved into a house with mutual friends. He was the tall, charming guy with dimples who was always making me laugh. Eight years later when we were in France for my best friend’s wedding, he proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower, and so began one of the most exciting years of my life.

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and, most importantly, a true celebration, so we kept it small, inviting our closest family and friends. We chose to have both the ceremony and reception at the Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder; the venue sits nestled into a mountainside with the most breathtaking views and overlooks where Jon and I first met. We kept the style and color palette simple – soft florals in pale hues of blush, ivory and peach. We scattered small, low arrangements in gold mercury vases for a fun pop of metallic. Our seating chart was a vintage frame with ribbon and table cards strung in a window-pane fashion. The guests wrote us notes and wrapped them around chocolates that we would open up each night to read. I surprised Jon (who has a sweet tooth worse than a 5-year-old on Halloween!) with a candy bar and customized candy bags that read, “Thomson Candy Shoppe.”

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was our guest book, which Jon made. He took a beautiful piece of wood from a local lumber yard and customized iron legs for it. Our guests used metallic sharpies to sign the table, and now it sits in our entryway.

Our wedding day was truly the happiest day of my life thus far, and as you can tell from the photos, Jon is still cracking me up every day.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Videography: 1321 Studios Videography | Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Ceremony Venue: Flagstaff House | Reception Venue: Flagstaff House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Flagstaff House Restaurant | DJ: Tony Cummins | Veil: Madamoiselle Maud

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Dreamy Al Fresco Boudoir Session

We don’t feature boudoir sessions nearly as often as real weddings, but when we do it’s a serious treat, because they end up being beyond beautiful (like painfully beautiful), like this one from Connie Dai Photography and Shalynne Imaging. It’s ethereal in every sense of the word, from the wildly gorgeous petals by Bare Root Flora to the organic invitations designed by Lana’s Shop to the lovely lingerie from BHLDN. It’s one gallery you’ll have a hard time leaving.

From Connie Dai PhotographyThe concept for this shoot was dreamed up by two photographers, Shalynne Imaging and I. When we started to plan, the words we chose to describe the look we wanted were natural, feminine, soft, and romantic. We chose textures and colors that would compliment the environment but also stand out. From the sweet, romantic lingerie from BHLDN and robes from Girl with a Serious Dream, to the organic feel of the gorgeous bouquet, we carried that theme through every design element.

Photography: Connie Dai Photography | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Makeup Artist: Makeup Madame | Hair Stylist: Cassandra Rose | Calligraphy: Designs Girl | Venue: Private Residence | Lingerie: BHLDN | Model: Eva Cavecchi | Paper Goods: Lana's Shop | Rentals And Furniture: Chairished Vintage | Robes: Girl With A Serious Dream | Styling And Design: Connie Dai Photography | Styling And Design: Shalynne Imaging

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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 | Makeup: Sally Walker Of Alchemy Minerals | Groom's Attire: H&M | Wedding Venue: 63rd Street Farm | Seamstress: Rachel Kirkland, Foxglove Custom Bridal Gowns