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Organic Dinner Photo Shoot from Calluna Events + Megan Newton Photography

This organic styled dinner photo shoot from Calluna Events checks all of the necessary boxes on my list; delicious antipasta, an adorable setting, and a dessert bar from Tee & Cakes that could make your head spin (did you get a load of the potted parfaits? Amazing!). Captured by Megan Newton, the soft grey and vibrant yellow colour palette set against the rustic elements at this incredible restaurant with pops of pretty florals by Boulder Blooms is a fabulous approach, and one I don’t think I’ll ever tire of. Per usual, the gallery musn’t be missed!

From Calluna Events… One of Heather, from Calluna Events’, favorite spots in Boulder, Colorado is The Kitchen; a local restaurant that infuses modern simplicity with an organic twist. Heather thought it would be an incredible spot for a style shoot and provided the right mix of contemporary and warmth. The décor of the restaurant features metal and grey tones with large floor to ceiling windows, balanced by exposed brick and wooden tables. Their organic ‘farm-to-table’ philosophy and rustic-chic atmosphere was the perfect setting 

We wanted to capture the natural, radiant beauty of Boulder, while highlighting a more contemporary aesthetic that is sometimes overlooked in our Rocky Mountain Front Range locale. The striking contrast of golden, sunshiny yellows against the steely grays of the Kitchen’s decor was the perfect backdrop the rich textures of the flowers. We chose highly textural blooms such as anemones, ranunculus and craspedia to evoke a natural style. Accents of steel grey botanicals, such as dusty miller, pussy willow and tiny succulents, helped to emphasize the more urban aspects of the decor.

When designing the dessert bar we were immediately inspired by the vibrant color palette and organic items like lemons and faux bois. Sugar cookies were decorated like lemon slices, macaroons looked bright and sophisticated with the yellow, light pink, and metallic accents.  We used chocolate faux bois discs on the minis and even made cake parfaits to resemble cedar trees.  Chocolate whoopie pies rounded out the menu to add a bit of homestyle comfort to the set-up. The cake acted as a focal point with simple, clean and modern lines.  

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Photography: Megan Newton Photography | Event Styling and Design: Calluna Events | Florals,  Decor + Favors: Boulder Blooms | Desserts, Cakes + Printed Materials: Tee and Cakes | Dress: Anna Be | Jewelry: Todd Reed | Venue: The Kitchen

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Colorado Farm Wedding from Angie Wilson Photography

It always brings a smile to our face when a couple incorporates their pooch into their big day. And from the looks of this charming Colorado soiree, the sweet pup isn’t the only one on cloud nine. This adorable twosome crafted a gorgeous outdoor affair full of playful details (complete with lots of fun neon shades) that totally set the stage for an evening of all out enjoyment. Photographed by the lovely Angie Wilson, this wedding is as lovely as it is lighthearted. Now, top it all of with a sea of sweets and you have a one pretty party that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. You can see all of this rustic romance right here in the gallery.

From the Bride… Wedding planning aside, our wedding was exactly what we wanted–fun, unique and full of love. After Whitney (of Wit and Wiley) helped focus our vision, it was all about the details. A small farm setting, Frog Belly Farm, was the perfect mix of outdoor, rural and one-of-a-kind. After passing under our “Happiness Starts Here” flags, our ceremony was out in the pasture with the Flatirons as the backdrop– it was a clear, quiet and beautiful day. From the arched seating, DIY ceremony flags and neon sunglass favors, the ceremony started off our night of fun. One of the most important things to us was that our guests have fun. We had a game area for cocktail hour that included ring toss, corn hole, giant jenga, hula hoops, bubbles and horse shoes, not to mention the fabulous food and a super fun photo booth. Dinner was outside of the barn and had the perfect romantic feel. Guests were escorted to large wooden farm tables by little farm animals painted gold. The tables were draped with a burlap runner, lots of candles and large bottles of wine. The candles were quite the project: burlap, twine and ribbon embellishments were wrapped around all of the candles! It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it. The food was served family-style and all of the plating was white and square. Our “treats” station was set on an old farm cart and included some handmade dessert stands (upside cup glued to a plate anyone?). Along with more candles, our personalized napkins and absolutely delicious desserts, this was also another amazing part if the night. Desserts included: cherry pie on a stick, strawberry cream cheese bites, vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes. Our band was also amazing. A large dance floor (complete with hot pink duct tape instructions to DANCE) in the barn housed our live music and lots of dancing. Outside was a fire pit, s’more station and three foot sparklers. Regardless of it being my own, it was by far the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to. It was perfect and I wish I could do it all again!!

Photography: Angie Wilson Photography / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Frog Belly Farm, Longmont, Colorado / Event Planner + Floral Design: Whitney Hardin of Wit and Wiley / Catering : Bradford Heap Catering / Desserts: Melissa Cambre / Wedding Dress: Kathryn Elizabeth via The Bridal Collection / Make up: Nicole Saucedo / Hair: Jessie Peterson with the Scarlet Salon / Music: Jon Wirtz

Boulder Colorado Wedding from Anna Bé Bridal Boutique Part I

We always get a little giddy when a gorgeous outdoor affair comes across our desks, but when that same picture perfect love-fest is the wedding of one of our beloved LBB members, we’re like kids in a (wedding) candy store. And when said celebration is also captured by three (yes, 3) amazingly talented photographers, serious squealing ensues. We couldn’t be more thrilled that the beautiful Breanna, co-owner of the fabulous anna bé bridal boutique in Denver, chose to share her September I-do’s right here on SMP. On top of being incredibly sweet, Breanna’s a girl who really knows the biz, so when it came to choosing her vendors she entrusted her big day to an all-star line up of true artists. With photography by Jenna Walker PhotographyJames Christianson PhotographyOtto Schulze Photographers, planning by Calluna Events, and florals by Plum Sage Flowers this is Rocky Mountain romance at its best. It is effortless and refined. It is elegant and organic and these images truly capture the spirit of this carefree couple. In fact, there are so many we had to break it into two posts. The reception is coming up shortly. Congratulations Bre + Ben! We’re honored to share your beautiful day with our readers! XO

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The wedding of Breanna (co-owner of anna bé bridal boutique in Denver, CO) & Ben took place on September 21, 2012.

We had a very simple wedding with the beauty of nature and delicious, local food playing important roles. The groom owns a local food company in Colorado (MM Local) so the expectations were high!.

For the ceremony, we bussed everyone up an hour outside of Boulder where we had found the perfect meadow with an aspen grove (after looking at a good half dozen others first) We were lucky; the aspen leaves were turning and it was a gorgeous day. After the ceremony we invited our guests to enjoy the beauty of The Meadow while sipping on a beer or two. Then we headed back down to town for our reception at the Kitchen in Boulder. The food was exceptional and the company second to none. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life (and I married a foodie, so I’ve had a lot of amazing meals) and by far the best meal I’ve had at a wedding – EVER.

As favors we gave a jar of MM Local peaches and for part of our dessert we actually had fresh peaches from a local farm that Ben works with from the western slope.

We were extremely fortunate to work with (at least what I think is) the best team in Colorado. The photography is gorgeous and I love how the artistic style of the images (what lucky girl gets three AMAZING photographers?). One of my favorite things about the wedding was working with these crazy-talented, kind, amazing people. To see how each photographer interpreted each moment, each landscape, each tiny detail so uniquely was really awe-inspiring.

I couldn’t have sanely survived the wedding planning process without the help of Heather at Calluna Events, I’m so glad I had her there to listen to me whine, help problem solve and tell me everything was going to work out great (and make sure everything worked out great -which it did!). I slept better at night knowing she was on my team.

I was in love with my flowers from Plum Sage! I would carry around that bouquet every day if I could. The flowers and arrangement were just gorgeous! The Dahlia’s were picked at their peak right here from a local Colorado flower farm.

As for the style or inspiration for the wedding, I really love the juxtaposition of nature and what I’m going to call ‘fancy’. We drew a lot of the inspiration from The Kitchen decor itself. I love the wooden, raw tables and brick walls with the metallic chairs and crystal chandeliers. So largely, I tried to do that in The Meadow as well with the wedding party wearing metallic colors and traditional dress. We really went for simplicity in details – we both have crazy work schedules and it was all we could do to figure out the big picture and logistics of the wedding. In the end, I don’t think anyone (expect maybe the photographers) missed the small details. We really just tried to make it a fun experience for our guests through the adventure of going to some unidentified meadow, taking a little ‘hike’ in nature and then enjoying each other’s company around delicious food. It was about the awesome community we have in our lives and celebrating bringing them together.

To continue the celebration, the morning after the wedding about 40 of us all met up at the Boulder Farmers Market for a local breakfast and cup of coffee and then we all headed to Crested Butte for part 1 of our honeymoon. And quite the show awaited us in Crested Butte – the aspens were at their peak and looked so incredible! We rented a couple of houses in town and also on the mountain for our family and guests to stay in. It really was such a gift to share one of our favorite places in Colorado and one of my favorite things (turning aspen trees) with so many people that we hold near and dear.

Thank you to everyone who helped Ben and I during this process. To our wonderful parents, our amazing families & friends, our team of wedding professionals, our business partners (anna and jim) – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Wedding Photography: Jenna Walker Photography + James Christianson Photography + Otto Schulze Photographers  / Ceremony Venue: a meadow outside of Boulder, Colorado / Reception Venue: The Kitchen, Boulder / Event Planning: Calluna Events / Floral Design: Plum Sage Flowers / Cake + Cheesecake: Living the Sweet Life, Denver / Invitations: DIY by Bride / Wedding Gown: Lela Rose via anna bé bridal boutique / Hair Accessories: Sara Gabriel / Hair Stylist: Jacqui Jolly at Side Door Salon / Favors: MM Local Foods / Groom’s Custom Suit: Metroboom / Photobooth: The Traveling Photo Booth

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Boulder Wedding from Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers + Save The Date Events

Some like rustic weddings with vintage charm, some like chic soirees with a touch of the contemporary, but I’m fairly positive that ALL will love this fête with it’s 1,000 origami cranes, the fabulous florals from Swank Stems, and it’s gorgeous al fresco reception. With Save The Date Events behind the wheel and Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers behind the camera, the couple was left to do nothing but be sweetly in love and fully enjoy their day – and the resulting smiles on their faces are the real reason we all love this one. Check out the gallery to see what I mean!

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We live and work in Atlanta, Georgia. The first time we met, we discovered that we both shared a love for the outdoors and particularly the mountains in Colorado.  (I went to CU Boulder for undergrad and Nate worked on a ranch near Colorado).  Our first vacation together was a ski trip to Colorado, so it was fitting that Nate proposed in Colorado.  One day Nate picked me up from work to go to a dinner party with friends, but instead of going to our friends’place he got on the interstate.  I realized we were driving to the airport.  Nate had called my office, asked for time off of work for me and packed my suitcase for a surprise trip to Colorado.  (He actually did a decent packing job.) Nate made it seem like it was just a fun, spur of the moment trip.  I thought he might propose, but I honestly did not think he would keep a ring in his pocket all day on the ski slopes (he falls a lot), so I was surprised when he popped off a ski, got down on one knee and proposed to me on the ski run “Easyway” We were both lucky it was a green, or we might have fallen down the mountain from happiness.

Our ceremony was simple, short and sweet.  We had an amazing musician duo, Kort McCumber and Beth Wilberger who played our favorite songs.  The bridesmaids/groomsman walked down to “You Belong Among the Wildflowers” by Tom Petty.  I walked down to “She is my Everything” by John Prine. We exited the ceremony to “Eyes of the World” by Grateful Dead. 

Our officiant was Allix’s best friend, Alex Hunt, which made everyone laugh, since Allix was marrying a Hunt. It was a very loose, relaxed ceremony; we told Alex to just speak from the heart and we told our readers they were free to say what they wanted before or after their reading.  We wrote our vows together, which were very short.  Nate’s friend Guy picked a poem to read in Hebrew to represent Allix’s Jewish heritage.  Nate’s best girl friend, Jamie, read one of our favorite quotes from Tom Robbins. Nate’s brother Nick, read a passage from Black Elk Speaks and Alex read a Navajo wedding blessing at the end of the ceremony.

We wanted the reception to be relaxed and wide open.  Since most of our guests were not from Colorado, we wanted to make people feel like they could hang outside and enjoy the setting.  We had lawn games like bocce ball, and plenty of adirondak chairs to lounge in on the grounds.  Some of our friends waded in the St. Vrain River which runs through Planet Bluegrass, and one or two of our guests even fly fished the river. The bar was also located outside.

We had a lot of help from our wedding planner, Gabby, our amazing vendors, and our family and friends.  Our friend (and bridesmaid) Taylor handmade jute signs like the “Just Hitched”sign that hung off of the back of our chairs.  Our friend (and bridesmaid) Claire handwrote all of the escort cards.  For our guestbook, we purchased vintage Colorado postcards from eBay for people to write well wishes on and drop in a vintage suitcase we found at a yard sale.  My mom has been mailing the postcards to us over our first year of marriage, which has been a really great way to re-live the day.  Nate and I handmade our menu chalkboard together on an old window, which we painted cobalt blue to match our wedding colors.  My mom had framed all of the wedding pictures of our grandparents and parents and they were placed on our dessert table. 

Photography: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers / Flowers: Swank Stems / Event Design: Save the Date Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: Planet Bluegrass

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Boulder Wedding from Christina Kiffney Photography + Plum Sage Flowers

If ever there were a bride and groom who were made for Style Me Pretty – it would be these two. The wedding, captured by Christina Kiffney Photography, is a reflection on their pretty, light home, and if the flowers from Plum Sage Flowers and the dainty almost-French details are any inkling of the kind of life they lead, we would LOVE to live in their pretty, pretty world. Let’s all live a little like this Colorado couple for the afternoon, shall we?

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From Talia Events … As I look back at notes I took during my first meeting with Anne, I wrote down the following—”natural to the degree that it’s comfortable, casual but classy with touches of charm and nostalgia” and a note with a star next to it that she really likes things that are pretty.

The “pretty” for their big day was inspired by their home that’s filled with light, pale colors, touches of the rustic and distressed and lots of baskets and picture frames; her travels to France and their mutual travels around the country; and her love of flowers.

Their trips and love of travel showed up understated ways—a suitcase for postcard love notes, tables named for favorite places and luggage tag-inspired escort cards. France was brought in through the ticking runners and the dessert bar filled with French and Italian sweets and a variety of patisserie and boulangerie signs.

She framed old photos of family members as homage to her love of her family and of pictures and a nostalgic touch and wrapped glass votives in lace and buttons to accompany clusters of bottles filled with brightly colored flowers on the reception tables.

As a personal thank you to their family and friends, each guest received a handmade cloth bag of treats tied with lace and a little thank you tag.

In the end, it was certainly a wedding graced with love for each other and family and friends, nostalgia, and plenty of pretty!

Photographer: Christina Kiffney Photography / Cinematography: Chris Orwat, Pure Cinematography / Ceremony venue: Sunrise Amphitheater / Reception venue: Chautauqua Dining Hall / DJ: Chris, Tip Top DJs / Flowers: Erin Hornstein of Plum Sage Flowers / Officiant: Cindy Kinoshita / Desserts and Cake: Teacup Shop / Shuttles: Presidential Limousine / Paper suite: JS Design Custom / Ceremony Musicians: A Lyric Ensemble / Wedding Design & Planning: Talia Events

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Boulder Wedding by J-Anderson Photography + Calluna Events

What do you get when you combine two lovebirds who also happen to be architects with the event planning geniuses at Calluna Events? Give up? You get this beyond gorgeous, casually elegant Colorado soiree complete with lots of bold graphic touches, soft feminine florals, and a simple and refined color palette of grey and white. Top all that off with pretty images by J-Anderson Photography and you’ve got yourself a totally swoon worthy, totally SMP wedding. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride…Nick and I met in our first year of graduate school at The University of Virginia. We attended most of the same classes, as we had both entered the same architecture program, so it was perhaps inevitable that we’d notice each other, and eventually we began dating. Upon graduation we decided to start fresh in a new city. We landed in Boulder, Colorado. After living there only a few months we knew it was the best decision we had made. The mountains, trails, skiing, snowboarding, and all of the adventurous activities in our new backyard proved to be our cup of tea. It was a no-brainer: We would be married in our new hometown…six years later!

I am not one of those girls who knew exactly what she wanted her wedding to be like since the age of 5 and it was a bit intimidating to start the planning process. I felt a pressure to make this one day the ultimate expression of us as a couple, as it would forever be captured in hundreds of photographs. Luckily I had no problems deciding on my dress. It was the third one I tried on and I was in love, though it made me a bit nervous to pick my dress without knowing our wedding venue. It wasn’t until a couple of months later that we had the church and reception venue secured, and upon this decision everything else seemed to simply fall into place. Now it was a lot easier to envision how the whole day would unfold.

Both of us are architects, so we knew that we were going to be designing the wedding ourselves from top to bottom. This strategy made all of the little design elements and details that much more personal and unique – but not without a bit of blood, sweat, and tears. I think we got the most enjoyment out of designing the invitations (5 times over!). This was done very early in the planning process and it really set a guideline and aesthetic tone for the design, decorations, and the day in general. We found old frames and fashioned them into large chalkboards – even today they are hanging in our house! Our aim was simplicity and thoughtfulness in décor, as our backyard reception venue was already well-appointed with some very strong red awnings. As a complement we chose white and gray to be our primary colors for a simple, classic look. In a bit of serendipity, our borrowed getaway truck (a classic 1964 International Harvester Scout 80) was nearly a perfect match for the orange-red door of the church!

We had help from Calluna Events to help pull the whole day together, and both of us could not be happier with the way things turned out. I never really expected to have THAT much fun at my own wedding – I thought there would be more stress or obligations to tend to that would get in the way – but it truly was the best time ever. 

Wedding Photography: J-Anderson Photography / Floral Design: European Flower Shop / Event Design: Calluna Events + Bride & Groom / Event Planning: Calluna Events /  Ceremony Location: First Congregational Church / Reception Location: Koenig Center at the CU Boulder / Invitations: Bride & Groom / Caterer: Catering by Design / Cakes: Indulge Bakery / Ceremony Music: Scott Martin / DJ: Mike of Pure Sounds Production / Hair: Sarah Robinson of Voodoo Hair Lounge / Make-up: Jill of MAC

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