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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

Jacquelyn Clark

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Boulder Wedding from Angie Wilson Photography

Even though there’s snow on the ground and a chill in the air here on the East Coast, we’re holding onto the fact that today is the first day of Spring. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the coming warm months than with a wedding photographed by Angie Wilson that embodies everything fresh and spring-like. Think sunshine, bright punches of florals by Sweet Pea Flowers and a couple as cute as they come. Hop on over to the gallery for even more of this colorful affair.

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From Talia EventsRosie and Darin’s wedding was a mix of tradition and fresh, Colorado-inspired design with a healthy dose of a deep love of their family and friends underlying it all. They were married at a Catholic church in downtown Boulder. Paying homage to their love of family, they said “I do” with their siblings at their sides. Their gaggle of nieces and nephews served as ushers, a flower girl, ring bearer and darling sign bearers in sear sucker vests and pants. Rosie’s veil was a family heirloom; having been worn by her older sisters before her. Bridesmaids wore shifts with adorned necklines—the perfect choice for an early summer wedding day. Guys wore classic grey suits. The bouquets were a textured mix of seasonal flowers that seemed to be picked from the roadside. Rosie’s received lots of compliments for good reason! It was a beautiful combination of soft, summery colors, lots of texture and a bit of succulent whimsy. Following the ceremony, guests made their way to Planet Bluegrass, an outdoor venue with a true Colorado feel. A touch of rain fell mid-cocktails to wish the couple good luck. But no one was deterred, not even a local, bluegrass ensemble made up of friends of the couple. The bride joined in a song with a new fiddle from Darin! Dinner was followed by fresh, local made pies and vanilla ice cream and dancing lasted well into the evening. It was truly a celebration of the two of them, their love for each other and their hometown and for all who joined them that day!

Photography: Angie Wilson Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers | Event Planning: Talia Events | Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Boulder | Reception Location: Planet Bluegrass | Band: Dressed in Black | Catering: Greenspoint Catering | Cake: Breadworks | Pies: My Mom’s Pies | Photobooth: Boothtastic

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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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Jacquelyn Clark