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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

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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 following images are by James Christianson Photography:

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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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