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Elegant Backyard Summer Wedding

I believe a bit of Southern charm is always welcomed, no matter where you reside. This elegant Denver wedding added just the right amount of Southern style and with Cori Cook leading the way with florals and We Tie The Knots orchestrating it all, we have here one gorgeous wedding, captured by Rachel Havel. As I brainstorm ways to add a touch of Southern flair to my own nuptials, this gallery is where I’ll be.

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From Rachel Havel… Rebecca & Clay wanted an elegant wedding with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The wedding took place at their local church with the reception held at Rebecca’s family estate. Their styling was clean and modern with touches of Clay’s southern routes intertwined throughout the decor, including Clay wearing a seersucker suit for the reception and Rebecca slipping into some cowgirl boots. With hang in chandeliers, modern linens, and festive bow ties, this couples wedding was to die for.

Above all else, Rebecca & Clay share a genuine love for each other and the community they have built together over the years, and their wedding was first and foremost about their new lives together.

Photography: Rachel Havel | Event Planning: We Tie The Knots | Floral Design: Cori Cook | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Cherry Hills Community Church | Reception Venue: Family Estate | Jewelry: Hyde Park Jewelers | Caterer: Tony Rosacci's Fine Catering | Band: Raising Caine | Beverages: Peak Beverage | Bridal Shop: A & Be | Chairs: Charming Chairs | Decor: Design Works | Dress Designer: Wtoo | Linen: La Tavola | Makeup: Yvette Prichard | Musician: Daniel Leavit | Rentals: Butler Rents | Restrooms: Royal Restrooms

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Wreath Making Holiday Bridal Shower

Oh, how I would’ve loved to attend this fun and festive bridal shower captured by Sally Mae Photography. Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel brought together a close-knit group of girlfriends to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be over cedar and blooms. Complete with Park Floral Design fragrant flowers and Steam Espresso Bar macarons, every detail is sure to pop up on my holiday wishlist. See it all right here!

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From the Stylist..During the holidays, I look for any excuse to throw a party. Inspiration for weddings and events is abundant. With the greenery from trees and wreaths, every party can be a pretty one (and usually is!).

After seeing this new Lavish Laurel invitation suite by Wedding Paper Divas, a wreath-making bridal shower seemed only natural. Designed by Whitney Port, the watercolor greenery from the invitation served as inspiration for the rest of the shoot. We kept everything on the greener side and accented with gold touches and other holiday objects like ornaments and cinnamon sticks.

A garland made from cedar, olive, bayleaf, and eucalyptus ran down the center of the table along with a variety of tealights in white, gold, and green. Each place setting was adorned with a miniature emerald or chartreuse ornament, and tied off with gold ribbon and a cinnamon stick.

What really made this so amazing was all the floral posies and arrangements. We decided to forego the traditional “bride” sash, and opted for a sweet floral crown and corsage. A garland of bay leaf was attached to the back of each chair to dress up each seat.

Of course, no event is complete without tasty desserts. We snacked on DIY watercolored French macarons, glittered gingerbread cookies, and donuts with edible gold leaf. The classiness of the donut just went up 20 notches! Small kraft boxes filled with extra gingerbread cookies were topped with pine wreaths for take home if your sweet tooth wasn’t satisfied! In keeping with the green and gold theme, Wedding Paper Divas also offers napkins and coasters in a plethora of colors and designs. These hunter green ones fit our color story perfectly!

Each guest was given all the supplies to make a 10-inch floral wreath. It’s a fool-proof project when tying holiday greenery together! A few ranunculas and blue thistle helped break things up and add a touch of whimsy. The girls had such a great time catching up over a table of cedar and blooms. What a relaxing way to spend an afternoon and celebrate the upcoming nuptials of a friend!

Photography: Sally Mae Photography | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Katelyn Runyan | Creative Direction, Styling, & Wreath Design: Lexy Ward Of The Proper Pinwheel | Emerald & Chartreuse Ornaments: 5 Green Boxes | Floral Centerpieces, Garland, Posies, & Crown: Park Floral Design | French Macarons: Steam Espresso Bar | Glasses, Candelabra, Cake Plate, Teal Pillow: Anthropologie | Invitation Suite, Napkins, & Coasters: Wedding Paper Divas | Venue: Artwork Network | Wooden Chairs: Charming Chairs

Elegant and Ethereal Inspiration Shoot at Highlands Ranch Mansion

I’m pretty sure that whatever the lovely Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events touches turns into inspiration gold. Actually I am positive. And when she teams up with the super talented Sara Hasstedt Photography, there is no question I will have a “I’m not worthy” moment with their work. Because sitting in this gallery is a masterpiece in feature form, and you can see butter and citrus inspired goodness here.

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From Hey Gorgeous EventsWhen Sara Hasstedt and I first came up with some ideas for our creative collaboration (she is based in Colorado and I in Michigan and we somehow managed to find one another!), we decided to combine our shared feminine and dreamy aesthetic to create a tailored yet flirty editorial project. The idea of ‘Butter and Citrus’ as our design inspiration quickly became our favorite direction to take and with that you see this final product here, the pairing together of buttery soft yellow tones, and bright summery shades of citrus. To add dimension and visual interest I used lots of texture with the various linens and floral varieties while keeping things both understated and traditional in other areas – like silver flatware, classic china, upholstered chairs, and a gown and veil from Little White Dress that ooze with timelessness. The stunning paper and calligraphy from Jenny Sanders and the sweet (literally!) desserts from Yours Truly Cupcake carried through on the subtle aesthetic theme we dreamt up, while our real life couple brought the right amount of love and style to an already gorgeous day full of simplicity and sweetness.

Photography: Sara Hasstedt Photography | Make Up: Liana Figgins | Hair: Hilary Hackney Matthies | Design And Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Desserts And Cake Stands: Yours Truly Cupcake | Dress And Veil: Little White Dress | Hairpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Linens: La Tavola | Placesetting Rentals: Event Rents | Stationery And Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion | Vintage Rentals: Chairs With Character

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