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Vintage Denver Wedding at Grant-Humphreys Mansion

With the perfect amount of elegance mixed with some serious sweetness, this Grant-Humphreys Mansion captured by David Lynn Photography has my heart this morning. Top it all off with a cake from Gateaux Pastries that is delicious in every sense of the word, and we have one gorgeous gallery.

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From The Bride…Our wedding day was one of the most fun and exciting days I have ever experienced, filled with cowboy boots, tears, laughter, and love! We connected through our passion for auto racing. It is hard to find someone that shares the same interests as you and makes you a better person while you are together, but I found him!

From David Lynn PhotographyRyan and Emmy have an incredible sense of style, and their wedding showed it! They chose to get married at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, one of Denver’s most beautiful venues. The sun shone through the trees and it was a perfect Colorado blue-sky day. Emmy paired her vintage-style dress with cowboy boots, and the groomsmen pulled out their stogies to celebrate. Both Ryan and Emmy are incredibly down-to-earth, and their focus was on celebrating with those they love the most. They finished their day at one of Denver’s oldest downtown restaurants, the Denver Chop House. The incredible cake mirrored Emmy’s dress to perfection- it was a day that dreams are made of!

Band: Maree Mcrae | Cake: Gateaux Pastries | Photography: David Lynn Photography | Reception Venue: Denver Chop House | Wedding Dress: D’Anelli Bridal | Wedding Venue: Grant-Humphreys Mansion

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Romantic + Simple Mansion Wedding Inspiration

I’m of the mind that love is the most beautiful accessory that can adorn your big day. Sweet and simple decor, beautiful garb, and a knock out bouquet compliment that ever so powerful show stopper in this Colorado inspiration shoot from Julie Cate and it’s more than enough to make me want to grab my own sweetie, throw on a fab pair of shoes, and celebrate our love in the gorgeous setting sun!


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From Julie CateWhen the weather warmed in Colorado the light became warm and soft and it was a lovely time to pull together a simple and romantic shoot. The location was a historic neoclassical mansion in downtown Denver called the Grant-Humphreys. The mansion is popular for weddings and events and the exterior has grand pillars and winding steps.

My amazing bride, Emily, who also works as a flower designer for The Perfect Petal, created a simple bouquet that popped against the soft background. The bouquet consisted of burgundy dahlias, ranunculus, anemone, darcey garden roses, andromeda and bits of wax flower. The dress was a backless dream gown from Katie May. The simplistic silhouette was just perfect and the bare back with tastefully romantic. I had Emily do her own hair and throw it up as she would on a normal day. But we did add a little bit of fancy with a crystal hairpiece from Untamed Petals.

Emily’s Groom, Joe, looked handsome as well in a dark grey suit and matching boutonniere. We spent a early evening walking around in the spring breeze and loving the warm light. A simple romantic wedding like this would have dinner under the pergola. Simple linen table clothes and napkins tied with strands of eucalyptus. A small wine decanter for every guest is a gift that can be used during dinner and then taken home. The perfect setting for a simple romantic evening for close friends and family.

Baroque Plate Chargers: Neiman Marcus | Bridal Shop: A & Be' | Dinnerware And Glasses: Neiman Marcus | Film Lab: Little Film Lab | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Hairpiece: Untamed Petals | Make-up: Nicole Ramirez | Photography: Julie Cate | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Single Wine Decanters: World Market | Venue: Grant-Humphreys Mansion | Wedding Dress: Katie May

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Romantic, Natural Wedding Inspiration

When top-notch creatives come together for an inspiration shoot, it’s a beautiful thing. Especially when DeFiore PhotographyNature’s Grace DesignJenna Blazevich and Bella Figura happen to be the creative gurus involved. Just have a look this wildly romantic setup dressed in a sea of neutrals and subtle, berry hued accents. It’s modern and old world all rolled into one, and the gallery is waiting with so much more.

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From DeFiore Photography… Warmer weather has made it’s way to Northern Colorado and the crisp, fresh air, combined with new budding flowers, inspired a wedding style shoot with a palette to match. Our styling takes the simple beauty of rich, neutral, traditional colors and meshes it with a light, old world romantic feel.

We used dark purples like blackberry and red wine knowing they would offer a striking contrast against a series of unique white floral arrangements. The flowers featured carry a southern flare, and include clematis, peris bud, Peonies and lilacs, roses, hyacinth, helleborus and smilax, all off-set by deep green flat fern, Needle-nose Ivy and Jasmine Vine. This mix offered amazing diversity in texture within the distilled color palette.

Simple yet eye-catching arrangements on the dining tables stand out against the rustic, love-worn wooden planks of the table. We also wanted to find a fun way to balance the feminine feel with the masculine energy of the groom so we pulled in some black and gray accents including moonstone, pewter and silver for the place settings.

It is our hope that this light and airy, yin/yang style concept can live on long past spring as a fit for both summer and fall weddings!

Bridal Wear: Dora Grace Bridal | Bride And Groom's Jewelry: Lilian Pine & Lapaglia Sterling | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Film Lab: Photovision Prints | Floral Design: Nature's Grace Design | Groom Attire: Banana Republic | Hair + Make-up: Carly Ackerman | Invitations: Bella Figura | Menu Card & Table Number Calligraphy: Jenna Blazevich | Photography: DeFiore Photography | Styling + Concept: Nature's Grace Design And DeFiore Photography

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Gold + Pink Wedding Inspiration

I see no other way to intro all this pretty than with a few sweet love letters to the insanely talented vendors behind it. Cori Cook Floral Design, you’re a floral genius. We Tie The Knots, your styling is impeccable. Little White Dress Bridal Shop, you always steal my heart with your stunning designs. And to the lovely Kerinsa Marie, you’re simply amazing for snapping it all up so beautifully. Lovelies, this gallery pulls at my heartstrings like no other!

From Kerinsa Marie Photography… I’m thrilled to share this bright and colorful inspiration shoot! Although my wedding 11 years ago was unforgettable, a few of my regrets are not having gorgeous flowers or a wedding planner to help bring all the details together. It was a dream working with such a talented friends for this shoot, and it’s what I would want my wedding to be like now, if I were to renew my vows.

Cake: Cakeheads | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Event Design: We Tie The Knots | Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design | Hair/Make-up: Ashley Salt For Fluff Bar | Linen: La Tavola | Model: Ann | Paper Goods And Calligraphy: Maeve And Peach | Photography: Kerinsa Marie | Tables: Allwell Rents | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Wedding Venue: Blanc

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DIY Lush Spring Centerpiece

I don’t know about you, but my calendar is chock full of special occasions this spring- baby showers, graduations, weddings- you name it, I’m going to it! I love to help friends set up their events, so I always take note of any tutorials for flower arrangements. This fresh, luscious DIY centerpiece from Bare Root Flora & Laura Murray Photography is exactly what I’m looking for! Don’t miss any of the pretty in the gallery.


From Robyn: Spring offers such an incredible bounty of beautiful flowers that we couldn’t resist the opportunity to gather together some of our favorites to create a lush spring centerpiece perfect for the many gatherings that happen at this time of year: showers, graduation parties, Mother’s Day and other special occasions!

Materials•Your favorite opaque vessel
•A piece of chicken wire large enough to create a reasonably tight fit in your container
•Four to five types of your favorite flowers. Try to vary the shape a bit so that some are soft and fluffy, some have a longer line, some are larger, some are smaller, some are viney in nature. Variety makes the arrangement beautiful! We used peonies, lilacs, spray roses, tulips, clematis and apple blossom branches.
•One or two types of foliage. Feel free to forage from your garden for flowers AND foliage! We used dusty miller and scented geranium.
•A floral knife or some clippers–no scissors! Scissors damage a flower’s stem, prohibiting it from drinking properly.

instructions

step-1The first step to any gorgeous floral arrangement is to prepare your flowers! Make sure you clean off any foliage that will fall below the water line. Leaves in the water will encourage the growth of bacteria, which will shorten the life of your arrangement.

step-2Next, prepare your container. Bend your chicken wire to fit snugly inside the container. The chicken wire acts as a grid to hold your flowers where you want them, giving your design the shape you want.

step-3Begin by gathering and placing some of your large, fluffy flowers in a group–here, peonies and spray roses. It gives the arrangement a beautiful focal point. Next, add in some of your longer-line flowers (in our piece we used the lilac and tulips). Use the long-line flowers to create a wild, garden-esque shape. Movement is key–let the flowers reach and swoop! It will give your piece so much life!

step-4Turn your vessel around in slow circles as you design, continuing to place your larger, fluffier flowers a little lower, with your line flowers slightly taller. Begin to fill in with your foliages.

step-5 We finished our arrangement with apple branches and clematis. The viney clematis is the perfect finishing touch. We let ours peek out above our other flowers to give the piece a very wild look.

Flowers: Bare Root Flora | Photography: Laura Murray Photography

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Will you be my bridesmaid? Photo Shoot

When it came to asking my friends and family to be bridesmaids, I’m afraid it was very anticlimactic… just a simple phone call and some squeals. Oh how I wish I had crafted a day like this designed by Sarah Flanagan with florals by Bella Calla and images by Laura Murray. It’s a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” wine party, perfect for popping the big question to your besties. Have a look here for more.

When designing for this styled shoot it was fun and laid back … well.. with a lot of wine surrounding us and a beautiful backdrop of the foothills in the distance. I gathered many great vendors in the area. I decided to shoot at Balistreri Vineyard/Winery to expose their new event center space as well as tie in a themes that we all love … wine and weddings.

We approached this styled shoot with a different mind set. Instead of going for the cliche bride and groom look we wanted to do something out of the ordinary and include only the “future” bridal party if you wish. This shoot was a “how -to” on how to ask your bridal party to partake in one of the most important day of your life!

Tips on How To Ask Your Bridal Party:

1. Make a list … check it twice
2. Pick a local place to gather the girls
3. Have a theme that reflects your interests and hobbies as friends . What a better place than a winery!
4. Be creative – we used custom place cards by Anthropologie Press to add a personal touch
5. Ask your best friends! “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

Balistreri Vineyards: Balistreri Vineyards | Chairs With Character: Nancy Sartin | Chandelier/White Fabric: Lighting And Design By Scott | Design: Sarah Flanagan | Dessert: The Dessert Stand | Dresses: Nordstrom | Flowers: Bella Calla | Invitation/Place Cards: Anthologie Press | Jams: Balistreri Vineyards | Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Makeup And Hair: Sara Bearss | Photographer: Laura Murray | Pink Paisley Events: Sarah Flanagan | Tablescape: Sarah Flanagan | Venue: Balistreri Vineyards