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Colorado Wedding from Laura Murray Photography + Chairished Vintage Rentals

It goes without saying that my job at SMP is pretty darn special, but sometimes it’s practically impossible to put together a little paragraph worthy of doing a wedding justice. Because when you run into a wedding like this Colorado beauty from Laura Murray Photography, there simply aren’t words pretty enough. Coordinated by La Boheme Events and designed by Chairished Vintage Rentals, it’s filled with little details that make my heart sing, and you can see them all right here.

Can we just pause here for a sec? How gorgeous is her Claire Pettibone “Kristene” dress from Little White Dress Bridal Shop?! The Bride had it altered to zip-off for the reception. Clever, and beyond pretty.

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From the Bride…My husband and I met the first night that I moved to Colorado and were inseparable since. He proposed over a game of Monopoly and I wasted no time prepping for the most magical day of our lives. As a wedding vendor I knew my number one choices immediately for whom I wanted to help make our day perfect. Laura Murray was my first booking and we were honored to have her capture our special day. We wanted to see each other prior to the ceremony, so we planned to meet at the fallen tree that we had our first walk and kiss at during our second date. Leading up to the first look it had been sprinkling and I was stressing about a lot of things, but the second I walked up to him it was so metaphorical as the clouds seemed to part and instead of rain drops it was my tears of joy that began to fall.

Our flowers for the day were so special, as he and our florist, Robyn, from Bare Root Flora, are great friends and she put such a romantic and personal touch on all of our headpieces, my fabulous bouquet and our ceremony alter (which tied in hops plants to make it special for my hubby who works at Great Divide Brewery in Denver). Every detail lived in my head as I knew I wanted to have a romantic, colorful and dreamy wedding. We utilized a ton of inventory from my vintage rental company and for the first time, I got to enjoy all of the details throughout the night rather than just setting them up and having to leave as I do for my clients. It was so much fun.

65 years earlier, my grandparents had gone on a blind date to Elitch Gardens where the carousel stood for our ceremony, so when we found the pavilion it not only was a beautiful structure, but it was so sentimental to my family. Guests were offered mimosas before sitting down. Our ring bearers walked down with a surprise for my family. My aunt had passed away nearly 10 years ago in the line of duty as a San Francisco Fire Fighter. She raised Labradors as a part of the seeing eye dog community, so they each walked down two puppies in training as a memorial to her. The ceremony was led by my best friends mother who has been a special part of my life for 15+ years and quickly became a special part of my husbands life from that weekend on.

Guests were lead to the cocktail hour in the lush park just beside the pavilion to enjoy wine and cheese, and of course Great Divide beer. Following cocktails, we all head to the reception which was down the historic Tennyson Street in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. My mother and I had my Claire Pettibone “Kristene” dress altered to zip off at the bottom for the reception for an added surprise. It was perfect and kept my dress so clean with lots of freedom to dance the night away.

My planner Bridget from La Boheme was so fabulous and coordinated everything beautifully. With a small chance of a Colorado shower here and there it was stressful, but she made the day easy and when the end of the night came we didn’t want to leave. Fortunately we were surprised by a crash band, Boba Fet and the Americans, who are a Denver tradition. They showed up and played some killer cover songs on the patio and sent us off in style.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Flowers: Bare Root Flora | Ceremony Venue: Old Elitch Gardens Carousel Pavilion | Reception Venue: Cozy Cottage | Event Design: Chairished Vintage Rentals | Hair: Salon Noelle | Coordination: La Boheme Events | Desserts: Leaf & Crumb | Makeup: Makeup by Sameera | Vintage Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals | Wedding Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone

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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Inspiration Shoot from Rachel Gomez Photography

We like to celebrate over here on SMP, so when the holidays roll around, we get a little bit giddy. Ok, a lot giddy. Well, this year, with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping, it’s just that much better. It means more gatherings, more family, and more excuses to gussy up your holiday table, which we obviously adore. And thanks to Rachel Gomez and Decor Design Group filling our screens with inspiration for every evening, we think we have this holiday thing covered. See all the pretty here.

From Rachel Gomez PhotographyGrowing up in a multicultural home meant celebrating the whole Holiday Season, even though it often meant combining holidays that don’t quite go together, like Hanukkah and Christmas. Well this year, for the first and last time, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share a day. This was a new one, even for us, so I decided to create some inspiration for three nights of Hanukkah, starting with Thanksgiving.

All three options were created using easy to find items, including mini pumpkins, fresh cranberries and pomegranates. Mandy created an almost effortless eucalyptus “runner” while Rachael, from Décor Design Group, pulled all the details together, including the macaroon-decorated chocolate cake and silver branch candelabra used as a Menorah. Silver and blue have been exhausted for years, so we worked with warmer, more organic colors that take you from fall to winter. Gallery 1261 provided an incredible backdrop with stunning paintings from Ron Hicks, bathed in natural light, against dramatic painted walls.

Thanksgiving falls on the second night of Hanukkah, so we decided to work with metallic accents that still feel like fall, such as gold mini pumpkins, the silver Menorah, gold feathers and candles. Loose cranberries added little pops of color, while two pomegranates sat at either end of the table. Allowing the dark tabletop to show, with the runner highlighting the Menorah, is one option with real impact.

For our second inspiration, we picked the fourth night, and the last day of November. This time, we started with a more nostalgic and fun approach. Dreidels and chocolate gelt dressed the table, with mini sweet apples and rock candy on each plate. We loved the idea of an intimate dinner feeling decadent with two tiny cakes, chai tea, and coconut with edible gold stars. We used a piece of antique brocade fabric as our runner to make the Menorah stand out in a new way.

For our third inspiration, we wanted to take our guests into December. We loved the classic white linens and place cards, and the contrast with strong winter colors: silver, gold, green and red. The red wall and artwork compliment the intimacy and elegance of the table. All nine candles of the Menorah lit (eight for each day, one to light each candle), created warmth and a stunning centerpiece.

Only once will Thanksgiving and Hanukkah be celebrated together, so let’s make it a great night! Or even better, celebrate for all eight nights!

Photography: Rachel Gomez Photography | Floral Design: Mandy Mader | Cake: Whole Foods Market | Event Design: Decor Design Group | Calligraphy: MizBon Room | Edible Gold Stars: Wilton | Event Concept: Rachel Gomez Photography | Linens and Rock Candy: Sur La Table | Location: Gallery 1261 | Menorah: West Elm | Painter: Ron Hicks | Plates and Chargers: Sur La Table | Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals

Industrial Wedding Inspiration from IYQ Photography

I sort of love how modern brides are breaking every rule in the book when it comes to wedding venues. Opting for spaces like a parking garage, an old department store, or — my personal favorite — industrial style lofts like this shoot from IYQ Photography. Infused with a sense of girly glam by Events 306 and statement-making florals from Newberry Brothers, there’s really only one thing left to do: pin your sweet little heart out right over here.

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From IYQ PhotographyWe love the opulence of glamour but we also love the simplicity of industrial. We thought it would be really fun to combine two of our favorite styles and see what happens. Well, it turned out great! Our gorgeous model wore two different dresses. One super glamorous gold sequin gown by Badgley Mischka and one Grecian dress by Mark & James by Badgley Mischka with gold sequin details.

Her hair was polished yet relaxed. It looked great with or without the flower halo. We chose a very industrial location at The Studios at Overland Crossing. We are obsessed with the white brick and large windows. It was such a clean slate and really adapted well with our vision for a glamour/industrial shoot. Newberry Brothers did a fantastic job on the flowers. They understood our vision exactly. They used a variety of gold vases with the most beautiful flowers. We died for the flower halo.

The flowers were totally glamorous yet soft and relaxed all at the same time. The industrial wooden table was designed by Events 306. It turned out beautifully. We loved the tables industrial elements. It is so simple yet so beautifully crafted. We were so happy with the mini cupcakes, mini cake and macrons from Happy Cakes Bakery. We loved the mint green with pale pink sugar heart cutouts. It is such a soft color and it complemented the gold details so well. Not only were the desserts gorgeous to look at they tasted amazing! The invitations were created by Tasha Rae Designs. They were perfect. The cover of the invitation was a shimmery light pink with grey and mint green printed text on the inside. The invitations were held together by a glittery gold ribbon.

Tasha Rae Designs also created the beautifully crafted menus. The invitation envelope was calligraphed by the amazingly talented Evette at Pretty Writing in gold ink. It was the perfect complement to a perfect invitation. We were blown away by all of the talented vendors we worked with.

Photography: IYQ Photography | Floral Design: Newberry Brothers | Design + Coordinating: Brittany Pritchard, Events 306 | Sweets: Happy Cakes | Invitations: Tasha Rae Designs (tasha@tasharaedesigns.com) | Calligraphy: Pretty Writing | Model: Claire Giesen | Dresses: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway | Location: The Studios at Overland Crossings

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