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To usher in the weekend, we’ve got a whole lot of pretty up our sleeves thanks to Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup. For the past five years, these hair + make up gurus have been bringing the salon directly to brides and their ladies. With an incredible staff that trains weekly on bridal specific styles + makeup looks, you can rest assured that you’ll be looking your best on your big day!

Available 24/7,  Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup with do their magic in their studio or on location (with no traveling fees!). They use the best brands (MAC + Dinair for airbrush) and make sure you and your ladies are looking gorgeous! Head over here for more info and to book your big day.

Welcome to the family, Stevee!  We are so excited to have you! xo

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Rustic Meets Elegant Boulder Wedding

It’s probably pretty obvious by now that we love rustic with a little side of bling.  And this sweet Boulder affair?  Well, it’s embracing the concept whole-heartedly.  Think pretty pink + gold hues, fab florals from Cori Cook Floral Design and a stunning bride in a whole lot of  gorgeousness from Little White Dress Bridal Shop.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.  See it all captured by Brinton Studios right here.

From Brinton Studios… Lauren and John are basically models. They might not make money doing it, but they seriously should. Lauren looked like a fashionista with her perfect bun and even better skin. When we talked about it, her comment was priceless: “Well, I needed something tall so that it didn’t look like he was kidnapping me.” Hilarious!

It is safe to say that mixing these two cuties along with Boulder and its natural beauty was perfection. The Omni, Chautauqua Park, Sunrise Amphitheater, hidden trails along the foothills and near Flagstaff made for superb backdrops. And it’s not everyday that a bride is willing to take a hike to the top of a mountain in the heat for a photo opportunity. The entire day and their Flagstaff House wedding was amazing and we were so fortunate to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone involved and to Cori Cook for adding the ultimate touch with the lovely flowers!

From the Bride… Jon and I met in college at CU-Boulder after he moved into a house with mutual friends. He was the tall, charming guy with dimples who was always making me laugh. Eight years later when we were in France for my best friend’s wedding, he proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower, and so began one of the most exciting years of my life.

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and, most importantly, a true celebration, so we kept it small, inviting our closest family and friends. We chose to have both the ceremony and reception at the Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder; the venue sits nestled into a mountainside with the most breathtaking views and overlooks where Jon and I first met. We kept the style and color palette simple – soft florals in pale hues of blush, ivory and peach. We scattered small, low arrangements in gold mercury vases for a fun pop of metallic. Our seating chart was a vintage frame with ribbon and table cards strung in a window-pane fashion. The guests wrote us notes and wrapped them around chocolates that we would open up each night to read. I surprised Jon (who has a sweet tooth worse than a 5-year-old on Halloween!) with a candy bar and customized candy bags that read, “Thomson Candy Shoppe.”

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was our guest book, which Jon made. He took a beautiful piece of wood from a local lumber yard and customized iron legs for it. Our guests used metallic sharpies to sign the table, and now it sits in our entryway.

Our wedding day was truly the happiest day of my life thus far, and as you can tell from the photos, Jon is still cracking me up every day.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Videography: 1321 Studios Videography | Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Ceremony Venue: Flagstaff House | Reception Venue: Flagstaff House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Flagstaff House Restaurant | DJ: Tony Cummins | Veil: Madamoiselle Maud

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Rustic Fall Wedding

Show me a rustic Colorado wedding any day of the week and I’ll show you one of the happiest faces you’ll ever see (truly, I am that obsessed).  Now add in a bride who happens to be THE dress expert at the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, two stunning gowns (but, of course) and an entire world of sophisticated, fall-hued details and it’s a drop-dead gorgeous affair captured by Ash Imagery in one, two, three

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From Love This Day Events… Kelly and Josh’s fall Beaver Creek wedding was simply timeless. As the marketing director of the Little White Dress Shop in Denver, Colorado Kelly had the opportunity to hand pick her favorite Colorado (and Philadelphia) wedding vendors. Every detail was perfectly polished and thought out – this wedding was absolute perfection! And get ready to be so incredibly inspired by her TWO gorgeous dresses. Swoon.

From The Bride… Josh came home from work on a chilly late October Friday evening. Our apartment building has a roof deck with a gorgeous view of the city skyline, and when Josh came home he said I should grab my camera (I’m a photography hobbyist) and take some photos from the roof deck since the sunset that evening was particularly beautiful. Not suspecting a thing, I said, “No, that’s ok. It’s cold out.” He nudged a bit more, telling me how pretty the sunset was, but I stood firm and told him I didn’t want to go to the roof deck. So we stood in our kitchen going through mail and catching up a little after the day, as Josh was practically chugging a beer. I just thought he’d had a long day, and I still didn’t suspect anything. After finishing his liquid courage, Josh gave me a hug and kiss and told me how much he loved me, and got down on one knee right in our kitchen, with our cat Matilda looking on. To say I was shocked is a complete understatement. As soon as I remembered to say yes, he told me about his original plan to propose on the roof deck at sunset, and told me that he hadn’t come from work but had come straight from a local jeweler to pick up my ring, which Josh had been working with the jeweler to design for almost six months! I felt so bad about ruining his proposal plan that I insisted we immediately go up to the roof deck to take photos. Even though the proposal wasn’t quite his original plan, I love it even more since it’s so “us” to have it go wrong like that, and now every time I’m in our kitchen I have the memory of the day he proposed! We celebrated afterward with dinner at our favorite family-run Italian restaurant in our neighborhood.

My mom opened Little White Dress in 2008. She always had a passion for the wedding industry and after years of dreaming, she quit her corporate job to create her own bridal shop. I was so thrilled for her starting a new adventure and, as her daughter, was always a sort of informal adviser as she started the business and as the shop grew. I never imagined that I would be a part of the business as I worked in finance and international relations in New York, Switzerland, the Middle East, and North Africa for several years. After years of living away from Josh for my work, I decided to move to Philadelphia to be with him, and as I was between jobs I offered to help my mom with some of the marketing tasks for Little White Dress, which I could do without being in Denver and while I was looking for work in my field. Well, almost two years later now, I’m working full time for Little White Dress and absolutely love it. It’s amazing to contribute to my family’s business and it’s such a dynamic, challenging, fun industry to be in. I go to bridal market in New York twice a year, and went to London for bridal market this year, and I do social media for Little White Dress, as well as help out with our advertising, photo shoots, events, and everything else related to marketing the business and the brand. The business has grown so much and it’s really exciting to be a part of.

Years ago I used to try on a lot of the dresses at Little White Dress, but as I felt that Josh and I were getting closer to getting engaged, I didn’t try on any gowns (as much as I wanted to!) so I could keep it special for when I was actually engaged and choosing my gown. Still, I thought I had a pretty good idea about which styles and specific dresses I would like. I found out I was completely wrong when I actually started trying on dresses after I got engaged. After seeing what worked best on my figure, I wanted a drop-waist silhouette with a more dramatic skirt, which I never would have expected – I always thought I would want a subtler silhouette with sleeves. The Reem Acra Tiffany gown was in the shop for a trunk show, and it had that drop-waist silhouette, with such gorgeous beading, and I loved that it had the illusion neckline. I knew it was “the one” as soon as I put it on. It was so fun and special to choose my wedding dress in my mom’s own store. During a Rivini trunk show, I spotted a stunning fitted silk crepe gown with gold stitching and tried it on for fun. Everyone’s jaws were on the floor when I put it on, and I loved that it had a completely different vibe than the more princess-y Reem Acra. My friends’ and family’s expectations for my dress were pretty high since everyone knows my mom owns Little White Dress, so I decided to go for two dresses! Trust me, I know how lucky I am!

Advice for other brides is choose vendors that you feel like you could be friends with. Put your money and trust toward people and businesses that you respect and like. And once you’ve made a decision (on the dress, the photographer, the venue, etc.) move on and don’t look back!

Photography: Ash Imagery | Flowers: The Perfect Petal | Cake: Intricate Icings | Invitations: Golden Silhouette | Shoes: Emmy London ‘Francesca | Makeup: Stephanie Klasse | Hair: Christina Trostel | DJ: Elite DJ | Accessories: Headpiece (with First Dress) And Earrings By Maria Elena Headpieces (www.mariaelenaheadpieces.com), Headpiece (with Second Dress | Day Of Coordination: Love This Day Events | Dresses (Rivini Rita Vinieris And Reem Acra Tiffany): Little White Dress Shop | Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek | Rentals: Pink Monkey | Rentals: Ultrapom

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New Years Aspen Engagement Session

Surrounded by snow capped mountains and serious beauty, this perect pair rang in the New year newly engaged. And with Bluebird Productions coordinating every scene and Lane Dittoe behind the lens each and every image is frame-worthy, right here!

From Lane Dittoe… Alex and Jessie got engaged while skinning to the top of a mountain in Jessie’s hometown of Aspen in early 2014. Alex works in Aspen as a Deputy of Operations for the Sheriff’s department and Jessie works at the local hospital in Ultrasound. Soon after their engagement, Bluebird Productions and Lane Dittoe asked Alex and Jessie to be the subjects of a shoot based around the historical properties that make Aspen such a magical town. From the Holden Marolt mining museum up to the ghost town of Ashcroft, we highlighted some of the best locations in Aspen to capture the romanticism of times come and gone. Their love for one another in addition to the dreamy snowfall on that early April day, created the perfect recipe for inspiration in the mountains.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Coordination: Bluebird Productions

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Snowy Elegance at The Sonnenalp Hotel

Laura Murray captured everything I love about classic winter weddings when she sent these snowy Vail nuptials our way. Candlelight? Check. Flowy ribbons? Check. Ethereal ‘maids in Jenny Yoo? Check. Not to mention, that ring… drooling over here. Calluna Events tied every bit up pretty with a bow with their amazing planning skills and you can savor all the elegant goodness here in the gallery.

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From Laura Murray PhotographyYasmin and Chris were a dream to photograph. They had such an authentic love, the kind that stands the test of time. While their day was quite busy and very much on-the-go, I noticed them tell each other right after their first look that all that matters is what’s about to happen at the end of the aisle. I think couples can often get too caught up in the production of the wedding that they forget what it is really about … this couple NEVER forgot the real reason behind their wedding, which is their extraordinary love for each other.

Yasmin and Chris are both plastic surgeons and met in med school. While their friends were off getting married and settling down, both Yasmin and Chris were buried deep in their textbooks pursuing medicine. But not buried too deep to notice each other and their love began to grow. They reside in Chicago, but Colorado has always held a special place in their heart. They picked a winter date in Vail, Colorado to say their vows. Yasmin is Persian and much of her family traveled across the globe to be there on her wedding day.

Her dress was a custom Inbal Dror and her shoes were Christian Louboutin The groom and groomsmen wore tuxes with tartan pocket squares. The bridesmaids were in gorgeous full length gowns and each bridal bouquet had floor length silk ribbon which matched the invitation ribbon.

Their ceremony was at the Vail Chapel. Calluna Events and Perfect Petal worked together to implement the brides vision for the chapel to make it a more intimate and cozy atmosphere. Candles and garland lined either side of the aisle as well as the altar and railings. Many glowing lanterns adorned the front steps of the church, welcoming guests in from the cold.

Then the reception took place across the street at the Sonnenlap Resort. Calluna Events, the planner and designer for the wedding, collaborated with the florist, furniture, lighting and linens companies to transform the space with a natural and organic feel. Working with florist, The Perfect Petal they truly accomplished Yasmin’s vision of bringing the outdoors inside to create a warm, romantic, almost-Tuscan inspired space. Candlelight, flowing greenery down the center of the tables as well as several hanging greenery garlands above the head tables made the room more intimate and lush and contributed to cozy atmosphere. Three different tablescapes were created that incorporated garland, candles and flowers to provide texture and interest to the room. Delightful table signs, escort cards and a hand lettered custom seating chart complete with Vail ski runs were hand illustrated by Mauve and Peach (who also pulled together a sophisticated invite suite) and Event Rents provided the wood cross back chairs and linens that were the last finishing touch to the design.

The day was full of laughter and unique memories. The groom’s sister has the most memorable toast I have ever seen. She and her husband reenacted a series of memories of the groom in a song, complete with a guitar accompaniment. That had the audience rolling delete in their seats with laughter.

The bride’s present to the groom was sentimental — Yasmin’s father wanted to gift his vintage rolex watch to the groom. The rolex was over 50 years old. And the bride’s cute little pup was present in the getting ready room … this cute dog was practically a part of the bridesmaids, there for the big moment when the bride stepped into her dress. In lieu of traditional wedding cake, the couple set up a hot chocolate bar and served creme brûlée and chocolate cheesecake after dinner.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Videography: Forget Me Not Media | Event Planning: Calluna Events | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Vail Chapel | Reception Venue: The Sonnenlap Hotel | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Ahmana Aryan | Hair: Jennifer Nelson | DJ: Greattime DJ | Invitations And Paper Goods: Maeve And Peach | Rentals: Event Rents Denver

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Vail Snowy Mountain Engagement

Believe it or not, us Bostonians were hit with another round of snow yesterday so this wintery e-sesh truly feels fitting. It’s what happens with the amazing KT Merry takes two lovies to the mountains of Vail and captures the beauty in perfect form. Snuggle in for a cozy, cute gallery right this way.

Our Story:

Becky had just finished graduate school and was living in Cambridge, MA. Jason was working for Google and living in San Francisco. Having had no prior opportunity to meet each other, in October 2012 fortunate coincidence brought them together during the final night of the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine. They met, each finding the other to be strangely intriguing, leading them to spend hours chatting during the final party of the multi-day conference. However, as the hour grew late, they both realized that it was unlikely that they’d see each other again unless they did something.

Jason asked Becky to do something “crazy” and accompany him on a date somewhere in the country on an upcoming weekend. Knowing this was something real, they planned their first date to be in Austin, a city in the middle of the country where neither of them had been, in two weeks.

They arrived in Austin, and had two straight days of what felt like date-montage scenes from a movie. When it came time to leave, we decided that we should do it again. Two weeks later Jason traveled to New York, where Becky had just moved home to from Cambridge. It was on the last day of this New York date that they had brunch with Becky’s parents. Needless to say, it went well. Two weeks after that Becky came to San Francisco for a long weekend, and then two weeks after that they spent nearly 2 weeks in Colorado on a ski vacation and celebrated New Year’s in downtown Denver.

Becky decided during her time in Colorado that she would make a bold move and move to San Francisco. She arranged for a sublet in the Castro district and on January 2nd, 2013, instead of flying home to NY, flew to San Francisco. Becky stayed in a sublet for a month and a half before they together got a place in the Haight, moved in together after having dated for about 3 months, and have lived in the same apartment since February 2013. Becky currently works as the Managing Director for Fullbridge West and Jason is a Product Marketing Manager at Google.

Engagement Session:

From Becky + Jason… Vail holds a special place both Becky and Jason’s hearts. Having both skied since they were toddlers, they have spent a lot of time in the mountains over the course of their relationship. Jason grew up in Colorado and frequented Vail with his family and Becky grew up skiing on the east coast in Vermont. Together they often visit the family home in Vail to ski, hike, spend time with family and friends, and escape from the everyday hustle. The mountains are both serene and overwhelming in their beauty, providing a magical and meaningful setting for the engagement shoot.

Being able to shoot our engagement photos in the wintry mountains of Colorado was a dream come true. Working with KT and her husband Chad made the entire experience an incredible adventure. It was certainly a weekend to remember. Together the four of us scouted sites near Vail on Friday, marveling at the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains in winter. On Saturday morning, KT and Chad found a secluded path in the outskirts of East Vail where the snow was white, the trees and mountain provided vibrant colors and texture, and the lighting was perfect. As we dressed for the shoot, we wanted to show both our fancy and our casual sides while being playful. KT is a master at helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera and really made the whole day a lot of fun.

The day was not just a photo shoot, it was a real Colorado adventure! We snowshoed, hiked, and watched KT sink into a waist-deep snow bank. At the beginning of the weekend, we asked KT and Chad about their most adventurous photo shoot. After the weekend, I think we can safely say this is up there on that list.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Hair And Makeup: Megan Rowell, W Salon | Becky Outfit 2: Sweater – Club Monaco, Jeans – JCrew, Jacket – Merrell, Shoes – Bootleggers, Scarf – Zara | Becky's Outfit 1: Dress – Marchesa Notte, Shoes – BCBG, Scarf – Zara | Jason Outfit 1: Jacket – Ben Sherman, Bowtie – JCrew, Shirt – JCrew, Pants – JCrew, Shoes – Cole Haan | Jason Outfit 2: Jacket – Ben Sherman, Sweater – JCrew, Scarf – JCrew, Jeans – Bonobos, Shoes – Sorel

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