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Mad Hatter Wedding Inspiration from La Vie le Gage + Hays Photography
October 31, 2011
Happy Halloween LBBers! Before you start your day with what I'm sure are some of the prettiest costumes, most delish treats, and spookiest parties, I just had to share something with a little Halloween-vibe. This inspiration shoot came straight from Colorado, and when La Vie le Gage (the talent behind the execution) sent it our way, I knew just when I wanted to share it with you. You see, La Vie le Gage, along with the amazing team who put this awesome shoot together - including Hays Photography and our very own LBB vendor Teacup, amongst other brilliant talent - gave us quite the lesson on how to perfect the theme wedding. A little glamor, a little fun, a little tradition, and a touch of something unique. It's perfect. So grab your treat of choice, and enjoy this excellent, excellent inspiration. Click here for more!

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From Joyce of La Vie le Gage ... This fantastic shoot was the brainchild of Paula Thomas of the Teacup, fine baked goods & confections, and her friend Sarah Hays of Hays Photography.  Paula wanted La Vie le Gage Couture Wedding Planning to conceive and design the shoot right from the start.

While planning a wedding South of Denver and bit North of Colorado Springs, a love revealed itself I did not know I had for the large sweeping views of this area in Colorado.  I found out I absolutely love the vast open feeling.  Just the perspective gave thought to the past inhabitants whom must of felt similar emotions.  I knew I wanted to capture and explicate what I felt.

One of the first questions I asked Paula was, "What styles do you love?"  A quick answer was, "Fashion, hat boxes, glitz, and glamor!"
Our discussion sent me without hesitation towards a French expression of wedding fashion having the 'Mad Hatter' as the whimsy outlet for bringing in the love for hats.

I knew that I wanted to have a strict color palette comprising of white, black, and soft pink.  Soft pink evokes romance to me and the plains of Colorado translate romance in my mind.  Romance made me also think French.  French and passion go together like bread and butter!  .

I brought out classic French style with stripes done in black and used the strict palette to translate the boldness of the vistas while meshing styles of vintage, edgy, and romantic whimsy in this shoot.  Black as a color is strong and I wanted that to represent the strength, courage, and vigor of the people who settled the West.

Staging a French inspired extravagant ornate table setting, displaying passion for hats, fashion, and combining the great vista's of Colorado as a backdrop; Mad Hatter's Wedding Gone West was conceived in a heartbeat!!

The quest for items to fill the tables was an adventure in research and a 101 course concerning the details on china!

I contacted notably experienced, exceptionally talented and very creative professionals to be a part of this inspiration shoot.  All vendors, including the models were thrilled to exercise their artistic skills.

Event Designer: La Vie le Gage Couture Events Wedding Planning / Venue: Mountain Guest Ranch / Linens: Cloth Connection / Rentals: Event Rents / Photographer: Hays Photography / Cake & Confections: Teacup / Flowers: Flowers Forever Design / Paper Suite & Signs: Wiley Valentine / Gown Shop: Anna Be Bridal Boutique / Wedding Gown Designer: Stephanie James Couture / Jewelry: Subversive Jewelry / Hats: Kitty Mae Millinery / Sash:  Emici Bridal / Make-Up: Heathyrre Kautz Couture Professional Makeup Artistry, LLC. / Hair: Susie Schurr & Dirk Armijo, Sisto's Salon / Umbrella: Bella Umbrella / Hat Box Favors: Wrapsodyandink