Real Wedding in Winter Park | Ashley and Kyle

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This incredibly amazing couple got married at Wild Horse Inn on 4th of July Weekend and what a crazy fun evening that was! The sweet wedding ceremony was held outside in the warm breezy weather, and then the party moved under a white tent decorated with lights and fabric. The beautiful flowers were designed by Pick Me! Floral Design and they did an incredible job.

The food was provided by Wild Horse Catering and was delicious. Guests were also treated to a dessert buffet created by Sweet Celebrations – SO delicious!

Ashley and Kyle had some serious dancers, I wish I could have the playlist from the reception. The tunes were provided by Mike from A Music Plus and it took super efforts to stop myself feet from dancing. At the end of the evening we opened the Scotch and Cigar Bar which was a huge hit with their wedding guests.

I loved planning with Ashley and Kyle for their Colorado wedding. They are incredibly genuine and had amazing families and friends.

Special thanks to the super team at Colorado Wedding Photograhers: Jason+Gina to a fabulous job!

Gabriella Cavalli
Colorado Wedding Planner

Allix and Nate are engaged!

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Allix and Nate have been wonderful to work with! We are planning their wedding at Planet Bluegrass on 4th of July weekend, 2011. Every time I spend time with them (attempting to work), I end up spending half of it laughing hysterically. Seriously amazing couple.

Thanks to Colorado Wedding Photographers: Jason+Gina for these amazing images!

Real Wedding Denver | Betina and Ken

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It was a beautiful day in June when Betina and Ken got married at Boettcher Mansion in Golden, Colorado. It was a sunny and breezy day, with a short mountain burst of rain that did not stop this outside ceremony on the patio of the mansion. The wedding guests were all formally dressed at this black tie wedding, where the reception fare included a multiple course dinner experience catered by Footers Catering along with wine pairings specially chosen by the bride and groom. The beautiful flowers were created by Annie Aubert, and she did an amazing job!

The delicious cake was provided by Intricate Icings and was gone in a flash. The guests were dancing (including tango) to the tunes of Quality Mobile Sounds and the parents had some relief thanks to the helpful staff of Wedding Sitters by Charity. It was a beautiful evening, the bride looked lovely(thanks to Makeup by Janine) and it was a pleasure to work with this couple!

Special thanks to Julie and Chris from Sharber Photography for these amazing images.

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Ask Gabby:Wedding Etiquette for the Contemporary Bride 2

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I recently moved to Denver from a small town, where a couple invites close friends and family, not friend+date. Here, it is different. People who attend weddings are assumed to need the security of a partner in order to comfortably celebrate the event. And this person is often a stranger to the bride and groom. My fiancee and I just got engaged but are in a disagreement about this – I do NOT want strangers at my wedding, and he is perfectly okay with it. I consider a wedding as something intimate and private and also very special. How can I get around this trend without seeming rude?

Sincerely, Frustrated Bride

Dear Frustrated Bride,

I understand the desire to keep such a special day close to your heart (and family/friend circle!) My general suggestion is to ask yourself if you know the surname of the individual that your guest wants to bring as a date. If the pair have been dating and you have formed a relationship with the other person, it would be considerate to invite them on behalf of your guest. However, guests who are reading this should never assume that a wedding invitation addressed to you as an individual is actually a ticket-for-two unless specifically spelled out that way. Lastly, for any guests who inquire about bringing an unknown date, you may say “We are only inviting people we know to the wedding, but would love to meet her another time…” Sincere. To the point.

What Vintage Means to You – Part II

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Today we begin our discussion of vintage fashion and how you might use pieces of history in your own wedding. Let’s begin with the 1700s and early 1800s. In England, these periods are referred to as the Georgian and Regency periods. Note the romantic details in the apparel (pictured) – the beautiful lines, delicate fabrics, heavy beading and lacework.

If you like this look, it is easy to find wedding dresses that mimic these designs. There are numerous empire-waist gowns, and even more designed with the massively full ball-gown skirts of the Georgian period. See www.stpucchi.com, www.verawang.com, and www.badgleymischkabride.com for many wedding dresses designed in these styles.

If you want to incorporate these styles into more than just your dress, try adding chandeliers to your décor and accenting your tables with romantic blushing roses and antiqued candelabras. Your bridesmaids might all wear empire-waist gowns, and the flowers they carry could be English roses and peonies. Makeup should be very light and natural, with blushing cheeks and lips.

Have a string quartet so that dancing is more along the lines of what you would find at a Regency house party, rather than a DJ. Include menu items that recall these times as well – tea cakes and sandwiches, punch, petit-fours, etc. The wedding would be perfect as a morning or brunch wedding.

Gabriella
Denver wedding planner

Do’s and Don’ts For Your Mountain Wedding – Part I

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For the next week, we are focusing on the do’s and don’ts of mountain weddings in Colorado. Whether you have lived in Colorado your whole life or are having a destination wedding here, there are unique circumstances and logistics for mountain weddings.

Hair and Make-up – Be realistic about your hair and makeup options. While a Colorado mountain wedding can be a dream come true, wind, cold and rain can do damage to hair and makeup. When planning a mountain wedding, take the elements into consideration before choosing your hair style. For an outdoor ceremony, seriously consider an updo. This tried and true style will keep you looking polished all night. If you are determined to wear your locks down, invest in a stylist to spend the day with you touching up your makeup and hair so you do not have a tangled and messy hairstyle by the time you enter the reception.

Your Guests – Do plan to entertain your guests. A mountain wedding is definitely more work than a wedding in Denver or in your hometown. You are not only inviting guests to your wedding, but you have also invited them on vacation. Plan activities at the ski resort, a welcome reception complete with smores, an easy day hike or other simple activities where your guests can spend time with you without breaking their budget.

Wedding Week Activities – On the other hand, don’t feel obligated to plan every minute. Guests are on vacation too. Do provide them with activity options and a short itinerary for the week so they know where to find you. However, definitely allow them time to explore on their own. Your wedding website is a good place to list local activities for your guests.

Guest List – Don’t expect everyone you invite to attend. Traveling is expensive, especially to some of the mountain towns in Colorado. Because of this, expect a certain percentage of your guests to decline your invite. While this can be initially disappointing, it will make for a much more intimate celebration.

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