Spruce Mountain Wedding | Briar & Elliot

Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch

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We had an incredible time working with Briar, Elliot and their families over the past year to plan their Colorado wedding at Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado. They were such a fun family to work with. They wanted a fun party with amazing food, a great band and an unforgettable experience. We shuttled all their guests in luxury motor coach buses from downtown Denver to Spruce Mountain. Their ceremony was in an open meadow with outstanding views of the ranch. As the ceremony ended, Briar and Elliot ran across the meadow for a dramatic ceremony exit. Guests then enjoyed a fantastic outdoor cocktail hour with a fresh oyster bar and other amazing appetizers. For dinner, guests were served a sumptuous family style dinner. Briar and Elliot have a true passion for Italy and all things Italian. To bring in this influence, we had an authentic gelato cart serving fresh gelato for all the guests. The band kept the dance floor packed all night. As always, Spruce Mountain was a joy to work with. Briar and Elliot, we wish you the absolute best in your lives together!

Thank you to our incredible vendor team:
Epicurean Catering
Mondo Vino
La Sorella String Quartet
Heartbeat Band booked through Star Pro Entertainment
Event Rents Denver
Pikes Peak Gelato
Plum Sage Flowers
Premier Charters
And special thank you to Julie Harris Photography for sharing these incredible images!

Monogram Wedding Etiquette

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Q: Whose name/initial goes first?

A: The bride’s name is first. The woman’s name/initial always comes first on a monogram because the man’s first name/initial should never be separated from his last name/initial.

Q: When can we start using our married monogram?
A: Follow these simple rules:

Before the wedding ceremony: It is not appropriate to use your married monogram before you’re actually married. So that means using a monogram with your new last name or initial on save-the-dates, invitations, thank you notes, etc. is taboo. Instead, use a monogram that has just your first initials or first names.

During the wedding ceremony: This is still a gray area for some, but I say if you want to use your married monogram, go for it. The wedding ceremony is a perfect time to begin using your new monogram on anything from aisle runners, unity candles, programs, etc.

After the wedding ceremony: Use your married monogram on anything you wish. The reception is a complete green light to display your new married monogram proudly whether it is on the table runner, menus, cake or on the dance floor.

Baby Shower Planning in Denver

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Aside from all the fabulous Colorado weddings we get to plan, we occasionally design and plan baby showers, bridal showers and bridesmaid brunches in Colorado. This baby shower was themed for a boy with simple whimsical zoo animals. We incorporated chocolate brown, baby blue and orange throughout all the details including the salad bar vases. The blue punch and matching cake from Lovely Confections completed the fun details for this Boulder baby shower.

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What Your Wedding Vendors Wish You Knew

Last year, we had the privilege of meeting Emilie Duncan, a fabulous wedding planner in Columbus Ohio. She recently polled vendors across the country and wrote a fantastic blog series about what wedding vendors wish their brides knew. Here are the links to Emilie’s great blog posts:

What your photographer wishes you knew – Part one and Part Two
What your videographer wishes you knew
What your florist wishes you knew
What your stationer wishes you knew
What your planner wishes you knew
What your DJ wishes you knew

Debbie Orwat
Denver wedding coordinator

Giveaway from Beau-Coup!

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