Rustic Barn Wedding | Holly & Seth at Chatfield

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This beautiful and creative couple, Holly and Seth, got married on a warm day in August at a stunning Colorado venue called Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfied. Having the mountains within reach and an adorable red barn, Chatfield is a dream.

Holly and Seth are incredibly talented and designed every aspect of their wedding details, from the scrabble table names, to the ceremony and reception direction posts, to the hidden message on the cake. Holly is also a talented graphic designer and after having so much fun designing her own wedding, she has started created wedding-related papers for other brides.

The bride’s makeup was styled by Natosha from Aphrodite Affairs. The beautiful flowers were created by Bella Fiori and they did an amazing job! The adorable cake was designed by Intricate Icings, and as always it is perfect! The beautiful day was captured by Lupher Arts for video – and these AMAZING photos were provided by Fuse Photographic. Thank you Travis and Laura for sharing their stunning wedding photos.

-Gabby

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Wedding Lighting 101

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Lighting can have a dramatic effect on your wedding ceremony and reception. There are many options for adding lighting ambiance to your Colorado wedding ceremony and reception. Here are the basic types of lighting:

Pin spot – A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or wedding cake, as a highlight effect.

Color wash – There are a few different types of light fixtures that can create a “wash,” which is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area.

Gobos – Circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern. Popular gobo designs are monograms, dates, or any other wedding motifs. The complexity of the design will affect the gobo’s cost — a simple stencil can be stamped out of steel, while a more intricate design must be laser etched out of stainless steel or a glass that can withstand high heat (costing much more than a stamped stencil).

Led – {light-emitting diodes} LED lights are currently popular for weddings because they use much less electricity than regular, incandescent light bulbs. They can sometimes be wireless and very discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They’re also common in strands and good for accent lighting.

On Thursday, we will talk about Wedding Lighting Part Two. We’ll talk about choosing the correct lights and color for your Colorado wedding.

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.