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Bride and Room

The bride will be beautiful and the room will be breathtaking. From outstanding corporate and gala events to festive family gatherings, DesignWorks dreams up extraordinary events. Dazzle your guests with our fabulous floral arrangements, glittering lights and fine linens at all of your holiday gatherings, business or pleasure. Just give us your wish list and leave the details to us. We’ll make your season sparkle.

Dazzling designs for extraordinary events. PREMIUM EVENT DESIGN | WEDDING | SOCIAL | CORPORATE 720.941.7440 | WWW.DESIGNWORKSEVENTS.COM Photos by Erik Clausen Event Planning by Aimee Monihan, Mountain Occasions


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14 HEART OF PINK

Cheryl Ungar’s The Wedding Pink touches couples facing breast cancer

16 LOVE ON THE RANGE

A western wedding with style and spirit

24 GIRLS GONE GLAM Bachelorette parties, reinvented for a modern bride to be

28 SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

Tara Ames of Spruce Mountain Ranch says “I do”

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departments 06 SOMETHING BLUE Lovely notions for the stylish bride

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A few of our favorite things for your big day and beyond

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PLACES & SPACES

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I DOS

Where to say “I do” in Colorado

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Dreamy real Colorado weddings that inspire

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The polished wedding pros who lead the style pack

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A bride’s parting thoughts

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ON THE COVER Bride’s Gown: Felice Bridal Flower Girl Attire: Little Me’s Photo: Joe Keum, Studio JK

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Set Design: Ashley Summers, Ashley Nicole Events Set Décor: DesignWorks by Dave & Mike Hair: Alex Sternberg, The Look Salon Assistant: Courtney Blalock Makeup: Gina Comminello, The Look Salon Assistant: Jackie Pineda Shot on location at the beautiful Spruce Mountain Ranch Custom calligraphy treatments throughout Aisle Style lovingly designed by Kelle McCarter, designsgirl.com

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WHAT OUR WEDDINGS EDITORS ARE FALLING FOR THIS SEASON Tiffany & Company Peacock Bracelet, $140,000 tiffany.com Elle MacPherson Intimates Dentelle Lace Bra & Panty Set, $30-$65 net-a-porter.com Will You Be My Maid of Honor Note Card, $4.50 riflepaperco.com Deborah Lippmann “On the Beach” Nail Polish, $17 nordstrom.com Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pump, $945 neimanmarcus.com C Wonder Ikat Clutch, $48 cwonder.com Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Body Pack, $220 net-a-porter.com Monsoon Seychelles Fascinator, $32 us.monsoon.co.uk

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Vow to be different.

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Fairytale weddings don’t always have to look like they are out of a storybook. Four Seasons can take any dream, from the sublime to the outrageous, and bring it to life like never before. Your wedding is once-in-a-lifetime. We vow to turn your imagination into reality and showcase why you fell in love. Why resemble anything done before? For more information about our two majestic ballrooms, breathtaking rooftop terrace, expansive views of the city and truly intuitive service, visit www.fourseasons.com/denver/weddings or call 303.389.3133.


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It’s all about the dress. That’s the long-believed credo at anna bé bridal boutique, Denver’s unofficial “go-to” destination for bridal decadence, and it’s the driving force behind a & bé, the shop’s soon-to-open sister store. Owners Anna Walsh and Breanna Doll know a thing or two about brides, and for them, the experience is much of the appeal. They also know that many of the betrothed who walk through their tony doors are more practical than others and that for some, individuality is key. Taking these notions to heart, Walsh and Doll have created a more modestly price (most dresses hover in the one to three thousand dollar range) collection of gowns that deliver all of the trappings of dress shopping without the ball gowns and tulle. The duo has scoured the design world to bring niche labels to Colorado brides-to-be –labels that were previously only available online, taking the whole “experience factor” out of the mix. Names like Elizabeth Dye, Catherine Deane, Sarah Seven, Rebecca Schoneveld, Rafael Cennamo, Katie May and W Too will appoint a & bé, as will one-of-a-kind vintage finds and stylish separates. A boho, indie and alternative bride’s paradise, the store will make its home in LoHi this September, just a hop and a skip from the current anna bé boutique.

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SOMETHING BORROWED

Four Seasons Hotel Denver Ring 303.389.3133 fourseasons.com/denver Hyde Park Ring 303.333.4446 hydeparkjewelers.com

Brides-to-be dream of walking down the aisle dripping in diamonds. Yet the typical gal usually settles for something a bit more subdued. Thanks to a smart new partnership between Denver classics Four Seasons and Hyde Park, you can indulge your inner Elizabeth (Taylor, that is) if only for a day. Exclusively for brides saying their “I dos” at the Four Seasons Denver, Something Borrowed gives her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wear a necklace and a pair of earrings on loan totaling $10,000 in value. Can’t part with your new jewels? You’ll also be given a special preferred rate if you choose to purchase your baubles post-wedding. What’s more, Four Seasons is also taking care of your something blue – each bride receives an heirloom-quality monogrammed blue lace handkerchief as a gift from the hotel.

Luck of the Draw

When Lana Frankel began her career as a graphic artist at Vogue, she had no idea she’d end up in Colorado and certainly couldn’t imagine that she’d be one of the most up-andcoming illustrators in the country. But fate had plans, and through the coaxing of Vogue staffers for whom she’d created countless invitations, birthday cards and other personal projects, she packed her bags and headed to Denver. Today, she’s the artsy maven behind Lana’s Shop, a custom illustration and design boutique that creates hand-painted illustrations and lettering for the likes of Banana Republic, Vanity Fair and One Kings Lane. But the cornerstone of Frankel’s booming business is personal invitation and wedding paper suite design, and her girlish, whimsical style is turning the heads of style-savvy brides-to-be everywhere. From bachelorette parties to bridal showers, to wedding invitations, programs and everything in between, Lana churns out swoon-worthy, watercolor illustrations that will make a bride’s heart skip a beat. If your budget allows, she’ll create a custom design for you and yours and for those looking for a simpler approach, Lana’s Shop has a series of pre-designed paper goodies from which to choose.

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THE WRITTEN WORD

Everything looks better when it’s written in Stella. Or Bescal. Or Maura, Luvee or Hailee. Those are but of the few of the type styles in designer and calligrapher Kelle McCarter’s eye-catching repertoire, many of which are named for clients and friends. Known for her high style lettering and whimsical calligraphy, McCarter’s accolades are impressive – she’s a designer for legendary Crane & Company, was just commissioned by Warner Brothers for an album cover design and counts two of her calligraphy styles among the most-requested from upscale wedding stationer Bella Figura. And she’s based right here in Colorado, allowing Centennial-state bridesto-be first hand access to the woman who is perhaps the most pinned Calligrapher on Pinterest and whose recognizable style has us eternally agog. McCarter’s other swoonworthy pursuits include Hello Love, her online paper goods shop that sells note cards, wrapping paper and custom calligraphy rubber stamps all featuring the designer’s original illustrations, plus her newly introduced Suitcase Love Note Set, intended to be slipped into your beloved’s drawer or suitcase with their sweet sentiments and saucy declarations. We also love Paper Swell, McCarter’s annual coffee table magazine that showcases designers, artists and other entrepreneurs who look oh-so-good on paper. And check out “Pom Pom Love,” her hand-illustrated place cards for showers or dinner parties made with mohair and natural fibers. Of course, Ms. McCarter is also available for your personal nuptial notes and goodies. Who knows? Perhaps she’ll even name her next lettering style after you. One could only be so lucky.

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{ Picture perfect venues that inspire unforgettable Colorado I dos. } The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

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The Seawell Grand Ballroom If drama is your thing, enlist the 50 plus years of theatrical production experience behind the Seawell Grand Ballroom on your big day. Known for playing host to Colorado’s who’s who weddings, the space does opulent with grand style. From the panoramic view of both the city skyline and mountain ranges, to the “star” filled canopy that blankets the 10,000 square foot space, Seawell Grand Ballroom is impressive and ideal for larger weddings with a capacity of up to 500. Outside, the glass ceiling atrium on the Performing Arts Complex makes a perfect ceremony setting, offering an out of the box option for nontraditional brides. Or opt for one of the nearby iconic churches like Holy Ghost, Trinity Methodist or the Denver Cathedral, for a spiritual ceremony that’s also awe-inspiring. Ring 303.572.4466 denvercenterevents.org

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Most venues that boast sweeping mountain views and a roaring river don’t also come equipped with a five-star spa, award-winning restaurants and a celebrity chef at the helm. But the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, tucked away at the base of picturesque Beaver Creek Mountain, is the best of both worlds. Situated on the Eagle River, brides to be love the venue for its stunning ceremony lawn that blends riverside ambiance with mountain range views, and an adjacent ballroom with floor to ceiling windows that push open to create an open-air feel. Upstairs, Maya dishes up delicacies that make it perfect for rehearsal dinners and welcome parties, coupling the cache of a celeb chef (Richard Sandoval spearheads the eatery) and the casual comfort of an expansive patio with million dollar views. Brides and their guests can get camera-ready at Spa Anjali, where 27,000 square feet of bliss inducing space will calm her wedding day jitters in first-class style. Plus, they’ll take care of your hair, makeup, nails and more all on site. It’s rustic glam at its very best. Ring 970.790.6000 westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com

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Crooked Willow Farms A red barn, open meadows, white fences and idyllic farmhouses are only a few of the backdrops that make the Venue at Crooked Willow arguably one of the best settings for a quintessential Colorado wedding. Ceremony spaces abound, from rolling pastures to the intimate and eclectic Lola’s Loft, the upper level of an authentic 1920’s barn. We also love the strung market lights over the open air courtyard for an al fresco dance floor. Also unique to the venue is its one wedding per-day policy, ensuring the space is all yours and that you have the utmost privacy. The Carriage House Ballroom is a perfect option for indoor I dos, with white pine walls, red brick accents, vintage sconces and glam chandeliers, or opt for a party in the 100-person wine room where wooden barrels and rich mahogany trimmings evoke a warm sense of space. PHOTO BY FRANCES MARRON PHOTO BY FRANCES MARRON

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa To some, mountain weddings translate to cowboy boots, causal décor and outdoor ceremonies. To others, it means black tie with a rustic twist. Either way, Devil’s Thumb Ranch does “mountain wedding” with undeniable panache. The property’s Broad Axe Barn is a 2,900 square foot reception room built from the hand hewn beams recovered from a Civil War-era Indiana barn. It boats 25 foot vaulted ceilings, 7 x 10 windows and an expansive deck with unmatched views of the Continental Divide. Brides love the fact that thier guests can all stay on site, and partake in the ultimate Colorado vacay. Think on-site flyfishing, hiking, snowshoeing, rafting and cross country skiing. Plus, Devil’s Thumb lays claim to one of the state’s most envy-inducing spas.

Ring 970.726.5632 devilsthumbranch.com

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BY MELISSA KENYON

When life throws us curveballs, it’s nice to know that we’re on the field

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ing and whose empathy is unwavering. Cheryl Ungar, a breast cancer survivor of 22 years, is that cherished friend for many special women. Since 2010, her eponymous nonprofit, Cheryl Ungar Gives, has provided three and soon to be four deserving couples touched by breast cancer with dream weddings. This effort, aptly named The Wedding Pink, offers more than just a free wedding. With each union comes a wave of love, a feeling of community and the realization of hope. Cheryl understands the emotional and physical struggles these women face and she believes The Wedding Pink is her fated outlet for giving back to the community that supported her on her own path to remission.

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fter surviving breast cancer, Cheryl became inspired to combine her personal passion for weddings with her yearning to help people facing the trials associated with the disease. Her brainchild, The Wedding Pink, provided the perfect opportunity to present couples with a fresh start or a much-needed silver lining. The first pair to receive a wedding from The Wedding Pink was Melissa and Jeff Childs who said “I do” at Denver’s Mile High Station in 2011. Just before Melissa’s 31st birthday, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Jeff was there for Melissa through the trying months that came, and he eventually professed his love for her with a romantic proposal on a mountain top in Breckenridge. “I was attracted to her thirst for life,” recalls Jeff. Ultimately, it was this thirst for life that allowed Melissa the chance to continue living her life with a full heart. Two years have passed since Melissa and Jeff tied the knot, and the couple could not be happier. Now cancer free, the pair will soon welcome their first child, a baby boy. “After a year of trying, we were able to conceive naturally. We know this is a gift from God. We’re so excited to meet the little guy and begin the next journey in our adventure together.” Erin and Ben Price were the most recent recipients of The Wedding Pink’s giveaway. In 2013, the lovebirds traveled from Alexandria, Virginia to exchange vows at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade, Colorado. Like Melissa and Jeff, Erin and Ben faced breast cancer together at a young age. Despite the stress and sadness that came with the disease, the couple fought on, becoming more solidified in their relationship along the way. “Cancer was definitely not part of our life plan, but Ben stayed by my side the entire time,” notes Erin of her husband’s compassion. Today, Erin and Ben are also cancer free, and they continue to remain close friends with their Wedding Pink family. “There’s something about meeting another person that’s gone through breast cancer at a young age. There’s an instant connection through having that shared experience. We quickly became friends with Melissa and Jeff.” The Wedding Pink’s annual giveaway is made possible by vendors that generously contribute to the cause. Not only do the selected couples experience a nearly cost free union, the weddings are impressively valued between $30,000 and $40,000. Cheryl is repeatedly able to recruit top vendors local to the selected wedding site, and

not a year goes the by that she’s not blown away by the industry’s readiness to give. In fact, vendors clamor to give year after year. Planning a wedding can certainly be a daunting task for anyone, but for a couple that’s just experienced months of hardship caused by breast cancer, the process becomes unfathomable. Thanks to Cheryl Ungar and The Wedding Pink couples like Melissa and Jeff and Erin and Ben can feel loved and understood. With each wedding giveaway, Cheryl’s “pink family” grows, as does the hope that tomorrow will be filled with life, and with love.

The Wedding Pink Ring: 303.885.1814 cherylungargives.com

Couples interested in submitting a story to The Wedding Pink can visit cherylungargives.com for more information. Couples must be engaged or soon-to-be engaged and recently impacted by breast cancer. The Wedding Pink is not limited to brides who suffered from breast cancer, but can also involve the bride or groom’s extended family. There are no income qualifications, but financial hardships detailed in a couple’s story are taken into consideration by the deciding panel of judges.

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RANGE WE’RE HEADED TO THE RANCH TO SAY I DO. A WESTERN WEDDING WITH STYLE AND SPIRIT WHERE SEQUINS MEET OPEN SKIES AND TULLE GOWNS DANCE ON THE MEADOW. Photos Joe and Joyce Keum, Studio JK Concept and Styling Ashley Summers, Ashley Nicole Events Florals and Décor DesignWorks by Dave & Mike Makeup Gina Comminello, The Look Salon Assistant, Jackie Pineda Hair Alex Sternberg, The Look Salon Assistant, Courtney Blalock Fashion Betsy Marr and Chelsea Magness Assisted by Elise Martin and Abigail Ortberg Calligraphy & Paper Products Tasha Rae Fontanes, Tasha Rae Designs SHOT ON LOCATION AT SPRUCE MOUNTAIN RANCH, LARKSPUR, COLORADO SPRUCEMOUNTAINRANCH.COM

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PREVIOUS PAGE | On the Bride: Ramona Keveza Style 130, $6,860 at Felice Bridal; Sara Gabriel Gladys Hat, $157 at anna be ; Engagement Ring Throughout – La Reina Asscher Cut Diamond, Price Upon Request, Oster Jewelers OPPOSITE PAGE | On the Children: Children’s apparel by Little Me’s THIS PAGE | On the Bride: Wtoo by Watters “Suri,” $1,780 at Felice Bridal; Dana Kellin Necklaces, $356 and $465 at Neiman Marcus On the Flower Girl: Clothing by Little Me’s

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THIS SPREAD | On the Bride: Vera Wang “Leah” gown in ivory, $7,995 at anna be; Sara Gabriel Jaclyn Hairband, $157 at anna be On the Groom: Hugo Boss “The Smith” Sport Coat, $645; Charvet Tie, $220; Hugo Boss Slim Fit Dress Shirt, $175; Neiman Marcus Dress Pants, $475 FOLLOWING PAGE | On the Bride: Vera Wang “Leah” gown in ivory, $7,995 at anna be; J. Crew Western Denim Shirt, $98; Gracie’s Emerald Agate Costume Ring, $18 Hunter Huntress Wellie Boots, $140; Stella McCartney Blazer, $1,945; Tory Burch Brita Riding Boot, $495 WHERE TO PURCHASE | anna be bridal boutique, 1575 Boulder Street, Denver, CO 80211, Ring 720.855.1111, anna-be.com Felice Bridal, 224 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80206, Ring 303.388.7637, felicebridal.com Little Me’s, 3000 East 3rd Avenue, Denver CO 80206, Ring 303.322.6222, littlemes.com Neiman Marcus Denver, 3030 East 1st Avenue, Denver, CO 80206, Ring 303.329.2600, neimanmarcus.com TABLESCAPES RENTALS | Event Rents Denver, eventrents.net LINEN RENTALS | La Tavola Fine Linen, latavolalinen.com

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BY JORDY ISENHOUR

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The term “bachelorette party” was not in etiquette expert Emily Post’s vocabulary, as its history is rooted in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Although fashioned after their centuries-old, male-oriented counterpart, early bachelorette parties mirrored formal bridal showers. These lovely suggestions give nod to the elegance of the past and will help you commemorate friendship and commence the wedding festivities in the prettiest way, whether your fête is in colorful Colorado or on an azure coast abroad. Bawdy and uncouth nights of debauchery are never on-trend, and with these activities, you’re sure to celebrate in style.


Soirée in the City Day 1 Bar hopping is so last season; especially, when you and your besties can get dolled up at Denver’s Fluff* Bar, your one stop shop for all things beauty. Sit at a flat screen television-lined bar, sip fresh cocktails and savor gourmet, world-class chocolate while a team of stylists works their magic on your hair and makeup. You can also opt for a manicure - basic or gel, of course - have your brows shaped and treat your skin to a facial. Always in the know regarding the most modern looks, they have a specialized wedding team, and their head makeup artist, Lori Krout, lends her powers to the awards circuit in Los Angeles. Furthermore, the wine and champagne list was hand-selected by Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, who was born and bred in Colorado. From flowy fishtail braids and false lashes to soft waves with a splash of color and smokey eyes, their stylists will fulfill your wishes using only the best products like Kevin Murphy and Stila Cosmetics. They’ll even add hair extension pieces for those who long for locks like Rapunzel. Fluff* Bar 1516 Wazee Street, Denver Ring 720.295.3583 fluffbar.com Now that you and your gals are ready for your close-ups, it’s time to capture these unforgettable moments on camera. Belle Glamour Photography’s Angelia McLean specializes in women-only shoots that include boudoir, glamour and editorial fashion. From the planning stage to retouching, she uses her artistic vision to tailor each session for a classy and customized experience. In the intimate studio, bachelorette parties have access to a licensed makeup artist, cozy robes and use of facilities including a full kitchen and outdoor patio. Cupcakes are complimentary. Each girl has her own session with up to three outfit changes, culminating with a fun group shot and toast to the bride. Belle Glamour Photography Ring 303.579.0334 belleglamourphotography.com

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Day 2 After a night of glam, salute the sun and focus on your body, mind and spirit with a private group session at Denver’s Living Yoga, a studio and wellness center. Instructor and co-owner Kelly Moore will guide your group into sequences of versatile poses that meet the interests and abilities of everyone and reflect the party theme or symbolize marriage. Develop strength and remain grounded in the standing pose, while appreciating an additional perspective (an essential quality in any relationship) in revolved positions. This insightful and restorative journey continues with an astrological consultation and nutritional component, complete with a personal chef, who prepares Ayurvedicinspired dishes to balance your “doshas,” or physical and mental constitution. Additionally, Moore, who is also a massage therapist, can share practical partner massage techniques that your soon to be spouse will appreciate.

Once you all have received the celebrity treatment, the obvious next step is to create your own fragrances! Indulge your senses at Scented Studio, located in charming Cherry Creek North. You and your friends can enjoy afterhours access (cue the wine) to the customized fragrance studio where you’ll mix and play with a selection of over 400 essential oils to create your signature scents. Choose from fresh, floral, woody and oriental notes, or go beyond the fragrance wheel with nostalgic aromas like French toast and firewood (perhaps add a drop of fresh dirt with a little leather, if you’re in the mood to share with a special guy). After blending, you will create items such as one-ofa-kind perfumes, roll-ons, sugar scrubs, candles, bubble baths and body butter to cherish. Plus, a whimsical fragrance is the perfect accessory for the bride on her special day.

Living Yoga 1776 South Jackson Street, #810, Denver Ring 303.758.0780 livingyogadenver.com

Scented Studio 215 Detroit Street, Denver Ring 303.333.3315 scentedstudio.com

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Four Seasons Resort Vail 1 Vail Road, Vail Ring 970.477.8600 fourseasons.com/vail

A Garter and a Vail Vacay If you and your gals would rather escape the city, a mini road trip to the posh Four Seasons Resort Vail is ideal for a weekend jaunt. Begin your bonding getaway at The Spa, a stunning alpine sanctuary with eucalyptus steam rooms, whirlpools, relaxation lounges and an outdoor terrace. It boasts the largest salon in Vail Village, and you can rent the venue for a day of pampering before a girls night out. The resort’s sommelier will lead your group through a private champagne tasting (how fab?!), accompanied by your choice of appetizers prepared by awardwinning Executive Chef Jason Harrison. At Flame, a modern steakhouse, you can dine al fresco on the patio overlooking a 75-foot saltwater pool and Vail Mountain. Have a slumber party in the private five-bedroom Residence, Mt. Solitude, which offers breathtaking mountain views and a 1960s style of textured interiors fit for a world traveller. Add a menu of comfort food and relax as a nail technician does onsite mani-pedis.

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Shop Around Tours Ring 212.684.3763 shoparoundtours.com.

La Bella Vita You and your girls could always say ‘arrivederci’ to the states with a super-chic shopping expedition in Italy. Shop Around Tours offers a customized, private travel experience that embraces a wealth of destination knowledge. Navigate a few of the world’s most beautiful cities with ease and grace because hotels, meals and activities are planned based on your group’s interests and budget. Saunter through romantic Venice and magical Florence, where the shopping is divine. Nearby is the famous Prada outlet. Forget everything you thought you knew about outlets because this shop is a true factory outlet in the old-fashioned sense. Founder Deborah Mayer tells travelers that on one side of the wall they’re making the bags, and on the other side, they’re selling them. Outside of Florence is The Mall, where you can find to-die-for deals on favorites like Gucci, Armani and Yves Saint Laurent. Need we say more?

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hen Tara Ames announced her impeding marriage, the wedding industry took note. After all, it’s not every day that one of their own walks down the well-planned aisle. As the woman behind Spruce Mountain Ranch, a 400-acre property in beautiful Larkspur and one of Colorado’s most sought-after wedding venues, Tara’s nuptials were certain to be special.

By Betsy Marr Photos by Jensen Sutta

Tara’s proposal came from longtime love David Schott while vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina. As such, their Colorado wedding took its cues from the south, resulting in an incredibly unique, entirely charming wedding day that dazzled and delighted guests at every turn. With the best and brightest of the event industry aligning, Tara and David’s nuptials proved that everything is indeed bigger in the south. WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM

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With a desire to keep their big day very personal and completely out of the ordinary, Tara and David started at the beginning, building a special site on the Ranch called Grace’s Chapel, affectionately named for Tara’s young daughter. As guests arrived, the experience began with a carriage ride from the venue’s lot to the newly unveiled ceremony site. Upon arrival, they were met with his and hers vignettes – a ladies area showcasing pashminas, lipstick, perfume and lush pink florals and a men’s corner boasting southern whiskey, leather bound books and crystal decanters. Nearby, bartenders clad in white dinner jackets mixed signature watermelon cocktails. After enjoying pre-ceremony libations, guests were led to the stunning outdoor chapel, where they sat on wooden pews under large cottonwood trees. Suspended from the branches was a handmade backdrop consisting of a calligraphied poem that David recited to Tara during their vows and a custom chandelier made entirely of lush florals. The bride arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce to a bagpiper playing in the background. The very heartfelt ceremony ended with a surprise moment whereby vocalists posing as guests stood up and sang a cappella during the couple’s first kiss.

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In keeping with the ode to all things southern, Tara and David’s cocktail hour, held in the ranch’s rustic Colorado Room and adjoining patio, showcased mint juleps and firefly spirits. Guests enjoyed shrimp and grits, duck strudel, Carolina pork twirls and Po’ Boy flatbread as they gathered post-ceremony. Parasols adorned with cascading florals swung delicately from the patio’s overhang, creating a soft, intimate vibe.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Spruce Mountain Ranch

LINENS Chair Covers & Linens

PHOTOGRAPHY Jensen Sutta

VINTAGE RENTALS Chairished Vintage Chair Rentals

EVENT PLANNERS Ashley Summers, Ashley Nicole Events Sarah Viera, Sarah Viera Events

PAPER SUITE & CALLIGRAPHY Ann Marlin, Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers Allison Nash, Pink Ink Paper & Calligraphy Tasha Rae Fontanes, Tasha Rae Designs

CATERING Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering SPIRITS Peak Beverage CAKE Avalon Cakes FLORALS Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist VIDEOGRAPHY All Digital Studios BRIDE’S GOWN Vera Wang, anna bé bridal boutique DÉCOR Gary Gavito, Indigo Sky CEREMONY PEWS Anna’s Custom Pews HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE Blue Moon Carriages

ROLLS ROYCE DDG Classic Limousine RENTALS Event Rents BAGPIPER Colorado Bagpiper MUSIC Starkey Productions DANCE COACH Elizabeth Marberry, The Wedding Dance Coach UMBRELLAS & PARASOLS Splendor for Your Guests TUXEDOS AND FLOWER GIRL DRESS Wedding Treasures Bridal & Tux MAKEUP Cynthia Mazzara, Magnifica Bella HAIR Jade Darrough

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Guests entered Albert’s Lodge, a rustic cabin space, to find the room completely transformed into a Southern bayou. Awash with amber lighting and a draped ceiling, the room felt incredibly inviting. Lush, soft flowers in hues of amethyst, ivory and blush evoked a feminine charm, while a starlit sky of white twinkle lights and “fireflies” flickered from above. Spanish moss hung from the rafters, creating a decidedly southern feel in the otherwise western lodge. Table décor was equally thoughtful, with gold linens, hand calligraphy treatments, blush pink bow tie napkins and vintage law books paying homage to the groom’s legal career. The entire room was designed around the entertainment – a grand piano flanking the center of the family style tablescapes, set underneath an opulent chandelier. The pianist wowed guests throughout the evening, as did the a cappella quartet that had made their earlier debut at the ceremony. Yet the most special music of the night came when David serenaded his bride to one of the couple’s favorite songs. Afterwards, dancing commenced with a choreographed number for the bride and groom before guests took to the floor into the late evening. The carefully planned menu was decadent and impressive and included an Oscar style filet mignon, braised greens, bacon and crispy confit potatoes, and ended appropriately with ice cream sundaes served in martini glasses. For the bride and groom’s send off, Chinese firefly lanterns were lit and hoisted into the night sky behind Tara and David as they were whisked away in the same Rolls Royce that escorted the bride to her ceremony. Upon departure, guests were given fresh baked cinnamon rolls, a sweet treat and a nod to the quintessential southern kitchen.

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Lindsay & Chris JUNE 1ST Denver, Colorado

Blissfully unaware perfectly sums up the beginning of Lindsay and Chris’ storied romance. Having initially met at the “ATX Winter Formal,” (a mutual friend’s self described ‘Adult Super Fraternity’) it was not until later at another gathering, this time in Washington Park, that they met again. Chris was smitten at first sight, but Lindsay admits to being “blissfully unaware.” Several uneventful months passed before the pair finally had their first date and soon after, attended yet another gathering of friends via the group’s annual “Summerween” (Halloween in July) party. Within months, the pair was an official item. Fast-forward to a 4th of July trip to the Denver Zoo where they agreed to become man and wife. After a train trip to Glenwood Springs was abruptly thrown off course due to summer wildfires, Chris vowed that nothing would derail his impeding proposal to the love of his life. A true gentleman, he dropped to one knee and asked Lindsay to spend forever with him. Far from your typical bride, Lindsay (whose fear of public speaking had her convinced that a courthouse wedding was just the ticket) knew that their nuptials would be simple yet unique. Low key but high style. Setting out to create a truly vintage vibe, Lindsay, who works at The Children’s Hospital and Chris, an attorney, married against an unassuming backdrop in Denver’s City Park (the same park that played host to their engagement), where a judge who served as the groom’s professional mentor presided over their "I dos." Lindsay adapted a Melissa Sweet gown into a stunning minidress, offering a decidedly ‘60s feel to their wedding. A very retro wedding cake was designed to mimic the groom’s grandfather’s own creations at his esteemed Michigan pasty shop. The DIY bride also made her own veil as well as the colorful decorations and florals that adorned the nearby pavilion where they celebrated into the evening. The bride, clad in mint green heels and vintage earrings from a Parisian boutique, had two mantras that subsided her nuptial nerves; “31 steps to Tahiti” (the number of steps down the aisle prior to their French Polynesian honeymoon) and “it just doesn’t matter” (a line from the cult classic film Meatballs). And while her laissez-faire attitude helped her conquer her fear of the spotlight, it certainly didn’t stop her big day from appearing as chic and unassumingly glamorous as the couple themselves. PHOTOS BY JODY & ZACH ZORN

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Cyndi & Mike SEPTEMBER 22ND BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

Colorful and stunning perfectly describe Cyndi and Mike, and their

mountain town nuptials. The couple, who hail from Omaha, love to travel. And so it came as no surprise when they decided to host an over-the-top destination wedding in beautiful Breckenridge. Having chosen the same mountain enclave as the site of their engagement a year prior, Breckenridge held a special place in Cyndi and Mike’s hearts. The pair wed overlooking a gorgeous backdrop at Ten Mile Station, where a sea of bold colors left guests in awe as they entered the design-savvy ceremony. An abundance of colorful florals in aubergine, icy blue, tangerine, lime and fuchsia were juxtaposed against rustic elements to complement the venue. Chic lounge style seating offered guests a comfortable respite during cocktail hour and then again after dinner. The bride stunned in a gown by Lea-Ann Belter and a colorful pair of Kate Spade shoes that epitomized the wedding itself. The equally handsome groom wore a traditional Vera Wang tuxedo, yet infused his playful personality into the mix by donning a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor tuxedo shoes. The couple showed off their shoes and their moves as they danced to Phat Daddy, a local Colorado band that had Cyndi, Mike and their 140 guests on their feet throughout the entire reception – a fun time as well as a chance to show off the steps the pair had learned during the many months of private dance lessons they took in preparation for the big day. Throughout the reception, personal details could be seen at every turn, from the custom monogram that adorned the all white dance floor, to the lush carpet of hot pink rose petals that served as an aisle runner for the bride. Yet the most personal and perhaps special detail of all came shortly after the wedding when Cindy and Mike learned that they were expecting a baby girl, born in June. A very sweet ending to a very stunning wedding. PHOTOS BY FRANCES MARRON

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Stacy and Ryan’s first date was at a University of Texas (the couple’s

alma mater) freshman fraternity formal. Only Stacy was there not on Ryan’s arm, but on that of his best friend. By the end of the evening, it was clear that the pair belonged together, and Stacy’s “date” politely obliged. Seven years later, he not only remains Ryan’s closest friend, he also stood up as a groomsman at the couple’s Bachelor Gulch wedding. Remembering their collegiate roots, Ryan proposed to Stacy atop Austin’s Mount Bonnell, the same spot where eleven years prior, he first professed his love. Much to Stacy’s surprise, both his and her parents had flown to Austin to meet the newly engaged couple for a celebratory evening. Two years later, they said their “I dos” atop another mountain – Bachelor Gulch. Stacy, a Denver native and Ryan, hailing from Dallas, Texas, had fallen in love with the idyllic mountain property several years earlier while visiting for a friend’s nearby nuptials. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch played host to what the bride describes as a “posh version of summer camp” for their 245 guests. Looking to create a vintage bohemian vibe in the otherwise lodge-like setting, Stacy, a fashion designer and the owner of the popular NYC-based Frieda and Nellie jewelry line, incorporated lush florals, mismatched chairs, market lights and custom watercolored stationery from Rifle Paper Co. into a design scheme that achieved exactly that. Arrangements of roses, peonies and ranunculus hung beautifully from the chandeliers in the hotel’s grand ballroom, while clusters of the same flowers were artfully arranged in milk glass, colored glass and mercury glass on each perfectly adorned table. Stacy’s dress, designed by her friend Katie Ermilio, was accessorized by gorgeous Miu Miu stilettos. After dinner, the bride changed into a shorter version, along with rhinestone tennis shoes, also by Miu Miu. The couple and their guests danced into the evening to a live band before Stacy and Ryan departed on their honeymoon to French Polynesia. PHOTOS BY JENNA WALKER

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Kristina & Sean MAY 18TH DENVER, COLORADO

Kristina and Sean met under challenging circumstances ... circumstances

that found them navigating a tight rope, 30 feet off the ground. Having first become acquainted on a leadership retreat for DU grad students where the ropes course was one of many team-building exercises, Kristina and Sean were off to a solid start. Soon after, they began dating, the bride admitting she was “instantly smitten.” Fast-forward to an engagement in picture-perfect Keystone, Colorado where Sean cleverly hid a ring box in the back of a photo album chronicling their romance. Kristina emphatically said yes and the pair began the wedding planning process. Their big day was as full of color, whimsy and laughter as the charming couple themselves. A ceremony at Denver’s Most Precious Blood Catholic Church was followed by a style savvy and very personal reception at Mile High Station. Filled with personal touches, the bride also helped create a wedding that was one-of-a-kind. Kristina handmade clutches for each of her maids, with a special note in each. She also gave Sean, an avid fly fisherman, handmade fly boutonnieres in lieu of traditional flowers. Wanting a new twist on something blue, Kristina wore pops of navy – her shoes, sash and sapphire earrings all adding style to her wedding wardrobe and perfectly complementing her coral color scheme. Yet the most special touch came when the groom serenaded his bride to a favorite song after secretly learning to play the guitar in the months leading up to their nuptials. With not a dry eye in the room, Kristina, Sean and their special guests celebrated into the wee hours. PHOTOS BY FRANCES MARRON

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Veronica & Wesley APRIL 13TH DENVER, COLORADO

Some say that love at first sight is cliche. But for Veronica and Wesley

Woodyard, it was authentic. The couple first met while on vacation in Miami and planned their first date within hours of their chance encounter. After Veronica commented on Wesley’s unique arm band, saying, “You must be a Que,” he was intrigued. After all, most gals don’t have such knowledge of his identifiable marking from Omega Psi Phi fraternity. But Veronica’s own father was a “Que” and had started the chapter at Bowling Green State many years earlier. Perhaps it was this commonality that made immediate room in the young beauty’s heart for Wesley Woodyard, starting linebacker and team captain for the Denver Broncos. Or perhaps it was the way he told her “he could talk to her forever” with such sincerity. Either way, it didn’t take long for the pair; both committed Christians, to know that theirs was a love meant to last forever. A little more than a year later, Wesley proposed and just shy of a year after that, the couple said their “I dos” at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Their wedding, like their first meeting, was one for the storybooks. Veronica stunned guests in her Lazaro gown as she walked down the aisle adorned with lavender orchids. Their reception was a sight to be seen, as the Four Seasons ballroom was transformed into a glowing haven of opulent beauty. A rich palette of platinum and purple dazzled family, friends and teammates as they danced the night away on a custom monogrammed floor. Even the familiar steps of the hotel lobby were adorned with the couple’s initials, as was the inside of the groom and groomsmen’s tuxedo collars. No detail was overlooked on Veronica and Wesley’s special day, but the most alluring detail of all was the way the stately linebacker looked at his bride as he pledged to be hers forever. It was love at first sight and that sight, it seems, has remained unchanged. PHOTOS BY TRAVIS BROXTON

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Kristen and Damon embody everything that is quintessentially good

about Colorado – the outdoors, kind hearts, creative spirits and a love of nature. And in many ways, their wedding embodied these same elements. Born and raised in Boulder, Kristen had since moved to Vail where she was an elementary school teacher by day and avid skier by afternoon, weekend, summer and any other opportunity she got when she met Damon (fondly known as Baz), a Vermont native who also spent much of his time on the slopes. After months of wooing, Kristen finally accepted an invitation for a hiking date from Baz and the rest, as they say, was history. Fast-forward three years and Kristen begrudgingly (she’d come down with a cold overnight and wanted nothing to do with the outdoors that fateful day) accepted another hiking invitation – this time up Spraddle Creek. Along the trail Kristen turned around to find Damon on bended knee, holding the same gorgeous Emerald cut diamond that her father once gave her mother. The sight was enough to not only subside her complaints, but to also bring the couple to tears amidst Kristen’s empathic acceptance. The next summer, Kristen and Damon wed at the bride’s childhood home in the mountains of Boulder. With her teaching career leaving little time for planning, Kristen’s mother, Karin and wedding stylist, Jessica Adler, stepped in to create a day brimming with personal details and special touches. From the family’s tennis court custom painted to match the wedding colors, to the chandeliers entwined with floral wreaths, all the way to the wildflower seed packets that served as escort cards, no detail was overlooked. The couple even gifted guests with favors from Kind Design, Baz’ line of custom, Colorado-bred apparel and accessories. Their black lab, Bear, served as ring bearer with only a modicum of coaxing by way of a tennis ball, and Kristen’s older brother sang “Have a Little Faith” during the ceremony – both moments that stole the show and touched the couple’s hearts. Throughout the reception local jam band favorite The Motet kept guests from 8 to 80 on the dance floor all evening. PHOTOS BY BRINTON STUDIOS

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Madison & Cameron AUGUST 25TH VAIL, COLORADO

They say that the best marriages are those between best friends. And so

it goes with Madison and Cameron, a couple who met their freshman year in college and spent many months as close companions before becoming companions in love…and in life. The CU Boulder grads began their relationship in dreamy Boulder and so it seemed rather apropos that the pair get engaged in the very place they fell in love. Cameron proposed to Madison while hiking the Flatirons where the very surprised bride-to-be answered with a resounding yes (the pair had never ring shopped and the engagement was a complete shock to Madison). Later that day, they celebrated with friends before spending the weekend at The Boulderado, one of the couple’s favorite hotels. The following summer, the pair said their vows in beautiful Vail, Colorado at the Vail Wedding Deck. The casual bride and groom opted for a ceremony that made the most of the sweeping mountain views and the sunny summer day. In lieu of ceremony programs, they passed out custom neon sunglasses to guests, a favor that would later double as a jovial photo booth prop. Given their love story and mutual alma mater, Madison and Cameron added nods to the University of Colorado at every turn – custom Buff cufflinks for the groom, a CU flag that served as the guest book and a wedding party introduction to the school’s fight song. Post reception, Madison, Cameron and their friends made their way to Garfunkels, a popular watering hole in Lionshead Village where it just so happened to be karaoke night. In true Madison and Cameron fashion, they took center stage and sang a tune that they once danced to prior to their first date, the bride clad in her dress and groom in his suit. PHOTOS BY NATE AGNINI AND JENNY NELSON

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“I love nothing more than when a bride walks in the room and lights up with a genuine smile. Seeing her reaction to the months and months of planning, and knowing that we’ve made her wedding day dreams come true means the world to me,” Summers candidly attests.

Having studied under some of the industry’s most lauded planners for years, Ashley ventured out to launch her own firm with a single vision – to make everything around her beautiful, and to give clients the events of their dreams while doing it. And she has succeeded indeed. Known for her keen eye for high style Summers and her talented team create jaw dropping soirées – from shabby chic to modern glam and everything in between. With her girlish charm and posh sense of style, Ashley is one of the city’s most up-and-coming planners and is one of the most celebrated pinners on popular social media site Pinterest. And while her events are stunning to the eye, they’re also flawlessly planned and seamlessly executed, ensuring that clients and brides are able to enjoy their special moments.

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She’s also well versed in personal and corporate events in addition to over-the-top “I dos,” and her work has been featured in both national and international publications - from sought after design blogs to esteemed magazines. Known for her swoonworthy children’s parties and out-of-the-box corporate events, Summers is quickly earning her place as one of Colorado’s top planners. But for her, it’s not about the accolades, but rather the inspiration.

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Jody and Zach Zorn are not your average photographers. As the city’s reigning photography power couple, the husband and wife duo call a renovated temple near downtown Denver both studio and home. And while they work and dwell in the mile high city, the Zorn’s work takes them across the globe. From destination weddings in dreamy islands to fashion shoots on foreign shores, the versatile couple is well versed in personal, commercial, interior and fashion photography – a rare combination of talents to say the least. Zorn Photography Jody & Zach Zorn Ring 303.954.9301 zornphoto.com

This balance is key, whether the Zorns are shooting a private event or a model on a high fashion project. And as one of the most in-demand photography studios in Colorado, they do plenty of both. Jody’s focus is primarily on weddings, fashion and lifestyle projects whereas Zach specializes in still life and artist’s work. What’s more, they are commissioned for shoots in destinations like New Zealand, the Bahamas, New York and Europe in addition to their own backyard.

Having first met as art students when Jody coaxed Zach to travel to Mexico to shoot for their portfolios, the pair quickly became partners in love, life and business. Today, they’re one of the nation’s most lauded and sought after photography powerhouses. After spending time building their early careers in Manhattan, Jody and Zach returned to their roots in Colorado, and since then have carved out their niches in weddings, fashion and fine art. “There’s so much beauty in Colorado and it attracts such creative, interesting people. That makes for not only gorgeous backdrops, but also inspiring subjects and clients,” Jody attests. In the wedding world, the Zorns bring the unique perspective of a photography team as opposed to a single lens, and the even more rare perspective of a couple who is married and can draw from their own wedding day experience when shooting a bride and groom.

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Having been raised in picturesque Telluride, Jessica Adler knows a thing or two about beautiful scenery. As one of the Front Range’s most soughtafter wedding planners, she’s been creating gorgeous Colorado weddings – weddings with the same mountain charm she grew up around – for nearly twenty years. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t also design city-chic events that dazzle. In fact, Jessica spent her early career as the catering and conferences services manager for Denver’s worldrenowned Brown Palace Hotel before moving on to a prominent event position at The Renaissance Suites, an upscale Marriott property. It is this eclectic background that makes her company, JA Special Events, one of the best in the business, with its name at the top of preferred professionals lists for more than 50 of the state’s most soughtafter venues and vendors. A certified wedding planning professional, Jessica makes it a point to get to know her clients personally, ensuring that their special day is a perfect reflection of who they are as a couple. “Planning weddings is a privilege and an honor. It’s one of the most special and significant days in a person’s life and I take that to heart,” the lauded planner tells us. “Rather than dictate how weddings should be, I like to get to know every bride and groom as individuals and as a couple so I can offer advice and ideas best suited to them.” From complete planning to simply suggesting vendors or providing day-of coordination, Jessica does it all, and she does it all in style with a team of talented day-of planners and a top-tier marketing and design manager. “Beautiful weddings can

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happen on every budget – from over-the-top to charming and modest. What’s important is that you choose the right vendors and make the most of your resources,” she says. “At the end of the day, it’s all about capturing your vision and creating lasting memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.” One of her favorite weddings to date was a celebration at the famed Boulder Theatre for her clients, - college sweethearts and both alumnae of nearby University of Colorado. “I love weddings that are held at really unique venues, especially venues that somehow tie back to the couple. This was the perfect place to celebrate and the couple loved every second. It was totally captivating and rewarding. Also on Jessica’s list of favorites? Making it personal! “When we tie special personal details into the event – from tables named for the couple’s interests or hometowns to custom monograms – it just makes everything feel special. There’s nothing better than a wedding that’s truly personal,” she finishes.

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Kam Snyder is passionate about flowers – and it shows. As the proprietress and lead designer of Flower Power, she’s been creating stunning stems and arrangements for years – from hand-tied bridal bouquets, to dazzling centerpieces, all the way to decadent floral décor that defies the ordinary. Having worked with some of the city’s most style-savvy brides-to-be, Kam and her staff are well versed in weddings and love to create unique, fashionable looks that wow. “We love working with brides-to-be. Wedding flowers are so incredibly special and can totally set the tone for the big day. From simple and modern to vintage and romantic, we create floral designs that are beautiful and personal,” she says. Specializing in tightly arranged, European-style bouquets, Kam’s designs are pure eye-candy. Brides flock to her for her flair for swoon-worthy centerpieces that are opulent without being overthe-top. “Flowers are such an important part of a wedding, yet beautiful centerpieces and bouquets can also be budget-friendly. We work with brides to make the most of her flowers and give her the look she truly loves without completely breaking the bank.” Which isn’t to say Kam and her Flower Power team don’t do decadent – they just believe that flowers are beautiful as they are, and that with the

right design, less, can oftentimes be more. “A single flower can fill the soul with gratitude! It’s all about choosing flowers that delight the eyes and create impact.” With a darling shop in Denver’s charming Washington Park neighborhood, Kam also retails fabulous accessories, vases, jewelry and gifts. Clients can even come in for individual stems or custom arrangements. What’s more, the ladies at Flower Power always go the extra mile – be it for a single arrangement or a wedding for hundreds. “We believe in the art of customer service, something that’s all-too-often forgotten. We’re small, we’re friendly and we’re willing to go the distance to put a smile on a client’s face!”

SERVICES Wedding Florals European Hand Tied Bouquets Special Event Florals Personal Arrangements Retail Boutique & Floral Shop

“We love working with brides-to-be. Wedding flowers are so incredibly special and can totally set the tone for the big day. From simple and modern to vintage and romantic, we create floral designs that are beautiful and personal.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM

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Sugarlicious 3000 East 3rd Avenue Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring: 303.388.8650 sugarliciouscandy.com

There’s nothing quite as sweet as candy and Sugarlicious, the candy store-meets gift boutique meets purveyor of all things bold and bright, understands this all too well. With a carefully curated selection of niche-brand confections, sought-after chocolates and unique accessories and gifts, Sugarlicious doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to sweet style.

bon, take out containers, coordinating signage and props to complement your special day – think birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, weddings, holiday parties and showers. What’s more, the shop’s dessert divas can build a centerpiece that will knock your sweet socks off and can also make custom favors with just about any look and taste your heart desires. If you’re in the market for a hostess gifts, a holiday gift, or just a little pick me up, Sugarlicious has you covered there. The purveyors of preppy offer same day monogramming on many items, giving your gift that extra pop of personalization, and also retail wares from colorful lines like tunics by Gretchen Scott, Roberta Roller Rabbit home goods and Stephen Bonanno monogrammed Palm Beach sandals.

The brainchild of Jill Landman Alfond, the chic boutique has quickly become known for its whimsical custom party favors, dessert bars and candy buffets. From themed confections to specially designed setups to match your party’s décor, the shop’s in-house candy buffet designer creates oneof-a-kind displays that look as fabulous as they taste. In fact, the team at Sugarlicious will even personalize your party décor – from chair backs to table surfaces and everything in between, allowing your personal monogram to serve as a place card or unique party detail. “We are passionate about sugar! There’s nothing better than building a custom dessert bar for one of our clients and seeing their face light up,” she says. “Young or old, everyone loves candy and whether your event is classic or casual, a sugar bar is always a much-welcomed hit.” Sugarlicious offers a wide array of options to accommodate any candy craving you may have, plus delivers custom-designed candy labels, rib-

SERVICES Same Day Monogramming 250 Candies By the Bin Custom Candy Buffets Custom Party Favors Sugar Lounges Children’s Birthday Parties

“Young or old, everyone loves candy and whether your event is classic or casual, a sugar bar is always a much-welcomed hit.”

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315 Spring Creek Circle Gypsum, Colorado 81637 Ring 970.328.6707 alpineparty.com

Weddings are incredibly personal. Every detail is planned with love and every item adds to the overall experience. That’s why working with the right vendors is so important to having the day of your dreams. And the pros at Alpine Party Rentals agree. “We take your event very personally, just like you do, and we are here to help. From the planning stage all the way through the cleanup, we strive to make your life easier, not more difficult,” owner David Smiley says with passion. Having been in the business for more than 20 years, Smiley and his staff have the track record to prove that they most certainly walk the walk. With a full service party rental company located in the middle of Colorado’s High Country, Alpine makes a mountain bride’s entire planning process seamless. From tents to tables, china to chargers, Alpine offers high quality, gorgeous rentals that will make your wedding look and feel elegant. What’s more, they also offer wintertime tenting – a unique option that can turn your otherwise indoor soirée into an outdoor winter wonderland.

Photos by Joe Keum and Jenna Walker

“Because we’re owned and operated out of the high country, we’re able to offer delivery, set up and service that’s oftentimes difficult to come by when planning from the Front Range. We also know the mountain town venues inside and out and are able to offer advice and solutions based on this deep experience.”

What’s more, David Smiley is one of only two Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) in all of Colorado, making Alpine the foremost experts in their field – something that on your wedding day, can make all the difference.

SERVICES Tenting Tables Linens Specialty Chairs Glassware Barware China Flatware Staging Dance Floors Wintertime Tenting Lighting

“We take your event very personally, just like you do, and we are here to help. From the planning stage all the way through the cleanup, we strive to make your life easier, not more difficult.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM

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Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy on their wedding day in Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953

May you embrace traditions while creating your own along the way. May you love with reckless abandon. May you never forget the smile on his face or the sparkle in your eye. May you dance as though no one is watching. And may you surround yourself with beauty on your wedding day and every day.

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