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erika oltmann is a true Rocky Mountain girl growing up in Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Today she splits her time between watching the sun rise over the Tetons in Idaho and watching it set over the Rockies in the Denver Metro Area. She co-owns Marilee & Grace Wedding + Event Design and the beautiful Villa Parker. Her love of weddings and high marketing standards brought her to Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine. Contact Erika at e.oltmann@rockymountainbride.com

hannah pobar

is a born and bred Colorado wedding photographer inspired by the sweet and

simple things in life. Hannah fosters a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, in addition to, of course, cupcakes, puppies and compelling novels. From the sleepy suburbs of Parker, she has found a home in the hustle and bustle of Boulder, nestled right under the flatirons. She spends her days retouching her latest sessions, and her nights as a freelance graphic designer. hannahp@rockymountainbride.com

holli owen is the Wedding and Special Events Planner for the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. Holli’s love and passion for the mountains won her over. Now a resident of Telluride for the past nine years, she is committed to growing Telluride as one of the world’s foremost romantic wedding destinations. You will find her out enjoying the San Juan Mountains with friends and her two beautiful children, Hayden and Elle. You can contact Holli at weddings@tellurideskiresort.com

j. meehan fee is the owner of Telluride Unveiled, a boutique Rocky Mountain wedding and events company. After over a decade of event planning and design experience in the Rocky Mountains, Meehan and Telluride Unveiled excel in the unique management of destination weddings and events by intertwining the breathtaking landscape of the area with a couple’s personal accents and style. Contact Meehan at meehan.fee@tellurideunveiled.com

megan erickson

is the Assistant Editor to Rocky Mountain Bride- Colorado, owner of RMB Productions

and co-founder of RMB’s publishing partner, be.Media House. Inspired by people and their stories, Megan is visionary and connector in developing domestic and global visual media strategy for consumer brands and trending, publications and non-profits. She also enjoys carrying a camera, spending her free time with her family and restoring and designing old homes. Contact her at megan@rmbproductions.com.

j audrey nelson has been contributing to Rocky Mountain Bride for over five years. As a production/fashion editor she contributes through hairstyling, wardrobe styling, make-up and modeling. She moved to Denver in 2010 as she wanted to get more involved in the growing fashion scene. She owns a hair studio in an eclectic warehouse space and specializes in women’s cut and color. J Audrey has recently worked with famed designers Mondo Guerra and Mona Lucero. To contact J Audrey, visit jaudreyhairstudio.com

holly resignolo moved to Colorado in 1990 to ski and has lived there full-time ever since. She began her career as the Wedding Planner for Keystone Resort and is proud to be celebrating her 23rd year of marriage in April. Loving all things mountain, her family and the outdoors, she has recently launched a daily blog about all things related to the mountain lifestyle. Holly has written for various regional magazines and blogs over the years. She is currently the editor of MTN Town Magazine. Contact her at holly@bemediahouse.com.

taylor chamberlain

Taylor is the co-owner of Marilee & Grace Wedding + Event Design. She has

been almost everywhere in Colorado, creating custom weddings for their clients that range from downtown soirees to western ranch extravaganzas. With over 150 weddings under her belt, Taylor has started to expand her career goals in the wedding world to include print and online media and is excited to share her insight with the fabulous RMB readers! Contact her at taylor@rockymountainbride.com

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on the fall cover Location: Keystone Ranch, Keystone, CO Photographer: Marianne Brown Photography Model: Carey Moeller Skains, Bride Styling & Design: Holly Gerard / Mile High Bride Florist: Bloom, Breckenridge CO Dress: Essence of Australia - Strapless A-Line Hair & Makeup: Christy Ogden Jewelry: Kendra Scott

on the winter cover Location: Evergreen Lakehouse, Evergreen, CO Photographer: Kristina Lynn Photography & Design Bride & Groom Models: Tiffany & Jeremy Dress: Maggie Evans Designs Hair and Make Up: Studio 3 Event Coordinator: Feather & Twig Floral Design: Bella Lu Floral 12

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Juli Rathke, Publisher/Editor

from the editor Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for taking us along for the ride in planning your special day. We have been bringing you the best of Rocky Mountain weddings for 18 years. We have been there and back again, so please enjoy the Colorado edition of Rocky Mountain Bride as we showcase the best this region has to offer. We continue to cover all the of the Rocky Mountain region online. From Sedona to Sun Valley, Jackson to Aspen and all the mountain valleys in between. Please note we now have Montana, Wyoming and Colorado print editions. Visit our blog and FaceBook for daily inspirations, real weddings, local trunk & bridal shows and many giveaways complete with ski passes and romantic weekends away. Enjoy your engagement, it truly is a special time in your lives and thanks again for sharing your stories with RMB Magazine. All the best~ Juli Rathke


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Alpine Wedding Photography

Throughout my involvement in the planning of hundred of weddings over the past decade, I am amazed at how little time couples spend on the most significant component of the wedding... their Vows.. Holli Owen

It has felt like a cruel symbolism to be a wedding planner listening to couples take their vows over the past ten years knowing that statistically more than half of these promises will be broken. Listening to couples exchange their vows made me realize how little time goes into these words, and the true depth of what couples are promising to one another. Listening to couples exchange their vows has struck me to realizing how little time goes into this for most, and also the true depth of what couples are promising to one another. Does each Bride and Groom understand the true meaning and severity of their promises, or are they too caught up in all the hubbub of

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planning and anticipated bliss of the wedding day? I have had many couples tell me that they were writing their wedding vows the morning of their wedding day! Without judgement, maybe some of these couples felt centered that morning and had the clarity necessary to express their deepest feelings to their soon-to-be life partner; but some could not find that clarity and instead whipped up some fluffy words to swirl around their partner. I took traditional wedding vows; I thought they were beautiful and were truly the ultimate commitment. What could be more serious than promising your life partner to love them through all the trials life can serve up or until death do us part? But did I truly think through the meaning of what I was actually promising my husband? Do couples spend enough time during the planning process these days reflecting on the meaning of the vows? A dear friend of mine who has been married for 2 years has the most healthy perspective on marriage that I have encountered in all the years I have been involved with weddings. A wise 28, she and her husband attend a weekly couples group that is devoted to helping each other with the trials of marriage that most of us stumble into blindly. My friend is devoted to the work it takes to have a healthy and happy marriage. She said to me a while back that couples have too high of expectations, which at first I tilted my head at, thinking of the fairy tale


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Brittany, a relations manager at mywedding.com and Tyler, a physician relations manager for HCA HealthONE, met in Fargo, North Dakota. Like their wedding, their love story leading up to the big day was nothing short of amazing. Engaged in front of a sand castle on the beaches of Turks and Caicos then married high atop the Rockies in a private residence ,boasting spectacular views. Using their charm and big hearts to personalize their big day, not a detail was overlooked- from color and theme to Tyler’s mother’s cakepops. From stories to toasts...to dances...to marriage.

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the designer

Brittany gave the event

designer some ideas of what she liked and the color scheme. Alan Perry Designs took her ideas and went with it. They knew the house and view alone were going to be the centerpiece of the wedding. They had the right amount of flowers that added the right touch to make it a wedding.

the theme

Chevron! Gray and white to

be exact. ...a modern feel with a vintage touch.

the first dance

Before their first dance

they had their immediate family members each write a short story how they met their spouse. They had one of the groomsmen tell the story as they danced to their wedding song or a song that reminded them of each other if they didn’t have a first dance song. After their families danced it was Brittany and Tyler’s turn. Their song: “Flower” by Amos Lee.

the dress

A unique Pronovias gown.

Eventhough she had second guessed her choice, when she put it on, she said it was “just me”.


the favorite detail: The view!. the advice Just relax. the honeymoon NYC for a 5 day mini-moon.They are still deciding on THE honeymoon location which will be somewhere warm and relaxing in the winter months.

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Ceremony & Reception Site: Rubywood - Paragon Lodging, Breckenridge CO paragonlodging.com | 970.547.2122 Bride: Alan Evans Bridal alanevenbridal.com Custom Jewelry: Shaneco.com and Etsy-HMbySemraAscioglu | etsy.com Groom: Suit was from Jos. A Bank | josbank.com Tie Bar l | thetiebar.com Wedding Website | mywedding.com Photographer: Adam Pacheco Photography adam@adampachecophoto.com 720.626.0457 Cinematographers: Rocky Mountain Bride Productions RMBProductions.com | 720.849.9131 Flowers: Alan Perry Floral and Event Design allenperrydesign@gmail.com | 303.946.1530 Officiant: Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants, Julie Wright-Kile | lyssabeths.com 970.389.5795 Caterer: Relish Catering relishcateringco.com | 303.501.8953 Rentals: Colorado Tents & Events coloradotentsandevents.com 970 262 6858 Hair: Megan Carey | megancaryartistry.com 775.560.3491 Invitations: A Life of letters ahenderson23@q.com | 303.913.7659 Cake: The Bundt Shoppe 303.442.8638 (Tyler’s Mom made the cake pops!) Entertainment: A Music Plus | amusicplus.com

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V ail Photos by: James Christianson Photography

The Arrabelle, Vail

Yes they are Epic! Offering 13 top notch romantic locations each venue is special and offers a unique character that cannot be duplicated. RMB's Favorites: The Lodge at Vail & The Arrabelle

Beaver Creek Up a valley and tucked away you will find contemporary ambiance and European sophistication in Iconic Resorts 11 unique wedding and reception settings. Allies Cabin, Beaver Creek

RMB's Favorites: Allies Cabin & Saddle Ridge

Keystone Resort Keystone Resort offers beautiful lodging accommodations and in resort transportation to and from 10 lovely and unique reception locations. Choose a site high atop a mountain or tucked away in their wooded and open valleys. RMB's Favorites: Ski Tip Lodge & Outpost Photo by: Dream Time Images

Outpost, Keystone

Breckenridge There are 9 Venues in this Victorian town to choose from with locations accommodating 40 to 300 people. On mountain or in town Breckenridge will delight you and your guests. RMB's Favorites: One Ski Hill & Ten Mile Station

Alpine, Old World, Western, Contemporary or Elegant whatever the style of your affair Iconic Weddings perfect destinations will One Ski Hill Place, Breckenridge

make it unforgettable.

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The Silverthorne Pavilion Aordable Mountain Elegance

Perfect for your mountain wedding.

Photo Credit: Elevate Photography

Where serene mountain settings meet affordable style. The Pavilion boasts 12,000 square feet of mountain elegance that includes hardwood floors throughout, hand crafted chandeliers, exposed trusses, and custom ironwork.

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wedding wars colorado winner - 2013

Tell us a little about yourself and how you

What makes your work unique?

table scape ideas, colors and textural

came to be in the wedding industry?

I bring a unique combination of skills and

elements. Sometimes inspiration comes from a

I am originally from New York and have

experience to The Main Event. I began my

hike in the woods or from a floral

always loved design, production and

career in film production so I always start

arrangement at Bergdorf Goodman! Most of

planning. The Main Event formally began in

each event from a production perspective

all, I draw my inspiration from each bride and

2000 but since the nineties we’ve produced

beginning with a budget and schedule. Then

groom. I always take the time to find out

many live events including festivals,

I move on to my favorite part of the wedding

where they are from, their backgrounds,

promotions and private events. After I was a

planning, the creative elements. I am very

interests and travels. I incorporate these

married in 2001 it dawned on me that

detail oriented and will even coordinate the

elements in my wedding designs to make

planning weddings was the perfect way to

visual aspects of the menu to reflect the

each wedding a signature event that reflects

combine my production skills with my creative

overall wedding design. If there is fiddle fern

the combined personal style of the couple. At

side. I also really enjoy connecting with each

in the flower arrangements than I might

the reception this may manifest in wines

couple. My goal is to have each client feel as

choose to have bread sticks made to match

exclusively from the place the couple met (ie.

though they are my only client. Planning a

that design element, as I did in the Wedding

Australia, Italy, South Africa) or centerpieces

wedding requires a lot of time, effort and

Wars design. In college I wrote, directed,

made from photos of the couples’ ancestors.

emotion. I want to make sure my clients feel

choreographed and performed in theater

supported throughout the planning process.

productions so my creativity lends itself to a

What advice do you have for a bride on a

This is the basis for our luxury planning. We

live and visual format. This seems to work

budget?

make each wedding a one of a kind custom

very well for planning and producing

I have a lot of advice on this topic but the first

wedding and tailor each element to reflect

weddings because in essence, it is a live

step is to make a budget and stick to it! A

the individuality of the couple. Over the years

theatrical production!

well-planned budget will help you to make

I have formed many lifelong friendships with my clients!

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decisions along the way and curb your desire Where do you get your inspirations?

to overspend. Do pick one thing to splurge

I love interior design stores and magazines for

on, like the band. If everyone is packed on


The Main Event Jill Waldman, Owner

the dance floor having a great time there will

The Main Event we offer design consultations

be less attention focused on the simple

and in just a few hours we can create a design

tablecloths and single stem floral centerpieces

blueprint for you to follow as you plan your

in eclectic vases (translation: borrowed from

wedding.

friends!). Also if you do choose basic tablecloths, go for a splash of color with a

What question do you encourage your

napkin or runner. It’s a lot more cost effective.

brides to ask, but they often times never do? I wish couples would ask for some time alone

What trends are you seeing in the mountains?

or together as a couple before the ceremony on

Personally, I am not into following trends. I help

their wedding day... It’s always such a busy few

each bride create her own unique theme for her

days, so it’s easy to get distracted. It’s my hope

wedding. I find the brides’ style by drawing out

that all brides and grooms will be fully present

her interests and preferred colors. It’s really

for their ceremony and reception. Once all the

awful when you look back at your wedding

planning is done it’s nice to take a step back

photos (sorry Princess Diana) and see a style

and reflect on the joy that comes from joining

trend that just didn’t quite work! When the color

your lives together in marriage.

gray trended in a few years ago, I had to

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a decade! Choose a wedding style that is

I have been a wedding planner and event

timeless and speaks to you personally. It will

designer for over a decade and I still love my

make a much bigger statement than following

career. It is so gratifying to help make a

any trend that guests may have seen at other

couple’s wedding day run smoothly. I love to

weddings or events. If you need help defining

see everyone relaxed, happy and able to fully

your style, then meet with an event designer. At

enjoy the celebration!

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real wedding

lacey + stephen

colorado springs, colorado

Lacey Ricillo and Stephen Fields Jr were married in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on Saturday, August 24, 2013. These two have been inseperable since their first date in New York City. The story has it that Stephen even told his sister that Lacey was ‘the one’ the very same night they met. After two years of dating, Lacey said ”yes” in a beautiful setting in Austoria Park. Hannah Truly Photography


the theme

Very Colorado. Rustic, antique,

comfortable and of course mostly DIY.

the dress

A delicate champaign gown

with gold lace detail.

the first dance

“You and Me� by Dave

Matthews. After the song seemingly playing by happenstance at the most significant moments, it ultimately became their motto.

the favorite detail:

All of it! But they

especially enjoyed sorting through old photos to make the family trees they displayed at the reception.

the menu

Colorado-ribeye and stuffed

chicken. Everything served was produced from locally grown products.

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the advice

Make it personal. Your guests may know you but they want to

know you as a couple and what you are to each other. Also, don’t lose sight of the fact that the day and everything leading up to the day is about you two and celebrating your joy and love with those close to you, enjoy every minute.

the unexpected

The rain! It rained as they went into the church and stopped

just before the newlyweds walked out together

the honeymoon Mexico, Tulum and Cancun the cake The couple had a lovely wedding cake with a silly skier’s cake topper. The groom's cake was of a mountain, celebrating the couples love for the mountains and skiing. Later in the evening the guests were surprised and treated to a chocolate fountain, celebrating their love for chocolate.

three words

The three adjectives the couple used to describe their wedding

day were, " Meaningful, Personal, and Fun!"

the colors

coral, peach, and yellow. - bright and summery adding a whimsical

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professional profile

Rene Tate P hotography Rene Tate, Owner

How would you describe your photographic style? Our couples describe our work primarily as romantic. The next word that typically comes to their minds is elegant, followed by timeless, intimate, and story-telling with a modern twist. And that's exactly what I would want them to say.

in terms of lighting and scenery is just

values light, and how they work with it both

unmatched. I know photographers from the

inside and outside during your prep,

rest of the 49 states that would kill to have

ceremony, and reception. Lighting is

our majestic, diverse scenery.

everything and can take any image from good to great. The difference is in the

What has been the most important lesson you have learned since you started photographing weddings? For us, it's starting every wedding reflecting

What is your favorite moment to capture on a wedding day and why?

on our why‌ the bigger picture of what

I know for many it's when the groom sees

our web site. The point is, the biggest

his bride of the first time. For me, my

lesson we've learned is to have a why. It

favorite moment to capture is the bride

completely changes how we think before

putting on her wedding dress and jewelry

we press that shutter-release, in a way that

- this time not for a fitting. The emotion in

makes us proud of each image we shoot.

the room is incredible. That's when things

We're intentional.

we do. You can find more of our why on

details. I'd also inquire about equipment and their backup plans should anything go awry. Lastly, I would make sure to see two or three full weddings similar to the type of wedding your planning: church ceremony, tented reception, etc.

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aturally Inspired: Red Delicious!

We are fortunate to have the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. So many people have moved here just because they love the thought of being outdoors. Whether it's hiking, skiing, camping, or simply the view from your window, there's nothing like the natural beauty Colorado has to offer. Bringing the outdoors into your wedding day has never been more fun! Why not choose some of your favorite natural elements to build your theme? We've chosen apples as our star. To get you started, we have some simple suggestions to inspire you while planning your unique day!

Your Bouquet: As you are considering your florist, tell them about your plans to incorporate your outdoor element into your wedding. Florists, as any other artist, will jump at the chance to exercise their creativity in new, and exciting ways. Chances are, she will come up with something you never even thought possible. A bouquet carefully decorated with apples is an unexpected twist on this bridal staple. Twigs and branches were added to give a rustic feel that was appropriate to the venue.

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What to Wear: Attire is such an important part of your day, and is an opportunity to highlight your style and make a statement. Pops of red shoes on the Bride, and red socks on the Groom add a playful surprise that ties into the color theme.

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Inspired Reception Decor: Your florist can help you get very creative here as well. If you are looking for a touch of whimsy, you can have orchard inspired centerpieces. The contrast of the deep red apples, touches of gold, and twisting branches lend authenticity to their outdoor origins. Gold thread was used to hang apples from branches to give the feel of an apple tree. These could be used as centerpieces, or even as a unique way for guests to find their seating. We also placed some beautiful red apples underneath glass while using a barrel as a table base. This could be used as a table to hold your guestbook! The key is to weave your theme throughout your day in unexpected ways. Create surprise elements for your guests to find! rockymountainbride.com

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CreditsPhotographers- Bellamint Photography Venue- The Venue at Crooked Willow Farms, Larkspur, CO Floral Design- The Fresh Flower Market Dress & Tux- Wedding Treasures Makeup- Cynthia Mazzara of Magnifica Bella Hair- Aleigha Hans of Captivate by Aleigha xo ox xo ox xo

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Edible Additions: There are so many delicious possibilities to add here! We chose to feel the sway of autumn by incorporating a cider-inspired signature cocktail, as well as the gooey, ever enticing caramel apple bar. Not only is it a delicious option for all ages, but the caramel apple bar can be adorned with colorful, textural elements such as candies, chocolate drizzles, and peanuts. Here are some other catagories to consider when adding your special elements. invitations/save the date cards place card holders candle holders cake toppers linens and chair covers favors for guests photo props hair design So, get inspired and be creative. We just know you are well on your way to planning your very own inspired wedding! 42

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real wedding

suzanne + anthony

crested butte, colorado

On September 21st, 2013, Suzanne and Anthony said

"I Do"

on a lovely Colorado day,

The Woods Walk. Her bachorette party was spent with best friends in Santa Barbara’s wine country and his was on the Colorado River, outside of Moab, Utah. From their early courtship in Summit County, to six week treks in Nepal, this couple found their perfect place with one another.

in Crested Butte at

James Michael Lang Photography


the theme

The feeling of the wedding

itself was "vintage mountain chic." The couples "Pine Beetle Kill" invites were inspired by the eco-friendly life they practice at home in Summit County.

the dress

Suzanne wore a lace and linen

Claire Pettibon gown, made ‘just for her’ and in her words, “worth the wait!”

the food

The couple served signature

cocktails and passed apps which included wild boar and meatballs for guest to enjoy during cocktail hour. For dinner they had food stations boasting a mashed potato bar, elk, beef tenderloin, a soup station and truffle mac-n-cheese. And of course, they couldn't leave out their favorites, so they put a nacho bar and truffle popcorn on the late night menu.

the colors

They chose light, romantic,

neutral colors that played well with their "vintage mountain chic" theme.

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the advice "Hire a wedding planner!" the first dance The couple danced to "Sharp Cutting Wings", by Lucinda Williams - a song which perfectly captures the life they share together.

the unexpected

"We partied at Vinotok, downtown Crested Butte, with our wedding

vendors after the wedding!"

the honeymoon

The couple will spend their honeymoon in Laos, Cambodia and

Vietnam in the fall of 2014.

the three words

The three adjectives the couple used to describe their day were:

“BEST. WEDDING. EVER.”

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GOLD RUSH

Modern Day Rustic-Vintage: A Style of the West

Photographed and Written by Jeff & Jewels Photography When Bridget from La Boheme Events and I met for the first time, it was obvious that we were meant to be together. Her idea of doing a "GOLD RUSH" themed Styled Shoot made my mind explode! We brainstormed with big eyes, giggles, and a cohesive vision that we knew we just had to make happen. Industrial yet rustic, vintage yet glam, and "Colorado", but unique as "Rustic/Vintage" is all the rage around these parts. We planned this shoot for months. Finding the perfect venue was succeeded when we discovered 2127 Larimer in Denver. Once we had that, all the other elements just fell into place. Every vendor was fabulous to work with and executed our vision perfectly! The shoot was not without challenges. The main one being that we had to postpone the "outdoor portrait" part due to the fact that it snowed the entire day... the ENTIRE day. The stars aligned and we were able to get "Jenna" & "Noah", professionals who had no problem pretending to be husband and wife (Hannah Kimball & Caleb Gardner). rockymountainbride.com

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It was important to me the photos told a story - the story of Jenna & Noah, traveling cross country by train, "Pikes Peak Or Bust". Their chapel wedding - intimate and romantic. It was important to us all of the details were accurate, if not totally authentic, and they HAD to be perfect! We loved the dress - a Waters & Waters - and the fabric made us think of an antique handkerchief. The western style suit complimented it perfectly. The model’s gold jewelry fancied up as only a first-class ladies’ would. Plum Sage went all out with the flowers including chamomile, lavender, subtle sprays of wheat, deep red roses, and some spray painted thistles! The handle of the bouquet was perfectly wrapped in twine and lace. The details of the table were just as stunning. A reclaimed wood beam ran the length of the table and held the many vessels that were the centerpiece - gold mercury glass, wooden boxes, and gold and glass candle holders. My favorite part was the rock candy in the champagne! The alter was built around draped muslin with dried flower bouquets, a cow skull, wagon wheel, whiskey barrel, and gold bars. The ceremony benches were made by Bridget's husband (La Boheme Events), just for the shoot (thanks Jason!). Gold mica and gold "nuggets" adorned the aisle. Chairished Vintage Rentals, had this fantastic wooden arch to hang things from for the sweets table and late night snack set ups. Goodies from Leaf & Crumb Bakery included 2 kinds of cake pops: milk chocolate and peanut butter, dipped in chocolate, and vanilla bean and fresh strawberry dipped in white chocolate & gold sugar; mini apple strusel pies; vanilla and rooibos mini scones with vanilla glaze; 2 kinds of french macaroons: traditional with mild chocolate granache and butterscotch with marshmallow buttercream; milk chocolate whiskey mousse with chantilly cream shooters; chamomile & thyme caramels; a 3 tiered Earl Grey cake with white chocolate Earl Grey swiss buttercream; and a pumpkin chai cake with cinnamon cream cheese filling covered in GOLD!

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Relish Catering & Events provided all the food. They made us Mac &

Page & Mason Invitations made the most adorable beer and whiskey

Cheese in the cutest little cast iron skillets you've ever seen; tomato bisque

bottle labels! We even had Goldschlager shots egging you on with a

shooters with a grilled tilagioprosciutto panini; truffle fries, and delicious

"Pikes Peak or Bust" mantra.

kettle corn served in paper bags. The "General Store" bar backdrop was the combination of a piece made by Bridget's husband Jason, and an

We are absolutely thrilled to share GOLD RUSH with you and hope you

old door set up on some whiskey barrels.

love it as much as we did putting this inspiration shoot together just for our Rocky Mountain brides!


Vendors Photos: Jeff & Jewels Photography | jeffandjewels.com Planner: La Boheme Events – Bridget | labohemeevents.com Venue: 2127 Larimer - Matt | 2127larimer.com Florist: Plum Sage – Caitlin | plumsageflowers.com Vintage: Chairished –Gretchen | chairishedrentals@gmail.com Bakery: Leaf & Crumb – Jennifer | jenniferdelarocha@gmail.com Catering: Relish Catering & Events | thefoodguy.net Printed: Page & Mason – Amy | pageandmason.com Dress: d’Anelli Bridal – Celeste | coloradobridals.com Suit: Alter Occasions – Leanne | alteroccasions.com Hair & Makeup: Jewels Gray | jeffandjewels.com Designer: Peggy Cox | cainrocks@msn.com Rentals: Colorado Party Rental


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Ways To Keep Your Summer GLOW All Winter Long!

Taylor Chamberlain & Erika Oltmann

With fall leaves, football and the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, one thing is certain, winter will be here before you know it! For Rocky Mountain Brides planning their wedding in the next 6 months, it is important to keep the summer glow as long as possible! Here are six snow-proof ways to keep that glow all winter long, leaving you sun-kissed and ready to say “I Do!”

“Keep your summer mindset all winter long with these tips!"

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1. Stay Active Don’t let the snow stop you from staying fit! Winter is a great time to get involved with indoor exercise classes designed to keep your body wedding dress ready! Core Power Yoga has studios all over Colorado, and provides a wide range of classes from Beginners’ Yoga to Hot Power Fusion. Each class will help you build strength, tone muscles, increase flexibility and improve circulation. As a bonus, yoga is a fabulous stress reliever! Core Power offers free one-week trials, so there is no excuse not to try it out. To find a studio near you, visit www.corepoweryoga.com.

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The Body Barre is a ballet bar and dance-inspired fitness studio exclusive to Colorado. Owner and Instructor, Jen Rehm describes Barre as “unique because no matter how fit or strong you are, the workout is always going to challenge you and keep your muscles guessing. By isolating specific muscle groups that you're not used to using, followed by stretching

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2. Winter-Ready Locks Keep your hair looking summer fresh with these great tips from Kate Allen, Lead Stylist and GM at Fluff*Bar Denver! Combat the Static - static is such a pain during the winter season. It's caused by a lack of moisture in the air and most women believe that hairspray will calm it down and tame their locks. The opposite is actually true... the hairspray dries it out even more and while a few sprays might tame your tresses for about an hour, you'll be back to frizzy flyaway strands in no time. For clients who have fine hair (the most susceptible hair type to static), I always recommend bringing a travel size styling lotion with them in their bags wherever they go. They put some on in the morning when they style and then by about lunch time when it's starting to dry up and static is becoming a problem again, they can just emulsify some lotion in their hands and run it through. Problem solved! I recommend Kevin Murphy's Anti Gravity Styling Lotion.

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Boulder-based makeup company, Alchemy Mineral Blends, offers a line of mineral-based products that are 100 percent natural and free of harmful perfumes and dyes. To protect your summer glow, try Alchemy’s SPF 26 Loose Mineral Foundation; it will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as pollutants. Alchemy’s Goddess Glow is a brush-on shimmer that can be applied to the face and body to provide that sunkissed look all year round! To view the complete collection, as well as tips and tricks from the pros, visit alchemymineralblends.com.

4. Summer State of Mind Put a new perspective on snowy days by treating them like the summer sun is shining! Everyone enjoys a great book by the pool, and the same vibe can be found by sitting in your favorite nook, curled up with some apple cider and your kindle on a snowy Saturday. If that doesn’t work, plan a picnic indoors! Throw a cozy blanket on the living room floor, and bring out the bubbly and your favorite picnic foods for the perfect ant-free date! Finally, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean your can’t still enjoy ice cream! Jazz up

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vanilla with baked apple slices. To make for 2, just toss 1 cored and sliced apple, with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, and bake at 375 degrees until soft – about 40 minutes.

5. Eating Healthy Summer and the abundance of neighborhood Farmer’s Markets might be over, but fresh, Colorado-grown produce is not! According to Heather Cherry, Registered Dietitian at www.strengthfromwithin.net, you should focus on in-season Vegetables, such as Acorn and Winter Squash that are packed with skin loving Vitamin A. Fresh summer fruits can be replaced with frozen fruits. They provide all the same health benefits because they are picked when they are ripe, and frozen immediately, which locks in their nutritional value. Furthermore, Heather recommends upping your Omega 3 by eating more Salmon, Halibut, and Trout, which has wonderful antiinflammatory aspects, and does wonders for your youthful glow. To find fresh, and in-season foods, try the online resource, Colorado Local First, for all things local and where to buy them! Find a local market near you at: www.coloradolocalfirst.com.

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6. Fresh Face For a natural way to keep your face moist and healthy in the cold winter winds, try one of Denver Botanic Gardens’ All Natural Skin Care Classes. In one three-hour class, you’ll learn to create natural cleansers, moisturizers and more to help banish blemishes and wrinkles. You’ll also take home all the products you make, as well as the recipes to re-create your favorites at home. Visit www.botanicgardens.org to sign up for the next class. Looking to be pampered while renewing your skin? Spa at St Julien in Boulder offers an exclusive Ultimate Oxygen Facial, aimed at repairing damage and restoring resiliency and suppleness. The 75-minute cooling facial will leave your complexion smooth, and your skin infused with moisturising oxygen that's ready to stand up to the Colorado cold! To make a reservation, visit www.stjulien.com, or call (720) 406-8218.

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real wedding

telluride, colorado

erin + connor

Chicago

couple, Erin Kay Scherer and Francis Connor Murnighan loved the idea of

celebrating their marriage with friends and family thoughout a very February in

beautiful

Telluride, Colorado. Guests report

the bride and groom-to-be. With

this week as much as

30 inches of snow dropped on the mountain, Erin

and Connor made sure to ski everyday!.

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loving

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the theme

The couple did not have a

theme per se, yet everything was completely mountain-inspired, from the invites to their wedding website.

the dress

timeless and antique, with a

new feel to it. She also wore an adoreable bird cage veil for the ceremony!

the jewelry

It’s Conner’s family tradition

to give pearls. Erin didn’t have a necklace planned but Conner presented her with one the night before the weddding. They went perfectly!

the unexpected

The 13 inches of snow

that started coming down in the early morning was a beautiful suprise.

the music

A major detail for their big day,

the couple flew in a DJ from New York. Or in their words, they “brought the party”

the first dance

Was to Otis Redding's,

“That’s How Strong My Love Is”.

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the advice

Set a date for when you will no longer get upset about details. For me,

that was the moment I set foot on the plane to Telluride. There comes a time when you can no longer worry about tiny details, because in most cases guests will not know what was supposed to happen vs. what actually ended up happening.

the honeymoon Costa Rica three words The three adjectives the couple used to describe their wedding day were, "Snowy, Amazing, Cloud 9 and Dreamy."

a wedding vendor story we have is...

"Our week-of wedding coordinator,

Meehan Fee and DJ Center - Emil Herscher - both went into “make it happen� mode after a flight cancellation from NY to Telluride which DJ Center was suppose to be on. A train, 2 planes, and a shuttle later made for the wedding of our dreams!"


Ceremony: St Patrick | stpatrickstelluride.org 970 728 3387 Reception Site: Allreds, Telluride, CO allredsrestaurant.com | 970 728 7474 Bride: Weddings 826 of Chicago weddings826.com | 877 373 7782 Veil was custom-made. Ceremony Shoes: Valentino Groom: Brooks Brothers, Brooks Brothers Houston brooksbrothers.com | 713 627 2057 Hair: Shayla Wilkens | YX Salon 970 708 2308 Make-up Artist: Stephanie Solley | ssolley@gmail.com Rings: Michael Herman of New York mhnewyork.com | 212 588 8997 Coordinator: Meehan Fee, Telluride Unveiled tellurideunveiled.com | 914 830 2238 Catering: Allred's Restaurant allredsrestaurant.com | 970 728 7474 Florist: The Garden Store, Telluride 970 728 1818 Photographer: Adam Housman | ahpphotos.com 720 338 3719 Music: DJ Center – Emil Herscher center@pushthefader.com Officiant: Deacon Michael Doehrman St. Patricks Church, Telluride | 970 728 3387 Transportation: Mountain Limo | mountain-limo.com 970 728 9606 Veil & Accessories: Birdcage Veil – Shannon McGaughey’s Etsy Invitations: Anna Kate Design | anna.kate.design.com

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Written by Marisa Heidt of Feather & Twig Images by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design

When photographer, Kristina, of Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, and I got together to discuss collaborating on a styled shoot, we brainstormed two ideas; one being, how to tie in a unique theme that would still speak to the Colorado lifestyle. Or, as the PR Coordinator of Todd Reed Jewelry, Naomi, summed it up as "Rustic Luxury". We knew we wanted a hunting theme, but felt like camo and blaze orange heels for the bride would be going a little too far. We decided to take the formality of traditional English hunting and interpret it to more of a Colorado luxe style. We chose an outstanding venue, the Evergreen Lake House, as we were entranced by its location, the grand log structure, and the large stone fireplace. Our natural color scheme with browns, tans, pops of deep reds, white, and mossy green florals truly added a sense of regality. We added an animal mount above the mantle with some trophies, pheasant feather, LED candles, and antler candelabras. The crackling fireplace provided the perfect backdrop for plush red velvet chairs, the rustic dining table made of old growth reclaimed wood, a full place setting with real silver flatware, gold-rimmed goblets, and the other star of the show; the off center, centerpiece – an antler chandelier overflowing with foliage greens, arranged florals, and red berries strewn throughout. Our groom donned an Orvis pub jacket, khakis, sweater, and solid red tie with an Ivy cap; he more than complimented the gorgeous bride in her hand made silk gown with patchwork lace, and an original love poem (written specifically for this dress) appliqué down the right side of the over coat. The sleeveless dress proved to be the perfect style for a toasty indoor reception. For outdoor scenes, the bride’s hand-knitted opera fingerless gloves and shawl added the perfect accent and warmth for our bride. The organic jewelry topped off the rustic luxury we were going for, and Todd Reed Jewelry went above and beyond with their unique and jaw-dropping accessories. Add in a handmade hairpiece for the bride’s special “something new”.

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A red sofa for lounging outdoors with a coyote throw to stay

invitations, and a simpler, elegant cake. Having a variety of unique

warm, provided the prime opportunity for guests to admire the

stands, compotes, and trays to display the sweets and a few more

gorgeous view of the venue. A scotch bar for the groom and his

sprigs of pheasant feathers, pulled it all together.

boys provided a cozy corner with an ornate area rug fitting with the theme, old cigar boxes and books, and elegant decanters creating an eye-catching display and a perfect spot to offer up a toast. Serve up your scotch with an original sweet for the perfect pair, and then move over to the sweetest of sweets tables with several choices of delectable treats which include sweet almond candies, brigadieros, favors to go, and your pick of one of the three cakes which all tied into our lovely theme; a wood-grained log carved with the bride and groom’s initials, a three-tiered cake replicating the design of the

The invitation set the tone of the event from the beginning, with its leather accents, subtle wood grain, and pops of red pattern; it made for a perfect balance of feminine and masculine. You can see the repeated patterns throughout the table settings; in the leather placemats, subtle wood grain patterned napkins, touches of red, and a dash of gold in the simple but classy dishes and goblets. A full setting of silverware and the elaborate menus provide guests with a hint of what’s to come.


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' from fisherman to fiance...

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makeover Juli Rathke

We know you love a good makeover. But this one has a little twist to it. We took three amazing mountain men and caught up with them in their ideal element. Then, we took them out of their comfort zone, pampered them, took them shopping and dressed them up to impress. We paraded around Bozeman, Jackson Hole and Denver with our madeover men and a few heads did turn. The guys selected were picked by our readers and social media followers and are not real models. Just had to say that because they did such an amazing job... and remember a little goes a long way!

Bachelor # 1 Name: Tom Lives: Montana Works: Yellow Dog Flyfishing


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Bachelor # 2 Name: Jeff Lives: Wyoming Works: Business Owner


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Bachelor # 3 Name: Jake Lives: Colorado Works: energy solutions


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Style Credit

Photographer: Hannah Pobar | hannahtruly.com Clothing: Goldyn | shopgoldyn.com Hair: J. Audrey Hair Studio | jaudreyhairstudio.com Location: The Infinite Monkey Theorom, Denver theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com

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Why Wear a Boutonnière? Why should a man wear a flower on his lapel, especially when he is likely to be the only fellow sporting one? I’ll give you three reasons: 1. It’s a great conversation starter – I guarantee someone will ask about it; the key is to be confident as to why you are wearing it. If a compliment is given, simply say thank you, and then move on with the conversation unless your conversation partner(s) wishes to dwell on it. Nothing sours a conversation more than a man who displays arrogance and who talks about himself too much – the flower in your lapel should be like a spark….a conversation starter, not the subject of the conversation. 2. You have something to give – How many times have you spent a wonderful evening with a woman you just met, and at the end of the night the only thing you can give her is your business card? Try leaving her with something a bit more unique and memorable. Or perhaps you want to make your aunt’s 70th birthday even more special – there are few things nicer to receive than a sincere showing of love accompanied by a flower. 3. It shows you pay attention to details – When wearing a boutonniere, it’s about realizing and showing that the little things matter.

How to Choose the Flower for Your Jacket’s Lapel First the flower should fit the occasion – simple white or red blooms for formal occasions, while for less formal occasions more colorful and exotic flowers are fine. Second, the

boutonniere should be coordinated with the clothing you are wearing. If in doubt, a simple white bloom, like a white pocket square, is always a safe bet. And speaking of pocket squares, you are permitted to wear a boutonniere with a pocket square, although a boutonniere by itself can stand in for a pocket square. The rule here is balance; avoid too much of a good thing by muting down the color of your square or wearing a white pocket handkerchief. The final factor in selecting a boutonniere flower is how long you plan on wearing it – many flowers will wilt after a few hours in the heat and without water, so if you are looking for something that will last all day in the West Texas heat consider consulting a florist. The Carnation Boutonniere – Simple, affordable, easy to find; of all the flowers a man can choose for his boutonniere, the carnation is perhaps the most versatile and easiest to pull off. White is always acceptable, although it is best suited to more formal occasions. Red is a close second, and can bring a dash of color to a black tie outfit or dress up a sport jacket and jeans. I personally prefer miniature carnations; however, a normal bloom that hasn’t fully opened works well. The only downside to a carnation is that it will begin to droop after a day of wearing, so wear it fresh or if for a long day consider having it professionally prepared by a florist. The Rose Boutonniere – About as easy to find as carnations, roses are more complicated to wear as they are substantially larger and must be free from imperfections. To the general public, they are considered the most formal flower, and they are perfect choices

when celebrating love at either a wedding or anniversary. Rose boutonnieres look best when they are professionally prepared as then they can be permanently tilted and even hydrated with a tiny water stop. If you head down this route ensure your jacket lapel can support the weight. Other Flower Options – Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Sweet William, Orchids, Hyacinths, Daisies, and Lilacs are all excellent choices. You may have to special order these, but the reward is that you’ll have a unique and beautiful companion. Remember that flowers have meanings and that these meanings change across cultures. Carnations are one of the most common boutonniere flowers in the United States, are the national flower of Spain, and show respect in Korea. In France however, carnations are a common funeral flower and considered unlucky outside of this setting.

Remember Wear It with Confidence – Do not be afraid to be an individual. Wear a boutonniere because you want to. Pay Attention to Proportion – If you’re a small man, wear small flowers. If you’re a large man, consider something that is more befitting your size. Never Upstage the Ladies – A boutonniere is a single flower or a small collection of tiny blooms; never wear something unwieldy. Source: The Art Of Manliness, "How to Wear a Boutonnière. artofmanliness.com

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professional profile

pink posey design Buffy Haramaki, Owner

What do you like most about being a wedding florist in Colorado? I love the Colorado weather, seasons and the variety of wedding locations available! We have everything from green meadows, snow covered hills, rustic barns to breathtaking ballrooms. Add in the changing seasons and diverse weather and the result is a never ending ability to be creative with floral. The truly endless possibilities keep me from being tied to one wedding style and allow me to be continuously challenged while staying on top of my game!

What is your favorite type of arrangement to make and why? The Bridal Bouquet. I love the importance of this bouquet and significance of each bloom that goes into it. I have enjoyed learning over the years what each flower brings to the bouquet and feel strongly that these are the most important flowers of a Bride's life. The Bridal Bouquet should be

just as she has envisioned it and each bloom should be perfect.

What is the most important information that clients can give you that ensures their flowers are perfect for their big day? Creative freedom! I love when clients show a few photos, offer their color palette, a short list of floral likes and dislikes, and then let us take care of the rest. You can't control what nature creates, so having a little bit of leeway allows us to choose the very best and most amazing flowers available that day.

What can a bride do with flowers to add the most impact to their wedding? I suggest that couples choose a few areas to decorate with really impactful florals rather than attempt to decorate every space with smaller arrangements. This is easily done by focusing on the areas that will be heavily photographed, such as the ceremony or the head table.

What are great ways to get the most out a floral budget? Don't be afraid to use less costly blooms to bulk up your arrangements. You can still show off some amazing garden roses, but sneak in a few mums, hydrangea, and accent with interesting foliage. Also, being sure to prioritize what your non-negotiables are and what items you can't do without will help ensure you get the look you're after within your budget.

Pink Posey Design 303.423.8848 | pinkposeydesign.com 9850 W 59th Place Arvada, CO


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real wedding

robin + jeremiah

denver, colorado

Robin and Jeremiah were married in Denver, Colorado at the

Embassy Suites

Downtown, on May 18th, 2013. This special couple were the recipients of a the Denver Win a Wedding contest witth some of Colorado's top vendors. They had the bride's brother, a worship pastor from Chicago, marry them which made the day all the more special. From the personalized vows to the amazing vendors, this occasion could not have been more perfect.

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the proposal

Jeremiah arranged a

private table at a Kansas City winery with flowers, food and candles. A series of funny events caused Jeremiah to pull over on the side of the road and ask Robin to marry him before they even got to the winery.

the fun

Many of the elements of the

wedding were selected by the vendors and voters of the wedding compeition. The couple were turly able to enjoy the aspects of the engagement time as many of the wedding details were decided for them.

the first dance

The couple danced to

"Fallen" by Lauren Wood

the surprise

The couple gave impromptu

speeches after the Maid of Honor/Best Man. They had nothing prepared and just spoke from the heart. It was an unexpected way to express their gratitude, and it felt right.

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the advice

Just go with it! No one will care or remember what color your linens were,

but they will remember the great time they had on the dance floor or the message they heard at the ceremony. Trust your vendors and keep in mind the real reason you’re getting married. Weddings are just one day. But if you choose good partners and have a good attitude, it will be the best day of your lives!"

the honeymoon The couple took two weekends to themselves. One in the Colorado wine country of Palisade and another in New York City. They spent their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

the three words

The three adjectives the couple used to describe their day were:

“Fun, Surreal, and Joyous”.

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professional profile

Bella Design & P lanning Emily Campbell, Owner

Images by: John Cain

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the wedding industry?

Where do you get your inspirations from?

my clients. Building this team and

Our clients are our inspiration. For my

collaborating with them is the most

II started in corporate and leisure travel in

company as a whole, I often turn to travel,

important thing I do.

1997 and traveled the world with that job.

the theatre and literature for my inspiration.

After four years of working for another

Those mediums were the threads of my

company I opened my own and started

young life and continue to be important. I’m

doing weddings. We still do an occasional

also inspired by nature and I am working

corporate or luxury brand event but the

with the High Country Conservation Center

majority of our team’s time is now spent on

to make my business more sustainable. The

wedding celebrations.

events industry is a wasteful one so I’m exploring ways to be a better steward for

What makes your work unique? Our work is a reflection of our client’s vision

We offer a much more comprehensive package for brides who would like to do the planning and design themselves but want a planner to execute the vision on the wedding weekend. Instead of literally just getting involved the week or day of the

a muse. Luckily our clients also hire us to

What should a couple understand about what you do?

put our creative spin on their design which

Ideally, a couple views me as their guide

the beginning so they have a strong

always translates into a unique event. As a

through the planning and design process. I

foundation, and also so we have a

company I think we are unique in that we

am their advocate, expert counsel and

planning sheet from which we can direct.

are a design and planning studio. From

biggest fan. I have worked in the events

lighting to invitation design, we create

industry for fifteen years and have built

everything in-house. I firmly believe that this

wonderful relationships with talented

improves quality control or at least satiates

vendors. My job is to bring these wonderful

my control issues.

people together to build a team for each of

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What is the difference between "day of coordination" and your "event management" package?

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What question do you think couples should ask you but never do? My client’s do not seem to be shy about asking questions. I know that when I’m


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interviewing with clients, I’m also looking for a good match. Sometimes things don’t need to be said in order to know a good fit.

Do you have any words of wisdom or advice to pass on to the couple? My best advice is to have a strong game plan, follow the process of your wedding planner and trust the people you hire. If you struggle with being able to do that, then you need to make a change because planning should be fun! The day of your wedding, I also recommend that you surrender to the day. Let the day unfold and focus your energy simply on love. Everything will fall into place just as it should when you have a good team backing you.

How may we get in contact with you and your team? Emily Campbell | 970.389.0757 www.gobella.com | Emily@gobella.com

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Picture Perfect Engagement

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“Embrace the season and all the goodness that comes along with it.”

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inviting them to scout out a location that has a lot of meaning to you. Checking out locations beforehand will allow your photographer to make suggestions for the best light and time to photograph your engagement session.

Somewhere seasonal…

All around town… As a photographer, I love having the option to photograph a couple in a few different settings. This allows us to move around for the absolute best light, and to coordinate outfits to particular spaces. Oftentimes I have couples who just can't decide between two different looks, and it is great to be able to accommodate a variety!

Embrace the current season and all the goodness that comes along

My favorite locations have always been off the beaten path- good

with it. If it is autumn, changing leaves in reds and yellows make for

old-fashioned red barns, or pretty fields of tall grass that catch

a stunning background. Engaged in the winter? Bundle up with a

amazing light. I am constantly on the look out for unique and

cute scarf and jacket for photos with a perfect snow-capped Rocky

inspiring locations to suggest for my clients, so reach out to yours

Mountain backdrop. Spring and summer invite sundresses, playful

truly if you are short on ideas.

patterns, and bare feet- which are all wonderful things to incorporate.

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favorite etsy things

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Who doesn't look at etsy for an idea or two? Well, we are kind of addicted. This season, here are some of the new favorites we found. Enjoy, and tell etsy we sent you!

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"Your guests will never forget the attention to detail!"

When we were invited to experience the newly renovated St. Regs Hotel in Aspen, you didn't have to ask us twice. This award-winning hotel has all the bells and whistles and it all centers around their guests. If you are looking for a gem in the Rockies, there are wedding packages available for all types of brides. You might be surprised. Here are a few more details about this amazing property. AND don't forget to make time for the spa, their attention to your every detail is amazing and they offer a unique spa experience even for those who are frequent spa goers! With stunning views of the majestic Rockies, the setting of ultimate luxury, The St. Regis Aspen Resort is the perfect environment for superb winter skiing, summer sports and thearts. Centrally located within walking distance to all of Aspen’s shops, restaurants and entertainment, the resort splendidly encourages relaxation in the ambiance of our newly renovated 179 beautiful guestrooms and suites, including 20 accommodations with fireplaces. Abundant recreation options await: ski, snowshoe or winter fly fish when the temperature dips, while warm weather pursuits include world-class golf, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, biking and tennis. Breathtaking views vie for attention with magnificent personalized service, as can only be found at St. Regis. The St. Regis Aspen Resort offers truly offers an array of activities from skiing to snowmobiling to dog sledding during the winter. Summer offers whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, hot air ballooning, paragliding, and much more. Aspen and the surrounding area offers festivals year-round, some of which include WinterskÜl, Food & Wine and Jazz Aspen Snowmass. rockymountainbride.com

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oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, fitness center, and

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Remède Spa recognizes each guest, each face, each body is unique. We customize each treatment to meet your individual needs and to deliver the benefits you seek. No luxury is spared in our quest to create unparalleled results and experiences. SIGNATURE SELECTIONS For guests who desire locale-inspired experiences, each Remède Spa offers an exclusive selection of treatments featuring techniques and ingredients inspired by its region’s distinct characteristics and unique traditions. For more info visit www.stregisaspen.com | 970 429 9038


Moonspun Jewelry

jeweler profile

Katherine Wheeler Sanz

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

Where do you get your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from the natural world and

Do you have any words of wisdom for people searching for rings?

Born and raised in Colorado, I grew up

the person I am making the piece for. “Be

Follow your heart when choosing a piece to

romping through meadows and streams with

humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for

represent your connection with your beloved.

wildflowers in my hair. This sense of connection

you are made of stars.” I like my work to contain

Forget about any ideas of what you ‘should’

with the natural world has remained integral in

both depth and light. The imperfect organic

choose. Forget social standards or price.

my work at Moonspun Jewelry since its creation

form of hammered gold echos the weight of a

Instead, choose a piece that you absolutely

in 2008. “Let the beauty you love be what you

tree stump. The flowing polished surface reflects

love. Choose something that warms your heart

do” has truly become my mantra as I create

the flow of water. The light catching the edge of

that you’ll want to wear every day.

each piece with love in my Boulder, Colorado

a gemstone is the bright light of a star.

studio.

What makes your work unique? I create each Moonspun piece to order by

How can you be reached?

What should people understand about choosing recycled metal jewelry?

Katherine Wheeler Sanz

Choosing recycled precious metal for your ring

moonspunjewelry@gmail.com

hand using recycled precious metals and

is making a sustainable choice for the earth and

ethically sourced gemstones. The beauty of

generations to come. Rather than digging new

wearing a piece custom-made by hand is

mines, we can use the precious metal we

tangible. Each Moonspun ring glows with the

already have in circulation to create new

gentle power of undivided loving human

jewelry full of love and good energy. What

attention. I work with each client to craft a set of

better way to celebrate your love?

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indie fashions {trending}

As we approach the end of the year and the holidays begin, more and more couples will become engaged and thus the wedding planning, and more importantly, dress shopping begins. While in previous years brides wanted to look like their favorite celebrity, mother, cousin, or friend, now

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more and more brides want a personal and unique look that reflects themselves rather than tradition. Emma & Grace Bridal Studio in the River North (RiNo) district of Denver is the new shop bringing the trend of the unique and indie bride to Colorado.

Emma & Grace Bridal Studio is a new shop bringing the trend of the unique and indie bride to Colorado.

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Brides will always want to look elegant and beautiful on their wedding

Emma & Grace is creating and offering all of these, and the demand

day, but now they want their vision of elegance, not someone else’s,”

is high. Emma & Grace has noticed a spike in the interest of custom

says Emma & Grace Co-owner, Terrie Boesel. “You’re seeing the trend to

accessories since they started offering and creating them.

customize the dress to reflect the bride’s personality in New York, Europe and Australia, but it seemed to be missing in the Denver market.” Terrie and her partner, Mayra Moreno, found brides are moving toward the personal experience of a local boutique, but also wanted the designfocused spirit of a downtown studio. With unique and international

“From the dress to accessories, the entire experience of creating a bride’s look for the wedding should be personal and reflect the bride. Wherever the bride shops, she should feel like she is talking to her family or girlfriends about her dress, accessories, and alterations,” says Terrie. “Weddings are stressful enough. Looking beautiful for your big day

designers not found anywhere else in Denver in addition to an in-house

shouldn’t be. It should be intimate, creative, peaceful and all about the

designer, Emma & Grace offers the unique ability to design and create

bride and her vision for that day,”

the look that perfectly reflects who the bride is and something that cannot be copied by someone else. The indie bride doesn’t stop at the dress. From custom veils to head pieces to garters, brides want their unique look from head to toe, and

Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | 1320 27th St, Denver, CO emmaandgracebridal.com | 720 383 8091

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wedding planning checklist To order past issues or to subscribe to future issues of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine, or to read our daily inspiration blog, please visit us online at www.RockyMountainBride.com.

APPROXIMATELY ONE YEAR OUT:

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Buy a binder, the best place to hold ideas, contracts and other info, and keep it nearby -- you never know when inspiration will strike! Make a guest list, and start collecting snail-mail and email addresses. Hammer out a budget -- figure out where you can cut back and where you want to splurge. Decide on a destination. Unsure? Talk to a travel agent or hit the internet. Research the marriage requirements in your chosen destination. Look into the potential wedding and reception sites, hotels and wedding planners in your locale. Book your engagement photo session. Start shopping for your gown, taking into consideration the ceremony site and the destination's climate. Choose your maid of honor, best man and other attendants. Design a wedding website. Add links to the tourism board, hotel and venues so your guests can have important info and get excited about where they're going.

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Set the date, reserve your site and pick your planner. Send out your save-the-dates with your website address. Select vendors, including caterer, photographer, florist, and band or DJ. Get recommendations from your hotel or planner, and check references from past clients. Choose an officiant, and start planning the service. Research activities and tours available in your locale, and plan at least one group option per day. Order your gown, and select attendants' dresses. Investigate any ethnic customs or cultural traditions you might want to incorporate into your event. Register for gifts or create a honeymoon registry.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS OUT:

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Order your wedding rings. Obtain your passports and visas, and if necessary, get any needed blood tests or vaccinations. Arrange any rental needs like chair covers and sound equipment. Order your wedding invitations and thank-you cards, plus any special stationery (welcome letters, menus, maps, itineraries, signs). Buy or reserve wedding duds for the groom and wedding party. Buy gifts for your attendants and family members, and start composing your thank-you notes to them. Book accommodations and airfare for your wedding and honeymoon.

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Make hair, makeup and spa appointments for you and your 'maids. Shop for wedding accessories (shoes, jewelry, headpiece, lingerie), resort wear, decor and other goods (cake topper, guest book, ring pillow).

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS OUT:

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Arrange and confirm all of your group activities, including transportation for off site excursions. Finalize details with your vendors, including menus, photo poses and locations, floral specifics and special songs -- and get everything in writing.

Make or order the guest favors and welcome-bag items.

ONE TO TWO MONTHS OUT:

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Send out your formal invites six to eight weeks before the big day; include a program of scheduled events, plus dress code, if applicable. Arrange for when and how welcome-bag items and decor should be delivered to your hotel. Have your final gown fitting, complete with lingerie and accessories. Assign wedding-weekend tasks to trusted friends and family members. Write your vows.

TWO WEEKS OUT:

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Review all the details you agreed on with your planner, caterer, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians and any other vendors involved in the wedding events. Confirm your travel bookings. Put together a seating chart, if needed, and make place cards.

ON ARRIVAL:

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Confirm details with your planner and officiant. Apply for a marriage license. Inspect ceremony and reception sites. Assemble or approve welcome bags, and have them delivered to guests' rooms before they arrive.

THE WEDDING DAY:

Forget about all the planning and focus on having a blast!


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altitude... get the facts

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When planning a mountain wedding, the effects of altitude should be

high in carbohydrates, drinking more water than usual and using less salt

addressed. It need not be a scary thing, but if everyone has the facts, it is

may also help.

easier for your friends and family to be at ease.

Once you arrive take it easy for the first day or two. Adequate hydration

ALTITUDE FACTS: As you ascend to higher altitudes, atmospheric pressure

is important in the prevention of altitude illness. Drink two or three times

decreases, the air is thinner and less oxygen is available. It is also colder,

more water or fluid than usual. Limit alcohol consumption for two or

drier and the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger.

three days and minimize caffeine intake. Limit salty foods and increase

After arriving at high altitude, you will probably notice that your breathing is faster and/or deeper, and you may feel short of breath especially when exercising. This is the body's first and most effective response to

carbohydrate consumption. Above all, listen to your body! Do not push the limits of your physical capabilities.

higher elevation. In addition, your heart is likely to beat faster and you

Increase Fluid Intake

may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, headache, or have difficulty

Decrease Salt Intake

sleeping. Before you leave home, you can do a few things to decrease the effects of high altitude. Spending two nights at modest altitude, 5000 to 6000 feet may decrease symptoms when you ascend. Eating foods which are

Moderate Your Physical Activity Eat High Carbohydrate, Low Fat Meals Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine Intake


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Bella Design & Planning

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Telluride Unveiled

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The Main Event

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phone

website

area

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970 668 5732

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

303 814 8972

www.lwdbridal.com

CO/DEN

Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

720 383 8091

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CO/DEN

Bella Bridesmaid

303 377 2025

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785 629 8394

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Word Letterpress

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Moonspun Jewelry

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Sima Gilady, Customized Jewelry

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970 453 6893

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720 849 9131

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406 539 8665

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719 371 0798

www.renetate.om

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Jeff & Jewels Photography

303 936 1981

www.jeffandjewels.com

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Real Life Photographs

970 275 2477

www.reallifephotographs.com

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Merrick Chase Weddings

970 275 1109

www.merrickchaseweddings.com

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Ashley Durham Photography

719 233 3048

www.ashleydurhamphotography.com

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Marianne Brown Photography

229 457 0975

www.mariannebrownphotography.com

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Sunny Memories Photo Booth

303 525 6146

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Villa Parker

303 805 2295

www.villaparker.com

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Della Terra Mountain Chateau

970 586 2501

www.dellaterramountainchateau.com

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Silverthorne Pavilion

970 262 7390

www.silverthornepavilion.org

CO/SC

Telluride Ski Resort

970 728 7446

www.tellurideskiresort.com/weddings

CO/TELL

Mountain Lodge Telluride

970 369 5000

www.mountainlodgetelluride.com

CO/TELL

New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

800 200 1891

www.newsheridan.com

CO/TELL

Estes Park Wedding Association

970 586 6066

www.estesparkweddings.com

CO/EST

SummitCove.com Vacation Lodging

866 976 7895

www.summitcove.com

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Paragon Lodging

866 369 5082

www.paragonlodging.com

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Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

970 453 8718

www.beaverrun.com

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877 495 1378

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970 726 7002

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970 429 9038

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Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort

800 428 4840

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Aspen Meadows Resort

970 544 7823

www.aspenmeadows.com

CO/ASP

Go Breck - Breckenridge Resort Chamber

866 683 6409

www.gobreck.com

CO/SC

Nordic Inn Crested Butte

800 542 7669

www.nordicinncb.com

CO/CB

Gunnison Crested Butte Wedding Council

800 215 2226

www.perfectmountainwedding.com

CO/CB

Hearthstone/MiCasa Restaurant

970 453 1023

www.stormrestaurants.com

CO/SC

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

970 790 6000

www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com

CO/VV

Snow Mountain Ranch

970 887 2152 x4227

www.ymcarockies.org

CO/WP

Lodge & Spa at Cordillera

970 569 6214

www.cordilleralodge.com

CO/VV

Ocean Prime

303 825 3663

www.ocean-prime.com

CO/DEN

Denver Botanic Gardens

720 865 3551

www.botanicgardens.org

CO/DEN

Breckenridge Hospitality

866 263 7299

www.weddingsinbreck.com

CO/SC

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Blue Sage Spa

970 453 7676

www.bluesagespa.com

CO/SC

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970 790 3020

www.spaanjali.com

CO/BC, VV

Allegria Spa

970 748 7500

www.allegriaspa.com

CO/BC, VV

Sara Gambino Weddings & Hair

970 485 0210

www.hairbysaragambino.com

CO/SC, VV

Shine Nail Salon

970 389 0901

www.shinenailsalon.com

CO/SC, VV

J Audrey Hair Studio

303 284 8905

www.jaudreyhairstudio.com

CO/Travel

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COSTA RICA

a newlywed paradise

by Holly Resignolo

Luxury, adventure and howler monkeys await in Costa Rica along

VRBO - A plethora of homes and condominiums are available to rent

the Nicoya Peninsula. Beautiful jungle flowers and foliage, delicious

directly from home owners. We were able to secure the second floor of

restaurants, dramatic ocean vistas and activities of all types await

a beautiful home for our travels in Playa Pelada. The apartment was a

honeymooners who choose this area as a post wedding destination. The

complete one bedroom with kitchen, dining area and living space along

communities of Nosara in the southern Nicoya Peninsula is a location we

with a deck that accessed a pool with a view.

highly recommend to any couple looking for romance and adventure. Activities - Surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, ZipLining, Accommodations range from terrific Luxury Hotels, Unique Bed and

Deep Sea Fishing and Yoga are just some of the huge array of activities

Breakfasts as well as VRBO's or Vacation Rentals By Owner. We had

available to you and your newlywed. We highly recommend Miss Sky

the opportunity to experience the area and have highlighted some great

Canopy Tours where you will fly high above the jungle from 21 different

accommodations and activities.

ziplines. Their tours are safe and informative with professional guides who will make you feel at home. Try a kayak tour with Drifters Kayaking.

The Harmony Hotel - This full service hotel is only moments away from a

The owner DK, a former Colorado river guide, will personally escort you

perfect surf break and prisitine beach in Playa Guiones. Low key glamour

around the mangrove tunnels on the Nosara River. Experience Nosara

and sustainability are the words used to describe this location. The resort

Paddlesurf can introduce you to Ocean SUP Surf with their world class

grounds will charm your senses with lush, fragrant foliage, thatched roof

instruction and camps. Deep sea fishing with Cowboy Sportfishing

bungalows and buildings. The Harmony's open-air eateries utilize only

Charters will bring you into some of the most prolific deep seas waters

the finest locally sourced produce, fish and meats. Be sure to indulge in

with an extremely professional master fishing crew to assist your angling

their restorative healing centre with yoga and body treatments.

dreams. Sightseeing alone is an adventure, especially when you rent an ATV, truly the best way to get around the areas rugged roads.

Hotel Lagarta Lodge - Watch the sun sink into the deep of the Pacific from one of the most romantic decks in the world. This fabled destination

Our staff highly recommends this area for an active honeymoon that will

is a must to dine or stay. The lodge and restaurant are all situated on

be unforgettable in your many years to come. Here are a few resources

a bluff overlooking the Pacific and Nosara River estuary. Lush garden

to help get you started:

pathways, balconied hotel rooms, full service restaurant and direct

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access to the Reserva Biologica Nosara, a private nature-reserve, will

nicoyapeninsula.com/nosara | drifterskayaking.com

enchant you and your spouse.

lagarta.com | experience-nosara.com

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