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the season of classic romance the bride’s planning guide to a perfect rocky mountain wedding

Spring 2015

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in this issue

Spring & Summer 2015 28 Telluride Love Story

Shannon & Nick say “I Do� atop San Sophia Outlook at Telluride Ski Resort.

51 Bride Style

Inspired bridal looks at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

76 On the Range

Smoky grey hues, champagne, and horses - this new classic will make your heart flutter

93 Garden Party

A Spring Fete in the historic Oxford Hotel.

106 Sweet Blooms

On The Range - Connie Whitlock Photography

The art of sugar flowers and gorgeous cakes by Sugar Breck

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in this issue

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18 Do Me A Favor? 20 Clink & Cheers - Teller Bar, Denver 22 The Local Lookout - The Shop at the Denver Botanic Gardens 24 Bride’s Best Friend

style & beauty 48 Summer Essentials

inspiration

112 Honeymoon - Los Poblanos 116 Staymoon 117 The Estes Park Resort 118 Hotel Boulderado 120 Four Seasons Vail 10 rockymountainbride.com

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28 Shannon & Nick, telluride 34 Rebeckah & James, eagle 40 Melissa & Mark, aspen 38 Breckenridge Arts District 44 Winter Park Resort

the front range

73 The RMB Vendor Feature - Florist 88 Get The Look Table - The University Club 102 Find Your Seat, Please!

travel

love stories & looks

58 René & John 65 Lizzy & Ben 62 St Julien Hotel & Spa 70 The University Club

in every issue

12 Editor’s Letter 122 RMB Wedding Day Organizer 126 The Colorado Marketplace Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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behind the scenes

I love spring. That first no-jacket, warm spring day revives you from a chilly winter, and reminds you that summer is just around the corner. The Colorado landscape paints itself with vibrant hues and the Aspens turn that gorgeous minty green color. Along with the warm weather comes wedding season - yay! There is nothing more beautiful than a girl in a little white dress about to marry her love on a blue bird summer day. We at Rocky Mountain Bride are smitten over the love stories that build into a beautiful marriage. What could be more romantic than a ceremony in Aspen’s Maroon Bell’s, or atop of San Sophia Overlook in Telluride? Those iconic backdrops are timeless and stunning, just like your love! It’s discovering these stories that inspire us to find inspiration, design trends, and fun ideas to make your celebration one for the books! In this issue, we are so excited to showcase our brand new look with a website to match! With even more design tips and trends, snapshots into real Colorado weddings, and local finds for everyday life, RMB is your ultimate planning resource for a fabulous Rocky Mountain “I Do.” Whether you are looking for a 14,000 ft. first kiss, or a swanky urban soiree, Rocky Mountain Bride has all you need and more to create your perfect day becoming husband and wife!

Happy Planning, Taylor Chamberlain

a few of my favorite things this season

I’m smitten over classic wedding gown silhouettes and gorgeous sleeve details, like the dress elements on our Canyon City bride, René. Elegant weddings are timeless and will be very popular in 2015! I loved how we combined the rustic and earthy style of C Lazy U Ranch with an upscale design. And the baby llama’s on the ranch are just too cute! Of course, what’s not to love about a vintage wedding? Our French Countryside place setting was the perfect blend of antique and European charm.

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Left to Right: Justin & Mary, Connie Whitlock Photography, Autumn Cutaia Photography

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on the cover

Spring Cover

Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers

“Tyler and I got married in Estes Park surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I’v grown to love summer after summer. For a bunch of Texans, the crisp mountain air was the perfect Labor Day Weekend escape from the heat. The whole weekend was bursting with anticipation, joy, and so much love for each other, our families, and our close friends. I wanted my bridal portraits to be taken in nature and Ali was quick to find the best spot. I’ve grown up loving the outdoors and hiking so it was fitting that the shoot involved some rock climbing in my wedding gown. Ali made me feel comfortable and managed to capture my personality and love of the mountains in every shot.” - Julie, the bride

Beauty Riverpointe Spa | riverspointespa.com Bridal Session Bouquet Yonder Floral & Decor House | houseofyonder.com Bride’s Dress Stardust Celebrations Augusta Jones | stardustcelebrations.com Ceremony YMCA of the Rockies | ymcarockies.org Floral Flori Flowers | fioriboulder.com Music Diamond Empire Band diamondempireband.com Photography Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers | aliandgarrett.com Reception The Stanley Hotel | stanleyhotel.com Sweets Juliana’s Bakery | julianasbakeryandcakery.com Video K Hodge Films | khodgefilms.com Wedding Planner Mark Christopher Weddings & Events | markchristopherweddings.com

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I DO, Done.

Limited 2015 Preferred Dates Still Available! Contact our wedding specialist, Ivette Navarro at 720-406-7396 or at inavarro@stjulien.com

900 WALNUT STREET | BOULDER, CO 80302 720.406.9696 | WWW.STJULIEN.COM


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Summer Cover

Autumn Cutaia Photography

“Our wedding was the celebration of a 10-year long love story and we couldn’t have picked a more magical place to gather with our family and friends than Granby Ranch. It truly was the best day of our lives - so far - and we are so excited to continue our journey together as husband and wife (finally). We were blessed to have worked with Sarah Faulkner and the angels from ‘A Touch of Bliss’ and all of the amazing vendors especially Autumn Cutaia photography who was a joy to work with and was able to capture our love in film.” - Allison, the bride

Beauty Kim J Beauty | kimjbeauty.com Bride’s Dress Little White Dress Bridal Shop - Victor Harper | lwdbridal.com Bridemaid Attire Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Floral The Olive & Poppy Floral Design | theoliveandpoppy.com Music RockCandy DJ | rockcandydj.com Officiant Rev. Chris Mohr | coloradoweddingceremonies.com Photography Autumn Cutaia Photography | autumncutaia.com Sweets Mulberries Cake Shop | mulberriescakeshop.com Venue Granby Ranch | granbyranch.com Wedding Planner Sarah Faulkner, A Touch of Bliss | touchofblissevents.com

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All photos by Nathan Bilow, except winter wedding photo by Sweet Tea Studios

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colorado Finds A curated collection of local wedding ideas, products, shops, and restaurants we love

When it comes to fun favors for guests, look no further than your local grocer - we love Tony’s Market! Guests love to enjoy a tasty treat at the end of the night, so here are our favorites for food favors. Box: Yonder - Floral and Decor House | houseofyonder.com Grocer: Tony’s Market | tonysmarket.com Photography: Autumn Cutaia Photography | autumncutaia.com

Steeped in love

Teakoe Trailhead Lakewood Lemongrass Chai (teakoe.com)

You’re the syrup to my pancakes Slopeside Syrup (slopesidesyrup.com)

Mint to be together

Sencha Naturals Green Tea Mints (senchanaturals.com)

Jam-packed with love

Crossogue Preserves Irish Whiskey Marmalade (crossoguepreserves.com)

Love is sweet, enjoy a delightful treat Taza Cinnamon Chocolate Mexicano Discs (tazachocolate.com)

Thanks for spicing up our wedding day!

The Boulder Hot Sauce Company Smoky Serrano (boulderhotsauce.com)

You’re as sweet as honey

Busy Bee Farm Raw Wildflower Honey (busybeefarm.us)

A sugary snack for the drive back

Hammond’s Candies Mitchell Sweets Caramel (hammondscandies.com)

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Do Me A Favor?

Your local grocery store is full of fun favors for guests to enjoy! Explore Colorado-crafted products to support local businesses and to give your guests a taste of our fabulous state. We adore The Boulder Hot Sauce Company, which is based out of Boulder! Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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colorado finds

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Clink & Cheers Teller Bar sits against the backdrop of the Renaissance Denver Downtown’s iconic lobby, where bank tellers once stood in the former Colorado National Bank building. Featuring an extensive menu of craft beers, wines and modern and classic cocktails, as well as small plates, Teller Bar is open daily from 3-11 p.m. Guests enjoy a daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m., as well as regular special events and entertainment.

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2oz Leopold’s Gin 6 M i n t L e av e s ½ o z L e m o n c e ll o ½ oz Lemon Juice ¼ oz Simple Syrup Slice of Jalapeno S o da W at e r 1 o z P e y c h au d B i tt e r s A d d 6 m i n t L e av e s , 1/2 o z L e m o n Juice, ¼ oz simple syrup, and a slice o f J a l a p e n o i n to a m i x i n g t i n a n d muddle. Then, add 2 oz of L e o p o l d ’ s G i n a n d 1/2 o z o f L e m o n c e ll o . S h a k e a n d s t r a i n i n to a H u r r i c a n e g l a s s f i ll e d w i t h i c e , a n d to p w i t h s o da a n d 1 o z o f P e y c h au d B i tt e r s .

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3320 MESA ROAD COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 719.520.4978 WEDDINGS@GGCLUB.COM GARDENOFTHEGODSCLUBANDRESORT.COM

© Photography by Jewels

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T h e L o c a l L o o ko u t The Shop at Denver Botanic Gardens The Shop at the Gardens gift shop is open year-round during regular Garden hours and is located in the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center. Admission to the Shop at the Gardens is free! Shop over 10,000 items that have been personally selected by staff to reflect the Gardens’ core values of sustainability, transformation, diversity, and relevance. For more information, go to www. botanicgardens.org.

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Any perfumes and bath pro We loved the collection We are suckers for succu1 ducts from Library of Flowers 2 of locally-crafted cooking 3 lents. Botanic Gardens has “Honeycomb” is fabulous!

oils, spices, and herbs.

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tons of garden-ready varieties!


KrIStINa LyNN PhotograPhy & DESIgN

Start your new life together in our world-renowned gardens at York Street or our historical working farm at Chatfield.

ELEVatE PhotograPhy

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Indoor and outdoor sites tailored for an intimate affair, a lavish event and anything in between BooK toDay! Denver 720-865-3551

Chatfield 720-865-4339

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Bride’s

best friend Here at RMB, we have a soft spot in our hearts for dogs... and so do Colorado brides! We love seeing your four-legged friends involved in your wedding day. From ring bearers and flower pups, to groomsdogs, and all of the adorable roles in between, we are smitten over wedding canines!

Row 1: Elizabeth Ann Photography | elizabethannphotography.org, Row 2: Dawn Sparks Photography | dawnsparks.com Row 3: Jason + Gina | jason-gina.com

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Row 1 Left to Right: Jason + Gina | jason-gina.com, Dawn Sparks Photography | dawnsparks.com, Jason + Gina | jason-gina.com, Row 2: Jason + Gina | jason-gina.com, Row 3: Autumn Burke Photography | autumnburke.com


One Stop Past Ordinary

You’re not a typical bride, and yours will not be a typical wedding. At Granby Ranch, you choose the details that reflect your unique style, while your guests relax in the Rocky Mountain hospitality we’re known for.

granbyranch.com 970.887.5208

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Shannon & Nick - Forged in the North

The Rocky Mountains


real wedding

Shannon & Nick telluride

On September 21, 2014 Shannon and Nick tied the knot at the panoramic San Sophia Overlook in Telluride. The two met at an Iowa football game in Miami, where they quickly learned they had attended the same grade school and college! After a fun-filled year of friendship, they went on their first date and the rest is history! Nick popped the question while on a gorgeous sunset hike in Italy, which was a trip Shannon had planned, so she was completely surprised when she turned and saw that Nick was on one knee! The two planned a gorgeous destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains and celebrated their love for life and adventure with their closest friends and family!

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The Theme: Since Shannon and Nick planned a destination wedding,

they really just wanted people to feel like they were on vacation- with a bonus wedding thrown in at the end! Shannon tells us that they “felt so thankful that all of our favorite people traveled all the way to Colorado to be with us. We made sure guests had fun activities throughout the week and tried to make our wedding as easy, laid-back, goofy, and amazing as humanly possible.” They chose a color palette of blush, gold, and ivory. Shannon and Nick wanted to keep it neutral so the beauty and colors of Telluride could be part of their wedding theme.

The Dress: Shannon invited her mom and bridesmaids out to Chicago for a girls’ weekend and start the dress hunt. Shannon wanted something simple with lace, and she ended up finding her gown in Des Moines, Iowa, where her sister lives. Her lace, A-line Alvina Valenta gown was a stunner and made for the perfect mountain wedding dress.

The Flowers: “While searching for wedding venues, I kept finding

myself drawn to the same website (Love This Day Events), obviously because Kara’s and Rachel’s work is so amazing, but primarily because I was OBSESSED with their floral. I think I told Kara I wanted something pretty and amazeballs, and she basically created the wedding and floral of my dreams.”

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“This is really impossible because I had SO many favorites. If I was forced to pick, I would have to say our vows. We chose to write our own, and I laughed out loud when Nick pulled out a long scroll! We kept them a secret from each other, and I think they were the perfect mix of sweet and funny. I am definitely NOT a public speaker and am not one to profess my love on top of a mountain, but we did and it was awesome! A close second place was our super amazing photography, our insanely beautiful wedding video, Telluride in general, the view at San Sophia, and the flowers!”

The Favorite Detail:

Shannon loves desserts, but not cake, so Chef Mike at Allred’s put together a dessert bar for the couple, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries, flourless chocolate cake, and sticky toffee pudding!

The Sweets:

The Food: Shannon and Nick still rave about the venue and food at Allred’s! Their first course was a summer vegetable salad, followed by mushroom soup. For entrees, guests had the choice of Alaskan halibut with king crab leg, grilled prime beef tenderloin, or tamari marinated tofu with grilled vegetable kebabs. Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “After cocktail hour,

Nick and I went back outside with our photographers and videographers to shoot a little more. Not only was the sunset incredible, but it was so awesome to have a little time to ourselves as a brand new husband and wife! I could not stop smiling and laughing.”

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Advice for RMB Brides: “Pick vendors not only because you love their work, but also because you genuinely like them as people. We were SO lucky to have ended up with the most amazingly talented individuals, but also literally some of the best people around. We could not have felt more taken care of, and I had ZERO stress on wedding day. Everything turned out better then we could have ever imagined, and we walked away with new friends!� Three Words: Sincere, Goofy, and Amazeballs.

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Color Palette Bride’s Dress Schaffers - Alvina Valenta | schaffers.com Bride’s Earrings and Bracelet BHLDN | bhldn.com

Bride’s Jewelry Family heirlooms from her grandmothers, who were not able to attend

Bride’s Shoes J. Crew | jcrew.com Bridesmaids’ Attire Noir by Lazaro | jlmcouture.com Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Noon Designs | noondesignshop.com

Ceremony San Sophia Wedding Overlook | tellurideskiresort.com Floral Love This Day Events | lovethisdayevents.com Groom’s Cuff Links Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Groom’s Shoes Allen Edmonds | allenedmonds.com Groom’s Suit Calvin Klein | calvinklein.com Groom’s Tie Armani | armani.com Groom’s Watch Burberry | burberry.com Groomsmen’s Suits Calvin Klein | calvinklein.com Groomsmen’s Ties Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Hair YX Salon, Shayla Wilkes | F: YX Salon Makeup Carmen Wolcott | telluridemakeupartist.com Music Tip Top | tiptopdj.com Officiant Aunt Betty Photography Forged in the North | forgedinthenorth.com Reception Allred’s | tellurideskiresort.com Rehearsal Madeline Hotel & Residences | madelinetelluride.com Rings Blue Nile | bluenile.com Robes Plum Pretty Sugar | plumprettysugar.com Sweets Allred’s | tellurideskiresort.com

Veil Seamstress Nikki Barr repurposed Shannon’s mom’s lace on her veil to create a custom one for Shannon - one of the bride’s favorite details!

Wedding Planner Love This Day Events, Kara Delay | lovethisdayevents.com

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The Flowers20, : J 2014 in Eagle, where Rebeckah and James said “I Do” on September they grew up together. After eight years of dating, James proposed to Rebeckah on the eve of her birthday asress part: of The D Afa surprise getaway to Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash. James had arranged a horse-drawn sleigh ride, followed by a fire pit, where they gathered with hot cocoa and smores. As they sat enjoying the snow and talking about their Favorite etailsand. : M Buried in journey, James handed RebeckahTahe mason jar filledDwith the sand was a ping pong ball, which James opened to reveal his family heirloom diamond ring! These two high school sweethearts celebrated in the beautiful mountain town they call home with friends and family, who witnessed them becoming husband and wife, “finally!”

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The Theme: Rebeckah and James chose a “rustic elegant” theme for their wedding. They wanted to accent the rustic beauty of their hometown in order to create a welcoming and warm celebration for guests while, also including classic, timeless elements. They chose a neutral palette of grays, taupe, and creams, with splashes of rusty orange and silvery blue. The Dress: Rebeckah found her gorgeous ivory, strapless, fit-and-flare mermaid “Catalina” gown by Rivini at Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver. The bodice was wrapped in delicately ruched tulle, and the train was organza. The dress made her feel so very beautiful and graceful! Rebeckah tells us that “the dress-hunting process was all the more special because of the people who helped me. The ladies at Little White Dress were incredible! Kindhearted, earnest listeners, they made me comfortable and happy through the whole process. I would definitely recommend Little White Dress! I enjoyed time with and advice from my mom, aunt, and grandmother while searching for the dress (including a girls’ getaway to Dallas!). When I finally decided on a dress, my dad was able to be there, too. It was a blessing to have these dear people as part of my experience!” The Flowers: Rebeckah and James worked with the talented Dora Farley from Petals

of Provence to create the perfect combination of texture and color in their wedding day floral design. Rebeckah adored the bright colors of in-season Dahlias, and the silvery-gray of thistle, which paired together to create her rustic look!

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The Favorite Detail: “James’s father passed away about two

years before our wedding, and as a nod to him, James, his sister Kate (who was a bridesmaid), and his mom each carried one of his handkerchiefs. James also wore his father’s watch. It was special to incorporate these parts of someone so beloved in our ceremony. “

The Food: Because Rebeckah loves to cook, attention to food was

very important! Guests enjoyed a buffet of pulled pork and brisket from Moe’s Original Barbecue, paired with an Artichoke Quinoa dish, artisan loaves and rolls, a mixed greens salad with white wine vinaigrette, new potatoes, and squash. For dessert, the couple served a four-tier butter cream cake designed by Mountain Flour, filled with layers of coffee-soaked tiramisu and white cake!

Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “Our first dance was special to both of us.

In reflection, it’s definitely one of our favorite moments of the whole day. As the music came on, I could tell James was a bit nervous about getting the rhythm and timing right from our Texas Two-Step dance lessons. But almost immediately, we fell into a rhythm. The many loved ones we had gathered that evening made the night incredibly special, but with everyone watching in that moment, it was just us two. It was intimate, memorable, precious, and full of love. Our dance ended with a dip and a kiss, and right then, we were both incredibly comfortable and happy.”

Advice for RMB Brides: “I would encourage other brides to be present in the experience while remembering that the celebration is about the marriage more than the wedding. And above all, hold fast to the loved ones who offer consistent and kind encouragement, do not be afraid to take friends up on their offers to help, and realize the community of people who are supporting you two in this union and adventure.” Three Words: Community, Heartfelt, and Fun!

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Color Palette Bride’s Dress Little White Dress Bridal Shop - Rivini | lwdbridal.com Bride’s Ring J Hollywood Designs | jhollywooddesigns.com Bride’s Shoes Sam Edelman | norstrom.com Bridesmaid’s Attire Dessy | dessy.com Caterer Moe’s Original BBQ | moesoriginalbbq.com Caterer Johann Marx Flowers Petals of Provence | petalsofprovence.com Groom’s Band Kimberley Fine Jewelers Groom’s Attire Men’s Warehouse | menswarehouse.com Groomsmen’s Shirts Men’s Warehouse | menswarehouse.com Groomsmen’s Vests and Pants Nordstrom | nordstrom.com Hair Adagio Salon, Diane Nudell | oursalononline.com/adagio Invitations Any Occasion | anyoccasion.com

Lodging The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa | westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com Lodging AmericInn | americinn.com/hotels/co/eagle Makeup Spa Anjali | spaanjali.com Music First Chair | firstchairco.com Officiant Winsor Stough, Father of the Bride Photography Cara Leonard Photography | caraleonardphotography.com Printing CopyCopy | copycopy.biz/avon Printing HiCorp | hicorpinc.com Rehearsal Dinner Balata | balatarestaurant.com Rentals Premier Party Rentals | premierpartyrental.com Staymoon Durango Mountain Resort | durangomountainresort.com Staymoon Wyndham Pagosa Springs | wyndhampagosa.net Staymoon Telluride Mountain Lodge | mountainlodgetelluride.com Sweets Mountain Flour | mountainflour.com Venue Brush Creek Pavilion | townofeagle.org

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Get The Look

breckenridge arts district breckenridge

Find inspiration in local arts to create an urban twist on a mountain wedding. Select studios on the Breckenridge Arts District campus are available for special events, corporate retreats, and private parties. Visit breckcreate.org for rental information on these and other cultural venues in Breckenridge.


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the lookbook Paint your wedding day with the bold, bright, and eclectic buildings of the Breckenridge Arts District. We love the playful combination of the gold-embroidered Lazaro gown with the pastels and industrial textures of the art campus. Pops of orange from the Kumquat in the bouquet adds to this fresh twist on Breckenridge.

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real wedding

Melissa & Mark aspen

Melissa and Mark had their intimate ceremony on June 28, 2014 at the breathtaking Maroon Bells Amphitheater in Apsen followed by a celebration dinner at Rustique Bistro. Despite growing up two blocks away from each other in Colorado, the two met online! They met at a tapas and wine bar for their first date and ended up staying until close. From that point on, they were a perfect match. Mark proposed to Melissa while on a trip to San Francisco, where they visited wineries and friends. The two celebrated by packing a picnic basket and heading to the next winery where they called friends and family to share the good news!

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The Theme: Melissa and Mark chose a “rustic vintage” design for their wedding. They went with a color palette of mint, coral, and ivory to complement the summer landscape of Aspen.

The Dress: Melissa adored her Sassi Holford lace fit-and-flare, which

had a sweetheart neckline and pearl buttons down the back! She knew it was the one when she tried it on at Little White Dress Bridal Shop.

The Flowers: Melissa chose coral peonies, roses, dusty miller, ivory

ran, with other coral accents, which were hand-tied with lace for her bouquet. After seeing the design in a magazine, she fell in love with the colors and look. It also matched her rustic vintage theme perfectly.

The Favorite Detail: “My sister and brother-in-law, who are both

musicians, wrote a song especially for our wedding and performed it as part of the ceremony. The song is titled ‘Forever Yours.’ My sister sang while my brother-in-law played acoustic guitar. It was beautiful, and very moving.”

Three Words:

Unique, Intimate, and Breathtaking.

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The Reception: Melissa and Mark chose Rustique Bistro for their reception because of the rustic feel and French country food menu, which the couple fell in love with after a trip to France and Italy. The group started at the outdoor patio area for cocktail hour, complete with an open bar, passed wine, and appetizers. For dinner, they moved to the private wine room downstairs. The menu included three courses, with options to choose from for each course. Their favorites included crab salad, mussels, Steak Au Poivre with pomme frites, braised short ribs, and duck confit. Delish! The group ended the night at Eric’s down the street after dinner for some dancing and late night celebrating. Advice for RMB Brides: “My

advice to other Rocky Mountain brides would be to try not to sweat the small stuff the day of the wedding.Things are going to go wrong – just expect it and be prepared to let it roll off your back. I let myself get too wrapped up in all the chaos and things that didn’t go as planned the day of, and I wish I hadn’t. Besides, when you start walking down that aisle, it all fades away and you realize what is important. It’s not the flowers, food, dress, or whether or not everyone is comfortable and getting along. It’s that you found someone in this crazy world who loves you for who you are, and you couldn’t be more thrilled to spend the rest of your life by his side. My other piece of advice is don’t be afraid to think outside the box. As you can see, Mark and I did not opt for the big, traditional wedding. We chose what felt right to us, and what was going to make us the happiest. It’s a very special day – don’t be afraid to go for what you truly want.”

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a mountain view paired with summer flowers and the rustic textures of The Lodge at Sunspot. We are smitten with the slopes and sights of Winter Park Resort for this look!


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the lookbook Summer is in the air! The color palette of purple, plum, and lavender was the ideal complement to the vibrant mountainside. The “Yirsa� Pronovias gown with its intricate beading plays off the loose, wildflower-look of the bouquet. And we love a groom who has his own style. Mix-n-match suits are a trend for 2015!

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style & beauty

summer essentials RMB’s list of must-haves to look and feel fabulous this season

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Beauty

We l o v e b r i g h t a n d bold color s for this summer season. butter LONDON has your nails covered with their high-fashion color without compromise. To k e e p y o u r l i p s hydrated and soft, we recommend C.O. B i g e lo w ’ s F a m o u s Rose Salve.

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Lollia bath products are swoon-wor thy with their sweet scents and f r i l l y f e a t u r e s . Tr y t h e i r “Imagine” Shea Butter Handcream or luscious “Relax” Evening Bub ble Bath.

Paddywax artisan home fragrances are the best. With scents like Salted Grapefruit Relish a n d G i n g e r Pe a c h , they will be your new must-have .

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Canopy Skincare is a collection of small-batch skincare products, handmade in Boulder from the highest quality organic, wild-crafted, and s u s t a i n a b l y - h a r v e s t e d i n g r e d i e n t s . We r e c o m mend their Of The Month Club. Each month, the recipient will receive a seasonal product sample packaged in an organic cotton muslin gift bag, plus a special coupon for 10% off all order s for the duration of club member ship! Examples of products include soap, facial ser um, body scr ub, salves, butter s, shower oils, facial m i s t s a n d t o n e r s . C h e c k o u t C a n o py ’s n e we s t p r o d u c t s a t w w w. c a n o p y s k i n c a r e . c o m !

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We t h i n k a l l b r i d e s should treat themselves specially on their wedding day! Indulge in fabulous fragrances that will remind you of your wedding day! Our recommendation is Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet.

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the trendsetter

For the Bride who loves to go bold and embrace the eclectic. This gorgeous Hayley Paige “Langston� gown, with its blush underlay and floral lace, makes the dress pop with spring. A wild airplant and succulent bouquet with orange accents is the ideal complement to this fresh look.

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city chic

Sophisticated opulence. The Bliss by Monique Lhuillier gown is perfection in The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The sleek and modern design, with the grand Robert Kuster chandilier, sets the tone for an elegant affair. The floral design blends right into this look - the feathers add a dash of glam, and roses are always in style.

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ballroom beauty

Luxe and grand. We love the statement this look gives. The Augusta Jones “Jacqueline� exudes opulence - perfect for the bride wanting to be a princess on her wedding day. The floral adds an upscale and sultry element, which seamlessly pairs with the style of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The floral design blends the rich tones with the silky, antique color of the gown to create a picture-perfect look.

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the romantic

For the romantic bride. The Gemy Maalouf gown, with its delicate ivory lace details adds just the right amount of vintage, especially when paired with the soft peach, wood, and greens of the bouquet. The fabric backdrop is one of the many artfully decorated rooms located in The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The gold tones enhance the lace and floral to create an instant classic.

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Dedicated staff to help make your event everything you dreamed of and more!

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Th e Fro n t R a n g e


real wedding

René & John canyon city

René (of Rene Tate Photography) is an amazingly talented wedding photographer in Colorado, so we were so honored to feature her and John’s wedding day! René and John met on a blind date at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, and have been inseperable ever since. Five years and two months later, John took her back to that very spot where they met, and he proposed. René had a hunch it was coming, but did not expect to see all the people they love most cheering in the lobby! They planned an exquisite, upscale garden wedding for May 25, 2014, complete with one heck of a first kiss. Congrats René and John! XO, The RMB Team

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The Theme: René and John planned a lovely vintage-meetselegant mansion wedding, with a casual backyard-feel. They chose a color palette of blush, pink, and gold.

The Dress: “Oh, how I loved my dress. I originally wanted

my cousin and mother, both talented seamstresses, to create my dress. We went dress shopping just to get a few ideas of fits and end up finding the dress I’d been picturing in my mind’s eye. I’ll never forget how beautiful and magical it was to find a dress that was ME. I never wanted to take it off. My dress was discovered at Danelle’s Bridal Boutique in Colorado Springs, and the beautiful ivory lace, mermaid-style dress was designed by Louvre Couture. My favorite features are the peek-a-boo tulle bottom and the sexy sweetheart neckline, and of course, I loved how it showed off my curves. The BEST part of my dress was a custom made bolero to be worn during the ceremony. I designed it, and my cousin and mother pieced it together. I felt so extremely old-fashioned and stunning in it. Having a piece that my family made meant the world to me.”

The Flowers: Floral was a very important element for

René and John. They chose a selection of peonies, dusty miller, grape vines, and hydrangeas. With both having Italian heritage, and Rene’s father being a wine maker, real grapes were also incorporated into the design.

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The Favorite Detail: “I loved every single piece of our wedding, but my favorite is probably a tie between the flower-covered cross that overlooked our ceremony, built by my father, or my grandmother’s tattered, marked-up Bible, that our wedding scripture was read out of during the ceremony. She passed away when I was 10, but means the world to me. So that Bible was very much her presence on our day.” Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “There were so many amazing moments! But our favorite was our FIRST Mr. and Mrs. Moment — our kiss. It’s a long story, but we agreed to share our first kiss on our wedding day. I don’t think either of us realized just how far out our wedding day was, but alas, we held up our promise and shared our first kiss as our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.- talk about a rush! The crowd went wild, of course!” John’s parents gifted the couple a fabulous wedding meal.To honor their heritage, it was an Italian feast! Guests enjoyed three different appetizers: caprese skewers, roasted veggies, and a cream cheese and olive tapenade bruschetta. For dinner, they started with an authentic caesar salad with anchovies, and then dined on their choice of gnocchi in pesto sauce with chicken, or meat ravioli with Italian sausage in marinara sauce. For dessert, a variety of cakes were served, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and John’s favorite for the Air Force-themed groom’s cake: Butterfinger.

The Food:

Advice for RMB Brides: “Obviously, hire a photographer whom you trust and connect with. Ask to see full weddings of their work, similar to the type of wedding you’re planning. Just as critical, hire a wedding coordinator! Even if you have to cut other things - they are worth their weight in gold. We hired Danielle Odil of Entwined Planning and booked her Month Of package. Between her and our amazing photographers, I literally didn’t worry about a thing. We had a lot of details at our wedding, and Danielle and her two assistants had everything covered and decorated exactly as we’d planned. We could go on and on about the value of a coordinator. Just get one - you won’t regret it. Oh, and also spoil yourself with a new bottle of perfume just for your wedding, so whenever you smell it later, it takes you back to that day.” Three Words: Dream. Come. True.

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Color Palette

Bride’s Dress Danelle’s Bridal Boutique - Louvre Couture danellesboutique.com

Bride’s Wedding Band Rene’s grandmother’s from the 1930’s Bridesmaids’ Attire Nordstrom - Pisarro Nights | nordstrom.com Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Tiffany & Co | tiffany.com Caterer Classic Catering Company | theriversedge.biz Floral Charlene Canady, Alanes Groom’s Accessories Stührling watch | stuhrling.com Groom’s Attire Air Force Dress Blues Groomsmen’s Attire Custom Suits Hair Kristen Hankins & Darla Nowosatko, Spice Hair | spicehair.com Honeymoon Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort | hyatt.com Honeymoon Carnival, Eastern Caribbean | carnivalcruise.com Honeymoon Disney World | disneyworld.com Invitations Custom by the Bride Jewelry Vintage blue sapphire necklace from John’s mother Live Music Applewood Lodging Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals | royalgorgerafting.net Makeup Kristen Hankins Music DJ Brian Howe | djbrianhowe.com Officiant Jim Thulson, Evangelical Free Church | efreechurch.org Paper Paper Source | papersource.com Paper Donahue Paper Emporium | donahuepaper.com Photography Justin & Mary | justinandmaryweddings.com Perfume Romance by Ralph Lauren | ralphlauren.com Rehearsal Dinner Chipotle | chipolte.com Rings Tiffany & Co | tiffany.com Sweets Sweet Cheeks Cakery | sweetcheekscakery.biz Venue Robison Mansion | robisonmansion.com Veil borrowed from Rachel Aiken, a fellow Air Force wife Videography Mike Lyon | mikelyonphotography.net Wedding Planner Entwined Planning | entwinedplanning.com

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Get The Look

st julien hotel & spa Boulder love in full

bloom! Bicycles make for one fabulous exit as Husband and Wife.

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the lookbook We heart Boulder.The Flatirons are your backdrop, the Boulder Creek is your walking path, and St Julien Hotel & Spa is where you go to have a gorgeous wedding. For this look, we wanted to mix in the contemporary style of Boulder and St Julien, while still showcasing elements of Colorado in the Spring.The bride’s Matthew Christopher gown is a modern stunner, and is paired perfectly with a loose braid and pastel florals.The groom’s look makes our hearts flutter, with the textured navy suit, sweater, and grey skinny tie - it’s the new wedding day look!

Dress Little White Dress Bridal Shop - “Tiger Lily” Matthew Christopher | lwdbridal.com Floral Fiori Flowers | fioriboulder.com Hair Kate Manz Jewelry Angie Star Jewelry | angiestarjewelry.com Makeup Sally Walker - Alchemy Mineral Blends | alchemymineralblends.com Menswear Weekends | weekendsboulder.com Photography Merrick Chase Weddings | merrickchaseweddings. com Planner Calluna Events | callunaevents.com Venue St Julien Hotel & Spa | stjulien.com Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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Lizzy & Ben boulder

Lizzy and Ben celebrated their love for each other on September 6, 2014 with a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Boulder’s Central Park and a reception at BMoCA. The two met while working at Starbucks, and have been dating ever since! One day, Ben set up a “double date” to The Mercury Lounge in Denver, their favorite dancing spot. Once they arrived, the music changed and “I Only Have Eyes For You” started to play. Ben took Lizzy out onto the dance floor and asked her to marry him! Their wedding day was filled with all the things they love - it was their perfect day!

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Lizzy and Ben designed their wedding to be romantic, rustic, and classic. With dim lighting, tons of candles, and dark wooden tables and benches, they wanted it to feel more like an intimate family dinner than a big wedding. They chose a color palette of off-white and black, with some peach and yellow pops in the floral, and ample greenery everywhere.

The Theme:

The Flowers: Lizzy loved the black and white look of anemones. She incorporated heavy greenery to add contrast, which created the perfect mix of the classic and forest-feel that Lizzy was aiming for in her design. The Dress: The search for Lizzy’s dream dress was quite the adventure. She first bought a vintage wedding dress off of Etsy for a steal and decided to revamp it with a tailor. In the end, it did not work out, so she went back on the hunt. While home in Miami, shopping with her mother for the mother of the bride dress, Lizzy saw an Adrianna Papell gown and had to have it. Covered completely in tiny beads, sewn in a pattern reminiscent of art deco, the dress was everything she ever dreamed of - plus it was on super sale!

The Favorite Detail: Lizzy adored her “I Love You and Cake” sign.

Being a baker and having her own food blog called sugarplusbutter.com, she wanted to incorporate her love for sweets into their wedding day. Lizzy crafted the sign by hand, making sure it would hang perfectly. On the wedding day, all of the market lights actually blew a fuse at the venue, and her brother had to work some magic to keep it turned on!

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The Food: “Oh, THE FOOD. Quite possibly the best meal

ever prepared. Pan seared Colorado trout, polenta with fromaggio sauce, and brisket cooked to perfection. All of it was served family-style with potatoes, and corn bread with homemade apple butter. It was pure magic.”

The Sweets: Lizzy and Ben wanted the desserts for guests to be awesome. They built a custom wall to hang Voodoo Doughnuts from - a fun feature for all to enjoy! The First Dance: Lizzy and Ben first danced to “Dance Me to

the End Of Love” by The Civil Wars.The two didn’t really have a “song” but are both avid appreciators of music.The Civil Wars is one of Lizzy’s favorite musical groups, and as a natural dancer, Ben loved the idea behind the song. It turns out the song is named after a famous painting that now hangs in their living room - a sweet gift from Lizzy’s mom!

Mr. and Mrs. Moment: Lizzy tells us that her guests got a little

carried away with the whole glass-clinking concept to make the bride and groom kiss. The best man suggested that the next time someone started it, he would initiate the wave.This happened a few times, and the wave made it all the way around both long tables - such a fun surprise!

Advice for RMB Brides: “Take your time in making decisions! And once you choose something, try your very hardest to stick with it! When you change your mind, it can get very expensive and also muddle your theme.” Three Words: Intimate, classic, and free-spirited. Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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Color Palette Beauty The Parlour Boulder | theparlour.net Bride’s Dress Bloomingdales - Adrianna Papell | bloomingdales.com Bridesmaids’ Attire Custom made chiffon skirts - material sourced by the bride Bridesmaids’ Accessories Necklaces made by the bride Cake Made by the bride Caterer Three Leaf Catering | threeleafcatering.com Ceremony Central Park Boulder Floral European Flower Shop | europeanflowershop.com Groomsmen’s Attire Personal black suits with custom ties Invites Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad | rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com Jewlery The bride’s ring was her mother’s, along with her necklace Lodging St.Julien Hotel & Spa | stjulien.com Music The Prairie Scholars | prairiescholars.com/the_prairie_scholars Officiant The bride’s brother Photography Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad | rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com Reception Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art | bmoca.org Rehearsal Dinner BJs Brew Pub | bjsrestaurants.com Rentals RC Special Events | rcspecialevents.com Sweets Voodoo Doughnut | voodoodoughnut.com Transportation 303 Limo Van | 303limovan.com Videography Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad | rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com Wedding Planner (Day-Of) Love This Day Events | lovethisdayevents.com

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the university club denver

A modern twist on a collegiate classic, The University Club plays host to an ivy league wedding.


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the lookbook

A collegiate flair with an edgy twist - we are smitten over the style of this look at The University Club of Denver. Rich woods, velvet chairs, and pops of yellow roses bring the space to life. The dashing groom plays perfectly into the scene with a navy coat, red slacks, and a tweed tie, while the bride went for a classic, yet modern look with a pearl necklace draping her back. This look passes with flying colors.

Beauty Heather Bullock, Allure Skincare & Lash | allureskincareandlash.com Dress Little White Dress bridal Shop - “Jessica� Sassi Holford | lwdbridal.com Floral Ladybird Poppy Floral Design | ladybirdpoppy.com Jewelry & Sash Little White Dress bridal Shop - Miriam Haskell & Love Veils & Accessories | lwdbridal.com Linens Event Rents | eventrents.net Menswear Sully & Co | sullyandco.com Models Heahter & Joey Bullock Paper Anthologie Press | anthologiepress.com Photography Levi Tijerina | levitijerina.com Planner + Designer Hey! Party Collective | heypartycollective.com Rentals & Lounge Furniture Yonder - Floral & Decor House | houseofyonder.com Venue The University Club of Denver | uclubdenver.org Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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Treat your guests to the best of Northern Colorado - book with us today.

Dates available for your wedding!

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Garden Party - Elevate Photography

Fabulous Florist


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On The

Range

a colorado love story


inspiration

Infinite beauty can be found on the Colorado range. C Lazy U Ranch provides the picture-perfect prospective of a ranch in the Rockies. The rich woods, panoramic sights, and horses inspired this styled shoot. Grey, navy, and a smoky blue created our masculine color palette, which we combined with the romantic formal tablescape and lavish styling of the bride and groom. We wanted to capture the elegant beauty found in the venue and landscape through an elegant ranch wedding - welcome to our Colroado love story.

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inspiration Panoramic Views

Atop the ceremony location at C Lazy U, you can see it all. Sweeping views of the lake, The Great Divide, and the towering peaks create the wow factor for this “I Do.� The ring of greenery and floral ties the look together without competing with the view.

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Table Trends

This look is an instant classic - we fell in love with the combination! A square table allows for room to design an intricate tablescape. The natural wood chairs tie back into the space, while the soft blue linen, paired with candles and floral, give off a soft romantic feel.


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The more masculine color palette and rustic ranch are balanced with luxe features to create a stunning visual contrast. We love the unexpected pairing of vintage wooden crates and a champagne tower!


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inspiration

Champagne and sweets, what a treat

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color report

Smoky Blue

Smoky blue is the new blush. We loved the color combination in the On The Range styled shoot. The color blended perfectly with mercury, silver, and wood textures. Try out a smoky blue color palette for your Rocky Mountain Wedding!


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Ivy League yellow paired with royal blue - this table is set to wow for your wedding at The University Club of Denver. The stain-glass Alma Mater crests inspired this look, from the color palette to the shapes. Set the tone for your day with bold invitations. The invitation is actually a piece of stained-glass that has been cut, sanded, and hand-written. Bold glassware colors and escor ted cards with tassels graduates this look with high honors.

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Love. Family. Friends. Fun! Be inspired. Experience a Bella Bridesmaids showroom for the largest selection of bridesmaids dresses.

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garden party a brunch wedding at the oxford hotel

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Just Married!

The Oxford Hotel features these gorgeous iron installments that date back to when the hotel was created in 1891. They make the ideal backdrop for a historic ceremony. The addition of market lights and candles add to the ambiance of the space.


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A Bridal Brunch

When we have such delightful spring days in Denver, why not host your wedding in early afternoon? We love the idea of an intimate brunch wedding. The pops of bright floral bring the space to life. Paired with gourmet food prepared by McCormick & Schmick’s, it can’t be beat!

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A Historic Happy Hour

The Cruise Room is Denver’s first post-prohibition bar. Opening the day after prohibition was repealed in 1933, The Cruise Room carries Art Deco style, whixh was used in the color palette for this look. It is the perfect place to cheers to the bride and groom!

Bartender Belen Hernandez Bride & Groom Melanie Colman & Mark Williford Bride’s Dress Emma & Grace Bridal Studio - David Fielden “8058” | emmaandgracebridal.com

Bridesmaids Amanda Hoang & Lauren Wiltshire Bridesmaids’ Attire Bella Bridesmaids - Paper Crown bellabridesmaids.com

Beauty The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon | theoxfordhotel.com/spa Caterer McCormick & Schmick’s at The Oxford mccormickandschmicks.com

Chargers West Elm | westelm.com China, Chairs, Napkins & Runner Event Rents | eventrents.net Design & Planning The Gardner Effect | gardnereffect.com Floral Plum Sage Flowers | plumsageflowers.com Groomsmen Eduardo Macias & Hector Flores Linen Chair Covers and Linens | linenhero.com Market Lights & Draping Artistry Events & Design artistryeventsanddesign.com

Menswear Homer Reed, LTD | mensclothingdenver.com, Photography Elevate Photography | elevatephotography.com, Venue The Oxford Hotel | theoxfordhotel.com

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Black and white are always in style. Pair this classic combination with silver hues and metallic confetti for a black-tie soiree. Let your guests become the party - the mini Martini Champagne bottle will set the tone for a celebration!

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the french countryside Bright blue with a pop of yellow is the perfect color palette for a french-inspired wedding.The gingham napkin and mix-n-match plates create the farmhouse feel. The delightful lemon dessert and San Pellegrino adds brightness to the look! With such thought and detail in the place setting, the arrangement is complete with a hint of floral and a fun table number flag! Paper

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Rentals

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Sweets

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natural hues Embrace natural colors and earthy elements. Sometimes the most simple designs can be quite beautiful! The wood-grain chargers add texture to the white table and the mixn-match white china. The pop of pink in the glass and Fentimans Rose Lemonade are a great color complement to the grey, lavender, and wood motif. A simple bundle of purple limonium, tied with a smoky gray ribbon, completes this look. Rentals

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picnic For the ultimate 4th of July wedding - play with paper! We love the use of these paper plates and wooden silverware. For a wedding keepsake and a good giggle, have your guests fill out a Mad Lib in your honor as they sip on a classic Jack and Coke! The sweet treat is the apple pie, placed in mini masons for each guest to enjoy.

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Sweet Blooms The art of sugar flowers & cake confections from Chef Katy Pierson at Sugar Breck

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Don’t let these sculpted flowers fool you - they are 100% sugar. These blooms are sure to stand up to the Colorado summer heat and stay perfect from “I Do” to Goodnight!

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the flowers “Hand-crafted sugar flowers are a great addition to any cake regardless of your wedding style. They can be used to amp up the design, give it a soft touch, or simply just add an artistic flair to your cake. They are indeed time consuming, but totally worth the wow factor that it will create at your wedding.”

the flavors “I love creating a cake that wedding parties and couples will remember. Not only does the cake need to be beautiful, but it also needs to taste divine. Be gone with the plain ol’ white dry white cake! I like to make flavors that are new and fun, but with a little twist of home - like my Grandmother’s lemon poppyseed cake.”

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“A party without cake is just a meeting.� -Julia Child

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The Silverthorne Pavilion Aordable Mountain Elegance

Perfect for your mountain wedding.

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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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organic gardens, fields of lavender, farm-to-table dining, the sights and adventures of the Southwest Los Poblanos is your ideal honeymoon escape.

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travel Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest and the ideal honeymoon for the couple looking for a memorable food and cultural experience. Designed in 1932 by the region’s foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style”, Los Poblanos combines 22 guest rooms, a working organic farm and the ideal setting for meetings and special events. The natural beauty, comfort and privacy of Los Poblanos offer our guests a truly relaxing environment for your first couple days as husband and wife. Their guestrooms exhibit classic New Mexican style with wood-burning fireplaces, original artwork, carved ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and antique southwest furnishings. All bedrooms have luxurious bedding and feature our signature lavender spa amenities. With classic wrought iron fixtures and expansive garden views, Los Poblanos’ accommodations offer carefree comfort in a historic setting. An additional bonus to the gorgeous accommodations is that Los Poblanos offers a full organic gourmet breakfast included in your room rate! For a day relaxing on the farm, check out The Barn Commons that feature a solar-heated outdoor salt water swimming pool and fitness room, or get up close with your food with a agricultural tour of the property.

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Los Poblanos is also the perfect home base to go explore all of what New Mexico has to offer! They offer a variety of packages you can add to your stay with them based on what you want to experience! Their Rio Grande Paddling Adventure is perfect for the couple looking for a little excitement. Explore the middle Rio Grande Valley on the river! Float down the river and take in the scenic views of the Cottonwood Bosque Forest. Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures offer excellent outdoor activities for families and beginners. For land adventures, the Amoca Pueblo day trip is awesome. Explore the Acoma Pueblo and its picturesque mesa-top location just 45 minutes West of Los Poblanos. Guided tours are offered by the Pueblo staff, and offer a unique perspective on the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. A rare New Mexican gem, this day trip is a must see for its unique art and an unparalleled learning experience. For those looking for a more romantic New Mexico experience, Los Poblanos’ Love is in the Air Package will wow. Enjoy magnificent views of Albuquerque from a hot air balloon! Complete your romantic ride with a Los Poblanos Private Dinner Package. Enjoy a intimate dinner in your guestroom with a candlelit table for two set up by a cozy kiva fireplace. This is the perfect treat for an anniversary or that special celebration you have been waiting to enjoy. The evening features a custom three-course menu featuring their Field to Fork flavors, wine parings and personalized service from our staff. Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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The Farm Spend the day exploring the sights and scents of the Los Poblanos Lavender Farm. Their dry sunny climate is ideal for lavender cultivation and provides a sustainable crop with a territory unique to New Mexico. Visiting in the summer is the perfect time to view the lavender in bloom! Los Poblanos also offers seasonal workshops on cultivating lavender and aromatherapy - the perfect way to spend an afternoon together!

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As part of their goal to preserve the agricultural history of Los Poblanos, a significant percentage of the property is dedicated to organic farming. Get the ultimate farm-to-table experience during your stay with one of their farming classes!

The Dining Experience Los Poblanos cuisine is rooted in what comes from its farm as well as the region. Our food wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to New Mexico’s Rio Grande River Valley. Los Poblanos often does away with menus in favor of multi-course farm feasts inspired by the day’s harvest. For guests attending a meeting, retreat, party, or wedding, it is a private dining experience where the cuisine and ambiance reflect the chef ’s aesthetic and the farm’s long established relationships with local farmers. Los Poblanos offers a range of culinary experiences. Start your day off with Los Poblanos’ full gourmet breakfast for two. The menu changes daily and always features fresh ingredients right off the farm including eggs, honey, fruits and vegetables from the fields. The dinner experience at Los Poblanos is a must. La Merienda is a causal fine-dining experience, featuring the most pure field-to-fork menu in the Southwest. The menu changes seasonally, so you can taste the best produce from the region. For the ultimate field to fork experience, sign up for a special dining event at the La Quinta Cultural Center. Executive Chef Jonathan Perno will create a special prix fixe menu using fresh local produce and seasonally inspired flavors. Cap off the night with an artisan cocktail, while relaxing in the Sala Grande living room at the Inn. Their hand-crafted cocktails use some of the best Spanish sherries, Italian vermouths, artisan bitters, aperitifs and fresh-farm grown ingredients.

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The Estes Park Resort estes park

Boasting crisp mountain air, expansive spaces and panoramic views of the Rockies, The Estes Park Resort is an elegant mountain getaway with all the comforts of home. A natural gateway to the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park is a resting spot for your Colorado staymoon. Spread over 5 acres of pristine lakefront land, The Estes Park Resort offers comfort and elegance paired with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. Fifty-four spacious guestrooms and suites offer guests a respite from the daily grind. Sink into a pillow top mattress and bury yourself under a cozy down comforter next to your in-room fireplace. The only waterfront lodging option on Lake Estes, the hotel features more than just spacious accommodations. Guests can indulge in mouth-watering dining at the Waterfront Grille, slip into their relaxing indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, or gather around the fireplace for a cozy conversation. For those honeymooners looking to be pampered and to relax after the wedding, The Estes Park Resort’s Spa is perfect. Enjoy the luxury of a spa treatment in the privacy of your guestroom or in one of their quaint spa treatment rooms. Treat yourself to a revitalizing hot stone massage, or unwind with a lavender hot poultice massage. Duo massages, facials, and body treatments are available upon request in their side-by-side couples spa room. Adventure seekers will get a kick out of their 3-mile hiking and biking trail circling Lake Estes, the marina with fishing boat rentals, and nearby activities such as horseback riding. Tamer ways to spend the day can be found in downtown Estes Park – shopping, dining and strolling the Riverwalk are all captivating. The Estes Park Resort is your perfect home base for all that Estes Park has to offer for a Rocky Mountain adventure. Exchange vows on the shores of Lake Estes with the snowcapped peaks behind you as the sunset silhouettes you, or say “I do” beneath vaulted ceilings in their Grand Ballroom. Each of their venues is versatile enough to accommodate you and your wedding party, including the Mezzanine for more intimate gatherings. They can arrange rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bridal brunches, receptions and of course, ceremonies. Plan your special day at The Estes Park Resort, the only setting that offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Their unmatched location, attentive service, and numerous amenities makes them the ideal choice for romance in Estes Park!

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Hotel Boulderado boulder

Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, the Hotel Boulderado is considered Boulder’s first luxury hotel opening its doors on New Year’s Day, 1909. A proud member of Historic Hotels of America, the Hotel Boulderado is known for its old world charm and first class customer service. Incredibly unique and intimate wedding ceremonies take place on the beautiful landing of the cherry-wood staircase under a stunning stained glass canopy ceiling. Receptions follow in the vintage lounge atmosphere of the historic Mezzanine.

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The largest and most private wedding reception space is the Event Center featuring a grand ballroom, elegant foyer, and private outdoor plaza. Both spaces invite you to customize the set-up for your special day from a casual cocktail reception to a formal plated meal. The Hotel Boulderado is not just a premier venue for weddings. With over 10,000 square feet of conference and reception space, this hotel is an ideal destination for any special event or corporate function. The Hotel Boulderado welcomes all group sizes ranging from 10 to 300 guests. In addition to exceptional event space, the Hotel Boulderado is also known for its first class overnight accommodations. With 160 individually decorated guest rooms and suites, this hotel captures Boulder’s charm and is an unbeatable experience for your first night as husband and wife. The Hotel Boulderado is also no stranger to high quality cuisine and entertainment. Spruce Farm & Fish is a fine dining experience open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Corner Bar, open for lunch and dinner, is known for its outdoor patio dining options. Finally, License No. 1, a speakeasy whiskey lounge features live music, billiards, and great happy hour deals.

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A historic landmark for more than a century, the Hotel Boulderado is located on the corner of 13th Street and Spruce Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. This prime location is just one block from the exciting Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall and within walking distance from the University of Colorado. Perfectly situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Hotel Boulderado provides access to many of the city’s hotspots and outdoor activities, making it the perfect place for a Boulder staymoon!

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Plan your Perfect Day at Beaver Run Resort. Pairing perfect views and great food to make perfect memories. Nestled at the bottom of Peak 9, literally steps away from the mountain slopes, you and your guests will find themselves surrounded by views that make Colorado famous. With multiple ceremony and reception sites, we can accommodate any wedding party big or small. RESORT AMENITIES Over 500 guest rooms • 4 restaurants & bars • Spa • 6 hot tubs • Heated indoor/outdoor pools Steam & sauna rooms • Workout facilities • Game arcade • Miniature golf • Tennis courts Photographers: Studio Kiva Photography | TwoOne Photography | INPhotography | Dash Photography

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Four Seasons Vail vail

At the foot of Vail Mountain, you’ll find the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, a contemporary landmark and luxury hotel graced with European flair. Outside, peaked roofs draw their inspiration from the Gore Mountain range, while inside, a light-filled ambience beckons. Nearby, alpine trails await for your ultimate Colorado Staymoon! Choose from 121 accommodations and private residences that delight with gas-burning fireplaces, furnished balconies and European-style luxury with mountain touches. Whether you’re taking in views of Vail Mountain, the village or the garden, you’ll appreciate the Resort’s interior, enriched by hickory wood and limestone that harmonize with views of the great outdoors. For the staymooners, we recommend the Mountain View Executive Suite, complete with a gas-burning stone fireplace, private terrace, and soaking tub. Looking to unwind after planning a wedding? The Five-Star Spa offers guests the opportunity to relax, renew and restore well-being. Their results-oriented and organic treatments focus on preserving the delicate balance of hydration and nourishment – especially important in this alpine climate. Share a day of relaxation and renewal with a loved one: couples’ suites feature a private whirlpool, fireplace, dual massage tables and outdoor terrace. For the more adventurous, we recommend trying the Four Seasons Vail’s extraordinatory experience of hiking a fourteener! Discover one of the region’s legendary “fourteeners” (mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet, about 4,250 metres) during an exclusive two-day adventure led by the local outdoor experts of Paragon Guides. Accompanied by llamas that carry your gear and food, journey to 11,000 feet to set up camp and savour a gourmet meal prepared by the resort’s chefs. After spending the night in characteristic Four Seasons comfort, embark for the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. At 14,005 feet, marvel at the breathtaking view - an unforgettable experience for any outdoor couple. Dining at Four Seasons Resort Vail celebrates delicious modern mountain cuisine that is locally sourced and seasonally inspired. Flame Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Vail celebrates the iconic American steakhouse with perfectly seared prime steaks and locally sourced, seasonal specialties. Try their signature sides include crispy brussel sprout kim chi and Maine lobster mashed potatoes paired with maple leaf duck breast or dry aged bone-in bison ribeye. No matter your fancy, the Four Seasons Vail will be your luxe mountain getaway as husband and wife!

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BRIDE Wedding Day Organizer

All the resources you need to help plan your perfect Rocky Mountain Colorado “I Do!”


RMB’s Wedding

Cheat Sheet

Budget Tips Best way to save on your dress? Buy your dream dress and then donate it to an applicable charity and deduct it from your taxes - double check with the IRS for the fine print The secret to sticking to your budget? Figure out what matters most to you and spend accordingly, cut costs on areas that aren’t as important to you. Make it worth what you put into it - Enjoy the day! Make use of your miles - pay for your wedding with a card that gives you perks and use them toward your honeymoon! Don’t play the numbers game with your guests. Choose to have a smaller, more intimate wedding with those you love. You’ll save some dough and get to have more time with your favorite folks! Use locals! Pick local talent to create your day. They know the area, won’t have excessive delivery charges, and can keep you from last minute issues that cost time and money to overcome.

Correspondence etiquette When it comes to announcing your wedding, there are so many timelines out there! Stick to these dates to make sure your guests know when to celebrate your big day!

Save the Dates - 1 year out

Invites - 8 weeks out RSVP - 3 weeks prior Thank You Notes - within 3 months of wedding

Planning

What Season are You? Spring

Summer

For the bride who loves flowers, warm days, and spring colors.

For the bride who wants a laidback and sunny outdoor celebraton.

Wedding Elements: Flower crown for the bride soft pastel colors A garden party wedding Cupcakes, bundts, and petit fours Mint julips and mimosas A brunch reception Peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea

Wedding Elements: A shaded Creek-side ceremony Bluegrass music for the party Naked cake filled with berries mason jar mugs Picnic-style BBQ Lawn games for guests A sparkler exit for the newlyweds

Fall

For the bride who loves, warm colors, fall leaves, and candles.

Winter

For the bride looking for an intimate “I Do” in a winter wonderland.

Wedding Elements:

Wedding Elements:

Burgundy, mauve, amber, & ivory A farm-to-table harvest reception White pumpkin escort cards cafe lights over the dance floor Pies & tarts in lieu of a cake A sunset ceremony Rustic wood and farm tables

Matching scarfs & mittens for the ladies A s’mores station in lieu of a cake Candles, candles, and more candles Hot cocoa bar A frosty mountain ceremony The perfect faux fur cover-up Evergreen and holly

There are some great resources out there to help Wedding Day with your wedding! Here are our top five favorites. Apps 1 Create a Insta- 2 The best 3 Make a wed- 4 The most useful 5 Photobooth’s gram wedding DIY DJ app? ding email to planner app? are a fabulous & hashtag! Guests WeddingDJ stay organized WeddingHappy addition to Ideas love posting picts! with vendors. the party! Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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Monthly Wedding Planner

Checklist

One Year

Six to Nine Months

Gather a list of potential guests to get a ballpark number for guest your count

Select a photographer

Create a separate wedding email address to keep track of contacts & vendors

Have engagement photos taken Create a final guest list

Hire a wedding planner

Send out your Save The Dates

Determine a budget

Select a caterer

Choose a date & location

Select a florist

Research marriage requirements

Select a DJ, band, or live music

Choose your bridal party

Select an officiant

Design a fun wedding website

Purchase your wedding dress

Start to gather wedding ideas & inspiration

Select bridal party attire Register for gifts Decide on the colors & design of your wedding

Four to Six Months Reserve rental items Order wedding cake or desserts Get groom & groomsmen fitted Purchase wedding rings Order invitations & other stationery Reserve a room block for out-of-towners Start planning out your honeymoon & apply for any needed passports or visas


Two to Four Months Research activities available for guests Plan fun group activities Do a hair & makeup trial run

Four-Week Countdown

Send out formal invitations * The rule of thumb is to mail them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day with an RSVP cut-off 3 weeks prior

Obtain marriage license

Book your rehearsal dinner Begin wedding dress alterations Finalize your menu and flowers Give your vendors a first draft event schedule

One to Two Months Pick up wedding rings

Pack for your honeymoon Break in your wedding shoes Confirm transportation & travel Confirm all wedding details with vendors Provide final guest count to your caterer Send a timeline to the bridal party - include everyone’s contact information Create final seating chart & escort cards

Purchase wedding attire accessories

24 Hours

Schedule the final dress fitting

Confirm all details with planner & officiant

Purchase wedding weekend attire

Gather & organize all the last-minute details

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and mail out invitations

Create check and tip envelopes to be given to vendors the day of the wedding

Schedule spa services for the bridesmaids

Drop off welcome bags to lodging

Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with your ladies Discuss and finalize ceremony details with officiant Finalize your event schedule Confirm bridesmaids’ & groomsmen’s attire Confirm photo list with your photographer Purchase bridesmaid & groomsmen gifts Create guest favors & welcome bags

Wedding Day

Relax and enjoy every little detail of your fabulous Rocky Mountain Wedding!


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Accomodations

AmericInn | americinn.com/hotels/co/eagle Beaver Run Resort | beaverrun.com Breckenridge Hospitality | weddingsinbreck.com Durango Mountain Resort | durangomountainresort.com Four Seasons Vail | fourseasons.com/vail Frias Properties | friasproperties.com Hotel Boulderado | boulderado.com Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm | lospoblanos.com Mountain Lodge Telluride | mountainlodgetelluride.com Paragon Lodging | paragonlodging.com Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals | royalgorgerafting.net St Julien Hotel & Spa | stjulien.com The Estes Park Resort | theestesparkresort.com The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com Wyndham Pagosa Springs | wyndhampagosa.net

Beauty

Adagio Salon, Diane Nudell | oursalononline.com/adagio Alchemy Mineral Blends | alchemymineralblends.com Alex Cox Hair Design | F: Alex Cox Hair Design Allegria Spa | allegriaspa.com Allure Skincare & Lash, Heather Bullock allureskincareandlash.com Alpenglow Beauty | alpenglowbeauty.com Canopy Skincare | canopyskincare.com Carmen Wolcott | telluridemakeupartist.com Fluff Bar, Brittany Chambers | fluffbar.com Fraiser Hair Company | Fraserhairco.com Girls & Curls | girlsandcurls.com Kelsey Zabawa | F: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry Kim J Beauty | kimjbeauty.com Maya Creations | mymayacreations.com Riverpointe Spa | riverspointespa.com Roots Hair Studio, Paige Fitzsimons | rootshairbreck.com Spa Anjali | spaanjali.com Spice Hair, Darla Nowosatko | spicehair.com The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon | theoxfordhotel.com/spa The Parlour Boulder | theparlour.net YX Salon, Shayla Wilkes | F:YX Salon

Drinks

Petals and Pours | petalsandpours.com Teller Bar | rendendowntown.com/teller

Fashion

a&bé bridal shop | aandbebridalshop.com anna bé | anna-be.com Bella Bridesmaids | bellabridesmaids.com Danelle’s Bridal Boutique | danellesboutique.com Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | emmaandgracebridal.com Homer Reed, LTD | mensclothingdenver.com Little White Dress Bridal Shop | lwdbridal.com Sully & Co | sullyandco.com Ted’s Clothiers | tedsclothiers.com The Bridal Collection | thebridalcollection.com Weekends | weekendsboulder.com

Flowers

Bella Lu Floral | bellalufloral.com Bloom Flower shop | bloomflowershop.com European Flower Shop | europeanflowershop.com Fiori Flowers | fioriboulder.com Flora by Nora | florabynora.com LadyBird Poppy Floral Design | ladybirdpoppy.com Love This Day Events | lovethisdayevents.com Merci Bouquet | mercibouquetfloral.com Mountain Flowers of Aspen | mountainflowersofaspen.com Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist newberrybrothers.com Petals and Pours | petalsandpours.com Petals of Provence | petalsofprovence.com Pink Posey Design | pinkposeydesign.com Plum Sage Flowers | plumsageflowers.com Southern Charm | uniquesoutherncharm.com Statice Floral | staticefloral.com The Flower House | theflowerhousedenver.com

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The Olive & Poppy | theoliveandpoppy.com Yonder Floral & Decor House | houseofyonder.com

Gifts & Jewelry

Angie Star Jewelry | angiestarjewelry.com Hadley’s House of Diamonds | marksdiamonds.com J Hollywood Designs | jhollywooddesigns.com Kimberley Fine Jewelers | F: Kimberley’s Fine Jewelry Noon Designs | noondesignshop.com

The Shop at the Denver Botanic Gardens | botanicgardens.org

More

Couture Colorado | couturecolorado.com Evangelical Free Church | efreechurch.org Rev. Chris Mohr | coloradoweddingceremonies.com

Music

Diamond Empire Band | diamondempireband.com DJ Brian Howe | djbrianhowe.com Elite DJ | myelitedj.com First Chair | firstchairco.com RockCandy DJ | rockcandydj.com

The Prairie Scholars | prairiescholars.com/the_prairie_scholars

Tip Top | tiptopdj.com

Paper

Avec La Vie | aveclavie.com Anthologie Press | anthologiepress.com CopyCopy | copycopy.biz/avon designsgirl | designsgirl.com Donahue Paper Emporium | donahuepaper.com Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad Paper Source | papersource.com rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com SWEET letterpress & design | sweetletterpress.com

Photos

Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers | alibrannan.com Autumn Burke Photography | autumnburke.com Autumn Cutaia Photography | autumncutaia.com Cara Leonard Photography | caraleonardphotography.com Connie Whitlock Photography | conniewhitlockphoto.com Dawn Sparks Photography | dawnsparks.com Elevate Photography | elevatephotography.com Elizabeth Ann Photography | elizabethannphotography.org Forged in the North | forgedinthenorth.com Happy Confetti Photogrphy | happyconfettiphotography.com

Jamee Photography | jameephotography.com Jason + Gina | jason-gina.com Jessi Dalton Photography | jessidalton.com Justin & Mary | justinandmaryweddings.com Levi Tijerina | levitijerina.com Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com Merrick Chase Weddings | merrickchaseweddings.com Rachel Gomez Photographs | rachelgomez.com

Chair Covers and Linens | linenhero.com Crested Butte Events | crestedbutteevents.com Event Rents | eventrents.net La Tavola | latavolalinen.com Premier Party Rentals | premierpartyrental.com RC Special Events | rcspecialevents.com Settings Event Rental | settingseventrental.com Yonder - Floral and Decor House | houseofyonder.com

Savory

Balata | balatarestaurant.com BJs Brew Pub | bjsrestaurants.com Chipotle | chipolte.com Classic Catering Company | theriversedge.biz McCormick and Schmick’s at The Oxford Hotel mccormickandschmicks.com Moe’s Original BBQ | moesoriginalbbq.com Rustique Bistro | rustiquebistro.com Three Leaf Catering | threeleafcatering.com Three Tomatoes Catering | threetomatoes.com Tony’s Market | tonysmarket.com

Sweet

Juliana’s Bakery | julianasbakeryandcakery.com La Baguette De Normandy | labaguettedenormandy.com Megan Joy Cakes | meganjoycakes.com Mountain Flour | mountainflour.com Mulberries Cake Shop | mulberriescakeshop.com Sugar Breck | sugarbreck.com Sweet Cheeks Cakery | sweetcheekscakery.biz Voodoo Doughnut | voodoodoughnut.com

Transportation

303 LimoVan | 303limovan.com

Venue

Armstrong Hotel | thearmstronghotel.com Beaver Run Resort | beaverrun.com Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art | bmoca.org Breckenridge Arts District | townofbreckenridge.com Breckenridge Hospitality | weddingsinbreck.com Brush Creek Pavilion | townofeagle.org C Lazy U Ranch | clazyu.com Crested Butte Mountain Resort | skicb.com/weddings

Della Terra Mountain Chateau | dellaterramountainchateau.com

Denver Botanic Gardens | botanicgardens.org Garden of the Gods Club and Resort gardenofthegodsclubandresort.com Granby Ranch | granbyranch.com Hotel Boulderado | boulderado.com Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm | lospoblanos.com Madeline Hotel & Residences | madelinetelluride.com

Maroon Bells Amphitheater | recreation.gov Paragon Lodging | paragonlodging.com

Old Town Museum Burlington | burlingtoncolo.com/oldtown

Planning

Rembrandt Yard | rembrandtyard.com Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel rendendowntown.com Robison Mansion | robisonmansion.com Silverthorne Pavillion | silverthornepavilion.com St Julien Hotel & Spa | stjulien.com Telluride Ski Resort | tellurideskiresort.com/weddings The Estes Park Resort | theestesparkresort.com The Oxford Hotel | theoxfordhotel.com The Ritz-Carlton, Denver | ritzcarlton.com/denver The Stanley Hotel | stanleyhotel.com The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com The University Club of Denver | uclubdenver.org Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort | eastvailweddings.com Villa Parker | villaparker.com Winter Park Resort | winterparkresort.com YMCA of the Rockies | ymcarockies.org

Rentals

K Hodge Films | khodgefilms.com Manzanita by Rebecca Caridad rebeccacaridad-manzanita.com Mike Lyon | mikelyonphotography.net

Sarah Christine Photography | sarahchristinephotography.com Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer | sarahroshanphoto.com Suzanne Marie Photography | suzannemphotos.com

Urban Safari Photography | urbansafariphotography.com

A Touch of Bliss | touchofblissevents.com A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | avintageaffairevents.com Bella Design & Planning | gobella.com Calluna Events | callunaevents.com Crested Butte Events | crestedbutteevents.com Entwined Planning | entwinedplanning.com Hey! Party Collective | heypartycollective.com Love This Day Events | lovethisdayevents.com Mark Christopher Weddings & Events markchristopherweddings.com The Gardner Effect | gardnereffect.com A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | avintageaffairevents.com Artistry Events & Design | artistryeventsanddesign.com Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado

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It’s no secret that we love weddings in every season, but there’s something especially romantic about summer. Our favorite trends for 2015? Both neutral and unexpected color palettes are really catching our eye. We’re also loving skirts in lieu of wedding gowns and are thrilled that non traditional bridesmaid dresses are here to stay. Simple designs with an artistic flair and lush greens add that perfect finishing touch to any style of Rocky Mountain wedding.

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