From the photographer Trystan Photography: We’ve been capturing photos of Bethany since she was a senior in high school. Not only has she grown into an amazing young lady, but she’s also an incredible photographer herself, so when she asked if we would capture the most important day of her life, we were incredibly honored. She and Danny not only have that easy, jealousy-inducing kind of love, but they can really dance. Swinging and spinning all over the dance floor, their energy abounded all night.
From the bride: We were married in a meadow with the mountains as our backdrop. We adorned the ceremony structure with clusters of sunflowers and a crystal chandelier. During the ceremony, one lonely cloud showed up and dumped on us so umbrellas were hastily handed out as we exchanged vows under the raindrops. Fortunately, as a bride, I was so happy to be getting married that I giggled instead of cried.
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Rockstar Venue, Caterer, Cake, Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Photographer: Frances Photography // Event Planner: JA Special Events // Event Design & Linens: JA Special Events and DesignWorks // Floral Designer: DesignWorks
Sydney & Mike | June 29th | Estes Park, Colorado
From the photographer, Amy Caroline Photography:
Sydney and Mike were married at the glam/rustic venue Della Terra Mountain Chateau. It suit both of them perfectly as it fit Mike’s rustic Colorado side, but also the glitzy glamorous side of Sydney. Surrounded by pink, jewels and amazing flowers, these two said their vows under a blue Colorado sky. Sydney’s bridesmaids all wore some sort of bling with fun pink dresses, the reception was to die for with a classic monogrammed cake from Intricate Icings Cake Design covered in fresh flowers, and gorgeous floral arrangements from Cori Cook Floral Design that fit Sydney’s big personality. The day was a true Colorado beauty.
From the planner, Ashley Kidder of Uptown Planning: Planning this shoot has always been a dream of mine. I’ve spent time in New Orleans and have always appreciated its exuberant culture, history and way of life. For our color palette, we started with the traditional Mardi Gras colors — vibrant red, green, purple and yellow — but slowly morphed them into bolder, more subdued colors — eggplant, maroon, goldenrod and forest green. We were also lucky enough to have a little snow on the ground, which I feel added to the cozy wintertime feel of the shoot.
From the photographer, Kyla Fear of Fearless Photography: When Ashley brought this idea to me I jumped right on it because it was a styled wedding designed with a glamorous edge. Uptown Planning did an extraordinary job pulling together all the pieces to bring about a deep but colorful palette to the overall look. I wanted to add a nostalgic film-inspired touch with my editing to bring out the richness that Ashley set out to create. I also wanted to bring a bit of a romantic, airy feeling to the images and shot wide open for most of the day. I have to admit that my favorite pieces were the fun voodoo elements that we brought in, including the cookies and the fortune teller. If I were getting married all over again, I would have that hair! Every single vendor involved in this really outdid themselves and it was so wonderful to capture all those pieces and put it together for an edgy but romantic wedding for couples looking for a way to less traditional themes into their big day.
From the floral designer, Sarah of Ladybird Poppy: I loved being apart of this styled shoot. I enjoy designing with rich and warm hues and this New Orleans shoot was perfect to allow the creative juices to flow. Ashley created a beautiful mood board for us to peek at, which inspired me to grab rich floral to set the mood. The burgundy peonies were a perfect find to tie the floral together.
From the stylist, Heather Okimoto of 321 Chic: The inspiration behind the wardrobing started with a recent trip to New Orleans. The city and streets are adorned with soft delicate details forged in strong materials like iron. There’s a dark and rich history, but also a softness and community that continue to thrive. The liveliness and spirit of Mardi Gras is still alive and well and creating an elegantly wardrobed wedding party became my mission.
Uniting the details seen in New Orleans began with the bridal fitting at Emma and Grace Bridal in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. During the fitting we layered a champagne silk sash under an indulgent rhinestone belt that was wrapped with a subdued taupe tulle softening the sharpness of the stones. The look was richly finished with a vintage fur that draped over the intricate lace detailed dress. For the bridesmaids, I styled a wearable look with Mardi Gras celebratory details. Hand-cut paper masks and a bridal headpiece were designed and created by the ever-so-talented Shannon Faber. Gold flecked accordion party dresses from the Denver Street Boutique with custom boa & feather detailed belts created an elegant celebratory look that complimented the bride’s delicate lace gown. Deep jewel toned sapphire and emerald necklaces from local Denver designer, Abby Sparks, adorned our bridesmaids and are great thank-you gifts. Mardi Grad inspired colors and patters are carried through the men’s tie’s that compliment the handsome suits provided by The Garment District.
From the planner, Ashley Kidder of Uptown Planning: For the desserts + cuisine, we focused on items that were local to New Orleans or crafted there. We selected chicory coffee from Café du Monde, Abita Root Beer, which is made with Louisiana cane sugar, southern-style pralines, a traditional southern pecan pie and oysters on the half shell.
From the planner, Ashley Kidder of Uptown Planning: Our gingerbread cookies were inspired by the voodoo culture of New Orleans, and we enjoyed using these cookies to put a playful spin on the dessert table.
From hair stylists, Hallie Adrian Hair & Ramón Corro Hair: Hair for this shoot was all about accentuating traditional bridal. Ramón and I made these looks it a bit more vintage and moody to help bring the concept together. Texture also plaid a big role in this hair concept.
Most weddings offer a more traditional form of entertainment for their guests, a photo booth, for example. We decided to use a fortune teller/tarot card reader as the form of entertainment for this shoot.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photography: Fearless Photography // Planning: Uptown // Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio // Styling: 321Chic // Floral: Ladybird Poppy Floral Design // Hair: Hallie Adrian Hair + Ramón Corro Hair // Makeup: Brittany Slaughter of Alchemy Artistry // Invitations & stationery: Lexisworks // Custom headpiece + bridesmaids masks: Shannon Faber Fine Art + Illustration // Vintage table, suitcases + table settings: Vintage Rentals Denver // Chairs: Chairs with Character // Desserts: Aaron Link // Suiting: Garment District // Bride & Grooms Rings, Bridesmaids Jewelry: Abby Sparks Designs // Bridesmaids Dresses: Denver Street Boutique // Venue: Castle Marne Bed + Breakfast // Videography: Chlorofil // Models: Jayme Cramer (bride), Alex Terranova (groom), Eva Cavecchi (tarot card reader), Abby McMillen (bridesmaid), Yulia Bulatova (bridesmaid)
Sasha & Eric | July 12th | Keystone, Colorado
From the photographer, From the Hip Photo: It was impossible to not love every minute of Sasha & Eric’s wedding because the couple themselves seemed to savor every second. They infused so much of their own personalities into the spirit and details of the day, including awesome touches like the custom cake topper Sasha’s sister 3D printed for them. This was a textbook example of how amazing your wedding can be when you do what is right for you. The epic sparkler time definitely ended the night perfectly.