Calluna wrapped up its busiest weekend to date, our entire team was here, there and everywhere! Calluna also had the biggest wedding we have ever had! We had the pleasure of assisting Mari Katherine + Tomas tie the knot with a wedding that neared 500 guests! It is hard to put into words how lucky we feel to have been a part of MK + Tomas’ special day. Not only was it an amazing unity of two cultures coming together but it also was the electric bond that these two share. Mari Katherine comes from a very Greek family who still stands strong in their Greek roots and Tomas comes from a family that is has mixture of strong Spanish and Mexican influence. The two of them held fast to their heritage and incorporated these elements throughout their special celebration. The main symbol they had throughout their wedding was an olive branch, representing their Greek and Spanish cultures and symbolizing peace as MK + Tomas take their first steps into marriage.
The rehearsal dinner took place at Cassidy’s Bar located at the Clarion Inn in Craig, Colorado. The whole event had a Mexican/Spanish theme. Tomas’ family took the reins on this event. Everything down to the last detail was well thought out! The decorations consisted of colorful piñatas, succulents resting in beans, handmade table runners, and gorgeous colorful paper flowers that came straight from Mexico! Tomas’ family brought in supplies from San Diego to prepare an authentic meal for everyone attending. We can testify it truly was some of the best Spanish/Mexican food we have ever had, complete with tacos and some amazing paella! It was a night packed with laughter, love, and the beginning of two amazing families coming together!
The ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Craig. It is was an extremely small church – only seating a small amount of guests up top in the pews and a limited amount of guests downstairs who watched the ceremony on a screen. We have had the pleasure of assisting with Greek weddings, however, it never ceases to amaze us how authentic and traditional their weddings are! In fact, Lana from Lana’s Shop designed and printed a nine page ceremony program detailing all the traditions, including one of our favorites – the exchanging of the crowns. It truly was something special watching the beautiful bride and handsome groom tie the knot.
The reception took place at the Loudy- Simpson Park Ice Arena. This was one of our favorite parts of the entire weekend, watching your average ice skating rink get completely transformed into a stunning wedding venue! LMD Productions started the transformation on early Wednesday morning. Their amazing draping, beautiful uplighting, drop dead gorgeous chandeliers, and amazing team played a key role in the transformation of the skating rink. Rodd and his team worked extremely hard and they truly outdid themselves! Event Rents brought in all the rentals including our favorite farm tables and cross back chairs. Eclectic Hive brought the amazing head table which was a cocktail height long mirrored table. This table definitely completed the look the bride had envisioned. They also brought the bars as well as some of the cocktail tables and provided one of their amazing cement bars for the tequila tasting bar. All bar menus, table numbers, and other signage was made by the lovely Taryn from Twinkle & Toast! Megan Joy Cakes provided the amazing cake that had us drooling from the minute it arrived! The Perfect Petal provided all the florals for both the reception and ceremony – and of course they didn’t disappoint! All of the flowers were absolutely jaw-dropping gorgeous and helped tie the whole look together! Steve from Steve Stanton Photography photographed all the events leading up to this weekend as well as throughout the weekend and we can’t wait to see all the amazing photos he took! Anne and John from Aspasia’s Catering are friends of Mari Katherine’s family and they did an incredible job making an authentic Greek dinner and fed the 500 guests in record time! They also provided amazing Greek desserts including Baklava that had us coming back for seconds! And to really get the party started we had the Matchmaker Band, who successfully got everyone on the dance floor! But most importantly we were able to create a space that the bride had envisioned and much much more. The moment that she walked into the space she started to cry and of course we did too! That moment right there is what makes all our hard work worth it.
Mari Katherine + Tomas have a magnetic bond, they have that sort of love story that you really only hear about in fairytales. We can’t wait to see what is next for this amazing couple but we wish them all the love and happiness in the world because they truly deserve it! xx, Calluna
:: Vendor Love ::
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Cassidy’s Bar at the Clarion Inn | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Loudy-Simpson Park Ice Arena | Bartending: Fireside Catering | Catering: Aspasia’s Catering | Baker: Megan Joy Cakes and KS Creations | Floral: The Perfect Petal | Ceremony + Reception Musicians: Matchmaker Band | DJ: DJ Roger | Cocktail Hour Musician: Ricardo Pena |Photographer: Steve Stanton Photography | Videographer: Blue Ring Media | Transportation Service: Storm Mountain Express | Officiant: Father Makarios | Rentals: Event Rents | Decor: Eclectic Hive | Lighting Designer: LMD Productions | Paper Goods: Lana’s Shop | Signage: Twinkle & Toast | Portable Restroom Trailer: Royal Restrooms of Utah