Calluna Crew Spotlight :: Kristen Kennedy

We are so so excited to introduce the newest member of our team to all our lovely readers! Kristen Kennedy has joined the Calluna Crew as our summer intern and Event Assistant. She is an ahhhhmazing addition to our team and thus far has been so helpful by jumping in feet first in the middle of wedding season. We love when we get the opportunity to work with summer interns to share our knowledge but also learn a thing or two from them. Especially on the social media front! Kristen attends the University of Colorado and just returned from an epic semester abroad in London (don’t worry we are all jealous of her). She is an avid blogger, Instagramer, and foodie – read on to catch up on what she likes and why we are fortunate to have her here! xx, Calluna

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What is your favorite part of the wedding day? I would have to say that my favorite part of the wedding is the father-daughter dance. After all of the excitement of the special day, it is so heart warming to see the bride and her father have those moments of calm together. I also love when there is a mother-son dance, I think it’s the perfect way to recognize the importance of both the bride and the groom and their families all together.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I was convinced for a while that I wanted to be a chef. The food network is virtually the only channel on TV that I watch, and it was my dream to be a contestant on one of those cooking reality shows (I could watch chopped all day long!) Even though that is no longer my life goal, I cook whenever I can and love to experiment with new recipes and food trends. I am currently very into my new spiralizer; zucchini noodles have become a staple in my diet.

What wedding trends are you loving this season? I love that couples are starting to step away from traditional wedding trends. As much as I appreciate tradition, I love seeing innovative elements at weddings like a s’mores bar instead of a cake, or a box where guests can write cute date ideas for the new couple instead of a guest book. I just think it’s so great when couples can step outside of the box and let their personalities shine with tiny details.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? I recently travelled throughout Europe and fell in love with Lisbon, Portugal. The weather was perfect, the people were incredibly friendly and the food was to die for. I had some of the most amazing pork & clams, Portuguese pastries and sangria, it is a must see for anybody traveling in Europe.

What is one piece of clothing everyone should own? A quality leather jacket is a must in any closet. I love how versatile they can be; I can wear them with my casual jeans or with a little black dress for a night out on the town. I am also a strong believer in a pair of comfortable heels. Yes those two words don’t normally go together in the same sentence, but if you can find a pair of sturdy and chic heels that don’t give you blisters, they are worth the investment.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? I am a bit obsessed with the holidays and holiday food. I am that annoying person that thinks its Christmas right after Thanksgiving ends, and starts watching Christmas movies in October. I just love everything associated with the holidays, there is nothing better than a warm cup of hot apple cider and board games around the fire!

And if that’s not enough, here’s a little more about Kristen:

Kristen is a San Francisco native, but Colorado lover. She is a soon to be senior at the University of Colorado and an event enthusiast. Her love for weddings began with her favorite movie, “The Father of the Bride” and has since grown through her work with EAT Catering and her position as Event Director of her sorority. Kristen loves the energy and excitement of any event, and thrives off of the happiness and satisfaction of the guests. She believes no detail is too small, and will go the extra mile to make everybody comfortable.

Keep up with Kristen and all her adventures!

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Read more about the entire Calluna Team here!

Calluna Crew Spotlight: Michelle Wagner

Michelle Wagner (Lead Curator & Stylist) comes to Calluna Events from Texas, where she spent years creating non-profit events.  She has worked on a variety of different fundraising events throughout her career.  Her expertise in creating a memorable evening for donors while keeping costs below budget is why she has been so successful.  With over 10 years of experience in non profit events, Michelle decided to expand her event knowledge and become a trained wedding planner through the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners. She continued to work in the non profit field, but used her unique understanding of creating big events on a budget and began planning weddings independently. After a move to Colorado, Michelle was thrilled to join the Calluna Events team and continue to plan weddings and grow her event coordinating experience

What is your favorite part of the wedding day?

My favorite part of every wedding is watching the Groom as the Bride walks down the aisle.  It is a magical moment and he thinks no one is watching.  I started this year’s ago as a kid because I wasn’t tall enough to always see the Bride.  So I would just stand in the aisle and watch the Groom.  They try to play it cool but are so overwhelmed with emotion.  They even let out a tear or two :)​  

 Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Even though I may look like a girly girl, I love sports and am a bit of a tomboy. I am a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, and love going to Rockies games. I also like to shoot skeet and ride four-wheelers whenever I can get the chance! But trust me when it comes to being pampered and over the top girly I am right there!​

 What wedding trends are you loving this season?

The only trend that I find truly important is that of making it our own.  Nothing brings me more joy as a planner than working with a couple and seeing their personalities come through in every detail on the wedding day.  Guests should feel like they are getting a look at who you are as a couple.  

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My adorable puppy – Addi!

What is your favorite thing to do?

 Dance!  I love a good random dance party.  I am that person who rocks out in her car and will always be the first one on the dance floor.​

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Croatia – The people and culture are one of a kind.  It is a beautiful place with magnificent beaches.  When I travel I immerse myself in the lifestyle and the food, energy and landscape here make it a place I hope to return.

 

Lauren + Brian’s sweet Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding

Here’s another beauty at one of our favorite venues, Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Lauren and Brian’s wedding epitomized everything we love about weddings at DTR – unbeatable views, beautiful spaces, and a radiant couple. The afternoon storm clouds parted just in time for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony followed by a lovely reception in the Board Axe Barn. The natural beauty of the barn was enhanced with inspired lighting, elegant flowers and an abundance of love! What’s more, Lauren and Brian’s splendid day culminated with touching toasts and one epic dance party! Thank you thank you to the team who made it happen: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Plum Sage Flowers | Nate and Jenny | LMD Productions | Event Rents | Side Door Salon | Ribbons and Strings | DJ Jahsonic 

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Calluna Events Wins Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Award

Wow, we are feeling the wedding industry love this week! We were recently awarded with Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Award for 2015 – a very special honor because it is based solely on our online Wedding Wire reviews and personal experiences couples have had with our company. It makes us so proud that we are able to deliver extraordinary results – a goal we are always trying to achieve and exceed. At the end of the day, we love our clients and would move mountains for them. We are happy they love us back.

With gratitude and love, The Calluna Team

View Calluna Events Wedding Wire Page here

Calluna Events 2014 Recap!

Every year, we love to share our highlights and accomplishments with our supporters and readers. 2014 was our most successful year to date and we at Calluna Events are excited to share our incredible highlights with you! We are absolutely thrilled to say we have more events on the books than ever before going into the New Year, we can’t wait for what’s in store for 2015!

2014 marked our 11th year in business and our 10th anniversary! Read about the past decade at Calluna Events here! We celebrated in styled by throwing an over-the-top bash to celebrate in March of this year at Blanc. The same day as our party we planned a Modern Marie styled shoot.

Our Work:

The Applause: 

Calluna Events in the wedding world:

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Photography from Ashley Sawtelle Photography, Tess Pace Photography and James Christianson Photography.

 

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