Classic Colorado Elegance | Wedding Recap | Jessica + Alex

What do you get when you get two high school sweethearts, families who are best friends, friends who have walked through all chapters of life together – one of the most fun, loving and heartfelt wedding celebrations that we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.

When Jessica + Alex first came to us at Calluna they had a vision of a chic, classic and traditional Colorado wedding nestled in the mountain of Boulder, right up the hill from where Alex popped the question!

Greystone Castle served as the perfect backdrop for their August I Do’s! With a perfectly pitched Sperry Tent on the front lawn and the sprawling mountain views from the ceremony site, Jessica & Alex welcome friends and family from across the world (some as far as Dubai and Lebanon).

The floral team at The Perfect Petal accent the tent and the farm tables with shades of white, green, and blush accent by classic gold and glass elements to make for a stunning tablescape. Once the summer Colorado rain stopped, a stunning rainbow appeared as guests noshed on appetizers and drank two classic signature cocktails – appropriately named “The Big” and “The Carrie” as a nod to the couple’s home in New York City.

When it was time for the couple’s grand entrance – they were led into the tent by a Lebanese Zaffa Fusion band, a nod to the bride’s heritage and we have never seen anything like it. The guests surrounded the couple and the band on the dance floor and we felt so lucky to witness such an incredible cultural tradition. After guests finally made their way to their seats – the culinary team at Greystone Castle, led by Jacqueline Malcom-Peck served guests a 5-star dinner under the stars!

After an evening followed by heartfelt (and hilarious!) toasts, sentimental dances it was time to kick off the dance-party with our friends from The Get Down! The dance floor was packed all night! To end the evening, at the bride’s request, Shake Shack delivered late night burgers and fries!

We wish Jessica & Alex so many years of happiness!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning | Calluna Events

Venue | Greystone Castle Boulder

Photography | Cat Galletti

Videography | Reagan Lynn Films

Ceremony Musicians | Trading Post Productions

Floral Designer | The Perfect Petal

Tenting | Sperry Tents Colorado

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Specialty Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals

Specialty Linens | Nuage Designs

Invitations + Paper Goods | Line Avenue Calligraphy

Wedding DJ | The Get Down

Lebanese Dabke Music | Fusion Zaffa

Make-Up | Mooi Studio

Hair | Hayley Styles Hair

Photo Booth | Bamboo Booth

Restroom Trailers | Royal Restrooms

Transportation | Hermes Worldwide

Late Night Snack | Shake Shack

Bridal Gown | Maria Farbinni from L’Fay Bridal

Groom Suit | Ralph Lauren

Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo NYC

Alana + Ian | Gorgeous Fall Toned Wedding at The St. Vrain

Where do we even begin with Alana + Ian?! We adored this couple and loved planning with them for a year and a half! From the beginning of the planning process, Alana and Ian wanted their wedding to feel personal and reflect the two of them. The week of the wedding, Colorado gifted us with a crazy snowstorm, but luckily, everyone arrived safely, and guests enjoyed the most perfect, sunny FALL day.
Alana and her maids started the wedding day, getting their hair and makeup done in the gorgeous bridal suite at The St. Vrain. They sipped champagne and had a dance party in their fuzzy slippers and adorable PJs. Once Alana stepped into her stunning Theia Couture gown, the tears started flowing, and we couldn’t wait for the bride and groom to see each other. Ian rocked a custom blue Bespoke Edge suit, and the first look was such a special moment.
Almost 200 friends and family witnessed Alana + Ian say “I do” in front of a moody and stunning floral backdrop from The Perfect Petal. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed margaritas from Alana’s margarita wall (her favorite!) and snacked on tacos and delicious appetizers. Alana and Ian love cocktails, so they had not two, but FOUR specialty cocktails with fun custom names.
Once the space was reception ready, guests entered a romantic scene with hundreds of candles, custom velvet napkins, modern glassware, and personal paper details from Handsome Love Calligraphy. Sugar Pine Catering served up a delicious meal followed by some heartwarming toasts. Donuts were served for a sweet treat, and The Wash Park Band kept the dance floor packed. October 12th will always have a special place in our hearts!
Xo,
Calluna

 

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:: Vendor Love ::
Venue | The St. Vrain
Catering | Sugar Pine Catering
Photographer | Cassie Rosch
Videographer | Canvas & Light
Florals |The Perfect Petal
Musicians | Wash Park Band
Rentals |Colorado Party Rentals
Hair | The Bridal Goddess
Make Up Artist | Alchemy Face Bar
Wedding Dress Designer | Theia Couture
Paper Goods | Handsome Love Calligraphy

 

Emily + John | An Intimate Beautiful Summer Backyard Wedding

Emily and John’s wedding at a private residence in Boulder was pure love. The emotions and joy were palpable in Emily and John as they were surrounded by their friends and family. Guests felt like they were transported to Tuscany as Emily and John celebrated their love on a beautiful summer night and dined al fresco during golden hour!

Xo,

Calluna



:: Vendor Love ::

Venue | Burning Sky Barn – Private Residence
Catering | Sugar Pine Catering
Photographer | Mary Meck Weddings
Floral + Decor | Fawn’s Leap
Baker | Shamane’s Bake Shoppe
Entertainment | Elite Entertainment
Rentals | Colorado Party  Rentals
Hair + Make Up | Holly Bell
Bagpipe | Colorado Bagpiper

Tegan + Ben | St. Julien Wedding

When we picture a summer wedding in Boulder, we picture Tegan + Ben’s Wedding at the St Julien Hotel.  They are such a sweet couple and took the dreamiest photos at Chautauqua Park. The ballroom at the St. Julien was decorated with classic white centerpieces and we loved being a part of their special day!


 

 

 

:: Vendor Love ::

Venue & Catering| The St. Julien

Florals | Beet & Yarrow

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Photography | Megan Wynn

Videography | All Digital

Entertainment | Tunisia Band

Ceremony Musicians | Cloud 9 Strings

Hair  | Hair Artistry by Hilary Matthies

Makeup | Beth Walker

Gown | Rosie by Marchesa Fashion

Groom’s Suit | Suit Supply

Calluna Events 2018 – Year in Review

We are here for the moments! Those moments that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. We want to walk beside you toward those moments and then live them alongside you. It’s why we keep coming back again, and again, and again. This year marked our 15th-year business and we are so honored and humbled that our clients and creative partners entrust us each and every year on their weddings and events. Sitting down and reflecting on the incredible moments we’ve witnessed and recounting our highlights is one of our favorite things to do at the end of each year. We are ever grateful for the work we do, the people we have the pleasure of working with and the incredibly talented wedding and event community in Colorado.

To say we are excited for 2019 is an understatement. We have many exciting things planned already for this year and we can’t wait to share them with you! We are so grateful for the couples whose weddings we are currently planning for 2019 and 2020 and for all the newly engaged couples who have been reaching out! We are continually inspired, challenged, and motivated to do incredible things and be the best we can be!

2018 was a remarkable year for Calluna Events and we are thrilled to share our incredible highlights with you!

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Couture Colorado Feature: Calluna Couple Lauren + Wes

We are just beside ourselves to see Lauren + Wes featured on Couture Colorado! They married at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, and the wedding was absolutely epic.

Check out the feature and all of the stunning details on Couture Colorado! 

Vendor Love

Planning | Calluna Events

Photographer | Brian Paul Mallik

Venue | Folsom Field

Florals | Lale Florals

Entertainment | Wash Park Band

Signage + Calligraphy | Whimsy Design Studio

Hair | The Bridal Goddess

Makeup | Dotted With Hearts

Gown Boutique | Anna Be Bridal

Gown Designer | Made with Love Bridal

Cake + Desserts | Shamanes Bake Shoppe

Lighting + Draping | LMD Productions

Rentals | Event Rents

Colorado Real Wedding: September Highlights

Our team has had some amazing weddings this fall, and we are thrilled to share highlights from one of our favorites. Thank you to our sweet couples and creative partners for working with us!

Xo,

Calluna


Cristina + John

This collaboration is one I’ll never forget, one in which our couple trusted us implicitly to understand their vision and then gave their creative team full and complete freedom to create. We are so very honored to know Cristina and John and to have witnessed their marriage ceremony. It’s hard to show in a single photo or with words the beautiful experience their wedding was.

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Their prayer circle was one of our favorite design ideas to date and we were honored that Cristina and John trusted us with it. The design intention was this…when Cristina and John came to us looking for a venue they originally wanted to get married in nature, surrounded by trees.

They’ve traveled extensively in South Africa, Brazil and John has Irish heritage so being surrounded by nature for their ceremony was important to them. John proposed to Cristina on a trip to Africa in a prayer circle so I wanted to blend the trees, nature and the prayer circle and create a sacred space for them to share their vows. I knew without a doubt that the Eclectic Hive team would be able to help bring this vision to life and they of course captured the vision and took it to the next level! Jill from the Hive personally drove to Santa Fe to purchase the large entry door and the carved wood ceremony back drop.

Forty trees and bushes as well as carved wood and moss panels were brought in to delineate the circle itself. Bare Root Floral took the space to the next level with gorgeous, lush, white florals that transformed the space even more! The four directions were honored. Crystals from their travels were placed at the altar.

White lions and blue butterflies, important animals to them, were incorporated into the decor. They wanted it to feel intimate, sacred, magical, and honor elements they hold dear to their hearts. John blessed the space by burning sage and with ritual.

When I walked Cristina into the space, she stopped at the end of the aisle and hesitated. I’ve never seen a bride have such an inward and profound reaction to a space we’ve created. It was beautiful to witness! With tears in her eyes and a grateful heart she said the space felt blessed and sacred and so special.

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All the other elements of the day were so thoughtful and intentional. From the stationery by Jolie + Co to the South African wine tasting bar, there were elements throughout the wedding that really spoke to who they are as a couple.

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Vendor Love

Photography team | James and Schulze

Florals | Bare Root Flora

Decor + incredible ceremony circle | Eclectic Hive Event Design

Wedding gown | BERTA from Anna Be

Hair | Andres Mendoza

Makeup | Jessica Shinyeda

Table decor | Yonder Floral + Decor House

Rentals | Event Rents

Venue | Lone Hawk Farm

Stationery + day paper goods | Jolie & Co. 

Catering | Blackbelly

Cinematography team | Velare

Cake | Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

Wedding musicians | Mark Diamond 

After party band | Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue

After party desserts | Kim and Jake’s

Calluna Community: Cocktails with the St. Julien Hotel & Spa

Here at Calluna we are always looking for new ways to highlight and honor some of the amazing creative partners we get to work with. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with some seriously talented vendors in the industry, and we are showing them off to you in our Calluna Community Series! We are sitting down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado to get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes.

This week for Calluna Community, we caught up with Alisha of the St. Julien Hotel & Spa!

Cheers! Xo, Calluna


Describe what you do! 

“I am the Social Catering Manager for St Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado. I’ve been with the property for the past six years and work with our wedding couples from start to finish; this includes initial site tours, the contracting process, negotiating room blocks, conducting menu tastings, planning meetings, final walk throughs and of course, being present on the actual day of the wedding! I also book and service social events and non-profit events for St Julien Hotel & Spa.

Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, the property features more than 16,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event facilities, with arguably the best view of Boulder’s iconic Flatirons. It’s a great destination for the family and friends of our couples, as guests find themselves just steps from both popular dining and shopping at the outdoor, pedestrian-only Pearl St. Mall, and miles of hiking and biking trails at nearby Boulder Creek and beyond.

What is your idea of a dream project? 

“My dream project is working with a couple or client who is striving to make their wedding day or event authentically and uniquely their own. I love seeing the creative process, from menu planning to incorporating personal or cultural influences. It is amazing to get to know a couple throughout the planning process, which allows us to find ways to incorporate their unique ideas, and then to have the privilege to see it all come to fruition on their big day!” 

What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended? 

“Well, that’s a tough one, since there are so many! One of my first weddings meant a lot to me, as it was a semi-traditional Indian wedding, and we worked directly with the bride and her mother on re-creating and perfecting their family recipes. The bride presented me with a gorgeous saree to wear for the wedding day and she even let me keep it! Another favorite was a Calluna Wedding; one of the most beautiful outdoor receptions that I have ever seen was followed by a down pour of rain before entrées were served – eek! All the vendors came together as a “power” team to provide a solution for the couple and it made for such a crazy, but fun, night! Not to mention how sweet and grateful the couple was – that always helps!”

What does your morning routine look like? 

“I typically spend the morning with a cup of cold brew coffee (yes, even in the winter!) and a walk with my French bulldog, Pono. On wedding or event days, I spend the morning at a yoga class or the farmers market. From there, it’s a gorgeous commute from my home in Longmont to Boulder. I love seeing the Flatirons in the distance, and once I get to the St Julien Hotel…boom! Best view in Boulder!”

What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing? 

“Miniature dessert bars! I like that couples are opting away from the large traditional wedding cakes. We have a fabulous pastry chef at St Julien; her creations are unbelievably beautiful and creative, and the alternative setup gives the guests such a variety of tasty options. They can easily grab their beverage of choice and a mini dessert and get back to the dance floor!”

What advice would you give to a younger you?

“Be ready to always be learning! In this ever-changing industry, there will always be something new to learn. Always be kind and keep an open mind with any guest, client or vendor you might meet along the way—you never know how it might all connect in the future.”

What makes you excited to go to work in the morning? 

“My favorite way to start out any wedding work week is with sending a “Happy Wedding Week!” message. I understand that the week is so stressful, as we’re often the couple’s venue, accommodations, caterer and baker, and I hope to alleviate some of the anxiety by communicating with my couples leading up to their big day. The weekend-of is so exciting, seeing the couple be reunited with their family and friends. It’s just a rewarding experience all-around!”

What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight? 

“Craft beer! I love a piney, tropical or west coast style IPA. Colorado does not have a shortage of microbreweries, so there is always a new brew to try or brewery patio to visit with my hubby and pup!”

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Check out photos from one of our very favorite weddings at the St. Julien:

Holly + Mark

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Vendor Love

Event Design: Eclectic Hive | Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: The St. Julien Hotel and Spa | Bride’s Dress: Rivini | Hair: Andres Mendoza | Makeup: Jessica Shinyeda | Groom’s Attire: J. Hilburn | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Blue Nile | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Paper Products: The Inviting Pear | Calligraphy: Be Sweet Ink | Rentals: Event RentAll Events | Lighting Design: LMD Productions | Photography: Jodee Debes

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