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 Cate of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop!
Cheers! Xo, Calluna
Describe what you do!
I am the founder and owner of Little White Dress Bridal Shop. We are just starting our 11th year in business, and I am actively involved with our amazing designers, staff, and brides. Along with my management team, I am one of the decision makers regarding all our day-to-day operations and our intentions to always provide exceptional service, selection, and experience to our valued customers.
What is your idea of a dream project?
Designing the build-out and décor of our current location here at 31st & Lawrence in the RiNo/Curtis Park neighborhood with my daughter was a really fun and special project. It’s such a unique and historical building, and we wanted our additions to be subtle and stunning at the same time to compliment the grandeur of the building’s architecture.
What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended?
Helping to plan my daughter’s wedding in Beaver Creek on 10/4/14 was such a joy. The setting, ceremony, the bride and groom and their vows were all so special and beautiful.
What does your morning routine look like?
Cuddle time with my two cats, some stretching, walking outside, spiritual/motivational studies, and counting my blessings and setting my positive intention for the day.
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing?
3-D lace appliques on gowns and veils, sleeves, and anything that is quality/creative/fresh/unique.
What advice would you give to a younger you?
Never compromise your goodness, values, or assets. Always value and protect your emotional, physical, and financial health.
What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
My strong desire to make a positive contribution to all our efforts and work here at LWD.
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight?
I’m always trying to drink more water, but I LOVE prosecco, white sangria, and fruit infused vodka drinks.
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Little White Dress recently invited the Calluna team over for a fun visit. We got to play dress up and Mel on our team was our pretend “bride”! It was a blast!
Vendor Love (feature image)
Photography | The Hearnes
Gown | Galia Lahav
Bridal Shop | Little White Dress
We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the St Julien Hotel & Spa, Rocky Mountain Bride, and many other top Colorado vendors for Spring Down the Aisle. What is Spring Down the Aisle you ask? Spring Down the Aisle is a contemporary tea service, blended with a wedding showcase and bridal fashion show. Brought to you by St Julien Hotel & Spa and Rocky Mountain Bride, this can’t be missed event begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Soon-to-be brides and grooms, your wedding parties, friends and family are all invited to enjoy St Julien Hotel & Spa’s popular Saturday Afternoon Tea service, complete with teas by Tea Forte, champagne, petit fours, scones, sandwiches, live music and other delights.
All of the vendors involved have been hard at work to bring you an experience to remember and we want to give you the inside scoop! The idea behind Spring Down the Aisle is to give brides and grooms alike an opportunity to meet some of the best in the business while enjoying an event that is staged like a real wedding. We would like to lend a helping hand in your planning and give you some fresh inspiration with looks and tablescapes that are on trend for 2016! In other words, it is our way of showing you the “now” in a fun interactive way!
In the industry we have been seeing three prominent trends for this year and we took inspiration from the runways and added a Calluna spin on those trends! The first look is “Black Tie with a Twist.” With this look we are taking your traditional black tie wedding and spinning it with a brilliant navy blue instead of black. With pops of color throughout and hints of gold, we are sure you will be completely smitten with this classic look!
| Photo: Jessica Schmitt Photography & Brosnan Photographic |
The second look is a “Floral Vibrant Look” which we have seen explode on the runway and throughout the 2016 trends. We like to think of this look as boho chic meets Kate Spade. It has those vibrant, bright colors and eye catching florals with a modern crisp twist. With white square chargers, ghost chairs, and glitzy white sequin linens,we are confident this look will be a total wow factor!
| Photo: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography & Amy Amori |
Last but certainly not least is the “Ethereal & Romantic Look.” This look works well with the 2016 Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. We will use these colors throughout this look as well as beautiful soft muted tones curating a subtle elegance that will leave the hopeless romantics swooning!
| Photo: Feather + Stone & Hannah Suh Photography |
Each look will have also have a bride, groom, and bridesmaid look that will help complete the vision; compliments of Little White Dress, Bespoke Edge, Bella Bridesmaid, Weekends Boulder, and Todd Reed Jewelry! And of course, our attendees will be entered into several very special giveaways that will exclusively be offered at Spring Down The Aisle.
The special giveaways include:
A two night stay at St Julien Hotel & Spa, with brunch for two at Jill’s Restaurant and an indulgent Spa at St Julien gift basket that includes a gorgeous bridal robe
$250 to $500 off at Bespoke Edge
A premier shopping package at Little While Dress
A $100 print credit towards a booked engagement session with Laura Murray Photography
$200 off services from DJ Jahsonic
$250 off a booked Calluna Events planning package
$150 credit towards any wedding invitation package from Sweet Letterpress and more!
Best of all, the final week of tickets sales THIS WEEK include a buy one get one free deal! We can promise you, this is an event you won’t want to miss especially with such a screaming hot deal on the table! To starting planning your special day, with a dose of celebration and no pressure please head over to the link here or you can call the St Julien Concierge at (720) 406 8208 to purchase tickets!
:: Vendors Involved ::
| Feature Photo: Tess Pace Photography |
Are you newly engaged – or about to be? Afternoon Tea at St Julien presents Spring Down the Aisle, a contemporary tea service, blended with a wedding showcase and bridal fashion show. Brought to you by St Julien Hotel & Spa and Rocky Mountain Bride, Spring Down the Aisle begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Soon-to-be brides and grooms, and your wedding parties, friends and family are invited to enjoy St Julien Hotel & Spa’s popular Saturday Afternoon Tea service, complete with teas by Tea Forte, champagne, petit fours, scones, sandwiches, live music and other delights. You’ll also enjoy a fashion show, featuring celebratory looks for every member of the wedding party, as well as a meet and greet with a number of Colorado’s top wedding experts, including the one and only Calluna Events before and after the tea.
Special giveaways include a two night stay at St Julien Hotel & Spa, with brunch for two at Jill’s Restaurant; an indulgent Spa at St Julien gift basket that includes a gorgeous bridal robe; $250 to $500 off at Bespoke Edge; a premier shopping package at Little While Dress; a $100 print credit towards a booked engagement session with Laura Murray Photography; $200 off services from DJ Jahsonic; $250 off a booked Calluna Events planning package; $150 credit towards any wedding invitation package from Sweet Letterpress and more!
Start planning your special day, with a dose of celebration and no pressure! Event is limited to 80 attendees; tickets are $44 per person, which includes admission, food, beverage and gratuity. For more information, please call the hotel concierge at (720) 406-8208, or register at http://springdowntheaisle.eventbrite.com.
2015 was one for the books, and we are thrilled to have been a part of so many fabulous weddings and events. This past year, we were truly impressed by some of the visions and ideas our clients presented, which we saw beautifully transformed into gorgeous celebrations. We witnessed new trends in fashion, event design, food and florals that we simply adored! With that being said, we are thrilled to see what 2016 brings for weddings, so we have compiled a list of some trends we are ecstatic to see this season.
The Look: Wedding dresses and styles have evolved over the years, and we are loving the revamped styles that have been introduced.
Photos via Style me Pretty & Green Wedding Shoes
Photo Credit: Karen Willis Holmes || Erin Jean Photography || Jodi Miller Photography
Designers: Karren Willis Holmes || Reem Acra || Pas De Deux Bridal
Photos via Harpers Bazar (top left) & Brides Magazine (bottom right)
Photo Courtesy: Jenny Packham, Laura Murray Photography, Rachel Havel, John Aquino
Designers : Jenny Packham, Lela Rose, Mark Zunino, Christos
Photo Credit: Jessica Christie (top) Kate Holstein (bottom)
The Food: Lets face it, food is one of the best parts of attending a wedding. With the emergence of “the foodie” bride & groom, we have seen tremendous creativity in wedding menus and meals. 2016 will not disappoint, and we are anticipating some seriously fabulous food moments.
Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography (top) || Steve Stanton Photography (bottom)
Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography
Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography
Photos via Style Me Pretty
Photo Credit: Alexandra Grace Photography (left) || Koman Photography (right)
Bottom Images via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo Credit: James Christianson (top left) || Laura Murray (top right) || Jodi Miller Photography (bottom)
Featured Photo: Ashley Sawtelle Photography
We won’t lie… When dreaming up wedding dresses for our future weddings we’re pretty convinced it’ll be a scene out of Sex and the City – dozens of couture gowns for our choosing, hair and makeup stylists touching up at our every move, Vogue photographers capturing every effortless (not so candid) movement as our friends swoon on the sidelines ONLY to have one magically appear at our NYC loft.
While we’re still holding onto making that dream a reality, for now we find comfort in counting the days until we can live frivolously and vicariously through the newest Couture collections presented at Bridal Fashion Week!
We loved all of the gowns presented but kept seeing one beautiful trend shinning through : FLORALS! See below for our favorites!
Floral 3D Applique :: It’s always a challenge to find a sweet spot between what is reserved for high fashion and what reception ready. We love inspired designers but are extra intrigued when it’s something we could see ourselves in. The trend of a three dimensional adornment does just that – integrating florals in an feminine way that captures the rising trend while keep classic bridal beauty in mind.
Our hats are off to these fabulous designers for nailing it!
Lela Rose: Photos via Instagram
Oscar De La Renta: Photos via Huffington Post
Angel Sanchez: Photo via Brides.com | Indigital Images
Jim Hjelm: Photos via Brides.com | Indigital Images
As we all know, Bridal Fashion Week just wrapped up in New York City. Leaving those who took the event by storm completely exhausted and those who didn’t attend wishing they had. Although we were insanely jealous of everyone who attended, we certainly were completely smitten (and even more grateful) by every single post throughout the entire week. We would have given anything to be there for it. Luckily some of our favorite local vendors attended and were happy to share with us the inside scoop! Of course Style Me Pretty gave us a reliable run down, complete with pictures, of what happened in New York and the trends that we need to look out for! Now that we feel more in the loop… sort of, (still wishing we were there in person 🙂 ) we thought we would share with all our lovely Calluna readers. Enjoy! xx Calluna
Little White Dress Bridal Shop told us their favorite trends they saw at this bridal fashion week.
ballet-inspired looks. We saw lots of ballet inspiration in wedding dress design this season, with subtle touches like delicate cross-backs, low scoop backs, and wispy tulle skirts.
| Marchesa |
Detachable overskirts and trains. Such an elegant and easy way to change looks from the ceremony to the reception without changing into a second dress, many designers are offering detachable overskirt and train options.
| Claire Pettibone |
Regal style. We loved the modern take on regal style that we saw from several designers (including Naeem Khan), with everything from crowns to sophisticated yet glamorous sleeves and fuller skirts.
| Naeem Kahn |
Belted backs. The low, open back is nothing new, but this season we saw belted styling on low back styles. This is a great way to accentuate the waistline on plunging back styles.
| Galia Lahav |