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 want to show them off to you in our new Calluna Community Series! We will sit down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado and get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more!
This week for Calluna Community we caught up with Claudia Scharnikow of Some Claudia Girl!
Cheers! Xo, Calluna
Describe what you do! “Well, it all began when I was 16 years old and I started my career as a hairstylist specializing in Italian hair color and cutting techniques. It was there where shortly after, I found my passion and pursuit in the bridal hair and makeup industry! I have been specializing in bridal hairstyles and makeup for 8 years now!”
What is your idea of a dream project? “Oh goodness, I am about to sound so cliche (which is so not my personality- I am usually a sarcastic little devil) but honestly, I truly believe that I have been a part of some of the dreamiest weddings on this earth! At the beginning of my my career, I always dreamed of participating in a handful of beautifully curated/ designed weddings and after some years of dreaming and hard work- it evolved into me having to pinch myself because I kept finding myself working alongside so many talented vendors who play a part of weddings that I thought could only be dreamt of! Outside of that, I think that hosting a workshop to teach and empower other hair/ makeup artist is certainly a goal of mine!”
What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended? “Ugh, this question is tough and never gets easier because there isn’t just one! But if I had to absolutely pick, I would say it was a seaside wedding I did in Malibu, CA! The bride had me do 2 different hairstyles/ looks on her, she was stunning and I had the greatest time!”
What does your morning routine look like? “Although, I tend to be pretty type A with my business/ work life, I also like to be honest and say that I am not a morning person. I enjoy (very) slow mornings, bed cuddles with my dog followed by an americano and loud upbeat music to have a little dance party to before I dive into work emails or even a day full of bridal consultations. ”
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing? “I think I will always be a sucker for artistic braids but my favorite current trend is the classy and elegant yet effortless look. I like looks that look simple and organic but still clean and elegant!”
What advice would you give to a younger you? “Comparison is a thief! I still have to preach this to myself every now and then, but I wish I would have saved a lot of time I spent on comparing myself to others and their success and used it towards focusing more on how I could uniquely and more efficiently influence the wedding industry in my own way. I still struggle with this but realizing and reminding myself that I have a special set of talents, strengths and skills unlike anyone’s else’s that I could focus on instead of trying to be like some one else sets me up for a more productive work style and elevates my passion for what I do to new levels!”
What makes you excited to go to work in the morning? “People. I am a huge people person, I get a high when I get to see a bride smile ear to ear because her vision for wedding day hair/ makeup was accomplished and she feels like the most beautiful and confident version of herself before walking down the aisle to her forever love. I guess I should also warn all my brides that they may end up stuck with me as a lifelong friend because it tends to happen pretty frequently!”
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight? “TEQUILA. My husband and I have specialized in quite the assortment of different freshly squeezed margarita flavors- so much so that we have become those people who critique every margarita that ever touches their lips. My go to drink most of the time though is tequila + tonic with a splash of unsweetened grapefruit juice!”
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Photography | Emily Elizabeth Photography
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!
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| Feature Photo: Tess Pace Photography |
| Feature Photo Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas |
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.