When we started working with Morgan and David to design their dream wedding at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, we knew we were in for a treat as soon as Morgan described her vision of being “a mountain wildflower, mom’s garden, spring meets summer, whimsical colorful dream come true!”
We immediately got to work, hand selecting a vendor team that would bring this vision to life, and boy did they deliver! Beaver Creek is a special place to Morgan and David – their family has a house up there, they spend their weekends there and it meant so much they brought our team along to share what makes it so special to them.
We kicked off the weekend with an intimate rehearsal dinner at Mirabelle Beaver Creek. Nestled in a vintage house right inside the main gates of the resort, guests gathered for dinner al fresco. While the rain might have had other plans, we rolled with the punches and it was the perfect kick-off to their weekend.
Finally, it was the wedding day! As we tracked another pesky Colorado storm, we were determined to execute as much of this wedding outside as possible and we’re sure glad we did. It turned out to be the most picturesque Colorado day. The ceremony was filled with florals from Alli J Floral that looked like they were growing straight out of the ground, the mountain wildflower, springs meets summer vibe came to life – all captured stunningly by Jess Leigh Photography.
Before walking inside, guests found their seats on a completely custom escort board from Knapp Design Co. that had custom watercolor sketches of all the places that meant something to the couple. As guests found their seats, they were taken to a room that had been transformed with more wildflowers, a showstopping cake by Katy Pierson Cakes and a five-star meal by the amazing chefs at Beano’s Cabin. At their seats, one of our favorite moments was the charger that doubled as a placemat, a menu and a place card. It was a fun way to add a pop of color to the table in a practical way.
After heartfelt speeches, guests made their way to the dance floor for a night of dancing under the stars to music by The Get Down and were able to stay close to the action if they wanted to take a break but beautiful lounges by Hazel Grove Rentals.
It was truly one of those that you’ll remember forever – we wish Morgan & David a lifetime of happiness!
Photography | Jess Leigh Photography
Videography | Wedding Videos Colorado
Florals | Alli J Floral
Linens | BBJ La Tavola
Wedding Day Venue | Beano’s Cabin
Escort Board + Day Of Paper | Knapp Design Co.
Invitations | Longest Time Design
Cake | Katy Pierson Cake
Gown | Allison Webb NYC
Bridal Shop | Emma and Grace
Hair + Makeup | Jones Beauty Co.
Suit | State and Liberty
Rehearsal Dinner Venue | Mirabelle Beaver Creek
Colorado is such a special place to our darling bride and groom, Sofia + Guillermo! Sofia’s family has a house in Vail, so hosting their wedding in the Vail Valley was a priority for them! From the beginning, they focused on a large celebration with 300+ in attendance with a traditional Catholic service at Vail Chapel, followed by an epic dance party that made all their friends from Miami proud! The weekend started with a welcome dinner at Matsuhisa Vail, featuring Colorado bluegrass and country duo, Austin’s Rose and delicious sushi provided by the best in Vail! The next evening featured a rehearsal party at Four Seasons Vail where guests donned western attire and were led through Vail Village in second line style by their guitarist and ended up at an after party!
The wedding day saw a traditional Catholic service at Vail Chapel where Sofia wore a gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown and said I do to her forever. Followed by their tented wedding reception at Larkspur Vail that was dressed to the nines in all the Colorado fashion. Guests arrived and were immediately treated to cocktails on the lawn, where lounges doted the landscape by Eclectic Hive and organic florals in yellow + white tones by The Perfect Petal! Guests were soon invited into the tent as Sofia + Guillermo were announced by DJ Rascal for a lovely dinner and then they danced the night away!
This wedding was one for the books and we are still not over it! Sofia + Guillermo, their families, their friends, and their vendor team had such a loving, joyful energy that was completely contagious and something we will always remember!
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♬ A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Rehearsal Dinner + Welcome Party
Wedding Planning | Calluna Events
Photography | Alp & Isle
Videography | Christian DaCosta
Florals | The Perfect Petal
Decor | Eclectic Hive
Tenting and Rentals | Tents and Events
Lighting, Sound, Production | Fast Lane Productions
Wedding Day Venue | Larkspur Vail
Signage | Scarlet Gilia Creative
Cake | Megan Joy Cakes
Gown | Carolina Herrera
Bridesmaids Dresses | Marelvi Ramos
Hair | Amy DaCosta
Makeup | Alchemy Face Bar
DJ | DJ Rascal
Welcome Party + Getting Ready Venue | Four Seasons Vail
Rehearsal Dinner Venue | Matsuhisa Vail
Rehearsal Dinner Music | Austin’s Rose
Wedding Planning | Calluna Events
Photography | Nate Shepard
Flat Lay Photos | Josie V Photography
Ceremony Venue | Aspen Meadows
Reception Venue | St. Regis Aspen
Florals | The Perfect Petal
Decor | Wallflower Rentals
Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Custom Neon Signs | MK Neon
Beauty | Full Circle Aspen
Invitations + Signage | Scarlet Gilia Creative
Save the Dates | The Wordshop
Second Line | Brass Animals
Reception Music | The Get Down
Photobooth | St. Regis Aspen
Linens | Nuage Designs
Draping + Lighting | Little Mad Events
Transportation | CTS Aspen
Music and dancing are easily some of the best parts of a wedding, and while you and your love may have talked extensively about the song you’ll be sharing your first dance to, don’t forget about the importance of the ceremony music. Some couples choose to go the traditional route for the processional and recessional songs while others like to mix it up with more contemporary music. We have complied a list of our favorite classic and unique ceremony songs for the traditional and not so traditional couples!
Enjoy! Xo, Calluna
For the Traditional Couple: For the couple that wishes to stick with tradition and make a grand entrance down the aisle, we have the perfect songs for you!
Photo Credit: Angie Wilson Photography
The Not So Traditional Couple: For the couple looking to step a little outside of the box, we love these alternative options for processional and recessional songs! Your guests will never forget the moment you walked down the aisle as a beautiful bride and the moment you and your hubby walked back down as husband and wife!
Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography
Calluna Faves: The Calluna team has worked and attended a fair share of weddings, so we definitely have some favorite ceremony songs from the past years. Check out what Calluna Events owner, Heather Dwight has to say about alternative options and incorporating culture into wedding music!
Heather Dwight (Owner): “My husband and I used one song for both the family and bridal processional, The Weather by Built to Spill and I came out right at the crescendo of the song. And since I am Scottish we of course had a bagpiper play our recessional. One of our couples used Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years which is such a beautiful song. I also love First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes for either the processional or recessional! Any nod in the ceremony music to the bride or grooms tradition or culture, or a song that has meaning to them to make it theirs.”
Photo Credit: Recherche Photography
Kimberlee Hanto: “My favorite traditional processional for the bride is Canon in D by Pachelbel. Though it was written over 300 years ago, it has a mesmerizing quality that is timeless. Everyone loves hearing it! My favorite traditional recessional is the Hornpipe from the Water Music by Handel. It has such a wonderful energetic and joyful exuberance- perfect for that special moment when a couple has finished their ceremony.”
“Regarding today’s trends, couples often enjoy having current songs as a part of their ceremony. One bride told me that she heard Over the Rainbow when her groom proposed- and that she really wanted it for her wedding processional. We love it when we can provide songs that have an extra special meaning for the couple. Having a guitar in our ensemble makes it possible for us to be able to perform contemporary songs authentically. When a song request is not in our repertoire, we make every effort to find sheet music and arrange it for the ensemble. We love helping make each special wedding day unique and memorable.“
Georgina Petheo: “If its just a string quartet we love to play Arrival of Queen of Sheba by Handel. Its a very beautiful song that talks about the arrival of a Queen, just like the arrival of the Bride to the aisle. The song is upbeat and happy, perfect for the processional. If we do a trumpet combo we love to play Rondeau by Mouret, its absolutely gorgeous. For the recessional, we enjoy the traditional Hornpipe by Handel, especially if we have a trumpet player. Lately we have been including a trumpet player and it truly makes the processional and recessional feel bright, fancy, upbeat and gorgeous, making the Bride feel even more special.”
“We do often play some more contemporary songs, and we spend a lot of time arranging them to make sure they fit perfectly with the group of instruments. Some of our favorites include All You Need is Love, by the Beatles, its truly a timeless song. La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong and Dream a Little Dream of Me by Ella Fitzgerald are also a few of our favorites.”
Featured Image: Laura Murray 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