Colorful Western Inspired Wedding at Brush Creek Ranch | Wedding Recap | Hampton + Michael

We are over the moon excited to be featuring one of our favorite weddings at Brush Creek Ranch today! Hampton + Michael first met on a blind date that his friends set up for him, while they were both living in London. The two instantly hit it off and five years later, Michael proposed to her in a gondola filled to the brim with gorgeous flowers in Sun Valley. To this day Hampton + Michael wait to get on the same gondola chair that he proposed in whenever they’re in town!

Hampton + Michael had always dreamt of an intimate destination wedding where their loved ones from near and far would gather to celebrate and they both fell in love with Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming for its glamorous western chic appeal. Over the course of the weekend, guests enjoyed a variety of fun activities such as horseback riding, archery, fishing, and more as well as a Western themed welcome party where they took turns riding the mechanical bull, an elegant candlelit rehearsal dinner in the wine cellar, and of course a beyond beautiful and memorable wedding day!

Bold colors danced through the bride + groom’s wedding day, with the ceremony + reception dripping in lilac and dusty blue florals with pops of pamplemousse and buttercup citrus tones and greenery created by The Perfect Petal. Florals kissed the aisle as Hampton walked towards Michael arm in arm with her father to the tune of “Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend, a true vision in her Ines Di Santo gown with a gorgeous cathedral length train and veil that fluttered behind her as she floated across the aisle.

After they said I do, the darling newlyweds led everyone to cocktail hour and then reception in the Cheyenne Club. Guests found their seats with custom shot glasses hand calligraphed by CCR Calligraphy, and so the party began! Warm wood tables were adorned with cream lace chargers, the sweetest vintage floral dinner plates, and a color burst garden of florals! All indulged in the delicious multi-course meal and the peaches and cream wildflower wedding cake!

Hampton + Michael got the party started with their first dance to “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. “My favorite part of the reception was when everyone started grabbing these purple wildflowers from the arrangements around the stage and there was a sea of purple-puffed flowers in the air and the entire room felt like magic thanks to my wedding planner, Spice, who had what felt like hundreds of these flowers for our guests to hold!”

As the reception neared the end, the bride + groom ran through a tunnel of sparklers and hopped into their vintage, electric blue Ford pick-up truck to make their way to their after party where they danced the night away! Be sure to take a peek at all the magic below from Hampton + Michael’s wedding at Brush Creek Ranch!

Hampton + Michael | Wedding at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, WY from Aflātis Films.

Western Chic Welcome Party + Activities + Rehearsal Dinner

 

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning | Calluna Events

Venue | Brush Creek Ranch

Florals | The Perfect Petal

Photography | Steve Stanton Photography

Videography | Aflatis Films

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Stationary | Julie King Studio

Calligraphy | CCR Calligraphy

Hair + Makeup | Lucas Magnum

Ceremony Music | Taylor Pace Orchestra

Reception Music | DJ Nate of TH Entertainment

Bridal Gown | Ines Di Santo

Bridal Shoes | Amina Muaddi

After Party Gown | Eisen Stein

Featured On | Over the Moon

Calluna Community: Cocktails With Brush Creek Ranch

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 Corinne of Brush Creek Ranch!

Cheers! Xo, Calluna


Describe what you do! 

“I’m a Senior Sales Manager for the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, which includes the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, the Magee Homestead, and French Creek Sportsman’s Club. All three properties are located within twenty minutes of each other in the beautiful Platte Valley in southern Wyoming.”

“We have a small but mighty sales team of three women here at the Ranch. We all sell both corporate and family groups, and I am lucky enough to be in charge of our wedding segment – which is my favorite part of the job”

What is your idea of a dream project? 

“I love working with adventurous couples who choose the Ranch not only for its beauty but also for its amazing outdoor opportunities. The activities offered on our 30,000 acres are such a big part of who we are, and it’s a dream to watch couples take advantage of that. We had one bride who was a competitive horseback rider throughout her adolescence and college years – she went on long rides every single day she was on the Ranch. Another couple went fly fishing the morning of their wedding day as it was important to them to share that peaceful time in nature together before the rush of the wedding festivities.” 

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

“I have been able to see so many incredible weddings here at the Ranch, but I think the most memorable ones are when the bride and groom incorporate their family’s culture and history into the weekend. We had one groom with Nigerian roots who hosted a Nigerian-themed dinner for their rehearsal dinner, complete with authentic dress code, menu and music. Another favorite was an Indian wedding, who danced down a hillside to their ceremony, which was in a beautiful remote meadow. We had a bride from Canada who created a “Canadian Tuxedo” theme for their welcome dinner – which touched on her Canadian roots, and was also a perfect look for the Ranch!”

What does your morning routine look like? 

“I travel so much that I don’t think I could call most mornings “routine!” One consistent thing is green tea consumption – no matter where I am, I start the day with green tea.”

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

“I’m biased, but our favorite wedding trend is the increase in destination weddings and non-traditional venues. Our clients come from all over the country, and want a long weekend affair that feels more like a vacation for their guests – the wedding is simply the cherry on top. At the Ranch, after two full days of amazing activities like riding, fishing and hiking, by the time the actual wedding rolls around, you’ve spent so much quality time with your guests that you don’t have to worry about a receiving line or anything like that, and can just enjoy the moment.”

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

“There’s obviously a major emotional component to weddings, and I thrive on that. I enjoy building relationships with our clients and getting to know their families. It’s rewarding to see how their personalities and hobbies are reflected in their wedding at the end of the process. Every wedding we’ve had here at the Ranch is truly so unique to the couple.”

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

“I almost always drink beer – is it any surprise that I work on a ranch? I love a good IPA from Teton Brewing Company in Jackson or Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, CO. We’re actually building a brewery at the Ranch right now, so I’m excited for the moment when I can drink a beer that was brewed here on property!”

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Check out some of the weddings Calluna planned at the beautiful Brush Creek Ranch below!

Erin + Ted

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Vendor Love

Photography | James + Schulze
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver

 

Karen + Jeff

Bride Groom First Look Outdoor Aspen Colorado Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Colorado Ranch Wedding

Vendor Love

Photography | James & Schulze
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch
Wedding Gown | JINZA Couture Bridal

 

Maddie + Phillip

Bride Groom Colorado Outdoor PortraitBride Groom Colorado Outdoor PortraitSperry Tent Reception Outdoor Colorado Farm Table

Vendor Love

Photography | James + Schulze
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver
Bridal Jumpsuit | CUSHNIE ET OCHS
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch

 

Jennie + Matt

Coloardo Rustic Wedding Bride Groom PortraitColorado Wedding Reception Lodge Farm Table

Vendor Love

Photography | Janelle Rose Photography
Venue | Magee Homestead
Florals | Poppys With Love

An Unforgettable Site Visit at Brush Creek Ranch

It’s been a dream of ours to work with Brush Creek Ranch in Southwest Wyoming on a wedding and we are fortunate that the time has come! We had the opportunity to visit the ranch last week in preparation for our May wedding and it was even more spectacular than we imagined! We are so grateful to Schelby and Corinne for their hospitality and invaluable time while we were there. And we loved meeting Emmylou, the resident Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, as well as all the other BCR dogs, who elevated the cuteness factor of our stay!

Set on 30,000 pristine private acres in the heart of the Platte River Valley in Southeastern Wyoming, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch offers guests the opportunity to experience the grandeur and adventure of the American West in sophisticated style. A lauded destination for glorious weddings, high end corporate retreats, adventurous Wyoming ranch vacations for families, and romantic getaways, their luxury dude ranch provides an authentic taste of the best of the West.

The cabins and suites are so spectacularly styled and well appointed you feel liked you’ve stepped into a Ralph Lauren Home catalog. However there is a true authentic nod to the original homestead which was founded in 1884. This is pure western luxury at its finest mixed with the beauty and history of this part of the west.

There is a reason why Brush Creek Ranch was voted #2 among the best hotel & resorts in the World, #1 Resort in the USA and West by Conde Nast Traveler and #1 Spa in the West by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards!

Please enjoy our IPhone photos until we can share images from our friend and uber talented wedding photographer Otto Schulze next month.

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The Honeymoon: Trip Ideas for Every Couple

Honeymoons may be one of the best parts of getting married. After months of planning and celebrating, you finally get to spend some alone time relaxing as newlyweds. Depending on the personality of the couple, honeymoons can come in all shapes and sizes. Some couples dream of a classic beach vacation surrounded by white beaches and blue waters, while others fantasize of getting cozy in a quaint cabin in a ski town. We have compiled a list of honeymoon (or “mini-moon”) ideas that will appeal to any newlywed couple!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


For the Adventurous Couple: Some couples look forward to total relaxation on their honeymoon, but others crave constant adventure. Whether you’re looking to spend the days zip lining or exploring new and exciting local cuisine, an adventurous honeymoon is a great way to make new and exciting memories.

Montana: For the ultimate adventure seekers, Montana will not disappoint. Whether you’re looking to ski at some of the best ski resorts in the country or camp underneath the clear night skies, Montana has everything the adventurous couple needs. Looking to take advantage of the world-class ski resorts? Big Sky Ski Resort offers fabulous winter and summer activities like skiing, dog sledding, zip lining and snow mobile tours!

South Africa: From safaris to wine tasting, South Africa has endless opportunities for adventure. Spend your days exploring South Africa’s coast and diverse terrain and your nights enjoying unique South African cuisine and wine. Feeling especially adventurous? Take a tour to see some of the largest great white sharks on Earth! After an exciting day, unwind with a glass of wine at Creation Wines in the Walker Bay Wine Region.

 


For the Foodie Couple: Foodie vacations are becoming increasingly more popular among newlyweds. Planning your honeymoon around delicious cuisine can lead to amazing memories and satisfied appetites.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Its no surprise that New Orleans, Louisiana is a top foodie destination. From beignets to po-boys, New Orleans would be a food journey perfect for a newlywed pair. New Orleans cuisine will expose your taste buds to flavors from France, Africa, Caribbean and the deep south. To satisfy your sweet tooth do NOT miss out on the famous Cafe Du Monde for the most incredible beignets.

Buenos Airea, Argentina: Argentina is the hub for delicious wine and amazing meat. The culinary scene in Buenos Aires boasts amazing traditional Argentine meals along with creative flavors from around the world. Argentina would be the ideal foodie honeymoon for you and your hubby. Looking for an interactive foodie experience? Try The Argentine Experience, a unique spot that teaches you the fundamentals of Argentine cooking and drinking! You’ll get to enjoy an amazing meal while creating unique memories as newlyweds.

 


For the Beach Bums: You simply can’t go wrong with a beach vacation. From the sandy beaches to the warm waters, a beach vaycay will be the ultimate way to relax with your new husband or wife!

Maui, Hawaii: As a classic honeymoon destination, Maui never fails to disappoint. From white beaches to hikes with breathtaking views, Maui is the perfect destination for couples looking to relax and explore. Try driving the Road to Hana for breathtaking views of waterfalls and beaches, or spend the day unwinding at one of Maui’s premier spas like Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, The Spa at the Four Seasons Maui or the ‘Awili Spa and Salon at the Andaz.

 

The Maldives: The Maldives are almost too picturesque to imagine, making it one of the most romantic honeymoon spots. Not only will you fall in love with the scenery, but you’ll get to enjoy world class snorkeling, scuba diving and dolphin watching.

 


For the Couple Who Wants to Stay Close: While some couples choose to travel far away, others want to utilize the beauty of the United States! A “mini-moon” is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation without traveling across the world, and a “stay-cation” is a great way to enjoy some luxury in your own state.

The Colorado Staycation: Colorado and our surrounding states offer endless opportunities for a beautiful and memorable vacation. Even if you live close by, theres no reason not to enjoy the natural beauty of our country! Some of our favorites spots that would make the ideal “staycation” include Devils Thumb Ranch, Dunton Hot Springs, The Broadmoor, The St Regis, Brush Creek Ranch, The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Four Seasons Denver and the St Julien Hotel. Whether you are looking to go for a few nights in the city or a weekend away in the mountains, Colorado has it all!

 


For the Euro Travelers: 

Croatia: Croatia has quickly been drawing more and more travelers every year who find themselves attracted to the pristine national parks, clear waters and old towns. Croatia is the perfect destination for Euro travelers who are looking to mix it up from the traditional Euro trip.Take advantage of the Croatian islands and do a boat trip to go island hopping, or take tours of the small Croatian towns to get the full cultural experience!

 


Featured Photo: Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

 

Top Colorado Wedding Venues for 2015 :: Part two

We’re continuing our top Colorado wedding venue list – there are so many venues we adore one blog won’t do it justice! Check out Part One and enjoy the beauty our state has to offer!

Dunton Hot Springs – Their quintessential website description sums up the mountain resort experience:  ‘This perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions; hand- hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving food of startling quality, lung torturing trails followed by pampering massages, sensuous hot springs beneath shimmering snow banks’ . We are swooning. A few years back our good friend Keira was married here and it was just as magical as it sounds. We are dying to bring a wedding back here in 2015 or future seasons.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs webpage
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Brush Creek Ranch – This venue is on our wedding planner wish list! Although we haven’t done a wedding here yet, we are eagerly awaiting the day one of our couples chooses this luxury property in Southern Wyoming to exchange vows. Recently voted by Brides Magazine in the top wedding venues of 2015, this rustic resort (with all the modern fixings) is without fail one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch webpage
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Aspen Mountain Club at the Little Nell – Wedding planner wish list #2! We think so fondly of Aspen weddings and have always loved going up there. This past year we had the great pleasure of planning a rehearsal dinner at the Aspen Mountain Club and absolutely fell in Love with this venue atop Aspen Mountain. It was so beautiful and we are dying to do a wedding ceremony here followed by a reception at either the AMC or the Sundeck.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos by Robin Proctor, resident Aspen Photographer

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Game Creek Club – Another top of the mountain, this Vail icon is in a league of its own. Guests travel up the Vail Gondola and are treated to panoramic views from the wedding deck and then continue back through the mountain to the Game Creek Club in the majestic Gore range. Incredible food and beverage options as well as overall experience. There is something so intimate and special about being at the tip top of the Rocky Mountains, and it makes us fall in love with this state all over again.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos by ELC Photography
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Beano’s Cabin, Allie’s Cabin, Saddle Ridge – These three venues are all part of Beaver Creek Resorts; some of our favorite spots to work in all of Colorado. Superior staff and incredible food are paramount at these venues. For our clients wanting the top notch Colorado mountain experience these are some of the best in the state. Equally stunning in the interior as the beautiful outdoors, we are hopelessly in love with Beaver Creek. See two 2014 Calluna couples at these properties: Jennifer + Bob at Beano’s Cabin and Evan + Chris at SaddleRidge.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos by Frances Photography (Saddle Ridge) + Ashley Sawtelle (Beano’s Cabin)
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Four Seasons Denver & Vail – This classic option will always on our list because of the outstanding quality of the venue and national recognized hospitality. The Four Seasons staff lives, breaths, and eats excellence and provides an unmatched experience. So much so, we wish more of our clients would choose the Four Seasons property for their tasteful affair. We were fortunate to work with FS Denver this past summer for Lesley + JD’s wedding and the FS Vail for a client’s booking. Food, ambiance, impeccable service, high class rooms….what more would you want?!
 Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photos by Preston Utley
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 xx, Calluna Events
Featured Image by Robin Proctor

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