We’re so excited to welcome Jenna Leigh Frum to the Calluna Events team as our newest Event Planner + Marketing Specialist!
Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Jenna graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications and Entrepreneurship and launched her career in finance as a marketing specialist for a wealth management group in Los Angeles. She fell in love with the events industry after her sister’s wedding in Santa Barbara and quickly found her calling when she landed a job as an event coordinator at Annie Campbell, a full-service catering and party planning boutique in Hollywood known for planning events for Goop, Ralph Lauren, Glow Recipe and more! Driven by her desire to be closer to the wedding industry, Jenna took a role as a bridal stylist and marketing specialist for Casablanca Bridal in Newport Beach and most recently served as an event planner at Amorology Weddings in San Diego, a luxury full-service event coordination and styling company, prior to moving to Colorado!
Jenna is very excited to bring all her creative energy and passion for storytelling through events and marketing to the Calluna Crew!
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Okay – now for some good ole’ fashioned rapid fire:
Photography | Kristin Karkoska at Blue Sky Studio
We are back with a brand new #CoffeeWithCalluna and we are absolutely loving some of the questions you all have been asking! This week we have questions ranging from Bachelorette party ideas to technology at weddings. The industry is constantly changing and so are the “rules” so tonight we are sharing our answers with you!
This is a great question and we truly believe that it should be your choice which wedding traditions you choose to embrace or ignore. Ultimately, whoever walks you down the aisle is your choice and we have seen plenty of brides stroll down the aisle with both their parents, just their mom, a step-parent, sibling or you can even go solo! Don’t be afraid to mold the tradition to your own personality, after all it is YOUR big day!
Photo Credit :: Dana Romanoff
This is a fantastic question! While Vegas is always a fun option, tons of brides also stray away from it as a bachelorette party location. The answers to this question are endless but here are a some of our favorite spots for a potential bachelorette bash!
For the Outdoorsy Bride : We mentioned the Vail Collective in our Bucketlist Venue blog a few weeks ago, and we think it would be the perfect spot for a girls weekend getaway. With locations in Vail, Montana and Aspen, the outdoorsy bride will fall in love with these spots for a bachelorette weekend! For more information click here!
For the Foodie Bride : Admit it, sometimes vacations that are planned around delicious food are the best vacations! Try taking a culinary tour with your best gals and you are guaranteed to have a great time. We loved Travel & Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Cities for Foodies” which includes some seriously amazing places like San Francisco, New Orleans, and Nashville. Good food is often accompanied by great nightlife, arts and culture so any of these places would be a great option!
Technology is such a huge part of our world and we completely understand if you want your wedding day to simply be focused on good friends, delicious food and of course you and your new hubbys love! We love the idea of a having an “unplugged” wedding and we think there are some fantastic ways to express this to your guests. One option would be to include your desire for a phone free celebration in the wedding program, this way all of the guests will see and respect your wishes. Another way would be to have your Dj or officiant make an announcement. Your guests will understand what you want to focus to be on, and everybody will have a great time no matter what!
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Featured Image :: Bridget Burnett Photography
Hadley was a absolute dream bride! She exudes calm, grace and poise and had a spectacular vision for her wedding! We were so honored to help she and Michael with their Vail Wedding at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and reception on top of Vail Mountain at The 10th. Working with them throughout the process didn’t feel like work at all, but like spending time with some fabulous friends! We couldn’t have been more happy to witness them tie the knot and for the spectacular Fall day they shared with their friends & family in the Vail Valley!
Until we receive the real deal photos from Sara Hasstedt Photography please enjoy these images we took on our Iphones.
:: Vendor Love ::
Ceremony Site: Vail Chapel | Reception Site: The 10th | Catering: The 10th | Photographer: Sara Hasstedt Photography | Videographer: Films About Love | Baker: Sugar Breck | Floral: The Perfect Petal | Band: Soul X | | Rentals: Event Rents | Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions | Welcome Booklet + Signature Drink Signage: Lana’s Shop | Table Stationery: Whimsy Design Studio | Invitations + programs: Paper Guppy | Ceremony Musicians: Len Rhodes + Elisabeth Reed | Hair: Andy Mendoza of Side Door Salon | Makeup: Alchemy Mineral Blends
We admit, we are going to miss summer… but these slightly cooler temperatures have us ready to start sipping on warm apple cider and embracing the beautiful season of Fall. While it’s easy to stay cozy inside during the cooler months, we have some absolutely great date ideas to keep things exciting with your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee or hubby!
Enjoy! Xo, Calluna
Everybody knows that fall is the season full of delicious food and tasty flavors. From homemade pies to fabulous fall cocktails, the opportunities for a scrumptious fall feast are endless. Try a cooking class for an action packed date night, not only will you gain some culinary skills but you and your date will have a great time in the kitchen. For our Colorado locals check out some of the fabulous classes offered by The Lyons Farmette, Sur La Table and Cook Street like “Quick Pickling,” “Fabulous Fall soups,” and “American pies.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Lyons Farmette (upper) || Manzanita Photography (lower)
Summer picnics seem to get all of the attention, but we believe that nothing says Fall like a cozy picnic stocked with delicious cheeses and a good bottle of wine. Embrace fall rustic décor, and set up your picnic with mason jars, warm plaid blankets and classic picnic baskets. Want to make your picnic effortless? Check out Cured’s amazing options for picnic baskets…all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cured (upper) || Pete Krumhardt via Midwest Living
Enjoy a night out on the town with your date and check out some of the fantastic shows coming to Colorado this fall! The Ellie Caukins Opera House will be putting on Swan Lake beginning the first week of October, and we think the ballet will make for an incredibly romantic fall date night! Not a ballet-loving sort of couple? Check out some of the hilarious comedy shows the Dairy Center for the Arts will be putting on in Boulder. For more information on events in Denver and Boulder click here & here!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Colorado Ballet
Fall in Colorado means some seriously gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges and reds occupying the trees, and there is no excuse to not get outside and see the beauty! So lace up your hiking boots, put on some layers and make a fabulous Fall hike the perfect date. The West Maroon Trail, The Booth Creek Trail and the Staunton Ranch Trail are perfect for a healthy fall date.
Photo Credit: Jason J. Hatfield via 5280 Magazine
Featured Photo: Manzanita Photography
Another fabulous summer is coming to an end, and though we will miss the warm summer evenings and afternoon barbecues, we are welcoming fall with open arms. But before we say hello to a new season, we want to make sure we celebrate Labor Day to the fullest and send off summer with a bang! We have created a Calluna guide to the best Labor Day events happening this upcoming week, along with some tips and inspiration for hosting your own Labor Day bash.
Enjoy! Xo Calluna
Labor Day in the City: Denver is offering some fabulous events for Labor Day weekend. Whether you are looking for some fun activities to do with the kids or a special date night with the hubby, Denver has it all.
A Taste of Colorado (September 2nd-5th): “More than 50 of Coloradoans’ favorite restaurants and food establishments will gather at the Festival, featuring small portions to full meals.” Not only will A Taste of Colorado be selling tasty dishes from all around Colorado, but arts & crafts, festival rides and live music will be great options for the whole family! For more info on the festival click here!
Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks (September 2nd-4th): There is no better way to celebrate labor day than with a classic American pastime. Enjoy a Rockies baseball game at the gorgeous Coors Field, with friends, family or for date night. Not only will you get to enjoy a game during the last weeks of summer but you’ll be seconds away from all of the fabulous restaurants and bars of downtown Denver! Get tickets here!
Labor Day in the Mountains: Looking to escape for the holiday weekend? There is absolutely no better place to spend a holiday than the beautiful Colorado mountains.
Gourmet on the Gore (September 2nd-5th): “This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including a Tasting Tour benefitting Vail Veterans Program to kick things off on Friday, September 2. New this year, world-renowned artist Anton Arkhipov created the featured art, seen here, that reflects the inviting atmosphere of Gourmet on Gore and Vail, Colorado” Find more information here!
Annual Arts & Crafts Show (September 3rd-5th Estes Park): “From September 3-5, The Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show will fill Bond Park and the adjacent downtown area with over 100 booths featuring a variety of hand-crafted goods. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary hosts this free unique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Available handmade goods for sale include paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home décor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.” For more information click here!
Wild West Air Fest (September 3rd-4th Steamboat Springs): “Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is packed with entertainment for the whole family. The Wild West Air Fest features nationally renowned performers providing edge of your seat excitement as they perform thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. Don’t miss the nonstop, action-packed performances in the extended air show this year.” For information click here!
Hosting a Labor Day Celebration: Hosting a Labor Day celebration is always a blast, but we’ve got a few tips for you to take your bash from blah to fabulous. In the last weeks of summer you want to highlight the best summer dishes and drinks and treat your guests to one last hoorah!
The Drinks: We have absolutely adored some of the drinks recipes we saw this summer, and Labor Day is the perfect occasion to show those tasty cocktails off. Try this delicious Frozen Rose Cocktail from Bon Appetit or this thirst quenching Strawberry & Peach Sangria from “Whats Gabby Cooking”… for the full recipe click here!
The Sweets: Here at Calluna we all most definitely have a sweet tooth, so we are especially excited about Labor Day treats! We absolutely adore the idea of doing a gourmet ice cream bar with all of the fabulous fixings. Your guests will appreciate the tasty options and get to feel like kids again. Want to show off your baking skills? Try a unique dessert like this Blueberry cheesecake galette, for a twist on a classic recipe. This sweet treat is tasty but also patriotic in its colors, a perfect dessert for Labor Day! For the full recipe click here!
Featured Image: Stephen Lewis via Bon Appetit Magazine
Weddings have a magical way of bringing people together from across the world. It may be the case that some of your family and friends are hopping on planes and travelling far and wide to come celebrate your special day with you. Out of town guests make a huge effort to come spend the day with you, so as the hosts it’s your job to make them feel welcomed . We have compiled a list of four great tips on how to keep your out-of-town guests comfortable and satisfied.
Enjoy! Xo, Calluna
Play Tour Guide (kind of): Yes, you are most definitely going to be too busy in the days leading up to the wedding to take everyone around from place to place showing them the best spots in town. However, a little guidance never hurts, and your out of town guests will seriously appreciate the gesture. Leave an itinerary in the guest rooms giving them a timeline of the festivities and include your favorite local coffee shops, spots for a quick bite and logistical places like the nearest drug store. This will be a great way to make the out-of-towners feel at home in a new city or town, and excited to try some of your favorite spots! Some of your guests may also be making your nuptials part of a vacation, so don’t forget to include some great sight-seeing tips!
Photo Credit: James Christianson & Otto Schulze
Lodging & Housing: Out of town guests are expected to pay for their own hotel rooms and lodging, but there are a few ways to make the planning and expense easier on your traveling guests. Recommending a variety of places for your guests to stay, ideally near the ceremony and reception sites will be tremendously helpful. Pick a few hotels with different price ranges and call in advance to see about group rates and room blocks. Offering a few options will make it extremely easy for your guests to pick their lodging and will be a great opportunity for out of town guests to meet other wedding guests!
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography
Go the Extra Mile: Traveling for some can often be a long journey full of twists and turns. After a long day of flights, sometimes all you want to do is relax in your room. Surprise your guests with something sweet and personal that will make them feel instantly at home and appreciated. While your budget may not allow for a welcome bag full of goodies, that doesn’t mean you cant treat your guests to something special. Anything from a hand written note, to a box of local chocolate to a bottle of vino will show your out of town guests how much you truly appreciate them coming.
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography
Transportation: Some out of town guests may chose to rent a car, but many will not so it’s a great idea to come up with some transportation options for your out of town guests. If the budget allows, hiring vans or shuttles is a great way to get your guests to and from the ceremony and reception in a timely fashion. Another fantastic option is to hire a fleet of uber cars through UberEvents for the more budget conscious couple! If paying for transportation isn’t in the budget at all, make sure to provide your guests with a list of taxi companies and other transportation resources to make it as easy as possible!
Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography
Featured Image: Dawn Sparks Photography
Weddings are packed full of traditions, many of which have become cherished among couples planning their nuptials. However, here at Calluna we believe that every couple should have the wedding of their dreams, whether that be the ultimate traditional wedding, or an alternative soiree. While etiquette and traditions are important, we love when we see our couples bend the rules to fit their flavor and style.
Enjoy! xx, Calluna
The Dress: Many brides still rock a fabulous white wedding dress on their big day, but don’t be afraid to do something different if this isn’t your desired look. Not ready to take the full colored wedding dress plunge? Add a pop of color to your dress by adding a sash or fabulous coat. We fell in love with Page’s blush gown and Emma’s gorgeous dress.
Photo Credit: Kate Holstein (top) || James Christianson (bottom)
The Bill: If we’re chatting with Emily Post (the queen of everything etiquette), tradition delegates the responsibility of the wedding to the Bride’s parents and Rehearsal Dinner to the Groom’s. If your parents or future in laws are so gracious to sign the bill, that is wonderful! As with all things, as we progress we see versatility when it comes to managing the budget. Maybe you and your future hubby have a budget set and want to split it evenly. Maybe you set up a honeymoon fund instead of a registry. Maybe both sets of parents split equally. Whatever the way, we recommend setting expectations up front to avoid any tricky and tense conversations.
Photo Credit:Jenna Walker Photography
The Bridesmaids: Gone are the days where everything has to be perfectly matched. Though we love the look of the traditional matching maids, we are seeing some amazing bridesmaids trends that we simply adore. Some brides choose completely different dresses for each bridesmaid that accentuates the style and individuality of each bridesmaid. Not ready to give your girls completely different styles? Try choosing a color scheme but alternate the style of dress!
Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Rachel Havel Photography (bottom)
The First Look: Traditionally, Brides aren’t supposed to see their future hubby until the moment they walk down the aisle. This one is a total personal choice for the couple, some brides like to see the surprise on their grooms face as they walk down the aisle, but other brides want to see their groom before and share special moments before your ceremony. If your style is the latter, than first look photos can definitely have their perks!
Photo Credit: James Christianson (top) || Manzanita (bottom)
The Walk: Many brides choose to have their fathers walk them down the aisle on their big day. However, this is another tradition that we’ve seen open to interpretation. Whether you want both your parents to walk you down, a step parent, siblings, a loved one, or maybe you want to walk down solo… don’t be afraid to do it your way. Each bride has different family dynamics, and we think its great to embrace that!
Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Rachel Havel (bottom)
The Bouquet Toss: Some couples love the traditional bouquet toss but others would rather mix up the tradition with other alternatives. If you don’t want to single out the singles at your wedding, try highlighting the couples that have been married the longest! We have seen anniversary dances that leave the longest married couple dancing till they are the last ones standing!
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography (top) || Tess Pace Photography (bottom)
The Cake: In the dessert department, some couples go for the traditional wedding cake that feeds all of the guests. While this is definitely an option, we love seeing the ways that some couples are coming up with alternatives. Some couples choose to get a small cake for cutting and feed the guests a variety of other fun sweet treats!
Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Dawn Sparks (middle) || James Christianson (bottom)
Featured Image:: Laura Murray Photography