Boho Wedding with Pops of Rust and a Mix of Fresh + Dried Flowers | Wedding Recap | Emily + Steve

Camp Hale is one of the venue’s in Colorado that is really special. Situated between Leadville and Vail – the remote nature really gives your guests the most stunning views and overall experience and that’s exactly what Emily & Steve wanted to give their families – many of whom were traveling to Colorado from Kansas and Missouri.

We kicked off the weekend with an intimate rehearsal dinner at The Hythe hotel in Vail followed by a big welcome party at Arrabelle Vail! It was the perfect way to welcome all their guests to Vail for the weekend.

When we started designing their wedding, we knew we wanted to keep a lot of the tones and colors earthy but with a summer twist. The color palette of rust tones mixed in with some lighter colors played perfect to the vast landscape of Camp Hale and the beautiful summer season. It all came together beautifully!

At cocktail hour – guests were treated to spicy margaritas and comfy lounge groupings while these “party people” found their seats at a custom designed escort display. Before heading into the tent – Wandering Poppy Co. blew us away with a lush, organic entrance install. Once inside, guests the boho inspired florals were on full display with an amazing dance floor installation that was paired with pops of color in the glassware and napkins to transform the tent.

After dinner, guests took the dance floor to dance all night to the sounds of Manhattan Band before sending the couple off with a sparkler exit!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning | Calluna Events

Venue | Camp Hale

Photography | Meredith Diamond

Videography | Klassey Productions

Ceremony Musicians | Oncue Entertainment

Floral Designer | Wandering Poppy Co.

Specialty Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals

Specialty Linens | BBJ La Tavola

Invitations + Paper Goods | Scarlet Gilia Creative

Wedding Band | Jordan Kahn Music

Hair & Make-Up | Lola Beauty

Cake & Cupcakes | Cornerstone Chocolates

Transportation | Aspen Vail Limo

Bridal Gown | Anaïs Anette from A&bé Bridal Shop Portland

Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu

Groom Suit | Suit Shop

Classic Colorado Elegance | Wedding Recap | Jessica + Alex

What do you get when you get two high school sweethearts, families who are best friends, friends who have walked through all chapters of life together – one of the most fun, loving and heartfelt wedding celebrations that we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.

When Jessica + Alex first came to us at Calluna they had a vision of a chic, classic and traditional Colorado wedding nestled in the mountain of Boulder, right up the hill from where Alex popped the question!

Greystone Castle served as the perfect backdrop for their August I Do’s! With a perfectly pitched Sperry Tent on the front lawn and the sprawling mountain views from the ceremony site, Jessica & Alex welcome friends and family from across the world (some as far as Dubai and Lebanon).

The floral team at The Perfect Petal accent the tent and the farm tables with shades of white, green, and blush accent by classic gold and glass elements to make for a stunning tablescape. Once the summer Colorado rain stopped, a stunning rainbow appeared as guests noshed on appetizers and drank two classic signature cocktails – appropriately named “The Big” and “The Carrie” as a nod to the couple’s home in New York City.

When it was time for the couple’s grand entrance – they were led into the tent by a Lebanese Zaffa Fusion band, a nod to the bride’s heritage and we have never seen anything like it. The guests surrounded the couple and the band on the dance floor and we felt so lucky to witness such an incredible cultural tradition. After guests finally made their way to their seats – the culinary team at Greystone Castle, led by Jacqueline Malcom-Peck served guests a 5-star dinner under the stars!

After an evening followed by heartfelt (and hilarious!) toasts, sentimental dances it was time to kick off the dance-party with our friends from The Get Down! The dance floor was packed all night! To end the evening, at the bride’s request, Shake Shack delivered late night burgers and fries!

We wish Jessica & Alex so many years of happiness!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning | Calluna Events

Venue | Greystone Castle Boulder

Photography | Cat Galletti

Videography | Reagan Lynn Films

Ceremony Musicians | Trading Post Productions

Floral Designer | The Perfect Petal

Tenting | Sperry Tents Colorado

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Specialty Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals

Specialty Linens | Nuage Designs

Invitations + Paper Goods | Line Avenue Calligraphy

Wedding DJ | The Get Down

Lebanese Dabke Music | Fusion Zaffa

Make-Up | Mooi Studio

Hair | Hayley Styles Hair

Photo Booth | Bamboo Booth

Restroom Trailers | Royal Restrooms

Transportation | Hermes Worldwide

Late Night Snack | Shake Shack

Bridal Gown | Maria Farbinni from L’Fay Bridal

Groom Suit | Ralph Lauren

Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo NYC

When’s The Date? How to pick the best wedding season for you

Congratulations, you’re engaged! When’s the wedding date? This is often one of the first questions asked when people find out you’re engaged. Some brides know exactly when they want to get married, but then there are some of us whose favorite season is every season (maybe just me). Setting a date really gets the planning process started, and can set the tone for your vision! We’ve broken down each season and the benefits each one has to offer, whether you’re dreaming of winter wonderlands, warm jewel tones, dining al fresco, garden parties and more! 

Xo, Calluna


SPRING:

Following winter, spring is such a welcoming time – with fresh florals and warmer days. The greenery starts to peak out, and it’s no wonder why we associate this season with new life, and the symbolism is not lost on us!

However, unpredictable weather, especially in Colorado, can be a hesitation when picking this season. We could have gorgeous 70 degree days in March, and then snow in May. Not that this should deter you if you think carefully about having a back up plan if your wedding is outdoors. 

Photography | Julie Harris Photography

Photography | Nate Shepard

 

SUMMER:

Summer is always a wonderful time to get married. The days are longer, and in most cases, it’s easier for friends and family who live out of town to travel with summer vacations underway. With longer days, you can wait out the heat of the day and start your celebration a little later. With the sun setting closer to 8 or 9pm, your summer soiree can continue under the warm starry nights.

The most obvious hesitation would be the heat, especially with outdoor weddings. Even in the mountains, the temperature can get uncomfortably hot. Summer is also right in the middle of peak season, so availability on venues and vendors can be an issue, and you may not always get your first choice. 

 

Photography | Mary Meck Photography

 

Photography | Laura Murray

FALL:

Fall is a magical time. The changing of the leaves, the crisp, cool air, and deeper jewel tones are just a few of the reasons why we love a fall wedding. This is a great season to experiment with darker hues more associated with the cooler months of the year. 

During fall, possible conflicts with the beginning of the school year and Thanksgiving holiday can come up, but can easily be worked around. September and October have increasingly become very popular months to get married and are booking up fast for both wedding venues and vendors. Starting inquiries in advance can help you secure the venue and vendors you’re looking for!

Photography by | Rachel Havel

 

Photography | Villani Photos

WINTER:

Winter is incredibly romantic and cozy. Candles and fireplaces juxtaposed with wintery snowy landscapes bring about a romance. It also can make for some stunning photos – glittery snow, monochromatic vibes, and if you add in deep colors, the contrast is unbelievable! With winter being “off-season,” venues and vendors are often more available and can sometimes have better deals.

That being said, snow can also be a problem, especially for mountain weddings. Travel plans become more complicated as there could be weather delays. The holiday season can also be a tricky time to plan a wedding.

Photography | James & Schulze

Photography | Cassie Rosch

 


We hope you were inspired by all of the beautiful photos of each season, and the benefits each one has to offer!

 

Featured Photo | Ashley Sawtelle

Annie + Jared | Fall Wedding at The Broadmoor Hotel

 

 


:: Vendor Love ::

Venue  + Catering | The Broadmoor
Photographer | Alp & Isle
Videographer | Locker Partners
Florals + Decor & Rentals | Design Works
Ceremony + Cocktail Musicians | Trading Post Productions
Reception Musicians | Mannequin the Band
Hair + Makeup | Some Claudia Girl
Stationery + Paper Goods | Jolie + Co.
Wedding Dress Designer | Theia

Alana + Ian | Gorgeous Fall Toned Wedding at The St. Vrain

Where do we even begin with Alana + Ian?! We adored this couple and loved planning with them for a year and a half! From the beginning of the planning process, Alana and Ian wanted their wedding to feel personal and reflect the two of them. The week of the wedding, Colorado gifted us with a crazy snowstorm, but luckily, everyone arrived safely, and guests enjoyed the most perfect, sunny FALL day.
Alana and her maids started the wedding day, getting their hair and makeup done in the gorgeous bridal suite at The St. Vrain. They sipped champagne and had a dance party in their fuzzy slippers and adorable PJs. Once Alana stepped into her stunning Theia Couture gown, the tears started flowing, and we couldn’t wait for the bride and groom to see each other. Ian rocked a custom blue Bespoke Edge suit, and the first look was such a special moment.
Almost 200 friends and family witnessed Alana + Ian say “I do” in front of a moody and stunning floral backdrop from The Perfect Petal. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed margaritas from Alana’s margarita wall (her favorite!) and snacked on tacos and delicious appetizers. Alana and Ian love cocktails, so they had not two, but FOUR specialty cocktails with fun custom names.
Once the space was reception ready, guests entered a romantic scene with hundreds of candles, custom velvet napkins, modern glassware, and personal paper details from Handsome Love Calligraphy. Sugar Pine Catering served up a delicious meal followed by some heartwarming toasts. Donuts were served for a sweet treat, and The Wash Park Band kept the dance floor packed. October 12th will always have a special place in our hearts!
Xo,
Calluna

 

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:: Vendor Love ::
Venue | The St. Vrain
Catering | Sugar Pine Catering
Photographer | Cassie Rosch
Videographer | Canvas & Light
Florals |The Perfect Petal
Musicians | Wash Park Band
Rentals |Colorado Party Rentals
Hair | The Bridal Goddess
Make Up Artist | Alchemy Face Bar
Wedding Dress Designer | Theia Couture
Paper Goods | Handsome Love Calligraphy

 

Rachael + Brendan | Classic Vail Summer Wedding

Rachael + Brendan’s love is something for the storybooks. These high school sweethearts have been together over a decade and their love is so solid, families so intertwined, community so supportive. Two of the kindest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, this duo opted for a classic Colorado wedding at the gorgeous Sonnenalp hotel in the heart of Vail Village. Rachael – an event planning pro on her own – curated her clean design with thoughtful pops of personality and color (look at that fun cake!).  With a perfect combination of florals from Rooted Floral Design, paper goods from Nib + Berry and romantic string lighting by Elite, the space was both welcoming and beautiful!

The two said their forever vows in a romantic ceremony accompanied by 140 of their closest friends and family and sweet pup Watson. As the daylight dimmed and celebrations ramped up, this party crowd flooded the floor and danced under the open sky to Diamond Empire Band and loved on this amazing couple all night long. 

R + B –– we adore you and wish you all the love in the world!! 


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:: Vendor Love ::

Photographer | Alicia Lewin Photography
Venue + Catering | Sonnenalp
Musicians | Diamond Empire Band
Florals | Rooted Floral Design
Lighting | Elite Entertainment
Day of Signage | Nib + Berry
Hair Stylist | Lola Beauty Bar
Makeup Artist | Smash Beauty Bar
Wedding Dress Designer |  Rebecca Schoneveld at A&Be Bridal Shop

Christin + Bob | Romantic Farm Wedding

Christin + Bob’s June 1st wedding was truly a special day! 

The wedding took place at Milston Well Farm in Longmont, CO where guests received the unique experience of dining in the outdoors under a glowing sailcloth tent. The pleasant weather, the locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, and the opportunity to interact with the resident farm animals provided guests a truly unique Colorado experience.

Guests were serenaded throughout the night by folk/bluegrass singer, Erinn Martin of Thunder and Rain and Christin + Bob’s one year old daughter (and flower girl), Hazel was cuddled and adored by all! 

When we initially asked Christin what her top priorities for her wedding were she answered with “low stress, warm weather, laid back vibe, delicious meal, and an intimate setting”. We are so thankful that we received the opportunity to assist this sweet family on their special day!

Xo, Calluna


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:: Vendor Love ::

Photographer | Cassie Rosch
Venue | Milston Well Farm
Ceremony Musicians | Thunder & Rain
DJ | Elite Entertainment
Draping + Decor | Colorado Party Rentals
Tent Rental | Benson Tent Rent
Lighting | Little Mad Events
Floral | ReRoot Gardens
Catering | Sugar Pine Catering
Wedding Cake | Katy Pierson Cake
Hair Stylist | Vida Salon
Makeup | Vert Beauty
Stationery | Jolie & Co
Wedding Dress Designer | Claire Pettibone
Groom’s Attire | Bonobos

Zoe + Pete | Vail Larkspur Summer Wedding

When designing for Zoe and Pete, we imagined a glamour filled, mountain modern, black tie affair. The wedding was everything and more! This romantic fete was filled with personal touches – both chic and quirky – to make it a complete reflection of Zoe + Pete’s love story. 

Highlights included the most stunning Ines Di Santo wedding gown, Zoe’s dad officiating their heartfelt ceremony, family joining ceremony musicians for a beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow mid-ceremony (very Love Actually-esque!), a dreamy champagne wall for an escort card display, pun-ny, cheeky signage everywhere you turned, a glam black and white dance floor with striking decor to complement, subtle nods to musical favorites (check the neon sign!), an elegant showstopper cake and so much more. Zoe + Pete’s guests were treated to a wild dance party and finished the exciting evening with a glitzy sparkler exit where the newlyweds rode off in Vail’s famous pedi-cabs. We love this couple and were honored to have helped this special day come to life – please enjoy reliving this day along with us!!


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:: Vendor Love :

Venue + Catering | Larkspur Vail
Photographer | Tamara Gruner Photography
Videographer | Elysium Weddings
Floral + Decor | Plum Sage Florals
Entertainment | Groove Nation Orchestra, Next of Kin Trio
Late Night DJ | Pretty Boy Floyd
Lighting + Draping | Little Mad Events
Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Wedding Cake | Katy Pierson Cake
Wedding Invitations & Day of Stationery | Jolie & Co
Day of Signage | Before Noon Paperie
Wedding Dress Designer | Ines Di Santo
Hair | Needle In The Hay Salon
Makeup | Gina Comminello Make Up Artistry
Bridesmaids Dresses | Likely NYC

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