Embracing Elopements: Why we love intimate gatherings at Calluna Events

If you’re planning a wedding in the year 2020 there’s no denying: Coronavirus has turned traditional wedding planning on its head and couples near and far are facing a new challenge of re-imaging their big day. That said, it doesn’t have to be all bad news!!

First off, if this is you, we are so sorry. In the rise of this virus and corresponding ripples we’ve rolled out a complimentary consulting – completely free to you – for anyone who would like assistance with rebooking, navigating venue availability, rebooking or challenges of replanning. Learn more HERE and send us a note at hello@callunaevents.com.

Whether you’re reimagining your wedding due to gathering restrictions OR you’re new to the planning process and thinking about going small, we’re here to win you over on this very special type of wedding. Call them Micro Weddings, small weddings, elopements or backyard bashes, we’ve had an affinity for intimate gatherings for YEARS and are excited to bring these unique and impactful fete’s to the forefront of wedding planning.

Throughout Calluna’s 17 years (and counting!) of event production, many of our favorites weddings have been the most intimate ones. We’ve planned elopements for 2, weddings for 24 and small weddings for 40.

Need a little advice and expertise on where to begin?

We’ve got you. Whether you need assistance on venue research or a few recommendations on vendors, we’d love to assist in the form our our customized hourly consulting service. It’s the perfect option for the engaged couple that knows exactly what they need but may benefit with a nudge in the right direction. We’ll share our preferred vendors, who and what may be a good fit for your style and budget, and let you take it from there. Hourly consulting is just that – you choose how much help you’d like and we’ll customize to your needs.

Are you looking to celebrate your original wedding date this year but want to do so safely?

We can help with that. If you want to get married this year and aren’t sure if you can have over 50 guests or are trying to keep up with the ever changing rules and regulations for vendors, guests, safety and more, this is quickly becoming our area of expertise. We’d love to work with you to transform your wedding into a meaningful and safe version of what you’ve originally planned.

Planning from afar and can’t imagine how to tackle this virtually?!

Our Colorado destination wedding packages for small weddings include coordination of all vendors so you can relax from afar and know all the details are being taken care of. Nearly half of our clients live outside of Colorado, and travel here with their guests to host a destination wedding as Colorado is one of the top destination wedding states in the country.

Planning to elope in Colorado?

We can work with you on planning your wedding at many of the Colorado wedding destinations for elopement wedding packages. If you’re more in the mood for an intimate gathering, we can help plan your day so every detail is deliberate and special for you and those you’re closest with.


Whatever you need, we’re here for you. We can’t wait to bring your vision to life!

Photos by James & Schulze, Ashley Sawtelle, Michelle Hart, The Hearnes

Calluna Tips: How to Plan a Small Wedding or Elopement

Maybe an elopement or intimate wedding is something you’ve always dreamed of, or perhaps you have recently had to switch up your plan. Either way, there is something tremendously special about having a small group to witness your love. Intimate celebrations and elopements certainly have their advantages and allow for more personalized moments. We want to offer you our tips and tricks on planning a small wedding celebration.

The Calluna Crew

The Details:

Just because you are eloping or only celebrating with a few people doesn’t mean the details don’t matter. We love helping with intimate weddings and creating a beautiful and customized experience. Flowers, delicious food and wine, entertainment, wedding cake and a wedding planner can still be a part of your big day. At one intimate wedding celebration in Beaver Creek, we brought in specialty table decor from Yonder House and hired a private chef to create a gorgeous table setting and meal with wine pairings for the guests.

Photography + Videography: 

Whether it’s just you and your partner, or a small number of guests, you’ll want to capture the day with a great photographer. Many photography and videography vendors specialize in small and intimate weddings, so you’re in luck! Typically more intimate weddings allow for more wiggle room in the budget, so let us help you find the perfect wedding photographer and videographer. You’ll want to look back on the memories and be able to share them with friends and family who were not at your elopement.

Do What Feels Right: 

It is important to remember that big weddings and small weddings have the same goal: to celebrate the love of you and your partner. When planning your wedding, make sure that every decision reflects your and your soon to be spouse, it is still essential to create a list of wedding priorities with your partner.

The Destination:

Sure, options may be different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream celebration. When the weddings get smaller, the options get bigger! Check out this great article from Venue Report for some elopement inspiration 32 Jaw Dropping Spots That Will Make You Want To Elope. 

Involve Others:

Even if they aren’t physically at the wedding, you can still involve friends and family in your special day. Let your family or friends host other celebrations like an engagement party or a bridal shower, and don’t forget about the bachelor/bachelorette party!

Other Elopement + Small Wedding Resourced That We Love: 

BRIDES Magazine: 30 Small Wedding Ideas for an Intimate Affair

Junebug Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Planning an Adventure Elopement

Junebug Weddings: Wedding Planning During COVID-19: Advice for Couples

Style Me Pretty: 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

Green Wedding Shoes: How to Plan an Intimate + Meaningful Wedding

We would LOVE to help your elopement or small wedding dreams come to life!

Photos by James & Schulze, Ashley Sawtelle, Michelle Hart, The Hearnes


Jaime + Par’s Intimate Elopement

Today we have Jaime + Par’s intimate Colorado mountain elopement on the blog + portfolio! This stunning couple came to us with a plan to have a full on wedding, but as time went on this couple decided that the allure of a big wedding just was not what they had envisioned. Instead they wanted to tie the knot with just the two of them and to have Jaime’s aunt there to wed them! With the rich hues of Jaime’s bouquet and set in the Colorado mountains on a cloudy summer day, we can’t think of a more romantic way to say “i do.” The oh so talented Ashley Sawtelle was there to capture this picture perfect elopement!

If you simply have not had enough of this gorgeous couple, be sure to check out their portfolio as well as their feature on Trendy Bride Magazine!

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Photography: Ashley Sawtelle Photography | Florals: Vail Vintage Magnolia | Venue: Beano’s Cabin | Hair + Make Up: W Salon | Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman 

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Sunday’s Boulder Elopement :: Lost Gulch Overlook

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of planning a very last minute (were talking less than 3 weeks) elopement on top of the Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder (just up Flagstaff Road).

Jim + Heidi contacted us about 2.5 weeks ago to plan an elopement ceremony for them. While there were no other guests present, the couple wanted things to remain formal and planned. So, we enlisted the help of a few of our lovely local professionals and with a few phone calls and follow up, we had planned our couple a wedding.

The weather was wonderful, the location was breathtaking, the ceremony was sweet and traditional, the flowers beautiful, and the photos are stunning.

Thank you SO much to Alison Vagnini Photography, Brighter Day Floral Design, and Father Marty for making this special celebration so memorable!

Please contact Calluna Events (hello@callunaevents) if you are looking for some hourly consulting to help with your wedding or elopement.

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