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

Nicole + George | Romantic Fall Steamboat Springs Mountain Wedding


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:: Vendor Love ::
Venue + Caterer | Catamount Ranch Club
Florals | The Perfect Petal
Photography | Nate Shepard
Videography | Chris Rasmussen Films
Musicians | Diamond Empire Band
Rentals + Decor | Tents and Events
Cake | Steamboat Baker
Wedding Dress Designer | Mira Zwillinger
Groom Accessories | Brackish Bow Ties
Hair | Hair by Danielle B
Makeup Artist | Denise Vasquez Makeup

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

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Vendor Love

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

 

Maddie + Phillip

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Vendor Love

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

 

Jennie + Matt

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Vendor Love

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

Real Weddings in September from Calluna Events

Our team has had wonderful weddings this month, and we are thrilled to share highlights from one of our favorites! We are so glad that our couples entrust us to plan their weddings, and are so grateful to all of the creative partners involved in these celebrations!

Xo,

Calluna


Alex + Drew

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Both Alex and Drew had a soft spot in their hearts for Devil’s Thumb Ranch, as they had both grown up visiting the ranch with their families. It was the perfect mountain location for them to tie the knot!

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Alex and our team had chatted about how she wanted some pictures with the horses in the background on the ranch if that would be possible. We loved the cute shot the photographer Jamee got of Alex’s surprised and happy face when a few horses came right up to her and Drew during the photos!

Wedding Centerpiece Gold Blush Loose

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As a Denver fashion blogger (FeelinHaute), Alex has an incredible eye for style and design. She spent so much time perfecting every detail from her custom paper goods from Meagan at Whimsy Design Studio, the absolutely stunning floral design by Cori Cook, to the beautiful textured linens. We were so honored to have worked with her and see her and Drew’s style shine through as their day came together!

Vendor Love

Planning | Calluna Events; Photography | Jamee Photography; Floral | Cori Cook Floral Design; Decor & Rentals | Pink Monkey SolutionsTents and Events; Linens | La Tavola Linen; Band | Denver Radio Band; Venue | High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch; Paper goods | Whimsy Design Studio; Cinematography | Lupher Arts

Real Wedding – Jess and Darren Colorado Mountain wedding

Jess + Darren wed on the first day of October at the beautiful Della Terra in Estes Park. In an anticipated and emotional day, these two lovebird pledged their love under a gorgeous sanctuary of evergreen and aspen trees. College sweethearts that first met at Semester at Sea, Jess + Darren could not have been more of a joy to work with leading up to and on the day of their wedding. Hilarious and heartwarming speeches filled with countless anecdotes proved just how perfect they were for each other.

Flawless photos captured by the talented Jamie Fischer Photography

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Jess’s color scheme was thoughtful and effortless for the fall months. She highlighted deep purple through the decor and bridal party attire. Can we talk about that contrast with her flawless Lis Simon gown? We complimented the design with stunning Plum Sage florals – colorful bouquets with succulent accents and simplistic table arrangements. vendors-darren-jess-86 vendors-darren-jess-92 vendors-darren-jess-100 vendors-darren-jess-115 vendors-darren-jess-117 vendors-darren-jess-122 vendors-darren-jess-152 vendors-darren-jess-157 vendors-darren-jess-160 vendors-darren-jess-169 vendors-darren-jess-171 vendors-darren-jess-207 vendors-darren-jess-209

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DJ Tasos did a fantastic job DJing the night. The crowd stayed on the dance floor all night, only after mingling and tasting all of the flavor stations from the yummy Catering By Design. We were so grateful to be included in such a rowdy celebration of love and wish so many year of happiness to this fantastic couple. Congratulations!! xx, Callunavendors-darren-jess-402 vendors-darren-jess-442

Katie + Eric’s Sweet Boulder Wedding

We thought we would start the morning off right by sharing with you Katie + Eric’s beautiful Boulder wedding with you! It is always so exciting to get the real deal photos back and even more exciting when we get to share them with all of you! Katie + Eric were married on a perfect fall day at the Sunrise Amphitheater at Flagstaff.  It was one of those beautiful bluebird days with the crispness of fall just around the corner. What could be better than saying your forever vows surrounded by the rawness and beauty of nature? Take a moment to look through the photos from Katie + Eric’s special day! xx, Calluna

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:: Vendor Love ::

Ceremony Site: Sunrise Amphitheater | Reception Site: Greenbriar Inn | Baker: Intricate Icings | Florals: Petals  Wedding Flowers + Love Letters Floral | Photographer: Dog Daze Photo | Musicians: The Sweet Lillies | Hair Stylist: The Side Door Salon | Make Up Artist: Alchemy Face Bar

Caitlin + Doug’s Urban Denver Wedding

Caitlin + Doug are celebrating their one year anniversary today! We can’t believe how quickly a year flew by! Looking back on their amazing Denver wedding makes us wish we could relive that day over and over again!

Caitlin and Doug had their ceremony at the Four Seasons in Denver which was absolutely magical! LMD Productions had string lights and draping throughout, making you feel like you were in another world! Then we moved the reception to one of our personal favorites, The Kitchen in Denver! We love this venue especially for weddings that are looking for that family intimate feel! The whole look was pulled together by the one and only Fiori Flowers! They completely outdid themselves with all the gorgeous flowers.

It certainly was a wedding for the books and we are so grateful that Tess Pace captured this day so perfectly! Take a moment to marvel at how lovely this wedding was! xx, Calluna

 

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Ceremony Site: Four Season Denver | Reception Site: The Kitchen | Caterer: The Kitchen | Florist: Fiori Flowers | Lighting: LMD Productions | Photographer: Tess Pace Photography | Transportation: Presidential Limo | Ceremony Musicians: A Touch of Class | Cocktail Hour + Reception Musicians: Great Time DJ | Officiant: Bishop Don Kreiss

Wishing a Happy 1st Anniversary to Natasha and Erik! 

This was going to be a quick anniversary post but after browsing through Natasha and Erik’s beautiful photos it’s impossible to share just one. Natasha was absolutely stunning and her effortless beauty was reflected in every detail of the day.

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At the very first meeting Natasha and Erik described hosting a laid back weekend for family and friends to come together to share big meals and enjoy the beauty of their beloved Colorado Rockies …with a wedding in there somewhere. With it’s charming cabins, countless outdoor activities and spectacular views, Devil’s Thumb Ranch was the obvious backdrop for their weekend celebration. And thanks to a fabulous team of favorite vendors and talented friends it was a true success.
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We are so proud to have been a part of Natasha and Erik’s special day…and we look forward to browsing their amazing photos year after year after year.
Congratulations, Natasha & Erik!
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:: Vendors ::
Venue & Catering: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photographer: Cary Jobe |  Florals: Lalé Florals |  Band: Caribou Mountain Collective |  Hair & Makeup: Heather Wischropp & The Parlour Boulder | Bakery: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

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