Calluna Tips: 4 Fun Fall Date Night Ideas

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.”

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Photo Credit: Jason J. Hatfield via 5280 Magazine


Featured Photo: Manzanita Photography

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

Fall Decor Inspiration

Fall is in the air and we are loving it! From the changing leaves to all of the delicious fall treats, we are feeling incredibly inspired to embrace the season. Whether you are hosting a fabulous Halloween soiree or having your friends and family over for Thanksgiving dinner, here are some of our favorite ideas for fall decor!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


Play with Pumpkins:

As much as we enjoy the traditional carved pumpkins, we are seeing some creative trends on how to vamp up your fall decor. Instead of carving try some of these beautiful painting techniques! Not only are they unique to the traditional pumpkin, but you also avoid the mess!

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Photo Credit:

Upper Left via Country Living || Image Alison Gootee/ Studio D

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Bottom Right via Good Housekeeping || Image Michael Partenio

Get Creative with Centerpieces:

Fall flowers are gorgeous but we love the trends we are seeing with fall inspired center pieces. Instead of going the traditional route, take the plunge and get creative! Try using fruits, candles, berries, leaves and branches to give your table a pop of uniqueness.

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Photo Credit:

Upper Left via HGTV || Image Layla Palmer

Upper Right via Tone on Tone || Image Loi Thai

Bottom Left via Martha Stewart Living

Bottom Right via HGTV || Image Bobby Fabian

Embrace the Flavors:

Fall foods are some of our favorite, we love all of the spices and delicious treats that come with the season. Whether you are hosting a party or just having a tasty fall dinner, everyone will be perfectly satisfied with these festive bites. Bon Appetit and Food and Wine have some amazing guides to fall dining! Try mixing up the traditional apple dessert by doing a tarte instead of a pie, or indulge in a decadent pumpkin cheesecake. On the savory side, make a delicious batch of comforting soup or a tray of butternut squash lasagna.

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Photo Credit:

Upper Left via Food & Wine || Image Lisa Linder

Upper Right via Bon Appetit || Image Hirsheimer & Hamilton

Bottom Left via Bon Appetit || Image Hirsheimer & Hamilton

Bottom Right via Bon Appetit || Image Luca Trovato

Featured Image: via Tone on Tone || Image Loi Thai

Look out for our fall floral inspiration post later this week!

 

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

Fall Into Fitness

As sad as we are that the warm summer days are over, we are absolutely thrilled to feel the crispness of fall in the air. The leaves are starting to change color and we are excited to bring out our cozy sweaters from the back of the closet. And while we absolutely adore the season and all of the tasty foods it has to offer, we know that workout motivation may start to slump. It is so easy to become tempted with pumpkin spice lattes and the comfiness of the couch, so here are some tips of how to stay fit even when the temperatures drop!

Enjoy! xx Calluna


Embrace the Fall Flavors: Yes, fall is a time for delicious comfort food, especially the classics like apple & pumpkin pies, delicious hearty stews and the unavoidable halloween candy. But not all fall foods have to leave you in a sugar coma. Swap out the junk for earthy fall vegetables like brussel sprouts and butternut squash by trying these fabulous recipes. How delicious do brussel sprouts with crispy capers and carrots sound? Or a comforting bowl of beef and butternut squash chili?

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Get Fit Indoors: Are the cold temps preventing you from making your way to the gym? We understand that sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to leave your warm house to burn those calories, so were going to make it even easier. At home workout videos are a great, fast and cheap way to stay fit this fall. Check out some of our favorites!

Abs & Booty: Blogilates will definitely challenge you but the results are absolutely worth it!

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Yoga: YogaGlo is an absolutely amazing program that lets you practice yoga on your own time and at your own pace. Whether you are just starting off or have years of experience, each of their videos will appeal to your style.

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Step Outside: It is an obvious fact that Colorado has some of the most gorgeous autumn scenery, so don’t let the season pass you by! Though you may have to put on an extra layer, hiking is one of the best ways to get your sweat on while enjoying the scenery. Check out this amazing list of fall hikes from Steamboat Springs to Boulder!

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Hiking not up your alley? Check out some of our favorite places to get fit in Boulder. We absolutely love that Boulder is such a healthy city, so it should be no surprised they have some amazing studios. Is yoga your way of removing stress? Check out Corepower or Radiance Power Yoga. Or try Pure Barre for a low impact yet challenging workout! Lastly, checkout Orange Theory Fitness for their interesting approach to calorie burning!

Have A Happy and Active Fall!

Featured Photo: Dana Romanoff Photography 

Real Wedding :: Caroline + Clark’s Authentic Outdoor Wedding

Just when you think you’ve seen all the beauty Boulder has to offer you’re invited to Sunrise Ranch, Caroline’s family home and one of the most beautiful backdrops for a Colorado wedding we’ve seen.
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It’s no surprise that Colorado’s ever-changing weather is the biggest factor when planning an outdoor wedding. And with its history of monsoons and frigid temperatures September is almost always a nail-biter. So to ensure a perfect day Caroline & Clark kicked off their wedding month with the old tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon upside down at the alter exactly one month (to the minute) of the ceremony. Not only did “Burying The Bourbon” work, Caroline & Clark’s wedding was one of the most beautiful days of the year. The sky was blue, the sunset was brilliant and the evening air chilled just enough to enjoy the warmth of the fabulous bon fire.
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We are thrilled to add a new collaboration to our list of amazing vendors. Under The Sky and their EXTRAORDINARY tents were the perfect answer to Caroline & Clark’s wish to treat their family and friends to a magical night showcasing everything they love about Colorado.
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A special thanks to all of our amazing vendors…and the bourbon.
:: Vendor Love ::
Catering: Blackbelly & Co
Wine Pairing: Boulder Wine Merchant
Florals: Perfect Petal
Photographers: Jason + Gina Photography
Tents: Under The Sky
Artwork: Bryce Widom
Architectural Landscaping: Koru Landscape Design 
Wedding Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe
Band: White Water Ramble
Decor: House of Yonder
Decor: Eclectic Hive
Outdoor Lighting: XMAS Lights LLC
Harvest Tables and rentals: All Events
Reception Chairs: RC Special Events
Shuttles: Sunset Limos

Real Wedding :: A Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding

What could be better than saying your forever vows surround by the rawness and beauty of nature? Katie + Eric said “I do” this past weekend at the Sunrise Amphitheater at Flagstaff. It was one of those beautiful bluebird days with the crispness of fall just around the corner.

The florals from Petals Wedding Flowers and Love Letters Floral were exploding with striking fall colors. After the short and sweet ceremony the wedding party and guests made there way to an intimate reception at the Greenbriar Inn. Where we were greeted with two jaw dropping cakes from Rachael at Intricate Icings. The wedding cake mirrored Katie’s dress and was absolutely over the top and tasted just as good as it looked!

The night was made complete with all the love that Katie and Eric share and the warmth from their family and friends. It truly was a night to remember! We can’t wait to get all the photos back from Lisa from Dog Daze Photo but until then, take a moment to check out the iPhone photos we were able to snap throughout the day!

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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

Jeannie + Daniel :: Beaver Creek Saddleridge Wedding Recap

Talk about a beautiful wedding! Last year Jeannie + Daniel wed at the Beaver Creek Chapel, followed by a gorgeous reception at Saddleridge. The day was just as beautiful as the couple … from their funky personalized bow ties, naked cake to goofy photo poses! We are so happy we played a role in this very special wedding. Click here to see the full wedding and details!

Thank you Jason + Gina for the lovely photos!

xx,

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