Mothers Day: A Guide to Mothers Day in Boulder

Mothers Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother (or mother figure – shoutout to the aunts, family friends, and grandmas out there!) to show them you love and appreciate them. While we know your mom will probably love anything you get her, we have come up with some great ways for you and your mama to bond. Whether your mom loves to relax at the spa getting pampered or spend her days exploring nature, we have some great ways for you and your mom to spend a fabulous day together in our beautiful state of Colorado!


Eat & Drink:

With CU graduation festivities occurring the same weekend, Boulder and the restaurant scene might feel a bit more crowded than usual. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something special with your mama. Everybody knows that good food and delicious drinks are key to an amazing time, so enjoy these ideas for an unforgettable meal with your mom on her special day!

Cured: Cured is a small local shop that specializes in delicious cheeses, meats, wine, spirits and unique grocery items. Taking a picnic to go is a great way to avoid the graduation crowds while also enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Cured offers a range of picnic options that include some delicious fresh cheeses, crackers and desserts. You, your mom and your taste buds will not be disappointed with these amazing baskets! Pick out your delicious basket here!

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Photo Credit: Cured

Sur La Table and Food Lab

Try one of the fabulous Mothers Day inspired cooking classes that Sur La Table and Food Lab are offering. Both classes will teach you how to create amazing flavors and you and your mom will bond over the delicious food. Sur La Table’s menu includes sweet French toast dippers and fresh smoothies while Food Lab will teach you how to create delicious avocado toast, drop biscuits and more!

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Photo Credit: Food Lab Cooking School 

Dushabne Teahouse & The St Julien Hotel 

Theres no better way to celebrate mom than with teatime! Both Dushabne and the St Julien offer delicious and elegant tea services right in the heart of downtown Boulder. Dushabne’s tea time comes with tasty cocktails and lite fare while the St Julien creates fresh tea sandwiches made with local ingredients, so clink your tea glasses and enjoy the day!

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Get Pampered: A spa day is always a good idea! Thankfully Boulder has some fabulous places for you and your mom to get pampered. Whether you want to do mani/pedis or a full day at the spa, you and your mom will be able to enjoy total relaxation.

Ten20: We absolutely adore the environment at Ten20 salon in Boulder. Not only will you get to enjoy high quality manicures and pedicures but you get to enjoy TV shows and movies on a flatscreen at the same time. And if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, complimentary m&m’s and refreshments come with your treatment!

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Photo Credit: Ten20 | A Nail and Waxing Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa: Looking for a full day at the spa with mom? The St Julien offers 10,000 feet in spa facilities with a gorgeous pool, steam and sauna. The spa menu includes a variety of treatments including rejuvenating facials and relaxing massages perfect for any day of pampering.

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Photo Credit: St Julien Hotel & Spa

Alchemy Face Bar & MUD Facial Bar: Alchemy offers some amazing skin care services that will leave you and your mom feeling absolutely fabulous. Not looking for a facial? Have the ladies at Alchemy give you and your mama makeovers before you guys enjoy a nice dinner out! Want more info..? Check out our Vendor Spotlight on Alchemy here! MUD is also another great option for you to take your mom and treat her to some skin rejuvenation. Offering quick thirty minute facials, MUD has treatments ranging from the detox (to clear up that skin!) to the fresh facial which brightens the skin with kale and lemon! Check out our Vendor Spotlight on MUD here!

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Photo Credit: Alchemy Face Bar


Get Active: Get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery this mothers day! If you’re looking for a leisurely hike or a more intense sweat sesh, Colorado has options for everyone!

The MD5K: “This year, help Mom celebrate Mother’s Day her way at the 2016 Mother’s Day 5K & Brunch on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Denver’s City Park. With gourmet brunch from Goddess Catering including with every* entry, this year’s MD5K promises to be better than ever!” This run is a great way to bond with your mom while getting your workout on!

Yoga Class: Boulder is packed with some seriously amazing yoga studios, so taking a class with mom would be a great way option! Check out CorePower Yoga for relaxing and challenging class options, or Radiance Power Yoga for classes of all levels!

Hiking: Luckily the weather is supposed to warm up this week, so embrace the warm temps and get outside! Whether you’re looking to hike at some local trails in Chautauqua Park, or you want to venture out to Rocky Mountain National Park, these Colorado trails will not disappoint! The hikes at Chautauqua will provide some breathtaking views, and the hikes at Rocky Mountain national park range from waterfall hikes to summit hikes.

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Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

The Honeymoon: Trip Ideas for Every Couple

Honeymoons may be one of the best parts of getting married. After months of planning and celebrating, you finally get to spend some alone time relaxing as newlyweds. Depending on the personality of the couple, honeymoons can come in all shapes and sizes. Some couples dream of a classic beach vacation surrounded by white beaches and blue waters, while others fantasize of getting cozy in a quaint cabin in a ski town. We have compiled a list of honeymoon (or “mini-moon”) ideas that will appeal to any newlywed couple!

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


For the Adventurous Couple: Some couples look forward to total relaxation on their honeymoon, but others crave constant adventure. Whether you’re looking to spend the days zip lining or exploring new and exciting local cuisine, an adventurous honeymoon is a great way to make new and exciting memories.

Montana: For the ultimate adventure seekers, Montana will not disappoint. Whether you’re looking to ski at some of the best ski resorts in the country or camp underneath the clear night skies, Montana has everything the adventurous couple needs. Looking to take advantage of the world-class ski resorts? Big Sky Ski Resort offers fabulous winter and summer activities like skiing, dog sledding, zip lining and snow mobile tours!

South Africa: From safaris to wine tasting, South Africa has endless opportunities for adventure. Spend your days exploring South Africa’s coast and diverse terrain and your nights enjoying unique South African cuisine and wine. Feeling especially adventurous? Take a tour to see some of the largest great white sharks on Earth! After an exciting day, unwind with a glass of wine at Creation Wines in the Walker Bay Wine Region.

 


For the Foodie Couple: Foodie vacations are becoming increasingly more popular among newlyweds. Planning your honeymoon around delicious cuisine can lead to amazing memories and satisfied appetites.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Its no surprise that New Orleans, Louisiana is a top foodie destination. From beignets to po-boys, New Orleans would be a food journey perfect for a newlywed pair. New Orleans cuisine will expose your taste buds to flavors from France, Africa, Caribbean and the deep south. To satisfy your sweet tooth do NOT miss out on the famous Cafe Du Monde for the most incredible beignets.

Buenos Airea, Argentina: Argentina is the hub for delicious wine and amazing meat. The culinary scene in Buenos Aires boasts amazing traditional Argentine meals along with creative flavors from around the world. Argentina would be the ideal foodie honeymoon for you and your hubby. Looking for an interactive foodie experience? Try The Argentine Experience, a unique spot that teaches you the fundamentals of Argentine cooking and drinking! You’ll get to enjoy an amazing meal while creating unique memories as newlyweds.

 


For the Beach Bums: You simply can’t go wrong with a beach vacation. From the sandy beaches to the warm waters, a beach vaycay will be the ultimate way to relax with your new husband or wife!

Maui, Hawaii: As a classic honeymoon destination, Maui never fails to disappoint. From white beaches to hikes with breathtaking views, Maui is the perfect destination for couples looking to relax and explore. Try driving the Road to Hana for breathtaking views of waterfalls and beaches, or spend the day unwinding at one of Maui’s premier spas like Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, The Spa at the Four Seasons Maui or the ‘Awili Spa and Salon at the Andaz.

 

The Maldives: The Maldives are almost too picturesque to imagine, making it one of the most romantic honeymoon spots. Not only will you fall in love with the scenery, but you’ll get to enjoy world class snorkeling, scuba diving and dolphin watching.

 


For the Couple Who Wants to Stay Close: While some couples choose to travel far away, others want to utilize the beauty of the United States! A “mini-moon” is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation without traveling across the world, and a “stay-cation” is a great way to enjoy some luxury in your own state.

The Colorado Staycation: Colorado and our surrounding states offer endless opportunities for a beautiful and memorable vacation. Even if you live close by, theres no reason not to enjoy the natural beauty of our country! Some of our favorites spots that would make the ideal “staycation” include Devils Thumb Ranch, Dunton Hot Springs, The Broadmoor, The St Regis, Brush Creek Ranch, The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Four Seasons Denver and the St Julien Hotel. Whether you are looking to go for a few nights in the city or a weekend away in the mountains, Colorado has it all!

 


For the Euro Travelers: 

Croatia: Croatia has quickly been drawing more and more travelers every year who find themselves attracted to the pristine national parks, clear waters and old towns. Croatia is the perfect destination for Euro travelers who are looking to mix it up from the traditional Euro trip.Take advantage of the Croatian islands and do a boat trip to go island hopping, or take tours of the small Croatian towns to get the full cultural experience!

 


Featured Photo: Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

 

Real Wedding: DIY ‘Stellabration’ St. Julien Affair!

What a ‘Stellabration’ it was, as Gemma + Alex tied the knot on Saturday in Boulder at the beautiful St. Julien Hotel and Spa.

As the Maid of Honor gave her toast, she read from emails that she and Gemma had exchanged about the evolution of Gemma’s relationship with Alex.  Everyone’s eyes welled up with happy tears when they heard about Alex’s romantic gesture.  According to the Maid of Honor, Alex filled every room in Gemma’s new apartment with flowers and stocked her fridge with all her favorite foods before she even moved in!  If only everyone could love one another like Gemma and Alex do!

Fast forward to their wedding day … it was absolutely perfect.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our outdoor ceremony centered around a handcrafted cone backdrop made by our very own bride Gemma and her darling mother, Elaine.  The backdrop consisted of over 1000 cones strung together, talk about DIY and it didn’t stop there!

As always our phenomenal vendors came together to wow Gemma and Alex in every possible. Every detail was exquisite from one of our favorite florists, Plum Sage Flowers in Denver to Nate and Jenny capturing all of the day’s highlights! The wonderful entertainment ranged from Scott Beach, the Colorado Bagpiper to A Great Time DJ who kept everyone on their feet all night!

Congratulations Gemma + Alex! xx, Calluna

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:: Vendor Love ::

Ceremony & Reception Site: St. Julien Hotel and Spa | Dessert: Sweet Cow | Florals: Plum Sage Flowers | Photographer: Nate and Jenny Weddings | Ceremony Musician: Colorado Bagpiper Scott Beach  | DJ: A Great Time DJ | Rental: Event Rents Hair Stylist: The Side Door Salon | Make Up Artist: Alchemy Face Bar

Fiona + Lane’s Elegant St.Julien Wedding

We were so beyond excited to share our iPhone sneak peek of Fiona + Lane’s elegant St. Julien wedding. Now we have the real deal photos and they are absolutely jaw dropping! Tess Pace captured this picturesque couple and their wedding flawlessly! Take a moment to look at these stunning shots of Fiona + Lane and if you haven’t got enough of them take a peek at our portfolio of Fiona + Lane!

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:: Vendor Love ::

Venue: St. Julien Hotel & Spa | Photography: Tess Pace Photography | Event Planner: Calluna Events | Draping + Lighting: LMD Productions | Florals: Lalé Florals | Desserts: Lucky’s Bakehouse| Dress: Lela Rose | Make Up: Alchemy Mineral Blends | Hair: Brianna Sudberry | Cake Stands: Long Ago Love | Stationery + Calligraphy: Mint & Maple | Band: Soul School | Chivari Chairs: All Events Rentals |

 

Top Colorado Wedding Venues of 2015 :: Part One

We love Colorado weddings. How could you not?! And as wedding planners, we are extra privileged to travel around the state and check out the best of the best for wedding venues. As planning season is in full swing, we’re listing out several (well, there’s quite a few) of our favorites. We promise, you can’t go wrong with any of these options.

Devils Thumb Ranch has been in our favorites list for while now. We love this tucked away ranch right outside Winter Park. The views are unbeatable, the service is impeccable and if you’re lucky a few horses may come to join your for some pictures. It’s the perfect Colorado escape regardless of the season. Your guests can enjoy a weekend getaway with onsite lodging options and authentic cabins, along with every activity under the sun. As an extra perk, DTR just debuted High Lonesome barn, a second venue option in addition to the tried and true Broad Axe Barn. We were lucky enough to host the first outdoor ceremony there last year at Lauren and Brad’s wedding and my oh my, it was breathtaking.
Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photo by Laura Murray + Ali Vagnini

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Blanc – This continues to be on our favorite list from last year after hosting our 10th anniversary Modern Marie styled shoot and party! The exposed walls, urban environment and large rooms make this blank space a creative dream. It’s so transformative the options are endless. We are continuing our love affair with Blanc into 2015 with several weddings already booked. Each aesthetic is completely unique and we are so looking forward to transforming this incredible venue.

Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photo by Ashley Sawtelle
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The Lyons Farmette – We adore this DIY farm turned wedding venue in our lovely little town of Lyons! When the farm to table trend exploded (and we don’t see it going anywhere!) we knew there couldn’t be a more perfect venue. It’s so striped down to the bare elements of Colorado nature and with some gentle tending it can become one of the most chic outdoor wedding spaces. With a vintage airstream, goats, chickens and flowers grown on-site, the space is intimate, enchanting and rustically charming.
 Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photo by Michelle Hart
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River Bend – Equally adorable, this is the the newest venue in the Lyons Farmette family. Rivers Bend came to be after owners Betsy & Mike purchased the land affected by the devastating floods and turned the property into a gorgeous river front haven for weddings. We hosted dear Lana’s wedding here last year and are looking forward to working here again in the upcoming season. Once again, farm to table wedding hold a special place in our spots – and this space is completely idyllic for that local experience.
 Explore More: Facebook | Website  | Photo by our team’s iPhones + River Bend Website courtesy of Torchia Studios. Stay tuned from photos of Lana + Danny’s wedding very soon!
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St. Julien Hotel & Spa – of course we have to put the St. Julien into the mix. Not only have we been on their preferred vendor list since they opened the hotel we’ve done close to 100 events in the hotel and know every corner and possible set up for the space. We love the St. Julien particularly for locals, CU alums, or anyone who loves the Boulder area and lifestyle. The venue has proven to be both classic and exceptional, with inspired use of space and décor. And who could resist an outdoor ceremony space that showcases the iconic, breathtaking view of the Flatirons.  It’s truly our local gem and the staff makes it so easy; from aspects of the ceremony layout, cocktail hour and reception we have transform the space in a multitude of ways and love bringing the clients new vision to life. We are looking forward to doing many weddings and events here in 2015!
 Explore More: Facebook | Website | Photo by Merrick Chase + James Christianson
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 Keep your eyes out for Part Two tomorrow! Happy Planning, Calluna Events
Cover photo by Kara Pearson

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