Calluna Crew Spotlight: Heather Dwight
Heather Dwight (Owner, Principal Curator & Stylist) started Calluna Events in 2004 after working in non-profit and corporate events for 10 years. During that time, Heather conceived innovative events that she launched in cities across the country, driving donor contributions to an all-time high. With a vibrant and captivating sense of style, Heather is one of the most sought-after wedding planners in Colorado, and the visionary behind Calluna Events being recognized as The Knot’s Best of Weddings (2008-2014), The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame and the winner of Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award. Clients describe Heather as having a sophisticated, yet calming confidence, allowing her to be a true advocate for her clients’ vision. She loves mindful design, style and immaculate detail. After 11 years, what Heather adores the most are the relationships she is fortunate to build with clients and helping couples achieve a beautiful wedding that is authentically theirs.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part is listening to the couples vows. It’s really what it all comes down to isn’t it – the reason everyone is there and the reason we are honored to be a part of their wedding is to witness them exchange those words. I find hand written vows the most meaningful and part of some of my favorite ceremonies but no matter hand written or repeat after, religious or non religious, it’s witnessing that moment that sums up for me why I feel so honored to have even a small part in the couples day. I still tear up at each and every wedding and especially when the grooms cries during his vows.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
During most of my life until my late twenties l was a complete tomboy – as a youngster I played outside, rode my bike everywhere, played soccer, studied geology, loved (and still do) science, and skied. When I was eighteen I learned to rock and ice climb and travelled all over the US and other countries backpacking, camping, skiing and climbing. I’ve always appreciated style, fashion and of course a well planned party but I thought you couldn’t be stylish and hardcore at the same time. I never dreamed I’d be a wedding planner and be surrounded by pretty things all the time. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now and although I love my tomboy core I’m glad I’m embracing my inner femininity. My daughter has taught me that you can ski in a dress and ride a bike in a pink tutu!
What wedding trends are you loving this season?
I have a couple brides who are incorporating flowers and food they are growing into their wedding. This isn’t exactly a trend yet but I love that the flowers and botanicals are being used by the florists in various parts of the decor and the food the bride and groom are growing will be incorporated into the food the guests eat. It’s such as special contribution and also supports keeping things local on the basic level!
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family – Brandon, Maggie + Grey
What is your favorite thing to do?
Yoga, gardening, travel or be outdoors (ok, that’s more than one thing!)
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Scotland and the entire British Isles has a immense place in my heart. My Mom was born and raised in Scotland and my whole family on my Mom’s side lives in the UK. My first time there was when I was 4 months old and I”ve travelled there nearly every other year since then. I feel a yearning and nostalgia for the 6 weeks I spent there as a child during summer breaks. The green highlands, castles, highland cattle, sheep, cobblestone streets, my Gran’s baking, the seashore, long walks “up the street” to the baker and butcher, hedges, stone walls, and of course all the time spent with my family there. I am half Scottish and Scotland has half my heart.
Keep up with Heather’s adventures here