Colorful English Garden Party Meets Butterfly Haven Wedding | Wedding Recap | Leah + Drew

We had the absolute honor of being with Leah + Drew and their wonderful families in St. Louis, MO this year. We first met this beautiful family when planning Leah’s sister Hannah’s wedding in Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Having the opportunity to plan two family weddings is so very special and a privilege. Destination weddings have their challenges but we had the best team of vendors, including some of our Colorado favorites: our photographer Ashley Sawtelle, florist Flora by Nora, and stationery designer Knapp Design Co!

Leah chose Westwood Country Club in Clayton St. Louis, where she grew up, for their wedding and it was the perfect setting to have an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour with a tented reception. Leah’s initial vision was centered around whimsical and colorful butterfly chargers combined with colorful florals for an overall English garden aesthetic. Their chuppah was adorned with gorgeous colorful flowers and both of Leah + Drew’s rabbis married them together, making the ceremony deeply personal and special. The overall aesthetic was a mix of color and eclectic decor with a touch of romance and whimsy. Leah’s vision was executed perfectly and it was a dream day in every way!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planner | Calluna Events

Venue | Westwood Country Club

Photographer | Ashley Sawtelle

Floral Design | Flora by Nora

Cake Design | Sarah’s Cake Shop

Invitations, Escort Display, + Day of Paper | Knapp Design Co

Rentals | Styled and Staged STL + Aries Company

Escort Card Board | Knapp Design Co + Exclusive Events Inc.

Production, Lighting + Musicians | Contemporary Productions

Band | Fat Pocket Band

Tenting | Traube Tent

Bride’s Beauty  | Savanah Summer Beauty

Bridesmaids’ Beauty | Fleur Bridal Styling

Linens | Nuage Designs

Transportation | Best Transportation

Send Off Rolls Royce | Champagne Limousines

Gown | BW Designs Inc

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

Real Wedding :: Katie & Peter’s St Julien Wedding

Katie and Peter are such a fun couple and we were so happy to be part of their special day!  They chose to have their wedding at the ever-fabulous St Julien Hotel & Spa and we couldn’t have been more thrilled. The St Julien never fails to impress and we love any opportunity we can get to work there!

Once again, the weather was on our side as the clouds parted just in time for the ceremony.  Katie’s vision came together seamlessly with the help of the St Julien staff and rentals from All Well Rents. Guests were sat at rounds covered in an ivory linen with lovely gold chargers. The head table was constructed of long harvest tables and adorable cork placards holders. The decor was elegant and made such a beautiful statement!

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The gorgeous florals were constructed by Katie’s incredibly talented mother – how neat and such a wonderful personal touch!  One of our favorite parts? The huge spread of delicious treats from Lucky’s Bakehouse and Shamane’s Bake Shoppe! There was even homemade baklava – a nod to Katie’s Greek background. Congratulations Katie and Peter! Stay tuned for the real deal photos, but until then, enjoy these sneak peeks from our iPhones!

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:: VENDOR LOVE::

Venue: St Julien Hotel & Spa | Floral: Mother of the bride | Catering: St Julien | Baker: Lucky’s Bakehouse and Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Columbine Entertainment | Photography: Caitlin Alysse Photography | Reception DJ: DJ Collar | Officiant: Rev. Scott Awbrey | Rentals: All Well Rents | Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist: Ashley Smith Beauty

Emily + Peter Featured on Junebug Weddings Today!

Oh my are we excited to see Emily + Peter featured on Junebug Weddings today! This sweet couple tied the knot last summer at the Vail Wedding Deck, followed by a beautiful reception at Donovan Pavilion. With the Colorado summer weather, a storm rolled in right before the ceremony. Sticking with the bride’s vision we moved forward with an outdoor ceremony atop Vail Mountain. Just as the bride and her father started down the aisle the rain stopped instantly and the sun burst through! It truly was a magical day and we are over the moon to see it featured!

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:: Vendor Love ::

Ceremony Venue: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Florals: Cori Cook Floral Design | Rentals: Colorado Tents & Events and Event Rents | Cake: Megan Joy Cakes | Photographer: Jennifer Ballard | DJ: A Great Time DJ | Catering: Blackbelly Catering

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