Happy Thanksgiving to our clients, vendors, friends, and community! We are incredibly appreciative and honored for your love, support, partnership, and trust over the years!
We happily embrace the holiday as an opportunity to create space to gather with loved ones, to nourish our bodies with good food and drink, to rest, to set intentions for the coming chapters, and reflect on everything that helped us arrive to this moment.
This year our team took a moment of purposeful pause to reflect on the year behind us and share what we are wholeheartedly grateful for. We hope you join us in celebration this season and we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from our family at Calluna Events to yours!
Photographer | Alp & Isle
“It’s that time of year when we pause and reflect on where we’ve been in our annual Thanksgiving blog post. I am so honored and humbled to be writing about gratitude once again. We are so fortunate to do what we do and create what we create for our clients alongside this wonderful wedding community. We are wrapping up our 19th season in business! I am ever-so inspired by the Calluna Community – our clients who choose Calluna, the creative partners and venues we are fortunate to work so closely with and who continually entrust their clients with us. I continue to be grateful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about. I am particularly grateful for our clients from this year. Witnessing your weddings is a great honor! Once again, this year brought some incredible weddings and visions, where we were able to collaborate and be creative in ways we never have. I am grateful for our clients’ trust in us and our ability to constantly grow and expand our offerings.
I am always in awe of and humbled by our team. They are the heart and soul of Calluna, my right hands, who work tirelessly and who have such positive enthusiasm for our couples. At the end of our second full season post COVID, I reflect back on what we navigated and the persistence and grit of our team. Wedding planning is sometimes a thankless job, a job behind the scenes and the cog that makes the entire wheel of the wedding turn. Our team makes our couples vision come to life and their wedding dreams happen. And their work allows me to expand Calluna in exciting projects. I consider them all friends and love the impact they’ve had on my life and my business.
I’m also so grateful for travel – it’s one of my greatest joys in life – to travel to inspiring places and experience new things – this past year I was fortunate to travel to Greece, Morocco, weddings across Colorado and Wyoming as well as Missouri, and took several road trips with my family in the southwest of Colorado and Utah.
I am forever grateful for the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband, Brandon, our daughter Maggie and son Grey. I’m grateful for where we live in Colorado – for fresh air, sunshine, being outside in the mountains. I’m grateful for my health and any time I can ride my bike or do a little yoga.”
Photographer | Ashley Sawtelle
“It’s my very favorite season – a season for pause, reflection, celebration, and (hopefully!) a little bit of rest. As we mark the festive conclusion of this calendar year, delighted to share a sprinkling of what brings me joy, thanks and a full heart in a seemingly unending list of gratitude.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love with the people of love; in helping create moments of joyous celebration that will be remembered for generations to come. I’m grateful to spend my days surrounded in the company of strong, creative, interesting people – colleagues, clients, vendors, entrepreneurs, (many of which are female founded and operated!) – who continue to inspire me to be the best version of myself each day. I’m immeasurably grateful for my health and the health and well-being of those around me, something we know not to take lightly in today’s time. I’m grateful for the everyday joys that come with being a new puppy parent (read: a very full camera roll), to watching my dear friends and family embark on big chapters (weddings! homes! jobs! babies!), to small moments of levity and laughter that go along with a life well-lived. We don’t know what’s to come, but we’ve gotten this far and that’s cause for celebration. Clinking my glass in spirit to all of you – Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!”
Photographer | Alp & Isle
“Wow – it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to write this post again, the year has just flown by!
2022 has been one of the best years of my life and this year, I am most grateful for my husband (EEK! Still love saying that)! This year Ken and I got married in our favorite places in the world and pledged to spend the rest of our lives together. Planning your own wedding in the midst of planning weddings for all the amazing Calluna Couples was no small feat and I truly could not have pulled off the wedding of our dreams without his support! He might not have been picking out linens or negotiating a catering contract but I couldn’t have made it through this season without him.
To my friends and family – those who showed up and supported us over the last year of planning and celebrating. From engagement parties to bachelorette weekends (and so many matching theme outfits!) and bridal showers – 0ur wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without them! Coming in from all over the country to Aspen, Colorado was no easy feat and it was truly so humbling to look out and see all our loved ones in the same place. I often tell my couples that there are so few times in your life that all your people are in the same place together and to live that experience first hand was truly something that I’ll never forget.
And to our vendor partners – the support and creativity you brought to this season but especially to my wedding weekend is something that I’ll never truly be able to thank you all for. I feel so thankful and blessed to work alongside such creatives in this industry who dedicate everything they have to their couples and to be on the receiving end of that creativity and dedication was so special.
All in all – it was such a special year filled with so much love! It’s hard to imagine that 2023 will be able to top this year but the best is yet to come.”
Photographer | Vanessa Tierney
“At the beginning of this year, I set my intention to embody what I call the ’empowered manifester’ – someone who is fearless in following their heart. I had an inkling this would be the year of growth + change and it sure was! I moved from California to Colorado to pursue my dream career and reunite with my boyfriend Troy of five years after two years of long distance, we welcomed home our sweet Marigold who’s our fluffy golden retriever puppy ~ adding to our furry family with our two kitties Leo + Roo, I joined the Calluna Crew when wedding season began and have been loving it ever since, I have found ways to foster deep connection with my family despite the distance between us, and I just became an Auntie a couple weeks ago!
Change inspires growth and I’m incredibly grateful that I fiercely followed my heart when these opportunities arose, acknowledging the fear of the unknown while simultaneously finding centeredness around my aspirations and taking the leap of faith. As I embarked on this new chapter of my life, I’ve been so fortunate to have my loved ones by my side and am sending them so much love and gratitude for their unwavering support + encouragement through it all. I’m so grateful to be part of the Calluna Crew, a team of women who constantly inspire me as they pour their hearts into everything they do. Thank you for showing this California girl what Colorado is all about! I’m grateful for Troy who’s been there for me every step of the way ~ you have always inspired me to speak my truth, embrace my authenticity, and let my free spirit run wild! I’m grateful for our wonderful group of friendors we have here in Colorado and beyond ~ as planners with creative visions it’s entirely special to see it all come to life and we truly wouldn’t be able to do it without you!
My heart is also incredibly grateful for all the in between moments in life, the small things such as laughing so hard my dimples start to hurt, our furry friends Marigold, Leo, + Roo finding and choosing friendship with one another with all the purrs, cuddles, and kisses nose to snout ~ what a beautiful sign from nature of loving + kindness! ~ the golden yellow trees filling the slopes during the fall, butterflies that flutter toward me are like kisses from my angels in heaven, I could go on for days celebrating what fills my heart with joy and gratitude but I’ll save some for next year’s reflection! Sending all my love and gratitude to you on this Thanksgiving! Wishing you a lovely celebration full of joy!”
Photographer | Meredith Diamond
“This year I’m grateful for:
And of course my Calluna Crew. Love love love learning from this team of amazing ladies.”
Photographer | Rebecca Haley Photography
“Suffice it to say, there have been some monumental joys this year: getting engaged (!!!), building a home with my fiance, and celebrating love. Both in the form of our couples and weddings with Calluna, and also the smaller everyday celebrations of love with friends and family. While it’s so easy to focus on the big joys – the ones that come to the mind first when thinking about what I’m most grateful for, the tiny treasures also come to the surface when I think about why I am grateful for that thing.
I’ve been keeping a journal (sporadically), where I write down the top 3 things I am thankful for that day. While the big and consistent ones have been my health, my relationships, and more recently, a house to call our home, the tiny treasures that I also am grateful for no matter how silly also allows me to reflect on how much I have to be thankful for. Some of the entries: coffee, fresh flowers, seeing Enzo get the zoomies, the sun on an incredibly cold day in January, visiting a berry farm and picking all of the fruit, a magical sunset, clean socks, finding $5 dollars in a zipped pocket in an old purse, etc.
This year, I am so grateful for both the big joys and the smaller ones that fill up our day to day lives. Wishing everyone all of the joys – both big and small as they celebrate Thanksgiving this year!”
“This year I am so thankful for being able to have the wedding of our dreams. We were married this September in Laguna Beach, CA. It was truly the best day of our lives and I am still riding high from it. We were surrounded by our family and friends and the outpouring of love was like nothing I have ever experienced. I felt such immense gratitude for those who traveled both near and far to be with us on our special day. I am thankful for the health of our family which allowed them all to be there and I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving all together this year as a married couple!”
Photographer | Katrina Jayne
“This year I am most grateful for friendship. After moving to a state where I knew virtually no one, I feel so grateful to have gradually found the people that make Colorado feel like home.”
Photographer | Alp & Isle
A few Thanksgiving reflections over the year!
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018
Happy Thanksgiving to our clients and community of friends in the wedding industry! We are so very grateful for your ongoing support. You make our jobs enjoyable and meaningful. THANK YOU! We wish you happiness, love, and yummy food this Thanksgiving.
Today the #CallunaCrew is sharing what we are grateful for, and we would love to hear from you, too! What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving holiday?
Cheers! Xo, Calluna
Kristen :: “I am thankful for… The beautiful state of Colorado and my home in Denver. I am such a city girl but I love being surrounded by beautiful nature. I love seeing all the new and exciting things happening in the city too, it is a food and drink lovers paradise! I am so thankful for all of the amazing couples and vendors I was able to work with this past year. From an intimate museum wedding in the city to a 200 guest mountain soiree, I was really able to see and experience it all! Starting my new food + drink blog Kristensarahk.com! Besides wedding planning, food, drinks and restaurants are a huge passion of mine. I am so excited that I finally took the plunge and launched the website! My super supportive family, even though they are over 1,000 miles away! My #callunasquad, no day is the same!”
Photography | Bridget Burnett Photography
Gabrielle :: “This year I’m so so thankful for my loving, supportive, encouraging and inspiring family, friends, and colleagues – old and new! I’m especially grateful for my amazing and patient husband, and his love and effort as we nurture our newish marriage and tackle the seemingly never ending home project list. For our fur baby, Seamus, and all the joy, fun, laughs, cuteness and craziness he’s brought into our lives. Finally, I’m thankful for everyday comforts: quiet nights at home, early morning run/walks, baking shows on Netflix, and gorgeous mountain views. Happy Thanksgiving!”
Photography | James & Schulze
Jean :: “I am thankful for my best friend and husband of four years, Joe, and my overwhelmingly supportive family. I’m thankful to live in a city that has every season (especially autumn!) and provides an amazing culture. Lastly, I am incredibly thankful to have been welcomed so warmly into the Calluna Crew!”
Mel :: “Here we are again –– in preparation for another holiday season filled with thanks for what came before us and what’s ahead. As we turn the final pages of our calendar and share in reflection of all that we’ve accomplished, all that we’ve experienced, all that we’ve overcome –– I find myself filled with gratitude just to be a participant in it all. Gratitude can sometimes feel big –– hard to articulate –– overwhelming to pin down. In moments like this, I find myself grateful for a chance to sit in the present and just live it. Grateful for an opportunity to play, to work, to grow, to thrive, to fail, to succeed, to be a friend, a loved one, a citizen, a human being. Grateful for full bellies, happy hearts, belly laughs, warm hugs, big dreams and wonder for the future. And I’m grateful to share it all with all of you. A very Happy Thanksgiving from my table to yours, friends!”
Photography | Brandon Lopez
Haley :: “I am grateful for the love and support of family and friends, for good health, a beautiful home, and a fulfilling career. I don’t take for granted the opportunity to work alongside incredibly talented colleagues and creative partners and am honored to do something meaningful for my clients.”
Photography | Bridget Burnett Photography
Francesca :: “The last few months have been filled with major changes for me. That’s why I’m thankful for having so many wonderful, long-term, supportive relationships in my life to help make change easier. I’m forever thankful to my family and friends – which includes my caring Calluna family – for all the encouragement. I’m looking forward to new and expanding opportunities on the east coast with Calluna in 2019.”
Heather :: Each year as I sit down to write this for our annual Thanksgiving blog post I am humbled that we are able to be a part of the wonderful world of weddings and the extended wedding community. I am forever grateful as we wrap up our 15th season in business, March 2019 officially marks 15 years in business! I continue to be inspired by the Calluna Community – our clients who choose Calluna, the creative partners and venues we are fortunate to work so closely with and who continually entrust their clients with us. I am thankful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about. I am particularly grateful for our clients from this year. Witnessing your weddings is a great honor! This year brought some new incredible weddings and visions, where we were able to collaborate and be creative in ways we never have. I am grateful for our clients’ trust in us and our ability to constantly grown and expand our offerings.
I am forever grateful and humbled by our team. They are the heart and soul of Calluna, my right hands, who work tirelessly and who have such positive enthusiasm for our couples. They allow me to focus on new and exciting projects for 2018 and are supporting us as we expand into new projects in 2019! I consider them all friends and love the impact they’ve had on my life and my business.
I am grateful for the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband, Brandon, our daughter Maggie and son Grey.
I’m also grateful that in the past year I traveled to so many international locations – Scotland, England (with my family) and Ireland, Costa Rica and Mexico (three times!) for work!
I’m grateful to live in such an incredible place as Boulder. For fresh air, sunshine, hikes in the mountains. I’m grateful for my health and any time I can ride my bike or do a little yoga.
Photography | The Hearnes + Phillipvn Photography
Here at Calluna, we love a good holiday cocktail. In honor of Thanksgiving week, we wanted to share one of our favorite, easy recipes for a spiked spiced cider. The best part? You can throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot and let it do its magic while you work on the rest of your Thanksgiving feast. Bonus – it makes your whole house smell AMAZING!
Start with two quarts of apple cider in a crockpot on low.
Add in half a cup of brown sugar and stir.
To get a little spice, add in one teaspoon of cloves and one teaspoon of allspice. We recommend putting the spices in cheese cloth tied with twine. It makes it a little easier for drinking.
Add in four cinnamon sticks, one sliced orange, and one sliced apple. Let the mixture heat through before serving. Once ready, pour into a mug and add a splash (or two) of spiced rum. ENJOY!
2 Quarts of Apple Cider
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of allspice
4 cinnamon sticks
1 orange – sliced
1 apple – sliced
Read a little below to see what our team is giving thanks for – what are you grateful for this year?
Heather (Owner, Principal Curator & Stylist) :: Each year when I sit down to write this blog post it allows me an opportunity to reflect on the past year and all the things in my life that make me truly grateful. As we enter our 13th year in business I am in awe and inspired by the Calluna Community – our clients who choose Calluna, the vendors we work so closely with and who continually entrust their clients with us, and I am thankful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about.
I am forever grateful and humbled by our staff, some who have been with Calluna for nearly ten years. They are the backbone of Calluna, some my right hand women, who allow us to continue to grow and expand, who work tirelessly and who have such positive enthusiasm for this industry. I consider them all friends and love the impact they’ve had on my life and my business.
I am awed by the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband, our daughter Maggie and son Grey. Those close to me know I haven’t had the easiest two years personally and I am so grateful to those close to me for their never-ending love and support. Losing my Mom two years ago makes me especially thankful for my health, the health of loved ones and their love. It’s something to never take for granted.
I’m grateful to live in such an incredible place as Boulder. For fresh air, sunshine, hikes in the mountains, yoga, a good latte, great chocolate, travel to new places, adventure, patience, deep breaths and love.
Gabbie (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: I am so so grateful for my wonderful and inspiring family, friends and colleagues – their love, support, and encouragement means everything to me! I cherish this time of the year when I am able to spend quality time with them relaxing, connecting, and enjoying the holidays. I am also incredibly thankful for good health and healing – for myself and loved ones. Finally, I’m thankful for life’s simple pleasures: early morning runs, quiet nights at home, mountain views, sunshine, good food, fine wine, and succulent sweets. Happy Thanksgiving!
Francesca (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: There is always something to be thankful for and everyday I find myself thankful for new things. I am thankful for a life that provides me with new and exciting opportunities everyday. I am thankful for all of my friends that turned into family and for dreams that have turned into realities. Specifically at Calluna Events I am thankful to work with such an amazing, inspiring and powerful group of ladies, including our fearless leader Heather! Eat, Drink and Be Thankful (thankful for stretchy pants) – Happy Thanksgiving!
Michelle (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: I am Thankful for:
Melanie (Associate Planner) :: We are in one of my favorite seasons – a season where we can take a second to look up from our phones, our computers and to do lists and actually reflect back on the last year. To sit in the wonder of the accomplishments we’ve achieved, the obstacles we’ve overcome, remembering the staggering “this is impossible there’s no way I can do this” feeling, and then realizing we came out of it alive; we’re still standing, we’re still thriving.
Sami (Associate Planner) :: When I sit down and really think about my life, it’s hard to put into words all that I am thankful for. Especially when there are so many things in my life to give thanks to! I am so blessed and feel so grateful to have all the elements in my life that make me feel so special! Each of those key aspects of my life, both the good and the not so good, have driven me to where I am today. And I can honestly say I am pretty proud of my accomplishments this year! I will say that I feel so blessed that I am a part of the #CallunaCrew. I have learned so much in this past year with this talented group of women. They are the perfect role models for me and they are who I wake up and strive to be everyday! I am excited to slip into 2016 and to keep discovering new things to be thankful for! Cheers!
Kristen (Intern) :: I am so Thankful to live in this beautiful town of Boulder and experience all of the amazing seasons (I am from SF and we don’t have seasons!) I am also thankful for all of the delicious food that comes with the holiday season, I always make vanilla bean cheesecake for Thanksgiving & Christmas so I am glad I get to participate in the family meal! And on that note I am thankful for LEFTOVERS (turkey sandwhich and mashed potatoes the next day is even better!)
As we embark on another year we are truly humbled and grateful for all the experiences from this past year and so excited for what’s in store for 2016 and beyond! xx, Calluna
| Feature Image Courtesy of Lana’s Shop |
Each year we have so much to be thankful for at Calluna Events…. more than we could ever express. As our fearless leader, Heather, states so eloquently, here are a few things we are so happy about. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
This Thanksgiving, during our 11th season in business, I am grateful for the couples who still believe in marriage and who want to celebrate their union in a beautiful and authentic way.
Whether an intimate elopement or a grand affair for 500, we are grateful for the couples who want their wedding celebration to be a reflection of their love and relationship. I am particularly grateful for all of the clients from this year, and many years in the past, who have entrusted us with the special details that make their event truly them. It is an honor and privilege to share in this most intimate experience and help create the day that embarks them on their marriage together!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Calluna Events. We wanted to share what we are thankful for. What are you thankful for this year?
I am thankful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about. Grateful for our staff, our clients that allow us the honor and privilege to work side by side with them on their event and the vendors that work with us to produce incredible events time and time again. I am awed by the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband and our daughter (and little baby on the way!). I am especially thankful this year for my health and the health of loved ones. It’s something to never take for granted. I’m also thankful for fresh air, sunshine, hikes in the mountains, yoga, a good latte, great chocolate, travel to new places, adventure, patience, deep breaths and love.
Everyday I find myself thankful for new things. I am grateful for every moment, for my family and their unconditional love, for the love I am surrounded by everyday at home, at work, and at other people’s celebrations, for my friends – the companions of my life, for good health – allowing me to do what I want to do, for sunshine, snow, and beautiful surroundings, for community, for kind strangers who allow me to help with their most personal events, for good food and drink, for a husband that cooks, and for the time to savor every moment and every magical thing.
I love that this time of year inspires reflection on what we are thankful for! Today and everyday, I’m thankful for my loving and supportive family, the love of my life (Max), my inspiring and lovely friends and colleagues, and my beautiful hometown of Boulder!
I am thankful for life! A life that provides me with the opportunity to explore everyday and to have the constant support of the best family in the world and the family we choose, my friends. I am thankful for my health and the health of those around me. The list is endless; however, practicing thanks, not just today but everyday demonstrates how gratitude turns what we have into enough. Gratitude for the big things such as education to the simple things, like a bar of my favorite chocolate bar. Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and plenty of mashed sweet potatoes!
This year has had so many blessings, it’s hard to narrow down everything I am thankful for in one short paragraph! Above all, I am thankful for the good health of my family and friends, and the strength and love in our relationships. I am thankful for the opportunity of education, for the privilege to study amongst interesting and intelligent people. I am thankful for the opportunities this internship has provided me, as I continue to learn more each day. I am thankful for generosity and compassion of my neighbors, teachers and friends, and for little acts of kindness that continue to make the earth a better of place.
xx, Calluna Events
P.S. If you’re hitting the stores for Black Friday deals tomorrow, remember to shop local and support small businesses. Stay tuned for next week for our Boulder holiday gift guide! Happy Thanksgiving!