The Do’s & Dont’s Of Social Media at Weddings

To tweet or not to tweet? Social media has become a huge part of our lives, and a significant part of the wedding world. Whether you chose to have a celebration full of instagrams, tweets and snapchats or a technology free day, there are most definitely some guidelines we think are important to follow as the host and as the guest. We have compiled a list of the essential Do’s & Don’t of social media at weddings to give you the inside scoop on when its okay to snap and post!


For the Bride & Groom:

DO come up with a hashtag. Using a hashtag for your wedding is a great way to capture all of the special moments that occur throughout the wedding in one place. Some of our #callunacouples have been tremendously creative like #hailtothekings from Annie and Thomas King’s gorgeous wedding last summer at the St. Julien, #oliveuforever from Mari-Katherine and Tomas’ Greek-Spanish bash up in Craig, and #exchangingvauxs from Molly and Nick’s mountain wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch. Make sure to include the hashtag you pick on your wedding website, save the dates or invites to get the word out there!

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DON’T post your engagement on social media before telling your loved ones. Facebook and other social media platforms may be the easiest way to spread your exciting news but your parents, siblings, and grandparents will most likely appreciate hearing the news from you first. After you’ve talked to them, feel free to post away!

DO be clear with your guests. Some couples chose to go technology free while others love the idea of sharing their day with the world. If you have specific guidelines about how you want social media to be used, make sure you share that information with your guests to ensure that there is no miscommunication.

DON’T overshare. Being engaged and getting married are exciting times, but you want to be weary of sharing specific details like the cost of things. While everyone is undoubtedly excited for you, keep things internet appropriate.

Photo Credit: Heather Gray Photography 


For the Guests:

DO post lots of pics, but make sure you have the bride and grooms permission before posting any pictures of them.

DON’T be on your phone the entire evening. While social media can be an amazing way to connect and share all of the special moments of the wedding, make sure to be present and enjoy the celebration around you.

DO take a group selfie. A group selfie is a great way to get the crowd relaxed and ready for a fun night. Squeeze all your loved ones into a big photo and look back on the moment with laughter. Yes, we all thought we would never own a selfie stick but sometimes they come in handy!

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DONT get in the way of the professional photographer. While you may be beyond excited to share some of your fabulous pictures with the world, make sure the bride and groom get the shots they need.

Expert Tips: Hiring a photo booth for the big day? Look at for companies that can post the pictures directly to facebook like The Vanity Booth Co. Not only will you have a blast taking goofy pictures but you wont have to worry about uploading a single thing! Want to utilize your hashtag and get everyones instagram pics in one place? Try out Artifact Uprising, they can turn instagram pictures into a beautiful book.

Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

The Inside Scoop on Spring Down the Aisle Bridal Tea

We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the St Julien Hotel & Spa, Rocky Mountain Bride, and many other top Colorado vendors for Spring Down the Aisle. What is Spring Down the Aisle you ask? Spring Down the Aisle is a contemporary tea service, blended with a wedding showcase and bridal fashion show.  Brought to you by St Julien Hotel & Spa and Rocky Mountain Bride, this can’t be missed event begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Soon-to-be brides and grooms, your wedding parties, friends and family are all invited to enjoy St Julien Hotel & Spa’s popular Saturday Afternoon Tea service, complete with teas by Tea Forte, champagne, petit fours, scones, sandwiches, live music and other delights.

All of the vendors involved have been hard at work to bring you an experience to remember and we want to give you the inside scoop! The idea behind Spring Down the Aisle is to give brides and grooms alike an opportunity to meet some of the best in the business while enjoying an event that is staged like a real wedding. We would like to lend a helping hand in your planning and give you some fresh inspiration with looks and tablescapes that are on trend for 2016! In other words, it is our way of showing you the “now” in a fun interactive way!

In the industry we have been seeing three prominent trends for this year and we took inspiration from the runways and added a Calluna spin on those trends! The first look is “Black Tie with a Twist.” With this look we are taking your traditional black tie wedding and spinning it with a brilliant navy blue instead of black. With pops of color throughout and hints of gold, we are sure you will be completely smitten with this classic look!

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| Photo: Jessica Schmitt Photography  & Brosnan Photographic |

The second look is a “Floral Vibrant Look” which we have seen explode on the runway and throughout the 2016 trends. We like to think of this look as boho chic meets Kate Spade. It has those vibrant, bright colors and eye catching florals with a modern crisp twist. With white square chargers, ghost chairs, and glitzy white sequin linens,we are confident this look will be a total wow factor!

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| Photo: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography & Amy Amori |

Last but certainly not least is the “Ethereal & Romantic Look.” This look works well with the 2016 Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. We will use these colors throughout this look as well as beautiful soft muted tones curating a subtle elegance that will leave the hopeless romantics swooning!

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| Photo: Feather + Stone  & Hannah Suh Photography |

Each look will have also have a bride, groom, and bridesmaid look that will help complete the vision; compliments of Little White Dress, Bespoke Edge, Bella Bridesmaid, Weekends Boulder, and Todd Reed Jewelry! And of course, our attendees will be entered into several very special giveaways that will exclusively be offered at Spring Down The Aisle.

The special giveaways include:

A two night stay at St Julien Hotel & Spa, with brunch for two at Jill’s Restaurant and an indulgent Spa at St Julien gift basket that includes a gorgeous bridal robe

$250 to $500 off at Bespoke Edge

A premier shopping package at Little While Dress

A $100 print credit towards a booked engagement session with Laura Murray Photography

$200 off services from DJ Jahsonic

$250 off a booked Calluna Events planning package

$150 credit towards any wedding invitation package from Sweet Letterpress and more!

Best of all, the final week of tickets sales THIS WEEK include a buy one get one free deal! We can promise you, this is an event you won’t want to miss especially with such a screaming hot deal on the table! To starting planning your special day, with a dose of celebration and no pressure please head over to the link here or you can call the St Julien Concierge at (720) 406 8208 to purchase tickets!

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| Feature Photo: Tess Pace Photography |

2016 Wedding Trend Alert: Floral, Food & Fashion

2015 was one for the books, and we are thrilled to have been a part of so many fabulous weddings and events. This past year, we were truly impressed by some of the visions and ideas our clients presented, which we saw beautifully transformed into gorgeous celebrations. We witnessed new trends in fashion, event design, food and florals that we simply adored! With that being said, we are thrilled to see what 2016 brings for weddings, so we have compiled a list of some trends we are ecstatic to see this season.


The Look: Wedding dresses and styles have evolved over the years, and we are loving the revamped styles that have been introduced.

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Photos via Style me Pretty & Green Wedding Shoes

Photo Credit: Karen Willis Holmes || Erin Jean Photography || Jodi Miller Photography 

Designers: Karren Willis Holmes || Reem Acra || Pas De Deux Bridal

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Photos via Harpers Bazar (top left) & Brides Magazine (bottom right)

Photo Courtesy: Jenny Packham, Laura Murray Photography, Rachel Havel, John Aquino

Designers : Jenny Packham, Lela Rose, Mark Zunino, Christos

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Photo Credit: Jessica Christie (top) Kate Holstein (bottom)


The Food: Lets face it, food is one of the best parts of attending a wedding. With the emergence of “the foodie” bride & groom, we have seen tremendous creativity in wedding menus and meals. 2016 will not disappoint, and we are anticipating some seriously fabulous food moments.

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Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography (top) || Steve Stanton Photography (bottom)

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Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography


The Florals:

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Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography

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Photos via Style Me Pretty

Photo Credit: Alexandra Grace Photography (left) || Koman Photography (right)

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Bottom Images via Green Wedding Shoes

Photo Credit: James Christianson (top left) || Laura Murray (top right) || Jodi Miller Photography (bottom)


Featured Photo: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

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