Calluna Community: Cocktails With Brush Creek Ranch

Here at Calluna we are always looking for new ways to highlight and honor some of the amazing creative partners we get to work with. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with some seriously talented vendors in the industry, and we want to show them off to you in our new Calluna Community Series! We will sit down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado and get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more!

This week for Calluna Community we caught up with Corinne of Brush Creek Ranch!

Cheers! Xo, Calluna

Describe what you do! 

“I’m a Senior Sales Manager for the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, which includes the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, the Magee Homestead, and French Creek Sportsman’s Club. All three properties are located within twenty minutes of each other in the beautiful Platte Valley in southern Wyoming.”

“We have a small but mighty sales team of three women here at the Ranch. We all sell both corporate and family groups, and I am lucky enough to be in charge of our wedding segment – which is my favorite part of the job”

What is your idea of a dream project? 

“I love working with adventurous couples who choose the Ranch not only for its beauty but also for its amazing outdoor opportunities. The activities offered on our 30,000 acres are such a big part of who we are, and it’s a dream to watch couples take advantage of that. We had one bride who was a competitive horseback rider throughout her adolescence and college years – she went on long rides every single day she was on the Ranch. Another couple went fly fishing the morning of their wedding day as it was important to them to share that peaceful time in nature together before the rush of the wedding festivities.” 

What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended? 

“I have been able to see so many incredible weddings here at the Ranch, but I think the most memorable ones are when the bride and groom incorporate their family’s culture and history into the weekend. We had one groom with Nigerian roots who hosted a Nigerian-themed dinner for their rehearsal dinner, complete with authentic dress code, menu and music. Another favorite was an Indian wedding, who danced down a hillside to their ceremony, which was in a beautiful remote meadow. We had a bride from Canada who created a “Canadian Tuxedo” theme for their welcome dinner – which touched on her Canadian roots, and was also a perfect look for the Ranch!”

What does your morning routine look like? 

“I travel so much that I don’t think I could call most mornings “routine!” One consistent thing is green tea consumption – no matter where I am, I start the day with green tea.”

What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing? 

“I’m biased, but our favorite wedding trend is the increase in destination weddings and non-traditional venues. Our clients come from all over the country, and want a long weekend affair that feels more like a vacation for their guests – the wedding is simply the cherry on top. At the Ranch, after two full days of amazing activities like riding, fishing and hiking, by the time the actual wedding rolls around, you’ve spent so much quality time with your guests that you don’t have to worry about a receiving line or anything like that, and can just enjoy the moment.”

What makes you excited to go to work in the morning? 

“There’s obviously a major emotional component to weddings, and I thrive on that. I enjoy building relationships with our clients and getting to know their families. It’s rewarding to see how their personalities and hobbies are reflected in their wedding at the end of the process. Every wedding we’ve had here at the Ranch is truly so unique to the couple.”

What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight? 

“I almost always drink beer – is it any surprise that I work on a ranch? I love a good IPA from Teton Brewing Company in Jackson or Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, CO. We’re actually building a brewery at the Ranch right now, so I’m excited for the moment when I can drink a beer that was brewed here on property!”

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Check out some of the weddings Calluna planned at the beautiful Brush Creek Ranch below!

Erin + Ted

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Vendor Love

Photography | James + Schulze
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver


Karen + Jeff

Bride Groom First Look Outdoor Aspen Colorado Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Colorado Ranch Wedding

Vendor Love

Photography | James & Schulze
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch
Wedding Gown | JINZA Couture Bridal


Maddie + Phillip

Bride Groom Colorado Outdoor PortraitBride Groom Colorado Outdoor PortraitSperry Tent Reception Outdoor Colorado Farm Table

Vendor Love

Photography | James + Schulze
Florals | Perfect Petal Denver
Bridal Jumpsuit | CUSHNIE ET OCHS
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch


Jennie + Matt

Coloardo Rustic Wedding Bride Groom PortraitColorado Wedding Reception Lodge Farm Table

Vendor Love

Photography | Janelle Rose Photography
Venue | Magee Homestead
Florals | Poppys With Love

Calluna Advice: How to Involve Family in the Planning Process

Congratulations, you are getting married! Once you decide to start tackling the wedding planning, you might find that a variety of people are eager to give their input, especially the parents! Mom and Dad mean well, but sometimes it can get difficult involving multiple parties in the journey of wedding planning, especially if the parents are contributing financially. We have compiled a list of tips on how to keep your family involved and included while staying true to you and your fiancés vision.

Enjoy! XO, Calluna


Photo Credit: Alison Vagnini Photography 

Want to see more from Jesse Lee & Lindsay’s wedding? Click here!


Photo Credit: Steve Stanton Photography 

Want to see more from Mari-Katherine & Thomas’ Greek-Spanish bash? Click Here!


Photo Credit: Jenna Walker Photography

Dying to see some more photos from Jamsey & Alex’s gorgeous nuptials? Click here!


Photo Credit: Jenna Walker Photography

Don’t miss out on amazing photos from Sarah & Johns St. Julien wedding! Click here!

Featured Image: Angie Wilson Photography


How to Pick A Wedding Photographer

Sadly your big day is only ONE day, but luckily there are some amazing wedding photographers out there that can capture all of the beautiful moments of laughter and happiness! Choosing a wedding photographer may seem like a daunting task but don’t be instantly overwhelmed. We have compiled a list of five tips & tricks on how to pick the best photographer for you and your future hubby.

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

1. Start The Search Early

It is often the case that wedding photographers have their schedules booked fairly early so we suggest starting your research in the beginning of the planning so you can score the perfect photographer for the big day. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the perfect fit right away, there are an endless amount of talented photographers out there!

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Photography Credit: Kate Holstein Photography || Dawn Sparks Photography 

2. Utilize Social Media

To get the full feel of your potential photographer utilize social media. While browsing the photographers website is most definitely useful, check out other platforms like Facebook to see past reviews from former clients. Most photography websites also include a testimonial section that will give you some useful info!


Photography Credit: Jenna Walker Photography

3. Decide on a style 

Wedding photographers each have their own styles, ranging from photojournalism to fine art to portraiture. It is crucial to have an idea of how you want your photos to look before you start meeting with potential photographers. If you have specific photos that you want, make sure your photographer is willing to go that way.

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4. Pay Attention to Personality

You and your photographer will be spending alot of time together. Don’t underestimate the importance of a great relationship, it will contribute largely to the day running smoothly. Setting up and interview to meet and get to know the photographer is a great way to see if your personalities mesh well together. Make sure that you trust the photographer to be assertive enough while also appealing to you and your guests.

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Photography Credit: Alison Vagnini

5. Don’t Ignore the Fine Print

Pick a photographer that has a clear contract and make sure you discuss what will be included in your wedding package. Determine which parts of the wedding you would like photographed as well as hours and any additional staff joining the primary photographer. Clear communication about budget and logistics from the start will contribute to a hassle free planning process.

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Featured image || Dawn Sparks

Advice from a Wedding Photographer

We asked the best of the best in the photography business for some advice. What should you (or shouldn’t you) do when hiring a wedding photographer?
What to do:

What NOT to do:

Thank you to our friends, Gina + Jason Photography, Frances Photography, Jessica Christie Photography, Ali Vagnini Photography, Sara Hasstedt Photography and Ashley Sawtelle Photography, for your great advice. We highly recommend looking into these talented artists!

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