Vendor Spotlight :: Bare Root Flora

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This week for our Vendor Spotlight, we chatted with Robyn from Bare Root Flora. Her whimsical designs are breathtaking and we can’t wait to work with her this season!

How would you describe what you do?

Bare Root Flora is a boutique design house specializing in lush, textural, wild floral designs for stylish, organic weddings and social events. For our clients, flowers are a huge part of the look and feel of their wedding, and it’s why they come to us! We put all of who we are into flowers and I think clients can see and sense that.

What is your idea of a dream project?

Dream projects for me usually revolve around amazing clients and vendor teams. Being a part of a synergistic team of creatives all putting their best work out there to give a couple their dream day—that is my dream project.

What has been your favorite wedding or event that you worked or attended? Why?

I don’t think I could pick just one! I have had the privilege of working on some truly memorable events and they’ve been really special to me for lots of reasons. I think when I really connect personally with my clients it takes their wedding to the next level for me—both professionally and personally!

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

Being the captain of my own ship! It is so exciting and empowering to know that the big decisions impacting my business are made by me. I never realized exactly how fulfilling it would be to be the boss, but I have to say it’s one of the most rewarding aspects for me. And of course, the actual design! There’s nothing more satisfying than creating something beautiful with my own hands and some gorgeous flowers!

What advice would you give a younger you?

Don’t waste time doing what you don’t love. Life is short, so make your own opportunities and seize them!

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What’s your favorite trend you are seeing in your industry?

I love the gorgeous, wild, looser looks we’ve seen over the past few years and that we’ll continue to see in 2016! And I’m thrilled that people are embracing beautiful and diverse foliages as a big part of the floral palette of the wedding.

What’s a color/flower scheme that you would love to do?

Well, I live for color! As beautiful as a neutral wedding is, nothing inspires me as much as flowers and foliages in deep, rich tones. And I can’t seem to design anything that doesn’t strongly feature a pomegranate or artichoke, so bring on the produce!

Keep up with Robyn from Bare Root Flora :: Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

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

The Perfect Petal Turns 20!

We cannot believe that this week The Perfect Petal is celebrating 20 years! We thought that turning 10 was a big deal but there is no denying that the big 2 – 0 is a huge, huge deal and we are oh so excited for Cindy, Alex, and their amazing team!

Our very first wedding with The Perfect Petal was in 2005, our second year of business. They did the flowers for a private residence, Buddhist wedding and it was from then on that our love affair with the Petal team began.  The Perfect Petal curates and designs amazing floral pieces for every event. They have a talent for recreating the brides vision perfectly and then some! Every event we have worked with The Perfect Petal we are blown away at the beauty that they bring along with them! The Perfect Petal team is truly an inspiration and we feel so honored to have had the opportunity to work so closely with you over the years.

All of us from Calluna wanted to give The Perfect Petal a huge shoutout and we hope that your festive week of celebration has been an amazing time for all of you! You deserve it! Here’s to many more and we can’t wait for our next event with you! Take a moment to look at a few events that we had a chance to work with The Perfect Petal. Each and every one is absolutely exquisite!  xx, Calluna

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OUR FIRST WEDDING WITH PERFECT PETAL :: NEAL + DANICA

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| Photo Courtesy: Joanna Pinneo Photography |

Plum Sage Flowers :: 10 Year Anniversary

We had the joy of having a small helping hand in planning Plum Sage Flowers’ 10 year anniversary! We have had a long working relationship with Erin and her wonderful company. We always feel so honored when members of the community reach out to us to help plan such a huge mile stone – needless to say, the party was a huge success!

The lovely block party was held on a Sunday afternoon complete with scrumptious tacos from Comida food truck, ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream, thirst-quenching refreshments from Peak Beverage, a delectable cupcake garden from Wooden Spoon Cafe and Bakery, music from Rocky Mtn BluegrassParty Singers – to keep everyone there and dancing all night long, and of course the lovely Lana from Lana’s Shop created the sweetest custom invite. It was certainly a party to remember and we can’t wait for more years to come with Erin and her creative team! xx, Calluna

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Vendor Spotlight :: Flora by Nora

On this week’s edition of Calluna’s vendor spotlights we had the opportunity to sit down and catch up with the ever-so-talented Nora of Flora by Nora. She has a knack for designing the most stunning floral creations. She truly has such an artistic eye with each and every one of her arrangements and her outlook on what she does is inspiring! Read on to see why we feel so inspired by Miss Nora!

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Describe what you do.

The very first flower shop I worked at was called Fresh Art- and I think that is the perfect way to sum up what I do.  Flowers are my medium, and I like to think of my arrangements as art pieces.  I think there’s something about the fact that these arrangements are only here for a short period of time before the fade away that is really special.

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What is your idea of a dream project?

Well, I love to travel.  So a dream project for me would include traveling to some sort of beautiful destination and being filled with inspiration based on my location.  Whether it be for a wedding or a styled shoot.  In a city like Paris or a remote and beachy area.  Being able to forage and utilize local materials and finding inspiration from the beauty around me.

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What has been your favorite wedding or event you’ve ever worked/attended?

I’ve been apart of so many wonderful weddings it is hard to pick just one!  One of my first jobs in the wedding industry was working for Cheree Berry Paper- a high end stationery company based in St Louis.  Shortly after I started working there, Cheree got engaged and started planning her own wedding.  As luck would have it, Cheree’s wedding was shot and featured in Martha Stewart.  Her wedding was one of the first big weddings that I was apart of from start to finish- being able to be on location while the MS team was shooting for the feature was a really unique moment.  

And yet sometimes the smaller events are truly the best.  One of my favorite weddings from last year only had about a dozen guests.  The bride and groom wanted to keep it very intimate, and rented out a suite at the Four Seasons to host their reception.  You can get really creative with the tiniest details when you are hosting such a small group and it can be so much fun creating for those types of events- the florals really get a lot of attention in that type of setting.

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

Seasons!  I love how things are always changing based on the season when you work with flowers.  Just when you start to think – I never want to see another peony again, the season changes and all of a sudden you are up to your eyeballs in dahlias and zinnias and peonies are out of the picture until next year.  You never know what you are going to find at the flower market, and being able to walk through the coolers and see what looks best and build my palettes and shape my vision around those materials is really inspiring.

What advice would you give a younger you?

Reach out to the people who you admire!  I took me a really long time to get comfortable with that idea, that it’s okay to shoot out an email to someone who you might think of as untouchable.  Everyone got there start somewhere, and nine times out of ten if you reach out to those in your field who you admire they will respond.  I took this approach a few years back and was able to work with some very talented people in Brooklyn, it was a life changing experience to not only meet florists who I so admire but to be able to learn from them too.

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What’s your favorite trend you are seeing in your industry?

I love that floral trends are starting to become more natural and organic in the shapes of the arrangements and the materials that are being used.  I love a muted and moody color palette so it’s fun to see that become more and more popular.

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We loved getting to know Nora and what makes her and her company what it is today! If you liked what you read, check her out on her social media outlets and look into booking her for your wedding! After all wedding season is just around the corner!

Keep up with Flora by Nora ::  Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest |

Stay tuned for more of our vendor spotlights! xx, Calluna

Advice from Colorado’s Best Floral Designers

Wedding planning can be a tricky process and we want to be a resource for future couples, a place to make the process a bit easier. We already blogged about reasons to hire a wedding planner and the some key photography advice, so now it is time to dig deep into the florals! We’ve gathered up gold nuggets of advice from five of the best floral designers in Colorado. If you ask us, they hit the nail right on the head. Here are some things to do (and not to do) when hiring a florist for you wedding.

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Photo by Richard Grainger Photography compliments of Lalé Floral

Brilliant words come from the creative ladies at Perfect Petal Denver, Bare Root Flora, Prema, Lale Floral and Plum Sage Flowers. Thank you, friends, for contributing!!

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