Each year when we sit down to write our Year in Review, we are in awe of what we accomplished! 2022 was our 19th season in business and it finally felt like the world was entering a period of normalcy after the upheaval of 2020 and 2021.
Coming off 2021, which was a very challenging year as we worked tirelessly to celebrate our 2020 couples, plan our 2021 weddings while managing an unprecedented amount of engagements and inquiries, we took a step back to reflect on what we had been through and where we were going. We realized we were more passionate than ever about weddings and we wanted to continue our elevated style and focus on quality over quantity only accepting Full-Service clients.
Our team was proud to produce 41 Full-Service weddings in 2022! It felt like we were back to a post-pandemic normalcy as we watched our couples walk down the aisle, listen to toasts at receptions, and dance surrounded by those they love the most. We continue to feel so grateful to have a hand in these huge milestones for our couples!
We are so fortunate to do what we love and create beautiful weddings for our clients alongside this wonderful wedding community. We continue to be 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, who continually entrust their clients with us.
We are 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 always dreamed of. We are forever grateful for our client’s trust in us and our ability to constantly grow and expand our offerings.
Without further ado, we are happy to share our highlights from 2022 with you!
Pia + Trevor in Lucca, Italy | Photography by Meredith Diamond
Leah + Drew at Westwood Country Club | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle
Morgan + David at Beano’s Cabin | Photography by Jess Leigh
Murph + Jason in Wyoming | Photography by James and Schulze
More Year In Reviews | 2021 | 2020 | 2019
Meghan + Blair’s wedding weekend at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was truly one that we will cherish in our hearts evermore! With the majority of their guests and family traveling in from New York and New Orleans, Meghan + Blair’s families hosted a weekend full of activities and celebrations. The weekend kicked off with rehearsal dinner in the Grotto with their nearest + dearest followed by s’mores + stargazing led by an expert who pointed out constellations and shared insights with all who attended. The next day was full of western flair as the groom + groomsmen went zip lining and the bride + bridesmaids went horseback riding together. In the evening, everyone gathered in their best western dress for an incredible BBQ welcome dinner with darling beverage burros, fun games, and delicious food.
And soon it was wedding day! Meghan + Blair said I do in the most stunning of outdoor ceremonies with views of the Rocky Mountains setting the tone and a garden of gorgeous florals by Cori Cook surrounding them as they shared their vows. Guests then made their way to cocktail hour where they sipped on spicy margaritas named after their pup Harley and enjoyed each other’s company at the lounges adorned with leather sofas + custom made kilim accent pillows. Soon they found their seats at the ‘Where in NOLA Will You Be?’ escort wall designed by Scarlet Gilia Creative, a nod to the very place our darling duo first locked eyes at Tulane University and all the special places so dear to their hearts.
Guests walked into High Lonesome Barn for reception and were greeted by the ever so amazing Jordan Kahn Orchestra playing the couple’s favorite tunes. The space was dressed to the nines with soft drapery swagged from high ceilings adorned with greenery and pretty pendants adding that extra glow to the room with a mix of warm wood tables and rounds. Each table was brimming with floral galore and elegant linens + dinnerware with pops of deep blue in the glassware + napkins and menus beautifully hand calligraphed by the bride’s Aunt. Guests indulged in a decadent meal by Devil’s Thumb Ranch and then hit the dance floor for a night full of dancing + fun! At last it came time for the final song and Jordan Kahn Orchestra assembled in a second line followed by the bride + groom with their umbrellas as they led everyone to the after party to the tune of New York New York with handkerchiefs swinging in the air and guests accessorized with Mardi Gras beads as another nod to their forever love for NOLA! We’re so very honored that we were part of Meghan + Blair’s celebration and always grateful for our team of vendors who helped bring all the pretty to their day!
Wedding Planner | Calluna Events
Photographer | Alp and Isle
Florals | Cori Cook Floral Design
Venue | Devils Thumb Ranch
Band | Jorda Kahn Orchestra
Decor | Wallflower Rentals
Lighting | Lighting + Design By Scott
Hair | Hair by Andres
Makeup | Jessica Shinyeda
Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Videographer | Elysium Weddings
Escort Display + Table + Bar Signage | Scarlet Gilia Creative
Invitations | Bella Figura from Arabesque of Naples
Calligraphy | Bride’s Aunt, Debra Brown
Linens | Nuage Designs Inc.
Camp Hale is one of the venue’s in Colorado that is really special. Situated between Leadville and Vail – the remote nature really gives your guests the most stunning views and overall experience and that’s exactly what Emily & Steve wanted to give their families – many of whom were traveling to Colorado from Kansas and Missouri.
We kicked off the weekend with an intimate rehearsal dinner at The Hythe hotel in Vail followed by a big welcome party at Arrabelle Vail! It was the perfect way to welcome all their guests to Vail for the weekend.
When we started designing their wedding, we knew we wanted to keep a lot of the tones and colors earthy but with a summer twist. The color palette of rust tones mixed in with some lighter colors played perfect to the vast landscape of Camp Hale and the beautiful summer season. It all came together beautifully!
At cocktail hour – guests were treated to spicy margaritas and comfy lounge groupings while these “party people” found their seats at a custom designed escort display. Before heading into the tent – Wandering Poppy Co. blew us away with a lush, organic entrance install. Once inside, guests the boho inspired florals were on full display with an amazing dance floor installation that was paired with pops of color in the glassware and napkins to transform the tent.
After dinner, guests took the dance floor to dance all night to the sounds of Manhattan Band before sending the couple off with a sparkler exit!
Wedding Planning | Calluna Events
Venue | Camp Hale
Photography | Meredith Diamond
Videography | Klassey Productions
Ceremony Musicians | Oncue Entertainment
Floral Designer | Wandering Poppy Co.
Specialty Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals
Specialty Linens | BBJ La Tavola
Invitations + Paper Goods | Scarlet Gilia Creative
Wedding Band | Jordan Kahn Music
Hair & Make-Up | Lola Beauty
Cake & Cupcakes | Cornerstone Chocolates
Transportation | Aspen Vail Limo
Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu
Groom Suit | Suit Shop
What do you get when you get two high school sweethearts, families who are best friends, friends who have walked through all chapters of life together – one of the most fun, loving and heartfelt wedding celebrations that we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.
When Jessica + Alex first came to us at Calluna they had a vision of a chic, classic and traditional Colorado wedding nestled in the mountain of Boulder, right up the hill from where Alex popped the question!
Greystone Castle served as the perfect backdrop for their August I Do’s! With a perfectly pitched Sperry Tent on the front lawn and the sprawling mountain views from the ceremony site, Jessica & Alex welcome friends and family from across the world (some as far as Dubai and Lebanon).
The floral team at The Perfect Petal accent the tent and the farm tables with shades of white, green, and blush accent by classic gold and glass elements to make for a stunning tablescape. Once the summer Colorado rain stopped, a stunning rainbow appeared as guests noshed on appetizers and drank two classic signature cocktails – appropriately named “The Big” and “The Carrie” as a nod to the couple’s home in New York City.
When it was time for the couple’s grand entrance – they were led into the tent by a Lebanese Zaffa Fusion band, a nod to the bride’s heritage and we have never seen anything like it. The guests surrounded the couple and the band on the dance floor and we felt so lucky to witness such an incredible cultural tradition. After guests finally made their way to their seats – the culinary team at Greystone Castle, led by Jacqueline Malcom-Peck served guests a 5-star dinner under the stars!
After an evening followed by heartfelt (and hilarious!) toasts, sentimental dances it was time to kick off the dance-party with our friends from The Get Down! The dance floor was packed all night! To end the evening, at the bride’s request, Shake Shack delivered late night burgers and fries!
We wish Jessica & Alex so many years of happiness!
Wedding Planning | Calluna Events
Venue | Greystone Castle Boulder
Photography | Cat Galletti
Videography | Reagan Lynn Films
Ceremony Musicians | Trading Post Productions
Floral Designer | The Perfect Petal
Tenting | Sperry Tents Colorado
Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Specialty Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals
Specialty Linens | Nuage Designs
Invitations + Paper Goods | Line Avenue Calligraphy
Wedding DJ | The Get Down
Lebanese Dabke Music | Fusion Zaffa
Make-Up | Mooi Studio
Hair | Hayley Styles Hair
Photo Booth | Bamboo Booth
Restroom Trailers | Royal Restrooms
Transportation | Hermes Worldwide
Late Night Snack | Shake Shack
Groom Suit | Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo NYC
Brooke + Sam had such a sweet and wonderful vision for their wedding at Planet Bluegrass this last Saturday! They truly were a wonderful couple to work with and we had the pleasure in helping bring their vision to life. An outdoor wedding in June in Colorado can sometimes be a little tricky to pull off. The weather is always changing and we often get small afternoon thunderstorm. With intense clouds hovering by, we managed to dodge the storm and the sun shone down on the beautiful couple!
The bride was picture perfect in her gorgeous dress, accompanied by a floral hair piece and incredible bouquet from Lale Florals. The bridesmaids wore different color dresses and were given bouquets to match.
The ceremony site was located next to the creek where guests could listen to the sounds of running water as Sam + Brooke said their vows beneath the birch tree Huppah that Lale decorated with bright and vibrant florals. One of the more incredible moments was when the clouds parted and sun shone through during the ceremony.
After the ceremony, guests mingled to the cocktail hour and enjoyed passed appetizers from A Spice of Life. When the cocktail hour commenced, guests were asked to find a seat beneath the trees at beautiful long tables decorated with fresh fruit and florals from Lale. Guests dined family style al fresco. The party then moved into the pavilion where guests enjoyed music from the eclectic and upbeat Mammarazzi Band! Another memorable moment of the night was when a groomsman joined the band onstage to partake in a song!
We can’t wait to see more photos from the talented Harper Point Photography. In the meantime, enjoy a few snaps from our iphones We want to say a very special congratulations to Brooke + Sam – you are truly wonderful and we wish you many years of happiness! xx, Calluna
:: Vendor Love ::
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Planet Bluegrass | Photography: Harper Point Photography | Catering: A Spice of Life | Baker: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Floral Design: Lale Floral | Rentals: All Events | DJ: Patrick Lee DJ | Reception Band: Mammarazzi | Hair: Emmy Swenson with Sage Studio | Makeup: Alchemy Face Bar |
We adore each and every one of our caterers and we wanted to give a special shoutout to Catering by Design for celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year! Catering By Design is known for throwing parties that you don’t want to miss, and their #Bash20 certainly did not disappoint.
BASHtwenty took place at Mile High Station this year. Jay’s Valet greeted us at our cars and we love them! They’re always so courteous and professional. At the entry, we were greeted by sweet waffle cones. If you ever get the chance to attend one of their shindigs, we suggest going hungry. They’re known for innovative food ideas and they love to showcase their new menus.
In the center of the room was a suspended DJ booth. Halfway through the night the booth was raised higher to showcase our favorite food area – the dessert table. It’s so hard to choose a favorite food area, but we have a major sweet tooth in this office, so the dessert table wins. The table was full of mini banana pudding, tarts, individual chocolate cakes, and a donut cake! That’s right, we said donut cake.
The back lot was tented and had an Andy Warhol-esque vibe. One side of the room was all about duck. A giant rubber ducky stood as a main attraction for another food station that hosted duck nachos and an amazing duck pasole.
Another favorite among many? The carving station. There were four different meats they carved from and then layered onto of a beignet in a brown paper bag. The creativity of this crew is incredible and our mouths are watering just thinking about all of the food! Can we do this again soon?
Congratulations, Catering by Design! We look forward to another wonderful season with you!
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Are you newly engaged – or about to be? Afternoon Tea at St Julien presents Spring Down the Aisle, 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, Spring Down the Aisle begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Soon-to-be brides and grooms, and your wedding parties, friends and family are 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. You’ll also enjoy a fashion show, featuring celebratory looks for every member of the wedding party, as well as a meet and greet with a number of Colorado’s top wedding experts, including the one and only Calluna Events before and after the tea.
Special giveaways include a two night stay at St Julien Hotel & Spa, with brunch for two at Jill’s Restaurant; 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!
Start planning your special day, with a dose of celebration and no pressure! Event is limited to 80 attendees; tickets are $44 per person, which includes admission, food, beverage and gratuity. For more information, please call the hotel concierge at (720) 406-8208, or register at http://springdowntheaisle.eventbrite.com.
We’ve been on extra trend alert for 2016 winter weddings, perusing Pinterest and our feeds for the latest and greatest in cold weather nuptials. What we’ve found, and what we’re sharing, is a bit of a continuation from Summer floral trends – abundant greenery in every turn. Be it tablescapes, escort displays, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, dessert adornments and more, we’re asking for more green, please.
We’ve seen a few of our summer season brides hit the nail on the head with this look. Katy + Zach brought Blanc’s blank space to life by adding lush floral installations (brought to us by Lale Florals), accompanying the overflowing foliage and shubbery on the exterior exposed brick walls. The juxtaposition of dinning indoors while being surrounded by the beauty of nature created an organic yet modern vibe. We love each curated piece throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour and rehearsal to transport this stripped down venue into an overgrown urban garden.
Kat + Nick had a different execution but equally compelling outcome – their “enchanting forest” vision had the Boulder Country Club dripping with moss, ferns, succulents, air plants in every pocket possible, tastefully accented with pops of purple, creams and gold. Masterfully created by The Perfect Petal, this inspired event took advantage of every shade, texture and type of greenery we could ask for – and it paid off.
After seeing two Calluna brides nail it, we’re hooked. We love stepping away from our traditional white wedding bouquet and with distinct, rich, plush greenery – a striking contrast from your white wedding gown. We love allowing greenery to take the stage as our leading lady while letting our brighter florals becoming the supporting actress – a look that is a no brainer to transfer from the summer to winter season. And did we mention it’s a penny pinching trick?
We’ve stumbled upon a fool proof guide to colder season greens by our friend Martha Stewart – a bit of inspiration and information to navigate every scent, texture & types of holiday greens to add to your next winter event.
Thanks for reading! xx, Calluna
Gorgeous photography in this blog compliments two of our favorites:
Featured image, Katy + Zach: James Christianson | Kat + Nick: Dawn Sparks