Classic Colorado Elegance | Wedding Recap | Jessica + Alex

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!

Vendor Credits:

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

Bridal Gown | Maria Farbinni from L’Fay Bridal

Groom Suit | Ralph Lauren

Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo NYC

Calluna Community | Cocktails with Cassie Rosch

Here at Calluna we are always looking for 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 Cassie Rosch! We’re so lucky to have worked with Cassie so closely over the past couple of years, and love her creative eye and how she captures our couples’ stories so beautifully!

Cheers! Xo, Calluna


Describe what you do! 

I am a destination based wedding, portrait + family photographer.

What is your idea of a dream project? 

When I’m collaborating with a diverse group of creatives. All creating in their own specialties, cultivating new ideas and showcasing talents. All the while making something absolutely beautiful for others to share. Igniting all the senses!

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

I worked on a wedding with Calluna a few years ago that was rich in color, florals + attention to detail. The couple wrote personal vows that left everyone in tears. They wore non-traditional clothing and really thoughtfully curated every detail for their guests to enjoy.

What does your morning routine look like? 

Hit snooze 2-3 times. Snuggle my three rescue pups. Make a smoothie. Take dogs for a walk + then make my own coffee or walk down the street to grab a cup!

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

I’m loving the monochromatic trend with loads of texture. I also love hanging floral installs.

What advice would you give to a younger you?

Take advice and council from trusted friends and mentors, but blaze your own trail and create from your own inspiration. Create and build a business from your heart that is rooted in community and not ego. Ask more questions and don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong!

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

Creating, exploring, traveling!

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

Cava or a Pressed Old Fashioned.

 

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Calluna Community | Cocktails with Alp & Isle

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 are showing them off to you in our Calluna Community Series! We are sitting down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado to get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes.

This week for Calluna Community, we caught up with Emily and Zach of Alp & Isle!

Cheers! Xo, Calluna


Describe what you do!

Zach and I are a husband-wife photography duo. We love working together for our couples and it results in a holistic experience. Our deep, romantic style is achieved with our use of medium format and 35mm film. We love how skin tones and movement are rendered on classic film.

What is your idea of a dream project?

We love working with couples who want a wedding that reflects their own personality and style! A wedding that feels authentic to them. We invest time getting to know our couples on a personal level so we can pull out little pieces of their story as inspiration for their portraits. We enjoy finding real life inspiration and watching it evolve through design and art direction. The images that result are always so original, epic, and timeless.

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

That is tough to pin down, we have favorite moments from each and every one. One wedding day that has always stayed with us was an intimate mountain wedding. The couple built the day around exactly what was important to them- their union, their closest family and friends, their culture, and lovely food and wine. It was carefully curated with plenty of time for each part of the day. They had several epic locations they wanted to be captured in for their portraits so we shuttled around, driving from one beautiful scene to another, but each with special meaning to them. The couple honored everyone in attendance with a wholehearted experience, truly trying to tend to everyone and honor their place in their life. We all left feeling like we just witnessed something truly beautiful and special.

What does your morning routine look like?

We both have always been night owls though we give mornings the old college try. I love the beautiful light and stillness of the morning so I try to embrace those early hours often. We rise with our pup, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Estes. We review our planner for the day over some buttered coffee, laying out our tasks, making sure to cover ground on each of our core goals. We then get our son Noah off to school or on his home days we help him start on his lessons. We respond to our emails, and then start on checklist of client galleries, consultations, creating mood boards, art direction etc.

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

We are really loving that couples are bringing in elements of their own style and personality. We are seeing new traditions being chosen over conventionality and an embracement of slow al fresco dinner party receptions with vintage silver or crystal and modern menus, beautiful textures of velvet, leather, and vellum, eye catching structural and textural floral installments of delicate blooms and pampas grass, and fun evening activities of sunset bonfires and whiskey flights, or transitioning into a party vibe with a hip after party.

What advice would you give to a younger you?

We have embraced a live-each-moment-fully mentality from a young age, but if we could talk to a younger self, we would speak to him or her gently, telling them to give themselves more credit and grace. We would hope for more scheduled self care and to focus efforts on our core values and goals.

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

Sharing the beauty we see in the world and it’s citizens, using our talents and voice for originality is deeply inspiring and gives us great purpose. Seeing our hard work and heart bring our greatest dreams to life makes our daily tasks joyful.

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

Zach would order a black manhattan, while Emily would reach for the french bubbly. We both love prohibition style cocktails and host cocktail parties at our home speakeasy, The Pike & Poppy, complete with a hand carved family heirloom bar from Scotland.

Check out Alp & Isle and follow them on Instagram!


See some of our favorite photos from Alp & Isle from Rachel + Ryan’s wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch last fall!

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Fall outdoor ceremony Devil's Thumb Ranch

Bride and groom holding hands Devil's Thumb Ranch

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High Lonesome Barn Devil's Thumb Ranch

Reception decor Devil's Thumb Ranch

Vendor Love

Photography | Alp & Isle
Floral | The Perfect Petal
Hair | Pure Salon Denver
Makeup | Beth Walker Makeup
Gown | Suzanne Neville
Suit | The Black Tux
Farm Tables + Chairs | Colorado Tents and Events
Dishware, Flatware + Glassware | Colorado Party Rentals
Linens | La Tavola Linen
Venue | Devil’s Thumb Ranch 

Calluna Community | Cocktails with James & Schulze

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.

This week for Calluna Community we had the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about two of our absolute favorite photographers, James Christianson & Otto Schulze of James & SchulzeWe continue to learn more that we love about these guys all the time but most importantly what resonates most with us is their quest for experience, emotion, connection and adventure. They inspire us to be better at what we do and we know that anytime we have the opportunity to work with them it will be incredible! We are inspired by the energy they put into capturing the essence of  each couple and wedding. 

Cheers! xo, Calluna


 

James : We are explorers. A Modern day Lewis and Clark. We do not seek adventure for the heart pounding adrenaline rush, but the richness of the experience…and so we explore; people, places, experiences, capturing the emotion of it all throughout the journey. After all, it is the journey, not the destination that we want remembered.

Otto : I’ll follow that up with one another quote, from one of our all time favorite artists, Henri Cartier Bresson: “YOU SEE, YOU FEEL, AND THE SURPRISED EYE RESPONDS”. This I think really gets at what it is we do. It is truly a constant, never ending, pursuit. Yes, adventure!

James : Our dream project(s) involves adventurous people, killer design/style and new experiences.

Otto: No ‘boxes’, no “well this is the way it should be done”. None of that nonsense. Rather a grand old creative collaboration with no limitation.

James : One of my favorite weddings is one we photographed for a friend, planned by none other than Calluna Events.  The wedding involved a group of friends, “hiking” out into the forest (suits and ties) for the ceremony and a restaurant buyout at a downtown Boulder restaurant.

Otto: The most epic one we’ve done would be one we did years ago at The Great Wall of China. EPIC. Another one that stands out, also with you ladies, was our Dunton Hot Springs winter wedding. EPIC!

James : It always starts with “french press coffee”, time with Father and then exploring the National or State Park we are currently living in (the Christianson family are currently living on the road full time…see our Instagram account @thefamilycan.

Otto : Out the door by 6am for a morning workout. Yes “I pick things up, and put dem down”. Back home around 7:30am to be greeted by three daughters. I make us a breakfast smoothie, drop the oldest of at school, and then head out to my local coffee shop for a morning of editing & emails…

James : We are seeing clients wanting more real moments, a push back to the raw documentary style photography we love so much.  Of course we have a stylized editorial feel to our work as well so we love being able to deliver both at every wedding…one of the advantages of the team approach here at James + Schulze.

Otto: This return to to raw, emotional, real documentary imagery is huge for us. It is how I started as a photographer. The inauthentic has never appealed to us, not in any way. True, raw – LIFE – moments has always been the draw.

James:  Experience is everything, so take big risks and always be open to learning.

Otto: Leap! Leave that silly harbor and head on out into this wide, deep, painful & wonderful experience that is life.

James : Two things…ultimately, we love working with people, so that constant interaction with new and interesting people certainly makes our job fun.  Of course, not to beat a dead horse, but we love the exploration (place, artistry, moments, design, style) we get to do each and every day.

James : We are living CLEAN so tonight, like most nights, it will be soup, juice or smoothie.

Otto: No favorite cocktail really. I prefer a more, let’s say ‘Colorado approach’…ha.

See below for some of our favorite collaborations with James & Schulze!

Follow James & Schulze on Instagram here!

 

  


     

 


Vendor Spotlight | Heather Gray Photography

We are back with our favorite vendor spotlights and on this summer evening we are featuring the lovely Heather of Heather Gray Photography! Her work (and words below) speak volumes about the passion for her craft and for that we’re always grateful for her warm & welcoming presence. Heather has lent her immeasurable talent to some of our favorite couples – Callie + Nick’s engagement shoot and Broadmoor WeddingMolly + Nicks Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding to name a few – leaving us with romantic keepsakes filled to the brim with love. We are lucky to have Heather as a friend in the industry, and to introduce her to you. We know you’ll get along famously.

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Describe what you do.
In my work, I hold space for love, recording it with my camera and heart. I want my clients to feel seen and their stories told. I have the humble honor of witnessing some of the most precious moments in my clients’ lives and that responsibility drives me to do the best work I can. I also do my best to create a peaceful and grounding presence around my couples. Wedding days can cause stress and chaos that brings people out of the moment, so it’s important to bring them back so they can live fully and be present, which not only allows me to create beautiful photos, but most importantly brings them back to them.

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What is your idea of a dream project?
My dream project would be a small wedding on the top of a mountain in Colorado or nestled along a coastal cliff in the Pacific Northwest, with farm to table food, open air dining under the stars, and live music. The couple would have their closest and dearest friends and family there, and they’d all dance through night under the moon. I truly love smaller weddings, ones where you leave with more friends and plenty of memories. One of my favorite things about weddings is meeting my clients’ “village,” this group of family and friends who have help form who these beautiful souls are and who will hold space for them through their lives together.

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What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
My tag line is, “heartfelt photography for beautiful souls,” and this is where I begin each work day, it’s the intention I set for my work. Creating work that is felt deeply in the hearts of my clients and honoring who they are, is what leads me to work each day. Knowing that I’m telling people’s stories excites me. I love people, it’s cliche, I know, but truly, I do. I love heartfelt, authentic, joyful, tearful, beautiful, and messy moments, I want it all. I want to know my clients, not just show up on their wedding day and photograph them. I want to know what makes their hearts shine, how they met, where their from, what makes them laugh, etc. these things help me tell the best stories I can. The responsibility of telling my clients’ stories is what excites me each and everyday, knowing that these photos will live on, sharing their special day with their children and generations to come. I’m immensely grateful to be a storyteller.

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What’s a favorite trend you are seeing in the industry these days?
I really love how couples are designing their dream weddings and doing it their own way. I love the unique and unconventional, my favorite weddings recently haven’t followed traditional wedding formulas and I love that. People should get married however they want to.

One of my favorite trends is smaller weddings, especially destination weddings that fill a whole weekend, the connections and memories from these more intimate weddings are so special. Everyone really gets to know each other and the families blend so sweetly. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do this for my own wedding; plan a weekend where your nearest and dearest can really get to know each other, build a wedding around connecting and community, begin your marriage with the beautiful foundation of your village, really see everyone, spend time with your people.

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What advice would you give a younger you?
I would tell myself, don’t shy away from leading with your heart, it’s your greatest strength in life and work. Trust your instincts and truly listen to yourself. In my business, I would tell myself to avoid following other trails and find your own way. In this industry, photographers are a dime a dozen, you can find them everywhere, and I definitely let that get to me sometimes. It took me years to solidify my brand and my intentions in my work, but once I did, I was no longer floating in the sea of photographers. I built an island, I made my own space, and I’ve been blessed to welcome some truly incredible people into my little world and to tell their stories. I would invite my younger self to find this space sooner and to trust my instincts in getting there.

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All photography credit to the wonderful Heather Gray Photography Thank you for being involved with Calluna Events! xx

Vendor Spotlight :: Sara Lynn Photographic

This week for our Vendor Spotlight, we had a chance to sit down and catch up with Sara Lynn of Sara Lynn Photographic. Sara is an extremely talented wedding photographer and also a very creative member in the industry! She is inspiration and we love what she represents and the work that she produces. We are bursting at the seams with excitement for you to get to know her better here!
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Describe what you do.

 I am a fine art, creative romantic portrait photographer that specializes in natural light and film techniques. My work is moody, romantic, grainy and mixes editorial with lifestyle. The colors and lines are soft and features a pastel color palette. I love photographing my clients sneaking in kisses, holding hands, raw tears of joy or boisterous laughs and telling a curated story of your day through photographs.

 What is your idea of a dream project?

 I would absolutely love to photograph a wedding in Cinque Terre, Italy with a bride and groom that is extremely detail oriented, but unique with their style and design choices. I’d love to see a non-traditional gown perhaps floral printed or pastel blue. The ceremony would be overlooking the coast and their vows would bring everyone to tears. And the end of the night, the couple would exit with sparklers and a grand fireworks show.  

 What has been your favorite wedding so far?

 I’ve had so many favorites over the past ten years, so picking just one is extremely difficult. One of the most memorable weddings was at Aspen Canyon Ranch in later summer a few years ago. It was raining off and on the entire day and right as the bride started to walk down the aisle, the rain let up but it was still cloudy. Just as they said “I Do” a beam of sunshine came through and lit the couple up as they had their first kiss. Later that day, a rainbow showed and we were able to photograph the couple for a few minutes with it in the background. It was truly a magical day to be part of. 

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

I love that everyday is different and I get commissioned to create for amazing couples. I get to be part of one of the happiest days of someone’s life and capture those moments – how could I not be excited to wake up and go to work knowing I get to be myself, create beautiful imagery and help a couple celebrate and remember their day? #bestjobever

 What advice would you give a younger you? 

 Just Be You. When I first started out, I was trained solely on film and digital was fairly new – which is what clients pushed for and requested because it was the hot new thing. I would tell my younger self that it’s ok to use film formats and to stick with your creative intuition. Thankfully, the photography industry has recently openly welcomed the film trend and I think it’s here to stay.

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

I love that clients are wanting and requesting a more timeless, fine art documentation of their wedding day. I’m seeing more and more couples let go of the must have “shot list” that Pinterest has said they need and let their photographers get more creative and trust their process. I’ve always felt that the more freedom we are given, the more creative and beautiful our imagery. And with that said, I love that this new found trust and viewing photographers as more of an artist, has allowed us to use and experiment with a wide variety of formats from film (35 mm, medium, large, wet plate) to digital – and even incorporating lomography and instant film work.

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Molly & Nick’s Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding

We were oh so excited to share the iPhone photos we snapped of Molly + Nick’s stunning wedding and were able to give our readers an insiders look. However, our iPhone photos certainly didn’t do this gorgeous wedding justice! Now we have the pleasure of showing you Molly + Nick’s  picture perfect day through the lens of Heather Gray Photography! She couldn’t have captured this dynamic duo any better! Take a moment to check it out and if you are wanting to see more of this gorgeous wedding check out our portfolio of Molly + Nick!
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:: Vendor Love ::

Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Catering: Epicurean | Beverage Service: Peak Beverage | Baker: Mulberries Cake Shop | Floral: Plum Sage Flowers | Photographer: Heather Gray Photography | Videographer: Pixels Poetic | Music: DJ Jahsonic | Rentals: Event Rents | Lighting: LMD Productions | Hair: The Bridal Goddess | Make Up: Alchemy Mineral Blends | Dress Shop: a&bé Bridal Shop | Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Limo Service: Special Time Limo | Guest Transportation: Grace Coach LInes | Ceremony Musicians: Alex Kula + Stefan Gysler (Friends of the bride + groom) | Officiant: Catherine (bride’s aunt)

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?
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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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