2022 Year in Review

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

Our Work

Leah + Drew at Westwood Country Club | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle

The Applause

Morgan + David at Beano’s Cabin | Photography by Jess Leigh

Calluna Events in the Wedding World

Murph + Jason in Wyoming | Photography by James and Schulze

More Year In Reviews | 2021 | 2020 | 2019

Fall Romance in the Mountains | Wedding Recap | Katie + Stevie

We are so thrilled to share a deeper look into the last Calluna wedding of the 2022 Wedding Season – Katie & Stevie’s fall nuptials at the one and only Devil’s Thumb Ranch! Katie is originally from San Antonio, Texas and has a deep affinity for horses and so when they moved to Colorado and got engaged – they knew right away that the atmosphere of Devil’s Thumb Ranch was the perfect place to say I Do!

When Katie and Stevie picked this weekend – they were hoping for the perfect blend of Colorado blue skies and changing autumn aspen trees and they got their wish! We kicked off the weekend with a western welcome party complete with BBQ, refreshing Ranch Water to sip on, and live music from local musician Notes by Nate.

For the palette of the wedding, we really wanted to lean into the fall tones that were surrounding the ranch that weekend. We partnered with Amy Lauren Floral Design to bring that vision to life! Subtle pops of blush pinks and apricot oranges woven with climbing greenery, the florals captured the magic of fall in the mountains!

Perhaps one of our favorite parts of the weekend were all the incredible paper goods by Knapp Design Co. We started off with an incredible western luxe invitation suite. It was such a fun way to give guests a glimpse into the weekend, with lots of fun textures, especially the velvet belly band with galloping horses being our most adored design element! We knew we wanted horses to be a focal point of the weekend so we created a custom escort display with velvet letter pressed paper tied to mini horseshoes for a delightful surprise for guests to find their seats! This display is one of our all time favorites and perfectly tied into the leather bar menu displaying the couples signature cocktails!

After dinner, the couple’s dear friends and family made the most incredible round of toasts to the newlyweds, followed by a special family song that has been in the bride’s family for generations – it was such a fun personal touch led by her cousin and musician Josh Klause. There was certainly not a dry eye in the crowd! Soon thereafter, everyone hit the dance floor where The Get Down had the dance floor packed all night long. It was truly the perfect way to end our 2022 wedding season!

Vendor Credits

Wedding Planner | Calluna Events

Photography | Cat Galletti

Videography | Canvas and Light

Venue | Devils Thumb Ranch

Florals | Amy Lauren Floral Design

Ceremony Music | Josh Klaus Music

DJ | The Get Down Co

Welcome Party Music | Notes by Nate

Draping + Lighting | Little Mad Events

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Linens | BBJ La Tavola

Stationary + Escort Design | Knapp Design Co

Photo Booth | Bamboo Booth

Gown | Romana Keveza from Anna Be

Tux | Suit Supply

Boots | Lucchese

Hair | Haus of Hair

Makeup | Moois Studio

Wedding Tips and Resources for Wedding Planning During COVID-19

We are living in times of uncertainty, but we are hopeful that we will all celebrate again soon. We want to offer our tips on how to stay happy and healthy during this period of social distancing and self quarantines along with some great resources for wedding planning during this time. The #CallunaCrew is here for you.

XO,

Calluna


WEDDING RESOURCES

Harpers Bazaar : We Spoke to 15+ Luxury Wedding Vendors About What to Expect When Postponing Your Wedding

Brides : 12 Places to Shop and Try On Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses from Home

Brides : What to Know if You’re Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brides:The 15 Best Change the Date Cards to Send If Your Wedding is Postponed

Brides:Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic? You Should Be Asking Your Vendors These Questions

Martha Stewart Weddings: Your Guide to Sending Postponement Announcements If Your Wedding Date Changed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Junebug Weddings: 5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Wedding Industry During COVID-19

Ruffled Blog :Stuck at home? Here’s your 14-day Virtual Wedding Planning Bootcamp

HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES

Get Creative with Brit + Co : Take advantage of free online classes through 04/09.

Zen out on Headspace: Take a minute to breathe and try Headspace for free.

Dance and get your heart rate up with The Class : Try two weeks for free.

Connect and chat with family and friends on Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime.

Take a listen to a good health + wellness podcast.

Master the art of cooking at home.

It’s okay to lay on the couch! Binge watch these shows.

Start a virtual book club with friends or family.

Take virtual museum tours at world famous galleries.


Photo by Alp & Isle

Top 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged!

It’s that time of year – so many engagements happen during the holiday season, and we love it! So you’re engaged, now what?

Well first of all, congratulations! Being engaged is an incredibly exciting time, and we want you and your partner to soak it up! You may be eager to jump into planning your big day but have found it to be an overwhelming process. Not to worry! We have compiled our top 5 things to do after you get engaged to keep you stress-free and on track as you kick off your planning.

xo, Calluna


Top 5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged

-1- Enjoy it! Life is short, and this can be overlooked! You just got engaged – this is a big deal!! Take some time to celebrate alone together before your family and friends are in on the celebration. This is about the lifetime commitment you made to each other. We’re cheers-ing to you and all of the celebrations to come!

-2- Insure your bling. Chances are, your ring was a big investment. It will give you both some peace of mind knowing that your ring is insured. This is also a good opportunity to resize your band if needed so it has the perfect fit!

-3- Set your budget. An open and honest discussion about your wedding budget and priorities is important early on in the planning process. Where do you want to focus your investment? What are your non-negotiables – music, venue, florals? Whatever it may be, set realistic expectations together about what you’re comfortable spending on your big day. Regardless of the type of vendor, the more concrete you can be about your budget the more productive the conversation!

-4- Set up a gift registry (or two). Time to “shop” – this part is so fun! Now that you’re engaged, your friends and family are going to start talking about showers, engagement parties and the like. Your registry isn’t just for the big day! It’s a long process, so don’t feel overwhelmed to do everything at once. Add a few things here and there as you find what you love and it’ll be full in no time! You can register with specific retailers but we love Zola as it acts as hub for all wishlist items in one place. Kitchenware not your thing? Aside from classic items, you can get outside the box with your registry.  Think anywhere from honeymoon fund, donation to a cause close to your hearts, “group gifting” of a larger investment and so much more!

-5- Consider hiring a wedding planner. Well, hey – we may be biased but this is important! A wedding planner can be your greatest asset as your advocate, advisor, negotiator, coordinator, manager of your vision, and more! We can think of a thousand reasons to hire a planner, but here are just a few.


Vendor Love (feature image)

Photographer | Rachel Havel

5 Tips for Styling Flat Lays – Featuring Your Invitation Suite

Flat lays are a great way to show off your invitation suite, paper goods, treasured heirlooms you might be wearing on your wedding day, or jewelry. Read on below for 5 tips on styling a fantastic flat lay!

Xo, Calluna


Background

This is your base and sets the tone for the flat lay! A crisp white background is always a safe choice that will be the supporting role for what you are trying to feature. The background is also a way to bring in different patterns and character to the photos! 

Accessories 

Accessories are another great way to bring in different textures to give the eye multiple things to look at. These can include silk ribbons, velvet ring boxes, different props that match your wedding feel, and lastly florals! 

Layering 

Going off of using textures for interest, layering different components and props to bring in height can also provide the same effect. Giving the eye multiple things to look at using textures and heights creates a sensory overload in the best way. The textures bring in a tactile sense while height and different levels will give it depth – even as a flat lay! While it is a styled flat lay, layering your props can give it that effortlessly chic “this ribbon just fell in perfect tendrils across the paper” feel. 

Color Palette

Choosing a color palette will also help dictate the style and mood of your wedding. You can use different hues of the same color for a chic monochromatic look, or use complementary colors to provide contrast and bring in an interesting pop of color. This is where you can have a lot of fun and play around with different ideas!

Composition

Use different compositions to show off your details! Whether it’s an entire overview of your suite, or a close up of the paper or jewelry, a great composition can highlight all the ideas you’ve put into your designs while showcasing the calligrapher or illustrator’s work. Some composition ideas include using a grid, leaving negative space, ordered chaos, rule of thirds, and so much more!

See how some of our incredible photographer friends styled flat lays for our Calluna brides!

Amy Caroline Photography-Calluna-Events-stationery-Sweet-Zion-Paperie

Photo | Amy Caroline Photography

Designed by | Sweet Zion Paperie

Cassie Rosch Watercolor Graphic Invitation Suite

Photo | Cassie Rosch Photography

Laura Murray Watercolor Invitation Suite Flat Lay

Photo | Laura Murray

Design | Lana’s Shop

Alp and Isle Flat Lay Calluna Events

Photo + Featured Photo | Alp & Isle

 

Demistifying the Wedding Invitation Suite | A Checklist to Curating your Wedding Invitations

We love a beautifully designed invitation suite! But we get questions on what to include in your invitations. Today’s Coffee with Calluna will break down what each component in an invitation suite is, and how to elevate and customize your suite! Hopefully this will help you determine what you may or may not need when designing your suite!

 

Xo, Calluna


The Components

Invitation Card

Invitation cards are the primary card that gives your guests all of the importation information about your wedding. These can also set the tone, and dictate the style of the celebration. This card should hit the four essential questions – the who, what, when, and where. (The why is pretty obvious). You can also include other information on this card, like dress codes, your website, or where you’re registered.

Response Card

Response cards are super important if you’re not using an online RSVP system. An RSVP / response card will confirm if a guest is attending or not. It also is a great way to let guests know if they are allowed a plus one, and what food option they prefer if you are having a plated dinner. These typically should be sent with a small or inner envelope addressed back to you with postage included.

Reception Card

Reception cards contain all the additional information about the wedding reception that you want your guests to know. If not already addressed in the invitation card, this is where you can put the dress code, location – if it’s a separate venue from your ceremony site, directions or a map, accommodations, transportation.

Enclosure Cards

Enclosure cards are used for any additional wedding event – such as a brunch, rehearsal dinner, or other wedding party activities. This is also another place you can state your wedding website and registry if it’s not on the invitation card.

Add ons

Belly bands, twine, loose florals, wax seal, customized stamp, vellum enclosure, silk ribbons, and envelope liners are just some ways to elevate your suite! You can add personalizations unique to your wedding with a hand illustrated envelope liner, or a wax seal of your monogram. 

 

We love gushing over how some of our Calluna brides brought their invitation suite together – inspiration station below!

Nate Shepard Calluna Events Invitation Flat Lay

Paper Suite Designed by Etiquette Design Co |Photo by Nate Shepard Photo

Calluna Events Alp and Isle Invitation Flat Lay

Paper Suite Designed by Jolie & Co | Photo by: Alp & Isle

Laura Murray Calluna Events Invitation Flat Lay

Paper Suite  Designed by by A Fabulous Fete | Photo by: Laura Murray


Feature Image Paper Suite Designed by Jolie & Co | Photo by: Alp & Isle

2016 Calluna Events Recap!

Another year has passed as we sit down to reflect on all the incredible moments we’ve witnessed and accomplishments we have from 2016. As always we are grateful for the work we are able to do each and every day for our clients and with the incredibly talented wedding and event community in Colorado.

2016 marked our 13th year in business and we are humbled and ever so grateful that we continue to be a part of the wonderful world of events. At the start of this new year we are excited for the couples whose weddings we are planning for 2017 and for all the newly engaged couples who have been reaching out! We are continually inspired, challenged, and motivated to do incredible things and be the best we can be!

2016 was a wonderful year for Calluna Events and we are honored to share our incredible highlights with you!

Our Work:

The Applause: 

Calluna Events in the wedding world:

Coffee with Calluna :: save the dates, wedding photography & Rose!

We are excited to start our Coffee with Calluna series. Each week we’ll answer questions we receive on from our readers. Send your questions about weddings, style, fashion, or anything really and we’ll answer them!

For our first Coffee with Calluna we present these questions from some #callunabrides!

 1. How early should I send save the dates? We say 6-9 months prior. 9 months for sure if you are getting married over a holiday weekend. 

2. Is it better for me to hire a photography company who includes one photographer or two?  This is a great question! We typically feel like having two photographers on the day of the wedding is better than one. However some of the photographers we work with like are the Main/Lead photographer and prefer to capture all the images and if they bring a 2nd photographer the 2nd is there to capture details and other shots but the main photographer is wanting to be the priority person capturing.   The main disadvantage of this is the main/lead photographer has to be with the ladies getting ready and then with the guys getting ready so the timeline can get pushed out a bit. If there are two Lead shooters then the lead photographer is often with the bride getting ready when the 2nd is with the groom getting ready. Both photographers can capture different angles during the ceremony (the bride walking down the aisle with your Dad, the groom seeing the bride for the first time). A 2nd shooter allows the Lead to focus on main shots and then the 2nd gets details or other angles.  When the lead is doing family and wedding party formals the 2nd can be capturing the reception details. That said some of the best photographers prefer to only work by themselves and then bring in 2nd shooters more as assistants. 

3. We are going into the fall is it still ok to serve rose at my wedding? Of course! Rose is acceptable any time of the year really. You might serve rose or sparkling rose during the cocktail hour and then move to a sparkling wine or champagne during the toast to round out the offerings. 

Want to have your questions answered! Send them to hello@callunaevents.com!

xx, Calluna

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