Winter Wedding Floral Trend: More Green, Please

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.
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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.

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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.

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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 

Bridal Beauty Trend :: Make Up on Your Wedding Day

We love getting the chance to sit down with our vendors to get the inside scoop! Especially the vendors that are involved in beautifying the bride and the bridal party! Most recently, we sat down with some top notch make up artists – Ashley from Ashley Smith Beauty, Kristin from Bleu and Willow Beauty, and we even heard Emmy from Sage Studio Salon! We loved everything these amazing artists had to say about tips for you on your wedding day, and we know you will too!

These two artists are among our favorite make up artists to use and we would certainly recommend these lovely ladies for your big day!  So if you don’t have a make up artists yet for that special day all of us from Calluna would give Ashley, Kristin, and Emmy two thumbs up! xx, Calluna


Tell us about your favorite traditional bridal style.

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From Kristin: Timeless Look: “My favorite traditional bridal style would have to be a wedding that encompasses timeless elegance and classic trends that never go out of style. I absolutely love traditional color palettes such as ivory, gray, and gold that also incorporate lush, full ivory blooms! I believe that every bride radiates timeless elegance and this to me, is the most fabulous bridal style!”

From Ashley: The Natural Look: “I love doing bridal looks that are soft and natural but enhance the brides features. I think that the bride should look like herself on her wedding day, just a more enhanced version. I always recommend getting lashes because that is one way to bring out her eyes in photos. Make up is so important because, you want to look back at your photos and love the way you looked on your special day. I love using Mirabella make up which is a mineral based line because of it’s flawless and natural finish. The bride should be wearing that make up, the make up should not be wearing her!”

Tell us about a fun new trend you are seeing.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 2.50.13 PMFrom Kristin: A Floral Color Palette: “I absolutely love florals! There is something so magical about beautiful, plush blooms throughout the room. I love soft, saturated palettes of orange and peach that resemble “freshly gathered from the garden.” Locally grown, seasonal, flowers for your wedding are an excellent way to incorporate the eco-conscious, style-savvy trend!”

From Ashley: Emerging Techniques: “This season brides have been all about highlighting and contouring, which is not a new make up technique. Brides are more aware of this technique because of it’s popularity on social media. Highlighting and contouring can be a great way to define you facial structure and deter from any problem areas. This technique can also be overdone and make the bride look patchy in photos if done incorrectly. Blending is key! I love using Mirabella’s Bronzed to contour. It is easy to control and build beautiful true color. It can be used on the cheeks as well as eyes! To highlight, I love using Mirabella’s Brilliant. It is a blush and highlighter in one!”


What do you wish you could tell your bride to do leading up to the big day?

From Kristin: A Crucial Skincare Regimen: “There are several things I would tell my bride prior to her wedding regarding her skincare regimen and makeup. First, I would tell her to begin a good skincare regimen about 6 month prior to the big day. This might include monthly, facials, peels, or microdermabrasion. If she has an acne or rosacea issues, it is important to consult with the proper skincare professional ie, an esthetician or dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan.”

From Ashley: A Clean Diet: “The bride should be drinking lots of water and eating clean. Avoid eating a lot of dairy, salt and sugar. Those three food categories cause the most breakouts and inflammation. The bride should avoid getting any skin treatments within ten days of her big day!”

How crucial are make up trials?

meigan+canfieldFrom Kristin: A worry free trial: “I think makeup trials are extremely helpful as there are many women who are concerned with the amount of makeup they will be wearing the day of. It’s important for a bride to feel comfortable and look like herself on her wedding day, but also have a the correct  amount of makeup applied for optimal results in regard to professional pictures. There is a delicate balance between the two and a makeup trial can definitely ease the concerns a bride might have! Lastly, I would tell my bride to revel in the joy of the time before the wedding because it is absolutely wonderful!!”

From Ashley: A transparent trial: “Make up trials are a must before the wedding! It gives me and the bride a chance to come up with a plan, so that there are no surprises or miscommunications the day of her wedding. I also suggest creating a Pinterest board for inspiration, and bringing that in on the day of the trial.”

From Emmy: A happy medium trial: ” Make up, always I like to have a trial. How much or how little is natural to a person varies very strongly. This way the bride and myself feel more comfortable having it locked down beforehand. Going home with it and getting a reaction out of their fiancé is great too because then we can tweak of need be so that he still sees you how he sees you everyday but a more polished version. I’ve learned a lot of men prefer their finances without make up so its finding that happy medium.”


Cover photo provided by the lovely Sage Studio Salon | Photos throughout provides by both Bleu and Willow Beauty as well as Ashley Smith Beauty


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