Introducing our Newest Event Planner + Marketing Specialist, Jenna Leigh Frum!

We’re so excited to welcome Jenna Leigh Frum to the Calluna Events team as our newest Event Planner + Marketing Specialist!

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Jenna graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications and Entrepreneurship and launched her career in finance as a marketing specialist for a wealth management group in Los Angeles. She fell in love with the events industry after her sister’s wedding in Santa Barbara and quickly found her calling when she landed a job as an event coordinator at Annie Campbell, a full-service catering and party planning boutique in Hollywood known for planning events for Goop, Ralph Lauren, Glow Recipe and more! Driven by her desire to be closer to the wedding industry, Jenna took a role as a bridal stylist and marketing specialist for Casablanca Bridal in Newport Beach and most recently served as an event planner at Amorology Weddings in San Diego, a luxury full-service event coordination and styling company, prior to moving to Colorado!

Jenna is very excited to bring all her creative energy and passion for storytelling through events and marketing to the Calluna Crew!

More about Jenna!

Okay – now for some good ole’ fashioned rapid fire:

Photography | Kristin Karkoska at Blue Sky Studio

The Wedding Guest Book: Three Fun & Unique Ideas

A guest book is a fantastic way to look back and remember all of the family and friends who shared your special day with you. Traditionally, couples use a guest book to document sweet notes and wishes from their wedding guests, and while we love tradition, we also love when couples mix it up. We have compiled a list of our favorite unique guest book ideas that will appeal to all types of couples. With these fresh and creative takes on the wedding guest book, you and your hubby will look fondly upon your wedding day for years to come.

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


 The Photo Guest Book: Your guests are already dressed up for the occasion, so why not document how fabulous they look with a photo guest book? Have guests snap their own pics on polaroid cameras, or have a photo-booth set up with fun props! We absolutely adored Annie & Thomas’ polaroid display at their Summer 2015 St Julien Wedding!

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography


The Video Guest Book: Technology has become a huge part of weddings, and many couples are choosing to incorporate modern elements into their celebration. We love the idea of a video guest book where guests can leave a special message for the newlyweds. Not only will it capture the heartfelt emotions of your guests but you can also watch it for years to come!

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Photography Credit: One Love Photography 


The Interactive Guest Book: Giving your guests an opportunity to have a little fun with your guest book is a great way to start the party! We adore the idea of a puzzle guest book, where each party-goer signs a piece of the big puzzle. You can get the puzzle pieces custom made or monogrammed at sites like Bella Puzzles Shop or Beaucoup, to make it more personal. We also love the idea of fitting your guest book to the theme of your celebration…Having a mountain wedding? Have guests sign beautiful rocks that you can keep in your future home. Getting married on a sandy beach? Pick out shells with your future spouse and have each guest sign a beautiful shell.

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Photo Credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat (upper via Real Simple ||  Kelly Ewell Photography (lower)


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

The Do’s & Dont’s Of Social Media at Weddings

To tweet or not to tweet? Social media has become a huge part of our lives, and a significant part of the wedding world. Whether you chose to have a celebration full of instagrams, tweets and snapchats or a technology free day, there are most definitely some guidelines we think are important to follow as the host and as the guest. We have compiled a list of the essential Do’s & Don’t of social media at weddings to give you the inside scoop on when its okay to snap and post!


For the Bride & Groom:

DO come up with a hashtag. Using a hashtag for your wedding is a great way to capture all of the special moments that occur throughout the wedding in one place. Some of our #callunacouples have been tremendously creative like #hailtothekings from Annie and Thomas King’s gorgeous wedding last summer at the St. Julien, #oliveuforever from Mari-Katherine and Tomas’ Greek-Spanish bash up in Craig, and #exchangingvauxs from Molly and Nick’s mountain wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch. Make sure to include the hashtag you pick on your wedding website, save the dates or invites to get the word out there!

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DON’T post your engagement on social media before telling your loved ones. Facebook and other social media platforms may be the easiest way to spread your exciting news but your parents, siblings, and grandparents will most likely appreciate hearing the news from you first. After you’ve talked to them, feel free to post away!

DO be clear with your guests. Some couples chose to go technology free while others love the idea of sharing their day with the world. If you have specific guidelines about how you want social media to be used, make sure you share that information with your guests to ensure that there is no miscommunication.

DON’T overshare. Being engaged and getting married are exciting times, but you want to be weary of sharing specific details like the cost of things. While everyone is undoubtedly excited for you, keep things internet appropriate.

Photo Credit: Heather Gray Photography 


For the Guests:

DO post lots of pics, but make sure you have the bride and grooms permission before posting any pictures of them.

DON’T be on your phone the entire evening. While social media can be an amazing way to connect and share all of the special moments of the wedding, make sure to be present and enjoy the celebration around you.

DO take a group selfie. A group selfie is a great way to get the crowd relaxed and ready for a fun night. Squeeze all your loved ones into a big photo and look back on the moment with laughter. Yes, we all thought we would never own a selfie stick but sometimes they come in handy!

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DONT get in the way of the professional photographer. While you may be beyond excited to share some of your fabulous pictures with the world, make sure the bride and groom get the shots they need.

Expert Tips: Hiring a photo booth for the big day? Look at for companies that can post the pictures directly to facebook like The Vanity Booth Co. Not only will you have a blast taking goofy pictures but you wont have to worry about uploading a single thing! Want to utilize your hashtag and get everyones instagram pics in one place? Try out Artifact Uprising, they can turn instagram pictures into a beautiful book.

Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography


Featured Photo: Laura Murray Photography

Bending the Rules | 7 Wedding Traditions that Are Open to Interpretation

Weddings are packed full of traditions, many of which have become cherished among couples planning their nuptials. However, here at Calluna we believe that every couple should have the wedding of their dreams, whether that be the ultimate traditional wedding, or an alternative soiree. While etiquette and traditions are important, we love when we see our couples bend the rules to fit their flavor and style.

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


The Dress: Many brides still rock a fabulous white wedding dress on their big day, but don’t be afraid to do something different if this isn’t your desired look. Not ready to take the full colored wedding dress plunge? Add a pop of color to your dress by adding a sash or fabulous coat. We fell in love with Page’s blush gown and Emma’s gorgeous dress.

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Photo Credit: Kate Holstein (top) || James Christianson (bottom)


The Bill: If we’re chatting with Emily Post (the queen of everything etiquette), tradition delegates the responsibility of the wedding to the Bride’s parents and Rehearsal Dinner to the Groom’s. If your parents or future in laws are so gracious to sign the bill, that is wonderful! As with all things, as we progress we see versatility when it comes to managing the budget. Maybe you and your future hubby have a budget set and want to split it evenly. Maybe you set up a honeymoon fund instead of a registry. Maybe both sets of parents split equally. Whatever the way, we recommend setting expectations up front to avoid any tricky and tense conversations.

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Photo Credit:Jenna Walker Photography


The Bridesmaids: Gone are the days where everything has to be perfectly matched. Though we love the look of the traditional matching maids, we are seeing some amazing bridesmaids trends that we simply adore. Some brides choose completely different dresses for each bridesmaid that accentuates the style and individuality of each bridesmaid. Not ready to give your girls completely different styles? Try choosing a color scheme but alternate the style of dress!

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Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Rachel Havel Photography (bottom)


The First Look: Traditionally, Brides aren’t supposed to see their future hubby until the moment they walk down the aisle. This one is a total personal choice for the couple, some brides like to see the surprise on their grooms face as they walk down the aisle, but other brides want to see their groom before and share special moments before your ceremony. If your style is the latter, than first look photos can definitely have their perks!

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Photo Credit: James Christianson (top) || Manzanita (bottom)


The Walk: Many brides choose to have their fathers walk them down the aisle on their big day. However, this is another tradition that we’ve seen open to interpretation. Whether you want both your parents to walk you down, a step parent, siblings, a loved one, or maybe you want to walk down solo… don’t be afraid to do it your way. Each bride has different family dynamics, and we think its great to embrace that!

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Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Rachel Havel (bottom)


The Bouquet Toss: Some couples love the traditional bouquet toss but others would rather mix up the tradition with other alternatives. If you don’t want to single out the singles at your wedding, try highlighting the couples that have been married the longest! We have seen anniversary dances that leave the longest married couple dancing till they are the last ones standing!

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography (top) || Tess Pace Photography (bottom)


The Cake: In the dessert department, some couples go for the traditional wedding cake that feeds all of the guests. While this is definitely an option, we love seeing the ways that some couples are coming up with alternatives. Some couples choose to get a small cake for cutting and feed the guests a variety of other fun sweet treats!

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Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Dawn Sparks (middle) || James Christianson (bottom)


Featured Image:: Laura Murray Photography

 

 

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