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Winter Styled Shoot - Snowy Colorado Wedding, Part 1

Sara Brown

You know that feeling you get in the Southwest Airlines boarding line? One of chaos and juggling and regret for not checking in earlier? And then accomplished satisfaction after successfully stuffing five bags into two? Ya, that's where I was when I got a call from Holly at Love Letters Floral Design. She found my website and wanted to connect.

By some small miracle, my frazzled answer didn't turn her off. We met for coffee. I loved her from the start as a florist and person.

Not one month later we were together again, shooting a wintery, soft, Colorado mountain wedding styled shoot.

What ensued in between that Southwest line and shoot day was a wonderful collaboration between some seriously talented Colorado wedding vendors. We brainstormed, scratched ideas, revised and revised some more. The process stretched me and made me grow as a designer, planner and human and I'm so happy I've connected with these wonderful vendors who I now call friends. (For a complete list and reasons why I love them, scroll down.)

We broke our shoot out into two distinct pieces - playful, laid-back by day and romantic candlelit by night. All of it was based on the new 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, some Colorado Mountain love, warm, hospitable vibes, and a touch of sparkle.

So with that, I give you part one of our snowy Colorado mountain wedding - by day. 


Thank you to these fabulous wedding vendors for their collaboration and contribution to this shoot:

Venue:  - Granby Ranch
Granby Ranch was hand picked for this shoot, and I must say, we were patting ourselves on the back for a job well done. Boasting a cozy lodge and spectacular, breathtaking views, Granby Ranch is just what so many mountain brides are looking for. Plus, the genuine and helpful care from the staff is icing on this glorious, snowy cake.

Photographer: Chris Loring Photography
Chris is lovely and kind and it only takes a few minutes to see her true passion for weddings and photography bubble over. I loved they way she thought through every decision from the lens (ha!) of her art. She made us all better designers, planners, florists, etc because of it, and I am sure her brides feel the same. 

Floral Design: Love Letters Floral Design
Holly is creativity at its finest. Her lovely bouquets are truly a work of art, and she isn't afraid to be adventurous and try new things. Case in point: this wintery bridal bouquet incorporated some usual suspects (to-die-for peonies, white ranunculus, and cotton) with a surprising pop of homemade peppermint bark!

Wedding Dress: a&be
I didn't want to leave a&be after spending an afternoon there assembling the bridal look. Not only does natural light pour in through each window, the shop is also on-point and unassuming and lovely. Bonus: you'll find dresses here hand crafted in the United States.

Papers: Blue Ink Studios
Haley from Blue Ink Studios did a masterful job on all of our paper goods! She hand drew a menu, place cards, invitation, reply card, envelope and signage. All were printed on delicious and uber thick paper. Bravo!

Rentals (flatware and candlesticks): UltraPom Event Rentals
Carolyn at Ultra Pom is a family friend of my husband's and I as so excited when she decided to join us for this shoot. Her eye for design trickles over into every piece she acquires. She provided the flatware and mis-matched candlesticks for this shoot. 

Table Rental: Old Wood Soul
Old Wood Soul is a newlywed team who hand crafts these beautiful farmhouse tables from re-claimed wood. The table featured in this shoot is the high plains drifter, crafted from planks that were once snow drift guards in Eastern Colorado.

Cupcakes: Goldmine Cupcakes
Sara at Goldmine Cupcakes creates artful, delicious cupcakes. To match our winter theme, she brought along flavors including Cinnamon Spice, Diamond White and Choconilla.

Hair and Makeup: Kari Jordan
We commissioned Kari to give our bride a look that was playful, romantic and yet relate-able. She translated these adjectives into a beautiful a soft look that we were proud to share.

Bridal Accessories: EMY Bridal Designs
When Liz came on board with our shoot, she provided us with oodles of glittery goodness. It was so hard to choose! In the end we landed on a beautiful head piece and wonderfully detailed belt for our bride.

Event Planning and Design: Me!

Stay tuned for Part 2, by night, soon.