Have you ever said to yourself, “Man, that is the chicest yurt I’ve ever seen!” Me either…until I got this submission that is! For this bridal party girls getaway weekend shoot, the style team headed to Piney River Ranch and transformed their yurt into something pretty much gorgeous. The natural light, white walls, and blond wood that were already pleasant at the mountain retreat provided a perfect backdrop for a neutral, spa-like getaway. An invitation suite that matches the greenery, colors, and mood of the setup gives potential bridesmaids a glimpse of what they can expect. The lounge area is welcoming with libations, fruits, and a pancake cake! Inviting floral arrangements bring life to all the right places in the yurt while still letting its natural style show through. Guests are met with baskets of spa day supplies and fun little invitations saying, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Certainly a grand gesture to pop the question to your bridal party! I think this type of setup would also be ideal for a relaxing bachelorette party for those who seek something a little more grown up that drinking and strippers. I wish I were at Piney River Ranch today having a spa party and drinking a cocktail! A girl can dream…
Venue: Piney River Ranch | Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Planning, Design, Stationery, Hair and Makeup: Janie Rocek | Pancake Cake: Cindy Rocek | Floral Design: Lace and Lilies
When I stumbled upon Melissa Mullins’s milk bath boudoir, I was gobstopped. The milk bath concept is a genius one and her photography skills are just incredible. Boudoir in itself is so beautiful but milk bath boudoir is a million times more beautiful yet. The super tight shots (made necessary by the size of the pool) feel that much more intimate. The models’ bodies emerging from the fluid seem otherworldly like a person appearing in a thick fog. The opacity of the liquid allows a sculpting quality that is magically slimming – showcasing only the parts and amounts of the body that flatter most while obscuring any others. Liquid’s tendencies toward surface tension mean that the milk creates incredibly soft curves and dips around the body. The overall effect is brilliantly feminine, graceful, and smooth; even when funkier elements like color, confetti, or cherries are added. The last image from this set is magic. I want to blow it up and put in my house it’s so perfect! So if you want to document this time in your life, create something unexpected for that special someone on your wedding day, or hell…have the coolest trash the dress ever…call up Melissa Mullins Photography stat!
Submitted by Melissa Mullins Portraits
I’m so in love with Melissa’s work that I asked to share some other examples! Not only does she excel at standard boudoir photography, her milk bath and underwater sessions are novel and sensationally artistic. And the black and whites just take things to another level of artistic. I’m kind of a fan-girl now. I’m not ashamed to say it!
My favorite styled shoots are those that tell a story. It is so interesting to see how a concept can be conveyed in a short series of still photos. To see the details that are chosen to complete the mood. In this case, every single little detail is just beautifully chosen. Even the arrangement of the fig and greenery on the plate is a testament the thought that was put into the smallest things and continuity of style. The “bride” is gorgeous beyond belief and a perfect form for two incredible dresses and lots of pretty accessories! There isn’t a thing that I would change stylistically about this shoot. The only thing that eludes me is the absence of her partner. But I think that the fun of telling a story through images is that, much like a book, your mind is allowed to interpret what you see. For me the feeling is somber at times; like a lover lost but fond memories remaining. To the creators, it was a little bit more upbeat: (hehe)
The autumn day in the mountains starts with our lovely wife getting a picnic basket ready. She puts on her wedding dress to relive her big day with boots and a jacket. While she packs up the suitcase full of goodies for her picnic, she jots a little note for her husband. In it she writes ‘We walked up this path before, now we are walking up this path again together. Happy Anniversary My Love.’
She walks up a path to the perfect picnic spot where he had proposed to her years ago and gets everything set up. A bouquet of gathered flowers and a breakfast picnic with coffee and sweet baked goods. The idea was to create a story line that brought a feeling of love with a touch of autumn. A style shoot with a focus on a love story that brought them to another happy anniversary. – Kimberly Weber Photography
Bride: Lauren, 31 – Event Coordinator | Groom: Eric, 33 – Fulfillment Manager
Date: June 22, 2015 | Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park
Man alive if I’m not getting submissions with the best groom reactions lately! It makes me curl up into a little ball in front of my laptop and let out uncontrollable “awwwwwws”. Eric responds so strongly to seeing Lauren – not once, but twice! You can’t fake that kind of love. Here we have a couple with a long history who have been apart and back together. And even after half their lifetimes of knowing one another, they have butterflies at the sight of each other on such an important day. In love like a couple of high schoolers. To be fair, it did start that way…
Eric and I are high school sweethearts. We actually met in Juarez, Mexico on a mission trip building houses. We were together the last few years of high school and parted ways Eric’s second year in college. I always knew we had something special. He was always the one I would think about for years to come. It was about 10 years later when we could finally admit we could not live without the other and decided to get back together. Eric moved out to Colorado, I went snowboarding with my brothers, extended my trip to hang with Eric and moved out here two weeks later. – Lauren
In Loving Memory:
We were married on Eric’s late mother’s birthday to honor her. Eric’s mom passed about 8 years ago, I was always very close with her (we actually believe she is the one who brought us back together). Eric had my ring made from hers and Eric’s dad actually flew the minister out who preformed Judy’s memorial service to officiate our wedding. We look at this as full circle. There is a picture from the ceremony that one of our guests took where there is a beam of light shining down on my head (we know this was Judy)! – Lauren
The Best Part:
My favorite part of our wedding was has to be the “first look” with Eric. All day there was so much excitement and emotion that having that moment where it was just us was so special. We met on top of the mountain in the trees where Britany captured everything! I was running a few minutes late and Eric later joked with me he was worried I wasn’t going to show up. I really encourage couples to allow themselves this moment. It is something I will remember forever. The moment I saw him all the nervousness went away, my baby. – Lauren
Venue and Catering: YMCA of the Rockies | Photographer and Hair/Makeup: Alchemy Creative | Bridal Gown, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Folchis, Cincinnati | Cake: The Dessert Stand | Flowers: Costco | Rentals: Allwell Rents | DJ and Lighting: Bill Neese Productions
Having watched my mother make candy during the holidays, I have an enormous appreciation for the difficult job of confectioners. Candy is a fine art and not even remotely forgiving. If things aren’t at the perfect temperature; the texture, color, or flavor can be ruined. Worse yet, they may not even set up! To innovate with recipes is daring but local confectioner Toute Douceur plays with fire, making creative chocolate masterpieces and old favorites alike. For this wedding spread, Toute Douceur provided the following tasty selections:
Drunken Pumpkins – A creamy pumpkin filling made with Bulleit Bourbon and a milk chocolate shell.
Butterscotch Truffles – A chewy, hand rolled butterscotch center dipped in milk chocolate with sea salt on top
Peanut Butter Cups – Classic peanut butter center in a chocolate shell
‘Shot in the Dark’ Caramels – A chewy espresso caramel center made with local Coda espresso, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a toasted espresso bean
St. Germain and Basil Truffles – Fresh basil and St. Germain white chocolate ganache in a white chocolate shell.
Chocolates by Toute Douceur | Photography by Megan Shaw Photography
What makes a talented floral designer’s work stand out from…well…everything else; is that it can make you stop, examine, and FEEL something. Floral design is an art form involving an understanding of the way that colors, shapes, and textures play together. This exquisitely textured bouquet gets its qualities from multiple varieties of eucalyptus. Not only does this bouquet make me want to stop, examine, and bathe in the romance; I want to stick my face in that bouquet and take in what I can only imagine is an intoxicating scent. Yum!
Contents: Succulents, O’hara garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, willow eucalyptus, Eucalyptus gunii, seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus, scabiosa pods, and wax flower.
Floral Design: Fleur Décor | Photography: Laura Murray Photography
All photos by Melissa Sue Photography
Bride: Nikki, 26 – Hairstylist | Groom: Phil, 25 – Firefighter/Paramedic
Date: September 12, 2015 | Location: Ellis Ranch Event Center
You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there. – Katherine Heigl as Jane, “27 Dresses”
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that my favorite part of this wedding is also the couple’s favorite. Phil’s reaction to seeing Nikki’s walk down the aisle brings me so much joy. That’s the moment. The one that sets the stage for the truly important aspect of the day – the ceremony. I sincerely hope that hey never lose that joy in seeing each other because it’s inspiring for sure!
Phil and I met online in the summer of 2011. We had such an amazing connection that on our first date, that was supposed to be just dinner, turned into a 5 hour long conversation about everything under the sun! By chance we became an official item that September 11th. Fast forward 3 years on a Caribbean cruise vacation with friends, Phil being the classic gentleman that he is, got down on one knee (in suspenders and a bow tie I may add!) and asked me to be his wife! Best vacation ever!!!! – Nikki
- “During the ceremony we wanted to include some of Phil’s Scottish heritage by incorporating hand fasting and drinking whiskey out of a Scottish cup called a Quaich. The Quaich was custom made in Ireland that had the Ross family crest engraved into the cup. These two options were FAR more appealing to me as Phil’s first request was to wear a kilt!” – Nikki
- Even though September 11th was an important date to the couple, they chose the 12th to get married to honor Phil’s fellow firefighters who were lost on that day. The DJ even put on a slide show to thank Phil and other first responders for their service. *Sniffle*
- A fabulous horse drawn carriage brought Nikki to the ceremony and delivered the newlyweds to their photo session after.
- Their dog, Dodge, was one of the cutest ring bearers ever.
- The couple gave individually packaged S’more kits as favors.
- The couple created their own centerpieces. I LOVE the unusual use of lanterns as vases and shadow boxes!
- Phil’s boutonniere sports rustic cotton/cotton pod and a shotgun shell base.
- Nikki’s maid of honor wore a different color than the other bridesmaids to highlight her position.
The Best Part:
My favorite part was seeing Phil wave at me as we rode past him in the carriage. And then of course seeing his face and the way he was smiling at me while walking towards him down the aisle. Phil’s favorite part was seeing me walk down the aisle and realizing that his life would be forever changed for the better. – Nikki
Still want more? You can see more of this adorable couple in their engagement session!
Venue: Ellis Ranch Event Center | Photographer: Melissa Sue Photography | Dress and Hair Comb: Maggie Sottero via The Bridal Connection | Hair: Taylor Roberts from Halcyon Salon | Makeup: Kayleigh David, Blondies Beauty Shop | Groom’s Attire: JC Penny and The Tie Bar | Rings: Snyder Jewelers | Cake: Romana Cake House | Caterer: Famous Dave’s BBQ | Floral Design: D’ee Angelic Rose Florist | Rentals: Cherished Events
Bride: Lindsay | Groom: Matthew
Date: September 19, 2015 | Location: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver
I can imagine few cooler places in the Denver area for the contemporary couple to get married than The Denver Museum of Nature and Science. If you are quirky, it doesn’t get any better than having your wedding in the wildlife halls. If you’re elegant, the atria are a fantastic mix of old and new architecture. But if you want one of the absolutely best views of Denver, the west side of the building with non-stop windows is where it’s at! This DMNS wedding is utterly gorgeous from start to finish and captures everything that is magical about modern day Denver. Working with Mark Christopher Weddings and Events, the couple created a wedding that is clean and elegant – acting only to embellish an already incredible venue and view. I can see why many couple go with shades of blue at this location because it really does play up the sky and the mountains. And I’m not sure if couples who enjoy this venue simply choose incredible, artistic photographers or if the venue itself inspires such creativity, but images from DMNS weddings are always among my favorites! Enjoy your eye candy folks!
We met through a mutual friend in 2012 at a barbecue. We chatted for most of the night and ended up making a bet that cost Matt a couple of dollars. Instead of paying up, Matt asked me out for dinner the following day, which ended up being a much better deal for me. Almost exactly two years later, Matt had plans to propose at the Denver Botanic Gardens while the Dale Chihuly exhibit was featured as a nod to my hometown of Seattle. He took a solo trip the week before to scope out his top options for locations. On the night of the proposal, we had to walk past several of his selections before finding a quiet bench in the middle of the park. After the successful proposal, we enjoyed the rest of the exhibit before having a champagne picnic in neighboring Cheeseman Park. I was too excited to drink much of the champagne, but it was still the perfect end to the evening. – Lindsay
- Matthew’s sister, Kate, officiated the wedding.
- “We chose the Museum of Nature and Science as our venue for several reasons: it’s in our neighborhood and the site of many of our evening walks with our dog Abby, it offers an unparalleled view of the Denver skyline, and having the ceremony on the Sky Terrace let us take advantage of the gorgeous Denver weather.” – Lindsay
- Matt wore a bow tie to honor his late father (the rest of the groomsmen wore straight ties)
- A henna artist recreated the lace on Lindsay’s dress in icing on the cake!
- The couple’s guestbook was a custom puzzle with the Denver skyline.
- Lindsay and Matt got ready at the Magnolia Hotel and did their first look and portraits around the stylish Renaissance Hotel Denver Downtown.
The Best Part:
We talked about this the day after the wedding and both said the same thing – the ceremony. We wrote our own vows and hadn’t shared them ahead of time, so hearing them for the first time on the wedding day was really special.
- Processional: “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey, Covered by a String Quartet
- Recessional: “Best of My Love” – The Emotions
- Father-Daughter Dance: “Wild World” – Cat Stevens
- Mother-Son Dance: “It Happens in a Heartbeat” – Teresa James
- First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
Venue: Denver Museum of Nature and Science | Photographer: Camara Photography | Event Planning: Mark Christopher Weddings and Events | Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones | Hair: Wendy Smith Weber, Revolver Salon | Makeup: Erin Black, Lincoln and Dakota Salon | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Rings: Jay Feder Jewelers | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Floral Design: Bella Calla | Rentals: Linen Hero
This lovely cake reminds me of my own wedding dress! It features square tiers iced in flawlessly smooth buttercream with fondant lace appliques, ribbon roses, and a fondant bow. How elegant!
Cake Designed by Cake Works
Flowers. Dripping in flowers! Lush and gorgeous! I love bohemian weddings because they are a floral masterpiece every time. The boho bridal style is so soft and feminine. Ashley Kidder of Urban Safari Photography strayed from her normal, bold style for a dreamy all-film shoot that totally fit the bill. A slew of incredibly talented vendors layered on the details for a heady, daydream feeling. But I will let the creator describe it because, frankly, she’s very good at it! (Fellow blogger)
This shoot was created entirely on the basis of a certain type of film: Kodak Portra 160, which creates soft pink undertones in its images, flawless skin coloring and ultra-refined grain control. Of all the possible wedding/bridal themes out there, I knew boho would be the perfect, romantic fit for this type of film.After I had decided on my style for the shoot, it was easy to choose the remaining vendors. Villa Parker was the perfect venue, as its Mediterranean coloring and architecture blended flawlessly with our tablescape and model. Its lush grounds […] added gorgeous contrast to our set.For our floral design, The Olive and Poppy provided a fresh mix of eucalyptus branches, carpe diem roses and carnations; keeping with our color palette of dusty pinks, soft peaches and faded forest green. Our bride’s bouquet cascaded flawlessly down the front, and we added in a cuffed arm band for a little something different. Lissy Alyse Designs crafted our paper, and I love that she added in the subtle colorings of rich lavender and sumptuous teal throughout the invites, escort cards and menu. Feathers provided a bit of flair to the watercolor-inspired stationery suite.Our dress came from renowned Denver shop Emma & Grace Bridal Studio. We went with a sheath dress that featured delicate tulle, lace stitching and hand-crafted beadwork. Paired with a sparkling headpiece, we loved that this dress wasn’t an overstatement for an otherwise soft and romantic shoot.For our model, Katherine, we asked our hair and makeup team, Bronze and Beautiful, to create a windswept look that wasn’t stiff or restrictive. Katherine has stunningly long blonde hair, and her natural blush makeup complemented her skin tones and hair perfectly.Event Rents provided us with a tablescape that gave the shoot a wee bit of a rustic feel, with a set of rustic wooden chairs, fleur de lis white china, ivory linens and an almost-burlap-tablecloth, and mocha-colored glass chargers. Candelight Ambiance completed the look with a mixture of gold and brass lanterns, candelabras and votives.Our dessert feature of the shoot came from Kelley Kakes, who crafted a three-tier white cake with intricate fondant designs imitating the style of the dress from Emma & Grace. The cake was topped with handmade paper flowers and was a truly standout creation for this shoot.At the end of the shoot, the ShutterBus, a local photo booth sensation, arrived to finish off the evening. Nelly, the mint-green, 1978 VW bus, was the perfect addition to the shoot, which provided a bit of whimsy and an all-around fun feeling for the shoot. – Ashley Kidder, Urban Safari Photography
Venue: Villa Parker | Photographer and Designer: Urban Safari Photography, Ltd. | Decor: Candlelight Ambiance | Bridal Gown: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio | Makeup Artist: Bronze and Beautiful | Equipment Rentals: Event Rents | Paper Goods: Felicity Allyse-Floral & Paper Artistry | Cake Designer: Kelley Kakes | Floral Designer: The Olive and Poppy | Photo Booth: The ShutterBus