Patina Preferred, a new face in Denver’s vintage rental scene, comes out of the gate strong with this styled shoot at The Studios at Overland Crossing. Typically when vintage rentals are involved in a wedding or styled shoot, the intended look is shabby chic. The items are heavily layered, intentionally mismatched, and paired with rustic elements. By contrast, today’s shoot uses vintage in an industrial setting and offers a clean, hip, and colorful take on stylish items from the past. Local favorite Urban Safari Photography was an ideal choice for such a crisp and bold set of displays. The overall result is a cute and curated set of looks for a styled shoot meets catalog of sorts. I am really impressed by the uniqueness of some of the items used in styling this shoot. I found myself repeatedly wishing I owned that lantern, table, pink candelabra…the super sexy typewriter used for the guest book. I could go on, but let’s move on shall we? Enjoy the inventory of Patina Preferred in action and check out more on their site!
[Editor’s Note: Forgive me for the number of images but I’m a fool for wedding decor and enjoy straight forward inspiration pictures for my readers. Occasionally I love skipping the “middle man” of a full wedding and getting right to the eye candy. This shoot just offered so many great vignettes!]
Decor and Styling: Patina Preferred | Photography: Urban Safari Photography | Location: The Studios at Overland Crossing | Dress: BHLDN
Rocky.Mountain.National.Park…am I right folks? It’s crazy beautiful and just hanging out west of Denver like it’s no big deal. And it’s not even threatening to blow up like certain National Parks to the north! To say that we in Colorado are lucky is an understatement. A backdrop like RMNP is pretty special. But because of my stance on keeping Photo Ops Project locations distinctive, I rarely get to share with you a great Rocky Mountain National Park engagement shoot. Instead today I bring to you something a little different: A one year anniversary shoot. See how I cheated there?
What’s better than getting to wear your dress a year later, especially when you made it yourself? You might do a double take and think that it’s Zooey Deschanel in these photos like we did when we saw the bride. [Editor’s Note: I totally did!] This couple got married during a snow storm in March so they were eager for a second chance at some photos. A year later the bride slipped into her own designed and handcrafted wedding dress and we headed to the mountains for an intimate shoot.[…]This doesn’t fit a traditional category for a wedding shoot. Sometimes I think brides forget that if they have options if the weather doesn’t cooperate on their wedding day. Here in Colorado the weather can be so unpredictable and can cause a lot of stress for brides. This couple made the best of their wedding day (during a snowstorm) and decided a year later they wanted to try again for some outdoors pictures in RMNP. Because the pressure was off for a ceremony or making it to a reception they were able to relax and enjoy each other. – Sarah Porter, Photographer
Sarah brings up a great point. If Colorado sends you a curve ball on your wedding day, there is nothing saying that you can’t think outside the box for a re-do. Heck, if I had the money I would have rocked out a shoot every weekend until I outgrew the dress! What a great thing to have extra wedding photos with a backdrop like that, the golden light of a sunny day, and a great photographer to make sure the photos never need another redo!
Submitted by Sarah Porter Photography
Bride: Ali, 22
Groom: Austin, 24
Date: May 8, 2015
Location: Sanctuary Golf Course
I think this is the first wedding that I’ve posted where it isn’t just the couple in the header image. But I loved the shot of these crazy kids with their umbrellas. Rainy day weddings are always so beautiful in photographs but this one has something extra cool going for it…FOG! I love the portrait session on the foggy golf course. It creates this really vogue feeling that I dig big time. Ali and Austin’s Sanctuary Golf Course wedding, is a classy, Tiffany Blue dream. A modern wedding with great modern details.
Ali and Austin were high school sweethearts. They dated through college with periods of long distance but didn’t let it phase them because they still saw each other frequently. So it was bound to be a little harder when they were slated to spend an entire summer apart while Ali was living in Germany. To kick start her summer abroad, her family met up with her for a 2 week European vacation.
We began our adventure on the San Marco Plaza, one of the most iconic spots of Venice. As we were walking, all of sudden my mom goes, ‘Is that Austin?’ Through the crowds of people I see my handsome man standing by a church with his suitcase behind him and I run over to tackle him! I instantly became emotional and questioning non-stop, ‘What? Why? How?’ since I wasn’t expecting to see him for 10 weeks. He holds me away from him and says, ‘Quiet! Let me talk…’ A few short minutes and he was on one knee surprising me with a proposal in Venice, Italy!
After many tears and hugs with my family, it was too many surprises for my heart to handle… I later heard the whole story over an Italian dinner on the plaza of how my parents and [Austin] had planned this surprise for months and not even my twin sister or little brother, who were on the trip with us, had any idea! Austin spent the rest of the vacation with us in Austria and then they dropped me off in Germany for my internship :) – Ali
- Their wedding colors were Tiffany Blue, white and anthracite grey.
- The Tiffany theme was also apparent in the Tiffany box cakes that served as centerpieces at half the tables. “I wanted something fun and unique for the centerpieces and these were beautiful and edible!” explained Ali.
- A stone entryway at the venue was decorated with a photo timeline of the couple’s relationship.
- Their tables numbers were pictures of them growing up, with images of them at the same age side by side.
The Best Part:
[The best part was] the speeches! It is so special to see what your family and bridal party have to say about your relationship that you may have never heard before! – Ali
- Bridal Processional: “Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran
- First Dance: “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
Want more? See Ali and Austin’s engagement session a la canoe here.
Venue and Catering: Sanctuary Golf Course | Photographer: Melissa Yocum Photography | Bridal Gown: Mariel Boutique | Groom(smen) Attire: Combat Gentlemen | Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal | Rings: Jared (bride) and Hyde Park (groom) | Cake: Gâteaux | Floral Design: The Garden Path | Stationery: Papyrus
When a stellar local photographer who has been courted by major magazines decides to publish her own, y’all better stand up and take notice! The expert eye behind RebeccaMarie Photography is stepping into another set of shoes (no doubt sexy heels) as editor in chief of Novelty Bride Magazine. I absolutely can not wait to see the results her efforts. Focusing on style and fashion with an emphasis on weddings, it should be a great addition to the arsenal of reading material for savvy brides and industry professionals alike. And with RebeccaMarie at the helm, you can bet that the imagery of the magazine will be nothing short of drool-inducing. The Novelty Bride team of writers and editors is shaping up nicely and it’s bound to be a good one.
So what could be better than being at the opening of a haute new publication? Well, the proceeds from this party go to a great cause – young burn victims at Children’s Hospital Colorado via the Colorado Firefighter Calendar charity. So go support a good cause, local publication, and all around fun time TODAY at POINT Gallery. Buy tickets online or at the door. Click here or the flier below to buy tickets! See you there!
Novelty Bride Magazine Launch Party
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:00PM
POINT Gallery – 765 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, Co 80204
Tickets | Event Facebook Page | Magazine Site | Novelty Bride Facebook | RebeccaMarie on ACC
When the very first image of this shoot hit my inbox I fell in love…hard. And when I opened up the whole gallery I had a mini-heart attack. It’s just soooo good! I love bold use of color so this one is right up my alley. The styling is divine without question and the model is out of this world beautiful. I’m struggling to decide if her eyes are more amazing in color or black and white where they take on a haunting glow that pierces right through you. There isn’t a single thing I would change about this shoot! Bella Calla (as usual) knocks it out of the park with the bride’s bouquet and floral crown atop a beautiful hairstyle by Briana Altomare of Salon Breezy that features accentuated red highlights. Her statuesque posture with the plunging neckline on the dress is perfection and the longing intensity of her visage makes you think her heart is going to leap out of her chest (unobstructed by fabric of course). The metallic tattoos have been on my radar for awhile and I predict they will be huge in the coming seasons. They are a major focal point that resonate strongly in color or monochromac photographs. Which brings me to photographs. OMG. These photographs. Stori H. Photography is new to me but made one hell of a first impression. So editorial. So deep and interesting. That shot of the bride reaching toward the umbrella with the crazy sky behind her…forget about it! The one of her back with that tattoos…if I could give it an award I would. It’s no wonder that the photographer is delighted with the results:
I had a vision pop into my head one day of a natural metallic boho bride. I wanted to keep the beauty and naturalism of nature by using natural landscapes around me, a beautiful floral bouquet, and a natural red-head model. I also wanted the juxtaposition of metallic and un-natural details which I accomplished by adding bigger jewelry, metallic tattoos, shimmery makeup, and brighter red hi-lights in the models hair. I absolutely LOVE how my vision came together with the help of an amazing HMU and florist. I feel like we accomplished exactly what I wanted and had an amazing time doing it. – Stori Heleen, Stori H. Photography
Photography: Stori H. Photography | Venue: The Stone House | Floral Design: Bella Calla | Hair and Makeup: Salon Breezy
Bride: Anna, 26 – Marketing
Groom: Kaulin, 26 – Entrepreneur
Date: May 24, 2014
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton
Fun little anecdote here. I have been all over this wedding and didn’t realize it. As I was working on this post, I didn’t notice that I’m also working on publishing their engagement shoot (and it’s goooood) until I saw their dog! I recognized the dog and not the gorgeous couple. What is wrong with me? Also, as I was going through the pictures to make the album, I was floored to see that I’ve already published her bouquet as part of Floral Fridays! Crazy huh? But perhaps you will see this all as foreshadowing for this post because it’s so damn good that all the vendors involved want to show it off. Everything that Anna and Kaulin touch is gold and that is never more apparent than in their Botanic Gardens at Chatfield wedding. This DIY-intensive love-fest has thought put into every single detail. Plus you have a crazy perfect couple and a dog that has more personality than most people’s children. I agonized over the album and whittled it down to 45 pictures/collages. Normally my max is 30. I considered doing a two-parter. I seriously couldn’t help myself because there is no redundancy in this album! No room to cut the fat! Every moment/setting/detail of their wedding is worth sharing! So stick it through to the end because there is bound to be inspiration for you throughout the album. And look out for their adorable RV engagement shoot very soon!
Our paths crossed numerous times growing up but we never truly met until our freshman year of college at Colorado State University where we lived on the same hall in Westfall Dormitory. We were both dating other people and it wasn’t until our Senior years that we began dating. My best friend (and future maid of honor) insisted I go on a date with Kaulin after we bumped into each other one night. I didn’t date much so I was a little wary but agreed to go based on her strong recommendation. Kaulin and I went on our first date to my favorite Fort Collins pub, Lucky Joe’s where we had a couple beers and talked for hours. Before I knew it we were hanging out nearly every day- many times just studying together at the library or at his house. Kaulin graduated a semester earlier than me and I was scared our relationship wouldn’t last once he moved to Lakewood since we wouldn’t see each other very often. He proved me wrong and drove up to Fort Collins two to three times per week to see me! We dated for a few year spending much of our time snowboarding, camping, and fishing.
On December 15th, 2012 Kaulin asked me to marry him! It was a strangely warm December and we hadn’t gotten any snow so he asked me if I wanted to go for a hike. He drove us all the way up Loveland Pass and asked if I wanted to climb to the top (something I had always wanted to do!) so we got out and made our way to the top of the mountain. Just as he was getting down on one knee, the first snowflakes started falling! I was so surprised and happy I don’t think I could even tell you his words to me! I just remember being so overjoyed and the feeling of the cold flakes hitting my face as happy tears streamed down my cheeks! We made our way down the mountain and he took me to Keystone Resort for the weekend. We had a beautiful dinner at the Alpenglow Stube which is located at the very top of the mountain. It was absolutely perfect getting engaged where we had spent so much of our time when we were dating! – Anna
- DIY to the max! Invitations, menus, seating cards/favors, seating card display garden, wire basket centerpieces, table numbers, wishing tree, snack table, and signs. Talk about a personal touch!
- A great deal of the vintage decor props were actually items from their home.
- The sign at the entrance to the open air chapel says “Kaulin and Anna” with their wedding date on one side and “Waldner” with an established date on the side facing the ceremony. They go in a couple of people and leave a family. I love this idea!
- Kaulin’s mother made 300 cake pops for the reception! (Note: I just made like 30 for my son’s birthday party and that woman is a rock star!)
- The snack table featured popped corn and pretzels with a homemade sign saying, “He POPPED the question and they tied the KNOT”. Punny. ;)
- The guest book was a wish “tree” where the guests wrote their best wishes and pinned them to a ribbon display.
- The seating cards/favors were seed packets that were displayed in an upcycled pallet turned planter with moss.
- They had a tree planting ceremony that included their mothers.
- Something Old and Blue: A ring from Anna’s grandmother that was the first gift received from her grandfather | Something Borrowed: A cross necklace from her other grandmother | Something New: Locket that was a gift from her brother | The two necklaces were wrapped around the handle of her bouquet
The Best Part:
Marrying my best friend and the love of my life of course!!! Honestly, even though we had insane weather (torrential downpour, hail, tornado warnings….) it was an absolutely perfect day! We had so much fun and it was amazing being with all the people we love! Everyone was worried I would be upset about the weather but it just ended up making our day that much more memorable! – Anna
- Bridal Processional: “You Look Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton (Instrumental Cover)
- Photo Slideshow: “Home” – Philip Philips
- Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw
- First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
- Last Dance: “Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Photographer: Willow Noavi Photography | Event Coordination and Floral Design: Quintessential Weddings and Events | Bridal Gown: Carlisle’s of Pittsburg | Bridesmaid Attire: Venus Bridals | Hair and Makeup: Brian Cruz, Tribe Salon | Rings: Shane | Cake: Kat’s Suite Cakes | Catering: Tony’s Market | DJ: Yeti Entertainment | Officiate: Jim Coleman, Bear Creek Presbyterian Church
(And last but not least, one of the most beautiful ring shots ever. It really didn’t fit anywhere else:)
Bride: Lesley, 30
Groom: John David (JD), 37
Date: August 15, 2014
Location: Four Seasons, Denver
Lesley and JD’s Four Seasons Denver wedding is pure beauty. I love the way that photographs can tell a story. In this case, you can see the weather related stress in the early photos and the relief they feel when the sun comes out. The light washes away their anxiety and leaves them looking excited and renewed. It is that same beautiful photography that makes this post’s album a tad longer than usual. The images I received from Preston Utley are so complex in their composition that reducing their size for collages simply made it too difficult to appreciate all that was going on in the shots. Take time to drink them in. The contemporary setting of this wedding, in addition to the wet surfaces of the once rainy day, provided a ton of opportunities for him to utilize reflective surfaces for magical images. In so doing, you see multiple angles of the same subjects all at once. Like he created a collage for me right in the camera. Their tender moments as a couple are among my favorites here on the blog. And I’m pretty sure the shot of Lesley from behind as she looks out the window is a dress-makers dream come true (holy perfect figure Batman).
And that’s just the stills! The movie at end of the post by K Hodge Films adds an even greater element of understanding to this day. You can see the twinkling of the lights that are such an elemental part of the reception. You gain much insight into what their reception felt like to their guests. I love all of their somewhat awkward and therefore very real moments. These kids have major class but still seem down to earth. What a wonderful day! Congratulations Lesley and JD!
JD and I met where we grew up, in Colorado Springs, CO. The only difference was when we met, we never thought we would date. JD was in high school and on the soccer team with my brother, meanwhile I was still in elementary school. But as fate would have it, we later connected in our adult years while living in Boulder, CO. After years of close friendship, we finally crossed the friends line in May 2009, almost a year after I moved back to Colorado.
After 4 years of dating, JD got the courage to ask my dad for his blessing. Little did my dad or I know, it would take him almost 6 months from then to pop the question. That must have been one hard secret to keep! The summer of our 4 year anniversary we took a European vacation where we visited Paris and Tuscany, Italy. I always plan our trips since that’s my personality; but this time I told JD I was going to plan Paris since I’ve been there before, and he was going to handle Italy, since he had traveled there before. Plus his older sister Kim used to live there and still had connections. JD took his task to the next level and all I was told is “my sister can hook you up with half off at the Prada outlet and a free place for us to stay in Arezzo”; and that’s all I needed to hear! JD and his sister ended up planning a romantic dinner for us at her friend’s restaurant in Arezzo, where JD proposed over champagne while sitting in the piazza. – Lesley
- The day had a Tuscan vibe with a bright white, minimal feel. The food stayed in the same theme with made to order pastas, pizza, charcuterie, cheese, and tiramisu cake layers.
- Instead of doing a formal, sit-down affair, they chose to keep things feeling like a cocktail party with lounge areas and high top tables.
- Tables featured pre-selected “Table Topic” cards to get the guests mingling.
- “JD and I have both lost special loved ones in our lives so we lit 2 red tea candles on the guest book table. The red was to mimic the tea candles we lit together at Sacre Coeur the day after we got engaged. I was later told by a medium that the spirits knew what the candles represented (we did not place signage for others to know the meaning).” – Lesley
- The guest book was comprised of little notes of advice given to the couple that they could include in their wedding scrap book.
- The song Lesley chose to surprise her dad with for the father/daughter dance is a special song for them. In fact, he told the flower girls that on the way down to the wedding as he played it in the car! What a fun surprise!
- Something Old: Pink pearl bracelet | Something New: Dress and accessories | Something Borrowed: Yellow diamond drop earrings were borrowed from her “Bonus Mom” | Something Blue: Shoes
The Best Part:
Seeing JD for the first time and watching the surprised look on his face as he said, ‘You look so beautiful, can I touch you?’ (Wanting to go in for a hug.) My second favorite part and probably an equal first, was the time spent with my dad. He had great childhood memories and words of wisdom to share that he continued to speak as he walked me down the aisle. It brought tears to my eyes and I could barely hold it together when he placed my hand in JD’s to give me away. – Lesley
- Recessional: “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (rewritten for guital and cello)
- First Dance: “Is This Love” – Bob Marley, Covered by Corinne Bailey Rae
- Father/Daughter Dance: “Groovin'” – Young Rascals
If you still want more, their event planners, Calluna Events, did a great job of covering their engagement session and wedding with posts on their blog. They include some images that I didn’t receive from the photographer but totally love – double rainbow all the way!!
Venue: Four Seasons Denver | Event Planner: Calluna Events | Photographer: Preston Utley | Videography: K Hodge Films | Bridal Gown: Annais Bridal via Emma & Grace | Veil, Garter, Belt: Mayra (custom) at Emma & Grace | Shoes: Kate Spade | Crystal Hairpiece: Chrysanth | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Mineral Blends | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulakate via Bella Bridesmaids | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang via Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Creative Gold | Floral Design and Rentals: The Perfect Petal | Lighting: LMD Productions | Musicians: Columbine Entertainment
Please enjoy their wedding movie highlights by K Hodge Films:
Bride: Ashley, 29 – Marketing
Groom: Nick, 31 – Land Surveyor
Date: June 7, 2014
Location: Dunafon Castle, Ideldale
I’ve been wanting to feature a wedding at Dunafon Castle for a long time! It’s such a great venue. Who doesn’t want that fairy tale moment at a castle? This place is a perfect backdrop for every kind of wedding from Renaissance themed to Modern. It’s just that neat. Ashley and Nick’s Dunafon Castle wedding falls right in the middle with classic details and a chapel length veil, but also a cute Colorado theme that finds it right at home here on ACC.
We met in 2009 when I was in Fort Collins for a conference. A coworker of mine knew Nick (her boyfriend was his good friend) so we all went out for dinner and drinks. The next week we all went to a Rockies game and we had our “official” first date on June 27, 2009.
Our engagement story was pretty original and totally us! We love being outdoors hiking, fly fishing, camping, and we bought gold pans to try that out. So one Sunday morning (May 19, 2013 to be exact), Nick got up and packed us lunch, got Murphy, our golden retriever, ready and asked if we could go gold panning. We loaded up our Jeep and headed up to Clear Creek. While we were gold-panning, Nick told me he saw something in the water. I was thinking yeah right, but went over to see what he found. When I got close, I saw there was a diamond ring. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My first thought (after saying yes and being shocked!) was that he didn’t ask my dad. He could read my thoughts and said he wasn’t playing golf yesterday (he was supposed to be with a friend), but that he drove two hours to ask my dad’s permission. I had NO idea when I got up that morning that he was going to ask me to spend the rest of our lives together. – Ashley
- The couple cut down the branches for their super unique centerpieces. Each table is, of course, named after a Fourteener.
- They also DIYed the programs, save-the-dates, invitations, menus, and signs. (Busy!)
- Their favors were Ashley’s mom’s sugar cookies and Ashley wore her mother’s pearls.
- Believe it or not, the cake pops and stand were made by a friend!
- Their signature drink was Stranahan’s Whiskey (straight up and “over the Rockies”)
- Ashley walked down the aisle to the same song as her parents used for their first dance. <3
- Something Old: The handkerchief that wrapped the bouquet was cut from her MIL’s wedding gown | Something Borrowed: The veil belonged to her cousin – the MOH | Something Blue: She wore her grandmother’s aquamarine ring (love that ring btw…)
The Best Part:
I had two favorite parts. The first: Nick and I didn’t see each other before we got married. I was really nervous waiting, but once I walked out and saw his face I knew everything was going to be okay. I felt so lucky and grateful to have my closest friends and family there to watch me marry the man of my dreams and my best friend. The second was our dance. We danced to a Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan song (Girl from the North Country) under the lite gazebo. It was so romantic and beautiful. I am not a good dancer and was really nervous about this, but once I was up there I felt like it was just Nick and I loved it! – Ashley
- Bridal Processional: “Annie’s Song” (Instrumental) – John Denver
- Final Song – “Your Song” – Elton John
- Classic rock was big on the list for this couple with other major moments accompanied by the likes of Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.
Venue: Dunafon Castle | Photography: Jesse La Plante Photography | Day of Coordination: Annie Schumacher, Dunafon Castle | Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones via Anna Be | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair: Lindsay Appel Hair Design | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kate Spade | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Shane | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Catering: Relish Catering and Events | Floral Design: Crab Apple Creek Flowers | Invitation Graphic Design: Jennifer Deiley | Guestbook and Card Box: Colorado Joes
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