Meaghan + Jon | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Where do we even begin with Meaghan + Jon’s wedding day? Meaghan may have earned top spot as our most carefree and adventurous brides of all time. It was clear why Jon fell in love with such a fun-loving, free-spirited, and good-natured woman. Their wedding day was so many lovely things wrapped into one.

To start the day, these two had such a meaningful ceremony. We so loved the attention and focus on the importance of family, on their absolutely adorable son Henry (who LOVED giving everyone hugs), and on two becoming one. All of their guests were in awe of the magic that is River Bend. The cliffs that hug the property and the gently flowing river running alongside the cocktail hour is, well, pure magic. Guests grabbed cocktails and dipped their feet in the river to cool off on the warm summer evening.

Meaghan was stunning in her Hayley Paige dress—- but don’t let the wedding dress fool you! She was game to take off her shoes and play around in the river for some of our favorite bridal shots captured by the talented Ashley Tiedgen. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your couples enjoy the night to the fullest and be immersed in all of the moments of their special day.

They had a casual and delicious BBQ dinner by Lulu’s Catering. Their guest tables incorporated an inviting mix of candlelight, greenery and some beautiful patterned plates and gold flatware by Colorado Party Rentals. Instead of a garter toss they did a beer toss (opened beer - so fun).

Cheers to many, many more years of happiness, Meaghan, Jon + Henry! We were so honored to be a part of your wedding day and would do it all over again if we could!

Venue: River Bend 

Photography: Ashley Tiedgen Photography

Floral Design: Boulder Blooms

Live Music: Paul Vincent Frost  // Mason Town 

Rentals: Harvest Table Company + Colorado Party Rentals 

Catering + Bartending: LuLu's BBQ 

Dress Shop // Dress: A & Bé Denver // Hayley Paige

Hair/Makeup: Artistry (Hilary) + Verbal Hire (Kaylee)

Dessert - Nothing Bundt Cakes + Sweet Cow Ice Cream Truck

Transportation: Premier Charters

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Brit + Zach | Lyons Farmette, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

It was the perfect day for Brit + Zach and these two were clearly head over heels for each other. From the “first moment” together to twirling around in the gardens at sunset, their photos showcase their love in the sweetest way. A big thanks to Brittany of Alchemy Creative for the wonderful images of their day. Brit is about as sweet as they come and their day was filled with all of the good kinds of emotion. A favorite moment for us had to be the first look she had with her father— I think it had all of us in tears!

Though the morning brought a little rain, in true Colorado fashion, the weather cleared just as guests started to arrive to the Farmette. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn and dinner under the stars.

Their day incorporated so many lovely details for that perfect farm wedding day— including Betty the Beverage Burro who delivers ice cold beer to guests in cocktail hour. All while wearing a flower crown— seriously. The best.

GB Culinary rocked a fabulous farm-to-table meal (if you’ve not heard of these guys, check them out). From the family style dinner to homemade cookies served with Little Man ice cream for dessert, they bring such love into all of the food they serve. Post-dinner, all the guests enjoyed an ice cream sandwich {with a side of whiskey, of course) as they danced the night away.

We might even go as far as to say, it was a perfect wedding. Brit + Zach, we adore you two! Thank you for being such wonderful clients and for allowing us to be a part of your day.

Venue: Lyons Farmette

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Alchemy Creative

Floral Design: Farmette Flowers

Catering: GB Culinary

Bartending: Garnish Bartending

Rentals: House of Yonder // All Events

Dessert: Little Man Ice Cream + GB Culinary

Tables: Harvest Table Company

Band: The Fever

Hair + Makeup: Ember Hairstream

Videography: Andrew Nease Video

Betty the Beverage Burro

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Christine + Rob | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Ahhh, Christine + Rob. From the very start, this was a day filled with smiles, laughter, love and one of the nicest couples EVER (seriously, Rob made a point to remember the name of every single vendor/staff person on site…..and there were A LOT. We were impressed). Christine and Rob are clearly and madly in love with each other. They are also incredibly cool creatives with an eye for detail and a love of good drinks, good music and good food. What’s not to adore about them?

The amazingly talented Cassie Rosch is to thank for all of the below images— and, boy, was it hard to choose our favorites when every photo was SO GOOD. Christine + Rob’s day was perfect. They played in the river together. They snuggled up in a tiny home for some of the cutest photos. There were piggy back rides. There was plenty of laughter. There was a banner that read “I want to be with you everywhere” made by one of C+R’s close friends. There were happy tears. There were personalized camp cups for each guest. There was dancing under the stars. There were late night freshly fried caramel-filled churros (we admittedly ate more than one).

Chuey FU and Basic Kneads provided the meal— a perfectly fun mix of wood-fired pizzas and Latin/Asian fusion dishes. Did we mention the churros? Ah, yes. We did. Well they were worth mentioning again. When we think back to Christine + Rob’s day, we can’t help but smile. As we say goodbye to the summer weddings and hello to the Fall, we know we’ll be blessed with more fantastic couples, memorable days, and reminders that we truly do have the best jobs ever.

Venue: River Bend

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Cassie Rosch

Floral Design: Farmette Flowers

Catering: Basic Kneads + Chuey FU

Bartending: Garnish Bartending

Tables: Harvest Table Company

Dress: Rish Bridal

Dress Shop: A&Bé Bridal

Makeup: Beth Walker Makeup

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Shelby + Andy | The Lyons Farmette, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

We have so. much. love. for Shelby + Andy. We initially chatted with Shelby last summer and understood the feel her and Andy were going for immediately. An outdoor farm wedding, food truck, beautiful personal touches, and a whole lot of fun surrounded by family. In fact, their day was so family-centric—I don’t think we’ve ever seen a more musically talented bunch than the Black family! Shelby had her sisters sing for her ceremony entrance and her other siblings played guitar and sang for their first dances. Andy’s father officiated and their fathers and uncles then prayed over them during the ceremony.

Shelby has such a great vision and incorporated so many personal details into their day. The groom’s father built the gorgeous octagon arch you see in the photos below. Her guest tables were adorned with slate plates, vintage blue and blush goblets, hexagon tiles notating guest seats, and knotted napkins. The bride also made gold geometric shapes that were hung around the tent and used as centerpieces down the middle of the guest tables. The bridesmaids wore THE CUTEST matching fringed orange robes as they shared laughs and champagne with Shelby. One of our favorite personal touches was the mini-tipi that Shelby got to surprise her flower girls. After it was discovered, I don’t think they left it the entire night!

Shelby + Andy’s day was pure magic! Thanks for letting us be a part of it, you two! Xo.

Venue: The Lyons Farmette

Photography: Sarah Joy Photo

Planning: root + gather events

Floral Design: Farmette Flowers

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Dress: Rue de Seine Bridal

Catering: Mountain Crust

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Denver Fitness Week | Denver, CO | Colorado Event Planner + Designer

We had such a fantastic time designing the space for Denver Fitness Week's kickoff party this past May. This event takes place annually and sells out-- so be sure to get your tickets early! It is inspired by Denver's insanely awesome fitness scene and aims to highlight Denver's top fitness studios by offering discounted classes to it's attendees all week long. As a bit of a fitness lover myself (my mother is a personal trainer and I grew up running after her power walking everywhere), we jumped at the opportunity to help them bring color and fun to their kickoff event hosted at Skylight.828. 

Our inspiration was those fantastic 80's fitness videos--you know 'em, you love 'em. We wanted to make the room fun and vibrant while leaving plenty of space for 150+ fitness lovers to sweat it out! We designed these fun and quirky neon signs displaying each of the 3 fitness instructors names, had the lovely Handsome Love Calligraphy create the long banners signs with inspirational fitness quotes, and incorporated uplighting by the fabulous Elite Entertainment to really make them pop. 

Three fabulous instructors traded spots leading all 150 attendees in a group workout. Sound Off Colorado provided the beats via headphones provided to every guest. KEEL Vodka teamed up with Brew Dr. Kombucha to offer fantastic libations and Vega provided some delicious smoothies on the patio post-workout.

We highly recommend you check out this great event if you're in the Denver area! Huge shoutout to all of the amazing sponsors and volunteers who make this event a success. Denver, Colorado is a pretty happening place. Now check out all the fun photos from the event below! 

Venue: Skylight.828 

Design: root + gather events

Sponsors: KEEL Vodka, Hydrate IV Bar, RX Bar, Vega, No CowBrew Dr. Kombucha, sweat style, FitLo, Kite Hill, Fabletics , VitaCoco, SheOP

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Kristen + Dan | The Barn at Raccoon Creek | Colorado Wedding Planner

Kristen + Dan were married on a sunny, warm Colorado afternoon at The Barn at Raccoon Creek. When we first met these two (and Kristen's parents), it was an instant connection. We knew they were going for a unique day that was all their own, understood their vision and wanted to help them bring it to life. From the smallest details (incorporating Kristen's dad woodworking skills into the day) to these two choosing to walk down the aisle together hand in hand, we loved everything about their wedding-- it was so uniquely K+D. 

Cheers, guys! We wish you all the best in married life! 

Planning: root + gather events 

Venue: The Barn at Raccoon Creek

Photography: Ali + Garrett

Floral Design: Veldkamp's Flowers

DJ/Lighting/Drapery: Elite Entertainment

Dessert: Hotbox Donuts 

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Gabriella + Lou | Lyons Farmette | Colorado Wedding Planner

Gabriella + Lou --where do we even start?!  These two are the epitome of vibrant + FUN. From our first initial meeting over coffee, we knew we wanted to work with them to help design their big day. When it came to designing their Lyons Farmette wedding day, they didn't shy away from color one bit (which makes our hearts happy)! We loved helping them to create a beautifully unique and colorful day that was all their own-- from custom signage and invitations to stunningly bright floral arrangements adorning their guest tables and arch-- this day was the perfect fiesta! There was even a surprise flash mob planned by the bride's sister and an appearance of the groom's motorcycle for some of the cutest couple portraits ever (did someone say custom jean jacket!?). Thank you a million times over, Gabriella + Lou, for letting us be a part of your magical day! We'd do it all over again if we could.    

Planning: root + gather events 

Photography: Callie Hobbs Photography 

Venue: Lyons Farmette 

Catering: Butcher & The Blonde

Floral Design: Farmette Flowers 

Stationary + Signage: Stefanie Hofmeister 

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Our Picks: Top Signature Cocktails of 2018 | Colorado Wedding Planner

We know the dilemma. You have to host a bar for 150 of your closest friends and family and are searching for that perfect signature cocktail to wow them. How do you please everybody? We understand it can be overwhelming trying to find the right recipes to offer! We've pulled together a short list of our top 3 signature drinks recipes of the season and a couple tips and tricks to make the bar planning easier on you too. 

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