Posts tagged wedding inspiration
Insider Series | Meet Danielle DeFiore Photography

We may be a little biased, but Colorado has some of the most incredibly talented vendors around— which got us thinking. We wanted to showcase some of our favorites in the industry with a little Q&A session over cocktails! We’re kicking off our inaugural Insider Series with the amazing and talented Danielle DeFiore Photography.

Q: Tell us a little more about you, your business and what you do! 

I tend to give people the following quick pitch: I'm a full-time wedding, family, and portrait photographer and a part-time homesteader living on three acres just north of Denver. I got my first taste of Colorado on a trip to Telluride in 2003, and it didn't take long for me to make a permanent return—I moved up to the front range in 2007 and have been here ever since. I've photographed over 100 weddings in Colorado over the past eight years along with a handful of others across the country, but Colorado feels like my sweet spot. I'm deeply inspired by the never-ending natural beauty of this amazing state and the people and places connected to it. I'm a hybrid shooter—meaning I use both analog and digital film—and there's no greater honor to me than to play a role in a couple's celebration and help tell their story. 

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A Cozy, Fall Mountain Wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park | Black Canyon Inn + Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes Park, Colorado | Colorado Wedding Planner

Today, we’re flashing back to a seriously favorite r+g couple from Fall 2017. Krystyna + Blaise are awesome in every way— funny, creative, intelligent, and most importantly, know how to throw a good party. 

Our relationship with these two started a year earlier when we planned the wedding of Krystyna’s brother (and man of honor). We felt an instantly connection to their family, who are such warm and welcoming people, Naturally, we were thrilled when we found out we’d get to continue the fun + planning for another year with them. 

Krys + Blaise wanted that quintessential, cozy cabin feel for their wedding and we’re drawn to the beautiful venues of Black Canyon Inn and Twin Owls Steakhouse in Estes Park, Colorado. Colorado decided to hand us a particularly windy Fall day in the mountains— but Krys + Blaise were so happy to be marrying each other, a little wind wasn’t going to stop this celebration! Ironically enough, Krys has an incredibly fitting song choice to walk down the aisle to Blaise— “The Wind” by Cat Stevens. Foreshadowing or coincidence….we’ll never know. Their heartfelt ceremony was filled with meaningful moments; beautiful words from their siblings and a serenade by BOTH sets of parents with ukeleles. All of K+B’s closest friends and family cozied up with blankets to escape the chill and watch these two promise each other forever.

Guests we’re warmly greeted by a cocktail hour at the steakhouse. Roaring fireplaces and a selection of fantastic red wines were waiting for everyone that walked through the door. In addition to a wine aficionado, Blais is also a talented watercolor artist; a beautiful hand painted watercolor seating chart, place cards + table numbers directed guests to find their seats for dinner. As the evening continued, guests enjoyed a delicious meal from Twin Owls Steakhouse and more heartfelt toasts were given by all of the people that clearly love these two dearly. After that, it was time to party— and party they did!

Krystyna + Blaise are going on year two of marriage now— cheers, guys! We loved being a part of your day and we loved reliving it through these photos. Wishing you all the years of happiness ahead! Vendor team listed below.

Venues: Black Canyon Inn + Twin Owls Steakhouse

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Cassie Rosch

Floral Design: Fawn’s Leap

DJ: Standing Room Only

Catering + Rentals: Twin Owls Steakhouse

Watercolor Stationary + Place Cards: Blaise Treeson (groom)

Transportation: Grace Coachlines

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Jenny + Julio | A Moody, Fall-Inspired Wedding at the Breckenridge Nordic Center | Colorado Wedding Planner

Jenny + Julio’s Breckenridge wedding day was filled with all of the good things weddings should be filled with. Great food, great people, a great dance party, and a great couple. Of course, being surrounded by the beautiful Fall mountain scenery of Breckenridge certainly doesn’t hurt the equation either. When we started planning Jenny + Julio’s wedding with them, we could see their vision of a cozy and elegant fall wedding coming to life at Breckenridge Nordic Center.

Colorado brought it’s moody, fall weather out and the amazing Karra Leigh took full advantage of the fall colors and mountains shrouded in clouds. J+J’s first look took place up Boreas Pass and didn’t disappoint. Their first look shots may be some of our favorite from the day (but let’s be honest, it’s hard to pick when they are all just so good).

Annie of Waters Flowers designed a jaw-dropping arch and florals for the ceremony bursting with fall colors and textures which complemented the surrounds perfectly— but her work didn’t stop there. With the combination of the beautiful handmade place cards and hand-tied burgundy napkins by Hunt & Gather and the mix-and-match floral arrangements at each table, guests were welcomed into a cozy and inviting reception area. The wood burning fireplace in the lodge was beautifully covered with greenery which gave the feeling it had been there forever. Any remaining chill from the outdoor ceremony was quickly forgotten with a glass of champagne in hand and a roaring fire.

J"+J’s wedding was our first time working with Love Pop Experience but certainly not our last. Any couples in search of a creative and innovative catering company, look no further than Love Pop. The owner, Jeff, has an incredibly contagious passion for food and the experiences that food creates. HIs attention to detail and true love of what he does shines through in the presentation, the quality, and the fun his team clearly has together. Their interactive family style menu provided guests with a chance to chat, laugh, and collaborate together over dinner and drinks (we’re still dreaming about their slow roasted fall-off-the-bone chicken, actually). We also loved the beautifully done butcher-paper menu display that showcased the dinner to come.

The fun didn’t stop at dinner— Jenny = Julio opted for a dessert of made-to-order freshly fried mini donuts by The Dapper Doughnut which paired nicely with the coffee station offering lattes, americanos and french press coffee for guests. Jenny + Julio then kicked off the dance floor with a lovely choreographed dance routine that had everyone smiling.

We’ll continue to look back on J+J’s day with fond memories of them and the vendor team that made it a reality. We’re sharing a sampling of our favorite photos below and the teaser video by Basecamp Visual. We hope you enjoy looking through them as much as we did. Cheers, J+J! We know you’re destined for a lifetime of happiness together!

Venue: Breckenridge Nordic Center

Planning + Design: root + gather events

Photography: Karra Leigh Photo

Videography: Basecamp Visual

Floral Design: Waters Flowers

Rentals + Place Cards: Hunt & Gather Rentals

Catering + Coffee Bar: Love Pop Experience

DJ: Colorado Wedding Productions

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Darcy + Cory | The St Vrain, Longmont, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Today on the blog, we’re looking back on the gorgeous wedding of one of very own lead planners. Our girl Darcy loves a good party— which means she knows how to throw a good party. Darcy + Corey were married at The St Vrain in Longmont— an industrial, modern venue with well thought out touches everywhere you look. From their first look nook and stylish lounge seating to the cross-back chairs and wood farm tables, this place has it all. Naturally, it seemed like the perfect spot for them to make it official!

Darcy is the lead designer of root + gather events; she personally has a love for clean, minimalist designs which shown through in her own wedding design. We loved how all of her bridesmaids wore varying styles of white dresses alongside her stunning, customized lace wedding gown from Emma & Grace. Can we talk about that awesome lace-up deep v neckline for just a second?! 10/10.

To these two, candlelight was an important element to bring into their day Who doesn’t love dinner by candlelight to set the perfect romantic mood? Hundreds of candles lined their ceremony aisle and adorned their guest tables which created a cozy, inviting vibe for all of their closest friends and family. One of our favorite details had to be the European skull mount hanging above them as they exchanged vows which was softened by candlelight, crystal chandeliers, and the gorgeous dark wood backdrop at The St Vrain.

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted with pre-ceremony drinks— a glass of champagne or a Bud Light (hey, got to cover all of your guest preferences you know!). The evening continued into the beautiful basement level of The St Vrain for cocktail hour. With a built in bar, comfy furniture, and a heel-friendly outdoor courtyard, this venue let’s you utilize every inch of it’s gorgeous space for your event.

Of course, dancing was a priority for these guys and Cameron of 5280 Mobile DJ brought it for them! Darc + Corey danced the night away with their friends and family as they stepped into newly married life.

Congratulations, guys! We love you and couldn’t be more thrilled for you! Xo.

Awesome Vendor Team:

Venue: The St Vrain

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: EP Love

Floral Design: A Florae

HMU: Brooke Rock Beauty

Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

Invitation Suite: Stefanie Hofmeister

Catering: Sugar Pine Catering

Rentals: All Events

DJ: 5280 Mobile DJ

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Kate + Dustin | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

We l-o-v-e-d the vibe that Kate + Dustin had goin’ on for their wedding day. From the very start, we knew Kate + Dustin’s wedding would be unique and inclusive of all the right elements to personalize it to who they are (may we add— we totally dig who they are). Kate + Dustin showed up first thing in the afternoon to start erecting their tipi so they could exchange vows underneath it later that evening. This tipi held a lot of sentimental value to these two as well— Kate was actually living in it when Kate + Dustin first met. Seriously, how cute is that?

Family and friends came from around the country to join in their celebration and not a detail was missed— from the stunning flower arrangements to the sweetest little camper setup to the eclectic variety of beautiful lounge furniture nestled into cozy riverside spots for guests to enjoy. One of our favorite elements from the day had to be their DIY flower crown bar. It was open to their guests to create their own personal flower crowns and boutonnieres. Throw in some acoustic music and good cocktails, a delicious farm-to-table meal provided by the fab GB Culinary and a silent disco party to end the night and, well, we can see it doesn’t get much better than that.

Beyond the details and the party, these two were one of the most sweet, soft-spoken, and beautiful couples we’ve had the pleasure to work with. They really brought their every day life into their wedding day in full force. Their love of the outdoors and homegrown elements showed through in every detail. Kate + Dustin, we adore you! Serious gratitude for allowing us to play a part in such an incredible day! Cheers to many more years of happiness ahead!

Venue: River Bend

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: June Cochran

Florals: Plume & Furrow (bouquets, ceremony arrangements + centerpieces) + Red Daisy Farm (DIY flower crown bar)

Caterer: GB Culinary

Band: Mark Diamond Band

Silent Disco: Sound Down Party

Espresso Cart: Espresso Affair

Wedding Cake: Tee & Cakes

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

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Cora + Kendall | Lyons Farmette, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner


Cora + Kendall’s Farmette wedding day was the perfect embodiment of Fall— and a wedding that had been in the works for over 2 years. From the dark purple and burgundy hues of Cora’s bouquet to the cherry pie they served for dessert, their wedding included so many of the details we love. As a previous floral designer and current landscape designer, it was no surprise that Cora had such an incredible vision when it came to their wedding flowers—- and who better to knock it out of the park than Lace & Lilies?! Seriously. Be ready to swoon.

Both Cora + Kendall got their wedding day look from the fabulous Ember Hairstream— a mobile beauty parlor (the most adorably adorned vintage airstream) that offers on-site hair and makeup to brides in addition to barber services for the guys. Such a fabulous experience! The beautiful triangle arch was built by the bride’s father (and of course, would be repurposed later for some landscaping design in their own family yard)! The triangle shape was also symbolic as it tied into Cora + Kendall’s ring tattoos- which they opted for instead of traditional bands. We also adored the texture and definition that the pampas grass lining the aisle created for their ceremony. It was the perfect accompaniment to the hand built arch made from reclaimed lumber.

More fun details included signature cocktails— an Old Fashioned + a Floradora (a gin cocktail made with muddle raspberries and lime juice). Instead of doing a father/daughter dance, Cora and her dad sang “Teach Your Children” together which was so. sweet.

Cheers, Cora + Kendall! We loved being a part of your day! Fabulous vendor team listed below.

Venue: Lyons Farmette

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Jill Houser Photography

Floral Design: Lace & Lilies

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Dress: The Bridal Collection

Hair + Makeup - Ember Hairstream

Catering: Three Tomatoes

DJ: Colorado Wedding Productions

Dessert: Colorado Cherry Company + family

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