Posts tagged wedding planner
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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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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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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