This week, the Revel + Bloom team was honored with 2013 NACE Legend Awards for both ‘Best Wedding′ and ‘Best Design and Decor‘ by the Denver chapter of National Association of Catering and Events for Laura and Mitch’s wedding at The Venue at Crooked Willow Farms. This unexpected honor is once again a reminder that we work in an industry full of amazing event professionals that can collaborate together and make dreams come to life. We would like to take this moment to thank NACE and our colleagues for their continual support. Most importantly, we would like to thank our client’s for letting us take part in such a memorable day with them.
Sneak Peak at the Big Winner:
Venue: Crooked Willow Farms
Catering & Cake: Three Tomatoes Catering
Chairs: Chairished Vintage Rentals
Decor: Pink Monkey Solutions
Rentals: Event Rents
Linens: Chair Covers and Linens
Florist: Sweet Pea Floral
Cinematographer: 1321 Studios Wedding Films
Child Care: Wedding and Event Sitters
The phrase, ‘first look’ has become pretty common in the wedding industry, but if you’re planning a wedding for the first time you may not be familiar with the term.
This practice was created to essentially save the couple time on their wedding day. A first look is an opportunity to take couple and wedding party shots before the actual wedding. This is one way couples can actually participate in their cocktail hour, rather than using the entire time for formal photos. It can also serve to help calm nerves before the ceremony.
Photographers or planners usually help stage the moment. One member of the couple stands in a designated spot and the other person walks up to them to create the ‘first look’ while the photographer captures the moment. This allows extra time for more couple shots and then for the wedding party to join in. During cocktail hour, the wedding party is free from taking photos and the couple usually just has to pose for a few shots with family members.
This practice is definitely not for everyone. There are some couples that want that first moment of seeing each other on the wedding day to take place during the ceremony. While this is still the tradition, we thought we would share a few photos with you of Jessica and Trent on their wedding day during their first look which took place at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. It was captured beautifully by Ryan Dearth Photography.
There will be more to come of this couple’s wedding day. Stay tuned!
The Revel + Bloom team has grown once again! We are very excited to welcome Ashley Leland as our newest indelible Event Maker. Ashley brings with her a background in event coordination and design and a sincere passion for weddings and events. However, what we love most of all is how her vibrant energy and “ya’ll”s are simply uncontainable. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Ashley in person, we’ve shared below a few tidbits from this Texas girl’s story.
I was raised in Texas and at an early age had a love for every aspect of life. I always have a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Sharing the same joy that I have with others is such a blessing. Even though I am, and always well be a Southern girl, I moved to Colorado to attend CSU where I studied Communication. It was a perfect blend of school and outdoor activities. I fell in love with the mountains and the cool air, as well as my husband! I met Brendin in school and we got engaged and I never went back to Texas. My husband and I live in Highlands Ranch with our dog, Faber. We are lucky to live close to our parents and siblings, which was really helpful when I planned our wedding in 6 months while finishing up school and working 2 jobs. I have always loved weddings and the celebration of two people who are becoming a team for the rest of their lives. Marriage is such a beautiful journey that is truly a gift from God. I have always had a passion for weddings and knew I wanted to ultimately be a Wedding Planner. I have worked in numerous aspects of the event industry, from on-site venue coordination, assistant coordinator positions, to event design. Needless to say, I am well versed in everything wedding.
Have a question for Ashley? So did we.
Facts: I’m Italian and love to cook! I am from Texas, but once I moved here I never moved back. I grew up with the strongest hick accent you have ever heard and had to have lessons to fix it and sound more proper. However, I’ll never lose the word “y’all”, and when I get excited my accent comes back.
Favorite TV show: This is hard because there are so many great ones out there! I love The Big Bang Theory, Duck Dynasty, Americas Got Talent, and Supernatural.
Favorite Shoes: Christian Louboutin!!!! Because they’re classy, elegant, chic, refined and SASSY!!! (Of course, she fits right in!!)
Music Most Played: COUNTRY MUSIC BABY!! Even though I live in Colorado now, I will never lose my southern girl roots.
Ideal Night: Home made meal, glass of wine, snuggling up on the couch with my husband watching a movie!!
In New York City this past weekend, bridal designers debuted their 2014 Spring/Summer bridal collections. Though each designer had his or her individual spin, you will find a touch of Great Gatsby-Glam in almost every collection. Whether it be in jewelry, necklines, fabrics or even headpieces, designers incorporated roaring ‘20s fashion into their designs. Here are the top five bridal trends that caught my eye on the runway at this year’s Bridal Market.
1. Beading and Sequins
Gowns were embellished from head to toe in beads, sequins, and pearls.
Sleeves are in! Long sleeves and cap sleeves were all over the runway. Perfect for a trendy bride still looking for that classic bridal look.
3. Metallic Accents
If you’re looking for a subtle hint of color, metallic is the way to go. Fabrics, from lace to tulle to chiffon gowns, were covered in metallic shine on the runway this weekend.
4. Open Back
Backless is back! A perfect way to add a little sexy touch to a classy bridal look.
The trend of ruffled skirts continues – a nice way to add a little something extra to your gown if you’re not about the sparkle.
What are your favorite bridal trends?
As event planners, we are constantly pulling inspiration from design trends in home décor, designer runway shows, and the beautiful world around us in order to create the most unique and savvy event designs. One trend for the 2013 wedding and event season that has been sweeping the event industry (and has even made its way onto the Big Screen) is Art Deco. And we’re in love.
Pulling inspiration from The Great Gatsby, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and the later half of the 1920’s, we love how the Art Deco theme offers both a romantic and a masculine palette to incorporate into the design of your Big Day.
Everything about this style is fabulous, decadent and over-the-top, so it’s important for us to make our Art Deco décor unique and catered to the personalities of our fabulous clients! Events are the perfect opportunity to turn up the volume on the glam, and pay homage to an era of extravagant style.
Picture a cascading champagne fountain as guests enter your reception, a live brass band playing during the cocktail hour, candelabras lining your dining tables, and giant chandeliers over the dance floor. Add some ostrich feathers, and of course pearls, and you are well on your way to an event to be remembered.