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Kate and Jeff’s wedding at Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel was the destination wedding the couple dreamed of—a stunning, scenic location with travel accessibility to their dearest family and friends. Self-proclaimed “professional wedding guests,” the couple knew exactly what they wanted in a reception—an ideal seating layout where each guest had a great view. With the help of their planner Banks & Leaf , there was no bad seat in the house—a house decked out in elegant details and stunning florals by Statice Floral Design. Lucky for us, Callie Hobbs Photography captured the day with her signature style in the beautiful images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was special to us to have destination wedding that was in an accessible location. Boulder was a perfect choice, especially since we had a lot of friends that were pregnant at the time. A destination wedding also has a different vibe since everyone was treating it like a vacation.

Our wedding was on the smaller side, with 80 people, so it was imperative to Jeff and I that all of our guests felt included in every aspect of the weekend, especially at the reception! We’re basically professional wedding guests, and have experienced a few weddings where all the friends were sat at a large round table in the very back of the room, where it was hard to see or hear what was going on. When we had our final head count confirmed, we went back to the St Julien layout to rearrange everything a few weeks before the wedding. Jeff and I scoured Pinterest, along with every wedding magazine and website, to look at layout options. We fell in love with a U-shaped layout from an outdoor wedding, the only thing was we had to make it fit in the room at the St Julien. During our final walk through we worked with Gabby and multiple staff members at the St Julien, walking through different options and taping off measurements, making sure no one would have a bad view and while also trying to optimize the layout for the servers. It was so stressful at the time, but on our wedding day it paid off in spades. Looking around the room during the toasts, speeches and dances, everyone was engaged and best of all, we could see every person’s face! Looking back, it was one of the best decisions Jeff and I made!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I went into the dress searching thinking I wanted an ethereal, bohemian wedding dress. I tried on a bunch that I really liked but wasn’t necessarily in love with. I was in Denver for Thanksgiving and decided to make an appointment at LWD. It was one of the first ones I tried on. I remember thinking my mom wouldn’t like it for some crazy reason. Then when I came out of the dressing room she started crying! Since my family is just a bunch of group criers my sister and I both started crying and it turned into one of those cheesy but touching moments that I look back on.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Jeff’s mom’s side of the family comes from Guatemala, so it was important to us to incorporate his heritage into the ceremony. His grandmother did the second reading, doing it first in Spanish then followed by English. It was beautiful. We also incorporated arras (wedding coins), which is a Spanish tradition where the groom gives the coins to the bride followed by the bride giving the coins to the groom as a symbol of marriage and commitment to each other. We also incorporated El lazo which was essentially a large rosary in a figure 8 that was placed on our shoulders during the ceremony, symbolizing everlasting love and unity. Multiple guests came up to us at the reception and the brunch afterwards, commenting how much they loved how we personalized the wedding.

We weren’t able to bring our dog out to Boulder so my step-dad surprised us with a life-size cut out of our dog, Mowgi! Jeff was so surprised and absolutely loved it since they are best friends. He also made an appearance in wedding guests’ photos.

For our guest book we worked with Simon Pearce since we wanted a unique guest book. They helped us pick a large vase that could be engraved. My stepmom decorated the paper for guests to sign. All of the guests wrote well wishes on the paper that was then sent to Simon Pearce to be engraved.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I could never choose just one memorable part of the day! One of my absolute favorites was at the ceremony, when the doors opened and I walked down the aisle looking at Jeff. I was experiencing so many emotions, I could not stop smiling.

Just being surrounded by so many people you love is a surreal experience. I still remember that feeling. I will remember that for the rest of my life!

In the car on the way over, Jeff’s sister led us in yoga breathing ending with OM before we walked out of the car. The calmness carried through the entire ceremony.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My stepmom actually introduced us! I had just moved back to Chicago from the east coast after a break up and was living with my sister when my stepmom texted me saying, “don’t kill me but I told one of executives we work with about you. He’s TALL!!!” He then messaged me on LinkedIn. We finally met up at brunch a few months later and were inseparable since then.

I was in no rush to get married, I actually didn’t want to get married. One Friday after a friend’s birthday party, he told me he had a surprise. Jeff is a very carefree person, so I assumed it was something small, like a piece of jewelry or my favorite type of wine. When he called me in the other room, I walked over and there were flowers EVERYWHERE and he was waiting there on one knee. I instantly started crying and made him walk me through all of the details of how he got here before saying yes. Blame my OCD.

However, he had thought of everything! Our close friends were waiting outside for us afterwards, and he had the whole weekend of celebrating planned with friends, siblings and family. It truly was an experience I will never forget!

Planner: Banks & Leaf // Photographer: Callie Hobbs Photography // Florist: Statice Floral Design // Stationery: Minted // Venue: St. Julien Hotel // Gown: Justin Alexander / LWD Bridal // Hair: Some Claudia Girl // Rentals: Amora Group // Band: #Rockslide with Give 5 Productions // Linens: Nuage Designs // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Colorado couple, Sasha and Alex, gathered all the closest friends and family for their tropical destination wedding in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Villa Valentin, a breathtaking beach estate, had all the charm and character one could desire for a modern Mexico affair and the couple played up the vibes with colorful, joyful details. Adorable, hot pink custom paper goods and invitations were by Della Torre Designs while delightful florals were created by Flor Mimo. Sasha’s Leanne Marshall gown was the epitome of chic, simple beach vibes while fun accents like rainbow pom-pom garland, super adorable gift bags added touches of lightheartedness. Check out all the details in these lovely images by Leila Brewster Cross.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was such an incredible experience to have all our closest friends and family in a tropical destination! That was our vision and it really came to life once everyone arrived and we not only had the wedding day but a few days leading up to the wedding to enjoy Sayulita.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I have been obsessed with Leanne Marshall for years and I knew I wanted some lightweight for the heat in Mexico so silk seemed like a great option. It was actually the first gown I tried on and ended up going back to it after trying on many other gowns. I loved the gold detail that made it feel a little less traditional and gave it some flare.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot ourselves once we arrived to Mexico; I think the gift bags were super fun and we put those together ourselves with the help of some Etsy finds and local goodies. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father which made that so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the ceremony was our favorite part of the day, such a surreal emotional moment. The first look was also really fun!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at the top of the gondola in Telluride, under a shooting star Alex dropped to one knee, it was a total surprise. We had an amazing few days celebrating in Telluride after that.

SASHA + ALEX MARRIED! VILLA VALENTIN SAYULITA, MEXICO WEDDING TEASER from Betsi Ewing Studio on Vimeo.

Photography: Leila Brewster Cross // Florals: Flor Mimo // Planning: Carly, Milk Glass Productions // Invites + paper goods: Della Torre Designs // Venue: Villa Valentin // Gown: Leanne Marshall // Hair: Riley Fidel // Makeup: Hannah Thorndike // Catering: Sofia Sanchez // Rentals Group: Trendy Eventful Furniture // Video: Daneil Orren Betsy Ewing Studio // DJ Nick Challed  // Music: Tetewari Music / Esau Galvan Saltos / Alberto Perez Ramirez / Daniel Marquez Ortega / Sonny Davis

 

Alex and Rob were married at one of our favorite scenic destinations—Malibu Rocky Oaks. The couple enlisted the skills of planner Berlanti Azhak to design their day which included a merlot-centric color palette and romantic vibes. Florist Poppy Design Co brought her A-game and created an incredible ceremony arch and stunning centerpieces filled with deep red and pops of dusty pink. Calligraphy was by Ruth Jahja-Daro and dusty lavender florals climbed the cake by Susie Cakes. Check out all the details and sunny moments captured in these photos by Gina & Ryan.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was a perfect combination of our styles.  Rob is obsessed with hand drawn movie posters, and instead of a welcome book we had guests sign a custom poster we had that symbolized important parts of us and our relationship. Our two grandmothers passed away years before the wedding, but we found a way to incorporate them into the night by naming signature cocktails after them (as well as our cats names).

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown was by Maggie Sottero – I’ve been watching Say Yes To the Dress on TLC for over 10 years.  I wasn’t the type of person who fantasized about my wedding dress from a young age, but I’ve always thought that the store looked and seemed so glamorous! When we got engaged, my mom said she would fly out with my sister and niece and we would go to Kleinfeld (where the show is filmed).  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but when I put my dress on it was love at first sight. Overall it was an amazing experience at Kleinfeld and would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go and experience finding a dress there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had lavender sachets on each chair (along with a fan because it was hot) that guests threw on us as we were walking out after officially becoming husband and wife. Along with our signature cocktails, I did a choreographed dance with my dad which was a surprise to everyone.  My husband has been enamored with movies his whole life, instead of table numbers we did our favorite movies as table names.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was seeing Rob at the end of the aisle when I first walked down. We didn’t do first looks, so it was a completely overwhelming experience seeing him waiting for me at the end of the aisle surrounded by all of our friends and family.

Tell us how you met and how you became engaged?

Rob and I met at work.  We both were working for Robert Downey Jr’s production company.

I love Disneyland – we scheduled a trip to spend the night at the hotel with my parents. He proposed before the evening show started. I was totally surprised and embarrassed it was in front of so many people!!

Photography: Gina & Ryan // Planner: Berlanti Azhak // Florals: Poppy Design Co // Calligraphy: Ruth Jahja-Daro // Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks // Videography: Juice Media Video // Gown: Maggie Sottero from Kleinfeld NYC // Beauty: Page Beauty // Cake: Susie Cakes // Rentals: Premiere Party Rents // Catering: Little Nelly // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: VOX // Shuttles: Mars Valet

 

Chinese wedding traditions are often extravagant—a colorful and bold celebration of love. Beautiful as that may be, photographer Mattie C. set out to create inspiration for the more quiet, artistic and modern Chinese brides. Under her creative direction the team designed a shoot honoring Chinese culture with a soft and elegant color palette. Highlights include authentic blue porcelain dinnerware, graphic white arrangements and traditional floral crown and fan by Da Fiori Design, and calligraphy invitations by Maurelle Calligraphy and DesignMattie C. captures the delicate balance between Chinese elements and Western wedding design both as the visionary for the shoot and in her photographs. 

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from the photographer: The invention of porcelain was one of the biggest milestones in Chinese art history. Inspired by these beautiful porcelain designs and color palette, this wedding inspiration shoot is essentially based on this art form. From the traditional tea ceremony and qipao (traditional Chinese dress) to the wedding gown, table settings and decor, I wanted to put together something clean, modern, minimal, with abundant hints of Chinese traditions thoughtfully incorporated.

Creative Direction, Planning and Photography: Mattie C. // Floral Design: Da Fiori Design // Gown and Qipao: OM Design Studio // Makeup and Hair: Katrina Wrobel for The Artistry Collective using MAC Cosmetics // Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy and Design // Cake: The Sweet Alley // Rentals: Past Pieces // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Rings: Cavalier Gastown // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Ribbons: Silk and Willow

 

 

 

Leigh and Adam tied the knot in a destination celebration in Mexico. Their stunning venue, Acre Baja, is tucked in the foothills of San Jose del Cabo and its 25 acres of lush greenery set the tone for the couples’ vibrant celebration. Martha Lomeli of Amy Abbott Events created a day filled with a bright, joyous and elegant details—pink and king-protea-centric bouquet and graphic palm ceremony arch by Flowers and Events, custom watercolor invitations by Tying the Knots Studio, calligraphy signage and event stationery by Bells & Whistles and a romantic courtyard reception filled with rich blue accents. The couple enlisted Vienna Glenn Photography to capture their day and the images are pure magic.

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If you could sum up your wedding day in one sentence, how would you describe it?  “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Who designed your dress? My dress is the Fox gown from Rue de Seine Bridal. I was attracted to the romantic, but nontraditional application of lace to the gown.

Did your wedding have a theme? I don’t think that our wedding really had a theme, but I drew a lot of inspiration from the beautiful tile at Acre and my favorite flower the King Protea. Martha and her team of vendors created a beautiful setting that combined my romantic bohemian tendencies in a way that balanced perfectly with the modern backdrop of Acre using the colors of the tiles and flower as inspiration.

Outside of a theme, what Adam and I really wanted was a weekend where our loved ones could get to know each other while experiencing amazing food and cocktails highlighting the best of Cabo. Martha helped us create this with two nights of festivities with a welcome party at La Lupita Taco & Mezcal during the Art Walk and then the wedding and reception at Acre. With both nights featuring outstanding food and drinks, live music and amazing venues that reflect what Adam and I love about Cabo, we got to spend quality time with all our guests and hopefully provided them with an unforgettable experience of the best of Cabo.

What were your wedding favors? We had several favors throughout the weekend. The main wedding favor was the handmade burro at each place setting that I mentioned above. In addition, guests received handmade loteria style matchboxes with our photo on them at the welcome party that my mother-in-law made. We also loved stocking jute tote bags with locally made chips, salsa and Mexican wedding cookies that Martha provided for us and fun items like custom can coolers and “Cabo is always a good idea” survival kits as guests were welcomed at the resort.

Who was in the wedding party? I wanted our friends and family to enjoy the wedding weekend without the pressure of added duties so we had a crazy wedding party made up only of kids! Our 4 nieces served as our flower girls and my nephew who is just a toddler was the ring bearer…although he carried his pacifier instead of the ring.

 

What was your biggest splurge of the day? Our biggest splurge was the variety of music at our events. We both love music and wanted to deliver a reflection of ourselves with it. We love that our guests were treated to live bands both nights on top of a beautiful Spanish guitar during the ceremony and an amazing DJ who played songs Adam and I had both selected during the cocktail and dinner portions of our wedding. Many of our guests commented that they could tell how much thought we had put into the music and how much it represented us.

Please describe personal touches:

  1. I loved tying the fisherman’s knot with my husband during our ceremony because it incorporated something that he loves into our wedding and it incorporated what first brought us to Cabo
    I also love all the handmade and personalized items for the wedding, the flower girl dresses made by a family friend, the pottery burros made by my mom, the loteria style matchbooks from my mother-in-law, our guestbook filled with our engagement photos, the custom water color invitations and the vintage stamps that I spent hours looking for and attached to each invitation myself!
  2. I love burros and was very excited to give our guests a fun photo op with a cute burro at cocktail hour!
  3. Our guests loved La Lupita and their food so much, especially the way the tacos were presented one style at a time they all started using the hashtag #notacoleftbehind

Please describe favorite moments:

  1. When our mischievous toddler ring bearer ran down the aisle with his suspenders down, shirt untucked and a pacifier in his mouth. We were just so happy to have him there! So many people focus on perfection for a wedding, but that was a very “real” moment and he was adorable.
  2. When Adam and I were alone in the treehouse as our guests were arriving and we could secretly hear their reactions and excitement to seeing the amazing venue for the first time! We were so happy to have found such a magical place to share with them.
  3. When my normally quiet and calm father-in-law led a very spirited conga line at the reception!!! At first we were all stunned but then everyone just joined in…it was captured on video and we still get a kick out of watching it!

What did you learn from the experience? When our guests started leaving to fly back home, Adam and I were both moved by the realization that this group of family and friends had taken time out of their lives to fly all the way to Mexico to support us. It meant the world to us to have them there and we learned that it is the people who make a life event so special…even when you have the most gorgeous venue, without the people it doesn’t matter. We feel very lucky to have had so many friends and family joining us in celebrating our love.

How did you meet, and how long did you date before getting engaged?

We met through mutual friends at a Super Bowl party Adam hosted. I lived in San Diego, California at the time and Adam lived in Tucson. We dated long distance for 5 years until we were married! I love the desert, so during that time we bought and renovated a historic home in Tucson and moved into it right before our wedding.

Adam took me for a hike in Sedona, Arizona on one of our first dates. We hiked to a beautiful natural rock bridge where the scenery is just breathtaking. When Adam proposed, he took me on the same hike. I had no idea what was happening. He proposed with his grandmother’s ring and told me we would find the perfect ring for me which we later had designed by Harry Tutunjian of Gold Bench in Scottsdale, AZ.

 

Planning: Martha Lomeli of Amy Abbott Events // Photography: Lea Peterson owner of Vienna Glenn Photography Phoenix // Flowers: Flowers and Events // Invitations: Custom water color designed by Meagan Harrington Diaz owner of Tying the Knots Studio // Stationery/ Seating Chart: Bells & Whistles // Location: Acre Baja // Dress: Rue de Seine Bridal purchased from The Dress Theory Nashville // Veil: Veil by Sara Gabriel // Tennessee Hair: Gwendolyn Sneed owner of Blank Slate Studio San Diego // California Makeup: Sara Stewart owner of Sara Mascara San Diego, California // Rings: Harry Tutunjian of Gold Bench, Scottsdale, Arizona // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Dj: Dj Alex Cabo // Rentals: Baja Boutique Rental Company & Let It Be