For the Vintage Glam Bride

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You're Invited

Hollywood Glam Wedding Edition

Gourmet Invitations

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The Bride

Nothing says Hollywood Glam Wedding like this gorgeous, glitzy, fitted Mori Lee dress. The frosted lace, sweetheart neckline, and off the shoulder straps will be a vintage showstopper. 

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The Groom

Dress your man in head to toe class with a white tux jacket, black bow tie, and black pants. (Don't we all wish Ryan Gosling was the groom?)

Don't forget about the wedding party!

Let your girls drip in gold with these beautiful Sorella Vita Bridesmaids dresses.

The groomsmen deserve to look glam too! Go grey for a contrasting look to your groom. 

Mix and match for a unique bridesmaids look! Add a couple sparkle dresses for a fun pop. 

Hair and Make-Up

Try a deep red for a bold lip look and some killer eyelash extensions with cat-eye eyeliner to make your features POP. Frame your face with structured waves (and a lot of hairspray) for a vintage look to die for. 

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Get away in style with an old school car...

and live happily ever after!

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For the Country/Rustic Chic Bride...

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Country/Rustic Chic weddings are all the rage right now, and it totally makes sense why! The natural materials like unfinished wood, burlap paired with a delicate lace, or a low lighting glow set in anywhere from your family's ranch to an official wedding venue, this style wedding is very in, easy to put together, and looks effortlessly beautiful. Here are some ideas, inspiration, details and dresses (from our store!) to get you started on planning the perfect country/rustic chic wedding! 

Photo by: Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema

Photo by: Frozen Exposure Photo & Cinema

Photo by: Katie Jackson Photography

Photo by: Katie Jackson Photography

We LOVE the idea of having a wedding in a big old barn. Barns scream country rustic and the wooden interior are the perfect backdrop for your wedding and all of your decor. String some lights up, maybe some canopies, throw in some flowers and you have yourself a chic barn wedding! Extra touches like the barrels pictured above just to that country vibe and you might be surprised how many common place items one might find around the ranch could double as the perfect touch to your rustic wedding!

Valerie by Maggie Sottero

Valerie by Maggie Sottero

Now for our favorite part...the dress! It's actually super easy to find the perfect dress to go with your favorite pair of cowgirl boots! Ruffles, lace, beading, you name it - most any style dress will go with those boots! Take the Valerie from Maggie Sottero (above), it's sweetheart scalloped neckline with the delicate lace all down the dress make this gown simple, stunning, feminine and very versatile!

Dress 2805 by Mori Lee

Dress 2805 by Mori Lee

This Mori Lee dress is for the country girl with a big personality! She's ready to make a statement at her wedding and finally wear that big ol' princess gown she's always dreamed of with some country flare. With some lace and sparkle up top to match her rustic wedding and then a fun ruffled skirt to match her personality, you can't not have fun in this gown!

Style 6343 by Stella York

Style 6343 by Stella York

This fit & flare Stella York once again will look so natural with a rustic country wedding and this one is all about the details! From the sweeping train that turns sheer to the scalloped lace buttoning up the back, this dress is sure to stun. Plus, you can't go wrong with lace - not in your dress or your decorations. Lace is the perfect element of elegance for your dream rustic  wedding.

Bouquet by Lace and Lilies in Fort Collins, CO

Bouquet by Lace and Lilies in Fort Collins, CO

Garders by smelltheroseboutique on Etsy

Garders by smelltheroseboutique on Etsy

Now with the right florist, its hard to find a bouquet that won't look beautiful in your rustic wedding, and right now we are loving sunflowers in the bouquet! And we especially love this floral arrangement by Lace and Lilies from right here in Fort Collins! And as long as you're putting sunflowers in your bouquet, why not spruce up your garter with one too! They brighten up any decoration or detail in your whole wedding and will bring a smile to everyone's faces!

Photo by Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo by Mallory Dawn Photography

It's hard to go wrong with a country/rustic chic wedding, they all turn out to be so unique and  idyllic! We hope that y'all got some good ideas from this post and we would love to see your own ideas or pictures for country/rustic chic weddings!

 

Couples Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY

On a budget? Do It Yourself halloween costumes are a great way to get creative and save some money while doing it!

Costumes from left to right: Bank robbers, Jake from State Farm and Flo from Progressive, and the Guess Who people! 


Cute

Bring out your inner kid spirit with these adorable throwback halloween costumes! What was your favorite movie as a kid?

Left to Right: Peter Pan and Wendy, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, Sully and Boo.


Scary

Really into the Halloween spirit this year? Try dressing up as one of these spooky couples to give your friends a good scare!

Left to right: Zombie bride and groom, Morticia and Gomez Addams, and a puppet and her puppeteer. 


Pop Culture

Try one of these classic popular culture costumes for a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Your friends are sure to get the reference! 

Left to right: Sandy and Danny from Grease, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears' iconic denim duo, and Forest Gump and Jenny. 

How to Create the Perfect Atmosphere: Fall Wedding Edition

Hello to full force FALL!! We are loving the colder weather and the gently changing of the leaves and of course drooling over all the gorgeous fall weddings. 

Our eyes are in awe over this picturesque lakeside kiss.  Boats, lakes, and docks are a great way to tie in an unconventional and unique feature to a fall wedding, especially with all the dazzling lakes Colorado has to offer. Not to mention the way the ruffles on the brides dress flow with the ripples of the lake.  (Photo: Pink Diamond Event, Dress: Wtoo)   

Our eyes are in awe over this picturesque lakeside kiss.  Boats, lakes, and docks are a great way to tie in an unconventional and unique feature to a fall wedding, especially with all the dazzling lakes Colorado has to offer. Not to mention the way the ruffles on the brides dress flow with the ripples of the lake. 

(Photo: Pink Diamond Event, Dress: Wtoo) 

 

Whats a wedding without an adorable cake? Keep the fall them going by getting a pumpkin spice flavored cake, served with some hot coco or hot apple cider.  (Cake: Daddy Cakes)   

Whats a wedding without an adorable cake? Keep the fall them going by getting a pumpkin spice flavored cake, served with some hot coco or hot apple cider. 

(Cake: Daddy Cakes) 

 

Don't forget about bridesmaids.  This lovely plaid scarf or something similar, can double as an accessory for those bridesmaid dresses and as a gift. 

Don't forget about bridesmaids.  This lovely plaid scarf or something similar, can double as an accessory for those bridesmaid dresses and as a gift. 

Loving this enchanting and warm toned bouquet. Flowers are the perfect way to add a pop of color and personality on your perfect day. 

Loving this enchanting and warm toned bouquet. Flowers are the perfect way to add a pop of color and personality on your perfect day. 

Fall Trend Report

Off the Shoulder

We love seeing these bare shouldered gowns that show off the sleekness of the collarbone as a strapless dress would yet with some functionality of a sleeve. Dora Grace spotlights this in the Afton by Maggie Sottero.

Featured Straps

Unique backs have been hitting the bridal scene for a few seasons with lace illusion and button detals, however the strappy back we've been seeing in lingerie is about to make its way to the bridal world and open up the backs of many wedding dress styles. We love seeing this on style 6519 by Stella York.

Lattice Lines 

"Modern Mesh" as some like to call it, this lattice design is ALL OVER our new gowns in both subtle and overt ways.  Mixed with lace you can see this come to life in style D2363 by Essense of Australia.

Metallic 

For the bride who doesn't want the typical crystal beading but still wants that bridal "glam", the metallic trend will suit her taste.  The Nina by Wtoo is dripping with luxe style with dramatic sparkle, shimmering with every step.

Side Cut-Outs

The sexy side cutouts you've been seeing on the runway has made its way to bridal! We love how the cutouts are covered with lace detail on Style 6500 by Stella York giving you the best of both worlds with coverage but a seductive silhouette 

Wondering if any of these new trends are for you?  Make an appointment today and see for yourself.  New dresses are arriving weekly! 

Guide to Holiday Formal Wear 2016

The month of December is always such a magical time of year, and with holiday cheer in full effect you may find yourself on the hunt for a formal gown to wear to this years gala's, charity balls and holiday parties. But not to worry! Here is a short guide to help you shine at all of your events this season.

This silver-grey formal gown by Dave & Johnny is a definite show stopper. The halter neckline with a peek-a-boo detail is a trend that is sure to be seen everywhere this upcoming year. Not to mention, the stunning beading on the bodice will be sure to draw some stares. This Betsey Johnson shoe would be the perfect match to this gown! 

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A gown with a ruched bodice is a great way to draw in detail if you are not wanting to go the beaded route. This specific gown has intricate ruched detail that would be extremely flattering on a range of body types. The evergreen color is perfect for all of your holiday needs! If you do choose a gown with a simpler pattern, or overall silhouette, a fun manicure can add some festive spirit to your ensemble! 

This stunning Madison James gown would be the perfect ensemble if you've got some fabulous plans New Years Eve! 

A fully beaded gown pairs perfectly with neutral footwear like this Sam Edelman Shoe!

We love the way this gown looks paired with rose gold tear drop earrings. The perfect way to play up both the gold and the silver detailing! 

La Femme has done it again! We love the rich garnet color in this dress. This would be the perfect dress to wear to a variety of events- charity ball, holiday party, or even New Year's bash! 

The best part of this dress is the beautiful detailing on the shoulders and neckline. Pair this unique neckline with an up-do like the one shown below. Not only will an up-do enhance the silhouette of the gown, but it will also ensure that you are able to dance the night away with ease! 

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Another big trend that we are seeing are different types of cutouts. We love this dress in particular because it is actually fully lined with nude fabric, which will give you a lot more flexibility with undergarments than a traditional dress with cutouts would. Pair your evening wear with a matching clutch like the Glint Beaded Minaudière and you are sure to make a statement at your holiday parties!

We look forward to helping you find your perfect formal gown for the holiday season!

Northern Colorado Venue Tour- Estes Park Part 2

Back in August, we got the opportunity to take a  day-trip up to the gorgeous town of Estes Park, Colorado. Our goal was to tour as many venues as possible in order to have a better feeling for each one, thus being able to relate better to our brides when they told us where they were getting married. 

We decided on six beautiful venues: Lion's Crest Manor (Lyons, CO), Fox Acres (Redfeather, CO), Black Canyon Inn, Taharaa Mountain Lodge,  The Stanley Hotel, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau. We wanted to tour a variety of mountain venues and get the feel for each one! We were not disappointed with our field trip- each and every venue we visited unveiled yet another amazing view of the Colorado mountains. This blog post will highlight Taharaa Mountain Lodge, the Stanley Hotel, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau. If you missed part one of this blog, you can read it by clicking here

Our day led us deeper into Estes Park, and to these stunning views from Taharaa Mountain Lodge. The photo above shows the view from the main entrance of the mountain lodge. 

This is the ceremony site at Taharaa Mountain Lodge. The site provides ample seating for your guests, and a beautiful arbor than can be left as is, or you can choose to have your florist decorate it with greenery and flowers for added detail. Next up, the reception site!

The reception area offers a large indoor space, along with a connected patio area with an absolutely breathtaking mountain view! This venue is ideal for parties with out of town guests, as the whole lodge can be reserved for your wedding. One thing to keep in mind if you are considering booking Taharaa Mountain Lodge is that kids are able to attend the wedding, but are not able to spend the night in the lodge itself. Overall, our visit to Taharaa Mountain Lodge was incredible- the pictures do not do this view justice! 

Next up on our agenda, we headed back into the heart of Estes and visited the famous Stanley Hotel (and for the record, we did not see a single ghost on our tour).

The Stanley Hotel is an absolutely stunning venue! The Stanley offers several different ceremony and reception sites depending on how many guests will be in attendance. 

This is one of the possible ceremony sites at the Stanley, which offers yet another jaw-dropping mountain view. 

The photo above shows the Concert Hall, which is a potential wedding site at the Stanley. In this photo, you can see the chairs are set up for a ceremony, but the space can also be set up with chairs and tables as a reception space as well. You can find more photos of the different ceremony and reception sites on the Stanley Hotel's website

Next up on our venue tour- Della Terra Mountain Chateau!

The photo above shows the back of Della Terra, and just a hint of the stunning view that the mountain chateau provides! Just behind the stunning wall of windows lies the large reception space, or if the Colorado weather is acting up, it can also double as an indoor ceremony site. The pathway that you can see in the photo leads down to the main ceremony site.

This lovely gazebo is found just beyond the main ceremony site and conceals the bride and her escort until it is time to walk down the aisle!

Here is an inside view of the reception space or potential ceremony site.

Last up for Della Terra, we thought that this idea was so cool! This fun space will keep the guys preoccupied while the gals get ready upstairs in the salon! The movie theatre comes complete with a huge selection of movies. The atmosphere of Della Terra will make your day truly feel like a fairy tale!

We want to say a huge warm thank you to all of these gorgeous mountain venues for allowing us to explore! We would highly recommend touring any of these venues- and as always, if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Northern Colorado Venue Tour Part 1-Estes Park

Back in August, we got the opportunity to take a  day-trip up to the gorgeous town of Estes Park, Colorado. Our goal was to tour as many venues as possible in order to have a better feeling for each one, thus being able to relate better to our brides when they told us where they were getting married. 

We decided on six beautiful venues: Lion's Crest Manor (Lyons, CO), Fox Acres (Redfeather, CO), Black Canyon Inn, Taharra Mountain Lodge,  The Stanley Hotel, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau. We wanted to tour a variety of mountain venues and get the feel for each one! We were not disappointed with our field trip- each and every venue we visited unveiled yet another amazing view of the Colorado mountains. This blog post will highlight Lion's Crest, Black Canyon, and Fox acres, but stay tuned for our next post about the remaining venues that we were able to tour! 

We began our day at Lion's Crest Manor and let me tell you, it set the bar pretty darn high! The manor used to be the family's home but was then converted to a venue for weddings and special events. 

The reception area, complete with an amazing staircase for the newlywed's grand entrance, can also be used to hold indoor ceremonies in cases of bad weather. There is a separate space to hold the cocktail hour upstairs. 

For outdoor ceremonies, the wedding party enters via this stone path and goes to....

Photo courtesy of Elegant Images. 

Jaw dropping, we know. The second we stepped onto the main ceremony site we fell in love! Not only do you have a stunning mountain view, but also lush trees and greenery at the manor as well.

After our amazing tour of Lion's Crest Manor, we headed up to Black Canyon Inn in Estes. 

Black Canyon Inn is the perfect venue for a smaller wedding, but they are able to accommodate larger weddings as well. When entering the venue, it almost feels like it's own little mountain town with separate cabins all around. Many of the cabins serve as vacation rentals, but there is also a block of cabins that act as more of a hotel for the bridal party and a select number of guests. 

The ceremony site gives a stunning mountain view and is covered! Perfect for unpredictable Colorado weather. There is also an indoor space, if necessary. After the ceremony, head to Twin Owls Steakhouse, which serves as an onsite reception area. 

This sweet pond serves as the perfect view from some of the cabins. Black Canyon inn has even had some couples get married on the island in the middle! 

To wrap up this blog, we wanted to show you one more beautiful mountain venue that we were able to tour.  Fox Acres is a Golf Club tucked away in Red Feather Lakes. 

This is another perfect spot for the couple that is looking for a small mountain getaway! The photo above shows one of Fox Acres' options for a stunning ceremony spot. You can choose to be married here, or...

Here! We love that there are multiple ceremony sites to fit different styles of weddings. This is more of a traditional wedding site on the golf course itself, with a beautiful peek at the mountains in the distance. 

After the ceremony you can head to this unique space for photos, cocktail hour, or even your reception if you choose. There is also a banquet hall available if you are looking for a more traditional reception space. 

We want to thank Lion's Crest, Black Canyon, and Fox Acres SO much for allowing us to tour their beautiful mountain venues. Remember to stay tuned for our next blog post where we will showcase Taharra Mountain Lodge, The Stanley Hotel, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau! 

 

Stress-Free Wedding Planning

Stress-Free Wedding Planning. Is it even possible?! My answer is: YES! You can absolutely have a wedding and not go gray over the entire process. My wonderful husband proposed to me on December 5, 2015 and we were married on April 2, 2016. For all of you wondering… yes, it was a wedding planned in only 4 months AND out of state!

Photo Courtesy of Coldiron Photography.

While the thought of this makes most brides break out in hives and screams stress, the idea of a super short engagement got us SO excited. Here we are, 3 months post wedding and wouldn’t have changed a thing! The goal of the blog this week is to encourage brides to enjoy every second of wedding planning and be able to look back at the planning process with joy, rather than remembering how stressful it was.

First thing’s first, pick a date and venue. While Jon and I were blessed enough to have our wedding ceremony and reception in my Uncle’s backyard, I am fully aware of the fact that not all venue decisions are made that easily. When planning a stress-free wedding, be sure to be somewhat flexible with your date if possible. Some of the more popular venues book up extremely quickly, meaning that the date you have in mind and the dates that are actually available may be two different things. If you are also planning to have a short engagement, you will need to be even more flexible with dates.  Don’t let this aspect of planning stress you out! Your wedding day will be something you will remember forever no matter what date you choose.

Photo Courtesy of Coldiron Photography.

Secondly, try to be relaxed about your details. I had a very specific idea in mind of how I wanted the wedding to look (decorations, set up, etc), but I was also willing to bend a little bit depending on how well each piece would fit the budget. Remember, at the end of the day, your guests will not remember every teeny, tiny detail. Odds are, you will be the only one who notice if things aren’t exactly how you had planned them. For example, our rental company did an absolutely INCREDIBLE job, however, they forgot our cloth napkins. We ended up having nice paper napkins instead which was not the look or color I wanted, but I had NO idea on our wedding day, and nobody complained! People had napkins - end of story.

Photo Courtesy of Coldiron Photography.

Third is the dreaded topic of money. Budgets can and will be slightly stressful. Are your parents helping pay for the wedding? Are his? Will you and your fiancé be funding the entire thing? These are big questions that may be uncomfortable, but are extremely necessary to tackle early on. Be open and honest with everyone involved in the financial side of the wedding and again… be willing to be flexible. If you can’t afford to order flowers from a florist, look into ordering them wholesale and putting your own centerpieces together. There are so many ways to be budget conscious! There is no reason you can’t have your dream wedding on a very reasonable budget. Pintrest will be your best friend when looking for adorable, money saving ideas!

Finally, wedding planning itself will inevitably have some stressful aspects associated with it. Unfortunately, it is just the nature of the beast. You have to decide going into the process that you are going to enjoy it and soak up every moment. Don’t let little things get in the way of the joy you share with your husband on your wedding day.

 Remember, this is supposed to be the most wonderful, special, exciting day of your lives. Have fun with planning and don’t stress!

Photo Courtesy of Coldiron Photography.

 

Much love and happy planning!

Xoxo- Michaella