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Guide to Holiday Formal Wear 2016

Timiry McCaskell

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

Timiry McCaskell

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

Timiry McCaskell

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....

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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!