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Earlier this year I published a rundown of some of my favorite Colorado Wedding Vendors. But in case the preview left you wanting to know more about these amazing women (yes, all the vendors on my list are women), I’m taking the time to do some more in depth introductions to these talents.

Janie Rocek – Hair, Make-up, and Style

To start things off, I’d like to introduce you to Janie Rocek, a super talented hair and make-up artist who doubles as a stylist and blogger.

You can follow her on IG here.

I think Janie’s site gives a perfect intro, so I’ll let her speak for herself:

Hi, I’m Janie.  Last name pronounced Row-check.  I am an artist, stylist, and designer.  Hair, makeup, wardrobe, props, and more.  If I don’t have a makeup brush or a curling iron in my hand, you might find me in a ball cap with a paint brush in one hand and a power tool in the other.

I am a national freelance artist based out of Northern Colorado & Denver.  I provide products and services for weddings, events, commercial, editorial, and lifestyle with the following experience…

Janie Rocek - Hair, Make-up, and StylePortraits by Marcus Edwards Photography

How long have you been in business? What made you decide to get into the wedding industry?
Thirteen years.  I love styling!

What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
The flexibility [of the schedule] and teaching my daughter.

Who is your ideal client? Who inspires you in your work?
[My ideal client is] one who can share with me her lifestyle and wedding style and then let me run with matching the hair and makeup based on my knowledge and expertise.  I love it when she has an idea of what she wants but doesn’t put me in a box.  When that comes together, magic happens!

My eight year old daughter definitely inspires me, as well as nature, art, and lifestyle. I love the detailed works of artists such as Ulyana Aster, Linda Hallbergs, Kandee Johnson, Pat McGrath, and Georgiy Kot.  But my style tends to be more organic and free these days.

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Describe the process of working with you.  How would a couple interact with you from start to finish?
Visit janierocek.com/weddings. Poke around to see if you think we’d be a good fit.  Reach out to me through the contact form or direct email and I’ll get back to you with pricing and other important information.  If that all looks good, we will have a consultation over the phone or over coffee.  A detailed contract will be written out to review, deposit will be taken, date will be locked in, yay!

From then, its a bridal trial run at my studio (if wanted).  We keep it chill and fun but I want to make sure you feel completely comfortable and confident before you leave me that day.  I document everything for the wedding day reference and to look back on in case either of us wants to make any changes.

Then come the wedding day! I/ we (my team) want to blend in or add to the setting, never stand out or take away from the atmosphere of your day.  We are always ready to have run with you and your crew and are trained to work fast and efficient.   We are totally flexible, but we’ll work hard to keep you on schedule to eliminate any unneeded stress. We make sure wants, needs, and desires are met before we leave! As far as personal interactions, read what our past brides have to say.

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What trends are inspiring to you right now?
Whimsical, romantic, organic, intimate settings.  Elopement.  Oversized, wild bouquest.  Effortless hair with hair vines and over the face veils with headbands or flower crowns.  Day after wedding portraits.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Salted Caramel, but I haven’t met an ice cream flavor I haven’t liked:-)
Where would you most like to travel?
Too many places to name!
To see Janie’s wedding work, check out Meghan and James‘ wedding and Samantha and Joe‘s wedding.  Both took place at my favorite intimate Colorado Wedding Venue, Piney River Ranch.
Make sure you stay tuned for more interviews with my go-to wedding vendors!
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You’re getting married? Yay–congratulations!

If you haven’t realized it yet, you’re soon to discover that there are a plethora of wedding vendors in Colorado in every corner of the state.  Its easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices out there and to get bogged down looking at website after website.

In my five years in the wedding industry in Colorado, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some amazingly talented artists. Their skills range from floral design to coordination (which totally speaks to my love of organization) and everything in between.  One thing they all have in common is their love for weddings and their love for creating a fantastic experience for their clients.

Below you’ll find my list of 2017 Best Colorado Wedding Vendors.  I’ve worked with each and every one of these artists and can vouch for their professionalism, passion, and creativity.

I hope this list helps you start the navigation process of your own planning.  If you need more details on any of these artists, have additional questions about their work, or just want to hear me gush about their talent, please reach out.

Best Colorado Wedding Planners

Full wedding planners and day-of coordinators can make your planning process so much easier.  They are fantastic at taking care of the little details, creating a timeline that lets you enjoy your wedding day, and helping your refine your vision.  The best ones (like those below), get a sense of how you want your wedding day to feel and then help you build from there.

Sara Brown – Sara Brown Weddings

Sara and her team specialize in full day wedding planning and design. She has a “love for flawless logistics and pretty details, but also a desire for deep, meaningful relationships.  [She] believe that a wedding day should reflect the spirit of what’s to come – a beautiful, happy and inspired marriage.”

I think Sara is my spirit twin:)

game piece escort cards photoHeather O’Connell – Good Ol’-Fashioned Party

Heather loves adding vintage touches to a relaxed wedding day and has a personal stash of fantastic vintage furniture and decor to elevate indoor and outdoor events.

Head table at intimate colorado wedding photoLauren Smith – Hourglass Productions

Lauren and her team love fabulously hip weddings and thrive on planning city weddings.

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Michelle has an eye for textures, shapes, and patterns and works with couples up and down the west coast. Her business partner, Megan is based in Michigan if you’re planning in the Chicago/ Detroit area.

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Best Colorado Wedding Florists

I am in constant awe of florists because their method of artistic expression is so foreign to me.  Their knowledge of flowers (even those you’ve never heard of) is inspiring and I’m always amazing at what they create for our clients.  This list is my longest because I’ve worked with some truly amazing florists.

Holly Kerr – Love Letters Floral Design

Holly is SO talented.  She creates massively complex, yet simply beautiful bridal bouquets that are to die for.

Lyons Riverbend wedding photo 5Lace and Lillies

Lisa and Lacey of Lace and Lillies are “not your average florists” and believe in unique, custom, designs.

blanc Denver wedding Civic Center Park portraits photoLilli Black – Bella Calla

I’ve seen Lilli progress from a tiny shop through two storefronts and a growing staff.  Her work is modern and highly sought after! She also runs a paralell planning business (Sweetly Paired), so clearly loves everything about weddings.

Deer Creek Valley Ranch medium format film wedding photoMandy Hess – MJM Designs

Mandy draws her inspiration from nature and her designs are natural and fresh, with an artistic twist on them.

MJM Designs pink wedding flowers photoLauren Evans – Project Floral

Lauren and her team are dreamers and planners.  Not only do they work closely with their couples to design their dream, they’re consious of using local, in season flowers.

Orchid Princess Floral photoHana Style Designs

Brittany creates wild and free-spirited bouquets with plenty of motion.  They are feminie and she’s a master with texture.

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Best Colorado Wedding Paper

Jennifer Dinges – Anthologie Press

Jennifer’s work is highly customized and she obsesses over textures and patterns and unexpected elements in her work.  Its bold, its creative, and its fun!

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I have so much admiration for the paper artists I know and Meagan is no exception.  Whimsy Design Studio is the complete package and Mesgan uses all the tricks in her work: graphic design, hand lettering, illustration, and painting. I’ve even seen her work on glass, y’all.

Great Sand Dunes National Park wedding invite photo

Best Colorado Wedding Hair and Make-up

Hayley – Hayley Styles (hair)

If I had one word to describe Hayley’s work, its classy.

Piney River -95Janie Rocek (hair and make-up)

Strangely enough, I run into Janie most often at weddings in Vail….and am always glad when I do.  Another classy option for your wedding and Janie does both hair AND makeup.

Piney River Ranch wedding bridal party photoNicole Toledo (make-up)

Nicole’s work is fresh and clean.  Perfect for a peachy, summer bride.

2017 Best Colorado Wedding VendorsNicole Ramirez (make-up)

Nicole is another vendor that I’ve known from the start and I love running into her at weddings.

Film Files 2015-44Kim Jundt (hair and make-up)

Kim is creative and professional and so much to hang out with!  She does both hair and make-up

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Best Colorado Wedding Dress Shops

Emma and Grace

Emma and Grace is hands down my favorite shop.  I love that they feature up and coming designers and the styles they carry are always fresh, flowy, and unique. You won’t find “standard wedding attire” here.  Plus their staff is wonderful and their space is cozy, modern, and cute.

Great Sand Dunes National Park wedding photo

Best Colorado Wedding Boudoir

Melissa Mullins Portraits

If you’re looking for an off-beat kind of boudoir that is a full reflection of your personality, look no further than Melissa’s milk bath portraits.  Its an amazing, relaxing, subtly sexy experience.  And its full of color–which I am always a fan of.

celebration boudoir photo

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On this first day of spring, when we’re already experiencing temperatures in Denver in the 70’s and 80’s, I thought I’d take a look back at a January trip to Tabernash where Heather and I spent a weekend Snowshoeing at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Heather and I love hiking in the Colorado mountains, but prefer to do much of our outdoor time in the summer.  Its kind of ironic, because Colorado is known for its winter sport enthusiasts, but we just haven’t made the time to invest in gear and passes to take on snowboarding or skiing.  To be fair, Heather has never done either, so there would be a bit of learning involved if we hit the slopes and it just isn’t something we’ve tacked yet.

However, we did get a couple of pairs of snowshoes for Christmas two years ago and we’ve managed to break them out several times for winter mountain excursions.

This past January, when we were up in Tabernash for Jamie and Chesley’s elopement, we had the opportunity to go snowshoeing at Devil’s Thumb Ranch AND spend the night in their fantastic lodge.

It was a gorgeous sunny day on the trails, so even though it was only in the 20’s we managed to stay warm just by  moving.  The mountains got hammered with snow this December and January, so much so, that if you stepped off the packed trails, you were in danger of being knee deep in snow, even on snow shoes.  This was baby E’s first snowshoeing trip and we managed to keep him warm and snuggled and sleeping for most of the 3.5 mile trek.

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Piney River Ranch Intimate Wedding photo

If you’ve been following along, you know that Piney River Ranch is one of my favorite intimate wedding venues. So it’s only fitting that when Chris Loring Photography and I were dreaming up a mountain styled shoot, we chose Piney River Ranch as our location.

The approach to this shoot was a little different. While both Chris and I love mountain weddings, we cater to different clients, so naturally our visions weren’t 100% aligned.  That’s okay though as we were both able to highlight different stories within the same scene.  We both photographed Haley and Brian in a handmade wedding dress that Chris made herself (say what?!), but we told very different stories.

For my story, I really wanted to focus on the couple who craves quiet, intimate time together on their wedding day.  They want to wake up together in a tent by a glacial lake, then spend their morning sharing breakfast in bed. They cuddle, eat, and share notes and thoughts about their upcoming life together.  When its time for the ceremony, they join their friends by the lake, say their vows, then take the time to wander off to revel in the fact that they’re married.

You can see Chris’ vision of the day over on Rocky Mountain Bride, were we’re thrilled to be published today.

One final note before diving into my favorite photos: I shot this entire shoot on film.  Its been a goal of mine for awhile to do an entire shoot on film and I took the plunge with this one.  And I’m oh so so happy!

I shot all of these photos on my Pentax 645N on Portra 800 film.  I think the colors are to die for.

I started my day off photographing in the cozy glamping tents on the Piney River Ranch property.  Those tents are made for cuddles and breakfast.

The we moved on to photograph with Piney’s iconic lake and mountain view.

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Vendors that helped us realize our vision:

Make-up: Nicole Toledo
Bow-tie: Knotty Tie
Invitation: Anthologie Press
Rentals and Florals: Quintessential Events
Love Letter: Abigail Oxford
Dessert: Fluffed and Frosted
Dress: Original, handmade
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  • Jenae

    Jennie!! These are so so gorgeous!! Love the concept and your compositions! that light!!ReplyCancel

  • I obviously love them so much they went in an album!! You and Chris did such an amazing job and it is SO crazy how unique of stories you can tell in the same setting with the same details and same couple! Beautiful – you did Piney River Ranch more than justice too!ReplyCancel

  • WOW these are just gorgeous, I love the pink tones on the mountains!ReplyCancel

  • Erica Swantek

    Wow, Jennie! These are seriously incredible. I love the story you told and the fact that you ahoy this entire styled shoot on film, eeek! I am totally in love with this!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what an amazing place! I love all your photos and your website too!ReplyCancel

  • These are absolutely STUNNING! Congrats on the feature!ReplyCancel

  • How awesome! It’s like every detail is perfection, down to the bagels! The location is so pretty. Really lovely story telling.ReplyCancel

  • Alissa

    I LOVE all of these photos and those mountains are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh these photos are absolutely beautiful! The colours are so stunning! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE the blue! It’s so beautiful. the mountains are perfectReplyCancel

  • Brittany Slaughter

    JENNIE!! these are absolutely breathtaking! And Haley, you look like a freakin goddess! In LOOOOOVE with this!
    The colors, the composition and all of the details, goooodness, your film work is just insane lady!ReplyCancel

  • amber

    this backdrop is stunning and makes me miss living near the mountains so badly! Great styled shoot.. job well done!ReplyCancel

Though its been awhile since my last cinnamon roll post, never fear: I have not given up the search. If you’ve been following along with the blog, you know that I’m on the hunt for the Best Local Cinnamon Rolls.  For this post I ventured a little further to Heck’s Tavern on the campus of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, CO.

I suppose for any comparison to be fair, there need to be guidelines. So here are my top priorities when sampling cinnamon rolls:

  1. Is it warm?
  2. Is there a good cinnamon to bread ratio?
  3. Is the bottom burnt?
  4. Is the outside overcooked?
  5. Is the center still gooey?
  6. Is the icing cream cheese based?

Heck’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll
Location: 3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO 80478

Known for: A cozy, rustic, lodge restaurant at the heart of Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

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Cinnamon Roll Grade: A

 

I really enjoyed this cinnamon roll.  It featured a twist to the traditional cinnamon roll, upping the ante with maple bourbon cream cheese icing.  The fact that it also came in a hot cast iron skillet (undoubtedly baked in the skillet) was an added bonus as it kept my cinnamon roll warm for my entire breakfast.  The cooking in the skillet also prevented the outside from becoming overcooked and I found the entire roll to be evenly baked and the perfect amount of cooked and gooey.

I only ate half of this roll at breakfast, but enjoyed the rest after our afternoon snowshoeing adventure and it was just as good at room temperature as it was warm.  I say this fact alone solidifies my “A” grade and I hope to have the chance to eat it again!

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