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Earlier this year I published a rundown of some of my favorite Colorado Wedding Vendors. Today, I’m taking it international and giving a shoutout to a very awesome wedding planner based in the Netherlands. 

Meet Soleil, of Interconnections Events

You can follow Soleil on IG here

How long have you been in business?

The name Interconnections came to me first before I actually knew what I was going to do. I always loved to bring people together and create personal events that not only meet but exceed their expectations. I knew for a few years that I would love to have my own company where I could organise unique events and bring people together. But it wasnt untill June 2016 that I decided to get certified as a Wedding planner and  follow my dream of being a professional Wedding & event planner.

What made you start Interconnections?
Family and friends always relied on my when it came to choosing personal gifts for their friends and family members for birthdays and special occasions. Same with organizing their parties, events and meetings. Businesswise and personal. I just did it for the love of hospitality and organizing and because I saw their happy reactions. But I realized I love it so much that I would like to make a career out of it 🙂

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What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
My favorite part is the freedom! I am not restricted to timeblocks and can give the clients the time they need and deserve. When it comes to realizing their events the sky is the limit and almost everything is possible.
Who is your ideal client?  Who inspires you in your design?
My slogan is : Because life is too short to not celebrate in style.
I love clients who are food lovers and are not afraid to go all out for their special events.

I like to design events that reflect on who the client is. So very personal. If guests go home at the end of the event they should be able to say “Wow, that was amazing and that was so him/her”.  If clients can dream it, I’ll take care of the details 🙂
People who inspire me in life except for my family who always has my back are: Yandy Smith-Harris, Makini Regal and Randy Fenoli, 

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Describe the process of working with you.  How would clients interact with you from start to finish?
Usually clients find me online through my social media or through word of mouth.
I always aim to have a call before and after we have a personal meeting where we will further get acquainted and discuss the wishes of the client.

What trends are inspiring to you right now?
I like the fact that with weddings people are less and less afraid of color and combining the traditional white with different colors. When it comes to meetings & events clients tend to want things less formal.
 
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My favorite flavour of Ice cream is Macadamia Nut Brittle from Haagendasz yum yum 😀

Where would you most like to travel?
I travel a lot already and try to add at least 1 new country per year on my list of countries visited 🙂
But up next is probably going to be Thailand or Bali because I’ve never been to Asia yet.
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I can’t believe that I’ll be celebrating with John and Elaine at their wedding in just under a week–where has the time gone?

To get in the spirit, I wanted to share their Eldorado Canyon Engagement, which was the perfect mix of fun, colorful, and relaxed.  John and Elaine love rock climbing and Eldorado Canyon is one of their favorite places to climb.  So it was only fitting that we highlighted their love for the park in their engagement session.

We started the afternoon chasing the last bit of sun in the canyon, hopping from rock to rock in the river and enjoying the beautiful late June weather. Despite not knowing what to expect during an engagement session, John and Elaine rolled with the punches, alternating between goofy, sweet, and cuddly throughout the session.  And of course, a champagne toast didn’t hurt!

After exploring Eldorado, we headed to Chautauqua Park in Boulder to capture the iconic views of the flatirons before heading to Pearl Street and ending with a few twilight portraits under the lights.

I can’t wait to see you both this weekend!

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Its my goal every time I travel to find a couple to photograph.  In Amsterdam, I got lucky and had the chance to photograph two awesome couples (S+M and S+J).

So when I headed to the San Francisco bay area for Nina and Adams Bolinas wedding, I put out my feelers to see if I could reach anyone in California.  Luckily, my awesome 2nd photographer, Erin, had connections in the area so through her network, we were connected with Tríona and Oisin.  Irish transplants living in California and working for Google, Tríona and Oisin were super sweet and willing to brave the harsh wind we encountered during their Lands End San Francisco Engagement.

Recently engaged in Iceland (jealous!), the two were excited to explore with us and didn’t bat an eye at having two photographers around them.  Working side by side with Erin was an awesome experience, too, as it allowed time for us each to think and envision while the other worked away.

I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to photograph this amazing duo at the coast of California: where the sun sets slowly and the light is golden and warm until the end.

Favorites from our windy session below!

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Mann Family Farm Bolinas Wedding photo

I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel the country and photograph one of the most joyous, celebratory days in a couple’s lives.  My trip to Northern California to celebrate with Nina and Adam and their friends and family was no exception.

Their Mann Family Farm Bolinas Wedding embodied everything that I love about weddings: coming together to celebrate a relationship that is uniquely personal and so right.  Nina and Adam planned a beautiful intimate wedding on a working farm in Northern California, complete with hilltop ceremony officiated by Nina’s dad, dinner in a beautiful barn, and made-on-site paella. Oh, and did I mention that Adam got ready in a tiny house? So cool. Adam is also very musical so the day featured a musical escort to the ceremony site and the groom and his friends taking over the live band stage for a surprise musical performance.

Nina and Adam danced, caught up with old friends, and most importantly, devoted time to spend with each other, savoring their wedding day and the start of their marriage.

Thank you Nina and Adam and your entire family for making me feel welcome.  The biggest of congratulations to you both!

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Venue: Mann Family Farm
Dress: Amy Kuschel
Flowers: April Abbot
Bakery: Bovine Bakery
Catering: Rico Rivera

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  • Stevie

    What a beautiful wedding!!! I love every shot! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Awe I love the chickens!! And the grandma laughing!! And the band following them after the ceremony!! Love it!!ReplyCancel

Its no secret that I love museums (since I work at one and all), so when one of my colleagues contacted me about photographing their proposal in front of our favorite building, I of course said yes.

I’ll let Brian and Samantha’s words below fill you in on the details of their lovely Denver Museum of Nature & Science Proposal, witnessed by a mastodon, a photographer, and a lovely couple in City Park in town to celebrate their anniversary. Congratulations you two!

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When did you know you wanted to propose? (Brian)
I knew that I wanted to spend a lot more time with Sam as we were dating and things just kept getting better with us…but we really began seriously talking about getting married while on vacation in Chicago in December.  From there plotting and ring designing began.

Did you know it was coming? (Samantha)
I suspected something was up with that weekend, especially since Brian asked me to take Monday off of work. I didn’t know when and where it would take place and was completely surprised by the scavenger hunt

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Take me through the scavenger hunt:
There were 7 stops on the scavenger hunt featuring places that were special to us, and a mutual friend stationed at each to provide the next clue.  The hunt began in Boulder when we stopped at the Hotel St. Julien for lunch.  Brian was super nervous and awkward…for a few minutes, and then excused himself from the table for a second.  While he was gone the first accomplice showed up and started chatting with Sam.  Eventually he explained that Brian wasn’t coming back and Sam was on a scavenger hunt to find him.

After finishing Brian’s food, he gave her the first clue which directed her to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts back in Denver.   This clue led her to the Pepsi Center, where she got another clue that took her to the Cooper Lounge in Union Station.  From there, she headed to D-Bar Desserts for a drink and a churro, before getting one more clue to go to the Zoo.  The final accomplice at the zoo sent her back to the Museum, where she met Brian (and a well-hidden photographer) under the Snowmastodon.

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Tell me the story of the gems and fossils in the ring–it’s so unique and beautiful!
Lots of meaning in the ring.  It was designed by Brian and Bob Kortz Designs in Denver.

The curved shape on one part of the ring is there to mirror the tattoo on Sam’s wrist.  I sent a picture of the tattoo to Bob who built it into the ring.

The center stone is a blue sapphire, because I knew Sam needed something more original and colorful than a diamond as the center of the ring.  I chose blue for the color because she has a long history with the University of Michigan and that was a huge part of her life I wanted to honor (Sam: Go Blue)

The fossil Gomphothere tusk is actually a family heirloom from Brian’s Grandfather who found the fossil in Nebraska.  The significance here is that Gomphotheres are ancient relatives of Mastodons which seem to follow Sam everywhere she goes (Snowmass).

The dinosaur bones on either side of the tusk fragment are there because Sam is an amazing geologist and dinosaur educator at the Museum.  Who has found lots of dinosaur bones over the years!

Inside the band of the ring are two more tiny stones…One Rhodochrosite piece which is the state mineral of Colorado (our current home state) and the other is Petoskey stone, the state rock of Michigan (Sam’s home state).

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Steph and Chris have been together for 8 years and love the outdoors. They live in the mountains of Colorado where they can constantly find excuses to get outside and adventure together.  In fact, they got engaged at the top of a 14ner, which fits them so perfectly.

When it came time to plan their wedding, they let nature and their love for their mountain life take center stage and chose the Park Hyatt in beautiful Beaver Creek.

I arrived for the rehearsal dinner the day before their late-May wedding, driving through the mountains in mist, rain, and snow to get there.  You never know what May will look like in Colorado and Steph and Chris knew they were taking a chance on the weather when they started planning.  But I love their beautiful spirit and the way they completely embraced whatever mother nature threw their way.

Thankfully the weather changed overnight and Steph and Chris were able to hold their ceremony outdoors thanks to an hour of snow shoveling by the groomsmen!

The day continued to unfold with peeks of sunshine, bridesmaids dancing at the alter, and one adorable flower pup.  My favorite part of the day was the vibe I felt during the ceremony.  Next to a softly babbling creek, the 200 people that came to celebrate with Steph and Chris were so present. They laughed, they cried, and they poured their love into the couple as they pledged to continue to adventure together.

Steph and Chris, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you and I know you’re going to do great things together.

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Planning: Hourglass Productions
Flowers: Vintage Magnolia
Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones, Anna Be
Venue and Catering: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Make-up: Casandra Garza
Hair: Hayley Styles
Videography: Ampersand Family 

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  • What a gorgeous, joy filled wedding! Jennie, you captured their day perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful images! I love your black and white edits <3 and that dog!! haha How did they get him to go down the aisle? So cute. Look forward to filming a wedding with you soon!ReplyCancel

Keukenhof Gardens Wedding Session photo

I was over the moon when I was able to connect with Sarah and Mike for their Jordaan Couple’s Session while we were in Amsterdam this May.  I was equally ecstatic when I also connected with Soleil from Interconnections Events and arranged to do a wedding session in Keukenhof Gardens.

I’m not going to lie, seeing the Dutch tulips were high on our list of things we were most excited about when we started chatting about visiting Amsterdam in the spring.  Having the chance to photograph an awesome couple in those tulips? Even better!

The Keukenhof Gardens are quite the display of color and variety and super popular with tourists.  I’m so thankful that we decided to go early in the morning because it meant we had less people to dodge.  And less people is a bit of an understatement as it was still busy from the start.  But it would have been much worse later in the day.

Soleil and I met up with Stephanie and Jayson (past clients of Soleil’s) at the entrance of the gardens.  We did hair and make-up in the chilly morning air outside, then spent the next two hours wandering the gardens, stopping wherever the background and tulips inspired us.  We definitely could have kept wandering for another two hours as there was so much more to see, but I’m thankful for the companionship and inspiration we did have during our session.

Heather and Easton met me at the gardens around noon, after our session wrapped, and we spent the afternoon taking in the rest of the sites (more film photos from this part of the day to come). The only regret I have from our time in the tulips is that we weren’t able to get out into any of the fields.  The rows of color are something I’ve dreamed about, but we happened to miss peak bloom in the fields by about a week.  I suppose that just leaves something on the bucket list for the next trip!

Thanks so much to Soleil, Stephanie, and Jayson for making this Keukenhof Gardens Wedding Session something I will always remember!

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  • Oh wow Jennie! I’m SOOOOO obsessed with this wedding session. This couple is just gorgeous, and the tulips!! SWOON!ReplyCancel

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    This is so cool Jennie! What a great opportunity. Fabulous photos!ReplyCancel

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.

MEAGAN BROADWAY – Paper and decor with flare

Megan and I have grown together over the years.  We met at a The Big Fake Wedding three years ago and its been such a pleasure to cross paths and continue to create together ever since!

You can follow Meagan and her inspired work on IG here.

Above photo by Anastasia-Federico Guendel

How long have you been in business?
As a Graphic Designer, I’ve been designing wedding invitations for about eight years. My passion for event design grew from there and I officially opened up shop as Whimsy Design Studio in 2014.
 
What made you start Whimsy Design Studio?
I was first introduced to the wedding world after numerous friends and family members requested invitation designs and quickly fell in love with the joy of designing for weddings and events. I needed a creative outlet away from the world of corporate graphic design that I had been in and thus, Whimsy Design Studio was born!
 
What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
I’m grateful everyday that I get to develop and grow my very own design style that dictates our aesthetic. The company gets to grow along with my skill set and that’s really a luxury coming from a corporate graphic design background.
 
Who is your ideal client?  Who inspires you in your design?
My ideal clients want something unique and untraditional, and truly trust my vision to make that happen. I believe that I do my best work when the clients trust in me 100% and allow me to flex my creative muscle a bit to give them something that really is one of a kind. With custom design, each client inspires me as I learn how their wedding has been personalized to really show who they are us a couple.
Whimsy Design Studio

Photo by Kimberly Mitiska Photography

Describe the process of working with you.  How would a couple interact with you from start to finish?
The very first stage to any custom design wedding project is to learn as much as I can about the couple and their wedding vision. From there I can make stationery design suggestions that we collaborate on together to design something 100% original for their big day.
 
What trends are inspiring to you right now? Color! I think more and more brides are deviating from traditional, softer color palettes and incorporating a lot more color into their weddings. I like to incorporate fun, custom watercolor paintings into my work so the more color the better!
 
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Salted Oreo from Little Mans! It’s addicting…
 
Where would you most like to travel? My husband and I would love to travel all over the world (if only we had the budget for it!). Next up on our larger travel bucket list is probably Australia but we’ll be doing some trips in the United States (National Parks mainly) while we save up for that big trip!
To see Meagan’s work check out The Big Fake Wedding 2014, and a beautiful Sand Dunes styled shoot!
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This past May Heather and I took Easton on his very first international trip across the sea to Amsterdam.  While I am very much a planning type of person, this trip was a 4am, spur of the moment decision back in December.

And once our travel plans for Amsterdam started taking shape, I started to dream of finding opportunities to photograph in a new and exciting city.

Thanks to the internet and an amazing Facebook group of women who love to travel (Girls Love Travel), I was able to connect with Sarah and Mike, American ex-pats living in Amsterdam.

Sarah runs a travel blog (Tales from a Fork), which dishes out travel, fashion, and life advice on a daily basis.  Sarah and Mike have been living in Amsterdam for a year and a half and love it so much that they recently bought and renovated an apartment.  They’re not sure when they’ll move on to their next adventure as they love the vibe of Amsterdam so much.

Funny enough, their apartment was literally a 5 minute walk from our air bnb in the Oud West neighborhood, so we caught an Uber together and headed to the streets of the Jordaan neighborhood to document their life in their chosen city.

The Jordaan neighborhood is picturesque and quintessentially Dutch.  It features canals, leaning historic houses, quiet alleys and lush neighborhood greenery.  It was the perfect place for an Amsterdam Couples Session and the perfect atmosphere to stroll, laugh, and hitch a ride on a bike.

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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.

Hayley Styles, The Classy Pick

Hayley is one of my favorite hair stylists and I’m always excited when I find her name on a vendor list.

You can follow her on IG here.

The Not Wedding_027How long have you been in business?
I have been doing hair for almost 11 years now and I started doing weddings heavily 6 seasons ago!

What made you decide to get into the wedding industry?
When I first started doing hair at the salon, we would have wedding parties come in and I always loved working with them;  its such a fun day to be a part of and I love styling hair.  I had a mentor who asked me to help her wedding business and I really learned a lot from her and about the environment of doing weddings during that time.

What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
I love that the sky is the limit, that I get to go whatever direction that I want with my business and that I can change it anytime I want.  I also love that I am the person who gets to create the vision and values and execute them how I want!

Who is your ideal client? Who inspires you in your work?
My ideal client is the bride who trusts me and my work…I love it when brides and bridal parties have visions for themselves, but then allow me to fine tune it.  The style turns out the best when people trust me! I am often inspired by celebrities but I don’t ten to love the avant garde type looks.  I am inspired by classical beauty.

Describe the process of working with you. How would a client interact with you from start to finish?
Usually it starts through email with an inquiry about their wedding…the wedding date is usually already set…the bride will usually reach out to see if I am available and we go from there! The folks that really want me to participate reach out to me as one of the first vendors to solidify the date…I am fairly easy going about the process and like to make people feel comfortable with however they want the process to go.  The date is booked once I have a contract back in hand but there is no deposit until the trial run and I am always inviting people to come to the salon for a consultation before the trial run (sometimes before the contract) to get cozy with each other!

What trends are inspiring to you right now?
I love the vintage romantic look that brides are going for these days…along with the intense lip color.  I just find it so beautiful! I also think braids are just awesome and super fun but most people don’t have enough hair to pull it off (that’s where extensions come in!). They just add so much fun texture!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Hands down, cookies and cream

Where would you most like to travel?
South America…I have been dreaming of going to Patagonia and Santiago, Chile! I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit and haven’t been to South America yet; it’ll happen soon!

To see Hayley’s work check out The Big Fake Wedding 2014, Jessica and Mike’s Denver Museum of Nature and Science Wedding , and an intimate styled shoot at Piney River Ranch (featuring braids!).

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    Cool vendor feature! I love getting to know the folks in the industry.ReplyCancel

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    This is such a wonderful post Jennie! Love this!ReplyCancel

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.

Mandy Hess, MJM Designs, Florist Queen

Follow along with Mandy on IG here.

How long have you been in business?
4 years coming up in July!

What made you start MJM Designs?
I worked for other florists prior to my brother’s wedding and I wanted to be able to create the floral pieces for his big day.  So, slowly I pieced together what I needed and MJM Designs sprouted!

Mandy Hess, MJM Designs

Portrait by Theresa Woodhull

What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
My favorite part of owning my own business is the flexibility. [I choose] how many wedding and events I would like to do a year.  I get to create my own schedule and I have control over the decisions I make about how I want to run my business.  For example, I can choose to donate funds or products to charities I am passionate about helping.

Who is your ideal client? Who inspires you in your design?
My ideal client is someone who is super excited for their big day! They know what they want to focus on for their wedding day while keeping the wedding day true to themselves and and fun for their guests.

My designs are inspired by my clients as well as the blooms being used.  I take into account ideas and visuals sent by my couple, then let the blooms dictate where they want to go and how they want to be featured in the design–no two items are exactly the same.  There are a few fantastic floral designers that I look up to and follow on Instagram – Amy Osaba and Ariella Chezar.

Describe the process of working with you.  How would a couple interact with you from start to finish?
After reaching out via email or through my contact form on my website, we would start with a free consultation at my Englewood studio.  I love chatting about what the couple is envisioning for their wedding day.  After that meeting, I create a customized floral proposal that goes through everything we discussed.  After signing a contract and paying a retainer to hold their date, we keep in contact throughout the next few weeks/ months until the wedding.  About a month out from the wedding day I talk to the couple and the wedding planner to get the final table counts, then check in with the venue on any final items.  The day-of, my team will be there to deliver and set-up pre-wedding, then clean up at the end of the night.

I love communicating with my couples and keep the lines of communication open throughout the process!

What trends are inspiring to you right now?
Being land-locked in Colorado, I’m loving tropical flowers and foliage! Also, I’m digging the use of bold colors in designs as well as installation pieces.  I would love to create something different for you and your guests to awe at!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate chip coffee/ espresso

Where would you most like to travel?
My ultimate DREAM is to go to Rome; my husband and I are finally planning a trip for next May to celebrate his graduation from engineering school.  I cannot wait!!

To see more of Mandy’s wedding work, check out Mike and Jessica’s Denver Museum of Nature and Science wedding.

Then  make sure you stay tuned for more interviews with my go-to wedding vendors!

In case you missed one, you can check out my other vendor features below:
Janie Rocek – Hair and Make-up

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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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  • Jenae

    good stuff Jennie! Such a great idea to show some awesome vendor relationships and help your brides out!ReplyCancel

  • Janie Rocek

    Thank you Jennie! Blessings and success to you this wedding season. I know all your brides/grooms will love you. I hope we have the chance to work together again soon.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    this is great – i feel like i know her now! and amen to the favorite ice cream answer 😀ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Awesome post! Behind the scenes artists definitely deserve their spotlight!ReplyCancel

  • This is such a great idea Jennie! Love getting to know the vendors better (and I totally agree with Janie – salted caramel ice cream is the best!)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    What a great idea! And she’s super stylish, which I appreciate in a stylist!ReplyCancel

  • Valeria

    What a wonderful idea for a post! Loved reading this 🙂ReplyCancel

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Best Colorado Wedding Hair and Make-up

Hayley – Hayley Styles (hair)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My week has gotten away from me, so I will make this recap short and sweet, mostly picking out key points and observations, rather than doing a full recap.

The Bachelor Nick Recap: Episode 9.1

I said last week that I enjoyed the 1 hour episode that only highlighted Raven’s fantasy suite date, but this week I missed having three dates to watch.  Given that this episode actually ended with a rose ceremony made me wish we had been able to digest all three dates at once.  Other than the brief morning after segment we got with Raven in a super good mood (we’re supposed to conclude that Nick gave her an orgasm, right??), she was absent all episode and it was very easy to forget all about her.

Both Rachel and Vanessa’s dates were sponsored by Lapland Safaris, as evidence by the numerous times the cameras focused on their signs.  I fully approve of all of the date activities including cross country skiing with Rachel and ice bathing with Vanessa.

Rachel and Nick had a phenomenal, easy, captivating date with honest conversations and a reassurance from Rachel that even though she’s slow to open up, she does feel very deeply about Nick.  During the date, Nick said “I’m totally falling for you too”.  They even showed footage of the two of them cooking breakfast after their fantasy suite portion and it was so natural and normal and awesome to watch.

After their date I thought there was no way he would send her home.  Which had me all worried, because if he didn’t send her home, then that meant she was in the final two, and since we already know she’s the Bachelorette, the ending of this season would have been given away right then and there.  I suppose if she had ended up in the final two then ABC wouldn’t have announced her as the Bachelorette yet, but they had me seriously concerned for the rest of the episode.

Vanessa’s date involved running back and forth from ice baths to saunas, which doesn’t sound like that much fun to me, but I love how into it Vanessa got.  By the end of this part of their date, I think Vanessa was ready to make polar bear plunges part of her morning routine.  It gets cold enough in Montreal for that, right?

One thing I do really love about their relationship is that they’re not afraid to have tough conversations. I really feel that Vanessa is 100% herself around Nick, which shows she’s not just looking to please someone to be the final one, but that she really wants to find someone to spend her life with.  She cusses, she pushes back, she asks honest questions, and she challenges what Nick says when he’s not expressing himself very clearly.

I was surprised to see that Nick is worried about them being too similar in personality.  Up until this point it hasn’t been discussed, but suddenly Nick thinks they might both be two passionate and stubborn to make a lasting relationship work.  I would argue that you should have some similarities and as long as you’re both willing to compromise on some things along the way, these similarities can bring you to a very deep relationships.

One thing that I feel could still be a sticking point between Vanessa and Nick is where they would live.  Vanessa is very tied to Montreal and Nick didn’t seem too sure about having a life in Canada.  However, I’m encouraged by the fact that he said numerous times that he’s willing to compromise and do anything for the women he loves.

I think what really needs to happen if Vanessa is Nick’s choice, is that the two of them should date long distance for awhile.  It looks like Nick is doing Dancing with the Stars so he’ll be in LA for awhile after the finale, and the two of them would have already been doing the long distance thing to keep the ending a secret, so I think they should continue. They should really give themselves time to make sure that this is going to be a lasting relationship before making any drastic moving plans.  Once they’re sure, I’m 100% confident that they’ll be able to make the best decision for their relationship.

Which leads me to my final prediction: Vanessa will be the last one standing.

As much as Raven is growing on me, I just don’t see them having the deep, challenging relationship that Vanessa and Nick have.  At this point, its either Vanessa or no one.

One final note from the rose ceremony–I’m totally not satisfied with Rachel and Nick’s goodbye.  He gave absolutely NO reason why he sent her home. If I was her I wouldn’t have taken his “It’s hard to say goodbye and you’re amazing” speech without some push back.  Clearly she has closure now, but I would have been so confused because he gave her no answers.

The Women Tell All

I muted much of the women tell all (because honestly, I couldn’t listen to Taylor and Corrine any more), but I did tune into the couch time with Kristina and with with Rachel.

The Bachelor Nick Recap: Episode 9.1

One thing was very clear with both of these interviews.  Kristina and Rachel are clearly loved by every single woman on the show.  The cheers, the tears, the reassurances, and the hugs that these two women got from their fellow contestants was so heartwarming.

The interview with Rachel was awesome too and I think she’s looking to be one of the best bachelorettes we’ve ever seen.  She knows what she wants, she clearly over Nick, she’s humbled for the opportunity, and I don’t think she’ll get caught up in the drama.

All I have to say is ABC better give her at least 20 smart, confident, mature men to meet and date.  They can reserve 10 for ratings and interest if they want, but she better have a damn good crop of men because she deserves it and I don’t think she’ll settle for anything less than the perfect match.

Three hour finale next week!

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Devil

Jamie and Chesley have been together for 17 years and though they committed to each other a few years ago, they never had a legal wedding.

After much deliberation about what they really wanted for their wedding day, the two of them settled on a romantic, intimate, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Winter Elopement in the snowy mountains of Colorado.

They rented a cabin at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, invited only their closest family and friends, and said “I Do” by the fireplace in a cozy indoor ceremony.  And it could not have been more perfect.  From start to finish, Jamie and Chesley reveled in the moments.  From lighting the unity candle to their dance celebration after their first kiss, the room was fill with emotion and pure joy.

They even brought their beloved dog, Ravi, with them and decked him out with a flower crown (which he promptly tried to eat).

After the ceremony, we ventured out into the snowy forests for photos with their guests before taking the time to wander the trails together.  They were goofy, full of laughter and happiness, and so excited to be legally married.

Jamie and Chesley, it was an honor to be present at your ceremony and I wish you years of happiness and joy in your continued life together.

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