Colorado Wedding Planner | Crooked Willow Farm Wedding, Kirsten & Michael

Kirsten and Michael hosted their Colorado wedding at Crooked Willow Farm in Larkspur (just south of Denver!) When searching for venues, Kirsten and Michael wanted "a venue that embodies everything that is epic AND classy!" With Crooked Willow Farm, they TOTALLY nailed that vision. 

Crooked Willow Farm is a huuuge immaculate and amazingly gorgeous barn set in the middle of beautiful pristine Colorado fields. Kirsten grew up owning horses, so when the venue came equipped with camels onsite, horse barns all over and tons of little equestrian detail she knew it was the perfect place for her and Michael to get married. 

The couple continued to embody their rustic (yet super epic and classy) vision with a combination of timeless and elegant details. Kirsten's bridesmaids adored cowboy boots, while Michaels groomsmen had boutonnieres in shotgun shells (and featuring pheasant feathers!) Their stationery suite was custom designed with real gold foil, handmade paper, a raw leather wrap and the most beautiful hand calligraphy ever. Kristen and Michael intentionally put their own touch on their wedding by focusing on the little details - their guests noticed and loved the personality they felt in the overall decor. 

In continuing the vision of "epic and classy" Kirsten really wanted to start her walk down the aisle on a horse. Kirsten's planner, Taylor, made it happen for her (!!!) Kirsten walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of "Clocks" and before Kirsten made it to her Dad (who walked her down to Michael) the horse, Ladyhawk, stopped and neighed for all of the guests! It was incredible. Kirsten and Michael both wrote their own heartfelt vows, and their wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony (sidenote: we cannot wait to see their video!) 

After the ceremony, Kirsten and Michael signed their marriage license and spent some time with Ladyhawk. Their guests sauntered into the courtyard to enjoy a custom cigar-rolling bar, whiskey tasting, sausage station with elk, lamb and wild boar (whaaaat!), wine tasting and a string quartet for ambiance. Epic and classy! 

The night concluded with a custom curated dinner (and dessert) from Occassions Catering, a mass of heartfelt toasts, tons of great dancing and one of the best father/daughter dances to date. 

Everything WAS epic and classy for Kirsten and Michael! From the amaaaazing drapery and lighting in their reception, to the jaw-dropping florals and arbor piece (peacock feathers, antlers, garland!) It was truly one of our favorite weddings we have been apart of in Colorado!

* From their Lead Planner, Taylor: "Kirsten and Michaels wedding was absolutely and forever unforgettable! It was so much fun to work with Kirsten from the beginning. Together, we found her venue, designed her moodboard, curated her lookbook and set her vision on fire! By intentionally collaborating with amazing vendors we made her vision come to life, all of the vendors were perfect for what Kirsten wanted! My favorite part (aside from her walk down the aisle on the horse) was the room reveal! Showing Kirsten that her vision HAD came to life made us both tear up ~ happy tears! It was everything she wanted, and as a planner that is all you can ask for! SO much fun planning this wedding, I wish we could rewind and do it all again!" 

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Bold, Moody Wedding Inspiration at Hotel Ivy

A plethora of bold hues in the moodiest of tones, this shoot was all about dramatic details that would make any couple stand out. Our style inspiration was a little bit boho, a touch whimsical, a tad gypsy and 100% luxury. From the calligraphed metallic invitation suite to the incredibly detailed floral shrug and the luxurious table decor, every detail was crafted with flair.

Our model rocked two incredible goddess style gowns- a more traditional style with fitted, scoop neck bodice and soft flowy skirt. As well as a vintage modern option with an illusion neckline, lace detail and beaded back, with soft tulle overlay on the skirt.

Studio C created an amazing floral shrug & headpiece to accent the traditional gown. The bold and beautiful headpiece was a twist on a floral crown- with burgundy peonies and cascading amaranth. The shrug is a fantastic bouquet alternative that stays with you all night!

Invitations were crafted in copper and lavender with the most sensational hand lettering.

The hotel Ivy was the perfect upscale, modern venue for this shoot. They boast amazing views, gorgeous natural light, and super clean architecture.

The tablescape was an opulent array of black, gold and deep red/ burgundy and deep purple tones.

The sky-high candelabras and gold cloche accent with dramatically textured floral arrangements of peonies, purple cabbage, spider mums, hydrangea, amaranthus, greenery, ferns, seeded eucalyptus and ranunculus was breathtaking.

The textured gold chargers were both anchored and accented with black linen, accompanied by elaborate gold table runners. The combination exuded the moody vibe while maintaining a classic luxury feel. 

The single tier cake was hand crafted with a deep aquamarine blue marbled fondant that looked too scrumptious to eat! It was a striking contrast with the purple and red hues and paired great with the bubbly display.

We included several behind the scenes photos because we think it's important for our couples to see how much work goes into a styled shoot! We do them because we love them- but there really are like mini-weddings! We LOVED working with this vendor team and appreciate all of their amazingly hard work in making such a beautiful, unique vision come to life!

Be sure to check out the Artfully Wed feature too!  And please PIN away! You'll see a variety of angles for some of the various design and decor elements- this was quite a dynamic shoot. 

Photographer: Tandem Tree Photography

Venue: The Hotel Ivy

Videographer: Acowsay Cinema

Event Planner & Designer: La vie Charmé by Simply Elegant

Floral Designer: Studio C Floral

Dresses: The White Room

Desserts: The Copper Hen

Hair & Makeup: Haley Sachs Artistry

Stationery Designer: Jill Elaine Designs

Tuxedo: Savvi Formalwear

Gift Boxes: Minny & Paul

Robe: Flirt Boutique

Linens & Rentals: BBJ Linen

Models: Sierra Corneil, Joel Bauman

Chicago Wedding Planner | Ovation Chicago, Alyssa & Brian's Spring Wedding

Alyssa and Brian hosted their spring wedding at Ovation. This wedding and event venue was once a foundry, but is now a modern, industrial loft with so many beautiful architectural details that we love! It's also super versatile and includes a ton of "extras" with the rental (always a nice perk). 

We love how personal the day was to the couple. Alyssa created her own decor items- including her flowers. She included a locket on the clutch of the bouquet with a photo of her dad (cue the tears) and walked down the aisle with her Mom. 

They duo also danced to "Better Together" by Us the Duo (instead of Jack Johnson). It was a great twist on a well known song.

Venue: Ovation Chicago

Photography:  Christine Ciszczon Photography

Planning: The Simply Elegant Group, Elisa

Catering + Sweets: Copper Oven Pizza Co.

Bar: Martini Black

Dress: House of Brides

Beauty: CHYLArtistry

Transportation: M&M & Rolls Royce (provide by venue)

Papergoods: Vistaprint

DJ: Style Matters DJ