A New Year’s Eve Wedding: Tricia + Eric

This blog post has been a bit daunting because I do not know how to capture the magic of this wedding in words and photos alone…however, I’m so excited to share it with you! Tricia & Eric were amazing clients…the kind we dream of! Their excitement to become husband and wife was infectious and the main focus of their short engagement. They viewed this commitment with the utmost reverence and couldn’t wait to throw the most unbelievable party to celebrate with their friends & family!

The decision to have the wedding on New Years Eve was carefully weighed and determined to be the perfect night to invite all their friends & family to a black tie, downtown Denver, winter soiree. Because Tricia & Eric were so busy during this short engagement, they allowed me the freedom to create a space & set the stage that would capture who they are, what their love represents, and how they wanted to celebrate…and because it was New Year’s Eve…we got to use LOTS of GLITTER!!

We selected one of my favorite downtown Denver Venues, The Studio Loft and Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House. Both of these spaces offer the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable event. I was so inspired as the couple challenged me to blend Eric’s cool, modern, downtown style (seen in the venue) and Tricia’s boho, free spirited, romantic style (seen in the decor). And I couldn’t have done it without my amazing vendors! DesignWorks Denver helped bring my vision to life in the ceremony space with miles of draped fabric, candles and lighting. Then Liz & Cori from Cori Cook Floral Designs blew our minds with the floral installations and centerpieces. They always go above and beyond my expectations and that’s why they are my favorite gals to work with! And let’s not forget the linens from LA Tavola! Linens might be my favorite indulgence in event design and this couple let me go all out with tablescapes that made jaws drop.

But that’s enough from me…enjoy the photos brought to you by Preston Utley. And if you want to see Tricia & Eric’s wedding video check it here!

Event Design/Coordination: Christyn at We Tie The Knots

Venue: The Studio Loft & Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House

Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design

Decor: DesignWorks Denver & La Tavola Linens

Band: Soul X

Photographer: Preston Utley

Photo Booth: Bamboo Booth

Accommodations: The Four Seasons Denver

The Farm at Old Edwards Inn: Callie + Davis 12/29/12

I know all of my previous and current brides have been anxious to see wedding photos and hear all about it, so what better than a detailed blog post! And here it goes….

I am not that girl that had her wedding planned since a little girl, believe it or not! I think that’s the best way to go about it though because you don’t have your heart set on a specific month or season of the year, or a specific theme in mind. Between my wedding schedule and Davis’ schedule we were very limited to having the wedding in December. Most brides would say this is not the ideal month for their wedding, but in the end you have to remember you’re just finally getting to marry the man of your dreams!! So, December 29th it was… As soon as we picked the date, I immediately was thinking a dreamy “Winter Wonderland” wedding! Having worked at the majority of the wedding venues in Atlanta, I wanted to do something a little different, a destination wedding but not too far for everyone. That’s when I decided the Farm at Old Edwards Inn would be perfect. The glassed in Pavillion made for a beautiful outdoor view but still keeping everyone warm. This extraordinary venue is located in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, NC. which added to the theme that much more.

I must say the most enjoyable part of the entire planning process was designing the reception, but that’s my favorite part of helping every bride! The venue was rustic but very elegant and classy. With it being during the Holidays, I wanted to keep it a little more formal and romantic. One of my favorite aspects to the tablescapes would have to be the sequin table linens for our estate table… a huge thank you to La Tavola for helping make this dream come true! Another one of my favorite elements was adding snow around every centerpiece on each table, it just completed the theme so perfectly! Our florist, Boukates, went over and beyond everything I had ever dreamed of… she executed my ideas so perfectly and even added a few surprises. One of the most rewarding moments of this entire process was when my event coordinators brought myself, Davis and my sister into the reception before any of the guest came in. I literally just kept spinning circles, tearing up and looking at how perfectly everything came together. All of that hard work, phone calls with my sister and mom, inspiration, diagrams, directions, ideas and dreams all came to life immediately! I can literally say our entire wedding was a dream come true, all thanks to my incredible vendors that I put all of my trust into.

The one thing that stressed me out was the weather forecast, because that was the one thing completely out of my control. Back in February when we got engaged I was nervous about having a wedding in the mountains during the winter season… thinking what if we get icy roads and nobody can make it up the mountain. That was when I decided it was time to trust God that He would allow for ideal weather on our wedding day. We really didn’t have many other options for a date! So I just had to keep reminding myself of this… especially when I woke up the morning of our wedding and it was pouring down rain for hours, and then to sleet and back to cold rain. About 20 minutes before I put my dress on, literally not a cloud in the sky or a single rain drop. So we all rushed outside for our photos to begin. About 10 minutes into photos, still not a cloud in the sky, it starts snowing!!!! It was such a dream! I had always thought in the back of my head, I wish it would snow, but only for a little bit and not stick so guest can still drive up the mountain… but wait I want it sunny too. Well it happened! I will say though, it was absolutely freezing at moments and towards the end of photos I couldn’t feel my fingers. Thank goodness for the UGG boots that I wore the majority of the time! The weather then cleared up for the rest of the day but just in time for our sparkler exit, it started snowing again! Such a perfect dream come true as we drove all the way back to our hotel in the snow.

So with all of that said, the most magical day of my life happened on December 29th 2012, and I will never forget marrying the man of my dreams. This wasn’t all about the perfect décor and crazy weather… it was the fact Davis and I waited so patiently for four and a half years for this day. I hope every bride will keep this in the back of their mind, as the planning can get stressful at times. You only get to have one wedding day with this man, enjoy every moment of it and take it all in because it flies by way too fast. It was just a bonus how perfectly smooth my entire day went!

This day could not have been as perfect as it was with out my amazing Matron of Honor (my sister/ wedding planner), parents and brother that immediately jumped in helping as soon as they all could. Not to mention I had 3 bridesmaids that are wedding planners, that helps a ton! A special thanks to our photographer, Mike Larson, for flying from California to share this special day with us and capture these incredible photos!

A special thanks to our incredible vendors:

Wedding Planner/Designer: We Tie The Knots

Venue and Catering: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn (Highlands, NC)

Private Estate & Vineyard Wedding Photographer: Mike Larson

Florist: Boukates

DJ: Hans Daniels

Cake: Sweet Peeps

Damask Linens: BBJ

Sequin Linens: La Tavola

Hair: Sarah Nolan

Makeup: Andrea Nay

Mr. & Mrs. Repp: A New Year’s Eve Wedding

By: Allie Brackett

The McKerrow-Repp wedding was a New Year’s Eve celebration their guests will never forget. The ceremony held at Christ the King was simply breath-taking followed by the reception at The Ritz Carlton, Buckhead. An intimate gathering family and friends watched as Heather and Dave exchanged vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony.

The bride and groom danced the night away at their reception, held at the Ritz-Carlton. The reception was complete with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight to celebrate the bride and groom, and of course, the new year.

The bride and groom were so wonderful to work with. I had a fantastic time helping them plan their special day. The ceremony and reception were both so beautiful and a true celebration of Heather and Dave.

Vendors:

Wedding Planners: Callie Garrett and Allie Brackett of We Tie The Knots

Ceremony: Cathedral of Christ The King

Reception: The Ritz Carlton, Buckhead

Photographer: Jette Fagela

Florist: Carithers