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Real Life Party: Backyard Wedding Reception

Recently I got to attend my sister’s super casual backyard wedding.  It was a great day filled with close friends and family celebrating a couple that was just so happy to be together.  I keep telling everyone that asks how the wedding was, that I was so amazed at how laid back the couple was.  It just goes to show that when all you care about is getting married at the end of the day, the little stuff just doesn’t matter.

I was honored when my sister asked me to help her decorate and set up for the backyard reception.  It was so fun getting emails and texts in the months leading up to the wedding discussing decorating details.  She had a great general theme and color scheme to work with.  She also diyed a lot of decor so there was a lot to work with.  I mostly did some space planning, set up, and decorating.  All things that I love to do.  I also had a lot of help from my sister-in-law that has an amazing eye for pulling parties together.  See her backyard BBQ here.

Today you get to see a bunch of reception decor and how her theme was carried out throughout the space. Are you ready for picture overload?

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.The general theme was rustic with a sense of adventure in a navy blue, mint and gray color scheme.  Using mason jars, baby’s breath, wood slices, and a few magnolia leaves we created a simple, but rustic centerpiece.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.The abundant charcuterie board.  My sister-in-law is a genius when putting these together. I didn’t think to take any pictures of the food and dessert tables, but it was all delicious.  Because it was such a small wedding it was almost pot luck style.  My brother-in-law roasted pork loin, my mother-in-law made a side dish as well as the groom’s mom, and the dessert was all made by the grooms sister.  It was quite a family affair, but everything was tasty and homemade.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.The drink station.  I love the idea of using an old crate to lift the beverage canisters up.  It really brings in the rustic feel.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.Probably my favorite area of the entire reception was the head table area.  My sister initially wanted a photo booth area, but because of possible rain, we opted to put the photo booth backdrop behind the head table and it really made a great backdrop to the newly married couple.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.The backdrop was built by the groom using pallets and decorated with burlap style curtains and color coordinated pennants made by the bride.  The part I love the most is the vintage window hanging on the backdrop.  The window was found on the family farm, and my sister-in-law refinished it.  Then the bride’s talented friend hand lettered a wonderful quote on it.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.“Actually, the best gift you could have given me was a lifetime of adventure.” -Lewis Carroll

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.The bride’s bouquet was found on Etsy here.  I love that it’s something she’s going to have forever because it’s made of fabric and wood flowers.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.Another super on theme area was the gift table and guest sign-in area.  This couple has some amazingly talented friends who made these awesome signs.  Something they’ll have forever. The backdrop was made using pallets, pennants, and meaningful pictures of the couple throughout their life.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.

Inspiration for a rustic adventure themed backyard wedding and reception.Another great idea was having guests leave notes for the couple with suggestions of adventures they should go on.  There were some pretty challenging adventures suggested, like finding Wonderland, but this adventuresome couple is up for the challenge I’m sure.

I didn’t think to get any pictures of the lawn area, but after a short storm passed, we busted out lawn games.  Games included cornhole, washers, and a giant tic-tac-toe game made from a pallet and large X’s and O’s.  The wedding was such a nice, intimate, family filled gathering.  Proof that it’s not necessary to spend a lot or have a large production just to get married.

Here’s to a lifetime of adventures and happiness for the bride and groom!  What was your favorite part of this adventure themed wedding?

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Beautiful Mountaintop Wedding Recap

Good morning, is everyone as excited about the weekend almost being here as I am?  Did you get to see my organized laundry room earlier this week?  It still working like a dream for me!  Today, as promised, you’re getting all the details from the rustic mountain wedding we went to last month.  To say this wedding was beautiful is a complete understatement.  From the scenic location to the venue and bride, it was all so pretty.

Pinterest Graphic-Mountaintop RecapThe wedding was held at Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort and it was absolutely beautiful.  Timber Ridge is at the top of the mountain so we had to take two different gondolas up to the wedding ceremony and reception.  The views on the way up were gorgeous! Probably one of my favorite parts of the wedding, besides the couple getting married, was receiving a glass of champagne once we stepped off the gondola.  I definitely needed it to calm my nerves after the ride up to the wedding.

Mountain Wedding-GondolaWalking up to the ceremony location there was a great sign that informed all the guests of what was going to take place throughout the night.  It was handy to know the order of events right off the bat.

Mountain Wedding-SignThe couple got married outside overlooking the evergreen trees.  It was beautiful.  The ceremony included an emotional reading describing how the bride’s dress was purchased with her late mother several years ago.  It really pulled at the heart strings.  I love that the bride’s mother was there in memory and almost physically because the bride was wearing the dress she picked out with her.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Mountain Wedding-LocationAfter the ceremony, the cocktail hour took place in the same location.  The bartenders did a great job of loading up their servers’ trays with a variety of drinks.  Instead of the servers’ having to go back to the bar for different drinks their trays had a couple varieties of beer, red and white wine, and champagne.  There was something for everyone.  There were also passed hors d’oevours and a gigantic cheese table.  It was all delicious.

During the cocktail hour I snuck inside to the reception space to get some pictures for you before everyone else came inside.  I was blown away when I saw this.

Mountain Wedding- ReceptionI mean, I think I fell right into a picture on Pinterest.  The draping really softened the rustic vibe of the space.  The lighting was perfectly done.  The space just got better as the night went on and it got darker.

You’ve already seen the tablescapes, but I just had to show you again.  The floral decor was amazing, bursting out of lanterns and lining the center of every table.

Mountain Wedding-TablescapeThe tables themselves were beautiful.  Rustic wood in the perfect color and lined with a runner, mercury glass candles, and color coordinating napkins.  I like that the napkins added some color to the space, but it wasn’t over the top, hit you in the face, pink everywhere.

Mountain Wedding-Cake 3The wedding cake was as beautiful as everything else at the wedding.  It was also delicious!  You know I’ve never met a piece of wedding cake I didn’t like.  The subtle additions of greenery and flowers really brought in the outdoors and added a special touch.  I also like that the couple just had a few flowers on top of their cake instead of a cake topper.  I also did that at my own wedding.  Mostly because I forgot to get a cake topper and my florist hooked me up by adding some flowers on top.  This cake looked much more intentional though.

Mountain Wedding-Cake2I love the way the baker added icing to the cake in a way to make it look like mountains and trees all around the cake.  The wood slice cake platters also amped up the rustic element.

Dinner was as good as everything else at the wedding.  Everyone was very impressed with the servers.  They did a great job making sure everyone had just what they needed.  They were very accommodating about any food allergies or dietary restrictions and even brought us refreshed drinks from the bar.  It was nice not to have to get up in the middle of dinner to go get a new drink.

Mountain Wedding-Oxygen BarWhen your wedding is at almost 12,000 foot elevation, people might feel a little woozy with the thin air.  It was really fun to have the option of an oxygen bar. Even if you didn’t need it, it was still fun to check your oxygen levels and try out the various different “flavors” of oxygen.

This was probably one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I had ever been to.  From the moment you stepped onto the gondola, everything was very though out and enhanced the experience of where we were.  Even at the end of the night, there were blankets handed out to keep guest’s warm on the way down the mountain.  I felt so lucky to be invited to this wedding and am so grateful that I get to share it with you.  What was your favorite part?

Vendor List

Venue: Timber Ridge, Keystone Resort

Catering – Keystone Resort

Cake – Ned Archibald, Keystone Resort

Photographer- Tommy Cowan

Videographer- Brandon Rice

DJ- Drew Reges

Oxygen BarSummit Oxygen

Photobooth- Ear2Ear

Décor (draping and lighting)- Elite Entertainment

Floral (all floral and centerpieces)Somerset Floral Design

Planner- LaTasha Baldwin, Little Details

Dress- Justin Alexander

Bridesmaids- Jim Hjelm

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Wedding Recap: Roaring 20’s & Gatsby Themed Wedding

As promised during last week’s Tablescape Tuesday, I’m here this week to fully recap one of the weddings we recently attended.  My husband and I had the pleasure of being a guest at two weddings in one weekend!  The second wedding we went to was a 20’s/Gatsby themed wedding, and it was a blast.  I was amazed at how all of the guest’s really got into the theme and dressed the part.  There were sequenced flapper dresses, boas, and three-piece suits everywhere.  It really got the guests’ involved with the wedding too.

Pinterest Graphic-Gatsby Themed WeddingHere’s my full recap!  First was the amazing location.  How does getting married at a mansion sound?  The Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion was built in 1902, but it fit the theme of the wedding so well.

20's Themed WeddingThe couple was married outside on the steps.  The view for all the guests was great because the couple was elevated.  Not much decor is needed because the mansion makes a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.  It was a great ceremony with friends and family of the couple standing next to them, even dancing and posing as they came in.  The officiant was a close friend of the couple and did a great job of making the ceremony about them and about love with plenty of humor thrown in.

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour on one of the mansion’s patios.  I loved the signage throughout the wedding, but this one at the bar was particularly funny.

20's Themed WeddingThe theme was carried through to the personalized cocktail napkins.

20's Themed WeddingAfter the cocktail hour, we made our way into the mansion for the reception.  How amazing are the chandeliers and woodwork in the mansion?  The reception space was decorated beautifully with large tables for all of the guests.  Each table had an amazing gold and black color scheme and either gold tipped greenery, feathers, or flower centerpieces.  I especially loved the gold flatware and gold rimmed glasses.

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20's Themed WeddingDinner was delicious, I particularly remember the mashed potatoes being amazing!  After dinner, the couple cut the cake.  If there was one thing at this wedding that screamed Gatsby, it was the cake!  Art deco and Gatsby at is finest!

20's Themed Wedding CakeHow amazing is the cake?  Almost too pretty to eat, but we did, and it was delicious as well!  The cake table again had some great signage and decor.

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20's Themed WeddingAfter the cake cutting, there was a champagne tower that was so fun! If you know me or have read this blog at all you know that I love champagne.  There really isn’t a more fun way to serve it than to pour multiple bottles on top of precariously stacked glasses and watch it all run down the tower and fill up the glasses!

20's Themed WeddingAfter the champagne tower and toasts we headed to the lower level of the mansion for dancing.  I didn’t take many pictures here because I was too busy having fun and sipping my champagne.  There was also a photo booth adjacent to the dance floor that had some great props.  These photos were a great little momento from the wedding.

Gatsby Themed WeddingBe sure to check out all of these amazing vendors that helped create a fun, themed, love filled wedding!  If you’re in the Denver area be sure to use them if you are planning any events in the future.

Vendors

Wedding & Event Planner- Jewell Event Design

Catering- Greens Point Catering

Photography- Photo Elements Studio

Cake- Gateaux Bakery

Florals- Amore Fiori Flowers

Venue- Grant Humphreys Mansion

Entertainment- Complete Music/Lighting/Photo Booth

Entertainment- Black Tie Piano

Transportation- Rolls Royce Rentals Denver

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Tablescape Tuesday: Wedding Centerpieces

A few weekends ago, we had the opportunity to attend two very different, but very fun wedding in the same weekend.  We went from a rustic, beautiful, mountain wedding to a fun-filled, 20’s themed, elegant mansion wedding.  It was quite the weekend.  Today I wanted to share the tablescapes from those weddings with you.

It’s another round of Tablescape Tuesday! In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table.  Putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’, and your experience so much better.  These weddings certainly didn’t disappoint in their tablescape game.

The first wedding was on top of a mountain and absolutely beautiful.  Because of the wedding’s location, there was a rustic element to the wedding, but it was so beautifully done.

Pink Rustic TableI mean isn’t this table absolutely gorgeous.  It felt like I was living in a pinterest photo.  The rustic wood table, textured runner, and the centerpiece that ran the entire length of the table were so pretty.  I thought it was great to have just a runner on the table and let the beautiful wood table shine.

The flowers were amazing.  Spilling out from a lantern in the middle was greenery and color coordinating roses.  The gold mercury glass votives made the whole affair so intimate as the night went on.  Color coordinating napkins brought the whole theme together nicely.

Pink and Purple Floral CenterpieceIt was almost too pretty, almost.  I really did feel so excited to be at such a beautiful wedding.

The second wedding of the weekend was so different, but so fun.  The wedding was roaring 20’s themed at a mansion, and everyone really dressed to the theme.  It was so fun seeing everyone in 20’s attire.  Some looked like they stepped right out from that decade.

The tablescapes were alternating centerpieces of greenery, feathers, and flowers.  We sat at a table with some great greenery.

20's Themed TablescapeI loved the aged feel of the venue, it really helped bring the theme out throughout the entire event.  The crystal chandeliers didn’t hurt either. Tables with greenery centerpieces were dressed up with a light shine of gold paint which was a great little touch to tie into the theme.  Wedding guest’s sipped on deep glasses rimmed with gold.

Gold Rimmed GlassesOverall, it was such a fun weekend.  Albeit, busy, but so fun.  It was great getting to go to two very different weddings and see how the personality of each couple really shined through.

Which was your favorite, rustic, pink, mountain wedding or black and gold 20’s themed party?  Stick around because I’ll be giving a full recap of both weddings in the next few weeks.  Let’s face it, you want to see the rest of both weddings after looking at just the tables right?

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What I Would Wear-Wedding Edition

Wedding season is upon us and today is all about what I would wear, wedding edition!  Here are four great dress options and a couple fun alternatives if dresses aren’t your thing.  Wedding season can be kind of crazy with all of the expenses that are involved even for the guests.  After gifts, flights, hotels, etc. the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear to the event.  Most of the options below are under $150 and can work for so many events (think bridal showers, graduations, garden parties, etc.) that the price per wear goes way down.

 

I love the floral pattern on this pleated halter dress.  I also like how the pattern is more concentrated at the top and gets broader at the bottom.  Be sure that whatever dress you choose, it isn’t white, or mostly white.  You definitely don’t want to upstage the bride.

This is a similar option to the first dress but leaves you a lot of room for wedding cake!  The best part is that it’s only $46!  That’s right, 46 DOLLARS!  Talk about getting your money’s worth.

Something about this dress instantly drew my attention.  I think the palm print is perfect for a tropical wedding, a south Florida wedding, or a southern California wedding.  The kelly green color would look great on all of you brunettes.

This lace overlay lavender ombre dress reminds me of my lace obsession during the holidays, but it’s refreshed for spring.  It’s such a tailored cut, but the coloring of the dress makes it young and fun.  Be sure to check what color the bridesmaids are wearing before wearing a dress like this.  You don’t want to upstage the bridesmaids or be mistaken for a bridesmaid if you aren’t one.

And now a couple alternatives to dresses if you want to really shake things up, or if the wedding you’re attending is a chic city affair.

I love the look of this tailored jumpsuit.  You have to click the link to see the details at the shoulders.  I would definitely warn you to try this on before committing in case the length or fit is off.  The great news is that Nordstrom always has free returns and free shipping, so it’s a win-win.

If you love the idea of a jumpsuit but want something a little more forgiving, this is a great option.  Lots of room, but still totally polished looking.

Which option is your favorite?  How many weddings do you have coming up this wedding season?  Let me know in the comments below!

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