Rio & Jared's Epic Fall Keystone Wedding

Rio & Jared's Epic Fall Keystone Wedding

Keystone in the fall…why the hell not!

Rio and Jared are a damn good time and so was their wedding day! These two, their three boys, their puppy Cash and 180 of their closest friends booked it up to Keystone for a perfect Colorado Fall wedding! The wedding weekend starting with a welcome BBQ in a huge cabin the couple called the party house for the weekend! As these two are dispensary owners, there was an entire room dedicated to weed goodies for all their guests to enjoy (so fun)! The wedding day was kicked off by hair, make up and mimosas with Divine Beauty Artists! Jared and Rio decided to do a first look and did so right where the gondola let off at the top of Schoolmarm. It was gorgeous and we all cried of course! The couple was married on the top of Keystone Mountain in a breathtaking and incredibly personal ceremony where Rio not only gave vows to her new husband, but to her three adorable boys! After the couple said “I do” and all the mountain top photo ops came to a close, the guests took the gondola down the mountain and caught the shuttle to the reception! The party continued on the 9th hole of Keystone Ranch Golf Course. The couple dined on a 5 course meal (Intermezzo and all) and continued the party in the tent where they danced the night away to the Grateful Dead Cover band, Shakedown Street! Rio and I got super close over the whole year plus of planning and it was so hard to let these two go! Cheers to their beautiful life together! See all the gorge pictures from the day:

26 Things I Learned In 26 Years

26 Things I Learned In 26 Years

  1. Don't Work a Job You Hate: This is seriously the biggest thing I've learned in the past three years. Working a job you hate makes every aspect of your life miserable. When I was answering phones for the insurance company or getting a big wig banker his three daily protein shakes everything felt heavy. Not only heavy, but the constant feeling that I KNEW I was better than this. It was that day July 2017 that my boss called me into his office and said, "You don't want to be here do you" and I sure as shit didn't. He knew, I knew, and there was no point. This was what pushed me off the cliff and into full time entrepreneurship. Every day since not working in the corporate world I have been happier and lighter on my feet. Our jobs are seriously so much of our lives as adults and there is no reason why we should spend that much time hating our lives. 

  2. This Too Shall Pass: This is my moms signature phrase. Ask my brother. This is her answer to everything and I HATED it growing up. I didn't understand how it could be that simple. No matter what is going on it will be over. It will pass. You will get over it and you will be fine! No matter what! 

  3. Be A Good Person: The most basic concept! Be nice to people, have empathy, be selfless, put yourself in other peoples shoes. You never know what is happening in other peoples lives. Be good to others. It is always worth it!  

  4. Act Calm Even When Your Not: My favorite sentence when working with my clients is "We will figure it out!". Because we will no matter what! Things will get messed up, they wont go as you expected but it is fine! Act calm, figure it out, and keep that calm demeanor when dealing with stressful situations. 

  5. Don’t Stop Singing!: You will be so pissed when you loose your voice.

  6. Spend Your Money on Experiences Not Crap: I used to think that having the nicest things was what made you successful. Cars, clothes, jewelry, whatever. Now I realize that the things that you get to do matter SO much more. Tommy and I never get each other gifts anymore we get each other experiences that we can have together! Concert tickets, trips, tasting menu dinners, and cooking classes. Things that we can do and remember forever because material things are only temporary. 

  7. Say Yes to Most Things, But Know When to Say No: I'm down for most things. But don’t do things that will make you unhappy just because you think you are supposed to! Still mastering this one honestly...

  8. Friends Will Come and Go: I don't even speak to my best girlfriends from high school any more. Not one of them. My very best friend since 6th grade is still one of my best and oldest friends. We've grown apart, had seasons of not speaking, and came together like we hadn't missed a beat. Those are real friends. The friends that it doesn't matter how long it has been since you talked but you know you are still insanely close and connected. Those friends are the best friends and the forever friends.  

  9. It Is Okay to Grow Up Faster Than Other People: I am always the first to do most things. I was the first to get a tattoo, move in with my boyfriend, the first person to start a business. It is okay to grow up faster than your friends. Eventually they will catch up and understand why you made the decisions that you made. 

  10. Don't Be Afraid to Say You’re Not Okay: My mom has this ability to ask me if I am okay and I immediately start balling crying and fall apart. I have been struggling with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder since I was in 8th grade and I didn't get the balls to say it until I was a Sophomore in College. I was trying to convince my mom to let me drop out of college and she was like what is the actual problem and I totally broke down. I thought that if no one knew there was something wrong with me that it wasn't happening. It is okay to not be okay all the time because no one is and that took me so long to realize.

  11. Say Thank you: Say it over and over and over again!

  12. Being Skinny Isn't Everything: I have struggled with an eating disorder on and off since I was 15. Some of my worst times were right after my 21st birthday. Eat the fucking food! Hangout with your friends, get drinks, get coffee and don't count every calorie. Life is seriously way too short to only give a shit about how many abs you can see. 

  13. Travel More: My parents are big home bodies and don’t travel much! I love to be anywhere I can be whenever I can be! Travel when you can, even if it’s just to the mountains! It will change your life.

  14. Stop putting Bows on Everything!: Not everything needs a damn bow!

  15. Life is a Lot of Smoke and Mirrors: Most things are not what they seem. So don't get in your head that other peoples lives are perfect and start comparing yourself to others. You don't know the whole story. 

  16. Learn to Cook: It's super fun and you get to eat everything you make! Your friends and family will love you for it too!  

  17. You Don't Have to Follow The Rules: When I say this I mean the “graduate from college, get a job, get married, have babies, have the house with the white picket fence and die” kind of life! People ask me all the time when me and tommy will get married and settle down. We've been together for four plus years so it would make sense to do all of that now, but we are so not focused on that at this time in our lives! I know it is something that most people strive for but it doesn't even seem all that important right now. I am so happy with my life! Don't follow the rules that don't serve you! Follow your own path no matter how crazy and uncharted that path may be! 

  18. Talk to Everyone: Everyone is an expert in something and you never know what you might learn.

  19. Date your Best Friend: I got so lucky with this one. Tommy is the most positive, sweet, loving, and supportive person I know. He also laughs at my jokes, goes with my crazy ideas, and doesn’t care that I smell. He is so much more to me than a boyfriend, but a true partner in this life. Everyone needs to date their best friend.

  20. Think Back on the Past But Don’t Live There: The things that have happened to us are sometimes amazing and fun and sometimes really hard and painful. Don’t hang on to the past so tightly that you miss out on the present! The now is really great too!

  21. It’s Okay to Cuss: I have the mouth of a sailor and I have for a while. But sometimes cussing and being yourself can relax those around you and make them feel comfortable. Ask my assistants…

  22. Don’t Let Comparing Yourself to Others Mess with Your Head: You never know the whole story. Stay in your lane! You can look at others but don’t let comparing yourself to them dull your sparkle.

  23. Find Inspiration in Things Outside of Your Creative Industry: Some (okay most) of my best design ideas didn’t come from another wedding. Find inspiration in museums, street art, paint splatters, tile floors, gardens, film, and really amazing photography. Bringing these elements into everything you design.

  24. Reach Out to People You Think Would Never Talk To You: This was a big lesson when I first started in the industry. I was attending networking events and seeing people that I had been looking up to for years. For so long I was scared to talk to people, like in general. Eventually I reached out to a few people to get coffee so I could pick their brain and almost everyone said yes. I learned so much from these seasoned vets that I never thought would even speak to me. Always ask because the worst thing they can say is no!

  25. Cherish Your Family: Loosing my grandmother was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. She battled with Parkinsons for so long and even though we knew it was coming it hit our family like a ton of bricks. Family is so important. Make time for them and love them hard.

  26. Have Deep Conversations and Listen: I am one of those people who dives in deep inside your head really quickly! Have deep meaningful conversations instead of talking about the weather.

Wedding Catering Options Pros and Cons

Wedding Catering Options Pros and Cons

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Buffett: 

This style of serving is considered more casual but that doesn't mean it isn't fitting for a lot of couples. Buffet style is perfect if you don't want to have dinner be the main event and want to get to the real party. You know the dance party! Buffett style gets your guests through the line quickly and they will typically finish their dinner in under and hour!

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Plated Dinner:

A multiple course plated dinner screams luxury! Your guests dinner selections were previously made when they RSVP’d to your invitation and then a full plate of delicious food arrives at their seat just for them! A plated dinner is beautiful and swanky, but this type of dinner takes a long time to serve. Especially if your guest count is high! So take this into consideration when choosing your catering style! 

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Stations:

Stations encourage your guests to get up and move around. This creates more of a lounge or cocktail party type vibe. With stations your guests are spread out in different lines so the lines wont take as long and people will be able to enjoy food sooner. Stations are an amazing way to display food if you have a wide array of options. You could have a pizza station, mashed potatoe bar, and even hand rolled sushi (obvi my fave!)! The options are endless! Stations give your guests the wide range of choices that they want. If a large portion of your guests have dietary restrictions this is a great choice as well.


Need help answering these tough questions? Hire us for Month of Coordination or Full Service Planning! We promise we know our stuff!


My Love Hate Relationship with Pinterest...

My Love Hate Relationship with Pinterest...

Oh Pinterest...

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Truly I love Pinterest! I can get lost for hours creating new boards, visualizing new color palettes, seeing insanely extravagant design concepts, or just figuring out what I’m going to eat for dinner. Pinterest just has a way of getting the wheels in my head turning! 

Overall, it is an amazing source of inspiration! Pinterest is a great place to ask questions, search for ideas, and a great place to make your head start spinning (not in a good way)! It is an amazing tool but you wouldn't just take the WebMD diagnosis of why you have a head ache as having a brain tumor instead of going to a doctor to get checked out. Weird analogy, but this is why it is so important to take the things on Pinterest with a grain of salt and talk to your trusted team of professionals! Here are a few downfalls of the website we love so very much…sometimes…

It Can Cause You to Rethink Your Whole Theme: The wedding planning process often takes a long long time! In the one year (sometimes more) of wedding planning you may change your mind on the things you want. Changing your mind is totally fine, but browsing Pinterest can make you rethink everything. All weddings are beautiful, so seeing another style of wedding and loving it is normal, but don’t let that change your mind on your personal vision for your big day!

It Can Make You Question What You Really Like: There are so many wedding trends that have come and gone. For a while it was big 80s hair and poofy dresses, all white church weddings, and all the lace and burlap. Now there is macrame, moody photos, and tropical themes. So the question is, do you like these things because you truly like them or because they are trendy right now? Just because something is trendy and cool doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to look back on your wedding in 20 years and still love. Root your wedding in the things that are authentically YOU so you don’t look back on your wedding and laugh one day

The Pricing of Things Are Not Shown: I sometimes have brides come to me with a floral arch that would easily cost 10K on its own but their total floral budget is 5K! Just because something is beautiful doesn't mean it fits in your budget, which can disappoints clients a lot of the time. Meet with a florist in real life! You can always show them your inspiration and ask them how much things cost and how we can change things in order to fit your wedding and your budget! 


I know I just talked a lot of shit about Pinterest, but it really is a love hate relationship. All I can say is trust yourself, trust your team, and use Pinterest as a guide not a bible! Let us help you make your day Pinterest Worthy and book us for full service wedding planning where design is included!

Terri & Mike Intimate Botanic Gardens Wedding

Terri & Mike Intimate Botanic Gardens Wedding

Terri & Mike Intimate Botanic Gardens Wedding

This lovely couple was one of our day of coordination clients! They fell in love late in life and wanted to have some of their closest friends and family present to celebrate their beautiful marriage. The two of them had a love for Asian Art and Culture and wanted to incorporate that as much as possible into their day! They did this by using asian inspired florals, serving some asian eats, and giving out little red good luck boxes to their guests as favors. I love that Terri said nah to a traditional white dress and went with this STUNNING black and blue floral gown for her ceremony. My favorite part of their day was that they incorporated tarot card readers into the garden reception. The ladies had a line of interested guests the whole night (me included!) I'll be suggesting that to all of my spiritual brides to come! 

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