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Winter Colorado Elopement

Elopements

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There will forever be something so romantic about elopements — just the idea of one couple reveling alone in the joy of joining together for a lifetime is so touching! Kelly of Frosted Pink Weddings planned their dream celebration to the nines. James Christianson tagged along to photograph the couple as they exchanged vows, ate a peaceful meal together, and skated around Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch
Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

From the bride: My idea of romance is a private cabin for two curled up next to a fireplace under twinkly lights. I always wanted a winter wedding and to celebrate at such a magical time of year. Chad wanted to be in the mountains, so we flew out to Colorado; just the two of us. Devil’s Thumb Ranch had the perfect blend of a rustic backdrop with luxury amenities. We were lucky enough to be the first couple to get married in the newly built Yager House, let alone the first couple to elope at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Ella Fitzgerald was playing while I was getting ready and it set the mood for the rest of the day. It was 25º all morning, but I didn’t care at all. I just hiked up my dress and ran through the snow as we took photos. I can’t even tell you how excited we were for ice skating. The sun was setting and we had the incredible mountains (including Devil’s Thumb) behind us while we skated around the outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

By then the temperature dropped to 9º and we ran inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. The staff was setting up our table for dinner and then our song came on, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. We took to the floor in a circle of peony petals and giggled about our day.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

The food was incredible, we joked about how couples rarely get to eat at their own weddings while making the rounds. All four courses were served with its own wine pairing. At the end of the night we were served two petit fours in place of a wedding cake. There’s a special place in my heart for miniaturized food, so it was perfect. Everything was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. We spent the rest of the week exploring Colorado as our honeymoon before traveling back to New England for three days worth of parties.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch


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Wedding Vendors (Colorado):

Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: James Christianson / Event Planning: Frosted Pink Weddings / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Hair Accessory: Lo Boheme / Earmuffs: Flat Tail Furs / Furs and Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Necktie: General Knot & Co. / Groom’s Shoes: Sebago / Wedding Flowers: Pink Posey Design / Officiant: Matt Raynek at Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants

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Mydolcefarneinte – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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DIY Dip-Dye Ribbons

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The ladies from HEYLOOK created this quick Valentine’s Day gift packaging for the last minute gift you got your honey, complete with watercolor gift tags (also great for favors)! These lovely dip-dyed ribbons for packaging remind us of hand dyed silk ribbons, though for much less. You could use one of these ribbons and fabric stiffener or cornstarch to create a bow to embellish your a simple white wedding cake. Just sayin’.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For this project, you will need:

– White cotton fabric (or any other non-synthetic fabric) torn or cut into strips. You can use muslin fabric (available at craft stores) or sheets
– Cloth dye or liquid fabric paint
– Water and dipping dishes

Prepare your fabric strips by rolling them into small rolls that will fit your dipping dishes. If you’re using fabric dye, follow the instructions on the package to prepare the dye (most likely you will need hot water). We used liquid fabric paint and mixed it with water in a ratio of 1:2. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Just experiment a little.

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Dip the fabric rolls into the dye as shown on the picture. For the two colored ribbon, let the paint drip off a little, then turn the roll around and dip the other side into the other dye. For larger gradients, just let the roll sit in the dye for a moment until the paint is soaked through the roll about half way.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For softer color, soak the fabric roll in water first, then dip shortly into paint. Try out different ways to get variating effects. Play around. Let the dipped rolls dry on a paper sheet until they are not wet anymore, only moist. Unroll and hang the ribbons to dry.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

Download Watercolor Favor tags. For personal use only.

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Mydolcefarneinte – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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DIY Zip Tie Chandelier

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The Event Stylists HEYLOOK are back with another DIY Project perfect for any occasion, really: a chandelier made from zip ties! These are ridiculously low-cost with a huge design payoff, and can be easily customized to fit the theme of your event. I’d love to see these as a giant art installation for a ceremony!

From HEYLOOK: To give a little industrial edge to this sweet valentine’s table setting, we made a zip tie chandelier inspired by Anthropologie displays.


valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylookvalentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

For this project, you’ll need:
– Spraypaint in the colors of your choice
– Zip-ties (we used 200 small ties for this chandelier)
– Clippers and metal wire

Start by making a circle of metal wire. Depending on the thickness of your wire, you’ll need to make it a double or triple round. It needs to be relatively stable so it won’t bend too much when the weight of the zip-ties is added.


valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylookvalentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

Then add some lines of wire to the inside of the circle to give your chandelier some layers. Depending on how full you want your chandelier to look, you will need to add more wire lines. Now, if you’re not going for the industrial edgy look, you can replace the wire circle frame with anything more sleek and pretty. You could use any ready-made wooden, plastic or metal hoops. Spraypaint them if you like. Use a large hoop for the outside and smaller ones for the inside. Then either tie them together with thin metal wiring or make the entire chandelier separately (you’ll end up with different sized, single line chandeliers that you can use either apart or hang them layered into one another).


valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylookvalentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

Now make the zip-tie chains. Tie one loop (just until you hear the first click, so you get a very open loop), then tie the next one into it. Continue in this way. Now again, if you’re going for a symmetrical look, you can make all the outside chains one length and all the inside ones another one (the inside ones should be longer). We variated the chain lengths throughout the entire chandelier.


valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylookvalentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

Tie the chains to the frame, then grab a bunch from one side, lay them out flat on a covered surface and spraypaint them in one color. You can spraypaint the chains entirely or go for a white to color gradient look as we did. Hang them up to dry (make sure the painted chains don’t touch the unpainted ones – just tape the unpainted ones together), then repeat with another color.

When you’re done, arrange the chains on the wire frame to get the look you want. Then add a dap of hot glue to each chain to fix it into position on the metal frame. We bent them wire frame a little bit at this point, because the perfect circle frame was well, too “perfect” for the look we wanted. Hang the chandelier with nylon string.

Now, imagine a whole venue full of these. Awesome! You can make rainbow colored chandeliers or keep them all in one color or different shades of one tone.

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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