Green Your Wedding

Happy Earth Day! How are you reducing the carbon footprint of your wedding? Small things can equal a big change, so here are a few green (and great!) ideas:

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Tip 1: Choose an eco-friendly venue to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding. Looking for a Colorado venue that does just that? Check out Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Tip 2: Shop for your gown at a store that recycles vintage, sample and gently used dresses. Getting married in Colorado? Look no further than Eco-Bridal Gowns. When it comes to accessories, wear a family heirloom or consider local designers.

Tip 3: Create a wedding website. You’ll cut costs of paper and stamps, not to mention save trees. Whether you prefer to go completely paperless, or just use the site to track RSVPs, every little bit helps. For beautiful (and free!) website templates that suit any wedding style, look no further than mywedding.com.

Tip 4: The average American meal travels 1,500 miles. Choose a catering company that uses in-season organic, sustainable and locally grown food to decrease the carbon footprint of your meal.

Tip 5: Use local, seasonal and organic flowers. Consider simpler arrangements and reusing ceremony flowers at your reception. Getting married in Colorado and looking for a florist who stands for all things organic and beautiful? Check out amazing creations by Plum Sage Flowers.

Tip 6: When it comes to invitations, programs, and save-the-dates, less is more. Use recycled paper, soy inks, or communicating the details of your wedding digitally.

Tip 7: Seek out eco-conscious jewelers that use recycled stones and metals. Also consider family heirlooms, vintage or antiques, and handmade items.

Tip 8: Skip the tangible favors, and make a small donation on behalf of each guest to a cause you support.

Tip 9: Register for gifts with companies that offer eco-friendly products. Look no further than Green Bride Guide’s Green Wedding Registry.

Tip 10: Hold your ceremony and reception in one centralized location as a way to limit travel for your guests and wedding party. Coordinating a carpool for your guests or renting a bus or trolley will not only make things easier, it will also minimize emissions while getting everyone to and from your celebration.

What small (or big) steps are you taking to have an environmentally responsible wedding? Please share via comments below – we’d love to hear it!

Image Credit: Dream Green Weddings


{lovely e-session} Boulder Love

Anna + Eric

I am beyond thrilled to feature this perfectly lovely engagement session of a dear friend, especially because today is her wedding day. Congratulations to Anna on her special day – may 9.10.11 always hold a special memory in your heart. I love how these photos are perfectly breezy and relaxed, so carefree and in the moment, reflecting Anna and Eric’s laid back style and showcasing their love for Colorado and being outdoors. Anna and Eric are getting married at the stunning Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO, so they wanted the engagement photos to reflect warm fall colors. These gorgeous images were captured by the talented Andrea Flanagan. Enjoy!

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Location: Eldorado Springs and Boulder, Colorado

Photographer: Andrea Flanagan Photography


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Dasha + Anton

I love, love, love wedding photography. I could stare at wedding photographs all day long and never get bored. I thought I had seen it all – every style, setting & approach. I was truly amazed when I saw these wedding photos from my sister’s wedding last June. This day was incredibly special and so dear to my heart. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G bride, gorgeous location, a romantic vibe throughout the day, and one exquisite detail after another. All captured so beautifully by, in my mind, one of the most talented photographers in the world – Alexander Egorov of photo studio U59 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. So grab a warm cup of tea or a vodka drink (it’s five o’clock somewhere), and enjoy these amazing images.

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Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Photographer: Alexander Egorov of photo studio U59


Peony Love.

Peonies are my favorite and definitely remind me of spring. I just love how soft, fluffy, pretty, and feminine they look. This gorgeous flower acquired the Victorian meaning "bashfulness,” and is absolutely stunning. A bouquet made solely of peonies can be a gorgeous detail on your wedding day; the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements. Pure white, soft pink, pretty coral … so many choices to make it your own! The lovely bloom is seasonally available from late spring to early summer, but can be imported in the fall.

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Breathe…

The royal nuptials are just a few hours away, and if I had to guess, Kate Middleton is probably the most nervous woman on the planet. How could she not be? I can imagine the thought of the whole world watching your wedding, transfixed on your every move, would be quite nerve-wrecking.

Royalty or not, it’s not uncommon for brides to feel a bit nervous going into the big day. Here are my top 10 tips to calm pre-wedding jitters:

  1. Unwind with a soothing bath and pour in several drops of lavender to help de-stress. What is there to do at this point besides relax?
  2. Get your beauty rest. This one wasn’t so easy for me. I tossed and turned all night in anticipation of the big day. To help fall asleep, sip a cup of herbal decaf tea and make sure your surroundings are dark and quite.
  3. Drink plenty of water. The more fluids you drink, the more hydrated your body will be.
  4. Eat breakfast, no matter how nervous you are. Include complex, high-fiber carbs and lean protein for long-term energy.
  5. Exercise the morning of the wedding to clear your mind. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Do yoga or get out for a brisk, thirty minute walk or a run. It takes about that long to get a significant release of endorphins, the feel good chemicals.
  6. Surround yourself with your loved ones. Share stories, laugh, and unwind.
  7. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Being rushed creates additional stress you don’t need before the big event.
  8. Delegate tasks to others ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about the last-minute details. If you have a day-of wedding coordinator (a must-have in my opinion), they will help make sure everything runs smoothly.
  9. Expect the unexpected. Yes, things may (and will) go wrong, but if you face the day with a clear head, a sense of humor and a positive attitude, you can pull it off without a problem.
  10. Breathe, enjoy and be present. No matter what happens, remember the reason for the celebration. My husband and I expected our vows to be a blur of emotion, but when the time came, our nerves went away and we were both incredibly present and felt nothing, but joy.

America’s Sweetheart Walks Down the Aisle… in Pink!

I absolutely adore Reese Witherspoon. I love everything about her simple, yet chic, style, so I couldn’t wait to see all the lovely details of her nuptials, and especially what she was going to wear. Her sweet sunset ceremony and country-chic reception took place at her ranch at Ojai, CA. She wore a romantic and oh-so-lovely light blush-hued gown, custom-designed by Monique Lhuillier. The blush pink is so sweet and fitting for the Southern-born actress. The A-line skirt gown was adorned with a silk satin ribbon, which matched the dress of her daughter Ava, 11, who was the maid of honor in her own custom Lhuillier. How precious is that?

The blush tone wedding dress is sure to become a fast classic. If you want to make a non-traditional statement at your wedding, consider a feminine off-white neutral, like cream, beige, or soft pink. You don’t have to shun away from white altogether, however. Reese changed into a white cocktail mini dress for the reception.

 

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Photo: People Magazine


Drink Up!

Today I am featuring something super fun that can add personality, and style to your special day– signature wedding cocktails! My husband and I introduced details all throughout the day to make our celebration uniquely ours, and drinks were no exception. On our first date, we enjoyed martinis at the legendary Cruise Room Bar in Denver. Also, I grew up near Siberia. So we featured “Siberian Express,” one of The Cruise Room’s signature cocktails, as a way to tell our story. The delicious blend of Stoli Vanilla, Kahlua, and espresso was a hit with everyone, even the beer-drinking side of the family.

Cheers!

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A Family Affair

Blending families or renewing vows?

So many couples want to make their kids a special part of the ceremony, and there are many ways to do that. I wanted to share one of my absolute favorites. I saw this featured on the Tori & Dean Home Sweet Hollywood show. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott renewed their vows (they first eloped to Fiji in 2006) and wanted to make their two adorable children a part of the ceremony. While Tori & Dean said their “I Do’s,” their kids Liam and Stella played at their feet in a sandbox. I thought it was so sweet and incredibly touching, because the ceremony re-created their original wedding in Fiji, but was also descriptive of the family they had created together.

 

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A Lasting Impression

Your wedding invitation is one of the first impressions of you as the engaged couple, and the style of your upcoming nuptials. Here is an idea to make that impression extra special. Seal the envelope with wax. Barely anybody does this anymore, but this is something so beautiful. You can buy the wax at almost any crafts store personalize the type of seal, creating a memorable impression.

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Simply Amazing

Wedding TV shows are my guilty pleasure, and one of my favorites is the celebrity wedding planner David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding. The concept of the show is that even though the bride may have a vision, David has a few, pretty major revisions. With only three weeks before the big day, David Tutera shows up, takes the bride’s ideas (which are usually a hot mess) and turns them into a bigger concept, which makes the celebration unique and special for every couple. Check your local listings for My Fair Wedding, a WE tv original series. You won’t want to miss these amazing transformations.

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