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Rock Rustic DIY Wedding at The Barn at Raccoon Creek | Brionne & Michael

September 01, 2016

Brionne & Michael’s wedding at The Barn at Racoon Creek was anything but cheesy…

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Every now and then, someone comes into my life who impresses me.  For me, this is Brionne.  She is incredibly creative, talented, and crafty, and I love that!  Her style is rad and I admire her in so many ways.  We have been friends for a handful of years and she always “got the looks that kill”…

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out she got engaged to Michael and they wanted me to shoot their wedding!  She was going for something “Rustic but not played-out or cheesy, and it had to have a rock-n-roll vibe to it”…um, yes please!

This entire wedding was designed by Brionne.  She made or modified almost every piece of decor you see.  She meticulously put every piece together for a cohesive look that she was very specific about.  From the dresses to the tables, and all the little details in between…I’d say she nailed it!

I interviewed and photographed the progress on her many wedding projects in the blog post here, so imagine how exciting it was to finally see it all come together on the wedding day!?

The Barn at Raccoon Creek creates your dream wedding, rain or shine, in our historic barn and lush grounds. Our on-site catering adds luxury and comfort to your rustic Colorado wedding and gives you one less thing to worry about — just customize your menu with our in-house executive chef. The barn itself has all the updated amenities you need to create a wedding of crystal chandeliers, natural burlap, or both! The Barn at Raccoon Creek is the affordable option for a destination-style Colorado mountain wedding with all the convenience of a Denver location.  Need more info?  Click here:  http://www.thebarnatraccooncreek.com/weddings/

Check out some of my favorites from the wedding below (I admit there are a lot, but I just couldn’t narrow it down any further – there were just too many good ones!)…

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Her dad John had tears in his eyes when he saw her…

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I LOOOOOOOVE it when couples have unplugged weddings!!!

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Brionne did an outrageous amount of work putting all these details together, including painting each centerpiece vase, chargers, hand stamping the burlap, and collecting things for the arrangements including dried and live flowers, feathers, and metallic accents (and that’s just for the tables!)

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These paper flowers were hand-made by the Groom!

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Brionne & Michael met at the Stampede and he danced his way into her heart…

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A perfect ending to the most perfect day…

Venue:  The Barn at Racoon Creek  |  Dress:  David’s Bridal/Brionne Rockholt  |  Hair & Makeup:  Brionne Rockholt  |  Flowers:  Brionne Rockholt  |  Invitations:  Brionne Rockholt  |  Event Designer:  Brionne Rockholt  |  Catering:  The Barn at Raccoon Creek  |  DJ:  Elite Entertainment  |  Cake:  Whole Foods  |  2nd Photographer:  Amanda Baker Photography


Denver’s Unique Bridal Shop – Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

June 14, 2016

“A fresh Bridal thought, for the individualist, the inspired, and the madly in love.”

“Emma & Grace is the dream-child of two ferociously passionate and unconventional women with 8 years of knowledge and experience in the bridal industry. With dresses curated from around the world and the ability to create custom dresses with our in-house designer, we assist in making wedding dress shopping lovely and stress free. A place for those of us who stand confidently outside of the mold. For those that live to dream and create. For the hopeless romantics and wild at heart. This is Emma & Grace!”

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This studio is hands-down one of my most favorite bridal shops in town, and not just because we’re both located in the RiNo neighborhood (I love supporting other businesses in my ‘hood).  Emma & Grace Bridal Studio is a gorgeous loft space located on the 2nd floor of the building.  The light washes through there and illuminates everything they have to offer from dresses (of course!), to lingerie, bridal jewelry, belts & sashes, headpieces & veils, and mother’s gowns.  They are a relatively large salon and can accommodate multiple appointments at once, even larger parties.  In fact, I wish my studio were in THAT space!

They cater to the unique and even offer custom dresses, all you need is a drawing to get started!  I have experienced this first-hand in that one of my most favorite clients had her dress made here.  See what she has to say:

“Designed by bride and Mayra, the in-house designer at Emma and Grace. I wanted blush romance, in a tattered and time-tinged way. The gown went through so many different phases, at one point even being full of tattered ruffles starting at the hip. One day, Mayra dropped the top layer to the floor to make some adjustments to the bodice, and we all gasped. I yelled, “Don’t change a thing!” So we kept the ruffled layer asymmetrically at the knee and kept the lining layer exposed, and it added so much more glamour to the dress. If only I could have worn it longer!”  See Shannon’s wedding photos featured here on RockNRollBride.com

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“We can customize most of our designs. (depending on the materials).  Pictures are helpful, and if you live locally it would be great to do this face to face. Just call and make an appointment with Terrie. All custom work will require a quote with a picture or drawing of what we of are creating before we begin.”

Their collections range from $1,500-$7,000 depending on the designer.  “Emma & Grace carries a wide variety of well known and up-and-coming designers, some of which are just breaking into the US market. Our collection strays away from the traditional and towards the romantic, boho, indie and unique without losing the feel of a wedding gown.”

Can’t wait to have your own experience!?  Call now to make your appointment:

1320 27th Street Suite B, Denver Co 80205 | emmaandgracebridal@gmail.com | 720-383-8091

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June 03, 2016

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Urban Denver Wedding | Allison & Jeff at the Clock Tower

May 15, 2016

Today is Allison & Jeff’s One Year Anniversary (or VXVXV in Roman numerals)!  Their urban Denver wedding was held at the Clock Tower in Downtown, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful!

The Groom – brutally handsome, The Bride – terminally pretty…the party was incredible and the the setting was perfectly glam.  It shows in the photos and their album cover shot is even award-winning!

The story – the girls got ready at the Renaissance Hotel and the guys got ready at the Clock Tower.  The guys then came over to the hotel (only a couple blocks away) for the First Look and the Bridal Party portraits.  We loved the atmosphere, decor, and especially the lit bar!  The best part is that the Renaissance Hotel used to be Colorado National Bank, so the bank vaults are still there (you better believe we took advantage of that)!  We then made outer way over to the Clock Tower where the ceremony and reception were held.

We thought it only fitting to share their album design to celebrate their first year together – Happy Anniversary!

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Hotel:  Renaissance Hotel Denver  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue:  D & F Clock Tower  |  Catering:  The Inventing Room  |  Cake:  Kelley Kakes  |  Coordination & Flowers:  Jodi Sokup, Clock Tower Events


Bonnie & Clyde’s Wedding – A Styled Shoot in St. Louis

April 15, 2016

“This here’s Ms. Bonnie Parker.  I’m Clyde Barrows.  We rob banks.”

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Bonnie & Clyde were America’s gangster sweethearts of the depression era.  They were smitten immediately with each other, yet never married.  Even though they robbed and killed people, I have always been captivated with their story and their legend.

When I was accepted to teach at the annual, kick-ass, photography convention Shutterfest in St. Louis, I knew I had to do a class on styled shoots.  St. Louis is such a historical place, with the coolest old buildings and urban decay, every where!  What a perfect opportunity to make Bonnie & Clyde’s wedding come to life!

I love styled shoots because it gives me a chance to be creative and perfect my craft & practice, gives me a great excuse to build relationships with other industry professionals, and gives me fresh work to submit for publication (I’m obsessed with getting published, and thanks to Two Bright Lights, it’s easy and efficient).  Yes, wedding styled shoots are a lot of work, but I think they’re totally worth it if done right.  My semi-OCD will allow for nothing else…

So, what if Bonnie & Clyde did get married? What would that look like? What props do I HAVE to have?  Where will I get these props, especially since I don’t know anyone in St. Louis?  The answers to these questions is what keeps me up at night.  I can think of nothing else until it’s executed – the “curse of creativity” I call it…

The one thing I couldn’t live without was a car.  One of the most iconic props in the Bonnie & Clyde story is the car.  I searched for months, googling, emailing, contacting car clubs, museums, etc. in the St. Louis area.  Finally, the stars aligned and I found Steve and Diana Thum of the St. Louis Model T car club.  They offered their 1926 Model T to use and I couldn’t be happier!

Most of the props I put together myself, borrowed, or found at thrift stores, and was fortunate enough to have a friend from Denver driving to the convention that let me throw my stuff in her trunk (Thanks Nikkie!).

Of course, I couldn’t take a full table, chairs, etc., so I found the wonderful ladies at An Affair to Remember out there to help out with the flowers and the table scape! Blakely was absolutely wonderful to work with!  She listened to my ideas and threw her own flair in there to make it stunning and it tied everything together perfectly.

The models were fantastic – Josh & Monica are a real couple and they looked and acted the part flawlessly!  Thanks to my friends at d’Anelli Bridal here in Denver, I had a dress and jewelry.  I also got the suit from Jos A. Bank and it fit Josh like a glove…not bad considering he wasn’t here to try any of it on (he lives in Iowa!).  GREAT work by my friend Tammie at the Cherry Creek location…bravo!

Everything worked out wonderfully and somewhat painlessly, except for one thing…  Here we are the day of the shoot, and the forecast calls for rain…NOOOOO!!!!  Well, rain it did…buckets of it.  Steve & Diana were so sweet – they brought the car on a trailer and waited for 2 hours to see if the weather would let up…yet it did not.  It pained me to have to send them away, but by the time the class was scheduled to start, there was no end in sight.  I am so grateful to them for their flexibility, time, and understanding!  Half of the story board had to do with the car, but oh well, what are you going to do?!  #pivot

We shot everything in the lobby at the beautiful Union Station Hotel, and I am thrilled to share with you the photos from Bonnie & Clyde’s wedding…enjoy!

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What do you notice about the date?

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Thanks to my friend Peggy who let me borrow her fur!

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An Affair to Remember even spray painted some of the “filler” to bring the gold into it!

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Raw cotton was used to tie in the fact that they rampaged throughout the South…

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I made sure to get the exact .40 caliber of Clyde’s 1911

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A beautiful Old Fashioned made by my buddy at the bar – Thanks Danny!

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I love the use of green depression glass and gold mercury candle holders with brass…looks stunning against the black sequin and green tile!

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The cake should have been something like snickerdoodle or spice, but for the sake of the shoot, we went with styrofoam, fondant, and hot glue.

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Venue:  Union Station Hotel  |  Models:  Joshua Brett Adams & Monica Grewell  |  Hair & Makeup:  Jewels Gray  |  Dress, hairpiece, & bracelet:  d’Anelli Bridal  |  Other jewelry:  Jewels Gray & Model’s own  |  Formalwear:  Jos A. Bank, Cherry Creek  |  Invitations, printed:  Jewels Gray  |  Flowers, rentals, &table scape design:  An Affair to Remember |  Prop Guns:  30 Black, LLC.  |  Cake:  Jewels Gray  |  Assistance:  Amanda Baker & Traci DiCampo