Knots and Bolts: Gear for the modern Colorado bride

Paper Trail

What’s more beautiful than a bouquet of bright, pouting roses? Well, OK, not much. But there’s an alternative—funky, crisply cool paper flower bouquets. These babies aren’t for your traditional trip to the chapel: it’s a bold touch, and one that will pay off. Create a custom order from “I typically use roses, rosettes, mums and tiny filler flowers in my bouquets,” said Karen Sutkus, the one happy girl behind The One Happy Girl. “But I will try my hand at any type of flower the client may want! The flowers can be made in any color combination, including patterned papers and book print.” Working closely with the bride to make sure the bouquet is perfect, she uses high-quality card stock and specialty papers, and each flower is hand-cut and assembled. Or check out Boulder Blooms, an eco-friendly flower shop, which can create a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and origami-paper flowers. We love paper flowers for weddings that have a distinct DIY feel. Available at:; Boulder Blooms, 2935 Baseline Rd., 103, Boulder.

Rain: Good Luck!

Colorado’s weather is a fickle beast. Sure, we proudly tout 300 days of sunshine each year, but along with the gleaming sun and periwinkle blue skies, we’ve also got spontaneous spring snow, afternoon thunderstorms even in the heart of summer, and smatterings of rainy, cool days throughout the year. So, if you have one tool on hand for an outdoor wedding, it should be an umbrella. Scrtach that, lots and lots of umbrellas. Denver’s Splendor For Your Guests offers rentable umbrellas (and shawls) for weddings and events: Perfect for the bride, the bridesmaids or even guests. Hand out umbrellas to your friends and family pre-ceremony to protect them from the reckless abandon of a summer storm. Make sure they match your Colorado scheme! 

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Knock on Wood

So, you’re having a Colorado wedding. You want it to feel like a Colorado wedding, but you don’t want to hit guests over the head with rodeos or skiing. We love wood-grain textures or faux bois in stationary to bring a modern, rustic feel to your invitations and papier. It’s just so Colorado. Try Twig and Fig’s “metal wood” invites or MS Wedding’s faux bois wedding invitation suite; other stationary designers have their own versions. Visit a trusty local papery—Two Hands and The Envelope Please in Boulder, The Write Occasions in Denver and The Paper Mavens in Castle Rock—to see what they can chop up for you. Available at,, and


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