A Rose By Any Other Name
There’s nothing like a bountiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers to lead you down the aisle. But there is also an allure to the trend of bouquet alternatives. Our newest favorite? The vintage brooch bouquet. You can find them on Etsy, but there are at least two locals designing these bright, bold bouquets. On Esty.com, LionsgateDesigns, based in Lafayette, and MySweetAddictionJLS, out of Milliken, both create these couture pieces. You can have it custom-made with your colors or find something blinged out from their collections. Or have your besties bring brooches as bridal shower gifts.
Love Grows Where My Invite Goes
Let’s not be ignorant: There is green-washing in the wedding industry…just like pretty much every other industry out there. It’s the practice of presenting oneself as more eco-friendly than one actually is, and it’s rampant. But never fear, there are some truly “green” businesses out there doing truly green things for brides and grooms. Take for example, Bloomin’ Paper. Bloomin, 3080 Valmont Rd. in Boulder, specializes in “seed paper.” It’s 100 percent recycled, post-consumer paper that is embedded with wildflower seeds. The ink is biodegradable and does not affect the seeds. So, yes, your guests can plant your invites, your envelopes or your save the dates next to their tulips and roses. No waste. No enviro-guilt. And lots and lots of wildflowers will sprout up in your name (which is just so romantic, isn’t it?). Plus, there are some very cool styles, designs and colors for the paper. Beautiful, earthy and sustainable…can you get any more Colorado than that?
A Different Kind of Limo
The Hippie Limo doesn’t sound like the most glamorous chariot and, well, it isn’t. But it is funky and fun and any VW-lover’s wedding dream come true. Started by Coloradan Richard Blake in 2011 after he lost his job, it was out of necessity that the stay-at-home father of two began using his classic VW bus to chauffeur brides and grooms. The Hippie Limo is a 1965 VW Samba Microbus, now hitting the road for its second season. It’s a perfect limo-alternative for the couple who wants something a little less stuffy, and it’s a perfect addition to a vintage-themed wedding. Learn more at hippielimo.com.
Dresses for your Tresses
We are totally in love with the veils, headpieces and fascinators from Sara Gabriel and even more in love with the fact that she’s based in Colorado. Gabriel’s couture pieces are each cut by a professional milliner, finished by hand and packaged in preservation-quality garment bags. Adorned with fresh-water pearls and Swarovski crystals, we can tell there is love put into these pieces. Within her collection of veils, combs, headbands, clips and pins, brides can find glamour, old Hollywood, modernity, tradition and sophistication throughout the collections. Sara Gabriel pieces are sold at Anna Be in Denver and Blue Bridal Boutique in Denver and Castle Rock. For more information, visit saragabriel.com.