An Elegant Fall Day in the Mountains

January 15, 2021

I’m thrilled to announce that this beautiful editorial will be featured in print in MunaLuchi Bride Magazine this spring. I thought I would share a post about this beautiful photo shoot and how it all came to fruition.

Working with Alicia Rinka Photography was an absolute pleasure. Having worked with countless photographers who specialize in film, I admire and respect Alicia’s dedication to her artistry and individual style. With a background in fashion design, the concept for this photoshoot was largely inspired by Alicia’s vision of high end couture being showcased in the mountains of Colorado. Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a wedding venue that always takes my breath away, was the perfect setting.

Planner extraordinaire, Elise Seagren of Revel + Bloom, dreamed up a two different bridal looks that pretty much stopped us all in dead in our tracks. Working with The Bridal Collection is always a lovely experience. I’m personally biased, as I found my Justin Alexander wedding dress in their store! Elise found not one but two Viktor and Rolf gowns and the stunningly talented model, Taryn Vaughn, to do them both justice. Partnering with Liz Weg for makeup is always a joy and I had the honor of working with hair stylist, Grace Martin, for the first time.

My dear friend, Sophie Ulibarri of Sweet Zion Paperie created a gorgeous invitation suite with matching place cards featuring textured details and organic interest. The flat lays were accompanied with Bella Belle Shoes and a few accenting blooms.

Admittedly, the colors of our flowers surprised me as I began color pairing for this shoot. What began as a neutral palette, featuring rusty gold hues and soft, warm taupes, quickly turned into a lavish, sunset palette that I simply couldn’t refuse. Prior to receiving my floral order, I noticed our original color palette trending heavily on social media, and while color matching, I made a quick decision to do something different that would stand out. In photo shoots, changing something drastic like a floral color palette only works when it can still look cohesive with all the other elements. In this case, it worked, and I was delighted to see vibrancy contrasting beautifully with a softer, more natural palette. Rentals were provided by Colorado Party Rentals and linens by La Tavola Fine Linen. Among other table details, I was able to sneak in peach candle pillars by my favorite artisan candle maker, Chandlerie.

The mosts memorable part of this day was the weather. We woke up to a September blizzard, and drove through the mountains with ample caution as the snow fell. By the time we go to the venue, it felt like summer in the sun. This pleasant reminder that Colorado weather will always do what it’s going to do, made for an exciting day. Nevertheless, we were ecstatic to have the green hills in our backdrop for the day!

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