Unique Wedding Menu You'll Love: Calligraphy on French Doors


Tomorrow (Valentine's Day) I kick off my 2018 Wedding Season!  I couldn't be more excited for the incredible year to come and the amazing couples I have the privilege to know and work with!

And to kick off an amazing year, I saw tonight that a Calligraphy Installation I designed for an amazing couple was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!  What an incredible honor!

Melissa and Jason had me hand-letter their seating assignments on one side of the doors and their menu on the other!  I had created a similar design for another couple (Jake and Makinzie) a year before!  Jake and Makinzie were the original inspiration for a Door-Based Installation!  They met  "knocking on doors" and we knew this unique love story had to be incorporated into their wedding day.  One trip to a salvage yard (and lots of paint-stripping and repainting) later, and these gorgeous doors became a beautiful, unique feature perfect for weddings!

Funny story about Melissa and Jason's calligraphy installation... I did it upside down the first time!  The night before Melissa and Jason's wedding I noticed that I had flipped the doors upside down and the slightly thicker bases of the doors were at the top.  Yikes!  I had to quickly clean and re-letter the doors, but it was all worth it in the end!

I love designing and creating these french door calligraphy installations for couples on their wedding days!  They can be completely customized!  I have had couples include ceremony programs, menus, seating assignments, and that is just the start!  What would you put on these doors for your wedding day?  What type of lettering would you use: script, sans serif, serif?

Photos by:
Autumn Cutaia Photography
Sara Lynn Photography
Chandler Kim Photography
Meghan Shaw Photography


Intimate Wedding at Crooked Willow Farm


We loved planning this wedding at Crooked Willow Farm for these two lovebirds. Its adorable red and white buildings and the verdant countryside served as the backdrop for the couple's outdoor ceremony. The bride chose a flowing chiffon wedding dress and carried a blush bouquet of Cafe au Lait dahlias, Juliet roses, and lisianthus. For her bridesmaids, long dresses in a soft palette of blush, gray and taupe were chosen. 

The ceremony was initially held outside, but then Mother Nature decided otherwise and showered the couple and their guests.  Rain is actually considered very good luck on a wedding day, so we viewed the surprise shower as an auspicious start to their marriage. The guests and couple took it all in stride and finished the I Do's inside the barn. 

Dinner was held at a mix of round and long tables and featured blush and cream centerpieces. Elegant gold framed glass signs directed guests through the day's events. And finally, a cake decorated with peonies finished off this couple's wedding day!


Venue: Crooked Willow Farms | Planning: The Styled Soiree | Photography: Jackie Cooper Photo | Florals: Hana Style Designs | Beauty: Chelsea Garcia (bride), Ember Hairstream and Tangled & Teased Salon (bridesmaids) | DJ: Cynthia Mardones | Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop | Catering: Footers Catering | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rings: Sarah O. Jewelry | Invitations: Minted | 


Get to know: Sara Lynn, a Colorado fine art film photographer

I am so excited to announce a new series on my blog featuring amazing vendors who help create stunning Colorado weddings!  My first guest is an extremely talented photographer, Sara Lynn.  She focuses on film photography utilizing natural light.  One of her strengths is helping couples with posing during portraits, making sure that the photography looks natural but that couples look their absolute best!

Please enjoy our interview and get to know the woman behind the lens!

Company Name and website: Sara Lynn

Your name: Sara Lynn Bouzek

How long have you been in business: 10 years

What made you fall in love with weddings?
It comes from when I was super little; my mom was a seamstress and would have brides and bridesmaids come over to her studio.  I would sit in the corner and watch brides in their dresses and with their bridesmaids, so I grew up seeing the emotions and fun associated with weddings.  And my very first roll of film (when I was 8-years-old), was used to photograph my sister’s wedding.  I was a flower girl and my parents let me run around as the “photographer” for her wedding day.  I remember photographing my sister’s buttons on her dress and our family church had beautiful archways and I remember photographing the patterns in the architecture.

So, would you say you noticed the small details from the beginning?  
Yes, I don’t think it was intentional, but I grew up in an artistic family.  I was encouraged to draw, paint, and create so I was always exposed to composition fundamentals.  My parents noticed right away that I wasn’t capturing what a normal 8-year-old would, so they kept buying me film.  I would take my camera everywhere and had my photographs covering my walls since the beginning.

What do you love most about working with film?
I love the surprise of it.  Film photographers know what we photograph on a wedding day and that it will be good, but sometimes when I see the negatives they are even more magical than I initially thought.  There is something about the way film takes in light, color, and texture that is even more magical than other mediums.

What makes your approach to photographing a wedding different?  
I think after capturing over 200 weddings, I’ve learned that having sit-down meetings with clients and hearing about the complete vision of their day (decor, why they selected their location), just everything that goes into their wedding allows me to choose how to capture their day in a way that shows emotion and personalities.  Taking the time to listen to every detail is what I think most sets me apart.  My clients truly trust me with their vision because we get to know each other so well before the wedding day!

What is your favorite moment of a wedding day?  
It definitely varies, every single wedding has something uniquely special.  But usually, my favorite moment is when the bride puts on her dress.  That “getting ready” moment makes the whole day seem very real.

What do you love to photograph other than weddings?   
It wasn’t always the case, but now that I have a son, I think photographing families is so fun!  I try very hard to make it fun for the whole family and take away any “mom stress” during the session.  After the wedding happens, most of my couples have children, so I love seeing my previous clients' families grow and I love that I get to continue to be part of their lives for years after their wedding day!

What do you enjoy doing on the weekends when you aren’t capturing a wedding?  
I love traveling and spending time with friends and family.  It doesn’t have to be anything special, just being in the moment with those I love.

Are there any locations (worldwide) that would be a dream to photograph?  
Santorini, Greece.  Everything is painted white, which is my favorite color!  And you have beautiful ocean views, incredible sunsets, it looks incredibly beautiful.

What is your favorite wedding detail to capture?  
The bridal details! I think it is fun to create an overall wedding day image with stationery, jewelry, rings, flowers.  I like to create a composition that helps tell the story of their wedding in one image with all of the detailed elements they have selected for such an important day.  

What do you wish couples knew before hiring a wedding photographer?
My advice to couples is to hire someone based on their personal connection and style.  You will spend so much time with your photographer on your wedding day, more than any other member of your wedding team.  You also need to really love the photographer’s style and trust your photographer completely.  Your photographer is a professional, so put the Pinterest shot list aside and allow your photographer to create something unique, just for you!

Piney River Ranch with Organic Details


This couple wanted a dramatic lakeside wedding and Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado, fit the bill perfectly. The overall design for the wedding was kept organic and nuetral. The bride wore a flowing a-line gown and carried a bouquet by Petals and Pours of roses, scabiosa and olive branches down the aisle. For her 'maids', tea length dresses in nude by Emma and Grace were worn in a few styles. Surrounded by rugged mountains and forest, this couple exchanged vows in an intimate dockside ceremony. Afterward, the couple enjoyed a canoe ride around the lake.

Dinner was held inside the lodge with long tables setup for guests. Tones of blush were mixed with wild greenery and Veronica for an organic look. The cake by Mountain Flour was decorated simply with pine cones from the location and Vail DJ's rocked the dance floor!

Wedding Photographer: Daylene Wilson Photography | Wedding Location: Piney River Ranch Vail, CO | Wedding Planner: The Styled Soiree | Bridesmaids Dress: Emma & Grace | Wedding Cake: Mountain Flour | Entertainment: Vail DJ's | Flowers: Petals and Pours | Transportation: Timberland Tours


Elegant Tuscan Wedding Ideas at Villa Parker


The stunning Villa Parker located just outside Denver made the perfect backdrop for this Tuscan wedding inspiration shoot. For the bride, we picked two looks, the first an elegant satin Romona Keveza wedding gown with an asymmetrical bodice from Felice Bridal. The bouquet, designed by Bella Lu Floral, featured a color palette of rich marsala paired with soft blush accents.

For the table, a gauze silk runner by Tono & Co. created a nuetral base for the table. We paired it with a lush centerpiece featuring peonies and cappuccino colored roses. A hint of blue in the paper goods by Jolie & Co. added some unexpected color. After dinner, the bride changed into a fun black tulle skirt with a simple white top for dancing and cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, a bright red libation was served in coups from the bar cart which also doubled as the cake table. All was captured to perfection by Decorus Fine Art Photography

Photography: Decorus Fine Art Photography | Event Coordination: The Styled Soirée
Floral Design: Bella Lu | Venue: Villa Parker | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Bridal Store: Felice Bridal | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Whitney Roberts at Salon Halcyon | Makeup: Ally Triolo | Tux: Jos A Bank | Rentals: Coleen with Plank & Pearl | Table and Chairs: Event Rents | Silk table runner: Tono & CO | Invitation Suite and Paper Goods: Jolie & Company | Models: Wilhelmina Denver | Cake and Macarons: Whole Foods


Rocky Mountain Engagement Inspiration


This engagement session was about capturing intimate moments between the couple and the romance of being engaged. Set in the garden of a private estate, we styled a dessert and champagne picnic complete with mini donuts and fine libations. The bride, Ciana, brought a copy of Shakespeare's complete works, which was something the couple had bonded over while dating. Her dress from BHLDN kept with the romantic theme, with its flowing shape. A loose garden bouquet by MJM Designs featured ranunculus and scabiosa. And an old ski lift that sits in the garden made for a fun photo op and nodded to the outdoorsy nature of the couple.  

Photographer: Sara Lynn | Planner/Styling: The Styled Soiree | Heirloom Box: Bohemian Woodworx | Flowers: MJM Designs | Save the Dates: The Styled Soiree | Venue: Private Residence | Baked Desserts: Whole Foods | Candies: Sugarfina | Hair & Makeup: Kim J. Beauty | Dress: BHLDN | Belt: Lazaro 


Oyster Shell Wedding Color Palette Inspiration

One of the first design decisions couples make when planning a wedding is the color palette. But how should a couple decide on wedding colors?

Inspiration is everywhere!  Choose your wedding colors based on a favorite piece of art, a favorite vacation destination, or even a favorite meal!

One of my current favorite palettes is based on a little obsession of mine: oyster shells!

Oyster Shell Wedding Color Palette Inspiration from The Styled Soiree

I love that this palette is soft and dramatic at the same time.  The slate gray and dusty blue are the perfect cool complement to the blush, rose, taupe, and lavender notes.

These colors are wonderful for any season but particularly for a Winter wedding or Spring wedding.  Imagine the men in slate suites, the bridesmaids in french blue gowns, and the florals filled with dusty rose, soft blush, and cream.

Can you see yourself incorporating these colors into your wedding?