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My name is Julie Gambrell and I'm the owner of this fabulous wedding and event planning company. We are based out of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, but travel the world planning spectacular events.

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Cheers! -Julie

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Real Wedding- Hysterical Best Man Toast!

Heather and Jason
Villa Parker
Parker, Colorado

Ok, besides being the most adorable couple ever, this wedding was so much fun! It made it in to one of my top 10 most memorable wedding moments...read on to hear all about the best man's toast!

Heather and Jason wanted to make sure their guests had a great time and that the wedding reflected their flair for fun.

We had a guestbook photo station with props and this frame, which ended up being a hit for group shots too! I don't think I ever saw them this serious?

Heather's stunning blue hydrangea bouquet was personalized with a pin from her father who had passed away.

Here comes the bride....adorable ring bearer award, smiled on cue and everything!

Such simple aisle decor, but the color really popped!

Love the enthusiasm....can you tell they enjoyed every second?

A few reception details...

They decided to skip the floral centerpieces and went straight for their fave part...the cake. Each one was a different combination of their colors and had a word important to marriage on it.

And now....for the all time funniest best man's toast!

I seriously was bit worried for the groom....ladies you have to share this with your groom, he'll love it!

The best man started by giving all these funny little gifts wrapped in blue paper to the groom that had to do with the fact that now he's married his life will change. Then they said something about how since the bride didn't like golf that he would need the pass to go and so they had wrapped all his club handles in pink.

So far no big deal....then he said actually he probably wouldn't be needing his clubs any longer at all...and he proceeds to break them one at a time across his knee.

After the first one, the groom picks it up and realizes these really are his clubs!

Then they continue to break them for various reasons..."he never was really good at using this anyways", etc. One of the gifts he had received earlier was a box of Kleenex....the bride hands one to him as he watches them destroy every club in his bag. I really think he was in shock!

On the up side, the last box they brought out had a whole brand new set of great clubs that the groom had wanted! ...it really was a Happily Ever After!

Thanks Gaston Photography!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Real Wedding - Grand Lake Outdoor Celebration

Elizabeth and Kip's Wedding
Grand Lake, Colorado

This couple LOVE's the ocean and the mountains, and wanted to blend the two to create a tropical feel to their wedding but have it in a rustic setting.....hmmm interesting challenge!

I love the bright colors she selected for her palette! Orange and fuchsia were the perfect choice for the tropical feel and really stood out against the evergreens.

The couple selected Point Park for the ceremony since water was an important element of the wedding design and the lake created a great backdrop. She wasn't sure the group would fit because of all the trees; however, due to of all the pine beetle devastation the trees had to be removed and we had plenty of room (note that in lieu of a favor they made a donation to the forestry service to help combat the pine beetle devastation). They absolutely wanted to have one specific mountain in the background of the wedding ceremony...rain earlier in the day threatened to ruin that plan. Luckily, it was only cloudy when the ceremony started, but during the ceremony the clouds parted and the sun shone down on them.

To bring in the water element to the design, we came up with an ocean wave pattern that we used on everything from the program to the menu, and even the cake.

After the ceremony the guests knew they were in for a good time. As the guests walked to the reception they were directed by signage with great sayings like "Who's ready for a drink?" & "Did you bring your dancing shoes?". For the cocktail hour, a signature drink was served via an ice luge along with tropical appetizers and punch....a fabulous party followed.

The dance floor was set between two tents and the bright colors really gave it an exciting feel.

My two fave details....the monogram on the dance floor and the cake (of course the cupcakes were a hit too)!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Great things from the Special Event- Color Trend!

I had a great time in New Orleans at The Special Event Conference and I wanted to do a few posts on some of the great things I saw while I was there.

Before I get in to it, I have to say that it was a great week. We met so many fabulous people. Our first night out we hit Jacques-imos and met one of the Kerns who basically run Mardi Gras, and who own Mardi Gras World! Talk about an amazing place for a wedding! They'll even take you down to Bourbon street later on an actual Mardi Gras Float! Now that's an after party!
That's me and my wedding planner friend Aimee (and friend Andrew) from True Wedding Events (D.C. area) incognito at Mardi Gras World Party.
Color trend....so you want to know what the hot color is? Per the Pantone Report (which comes out every year and tells the world the color trends) the color of the year is!

Turquoise...it looks great with a variety of wedding colors. Pair it with red (as below, linen from Cloth Connection); it's great with blues for that ocean feel; it adds a pop to neutral tones; and is especially trendsetting with yellows and greens.

Now ladies....keep in mind what I learned from fabulous wedding planner, Sasha Souza. It will take about 1-2 years before you'll really see it in everyone's wedding. It will show up in fashion first and then house products before it hits the wedding world.
So, for those of you who want to be ahead of the trend, jump right in.....the turquoise water is fine!

Real Wedding Featured in Brides Colorado

The new issue of Brides Colorado magazine just arrived and we have a great feature!

Check out Carrie and Jeff's Real Planning timeline, page 128.
A lovely Colorado Mountain wedding...too bad we had to move it inside at the last minute. Hate those freak snowstorms!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

More HOT Ideas from The Special Event Conference

One of the best sessions from the Special Event 2010 was the Hot Ideas presentation.

It was full of cool new things for the event industry...I already told you about the cake pops! Here are some other ideas I'd love to use in a wedding (if you're up for using any of these in your wedding, I'm your gal, give me a call and let's design a spectacular day!):

Acrylic Candelabras.....I actually tried to buy some, but they are only renting them right now....bummer! These were GORGEOUS with flowers in the middle. So different from anything your guests have seen! You can rent these from http://www.koolpartyrentals.com/ . I also found something similar online that are available for purchase in a variety of colors.
Blossom Crown Pro - A very sweet and easy way to make a centerpiece. It's a bendable, reusable wire grid with beads for floral arranging.

Scent Events - enhance your reception with a fab scent. This product brings in that extra sensory experience for your guests....boost that scent of the rose centerpieces, or maybe chocolate chip cookie as you bring out that late night snack bar! It's a fan that blows whatever scent you choose in to your space, and it's very reasonable!

Champagne Chandelier - This one was pretty amazing....picture a lovely lady...hanging upside down in cirque de soleil style...pouring champagne to your guests! I bet they wouldn't forget that!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Real Wedding featured on Weddingchicks.com

I love seeing my clients in print and online!
Check out Kate and Drew's Wedding on Wedding Chicks blog. It's the featured wedding today!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Photo of the Week- ISES Tabletop Competition

The Denver Wedding and Event professionals have such a great time when they get together!
Our networking meeting for ISES was a vintage tabletop design competition.
Here's one that was called "Smitten". It had that great shabby chic feel, that is so popular for weddings right now.

Thanks Keri Doolittle Photography....a new photographer in Denver!