Being Thankful

thankfulgroup32013 has been and continues to be a great year for those of us at Storytellers Events- and after this Holiday weekend we realized we have a lot to be thankful for…

I’m sitting here with my newborn sleeping in my arms, and can’t help but wonder what I did to deserve such blessings in my life.  This year, for me, has been about figuring out what truly is the most important…so here’s to the amazing man I get to call my husband- who still holds my hand in the middle of the night, to my beautiful 2 sons (wow, I have 2 now) who keep me smiling and snuggling- even at 3 in the morning, to my family who continue to love and support us, to the crazy amazing friends- old and new- we get to share our lives with, to book club for keeping the wine flowing, to yummy chocolate cake and to sipping hot chocolate around the fire, to all my students who allow me to be myself in front of the classroom (yup- mostly crazy) and who provide me the honor and privilege to teach something and hopefully make a difference in this world, to all the amazing vendors I get to work with in the wedding industry- I love working with you because you make me happy- so thank you, to all our clients through Storytellers- thank you for trusting us with such a special day- and thank you for allowing us to be a part of making your dreams come true, and to the three amazing ladies who work with me at Storytellers Events as wedding planners- they have become family- so much so that my husband has now nicknamed them “the crazy aunts”- a title I think we need to keep.

Speaking of crazy aunts, they have something to say too- so keep reading.  AND- because we have received so much- it is time for us to give…  Therefore, for the entire month of December 2013, we will be giving a $125 discount to any wedding package purchased.

I am so lucky – and I am very aware that I love my life because of the people I get to share it with.  So, truly, thank you.

~ Cielle


This year has been quite a year for me with very deep valleys and towering peaks, which lends to multiple, multiple thanks to be given. First and foremost, I want to thank all the couples I’ve helped with their weddings this year. It is a wonderful, fun, and exciting learning experience with every couple and I am SO thankful they put their trust in me and the Storytellers Team to allow us to not only be a part of their big day and the days/weeks/months leading up to it, but to also run the show on their day-of! Next, I have to give praise and mountains of thanks to the Storytellers team. To be able to work with such women is an honor. Professionally and personally, Cielle, Suzanne, and Candace have been a much needed constant, my voice when I can’t find words and even mentors. These ladies have become family to me and I can’t be more thankful to have them by my side or to stand by their side as a co-worker and friend.

I also need to give thanks to my non-event co-workers who have and continue to support me in not just event planning but also my other passion in life, teaching. Next, I give thanks to family and friends. Per usual, they stand by me or tell me I’m crazy (whichever is needed) in whatever endeavor I suddenly come up with to take action upon. It is because of family and friends that I’ve made it this far and look forward to continuing toward the person I want to be. Last, and definitely not least, I give thanks to the 2 most important people in my life: my boyfriend, Tommy and my Mom. Tommy has shown and given me opportunities in life I never dreamed of for myself, let alone thought they could be reality. My Mother’s support is beyond abundant and I would be lost without her, so my biggest thanks, and hugs, goes to her. Wishes to everyone on a loving and filling Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

~ Veronica


I am thankful for being able to be a part of so many beautiful events that happen in people’s lives from weddings and event planning to my own family get togethers.  Coming together with people is important to me.  I am thankful for my time spent with friends and family especially cherish my time with my nephew, Alex, and my nieces, Katherine and Cyndall.  This is a wonderful time of year, rich in memories and customs with sights, sounds, and smells all around that gladden my spirit.  I am so thankful that my journey has brought me to Storytellers Events where my family keeps on growing!

~ Suzanne


Although I believe it is important to be thankful all the time, this time of year it is especially important to be thankful. This holiday season I am thankful for many things in my life, but a few standout from the rest. I am thankful for my family, friends, and most recently the opportunity to be a part of Storytellers Events. I am so thankful for my parents. They have been my rock since day one. I am thankful that my family loves me and supports me with any decision I choose to make. Without my parents I wouldn’t be who I am today.

My friends are everything to me and I cherish each and every one of them. I am so thankful for the friendships I have developed. Without my friends I’d probably laugh a little less, cry and little less (from not laughing so hard), and much more, but most importantly I wouldn’t be experiencing life to the fullest if I didn’t have my friends.

Lastly, I am thankful for Storytellers. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be a part of Storytellers. I have been working with Storytellers for a little over 9 months, however, I feel like I have been a part of our awesome team for much longer. Not only do I have the opportunity to help couples make their special day a dream come true, but I get to work with some of the most amazing women I know. All of the weddings and events we help plan are a true blessing to be a part of and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy to stand alongside Cielle, Veronica, and Suzanne.

~ Candace

Thank you to Kim Nodurft Photography and Kellie Coughlin Photography for the photos on this page.

Putting FUN Back Into Cocktail Hour | Denver Wedding Planners | Storytellers Events

As wedding planners, we often get asked about how to keep the cocktail hour fun.  The cocktail hour is that awkward time of the wedding when the guests don’t know exactly what they should be doing and the wedding party is off taking pictures, which depending on different variables can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Therefore, brides tend to wonder what they can do to keep their guests entertained without them being there to entertain them.  Here are three (3) things you can do!

A.  Serve Food and Refreshments – People love to eat! Most guests are also hungry and thirsty by this time and ready for something to nibble and sip on. One fun way to put your own spin on this is by making the appetizers things that you and your new hubby really enjoy. Maybe they are mini hamburgers, or mini grilled cheese sandwiches, or even a fun cocktails that you and your mister invented yourselves.  Don’t be afraid to be creative.


B.  Cartoonist/Photobooth – Having a cartoonist at the wedding and/or a photobooth during the cocktail hour is always a easy and great way to entertain guests, plus you can always request a copy of each drawing/photo taken for your guest book or keep sakes!  Besides, the guests begin to loosen up and get goofy, which adds to the fun of the reception.


C.  Games!!! Games!!! Games!!! – There are so many indoor and outdoor games you can have for your wedding guests to play to help pass the time. Here are my personal top 3 favorites:

  • Giant Tic Tac Toe – This is the easiest one to execute and everyone knows how to play. You can set it up for either indoors or outdoors. Plus there is something about playing games in “giant form” that makes them that much more fun!
  • Giant Jenga – If you have been out at night in Denver, you may have noticed that this popular kid’s game is seen at local bars all around town. It is so loved by local bar goers that lines normally form to play with your friends. This is another easy game to execute and can also be set up either indoors or outdoors. To make it even more your own, you can put a special monogram or dialog on the playing blocks. I will definitely be having this one at my wedding.

As an added bonus, the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver has both of these games in super size for their wedding couples to use on their big day :).

  • Cornhole – I love this one, not just because it is tons of fun, but also because you can put whatever image you want on the Cornhole boxes, or even the bean bags. This is more of an outdoor than indoor game, but still could make a very cute twist and addition to your wedding day!


Again, if you and your hubby like to do a certain activity, then chances are your wedding guests will too!  We have seen cocktail hour include a mechanical bull, magicians (classy ones), food trucks, and croquet (amongst others)….Have fun with it!

Thank you for reading and for more cocktail hour ideas please visit our Pinterest page and don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook.

Until next time, happy wedding planning!


EPA Denver Happy Hour Meet-and-Greet

Abby Gantz Three Tomatoes Catering


An awesome group of professionals in the event industry came out to the EPA Denver Happy Hour at the Downtown Tavern.  Cool people, networking, 2 for 1 drinks, and laughter…not bad for a Thursday evening.


Kim Nodurft


Dale Scott (pictured above), with the Virtue Institute, will be leading our next educational event on career and financial coaching.  Our goal with EPA Denver is to empower professionals in our industry to reach the next level in their businesses, and we do this through educational programs (with a focus on the business aspect of what we do), business support, and networking/community building programs- and of course, we love to have fun while we do it!

I feel super privileged to be the president of this amazing association that is up to making a difference for people.  I am also in love with our board (below).  Thank you to Abby, Michael, Kim, Jenna, and Natalie for being so committed to creating this with me.

And a big ‘thank you’ to Christina Kiffney Photography for capturing the evening.

Cielle President of EPA Denver