As featured on Landlocked Bride…
We knew we wanted to do a wedding styled shoot with the 2013 Pantone Color of the year- Emerald Green. Then what? We tossed around a lot of ideas, wanting the style to be elegant and not kitschy. None of the ideas stuck until… until we met the bride. We were completely inspired by her whimsical and edgy style. I mean, how could we not, she had emerald green hair!
We also loved the idea of pairing her edgier style with the timeless elegance of the venue, Castle Cliff Estate. In searching for unique ways to incorporate emerald green into a theme, we thought, “what could be more whimsical than Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City?” Therefore, we chose our favorite Oz quote for the lollipop favors, used the yellow brick road as our table name, the Tornado for the cocktail, and a Justin Alexander gown from The Bridal Collection that had a Glenda look. Our florist, Bella Calla’s, inspiration also came to life with our Emerald city where the centerpieces and bouquet displayed the whimsical feel of walking through the forest and poppy fields. The theme also helped with our color scheme, bringing in greens, yellows (yellow brick road), and reds (the ruby slippers).
At Castle Cliff Estate, in Sedalia, Colorado, we were able to use existing furniture, which was a nice backdrop to our DIY projects incorporated into the day. Many of our couples ask us about DIY opportunities for their wedding and we thought this was a fun way to showcase our ideas for DIY desserts. We made cupcakes and cake pops and our word of advice is that cake pops are a lot more difficult than they seem (we recommend using a professional, or get a cake pop maker with a lot of trial runs.) To go along with the unique feel of the shoot, we loved the cocktail hour marquee sign from Saddle Shoe Signs– and of course in red! We totally had to incorporate it somehow.
Even though we usually use rentals for glassware for weddings, we got lucky and found the green wine and martini glasses as well as some decor items at Pier 1 Imports, on sale. So, do not discount checking out stores, and sometimes it is cost effective to buy rather than rent.
Magically, it just so happened that the day of the shoot (in March) we had a major snowstorm in Colorado. We are still amazed all the vendors made the trek in the snow storm- yup, they are amazing- and we only had a couple of mishaps with sliding cars (oops…) The snow was not expected, but we were able to take advantage of its beauty, which added to the romance of the day and the stark color contrast.
We were lucky enough for this shoot to be featured on Landlocked Bride! They must have great taste :)!
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Autumn Cutaia Photography, you are wonderful to work with, a gem of a person, and we just love your photos!
Photographer: Autumn Cutaia Photography
Venue: Castle Cliff Estate
Wedding Designers: Storytellers Events
Floral: Bella Calla
Marquis Sign: Saddle Shoe Signs
Bridal Gown: The Bridal Collection
Plates and Flatware: Event Rents
Glassware: Pier 1 Imports