Monthly Archives: July 2010

Baby Shower- Pea Pod

I wanted to take a little break from wedding land to put up a set for a baby shower. I came across the invitation and was inspired to create an event around it. Note the outfit and jewelry for the expectant mommy. Here is a little inspiration board for those of you looking to plan a cute, yet stylish baby shower:

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Baby Gear » Baby Shoes

Maggie Sotero Trunk Show at Amanda’s Bridal This Weekend

Maggie Sottero Trunk Show
7/30 and 8/1
Amanda’s Bridal
7430 West 52nd Ave.
Arvada, CO

“Their bridal gowns are crafted using today’s finest satin and silk fabrics. Maggie Sottero cannot be found at David’s Bridal. Maggie Sottero wedding dresses are only sold through authorized bridal shops. Their award winning designs are adorned with unique hand sewn embellishments of lace and Swarovski crystals. A Maggie Sottero wedding dress will not only fit your unique shape they are also affordable and will fit your budget. They have won the bridal industry’s coveted “Debi Award” 5 times in the Moderate Priced wedding dress category. For formal bridal wear or destination wedding dresses Maggie is a favorite choice.”

Here are a few of my favorite Maggi Sottero dresses:

See more Maggi Sottero dresses at

Association of Bridal Consultants Aspen Fact Caravan: Wheeler/Stallard Museum

After the gondola ride back down the mountain, we boarded a shuttle bus and were taken on a tour of three other venues in and around Aspen. The first stop: Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum.

“MISSION STATEMENT: The Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating of our remarkable history.

VISION STATEMENT: The Aspen Historical Society actively preserves and passionately presents our local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. We enhance the lives of those with whom we work and live. We offer a compelling reason to live in and to visit Aspen/Snowmass.”

“Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style home in 1888. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived here. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved into the house in 1905, eventually purchasing it in 1917. The family lived here for forty years. The house last served as the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society purchased it in 1969.”

Parties by Kristen: pics

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Parties by Kristen: pics

Parties by Kristen: pics

Parties by Kristen: pics

Association of Bridal Consultants Aspen Fact Caravan: The Makery

I had the privilege of rooming with Desiree, the owner of The Makery in Centennial, CO. “Desiree, the originator of The Makery concept, has always had an affection for art. When her little sister told her she was getting married, Desiree offered to make the wedding cake. She took traditional classes, which led to the discovery of her hidden talent. She has since taken classes with famous sugar art instructors, been featured on food TV, and received a business degree.”

At the Whispers of Spring Bridal Show at The Butterfly Pavilion, I was able to taste some of Desiree’s cake and let me tell you, her cake is phenomenal. I am a frosting lover and sometimes joke that cake is merely a vehicle for frosting, but this cake was amazing. The flavors were balanced, the butter-cream light and fluffy, and the Bavarian Creme that served as the filling, was the best I have ever had.

The Makery is a Channel 7 A List Top Five Bakery. The unique concept of The Makery was developed by Desiree:
“What is The Makery?
* We Bake. You Make. –
It’s like a paint your own pottery store,
but for cake, cookies, gingerbread, etc.
* Weddings –
Wedding cakes that are soooo you!
Becoming renowned in the greater Denver area
* Parties – Book our classroom
for your next birthday party or event
* Classes – Learn decorating from the best!
Wilton and special techniques courses
* Full service bakery –
Want us to do it for you? No Problem!
Elegant or fun custom cakes and pastries:
We’ll even deliver.”

Here is a glimpse in to what The Makery’s full service bakery can do for you:

Association of Bridal Consultants Aspen Fact Caravan: The Little Nell- Wedding Deck, Sun Deck, Aspen Mountain Club

After our breakfast at the Hotel Jerome, we made our way over to The Little Nell. While we did not do an extensive tour of the hotel, we did ride the gondola three miles up to the top of Aspen Mountain. We were greeted with Mimosas and were provided with a tour of The Wedding Deck, Aspen Mountain Club, and The Sun Deck.

“The Little Nell is a Colorado mountain destination for all seasons. Located in Aspen, where the excitement of America’s most famous mountain town is enjoyed for both summer and winter adventure vacations. The Little Nell is the only ski in/ski out hotel in Aspen.”

“A special event deserves a special place. Whether it is a business meeting or a grand wedding, The Little Nell can take care of every detail with flawless assurance. Our flexible and inviting event facilities can accommodate 20 to 500 people, and our resort setting, luxurious accommodations, and first-class guest amenities ensure that your event will be the standard by which all others are judged.

For a perfect Colorado wedding, The Little Nell offers a magical and memorable location for your special day.

Impressive meeting rooms, high-tech business services, and a professional event planning team make The Little Nell a preferred Colorado business destination.

Our Catering and Conference Services Department can custom design an event to meet your specific needs, using a variety of one-of-a-kind venues to create a distinctively creative celebration or program.”

Here are some images from The Little Nell:

“Put simply, the Wedding Deck is the most stunning site for a wedding ceremony in Colorado. The Wedding deck and adjacent Aspen Mountain Club sit on the side of Aspen Mountain at an elevation of 11,212 feet and feature breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. The terraced lawn seats up to 280 guests who reach the ceremony via gondola from downtown Aspen and The Little Nell.”

Aspen Mountain Club: ”

Welcome to Aspen’s most magnificent venue for special events located 11,200 feet above sea level on top of Aspen Mountain. Guests reach the Club via a spectacular three-mile journey on the gondola from The Little Nell. Once they arrive, they’ll open the Aspen Mountain Club’s hand-hewn iron door and step into a luxurious space that is as majestic as the Rocky Mountain wilderness surrounding it. Renowned New York designer David Anthony Easton has appointed the club with a trove of elegant Alpine detail: pine wood paneling, warm stone fireplaces, antique Austrian tables and hand-woven needlepoint rugs.

The Aspen Mountain Club is a unique location for daytime and evening private functions during the summer and evening affairs in the winter. Just outside, you’ll find the Wedding Deck, the most incredible wedding ceremony site in Colorado with views of the far reaching Elk Mountain Range.

The Little Nell operates and staffs this magnificent mountaintop facility, and its 7,000 square feet includes a full bar, a spacious living room, two large fireplaces, and a dining room that can seat up to 125 seated guests or 200 for a festive reception. Each event concludes with guests savoring their experience with a 12-minute gondola ride down into the warm lights of downtown Aspen.”

“Board the gondola next to The Little Nell in downtown Aspen for a spectacular three-mile ride up to an elevation of 11,212 feet and the top of Aspen Mountain. Here you’ll find 22,000-square-feet of beautiful space. The Sundeck can accommodate up to 500 lucky guests who will never forget the breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the most beautiful peaks in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Each event concludes with a pleasant gondola ride back down to The Little Nell.”