I’d been waiting a while to post this amazing wedding at The Stanley Hotel’s brand new facility for weddings and events just due to getting caught up! It’s call “The Pavilion at the Stanley” and it’s phenomenal! Ashley & Aaron ran into a few snags for their wedding when their original venue, Mary’s Lake Lodge had a huge fire earlier in the year and had to find a new wedding venue. Luckily, The Pavilion had just opened planning on a soft opening their first year, but ended up taking in a lot of these misplaced weddings in Estes Park. I love how they incorporated the same classic style in the new build, but gave it a lot of modern charm and also made it light and airy for events! The other thing I liked about the new venue is that it’s secluded from the very busy hotel which makes the event a little more private. Couples can still use other areas on the hotel property for their photographs, but even if they don’t the Pavilion offers more than enough picturesque views! Here are some of my favorite images from their Roaring 20’s themed event!
Vendors Who Made this Event Possible:
Caterer – Occasions Catering
Musician & DJ – Michael Lancaster
Make-Up & Styling – LesliesArts
Caricature Artist – Jane Yamada
Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video
I was asked to review some wedding related products again. This time it’s gifts for your guests! After attending countless weddings as a photographer and a videographer I’ve become a strong believer that if you are going to do wedding favors than do something that the guests are not going to leave behind! I’m pleased to say that all of the seven items that were sent to me to review are something that I would actually like as a wedding favor and will be an item that will get continued use in my household long after this review. Forever wedding favors had a quick delivery time, the products were affordable, but also really nice. Here is the website if you’d like to check out what else they have to offer: https://foreverweddingfavors.com/
And here are the photos I took of the products and my thoughts on each one of them.
1.) Typewriter Key Magnets – The first item I checked out were these adorable “Typewriter Key Magnets” I loved the packaging that they came in and of course that they spelled out the word “LOVE”. These will definitely have a spot on my refrigerator. I can totally see a couple that has a “Vintage or Boho Wedding Theme” ordering these for their guests. Adorable!
2.) Tie the Knot Wine Stopper – Next up was the Tie the Knot wine stopper…. Great item for the wine enthusiast. I liked the packaging that it came in and what doesn’t go together better than love and wine? Again, I love wine so this is something that I would use in my home on a regular basis because it’s always difficult to get the cork back in the bottle and they are making so many wines now without corks. A cute, but practical gift!
3.) Hugging Bear Shakers – These adorable bears were my favorite item that was sent to me. They were super cute, but also super small so I’m not sure if they are more of a collector’s item than an actual usable household item. Because they are so cute I’m willing to try them out, especially since I think we have the old cardboard salt and pepper shakers in my house!
4.) Wine Bottle Corkscrew – Keeping with a wine theme this corkscrew is also great for wine lovers and who doesn’t need an extra wine corkscrew in their homes?! If you were having a “Wine Themed” event these would be the perfect gift for all of your guests.
5.) Mini Bubble Gum Machine – Now this one was my youngest son’s favorite item… I wonder why?! It’s a little on the kitschy side for a formal event, but would make a great favor for a kid’s table, or a more laid back, fun themed wedding or even as a favor for guests at a birthday party! I tasted the gum and it wasn’t the best gum I’ve ever had, but the item worked and was again very adorable. My 3 year old gave it two thumbs up! I’ll probably have to refill it soon!
6.) Brass Compass – A very nice inexpensive compass that my oldest son really enjoyed. He ran around the house and played with it all day pretending to be an explorer. It would be a nice thing to have hiking as well. Perfect gift for a “Travel or Adventure Themed Wedding” I’ve seen a lot of weddings in Colorado where this wedding favor would’ve been a perfect fit. Colorado seems to attract the adventurous and thus couple’s who enjoy the great outdoors. Hopefully, I will see some of these at a wedding soon!
7.) Four Heart Wedding Frames – The last item I’m reviewing is a package of four heart wedding frames. These are small and fit a wallet sized 2″x3″ photo. I decided to stick some of my own wedding photos in them to see how they would look… I think these would be great with engagement photos of the couple put in them for each guest to take home. Another idea would be to use them for your table numbers or they are small enough that you could also use them for names as place settings and then each person would still have a frame to take home and put their own photograph in.
This company that I reviewed these items for is affiliated with two other companies that I’ve done reviews for on my blog. I’ve also really liked the products that I’ve received from all three of them. They haven’t paid me to review them, but I did get to keep the products. I like being able to give a couple looking for other ideas for their wedding something besides just my photography and video to look at, so I hope you enjoy these reviews! If you are looking for wedding favors for your upcoming nuptials please take a moment to check them out: https://foreverweddingfavors.com and also visit their other sites for some awesome bridal party gifts: https://www.bridesmaidgiftsboutique.com/ and https://www.groovyguygifts.com/
Who says snow can put a damper on your engagement session?! Not this couple… we bundled up and headed out to Boulder to give a little campus life feel to these photos. Bethany is a grad student at CU and my suggestion to do their engagement photos there so they have a little more urban flair to them was a big hit. We will be covering their Willow Ridge Manor wedding in August so it was great getting to know them a little more in person and to see the love they share between each other. As a couple they definitely had charisma and it was a pure joy photographing them! Enjoy these amazing snowy day engagement photos!