Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings in the CO Rocky Mountains //

Most of the winter brides choose some sort of white combination of flowers to hold.  Every now and then, we see a colorful bouquet come across, but there's just something about an all-white bouquet in the winter.  In the Rocky Mountains.  At your wedding.  That you picked out. 

If you're new to the game and want to learn the basics, then read Dina's three-part blog series on How to Plan Your Wedding Flowers.  Be sure to add this blog to your inspiration board on Pinterest by clicking on the pin it button on the top left of this post!  If you need an invite, then please send us a tweet and we'll send one right over.

Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings in the Colorado Rocky Mountains //

Anemones + Ranunculus + Hydrangea + Calla Lilies

Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings in the Colorado Rocky Mountains //  Breckenridge florist, wedding flowers, corsage, boutonierres, arrangements

Hydrangea + Roses + Calla Lilies + Orchids

Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings in the Colorado Rocky Mountains //  Breckenridge florist, wedding flowers, corsage, boutonierres, arrangements

Roses + Hydrangea

Table Arrangement for a Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains //  Breckenridge florist, wedding flowers, corsage, boutonierres, arrangements

Tulips + Ranunculus + Hydrangea

White Hydrangea  | Bridal Bouquets for Winter Weddings in the Rocky Mountains //  Breckenridge florist, wedding flowers, corsage, boutonierres, arrangements

Hydrangea

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Melissa + Jesse // Elk Ridge Ranch, Breckenridge, Colorado

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Just south of Breckenridge and over a mountain pass is the Elk Ridge Ranch.  An intimate venue with views of fourteen thousand foot peaks and a magnificent alpine valley.  This small wedding venue can be used alone, or with the tent right next to the house.

Melissa and Jesse were married at Elk Ridge Ranch, south of Breckenridge, Colorado.   [photo: Julie Harris Photography]

This wedding was published in the Knot magazine.  Clean lines, a bit of asian influence, and bold colors.

Orchids, ball lanterns and lounge furniture created an absolutely unique atmosphere for a mountain wedding.  We see a lot of rustic, wildflower themes (which is totally our area, we understand that), and it was nice to see a fresh approach to a small mountain wedding.

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The flowers for this wedding was created by Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge florist who has created hundreds of bridal bouquets.  She uses the best products available, has a wealth of resources and contacts from being a longtime professional wedding and special event floral decorator.

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[julieharrisphotography.com] | Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

 

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

Melissa + Jesse // Featured in The Knot Magazine, Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[julieharrisphotography.com]  |  Breckenridge wedding phtography

// VENDORS

Elk Ridge Ranch  [renttheranch.com]

Julie Harris  [julieharrisphotography.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean  [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor's listing

Harvest Catering  [harvest-catering.com]   >> Click here to see this vendor's listing

Wedding Blessings // Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.

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Wedding Blessings | Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING ACCESSORY COLLECTION HELPS PROVIDE WORK FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY

Colorado wedding company offers creative new traditions for wedding ceremonies

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO – February 06, 2011 – Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called Wedding Blessings.

Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called

The line will offer products inspired by timeless traditions used in various cultures such as the ancient Greeks, Romans, Pagans, Native Americans and Asians.

Dina Sanchez, owner, lead designer and now pillow provider says, "my ideas came from being involved in the wedding industry through the flower shop. I noticed that cultural traditions were void in most ceremonies. I love all the traditions my Greek family exposed me to. I have spent time researching the history of wedding ceremonies, which inspired me to create this product line. We wanted to be able to create wedding rituals and traditions from the past into easy, simple ideas that will make the ceremony more meaningful for the couple, their families and friends."

The first product to be released is the handmade ring bearer pillow. The Wedding Blessings pillows are made of sustainable Dupioni silk encasing fragrant dried flowers and sacred herbs including Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano and Roses.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used this mixture in ceremonies to symbolize happiness, love, courage, fertility and energy during challenging times. Traditionally, flowers and herbs have been used in weddings to provide visual and aromatherapy purposes, but can also ward off evil spirits and bad luck. A card enclosed with each pillow can be used at the ceremony to help describe the significance of the herbs.

The Dupioni silk fabric has eco-origins, as organic Neem seeds and compost are used as fertilizer for the Mulberry trees used to hand rear Bombyx Morii silk worms. The silk itself is hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-woven on 100-year-old wooden looms at a rate of just 4 yards per day. No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing of the fabric.

The pillows create much needed work opportunities for women in recovery. Mission Wear, a small non-profit in Denver, Colorado, offers a safe place for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse to re-enter the work place, while producing earth-friendly products.

A percentage of the profits will be donated to Rosa a new fund that will provide low cost loans for continued education or to be used as small business venture capital. Either path provides the women of Mission Wear an opportunity for a better life.

Dina views the pillow as a way of combining tradition with new trends, and could technically count for the wedding custom of "something old, something new." The Wedding Blessings collection is currently available through the shop’s web site: www.petalandbean.com

[HOW TO] Plan your Wedding Flowers, a Step by Step guide – Part 3

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The following is part 2 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

Last week we discussed selecting your florist.  This week lets finalize the details!

Custom made bouquet for a fall wedding at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Step 7 -  Finalize the details.

In my experience, no bride can be 100% sure at her initial consultation on what the final order will be.  There are usually options to be considered and may want to make changes.  Important decisions should be made three months before the wedding, leave a little room for creativity, but be sure to check when final decisions must be made by.

Step 8 - One month before.

Call your florist and review the final number of table centerpieces, guest count, and total number of boutonnieres and corsages.  Confirm times for delivery and set-up for flowers, arrival of photographer and provide phone numbers for any key contacts, planners or day of helpers.

Step 9 - On your wedding day.

Relax and enjoy!  You've employed a professional florist and you can now carry your personalized, customized bridal bouquet on your wedding day.  Enjoy the beauty of their artistry and expertise.  Make sure that someone dries the stems of the bouquets before walking down the aisle.  Schedule photographs soon before or directly after the ceremony to avoid wilting.

*Photo courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  And be sure to check out his blog, "where soft pillows and purple monkeys await."

[HOW TO] Plan your Wedding Flowers, a Step by Step guide - Part 2

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The following is part 2 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

Last week we discussed getting started with the flower design process.  This week were are going to put it into action.

Make sure you capture that beautiful bouquet on film!  |  Photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Step 4 - Begin your search for a florist that matches your style and budget (9 mos < wedding date).

Multiple venue managers have said that it's important that your florist have experience working in the mountains.  Local vendors know the area and can effectively navigate quickly-crowded mountain streets on holiday weekends, and already know about that mountain bike race  that they've been hyping up in the local paper that will clog up some roads.

Mountain wedding deliveries include driving up a four wheel drive road with glass containers and fresh product sloshing around, or could mean riding a gondola with the flowers and decor  and being prepared for inclement weather, including snow.

Get recommendations from the venue manager but also look on your own, or ask another local vendor who they've worked with and would recommend.  You will want a florist with updated information, photos and client reviews.  I would recommend looking for your florist at least nine months prior to your wedding date.

Step 5 - Be prepared.

Before you meet with your florist, make sure to have all your pictures, ideas and budget in place. You don't have to have every detail worked out, but having a minimum and maximum budget will allow your florist to give you an accurate idea as to what they can offer and suggest for you.

Step 6 - Book the florist you connect with.

Expect to pay a deposit and possibly a consultation fee to meet with in-demand artisans.  Review the proposed  contract carefully, and be sure to ask your florist if they allow any changes prior to the wedding.  Final balance is customarily due two weeks to ten days prior to the wedding.

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, who took the pics at our wedding, which we will be showing more of very soon.  The pic is from a wedding that Petal and Bean and Robin Johnson worked together at Ten Mile Station at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.

 

[HOW TO] Plan your Wedding Flowers, a Step by Step guide - Part 1

The following is part 1 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

I believe that planning your flowers is one of the most exciting aspects of your wedding.  Follow these simple steps to ensure that you are organized, informed and can enjoy the process.

The Flower Maven of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]

Step 1 - Learn what flowers are in season when you're getting married.

Considering which flowers are in season you are getting married can be an important factor in deciding the overall color scheme.

For example, let's say you love pink and you're planning an autumn wedding.  I would then suggest a combination of pink Roses with Autumn Joy Sedum, burgundy Kangaroo Paw or Cockscomb Celeosia, a few berries and the right touch of garden leaves could add just the right touch of texture and color.

Step 2 - Determine what your color palette will be.

What is your favorite color?  What colors does he look good in?  Ask yourself if you want to incorporate them into the theme of your floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres?  Your wedding should reflect your personalities!

Step 3 - Create an collection of images that inspire you.

Start a folder of just images of bouqets and florals from magazines or the web,  and you will begin to see a distinct pattern as to what you like or prefer.

P.S. - Look online for sites that feature inspiration boards. It's a great way to see your wedding vision come together.  Perhaps we'll create some of our own along the way to show you some examples.

If you have any questions, comment below, or start a discussion on our forum.  Happy planning!

The beginning of a new community for wedding planning in Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

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The story of this website starts with a little flower shop in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Dina and Stacy Sanchez, owners of Creative Flowers Inc. | Petal and Bean witnessed great feedback on the shop's blog and the local resources it shared.

Breckenridge wedding planning and resources

Stacy originally wanted to create a wedding-specific website for the flower shop, but quickly realized there was a lot of opportunity to talk about the other vendors, venues and local attractions.  And thus, the concept for a comprehensive online planning resource for Summit County was born.

Expert advice from local vendors, secret local knowledge and reviews will help our clients of tomorrow with the right tools today.  Our mountain community deserves a dedicated platform to creating superior mountain weddings, and this is it!