[Planning] Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

We always love seeing brides inspiration for their aisle when they're planning their destination mountain wedding in Colorado with us. We'll sit down together in the Petal and Bean barn and share Pinterest boards of ideas and pull what we have from our shelves that  fit those pictures. The aisle never needs to be neglected at an outdoor mountain wedding and our brides agree with us. Here are some pin ready ideas for dressing up the aisle from some of our favorite weddings last summer. Go ahead and pin away! I know you want to. Contact us to learn more about how we can help plan your wedding, vow renewal or elopement.

This first aisle decor is a DIY idea. This was a wedding at Ten Mile Station at the beginning of the summer. Snow still covered the mountain peaks and this white arrangement with baby's breath was the perfect compliment to the surroundings.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

A petal pathway cover the aisle before even the flower girl can get to it for an even more dramatic aisle. The blush small bouquet strung from the ceremony chairs went with the bride's colors and the bridesmaid's bouquets at this Silverthorne, Colorado wedding. Photo by Laura Lee Anderson Photography at the Ski Tip Lodge.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

What about this idea? Petals for the guest to throw after you walk back down the aisle as a married couple. Also, the aisle was lined with petite white flowers in metallic planters. Photos by Trystan Photography at Dry Gulch Placer.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Succulents and roses tied in birch adorned this aisle at a Seven's wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Kent Meireis at Ten Mile Station.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Notice that baby's breath was the most popular decor option in this series of aisle options.  Photo by Jess Purple at the Keystone Ranch.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Baby's breath in burlap sacks, tied with ribbon. Just simple and gorgeous. That backdrop is from a Highland Wedding at Green Mountain Reservoir.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

Pinterest?  Hopefully by now, you have signed up for Pinterest and have started finding inspiration for your next home, the kitchen and even your furry friend.  But, how do you pin ideas for your wedding without giving everything away?  Well, there are now, shhhh, secret boards.  Yep, they just released access to three boards that you can use for anything you don't want your followers to see.  So, that means while you have your family helping you with your reception decor, you can now privately plan your bachelorette party, or anything else you'd rather not broadcast to mom and other sets of eyes.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We just checked out some tools that are used to measure Pinterest, and since we've started pinning, our followers have "liked" over 1,000 of our pins, and have "repinned" those pins over 6,000 times.  We hope you'll check us out over there, and when you're ready to talk wedding plans, details that you know, could be stealth, let us know.  Until then, repin and like away!

Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography 

One of our most popular bouquets, has been repinned 32 times from our pinboard dedicated to just our bridal bouquets!  Here is the link to the pin of the image above: Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography

So, just how do you repin that blue beauty and keep it a secret?  Well, here's how you can keep a private board.

    1. Login to Pinterest.  Do your thing.  I like to login via Twitter, in case you wondered.
    2. Scroll down on your boards page and look for the secret boards.  Click create.
    3. Name your board, select the category, and make sure the setting for private is ON.
    4. Invite co-conspirators, I mean collaborators via email or Pinterest username.
    5. Click create board and you're done.  Your secret board is now set up.  Pin away!

You can now invite your wedding vendors, and other confidants in your event design details.

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We are also building on a centerpiece pinboard, for example this centerpiece for  a wedding at Copper Mountain which is tall-clean-and-simple, yet has some drama going on.  The bride and groom rented this piece, and had us come back to retrieve them after the wedding, saving them time and energy. 

Manzanita branches in tall cylinder vases.

 So, to check out more blogs that we've pinned, go right here.  There will be more blogs coming to this board, so it's a good one to watch.  I've also put together a venues board, as we're always getting asked about different places to get married, which ones do receptions too, and so on.  Everyone wedding is different, and each venue has its own quirks and issues.  But, one will be right for you.  Which one?  Well, decide for yourself, or let us help you pick.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

So, whether you're checking out venues, or DIY projects, you'll want to head over to our Pinterest boards to see what's on there.  And, the best part now is that you can keep it secret.  On Pinterest anyway.  You can't guarantee everybody's mouth will keep shut, right?  Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading! 

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado

We are getting lots of photos coming in from all the weddings this past summer, and can't wait to share them all!  We are working on adding all these very soon, so keep checking back.  In the meantime, here's an image, courtesy of KMulhern Photography.  If you're planning a wedding in the high country, please contact us to help you figure out the details.  We've got lots of experience and local expertise to share with you.   

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of KMulhern Photography

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

We keep hearing from our brides and clients that the guys are really getting into contributing towards the wedding.  In their own way, of course.  While many stare into space while discussing all the different flower options, others jump at the chance to let their style, taste and preferences known.  We encourage the brides, sisters, planners and families reading this blog to show the guys the articles we're writing with the Groom in mind.

Click here and you'll be taken to our Groom-er board on our Pinterest page.  There you'll see lots of style options for dressing up the guys, and even a few DIY projects that I just had to throw in there.  Even if all you get is a good laugh, my job is done.  I want to make your destination wedding planning fun, and that includes looking at sometimes hilarious, yet very doable, DIY projects.   

[How To] Create a Disco Ball Helmet for your Bride-to-be.  A Groom-er DIY project.

If you're planning a winter wedding for next season, then you'll have plenty of time to get the materials to create something spectacular and fun for your bride-to-be to wear around the slopes.  Perhaps you both have'em and hire a photographer to do an adventure photo session sometime before the wedding, or even on the day of the wedding.  It's up to you.  We think it would be a interesting way to make the day that much more fun!  Click on the image to go to the pin that links to the article.

[Groom-er] How To Make Chocolate Millenium Falcons For Your Wedding Favors

And yes, they'll melt in your Han Solo (sorry, had to), but these chocolate Millenium Falcons could be just the way to personalize one of the gatherings.  They could be tested out at a weekend grilling party, and then created the week of the wedding to be used at the rehearsal dinner, instead of a groom's cake, or even at the wedding, as favors.

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

One last piece of advice.  Don't let any trend articles scare you away from what you want to have at your wedding.  Those are only opinions of what's in and out.  Who cares.  There are no rules anymore.  What's most important is to find your own style, showcase your quirks and have fun with your idiosyncrasies as individuals, and that includes showing to your friends and family that the force will be with you, always.

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

He might not care if you get table runners, or if the vases are square and short, or  you choose tall cylinder vases.  He does care about what kind of skis or board he rides on, so eventually he's gonna realize and care about what he's wearing on the big day.   You can simple, flashy or totally off-the-hook if you want to.  We'd say most of the mountain brides we work with gravitate towards a classic look for the guy, with lots of dark suits, with bursts of color from boutonierres or even bowties.

Here is an interesting way to get the groom-to-be, or groom-er as we like to call'em around here, involved in the overall style of the wedding.  Use Pinterest.  Yep, we said it.  If he's a fan of using his smartphone, ipad or laptop, ask him to try out this new social inspiration board builder.  You can use it for practically anything, but it makes planning weddings and events a lot of fun.  We're using it now with our brides, and you can use it as a couple to build an inspiration board that shows your style as a couple.  You can then share this board with your other vendors, so that they can see what you're into.  

         >> Check out our Groom-er board to get in on the action.

Hand him the controls from your profile to get started.  Start a board called, "stuff I'd like see to my guy in on our wedding day", or "our couple style" and it might not be such a bad idea to create one called "NO WAY!"  Show him what you're attracted to, and ask him to bring out his style on a board, to pin some stuff that he might consider, or even have him create his own profile to start his own boards.  

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

Contact us for invite to Pinterest, as it's officially in beta.  Send us an email, mention this blog post, and you'll be pinning in no time.  And if you're a pinner yourself already, then please practice your good pinning habits and give photo credit and links.  Thanks for reading!

[GROOM-ER] Finding Inspiration on How to Dress the Boys using Pinterest

If you know of any good groom-related wedding boards, please add a comment to this blog post.  Thanks for helping create an awesome online wedding community!

P.S. - We were just contacted by a national trade publication about our use of Pinterest for our business, and they wanted to use screenshots of some of our boards in their read!  We'll share more as this story develops into a print article.  

[HOW TO] Create Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Welcome to the world of Pinterest.  Being big fans of progressive technology, we're happy to show you this fabulous online tool that will allow you to create inspiration boards for anything you choose.  It's in beta, meaning you'll have to request an invite, but they come rather quickly, and pinning away you will be!  

Brides looking to capture anything and everything of their own personal style can create a board and add items they identify with.  Name another board "bouquets" and browse the wedding blogs and sites for inspiration and create a collection of colors, style and anything you think could provide inspiration for your bouquet.  Keep creating as many boards as you need to keep your ideas in one place.  

We've already created a few boards, and are already using it and Minigroup  to work with brides for our flower shop.  It's very easy to spend a lot of time on this site, so don't say we didn't warn you!

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pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Make sure to read the examples of brides using this online tool to help plan their wedding.  Always glance over the "about" page to make sure you're in the right place, and there's even a section devoted to etiquette.    

You can have your bridesmaids, moms, and other important influencers in your event "follow' your inspiration board, or even become a contributor.

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

There are so basic options to get you started, the first being to add a pin.  You can also upload images from your computer that are your property or have permission to share.  Pinterest etiquette recommends citing original sources.  And, if you see a nice chair, table or piece of furniture, create a board of wishlist items that you'd like to see in your living room one day.  The options are endless...

 

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

 

You can see a few of the images I had repinned to my "Groom-er" pinboard, with guy stuff on it.  Groom-er of a series of blog articles written for guys planning their Rocky Mountain wedding.  I put some style on there, but a few other surprises as well.  Be sure to follow other fun wedding blogs on Pinterest, 

 

pinterest.com/petalandbean  |  [HOW TO] Create Your Own Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

 

So, check out  this new social network, but one we think that you'll soon be obsessed with, spending way too much time on, but finding out it's a brilliant way to organize random inspirations, ideas and details!  Please comment below if you're on Pinterest, so that others can find you from this blog.  

This is the start of your online collaboration between vendors, brides, planners, family and friends, all using the same platform to share inspiration, provide support and commentary, and most of all, to have a little fun while we plan all these weddings!  Thanks for reading and happy planning everyone.

          >>    click here to see our profile on pinterest

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Mayflower Gulch: South of Copper Mountain, Colorado

You're getting married in the mountains, and you deserve to utilize all the available opportunities to capture the mountain wedding experience to its fullest.  And that includes putting a bit of time and effort into a great photo shoot.  Yes, you can get the obligatory "walking down the middle of the street" shot, but for a backdrop that no one else has, there are lots of choices when it comes to your Breckenridge wedding photography, or whichever mountain town you choose.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Not too far from Copper Mountain is a hidden gem, Mayflower Gulch.  A short walk, hike or even shorter drive will get you to a majestic alpine basin that is literally filled with wildflowers.  It took us about half an hour to reach the cabin at the lower valley, we then chose a steeper trail on a road that climbs to the right.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]The backside of the Ten Mile range is what you see when you're in the gulch, and you should take five minutes to pull out your map (you did bring a map and the ten essentials, didn't you?) and figure out which peak is which.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

You can actually drive back to the cabins, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have lots of clearance and a 4WD.  It's an enjoyable walk, but a photographer with lots of equipment should use a vehicle to transport clients and items needed.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Towards the higher slopes in the basin you'll see thousands, if not millions of wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors.  North-facing slopes still hold snow in the windy, alpine terrain.  You can feel the air temperature drop as you reach the ridgeline.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

Dina looks to the north and the Gore Range that is in the distance.  We ran from Silverthorne to Vail once, over Red-Buffalo Pass and had a friend pick us up and bring us back.  There are amazing trails and terrain in the area near Summit County, and we hope you enjoy checking out this spectacular spot!

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

We dropped back down to the lower valley floor, and checked out the cabins for a few minutes.  We think this is really the best place to head to, as the higher ridgeline is a bit of a climb to reach.  So, please share your photos that you create with the advice and tips given from this blog and we'll share it on our real weddings blog!  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

>> photos[stacysanchez]