All around the events industry you hear couples and vendors talking about inspiration boards. So what is an Inspiration Board? Simple, it's anything you want! It is a compilation of images that inspire you, make you happy and communicate your perspective and ideas to others. As a Bride (or Groom) inspiration boards give you a chance to pull together you wishes, dreams, and wedding must haves all in one user friendly format. With websites like Wedding Wire and Pinterest out there it is quick and easy for you to get everyone in the planning process on the same page, your page!


For those who have not dabbled in the art of building a board or "pinning" yet, here is a quick and simple tutorial to get you on your way.


For this blog we are using the inspiration boards page on Wedding Wire. Lets get started!


Step 1: Sign up for a free account with Wedding Wire. No strings attached, we promise. Click here to create an account.




Step 2: Go to the Inspiration Board section of their website. You can find this under the "My Wedding" tab on the main header for your account.






Step 3: Choose the layout you would like for your board.




Step 4: Start uploading  the images you want to include. You can make multiple boards so you might want one that is wedding flowers, another can be bridesmaids dress ideas, another ceremony decor ideas. The web is full of pictures so whether they are celebrity based, theme driven or color keyed, have fun!



Step 5: Share your completed board with your vendors, friends and family. Just remember, others like to give opinions even when they are not asked for. Keep your list down to your essential idea team.




Another popular option is to create an account with Pinterest. This is a great site that you can use for your wedding and beyond. I have seen people create boards for just about everything you can imagine. While Pinterest boards don't look quite as editorial as the ones on Wedding Wire you are not limited by the number of images you put on a board and you can add in your own text and notes (including website links to reference back to later). You do have to request an invite to become a member of Pinterest and once you are on it you will most likely find many facebook friends are on it too.





Also look to see if any of your vendors have inspiration boards showing their work. These will help you to focus in on the possibilities and may even take your down a path you had not considered. Whatever method you prefer, give inspiration boards a try. We know you will be hooked!





Man, that Punxsutawney Phil does not mess around! When he says 6 more weeks of winter, he means it. Since we are all snowed in today I thought it would be a great chance to reflect on some of our favorite snowy wedding photos and even find some icy inspiration. So while you are bundled up in your snuggy by the fire sit back and enjoy. The sidewalk shoveling can wait a day!


Be sure to try some of our "I'm stuck in the house and going crazy recipes" at the end of this blog. They are sure to brighten your spirit!

Here is a quick shot from the cocktail deck this morning... Sorry squirrels, time to bunker down!



Special thanks to Elegant Images for all of our snow wedding photos below. 



Winter Inspiration boards provided by the Wedding Wire Blog










Tatiana's- HOT TODDY!


  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag


  1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.
  2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.
  3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
  4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

Shannon's Shamrock'in Stew


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt if desired and pepper; set aside 2 tablespoons. Add meat to bowl and toss to coat.
  • In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, over medium heat, cook the meat in oil until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water and reserved flour mixture. Add onion, marjoram and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add carrots; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in peas. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes for until the vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
  • For dumplings, in a large combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk, egg, oil and parsley if desired. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes or until done. Do not lift the cover. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Leona's Lemon Icebox Cookies (ok, they are really Martha Stewarts)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling


  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, confectioners' sugar, salt, and lemon zest until combined. Add butter and process until sandy. Add egg yolks and lemon juice; pulse until dough comes together. Divide dough in half and form each into a 1 1/2-inch-wide log. Wrap in plastic and freeze until firm, about 2 hours (or up to 1 month).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Spread granulated sugar on a piece of parchment; roll logs over sugar to coat. Slice logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices and arrange, 1 inch apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.



No one said it better than Howard Weinstein in the Movie-Father of the Bride, "It's a good thing snow is white, it works." We could not agree more! We just love it when the estate is covered in a fresh blanket of snow. It is even better when you have an adventurous couple like Julie and Jared who wanted to get out there and have fun with it.

Julie and Jared were a great couple to get to work with through out the planning process. Actually it was Mom Peggy who worked tirelessly as their own personal "Franc" to make sure that everything was just like they envisioned it.

Many clients often ask us if we host weddings year round? The simple and obvious answer after looking at these photos is yes! Just because the typical wedding takes place May thru October, don't get locked into the idea that you have to do the same. Having a wedding during our Off-Season is a great way to save on the budget and separate your event from the rest!

Special thanks to Kammi and Ross Bothwell with Elegant Images for all of the amazing photos.


Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Caterer- Greens Point Catering, Longmont CO
Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co, Berthoud CO
Chocolate Fountain- Sweet Temptations, Loveland CO
Coffee Vendor- Espresso Affair Denver, CO
Photography- Elegant Images & Photographs, Firestone, CO
Florist- Flowers Elite, Firestone CO
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Beautiful rich colors, vibrant flowers and aromatic spices filled the air at Shyamlee and Ari's wedding this past summer. Over the years we have hosted a few Hindu ceremonies and are always in awe of the deep spirituality and communal bond that these events evoke. The photo layouts from Beth Photography show just how unique and detailed this event was. From beaded saris to henna painting and the ceremony Mandap you can get a real taste of the labor of love that was put forth by these families.





Ari (the Bridegroom) arrives at the the party and takes part in the Var Swagatam where he is greeted by the Bride's mother and enters the wedding ceremony area.


After entering the ceremony Ari takes part in the Ganesh Puja, a prayer to the Lord Ganesh that brings a blessing to the Bride and Groom and removes all obstacles in their married life.



As part of the ceremony the couple exchanges garlands as a greeting to each other. Fire is a sacred part of the Hindu ceremony and is blessed to invoke health, wealth, prosperity, serves to keep witness over the couple throughout the ceremony.



The ceremony brought the family together with the toe ring ceremony with the Bride's sister-in-law, Aashirvaad blessing with the Priest, parents, grandmother, sisters, brother and elders.


 After the ceremony guests joined the couple for a more traditional wedding reception with dinner and dancing. The vibrant colors and richness were carried into the space with the use of our large party lanterns in shades of gold, red, green purple and blue. The elegant floral arrangements also popped with their jewel tone shades. 

 Passed Hors D'oeuvres:

Edamame and Pea Falafel served with Spicy Greek Yogurt Sauce
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bites

Dinner Buffet:
Artisan Breads with Butter Balls

Garden Salad with Seasonal Vegetables and Croutons

Grilled Chicken Breast topped with locally sourced goat cheese from
Haystack Mountain Dairy

Portobello Napoleon - Eggplant, Red Pepper, Summer Squash, Fresh
Mozzarella, Spinach, Asiago Cheese and Pine Nuts. Topped with Roasted
Tomato Sauce

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Wedding Cake 


Congratulations to Ari and Shyamlee! May your life journey be blessed, prosperous and filled with love.




Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event


Mandap Rental- Shanti with Enchante Rentals

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Shamane's Bake Shoppe

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography-  Beth Photography

Chocolate Fountain- Sweet Temptations

Ballroom Decor- Lionscrest Manor


Here are some of our favorite photos from our first annual Breakfast with Santa. Everyone had a great morning and even Santa enjoyed a change of pace with some pancakes instead of cookies.


If you did not make it this year we hope you can join us in 2012.We are looking for a good front range charity for this next year that we can represent and bring awareness to. Please let us know if you have any you want to nominate.


Special thanks to Greens Point Catering , Booth 66 Photo Booths, and Santa! Your hard work helped to make this event possible.






Who says you can't have a gorgeous outdoor wedding in Colorado in October!


Gretchen and Keenan were joined in marriage in front of an intimate group of friends and family at Lionscrest Manor, on October 7th, 2011. With love in their eyes they repeated their vows of commitment to each other and everyone in attendance could feel the strength of their bond.


Choosing our Inclusive package, the couple worked with our top vendors to build their dream day from head to toe.



From the flowers they picked with European Flower Shop to the buffet menu they selected with Greens Point Catering this fall reception was filled with warmth and character. The rich eggplant hue of the flowers was carried through in their linens and decor. This was a picture perfect complement to Gretchen's Champagne colored wedding gown.


Guested celebrated the first day of Gretchen and Keenan's life together by commemorating the event with a group photo on the ceremony lawn with Steamboat mountain as the backdrop. Everett with Creative Focus Photography then worked his magic with the family, wedding party and couple on many a great photo across our 35 acre estate. To view more photos from this wedding click here to see Everett's Album. Guests imbibed beverages and tasty tidbits during the cocktail hour as they waited for their chance to step up to the wishing tree before entering the ballroom for dinner.


 After the meal guests joined the couple on the dance floor for some soulful grooves provided by Pure Sounds Productions. Those who opted to enjoy the event in recumbent state (in their chair) enjoyed a tasty slice of cake from Colorado Rose Cake Co and a bit of the bubbly from Party Liquor


 Gretchen and Keenan were a great couple to work with and we wish them both the best in their marriage together. May 2011 bring to a close a chapter in the great book that will be their journey together. Congrats!


Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event


Officiant- Gerard with Sunflower Weddings

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Creative Focus Photography

Liquor- Party Liquor

 Transportation- Boulder Denver Limousines




Yes the Holiday season is here and it is time to scramble to the good ole' recipe box for some tasty tidbits. This year our gift to you is the gift of sharing. Here today are some of our favorite recipes from our Christmas cocktail party. We hope you give them a try and that they are such a hit that you add them to your family recipe box. Happy Eating!


The Cocktail Party

For Leona's side of the family we traditionally have a get together on Christmas Eve. As everyone is very busy with final preparations we try to keep things simple with appetizers and soups. This way no one is over stuffed for the evening and they are free to snack as they like (in between games and puzzles).


Click on the following links for the recipes you see below.


Bacon Wrapped Scallops- This is my personal favorite. Nothing is better than a little surf and turf to get the holiday started. The spicy mayo will be a new twist for this year. As another option make some with water-chestnuts for those who like a little crunch.



Piggyback Shrimp- I think Tatiana was the first one to try this BBQ recipe out. We originally found it in a Taste of Colorado cookbook years ago. This is a good cooking companion with the bacon scallops above as it too goes under the broiler so no need for multiple ovens and setting to keep an eye on.


Wendy's Squash Soup- In our family we have to trick each other into eating our fruits and veggies. This soup (while not light on the calories) does the trick. It is delicious and enjoyed by our family young and old.


Buffalo Bites- This a new one I think we will try this year for G-Bob. He just loves buffalo wings and this is a fun and easy at home take on the classic.




Don't forget to get your RSVP in for our new tradition, Breakfast with Santa! The Big Guy will be stopping by on December 10th for pancakes and pictures. Click here to RSVP.





Santa is making a special stop at Lionscrest this year to sit down with the kids for pancakes, pictures and present wishes. We hope you and the family can join us for this fun holiday event. Part of the funds raised for the day will go to a local food pantry to help other families that are in need have a brighter holiday season.




Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, and assorted breads with coffee and juice.


Receive a 4x6 photo with Santa and a digital file download (so you can make as many prints as you like).We will also have a take home craft for the little ones.

$20 per Adult
$12 per Child (4-10, 3 and under are free)


A $5 deposit will be required to reserve each spot.
RSVP by Dec 6th. To RSVP click here.


For 2012 we are looking at seeing some amazing cakes across the US. Couples are indulging their sweet tooth and offering up not only the traditional wedding cake but also tasty tidbits like a candy bar, chocolate fountains, Viennese Hour and more. Cakes are also becoming a true focal point of art and reflection on the couple. It serves as a sweet canvas to the true core of not only their love but their lifestyle. Here are a few inspiring Lionscrest Wedding cakes provided by Colorado Rose Cake Co.




A Note from Marci with Colorado Rose Cake Co -
The cakes this year seem to have more color to them in either the icing or the designs.   Even our mountain cake design continues with color in the background which makes the mountains pop.  The other cake detail we have played with are different heights in the tiers.   It just gives the cakes another dimension to the design.   We work with our brides and grooms to design their cake by having them look through our design books, bring in designs they have seen that they like, or bring in ideas and elements to their wedding that they would like to incorporate into their cake design and we will design something.  One of my favorite memories at Lionscrest was setting up a three tiered unique design and hearing from the balcony above me “That looks exactly like I drew it”.  Cupcakes have also been very popular with the many options of colored liners or icing, cupcakes sizes in mini, small, or regular, and different ways of topping or personalizing them. 




Photos provided by Elegant Images, Emily Forsberg Photography and Colorado Rose Cake Co.


They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, and if you are Kaitlyn and Nick then just a sprinkle is needed to ensure a long and blissful marriage. With clouds overhead the couple's six o'clock outdoor ceremony was looking a little iffy, but mother nature held back and the couple said their "I Do's" in front of their loving friends and family.


Kaitlyn, Mother Diane and Kathy Vaughan with A Beautiful Memory worked with our top notch vendors to create a romantic and vintage feeling for this event. With unique touches like succulents added into the floral arrangements these little arid gems gave an earthy base counter balanced with sheer beauty (much like the couple themselves). 







Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event


Wedding Consultant- A Beautiful Memory

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Elegant Images

Liquor- Party Liquor

Decor- Reale Decorating

 Transportation- Premiere Charters