Jun
18

We all know that wedding photos are an irreplaceable part of your special day. Photos help us to look back on the day for years to come and reflect on the complete true love story. Every now and again some stories are truly remarkable and leave you breathless! These photos I have pulled together are from some of our past weddings and all I can say is, WOW! The artistry from these photographers are unbelievable.

 

Thank you to all of the photographers for their hard work, amazing talents and dedication to the craft of wedding photography. You make all of us look so good!

 

Want the full story? Click on the links below to see the industry blogs for these special events. 

 

Kern Photography- Mary and Aaron

 

 

 

 

 

Two One Photography- Kit and Kendall

 

 

 

 

Tom K Photo- Justine and Kyle

 

 

 

 Elegant Images-  Kaitlyn and Jon (image 1) Katie and Zach (image 2)

 

 

 Broxton Art- Kassie and Todd

 


 

 Jared Wilson Photography- Angie and Jonathan

 

 


May
17

Mother Nature is a fickle lady! Our weddings this spring have been getting a taste of her moods swings. No matter what the weather forecast one thing is true, love conquers all!

 

Here are photo highlights from some of our April weddings...

 

Lauren and Tristan- Photos by Elegant Images Photography

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Amy and Josh- Photos by Armitage Photography

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Emily and Charlie- Photos by Photography G

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Marissa and Jason- Photos by Elegant Images Photography

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May
01

 

A note from Benjamin with Alive Studios...

 

Alive Studios initially met Beth and Jake at a wedding show held at
Lionscrest Manor, where they eventually choose to have the wedding.  From
the moment we met the couple, I knew working with them would be amazing.  We
choose an old abandon train yard for their engagement shoot, which turned
out to be perfect.  Beth's red hair  and the fall colors worked wonderfully,
and Jake seemed totally at home amongst the ancient trains.  It was during
this initial shoot that we started to see the magic love between Jake and
Beth.  One of two of the images made it directly to our portfolio.

 

 



Early spring storms threatened Beth's desire for an outdoor ceremony, and

Jake even volunteered to help Lionscrest Manor clear the snow if possible.  But

that wasn't necessary, as mother nature blessed the couple with a beautiful
weekend in-between two massive storms.  A sixty degree day with light winds
and beautiful sun allowed us to be outside for all of the photos, as well as
the ceremony.  Working at Lionscrest in the spring is such a delight, and as
you can see from the photos, Beth and Jake were feeling it for sure.  An
amazing ceremony with wonderful people supporting them, perfect weather, and
love everywhere!  Later, up on the bluff above the Manor, Beth and Jake
celebrated their first few moments of being married while capturing a number

of exquisite photos as the sun slid down behind the mountains.

 

Back inside for a totally rocking party, amazing food, and excellent music.

Alive Studios thoroughly enjoyed the details which Beth obviously though
about; from amazing color coordination and decorations to unique touches of
class.  A truly excellent wedding all around, and the beginning of a
wonderful life of marriage for Beth and Jake!

 

 

 

 

 

Passed Hors D'oeuvres
Bacon and Chicken Bites tempura fried with a Sriracha ranch dip
Deviled Egg traditional
Meatballs chipotle cream and pumpkin seeds

Dinner Buffet
Rustic Rolls butter
Garden Salad mixed greens with seasonal vegetables
Herbed Chicken with rosemary cream sauce
Mashed Potatoes roasted garlic
Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Medley

Photos provided by - Alive Studios

Apr
08

 

Tara and Stephen shared their love for each other this spring as they joined two hearts together as one. They managed to radiate their powerful devotion, so much so, that they challenged Mother Nature's grip and melted the snow and our hearts!

 

Sporting dapper argyle socks and rocking shades, Stephen and the guys were swagger ready.

 

 

 

Tara and Stephen's wedding party has invented a new modern version of the "Tunnel of Love."

 

 

 

In a palette of plum and charcoal grey the event brought in a modern sophistication while keeping a witty and fun edge.

 

 

With wide smiles and darling whit they charmed us all and let their personalities shine through in their amazing photos captured by the talented Susan Armitage of Armitage Photography.  

 

A Note from Susan- It was great working with Tara and Stephen for their March 2nd wedding at Lionscrest Manor!  Tara and Stephen were married surrounded by a great group of family and friends.  Tara had some really fun photo ideas she shared with me that we were able to incorporate into their wedding day.  It's always fun to work with a couple that is open to creative photo ideas and they were the best!

 

 

 

Tara and Stephen were even kind enough to review us and a few of their choice vendors so that other couples can get a sense for their experience. To see their reviews on Wedding Wire click here.   

 

 

Cheers to Tara and Stephen on their nuptial bliss! May each day, each week and each year you share together overflow with joy, wonder and above all L-O-V-E!

 

 

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Armitage Photography

Liquor- Party Liquor

Decor- Lionscrest Manor


Aug
07

 Molly and Curt are a true "Colorado" couple. Their desire for a mountain setting brought them our way and we could not be more pleased that the choose us to be the location for their wedding. Molly wrote to us with her take on not only her wedding day but the proposal and planning process as well.

 

 

The Proposal...

It was a beautiful Sunday in February 2011. One of those days that reminds you that spring in the mountains in right around the corner. I was a figure skater growing up and was always asking Curt to go ice skating with me. Well...on this particular day, I should have realized something was up because he asked me if I wanted to go skating in Evergreen on a pond surrounded by the mountains. Of course I was ecstatic at the thought of this actually happening and ran to get my skates.

I was getting tired from spinning and jumping and decided to sit down on the ice to take in the beauty of the day. I was giggling to myself watching Curt attempt to skate around in a circle. He looked like he was concentrating so hard. He asked me to come over to him, and as I was skating over to him, he got down on one knee and proposed! It couldn't have been a more perfect proposal!

 

The Planning...

Once we enjoyed a few weeks of engaged life, it was time to start the planning process by looking for the right wedding venue. While researching wedding venues we stumbled across Lionscrest Manor, and once we stepped foot on the property we knew it was the perfect venue for us. We both love to ski and be in the mountains and nature, so Lionscrest had everything we were looking for. Not to mention all of the amazing staff that helped us plan every step of the way. We settled on our date being May 19, 2012. A beautiful time of year in Colorado.

 

The Wedding...

We are both very bright and fun people so naturally we chose very vibrant colors. Raspberry, bright orange and different shades of green (chartreuse and lime) were the colors of choice. We wanted the flowers and colors to be the main focus and everything else to compliment the natural beauty of the venue and the flowers.

 

 Lionscrest's vendor list is filled with amazing professionals dedicated to making your wedding day so special. We chose Colorado Rose Cake Co as our cake and desserts vendor. Marci Perrotto is so talented and everyone loved the cake. The design was done beautifully.

 

 

Greens Point Catering was an easy decision as their food was wonderful and the staff was so helpful. Melissa Mayhew and the other staff members made the whole planning process so easy and enjoyable.

 

 

We chose Pure Sounds Productions as our DJ vendor. We were able to customize our entire playlists the way we wanted and that made it really special for us and all of our guests. Michael was so professional and fun to work with.

 

Boulder Blooms was an easy choice for our florist. We were instantly drawn to their eco-friendly nature and creativity in their floral arrangements.

 

 We met Marsha Steckling with Evie Photography at the spring 2011 bridal show. We were immediately drawn to her stunning photos and laid back attitude. Curt always gets a little nervous around the camera and Marsha helped us both get comfortable, which allowed her to get some fantastic shots. We really enjoyed working with her and having her be a part of our day.

 

My bridesmaids and I had DeAnn Grasinger with The Bodacious Beauty come to glamorize us on the wedding day! We all agreed with we looked like the best version of ourselves. She did an incredible job and really helped make the day so special. Half the fun is getting ready with your friends and family!

 

We chose Tom Trujillo as our wedding officiant. He really took an interest in getting to know Curt and I as individuals and as a couple. He really listened to our ideas on how we wanted our ceremony to be and helped up make them happen. We feel very blessed to have found Tom.

 

Our wedding day really was the best day of our lives! It was so special and stress free because of all the talented people at Lionscrest and our amazing vendors. Some of our favorite memories are of the intimate ceremony in such a beautiful space with all of our friends and family. Taking the pictures up on top of the mountain side behind the house together. We decided to bring fun hats, wigs, glasses, and boas for people to dress up in on the dance floor. That was really a hit with everyone! There was rarely anyone sitting down during the receptions because everyone was out on the dance floor having so much fun. Most of all we will always remember all the people who helped make this day so spectacular from our family and friends to all the wedding vendors that supported us in our planning process.  - Molly

 

Thank you Molly, Curt and Family for inviting us into your life. We loved hearing your story and hope that sharing with others, will help them in their own wedding adventure.  Cheers!

 

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Officiant- Tom Trujillo

Caterer- Greens Point Catering
Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co
Decor- Lionscrest Manor (Lanterns)
DJ- Pure Sounds Productions
Photography- Evie Photography
Florist- Boulder Blooms

 


Jun
25

 

 This week we felt like sharing some amazing photos from Kameron Ahler Photography that he took of Monica and Jordan on May 26th, 2012. To go along with this photographic art we also selected a few love poems to inspire and hopefully bring a smile and warmth to your day.

SONNET 18
~ By William Shakespeare ~

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate...
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


 

 

 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE
~ By Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


 

 

WEDDING PRAYER
~ By Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

 

TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING

 May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

 

HINDU MARRIAGE POEM

You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.

 


Jun
15

 

This year is shaping up to be one full of vibrant colors, far away travelers and funky style. Wedding planners worldwide predicted that this year would be filled with copy cat weddings striving to match the formality of the Royal Wedding and mod glam of Kim Kardashian's 20 million dollar swanky soiree. Instead, what we are finding is that couples are much more interested in creating fun and unique weddings that focus on family, friends and their own life story. There is no rule book for these events, they are open to fresh ideas and trying something that has not been done before. They don't want to be a cookie cutter couples, they want to be matrimonial pioneers! Here are a few weddings that we have enjoyed and broke the mold in their own way.

 

Milena and  Mike - April 22nd, 2012

 

Photos provided by Bright Boy Photography

Flowers and Additional Photos from Fluerish Design

 

Tuxes are so two thousand and eleven! Mike and his groomsmen rocked it out in skater shorts and Milena's maids were truly stunning in jewel tone shades from head to toe.

 

 

 

 

 

Kit and Kendall - May 6th, 2012

As a wedding vendor herself, Kit knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding and did not let a little rain wash away her wedding dream. Her amazing unique flowers, cowboy boots and succulent favors were just a few touches that she and Kendall added to put their own stamp on the day.

 

Photos provided by Two One Photography

Flowers provided by Fluerish Design

Cake provided by Intricate Icings

 

 

 

Yuriko and Takeshi - June 5th, 2012

 

With 13 lucky guests Yuriko and Takeshi traveled all the way from Japan to say "I Do" at Lionscrest. Family and cultural traditions were still represented with the use of paper cranes and a tea ceremony.

 

Photos provided by Emily Forsberg Photography

 

 

 


Jun
01

 

 

As a family in the wedding industry we look at lots of wedding photos. Many from events that are hosted at Lionscrest but also photos from amazing photographers and locations across the globe. As we look over these photos it is easy to get glassy eyed. The wedding of Kaitlyn and Jon however, will stand out fresh in our minds for years to come. The couple's effortless style runs deep into their images from head to toe or in this case root to leaf tip. We know that you too will be enchanted by these images shot by Elegant Images & Photographs. Kaitlyn's sweet smile makes you instantly want to be her friend and Jon's steady gaze and sure stance lets you know he is in love with this woman and is not afraid to show it.

 

What we really fell in love with was the couples blending of rustic charm and classic elegance. Having a true Colorado mountain wedding was not lost here. With birch candle centerpieces that had hand carved initials to the tree stump cake with the same carving applied this wedding gave guests the feeling of a movie romance. Something like old childhood sweethearts that met at camp and were only reunited many years later with a chance crossing at their tree. Awe Swoon! This wedding should inspire us all to stop and smell the roses, and enjoy the rings of your life like the rings of a great tree. After all, a good strong story like a towering tree will live on for other generations to enjoy. Thanks to Kaitlyn and Jon for allowing us to become a ring on your life's tree.

 

 

This tasty cake masterpiece was created by Marci with Colorado Rose Cake Co. We have been getting lots of comments and requests for more information on this cake so we wanted to be sure to pass along the information to all. When we spoke with Marci here is what she had to say about the cake and the happy couple. "I really enjoyed working with Kaitlyn and Jon and loved their rustic elegance theme.  They came in with an idea of the aspen tree wedding cake and we did a close study of our trees at home to create the knots that they liked. The flavors were an Amaretto Cake with a Raspberry Filling and a Butter Yellow Cake with a Lemon Cream Filling". Thanks again Marci for your artistic eye and creative prowess to take on something new to make this dream cake a reality!

 

 

Menu From Greens Point Catering

 

Greeting Station

Mint and Cucumber Infused Water Citrus Infused Water

 

Passed Hors D'oeuvres

Truffle Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Chicken Bites with a Sriracha ranch dip

 

Appetizer Buffet

Vegetable Crudite Display creamy herb dip

 

Dinner Buffet

Artisan Breads

Simple Salad - mixed greens, sea salt, olive oil, sherry vinegar

Asiago Chicken - herbs and crispy panko bread crumbs

Boneless Short Ribs Korean BBQ

Mashed Potatoes - roasted garlic

Sautéed Green Beans 

 

 

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Caterer- Greens Point Catering
Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co
Decor- Lionscrest Manor and Reale Decorating
DJ- Pure Sounds Productions
Photography- Elegant Images & Photographs
Florist- Flowers In Bloom


May
25

  

Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. A thousand paper cranes are also traditionally given as a wedding gift by the family, who are wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple (Wikipedia).

 

And the story began (from Allison)... Kyle and I both meet back in college at the University of Northern Colorado through my RA.  We went out a few time but our lives ended up going separate ways.  A year or so later, we ended up having our one and only classes together and of course reconnected and started dating. 
 

Around January 2010, Kyle and I both had started new jobs and hardly had seen each other.  We both worked odd hours and where busy with out of town trainings.  Unknown to me, Kyle had been trying to proposal on several different occasions but something always come up and he never was able to.  Mostly it was my father he could never really connect with.  (Yes, Kyle was finally able to ask my dad. And yes, my dad was excited about it.) Finally on January 4 we both had a day off.  We decided that we wanted to go hiking up near Estes Park after running a few errands, which included getting a camera for Kyle (so he would stop throwing a hissy fit because we forgot ours).  Kyle insisted that we hike up to Gem Lake. (Yes, he planned the irony and yes I didn't catch on.)  After the 1.7 mile hike and a stop almost every 5 minutes for pictures, we were at our destination.  A gorgeous frozen lake surrounded by large rock formations with untouched snow everywhere.  It was breath taking!  Kyle wandered off somewhere, while I got myself comfortable for lunch.  When Kyle finally came back, he was trying to get me to stand up.  As stubborn as I am, I refused several times to budge from my spot before finally getting annoyed and giving in.  Needless to say, Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him (very nervously too).  I think my response was I'm sorry and YES!!!!! 

 

The folding of paper cranes is an old Japanese tradition. Cranes, like the dragon, are sacred, standing for peace, health and luck. It is said that if a couple fold a thousand cranes together, they will have a long and prosperous marriage.  It shows their dedication to the each other and their love, which will be rewarded with a good and prosperous marriage. Cranes also tend to be incorporated into wedding since they mate for life.
 
Kyle and I decided to use the cranes to honor my grandparents (Japanese Americans) who are no longer with us but always with us in spirit. 

 

 

These well wishes and blessing were felt throughout Allison and Kyle's wedding celebration.  Sarah Lee Welch Photography was at Lionscrest to capture the photographic moments of the day so that like the cranes these images will live on as cherished mementos of love and blessings from family and friends who joined them as they became husband and wife.

 

Allison and Kyle worked with some other amazing vendors to help create their wedding space into a romantic and welcoming location for all to gather and enjoy each others company. Deb with Reale Decorating worked with the shades of blue and cream white to create striking bouquets and floral arrangements. She also incorporated thick gauge wire into the boutonnieres to add a modern sharp crispness to contrast the dainty elegance blossoms. It was quite stunning!

 

 

Marci with Colorado Rose Cake Co also took the twisted lines and incorporated that into the wedding cake with a wrap effect that was set off the fresh flowers. The five tier cake tempted guests with its fragrant smell of soft roses and sweet icing. We have to admit that even after 16 years of weddings we can't pass up a piece of Marci's cake!

 

 

Allison and Kyle's favorite memory from their wedding day... Kyle was not well versed in wedding etiquette and his biggest goof would be when he ate his own piece of cake instead of feeding it to me. Then he continued to eat another bite before the whole hall cracked up laughing.  That’s when his face went bright red and he turned and asked “What?”.  He was then filled in on the wedding cake tradition.  And the more I think about it, I would also have to agree that this is my favorite memory after our wedding ceremony.

 

All in all this wedding tempted and rewarded for mind body and soul from beginning to end with the love and thought that these two put into the details. We send Allison and Kyle 1,000 blessing and many happy years filled with laughter, joy and tradition!

 

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

 

Wedding Consultant- A Beautiful Memory

Caterer- Front Range Catering Company

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

Photography- Sarah Lee Welch Photography

Liquor- Party Liquor

Decor- Reale Decorating

 

 


Jun
18
Old Fashioned Wedding Photos

Clea and Steven exchanged their vows in front of friends and family on May 29th, 2010. As you can see from their photos taken by Marsha Steckling of Life Exposed Photography, they truly are "In Love".

Marsha always does a great job capturing those tender moments that pass so quickly during an event. I recently had the opportunity to attend a friends wedding at a different venue where Marsha was shooting and can attest to her overall skill and talent both at Lionscrest and beyond. The calming nature she exudes helps her couples to relax and in turn gives her the chance to capture, as her company names states, Life.

With a unique twist on the wedding color palette Clea and Stevenselected Navy and Celedon as their linen colors. Navy to me is a greatalternative to black and served as a striking off-set to make theirtablescapes for the reception really pop.

Colorful Wedding Linens

Like so many spring weddings Clea and Steven's brought forth a stormy sky. Not to be put off by Mother Nature the couple trekked up to the top of our rock ridge behind the venue for some great couple only photos.

Colorado Mountain Wedding Sites 

With spring showers comes beautiful flowers both gutturally and at the hands of the crafty gals at Boulder Blooms.

Colorado Wildflower Wedding 

Working with Jed from Pure Sounds Productions the couple had a grand entrance as husband and wife into the reception. Jed and the DJ's from Pure Sounds are always very professional and work with us hand in hand to assure the couples wishes (and timeline) are combined to create a fun filled event for all.

Wedding Reception Announcement 

The wedding guests were also treated to fanciful food delights by Greens Point Catering and the wedding cake by Das Meyer Pastry Chalet. Dennis (the big teddy bear) Das Meyer always puts his heart and soul into all of his cakes. His artistry has made him a favorite with couples and vendors (yeah, we eat cake too).

I love the play of the photos below on the idea of a classic "white silhouette". Everything looks sleek, elegant and I dare say, sexy!

Hand Piped Wedding Cake Das MeyerBridal Gown Mirror Garden Lanterns at Wedding Reception

Congratulations to Clea and Steven! May your future be filled with many amazing "Life" moments. We enjoyed being a part of your special day and look forward to many anniversary visits.

 
The Lionscrest Manor

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event


Officiant- Sunflower Weddings- Carolyn Carpenter

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Das Meyer

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Life Exposed Photography

Accommodations - Boulder Marriott and Best Western Golden Buff Lodge

Liquor- Party Liquor

Florist- Boulder Blooms

Limo - Ambassador Rolls