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Charcuterie! This beloved branch of cooking often finds its way into weddings through cocktail hour food displays. Though it is not difficult to put together a meat and cheese display that tastes delicious, there is definitely an art to creating a tasty display as well as a feast for the eyes.

Above left you will see a mouthwatering display made by our good friends at GB Culinary. Eclectic boho was the name of the game for this event at ATC DEN, where Grant brought home-grown and pickled veggies together with local cheese and house-made sausages to create a true culinary work of art.  In the end, it is important to remember that paying a little extra attention to presentation as you see above, can go a long way with something so seemingly simple. Bon Appétit!

JMW

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This week is all about the beginning of fall! I must admit I get very excited after Labor day has passed when the days begin to cool and the colors begin to change. In honor of the first day of fall tomorrow, I bring you the chocolate cosmos for this Friday Floral, a true fall beauty.

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Besides the drop in temperatures, one thing that I love the most about this time of year is the transition from the bright colors of summer to the deep moody tones of autumn. In my opinion, the chocolate cosmos is the ultimate embodiment of what a fall flower should be. It even has a faint chocolate scent!

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The wily and unpredictable nature of the long, slender stems of this flower bring depth, volume and texture to any floral arrangement or bouquet. I love the contrast of the deep chocolate color against warm white and pale pink blooms almost as much as I do when it is complemented by dark burgundy and purple.

The chocolate cosmos may be a tiny flower, but it is definitely mighty! At Alexan Events we most often look for large blooms when trying to make a statement with a centerpiece or bouquet, but this beauty is the stunning exception to the rule.

JMW

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Many weddings that we design in the Rocky Mountain area either in Denver or Beaver Creek for instance, require tenting. The mountain weather can be unpredictable and you want to have a solid backup plan! If you are a bride using a tent, don’t fret! There are many options for making your backup space as glamorous as you could imagine! Here is a mood board to get your inspiration flowing.

I love all of these organic and flowing tent decor options using greens like smilax or wedding vine among other flowers! Consider using organic materials such as wood pieces as the backdrop for your greens to attach. The look is romantic and luxurious without looking fussy.

JWL

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Glamor Galore! This post is for the brides who want a little more glitter and glamor in their wedding day decor. When we have weddings in Beaver Creek such as Zach’s Cabin, the decor is naturally rustic and woodsy. However, adding a touch of glitter and glamour can look amazing! Here are some ideas for adding some glam into your wedding day decor.

Using bronze toned glitter linens and mixed metals in your decor adds a nice texture and dimension to the design. As wedding designers, we love mixing textures to create an overall cohesive design. From hanging lights inside your wedding day tent to adding edible glitter to your wedding cake, you can add glam to your wedding day design in many ways!

JWL

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As we inch closer to the first day of fall this Saturday, I am beginning to think about fun ways to bring the warm colors and flavors of fall into wedding decor and florals. Figs are a particular fall favorite for their flavor as well as their color that ranges from pale pink flesh on the inside to a deep deep burgundy on the outside. The perfect accompaniment to blush garden roses and almost black dahlias, the fig adds beautiful color and texture to moody and romantic fall floral arrangements.

In addition to the stunning visual appeal of figs, the flavor is quite enticing as well. Today I will leave you with a deliciously warming signature cocktail idea that will have all your guests storming the bar for another! Cheers!

A Rum Cocktail with Fig and Thyme

In a mixing tin, muddle the figs with the thyme simple syrup.

Fill the tin with ice.

Add the light rum, apricot liqueur, allspice dram, and lemon juice.

Shake well and double strain into coupe glasses. Optionally, double strain into cocktail glasses filled with ice and top with a splash of seltzer.

Garnish with a sprig of freshly cut thyme.

Thyme Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3-4 sprigs freshly cut thyme

Using a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar, measure out your desired portion. The recipe above yielded enough for about eight cocktails.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the water. Remove from heat.

Add the sprigs of thyme and let the mixture steep for at least 15 minutes.

Strain off the solids and let the syrup mixture cool.

Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

JMW

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Flower day is our favorite day here at Alexan Events. We usually create the flowers for our events the day before especially if it is a large floral plan. Some flowers are simple enough to do on-site. Bud vases are one of those items. Here are some of my favorite bud vase inspiration photos!

The moody black candles and this amazing bud vase is something else. I would LOVE to use this in my next Beaver Creek client’s decor plan! Or, go vintage with some vintage crystal on your cocktail tables or along your rectangular reception tables.

JWL

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There are a million different ways to add extra pops of color to your wedding day tablescape. At Alexan Events, one of our favorite trends for incorporating just the right amount of subtle color to your table decor is with colored glassware. Mix and match different colored goblets, add a single color to accompany a standard wine glass or choose a color to coordinate with colored taper candles. Below you can see just a few examples of the multitude of options available to you on your wedding day.

Colored glass can be as brilliant or subtle as you wish. The top right picture above is an Alexan Events creation that demonstrates how beautiful deep purple goblets can bring the perfect complementary element to black pillar candles and moody florals without being too drab. On the other hand, blue glassware keeps things bright by echoing blue taper candles and ochre goblets complement others in pale rose as well as the warm white and peach flowers.

Whatever your vision for that special day, what we really love the most is working with each of our clients to bring that unique dream to life!

JMW

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Amaranthus is a beautifully unique plant that blooms in clusters of tiny flowers that stand upright or dramatically hang downwards. This hanging amaranthus is a particular favorite of florists and designers and is at its peak in late summer and early fall when the plant can grow to heights of 3 to 8 feet.

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Hanging amaranthus blooms in a variety of colors ranging from pale green to pink and deep burgundy. An excellent addition to any bouquet or floral installation, hanging amaranthus brings an element of drama to a romantic cascading bridal bouquet. As you can see above the green amaranthus creates a jaw dropping affect as it cascades all the way to the floor!

Be it large or small, hanging amaranthus can find a place in any style of floral creation and in any budget. I know it can be difficult choosing the perfect flowers for your special day, but if you are looking for something truly unique, then look no further than the truly stunning hanging amaranthus!

JMW

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Many of our brides like to change into a second dress after the ceremony and before the reception. Some women like to change right before dancing. Whatever your idea is, here are some amazing little white dresses for your second dress on your wedding night!

Whether you are a bride getting married in the Rocky Mountains like Vail and Beaver Creek or getting married in Metro Denver, your dress can be any style that suits you. I love these mid length dresses that allow for easy dancing or if you want to show your beautiful legs, try this sweet mini dress! Happy shopping!

JWL

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As summer comes to a close and we drift into the cooler days and brisk nights of fall, we begin to bring warmer tones into our decor designs. At Alexan Events we love incorporating warm metallic tones like copper into wedding designs, particularly those with boho inspiration. We are presently gearing up for just such a wedding at Eaton Ranch in Edwards, Colorado with a very rustic-boho vibe complete with rich copper accents. Here is some of our inspiration.

For this upcoming wedding the copper is accented by hints of white, pale pink and lots of steely blue-grey and contrasted by black plates and the deep smoky tones of reclaimed wood. I can’t wait to see our vision come to life!

JMW

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