Highlights From My Trip to Aspen: The Little Nell, Ajax Tavern and Blazing Adventures!

photo 3Hey Y’all,

I recently had the privilege to spend a few incredible days in Aspen at The Little Nell, which I might add is an incredible resort that pays attention to detail in every sense of the word.

Settled at the base of the mountain, you really could not ask for a better location to stay in Aspen.  Not only is it easy to walk around Aspen because it is so quaint and charming of a town, but from The Little Nell you can hop right on the ski slopes if it is in fact ski season or take the gondola up to the top of the mountain for lunch and take in the stunning views.

We were fortunate enough on our first night there to have dinner at the top of the mountain while enjoying a few different bands from Elan Artists and a delicious meal from the The Nell‘s chef who created culinary magic.

On our second night, we ventured down the mountain to the Ajax Tavern for amazing food, an impromptu bocce ball tournament and lots of wine.  Beyond the fine dining, for anyone planning to get married in Aspen, or thinking of a mountain wedding, I highly suggest checking out the breathtaking views (click here for Little Nell wedding testimonials).

The view alone is worth millions and the Nell has a few special places for the ceremony, as well as the reception, all right there for the perfect wedding.

Also, the rooms at the Nell are incredibly comfortable and spacious, I slept like a log. I don’t think that there is much more you can ask for in a room when traveling.

photo 2In addition to awesome accommodations, our days were packed full of fun, and there are plenty of things to do while in Aspen. I have to admit that the highlight of the trip would have to be the white water rafting trip we took with Blazing Paddles.

The two hours floating down the rapids were a complete blast and I would be open to doing that everyday if possible.  Unfortunately, we barely get rain in Los Angeles, so I am not sure a daily rafting trip would even be possible.

photo 4Our last day in Aspen we went fly fishing, something I had never done before, but I caught seven fish, so I must have some sort of beginners luck. As you can see from the pictures we were prepared for the elements, but at the stocked ponds where we went fishing, the waders were not necessary other than for an awesome photo op. The only time we got in the water was for the picture.  Also, all seven of the fish I caught were released back into the ponds.

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Winter or summer, Aspen is stunning and has something for everyone to do.  I can’t understand why anyone would not want to go there all the time.  I am addicted and will be back!
-Brian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Me At The Luxe Hotels Wedding Event

luxe_wedding_email_horiz.inddHey Ya’ll,

I’m on the host committee for the upcoming Luxe Hotels Wedding Event and I’d love to extend an invite to any brides out there looking for vendors and design inspiration for your wedding.

All of the details regarding time and location can be found in the image above. For details about all of the fantastic vendors and wedding professionals that will be in attendance and  giveaways that will be happening at the event, LIKE them on Facbeook! To purchase tickets for the event, go to: www.LuxeHotelsWeddingEvent.com. I hope to see you there on March 17, 2014.
-Brian

Look For Me and YourBash! In The Knot’s Spring 2014 Issue On Newsstands Now!

TKM14SP Cover.inddHey Ya’ll,

If you’re planning a wedding or any other big event, do yourself a favor and pick up the Spring 2014 issue of The Knot Magazine on newsstands now.

TKM14SPp136Once you have your hands on its glossy goodness, crack it open and look for the Knot Gala feature (pictured above) on page 136. That’s where you’ll spot me and my giant bride mannequins! In the meantime, for wedding planning ideas you can steal from the gala, go to TheKnot.com/2013gala.
-Brian

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Engage! 13 Montelucia Re-Cap

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 4.29.11 PMHey Ya’ll,

Last week I was in Scottsdale, AZ at the Montelucia Resort & Spa for Engage! 13, or as I like to call it, “wedding camp”. This was my third time attending the luxury wedding business summit and my second time speaking, which I am always honored to be asked to speak to such an incredible group of attendees.

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 9.53.58 AMOver three days, the Montelucia hosted a number of events, the first night around the pool which was a little chilly but with heat lamps and gloves it was perfect and the food was quite tasty. The second evening was the dine around where the speakers each host a table for diner and it is a more intimate opportunity to get to know some new faces and some familiar as well.

995018_636282883099697_1426834774_nAfter the dine around, it was back to the Montelucia for the traditional dessert after-party, which if you know me at all, this is one of my favorites since I am such a huge sweets fan!

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 5.05.41 PMThe last night was the annual gala which is always the most fun as we get the chance to unwind and be guests at a party since the majority of us in attendance are usually working at them. Todd Fiscus of Todd Events out of Dallas (a fellow Texan!) transformed the ballroom for dinner and dancing using bursts of Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid. My favorite touches were the hanging floral arrangements and…

1441342_636232379771414_1080629392_n… this beautiful placecard wall. Each person’s name was on an individual bird cage that let you know what table you were sitting at and they were all lit up with a battery operated light. It was very creative!

Photo of me during my talk via @HeatherCrabtree on Twitter.

Photo of me during my talk via @HeatherCrabtree on Twitter.

Beyond the parties, Engage is also an opportunity to listen to others in the industry give their insight on everything from design, planning, photography, the magazine world, catering, and the business of being successful! By day three and numerous speakers later, I am always inspired and ready to take on the world with new wealth and knowledge that I plan to incorporate into our success at YourBASH!

1489115_635061013221884_1977813219_nI’ve really got to hand it to Rebecca and Kathryn from Engaging Concepts who put on all of the Engage events, they’ve created a summit that rivals any other that I have ever attended. I look forward to seeing all my new friends at each Engage summit and can not wait for the next one in June 2014 at the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado.

Lastly, video coverage of the event was done by none other than I Do Films (you may recall their awesome video from the Knot Gala!). Keep an eye out for a familiar face around the 2:15 mark and check out all the Twitter and Instagram pictures at #engage13 if you want to see how a bunch of wedding and event professionals party!
-Brian

Unique Design Tips For Your Winter Wedding

Image via ruffledblog.com

Image via ruffledblog.com

Hey Ya’ll,

In a sea of summer brides, ladies who dare to say ‘I Do’ in the winter months are a truly unique bunch!

To see this beautiful bride's winter wedding, visit greenweddingshoes.com

To see this winter wedding shoot, visit greenweddingshoes.com

After blogging about how cold-weather-brides get to have a little more fun when it comes to accessorizing on their wedding day, I thought about all of the seasonal design elements winter weddings often have that make them so magical. Below, you’ll find a collection of my favorite ideas for everything from flowers to lighting to cake and more.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.32.13 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.44.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.56.52 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 5.05.41 PMOverall, I love the idea of using what’s in-season to decorate and bring the outside in but without all of the cold!

Twig & Twine, Studio CastilleroIf you keep it simple you can easily use pine cones, candles, red holly, or even a simple green garland to add a chic nod to the holidays at your winter wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about winter weddings? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!


Click here for the ‘Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!’

This amazing video is courtesy of I Do Films, whom I had the pleasure of meeting earlier this year at Engage!13. They really are the very best in the biz! Let me know what you think of the video in the comment section below.
-Brian

Wedding Wednesday: Interactive Buffets

Hey Ya’ll,

Interactive buffets are a fantastic way to serve food at any event but particularly at weddings. Whether you use a buffet for just one part of the meal or your entire menu, buffets offer a lot of variety and are a great way to put a personal touch on your event.

This is the candy buffet I created for my friend Bettie's Baby Shower

Bettie’s Baby Shower Candy Buffet

To create an interactive buffet, all you need is a variety of foods that allow guests to essentially design their own meal. For example, if you want to offer a late-night snack at your wedding, you could do a savory buffet that allows guests to make their own gourmet grilled cheese. Or, if you’re like me, you could opt for something sweeter, like a candy buffet. Below, you’ll find my best tips for creating an interactive buffet that allows guests to make their own dessert as opposed to doing a traditional wedding cake.

image via TheKnot.com

image via TheKnot.com

1. Guests can serve themselves. This accomplishes a couple things, it creates less waste because guests are only taking what they want to eat, and it also allows guests to enjoy their meal and dessert at their own pace throughout the evening.

I found this lovely display on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pin/257479303669367388

I found this lovely display on Pinterest from The Candy Buffet Company.

2. Variety is the spice of life, or in this case, the sweets in life! This is an easy way to incorporate multiple desserts into your menu and give your guests lots of choices. You can create a buffet of different types of cake, or candy (my favorite!), donuts, or any other dessert items that tantalize your taste-buds.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 6.32.13 PM3. Presentation. A dessert buffet is a great way to add to your wedding reception’s decor. I love using a mixture of large glass containers like vintage apothecary jars, mason jars, etc.

Expert Tip: Always make sure that you have the appropriate serving utensils, spoons, tongs, or scoops for each item.  Make sure that the candy is easy to reach by stacking the vessels on the tables so that everything is displayed nicely and the smaller or lower items are in front and larger items are in the back.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 2.54.47 PM5. Party Favors. I love the idea of having your dessert buffet pull double-duty as a party favor station. All you have to do is include packaging at the end of the table for your guests to wrap up a few desserts to take home at the end of the night.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 2.55.41 PMDepending on what kinds of items you include in your buffet, you may need more than one type of packaging. Anything from small cartons, boxes, baggies or wax paper bags can work. Be sure to include some ribbon, twine or washi tape on the table for guests to seal their packages with.

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 3.09.41 PM5. Personality! A dessert buffet is a fantastic way to show the couple’s tastes and personality. I recommend creating a monogram using the couple’s new initials to use on the table wherever possible (e.g. The packaging I talked about in #4 is a great place to incorporate a monogram).

If you were creating a dessert buffet for an event, name one item you would HAVE to include in the comment section below. Go!

Man, I’m drooling just thinking about a table full of my favorite sweets n’ treats. Good thing Halloween is coming… candy coma here I come! You can find all of these candy buffet pins and more HERE on my Pinterest page. Have a great #WeddingWednesday everybody!
-Brian

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