Robin and Mike are the quintessential Colorado couple, a love of the outdoors and a passion for yoga bringing them together. Robin, a second grade teacher by day and yoga instructor by night and Mike, a financier by day and yogi by night had been going on “dates” (grabbing a meal in their workout attire after class) for some time before Mike asked Robin on their first “real date” sans yoga pants. Since then, they’ve been inseparable. Yet it was not until a well-planned South Beach getaway that they chose to be partners – in both yoga and life – forever. Mike proposed amidst a bustling crowd at a popular Miami eatery, yet the pair was in their own zone, barely noticing the passersby as they basked in the bliss of their fairytale engagement.
The following September, Robin and Mike said “I do” in front of friends at family in a picture-perfect outdoor ceremony at Omni Interlocken Resort. Sweeping golf course and Flatiron views served as the backdrop for the aptly yoga-themed celebration.
If there’s one thing in which a Reign girl believes, it’s the importance of entertaining with style. When it came time to celebrate the launch of Aisle Style, the new weddings publication by Reign Magazine, we knew that the party most certainly needed to be as pretty as the publication itself. Without a second thought, we called our favorite friends in the business to enlist their help in hosting a fete with flair. And host they did.
With the assistance of four of the industry’s most sought-after planners, we transformed Anna Be, the beloved bridal boutique, into an inviting event space fit for even the most discerning brides-to-be.
A grand invitation set the tone for the over-the-top event. Custom designed and printed by Julie Sandusky of JS Design, we created a gorgeous letterpress invitation in coral and gold tones, printed on a decadent cream stock and held together with a velvet ribbon bellyband. The lovely invitation was encased in a metallic gold envelope and featured calligraphy treatments from Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl.
The Libations Breckenridge Distillery sent their top mixologists to create and pour a custom signature cocktail – Breckenridge Reign. The tasty libation was made with Breckenridge Vodka, habanero & orange spritz and homemade vanilla syrup, with just the perfect zest of lemon to garnish.
The Cuisine Four Seasons Hotel Denver sponsored the evening’s cuisine. The hotel brought its top chefs out to prepare and serve decadent hors d’ oeuvres including black truffle scented corn on brioche and a scallop tartar with crushed caper aioli. An over-the-top dessert buffet was sponsored by Sugarlicious and was as sweet to the eyes as it was to the palette.
The Entertainment Party Singers pulled out all the stops, sending their famed a cappaella group, Absolute Romance to perform for an extended set. Afterwards, the company’s talented guitar duo set the mood and delighted guests with their live performance.
Enlisting the help of the industry’s most in-demand event designers, we transformed Anna Be into a decadent haven of wedding-day décor. Five separate vignettes inspired guests and brides-to-be while also providing a comfortable place to relax and catch up with other revelers.
Planning each issue of Reign Magazine is not unlike planning a wedding. It starts with a vision and ends with a single product – a unique labor of love. In between, there are inspiration boards, to-do lists, plenty of late nights and decisions at every turn.
As such, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by taking you behind the scenes of our publication. Appropriately, our first “cutting room floor” rendition is the never-before-seen photos from the October wedding of Reign’s very own Betsy & Kevin Marr.
Custom monograms, boxwood hedges and gold on gold chevron set the stage for the couple’s Beaver Creek I Dos.
From the bride…
“I will never forget my walk down the aisle to Moon River. I will never forget opening the ballroom doors and thinking “I cannot believe this is my wedding.” I will never forget slipping my feet into those gorgeous Manolo Blahniks or stepping onto a dance floor behind a custom silk curtain. Yet more than anything, I will never forget the way my husband made me laugh with genuine delight on our wedding day. These moments, so magnificently captured on camera by our brilliant photographers, are those most special to me. They are more poetic than any song, more stunning than any centerpiece, more beautiful than any gown and dare I say, more elegant than any shoe. They are the reason that I wake up every morning and quietly thank the man above. They are why despite a million obstacles, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. They are why I know that I will be married forever.”
Left: The couple’s first date was at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, three years prior to the weekend. Right: Irish Trinity Knots came togheter in a unique shape for the bride’s ring.
Groomsmen received rock cut mugs from Tiffany and Co
Left: The two bridesmaids and flower girl received keepsakes from Tiffany and Co. Right: The bride receives a congratulatory call from her gown designer, Matthew Christopher.
The bride wore an antique right hand ring that once belonged to her great grandmother
The bride’s accessories
The bride and her maids wore custom monogrammed men’s shirts as they prepared for the ceremony
The couple’s pup, Minnie
Left: The bride and her maids prepared for the ceremony in the private West Wing Suite, a Cuvee Escapes property occupying the resort’s 10th and 11th floors. Right: Beauty guru and friend of the bride Matthew Morris stepped in at all the right times – a lifesaver!
Left: Groomsmen clowning around outside the gondola of Bachelor Gulch. Right: Boxwood risers and double ball topiaries flanked the altar.
The handsome groom prepares for the ceremony
Beaver Creek Chapel
Floral “Ms” adorned the chapel’s double doors
Ceremony Programs and custom embroidered handkerchiefs
The bride gave twelve “bridesmaids in spirit” flowers to wear in their hair
A custom aisle runner with the couple’s monogram in metallic ink
Left: The groom watches his darling niece steal the show as she dashes down the aisle for her father, the groom’s best man and brother. Right: The flower girl and her father steal a moment before the bride enters.
Left: A ceremony filled with humor, heart and a few surprises.
Guests greet the couple as they exit
Left: The couple exits Beaver Creek Chapel amidst bubbles and their closest friends and family. Right: A gorgeous, clear blue mountain day after two solid days of snow made for a stunning backdrop.
The bride and groom sneak away before their reception
The sun peeking through the mountain trees as the couple shares a moment after their ceremony
Right: The groom wore a tuxedo by Calvin Klein.
The bride and her maids carried bouquets of hydrangea, roses and anemone
The adorable flower girl, clad in a shantung silk dress with a black organza sash
The small wedding party included the groom’s brothers and cousin, the bride’s sister, and her dear friend and Reign Magazine creative driector
Left: The bride and her mother. Right: The couple, moments before entering their reception.
Left: Invitations were custom designed by Reign Magazine’s Chelsea Connolly. Right: Guests found a surprise on their doors after retreating from the reception.
Custom calligraphy by Kelle McCarter
One trifold accompaniment served as an invitation to the week’s special festivities
Custom icons adorned each panel
A skeleton key and compass icon
The bride’s cuff, by Miriam Haskell
The invitation suite
Left: Table numbers, hand calligraphied by Kelle McCarter. Right: As guests entered the room, the saw a custom gobo of the couple’s monogram.
Left: Four chic lounges by Eclectic Hive were flanked by boxwood walls, surrounding the dance floor. Right: The bride’s mother and friend assembled s’mores kits, for guests to convene around the resort’s famed fire pit post-reception.
Left: Three tables were set family style for 130 guests. Right: Sequin chevron gold on gold runners added sparkle and glam.
Left: Custom calligraphied menus also served as place cards for each guest. Right: A simple cake mimicked the gold china used on the tablescape.
A decadent candy bar served as both favor and late night snack
The Los Angeles skyline was lit up behind the band, an homage to the groom’s hometown
The entire ballroom was draped in silk fabric and uplit with an amber glow. Boxwood hedge centerpieces delighted guests.
The couple produced a video montage telling their love story, interspersed with their favorite romantic movie scenes
Planning a wedding requires almost as much work as planning, say, a UN Summit. Fortunately, there’s help to be had. Brides-to-be (or simply those obsessed with decadent details) can get a head start this Sunday, January 20, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom’s wedding showcase. From the perfect dress, to the ideal décor, cake and menu, this event will inspire over-the-top nuptial loveliness. Grab your MOB, MOH and TBFs (Tory Burch Flats – there is mileage to be covered, ladies!) and sip champagne, snack on bites from Epicurean Catering and mingle with Denver’s most sought-after wedding gurus. What’s more, the creative team at Seawell Grand Ballroom will be presenting four dreamy wedding vignettes, all centered around a fab little fashion show at 1:30 in the afternoon. Rest assured, this is not your run-of-the-mill wedding showcase, with Denver’s best-of-the-best luxury vendors like Bloom by Anuschka, Anna Bé, Studio JK, Design Works, Cakeheads and Cloud 9 strutting their stuff. No self-respecting bride to be would miss it. Seawell Grand Ballroom Luxury Bridal Event, Sunday, January 20th, 1 to 3, Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by clicking here.
The words “sample sale” are music to any fashion lover’s ears. And the words “anna bé Sample Sale” are a symphony for the discerning bride-to-be. This month, Denver’s most coveted couture bridal salon is opening its doors for its Winter Sample Sale, where budget-savvy brides can find the dress of their dreams at deep discounts (think Vera Wang at under $2,000 and labels like Watters and Modern Trousseau at up to 90% off). Held December 18-19, the gals at anna bé are changing it up a bit this year, and while sample sales are never for the faint of heart, they’re doing their best to accommodate every future Mrs. who longs for Lhuillier and is tempted by Temperly London.
Photos by Chowen Photography
Tuesday, December 18th: 4pm – 7pm Open Shopping Format
If you MUST have first dibs and are game for a little chaos, this is your chance. The doors will open at 4pm and brides will be let in on a first-come first-served basis. We’ll be handing out numbers to keep some order, but know that this is not the event for you if you need a big entourage or would prefer one-on-one attention. During the open shopping format, brides may be asked to share fitting rooms with other brides.
Wednesday, December 19th: 11am – 7pm Appointments Required Since not everyone who appreciates a bargain wants or likes chaos, we are continuing to offer appointments. You still can snag an amazing deal, but the setting on Wednesday will be a little bit more relaxed and you will have a scheduled appointment with a stylist.
Either way that you prefer to shop, here are some things to consider before coming to a sample sale:
Be forewarned that sample sales are often overwhelming and are not the typical first anna bé bridal experience. No appointments will be accepted for the 18th. One hour sample sale appointments will be accepted on 19th, but we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins on Wednesday.
We do not decide which samples will go on sale until the morning of the sale, therefore you will not be able to pre-shop the sale.
If you have never tried on dresses before this may not be the sale for you.
Generally, sample sizes are bridal size 8s, 10s and 12s (these translate to 6s to 10s in traditional sizing).