CLASSIC, ROMANTIC, ELEGANT
STYLED SHOOT AT THE BUFFALO ROSE
The Buffalo Rose in Golden, Colorado has long been known as a dark and dated concert hall where many great artists have performed. But in 2019 the venue re-opened after having undergone just over a year’s renovation. The new venue is appropriately named “The Rose,” and caters to much more than live music. In fact, weddings are a new focus and were even motivation behind much of the design.
The new Rose event venue consists of nearly 7500 square feet and features both a main floor as well as an upper level mezzanine and private lounge (The State Room). Couples can even get ready for their big day in either the Groom’s Lounge or the thoughtfully curated Bridal Suite featuring a plush blue velvet couch for lounging, vanity to apply those final touches, gown hook in front of aged brick from which to hang your dress, and full-length mirror to ensure every detail is perfect. The new venue is all-inclusive – providing couples with in-house catering, bar services, rentals, staffing AND day-of coordination.
A styled shoot was put together in an effort to showcase this new venue’s remarkable transformation.
Classic. Romantic. Elegant. I knew from the start that I wanted the first styled-shoot at the new Rose to incorporate those three words. The remodeled venue pairs modern, industrial, and historic by featuring soaring ceilings, bold steel trusses, elegant lighting, and original brick walls dating back to the 1920s. I wanted to acknowledge the building’s history and transformation by keeping decor simple – really letting the beauty of the new facility be highlighted while also pulling in classic, romantic, and elegant touches.
I first mentioned my desire to do a styled shoot to Rick with Event Rents. He and I both knew how much of a transformation the venue had undergone and were so excited to showcase the venue as a wedding space to inspire couples to host their celebration in the historic building. Our palette of cream and gold with touches of soft green and blush pink were just the beginning.
I next spoke with Lora from Petals Colorado about how I wanted to incorporate seemingly simple, yet meticulously arranged, floral decor featuring Secret Garden (blush) and Vendella (cream) roses, white hydrangea, Silver Dollar and Gunni eucalyptus, and gold leaf. These floral arrangements would be to adorn the space and scenes we would assemble. Floating candles in vases of various heights were also brought in along with simple votive candles – each creating a warm, romantic, and inviting glow. (FYI – The Rose offers these vases to its couples to use – free of charge!)
Patty with Dani West Bridal agreed to provide us with an exquisite gown and bridal jewelry while Generation Tux provided stylish formal wear – all I had to do now was find a couple to become our models. So I reached out to a couple I was already working with through my own company, All Four Seasons Events.
I talked with Brittany from Fluff Bar about options for bridal hair and makeup and we quickly pinned various photos on a shared Pinterest board. The end result was absolutely breathtaking – Brittany even managed to incorporate gold beads into the hairstyle – tying it in perfectly with the gold found throughout the design elsewhere.
Chris with Ingrained Memory provided a hexagonal arbor that served as both a ceremonial backdrop and focal point behind the Sweetheart Table. Floral swags and large vases with floating candles helped to define the two elements. Each grand and special in its own way.
We were thrilled and quite fortunate to have Steph and Eric as our models. They brought true romance and excitement to each scene. We even managed to stage a “first-touch” and “first-look” for the couple. To add to the shoot’s excitement, and perhaps my favorite moment from the shoot, the couple’s kids were then brought out for a first-look of the bride. The boys squealed with such enthusiasm as they opened their eyes and saw Steph – quickly running up for a hug and telling her, “You look beautiful!”
The final element brought into the styled shoot was a beautiful cake from Kelly’s Kakes. Kelly managed to incorporate the hexagon shape of the arbor in one of the tiers along with marbling, edible glitter, and gold leaf.
And of course we worked with a marvelous husband and wife team, owners of LANZ Photography, who worked diligently to capture each scene perfectly – really utilizing the unique features of The Rose venue to capture shots that you just won’t get anywhere else.
So to this team of extremely talented, generous, and hard-working vendors – cheers! Thank you for working hard on this project with me. And cheers to the couples who after viewing these photos will be inspired to host their wedding at The Rose.
*Full vendor credits below.
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