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  • Friday, November 17, 2017

    Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

    Words by Katie Martin
    Photos courtesy of Irving Photography

    Amanda and Scott, who love traveling to Colorado in the summer, knew they wanted to have a small and intimate wedding with less than 100 guests. Knowing Colorado was such a beautiful place that had breathtaking views, the couple knew it was the perfect place. In the heart of the Rocky Mountain National Forest, Amanda and Scott said “I do” in front of the green mountains of Colorado at their Rocky Mountain destination wedding.

    Once the couple chose the beautiful Estes Park for their Colorado wedding, it was time to see how their friends and family would respond to their decision. Luckily, there wasn’t much push-back about hosting a destination wedding. “There wasn’t too much negativity, but it’s not always easy to please everyone when they have to travel for you,” says the bride. “Once everyone got to Estes Park and realized how beautiful it was, we knew that we did the right thing. We really wanted a fairy tale wedding and it was. With the most picture-perfect location and the most beautiful backdrop, we knew everyone would be falling in love with it.”

    For travel logistics, Estes Park was definitely not the easiest place to get to. An hour and a half drive from Denver International Airport doesn’t seem that bad when you think about it, but for guests who had never driven through the mountains, it didn’t go very well. “You had to rent a car and drive an hour and a half away into the mountains,” says the bride. “Some guests could experience altitude sickness as well if they aren’t used to the altitude.”

    Luckily, once guests arrived at the location, there were plenty of places to stay, since the bride booked accommodations far ahead of time. “We sent out save the dates ten months beforehand with information about booking accommodations,” says Amanda. “I booked out a block of condos at Mary’s Lake Lodge and made sure that the lodge and condos were somewhat affordable. There were other options outside of Mary’s Lake Lodge if it was too pricy for people.”

    For the couple, planning the wedding was pretty easy. While they opted out of having a wedding planner, the couple was able to figure out everything they needed for their wedding with just a few phone calls and emails. “A wedding is stressful either way and yes, at times, it got very stressful, but that is expected when you don’t hire a wedding planner and have a specific vision on mind,” says the couple. “But, we made it work.”

    On the day of their wedding, family and friends were happy to be a part of the event and to be with such an intimate group of people. “We are still getting compliments on how it was beautiful, fun and the most unique wedding people have ever been a part of,” says Amanda. “We seriously had a magical wedding and it couldn’t have been better.”

    Amanda and Scott wanted to offer some special advice for other couples planning to have a destination wedding. While they opted out of having a wedding planner, they suggested hiring a wedding coordinator to make sure everything was running smoothly and everyone was where they needed to be. “The day of our wedding was so relaxing knowing that the coordinators were there to help out and were there for us and made our day that much more enjoyable,” says the couple. “ I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Our wedding was honestly the best day ever and we really wish we could relive it over and over again!”

    Vendors: Photographer: Irving Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Mary’s Lake Lodge, Florist: the perfect petal, Stationery: Minted, Cupcakes: Piece, Love & Chocolate, Hair & Makeup: Holly Curlee, Gown Designer: Inbal Dror, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse/Vera Wang, Ties: The Tie Bar, Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: Lulus, Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse, Bride’s Accessories: Lace Boutique, Bride’s Robe: BHLDN, Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Wedding Cocktail Ideas

    Words by Hello Penny Bar
    Photos courtesy of Hello Penny Bar

    Weddings and delicious cocktails go hand in hand. With Hello Penny Bar, we pride ourselves on not only having the cutest bar in town, but also having the most delicious drinks on the menu. Over the past few events, we have learned to whip up some amazing concoctions that will ensure thirsty guests come back looking for more. We would like to share our top five cocktails with you that you can easily make at your own special occasion!

    1. G & Fizz Cocktail

    First, grab a glass with a little bit of ice. Fill it up halfway with your favorite prosecco drink. Now, to make it a little stronger, add a shot or two of gin. Then add 3-5 thinly sliced cucumbers. Then add a few leaves of mint and our favorite – elderflower. This is a very refreshing and bubbly drink that will keep the party going late into the night!

    2. Lemon Berry Sangria

    This one we like to make in a large pitcher and pour to individuals that order it. First, add a handful of sliced strawberries in the bottom of the pitcher. Then add two tablespoons of sugar. Muddle them together to make a nice paste. Then add your favorite bottle of prosecco. Add 2-4 cups of ice, depending on how hot it is. Mix the pitcher well to stir up all the goodness. Then, pour into a mason jar with a little bit of ice. Top off with a lemon wedge and a sliced strawberry. That’s it, done!

    3. Moscow Mule

    One thing we have learned about weddings and major festivities is that everyone LOVES ginger beer. So, we give in to this temptation and serve up a delicious Moscow Mule. Fill your glass up with ice and then it all starts with Tito’s Vodka. You can use any vodka really, but this one is special and our favorite. Pour in 2-4 shots, depending on how brave you are. Then fill the rest of the glass up with ginger beer. Then add a lime wedge to the rim and you’re done! Serve with your favorite straw and you’ll be sure to have that guest back in 15 minutes for a refill.

    4. Kentucky Mule

    If vodka isn’t your jam, then whiskey should do the trick! We like this option because it is the same process as the Moscow, but just with whiskey. Fill your glass up with ice. Add 2-4 shots of your favorite whiskey. Top off with ginger beer. Then add mint leaves to give it some texture. Add a lime slice to the rim and that’s it! Delicious, strong and the ginger-flavor is super refreshing.

    5.  Tito's & La Croix

    Still with us? Okay, if you want something REALLY easy and extremely delicious, then you can’t go wrong with the new craze drink of 2017…Tito’s and La Croix. That's right – two ingredients and you’re done. Fill the glass up with ice, add your desired shots of Tito’s Vodka (2-4 shots) and then pick your flavor of La Croix. We recommend lemon, tangerine, cran-raspberry or lime. You really can’t go wrong with any of them, as they are all delicious in their own way. Fill the glass up with your La Croix, serve with a fun straw and you’re done. This is a really easy, inexpensive and classy way to serve up drinks fast! 

    Well, there you have it. Our top five favorite wedding drinks to make for any Hello Penny Bar event. Give it a shot and, of course, if you need help with your next party, Hello Penny Bar is ready to attend. As always, be safe out there and CHEERS!

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