Tag: Lower Lake Ranch

Sep 24

Easy Green Wedding Favor Ideas

Green Wedding Favors

Photo, Souder Photography

Having green wedding favors doesn’t necessarily mean guests going home with bottle cap picture frames.

Take note brides: eco-conscious can be classy!

Here are some easy ideas for humble, earth-friendly gifts.

Seeds:

Green Wedding Ideas

Photo, Magpie Paperworks

Handing out seed packets with a quote about growing love or any other play on words is a cute way to encourage green thumbs in your guests.

Not to mention, the seeds hint at what comes next on everyone’s mind!

“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…”

Wanna go greener?

Cut back on wasting paper by printing wedding invitations on seed-paper.

By doing so recipients can plant the paper instead of throwing it away!

Succulents :

Planning a Green Wedding

Photo, Simply Bloom

Succulents are water-retaining plants that can go for longer periods without being watered.

This is a great wedding favor for guests who have traveled long distances.

Use as table decorations or arrange them on their own table with a “Take Me Home” sign.

These favors will be around long after that special day.

Donation in Guests Name:

Eco-Friendly Wedding

Instead of plastic-wrapped candies, try a gift that gives back.

Choose a charity with a cause you feel strongly about and make a donation under the name of your guests.

Your guests will feel like they played a part in making a difference in more ways than one.

Our company, Estate Weddings and Events, pays it forward and donates a portion of the funds received from your wedding to a charity of your choice.

Learn more about our EWE Gives Back program.

Take-home Centerpieces:

Green Wedding Tips

Photo, from Etsy

If you want to incorporate mother nature into your table arrangements, place a piece of natural wood carved with the initials of the bride and groom.

Really, there is something special about seeing lovers’ initials carved into a tree that never ceases to make us smile. (i.e., C + J Forever 9/18/12)

And last but not least, the stage!

Venues:

Green Wedding Venues

Photo, from Estate Weddings and Events

Go with a venue that makes the most out of the sun’s warm and natural lighting.

Outdoor weddings can remind guests of how beautiful natural landscapes are.

This is especially true when the backdrop becomes enhanced by your wedding touches!

We recommend:

Lower Lake Ranch in Pine, Colorado (pictured above)

Green Event Venues

Hollywood Hybrid in Hollywood, California (above)

Green Wedding Locations

Wind and Sea in Bur Sur, California (above)

Eco-friendly weddings show love that goes beyond two people.
Know any more green wedding favor ideas we haven’t mentioned?

Share your thoughts below…

 

About the Author

Nancy is Community Manager for Estate Weddings and Events.  When not typing away, she enjoys discovering new wedding trends and attending weddings and events to see all the people and private estates get dressed up! You can follow her on Google+,  Twitter or LinkedIn.



Jul 19

Featured Estate of the Week: Lower Lake Ranch in Pine, Colorado

Lower Lake Ranch

Pine, Colorado

Colorado Rocky Mountain Estate Wedding Location

Lower Lake Ranch in Pine, Colorado is the ideal setting for a picturesque wedding or event.  The beautiful grounds of this property provide an unmatched view of the mountains or private lake, which is the perfect backdrop during your outdoor wedding ceremony.  With two incredible indoor event spaces, including the Creekside Lodge and the Lakeview Pavillion, you can accommodate up to 220 guests for the reception.

Your guests don’t have to travel far to find a comfy bed to rest their heads for the evening.  Lower Lake Ranch Bed and Breakfast is able to accommodate 40 guests at the estate for overnight accommodations.

If you are looking for some fun vacation and travel ideas in the area, Lower Lake Ranch can assist you with your itinerary and event packages.  The estate is located Soutwest of Denver, and is just a hop, skip and a jump from plenty of fun outdoor activities.  Fly fishing, hiking, skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, horseback riding and much more await you!

About the Author

Claire is the Director of Client Relations for Estate Weddings and Events and will often be the first person to greet you and answer any questions you may have about planning your estate event. In her free time, she loves to make succulent arrangements, homebrew craft beers and put her love of crafts to work! You can follow her here Linkedin or Google+.



Mar 6

Elegant Barn Weddings

Barn Wedding Venues

For those who prefer a wedding location a bit more outside the box, a barn could be the perfect solution.

Barn weddings combine the charm of natural surroundings and rich history, evoking a true sense of warmth.

We’ve compiled tips, event inspiration, and potential barn wedding locations to help you plan the perfect, elegant barn wedding.

Add Elegant Elements

Event though your wedding may be taking place in a rustic barn where tractors and animals were once housed, that does not mean that your barn wedding has to be entirely rustic.

Add elegant elements, such as dramatic fabric draping and chandeliers to transform the rustic space into an chic, romantic setting.

Elegant Barn Weddings & Ideas

Given that barns are often huge in size (and feature extremely high ceilings), incorporating elegant elements that would generally be found in an upscale home or hotel can also help to bring a more intimate feel to the barn and personalize the space.

Embrace the Barn’s History & Charm

When choosing a unique venue, it is always a great idea to share the location’s history or significance with your guests.

Include a story of how the barn came to be or use a silhouette of the barn in your paper products and invitations.

Embrace the barn’s charm by incorporating classic “barn” elements, such as hay bails.

Barn Wedding Venues

Use Natural Elements & Fabrics

By using natural colors, fabrics, and elements into your florals and decor, you will create an event space that is complimentary to your surroundings and the architecture of the barn.

For example, the incorporation of twigs, assorted vases, mason jars, and burlap table runners (below) brings the feeling of the barn and surrounding land to the dining table.

Barn Wedding Locations

Decor inspiration photos are courtesy of Cosmopolitan Events by Katy Higgins. Courtney & Chris’ Rustic Barn Wedding (at The Olsen Barn in Chester, CA) has been featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

About the Author

Jamie is the Co-Founder and President of Estate Weddings and Events. Jamie and EWE have been featured in The New York TimesThe Baltimore SunGrace OrmondeStyle Me PrettyWE TVPremier Homes, and many other publications. When Jamie is not managing Luxury Events at EWE, you can find her traveling the world. Her favorite destinations visited are Laos and the Maldives.You can follow her on Google+ here.



Jan 19

Top Tips when Planning your Colorado Winter Wedding

Pick a venue that suits your winter wedding style!

lower-lake-ranch-barn-colorado-wedding

Choose a Colorado wedding venue that you love!  From rustic barns to a modern art gallery, you can take your pick from the best that Colorado has to offer!  Lower Lake Ranch (pictured above) is located in Pine, Colorado

The beautiful grounds of this property provide a picturesque location for an outdoor ceremony, while two incredible indoor pavilions will shelter your guests from the winter chill during the reception.  Up to 40 guests can stay at the estate’s bed and breakfast to take in the local scenery.  Outdoor activities including fly fishing, hiking, skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, horseback riding and much more.

 Show your guests the best sights of Colorado!

colorado mountains

credit: PhotoBobil

Give your guests some travel ideas to keep in mind when booking their trip to your wedding.  Visit the Colorado Tourism’s website to see what is happening in town surrounding your wedding date.

Add these events, concerts, attractions, and vacation ideas to your wedding website for your guests to browse. Send them on day trips to visit historical Colorado attractions, like one of the many railroad tours available.  Colorado is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding resorts in the nation, so be sure to recommend your favorite spot!

Add that winter warmth in your décor!

Aaron Delesie Photography

Wear a fur/faux fur shawl or coat for pictures (and of course to keep yourself nice and toasty!) or in your decor.  Bring in lots of candles to create that intimate winter glow.  Embrace your natural surroundings by using bare branches in your tablescapes.

Instead of shipping in flowers that you would see at a summer or spring wedding, use flowers that only bloom in the winter.  For more fun ideas for your winter wedding, see our previous blog post on how to  Make the Most of a Winter Wedding.

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About the Author

Claire is the Director of Client Relations for Estate Weddings and Events and will often be the first person to greet you and answer any questions you may have about planning your estate event. In her free time, she loves to make succulent arrangements, homebrew craft beers and put her love of crafts to work! You can follow her here Linkedin or Google+.



Jan 6

Top 10 Private Estate Wedding Venues

Estate Weddings and Events Ranked Our Top 10 estates for 2011. From Rustic Ranches to Luxurious Mansions, to backyard Garden Weddings, Check it out to see if your estate venue made the list

1. Emma Estate

Located in Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego, California. Provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate Backyard Garden Wedding or Large Corporate Events.

Emma Estate

2. Chateau De Beverly Hills

If you are looking for a luxury event location or plan to live like the stars and have a Celebrity Wedding, This exclusive Los Angeles Mansion is our number one choice for Luxury Entertainment.

3. Beach Rose Farm

The Beach Rose Farm in Maine is our top choice for Maine wedding Venues and Maine Vacation Rentals with accommodations up to 36 guests makes this ocean view venue the ideal destination.

4. Lower Lake Ranch

With its Colorado Mountain Views, the Lower Lake Ranch is located outside of Denver Colorado is the perfect setting for a Ranch wedding and also offers a Colorado Bed and Breakfast for large group accommodations, retreats and vacation rentals.

5. Abbey Estate

The Abbey Estate in Montecito is our choice for our top Ocean view Venue. Santa Barbara Estate Weddings feature an elegant setting and also offers Luxury Accommodations as a Santa Barbara Vacation Rental.

Santa Barbara, California

6. Sebastopol Sanctuary

This unique Sonoma Estate, located in the Sonoma Wine Country, is our top choice for Eco Friendly Weddings and Green Events. The estate is LED Certified, has a certified Organic Garden and Vineyard, private lake, and much more. If you are looking for a Sonoma Wedding Venue or a Green event venue, Sebastopol Sanctuary is the place for you.

7. Le Bac Estate

This South Africa Wedding Venue, located in Western Cape, South Africa, is our choice for the perfect destination wedding location or luxury vacation rental in South Africa.

8. Castle Ladyhawke

This Scottish inspired Castle, located outside of Asheville, North Carolina, is our top choice for a unique venue. Set on over 60 acres of private land and offer overnight accommodations for the perfect North Carolina Vacation Rental.


9. Gridley Ranch

Gridley Ranch, located in Ojai, California, is the ideal setting for Rustic Weddings or Ranch Style Weddings. This intimate estate is perfect for small intimate Ojai Wedding receptions and also is a place for a luxury vacation rentals.

10. Infinity Bali Villa

Island Weddings are truly unique and intimate. This Bali Villa, located on the Island of Bali, Indonesia, can accommodate 25 guests for a holiday rental and is the perfect destination for a destination wedding.


About the Author

Jamie is the Co-Founder and President of Estate Weddings and Events. Jamie and EWE have been featured in The New York TimesThe Baltimore SunGrace OrmondeStyle Me PrettyWE TVPremier Homes, and many other publications. When Jamie is not managing Luxury Events at EWE, you can find her traveling the world. Her favorite destinations visited are Laos and the Maldives.You can follow her on Google+ here.