We Have a New Home!

Happy Thursday!

We are VERY excited to announce that we have a new home for our studio. The Wedding Connectors moved into a new home in downtown Denver on April 1! The studio is an old Victorian mansion, near the Governor’s mansion! Check out the beautiful exterior:

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There are areas outdoors to meet and congregate, and I KNOW that we are all looking forward to evening consultations with beautiful trees and lemonades!

When you walk inside there is a beautiful common area:

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We share the studio with some awesome small businesses, and even another wedding business! We are downstairs, and our studio is SO much larger than the old one. We loved the old one and it definitely had character, but it is nicer to have more space. These photos were taken about three days after moving in, so the decorations are quite where they will be when it’s all finished, but for being there for only three days, how awesome does this look?!

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Special thanks to some specific members that really helped with the moving process:

West Shirley of DJ West Denver
Mark Paquette of Events Unwrapped
The beautiful Reverend Kim Tavendale
Robert Krueger of Krueger Audio
Babette Canacari of The Papery Willow
Chris Mohr of Foothills Chapel
Everett Stout of Creative Focus Photography

We are going to have some amazing events in our new studio, so keep an eye out for more details, you won’t want to miss it.

Glowing Reviews: Mark Paquette of Events Unwrapped, Colorado Event and Wedding Coordinator

Wow, The Wedding Connectors is growing and growing! It seems like every day I hear of a new application for membership – which is awesome! And in case you weren’t sure and saw that and said HUH!? Yes, there is an application process. The Wedding Connectors is about high quality wedding professionals, and building relationships to connect those professionals with couples in the area. We have high expectations with service and satisfaction, and want to start a trend in the event industry of quality, ethical relationships! So if you’re awesome and love your clients, and want to build genuine relationships, join us. 🙂

So while on the subject of awesome service and quality professionals, another one of our members has received a glowing review!

WOW!!! One month after our wedding and there’s one vendor that STILL stands out as EXCEPTIONAL, anytime we reflect on our special day… EVENTS UNWRAPPED!

Guests from our wedding even a month later, comment on how fabulous the wedding was and say “your Wedding Coordinator was amazing”. GUESTS WERE TRULY IMPRESSED! And honestly how often do you think wedding guests go out of their way to mention how impressed they were with the bride and groom’s wedding Officiant/day of Wedding Coordinator, after the fact? Not very often at all, only when someone as passionate, personable, professional and natural at what they do for a living makes such an impression as Mark and Events Unwrapped did at our wedding.

I’m an Executive Assistant with 10+ years experience coordinating large corporate events and can sincerely appreciate and recognize the VALUE, top-notch professionalism, style, options, pleasant demeanor and personality, and the overall passion Mark demonstrates in his work; no matter if it’s small or big.

My husband and I are both extreme “planners” at heart, and have a hard time giving up control so it is extremely rare someone, especially a stranger initially like Mark, can come in and build the trust as quickly as he did where we could throw our hands up and relax, truly confident Mark had everything under control and was actually listening and “got” what we wanted, and what we envisioned for our day. Never once did I doubt the day would go off magically, and that’s a BIG deal to have such confidence when I’m a skeptic control freak regarding event planning.

It was truly luck that while conducting a generic Google search for “Denver wedding coordinators”, we found Events Unwrapped and Mark Paquette, out of the pool of wedding coordinators that showed up in the search.

From our initial phone call, to the consultation meeting, and each and every interaction thereafter Mark and his company presented themselves consistently in a top-notch professional manner, knowledgeable in their field, demonstrated true passion for wedding & event planning servies, offered reasonably priced wedding coordination packages/products, while making very valuable extra resources available unexpectedly, which was much appreciated as I was turning into a “Bridezilla” towards the end.

Not only did we find the BEST event and wedding planning company for future events, but we found a genuine friend in Mark Paquette.

THANK YOU, EVENTS UNWRAPPED!!!
– Abigail & Jason (Bride and groom)
1/28/2012

Congratulations Mark, what an awesome review!

And because every post is better with something fun to look at while you read, here are some photos of Abigail and Jason’s wedding!

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The Wedding Connectors: http://theweddingconnectors.com/
The Wedding Connectors Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theweddingconnectors
Events Unwrapped – http://www.eventsunwrapped.net/
Events Unwrapped Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EventsUnwrapped

A TWC Member Has Been Published! The Papery Willow, Wedding Stationery, Denver, CO

Happy Friday!!

Wow, another publication. For anyone not in the wedding industry, when you work together with another set of professionals and a publication decides to show off your work, it’s an honor and pretty awesome. 🙂 This can happen one of two ways – an actual wedding, or a stylized shoot. Either way, a lot of vendors work hard to make the day perfect, so when a publication or blog thinks the work is beautiful, it’s a little bit of validation that you did a good job. A way to know that your work was appreciated by someone other than the vendors you worked with!

The Papery Willow is an invitation and stationery company headed up by our own Babette Canacari. She was recently published on one of Colorado’s top wedding blogs, Couture Colorado. Babette makes invitations and other pieces for weddings by hand, and they always turn out beautifully!

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Photographer: Jensen Sutta

Congratulations Babette, you are so talented and artistic! You can read the full post on Couture Colorado, here!

The Wedding Connectors: http://theweddingconnectors.com/
The Wedding Connectors Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theweddingconnectors
Babette Canacari of The Papery Willow: http://thepaperywillow.com/
The Papery Willow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepaperywillow

Glowing Reviews: Reverend Chris Mohr, Colorado Wedding Officiant

Happy Wednesday to everyone! WEDDING Wednesday even! What an appropriate day for another glowing reviews post about one of our members!

Right now is one of the busiest booking seasons for newly engaged couples to find their wedding professionals. The Wedding Connectors has a hand selected group of professionals that have been proven to be responsible, ethical, and most of all – will make sure that your day is amazing. The reviews keep coming in!

Chris Mohr is an officiant in Colorado, traveling all over the state to perform weddings. He is thoughtful and sincere, and his genuine concern for his couples shows in his work!

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“I always thought that on my wedding day I would be a wreck because my father wasn’t alive to give me away. You read a poem that he wrote, and somehow I felt he was really there with us. It really meant a lot. You have such a calming voice, and it helped me get through the ceremony.” – Kathleen

“Philip and I want to thank you again for the beautiful ceremony, especially thank you for your overwhelmingly kind words and sincere expression of love. You made the beginning of our lives together so special and so beautiful.” –Philip and Loretta

An officiant is something that a lot of couples don’t think about when it comes to their wedding. There are so many details to attend to that are visible and stay front of mind – flowers, food, music… but the officiant can set the tone for your day! You don’t want someone that will drag the ceremony out, so that your guests are sitting uncomfortably for too long. Someone with experience, that is mindful of what you and your fiance want in your ceremony is SO important! Don’t skip over the officiant too quickly, choose someone that will be a good match for you, your fiance, and your guests!

The Wedding Connectors: http://theweddingconnectors.com/
The Wedding Connectors Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theweddingconnectors
Reverend Chris Mohr – http://www.foothillschapel.com/prepare/ministers_2.htm
Chris Mohr Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FoothillsChapel

A TWC Member Has Been Published!

Hello friends!

I first would like to say that our networking event last night was fan-flippin’-tastic! The Clock Tower was an amazing venue, and there were a lot of awesome wedding professionals there! But more on that later, with photos. Coming soon, I promise!

Today we would love to share a recent accomplishment of one of our members, Mrs. Sarah Roshan, of Sarah Roshan Photography. (Formerly TruLife Photography)

Sarah specializes in mountain weddings, and has recently been published on WeddingWire’s blog! Colorado has some pretty amazing venues, particularly in the mountains. Winter Park may be a drive up a super windy road, but when you arrive the scenery is breathtaking!

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Congratulations Sarah, on being published with WeddingWire! View the full blog post on WeddingWire here.

The Wedding Connectors: http://theweddingconnectors.com/
The Wedding Connectors Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theweddingconnectors
Sarah Roshan of TruLife Photography: http://www.trulifephotography.com
Sarah Roshan Photography Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahroshanweddingphotographer

The Wedding Connectors On Tour February 2012 – Clock Tower Events – Denver, CO


Wow, wow, wow. This was just an amazing night, and an awesome way to start off the new year!

We had our first On Tour for 2012 on February 13, and it turned out to be an amazing event! For anyone unfamiliar with the On Tours, here’s how it works. Each month, The Wedding Connectors coordinates an event with a wedding venue in the Denver metro area, sometimes surrounding areas as well. Basically, you get to come to beautiful venues, eat awesome food, and meet quality wedding professionals for $10. The cost is $0 if you’re a member! Member or not, these events are a fantastic way to meet new people and get an up close and personal tour of some of the hottest wedding venues in Colorado.

This month our On Tour was hosted at a true Denver landmark – the D&F Clock Tower in downtown Denver. Ms. Holly from Clock Tower Events was our beautiful hostess, and we all got to see several FLOORS of this unique venue! I was fortunate enough to be appointed the photographer for the evening, so I arrived a little early, just in time to catch a beautiful sky behind the tower!

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I made my way up to the 17th floor, and had no idea that I would have several FLOORS to photograph. The clock faces were on all four sides of the building – which seems like a no-brainer, but when you’re inside it makes for an amazing backdrop to the various event rooms!

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Each floor was unique, and some of them had little nooks and crannies of decoration and sitting areas. The top floor had a winding staircase up to the bell tower, decorated with chandeliers!

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Frills Cupcakes provided us with some VERY yummy cupcakes for the evening. Not only were they fantastic, but they were beautiful too!

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Venice Ristorante catered the hors d’oeuvres for the evening, and they were incredible! I watched the catering staff go up and down those stairs all night to keep the table well stocked, I kept telling Lisa, the event designer and coordinator that she wasn’t going to need her workout the next day.

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The view from the top of the clock tower is just amazing, especially with a beautiful Colorado sunset.

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And of course, some networking with amazing wedding professionals.

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The entertainment and lighting for the evening was provided by the ever-awesome DJ West and his gorgeous wife Chris!

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Introductions were made, and we learned a little more about the clock tower as an event venue, as well as the fabulous food that we were munching on!

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The Wedding Connectors’ founder, Babette Canacari, welcome everyone and gave a quick explanation of TWC’s background and purpose.

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And after some more music and fun, it was time to go. I was able to get one more shot of the clock tower on my way out, all lit up from the outside!

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It truly was an awesome evening! This is just a small sampling of the photos that were taken that evening, please visit our Facebook page to see more, and tag yourself!

Here are some of the wedding professionals that donated their time, products and services to making this evening awesome.

Mark Paquette, Events Unwrapped – Event Planner/Coordinator
Events Unwrapped on Facebook

Clock Tower Events – The Beautiful Wedding & Event Venue
Clock Tower Events on Facebook

Brooke Summer Photography – Wedding & Event Photographer
Brooke Summer Photography on Facebook

DJ West Shirley – Entertainment and Indoor Lighting
DJ West on Facebook

Frills Cake Shop – Wedding & Event Bakery
Frills Cake Shop on Facebook

Venice Ristorante – Wedding & Event Caterer

We also had door prizes donated by Reverend Kim Tavendale, and Julie Kemerling of A Fine Photographer.

Next month’s On Tour will be at Maggiano’s Denver – one of my favorite restaurants! You won’t want to miss it, keep in touch for more information! Like us on Facebook, or sign up for email updates to make sure that you get all of the details!

Glowing Reviews: DJ West, Colorado Wedding DJ

I’ve wondered how to write this post, since I was the original author of the review – ha! However, since the review was written, so much has changed, and West Shirley is now a member of The Wedding Connectors! So because I wrote the review, I can’t very well speak in the third person, right? For this week’s installment of Glowing Reviews, he asked that I share the review with all of you.

A reminder about this series: Glowing Reviews was created for various members of The Wedding Connectors is to share information from REAL brides. These reviews are all from brides that have hired our members, and the reviews are also posted in various places online. To get a real feel for how someone will respond on your wedding day, we feel that it’s important to share this information. Anyone can tell you how great they are on their own website, but what do their clients say? How do their clients feel after the fact, when the last drink has been poured, and the professional impression is imprinted and done? The Wedding Connectors is committed to high standards of service, and these reviews are representative of the service that you can expect when you decide to trust one of our professionals with your day.

So! That being said, without further adieu, I would love to share with you a glowing review for DJ West Shirley and his entertainment company.

It’s kind of funny how we met. At the end of 2010, after getting engaged that summer, I went to a bridal show with my cousin. This wasn’t one of the huge bridal expos, it was a small, intimate setting at Maggiano’s. It was my first one and we were just kind of browsing. At the time I wasn’t shooting weddings so I didn’t have a lot of information about vendors and what to choose, so we were checking things out. We talked with vendors, had some awesome cookies and met West. No, not the direction, I’m not confused – that is his name – West Shirley. He was the DJ for the event, and when we met him I was instantly hooked. He has a type of energy about him that is addicting. West is such a positive person with an amazing vibe, he’s the kind of person that you just want to be around! I told him that my fiance is a musician and we would be very picky about the music, and he was totally fine with that (whew!). He told us that his wife came to all of the weddings with him to help out, which sounded pretty cool as well. So voila, we had a DJ. Seems to good to be true, right? We liked what he had to offer, the price was within our budget, and he just seemed to be a pretty awesome person in general.

There are a few places where brides try to save money, and DJ is one of them. After all, you can just hook up your iPod and press play, right? Wrong. A DJ keeps the night moving. They are the ones that can help if someone has had too much to drink. They can decide that maybe we need a slow song because things are getting out of control. They can handle the song requests that are completely inappropriate, and do so with professionalism and a sense of humor. In our case, they had to work with a script that was a little goofy too.

Before I continue, there’s something to understand about wedding vendors. Things happen on wedding days, things go crazy, people can act a little looney, and sometimes things just don’t work the way we plan for them to. It’s life, it’s just the way it is. I’ve found that vendors can fit into one of two categories – 1. They go with the flow and help wherever necessary, or 2. They say that it’s not their job and try to avoid the situation. Umm… you can imagine which one is more enjoyable to work with, and better for the bride and groom!

Fast forward to June 2011, I had the opportunity to actually WORK with West at Lorynne and Chuck’s wedding. West is most definitely a type 1 wedding vendor. He and I communicated throughout the day to make sure that the wedding was awesome. Not only that, but I got the chance to meet his wife, Chris. WOW what an unbelievable help she is! How is it possible that two such amazing people fell into my lap because of a bridal show at Maggiano’s? Example of awesomeness: at this wedding, I wasn’t the bride. I wasn’t the mother of the bride, or anyone that was to be impressed that evening. Let’s face it, at weddings, the bride is pampered and catered to, provided she hired the right vendors. I was just the photographer. And when I was on the golf course (not even CLOSE to the reception site) and miserable because of my allergies, Chris brought me allergy medicine and water. Oh I was shooting, grinning and bearing it, and I kept saying I was okay – we’ve all been there right? I had a mission (awesome photos of the bride and groom) and nothing was going to get in the way. But she looked at my swollen eyes and knew that I needed help. She made sure that not only were the bride and groom taken care of, but I was too. AH-MAZING.

When our wedding day rolled around in September, I had not only worked with West at a wedding beforehand, but had gotten to know both he and Chris a little better. We went to dinner to discuss details, and just ended up having a good time over some Sangria and pizza! (Can’t go wrong with that, right?) We finalized the song details, and talked about our introductions – which were definitely different! We asked West and Chris to do things that were a little different and fun, that were a little beyond just playing music. Instead of complaining or saying “that’s not my job” they embraced it and were excited to do it!

For any of you that have seen sneak peeks of our wedding photos on Facebook, remember the fun uplighting behind us? West provided all of the lighting for our reception. Lighting can make or break a party, I promise. As a photographer, I’m even MORE aware of this. West and Chris attended our walk-through (not a usual DJ effort) to make sure that they knew the layout so that he could set up the lighting to look wonderful! They were both with us every step of the way – going out of their way to make sure that we were taken care of. When I forgot to take the flash drive of music to the right location, Chris was there to pick it up from me so I didn’t have to worry about it. When we arrived at the ceremony and reception location, setup was already in progress, and they handled the sound for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. After all, we were in a garden and wanted to make sure that our guests could hear everything! Chris made sure that she knew each vendor, and they all worked together wonderfully. While we were taking family photos, Chris helped to round people up, while West was finishing the setup for both locations. And just to understand here… the locations weren’t close. We had pedicabs for guests that were unable to walk that distance. West was hauling stuff back and forth, to make sure that the sound setup was perfect. Every time Chris walked by me, she stopped me and asked if I needed anything. EVERY time. West was taking care of the music, Chris was taking care of us and our guests.

Another LOVE for Mr. West – he has a bit of a different style when it comes to being a wedding DJ. One factor in our decision was that we didn’t want the obnoxious DJ that is singing along to the music, vying for attention. We’ve all seen that horrendous video where the DJ is using some poor chick’s bosom for drums, right? That’s exactly what we DIDN’T want. We wanted someone more laid back, someone that would play what we wanted but was able to look at our playlist and know what we wanted, even if we didn’t add it. Someone that would be a master of ceremonies and control the flow of the evening, without completely taking over everything and being THAT guy.

West and Chris are an amazing team. He keeps everything going, moves the party through the night, and oversees everything, while Chris engages with the guests and makes sure that everyone is taken care of and having a great time. And not just the bride and groom. She talks to everyone, and makes sure that everything is going smoothly! I swear, by the end of the night, I think she danced with everyone at our wedding! She’s the gorgeous chick that’s asking everyone to dance, and the guys just can’t turn her down. And what mother of the bride will turn down a dance when the father of the bride is busy with another duty?

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Between Chris and Julie (our day-of coordinator), my every need was taken care of. And West made the reception look and sound amazing. A wedding really takes a big team of people to make it happen and make it awesome, and I’m so, SO glad that DJ West and Chris were a part of that team. They are so much more than just a DJ, and I HIGHLY recommend talking with West if you’re planning your wedding. You can find his website here – contact him, they are definitely two people you want on your day! They do other events as well, so if you have a party coming up and need some help, check them out.

West and Chris – wow. I am humbled by your attitude of service, and sincerity. Thank you so much for the countless things that you did for us on our big day. We had so much fun getting to know you, and instead of just another vendor, we feel like we have become friends.

-Brooke
Wedding at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, CO

I can’t say enough about DJ West and his wife, Chris. I have worked with them professionally, and I was a bride that hired them. They are simply amazing! If you would like more information about The Wedding Connectors or DJ West and Chris, please click on one of the links below!

The Wedding Connectors: http://theweddingconnectors.com/
The Wedding Connectors Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theweddingconnectors
DJ West – http://djwestdenver.com/
DJ West Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-WEST/187654861331163