Western + Rustic

Elbert, Colorado



Photography | Photography by Jewels | @photosbyjewels

Venue | Colorado Buffalo Adventures | @co_buffalo_adventures

Floral Designer | Calla Blue Florals | @callablueflorals

Design and Decor | Wallflower Rentals | @wallflower_rentals_decor

Gown Salon | The Little White Dress Bridal Shop | @lwdbridal

Men’s Attire | Al’s Formalwear | @alsformalwear

Hair and Makeup | Indie Six Hair & Makeup Studio | @indiesixdenver

Cake Designer | Kelley Kakes

Etsy Designer | Chalk & Nail

Favors and Gifts | Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique | @bridesmaidgiftsboutique

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals | @copartyrentals

Invitation Designer | Lucky Onion | @luckyonion

DJ | Elite DJ & Production | @myelitedj

Ring Designer | John Atencio | @johnatencio

Model | Evan Chase the Dream

From the venue (Teresa)


• Why did you want to do the shoot?

We recently finished our barn, an outdoor wedding ceremony site and an entertainment area on our bison ranch and wanted to showcase the space.


• How did you put your creative twist in your work – or why did you decide to do what you did?

I wasn’t in on designing the shoot itself – I relied on Jewels for that as she had the relationships to pull it together in a tight window of time. However, I did design the space. My goal was to create a boutique feel using vintage and repurposed materials without a lot of decor that would limit how the space could be used. I want clients to be wowed when they come out for a tour but left enough room for them to envision their own wedding in the space. Based on the comments I’ve received so far from clients and pros, I achieved those goals.


• What was your impression of the shoot?

Jewels included many details, each adding another layer of design that lent authenticity and showcased the space beautifully.


• What was your day/experience like on this shoot?

When Jewels and Sarah came out to see the space and brainstorm ideas, I was intrigued by the color palette they chose. I’m a very visual person so seeing all of the details come together on the day of the shoot was thrilling; particularly after all of the work I’d put into installing the finishes. Seeing the space transformed with the linens, florals and other details was inspiring. I’m thrilled with how it turned out. It’s sure to inspire brides!


• Why do you love Jewels so much?

I met Jewels at a bridal expo a few months ago and explained that we were in need of some marketing collateral for our new space. Her enthusiasm was infectious but I admit I was a little dubious about her assurances that she could put a shoot together in a short window of time. Bam! She came through, doing so beyond my expectations. She’s a rockstar!

From the florist (Sarah):

I absolutely loved designing the florals for this styled shoot at Bella Vista Bison. The environment was so relaxed and laid back, it was such a breath of fresh air to be able to come in, set things up, and really be able to take a step back to make sure everything was in its perfect spot. Everything flowed so naturally, it felt like we had all collaborated and planned this for months. Jewels had such a great vision for what she wanted, yet also let us run with it and add our own creative ideas. All of the vendors involved were top notch and I was honored to be part of such an amazing team. I met Jewels at one of the first bridal shows of the 2019 season while setting up my booth. I remember seeing her hair and told her how much I loved it. After that, we kept bumping into each other at three other bridal shows. After chatting with each other at each show, we both knew we wanted to collaborate and work together on a styled shoot in the near future. Well, here we are! Jewels’ work is absolutely stunning – so bold, unique, and beautiful.


From the Photographer (me-Jewels):

Teresa hit me up at a wedding show, stating that she owned a new venue and wanted to do a styled shoot – my response, “Yes, please!” Little did she know, I actually teach other photographers how to do styled shoots, I love getting published, and I love getting any chance to design and get creative! Building relationships with other vendors and venues is extremely important to me (and my marketing plan). When I did the site visit, I fell in love instantly! I grew up in the country in NorCal and it reminded me of home – I couldn’t wait to get into my Wranglers! The bison herd was incredible – to be that close to such a big and intimidating animal was awe-inspiring. Teresa walked us around and talked about how her and Husband Neil came upon a lot of the decor elements. The floor is from a barn in Oklahoma – the amazing  wooden accent doors they found on Craigs, along with a bunch of other things. Most of their materials came from another homestead ranch they own in the mountains, such as the mantle piece and wooden wagon wheels. Teresa made the chandeliers! I couldn’t wait to start marinating in what to do… I was a little stumped on a palate and direction, since I wanted it to be cool and also work with the space. So… I was browsing Pinterest and came across an image of high end baby shower décor showing navy and pale pink matte balloons with copper side tables. I loved instantly! The copper made me think of leather, and my mind exploded with the vision. I ran with it and got everything lined up in only 2 weeks! BOOM. The day of the shoot was a blast! Everything ran so smoothly – Teresa & Neil were as hospitable and accommodating as anyone would expect from small-town folks who are just as friendly as could be. They even made the whole team a batch of elk chili, with all the fixins’ for lunch! YUM The models, Evan & Luke are a real couple and had us laughing all day… They were so fun to work with!