Each year we submit our work to the ICON Awards, which are judged by top industry professionals across the United States.  We are thrilled to announce that we won a Judge's Choice Award for Best Wedding.  This is a big deal in our industry, kind of like winning an Academy Award!   It's especially exciting to have won back to back years!  Last year we won for our Carnival Wedding and this year for Megan and Ben's stunning Winter Wonderland Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch.  We posted all the beautiful details yesterday, be sure to check them out!

It's a long road from submittal to when they announce the winners, about 6 months, but it culminates with an amazing gala. It's always a blast to attend parties put on by other industry pros, they go all out. This year was no different with it's "50 Shades of Play" theme, a play on the 50 Shades of Gray books. A bit dangerous when the invitation encourages "inappropriate attire"?

You can check it out in Confetti Magazine, put out annually by Colorado Expressions, but here's a few pics from the gala at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver:

Cocktail hour included some entertaining settings, tons of sushi including some on a mostly naked lady, red mystery dancers, and a lady painting tatoos on a tied up guy.

 

The room for the reception was beautiful, with a huge red dance floor, all gray linens, Seattle city backdrops, great florals, and creative food! Our escort cards were gray key cutouts...key's to the play room!

 

   

Our gray napkins were folded in to ties. 

 

After dinner they announce all the winners of the People's Choice first then they announce the Judge's Choice winners. As a planner we like being behind the scenes, so going up on stage and giving an acceptance speech is totally out of my comfort zone!  Here I am celebrating with Tamara with Chair Covers and Linens.

 

There's always a lot of dancing at ICON Galas. I love it when they start passing out all the glo sticks, glasses, hats, and especially when the confetti canon goes off!