The Denver Athletic Club has been a Colorado staple since in the heart of downtown since 1890. With 300,000 square feet of athletic facilities, restaurants, and special event space, it's a spot suited for every type of celebration or meeting. Originally a men's only club, times have certainly changed. Although the building has largely stayed the same, this team of professionals was approached to bring a new vibe to the DAC. As "Styled In The City" was curated to show a sexier side of this charming relic, it delivered on romance, edge, and forward-thinking design as well.
Partnering together, Photographer, Bradley Van Herbst of Brides Bumps & babies Photography and Aimee Palifroni of Prisma Events didn't hold back on the avant garde design. From the stunning bridal gown complemented by a black leather jacket, to the stoic Great Dane, and the fuchsia "'Til Death" neon light in the Bistro, every detail was purposeful. Modern stationery by Lucky Onion invited guests to an almost passively-casual affair. As if your best friends - one in a rock band and one model - invited you to a party and then, "Hey, we're also going to get married tonight, if that's cool" kinda vibe. This styled shoot takes you on a tour of the DAC and all the possibilities. Traffic-stopping shots under the front awning show off a black carpet, a perfectly poised Great Dane puppy, and any cool couple's dream getaway car - a black Telsa X with falcon-wing doors. And it only gets more exciting from there.
The ceremony site is the heart of any wedding and the rooftop deck of the DAC does not disappoint. With stunning 180 degree views of downtown, even a snow covered patio was still edgy enough for this theme. The Grand Ballroom was transformed into a dreamlike movie sequence. All white lounge furniture from Max/Livie invited guests to sip their champagne and feel like stars. Surrounded by incredible balloon "clouds" by Denver Balloons & Events and lit by Lighting & Design by Scott, the expansive ballroom felt like an intimate soiree. The second floor Bistro boasts a built-in bar and popular communal tables. Mixed texture china and chargers from Colorado Party Rentals made it impossible to stop staring at each place setting. Ribbon & Twine created intricate centerpieces (as well as the Bride's bouquet and Groom's boutonniere), bringing together the dark romantic theme. Of course, aside from the striking cake mastered by The Makery, the focal point of this room was the "'Til Death" neon also provided by Lighting & Design by Scott.
The way to round out any great party is well, to have an after party! The Denver Athletic Club's best-kept secret is an eight lane private bowling alley. The Bride changed into a two-piece skirt and bustier, also from The Bridal Collection, and the Groom added some extra style with his own personal chapeau. Complete with bowling shoes, they laughed and let loose after a long day. The DAC provided specialty boozy cocktails and snacks and has solidified itself as a favorite unknown (until now!) place to relax and refresh.
The goal of "Styled In The City" was to show that old doesn't have to mean stuffy and tried-and-true doesn't mean it can't have a fresh take. The Denver Athletic Club is versatile, historical, approachable, and welcoming. It can be traditional or edgy. The doors are open, the bowling lanes are greased, and the sunset from the rooftop happens every night.
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