By Liesl Greathouse
MONTROSE– (March 5) A person’s wedding day is one of the most important days of his or her life. In Montrose, there are many businesses out to help people make their wedding day perfect, including Dahlia Floral Design, Howling Wolf Photography, and Sindy’s Salon and Spa.
Dahlia Floral Design (301 E. Main) provides flowers for around 60 weddings a year. “We do everything from a bouquet and boutonniere for a couple going to the courthouse to a full reception for 400 people,” said owner Rachel Schmucker-Obsheatz. Some of the most popular floral arrangements they do include unique materials, such as brochettes, lockets, feathers, and paper flowers.
According to Rachel, a lot of brides today are looking for a rustic-chic look, which includes using different materials such as wood, metal and fresh flowers together in arrangements. Other popular trends include colors such as light lime green, cream, whites, and natural greens. “People across the board want elegant-country,” Rachel explained. Service is top priority at Dahlia Floral Design. “We are willing to stop everything to sit and listen to the bride and groom,” Rachel said. “Whatever people can afford, we tailor our services to fit it. People should not pay for personalized service. They should always get it.”
The average budget they work with is $1,000-$1,500, but they have worked with budgets of $100 all the way up to $10,000. “Just bring us your budget and we’ll explain what we can do,” Rachel said.
For Rachel, her favorite part of her business is forming close relationships with clients. “We meet the bride and groom and get to know them and their families,” She said. “Planning a wedding is a long process. We work together for months, and after the wedding is over the couples will come back and send friends. They become customers for life.” For more information, call 970-417-4352 or go online to dahliafloraldesigncolorado.com
Cara Fandel, owner of Howling Wolf Photography, is fairly new to Montrose, but she has already done six weddings in the area. Having more than 30 years of photography experience, she enjoys her craft. “I am bad at a lot of things, but the one thing I know how to do well is photography,” she said. As a wedding photographer, Cara does more than just take pictures. “I also help the bride and groom organize and keep the wedding going. A big problem with weddings is that when it is actually taking place things do not go smoothly. I help coordinate the way couples want their wedding to go, at the pace they want.”
Cara emphasizes that it is important to hire a professional photographer with a professional camera who knows what they are doing. “I tell my clients, ‘Once the day is over, and the cake is eaten and the flowers are gone, you only have one thing for the next 50-75 years to remember your wedding by, and that’s your pictures,’” Cara explained. “People get it. Wedding photography is not something to skimp on.”
She warns that if people choose a cheap photographer, they will get what they paid for. “If you pay peanuts, you’ll get a monkey,” she said. When looking for a wedding photographer, Cara suggests looking for two things: that the photographer truly knows what he or she is doing, and who has a personality that is easy to work with. “I tell people who will be attending a wedding soon to watch the photographer and pay attention to their attitude,” Cara said. “People come back amazed at what they saw: rude people, who do not know what they are doing.”
Cara has a lot of favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. “I love doing weddings from beginning to end,” she said. “I believe it is my job to make the wedding the most wonderful day for the bride and groom. I take care of them, so they don’t have to worry. For more information, call 970-234-3212 or go online to howlingwolfphoto.com
For brides looking to fix up their hair for their wedding day, Sindy White, owner of Sindy’s Salon and Spa (38 S. Selig Ave), aims to please. June and August are the prime wedding months for Sindy, who has 41 years of experience and has had clients from all over, including Denver. Part of what Sindy does for her clients is to help them figure out what they exactly want for their hair. “People will bring in pictures of various hairstyles, wanting specific parts. We dissect the pictures and create a hairstyle tailored for them,” she explained.
Sindy’s Salon and Spa does the whole wedding party, including the bride, bridesmaids, mothers and even the groom. For a bride and her bridal party looking for some pampering, special rates for manicures, pedicures and facials are available.
Even though wedding dresses and veils go through style trends, there are normally no specific trends for bridal hairstyles. “All hair is different, so all hairstyles are different,” Sindy said. “Hairstyles are what the bride interprets her style to be. They will also vary by what type of dress the bride wears.”
Sindy does not get many unusual requests. “There are all sorts of different requests for different reasons,” she explained. “In this industry, nothing is too weird. What people want, we give them.” Sindy works to create the best experience for a bride on her wedding day, but she does have one rule: the groom is not allowed in the salon with the bride. “They always want something different and that confuses the bride,” Sindy explained. “That can be a problem for us, so we tell them that rule up front.”
For Sindy, all the parts of helping a bride get ready for her big day are her favorite. “I like everything from the hair to the makeup,” She explained. “You have to like it all in order to do justice to the bride.”
For more information, call 970-249‑1975.
For couples looking to tie the knot, these Montrose businesses and many others will work to make their wedding the best it can be.