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Are You a Bridal Experience Winner?

Monday, November, 11th, 2019 at 11:20 am by Heather Murphy

We would love to thank all those who attended the Bridal Experience on Saturday, November 9! The following are our Bridal Experience winners! Full Service Wedding Planning by Passion Weddings CO – Whitney Watson Free Engagement Session with Kelsey Hoisington Photography – Aubrey Brown 90 Minute OxyGeneo Facial by Skin Deep – Deyanira Ramos 1 Night Stay for Two to Powderhorn Resort – Esmeralda Martinez 1 Night Stay for Two at Colorado Wine Country Inn [Read More...]

We’re Excited…Are You?

Tuesday, October, 29th, 2019 at 2:27 pm by Heather Murphy

This years Bridal Experience is gearing up to be a fantastic event. With over 50 Wedding Vendors including photographers, DJs, Photo Booths, Wedding Gowns & Tuxedos, Venues, Florists and so much more, it will be easy to plan your whole wedding in one day. Here are some tips to make the best of your Bridal Experience! Bring Support – whether it be your fiance, mother or all of your bridesmaids, it’s easier to make decisions [Read More...]

2019 Bridal Experience Giveaways!

Tuesday, September, 24th, 2019 at 1:01 pm by Heather Murphy

The 2019 Bridal Experience is just around the corner! There are so many reasons to attend a wedding expo if you are engaged: Inspiration Discounts & Specials Swag Giveaways And let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun! Here are some of the amazing gifts that will be given away at this years Bridal Experience: Full Wedding Planning Service by Passion Weddings CO – $3,000 Value – Check out how to win! 1 Hour Engagement [Read More...]

How to Win Bridal Experience Giveaways!

Tuesday, September, 24th, 2019 at 12:54 pm by Heather Murphy

2019 Bridal Experience Giveaways! We have some amazing giveaways planned at this years Bridal Experience! Check out how you can win some of them below: Full Wedding Planning Service by Passion Weddings CO – $3,000 Value How to win: Attend the wedding expo and register as a bride or groom, all registered brides and grooms will be entered to win! 1 Hour Engagement Session including 25-35 edited images and print release by Kelsey Hoisington Photography [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Toph Music

Tuesday, August, 13th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Christopher Briardy Company: Toph Music When did you start your business? 2018 How did you start your business? I would almost indicate I started it by accident. I’ve been playing and making music for a long time, however I was given the opportunity by two friends who knew I played guitar for fun to play music for their events, The first event was for a mortgage company and the other a non profit fundraising event. After that [Read More...]

2019 Bridal Experience FAQs

Thursday, August, 8th, 2019 at 1:12 pm by Heather Murphy

FAQs We often get questions leading up to the wedding expo, we’ve created this page to answer some of those questions upfront. How many people can I register for? As many as you want to bring to help you plan your wedding! The more the marry-er 😉 How do I receive a Goodie Bag? If you register online you are guaranteed a Goodie Bag at check in (first 300 registrants!). If you register the day [Read More...]

Romance in the Winter

Tuesday, March, 19th, 2019 at 11:31 am by Heather Murphy

I don’t know about you but this winter’s got me like… I’ve never been so excited for spring, flowers and some Vitamin D. But alas, this winter has been holding on. So what do you do when you start getting stir crazy? Change it up a little and find the beauty instead. Do you know that overcast days make for some of the best photos?! Hitched In GJ got together with a fabulous group of [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Passion Weddings Colorado LLC

Thursday, March, 14th, 2019 at 5:14 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Megan Davis Company: Passion Weddings Colorado LLC When did you start your business? 2018 How did you start your business? I studied at the New York Institute of Art and Design. I started my business November 2018, and it took off! I do all my own advertising until now, design my ads, business cards, website, etc. Advertising is key! What do you love about weddings? Love, all the designs, the spark you see in the couple, how [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Cake Creations by Morgan

Tuesday, February, 26th, 2019 at 10:43 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Morgan Martinez Company: Cake Creations by Morgan When did you start your business? 2016 How did you start your business? I started out creating cakes for my children’s birthdays in 2009, then decided I’d love to do this for other people! What do you love about weddings? I absolutely love every single thing about weddings!!! What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the happiness people get from cake! What is the most challenging part of your job? Honestly, being [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Skin Deep

Thursday, February, 21st, 2019 at 10:41 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Jo Ann Seele Company: Skin Deep When did you start your business? 1995 How did you start your business? From the early age of 19, I had suffered with acne for several years and just knew there had to be a better way to treat my skin. I was frustrated with dermatologists and harsh treatments. Early on I became obsessed with naturalistic health and skin care and I understood that skin was my largest body organ.  At this [Read More...]

Raise your hand if you’re newly engaged! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Tuesday, February, 19th, 2019 at 9:13 am by Heather Murphy

Congratulations!! Now, take your eyes off that shiny new ring for a few moments so we can get real. What’s the first thing you need to do if you are newly engaged?! You’ve got two options: Book your venue OR Pick your date If you have a specific venue you are interested in call them ASAP to see what openings they have. If you have a specific date you want then you may have to [Read More...]

Save the Date ~ 8th Annual Wedding Expo

Wednesday, February, 13th, 2019 at 3:09 pm by Heather Murphy

The 8th Annual Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience is on the books! The Deets: Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2-6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton, Grand Junction This year we’ll be making some fun changes to the way the show operates. Including a VIP Bride Sign up. We’ll be offering awesome giveaways, door prizes, goodie bags and of course so many vendors offering their wedding services to you! Check our Bridal Experience Page for updates, [Read More...]

Wedding Venues In Montrose CO

Getting Over the Flower Girl Nerves

Thursday, January, 31st, 2019 at 8:53 am by Heather Murphy

An Ancient Tradition Having a flower girl at your wedding is an old tradition which began in Ancient Rome. The flower girl would carry wheat and herbs to bless the bride and groom with fertility and prosperity. More recently the idea has changed to throwing flower petals out before the Bride walks down the aisle, with the petals representing fertility. Some older ideas are that the petals were used to ward off evil spirits. With [Read More...]

Western Slope Wedding

Highlighted Vendor – yoga V

Friday, January, 11th, 2019 at 11:32 am by Heather Murphy

Name: Kaylan Robinson Company: yoga V When did you start your business? 2008 How did you start your business? yoga V began as a way to fill a void in the community. It has grown over the years and now offers different styles of yoga to all types of bodies and levels. What do you love about weddings? The celebration of two people who love each other beginning an incredible adventure together! What is the most rewarding part of your [Read More...]

Wedding Venues in Palisade CO

Welcome 2019

Wednesday, December, 26th, 2018 at 8:19 am by Heather Murphy

The holidays are over, you may be newly engaged which means you are probably saving for a wedding in 2019 or 2020? It can be a little daunting once the initial excitement has worn off. Here are some tips on not getting stressed out as well as some apps that may help you save without even trying! Don’t stress! Make a realistic budget for your wedding or hold off a few more months until you [Read More...]


International Women’s Trail Summit

Thursday, October, 25th, 2018 at 2:14 pm by Michael Murphy

The International Women’s Trail Summit is a great way to get motivated and turn your lifestyle into an outdoor lifestyle. IWTS – International Women’s Trail Summit The IWTS is the ultimate 2 day online educational experience for trail going women and women interested in getting outside. What better way to fit into that wedding dress than to change your lifestyle and Get OUTSIDE! Educate, Motivate and Inspire We have experienced first-hand the life changing effects [Read More...]

Wedding Inspiration

OMG…You’re engaged!

Wednesday, October, 10th, 2018 at 8:44 am by Heather Murphy

OMG…You’re engaged! There are so many details of a wedding that can be expensive and stressful, attending a wedding expo is the very best way to start organizing your wedding so it’s fun instead of frightful! You have registered online which means your name will be on a list at the first table you see on the day of the event. Your name will be checked off and you can enjoy the show! By registering [Read More...]

Bridal Experience FAQs

Monday, October, 1st, 2018 at 2:15 pm by Heather Murphy

FAQs We often get questions leading up to the wedding expo, we’ve created this page to answer some of those questions upfront. How many people can I register for? As many as you want to bring to help you plan your wedding! The more the marry-er 😉 Are children allowed? YES! Although we try to gear our show towards being a girls day out or a date with your fiance, we totally understand that it [Read More...]

Carved Tree Photography

Bridal Experience Giveaway 4!

Monday, October, 1st, 2018 at 10:27 am by Heather Murphy

Like FREE Stuff? Next up this year we will be giving away a Engagement Photo Session Package by Carved Tree Photography! How to win! Register Online before October 10, 2018 to be entered into this drawing. The more attendees you register for, the more entries you receive. One lucky winner will be given the prize upon checking in the day of the event! Sign up today and save! Online registration is limited, don’t miss out on [Read More...]

Photography Vendors, Grand Junction Weddings

Highlighted Vendor – Jamie Hamm Photography

Wednesday, September, 26th, 2018 at 1:27 pm by Heather Murphy

Name: Jamie Hamm Company: Jamie Hamm Photography When did you start your business? 2008 How did you start your business? I started my business when I became a stay at home mom. It was a passion of mine that became a side business. What do you love about weddings? The bride and groom interacting throughout their wedding day. What is the most rewarding part of your job? Being able to gain another friendship with the bride and groom. What is the [Read More...]

Bridal Experience Giveaways…but wait there’s more!

Monday, September, 17th, 2018 at 8:12 am by Heather Murphy

Let’s Talk About Door Prizes! Every vendor at the Bridal Experience will be giving away at least one prize valued at $50 or more. Gift certificates, gift baskets, free or deeply discounted services are some of the amazing gifts you may win. There will be over 60 prizes to claim the day of the event! How to Win Attend the 2018 Bridal Experience, after registration and grabbing your goodie bag you will have a chance [Read More...]

You said “YES”!

Monday, September, 10th, 2018 at 9:02 am by Heather Murphy

Before committing to the rest of your life, commit to a few hours at the Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience! If you’ve never been to a wedding expo you are surly missing out. Maybe you’ve never had the need to go to one, maybe you don’t like crowds, maybe you don’t like awesome deals. We have a feeling the last one is not true for anyone, because who doesn’t like an awesome deal?! The average [Read More...]

Go Poze Logo

Bridal Experience Giveaway 3!

Monday, September, 3rd, 2018 at 7:40 am by Heather Murphy

Like FREE Stuff? Next up this year we will be giving away a 2 Hour Photo Booth Rental  from Go Poze Photo Booth! How to win! Attend the 2018 Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience and receive a lanyard when you arrive. One lucky winner will have a winning ticket inside! Sign up today and save! Online registration is limited, don’t miss out on extra savings and a FREE Mimosa provided by Absolute Prestige Limo & Ranch!

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, August, 31st, 2018 at 1:41 pm by Heather Murphy

Hitched In GJ Gives Back September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Grand Junction knows all to well the impact Childhood Cancer can have on a family and community. Each year the Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience gives back and this year we have chosen to give to a local organization, Delaney Donates. Are you engaged or know someone who is? For the entire month of September we will be giving HALF of all our online [Read More...]

Bridal Experience Giveaway 1!

Tuesday, August, 21st, 2018 at 1:48 pm by Heather Murphy

Like FREE Stuff? First up this year we will be giving away a wedding cake valued up to $300 to one lucky winner, provided by Simply Cakes by Camberly! How to win! Attend the 2018 Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience and visit the Simply Cakes by Camberly booth. One lucky winner will find a ring in their cupcake sample and will win the Prize! Sign up today and save! We are offering a special through [Read More...]

2018 Bridal Experience!

Monday, August, 6th, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Heather Murphy

We are, as always, so excited about this years Bridal Experience! It’s true that every year we have a blast helping Brides and Grooms to be plan their PERFECT DAY! And each year the show gets better and better with amazing vendors and giveaways! Follow our Event on Facebook for updates on Giveaways and specials! Our online ticket sales will be limited this year so sign up soon for early bird pricing! $6 per person [Read More...]

Six Easy Ways to Save!

Friday, March, 23rd, 2018 at 11:03 am by Heather Murphy

Nobody wants to start their marriage out with wedding debt. It’s important to save cash for your wedding so you aren’t stressed afterwards. Here are a few ways that we love saving money all the time but can definitely make a difference when you are on a budget! Ibotta – Get rebates on groceries, personal care, online shopping, etc. This only works if you are buying stuff you would normally buy though! Don’t buy stuff [Read More...]

Holiday Weekend Wedding – Do or Don’t?

Wednesday, March, 14th, 2018 at 4:00 pm by Heather Murphy

There are some great aspects to planning your wedding on a holiday weekend! Typically have an extra day or two off of work Allows for more travel time for out of town guests Allows for more visiting time with guests Easy to remember your wedding date! A fun way to celebrate your wedding and the holiday. But there are many more things to consider when planning your Big Day around a holiday… Vendors may charge [Read More...]

Afternoon Delight Bakery

Highlighted Vendor – Afternoon Delight Bakery

Sunday, February, 25th, 2018 at 7:33 am by Heather Murphy

Name: Ashley Buerger Company Name: Afternoon Delight Bakery How long have you been in business? 7 Years How did you start your business? Well, I had just graduated from college with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and was waiting to hear if I had been accepted into a Masters program in Atmospheric Sciences. When I got the letter saying that I didn’t get in, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Not long after, I made some [Read More...]

Haggling with Wedding Vendors…yes or no?

Friday, February, 23rd, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Heather Murphy

We all love a good deal, me especially. My father in law likes to comment that my uncle and I invented copper wire by fighting over a penny. I love bargains, I love manager’s specials and I love walking away from a transaction with no buyer’s remorse. But knowing when it is okay to ask for a discount is like a fine art. Your wedding is one of the most expensive days, possibly years of [Read More...]

Cake Lady Creations

Highlighted Vendor – CakeLady Creations

Sunday, February, 18th, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Heather Murphy

Company Name: CakeLady Creations Name: Margo Langdon How long have you been in business? 6 years How did you start your business? I retired from the cake business in Denver. We moved here shortly after they passed the cottage food act. After about a year I missed decorating so we started Cakelady Creations! I decorate, my husband Gary does all the baking! What do you love about weddings? The challenge, loving what I do! I love weddings! Making the bride [Read More...]

Past to Present Imaging

Highlighted Vendor – Past to Present Imaging

Sunday, February, 11th, 2018 at 11:54 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Past to Present Imaging Name: Laurie Purcell How long have you been in business? 21 Years How did you start your business? I have been a photographer for the past 32 years, but we actually started our own business 21 years ago. We started out transferring old films for people and progressed to photography, videography, slideshows and video production. What do you love about weddings? Ah, weddings. Such a happy event, filled with happiness and love. I absolutely [Read More...]

DJ Ryan Griz

Highlighted Vendor – DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment

Sunday, February, 4th, 2018 at 7:49 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment Name: Ryan Gruwell How long have you been in business? 12 Years How did you start your business? Ryan’s professional career began right out of college. After finishing up at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in 2004, he accepted a full-time position at MBC Grand Broadcasting. Little did he know, he would spend over a decade there gaining experience in music programming, commercial production, sports broadcasting and as an on-air talent. [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Carrie Swails Photography

Sunday, January, 21st, 2018 at 9:13 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Carrie Swails Photography Name: Carrie Swails How long have you been in business? About 10 Years How did you start your business? I have an art degree and started using a camera to take reference photos for art pieces, and just for fun. I ended up kind of starting on a whim and having no idea what I was doing or the journey I was about to go on. I’m so glad it all happened because it’s [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Rodan + Fields

Sunday, January, 14th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Rodan + Fields Name: Kathy Dalton How long have you been in business? 4 Years! How did you start your business? I started my skincare business as a Consultant by purchasing an R+F Enrollment Kit that contained all the products I needed to display and demonstrate key R+F skincare products. I then studied the product information and business opportunity information through our online business library, received upline team training, and attended corporate and local business trainings to [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Pure Romance by Mattie

Sunday, January, 7th, 2018 at 9:41 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Pure Romance by Mattie Name: Mattie Erickson How long have you been in business? 1 Year How did you start your business? I first was introduced to Pure Romance through attending parties! I started to go to so many, that I owned almost all the products!! Then, I decided I wanted to empower, educate & entertain women as a private consultant! What do you love about weddings? I love how weddings make everything way more magical! Getting ready, [Read More...]

Decadence Gourmet Catering

Highlighted Vendor – Decadence Gourmet

Monday, January, 1st, 2018 at 9:11 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Decadence Gourmet Name: Lee Mathis How long have you been in business? 11 Years How did you start your business? I had gone back to college (after a … few years away..) and had just started at the Culinary Program at Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State) and during the first two weeks, a lot of the other students were bringing in cookies and such that they made. I brought in a Vermont Maple Cheesecake that I have [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Sip Mobile Coffee Company

Tuesday, December, 26th, 2017 at 9:03 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Sip Mobile Coffee Company Name: Karen Mahoney How long have you been in business? 4 Years How did you start your business? We started as a mobile coffee truck serving events in the Grand Valley, last year we sold our truck and designed our coffee cart. Our coffee cart allows us to be more involved in private events and to be able to work year round! What do you love about weddings? I love working with our couples to [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Colorado Wine Country Inn

Monday, December, 18th, 2017 at 9:57 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Colorado Wine Country Inn Name: Victoria Surroz How long have you been in business? 9 Years How did you start your business? The Tally family’s love of Colorado and Wine lead them to Palisade, Colorado, the heart of Colorado wine country. Once here, they realized their dream of opening a boutique style wine themed hotel. What do you love about weddings? My favorite part of weddings is when the pomp and circumstance is over and done with and the [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – The Baker’s Boutique

Sunday, December, 10th, 2017 at 10:41 am by Heather Murphy

Company: The Baker’s Boutique Cakes and Cupcakes Name: Callie Ash How long have you been in business? 4 1/2 Years How did you start your business? I went to culinary school to be a better cook for my family. I discovered that I had a talent for making gourmet desserts so I got a job as a pastry chef and baker. After a few years I opened a baking supply company and cupcake bakery. People loved my gourmet cupcakes [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction

Tuesday, December, 5th, 2017 at 8:28 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction Name: Kimberly Alderman How long have you been in business: I have been the wedding specialist here for 4 years. How did you start your business? I was a long time event planner/manager with a local company prior to coming to the DoubleTree, once I was asked to join the team as the onsite Wedding Specialist at such a lovely property I jumped on the opportunity right away! What do you love [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Kena Iversen Photography

Sunday, November, 26th, 2017 at 8:58 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Kena Iversen Photography Name: Kena Iversen Photographer Since: 2013 How did you start your business? I started this business with passion and a lot of work. It’s something I love to do! You simply cannot pick up a camera and be amazing at taking a photo, you have to practice and practice a lot. This is what I did and with the passion behind it I have continued the work. What do you love about weddings? I love [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Carved Tree Photography

Thursday, November, 16th, 2017 at 9:31 am by Heather Murphy

Company: Carved Tree Photography Name: Jordan Perry Photographer Since: 2010 How did you start your business? I have a Bachelors Degree in Film from the University of Utah, and I was a film editor for 10 years in Salt Lake City before I moved to Grand Junction. In that time, I won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Utah Broadcasters Association for my film work. When I moved to Colorado I decided to start my [Read More...]

Highlighted Vendor – Amanda Matilda Photography

Monday, November, 6th, 2017 at 9:18 am by Heather Murphy

Company Name: Amanda Matilda Photography Name: Amanda Helmick Photographer since: 2011 How did you start your business? I started out like most people, taking pictures of everything on my point and shoot just for fun. In college I took some classes that developed my interest in pursuing photography as a career. I began second shooting for established wedding photographers and doing a lot of learning before stepping out into the wedding world myself! What do you love [Read More...]

2017 Bridal Experience Winners!

Sunday, October, 22nd, 2017 at 12:55 pm by Heather Murphy

We had such a fantastic day at the 6th Annual Bridal Experience. We hope that you enjoyed your day as well and found some awesome vendors and great prices for planning your Big Day! Our Grand Prize Giveaway Winners are… Valley Surgical – Emily Harris Photo Lab Bar – Chelsie Lavery Celebrity China – Rick Root Amanda Matilda Photography – Alexia Russel Carved Tree Photography – Katie Puderbaugh Make sure to check specific vendors Facebook [Read More...]

Bridal Experience Giveaway Descriptions!

Tuesday, October, 10th, 2017 at 9:37 am by Heather Murphy

Bridal Experience Giveaways! We at Hitched In GJ try our very hardest every year to make the Bridal Experience a one of a kind experience. This year, we have a few different grand prize giveaways that will be happening with participation throughout the show. It is important to visit all vendors, play the games and be interactive. Here are some more details regarding our Grand Prize Giveaways! Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care Giveaway: VSC Brightening [Read More...]

Plan your wedding at the 2017 Bridal Experience

Monday, October, 2nd, 2017 at 6:32 pm by Michael Murphy

Want to plan your wedding all in one place, all in one day?! Now you can! At the 2017 Bridal Experience by Hitched In GJ you can have a fun time with friends, family and your fiance. This year’s show features ways to plan your wedding that will keep you organized while you have some fun. Hitched In GJ is the leading resource of it’s kind on the western slope. Our website offers tips to [Read More...]

Bridal Experience FAQs

Thursday, September, 21st, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Heather Murphy

We often get questions leading up to the wedding expo, we’ve created this page to answer some of those questions upfront. Please feel free to comment additional questions below! Are children allowed? YES! Although we try to gear our show towards being a girls day out or a date with your fiance, we totally understand that it can be difficult to get a sitter and sometimes it’s fun to involve your children in the planning [Read More...]

2017 Bridal Experience

What’s Up with Wedding Expos?

Friday, August, 18th, 2017 at 8:58 am by Heather Murphy

You said “YES”! Before committing to the rest of your life, commit to a few hours at the Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience! If you’ve never been to a wedding expo you are surly missing out. Maybe you’ve never had the need to go to one, maybe you don’t like crowds, maybe you don’t like awesome deals. I have a feeling the last one is not true for anyone, because who doesn’t like an awesome [Read More...]

How to have a successful Bridal Expo

Tips for a Successful Wedding Expo

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017 at 3:40 pm by Heather Murphy

There is nothing worse than spending your time and money and not receiving the feedback or sales you were hoping for. Here are a few tips from Hitched In GJ on how to be a successful vendor when attending a wedding expo. Advertise your participation! Share the event on social media Send out an email blast to your clients letting them know you will be running specials at the show. Give something away that the [Read More...]

A Very Green Wedding Theme!

Sunday, February, 26th, 2017 at 8:45 am by Heather Murphy

Pantone’s Color of the year for 2017 is Greenery (Pantone 15-0343). What better way to kick off 2017 then with a gorgeous green wedding shoot in Colorado’s Western Slope! Check out some of these gorgeous photos taken by Above Alpine Photography for some wedding inspiration! Jewel tones are perfect for setting a romantic and luxurious wedding vibe… Paired with several natural textures such as moss, wood, and metals, making a scene to be remembered… Considering [Read More...]

Gorgeous Model…Fresh Snow…and a Wolf!

Tuesday, February, 7th, 2017 at 6:41 pm by Heather Murphy

What happens when you have a gorgeous model, fresh snow, and a wolf in Colorado’s High Desert? Epic happens…Epic! What do you think about when considering Colorado for an amazing place to get married? Ski Resorts and Pine Trees? Rocky Mountains and Coors! All great things, but Colorado has so much more to offer, from high deserts, to wineries, to rivers, to barns! Check out some of these amazing shots taken in Glade Park, CO [Read More...]

Building a customer profile on our website

Saturday, February, 4th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Michael Murphy

Behind the Scenes – Building a Vendor Profile Just for fun we thought we’d give you some behind the scenes of how we build profiles for Hitched In GJ’s vendor listings. It’s mostly just nerdy stuff with some poorly made Dubstep music done by me (michael murphy – Graphic Designer) using GarageBand on my iPhone. Give it a watch and enjoy the super sick beats. 🙂

DIY Wedding Napkins!

Monday, January, 30th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Heather Murphy

I think most of us love the idea of doing some sort of DIY at your own wedding. Of course the idea of DIY is to save money, but it will not save time. I have a simple little DIY craft that anyone can do as long as you have access to a sewing machine (and we all know someone who has a sewing machine!) What you’ll need: Fabric: if you are making 100 10×10 [Read More...]

Wedding Day Splurge!

Thursday, January, 26th, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Heather Murphy

Planning a wedding is tough. There are so many elements that are sort of a must. Dress, venue, officiant… but what about the thing you want but don’t necessarily need? If I was to get married again my splurge would absolutely be a videographer! Now a days there are so many beautiful elements to a wedding that sometimes it’s hard to capture it only in photos. The emotions, the fun, the spontaneity. Check out some [Read More...]

Plan your Wedding around Grand Junction Events

Tuesday, January, 24th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Heather Murphy

If you aren’t set on having a particular date, try to plan your wedding around events in the Grand Valley.  You may want to avoid such times if all of your guests are local but it may be beneficial for those traveling from out of town to be able to enjoy some of what Grand Junction and the Western Slope has to offer. Let them make a vacation out of it instead of just a [Read More...]

Wedding Vendors in Grand Junction CO

Who’s Paying for Your Wedding?

Tuesday, January, 10th, 2017 at 8:49 am by Heather Murphy

We now live in a day where these things are not as clear as they used to be…dowry’s are a thing of the past (and good riddance!) So how do you ask your family if they will/can pitch in for your Big Day? Some family’s plan for this and are forthcoming with what they will provide. When I got married my family handed me an amount of cash to do whatever I wanted with, whether [Read More...]

First Things First!

Tuesday, January, 10th, 2017 at 8:24 am by Heather Murphy

So you’re newly engaged, you’ve told everyone you know, you’ve posted pictures of your gorgeous ring all over social media and you have never been happier in your life! So…now what? First things first… sit down with your amazing fiancé and talk about a budget. This may be a difficult first step but it’s imperative that your expectations for the big day and essentially the rest of your life are matched. Each of you need [Read More...]

November Instagram Favorites!

Wednesday, November, 30th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Heather Murphy

Finding inspiration for weddings and events is so easy now with Instagram, but can also be extremely overwhelming! Here are some of our favorites from November! Follow us on Instagram!   AMAZING CAKE by @xlauralismorecakesx ….. Image by @jakabiphotography #weddingcake #cake #cakelovers #flowerstagram #weddingsofinstagram #cakesofinstagram #caramelcake #sweettooth #wedding #weddingday A photo posted by Dinah Taylor Floral Design (@dinahtaylorfloraldesign) on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:15pm PST SUITED UP ?? A photo posted by Tess Garland (@inlyevents) [Read More...]

Get your Bridal Body…

Wednesday, June, 22nd, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Heather Murphy

…or any body for that matter! I recently came to the realization that my body doesn’t bounce back the way it used to. It also doesn’t bounce easliy what so ever, and when it does more bounces than I intended. I was fortunate to meet Brianna with Kaia FIT Grand Junction and she has changed my life! In a few short weeks, and only going to classes 2-3 times a week as my schedule allows, [Read More...]

Ganic Grub… The newest thing to hit Grand Junction, CO

Wednesday, June, 8th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Michael Murphy

If you haven’t heard of Ganic Grub yet then you are missing out!  What we love about Ganic Grub, other than the fantastic, mouth watering taste of their food… They focus on local and organic food.  They support local and sustainable farmers and ranchers.  They work diligently to create a unique event to showcase your individuality.  They will help you come up with a tailored menu and creative serving options to make sure your event [Read More...]

Behind the Big Day!

Tuesday, March, 22nd, 2016 at 12:48 pm by Heather Murphy

We all know how difficult and stressful planning a wedding or event can be. Everything must be perfect, beautiful, magical! We’ve dreamed our whole lives of this day and in the past 6, 12 or 24 months we’ve ate, drank and breathed wedding! Although it may not be their  special day, your vendors that you’ve hired know that this is the most important day of your life. The love and labor that goes into making your [Read More...]

Dress Up Your Dress

Monday, March, 21st, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Heather Murphy

The White Dress. It can be lacy, smooth, sparkly, long or short. The day of your wedding, it’s all about that white dress (other than saying “I Do” to the one you love), but does it have to be all white all the time? We love some of these fun options to dress up your dress! Add a military jacket for a casual look. Add a leather jacket for a fashion forward look. Add denim [Read More...]

Making Macarons with Simply Cakes by Camberly

Monday, March, 7th, 2016 at 12:25 pm by Michael Murphy

Last week we got to learn all about making macarons! Which is no easy feat!  It begins with aging the eggs for at least 24 hours. Then you whip the egg whites into a meringue, add some almond flour until you have the perfect consistency and then pipe out perfect little circles that have to set up for an hour! Then they bake for 10-12 minutes. Once they’re done baking they have to completely cool [Read More...]

Courtyard Marriott Grand Re-Opening

Monday, March, 7th, 2016 at 12:02 pm by Michael Murphy

If you didn’t know, the Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn in Grand Junction, CO just got complete overhauls! From the lobby’s, restaurants, media centers and all of he rooms and suites!  Last week they had their grand re-opening complete with amazing food, tasty cakes from Cake Lady Creations and a fun photo booth provided by 970 Photo Booth. We had a fun time chatting about the future of the hotels. If you get a chance, [Read More...]

Grand Junction Flower Shop

Wednesday, March, 2nd, 2016 at 6:57 pm by Michael Murphy

We got to meet up with Kimberly at the Grand Junction Flower Shop the other day, and we were not disappointed in the conversation, atmosphere or products! Kimberly  opened the Grand Junction Flower Shop less than 1 year ago! She’s already had an amazing year and is looking forward to what this year has to come! What we love: Besides the smell of fresh flowers which never gets old, Kimberly recognizes the want and need [Read More...]

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe

Friday, February, 12th, 2016 at 12:09 pm by Michael Murphy

Valentine’s Day Aebleskiver recipe from Hitched In GJ. Enjoy!

Wedding of a Lifetime Expo

Monday, February, 1st, 2016 at 11:40 am by Heather Murphy

Yesterday was the 16th Annual Wedding of a Lifetime Expo at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Downtown Grand Junction. We love seeing so many vendors bring out their best! In addition, Elite Events and Annelise Bridal Boutique hosted their very own open houses yesterday. Here’s some of our favorites from the day.

Lovely Cake Tasting

Thursday, January, 28th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Heather Murphy

Margo of Cake Lady Creations has been decorating cakes professionally for over 30 years. Upon retiring, she was looking for something to do to keep her busy and not feel like work. She knew that baking and decorating cakes was the only thing she would enjoy and be able to do from home. In her second year of business from home, Cake Lady Creations more than doubled their wedding cakes for the year! They are [Read More...]

Fall Bridal Exchange

Monday, November, 9th, 2015 at 10:01 am by Heather Murphy

Yesterday we checked out the Grand Junction Bridal Exchange put on by R & R Events and Design. We met with some awesome vendors from around the Grand Valley. Another great thing about this event is that brides can sell their wedding devote and dresses on the spot! Which we love. Here’s a couple photos we snapped.                    

Open house!!

Monday, October, 26th, 2015 at 11:45 pm by Heather Murphy

We love a good open house! They can be so inspiring, informational and fun! Last weekend we checked out the Open {ware} House put on by R&R Events and Design and Stonewood Vintage Rentals and Designs, with Some appearnaces by Simply Cakes by Camberly and Kimberly Weber Photography! It was a warehouse full of some amazingly talented women! Check them out on Facebook and their personal websites, you will not be disappointed that you did! [Read More...]

$1,000 Giveaway Winners!

Tuesday, October, 20th, 2015 at 1:22 pm by Michael Murphy

I was lucky enough to be able to meet with the bride and groom to be that won the $1,000 Cash Prize Giveaway from the 4th Annual Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience today. I was so humbled to be able to give back to a hard working couple and young family! I had chills knowing that we could help them out while they begin their lives together. Hitched In GJ: How long have you been together [Read More...]

Giving back!

Tuesday, October, 20th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by Michael Murphy

We are so happy to announce that we gave over 20% of our registrations to Christina Pope’s Lyme Disease Treatment! Thank you for all that attended! We wouldn’t have been able to give without you. Click here for more information on Christina’s disease.  

2015 Bridal Experience Giveaway Winners

Sunday, October, 18th, 2015 at 3:33 pm by Heather Murphy

We are so happy to announce that we had another amazing show! Our 4th Annual Bridal Experience was full of amazing vendors and some amazing brides! Now what you’ve all been waiting for… 2015 Bridal Experience Giveaway Winners Free engagement photo shoot ($300 Value) by Summer Scotland Photography: Carlos Gonzalez Free Bridal Bouquet ($150 Value) by Bride & Bloom: Carolyn Wiltse Free style & mini photo shoot by Kaila Kerstetter Beauty Services: Chan Nang Free [Read More...]

Getting the Most Out of your Bridal Experience

Wednesday, October, 7th, 2015 at 2:30 pm by Heather Murphy

4th Annual Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience Recently engaged, or know someone who is? Once the initial excitement wears off you will shortly realize that planning your wedding is no easy task to undertake. Venues, photographers, florists, caterers, bakeries, DJ’s, day of coordinators, invitations, wedding favors…it’s exhausting, and we’ve barely scraped the surface! What about finding your perfect dress? Attending a wedding expo is the best bet for the bride, groom, bridesmaids or moms for [Read More...]

Register for the 2015 Bridal Experience

Tuesday, October, 6th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Michael Murphy

Location: Double Tree by Hilton Date: Saturday Oct. 17 2-6pm Admission Fee: $6 Online & $8 day-of at the door Highlights: $1000 cash grand prize, $1000’s in savings, The Grand Valley’s Best in wedding planning and services, ManCave & Cigar lounge sponsored by Rem’s Place. Register Now!! Here’s some of the fun from last year’s event.

Bridal Beauty Tips

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:13 pm by Heather Murphy

WATER As grandma always said, “Are you drinking enough water?!” Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day will not only make you more beautiful, but have more energy and help flush out all those yucky toxins caused by pre-wedding stress. HAIR Start getting deep conditioning treatments and regular haircuts. Keep a little folder with hairstyle ideas to show your stylist when you go for a consultation.  IF you really want your hair to look gorgeous [Read More...]

Budget with Hitched In GJ

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:10 pm by Heather Murphy

You can use our budget form to help plan your perfect day!  

Diamonds…what to know

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Heather Murphy

Here’s a little info on diamonds…cuz we all love diamonds! CARAT The mass of the diamond CLARITY Clarity measures the internal defects found in any diamond ,also known as inclusions. FL:FLAWLESS Describes diamonds in which a gemologist under favorable lighting conditions, cannot see any inclusions at ten power magnification. IF–INTERNALLY: FLAWLESS Describes diamonds which have no internal characteristics observable under the the same conditions as (FL), but which have minor surface blemishes that do not [Read More...]

Getting your Passport in Grand Junction

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:03 pm by Heather Murphy

The passport office is located inside of the post office. United States Post Office 241 N. 4th St. Grand Junction CO 81501 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm 970-244-3402 Costs: Photo: $15 Passport: $135 Renewal: $110 Expedited fee: $60 It takes 4-6 weeks unless you choose to get it expedited in which case it takes 7-10 days.Bring your driver’s license and birth certificate. Want to save $15 on the photo fee? Follow this guide provided [Read More...]

Name Change & Marriage Certificate

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Heather Murphy

Some of us have personally experienced what a pain it can be to deal with getting your marriage certificate and legally changing your maiden name to your married name. There’s a lot of paper work involved and visiting of government buildings. If you have the correct paperwork and you go to these places in the proper order, it will be far less painful. Here’s some helpful information: Note: Though it might be tempting to use [Read More...]

Hitched in GJ’s Wedding Checklist

Tuesday, July, 28th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Heather Murphy

Download our checklist here! 12-9 months before ☐ Announce your engagement! ☐ Buy a wedding planner/organizer. ☐ Start a wedding collection on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Follow us! ☐ Sit down with your fiancé and anyone contributing to the wedding and work out a budget. See our Interactive Budget Worksheet.  It helps if everyone is on the same page from the very beginning. ☐ Hire a Wedding Planner (optional) ☐ Reserve your Venue (Your date [Read More...]

Tipsy Cupcakes

Tuesday, July, 21st, 2015 at 11:44 pm by Heather Murphy

We were in Denver last weekend and came across a super fun bakery called Tipsy Cupcakes. They make a variety of alcohol infused (as well as regular) cupcakes.  We tried the Red Wine Red Velvet, Mojito, Carmel Kahlua, Tequilla Lime and a non-alcoholic Nutella for our 2 year old. They were delish!! And would be a perfect addition to a cake table or a bridal shower or bachelorette party. They currently do not ship, but [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe – Brownies with a Twist

Wednesday, April, 29th, 2015 at 6:12 pm by Heather Murphy

This is probably the easiest recipe ever and it will have your new spouse or friends begging for more!!!    Ingredients: Your Favorite Fudge Brownie Mix (I bought this one because it was on sale) 1/2 Bag Mini Chocolate Chips 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 TBSP Flavored Extract (I used Orange) Prepare the Brownie Mix as directed on the box. Mine also called for Vegetable Oil and an Egg. Add in 1/2 of the bag [Read More...]

Hitched In GJ – A Love Story

Tuesday, April, 21st, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Heather Murphy

We always find it amusing that we ended up in the “wedding biz” as we never had a real wedding! Our love story began over ten years ago in San Diego. We met in…ahem…Tijuana, Mexico…and it was love at first sight! I was 2 months into my college career and he was a sailor in the Navy. We soon became inseparable and a year later we were engaged! I was 19, he was 22 and [Read More...]

Grand Valley Wedding Favors

Tuesday, April, 14th, 2015 at 5:07 pm by Heather Murphy

I am an avid fan of gardening and canning! It’s my favorite time of the year, and with spring here and things blooming I have been itching to can something. As you may know, we are not supposed to plant our gardens until after Mother’s Day in the Grand Valley so what was I to do? We have a bunch of Lilac Bushes growing in our yard and they smell SO good, so I did [Read More...]

Stonewood Vintage

Tuesday, March, 31st, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Heather Murphy

Vintage will forever be a lasting trend…it spans generations of cool decor, clothing and styles. We were ecstatic to meet Shiara with Stonewood Vintage Rentals & Design yesterday and see what her new company has to offer the Grand Valley. Planning a wedding can be exhausting, especially when you have your decor set in your mind and have to spend every weekend thrifting, yard sale-ing and antiquing to find the perfect elements for your perfect day. [Read More...]

Tips on Tipping!

Sunday, March, 15th, 2015 at 1:31 am by Heather Murphy

Let’s be honest, service is key when deciding on how much to tip. When you go to a restaurant standard tip is 15%, and 18% for 6+ people (which is often added to the bill). My husband and I like to tip a little higher so standard for us is 18%-20%, if the service is bad we keep it at 15%. Remember that servers often work for less than minimum wage and have to split [Read More...]

Budgeting for the Big Day – Wedding Budget

Wednesday, March, 11th, 2015 at 2:02 am by Heather Murphy

For some people budgeting may seem like a task too hard to undertake, for others a lifestyle change they are unwilling to make, but the simple fact of the matter is when you are planning a wedding the budget is a must. Unless of course money is no object in which I think you have stumbled upon the wrong article and you were probably looking for the article about releasing jewel encrusted doves at your [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe!

Sunday, March, 8th, 2015 at 4:56 am by Heather Murphy

Mediterranean Night This is a Hitched In GJ favorite for last minute meetings. There is no right or wrong way to serve it. These are just some of our favorite things to throw on a platter and chow down! We have no idea if this is how Mediterranean folks eat, we just like the name. Hummus & Gourmet Crackers Cooked Bratwurst or Kielbasa served with Gourmet Mustards Sliced Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Carrots Caprese Salad – [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe! St. Patty’s Day Leftovers…

Saturday, March, 7th, 2015 at 1:43 am by Heather Murphy

Po’ Mans Shepherds Pie This is literally one of the easiest meals to make and it’s basically all leftovers! Get your St. Patty’s Day Leftovers out, grab a a pie plate or two and follow these simple instructions. (We like to do this after any big feast, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…you can virtually throw anything in and call it a Po’ Mans Shepherds Pie!) Spray your pan with some Olive Oil or Pam Chop up your [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe! St. Patty’s Day

Friday, March, 6th, 2015 at 9:25 pm by Heather Murphy

Slow Cooker Corn Beef & Cabbage We, at Hitched In GJ love St. Patty’s Day! It may be because we love food, or green beer, or potatoes…or the fact that we’re Murphy’s! Whatever the reason we don’t want you to be intimidated to make your new hubby or wiferpie some delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage! By now you should have an amazing slow cooker…check out our article on Top 10 Things to Register For…so now [Read More...]

Wedding Day Traditions & Superstitions

Wednesday, March, 4th, 2015 at 1:49 am by Heather Murphy

We’ve all heard the “Something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new” rhyme and we all know that the groom shouldn’t see the bride before they are at the altar. What about tossing rice at the newly married bride and groom or even having a flower girl; we’ve all heard it, we all do it, and we all love it. But where did these traditions come from and what do they mean for the outcome [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe!

Sunday, March, 1st, 2015 at 2:04 am by Heather Murphy

Colorado Caviar I found a version of this recipe while I was cleaning out someone’s camp trailer! The camp trailer version was called Oklahoma Caviar. I took out the icky stuff and added some yummy stuff which makes it good enough to be called Colorado Caviar! It’s not $200 an ounce, but I hope you enjoy it as much as beluga. 1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained 1 Can Diced Tomatoes ¼ cup Cheap [Read More...]

Non Traditional Bachelorette Party Ideas

Friday, February, 27th, 2015 at 1:40 am by Heather Murphy

10 Ideas for Your Non-Traditional Bachelorette Party Tour the wineries with your girlfriends Grand Junction has SO many amazing wineries that you may be feeling a little tipsy after the first few stops. Make sure and play it safe by arranging transportation ahead of time. Absolute Prestige Limousine Service offers bachelorette wine tours! Wine tasting at home! Can’t afford a limo for your bachelorette party? No worries! Invite 6-16 people (have more, give them a [Read More...]

Gifts & Gift Registry

Tuesday, February, 24th, 2015 at 1:32 am by Heather Murphy

Ahhh, the Gift Registry…an exciting time for you and your husband to be (yes, he should be involved!), to imagine your home with all new stuff in it! How fun! But before you get ahead of yourselves here are a few tips to starting your registry out right. Register Early! Right after you have announced your engagement you should begin registering. That way if you have an engagement party and/or bridal shower you will be [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe

Saturday, February, 21st, 2015 at 12:37 pm by Heather Murphy

OMG Chicken 4 Chicken Breasts 1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese Italian Bread Crumbs Combine Sour Cream or Yogurt and the Parmesan Cheese. Spread over chicken breast in baking dish, sprinkle Italian Bread Crumbs on top. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with rice or baked potato!

Try something new for lunch

Monday, February, 16th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Heather Murphy

Barney’s BBQ and More is now opened for business in Orchard Mesa next to City Market. Check them out and try some of their amazing Apple Kissed Pork or Brisket Plate. You will definitely not be disappointed! Getting married? Hosting some kind of other event? Barney’s offers a full catering menu from BBQ to Mexican to Italian and more! Check them out today!

Something Old, Something New…

Monday, February, 16th, 2015 at 1:27 am by Heather Murphy

You’ve dreamed of this day for so long now. You have the perfect groom, your family and friends are there to see you walk down the aisle in a beautiful dress. As you turn your dream wedding into a reality, sometimes reality can be a little mean. Does that mean you have to bite the bullet and finance a dress, or simply let finances dictate what dress you get? How about neither? If you have [Read More...]

Valentine’s Day Treat

Friday, February, 13th, 2015 at 10:45 am by Heather Murphy

Cheesecake Strawberries 1 lb strawberries 8 oz cream cheese ½ c. powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla melted chocolate chips (optional) graham crackers (optional) Rinse strawberries, cut out stem plus a little more of the center. Cut off strawberry tip so that it can stand by itself. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Place mix in pastry bag (or zip lock bag with the tip cut off) and pipe into each strawberry. Sprinkle graham cracker [Read More...]

Meeting Merik Music

Wednesday, February, 11th, 2015 at 1:12 am by Heather Murphy

It’s hard to describe to some people what it is we do at Hitched In GJ. We are a wedding directory for the Western Slope of Colorado. But what we DO is something all together different. You might say that we are forever planning weddings. We are constantly meeting with wedding vendors and professionals, making new friends, planning events among a hundred other things. Today we had the pleasure of meeting with a local DJ [Read More...]

Clean that Bling!

Sunday, February, 8th, 2015 at 1:45 am by Heather Murphy

Keep your beloved ring as blingy as the day he gave it to you with this jewelry cleaning recipe.  The ingredients are things you probably already have! What you’ll need: Small bowl 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 teaspoon dish detergent 1 cup hot water Aluminum foil Paper towel Old toothbrush Directions: Gather your ingredients. The salt, baking soda, and aluminum foil create a chemical exchange called an ion transfer, which naturally cleans [Read More...]

Adventures in Waxing – Part 4

Thursday, February, 5th, 2015 at 2:07 am by Heather Murphy

Would I do it again?! ABSOLUTELY! Next time I think I will try the No Scream Cream from Wax It, on some of the more sensitive areas…shins and bikini area, and I’ll only do the French, which leaves a little to the imagination! The girls were very professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable the whole time and felt great for weeks afterwards! Make some time to try it out yourselves! Grab a girlfriend, ditch [Read More...]

Photography Needed

Wednesday, February, 4th, 2015 at 12:03 pm by Heather Murphy

At Hitched In GJ we try to keep it local. We’re on the hunt for this years Bridal Experience Campaign Photo. CLICK HERE If you are interested in having one of your images used for all of our Expo marketing. Submit as many photos as you would like up until February 14, 2015. We look forward to seeing what the Grand Valley’s Best have to offer.

Wholegrain Apple Banancakes

Wednesday, February, 4th, 2015 at 7:31 am by Michael Murphy

To me this is the quickest way to make some great and healthy homemade pancakes from scratch. It’s a low mess operation with minimal ingredients. None of the fillers, artificial flavoring, or hard to pronounce ingredients you’ll find in boxed pancake mixes. 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp almond extract 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup almond milk 1 large egg Small Apple Half banana Combine all your [Read More...]

Adventures in Waxing – Part 3

Sunday, February, 1st, 2015 at 2:03 am by Heather Murphy

Tips From the Pros Most popular areas to get waxed: Eyebrows, Brazilian, Lip & Legs Before you go: You need at least 2 weeks of growth on your body, and if you can see it you can wax it for facial hair Maintenance: Body about once a month, Facial 2-3 weeks Rashes/Ingrowns: This will be the same or better than what you get with shaving How long it lasts: Smoothness should last 2 weeks. If [Read More...]

Everybody loves a wedding expo…

Friday, January, 30th, 2015 at 11:45 am by Heather Murphy

We love going to the other Wedding Expos on the Western Slope. We get to meet a lot of people and get a lot of new ideas. It’s fun just to mingle, and see all the people and great decor that the vendors provide.   However, there is a lot of information provided at these expos and can be quite overwhelming. We like to pull everything out of the goodie bags and organize them by [Read More...]

Heather’s Top 10…

Tuesday, January, 27th, 2015 at 9:45 pm by Heather Murphy

What to Register for… The age old question…what should you register for? Your husband to be most likely wants either the newest gaming system available or something camo, but what do you really need?! My husband and I are coming up on our 10 year anniversary (WOW!) and here are my top 10 things that I think are priceless! Crockpot/Slowcooker: I use mine religiously! It’s probably my favorite kitchen accessory besides my coffee pot. Coffeepot: [Read More...]

Adventures in Waxing – Part 2

Sunday, January, 25th, 2015 at 1:46 am by Heather Murphy

For a first time waxer I was a bundle of emotions…nervous, embarrassed, a little shame for how out of control I had let my business get since being pregnant (my daughter is now 16 months old!), and excited! The girls at Wax It in GJ (who all get waxed themselves), assured me that these were all NORMAL feelings and that they had seen it all. Their jobs are to provide a service and all they [Read More...]


Sunday, January, 18th, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Heather Murphy

There are several reasons why you should have a professional do your make up on the day of your wedding: 1. They are professionals, one look at you and they’ll know how to bring out your best features. 2. They know how to work with lighting. You are going to want to look picture perfect for all the photography going on. 3. It’s nice to have all of your bridesmaids and MOBs looking their best [Read More...]

Adventures in Waxing – Part 1

Thursday, January, 15th, 2015 at 4:06 am by Heather Murphy

Today I got my very first waxing, and I did the whole shebang! Full legs, Brazilian (Yikes!) and Eyebrows! It was a lot to take on for my first time but I think well worth it. The lovely ladies at Wax It in Grand Junction were very helpful and full of information. More to come on the wax and their services but I wanted to mention a new product that they offer which is perfect [Read More...]

Newlywed Recipe

Sunday, January, 11th, 2015 at 11:35 pm by Heather Murphy

Here is one of my favorites, especially when I’m in a hurry. Sausage Bake 2 Potatoes – Diced 1/4 Bunch of Kale – Chopped Jar of Sauerkraut – Drained 1 Package Spicy Italian Sausage or Chicken Kielbasa – Coin sized slices Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with Pam or Olive Oil Later the food as follows: potatoes, sausage, kale, sauerkraut. Cover with foil, bake in oven at 375 degrees for 1 hours. [Read More...]

Bridesmaid Dresses

Sunday, January, 11th, 2015 at 12:17 am by Heather Murphy

Should you let your bridesmaids pick out their own dresses? It is becoming more and more popular nowadays to let your Bridesmaids pick put their own dresses for your wedding. Why? Because you want them to be comfortable. Some women may be comfortable with a 3 foot bow hanging off their butt, others may not. Some may be comfortable with a little more cleavage, others may not. I remember being a bridesmaid in a wedding [Read More...]

Dinner with Barney’s

Friday, December, 19th, 2014 at 2:40 am by Heather Murphy

Tonight we had the pleasure of trying the newest catering business in Grand Junction. Barney’s BBQ and More provided smoked brisket, Apple kissed pulled pork, smoked turkey, country potato salad, coleslaw, kickin’ Mac and cheese, salad, rolls served with a delicious honey butter and some amazing cheesecakes! The food was nothing short of fantastic and people were scraping the bottom of the pans by the end of the night. If you have a chance check [Read More...]

Destination Brides use Hitched In GJ for planning their Mountain Wedding

Tuesday, November, 4th, 2014 at 8:37 pm by Heather Murphy

At Hitched In GJ, we’re not only about helping local brides plan their Big Day, but helping out of town brides as well. Read this article from a woman in Canada who used our website to help plan her wedding in Powderhorn!    

2014 Bridal Experience Prize Winners

Monday, October, 20th, 2014 at 2:04 am by Heather Murphy

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Please see the list below to find out if you are a winner at the 2014 Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience. If you find your name on the list please send us an email at [email protected] with your name and address and we will mail your gifts out shortly. Grand Prize Absolute Prestige Wine Tour & Goodie Basket with a One Night Stay at Wine Country Inn – Kari Wiig   Allen Unique [Read More...]

Bridal Experience prize Winners

Sunday, October, 19th, 2014 at 7:45 pm by Michael Murphy

Hello Bridal Experiencers!! We are almost done counting up yesterday’s numbers and tumbling the raffle basket for winners. We will have winners posted by this evening so stay tuned to our blog and check back often. Thank you for participating in the 2014 Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience!!!

Spiced Peach Butter Wedding Favors

Sunday, September, 21st, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Heather Murphy

Today is a perfect day for canning! It’s raining, cool and feels like fall! Here is our favorite recipe for Spiced Peach Butter from Ball. 4 to 4 1/2 Pounds Palisade Peaches 4 Cups of Sugar 1 tsp Ginger 1 tsp Nutmeg 1 tsp Cinnamon To Prepare Pulp: Wash and blanch peaches. Put peaches in cold water. Peel, pit and slice peaches. Combine peaches and 1/2 cup water in a large sauce-pot. Simmer until peaches [Read More...]

Wedding Favors: Tips & Ideas

Thursday, September, 11th, 2014 at 2:35 pm by Heather Murphy

In other cultures and countries Wedding Favors are/were used to present status of the couple or to wish good fortune to guests. We typically use them as an extra “Thank You” for attending the wedding. Even in the US, Wedding Favors are not as common as you may think but it has been a growing trend and most couples at least consider the idea during their planning and budgeting. Ideally, you don’t want to spend [Read More...]

Winter Wedding Date & Planning Tips!

Wednesday, September, 10th, 2014 at 7:10 pm by Heather Murphy

So what’s in the meaning of a Wedding date? Some brides and grooms have no meaning and then others it is all about the date! Like the upcoming date, 12/13/14. That date is easy to remember, Right!?! And it is also fun to have a wedding date that you can theme some ideas around! Here are some examples to have fun with!  Winter Wedding (date is DECEMBER) Having a winter wedding is very romantic! Plus [Read More...]

2014 Bridal Experience – 2 Booths Left

Saturday, September, 6th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Michael Murphy

There are literally only 2 booths left in the ballroom at Double Tree.  There are a couple of banquet tables in the banquet table room but we are almost sold out!!! Our commercials will be running on KKCO soon as well as radio ads on 93.1. The 2014 Bridal Experience is looking to be the best yet by far. Online registration is even easier than before for vendors and brides, our whole website has been [Read More...]

Seating chart DIY

Saturday, August, 16th, 2014 at 11:14 pm by Michael Murphy

What a great idea for a seating chart! Gotta love the rustic repurposing of this old window.

Wedding Dirt

Wednesday, July, 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 pm by Heather Murphy

Code name: Stress Free Wedding Age: 25 Born: Craig, CO Met Fiancé: We met through work. Bride works: Oil, gas and mining industry. Groom works: Assistant Manager in sales The Dirt Venue: Monument View $1600 Dress: Serena Wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero, purchased at Victoria Rose Bridal. $1500 Alterations: Hem House through Victoria Rose Bridal, $45. The dress fit practically perfect and needed very few alterations. Flowers: Julie Powell, $632 for all flowers. She did an amazing job. I was looking for someone who [Read More...]

Maine to GJ

Wednesday, July, 2nd, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Heather Murphy

My husband and I got hitched in an apple orchard in Maine before moving to Grand Junction. We had planned for our big day for 8 months beginning soon after the romantic mountain top proposal. There were moments when 8 months seemed to be 8 years, and other days where the 8 months was feeling like 8 weeks! We lightened the burden of immense planning by splitting up the tasks (yes I know I’m a [Read More...]

Chipeta Solar Springs

Tuesday, April, 1st, 2014 at 4:40 am by Heather Murphy

We were lucky enough to be able to stay the night in Ridgeway, Colorado at the Chipeta Solar Springs, where we were greeted by truly amazing accommodations! Upon arrival and check in we were offered fresh cookies, hot tea or coffee and lemonade! There was a comfy area for taking a load off and enjoying the view. We settled in quickly and headed straight for the roman bath!  One of the rooms we stayed in had [Read More...]

Weddings & Wine: Tour Photos

Thursday, March, 13th, 2014 at 6:54 pm by Michael Murphy

What a great tour! The limo was great and our venues had amazing things planned for our participants.

Chipeta Solar Springs

Sunday, March, 9th, 2014 at 5:39 am by Heather Murphy

We had a great little weekend getaway at the Chipeta!

Wedding venue Road trip!!!

Saturday, February, 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Heather Murphy

We are rolling down the road towards Ridgeway to see the Chipeta Solar springs! Can’t wait! We found this neat antique shop along the way. They had tons of cool old stuff. It’s so nice to just getaway from it all. I’m definitely ready for a nice soak in the solar springs!

DJ Ryan Griz

Wedding Entertainment is Key

Thursday, February, 13th, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Heather Murphy

They say that any wedding with “down” time can bore your guests… …and have people wondering when you’re going to just cut the darn cake so they can leave! Our DJ was awesome, and kept us on point the entire time, keeping things moving pretty quickly.  He was the one whispering that it was time to move onto the next table and to report straight to the food and directly back to our table-without any [Read More...]

Wedding Dirt

Saturday, February, 8th, 2014 at 4:39 am by Heather Murphy

Code name: Blushing Bride Age: 21 Born: Grand Junction Met Fiancé: In High school, aww! Bride works: Dental Hygienist Groom works: Oil Field Children: German Sheppard, New Baby Girl born on 8/4/13 The Dirt Venue: Enterprise Hall in Fruita, Cost: around $3,000 which includes tables, chairs, linens, décor, set up and tear down. Dress: Ball gown with sweet heart neckline, Abracadabra Bridal, Cost: $900. It was the first dress I tried on. The sales person grabbed it right away. I tried on 10 more [Read More...]

Controlling Your Inner Bridezilla

Tuesday, February, 4th, 2014 at 9:05 am by Heather Murphy

As a little girl you dreamed of wearing a beautiful wedding gown and marrying the perfect man (hopefully a prince). All of your life you’ve waited to find that person that really understands you and loves you even though you’re weird. It’s ok because he’s weird too! Now that you’ve snagged your soul mate it’s time to start planning your wedding. In the early stages of planning all you think about is trying on dresses, ‘cuz [Read More...]

Wedding Dirt

Sunday, February, 2nd, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Heather Murphy

  Code name: Savvy Little Bride Age: 26 Born: Laramie, WY Met Fiancé: Through a mutual friend Bride works: Self Employed Groom works: Operations manager for an oil and gas company Children: Boy, 4 years old The Dirt Venue: Adobe Creek Golf Course, Cost: around $1,100.00 included tables and chairs for inside. Plus a $150 deposit. Ball gown from David’s Bridal, Cost: $795. The bride only tried on 3 other dresses. Alterations: David’s Bridal, Cost: $1,400, $20 a snap in the train. *Note from [Read More...]

Money Saving Tips

Friday, January, 31st, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Heather Murphy

So you have that shiny rock on your finger and now you’re ready to start planning your special day. Maybe you’ve looked at wedding gowns and picked out some wedding colors. This is the fun stage of the wedding planning process. When you start looking at venues, and talking with caterers you realize you must be living below the poverty level because you just can’t afford the gorgeous center pieces and high dollar wedding decor [Read More...]

Peacock wedding

Thursday, January, 30th, 2014 at 12:29 am by Heather Murphy

After seeing so many muted color palates this wedding season I almost forgot how much I love a good pop of deep, rich color! I’m still a sucker for the jewel tones used in peacock wedding themes! You can find this little beauty down at Annelise Bridal Boutique! >br />

Highlights from today’s bridal show

Sunday, January, 26th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by Heather Murphy

I had so much fun walking around at the Two Rivers Bridal Show today! The vendors went all out on their booths . Here are a few of my favorites: Above: Fantasy Flowers Above: on the list salon Above: Brides and bloom Above: Design Against The Grain Above: Elite Events Above: The Studio Above: The Cake Cottage Above: the interior of Absolute Prestige’s stretch hummer

Wedding show junkie!

Sunday, January, 26th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by Heather Murphy

I’m off to the second wedding show of the year at two rivers ! I’m so stoked to see what all the vendors have in store for us this year! Getting fueled up for the show!

HerWedding Expo

Sunday, January, 12th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Heather Murphy

Just left the HerWedding Expo. There was so many great vendors! Here are a few pics from my adventure:)              

Off to the wedding show we go!!

Sunday, January, 12th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by Heather Murphy

The roads are a little yucky but I don’t mind because I’m off to get my fix. That’s right I’m headed to the bridal show in glenwood this morning. I’m so excited to see this brand new expo put on by Herwedding. Luckily my hubber muffins didn’t mind driving me, what a guy! I wish I could stay for the fashion show but I have a date with the Broncos!!

Loving Lace!!

Saturday, January, 4th, 2014 at 12:18 am by Heather Murphy

Is anyone else obsessing over all the gorgeous lace wedding gowns? For a long time I thought there was just “lace”. I didn’t know there was different types of lace. Boy was I wrong! It turns out there are tons of different styles to choose from! Here are two of the more common bridal laces: Chantilly: (yes like the song and the gross 80s perfume!) it’s a more delicate lace with a neat edging that [Read More...]

Is there a RING under your tree?

Monday, December, 16th, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Heather Murphy

  Holiday Engagements I have a feeling some of you may be getting a compressed lump of coal this year. I meant a diamond! And not just any diamond, THE DIAMOND! I can’t wait to hear who gets a big fat rock under the tree. So if you’ve been a really good girl(friend) this year read on.. Here are Hitched in GJ’s Do’s and Don’ts of getting engaged over the holidays: DON”T share the news [Read More...]

Are veils out?

Thursday, December, 12th, 2013 at 11:08 pm by Heather Murphy

Is it just me or are brides swaying towards alternative head gear? It seems like flowers, feathers, birdcage veils and sparkling head pieces are dominating while the traditional wedding veil is less popular. On one hand I LOVE the feeling of “bride” you get with a traditional cathedral length veil. On the other hand I’m totally drooling over the boho chic rhinestone and chain head pieces that are plastered all over Pinterest. But is boho [Read More...]

Bridal Hair Pieces

Thursday, December, 12th, 2013 at 10:12 pm by Michael Murphy

Couple of custom hair pieces recently created by our crafty crafter here at Hitched In GJ.

Who wants some Cupcakes?

Monday, November, 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Heather Murphy

Save $50 on your order of $100 or more from Pattie’s Tiny Cakes. Use the coupon on your Wedding, or perhaps a fun treat for the Holidays! Just post a comment and you’ll be entered to win! Share the link on your Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win again.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Monday, November, 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm by Michael Murphy

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, but it’s not time to put away those skinny jeans. We have a great local event that will keep you from rockin’ the muffin top after next Thursday’s feast. The 7th Annual Grand Junction Turkey Trot brought to you by the Grand Junction Professional Firefighters. This yea’rs 5K is being held in Downtown Grand Junction, and will be featuring The Little Gobbler run for the little ones. Online [Read More...]

Winter is arriving…

Thursday, November, 7th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Heather Murphy

What better time is there for doing some Wintery or Christmasy engagement photos. Show the rest of the world what a beautiful place you live in, no matter what the season!!

Bridal Experience Raffle Winners

Tuesday, October, 22nd, 2013 at 6:26 pm by Heather Murphy

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Please see the list below to find out if you were a winner at the 2013 Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience. If you find your name on the list please send us an email at [email protected] with your name and address and we will mail out your gifts out shortly. Please note that if you won a Naughty But Nice Gift Certificate in the Cash Vault we need [Read More...]

2013 Bridal Experience Photos

Sunday, October, 20th, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Michael Murphy

This year’s Bridal Experience was amazing!!! We had a head count well over 250 people, gave away thousands in prizes, and had an amazing wedding planning night out. Here are some of the highlights we were able to capture. Thank you Grand Junction, we’re already planning next year!! Hitched In GJ Team

Zombie Wedding Anybody?

Wednesday, October, 16th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Michael Murphy

Yes it’s October, the leaves are changing and you want to have a beautiful golden fall themed wedding. But October is also the month of fright! Why not have a zombie wedding? Thrift shop tuxes and dresses and some Halloween Store ghoulish decoration, now you have a party everyone will remember. Forget ’til death do you part! Bring in your eternity with some zombie style. Have your bachelorette/bachelor party at the local haunted house. GJ [Read More...]

3 Days Left!

Wednesday, October, 16th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Michael Murphy

There’s only 3 days left to get tickets online for the 2013 Bridal Experience. Save $2 by pre-buying your tickets online at Pricing $6 – Online $8 – Day of $4 – Kids with out goodie bag(day of only). We can’t wait to see you there!!!!

Ticket Giveaways

Friday, October, 4th, 2013 at 3:47 am by Michael Murphy

We’re giving away tickets like crazy to the 2013 Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience at Doubke Tree. Like us on Facebook at : Hitched Facebook and listen to Mix, KEKB, or Kool for more chances to win

Fall is in the air!

Wednesday, October, 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Michael Murphy

Fall in the Grand Valley is one of the prettiest times to get married. There’s nothing better than the changing colors to brighten up your Big Day!

The Map Is Filling Up

Wednesday, October, 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 am by Michael Murphy

The map is filling up and we’re getting excited for this year’s show. If you’re a vendor and don’t have a booth be sure to register before it’s too late. we have a few spots left.

2013 Bridal Experience – 3 Weeks Away!!

Wednesday, October, 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 am by Michael Murphy

We’re incredibly excited for this year’s show. It’s only 3 weeks away!!! We have radio spots running on Mix 104.3, and KEKB, Google & Facebook advertisements, a full page ad in herWedding Magazine as well as an ad in Colorado’s Wedding Sites and Services Magazine. There is going to be a roaming fashion show by David’s Bridal as well and $1000’s in prizes. The savings on your wedding planning is well worth the evening out [Read More...]

To Plan or Not To Plan – Should you hire a wedding planner?

Wednesday, October, 2nd, 2013 at 12:50 am by Michael Murphy

For some Brides to Be, you’ve been planning your Dream Wedding since you were little girls. The dress, the shoes, the theme…all you had to do was wait for your Prince Charming to pop the question. Planning your wedding will become the whole of your existence, and everything will be perfect no matter how Bridezilla you get on your fiance, bridesmaids, mother, etc. Then there are those Brides to Be that the very thought of [Read More...]

2012 Wedding Trends!

Thursday, February, 9th, 2012 at 1:35 am by Heather Murphy

Photo Booths WE love photo booths and so will your wedding guests!  If you can afford a photo booth in addition to (not instead of) hiring a professional photographer we suggest Lifestyle Studio Booth or 970 Photo Booth Company Birdcage Veils Fashion forward brides are skipping the cathedral length wedding veils and going with a vintage looking birdcage veil instead.  You can find these in local bridal shops.  If you’re feeling crafty check out our birdcage [Read More...]

Book Early!

Sunday, January, 15th, 2012 at 1:53 am by Heather Murphy

Book Early & Enjoy Your Day So, it’s now January 2012 and can you believe the busy wedding season is 3 months away?! It’s true, Pinterest is a buzz with all things wedding, color palettes are popping up everywhere and the expos are in full swing. Now is the time to book your wedding vendors before someone else snatches up your ideal match. Weekends fill quickly and more often than not, the planner, florist or [Read More...]

Hitched In GJ Visits the Cake Cottage

Sunday, November, 13th, 2011 at 1:57 am by Heather Murphy

After researching different Grand Junction bakeries online I decided to make a little field trip to The Cake Cottage. I wanted my cake related article to be as accurate as possible and let’s be honest I was hoping to get a taste of some of that yummy cake! The first thing that surprised me when I walked in to the bakery was the rich smell of coffee combined with the homey smells of cakes and [Read More...]

Nail “Tips” For Your Wedding Day

Friday, November, 11th, 2011 at 1:59 am by Heather Murphy

Don’t allow yourself to be frazzled by the wedding jitters. Give yourself a break and Be-Dazzled with a relaxing pedicure. Don’t try to cram it into your agenda. Select a real get away time to relax in the pedi-spa. It’s your day-allow others to help you get it all together. Your chosen wedding  slippers may not show your toes but you and your new husband can share the beauty of your feet (You may even consider [Read More...]