Wild Basin Wanderlust: Robin Event Rentals

Ser.en.dip.i.tous: adjective

Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way

Synonyms: chance, accidental, coincidental

 

Why the above definition?

Just a quick glimpse into how this blog got its name.  Serendipitous is the perfect word to describe the organic development of ideas between the Wild Basin staff and myself.  It was a happy accident that I’m here this morning, writing a blog about wedding planning.  A pleasant marriage of curiosity, enthusiasm, perfect timing, and a drop dead gorgeous venue.

More importantly, the word serendipitous reminds me of how the best relationships develop.  Did you happen to meet your lifelong “adorkable” best friend at marching band camp at the ripe age of 14?  How were you to know that she would become a powerful, constant force in your life?  Or what about that economics professor that you’re still in touch with, since he had such an impact on your trajectory?  Was it chance that you worked with a vibrant, passionate IT recruiter seven years ago, only to find out that you’ve reconnected again recently just as you were on the job market?

Romantically speaking, movies and music use the theme of serendipity regularly.  There’s something irresistibly dreamy about that bump-into-a-cute-stranger-on-the-bus idea.  When I take a moment to reflect on the stories of how my married friends met, there is much more serendipity than I previously realized.  Take, for example, my friend Melissa, who asked a strange man clearly sitting in a café chair one morning, “Are you using this chair?”  He slowly pivoted in his seat, then grinned; confused but charmed by the bashful blonde. Flattered, he thought he was being hit on.  Turns out she simply wanted a place to hang her wet jacket in the crowded restaurant.  They’re now married.  What could have been an awkward fleeting encounter at the café became a lifelong partnership.

As you enjoy the month of July in Colorado, take a moment to think about happenstance in life.  The thousands of happy accidents that brought you to this exciting wedding planning phase.   It’s fleeting, so take a deep breath, smile, and read on.

As Promised

The theme of serendipity leads us to our very first Wild Basin Wanderlust vendor spotlight. Robin Event Rentals.  My second day working for Wild Basin Lodge, our 11:00 appointment arrived.  Her name was Megan Loberg, and as we toured the property and discussed her company’s offerings, my idea for the blog gelled.  Our couples needed to know what she was all about, and so I asked to visit the showroom and warehouse so I could get a closer look.

Fast forward one week, and across the street from an unassuming field of sleepy cows in Loveland, I found the Robin Event Rental headquarters.  It’s easy to drive by and miss, but once inside, you won’t be disappointed.  Megan greeted me, and we sat down to talk about the basics of her business.  Here are some highlights from our conversation.

WBL: What services does your company provide to clients?

RER: We provide rentals for all events, big and small. Our list of rentals includes tents, tables, chairs (folding, resin, Chiavari), and specialty linens. We also provide all China, flatware and glassware needs you may have. While this list is a good depiction of our rentals, we offer so much more!

WBL: Where are you located?

RER: We are located in Loveland Colorado, just an hour north east of Allenspark.

WBL: What about the logistics of getting rental items to Wild Basin Lodge?

RER: We have a $120 delivery fee that includes both drop off and pick up.  If you’re renting a tent, both set up and take down is included in the price.  In fact, we do a site visit in advance for all tent rentals, to ensure that the surface area is safe for your event.

WBL: Tell us a little about the history of your business.

RER: Our company began about 15 years ago when the original owners Rob and Tera Robbin created Robin Event Rentals. We were located in Berthoud for about 10 years and recently re-located to our larger office to Loveland. We came under new ownership a few years ago.  Chad Ayres hails to us from New Mexico where he managed one of the largest event rental companies in the country and has over 20 years of industry experience.

WBL: Do you have any words of wisdom for brides as they prepare for their wedding?

RER: Some of the most helpful bits of advice I would give to brides planning their wedding is that you can never start planning too early. We love it so much more when our brides and clients come to us with ample time before their wedding or event. However, we do understand that wedding planning can get a bit crazy, which is why we can help coordinate your event rentals whether you’re two weeks from your event or two years. Another piece of advice that I wish all brides remembered is to enjoy the planning and have fun. We find more often than not, that the brides or families of the couple get too engrossed in the planning process and forget to enjoy and celebrate the process and everything that’s to come.

WBL: What is one thing that you love about your industry?

RER: I love that I can help bring my clients’ visions from their minds or Pinterest boards to life. The spark that they get when they see their vision come to life is truly the best feeling ever!

WBL: Do you have a favorite memory from your wedding day you’d like to share?

RER: While I am not married, I have been in the industry for about 8 years now, and have my personal favorites of a wedding. My favorite part of a wedding is by far the vows, whether they are funny, sentimental, or traditionally classic it always pulls at the heart strings for me.

During my tour of Robin Event Rentals, I discovered that Megan is from the Denver area and has a strong history in both business and event coordinating.  She works closely with a tight-knit staff and owner, Chad, who is never afraid of rolling up his sleeves.  Chad is on-site and in the trenches; putting up the huge tents and even building the gorgeous rustic wood table and benches that you can find in the showroom.

Their warehouse has SO much more than just the standard linens and chairs.  We walked by one room that was stocked with Sno-Cone, pretzel, popcorn, hot dog, and cotton candy machines.  Talk about a fun late night snack for your wedding guests!  They also rent three varieties of arbors, two different bar setups, flower pedestals, exterior heaters if you’re getting married in the cold months, and old fashioned street lamps.  Everywhere I turned, there were new surprises.

When you come

My favorite thing about the RER location is an interactive wedding planning area.  Indecisive and overwhelmed by the flood of Pinterest ideas?  If you’re not yet sure how to set up your tables, you can literally play with the pieces until you get them just right.  There are samples of tablecloths, chargers, linens, flatware, and glassware for you to mix and match.  They also switch up the showroom’s inspiration designs monthly, so you’ll be treated to a variety of trendy tablescapes. I’ve never before seen a place that offers this.  Oh, and the sleek modern white furniture the photos below? Also a rental option!

The showroom is open from 9 to 5, Monday – Friday.  You’re welcome to stop in or make an appointment.  If you’re like most humans who work during the week, Megan is happy to meet you on the weekend by appointment.  Before you come, check out their website and click on the “Products” tab for an interactive inventory where you can save items you like before you physically put them together in the show room.  When you stop by, snap a photo of your final design and share it with Wild Basin Lodge!

Want to know more?  Follow them on Facebook & Instagram, then reach out to Megan and she’ll be happy to sit down with you and bring your vision to life!

 

 

Robin Event Rental

2248 W. 1st St.

Loveland, CO 80537

O: (970)663-7368

C: (970)699-0364

F: (970)663-7378

mloberg@robineventrental.com

www.robineventrental.com

A partner of Event Fence Construction

www.eventfenceconstruction.com

The Serendipitous Bridal Blog

Hello, Wild Basin Lodge Readers!

Before we set off on this Bridal Blog adventure together, I think it’s key to introduce myself.

I’m Courtney, a recent bride at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado.  I married this handsome guy, Brandon, about a month ago. I have also been right where you are now; in the throes of wedding planning.

We had a small (40 person) Monday wedding at the lodge that’s best explained via a series of images, captured by the recently coined “photo ninja” Preston Utley of Denver.  If you haven’t yet booked a photographer, please, please, check out his website.  He was our biggest splurge, and I couldn’t be more impressed with his photojournalism style work.

More to Come Soon.

We’ll chat about the joys, planning, mishaps, and hiccups leading up to the wedding day. But that’s for another blog post.

Why am I writing for Wild Basin Lodge?  Well, during our rehearsal the day before the wedding, Christina (Wild Basin manager-planner-dress bustler-mom wrangler-emergency shirt ironer extraordinaire) and I got to chatting.  She then realized I’m a teacher.  This was inevitable, since teachers LOVE to talk about teaching.  This means I have a surplus of time on my hands. For about 9 weeks out of the year I am able pursue interests other than my 4th & 5th graders.  The Lodge needed a bit of help, and I was more than willing to jump on board.  Now, to be honest, I’m historically more of a gawker than a “poster” when it comes to social media, but I’m always up for a challenge.  Hence, my summer adventure.  Going behind the scenes at WBL.

My first instinct was to ask, “What would I have benefitted from ten months ago as a busy bride?”  The answer: A clone of myself to plan the wedding while I was at work.  To scour the internet for vendors. Then email them each of my 392 questions. To search Pinterest for the perfect favor ideas, and get to those dress fitting appointments while I was occupied by my nine-to-five.

Alas, I’m not a clone, but I will earnestly attempt to bring you the research results you need to make the planning process a bit easier.

If you’re not already doing so, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest. Get the latest and greatest on what I discover out there in the massive tangle of interwebs.

Upcoming Bridal Blog

Naturally, this leads me to the first blog series: Wild Basin Wanderlust.  In the coming weeks, check back here to read about some of our favorite vendors.  From flowers to cupcakes, massages to outdoor lighting, we’ve got you covered.  I’ll be personally visiting many of our vendors for an insider’s look at the best of the best surrounding Wild Basin Lodge.  Any time you feel like posting a photo, commenting, or sharing a link, please do!  The whole purpose is to help other brides (and grooms!) streamline the vendor search process.

A presto! (Until the next time!)

-Courtney

Our Engagement Story: Ashley & Kara

Kara and Ashley have TWO engagement stories!

They each proposed to the other on separate occasions.

Ashley proposed to Kara first, at Cheeseman Park in Denver – a favorite summer time hang spot of theirs. Ashley told Kara that they were attending a fancy dinner at a friend’s house that night (to encourage cute outfit choices). On the way to “dinner”, they had to “pick up a friend at the park to give her a ride to the dinner.”  Upon arrival the park, Ashley walked with Kara up to the famous, beautiful pillars at the park. While walking up, Kara assured Ashley that they were certainly going to be mugged at the dark park. Ashley had to point out the flower pedals, candles and the lovely song by one of our favorite artist playing in the background. Kara immediately was brought to tears and simultaneously realized we were in fact NOT going to be mugged but were going to get engaged.

Ashley dropped to one knee, rambled some sweet words, and asked Kara to be her wife.

Through tears and the biggest smile, Kara said yes! Ashley had friends hiding (who helped with the decorations and music) take photos to capture the moment!

One month later, Kara had a trick up her sleeve to ask Ashley to be her wife. Kara had actually planned this far before Ashley even proposed.

For some background, Ashley is pretty sure she is or has once been or will eventually be a mermaid. No joke.

Kara coordinated with two best friends who told Ashley we were going to the Denver Aquarium to watch the mermaid show for said friend’s birthday. Ashley was 0% suspicious because it seemed like something this friend would 100% want to do for her 32nd birthday. Along with about 34 toddlers, Kara, Ashley and our two friends watched the mermaid show (which is really cute, and about recycling and keeping the oceans clean… you should all go see it).
At the end of the show, a scuba diver swam down with a special sign saying, “Ash, will you marry me too?” As the mermaids danced in the background. Ashley was shocked, and her only response was, “Is that for me?! Meeeee?!!”

Kara dropped to one knee, asked Ashley to marry her, and placed a gorgeous ring on Ashley’s finger. The aquarium staff was so excited about this surprise that the professional aquarium photography staff captured the moment!

“We are lucky to have had two amazing, beautiful, fun engagement stories!

We live to share these moments with anyone who will listen!!” ~Ashley & Kara

Perfect Wedding Songs

Choosing the perfect Wedding Songs for your special day can be tough and stressful. We are here to help pick the best songs for your special day.

Below is a list of the top 10 must-have songs to make your wedding night the most memorable.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xdyRsGOl6U

  1. Marry you – Bruno Mars

Although this might seem to be the most cliché song on the list, it truly does commemorate your significant day. Marry you brings not only life and rhythm to the dance floor, but it brings a heartwarming feeling to the bride and groom.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you. Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice? Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGJTaP6anOU

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Who else to bring to your wedding other than the famous and lovable King himself? This song gives the bride and groom to hold each other in their arms and realize that they can’t help falling in love with each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob7vObnFUJc

  1. Love On Top – Beyoncé

Love on top has an upbeat rhythm to it that will keep the party going all night.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Every time you touch me I just melt away.” “You’re the one I love, You’re the one I need. You’re the only one I see.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHTsc9PU2A

  1. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “There’s no need to complicate, our time is short. This is our fate, I’m yours.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is a man of love, so what better song to have playing during your special night? This song will touch the hearts of the guests when they look at the bride and groom as they hold each other close and dance as a married couple.

Lyrics you’ll love: “And darling I will be loving you ‘til we’re 70. And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1tzURKYFNs

  1. Adore you – Miley Cyrus

This song will show that the bride and groom were truly meant to be together “in holy matrimony.”

Lyrics you’ll love: “When you say you love me, Know I love you more. And when you say you need me, Know I need you more.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

This slow dance gives the bride and groom a chance to slow dance with each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “I have died everyday waiting for you. Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-MBfn8XjIU

  1. Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend

This song is very loving and sentimental, especially for a newlywed couple. It’s a perfect combination of pop and soul by these two amazing and inspiring artists.

Lyrics you’ll love: “So I’m gonna love you, like I’m gonna lose you. I’m gonna hold you, like I’m saying goodbye.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg

  1. Sugar – Maroon 5

Lyrics you’ll love: “I need your loving, loving, I need it now. When I’m without you, I’m something weak.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HL_8XRt5Xk

  1. Love on The Brain – Rihanna

Lyrics you’ll love: “No matter what I do, I’m no good without you.” “Don’t you stop loving me (loving me), Don’t quit loving me (loving me), Just start loving me (loving me).”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVUHWCynig

  1. Halo – Beyoncé

Lyrics you’ll love: “Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can feel your halo. You know you’re my saving grace.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkK8g6FMEXE

  1. I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Bring back the old times and through this song, the bride and groom will remember and cherish the memories they have already had together.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Don’t want to close my eyes. I don’t want to fall asleep, ‘cause I’d miss you baby, and I don’t want to miss a thing.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ukLUAyeew

  1. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

This song is another lovely country song with a message that will completely symbolize the bride and groom’s need for each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re more than a lover. There could never be another to make me feel the way you do.” “I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me. Life with you makes perfect sense.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfmkgQRmmeE

  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Lyrics you’ll love: “Our hearts a-thumping. And you, my brown-eyed girl. You, my brown eyed girl.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FjRyV-Mqh4

  1. Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

Lyrics you’ll love: “That you make me smile, please, stay for a while now. Just take your time wherever you go.” “You give me feelings that I adore.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf_gPZSDIxI

  1. Clumsy – Fergie

Lyrics you’ll love: “Can’t breathe, when you touch my sleeve. Butterflies so crazy.” “Clumsy ‘cause I’m fallin’ in love (in love), So in love with you.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1-4u9W-bns

  1. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “Well I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough. I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a–Ng

  1. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Lyrics you’ll love: “No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do, to make you feel my love.” “I could make you happy. Make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn’t do. Go to the ends of the Earth for you, to make you feel my love.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqZmJ7RGAP4

  1. Baby I Love you – The Ramones

Lyrics you’ll love: “I can’t live without you, I love everything about you.” “Oh, I’m so glad I found you, I want my arms around you. I love to hear you call my name.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT1taJStGOk

  1. Remedy – Adele

This song is just another one of Adele’s irresistible love ballads.

Lyrics you’ll love: “No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you.” “Your love, it is my truth. And I will always love you, love you

Our Engagement Story - Alex & Holly

How He Asked

Alex and Holly frequently visit a large local park.  This park has a fenced dog park and endless views of pine trees. It just also happens to be beautifully set directly in front of the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains, a beautiful pond stocked with fish and to top it off; a gazebo and fountain. Alex and Holly go to this park almost every weekend in the summer with their two dogs, Snickers and Maggie. Alex came up with the idea to propose at the park. The was to drop on one knee in the middle of the gazebo, using the fountain and mountain background setting, which would be perfect for pictures. Alex thought he had it all figured out and since they were at the park so often, Holly wouldn’t expect proposal….

The Big Day

The big day rolled around, but before leaving Alex had to find a way to stealthily hide the ring in a pants pocket. Alex, Holly, and the dogs went about their normal routine as they entered the park. They took a lap around the dog park; so the dogs could play off-leash. Then they all explored the pond. This is where they both hoped Maggie would learn how to swim. As they got to the pond, they took Maggie off-leash and allowed her to jump around in the water. Meanwhile, some other folks and their golden retriever were also at the pond and playing fetch with a ball.  Maggie saw the ball and quickly became enamored. It was now her life’s goal to retrieve that ball. Alex and Holly expected Maggie, who is half-retriever,  to become an above average or even strong swimmer like most retrievers are. Little did they know Maggie about to almost spoil the big moment for Alex….

Oh no, Maggie

Just then the random dog owners threw the ball for their pup into the pond. Maggie tore into the water with reckless abandonment in an attempt to retrieve it. There were two problems with this. Maggie had never so gone deep. She always stayed where her feet could touch the bottom. She also rarely retrieves anything unless it’s food. As soon as Maggie got into “the deep end”, she quickly scrambled on top of a large rock in the pond. She sat, looking terrified and unsure what to do. Then, she fell in. It was a head first plunge into the water, as her back legs and butt stayed on the rock. Alex and Holly were literally watching their puppy drown. At that moment, Alex began to empty his pockets, including the ring, in an attempt to save the hapless canine. Luckily for everyone, Maggie fell completely in and got her head and frightened eyes above water. She was able to make her way back to the safety of land. The proposal was nearly ruined by a retriever mix that is awful at retrieving and even worse at swimming.

Wait For It…

As Alex and Holly walked their wet and terrified puppy, Alex observed the Gazebo was full of random people doing random things. Not wanting this family of randoms to ruin the moment, Alex found a secluded park bench where he convinced Holly she should sit with the dog for a picture. As Holly posed with her pup, Alex dropped to one knee and presented the ring. Holly was (not so) surprised and immediately said yes!

They loaded up the dogs and headed to their favorite local brewery, where Alex had a group of friends ready to surprise Holly. Holly was convinced their friends just happened to be out at the brewery, but as more showed up, she realized it was all part of the plan. It was a great ending to a perfect morning, one which was almost spoiled by a 50-pound Labradoodle-mix.