About Us

Debbie Orwat

Creative Mastermind :: Fearless LeaderDebbie web

I started Save the Date Events in 2005 after becoming certified as a planner, working with other event planners and getting involved in the local events industry. One of the biggest reasons that we have built an incredible reputation at Save the Date Events is because we care so much. We care deeply about our clients and will do whatever it takes to create the event they have been dreaming of. Personally, I accept a very limited number of events per year so that I can also manage the business and marketing so that our team can focus solely on event planning and design.

A note from Debbie

I have been privileged to design weddings and special events at some of the most beautiful locations in Colorado. It is truly an honor to share this incredible time of celebration with our clients. I am passionate about events AND about Colorado. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I spend my free weekends visiting different mountain towns to hike, ski, climb and explore the local restaurants. I’m always scouting new wedding and event locations and take time every month to tour venues so that our team has the latest knowledge of Colorado venues, hotels and private homes. When I’m not working on events, hiking a mountain or skiing, I love to read, travel, hang out with my sidekick (i.e. my 5 year old daughter) and spend as much time as possible with my wonderful husband.

I tend to develop close relationships with my clients and have been known to shed a happy tear or two on the wedding day. I am always smiling ear-to-ear when a child walks into his or her birthday party that we helped plan and design. We all strive to go the extra mile to ensure your experience with Save the Date Events surpasses your expectations and dreams. Sure we spend a lot of time on design files, spreadsheets, vendors and production schedules but we are a friend, guide, and confidante first.

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Debbie’s Top Ten

Favorite Flower: Peonies and Ranunculus
Favorite City: Steamboat, Crested Butte, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck…hard to choose just one!
Favorite Blog: Hostess with the Mostess
Current Obsession: Cooking
Dream Vacation: a road trip to all of the National Parks in the US and Canada
Favorite Dessert: Creme Brulee
Starbucks Order: Soy Chai
Favorite Wedding Trend: Coffee and Cigar Bars
Can’t Live Without: Aside from family and friends, my iPad is an addiction
Favorite Hobby: Skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer

Amber Fairbanks

Event Designer :: Dream CreatorAmber Web

Amber previously coordinated weddings on her own and also worked as venue coordinator and event assistant at a prominent Colorado mountain venue. With many weddings under her belt and a great sense of event design, Amber has established herself as a premier wedding planner and designer at Save the Date Events. Her professionalism, attention to detail, style and warm personality are a true asset for her clients.

A note from Amber

I stand out as a planner because my job is more than a job to me…it’s my passion. My goal is always to deliver events that are fun, remarkable, and most importantly, completely personal for my clients. I feel lucky everyday to be able to throw my energy, creativity, expertise, and passion for design behind making sure that their story is told with every detail. And even though I fantasize about the world of weddings and events at nearly every waking moment, I admit to a few other loves in my life: food and wine; art and music; family and my cats; traveling and playing – all of which give me a joy in life that I’m proud to play out in this wonderful state of Colorado. I love being a part of this fabulous company and this amazing team. I can’t wait to meet the next special couple that wants help in planning their very special event.

Check out Amber’s recent weddings that she planned and designed:
Singletree Pavilion Wedding
Manor House Wedding
Ten Mile Station Wedding in Breckenridge
Denver Clocktower Wedding
Spruce Saddle Wedding in Beaver Creek
Crooked Willow Farms Wedding
Rustic Chevron Styled Shoot
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Amber’s Top Ten

Favorite Flower: Peonies and Poppies
Favorite City: Aix en Provence in southern France. A close second: NYC & Paris
Favorite Blog: Smitten Kitchen and Style Me Pretty
Current Obsession: Interior design — I blame Pintrest!
Dream Vacation: A month or so exploring Europe
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Starbucks Order: Tall nonfat chai with a petite vanilla bean scone
Favorite Wedding Trend: Daring brides
Can’t Live Without: My husband. He even beats out dark chocolate!
Favorite Hobby: Cooking

Brynn Swanson

Event Designer :: Dream CreatorBrynn web

Brynn has six years of wedding experience including previous work as a venue coordinator and extensive experience in event catering. Brynn is very knowledgeable about Denver wedding venues, local restaurants and mountain weddings. She has already established herself as a leader in the industry and is committed to providing a great planning experience for her clients. Brynn’s fun personality, organization skills and vendor connections are fantastic assets for her clients.

A note from Brynn…

What makes me different? Well a lot of wedding planners can recommend vendors and create timelines and spreadsheets that will make you go cross-eyed. I guess what sets me a part is my unique way of laughing through the planning process and connecting with my clients on a personal level. There are a lot of stressful moments and tedious tasks when it comes to planning, if you find the humor in every situation planning can be really fun! The joy of planning for me comes together when I fix the brides gown and look down the aisle to see the grooms reaction when he sees his bride for the first time, I seem to cry every time and I love it! I hope that my clients see me as a voice of reason, a valued resource, a creative genius, and last but not least a friend to laugh with. Weddings are a time of happiness and I think planning should be no different!

Check out Brynn’s recent weddings that she planned and designed:
Park Hyatt and Beaver Creek Wedding Deck Wedding
Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch Wedding
Intimate Elopement in Breckenridge
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding
Vail Wedding Deck and Donovan Pavilion Wedding
Hudson Gardens Wedding
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Brynn’s Top Ten

Favorite Flower: Ranunculus (which I sometimes call Redonkulous)
Favorite City: Vernazza, Italy where my husband proposed to me on a hike over looking the town
Favorite Blog: Style Me Pretty
Current Obsession: shoes of every kind
Dream Vacation: Backpacking through Australia and New Zealand
Favorite Dessert: Anything with chocolate
Starbucks Order: Soy Chai
Favorite Wedding Trend: Photobooths
Can’t Live Without: Cheese and wine
Favorite Hobby: Anything outdoors with my hubby and puppy dog

Gabriella Greenleaf

Event Designer :: Dream Creator

Gabby WebGabby started her own wedding and event planning company in Austin, Texas a year after graduating from Texas State University, where she got her degree in fashion and apparel merchandising. She moved to Denver shortly afterwards, met Debbie soon after and began her career at Save the Date Events in 2007. Gabby loves to follow fashion trends and especially enjoys Bridal Fashion Week each year showcasing all of the new gowns and accessories. An experienced wedding and event planner, Gabby is easy to work with, warm, enthusiastic, and very organized – the better to keep you and your event organized and running smoothly!

A note from Gabby…

I fell into the wedding industry when I was interning at Texas Weddings Magazine, organizing both bridal fashion shows and assisting with advertisement and marketing for the magazine. I had no idea how much I would grow to love weddings: they are an important life event joining two people and two families together, and are a whirlwind mixture of joy, love, and happiness (and a little bit of stress, but that’s what I’m here to help with!). I have been in the industry long enough to see trends come and go, to experience new and exciting tools to help our brides (Etsy! I can’t tell you how much I love Etsy!), and to know and understand the exhilaration that comes from a beautifully-planned wedding.

In December 2012 I had a little boy named Hudson, who we couldn’t possibly dote on anymore than we already do. My husband and I love spending time with our bundle of joy and with our other beloved, four-legged family member Murphy, a golden-lab mix. We also spend a lot of time acting as hosts to the constant stream of visitors from Austin (where our families mostly still live) – they can’t seem to get enough of this beautiful state!

Check out Gabby’s recent weddings that she planned and designed:
Manor House Wedding
Hudson Gardens Wedding

Gabby’s Top Ten
Flower: Peonies, Cabbage Roses, Garden Roses – full blooms and luscious scents!
Favorite City: My hometown, Austin
Favorite Blog: Style Me Pretty (and my secret obsession, Perez Hilton)
Current Obsession: Anything baby!
Dream Vacation: White sands and turquoise waters
Favorite Dessert: Traditional Texas sheet cake
Starbucks Order: Venti Earl Grey Tea Latte
Favorite Wedding Trend: Two gowns – one for ceremony, one for reception!
Can’t Live Without: My family, including my dog Murphy!
Favorite Hobby: Reading

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Special thanks to Amy Michelle Photography for our fabulous team photos on this page!

Thank you to the wonderful photographers who have provided images for this website from events we worked on together: Revert ImagingStudio JKAutumn BurkePaige ElizabethLola Elise Photography