Meet Gaby and Mike! These two had the most delightful wedding at Planet Bluegrass. We’re so thrilled to report that their wedding will be featured in an upcoming Colorado Real Weddings issue by the Knot! Enjoy! Wedding Style and Design (they plan EVERYTHING!): Ashley Nicole Events
Meet Kate and Joe! One of the first things I recall about meeting Kate was thinking “wow, we are going to be good friends”. Kate was kind, funny and very relaxed about her wedding. In fact, so relaxed and fun that I noticed everyone that she came into contact with said the same thing about Kate – that they considered her not only a client, but a friend.
Kate loved the movie Mama Mia and so she brought in many accents from the movie to her wedding day including some yummy Limoncello at her reception. They wanted their guests to see all the beauty that Colorado had to offer, so choosing the Garden of the Gods Club was an easy choice. Deer frequently walk thru the property and you can’t beat the view.
Wedding Planning and Coordination: The amazing Stephany with SK Events
Florals by Twigs and Posies
Friends Do Let Friends…….Colorado PhotographerJune 6, 2014
I remember meeting Laura – oh, a really long time ago! I was shooting weddings with FILM, yes – that long ago.
We became photo friends – we talked photography, we competed for the same business, we were sounding boards in a business that had no YouTube videos and no on-line forums like there are today. We grew, together. Now, what does a friend do when she needs a headshot? She phones home (haha, I had to)….
Anyway, since Laura has 3 kids now, we don’t see each other as often as we’d like to – but, when we do – it’s like coming home. We pick up right where we left off.
So, friends do let friends photograph each other! My headshot will be coming next! Stay tuned….
One thing that you learn in the business of weddings is that each wedding is truly unique! I know that sounds like a total cliche’, but it’s so very true! Little did I know that I would be hearing Arrested Development quotes here and there (and even witness a chicken dance), it was quickly revealed that the bridal party was full of entertainment! Not only were they hilarious and fun – but breaking into random quotes and songs was par for the wedding day course! We loved it!
Sarah and David were surrounded by emotional and touching moments with their closest friends and family but also great moments of fun and silliness! What more could you ask for on your wedding day? We had a blast! Thanks for having us there!
A Wedding Weekend in Colorado – Rehearsal Dinner at Tamayo for Starters – Denver Wedding PhotographerJune 2, 2014
Colorado has been a destination wedding spot for many years – blending a scenic urban location and the great outdoors. You can literally drive 30 minutes outside of downtown Denver and see wildlife and be surrounded in nature. Many of my clients have either grown up here, attended college and met their significant others here or have wonderful memories of family vacations here.
Sarah and David planned their wedding weekend from afar and decided to begin their weekend festivities with great family, friends and great food at Tamayo. I love photographing rehearsal dinners for many reasons – however, most significantly, I just love seeing family and friends come from far away places to be reunited with the ones they care for! I love seeing people catch up with each other, reconnect and, of course – the hugs!
One of my favorite things to do is create one-of-a-kind keepsakes and wedding albums are a perfect example of a such an item. One might think this is an easy task, however I equate designing all the elements of a wedding album an entirely new and challenging creative process. There are so many things to take into consideration and, after your wedding day has come and gone – how will you tell your wedding day story? Usually this is with a select handful of images. Your favorites, the ones that make you relive the day. You know what I’m talking about: all the hugs, love, support, laughter, tears, admiration and pure joy that you felt on that very day.
My specific goal is to have the viewer feel like they were there – the images from start to finish must flow naturally and organically. It must never feel forced. I usually encourage my clients to select the images for their album, however I also do encourage them to let me do the selections as well – after all, I was there. I remember the conversations happening around me, the laughter, the emotions and, most of all – the good vibes! Once the images have been selected, a design is created based upon those selections. Images are added or edited out to allow for a story to unfold.
The next important detail is the actual album! You wouldn’t believe what album companies offer these days! The possibilities are endless: photographic or museum quality papers?, hand-tooled leather or vegan?, square or landscape?, embossed cover or photo cover?, metal cover, wood cover, canvas cover or acrylic? There are hand stitched, hand-ripped pages, gold-leaf, organic….the possibilities are impressive! Sometimes I even get overwhelmed with the options!
Below is a wedding album that is completely unique. It’s a 16×8 album that opens TOP TO BOTTOM, not like a regular album (most albums open like a book). Once the album is opened, it’s 16×16 square. The paper in this album is a metallic paper. What is that, you ask? It’s a high gloss, high contrast, ultra shiny and super saturated paper. There is nothing really out there on the market like this paper. It’s stunning and I only wish it wasn’t so hard to photograph! The cover is an acrylic “glass” looking material and the photo underneath is also printed on metallic paper. The colors are really amazing. The leather is a hand-tooled leather with a creative and original pattern. Okay, see for yourself below and my hope these images speak for themselves! I really had a hard time parting with this album, but I know my clients will love it and it will be here for many generations.
How Long Does it Take to Fall in Love?March 22, 2014
Well, it’s been a little over a year, actually 54 weeks to be exact, since I met Elliott. Elliott is a cute, little terrier mix that I fostered from a rescue – well, 54 weeks ago. There was an urgent call for fosters on a Facebook Page of a rescue that I like – Life is Better - and since I had fostered before, I thought “why not save a life?”. I wasn’t looking for a dog quite yet (yeah, right) since I lost my buddy Quinn in June of 2012.
I sent the email and was told to pick up my foster dog directly from the Denver Animal Shelter. “Oh, geez”, I thought. I avoid that place like no one’s business. Just the thought of what goes on there makes my heart break! “Okay”, I thought. Here we go. We are just going there to pick up a doggie and we will be out of there. So, off I went not really knowing anything about the dog I was about to meet – just that it was a small dog. I met the Rescue Coordinator there and she brought out Elliott. He was a cute, little scruffy terrier that couldn’t have weighed more than 12 pounds. He hung his head down low and just went where the leash pulled him. His tail was between his legs, he was terrified. This really broke my heart. I cleared my calendar the day before so I could spend some time with Elliott and get him settled in and used to his new (and temporary – ha) surroundings. I was really glad that I had done that, this dog really needed some love and compassion. We loaded a crate into my car with some dog food and a plastic leash and off we went. Elliott was very scared and kept squealing and crying all the way to my house. Once I got him in the house and settled, he paced from window to window, looking for what, I’m not sure. He did this for hours, poor guy. I took him outside, hoping he’d really like the feel of the grass and the generous 1/3 acre that I live on. Nope, he took timid steps and would not relieve himself no matter how many times we went outside.
He still would not come near me after the first 3 hours. He was terrified of being touched and certainly would not even entertain the thought of being held or cuddled. He looked at me with the expression of worry, fear and distrust. After 5 hours, I managed to coax him close enough to grab his collar and put him on his back on my lap and just started to lightly tap his chest. He fell asleep. Finally, a small step for us in the trust department. I sat there silently wondering what had been done to this adorable dog. Later that night, Elliott liked to be near me, but not near enough to touch or anything. I went to bed and he paced and paced and paced. I have hardwood floors, so within a few minutes, I knew I would not be sleeping unless this dog was on the bed. So, I got up, and he let me approach him and I picked him up! He actually snuggled into my side and we fell asleep. I guess the rest is history!
I later found out that he was an owner surrender. I also came to my own conclusions about Elliott. He was severely abused. I believe someone kicked him and hit him. For months he ducked at my feet when he would get tangled in the leash. He did not know how to walk on a leash and he was scared of everything and everyone we would come across. Bicycles terrified him. People coming up behind us terrified him. He did not really know what to think of other dogs. I thought often of what I would do or say to the person who had him before.
A few people were interested in adopting Elliott and something kept tugging at my heart about him. He did drive me crazy at times with his very VERY special needs, but I knew what he needed most was love and patience. We received over a foot of snow on the day that I was to take him to his adoption event. It was divine intervention. After that, I could not let this dog go. He challenged me and yet he looked at me with pure love. It was not an option to let him go, though I did contact the rescue a few times when I was at my wits end. Each time I told Elliott that he was on his last legs, he shaped up. Now, we’ve hit the most amazing groove. He has blossomed into a well adjusted yet quirky dog. He loves the dog park, hiking, running and especially car rides! I take him everywhere I go unless it’s too hot.
Some things that I’ve learned about Elly: He chases squirrels obsessively, loves tortilla chips, hates water or being wet, can easily sleep for 14 hours, loves wearing his bandanas, loves peanut butter, hates carrots and loves snuggling.
Thanks for reading about my little guy, Elliott (some of his other nicknames are Elly, Smellyiott, MiElly, Smells, EL). I know he would like to meet you one day!
First, I can’t tell you how fun photographing a surprise proposal is! Why? Well, because everything is a surprise! As a photographer, all of your senses and training come into play AT ONCE! You senses are peaked – you notice everything because you are on a covert mission to be sly and go unnoticed. Your skills must be honed and ready in a millisecond to record life changing moments in…A MOMENT! This all sounds very dramatic and IT IS! Photographing a surprise proposal is exhilarating!!
Second, it’s very exciting that capturing these surprise proposals have become so popular! What a fantastic gift to give your soon-to-be wife (or husband)!
Our first location was at the world famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre, where many flock to see the majestic rock formations that make this Ampitheatre a most memorable place to visit. A couple of facts about Red Rocks (I had NO idea!) that I found really cool: Red Rocks is geologically formed, so there is no other place like it in the world…and the park has been open since 1941! How cool is that?
Our second location was at the world renowned Broadmoor Hotel. A couple of fun facts about the Broadmoor is that this resort has been around since 1918! The Broadmoor has also been ranked by Forbes as 5 star hotel for 52 straight years. That is a pretty incredible feat and it’s no wonder – the hotel has beautiful artwork and a classic old world feel. Once you step foot on the grounds, you are well taken care of.
On to these fun images! I’ve mixed both proposals together for spontaneity!
Congratulations to JT and Anna and also to Ian and Kristina!! I wish you many happy lifetimes together!
(and, props to Anna who hiked up and down Red Rocks in the snow and ice for JT….and props to Kristina who braved 25 degrees to go on a romantic walk with Ian around the Broadmoor!)
Meet Lauren and Bret. Lauren sparkles and Bret adores her.
Mutual friends set them up and Lauren hilariously recalls “I almost didn’t go through with it but my Dad encouraged me to go meet Bret. When Bret opened the door, well – that was the end of that!”. Funny how those things happen!
We planned for some amazing portraits at The Country Club at Castle Pines because the views were so stunning. However, on their wedding day, the weather had other ideas. Unfortunately, we had freezing rain and very low temps, but Lauren and Bret were troopers and braved the elements for some stunning portraits!
A beautiful ceremony was officiated by Reverend Cynthia James from Mile Hi Church.
We continued to get lots of photo treats – Bret’s groomsmen performed acoustically and received lots of cheers and “bravos” but Lauren brought down the house with her rendition of “At Last” by Etta James! The entire venue roared with applause and too many “bravos” to count! Of course, Bret couldn’t take his eyes off of her the entire time!
Cheers (and many BRAVOS) to Lauren and Bret for a happy and everlasting marriage!