Will You Marry Me? Two Unique Surprise Proposals - Denver Wedding Photographer

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!)

Enjoy!!!

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A Donovan Pavilion Wedding - Vail, Colorado

Finally I am back to blogging after a very busy summer and fall! You know how there are weddings where there isn't a dry eye in the house?  Well, this is NOT one of them.  Let me elaborate - with this wedding - THERE WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT!

Meet Kyle and Erica.  I knew upon meeting Kyle and Erica that I would be laughing all day long with them and wondering if I should take anything Kyle said seriously.  He was *that* funny!  And, when they revealed that when they would be pronounced husband and wife, they were going to be doing Irish Car Bomb shots - I knew that I had to photograph this wedding!  I honestly loved the light-hearted hilariousness that ensued all day!

Enjoy!

 

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Venue:  Donovan Pavilion   Wedding Planner:  Johnna with Distinctive Mountain Events

A Boulder Engagement Session - Denver Photographer

  Meet Gaby and Mike!  Aren't they great together?

Enjoy!

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A Castle Pines Country Club Engagement Session - Denver Photographer

Meet Sarah and Joey and check out these beautiful views from the Country Club at Castle Pines!  It was a perfect Colorado afternoon for this session!  We had some great laughs and both Sarah and Joey were so comfortable in front of the camera - can't wait until the wedding day at the amazing Broadmoor!

Enjoy!

 

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A Wash Park Engagement Session - Denver Photographer

  Meet Jennie and Kent!  Kent surprised Jennie one night during one of their nightly dog walks at Wash Park.  He went to the park earlier in the day with chalk and wrote out their initials and a big heart on a path somewhat secluded from the main road.  Jennie was completely surprised to see their initials on the path when they came across it and was thrilled when Kent then went down on bended knee!  How romantic!

Enjoy!  Can't wait until your wedding in September!

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Wedding Albums - Coming Full Circle - Denver, Colorado

Whew!  I can't believe it - but I am done for the year!  All my wonderful clients have come through before deadlines and all wedding albums have been ordered, photo shoots delivered and every wedding backed up! I recently delivered this gorgeous wedding album and it was fun to see the pure joy on my client's face when she looked through it, reliving and relishing those moments from her wedding day.  It really is an honor to become a witness and official "recordkeeper" of these amazing days in people's lives.  The experience of coming full circle - from planning months in advance, to photographing the wedding day, editing and post-production and then starting a whole entirely different creative experience to delivery of a keepsake that will be loved for generations to come is nothing short of amazing.

After she went home and showed her husband their wedding album, I received a text saying "Thank you for meeting today!  I LOVE our wedding book!  You're so incredibly talented...thank you so much for sharing your magic with us".  I'm the lucky one.

Enjoy!

A Recent Favorite - Leslee and Juan at Crooked Willow Farms - Larkspur, Colorado

Here is a recent image from a wedding at one of my favorite venues, Crooked Willow Farms.  We stole a few moments away from the reception while guests were enjoying their meal to capture some really beautiful shots at sunset.  Crooked Willow Farms is a perfect venue for a wedding - offering that rustic charm, lots of space and privacy and tons of different locations for photos! Enjoy!

A Recent Favorite - Lauren and Bret's Castle Pines Country Club Wedding - Castle Rock, Colorado

  It doesn't look 25 degrees in this photo, does it?  On October 6th we had a deep freeze!  I can't remember the last time I photographed in freezing rain!  Anyway, Lauren and Bret were complete and total troopers!!!  The lighting was amazing and they braved the cold to do photos of their "first look" outside.  I am forever grateful - this image (one of many) was simply divine!

Enjoy!

A Recent Favorite - Chris and Erin's Wedding, Golden, Colorado

  I sure need to catch up on my blogging!  Here is a recent favorite from Chris and Erin's wedding in Golden.  I loved this cute, red barn!

 

Downtown Denver Engagement Session - Denver, Colorado

  Meet Sarah and Brendan!  We got right down to some fun starting at Commons Park and continuing on walking and exploring different parts of the Platte River and surrounding areas.  I loved Sarah's bright dress and knew we should head over by Elitches to check out the murals under Speer Boulevard.  I was quite happy and they were quite playful!!  Both Sarah and Brendan were into having fun and being spontaneous and, honestly - that's when the best photos happen - unplanned and relaxed!

Enjoy!

Wedding Tip #1 - Knowing What Time the Sun Goes Down on Your Wedding Day - Denver Wedding Photographer

  I thought it would be a good idea to offer some helpful wedding photography tips to planning brides and grooms.  So, here we go!

I'm a huge fan of variety - in lighting and locations!  The more variety in both, the better!  So, when helping a bride plan her timeline for the day, I research what time sunset will be and let her know.  I suggest taking the bride and groom out of the reception to do some fun and relaxed portraits during sunset or the magic hour - which is right after sunset but before it gets completely dark.

Enjoy this beautiful sunset from a wedding in Steamboat Springs!

 

A Downtown Denver Engagement Session - Byron White United States Courthouse, Denver, Colorado

Meet Tiffany and Kevin.  We had a super fun engagement session all over Lodo.  We started at the Byron White Courthouse on Stout Street - had a quick cocktail at Harry's Bar in the Magnolia Hotel and then headed to Larimer Square and ended up at the Corner Office Famous yellow wall.  You know you are having fun when at the end of the session, your couple does the Worm!  Yeah!

Enjoy!

 

An Evergreen Engagement Session - Evergreen, Colorado

First, I am reading "Eat, Pray, Love" again.  I love that book!  It has nothing to do with being engaged, but it does have everything to do with writing the most luscious sentences that flow every so lovingly together, Elizabeth Gilbert has a way with words!  I shall make a meager attempt now....if nothing else, this shall make us both laugh! Meet Lauren, an actress and Bret - her soulmate.   How do I know?  Well, after watching people and studying them and waiting for moments to happen- seeing expressions on faces, loving gestures, a smile with just the eyes - and, let us not forget a "deep, hot stare" - I think I know.   The looks they gave each other could melt steel.

On to the photos - it's clear I must take an official writing class of some sort - or keep reading "Eat, Pray, Love"

Enjoy!

 

A Golden Engagement Session - Golden, Colorado

  Meet Erin and Chris!  I met Erin when I did my Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica.  They are the perfect Colorado couple - they love the outdoors!  Erin has a thing for heart rocks and, of course, we had to look for one during the session - low and behold, Chris found one and he gave Erin his "heart"...I love these two!

Can't wait for your wedding!

Enjoy!

 

A Wedding at Cheyenne Mountain Resort - Colorado Springs, Colorado

  Meet Amy and David!  They recently had their wedding at the lovely Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs.  They both had such a great sense of humor and had us laughing all day long!

Enjoy!

 

Yoga Meets Nascar - Denver Engagement Session

Things that compliment each other - like Yin and Yang, Sun and Moon, Peanut Butter and Chocolate and Yoga and Nascar - wait a minute?  Whaaat?

Meet Colleen and Joe - one of the loveliest couples!  Colleen and I hit it off right away - we talked about yoga and how it has impacted our lives - in a way, we were soul sisters.  Joe loved his truck and wanted his pride and joy somehow incorporated into the engagement session - the photo you see is how it evolved - Joe with his truck and Colleen with her yoga melding perfectly together in this setting of scenic Colorado.

Enjoy!

 

University of Colorado, Boulder - Boulder Engagement Session

Meet Leslee and Juan - alumni of University of Colorado, Boulder.  We had fun walking around the campus and we laughed pretty hard at some of the stories from their school days.

Enjoy!

Cute and Clever....Wedding Ideas - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I recently photographed a wonderful wedding at the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club - it's such a lovely venue for weddings! When selecting ties for the guys, my client Sarah had this wonderful idea of having each groomsmen (along with her Groom) wear a different tie - the only requirement is that it had to be blue!  What a cute and clever way to mix it up!

Enjoy!

A Crooked Willow Farms Wedding - Larkspur, Colorado

  Meet Kate and Matthew - they had a beautiful fall wedding at Crooked Willow Farms!

Their day was filled with laughter, tears, hilarious moments and lots of love!

Enjoy!

Venue:  Crooked Willow Farms, Wedding Planner:  Table 6 Productions, Florist:  Plum Sage Flowers

A Denver Engagement Session - Denver Country Club

  Meet Brooke and Patrick!  We did a quick shoot at the Denver Country Club one evening!

Enjoy!