A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner - Sarah and Joey at the Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I absolutely love photographing Wedding Rehearsal Dinners!  This gives me a chance to meet the bride and groom's immediate and extended families, the wedding party and - most of the time - the wedding officiant.  I get to put names, faces and relationships together along with the fact that both families and the wedding party do get to know me a little bit.  It helps provide an extra level of comfort and enjoyment for everyone on the wedding day!

Here are a few photos from Sarah and Joey's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner at the Broadmoor:

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A Broadmoor Wedding - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Denver Photographer

Meet Caley and Jesse - they had a wonderful wedding at the Broadmoor! Right before their sparkler exit, we had a little fun with the sparklers!

Congratulations!

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A Wedding at Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Colorado - Denver Wedding Photographer

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! planet-bluegrass-wedding-01 planet-bluegrass-wedding-02 planet-bluegrass-wedding-03 planet-bluegrass-wedding-05 planet-bluegrass-wedding-04 planet-bluegrass-wedding-06 planet-bluegrass-wedding-07   Wedding Style and Design (they plan EVERYTHING!):  Ashley Nicole Events

What Happens at a Wedding Menu Tasting? Denver Photographer

So, you are planning your wedding and you realize about 1 million details need to be decided upon.  One of the most important factors, next to photography (of course!!!) is the wedding menu.  Where to begin?  Well, if you are getting married at the Broadmoor, about half of your worries will suddenly disappear.  I was recently invited to a tasting and I don't get to see this part of the planning for weddings, so I was eager to get schooled.  I ended up arriving at the dessert and late-night snack portion of the tasting.  Tastings can last up to 3 hours - Yes - 3 hours.  Can you imagine eating for 3 hours?   I was so impressed by the Broadmoor's entire presentation, attention to detail, the service, the food and how they treat their guests.  The chef even came out and met with the everyone and all the food details were discussed.  I sat there in awe of the knowledge of the catering manager and I couldn't believe my ears when I heard her say "do you have a recipe for that, we'd be happy to make this item directly from your recipe".  I mean, seriously - who does that?  Well, now you know. Enjoy!!!

 

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One-of-a-Kind Wedding Album - Colorado Wedding Photographer

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 16x8 album that opens TOP TO BOTTOM, not like a regular album (most albums open like a book).  Once the album is opened, it's 16x16 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.

Enjoy!

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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 Wedding at The Country Club at Castle Pines - Castle Rock, CO

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!

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 Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek Wedding - Denver Photographer

Meet Erika and Mike.  You know when the wedding guests do "the Wave" while waiting for the ceremony to begin - you are in for a fun wedding!  Erika and Mike had a perfect wedding:  amazing weather, beautiful surroundings, love, laughter, some tears and most of all:  a rocking good time surrounded by the people they love!  I can't really ever remember a wedding where I wanted to dance along with everyone, it was so much fun to capture! Enjoy!

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Wedding Planner:  The fabulous Jenifer Hammond of I Do Weddings and Events, Venue:  Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek/Avon

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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A Denver Botanic Garden Wedding - Denver Wedding Photographer

I don't know about you, but when I go shopping for a card, I have to read ALL the cards to make sure the one I pick transmits the exact feeling that I am feeling for the receiver of the card.  I go thru all the cards and if I don't find one that is PERFECT, I keep searching even if it means leaving the store empty handed.  I'm feeling the same thing about my blog posts lately.  I can tell you about how amazing each wedding day was, how much fun we had, how the day was magical.  But, in all honesty, every wedding has a bit of fairy dust sprinkled on it.  What I would like to convey more in my writings is how IMPORTANT and AMAZING love is.....The Feeling of IT - What it communicates to you and me and the world around us.  Love is INSPIRING.  So, I'll probably be quoting more love poems and quotes than actually writing about what happened at the wedding (and how awesome my clients are - everyone knows THAT already!!)

"There are four questions of value in life....What is sacred?  Of what is the spirit made?  What is worth living for?  What is worth dying for?  The answer to each is the SAME.  Only LOVE."  - Johnny Depp

Enjoy!

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Venue:  Denver Botanic Gardens, Tesunori Kawana, Stephen Talasnik

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  “They told me that to make her fall in love, I had to make her laugh.  But everytime she laughs, I’m the one who falls in love." - Tommaso Ferraris

Meet Colleen and Joe.   I think the quote above fits them to a T.

Enjoy!

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Wedding Design and Coordination by:  Jessica Horvath Colorado Weddings by Design

Florals by:  The Perfect Petal                    Venue:  Denver Botanic Gardens

 

 

A Steamboat Springs Wedding - Fetcher Barn - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Meet Jessica and Matt! They had their wedding at one of my favorite spots in Steamboat Springs, Fetcher Barn!  The venue is surrounded by the most amazing Colorado scenery!

Enjoy!

 

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A Steamboat Springs Wedding - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Meet Liz and Adam! This wedding was a perfect fit for Steamboat Springs - laid back and fun!  The entire wedding gallery and guests had US laughing all day long!  After the dancing began, we snuck out to take a few photos during an amazing sunset!

Enjoy!

 

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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!