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:
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
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!
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!
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!!!
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.