Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand - Mark Twain
Meet the wonderful Sarah and Trevor! They planned a fun mountain wedding at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Vail assisted by Taylor of Frosted Pink Weddings. If you know Sarah and Trevor, the day started with casually easing in to the wedding preparation and with lots of laughing! Little did I know what fun lay ahead - that would be part 2 of the wedding, coming up in another post! Enjoy - and keep on laughing!
Here's a pretty funny photo from a recent wedding at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs...too cute!
Sometimes I get requests to do a "jumping" photo, however there always seems to be one person who is slightly off...see what I mean? (Haha).
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!
What an amazing and insightful year 2012 was! Here are a few images from the year - so many photos taken and so many beautiful weddings, brides, grooms and families that we were lucky to meet this year! It was hard to choose these images just in the fact that there are so many wonderful parts to a wedding - the families and friends who gather to celebrate, sometimes from thousands of miles away - the beloveds that we give our hearts, our minds and our commitments to, and let's not forget the dancing and the food and the love! Weddings are truly amazing!
I haven't gotten to blog about half of my weddings from this year - stay tuned, enjoy and there is more to come!
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.
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!
When I'm not on high alert photographing weddings, I like to stop, take a deep breath and look around for interesting objects. Recently I photographed three Steamboat Springs weddings in a row - that is a lot of driving! As we journeyed through Colorado, I noticed an area I really wanted to explore and made a mental note of it. The following weekend when we drove through, we allotted time to pull off for just 30 minutes so that I could do just that - explore - of course with a camera in my hand! The water was low and there were so many beautiful things to photograph! Of course, I mixed in a few random photos from Steamboat as well (who can resist horses along a fence in the countryside?).
Doing a bit of personal work really is rejuvenating, even though they are random snapshots!
While in Steamboat Springs for a wedding, my second photographer and I decided to hit Strawberry Hot Springs for a leisurely soak. What luck to be soaking in such a beautiful setting when a stunning rainbow appeared - and then, to our amazement - it became a double! Nature is truly astonishing!
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!
Meet Katie and Matt! Katie and I hit it off right away when we met - she told me a hilarious story about how she used to be a Jazzercise instructor and upon the first time meeting his family, Matt asked her to teach a Jazzercise class to his whole family! How cute is that?
Garden of the Gods Club has the most amazing view, it's easily one of the most beautiful views a venue could have! Stacy of Alexan Events expertly designed and coordinated the wedding and, truth-be-told, designed one of the most interesting salad bars we have ever seen! During the reception, the band never took a break and everyone literally was dancing right up until Katie and Matt departed! What a day of celebration!
Meet Mary and Dan!
Mary loves horses and all animals and Dan is an avid outdoorsman! It's easy to see that they are made for each other! The perfect setting for their wedding was Crooked Willow Farms, with rolling hills as an amazing back drop, surrounded by the things they love (two footed and four footed alike)! Mary's Mom had the family bible on hand and also the veil she wore at her own wedding. It was family tradition to pose by the 1941 Packard Ambulance that has been in the family for many years!
Meet Amy and David! They are planning a wonderful wedding in June of this year at Cheyenne Mountain Resort! First, they are completely smitten with each other! Second, looks like they have a "friendly" rivalry going on between them and their favorite basketball teams the Houston Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. All I can say is, by the look of the photo, they are SERIOUS and I am Switzerland!
Meet Lindsay and Andy!
I can't even begin to tell you what a fun couple Lindsay and Andy are - I should just let the photos do the talking! They had local band Opie Gone Bad perform and Lindsay's father is a serious harmonica player! He got up on stage and did a few songs with them - it was very cool! The weather was touch and go for a while, but a smile never left Lindsay's face! I loved their bright colors (inspired by New Orleans) and, who has a daiquiri machine at a wedding anyway? That was a first! We had such a great time with them!