A Clear Creek History Park Wedding - Golden, Colorado

First, a poem!  I am always collecting words that inspire me and also make my heart feel full.  I love this one:

“In this world there is always one person waiting for another, be it in the middle of a desert or in the middle of a big city.

And when those people pass each other and their eyes meet, past and future lose all importance, and the only thing that exists is that moment and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun

was written by the same Hand, the Hand that awakens Love, and that makes a twin soul for everyone who works, rests and seeks treasure under the sun.

Without this our human dreams would make no sense.”

I first met Erin in Costa Rica!  She was my roommate when I went to Costa Rica to get my yoga certification.  We became quick pals and learned that we both collected heart rocks and had small collections from around the globe.  She talked a lot about her boyfriend, Chris and she was so excited because he was coming out to Costa Rica to meet up with her after the 30 day training ended.  We shared a few hilarious times together - briefly:  our other roommate who talked, laughed and yelled in her sleep (LOVE YOU, Francine!), being awoken at 2am by a huge hissing cockroach that somehow got inside her mosquito net, while using the bathroom, having a giant lizard fall from the ceiling almost on top of her head, and while walking back to our bungalow after dinner in the jungle (in pitch black darkness with only our headlamps) screaming at the top of our lungs when the property's dogs came trampling through the forest (and, on another walk home, screaming again when a horse appeared).  I could go on and on!  It was one of the best trips of my life and I was so fortunate to share it with Erin!

During the yoga training, Erin showed me a photo of Chris.  It was on her phone, so it was kinda small, but I could see he was a tall white guy with brown hair.  Fast forward to the day after yoga graduation.  We were leaving our jungle sanctuary to go into the nearest town to stay in a hostel for a few days and we were craving some major necessities:  namely chocolate, wine, sushi, french fries and beer (not necessarily in that order).  Erin was staying with us and was looking forward to having Chris meet us in town - a mere 5 hour bus ride from San Jose.  Unfortunately, Chris' flight was cancelled, which meant he also missed his connection.  Erin was frantically trying to reach him and get information but because he was trying to find other ways to get to Costa Rica, the communication between them was hit or miss.  Erin was so sad - she just wanted to see Chris so badly!  The day after he was set to arrive, she was hoping that he would magically show up.  It had been 24 hours since Chris was to have arrived in Costa Rica.  We spent the day at the beach, hoping that she would hear something soon!  Francine and I decided to go back to the hotel and on the way, passed a nearby bus stop.  There was this tall guy with brown hair kind of wandering aimlessly and I was thinking "I think that's Erin's boyfriend"...So, I said to Francine kind of loudly "Hey, doesn't that guy look like Erin's boyfriend?" and he heard me and ran over and said "Yes, I'm Erin's boyfriend - I haven't had any sleep yet and I went to the hostel and she isn't there - do you know where she is?".  I couldn't believe our luck!  I was so happy and especially so excited to see their reunion!  So, we led Chris to Erin on the beach and Erin ran up to him and jumped on him!

Okay, fast forward another 2 days and we saw Chris and Erin a few times, but they were doing their own thing.  And then...on the day that I left, I saw Erin and she said that Chris proposed!!

And here we are:

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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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A Westin Riverfront Resort Vail Wedding - Vail, Colorado - Denver Photographer Part 2 of 2

Here is Part 2 of Sarah and Trevor's wedding - the PHOTO BOOTH! We laughed all night long and it was so fun to edit these photos!!!  In fact, this is a whole spread in their wedding album - how could they not include these?  Thinking about a photo booth?  My advice is to do it!  They are so fun!

Enjoy!

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A Westin Riverfront Resort Vail Wedding - Vail, Colorado - Denver Photographer Part 1 of 2

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!

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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 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

A Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding - Denver, Colorado

  “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

 

 

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!

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A Breckenridge Wedding - Breckenridge, Colorado

  Meet Pamela and Steve - the had a wonderful wedding at Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge.  Pamela's father made the wedding arch and since Steve is a doctor, the Groom's cake was rather funny - anyone remember the board game "Operation"?  During the reception, a fox hung out and watched the festivities.

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 Four Seasons Wedding - LoDo, Denver, Colorado

Meet Jill and Dave - they had a wonderful wedding at the Four Seasons in LoDo!  Jill and Dave share the love for traveling far and wide, so each guest was given a copy of the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Suess.  Each book was placed on the seat of every chair and each table was named after a city or country that they had been to together or were going to visit on their honeymoon.  Dave made a hilarious comment during his welcome toast claiming the reason for the two of them departing from the church in a cab was actually how they met (he exiting a cab, she getting in the cab) and not that they forgot to arrange transportation to the wedding reception!

Enjoy!

Wedding Planner:  Heather Allen with Table 6 Productions

The Broadmoor Magazine

  The Broadmoor has decided to feature Lindsey and Michael's wedding in their "in house" magazine that they leave in every guest room!  We are super excited!

Enjoy!

 

A Wedding at the Four Seasons Vail - Vail, Colorado

  Meet Brooke and Patrick!  They had an intimate wedding at the Four Seasons in Vail.

Enjoy!

A Denver Engagement Session - Denver Country Club

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

Enjoy!

A Crooked Willow Farms Wedding - Larkspur, Colorado Part 2

  Just to be fair, I had to create a separate blog post on just the camels of Crooked Willow Farms.  They were so interested in Tamra and Matt and were almost like puppies!  It does look like Matt is having his hand munched on, but really I think it tickled!  No bride or groom was harmed in this sequence of photos!

Enjoy!

 

A Wedding at the Garden of the Gods Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  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!

Enjoy!

A Wedding at the Sanctuary Golf Course, Sedalia, Colorado

  Meet Sylwia and James!  I just can't tell you enough about how adorable they are - individually and together!  Sylwia shared with me that she would be about 6 months pregnant by the time her wedding day rolled around and that inside of their wedding cake, the baby's sex would be revealed when they cut the cake!  How is that for a surprise!   You could feel the anticipation throughout the day!  I think Sylwia had an inkling on sex, though - since she chose a wonderful bright fushia color for her wedding colors!  Call it mother's intuition?

Not a dry eye in the house as the cake was cut and the baby's sex was revealed (a GIRL)!  After the cake cutting, James said to me that THAT EXACT MOMENT when they learned the sex of the baby was the most exciting and memorable moment of his life!

Enjoy!

Adorable Modern Folios

  We love these!  Handmade with love by the artisans at Cypress Albums, these are elegant and modern!  Perfect for a window, office desk or bedroom - fill with family or children portraits, weddings or whatever strikes your fancy!

Enjoy!