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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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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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 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 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 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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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!

Grace St. Stephens Church and Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge Wedding - Colorado Springs, Colorado

  Meet Patterson and Patrick!  They had a stunning wedding at Grace St. Stephens Church and a beautiful reception at Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge.  In addition to Patterson and Patrick being so kind, fun and gracious, there were so many things I loved about this wedding!  Their first look was so emotional - I don't even think they were prepared for the tears as no one (not even us) had anything handy to dry the tears that flowed!   Patrick and his niece Izzy had the cutest matching dimples!!  And, I loved how close Patterson was to all of her girlfriends!  The handkerchief had each of her girlfriend's initials and wedding date embroidered on it - accompanying each new bride/friend down the aisle on each of their own wedding days!

Enjoy!

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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 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!

 

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 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 Denver Wedding - The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

  I love shooting at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception - the architecture is simply stunning!

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 Crooked Willow Farms Wedding - Larkspur, Colorado Part 1

  Meet Tamra and Matt!  What a wedding!  The energy and love that surrounded Tamra and Matt was incredible!

Enjoy!

Venue:  Crooked Willow Farms   Coordinator:  Nicole with Table 6 Productions   Florist:  Newberry Brothers    Stylist:  Kori Schell

 

A Boulder Engagement Session

  Meet Tamra and Matt!  Sometimes one look just sums it all up into one word.

Enjoy!

 

A Modern and Traditional Tea Ceremony - Denver, Colorado

I hope you like magnificent colors!  Meet Caroline and Karng!  We decided to pull this wedding out of the wedding archives because not only is it one of our favorites, but the colors and traditional accents are amazing!  For a complete description of the events taking place, here is a link to view:  Traditional Tea Ceremony.

We first started at Caroline's house where she was getting ready.  Karng and his were family were lined up outside, with Karng in front with his parents - waiting to receive the bride, presenting gifts and seeking permission to greet the bride (when the actual ceremony begins).  Caroline came down the stairs and accepted Karng's gift (a bouquet) and they were presented to the altar of ancestors, asking permission to bless them. After the ceremony at Caroline's house, we then went to Karng's house for another tea ceremony.  Traditionally fruit, cakes, roasted pig and other items are presented.  After this second ceremony, we then proceeded to go downtown for a few fun portraits and then to the reception where Caroline and Karng shared a toast with each table.

Enjoy!

 

A Boulder Engagement Session Favorite!

This is from a session a while ago, however I just love the look and feel of it!

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!