Amy & Travis had a gorgeous summer day for their Stonebrook Manor wedding in Thornton, Colorado. These two had such awesome personal touches in their wedding day. Travis loves racing cars, so Amy had a duplicate of his car made to put on their cake table. Amy’s cousin performed their sweet ceremony. Their wedding vows included references to Amy tolerating how much time Travis spent working on his car (the laughing photos from that included below). The groom and groomsmen all wore super hero shirts under their suits, and Amy’s garter featured Batman to match Travis’ super hero of choice.
I also have to make mention of how emotional and sentimental this wedding proved to be. Amy, her dad, and Travis were all shedding tears as her dad walked her down the aisle. Amy cried when she got a card from her soon to be hubby. Amy and her Dad both cried during their dance. Basically, a wedding photographer’s dream (because I seriously love people who cry and show emotion during weddings.)
Amy got her gorgeous dress with sweetheart neckline from Brilliant Bridal in Denver. Goldmine Cupcakes provided the cake and cupcakes (and ohhh man those cupcakes were delicious). Amy Smith worked her magic on Amy’s hair and makeup. Everything else was very DIY…Amy even made her own bouquets and her family and friends decorated the ballroom, and I have to say, it all looked fantastic.
Check out some of my favorite images from their wedding day below, including some suuuuper cool night portraits using Stonebrook’s gazebo.
Check out the stunning Stonebrook Manor wedding ceremony spot!The flower girl said ‘nope’ to standing next to the groomsman on the end hahaha!Stonebrook has a love lock gate. So cool! So Amy and Travis added their own lock to the gate!Dad crying during the father/daughter dance miiiight have choked me up a little.
Ok, so I’m a little behind on blogging. The last few months have been jam packed with so many amazing weddings and couples. I promise I’m going to catch up eventually! In the meantime, here is some Fort Collins Colorado wedding photography for you guys to enjoy.
Today I’m thrilled to share this super special wedding with you all. Josh & Karlie are close friends of ours, and it was so awesome to be a part of their wedding day. My husband Kenneth and I met Josh when we first moved to Colorado, and it was friendship at first sight. He basically became part of our family (I jokingly call him the older brother I never wanted haha), ate dinner with us a lot of nights, he and Kenneth went to the archery range and hiking, and we spent a lot of time sitting around our living room chatting. The week he met Karlie in 2015, I met her as well. I thought she was super sweet, and was envious of her gorgeous red hair! Months later, he was still thinking about her, called her up, and the rest is history.
While they were dating, we hung out a lot. When they got engaged, we knew about it and had a surprise dinner at our house for them. So, it was pretty natural for me to be involved in the wedding planning process. These two wanted to keep it simple but elegant with only their closest friends and family in attendance and with no bridal party. I made their bouquet and boutonnieres (I’ve learned a few things from being in the industry for 11 years). A talented friend, Nicole, made their wedding cake (but she’s actually an incredible book/journal maker – check out her Etsy store)
Josh & Karlie decided to do a first look, so I photographed Karlie getting dressed while Kenneth photographed Josh (did you guys know my hubby is a super talented photographer too?), and then headed out to Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado for their bride and groom portraits. It was a gorgeous day, but was a wee bit windy up there, which ended up making for gorgeous photos of Karlie’s hair blowing in the wind! After finishing up there, we ran through Chick-fil-a for lunch (there’s not much funnier than going through a drive through with a bride and groom – the facial expressions are awesome) and headed to their ceremony. After their ceremony and a few family photos, they held their reception in Loveland at the Rialto Theater complex with catering by Door 222 (which was fab – their food is always amazing). We got to sit with friends and enjoy dinner – a rarity for a wedding photographer.
It was a wonderful wedding day for two fantastic people who we are thankful to have in our lives. I can’t imagine starting our life in Colorado without Josh and now I can’t imagine Josh without Karlie. These two truly are a perfect fit!
When a mutual friend first introduced my hubby Kenneth and I to Denise & Mike when they were visiting from South Dakota a couple of years ago, I had no idea what was starting. We hit it off, and the next time they came for a visit in Colorado, they stayed with Kenneth and I. Denise and I stayed up until ridiculous hours chatting, kept in touch after they left, and I pretty much fell in love with this awesome couple. Our mutual friend, Josh (blog post coming soon) decided to get married in Fort Collins in June, and I invited Denise and Mike to stay with us again for the wedding. I got a text from Denise asking if I would photograph them while they were visiting. Um, let me think – yes!
I really thought we were going to get rained out this day. It hadn’t rained in weeks, and of course the day we planned for photos it decided to storm and rain. I kept checking the radar, and it looked stormy. But, we decided to chance it and just go for it! We drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park, and when we got to Estes Park, Colorado, the sun was peeking through the clouds. We ended up being able to photograph on top of Trail Ridge Rd in the park, and then when the clouds starting gathering again, we headed back to lower parts of the park. We even got a really cool sunset!
For anyone who would like to be photographed in RMNP, it’s a huge gorgeous place with a lot of options. Valleys, mountains, woods, open areas, waterfalls. It’s a fantastic option for getting that Colorado feel in your photos for either an engagement session, portrait session, or even for a wedding. It’s a popular place to elope in Colorado! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you!
Now, enjoy some of my favorite images from their session!
P.S. Keep an eye out for the unexpected wildlife encounter we had during our shoot!
An unexpected visitor to our shoot!
Olivia and Aaron were the winners of my engagement session giveaway on my Facebook Page this spring. I was so thrilled to work with them for their Denver engagement session…they’re both such sweet, kind, authentic people. We had a blast traipsing all over City Park in Denver, Colorado. We just happened to hit the peak weekend for the flowering trees when spring came early and the blooms came early as well. We took full advantage of that! These two are getting hitched at Mount Vernon Country Club next year, and I have full confidence that their wedding and marriage will be just as amazing as they are!
Enjoy a few of my favorite images from their session!
I was going through some photos to post on Instagram (if you aren’t following me, you totally should!) and realized that in the process of working on my new website, I never blogged this awesome wedding from last fall. One of three weddings that I photographed in Georgia in October, this farm wedding was held at Specht Farms in Milledgeville, Georgia. Shelby & Cody and their friends and family were all an absolute dream to work with, and the day couldn’t have been more beautiful. From Shelby’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding gown to their sweet wildflower table arrangements, the red bridesmaids dresses, Shelby’s stunning red bouquet, a horse drawn carriage and so much more, this wedding is a feast for the eyes!
I also have to give a shoutout to my awesome second photographer for this wedding, Joe Dallas from JKDallas Photography…my dad! The guy who taught me a lot of what I know about photography. He came and helped me photograph this wedding, and it was so fun to work with him!
I’m happy to share some of my favorite images below! Is this a good looking group of guys, or what?! These red bridesmaid dresses just popped off the green of all the trees! Like mother like daughter, these are two stunning women.