Shelley & Bill’s Breckenridge destination wedding was a special day for all involved. Shelley and Bill planned their destination wedding from their home in Chicago, so we hadn’t actually met in person. But, Shelley and I had chatted, texted and chatted again; enough that we felt like we knew each other by the time I walked in the door at their wedding. They rented a gorgeous house in Breckenridge for their intimate wedding with just their families. Shelley had an insanely gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress that she bought at the Ultimate Bride in Chicago. Her lovely bouquet was made by Petal and Bean.
If you haven’t heard, Colorado weather can be a little unpredictable. Ok, maybe that’s putting it lightly. We had ALL the weather for this wedding. Shelley & Bill had planned a ceremony on the side of a mountain in a field. But, we saw the prediction for rain, and decided to start photographing a little earlier than planned. Shelley and Bill had a first look in the sunshine outside their rental home, and it was warm enough that I wasn’t even wearing a jacket. We had gorgeous yellow aspens and even hiked a little up the side of the mountain to a teepee for photos. Right after that we watched as, in the space of 15 minutes, clouds rolled over the mountains and it started raining. And then sleeting. And then it turned to big fluffy snow. Heavy snow. The weather predictions said NOTHING about snow. The joy of the Rocky Mountains in the fall!
Needless to say, the mountain side ceremony in a field got cancelled. Fortunately, the small group and large home offered a good option of a large foyer for their ceremony. Even more fortunately, Shelley and Bill kept their smiles and joy and the rest of their guests did the same. Really, that’s all that matters at a wedding. The details might not go perfectly, but as long as everyone keeps a great attitude, it doesn’t matter. The joy and celebration is what everyone will remember.
After the ceremony, we all played in the snow for some images, and enjoyed an intimate dinner made by a private chef. After dinner, it was still snowing, so we popped outside for some dramatic nighttime images in the snow…they ended up being some of my favorite images of the year.
Check out some of my favorite images from this intimate Breckenridge destination wedding!
When I first spoke to Lauren about her Denver courthouse wedding, I just knew it was going to be special. She and Jeremy were planning their wedding quickly because of their upcoming move to Washington DC, and it was going to be an intimate wedding with just family. Since Lauren and Jeremy are both attorneys, getting married at a courthouse just seemed to fit!
Their sweet wedding was held at the Denver courthouse where Lauren worked, complete with gorgeous architecture to use as a backdrop for their portraits. Lauren’s corset back dress came from The Green Bride, the gorgeous purple and white flower arrangements came from the florist Secret Garden, and their cake from The Buttercream Bakeshop. The officiant in this case was pretty special – Lauren & Jeremy were married by her former boss, the Chief Judge. They don’t normally have weddings at this particular courthouse, but an exception was made since Lauren had been employed there.
After the wedding, we took a full group photo on the courthouse steps, and a few more group photos and portraits. Then we went over to The Palm restaurant at The Westin in Downtown Denver. I got a few cake cutting and toast photos, went outside for a few night photos, and then left them to enjoy dinner with their families.
This wedding really recharged me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE big weddings, big wedding parties, and big receptions. But, intimate weddings and elopements make for a really nice change of pace, and the opportunity to photograph some really awesome people.
Here are some of my favorite images from their big day!
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!