Love in the City: Allison & Devin’s Denver Wedding

July 20, 2013

When Allison embarked on a college road trip with Devin and his friends to California, little did she know she was about to fall in love with her future husband. Thanks to a fateful missed exit, a resulting Wyoming blizzard and hours of chatting in the backseat, these lovebirds started dating within a few months and never looked back.

Allison and Devin don’t need much to be smiling cheek to cheek, having FUN and being themselves, and I love how they poured their laid back, fun-loving personalities into every detail of this wedding. Just take their rehearsal dinner: a BBQ picnic in Wash Park (where they live) with beer, bags and bocce. Amazing.

Desiring an intimate wedding in the city, Grant Humphreys Mansion was an ideal match for these Colorado natives. Plus, the downstairs ballroom certainly met their dance party expectations. They complemented the venue with an array of neutral colors and vintage accents (shutters for escort cards, vintage picture frames and signs) and a vibe that was elegant, comfortable and happy. And how amazing were those bridesmaids’ shoes? Just perfect pops of color.

One of my favorite details of the reception was the ice cream bar honoring Allison’s late Grandma Dorothy, who at the age of 14, started her own ice cream soda bar and ran the business for over 50 years. So, Devin re-created the sign that hung outside the store and guests were invited to scoop, sprinkle and top away.

(Oh, and the table center pieces dedicated solely to their dog Titan? Priceless.)

Can’t say enough about how much I love this unique and hilarious couple. It was my utmost pleasure to capture their special day. Hats off to Ann and Cortney of Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers for their immaculate work and amazing planning, and a huge shout out to the following vendors:

Epicurean Catering (dining)
The Perfect Petal (floral)
Erin Ferris Designs (hair)
Carissa Passerella (makeup)

Brown Palace Denver Wedding: Johanna & John Michael

I couldn’t be more excited about posting this gorgeous Denver wedding at the Brown Palace on my website today.  I absolutely adore this couple and after their amazing engagement session, I knew we were going to have a blast together on their wedding day too.  We had a easy and instant connection from the get-go, and I was confident that they trusted me implicitly.  Because of that, I was able to capture some fantastic images of them being truly relaxed and in love.  They were more than excited and able to be their goofy-selves with me, which I truly believe is a wonderful formula for successful photography on a wedding day.

I have always been big fan of the bride and groom’s “first look” because I believe it gives couples a chance to spend more time together on their wedding day AND because the images we are able to capture during that time are always so amazing and dripping with emotion.  It’s not something I push on my couples, since I know that there are many couples that want to wait for the traditional moment of walking down the aisle to see each other for the first time that day, but when a couple is open to the idea, I am happy to encourage it!  From this point on I think I will use Johanna and John Michael’s images to show future clients what is possible with a first look.  The expressions and the energy of their first look photos literally give me goose bumps!  In my experience over the last decade, I have found that his kind of coverage is simply not possible during a ceremony.  First, because I can never get quite the right angle due to the ceremony set up, chairs, guests, etc.  It also goes too fast so that there isn’t any time for the couple to really drink each other in.  The first look is a private (well, semi-private including only the couple, myself and my second shooter) space to give the couple time to really see each other for the first time and to linger in that moment together.  Then we take a series of photos of the bride and groom together before the craziness of the wedding day and all of the guests takes hold.  It’s simply a magical part of the day and as usual, I am in love with the photos we got during Johanna and John Michael’s first look.

The Brown Palace was, as always, a gorgeous and classy venue for both the ceremony and the reception and I loved being treated as a guest right down to the delicious meal we were served for dinner.  Thank you!  We get really hungry working so hard all day long.  :-)  I also have to thank Julia Timmer, my amazing second shooter, who I adore beyond words.  We always work together so seamlessly and I am forever grateful for her talent and great energy that she shares with me and with my clients.  Bravo Julie!  You rock!

To Johanna and John Michael; you are one of the most stunning couples I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  You are perfect together and I hope our photographic relationship will last for years to come. I wish you all the happiness in the world and I hope you  love these images as much as I do.  MUWAH!

Louis Defleur & James Mcgorry Wedding Photography

I just have to start by saying that I absolutely LOVED photographing this wedding!  Soul-mates really do find each other…young and old alike.  This perfect pair met randomly at a Melissa Etheridge concert (neither of them even knew who she was!) where they ended up sitting next to each other. From that moment on, they have been inseparable.  They are both pilots and their plan for their life together is to retire and fly (themselves) around the world…isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard?!?  At our consultation I think we talked more about flying then about photography!  But, never mind- they were the perfect couple for me, and I was the perfect photographer for them.  I am obsessed with flying and one of my top five goals in life is to get my pilot’s license.  See, here I go again, stuck on flying…  The wedding was at the historic Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.  Michelle Gillette from Dramatic Eventscoordinated everything perfectly and Alicia Schwede from Bella Fiori made all the lovely flowers.  It was a short and sweet civil ceremony and then a great party with all of their closest friends and family.  They were one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met…and I am in love with they way they looked at each other all day.  Lois and Jim- all the best to you both and happy flying!!  Michelle, thank you so much for this lead!  I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more. Thanks to Tracy also for being a great second shooter. Here are just a few of my favorites…

Caitlin and Dan: Denver Engagement Photography

I always love photographing a fun engagement session, and it certainly doesn’t hurt when the bride and groom are totally adorable! Caitlin and Dan did an amazing job being relaxed, in love and comfortable for my camera. The natural light and fall colors were simply beautiful as we walked around Denver. I was sure to snap some photos as Caitlin and Dan jumped from rock to rock together, hand in hand.

I’m so excited to not only photograph their engagement session, but their Denver winter wedding as well! Caitlin and Dan will be getting married at the Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver in January, with the reception taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Denver. I know it’s going to be an amazing ceremony and party with a cocktail hour and flowers from the Newberry Brother’s Florist and Greenhouse. Thank you so much Caitlin & Dan for choosing me to be your photographer! Can’t wait for your big day in January!