A Special Send Off: Leah and Ryan’s Mountain Wedding in Beaver Creek

When Leah and Ryan decided to tie the knot on July 21, they were doing more than just picking a wedding date…they were planning the ultimate send off. These two were moving to Israel for the Foreign Service a week later and wanted to bid a fond farewell to their friends and family.

Although Ryan is a German-born Oklahoma boy and Leah is a Boston girl with roots in New York City, they actually both met in D.C. in 2010. Thanks to a fateful extra ticket that Leah had to the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and her friend knowing just the person who would love to go, well, the rest is history. ;)

With a love for the mountains, adventure and all things outdoors, they chose the perfect setting for an intimate celebration: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Leah’s bridesmaids donned bright blue dresses and carried gorgeous wildflowers while rose petals dotted the aisle and simple yet stunning details created the perfect backdrop. (Nothing beats a summer wedding in Beaver Creek.)

I loved how instead of a guestbook, they invited guests to place their green thumbprints as leaves onto a beautiful tree drawing.

The reception was elegant indeed with billowing, soft white lights hanging from the ballroom ceiling and breathtaking centerpieces to catch the eye. And the dancing? So great. Leah and Ryan love to have FUN.

I was honored to be able to capture such a momentous day and wish Leah and Ryan a lifetime of happiness and many adventures in Israel!

Hats off to The Ritz staff for their always amazing service and a big nod to the following vendors:

Florals: Vintage Magnolia
Music: Ryan Griz
Dress: Austin Scarlett
Event Design: Pink Monkey

Destination Wedding & Destination Reception: Photography at Splendido, Beaver Creek CO

From the shining sea of Bora Bora where Katie and Kevin had their private destination wedding to the top of Beaver Creek mountain on a beautiful fall day, this couple certainly covered all their bases!  Unfortunately I was not invited to Bora Bora with them, but I did have the honor of photographing their gorgeous wedding reception at Splendido in Beaver Creek, CO where everyone had an amazing night full of delicious food and lots of wild dancing.  Heather Allen from Table 6 Productions was the coordinator extraordinaire for this intimate celebration with lots of fun details including old cruiser bikes and smore treats for all the guests. The amazing florals were done by the oh-so-talented Cindy Ollig at the Perfect Petal.  Add all of that to a spectacular blazing fall day and I was in photography heaven with nothing left to be desired in the visual candy department.

Before the party began, Katie and Kevin and I met and drove to the top of the mountain to take advantage of the fall colors and gorgeous Aspens. Katie was a true Colorado girl hiking around in the woods in her wedding shoes.  Now that’s my kind of girl! :-)  The three of us had an easy connection right off the bat and I’m thrilled with the darling images of this even more darling couple draped by an exquisite Colorado fall backdrop.  Fall in the Colorado Rockies is hands down my favorite time of year.

It’s nice to look back on my work and fall in love with my clients all over again.  Even though this celebration took place almost 6 months ago, looking at the images, it feels like it was yesterday. That’s the way I hope all of my clients feel too.  And even though I am behind in my blog updates, I assure you, everyone will get their moment in the spotlight!  Katie and Kevin, I hope these images bring you right back to your amazing night celebrating your marriage with all of your closest family and friends.  You truly know how to throw a great party!  I am so happy to have been a part of it.

 

Westin Beaver Creek Wedding: Molly & Marc Delight

I am a firm believer in “sourcing.”  Getting grounded, connecting to the earth, being present, and attracting the things I want into my life are all things I consciously work on.  The best place on earth that I have found to do this kind of spirit work is in the Colorado Rocky Mountains!  Somehow the Universe knew that in order for me to survive my action packed wedding season this year, it was going to be necessary to get me to those mountains over and over again.  Apparently the lack of snowfall last winter left me needing a little more mountain time this summer.  And while I did complain (loudly) about that, you won’t hear me begrudging the summer drive to and from Beaver Creek nearly every wedding weekend since the beginning of June.  This year I booked more Colorado mountain weddings than any wedding season prior and I have loved every single one of them!  Molly and Marc’s wedding was beyond incredible!  Not only was I photographing at a fab venue, The Westin in Beaver Creek, this couple knocked my socks off with their playful spirits and their fierce love for each 0ther, for their families, for each other’s families, and last but not least, me!  I felt like I have known this couple, and Molly especially, my entire life.  Perhaps is was the way she interacted with her sister and darling niece that reminded me of my relationship with my sister and niece? Or maybe it was just her warm and welcoming charm that reminded me of a long lost soul-sister?  Regardless, I had a blast sharing this gorgeous wedding day and capturing some truly priceless moments that I know they are going to treasure for the rest of their lives.  There is no way you can look at these images and not feel what they were feeling.  I just love that!  The lighthearted and totally complete love and joy they had bursting out of their smiles was written all over their faces from start to finish.  And truly, the energy in their passionate kisses practically jumps off the screen at you!  There is nothing I love seeing or photographing more then that.   And I can’t fail to mention that this is one couple that definitely knows how to GET DOWN with their bad selves!

I also had the pleasure of working with another coordinator that I thoroughly enjoy, Carolyn Moorman and her top-notch assistant, Kay, from Artisan Events.  Ladies your work is flawless!  Funkiphino, one of my favorite local bands, rocked the house with their killer musical talents.  And Rich Vossler, a friend and colleague, shot his heart out right next to me and grabbed some absolutely stunning captures as well. Thank you so much Rich! And THANK YOU to all of the above and also to anyone I didn’t mention. It was an unforgettable day with an even more unforgettable couple.  I feel like I am the luckiest photographer in the state.  I absolutely could not ask for more lovely clients than what I have had over and over again this year.  I’m telling you, that sourcing stuff WORKS.

Colorado Mountain Wedding Spectacular: Kelly & Connor say “I Do!”

It’s true, I am sincerely blessed in my life and in my work, especially this wonderful summer of 2012.  The clients that have hired me to photograph their weddings this year have all been beyond wonderful to work with, and Kelly & Connor and their loving families were certainly no exception.  Kelly was as beautiful and graceful a bride as any photographer could ever hope for, and her darling groom, Connor, was the epitome of genuine and love-struck.  Besides that, it was an absolutely perfect summer day and the photo ops both inside and outside were not lacking in any degree.  Kelly’s doll-like, porcelain complexion and Connor’s bright eyes full of love and admiration left nothing to be desired from my perspective.  Never mind the perfect weather, the brilliant backdrop at the top of Beaver Creek mountain, or the incredibly gracious and classy group of guests and family members, numbering close to 300.  That said, it was a big day and a huge weekend for me. All I could do was keep my camera pointed in the direction of beauty and joy and click away to my heart’s content.

When Kelly and Connor booked me for their wedding it had a lot to do with the fact that Connor is a professional photographer himself and loved and wanted my style of photography, specifically me.  While a wonderful compliment, I have to be honest, there was also more pressure to perform my A-game. Not that I don’t always have high expectations of myself & my work, but it is a little different knowing that a trained eye would be critiquing the end result.  Good thing I generally do best under pressure!  Ha!  As a trained and educated professional, it’s a different thing to be appreciated by another creative and talented photographer, which Connor certainly is!

JoAnn Moore and her lovely assistant, Mindy, from Mountains and Meadows were there every step of the way, coordinating flawlessly, as always.  Sarah Fischer was my wonderful second photographer, and I just love everything about working with her.  Our energy combined is not “double,” but instead exponentially greater!  Thank you so much to EVERYONE that helped produce this fantastic celebration.  I am absolutely honored to have been a part of such a magnificent and magical day.  Thank you first and foremost to Kelly and Connor & their families, to JoAnn and Mindy,  to Sarah, to Spruce Saddle, Vintage Magnolia, and last but not least, the Jakarta Band.  It was truly a team effort and from my point of view, we all pulled it off flawlessly.  I only hope the couple and their families agree.  Much love and all the best for your future Kelly and Connor!  I hope to see you both again soon.  Let’s go skiing together this winter! :-)