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Bridal Fashion Photography in Denver: Calluna Events 10 Year Anniversary Party!

Bridal Fashion Photography Denver:  Last week Calluna Events hosted one of the most fabulous parties I have had the honor of being involved in-their 10 year anniversary party!  I had eye candy to photograph for miles- including a perfect venue, amazing decor, beautiful and artistic flowers, delicious sweets, AND, of course, gorgeous models. It was a wildly successful event on every level!  When they asked me to photograph the “style shoot” portion of the event, I was immediately on board.  I truly love bridal fashion photography and given the A-team of vendors involved, I knew that it would be off the charts.  I wasn’t wrong.   I had such a blast and was so incredibly inspired to do what I love doing.  The images speak for themselves!

The theme of the party was Marie-Antoinette inspired and can I just mention the lovely bride’s hair for a second?  She had actual miniature pineapples in it!  I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.  WOW.  And since the “bride and groom” are a real life married couple, their energy together was natural and the perfect combination of easy and honest.  I was in heaven.

Thank you to Heather and Jolene and the entire Calluna team.  And a huge thank you to all of the vendors involved that made the styled-shoot and party everything that it was–absolutely AMAZING!

VENUE:: blanc Denver,

FLORAL DESIGN:: Perfect Petal

STYLED SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY:: Frances Photography

CUSTOM GOWNS :: Maggie Evans Designs

INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIALS :: SWEET Letterpress

CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION FOR INVITATION LINER :: Lana’s Shop

CALLIGRAPHY FOR INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIAL :: designsgirl

CAKES + SWEET TREATS :: Lucky’s Bakehouse

BARTENDING + MIXOLOGY :: Peak Beverage

CANDY BAR:: Sugarlicious

LIGHTING & AV:: LMD Productions

DECOR + FURNITURE :: By Design Event Decor

FURNITURE + CEREMONY CHAIRS :: Chairished Vintage

CATERING :: Catering By Design

LINEN :: La Tavola Fine Linen

MUSIC :: DJ Jahsonic

HAIR :: the Bridal Goddess

HAIR :: Liz (of Goldie & Bob)

MAKE UP :: Alchemy Mineral Blends

RENTALS :: Event Rents

FLORAL ART INSTALLATION : Kristen Hatgi

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY :: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

CINEMATOGRAPHY :: KHodge Films

SHAWLS, PARASOLS + FANS :: Splendor for your Guests

JEWELRY FOR STYLED SHOOT AND CALLUNA STAFF :: Todd Reed

CUSTOM BOUND BOOKS FOR STYLED SHOOT :: Juniper Books

Beaver Creek Engagement Photographer: Meagan and Brad

Beaver Creek Engagement Photographer: Meagan and Brad are a delightful couple from Texas that are getting married this summer at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch on June 21st, 2014,  and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them.  They really wanted to take advantage of the beautiful, snowy scenery in Beaver Creek at their engagement session, and so we did just that!  I am a total snow bunny myself and driving to Beaver Creek through basically a white-out blizzard didn’t phase me a bit.  In fact, I was excited that it was snowing because it meant we were going to be able to get exactly what they wanted.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t really snowing once I got into Beaver Creek, but it was a beautiful winter day and there was a LOT of snow everywhere to be had.

Meagan and Brad are a very well traveled and worldly couple that genuinely enjoy experiencing other countries. Meagan spent time in Lyon, France studying and living with a host family.  Brad has been bungee jumping in Switzerland.  They plan to go to Italy for their honeymoon, and on their upcoming travel list are South Africia and New Zealand!  They got engaged while vacationing in Napa, near a lake under the moonlight. (Romantic much?!?)

They decided to have a small destination wedding in Colorado with an outdoor ceremony & cocktail hour followed by a sit down dinner and dancing in the ballroom.  Given the gorgeous natural scenery around the Ritz, they are planning to keep their decor simple and elegant.  Emily Campbell from Bella Wedding & Event Design, their fabulous wedding coordinator (who I happen to adore), is going to make their wedding dreams come true, they can count on it.  Can’t wait to see them both again and celebrate their marriage with lots more gorgeous images!

Denver Engagement Photographer: Calie and Aaron’s City Tour

Denver Engagement Photographer: Calie and Aaron are one of my sweet couples getting married over Labor Day weekend this coming August and they were referred to me by their wedding coordinators at Colorado Wedding Company.  I always love working with CWC and they always send me the best couples!!  After the time we spent together for their engagement session, I am even more excited about their wedding!  We had such a great time together and I loved meeting their fur-child as well as  Calie’s mom and sister, who were visiting from out of town and decided to come along for the ride.

Since Calie and Aaron are both came to Denver from Texas, they really wanted to do their engagement photos around the city at some of our more famous landmarks so that their guests (mostly coming from out of town) would be able to see a little more of the city when they sign the engagement signature guest book that I am going to create for them.  We went to the Millennium bridge in River Front Park, & Union Station (although that was a bit of a fail since its surrounded by chain link fences and under construction) first.  Then we cruised up Park Ave to get a great view of the city.  From there we drove into downtown to see the clock tower, the big blue bear at the convention center, and ended our tour up on capital hill near the art museum.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was wonderful to get to know them and not only photograph them, but give them a mini city tour as well.

These two love birds met working for Purple Land Management LLC in Fort Worth shortly after college.  Their romance was sparked, ironically, when they were both assigned to a project in Denver about a year later.  They had their first date at the Brown Palace and just over a year later, Aaron took Calie back there to surprise her with his proposal.  After she said yes, she was further surprised by his parents, her grandparents, mother, and sister, who were all waiting in the lobby with champagne to celebrate!  Good thing she said yes! :-)

Denver Engagement Photography: Kerry & Jamey at Red Rocks

I consider myself fortunate to live in a city (Denver) with so many gorgeous locations for engagement photography nearby.  Red Rocks is just one of the many, but it is also one of my very favorite!  One reason is because it has worked well for me in every season from winter to spring to summer to fall.  Given the stunning backdrops of the massive red rocks to incorporate, it pretty much doesn’t matter what is happening on the ground or with the trees since the focus gets drawn to the magnificence of the rocky location.  Kerry and Jamey are one of my darling wedding couples for 2014 and when they said they wanted to go to Red Rocks for their engagement photos, I was all in!  In fact, I may have even suggested it when I knew we were going to take photos in the winter time so that they could use one of the images for their save the date cards.

Their wedding date is set for September 27th, 2014 with the ceremony to be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the reception at Sheraton Denver West, both in Lakewood.  They have approximately 300 guests coming to celebrate their marriage and after getting to know them both at our initial consultation as well as the engagement session, I am confident that it is going to be one FUN day!  No only are their personalities sweet and easy to love, but their love for each other is obvious.  I say it often, but I feel like it warrants repeating….I love it when I meet a couple and there is an instant connection like the one I felt with Kerry and Jamey.  Jamey’s only request was that they wear their Bronco gear in a few of the photos.  Not only was I happy to accommodate this request, but the images we took once they changed clothes are some of my favorites…and theirs too!  :-)