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Denver Wedding Photography: Calie and Aaron

Denver Wedding Photography:  Calie Carrick and Aaron McCamant tied the knot this past Labor Day weekend in the gorgeous backyard of Calie’s uncle’s home in Cherry Hills Village with about 200 guests, most from out of state.  Both the bride and groom spent the majority of their lives in Texas, and after college ended up working for the same company in the oil and gas industry.  While they worked together for almost a year they didn’t connect until they were both sent to Denver for a Due Diligence project for a couple of weeks.  After a few casual dinners and lunches while together in Denver their relationship progressed into something more once they were back in Texas.  About a year later Aaron surprised Calie with a proposal at their first date spot, the Brown Palace.  After surprising her with a beautiful ring, Aaron and Calie moved to the lobby for champagne to celebrate.  Right at that moment his parents, her grandparents, mother and sister also surprised Calie to help celebrate their engagement!

This was far from what you may imagine a simple backyard wedding to be.  First of all the grounds of the home that made up the venue are extensive and there was plenty 0f room for 200+ people to move around with ease.  The guests arrived to a beautiful ceremony set up in front of one of the ponds.  After the ceremony there was another space allocated to an outdoor lounge-like cocktail hour, and another area where the gorgeous dinner and dancing tents were set up.  The bride wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, which was also worn by her mother.  I actually was able to get old photographs of both her grandmother and her mother in the gown, as well as a new bridal portrait for Calie blown up and printed on canvases that were hung on a beautiful old cabinet that served as the cake and cupcake display.  And, speaking of cupcakes, these little pieces of art by Elegant Bakery were by far the prettiest cupcakes I have ever laid eyes on!  Oh and tasty too!

Since most of their guests were from out of town and Calie and Aaron are somewhat new to the Denver area, they wanted to do an engagement session around downtown at some of the classic spots in order to show off the wonderful city they now call home in their guest book.  We did a fun little tour of LoHi, the clock-tower building, the big blue convention center bear, the capital building and the art museum.

I would like to offer big thanks to all of the wonderful people that made this wedding day such a success! Firstly, to Colorado Wedding Company for executing a flawless coordination and design (and also for the glowing recommendation!) Thank you to The Perfect Petal who went above and beyond, as usual, and the stunning floral everywhere!  Thanks to Catering by Design for all the delicious gourmet appetizers and the beautiful meal.  Thank you to Mike and Somer, the talented videographers at Rising Moon Films. (I always love working with you!)  And last but not least, thank you to my fab associate, Jennifer, for all of your hard work!

Finally, to Calie and Aaron:  Thank you both so much for being so delightful to work with!  I wish you both all the love and happiness and adventure that you can stand. :-)  AND, I look forward to working with you again in the future when you decide it’s time for your family to grow!

Holy Ghost & Brown Palace Denver Wedding

Holy Ghost & Brown Palace Denver Wedding:  This is a gorgeous venue combo for a wedding ceremony and reception that I haven’t had a chance to photograph in a while. I was thrilled when Tara and Jared contacted me based on a referral from the Brown Palace!  We took their engagement photos last year about this time taking advantage of the beautiful fall colors and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt after that session that I was going to love working with this awesome couple!  We had so much fun and the images from that day were insanely gorgeous.

Tara and Jared’s history together actually goes WAY back.  Tara went to middle school with Jared’s twin brothers and Jared went to high school with Tara’s older sister.  They reconnected when Jared moved back from Las Vegas and Tara moved back from California in 2011.  They ran into each other downtown and made a date.  The rest is history as they have been together ever since.  Jared proposed to Tara on the 102nd floor of the Empire State building and both agree that this was one of the most exciting things that either one had ever experienced!  They love living in Colorado near their families, spending time with their little Pomeranian poodle, Lillie, and love all four of our glorious seasons here enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities and being big fans of our pro spots teams.

They decided that they wanted an elegant black-tie wedding with a catholic ceremony and given their large guest count, it was a fabulous celebration had by just over 300 people. I was lucky to have the help of my fabulous associate photographer Melissa Rich, the incredibly accommodating staff at the Brown Palace, the coordination of the Touch of Bliss team, and the fantastic husband/wife videographer team from Rising Moon Films, Mike and Somer.

Thank you to Tara and Jared for being such wonderful and FUN clients!!  I sincerely look forward to following you both as the years go by and to photographing your family anytime you have the need.  I am so honored to have been welcomed into your warm and loving circle and I look forward to continuing to get to know you as both clients and friends!

Saddle Ridge Wedding: Laura & Sam Brown

Saddle Ridge Wedding in Beaver Creek:  I’ve always loved this venue and though I have been there on many different occasions for different events, this was my first experience photographing a wedding there and it was fantastic!  Between the eclectic upstairs dining room where the reception was held, the library where cocktail hour was hosted, and the gorgeous outdoor back patio where the ceremony was preformed, it was a magical and very special day for everyone. The weather was picture perfect, the food was absolutely delicious, and the guests ate, drank, danced and celebrated to their hearts content.

Laura and Sam’s love story started with an old baseball hat, left semi-intentionally at Laura’s Chicago apartment after a gathering of mutual friends in the summer of 2008. With the help of social media Sam kept Laura interested by regaling her with mostly inflated tales of his rock and roll pursuits in Los Angeles while she studied for nursing school back in Chicago.

Things heated up in 2010 when Sam took what he believed would be a seven-day trip home to watch a few White Sox games from section 139, row 32, seat 10 of US Cellular Field. After a rousing victory over the Atlanta Braves a chance meeting with Laura changed everything. The week long trip stretched to a month and Sam fell madly in love with Laura. It was of course of no small significance to Sam that during this time the White Sox went 26-6 and enjoyed a 12-game win streak directly coinciding with the first two weeks of his and Laura’s love affair.

Foolishly thinking he could return to his fledgling rock and roll career in Los Angeles Sam boarded a train for the coast. Within a week he was back in Chicago. Within a month he had moved back permanently. The rest followed inevitably….

They went for a bike ride along the ocean and then stopped to watch the sunset. Right at sunset Sam nervously popped the question! Laura says that she “may or may not have seen it coming.” :-)

This darling couple says that they would someday love to end up in Colorado permanently and that being in Beaver Creek and getting hitched at Saddle Ridge was just about as special as it could get for them.

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Carolyn Moorman and her wonderful assistant Kay from Artisan Events for their flawless planning and execution of this wonderful wedding day.  Vintage Magnolia provided the beautiful florals, and Sugar Breck made the gorgeous wedding cake.  The staff at Saddle Ridge were delightful and the food was amazing.  And last but not least, thank you to my associate Melissa Rich for being a fab second shooter with me for the day.  We had a blast with this couple, their families and friends and I adore the images we were able to capture for them.

Congratulations Laura and Sam!! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventure together!

Beano’s Cabin Wedding: Emily & Alex Sitomer

Beano’s Cabin Wedding:  Out of all of the amazing venues to choose from in the Rocky Mountains, Beano’s Cabin, located mid-mountain in Beaver Creek is my #1 favorite venue of all time!  Truly, I have never had less than a fantastic, two thumbs up, over the top, amazing experience photographing there!  Couples that choose that venue are always people that I have an instant report with, the weddings are always beyond gorgeous, and to top it off, I always get a really amazing dinner!  HA!

Emily and Alex’s wedding was no exception.  And talk about LUCKY!  We were minutes away from moving the ceremony inside due to intermittent rain showers, but the wonderful Beano’s staff and the fantastic planners were watching the weather radar like hawks and saw an opening.  We moved the ceremony up about 10 minutes and the timing was impeccable!  Alex and Emily got to have their picture perfect outdoor ceremony outside with the mountain backdrop, just like they had always dreamed of, and their guests got to have the scenic experience that had been planned for them.

Emily and Alex live in Dallas now, but met at Vaderbilt University in Nashville TN their senior year. They met outside of class on the first day of classes second semester. Emily was coming while Alex was going, but on his way out, after getting up the courage to speak to Emily, Alex did a u-turn. While he fumbled around getting Emily’s number into his new Blackberry, Alex was successful, and after several days of chatting, even managed to talk his way into a date. While casual, Emily did extend the initial offer and roped Alex into dancing the night away with some of her closest friends at The Stage in downtown Nashville.

Since the couple are avid travel junkies and Alex has always dreamed of getting married in the mountains in Colorado, they planned their destination wedding from afar with the help of the wonderful ladies from Bella Event Design & Planning.  Emily, the owner, recommended me to the couple and after checking out my work online, they hired me without ever meeting me.  We clicked instantaneously and I spent the day photographing them like they were old friends.

Before I dive into sharing their beautiful images (which I am over the moon about), I want to give thanks to all of the fabulous vendors that made this day so perfect.  Vintage Magnolia provided the lovely floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres.  Mountain Flour provided the delicious wedding cake (I know because I tried it!).  Diamond Empire Band rocked the house during the reception. And finally, a massive thanks to everyone at Beano’s Cabin that provided 5-star service not only to the couple and the guests, but to all of the vendors too.  Thank you also to my associate, Telly Weddon, for being a total trooper and a fantastic second shooter!  We rocked it sister!

Lastly, I just have to share a few words from the bride because these kinds of things are what keep me so inspired and passionate about what I do!

Hi Frances!!

First of all, we LOVE the photos!!! Could not be more happy with how they all turned out. You and Telly did such a fantastic job. We can’t thank you enough! We can’t stop looking through all the wedding photos over and over — They all bring back such amazing memories and make us want to renew our vows already ;-) You captured everything perfectly!!!  Our family and friends cannot stop raving about them either!

We will recommend you to anyone and everyone! Truly, we may be your biggest fans! :-)

Love,

Emily & Alex

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