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Littleton Engagement Photography: Brooke & Kyle

Littleton Engagement Photography:  Brooke and Kyle are two of the sweetest people I have ever met, and it was perfectly fitting that we start their engagement photo session at a little candy shoppe in downtown Littleton!  Besides that, Brooke makes cupcakes as a side business/hobby and has the frosting dipped slip-on flats to prove it.  :-)  Actually, both Brooke and Kyle work in the oil and gas industry and what’s more, they grew up only a few blocks from each other!  They officially met in high school because Brooke’s boyfriend at the time and Kyle’s girlfriend at the time had yearbook class together. Brooke and Kyle would talk to each other while waiting for them at the end of the school day.  (How cute is that?!)

Kyle proposed to Brooke in Winter Park after their second annual trip to the alpine slide and walking around town eating ice-cream.  Apparently Kyle had the genius idea to capture the proposal with a self-timer camera at the exact spot that they had taken photos of themselves the year before.  In Brooke’s words: ” We set up the camera and while we were taking the picture Kyle “attempted” to capture the moment on film. It was the perfect setting because it was quiet and no one was around, so it was just us. Unfortunately I was more concerned with telling him to stop talking while we were posing for the picture. It took  3 attempts of me resetting the timer and him trying to ask me to marry him for me to realize what was happening! We didn’t end up getting the actual proposal on film, but we do have 3 pictures showing him starting to ask and getting down on one knee and me looking very confused! It was very sweet and also makes for a funny story.”

Their wedding will consist of a ceremony at St. Francis Cabrini, and a whimsical yet classy Kate-Spade inspired garden party reception at the Columbine Country Club.  Kyle is an avid golfer and they thought having a reception there with a big table of LOTS of desserts would be the perfect setting.  They both love sweets and their favorite restaurant is the D bar in Denver.  How fitting!

Brooke and Kyle both love living in Colorado, and while Brooke wants to visit Australia and New Zealand and Kyle drams of going on an African safari, both say that they plan on staying in Colorado where the weather is the BEST.  (I couldn’t agree more!) And, I can’t wait for this sure to be darling wedding day next summer!

Red Sky Ranch Wedding Photography: Lindley & Jason

Red Sky Ranch Wedding Photography:  On July 12th 2014, Lindley and Jason said their “I do’s” on top of the world.  I’ve been photographing Colorado Weddings for over 10 years now and there aren’t many venues that I haven’t been to or photographed at.  However, I got to have a “first” at Red Sky Ranch Golf Club for this wedding, and I was blown away.  To say that the views from the ceremony site that is situated directly on the golf course are stunning would be an understatement.  They are unbelievable!  In fact, I have added this venue to my short list of places that I would get married myself!

Lindley and Jason are both from Dallas, Texas, and were introduced by Jason’s mother and Lindley’s aunt who work together.  Their initial blind date lunch turned into a 5 hour conversation and they have been together ever since.  Lindley had her brother and two male cousin as her attendants and Jason had his three sisters has his.  I love to see couples mix things up and do their own thing.  The family surprised the couple with a flash mob at the start of the reception, and to say that the speeches were fabulous would not be doing them justice.  They were hysterical!  Especially the bride’s brother’s toast!  O.M.G.  Everyone in the room was in stitches, including Telly and I!

Carolyn Moorman and her lovely assistant, Kay, from Artisan Events executed the day flawlessly as always (THANK YOU SO MUCH for recommending me for this gorgeous wedding!)  Vintage Magnolia did the lovely and colorful floral decor.  Sugar Breck made the delicious and beautiful cake, and the Moments Notice band rocked the house all night.  All in all it was a fantastic day and I was honored to be a part of it all.  Thank you to all that helped make this wedding so fantastic, and congratulations to the newly-weds. May your lives be filled with laughter and adventure now and forever!

 

 

Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding: Natalie & Mike Moore

Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding: Talk about a STUNNER from top to bottom!  First let me gush a little about this couple!  Right off the bat, they are both absolutely gorgeous people inside and out.  Natalie, born in Amherstburg, Ontario Canada, and Mike, born in Chathan, New Jersey, had their chance meeting in Denver at Jackson’s, across from Coors field after a baseball game was rained out. (What luck!) Natalie, a professional ballet dancer, and Mike, a sales analyst have found their home in Denver together with their puppy, Cora, where they love the natural beauty of our amazing state, the massive number of things to do outdoors and the great weather for doing them…not to mention being able to be somewhere that feels like vacation in less than an hours drive.  They are both adventurous and high spirited and get their thrills doing things like sky diving and surfing.  These two love-birds are so full of love and expression that it was literally like taking candy from a baby photographing them on a day that they were both practically bursting with joy.  Out of thousands of images captured, it was one of the hardest weddings in the history of my career to edit because practically every image we took was a total keeper.  (Good luck to you both choosing favorites for your album given that I spent a week narrowing things down just for this post!-ha!)

Now a little gushing about the amazing team that pulled off one of the most fantastic weddings I have ever had the honor of being a part of.  The ladies from Cloud 9 Weddings and Papers (Cortney and Ann) pulled off an A+ game in the planning department (as usual)!  The Perfect Petal went above and beyond on the floral & decor (AMAZING!!!!). Erin Ferris created the most gorgeous hair I have ever seen on a bride and her girls (like really, my favorite wedding hair of all time!)  Oh yeah and can we just talk about that DRESS?!?

I had Julia (my production manager of 5 years), the most killer second shooter ever!  We are so in sync it’s freakish! I also brought one of my associates in training, Dominique, to be a third shooter.  Between the three of us, we didn’t miss a beat.  Needless to say, Spruce Mountain Ranch is an incredible venue with photo ops in every direction.  It was a gorgeous day, the light was perfect, the wedding party was spunky and fun, and all of the friends and family were there with bells on to celebrate the union of two of the most well suited and lovely red-headed bombshells I have ever met. Can I just say that I can hardly wait for these two to have babies???!!!  O.M.G.

I am literally in LOVE with this wedding, with this couple, and so over the top thankful that I was the one that was chosen to document this love story.  THANK YOU to everyone involved, and mostly to Natalie and Mike for being such amazing people to work with on such a hugely important and memorable day.  I knew after the engagement session we did together at Standley Lake that the wedding was going to be fabulous, but I couldn’t have ordered a more perfect wedding day if I had tried.  AND, last but not least, thanks for letting me get down on the dance floor with you at the end of the night.  I couldn’t help myself!  Now for the fun part…  let’s LOOK and relive it a thousand times…

 

Denver Engagement Photography: Cortney & Michael

Denver Engagement Photography:  I consider it an honor every single time a new couple chooses me to be their wedding photographer.  Looking back over the last ten years, I can honestly say that I have poured my heart and soul into my business and I have genuinely dedicated my energies towards becoming the best photographer that I can possibly be.  I take the responsibility of capturing my clients love stories very seriously, but given how much I love doing what I do and how long I’ve been doing it, I have reached a point where I have the confidence I need to let the creativity and passion just “flow.”  The technical stuff is like second nature.  I love being in this place in my career because instead of worrying about my camera settings, what the light is doing (or not doing), or what kinds of poses I should do,  I can really engage with my clients and just focus on creating images for them that I know they will love!

Most of the brides that hire me come by way of good business (referrals), strong SEO (Google) and a little bit of dumb luck.  Given the enormous number of choices for brides these days, I will admit, I don’t envy the process it must be to find “the one” in an ocean of photographers.

Brides on the inside of the wedding industry have it a little easier.  Mostly because they have experience working with dozens of different photographers, florists, bands, etc.,  I would imagine that it’s much easier for them to narrow down their vendor choices based on their personal and professional experience.  That said, when a wedding coordinator hires me, I take it as MORE than a compliment!  Trust me, they have seen it all… The good, the great, the bad, and the worst.

Cortney is a planner with Cloud 9 Weddings and Papers, and I have only recently gotten to know her in the last couple of years.  I have been photographing weddings with Ann Marlin (the owner of Cloud 9) for the past 10 years and we have a wonderful business relationship, not to mention a fabulous friendship, but when Cortney joined the team, I knew I would still have to prove myself to her and hopefully impress her as well.  I guess I did, because when she first spoke to me about her wedding, I was over the moon that she wanted me!

Cortney and her darling fiance, Michael, met me at Standley Lake for an evening engagement session with their adorable dog and we had a blast!  The weather was perfect, the park was lush and green, and the mountains and lake were literally sparkling in the distance.  I loved getting to know Micheal and I truly can’t wait for their wedding this Sept. in Beaver Creek.

THANK YOU SO MUCH Cortney for choosing me!  Your wedding is going to be flawless and I promise that your photos will be too!