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Kelly & Wade’s Engagement Session at Denver Botanic Gardens

Meet Kelly and Wade. What an honor it was to capture this stunning bride and groom to be at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

With a love for the great outdoors and all that Denver has to offer, these two can’t get enough of Colorado’s mountains, sunshine and breweries. While they certainly work hard (Kelly does marketing for higher education and Wade is a commercial investments broker), they definitely know how to play hard. They are super active and into volleyball, golf, hiking, skiing, running, music, traveling, riding their motorcycle and scooters, and trying new things.

Weather permitting, this adorbs duo plans to tie the knot on the terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver with 165+ family and friends, then move the party to the main ballroom with a live band (Groove Nation). They’re going for a “mountains in the city” theme and will have different 14ers for their table numbers, as they hike a new one every year.

They’re working with Heather Allen from Table 6 Productions to plan their wedding, and clearly are in good hands.

I can’t WAIT to capture their big day! Happy planning, Kelly and Wade!

Fun facts:

Most exciting/scariest thing they’ve other done:Swam with sharks and sting rays in Belize!

Favorite things to drink: Wine, gin & tonic, V8, margs, Moscow Mules, beer, and lots of water

Their favorite restaurant: Syrup

One thing on each of their bucket lists: Wade dreams of climbing Mt. Everest, and Kelly wants to visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

Santa Barbara Dreamin’: Shauna & David’s Wedding at Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?  I do!  Here’s one reason why:  About seven years ago I met a fabulous brunette (Shauna) in some random airport (we can’t really remember which one) as I was coming home from an amazing photography workshop in Bend, OR.  I had been inspired that week to find renewed creativity through setting up photo shoots with models, just to “play.”  It turned out that she was seated next to me on the plane and we immediately started talking.  We were like long lost friends talking and laughing all the way home as we found that we actually had a lot in common.  Among which, we had both lived in Santa Barbara (she for longer than me), and that while I was going to the Brooks Institute of Photography, she was modeling for some of the students there at the same time.  By the time the flight landed in Denver we had exchanged numbers and were already talking about doing some shoots together just for fun….which we did.  The photos were gorgeous and I used them in my portfolio for years.  I always remembered her fondly, though we did not stay in touch.

Fast forward to about 8 or 9 months ago.  Shauna was engaged and shopping for wedding dresses at the Little White Dress Shop where she saw my name on the preferred photographer list there and remembered me!  We set up a meeting where I was able to meet her gorgeous and incredibly sweet fiance, David.  We had the same instantaneous connection that we did seven years ago and they immediately signed a contract with me for their destination wedding on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 (for good luck!) in Santa Barbara at The Four Seasons Resort, Biltmore Hotel.

It was so special being back in the place that fired my artistic passions in the first place-Santa Barbara!  It felt like my career had finally come full circle.  I remember being on the same beach in front of the Biltmore when I was first getting started as a wedding photographer dreaming about “some day” photographing an amazing wedding there.  I guess dreams do come true… We had an fantastic engagement shoot on the beach right before the wedding rehearsal.  Then it was on to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club (a restaurant Shauna had worked at for four years while she was in school and always dreamed of having her wedding at) for the rehearsal dinner; a delicious Mexican buffet, complete with churros.  YUM!

The wedding day was a dream come true with absolutely perfect weather and two of the most gorgeous subjects my lens has ever laid it’s glass on: Shauna and David!  Their energy was contagious and everyone had the most amazing time together.  From the model couple, to the gorgeous wedding party, to the delicious CA light, to the intimate and sweet ceremony, to the vintage romantic dinner set up family style, to the belly dancer, to the rocking DJ… it was one of the most fantastic wedding days I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of.  I had a blast getting to know their family and friends and by the end of the weekend, I knew I would stay fast friends with Shauna and David, except this time, for life!

Major props to Lindsey Hartsough, the executive Event Producer at Magnolia Event Design & co-maid of Honor to Shauna, for planning a flawless and gorgeous wedding while also being IN it.  I hope that I am able to work with you and your team again in the future.  You are amazing!

To Shuana and David, I wish you a lifetime of spontaneous dance parties in your living room; all the happiness in the world; and the same kind of friendship, adventure, trust and inspiration that you have for each other today multiplied by each and every day of your lives together.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for including me in a wedding I will never, ever, ever, forget… for as long as I live.

And lastly, to the brides brother, Chris:  thanks for becoming my new buddy.  You are super fun!


Enchanted Romance: Jud and Steph’s Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding

Sept. 1, 2013

Four years ago on the slopes in Winter Park, an East Coast girl was set up with a Colorado boy, thanks to the matchmaking skills of her mother.

Little did Steph know that some of the greatest moments of her life would take place on skis: first, meeting Jud, then, saying “yes” when he proposed on the Blackcomb Glacier in British Columbia.

So, when they tied the knot on Sept. 1 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, it was only fitting that each table represented a mountain they had skied down. And although these two had always wanted to get married in the mountains, they chose to keep the celebration in town so their guests could enjoy a long weekend in beautiful Colorado. Plus, Jud grew up just a few blocks from the Gardens, which played a significant role in their lives.

This wedding was simply beautiful. Embracing the already overflowing beauty of this spectacular destination, Steph chose a soft, sweet palette of pinks, greens, and gentle pops of orange. The bridesmaids’ dresses blended perfectly with Steph’s stunning dress and the boys looked oh-so-handsome in those grey tuxes.

Steph wore her grandmother’s garter (which her cousin also wore in her wedding) and diamond hair pins, which added such a unique touch.

And, oh, how those roses, dahlias, succulents, billowing white flowers and dusty miller accents complemented all the breathtaking botanical backdrops. Pretty sure that sunset was planned specially for Jud and Steph, and all those hanging lights? Nothing could have topped off the magic and romance of this evening any more perfectly.

Thanks to their band, The Fever, the dance floor never saw a dull moment, and Ariel’s opera piece for the father-daughter dance took everyone’s breath away.

I’m so grateful to have been part of such a brilliant day and to work with some of my favorite vendors in town. Ann and Cortney with Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers were amazing as always, and the staff at Denver Botanic Gardens was beyond accommodating. Big shout out to the following vendors, as well:

Catering By Design (food & drink)
The Fever (band)
Event Rents (furnishings & decor)
Plum Sage Flowers (floral)
ShutterBooth (photo booth)
Spa Divas Mobile Spa (hair and makeup)
Arrow Limo service (transportation)

Regan & Jack’s Beaver Creek Wedding: The Wedding Deck & Beano’s Cabin

Not only was this one of my favorite weddings of all time (and my biggest of the year), but this couple truly stole my heart. How much do I adore Regan and Jack? Let me count the ways…First, they met on a blind date. Thanks to the proximity of their families being friends and the intuition of Jack’s younger sister Morgan, it all began over brunch in New York City. And even though they were living on opposite sides of the country at the time (Regan in NY and Jack in SD), well, love knows no distance.Their wedding was a black tie mountain fairy tale. Fulfilling their dream to get married on a mountaintop, they exchanged their vows amid the breathtaking views of the Beaver Creek Wedding Deck while tugging at everyone’s hearts. Accompanied by her dapper groom, Regan was an absolutely stunning bride.The color palette of corals, creams and green was playful and perfectly transitioned into a lovely reception at Beano’s Cabin. The abundance of natural birch, candlelight, roses and hydrangea made for stunning tablescapes and a warm atmosphere. Love and laughter filled the room from the bottom up.

Their first dance song was “Smile” by Uncle Kracker, the song that reminded them of each other at the beginning of their long-distance love story. “There was something about the other person that just made us SO happy, and even from 3,000 miles away, we could put a smile on each other’s face,” said Regan.

Her dad was quite the hit during the reception, too. From playing Neil Young on the guitar during dinner to a surprise father-daughter dance number to busting out a little “Mustang Sally” later on, he was just the best.

I don’t think anyone stopped smiling or grooving during this grand party. Between Funkiphino’s energy and paper lanterns a plenty, the mood was magical.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Jack and Regan for including me in this special occasion. Your friends and families are amazing and you truly made me feel like one of yours. Major props to Emily from Bella Design and Planning, who I can only hope to work with again. And to all the other vendors who helped make this day as perfect as it was, bravo to you all!

Florals: Bloom Flower Shop
Desserts: Sugar Bakery
Music: Funkiphino
Makeup: Christy Ogden
Video: James Michael Film
Venue Contact: Kim Salani