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Love in the City: Allison & Devin’s Denver Wedding

July 20, 2013

When Allison embarked on a college road trip with Devin and his friends to California, little did she know she was about to fall in love with her future husband. Thanks to a fateful missed exit, a resulting Wyoming blizzard and hours of chatting in the backseat, these lovebirds started dating within a few months and never looked back.

Allison and Devin don’t need much to be smiling cheek to cheek, having FUN and being themselves, and I love how they poured their laid back, fun-loving personalities into every detail of this wedding. Just take their rehearsal dinner: a BBQ picnic in Wash Park (where they live) with beer, bags and bocce. Amazing.

Desiring an intimate wedding in the city, Grant Humphreys Mansion was an ideal match for these Colorado natives. Plus, the downstairs ballroom certainly met their dance party expectations. They complemented the venue with an array of neutral colors and vintage accents (shutters for escort cards, vintage picture frames and signs) and a vibe that was elegant, comfortable and happy. And how amazing were those bridesmaids’ shoes? Just perfect pops of color.

One of my favorite details of the reception was the ice cream bar honoring Allison’s late Grandma Dorothy, who at the age of 14, started her own ice cream soda bar and ran the business for over 50 years. So, Devin re-created the sign that hung outside the store and guests were invited to scoop, sprinkle and top away.

(Oh, and the table center pieces dedicated solely to their dog Titan? Priceless.)

Can’t say enough about how much I love this unique and hilarious couple. It was my utmost pleasure to capture their special day. Hats off to Ann and Cortney of Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers for their immaculate work and amazing planning, and a huge shout out to the following vendors:

Epicurean Catering (dining)
The Perfect Petal (floral)
Erin Ferris Designs (hair)
Carissa Passerella (makeup)

Boulder Wedding Photographer: Molly & Wynn’s outdoor summer wedding

Not many women can say they married their fifth grade crush, and not many high school sweethearts can say they never once broke up – even after attending two different colleges. But when it comes to the story of Molly and Wynn, all of the above applies.

Ten years after their first date as high school freshmen, Wynn popped the question last summer in the Bahamas. While strolling around Sugar Cay island in waist-deep, crystal clear water, he got down on one knee, pulled a Ziploc bag from the pocket of his swim trunks and proposed. (I know. I’m swooning, too.)

So, in honor of where this adorable duo got engaged, they had a Caribbean-inspired rehearsal dinner complete with fresh leis, roasted pig, hanging lights and wine straight from Molly’s grandpa’s winery in Napa. It was the perfect kick-off to a perfect weekend.

Fulfilling their dream for an outdoor summer wedding in a city they’d known since childhood, they chose to hold all their events at Wynn’s parents’ home in Boulder on July 13, 2013. Between the amazing lake, view of the foothills and incredible garden, this location was not only beaming with natural beauty, but also where Wynn’s older brother tied the knot a few years prior.

Combining elegance with a fun and casual vibe, they chose a summer palette of white, green, coral, magenta and pink with lots of garden roses. Between the centerpieces and chandeliers billowing with greenery and bright, flirty flowers dotting the long tables, the reception tent was truly stunning. SO much fun was had by all, and the pictures will tell you.

Although this couple has been together for over a decade, it’s so obvious how young in love they are and how much admiration, loyalty and respect they have for one another. I loved every minute I spent with Wynn and Molly and their families and friends. I’m so grateful to have been part of such a special, wonderful occasion and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

A huge shout out and the sincerest of thank you’s to the most excellent Jessica Adler and team at JA Special Events, who coordinated this most amazing weekend from top to bottom! You are a rock star my friend and I hold you in the highest regard for your professionalism, talent, creativity, & last, but not least, endurance!

Estes Park Wedding Photography: Angela & Steven’s “I do’s”

Steven and Angela’s July 6, 2013 wedding in Estes Park, CO was beyond beautiful in so many ways. Take away the grandeur and breathtaking views of Estes Park, and this wedding still would have wowed all. They customized each step to their lives by keeping true to themselves, and it was so obvious.

Some of the best moments of the day took place before the ceremony even began and, ahem, before the bride even put her dress on. I loved capturing this fearless, flawless woman in her lingerie and cascading veil. And while some brides will try to cover their tattoos or worry about how they’ll look, let me just say that Angela is one bona fide tattooed bride. She wore nothing but confidence…and lace. (Fun fact: The groom has some tatts of his own. Angela’s favorite song is Michael Jackson’s “PYT,” which Steven has tattooed on himself.)

Then, there was the first look. Angela’s favorite detail of the day was walking to Steven on the bridge. “I wanted to run to him and never let go,” she said.

The ceremony took place at Black Canyon Inn amid a magnificent mountain backdrop, then guests were wined, dined and dancified at the one and only Stanley Hotel. Keeping it timeless and focusing on romance and love, I’d say this duo nailed it with their classic floral, shades of purple, and pops of grey and silver.

Last but not least and most certainly in backwards order, I had to share this couple’s proposal story. Told by the groom, this memory so clearly defines the adventurous, affectionate, “ride or die” couple that Steven and Angela are.

I took her down toward the lake with my voice shaking like I’d never felt before. We stepped over what she thought were beer cases (the fireworks) and continued into the most beautiful, dark, calm air with barely enough light. As we approached the end of the pier, I reached for my girl’s hand for the last time as my girlfriend, and was ready to ask the big question. With the frogs making so much noise and some fireworks faint in the distance, I looked at Angela and said, “Do you know why I brought you here?”

Then, I got on one knee and reached into my pocket for the box and said, “What are you doing for the rest of your life?” She immediately put her hands over face and tears came pouring. “Angela Kimberli Upson, will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?”

Then BOOM, the fireworks hit the sky and through the tears, SHE SAID YES!!!!! Ron had lit the fireworks at the perfect moment and made it the most incredible memory that I will always cherish. I’m blessed to spend the rest of my life with her and build a family with the best person I know and trust in this world. Thank you, Lord.

A huge thank you to Nicole with Table 6 Productions- you were as fabulous as ever!  Also to Telly Weddon, my fantastic second shooter, thank you.  And finally, to Angela and Steven, thank you for including me in such a special day.  I know you will be happy and together forever.  I have loved every second spent with you both and I look forward to following you as friends and as your photographer as your journey continues to unfold…  XOX

Blissful in Boulder, CO: Karensa & Elliott Morgan’s Wedding

This was hands down one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever photographed. Not only were the hand prints of Karensa and Elliott obvious in every unique detail of this day, but each seemed to tell a story about this amazing, genuine couple.

Desiring a romantic, intimate setting and a celebration of the life they’ve created in Boulder, these Colorado lovebirds held their ceremony in the backyard of the home they’d been living in for two years. They wanted a place where they could be themselves and have a ceremony that focused on them.

With a garden romantic theme and rose and navy blue as their colors, they wanted the atmosphere to feel like a lovely Boulder evening coupled with chic elegance.

From inside their home, Karensa loved seeing everyone setting up for the big day, and especially spying from the third floor window as guests arrived. And as for the first look, well, words can’t sum up how special it was. The series of photos simply speak for themselves.

Before arriving at the Rembrandt Yard Gallery for the reception, the bridal party was taken to North Boulder Park for picture time. Just when you thought riding over in pedicabs (yes, pedicabs) wasn’t fun enough, an impromptu dance party broke out in the middle of the park. (Note: I may or may not have joined in at one point, as these people were. a. blast.)

Just as expected, the reception was nothing short of awesome. Not only was there a great band, tons of dancing and gorgeous details, but the milkshake shooters topped with cookies — in place of a wedding cake — were quite the unique treat. Then, as a tribute to Elliott’s nightly, pre-bedtime bowl of cereal, the evening snack was a cereal bar accompanied by a milk fountain. Perfection.

I can’t thank Karensa and Elliott enough for allowing me to be part of their special day and can honestly say I’ve made two new wonderful friends. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and MORE!

Fun facts about the bride and groom:

  • Karensa was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Evergreen, Colorado.
  • Elliott was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Both had nearly identical childhoods (skiing, hiking, taking piano lessons, singing in choir, playing soccer and living near the mountains) but didn’t meet until college.
  • For the Rehearsal Dinner, Karensa wore a traditional Korean Hanbok, a nod to her culture and heritage.
  • Elliott’s wedding band is a traditional family crest worn by all men in his family.
  • Elliott calls Karensa “La Renz,” “Lady Renz,” “Renzathorn” and, well, really any variation of Renz.

And finally, a very special thank you to all of the amazing vendor partners that made this wedding such a smashing success.  It was a joy and pleasure working with each and every one of you!  Thank you!

Coordination and Design:  Jessica Adler, JA Special Events
Second Photographer: Sarah Fischer
Food: Footers Catering
Flowers: Static Floral by Lori Dries
Music: Fox Street Allstars
Venue: Rembrandt Yard