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Denver Wedding Photographer: Fallon and Carl Tie the Knot

I love being a Denver Wedding Photographer!  My 2014 wedding season kicked off  on April 26th with Fallon and Carl Koelbel.  They had their wedding ceremony at Bethany Lutheran Church and their reception under a “starry sky” in the Chambers Grant Salon, inside Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, in the DCPA.  Besides having a fantastic group of friends and family to work with, absolutely gorgeous weather, and an amazing venue and decor (by Newberry Brothers), I was also fortunate enough to have the fabulous team from Colorado Wedding Company along side of me and my second shooter, helping with all of the details and timeline throughout the day.  In fact, Fallon and Carl found us on the recommendation of Kelsey from Colorado Wedding Company!  Thank you Kelsey!  We LOVE working with your team!

Fallon and Carl had a traditional ceremony and didn’t want to see each other before the wedding so I got ready with the girls at the Denver Ritz-Carlton.  Carl got ready with his groomsmen at his house with Julie, my second shooter for the day (and my amazing production manager for the past 5 years!), behind the lens.

After the ceremony I took a ride with the wedding party down to the DCPA where we did all of the wedding party and bridal portraits. And after that, it was time to party!  There was a beautiful dinner served to all of the guests, great speeches by the parents, the maid of honor and the two best men, (bringing both tears and laughter), and then a fabulous dance party to the Jerry Barnett Orchestra Band.

It was a wonderful start to a very busy wedding season and I want to shout out a huge thank you to Fallon, Carl, and to all of their friends and their families for being so much fun to photograph!  Another thanks to Julia, my rock solid sidekick! Thank you to the staff at Kevin Taylor’s, you were amazing.  And finally, thank you again to the Colorado Wedding Company team.  You were perfection, as always!


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


CUSTOM GOWNS :: Maggie Evans Designs




CAKES + SWEET TREATS :: Lucky’s Bakehouse


CANDY BAR:: Sugarlicious

LIGHTING & AV:: LMD Productions

DECOR + FURNITURE :: By Design Event Decor


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


EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY :: Ashley Sawtelle Photography


SHAWLS, PARASOLS + FANS :: Splendor for your Guests



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! :-)