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The story of the image ... Stressed for the best. This is the mantra of almost all couples who are about to get married. During the whole process of wedding preparation, bride and groom would feel all sorts of stress and pressure as they try to fix all the details for their big day. At the back of their minds, they know that all these difficulties will pay off on that day when they will look their best in front of each other.

These are exactly the worthy smiles that these bride and groom earned on the day of their wedding. Moments before they say their I do’s in front of the crowd, they gazed upon each other’s beauty during their First Look. Surprised? Overwhelmed? Excited? Amazed? All these and more are explained by their big smiles and wide eyes as they look at the person he or she will marry moments from now.

Your future spouse wearing a wedding dress, all dolled up so perfectly for the occasion and your groom shaved up and looking so neat for that big moment is all you’ll ever need to feel happy and complete. Seeing him or her awed with how you look that day is just a bonus!

This image right here is one of the million reasons why wedding photography is a celebrated industry. Wedding photographers do their best to preserve those genuine smiles in digital photos that bride and groom would always look back to even years and decades after this gorgeous photo was taken.

The story of the 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. And there is nothing more that I like better than letting my photography helping to tell that story.

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
Second Photographer: Sarah Fischer
Food: Footers Catering
Flowers: Statice Floral by Lori Dries
Music: Fox Street All-stars

Venue: Rembrandt Yard

Location: Boulder , Colorado.

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