The southern Colorado wedding featured on the journal today was one of the neatest weddings I've seen. It's always really special when a wedding takes place on family property since the location has extra importance and meaning to the bride and groom and their families. Erin and Chet's wedding was particularly cool not only because it took place on the family's potato farm out in Monte Vista, Colorado but also because the transformation of the farm building they used was so incredible. It's a really large building with a canvas domed roof that normally stores farm equipment like tractors. But for the wedding the farm equipment was cleared out and the family spent a month prepping the space to host the wedding ceremony and reception. They brought in trees and gorgeous succulents and various rustic elements like tree stumps and completely transformed the space into one of the prettiest weddings I've ever seen. There were so many lovely DIY projects. I particularly admired the pretty wreaths hanging from the ceiling throughout the space. Most of my clients only get to rent their wedding space for a day so there normally just isn't enough time to decorate a space with that level of detail. So it was quite the treat for me to photograph it:) It was also really sweet to see so many of their friends and family come out to celebrate their love with them. Everyone danced late into the night and had a blast. Which is another plus of hosting at your own place! There's no one there to kick everyone out:) Erin sent me a photo of the building back to normal after the wedding and I thought it'd be fun to share it here to show a before and after. Check it out below!
Here's the outside of the building that held the reception and ceremony:
Erin's family potato farm Monte Vista, CO
Pastor Bob Glasgow Our Savior Lutheran
Blanca Gowns Wolfe City, Texas
White by Vera Wang
Treasures by Agnes Etsy Shop
Rios Restaurant Monte Vista, CO The potatos were grown on the family farm and Chet's grandma made the cole slaw:)
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes
Zoe Rierson Erin's Bridesmaid made her wedding cake and engagement cake for her:)
DIY Erin's mom did all of the flowers herself!
And here's how it normally looks on the inside. Check out the pics throughout the rest of this blog post to see how they transformed the space!
Chet made this arch! Erin's sister decorated it.
Erin's grandpa cut these logs for her wedding:) Talk about a talented family affair!
How pretty is this birdcage? I would want it to decorate my house:)
The young lady featured on the journal today is one of the prettiest and sweetest young teenagers I've met in quite some time. She actually reminds me a little bit of myself when I was her age. A little bit shy, enjoys art, and likes wearing black Chuck Taylors;) She and her family live up north and came down to meet me at the Denver Botanic Gardens for her session. It's amazing how many different kinds of plants and settings there are stuffed into a fairly small area at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It's actually one reason why it's perfect for photoshoots. You walk just down the path a little way and you've left a perfectly manicured Japanese garden and stumbled across a wild and untamed Colorado grasslands area. There are pretty waterlily gardens, lovely sculptures, small waterfalls, and of course lots of different kids of colorful flowers. It's impossible to make use of the entire garden in just one session, but I think we came pretty close during our time there. We wandered all over the place and made use of the gorgeous landscaping. And we even discovered an area I hadn't seen before on my previous visits where we found a gorgeous carved door to use as a backdrop (check it out below!). Chandler was the perfect model for her session and we came away with so many great shots of her it was really hard to narrow down just a small handful for the sneak peek.
Ihave another family with 3 generations featured on the blog today who came out to the Colorado mountains to celebrate grandma and grandpa's 50th wedding anniversary. That's 3 different families I've photographed this summer alone who are celebrating big marriage milestones and I have to say it is quite an inspiration! I really love that they all came together to spend time with their parents/grandparents as they mark this momentous occasion in their lives. Seeing them still so in love and happy together after the years makes me want to go home and squeeze my husband tight and tell him how much I love him:) I also think it's a great idea to get a nice family photo together once everyone is all together, especially when you are vacationing in as pretty a place as Colorado. In Summit County where Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne meet up along the I-70 corridor is a huge reservoir called Lake Dillon and there are beautiful mountain views there along Swan Mountain Road. We photographed over in the Sapphire Point area and on this night we were blessed with an amazing sunset with gorgeous purple and pink sky to finish off our session. After all of the rain I've been battling at my recent family sessions I felt very grateful for the good weather this time:)
The couple on the blog today are so incredibly photogenic. We met up two hours before sunset like I always do and got so many lovely photos of the two of them by the time the sun was setting that it was really hard to pick out just a handful for the sneak peek. They brought their huge doggie with them and he definitely rounded out their pictures quite nicely. We went to the South Mesa Trail just a tiny bit east of Eldorado Springs because it's one of my favorite photo locations. But I think the secret is out about that spot because I saw a few other photographers doing sessions there this time. We spent a little bit of time using the areas that I have previously really liked, but this time we went a little farther up the hill for more privacy and I love what we found. There was a great view of the beautiful jagged purple mountains that Boulder is known for and we also found some really pretty boulders with brilliant shades of green moss and lichen growing all over them. I was also pretty psyched that the moon was glowing against the pretty dusky sky and we were able to get a great photo with it before it moved too high up in the sky. But what really made the session great is that the couple was so comfortable with each other and able to express their love on camera so easily. I am going to have a blast photographing their wedding next spring!
So hard to pick a favorite, but I just love this one:)
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