This family was made up of a bunch of wise crackin' brothers and sisters who got together with their kids for the matriarch of their family. She wanted to get a nice portrait of all of them together and so they all met up with me at the Clear Creek History Park on a hot summer Sunday afternoon to pose for some group photos with her. I'm always impressed with big families who are somehow able to coordinate everyone's schedules to do something like this and I think it's so worth it to get a nice family picture together.
Imet Erin many years ago when we were both roller derby skaters for Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. She's since moved on from skating, but she's an incredibly athletic person and does more running than I could ever dream of doing. She runs so many races and marathons that I can't even keep track of it. Almost every summer she and her girlfriends spend days in a van taking turns running across the mountains of Colorado. She's a super hero athlete and also super sweet too which is why I was so happy to hear that she met Aaron. They are such a great match and not just because they basically have the same name;) It's awesome to see her so comfortable in his arms. Despite the hot temperatures, their wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. We started off with hair and make up at the Oxford Club Spa & Salon before moving on the the Crawford Hotel suite where Aaron and his buddies got dressed before leaving the room for Erin and her gals to use after. The Cooper Lounge was nice enough to allow us to use their bar space for their first look and a few portraits before heading over to the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street. Denver Botanic Gardens has redesigned one of their wedding spaces called the All-America-Selections Garden which is where the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner took place. It's a really nice location with a very modern style overhead covering to keep guests from baking in the heat and nice and open on all sides to enjoy the gardens. I particularly liked the water lilies found on the edges of the space. After dinner, the party moved indoors to the Gates Hall and Gates Garden Court where the dancing and merrymaking continued throughout the evening.
Denver Botanic Gardens All-America Selections Garden for Ceremony & Dinner + Gates Hall and Gates Courtyard for Reception
Hair & Make up
Crawford Hotel Located inside Union Station in downtown Denver
First Look Location
Cooper Lounge Located on 2nd floor of Union Station
Elizabether Fischer & Rob Johnstone Friends of the Bride and Groom
Aaron and his cousins have a fun family tradition where they vote on who gets to keep the "Cousin of the Year" award every time they are able to get together.
This bridesmaid's reception footwear is on point and a much flashier version of switching into flats:)
Love this one! There should be more twinkle lights in the world:)
The session below almost didn't happen. We scheduled to meet up at Mount Falcon for this family's photo session awhile ago and when the evening finally rolled around we looked outside and saw some dark clouds forming. Still, both the family and I have lived in Colorado long enough to know that this isn't necessarily a deal breaker. I've had clients cancel because the dark clouds looked scary and then the weather ended up being just fine for a photography session. Still, no amount of weather app stalking will ever let you know if it's going to just sprinkle a few drops or if the wind will make it impossible to photograph even if there's no precipitation at all so it's a gamble to make the drive out either way. Still, I pushed to meet up and see what we might be able to get and promised we'd try again if the weather ended up not cooperating. We started off at Mount Falcon but the big dark scary looking cloud seemed like it was ready to settle in there. So we did some quick thinking about where else we might be able to head to that is in the area and I thought that we might be able to get down to South Valley Park and still have enough time to get a whole family session done. On the drive over, I was worried because it looked like South Valley Park might also have it's own dark scary cloud looming over it but when we arrived the weather was actually more off in the distance creating a beautifully photogenic landscape to work with. I have to say, I'm extremely pleased that we went for it. The sky looks incredibly dramatic mixed in with the sunshine. And by some miracle we even caught a flash of lightning in one of the photos! Talk about lucky
The family featured on the blog today is so lucky that they get to escape to their summer cabin in the Sugarloaf Mountain area west of Boulder. It's been in the family for generations and during summer they get to come together to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature all around them. There is a lovely little mountain stream (North Boulder Creek) and huge wildflower fields. You can explore and hike through the pretty forest there to your heart's content. They wanted to get a family photo taken while the extended family was together before everyone had to head back home so I met up with them in front of their cabin and they showed me around their pretty little slice of heaven. I hope when the kids grow up they look back on these pictures and remember how much fun they had at the summer cabin in Colorado!
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