July 4, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer

Colorado Engagement Photography | Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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hen I first met with Markley about her wedding next fall down in Redstone, Colorado she told me about how she met Trent basically through his dog. She works with animals and kids at her job with 4H but before she did that she was a dog groomer. Trent brought his dog in to get a haircut one day and met Markley. So I think it is very fitting that they chose to bring all three of their furry doggie family with them to their engagement photo shoot. I really loved the action and the energy that they brought to the photos. You could tell they were pretty pumped to be out and about at Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is where we met up for the session. I really love the abundance of forests with aspen trees at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. There is really nothing quite like the sun peeking through the leaves as they glitter all around you. And we even managed to find a few wildflowers for the photos too. Around sunset we made our way to Panorama Point to see if we could catch a mountain view at sunset and I'm happy to report that we succeeded in that. We even caught the moon in a couple of our photos. I am so glad that we were able to catch this pretty slice of Colorado scenery in their engagement photos since these two lovebirds are heading back home to Trent's family on the east coast. I hope that when they look at their pictures they are brought back to their Colorado life where they first met:)
A nice close up engagement photo of a couple at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado
Backlit Pretty forest engagement photo with pretty aspen trees at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
A cute engaged couple sit in the tall grass at Golden Gate Canyon State Park during their engagement photo session in Colorado.
An cute couple kisses during their engagement photo session in the forest at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
Backlit engagement photos with an aspen tree at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
This one cracks me up so much. I couldn't get these goofballs to look at me instead of mom and dad!
Doggies look at their owners at their engagement session at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
A sweet moment with their pet doggies at an engagement session at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
Detail photo of engagement ring at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado
Silhouette of an engaged couple at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado at Sunset.
My favorite!
A pretty backlit engagement photo of a couple holding hands in the tall grass with aspen trees in the forest at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.
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June 30, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Vacation Photography | Sapphire Point and Dillon Lake

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met up with this super fun extended family a week ago to photograph them together enjoying the great outdoors in the Colorado mountains. They are from Iowa but were here vacationing in Breckenridge to celebrate their parent's 50th wedding anniversary. I really love that the whole family decided to get together to celebrate this incredible milestone in their lives. I really loved that grandma and grandpa were obviously still so in love. You could just see it on their faces when they looked at each other during the session. I use the area around Sapphire Point and the Prospector Campground a lot, but it's easy to see why when you see the scenery there. I know most of the out-of-towners visiting our great state are brought here to see the mountains and they want them featured in their photos! This area definitely delivers with some excellent mountain views. I had a blast photographing this clan. They were silly with each other and having a good time. I know a lot of people dread having to get their family portraits created, but I think it can actually be a lot of fun and just a really nice excuse to hang out with each other. And when they look back years from now they'll have these nice pictures to remind them of how much fun they had together.
Teenager siblings pose for photos in front of Buffalo mountain at Prospector Campground at Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado
Colorado Mountain Family photos at Prospector Campground with Buffalo Mountain in the backdrop near Dillon Reservoir in Colorado
A cute couple celebrates their 50th wedding anniversary together with their family and get family photos taken in Dillon Colorado at Prospector Campground
Grandparents celebrate 50 years of marriage on a family vacation to Breckenridge Colorado and pose for photos with their grandchildren at Sapphire Point
A young boy wearing a blue plaid shirt sits on a tree stump and poses for the camera during his family's photo session in the Colorado mountains at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge
An extended family gathers and poses for photos near Sapphire Point in Colorado to celebrate their parent's 50th wedding anniversary in Breckenridge.
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June 26, 2015   •   Filed in Spring, Families

Colorado Family Photographer | Roxborough State Park Spring Rain Pictures

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ack in May I had to reschedule the majority of my outdoor photo sessions here in Denver due to the incessant rain that we got. Although I was enjoying the cooler temperatures and all of the nice green plants we got because of it, I did start to get frustrated by not being able to photograph as often. But, there was one photo shoot where we chose to do the session in the rain due to time constraints. My friend Stacey who I met at the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls and her husband, Martin wanted to do a photo shoot as a gift for his parents who were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this June. Since the party was coming up, we powered through the rainy weather and actually came away with some pretty unique photos that you don't often see here in Colorado. We went to Roxborough State Park which has gorgeous red rock formations like the kind you see at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. I loved the way the pretty fog draped over the rock formations making it look like a whole new place! We walked along the muddy paths and the tree branches held the raindrops making for some beautiful pictures of the family together The downside is that we got pretty darn wet but I think it was worth it to get something fresh and different than our typical sunny Colorado weather with bright blue skies. I am happy that Martin's parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in mid-June and so now I can share the photos without ruining the surprise!
Magical Family Photos in the woods at Roxborough State Park on a rainy day in Colorado
Spring blossom family photos at Roxborough State Park in Colorado.
Adult siblings at a family photo shoot in the spring at Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado.
Happy family photos in the rain at Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado
Romantic rainy day photos at Roxborough State Park in Colorado
Family photos with springtime blossoms in front of the dramatic red rocks at Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado.
Pretty foggy rainy day family photos with dramatic red rocks at Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado.
Foggy rainy family photos outside at Roxborough State Park in Colorado.
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June 20, 2015   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Riverbend Wedding Photography | Lyons, Colorado

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have heard a lot of good things about Riverbend, the new rustic wedding venue brought to us by the same people who own The Farmette in Lyons, Colorado. And what I heard about it being beautiful and unique was true! The first thing that struck me about Riverbend is just how large and open it is. If you want to bring out of town guests to Colorado and give them a magical outdoor experience with the beauty of nature surrounding them this would be a good place to offer that. There are so many wide open grassy spaces to walk through and a breathtaking view of tall redstone cliffs all along the river. Their ceremony space is situated with a view of these dramatic cliffs but is far enough away from the river that it doesn't drown out the acoustics for the ceremony. They have a huge sail cloth tent for the dinner with the option of being open on all sides on nice days and can be closed when the weather takes a turn for the worse. And perhaps my favorite thing about this place is that they have a huge riverside patio with beautiful cafe string lights strung up overhead to provide just the right amount of ambience (and also helpful for us photographers!) while dancing beneath the stars. There is even a row of adorable tiny houses where guests can stay once the party winds down.  
 
Amy and Jon and their guests definitely made good use of the space. Amy prepped for the big day in the glamping tent (complete with chandeliers!) on one side of the property while Jon and his friends lounged in the adorable cottage over on the other. The guys cracked me up when they decided to jump into the river for a quick bath together instead of doing individual showers. And their adorable little doggie Eli had a blast running around all over the property as they both got ready. Amy was a little nervous so we orchestrated a sweet little first look before the ceremony and then it was time to walk down the grassy aisle. Jon works for Avery Brewing Company and I thought it was a pretty awesome touch that they had brewed a special beer called "Riverbend" just for their wedding day. They toasted with their special brew during the ceremony right before their first kiss as man and wife. After the ceremony and dinner I noticed lots of guests making good use of the relaxation areas they had set up all along the banks of the river with rocking chairs and overstuffed armchairs. The bar, which was set up beneath a gigantic evergreen tree was also rocking. But appropriately the most crowded area with most of the action was the dance floor. Amy and Jon and all of their friends and family partied on that patio next to the river like there was no tomorrow. It was such a fun wedding for a couple who everyone wants to be friends with!  
Event Details
Officiant
Tucker Neary Friend of the Bride and Groom
Dress Shop
Green Bride Littleton, CO Some of the money from their dress sales go toward helping women escape the sex trafficking trade.
Dress Designer
Venue
Riverbend Lyons, Colorado
Cupcakes
La Momo Maes Longmont, CO
Caterer
Greens Point Longmont, CO
Florals
DIY Amy and her mom did all of the florals themselves
DJ
Coordinator
Seize the Day Events Day of Coordinating
White jeweled bridal sandals by Jessica Simpson on a barnwood farm table at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Cute doggie sitting in the grass at a summer wedding at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado
A b&w photo of a bride with curlers in her hair sitting in the bridal glamping tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Grooms gives gift to groomsman in the cottage at Riverben in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom and groomsmen dunk themselves in the freezing St. Vrain Creek at Riverben in Lyons, Colorado.
A shot of whiskey after submerging themselves in the St. Vrain River at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groomsmen stand all wet after dunking themselves in the St. Vrain River on a wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride wearing a teal green silk robe stands with her bridesmaids who are all in white robes in the glamping bridal tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride puts on her gown with help from a bridesmaid in the glamping tent bridal area at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride puts on her bracelet inside the bridal glamping tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride preps for her wedding inside the glamping tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride with pretty mint green toenail polish wearing a toe anklet bracelet on her wedding day goes barefoot at her Riverbend Lyons, Colorado wedding
Bride poses for a quick photo in the glamping tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Detail photo of the lush green leaves from the trees surrounding the ceremony site at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom under a tiny black umbrella waits for his bride to have their first look at each other before the ceremony on the lawn at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A bride walks up to her groom as he waits to get his first look at her before their ceremony at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A happy couple sees each other for the first time near the river on their wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A portrait of a happy couple standing in the green grass next to the St. Vrain River at Riverbend on their wedding day in Lyons, Colorado.
A romantic photo of a couple on their wedding day with the redstone cliffs in the background at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Ceremony set up under the large leafy trees on the lawn in front of the redstone cliffs at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado
Wood folding chairs with birdseed on them all set up for a ceremony on the lawn at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A beautiful ivory and green and lace arch in front of the redstone cliffs with cafe string lights overhead at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A wide angle view of the ceremony space under the trees on a big green grassy lawn in front of the redstone cliffs at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
The welcome table all set up for a wedding at Riverbend with the tiny houses in the backdrop in Lyons, Colorado
A bohemian barefoot bride walks with her father down the aisle at her wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado
A groom looks down the aisle at his bride as she walks to him on their wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Wide angle view of the ceremony space in front of the redstone cliffs on the lawn under big leafy green trees at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom smile big on their wedding day during their ceremony on the lawn at Riverbend in Lyons Colorado.
Bride reads her vows during her ceremony at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Vows are read during an outdoor ceremony on the green lawn at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom reads his vows to his bride during their ceremony on the lawn at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Ring exchange during the ceremony with red cliffs in the backdrop at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A custom Riverbend beer toast from Avery Brewing Company during a wedding celebration at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
First kiss during Riverbend Wedding Ceremony in Lyons Colorado
Bride and groom have birdseed thrown at them as they walk down the aisle at their Riverbend Wedding ceremony in Lyons, Colorado.
Riverbend lawn set up with bean bag toss and comfy seating for a rustic outdoor wedding along the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado.
Overstuffed Arm chairs with quilts provide guests with comfy seating options to enjoy the St. Vrain River and the redstone cliffs at a wedding at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Family formal portraits in front of the rushing St. Vrain River at Riverbend in Lyons Colorado.
Wedding portraits with the family dog at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Doggie kisses at a rustic bohemian wedding at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Sweet wedding photos with their doggie in front of the river and the red cliffs at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Fun bridal party formal photography as they walk along the green grass next to the St. Vrain River at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bridesmaids wearing their own green dresses pose with the bride near the St. Vrain River in front of the Redstone Cliffs at Riverbend in Lyons Colorado
The entire bridal party stands and sits on the stone stairs leading from the ceremony space to the river at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A huge evergreen tree makes for a unique outdoor bar space with big barrels and wood as the counter and string lights and chandeliers hanging in the tree for decoration at Riverbend in Lyons Colorado.
Avery Brewing Company from Boulder is an awesome craft beer for this wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
More comfy rocking chair seating with quilts thrown over them and purple and green wildflowers at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado
Scrabble letters spell out bride and groom's names on their welcome area at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
The bench style seating set up with purple wildflowers underneath the big white tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Details from the DIY purple and green wildflowers in the big white tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Detail photo of the unique wedding rings at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Detail photos of the wildflower centerpieces and long wood farmtable in the big white tent at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Delicious cupcakes in all kinds of flavors from La Momo Maes at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Close up photos of delicious cupcakes from La Momo Maes set up for a wedding at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Wedding toasts at a Riverbend Lyons Colorado Summer Wedding
Detail photo of the cafe string lights decorating the outdoor dancing patio next to the river at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
First dance under the patio string lights at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom dance their first dance together with all of their family and friends looking on at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
First Dance in front of the rocky red cliffs next to the St. Vrain River at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom celebrate their first dance in front of the river and red cliffs at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and her father laugh together as they dance on the patio at her wedding at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.Happy
Happy wedding dance photos from Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom and his mom dance on the patio next to the St. Vrain River at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Wedding reception dance party on the patio at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Amy's grandparents win the longest married couple dance. This is one of my favorite wedding traditions.
The longest married couple was the bride's grandma and grandpa at a Riverbend Wedding Celebration in Lyons, Colorado.
Wedding guests having fun on the outdoor dance floor patio at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Wedding guests tear it up on the dancefloor with red cliffs and river in the background at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Funny wedding dance floor photos at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Fun wedding reception dance photos on the outdoor patio at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom ham it up on the dance floor patio under the string lights at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Fun wedding reception at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and her new mother in law share an intimate happy moment during wedding reception at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom enjoy each other's company cuddling under a quilt on a rocking chair on the lawn at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Happy wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom portrait at sunset next to the river at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A gorgeous bride poses in front of the redstone cliffs and river on her wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A stunning bride photographed on the green lawn at sunset with redstone cliffs and St. Vrain River in the backdrop at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
A romantic photo of a happy bride and groom next to the River on their wedding day at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Bride and groom wedding day portraits next to river at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
String lights shine in the trees at Riverbend at dusk in Lyons, Colorado.
Party goers dance the night away on the patio at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Dancefloor shenanigans at a Riverbend Wedding in Lyons, Colorado
Fun dance floor photos from a wedding reception outside at night at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom and his sister slam beer at his wedding reception at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
Groom parties with his friends on the dance floor at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
The dinner tent all lit up at dusk with string lights in the trees at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
One last nice portrait to finish up the story:)
A pretty B&W photo of the bride and groom sitting on the flagstone stairs with string lights in the backdrop at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado.
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