My my, it has been a bit of a frustrating summer for all of us photographers here in Colorado. I've lived here pretty much my whole life and I really don't think I can recall a more rainy spring and summer than the one we've had in 2015. When I googled it my suspicions were confirmed and it sounds like the entire US has been having a particularly rainy year so far.
Don't get me wrong, one of life's great pleasures for me is cuddling up with a great book, a cup of coffee and listening to the rain fall outside. But, it's busy season, ya'll! I have families who are visiting Colorado who want to play outside! I've been rescheduling when possible, but there are only so many days that are available when the rain keeps coming. Luckily for me, I've had some really terrific go-with-the-flow kind of people who are game for outdoor photos even if there is a bit of a sprinkle coming down on us.
This sweet family featured on the blog today is one of those awesome families. They were out here celebrating their parent's 50th wedding anniversary (that's three 50th wedding anniversaries in a row for me this summer. How fantastic is that?!) The whole extended family came out to spend time together in the Breckenridge area and decided it would be nice to get some photos with the beautiful mountain scenery. One nice thing about all of this rain is that it has been turning our normally yellow and brown state into a lush green color and the wildflowers have been blooming like crazy. Check out the beautiful pictures we were able to capture for them even with the drizzle!
Ihave a special blog post for today. The reason it's so special is that it features the adorable Robbie, who is the first son of an old friend of mine. Robbie's momma, Kate and I go way back actually. She's one of my oldest friends. We've been friends for so long that I can't even remember the exact first time that we met. I suspect that it was band class in 6th grade at Sunset Middle School in Longmont, Colorado. Kate was a terrific french horn player while I played the clarinet badly, haha. We were even roommates for a couple of years during college while we both pursued art degrees here in the Denver area (mine in photography and hers in graphic design). I have a lot of friends who have children these days, but I have to admit that it's a little more surreal when your oldest friends that you grew up with start having babies of their own! I loved photographing Robbie. He looks just like his daddy and gave me some pretty serious faces for most of our photoshoot. But, then he'd throw out a crazy look here and there and a couple of smiles as well to keep us on our toes. What a little lovebug! Isn't that pout of his just so stinkin' cute?
Can you believe that is the same baby?! Haha.
Iphotographed Anna & Jakob's wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens last weekend. It was my second wedding there this season and the whole place is looking gorgeous as always. There were bunny rabbits hopping around all over the place and the gardens were looking nicely grown in now that it's mid-summer. Anna and Jakob are a really unique couple. They met in Ukraine while serving in the Peace Corps. I had my first inkling that they were cool people and that I would really like them when they mentioned that they were considering doing a Twin Peaks themed photobooth. (Yes, the David Lynch Twin Peaks) They chose to have a more non-traditional bridal party with their friends and family standing on their side no matter their gender and everyone got to choose what to wear for themselves which made for a nice colorful bridal party! One of Jakob's best friends officated the ceremony for them and it was an incredibly sweet celebration. Later in the evening we managed to get some dramatic photos with dark clouds looming before the sky opened up with rain. Luckily everyone fit inside the barn and that's where the rest of the evening's festivities took place. The catering staff just cleared away a few tables to make room for a dance floor area and it was quite cozy inside the barn with the rain falling outside the doors. It was a perfect wedding day!
Anders Lyon Friend of the Bride and Groom
Gusterman Silversmiths Custom made
Man, have I had some cool wedding clients lately. There's just something about this 2015 season, but everyone I've photographed lately has just been super fun people that I would be happy to have as friends. The kind of people where you spend one day with them and you just get why they are so loved by those surrounding them. Dan and Meg in particular were pretty rad and let me describe a couple of little vignettes from their wedding to explain why.
1.) It was their wedding day. A day when it's pretty much required to pretend to be queen and king with all of the attention on yourself. I mean, you've invited people all over the place to come witness and celebrate your love for each other right? No big deal, everyone expects that at a wedding. But no one expects that the bride and groom are going to be ready to recognize the fact that three of their guests all had birthdays on this same day. But they did! Meg and Dan put forth the effort to have a special birthday cake with candles for these three guests to blow out on their birthday. Call me a sap, but I just think that is the sweetest.
2.) Lip sync off. Yes, you heard me. Dan and Meg had a lip sync off, Jimmy Fallon-style. Needless to say it was complete pandemonium when this happened. There was also no obvious winner. They are both clearly stars;)
3.) And this last little story I'm going to tell is probably going to go down in history as one of my favorite wedding reception moments ever. I was under the impression that there was to be no garter or bouquet toss at the reception so when Meg suddenly sat down in a chair and Dan knelt before her I was surprised but got into position to capture it for them. He reaches underneath her dress and he doesn't pull out a lacy garter but a bottle of Smirnoff Ice. Yes folks, devious little Meg totally iced her new husband on their wedding day. How deliciously evil is she?! For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about you just need to go check out the link I've posted below for the urban dictionary which explains everything you need to know about the "icing" ritual. This is a tradition that my friends still love to pull out in Vegas but Meg has definitely taken the cake by pulling this stunt at her own wedding. And I love that Dan went along with it. Brilliant!
I could continue on and tell you all about how pretty the Colorado mountain scenery was (it was!), and how gorgeous Meg's A & Be dress was with it pretty delicate lace (duh, just look at the photos!) and how it rained a little during the ceremony and a bunch of other great moments and details from the day, but I think I've rambled on long enough now. I think the photos will speak for themselves.
Kelley McInnis Cousin of the bride. She and her husband do gorgeous architectural photography
Mitzi McInnis Megan's Aunt, she a Justice of the Peace from Stowe, VT
Peter Lefebvre Dan's best man
A & Be Highlands Neighborhood: Denver, CO
Meg painted Dan and Dan painted Meg for their custom made bean bag toss game. I love this idea! So cute:)
One of my favorites:)
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