August 25, 2016   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Golden Colorado Family Photography | Clear Creek History Park

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his 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.
A couple poses for photos together at their family session at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
All of the ladies in an extended family pose with grandma the matriarch of their family at their photography session at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Golden Colorado Family Portraits at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
A couple wearing green pose for photos in front of the pretty green foliage with rustic ranch fence at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, CO
A nice family portrait with adult children and grandchildren at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
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August 19, 2016   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Summer

All-America-Selections Garden Wedding | Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado

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met 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.
Event Details
Venue
Denver Botanic Gardens All-America Selections Garden for Ceremony & Dinner + Gates Hall and Gates Courtyard for Reception
Hair & Make up
Hotel
Crawford Hotel Located inside Union Station in downtown Denver
First Look Location
Cooper Lounge Located on 2nd floor of Union Station
Officiants
Elizabether Fischer & Rob Johnstone Friends of the Bride and Groom
Ceremony Musicians
Bridal Gown
Caterer
Florist
The Ruffly Rose Old South Pearl Street Denver, CO
Lighting Design
Transportation
Chandelier hangs at the Oxford Club Salon and Spa as the bride gets her hair done in Denver Colorado
Bridesmaid make up at Oxford Club Salon and Spa in Denver Colorado
Cute red head flower girl spins around on a salon chair at the Oxford Club Salon and Spa in Denver Colorado
Bridesmaid hair at Oxford Club Salon and Spa in Denver Colorado
Groom gets dressed in the hotel suite at Crawford Hotel in Denver Colorado
Groom gets help with his boutonnierre from Ruffly Fose at Crawford Hotel in Denver, CO
Pretty detail photos of the pale pink and white flowers from the Ruffly Rose at the Crawford Hotel at a wedding in Denver CO
Denver Colorado summer wedding bouquet with pale pink and white flowers with greenery at Crawford Hotel suite in Union Station
Groom's boutonierre created by Ruffly Rose at the Crawford Hotel in Denver, CO
Pretty jeweled white high heels at a Denver wedding at Crawford Hotel in Denver CO
Bride gets help with her dress from her bridesmaid at Crawford Hotel suite inside Union Station in Denver Colorado
Pretty blonde bride preps for her wedding day in the hotel suite at Crawford Hotel in Union Station in Denver CO
Bridemaid helps bride with her dress at Crawford Hotel in Denver Colorado's Union Station
Bride puts on her shoes at the Crawford Hotel in Denver Colorado's Union Station
Bride in a tea length BHLDN dress and large pale pink bouquet walks up to her groom at the Cooper Lounge for their wedding day first look in Union Station Denver Colorado
Wedding day portraits at the Cooper Lounge inside Union Station in Denver Colorado
Cute cuddly wedding day portrait on a gold velvet couch at the Cooper Lounge inside Union Station in Denver Colorado
Individual bride and groom portraits inside the Cooper Lounge in Union Station Denver Colorado
Bridesmaids in pale pink dresses pose with the bride in her BHLDN Dress at Cooper Lounge in Denver Colorado
Wedding party group photo at the Cooper lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
A nice happy portrait of a bride and groom at the Cooper Lounge inside historic Union Station in Denver Colorado
A group of groomsmen hang out in the Terminal Bar area of Union Station in Denver, CO before the wedding ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens
Casual portrait at Terminal Bar in Union Station Denver Colorado wedding day
B&W portrait of bride and groom in front of the vintage woodland mosaic solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens Woodland Mosaic Solarium wedding portrait on a sunny day at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Beautiful sunny wedding day portrait in front of Circle gate at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Pretty romantic wedding day portrait with greenery at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding Ceremony at All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Walking down the aisle with parents at Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Wedding in the All America Selections Garden
Newly redesigned All America Selections Garden Wedding Ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Wedding Ceremony at the All America Selections Garden in Denver Colorado
Happy bride during outdoor wedding ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Wedding vows at the All America Selections Garden in Colorado at Denver Botanic Gardens
Outdoor wedding vows during ceremony in the All America Selections Garden in Denver Colorado
New All America Selections Garden wedding ceremony at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Wedding ceremony outdoors in the All America Selections Garden in Colorado at Denver Botanic Gardens
First kiss wedding ceremony outdoors at the Denver Botanic Gardens All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Signing the marriage license at Denver Botanic Gardens at the All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Marriage License signing on a sunny day at the All America Selections Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens wedding in Colorado
Wedding formal portraits near the All America Selections Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Pretty water garden next to the All America Selections Garden Wedding Reception Dinner at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Beautiful white lily on blue water at Denver Botanic Gardens next to the All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Pretty white and green wedding reception set up at the All America Selections Garden in Denver Colorado
All America Selections Garden Wedding Reception Dinner set up with tables on a summer day in Colorado at Denver Botanic Gardens
Light up LOVE sign letters at Denver Botanic Gardens at the All America Selections Garden in Colorad
Bar signage with signature cocktails at an outdoor wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens on a summer wedding day in Colorado
Cheza String Quartet entertain cocktail hour guests at Denver Botanic Gardens at the All America Selections Garden in Colorado
Wedding portraits in white flowers at the All America Selections Garden in Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Beautiful wedding day portrait in a bright and colorful garden at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Sunset wedding portrait at the Monet Water lily garden at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Wedding Toasts at sunset at the All America Selections Garden in Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado during summer
Wedding speeches and toasts during summer at the All America Selections Garden with twinkle lights at Denver Botanic Gardens
Bride and groom pose in front of the pretty twinkle lights in the tent at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
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.
Cousins from a family vote for their family tradition of Cousin of the year award at a Denver Botanic Gardens wedding in Colorado
Bride and groom dance together at their wedding reception inside Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
This bridesmaid's reception footwear is on point and a much flashier version of switching into flats:)
Light up tennis shoes on a bridesmaid at Gates Courtyard  at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Fun wedding floor dancing photos at Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Fun dance floor photos at a wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens at Gates Hall in Colorado
Bride tosses her bouquet to her one single friend at Denver Botanic Gardens at Gates Hall in Colorado
Fun dance floor wedding photos at Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Bride and dad and groom and mom dance together at Denver Botanic Gardens at Gates Hall in Colorado
Love this one! There should be more twinkle lights in the world:)
Bride in a tea length BHLDN gown pses for a portrait in front of the twinkle lights with her groom at Denver Botanic Gardens at their summer wedding in Colorado
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August 16, 2016   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Denver Family Photography | South Valley Park Littleton, Colorado

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he 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
Cute family photos at South Valley Park in Littleton Colorado on a log bench with stormy blue sky in the background
Colorado family portraits with a gorgeous view of South Valley park in the distance
South Valley Park Colorado Family Photos at Sunset on a stormy summer evening in Littleton
Awesome brother portrait with a lightning bolt caught in the distance behind them at South Valley Park in Colorado
Beautiful Colorado Family Portraits with rugged red rock formations and a dramatic dark blue stormy sky during summer in Colorado
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August 14, 2016   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Mountain Family Photography | Sugarloaf Mountain in Boulder

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he 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!
An extended family portrait on haybales at a rustic farm on Sugarloaf Mountain west of Boulder in the forested mountains of Colorado
Grandma and grandpa pose for a portrait during their family photography session at the family summer cabin in Boulder Colorado
A family wearing bright colors walk through a field of summer wildflower in the Colorado mountains near Boulder
Grandparents with their grandkids in front of aspen trees and wildflower in the Colorado mountains near Boulder
A cute couple pose together in front of the North Boulder Creek mountain stream on Sugarloaf Mountain in Colorado
A family wearing bright colors stand on a bridge over the North Boulder Creek in the Colorado Mountains near their family cabin on Sugarloaf Mountain west of Boulder
A cute couple pose together in front of the North Boulder Creek mountain stream on Sugarloaf Mountain in Colorado
Two brothers pose by the North Boulder Creek mountain stream at the family summer cabin in the Colorado mountains
A family poses outside of their cute summer cabin on Sugarloaf Mountain west of Boulder in the mountains of Colorado
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