July 23, 2016   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Mountain Family Photographer | The River Course at Keystone

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he matriarch of this adorable family called me up last week hoping they could get some updated family photos while they were all vacationing together up in Keystone, Colorado. It was also a bit of a birthday present for herself too. The family loves to golf together so they rented a big house in the River Course at Keystone golf club neighborhood in the mountains of Colorado. They didn't have to travel as far as some of my other portrait clients since they all live in the Denver metro area like I do. But, as we all know it's not easy to get the whole family together and I think it was a great idea to spend an hour creating these in their pretty woodsy backyard at the house. The last time they got a nice professional photo together some of those grandkids weren't even born yet! Here's a little sneak peek of a few of the images and happy birthday to Rosanne!
Two sisters wearing black dresses pose in the woods behind their house at the River Course at Keystone golf club in the mountains of Colorado
A happy married couple snuggle for their family pictures in the pretty backyard woods of their rental home in Keystone Colorado
A nice extended family portrait in the woods behind a rental vacation home at River Course at Keystone golf club in the Colorado Mountains
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July 21, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Colorado Mountain Ski Resort Wedding | Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs

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he wedding featured on the journal today has been a pretty whirlwind affair. I first talked to Stan and Julie (The bride, Lauren's) parents in December and found out that they were attempting to plan a huge destination wedding in Steamboat Springs with just about six months to work with. I actually was not worried in the least for them because they had so much enthusiasm and were incredibly excited about the planning process. And as you can see from the photos it all turned out splendidly. They had help from Lora from Last Call Events who transformed the Champagne Powder Room at the top of the gondola into the epitome of pretty in pink. In typical mountain weather fashion a thunderstorm blew through and we had to quickly rearrange some of the portrait plans but I love the dramatic feel of the light in their ceremony photos and wouldn't have changed a thing. Seeing such a huge crowd of friends and family travel out from Omaha, Chicago, Kansas City and beyond to bestow their love on Lauren and Connor was really great to witness. Their party was incredibly high energy and everyone crowded the dance floor all night which is my favorite kind of party to photograph. One of the best parts of the night was when Connor went on-stage to show off a little bit of his incredible drumming talent for his friends and family. The live band Mannequin and the high altitude definitely helped keep the energy levels up all evening and you can see how much fun everyone was having in the images. Here's to a life full of fun just like their wedding day for Lauren and Connor!
Event Details
Venue
Steamboat Springs Resort Ceremony on the lawn, reception in the Champagne Powder Room
Coordinator & Florist
Last Call Events Lora Reichley
Officiant
Tim Selby
Videographer
Kyle Hodge Films Boulder, CO
Band
Mannequin Denver, CO
Bridal Shop
Dress Designer
Veil
Bridesmaid Dresses
Groom's Tuxedo
Slabotsky's Kansas City, MO
Baker
Handpainted Burlap Bride on Board Sign hangs at Christie Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado on a summer wedding day in Colorado
Gorgeous nude colored high heel shoes at a Colorado mountain wedding during summer in Steamboat Springs
Gorgeous lace Willowby by Watters BHLDN wedding gown hangs in doorway of the Christie Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bridesmaids laugh together while drinking mimosas and wearing pretty pink floral robes at a Colorado summer mountain wedding in Steamboat Springs
Bride's mom helps her with her bracelet at the Christie Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bridesmaid silps champagne as it overflows from the glass at a summer wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Custom gold script Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid coffee mugs with floral bridesmaid robes at a Colorado mountain wedding in Steamboat Springs
Beautiful blonde blue eyed bride wearing a white silk robe puts her earrings in at Christie Club on her wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride reads a letter from her groom on her wedding day at the Christie Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Beautiful floral mother of the bride gown with lace overlay from BHLDN at Christie Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Fun pale pink shoelaces in the groom's fancy wedding shoes at a Colorado mountain wedding in Steamboat Springs
Groom gets dressed in the Sheraton hotel in Steamboat Springs on his summer wedding day on top of the mountain gondola
Groom gets help with is bowtie on his wedding day in the Sheraton Hotel in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Rainy Gondola ride up the mountainside in Steamboat Springs Colorado on a summer wedding day at the Ski Resort
Cute bride wearing a red plaid button up shirt opens a bottle of champagne at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Pretty mother of the groom wearing a light blue dress at a Colorado mountain wedding at the ski resort in Steamboat Springs
Beautiful pale pink bridal bouquets from Last Call Floral in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Flower girl burlap and lace flower petal baskets from Last Call Events in Steamboat Springs Colorado
B&W bridal photo of sister helping with the bridal gown at a Steamboat Springs Ski Resort wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Maid of Honor helps her sister with her nude high heel wedges at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado Mountains
Bridal details with buttons on back of her Willowby by Watters BHLDN dress and garter at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado Mountains
Pretty jewelry details on a bride's hands in front of Willowby by Watters BHLDN lace bridal gown at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Pretty bridal portrait in the bridal room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado Mountains during summer
Bride looks out over the Yampa Valley from the top of the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Family portraits on a sunny day on top of the mountain in Steamboat Springs at the ski resort in Colorado
Bride with her flower girls wearing flower crowns in front of a view of the Yampa Valley on top of the mountain in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride with her sister in front of a view of the Yampa Valley on top of Mount Werner at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
Bride with her bridesmaids all wearing pretty full length Jenny Yoo pink dresses on top of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs Colorado at a summer mountain wedding
Bridesmaids wearing pink full length gowns walk with the bride toward the wedding ceremony on the lawn with a storm looming in the backdrop on top of the mountains at Steamboat Springs Colorado
Groomsmen in blue suits walk together on the mountainside at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom with his ringbearer and groomsmen on the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom portrait in a blue suit and pale pink bow tie on top of the mountain on a sunny day at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom walks on a mountainside with his groomsmen toward his wedding ceremony at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort Wedding on the lawn on top of Mount Werner at a Colorado mountain wedding in the summer
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort on the lawn with the ski runs in the backdrop at an outdoor summer wedding in Colorado
Pretty Aspen Tree arch with pale pink flowers at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding in Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Ringbearer and flower girls make their way down the aisle at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom walks with his mother arm in arm down the aisle on the lawn at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado mountains on a stormy summer day
Groom waits for his bride to walk down the aisle on the lawn at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride and her dad prepare to walk down the aisle on the grass at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Father of the bride kisses his daughter before handing her off to her groom at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Outdoor stormy sky wedding ceremony during summer on the lawn at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom looks at his pretty bride at their outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado Mountains
Bride looks out at her guests during outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
Outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn with an aspen tree altar at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
A stormy summer afternoon wedding on top of the Colorado mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Singer from the band Mannequin at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding ceremony at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Summer wedding outdoors on the lawn with a storm rolling in at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Pretty outdoor mountain wedding at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the mountains of Colorado
Groom kisses his bride at the end of their outdoor wedding ceremony just as the raindrops begin at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
A happy bride and groom hold hands in the air at the outdoor mountain wedding ceremony in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom walk out of their ceremony arms in the air celebrating at their outdoor Steamboat Springs Ski Resort wedding in the Colordado mountains
Beautiful portrait of a bride and groom with the ski runs behind them at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
A natural bridal party photo with a pale pink color theme at a summer wedding on the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
A cute wedding party poses together in front of the dramatic ski run mountainside at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand toward their reception at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the mountains of Colorado
Bride and groom pose on a ski lift at the top of Mount Werner on a stormy summer wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
A gorgeous view of a half sunny half stormy landscape on top of Mount Werner at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado Mountains
Family portrait on the patio at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
Bride and groom portrait with a view of the Yampa valley behind them on the patio at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort on top of Mount Werner on a stormy summer wedding day in Colorado
Maid of honor gets under the dress to bustle it at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Champagne Powder room all set up for a pretty in pink wedding reception on top of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Pretty chair covers with pale pink sashes and Mr. and Mrs. Signs at a summer wedding reception in the Champagne Powder room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Beautiful rustic wood log centerpiece with pretty pink flowers decorates a wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
A pretty white three tiered wedding cake from Steamboat Bakers with pale pink flowers in the Champagne Powder room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Pretty pale pink cocktail table decor with rustic wood elements at a Colorado mountain wedding in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Hand made floral letters spell
A handmade floral sign with flowers spelling out
A detail photo of the dessert table with custom printed pale pink napkins with gold embossed lettering at a Steamboat Springs Ski Resort wedding in the Champagne Powder Room by Last Call Events in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs Colorado Wedding Reception Decor with pale pink florals by Last Call Event at a summer wedding in the Champagne Powder Room
Custom printed wedding program on cream cardstock with pretty pink florals at a Champagne Powder Room wedding reception at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Flower girl's flower crown rests on the back of her chair as she eats dinner in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Officiant makes a prayer before dinner in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the Colorado mountains
Bride and groom dance their first dance immediately after being introduced at their wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom toast their guests at their summer wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Spring Colorado
Father of the Bride gives a heartfelt toast at his daughter's wedding in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Father of the bride toasts the couple in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Mother and father of the bride take a portrait on the deck outside of the Champagne Powder Room with a pretty stormy sky at sunset at their daughter's summer wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado
A sweet photo of the bride with her dad and a view of Steamboat Springs behind them next to the gondolas at sunset in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom pose in front of the stormy sunset next to the gondolas in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom look out on the view at sunset near the Gondolas on their wedding day at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride and groom cut their cake at their wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Groom and his mom dance together at his Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Groom hugs his mom at his Champagne Powder Room wedding reception in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and her dad dance together at her wedding reception in Steamboat Springs Colorado as mom looks on in the background in the Champagne Powder Room
Bride and her dad dance together at her wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Groom gets the party started on the dance floor in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance, limbo, and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Detail photo of custom blue beer coozies on fat tire beers at a Colorado mountain wedding in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Gorgeous pale pink table centerpieces with glass and wood in the Champagne Powder Room at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Detail photo of the wedding rings at a Colorado Mountain Wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Grandma relaxes at a table with her friend at a wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride's sorority serenades the groom at her Steamboat Springs Ski Resort reception in the Champagne Powder Room in Colorado
Ring bearer and his friend relax and enjoy some wedding cake in the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Wedding guests dance and enjoy a Colorado mountain wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride and groom party and dance at their fun wedding reception in the Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
How can I not share that view one last time?
Gorgeous stormy sunset photo of a bride and groom embracing on the outdoor deck at the Champagne Powder Room in Steamboat Springs Colorado
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July 13, 2016   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Mountain Family Photography | Aspen Tree Grove in Kremmling

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here is something so special about bringing your whole family together on a vacation as adults. Everyday life is so fast paced that it's really nice to slow down and come together with your loved ones to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. And when it's on Grandma and Grandpa's incredible ranch land in Kremmling, Colorado it's downright magical. The whole family piled into a fleet of ATV's and took off for the open fields of wildflowers and a beautiful aspen tree grove. Luckily there is a whole posse of photographers in the family who actually do this for a living too back home in Indiana. They already had the vision for where they wanted to take their family photos and had already scoped it out so they were totally prepared for the session. I was too busy posing and figuring out what would look best at the time, but when I went to retouch the photos I noticed that there is a huge bird's nest in the trees in the background for some of the photos which I think is really neat. We didn't see any wildlife during the photo session, but the family did tell me about the elk, moose, and even a bear that they had seen during their stay. And since it's a ranch they have access to a stable of horses that they can ride while they out here on vacation. It really was a special place and I hope they had a blast hanging out with each other in the great outdoors of Colorado. I'm inspired to see if I can make something like this happen with my family now!
A large extended family poses in a field of wildflowers in front of an Aspen Tree Grove on their family ranch in Kremmling Colorado during summer
Grandma and Grandpa pose for photos in a field of pretty purple wildlowers with a golden glow lighting the grove of Aspen trees behind them on their family ranch in Kremmling Colorado
A family with two girls walks hand in hand through the Aspen Grove on the family ranch in Kremmling Colorado during summer
A super cute family wearing shades of khaki and blue sit in the green grass in an Aspen Tree grove on their family ranch during summer in Kremmling Colorado
A cute family portrait in an Aspen tree grove in the mountains of Kremmling Colorado during summer
Two blonde sisters hug each other during their family photos in an Aspen Grove in Kremmling Colorado
A cute family portrait with huge aspen trees lit up from behind on the family ranch in Kremmling Colorado
A sweet baby girl his cuddled with her mom and dad in the warm glow of an aspen tree grove in Kremmling Colorado
A newly engaged couple get their portrait taken with a pretty golden glow of sunlight through the huge aspen trees on the family ranch in Kremmling Colorado
Two sisters wearing blue dresses are photographed together in an aspen grove in Kremmling Colorado on their family ranch land
A large family portrait wearing shades of blue and khaki taken on the family ranch in Kremmling Colorado in an aspen grove during summer
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July 12, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Intimate Colorado Mountain Wedding Ceremony | Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon

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ashley and Christopher and a select handful of their closest family and friends made the drive out to Colorado from Texas a couple of weeks ago to celebrate their love in a beautiful wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point. It was a gorgeous afternoon with some cloud cover keeping us all from baking in the harsh Colorado sun. We were lucky with no actual rain to contend with, my favorite for ceremony photos! Dashley wore a beautiful Alfred Angelo gown which showed off her back and Christopher's eyes lit up when he saw her walking down the aisle with her mom. I thought it was so touching that both her ex-step dad and her current step-dad both met up with her mom at the end of the aisle to continue walking her down to greet Christopher. It was a lovely ceremony with the over-fed chipmunks scampering around like crazy and we all listened to Dashley and Christopher make their vows while breathing in that fresh crisp mountain air. After creating some beautiful family portraits right there at the point, Dashley and Christopher obliged me in creating their own beautiful portraits with mountain views and we even made sure to get some photos closer to Lake Dillon on the docks. I truly couldn't have asked for a nicer day with these lovely people. Dashley and Christopher, I wish you a lifetime of happiness together! Congratulations!
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Officiant
Dress Designer
A cute young ring bearer wearing a peach colored shirt and tie with a yellow sunflower holds the ring pillow at a small outdoor wedding at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Colorado outdoor mountain wedding with chipmunks running around on the path at Sapphire Point in Dillon
Bride walks down the aisle with her mom as her groom looks on at her at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado
Outdoor mountain wedding at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado
Bride kisses her step dad's before meeting her groom at an outdoor Colorado wedding at Sapphire Point
A beautiful Sapphire Point small intimate Colorado mountain wedding at Lake Dillon
Small wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado
Cute flower girl sits in her mom's lap at an outdoor intimate wedding at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Bride and groom recite their vows at an intimate Colorado mountain wedding at Sapphire Point
Cross Christian ceremony at an intimate outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at Sapphire Point
Cross wedding ceremony at Lake Dillon Sapphire Point in the mountains of Colorado
Close up of the rings in bride and groom's hands during their small intimate outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at Sapphire Point
First kiss wedding ceremony with mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point in Colorado
A happy bride and groom at the end of their wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Grandma snuggles her grandson at an intimate outdoor Colorado wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point
A cute little flower girl holds the bride's big bouquet at Sapphire Point in the mountains of Colorado
Bride and groom sign the marriage license at the end of their wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Happy bride and groom pose for photos in front of the view at their outdoor mountain wedding at Sapphire Point in Colorado
A pretty ring close up photo on a pine tree at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand up the path at Sapphire Point on their intimate wedding day in the Colorado mountains
A Colorado mountain wedding at Sapphire Point during summer at Lake Dillon
Bridal detail photo with her bouquet and veil at Sapphire Point in the mountains of Colorado
A beautiful Colorado Mountain Wedding at Sapphire Point near Lake Dillon
Bride and groom walk down the path together in front fo the rustic wood fence and the beautiful mountain views at Sapphire Point in Colorado
A nice portrait of a bride and groom in front of the mountain views at their Sapphire Point wedding in Colorado at Lake Dillon
Bride and groom walk onto the dock for photos on Lake Dillon at their Colorado wedding
A Colorado mountain wedding on the dock at Lake Dillon during summer
A beautiful view of the mountains in the backdrop of a wedding portrait on the dock at Lake Dillon in Colorado
Beautiful portrait of a bride showing off the back of her dress while snuggling her groom in the mountains of Colorado at Lake Dillon
My favorite!
Bride and groom stand on the dock on Lake Dillon in the mountains of Colorado after their small intimate wedding ceremony
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