Apretty cold winter storm blew in last week and really set the scene for getting some holiday family photos created here in Colorado. I went out to Niwot which is the town where I went to high school and met this sweet family who were having a family get together. While their kids were visiting, they wanted to get some updated family photos done in front of their beautiful gold colored Christmas Tree and fireplace. I loved their classic, elegant look with everyone dressed up in black and white. They are such a good looking family and they have the sweetest, shy cute kids too. I loved that they each took a turn at the end getting a nice picture with their grandpa. When they are all grown up they are going to love that they have those photos with him to look back on.
One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is that sometimes my clients go on to start their own families and ask me back to photograph them again. It's so neat to see them go from newlyweds to brand new parents. Emily & Mike got married at Chatfield Botanic Gardens back in October of 2011 and now they have an adorable 5 month old son. We went to Cheesman Park on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in autumn. These photos are making me wish the fall season hadn't gone by so fast! I'm hoping this snow melts soon and we get a few more warm days before winter settles in.
I've been looking forward to sharing this wedding on the blog since the warm and sunny autumn day that I photographed it. Elizabeth and Bryan live in San Francisco, but they decided to host their wedding in beautiful Boulder Colorado since that is where Bryan grew up and where his parents still live. Elizabeth prepped for her big day at the historic Hotel Boulderado and I loved when a huge group of her friends stopped by to say hello. It felt like a scene straight out of a wedding movie. We met up with Bryan for the sneak peek at a trailhead off of Canyon Blvd. on our way up to the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center on Boulder Creek. I love that Bryan brought his fly fishing pole for a few photos since there was a pretty rushing river at this trailhead. There was also a ton of gorgeous yellow fall color out which was perfect for this couple since it's Bryan's favorite color.
When I first met with Elizabeth and Bryan we decided to meet at their venue. At the time the Wedgewood was going through some major renovations. I couldn't believe how great it looked when we arrived on their wedding day. The grounds are so green and lovely and there are so many nice spaces for the guests to wander through. I thought it was so cool that Elizabeth and Bryan chose to hold their ceremony down by the river. There is a pretty wide flat walkway area next to the river and it worked perfectly as a space for their wedding ceremony. One of the most touching moments during the ceremony was when they released flower petals into the stream in memory of their loved ones who have passed away.
The weather held out nicely and they were able to host their cocktail hour on the outdoor patio which has a nice fire pit and then dinner was held inside the big white tent which has nice ceiling drapes and chandeliers. It was a great wedding with a nice relaxed atmosphere. I loved all of the garden plants mixed with bicycle decor and I especially appreciated the super cute tandem bike cake topper.
I love the film look of this one. All I did was pull the sheer curtains over my lens to make it soft.
Oooh baby it's so cold outside! It's funny how surprised everyone seems to be seeing snow and cold temperatures today. It is November right? I suppose every year that first shock of freezing cold air hitting your face is rather surprising no matter the fact that you know it's coming. I used to be one of those people who really hated winter. My birthday is February 5th, right in the dead of winter when the fun of seeing snow has worn off. I always wanted to have a pool party for my birthday when I was growing up and was jealous of my brother who could host them to his heart's delight being born on August 5th (which happens to also be my half birthday and yes, I did try to steal his thunder on more than one occasion, haha). People insist that snow is "magical" and I always wondered how they can conveniently forget what it's like to scrape it off of their car windows on freezing cold mornings.
Despite still holding on to the idea that winter is a bit of a nuisance, I've grown to embrace the good qualities that it brings. It's the time of year when work slows down a little bit for me and I can recharge my creative mind. I get to spend more time snuggling and watching movies with my husband and the cats and I have more time for cooking at home too. That may not seem like much, but it's really little things like human hibernation which are making me the most happy these days.
A cold winter day is the perfect atmosphere for a long editing session at the computer too. I write this post at my work desk settling in for a nice long post-processing session and it's always easier to do this when it's miserably cold outside. Today I get to post the sneak peek for Jonathan & Kayci. I photographed their wedding last year at the Tapestry House in Fort Collins and I was so happy to hear that they wanted to get photos taken for their Christmas card. When I photographed them before, they only had Bodie their adorable little black dachshund. This year they have a rambunctious new family member named Herbie who helped round out their family. We met up at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs to get some bright autumn color in the pictures and this location was definitely a winner for that. So enjoy these warm autumn pictures on this cold snowy day!
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