It's a pretty popular thing in the wedding industry these days for various wedding professionals to collaborate on a project together and submit the photos from the styled shoot to a wedding blog or magazine. It's a way for us to try ideas or techniques that we don't always get a chance to do on a real wedding day and it's fun to work together and be creative with something new. It's also meant to be helpful and inspire ideas in couples who are still in the planning stages of their wedding.
I admit, I've actually shied away from getting involved in a styled session because my regular workload and non-business life keeps me pretty busy already, but when Holly from Love Letters Floral contacted me with her ideas for creating a nighttime illuminated floral arrangement with a gold sparkle dress I just knew I was the photographer to be involved. My first love in photography was capturing night photography back when I was a student in college. I was a working girl student and I never had time to finish my assignments during the day due to work and classes so I would take my camera out at night to do my photography work. All of that trial and error years ago has served me well now that I'm doing portrait work and weddings.
I'd like to give a quick shout out to all of the vendors who helped make this beautiful styled shoot a success. First and foremost I'd like to thank Holly Kerr from Love Letter Florals who came up with the idea of doing this shoot in the first place. Holly also did all of the legwork with getting all of us vendors on board and helping to make the session a reality. It would not have happened if it weren't for her! I'd also like to thank the following people and businesses who also were involved in making it a beautiful session:
-Erin & James who are getting married this summer and let us borrow them as models for the evening!
-The Oxford Hotel who allowed us to use their luxurious lobby for one of our locations
-a&be bridal shop who lent us the beautiful sparkly gold dress for Erin to model.
-Jim's Formal Wear and Donna Beth Creations who helped make James look so handsome in his attire.
-Nina from Makeup by Nina Marie for using her talents on the make up.
-Kim from KimJ Beauty for her fabulous work on Erin's updo!
-Larimer Square in downtown Denver for always being such a beautiful night location for us photographers:)
Please visit all of their websites below!
Love Letters Floral Design Holly Kerr
One thing I really love about my job is that I get to witness one of the best days of my clients' lives. It truly never gets old for me to see people in love profess their love for each other. This is why I'm pretty excited about the fact that people are starting to make plans to have their proposals photographed. I know I was lucky enough to have a photo from my proposal and the pictures we got on that day are some of my favorites ever because it just reminds me of one of my favorite moments ever. Keith started talking to me a couple of months ago to find out if it might be possible to photograph his proposal to his girlfriend, Amanda while they would be out here visiting Colorado. So we started talking about different places where this could work and we settled on Sapphire Point out in Summit County at Lake Dillon. The place has incredible views and he could tell her that he wanted to take her to see the view before they went for a nice dinner. We also figured I could try to look like a random tourist or wildlife photographer focusing on all of the chipmunks out there.
I'm stoked that we were able to pull the whole thing off. We sent photos back and forth of each other and of the site and discussed the timing and the exact location for him to get down on one knee. I was waiting out on the path at Sapphire Point when I saw them start to walk over toward me and my heart started pounding since I knew a big moment was about to happen and I needed to be ready for it. I'm sure Keith was even more excited and nervous than I was as he stopped with Amanda and embraced her while looking out at those gorgeous blue snow-capped mountains. Then he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. I think you'll be able to see for yourselves in the photos below what her answer was:)
Congratulations to Keith & Amanda! Here's to a beautiful wedding in Tenessee!
Spring has officially gotten underway here in Denver with the trees exploding with incredible smelling floral blooms. All of this nice weather and nice smells reminds me of a gorgeous session that I did last spring and never got around to sharing. Last May a gal named Stephanie contacted me to see if I would be willing to travel out to the Telluride/Ridgway area to photograph their engagement photos. I've been to Durango, but in all of my years of living in Colorado I have never been all the way out to Telluride or Ridgway before so of course I was on board to photograph in a new location. And oh my, what an incredible location it is! Stephanie's now husband, Kyle lived out in Ridgway for awhile and mentioned that the Dallas Divide might be a good place to do their photos. Geoff and I decided to hitch our trailer to the jeep and spent a night at the Ridgway State Park before meeting up for the photo shoot. Our campsite was just a short walk away from a magnificent view of the water from a cliff. We fit in a hike and also wandered around the historical town where we found an old-school wood pet carrier at one of the many antiques shops they have in town. We even found time to stop by Billings Artworks which is the place where they make the Grammy awards. If you are thinking about where to visit in Colorado I can't recommend this area enough. It's way off the beaten path (about 5 and a half hours from Denver actually) and full of nice people and pretty views. In fact, I would say that the drive from Ridgway to Telluride may be on par with the Road to Hana in Maui in terms of sheer beauty. See for yourself in the pictures below!
Ihad the pleasure of photographing Chelsea and Noe's wedding at the University Club of Denver a couple of weeks ago. The venue has a beautiful old school look inside with dark wood and gorgeous stained glass windows featuring the logos from various universities throughout the country. Chelsea and Noe prepared for the big day just a block away at the Warwick Hotel where we were able to use the ballroom for Chelsea's dad's first look at her and a few portraits. We photographed Noe and the groomsmen at the University Club using the library. The ceremony was set up inside the college room in front of the fireplace and the club turned the room around very quickly so that the reception could take place in the same huge wood paneled room. The club is just down the street from the state capital building so at sunset we made sure to get a few good shots with the pretty gold domed building in the backdrop before heading back inside to dance the night away. It was truly a lovely wedding with friends and family traveling from afar to celebrate. One of the highlights was when Chelsea decided to read her vows to Noe both in Spanish and English to include Noe's side of the family. They also incorporated the 13 coins ceremony into their wedding which I don't get to see too often. The groom passes coins presented to him by his godmother to give to his bride as a show of his willingness to take care of her. I think that you can tell from their photos that they are head over heels for each other and will be taking care of each other for a long time:)
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