February 27, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Winter

Denver Engagement Photography | Red Rocks, Union Station, & Larimer Square

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ell we sure got lucky with some nice weather earlier this month but I just knew the whole time I was out enjoying the sun in the 70 ° temperature that we would pay for it later and boy are we now! Really, I do most of my work from my house so I shouldn't complain but I will say that I'm totally ready to put my shovel away! Erin and Joshua and I made a plan to meet on Tuesday and we got lucky since it was the one nice day of weather we got all week. They are getting married out in California where they met but are enjoying life out here in Colorado where they live now. When Erin first contacted me she mentioned wanting to do pictures in downtown Denver but also wanted to get some snow and the red rocks. I was worried at first that we wouldn't have a lot of snow in the photos but then it all came falling down and she got her snow pictures at Red Rocks:) We even got lucky with the traffic making our way back into downtown Denver and we were even able to fit in a couple photos in front of Union Station. We ended up by Larimer Square to get the pretty string lights hanging overhead at dusk. I love the photos we were able to create together!
A dramatic Red Rock formation as the backdrop for an engagement photo in Morrison, Colorado.
A nice B&W photo of a couple in front of the jagged red rocks in Morrison, Colorado.
Rack focus photography shot of winter plants and an engaged couple embracing in the background at Red Rocks in Colorado.
An adorable engaged couple pose for their engagement session with white columns in the background in downtown Denver Colorado
An urban engagement photography session with a pretty bit of sunlight peeking through in Downtown Denver, CO
A cute couple smiles for the camera in front of Euclid Hall in Downtown Denver, Colorado.
We somehow managed to create this shot even during rush hour and Erin wearing high heels. I'm happy about it:)
A beautiful B&W engagement photo of a couple holding hands in front of Union Station in Downtown Denver, Colorado.
A cute romantic photo from downtown Denver with lit word signs in a store window behind them.
A cute couple embraces each other beneath the string lights at Larimer Square in Denver, Colorado.
A pretty backlit dramatic night engagement photo in an alley in the Lodo neighborhood of Downtown Denver in Colorado.
My favorite!
A gorgeous and romantic engagement photo beneath the dramatic red rocks of Morrison Colorado
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February 23, 2015   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Winter, April's Life

Denver Wedding Photographer | Highlands Ranch Mansion, Colorado

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he couple featured on the blog today are incredibly important to me. Brandon is my husband Geoff's baby brother. He met Lauren while playing football for Eastern Washington University near Spokane. She was there on a full ride soccer scholarship when they fell in love. But, before I delve into their relationship I wanted to talk a little bit about what it has meant to me to marry into the Kaufman family. I don't think I could ever forget the first time I met them as a collective group. It was Passover and my new boyfriend Geoff invited me over to meet his family for the Seder dinner. I used to be really shy and I was definitely a little nervous to meet everyone. After stepping into their house I knew that this family was a little different from most. They were loud and I remember being shocked that they were louder than my own family which is pretty impressive since I am the oldest of 7 kids. In a head to head decibel contest the Kaufmans would have prevailed over the O'Hares, hands down. But the chaos of that first encounter was strangely comforting. Here was a family where you could really just be yourself. They weren't the kind of people who tell the kids that they should be seen and not heard. And they took turns singing at the dinner table. From a little kids coloring book. And as a new guest they were kind enough to let me just read from it and not have to attempt to sing in Hebrew. That was just the first act of kindness in a series of many to follow.  
 
I eventually learned that Geoff has a pretty special relationship with his youngest and only brother. He was 12 when Brandon was born (almost the same age I was when my youngest brother was born) and I know from personal experience that when you have that many years between you and a sibling you just do not have the same kind of relationship that you do with your brothers and sisters who are closer in age to you. My youngest brother was only 5 years old when I graduated from high school and moved away. In many ways he is like a stranger to me since we didn't grow up together like most siblings do. But, Geoff and Brandon are different. Geoff straddled the line between being another father type of figure for Brandon and also just his older brother and friend. He would come home from college as much as he could to be a part of Brandon's life so they were able to develop a closer bond with each other. He gave him as much advice as he could which I'm sure was half blessing and half incredibly annoying for Brandon. It can't be easy to grow up with not only your parents telling you what to do all of the time but also your big brother and big sister getting all bossy pants on you too. I can't tell if Brandon has turned out to be such an awesome person in spite of or because of all the meddling but it doesn't really matter. He's all grown up now and he's one of the most sensitive souls that I know. He really cares about people and he falls in love easily.  
 
Which is why some of us in the family had a little twinge of an "uh-oh" feeling when he first started talking about a new lady in his life. There had been other girlfriends of his that we were less than thrilled with but Lauren was different. She clearly loves Brandon because of who he is and not because he is a star football player or anything like that. She's been incredibly patient with the curveballs that life has thrown their way (some of them thrown by Brandon himself. Does the name Roxie mean anything to anyone?) and been supportive of him. She always says "I just want him to be happy" when asked about the changing directions their life always seems to be taking. And I know he feels the same for her. Brandon proposed to Lauren here in Colorado while they were visiting back in December of 2012. (Check out their proposal photos on the link below!) And last weekend on Valentine's Day they finally tied the knot at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. Friends and family came from California, Washington, and New Jersey to witness their vows and there were so many highlights from the weekend. In no particular order here are a few of my favorites:  
 
*That time when Geoff called his little brother a dildo in front of everyone at the wedding. We all remember that time.  
 
*Speaking of Geoff's epic speech I can't help but point out my personal favorite line from it. It still makes me tear up to think of it. "So here we are at another milestone, and I kind of hate milestones because we have so few miles." Truer words have never been spoken. I wish we could all live two more lifetimes.  
 
*The Hora!  
 
*When Lauren's Uncle Andy filled in for her dad Gary who passed away suddenly three years ago for a special dance to remember him by.  
 
*When they finally changed their minds about their vows and chose to read them themselves!  
 
There are so many more great moments from the wedding day. I know that my strong suit is not writing but in the photography so I'll just get on with sharing the photos.  
 
Brandon and Lauren,  
I love you.  
Apey  
 
Event Details
Proposal Photos
April O'Hare Photography Brandon & Lauren's Proposal Pictures at Denver Botanic Gardens
Engagement Photos
April O'Hare Photography Brandon & Lauren's Engagement Photos at South Mesa Trail in Boulder
Venue
Dress Shop
Bridesmaids Dresses
DJ
A Music Plus Jeremy
Hair & Makeup
Blow Dry Lounge Hair: Bridget Make up: Kelsey
Cake
Floral
Wedding Dress
Car Company
Wedding Coordinator
Susan Kaufman Brandon's aunt
Videographers
Angel Andres Angel & Krystal
A detail photo collage of earrings and pretty purse from a wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
An artistic bridal photo in the reflection of a framed print in Colorado
A mirror shot of the bridal party getting ready at a hotel before the Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding in Colorado.
A group of bridesmaids get ready with the bride on her wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A unique portrait of the flower girl chilling out on a wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Starbucks cup with a sweet message on it and bridesmaids robes hang on a wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bridesmaids iron their lilac lace dresses on a wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A pretty blonde bride sits in her robe and practices her vows in the hotel room before her wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A pretty window light photo of a bridesmaid in curlers on a wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
B&W mirror bridal photo at hotel in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Scenes from getting ready at the hotel suite on a wedding day in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Bridal party candid portraits with window light at hotel in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Bridesmaid gets her hair sprayed on a wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Detail photos of Betsey Johnson bling high heel shoes at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Pretty blonde bride looks at her dress hanging on the mirror at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A bride looks at herself in the oversized gilded frame mirror at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A bride gets help with getting into her gown on her wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
B&W photo of a bridesmaid helping the bride tie her bow on her wedding gown at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Detail photo of the bow on a bride's dress at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
B&W photo of the bride putting her veil on at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A beautiful blonde bride lays on a white 50's vintage couch at the Highlands Ranch Mansion bridal suite in Colorado.
A beautiful blonde bride with a gorgeous smile and green eyes poses for a portrait on her wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A close up portrait of a pretty blonde bride with beautiful green eyes on her wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A B&W photo of the groom prepping for his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom fixes his cufflinks on his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom smiles and fixes his tie on his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom portrait with a painting in the background at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Groom portrait outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado
Groom waits for his bride for their first look at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A bride and groom have their first look at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom cuddle each other after the first look at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on their winter wedding day in Colorado
A bride and groom snuggle after seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A tall groom gets some help with pinning his boutonnierre on his winter wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
What a handsome group of guys!
B&W Groomsmen Formal Portrait on porch at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom poses for a photo with his groomsmen on his wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom sits on the stairs outside of Highlands Ranch Mansion with his ringbearer nephews.
The groom with his best man brother pose for a nice portrait outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in winter
the groom's buddy dips him for a silly formal photo outside of the stone mansion at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A strong groom holds up his nephews in each arm on his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A cute ringbearer grins for the camera outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion on a warm winter day in Colorado.
Gangster bridal party poses outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bridesmaids pose sassy in front of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A classic bride portrait with her bridesmaids at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A gorgeous full length bridal portrait in front of the stairs at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Full bridal party standing on the stairs at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A gorgeous bridal party wearing navy, lilac, and grey stand together on the patio of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
groom and his mom pose on the stairs at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Here's our family!
Groom's family poses together on the stairs outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion during winter in Colorado.
Bride's family poses together on the patio outside of the front doors of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
The bride and her mom get a photo together on the front patio of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Groom walks his mother down the aisle on his wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
The flower girl and ringbearers walk down the aisle of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom tears up and smiles as his bride walks down the aisle with her mother at their Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding on Valentine's Day
Bride hugs her mom during the wedding ceremony indoors at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
B&W wedding ceremony photo from Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding in winter
A fun B&W photo of the bridesmaids standing in a line at a Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding ceremony
Pretty blonde bride laughs with her groom during their wedding ceremony inside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion during their Valentine's Day wedding
B&W photo of the bride and groom laughing during their wedding ceremony inside the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A wide view of a wedding ceremony inside the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
The groom's parents look on during their wedding ceremony at the Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding.
Groom tears up as his bride reads her vows to him during their wedding ceremony at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Groom twirls his bride and tells everyone to admire her on their wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A view of the ceremony from the back of the room at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Ring exchange during an indoor wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Jewish wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion breaking of the glass
Wedding ceremony kiss at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A groom and his bride embrace right after their wedding ceremony at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom and their parents sign the marriage certificate at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A bride and groom show off their marriage license at their Valentine's Day wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A gorgeous wedding portrait at sunset outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion on a winter day in Colorado.
A B&W romantic portrait of the bride and groom outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A B&W photo of the groom kissing his bride on their wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom walk hand in hand outside of the Highlands Ranch Mansion at sunset on their wedding day in Colorado.
A dramatic B&W portrait on the stairs of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A sweet romantic portrait of the bride and groom snuggling with the fireplace in the backdrop at their Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding in Colorado.
Table centerpieces at a Valentine's Day wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado
Table centerpiece at a Valentine's Day wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado
I love that Lauren held her dad close to her all day.
The sweetheart table at a Valentine's Day wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion with a detail photo of the bride's dad on her bouquet.
A family stand to give toasts to the bride and groom at their wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
That is a classic Brandon expression:)
Bride and groom listen to speeches given on their wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A family toast the bride and groom with love at their wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
The next generation of Kaufman speech-givers.
The groom's little sister gives a speech for her big brother on her wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Emotional reactions from a toast from the groom's big brother on his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.
Classic Geoff impression of Brandon.
A best man gives a great speech to his little brother on his wedding day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Hugs all around after speeches at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Close up photos of the desserts at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Details from a King Soopers Wedding Cake with roses added at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A happy bride and groom share desserts and wedding cake at their Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding in Colorado.
Brandon and Lauren picked a great first dance song. Go play "When I Get My Hands On You " by The New Basement Tapes when you look at these:)
Romantic First dance wedding photo from Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A happy bride and groom dance their first dance to blank at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Romantic first dance wedding reception photos at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
And keeping with tradition, Brandon and his mama Rhonda got the party started with their song.
A groom dances with his mom at his wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride dances with her uncle in memory of her dad who passed away 3 years before her wedding day.
Emotional wedding photography at wedding reception at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom do the Hora chair dance at their Jewish wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A great Hora chair dance at a Jewish wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bridemaid gets lifted in the air on a chair during a Jewish wedding's Hora dance at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
A wedding guest gets whipped cream to the face during a fun reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Parents dance romantically together at their kid's wedding reception at Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Fun dance photo from a wedding reception at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Detail shot of the rings at a wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion Valentine's Day wedding.
Romantic photo in the staircase of the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Romantic wedding reception dance photo at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
Bride and groom leave their reception as their friends and family say goodbye at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado.
One last happy one:)
A beautiful sunset wedding photo from Highlands Ranch Mansion in February in Colorado.
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February 16, 2015   •   Filed in Winter, Maternity

Colorado Maternity Photographer | Lookout Mountain Boettcher Mansion

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hat a February it's been here in the Denver metro area. We've had over a week of the most beautiful warm weather right in the middle of winter and it's really been a nice treat. I've been editing this gorgeous maternity session from last week while the snow fell down all day. I met up with Meredith and Chris at Lookout Mountain near Boettcher Mansion to capture this pivotal time in their lives. They are expecting a baby boy at the end of March and they wanted to get outside and get some nice photos taken of their family of three (including Tobey, their goldendoodle) before it becomes four. I have to give a special shout out to John who came out to help wrangle his grand-dog during the session too. This was actually my first time photographing up in the Lookout Mountain area. I have always thought that the views of the front range and Denver as well as the mountain backdrop at the Buffalo Bill Memorial museum would be great for photos and I wasn't wrong;) After we found some great picture locations along the Forest Loop trail we finished up our session at sunset by the Buffalo Bill museum right before they closed their gates. Meredith and Chris are an incredibly nice couple and they've been together forever too. I am really excited for them. This is quite a big life change they'll be experiencing very soon. I feel very lucky that they chose me to photograph them at this moment in their lives.
A cute couple wearing blue and pink are photographed at Boettcher Mansion in February for their maternity photography session in Golden, Colorado.
A pretty backlit maternity photo created in the forest at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
A cute black golden doodle dog and his family are photographed at their maternity session at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
A sweet couple are photographed in the tall grass with pine trees surrounding them at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado
A cute brunette mama to be gets her maternity portrait created in Golden, Colorado at Lookout Mountain during winter.
A pretty sunlit maternity photo taken at Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado.
A close up of a pregnant mama to be with her husband's hands resting on her belly during their maternity portraits at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
Expecting parents get their newborn portraits created at Lookout Mountain during February in Golden, Colorado.
A natural winter maternity session at Lookout Mountain in Colorado.
A sweet photo of a husband kissing his pregnant wife during their maternity photoshoot at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
A sunset maternity photo at Lookout Mountain with mountains in the backdrop at the Buffalo Bill museum in Golden, Colorado.
We got lucky with such a pretty sunset:)
A maternity portrait taken in front of a gorgeous mountain backdrop at Buffalo Bill museum in Golden, Colorado.
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February 10, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Winter

Colorado Engagement Photographer | South Mesa Trail in Boulder

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sually this time of year I'm whining about shoveling and staying warm but it has been so incredibly nice this past week. I feel a tiny bit sad for my clients who want to have some snow pictures, but this kind of silly warm weather at this time of year sure will help tide me through the end of winter once those early spring storms arrive. I met up with Allyson & Grant on Friday to get their engagement portraits created. The South Mesa Trail has been one of my new favorite photo locations from last season and I was curious to see how it would look in the middle of winter. I was ready to see it covered in snow when we settled on it as the engagement session location but it was bone dry. Still, you can't beat those incredible flatiron Boulder mountains and the old stone Dunn House provides a unique historic landmark to add to the pictures. Allyson & Grant are getting married in California later this year and I think these photos will be a nice showcase of their current home in Colorado:)
An engaged couple gets their engagement photos created at the South Mesa Trail near Boulder, Colorado in February.
An engaged couple cuddle each other with the beautiful Boulder Mountains behind them at the South Mesa Trail.
Engagement photos in the Boulder Open Space at South Mesa Trail in Colorado.
An engaged couple snuggles together in front of the Boulder Colorado mountains along the South Mesa Trail.
A photo focused on the ringsof an engaged couple by the Dunn House along the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
Individual portraits outside of the Dunn House at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado
An adorable couple with their black lab mix dog pose along a split rail fence at Boulder's South Mesa Trail in Colorado.
A Boulder Sunset Engagement Photo at South Mesa Trail near the river in Colorado.
My favorite:)
A cute engaged couple poses for a picture next to the Dunn House along the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
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