July 18, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Colorado Mountain Family Photos | Lake Dillon Summit County

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mentioned in my last post that because it's summertime families all over the United States are out vacationing with each other while school is out. And Colorado is quite the popular destination. We're pretty much right in the middle of the country and we get a lot of visitors from the surrounding states. Plus, we're the perfect place for road tripping. We have lots of nooks and crannies to explore. I've lived here almost my entire life and I'm still excited about the places I keep finding throughout Colorado.  
 
I'm lucky that my mom had such an adventurous spirit when I was growing up. I'm the oldest of 7 kids and we didn't have much but she always figured out a way to throw us all into a van and get us out exploring our big beautiful state. As a kid I really didn't appreciate what a feat that is. 7 children of varying ages (someone was always in diapers!) and temperaments being forced to coexist in cramped quarters for hours on end is not a recipe for a nice peaceful and relaxing vacation. I distinctly remember shouting from the backseat every five minutes "Are we almost there yeeeeetttttttt?! When are we gonna beeeeeeeee theeeeeeeerrrrrreeeee?!" And that was just me. Add in a few other siblings to this cacophonous audio mix and say hello to your instant headache. But I suppose that when you decide to give birth to that many kids you accept the fact that "peace and quiet" are no longer going to be a big part of your life.  
 
My obviously crazy mother persevered with these family road trips even after my parents divorced. She loved to take us to museums, parks, libraries, and national monuments. She was a born tourist and dragged us all over the place to get a taste of what was out there. It's something that I look back on very fondly now that I'm grown up and understand that it's not always so easy to just hit the open road when wanderlust hits you. I always get a little whiff of nostalgia when I meet up with my clients who are traveling in Colorado on a road trip with their families. I love that they are getting professional photos taken while they are here in the gorgeous surroundings. I know that if their kids are anything like me, they are going to look back on those photos and miss the days when mom and dad dragged them around to see the world as a family.  
A family wearing shades of coral, turquoise, and black are photographed with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their summer vacation.
A young blonde boy wearing turquoise is photographed in the Colorado wildflowers at Prospector Campground with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
A young blonde girl wearing a coral sundress is photographed in the Colorado wildflowers at Prospector Campground beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
A married couple is photographed at Sapphire Point near Frisco, Colorado at sunset with beautiful blue and purple mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their family summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
My favorite! I love that we have the blue mountains and wildflowers in the same photo:)
A cute family is photographed in the wildflowers at Prospector Campground near Frisco, Colorado with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their family summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
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July 13, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Colorado Mountain Family Photos | Breckenridge Lomax Placer Mine

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t's summertime in Colorado which means that lots of folks are out here visiting the great mountain towns we have. One of my favorites along the I-70 corridor is Breckenridge. They have one of the most photogenic main drags in the state. The buildings are a great mix of old colorfully painted brick buildings, some more rustic wood structures and even a few pretty old Victorians. As is the case for most of the tiny mountain towns here in Colorado it was originally a gold rush mining town. If you go up Ski Hill Road from downtown you'll reach the historic Lomax Placer Mine. It's a great place for a photoshoot with it's rustic mining cabins and old equipment lying around. I love that there are a ton of tiny pretty wildflowers growing at the site too. During the day you can even pan for gold with a tour guide at the site which sounds like a fun activity to do with the kids if you ever make it out to Colorado on vacation.  
 
During the week of July 4th I met up with this beautiful family. Some of them live in Denver, but most were traveling from outside the state to spend some family time together during the holiday. I'm so happy we could meet up and capture their extended family portraits while they were all together. The Lomax Placer Mine was the perfect location with a good mix of rustic cabins and pretty native plants.  
Event Details
Portrait Location
Lomax Placer Mine Gold Panning Historical Site
B&W Photo of a young brother and sister holding hands and smiling at each other in front of the rustic cabins at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge Colorado.
Summertime outdoor rustic photo of a baby boy wearing cowboy boots and hat sitting on a wooden step in the wild grass at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Young siblings sit on a rustic rusted old wheelbarrow in the wild grass at the Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge Colorado
Married couple smile for the camera at their extended family session at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Grandma and grandpa smile in front of the rustic log cabin at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Extended family reunion portrait outside in the summer at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Quiet B&W photo of a young girl outdoors at the Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
A family moment outside in the summer at the rustic Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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July 12, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Steamboat Springs Wedding Photography | Yampa River Botanic Park

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teamboat Springs is one of my favorite places in all of Colorado. Every year if I am able to book a wedding up there I get really excited because it means an overnight stay in one of the prettiest places in the state and I know I'll be capturing lovely photos. It's located in a beautiful valley with lush green landscape as far as the eye can see and big fat aspen trees all over the place. This year was my first time photographing at the Yampa River Botanic Park which is nestled right in between the ski resort area of town and the old town shopping district. I wasn't sure what to expect from a botanic garden that is located 6,880 square feet above sea level but it turns out quite a lot of colorful flowers can grow at a high altitude. It was easy to see why Christie and Ryan chose to hold their ceremony at the botanic gardens. When we were there, they were in full bloom with tons of bright flowers and a very pretty serene little pond surrounded with painters working out in nature. The ceremony itself was held right in front of the pond (named Peter's Pond) on the green grass which is also a unique petal style umbrella shade. The weather started out a little sunny but by the time everyone sat on the lawn for the ceremony we were blessed with a little bit of cloud coverage which my fair skin always appreciates! It ended up being a beautiful ceremony out in nature.  
 
After the ceremony everyone headed back over to Sevens, a restaurant at the Sheraton on the ski resort side of town, for the reception. Cocktail hour started on the patio which had great views of Mount Werner. After heading indoors I was pleased to see that the mountain was still visible with all of the huge windows inside the restaurant. After dinner the toasts took place and then one of the highlights of the whole wedding day happened. Christie happens to be a very good opera singer. So good that she makes a living from her beautiful voice. On her wedding day she sang a song to Ryan that she had always hoped to sing one day to the man that she fell in love with. And not only that, but her dad played the piano for her as she sang. It was very sweet and the entire room loved it.  
Event Details
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Officiant
Justin Knoll Friend of the bride & groom
Dress Shop
The Wedding Shoppe Located in St. Paul, MN
DJ
Cake Baker
Florist
I Do Wedding Design Peggy Britton from St. Paul, MN
Kate Spade Stud Diamond starburst earrings bridesmaids gifts at a Steamboat Springs Colorado Wedding at the Sheraton
Photo collage of a bride putting in her earrings while her bridesmaid relaxes and reads the New Yorker at a Sheraton hotel suite in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Purple high heel satin shoes at a wedding at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Purple, white, and orange bouquets at a wedding at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Photo collage of a green, white, purple, and orange bridal bouquet at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
White and dark purple fuschia pom poms at a Sheraton Resort Steamboat Springs Colorado Wedding
A detail photo of the bride and groom's wedding rings photographed at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, CO
A gorgeous bride gets help with her wedding gown at her suite at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bride puts on her dark purple satin high heels in her suite at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, CO
Bride puts on her grandmother's bracelet at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A lovely bridal portrait in a hotel suite of the Sheraton Hotel in Steamboat Springs Colorado
A bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day in a first look at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom kisses his bride at the Yampa River Botanic Park with aspen trees in the background on their wedding day in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A bride and groom take romantic portraits amongst the pretty Aspen trees at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom poses with his groomsmen during the formals on his wedding day at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom portrait at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs Colorado during the summer
A summer bride holding purple, orange, and white bouquet is photographed for her bridal portrait at the Yampa River Botanic Garden in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bridesmaids wearing dark plum purple colored dresses pose with the bride on her summer wedding day at Yampa River Botanic Gardens in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The large bridal party group photo near the aspen grove at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A bride and groom kiss each other amongst the flowers and Aspen trees at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs Colorado
An outdoor summer wedding ceremony set up at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A beautiful bride walks down the grassy aisle with her dad at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A father gives his daughter away at her wedding at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony in front of Peter's Pond at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A group of bridesmaids wearing plum purple dresses sing at an outdoor summer wedding in front of Peter's Pond at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
An outdoor summer wedding ceremony is hosted on the lawn at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Outdoor classic wedding in the summertime at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A pretty bride smiles big at her groom during their outdoor summer wedding ceremony in Steamboat Springs Colorado at Yampa River Botanic Park.
Two young kids relax in the grass at an outdoor wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bride and groom hold hands during their outdoor summer wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom places the ring on his bride's finger at their outdoor summer wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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July 1, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Vail Colorado Homestead Wedding Photos | Outdoor Eagle Mountain Wedding

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eople always ask me if I like my job and if the "bridezilla's" are out of control. I tell them that the bridezilla moments are truly few and far between and that I actually really love my job because total strangers let me in to document an incredibly important, heartfelt and even vulnerable moment in their lives. Most people start to get that eyes glazed over bored look when you start talking weddings with them so I usually stop there. But this is my blog and I get to wax poetic about the things I witness through my lens at a wedding.  
 
One of the best things I see each week when I'm out photographing brides and grooms is not just the love that they hold for each other, but the love that their family and their friends bestow upon them. The first time that I met Alexis was not on her wedding day or at a consultation after finding me on google. She was actually the mother of the bride for Ashley who married Matt last summer at Shove Chapel in Colorado Springs. And I got to witness the love she had for her daughter first hand. She was right there to help her with her gown and her veil. It was an honor for me then to photograph their love then and it is an even greater honor that she asked me back to photograph her marriage.  
 
This year it was Alexis and Stan's turn to get married. And I really love the way that they did it. They chose only to invite their closest family members to join them on the homestead land in Eagle that has been in Alexis's family for a few generations now. We drove from the hotel in Vail to a bumpy dirt road in Eagle where we headed up to the homestead. We drove through aspen groves and arrived at the most adorable little one room wood cabin with a spectacular view of the valley and mountains. Inside the cabin there was an old photo of Alexis's grandparents who first started to develop the land and built that cabin. They got married in front of the spectacular mountain panorama and then feasted on a delicious catered lunch from Vail Catering Concepts. After that the family just chilled out and enjoyed each other's company while practicing their target shooting before heading back into Vail where they met up for dinner at Elways. It was such a natural, relaxed day. Very different from many wedding days that I photograph but perfect for Alexis and Stan. I sincerely hope that the whole family gets to spend many more nice summer afternoons like that one on the homestead!  
Event Details
Officiant
Jason Miller Alexis's son
Ceremony Musicians
Strings Christen Stephens
Caterer
Florist
Wedding Dress Shop
Dinner Reception
Pretty wedding gown from Something New Boutique hangs on a hotel door in Vail Colorado on a nice summer wedding day in Eagle.
Pretty blonde bride gets her hair blown out on her wedding day in Vail, Colorado
A mother and daughter hang out in a hotel in Vail on a summer Colorado wedding day.
A pretty blonde bride sits on the patio on her wedding day in Vail, Colorado
A bride gets helped getting dressed in her family's homesteading cabin in Eagle, Colorado near Vail
Bride's daughter helps her with her shoes on her wedding day at a tiny 1 bedroom homesteading cabin in rustic Eagle, Colorado.
A blonde bride gets help from her daughter with her make up at her rustic homesteading cabin wedding in Eagle, Colorado in the mountains near Vail
A blonde bride gets help from her daughter with her earrings at her rustic homesteading cabin wedding in Eagle, Colorado in the mountains near Vail
This was so sweet. She came over to tell Alexis how beautiful she looked.
The bride's mother looks at her in the 1 room rustic homesteading cabin in the mountains of Eagle Colorado near Vail
The mother of the bride looks on at the large pretty blue and purple florall bouquet at the homesteading cabin in Eagle, Colorado near the mountains in Vail
The bride's son adjusts his bouttonnierre at the family's homesteading cabin on mountain land in Eagle Colorado near Vail.
A gorgeous bride puts on lipstick as she looks in the mirror in the family 1 room homestead cabin on mountain land in Eagle Colorado near Vail
Groom poses for a photo in the mountains of Eagle Colorado near Vail.
Groom waits for her bride to walk down the aisle on the family homestead land in Eagle Colorado in the mountains in Vail
Groom walks down the aisle with the homesteading cabin behind him in the mountains of Eagle Colorado near Vail.
Grandson helps his grandma down rustic stairs at the family homestead cabin on his mother's wedding day in Eagle Colorado near the Vail Mountains
String Musicians from Christen Stephens play an outdoor rustic wedding ceremony in Eagle, Colorado near Vail
Pretty blonde bride walks down the aisle with her son at her rustic wedding ceremony on her family homestead in Eagle Colorado near Vail
Son hugs his mom on her rustic wedding day on homestead land in Eagle Colorado
Wide shot of a tiny rustic wedding ceremony in Colorado on private homestead land near Vail.
Bride and groom hold hands during their rustic wedding ceremony in Eagle Colorado as her son officiates.
Groom smiles at his bride during their rustic Colorado outdoor wedding ceremony on private homestead land in Eagle near Vail
Bride and groom exchange vows on a wood platform in the great outdoors of Colorado high up in the mountains in Eagle
Bride gets emotional as she recites her vows at her rustic outdoor Colorado wedding ceremony in the mountains of Eagle and Vail
Ringbearer sits in his mom's lap during an outdoor rustic wedding ceremony in Eagle Colorado in the mountains of Vail
Bride with a large purple, blue, and white bouquet from Cedars Flower Shop in Vail smiles during her outdoor rustic Colorado wedding ceremony in the mountains of Eagle
Bride and groom kiss during their outdoor rustic wedding ceremony in the Vail Mountains on private homestead land in Eagle
Groom high fives his new grandson at the end of his outdoor rustic Colorado wedding ceremony in the mountains of Eagle and Vail.
Bride and groom are congratulated with hugs at the end of their outdoor rustic wedding ceremony on private homestead land in Eagle Colorado.
Grooms daughter smiles big at the end of his wedding ceremony in the mountains of Vail Colorado
Grandson and grandma hold hands at a rustic outdoor wedding in Eagle Colorado near Vail.
A happy bride and groom smile for their wedding portraits at their outdoor rustic wedding with Colorado Mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
Bride photo on a windy outdoor rustic wedding day in Vail Colorado
A huge gorgeous bouquet from Cedars Flower Shop in Vail Colorado
The groom and his daughter pose for a photo in front of the scenic Colorado Mountains near Vail
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
Bride photo on a windy outdoor rustic wedding day in Vail Colorado
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
A close up of the happy bride and groom smiling for their outdoor rustic wedding day portraits in front of a mountain view near Vail Colorado.
A family portrait taken on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado with mountains in the backdrop near Vail.
A pretty blonde bride holding a gun and wearing cowgirl boots strikes a pose on her family's one room cabin steps on their homestead land in Vail Colorado.
The bride and groom cuddle in the doorway of the one room cabin on the family's private homestead land in Vail, Colorado.
Bride and groom kiss each other in the front doorway of the one room homestead cabin at their outdoor rustic wedding in Vail, Colorado.
A close up of the happy bride and groom smiling for their outdoor rustic wedding day portraits in front of a mountain view near Vail Colorado.
Outdoor catered wedding lunch reception on rustic private homestead land in Eagle Colorado
Family members kiss each other during an outdoor rustic wedding reception in Eagle, Colorado.
Outdoor rustic wedding lunch reception next to a homestead cabin in Vail, Colorado.
A gorgeous view of the mountain range from the outdoor rustic wedding ceremony in Eagle, Colorado
Wedding guests stay warm under sleeping bag blankets while hanging out at an outdoor rustic wedding reception in the Vail Colorado Mountains.
Family members target shoot on their private property at their casual wedding reception near Vail, Colorado.
Ringbearer plays with his new grandpa on an outdoor rustic wedding day in Eagle Colorado.
Ringbearer smiles big from the one room cabin at a rustic wedding in Vail, Colorado.
Detail photos of the one room cabin and outhouse at a rustic Colorado wedding near Vail
Wedding guests cuddle under a sleeping bag blanket at a rustic outdoor wedding reception on private homestead land in Eagle, Colorado.
A big explosion in the lake at an outdoor rustic wedding reception on private homestead land in Vail, Colorado.
A close up photo of the gorgeous wedding rings at a rustic wedding in the mountains of Eagle, Colorado.
A landscape view of the scenery from an outdoor rustic wedding reception on private homestead land in Eagle, Colorado near Vail.
The groom holds his baby granddaughter at his wedding dinner reception at Elways in Vail, Colorado.
A casual wedding dinner reception held at Elways on a beautiful summer day in the mountains of Vail Colorado.
A casual wedding dinner reception held at Elways on a beautiful summer day in the mountains of Vail Colorado.
A close up of the happy bride and groom smiling for their outdoor rustic wedding day portraits in front of a mountain view near Vail Colorado.
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