Ihave been so lucky this year. I have had the chance to photograph so many great families who are here in Colorado for vacation and the latest family to visit was the sweetest! We walked up the South Mesa trail which is just outside of Eldorado Springs (Which has a beautiful state park, if you ever have the time to go on a hike there, you should!) and a little south of Boulder too. As everyone probably knows by now, it's really one of my favorite places to take my clients for a session because those mountains are just so unique and pretty. It's even starting to transition to a bit of an autumn look these days and it's barely September. Where has the summer gone? But back to this particular family, their youngest was a bit shy at first and I was nervous that she just wouldn't feel up to giving any smiles that day. But, about a quarter of the way through the session she suddenly woke up a little bit and it was all smiles from there on out:) She had fallen asleep in the car on the way over so I think she might be like me and needs a little time to ease out of sleepytime! And her big brother was a total champ the whole session. What a couple of little lovebugs:)
The couple featured on the blog today are part of what I like to call the "Myspace Romantics." There are not a lot of people who can claim to be a part of this club since Myspace is no longer really a thing and it's heyday seems so short-lived. I actually met my husband on Myspace and I haven't met too many other couples who met this way. So when Alina and Rob told me that they met a long time ago on Myspace I immediately felt a little kinship with them. I know what it's like to be with someone for a really long time before deciding to actually get married. It was really cool to see Alina and Rob on their wedding day because it felt more like a celebration of something that already was for them and not something totally new. Their relationship had that ease and comfort that comes from spending many years together. As they danced to Iron and Wine's version of Such Great Heights their love just radiated out from them. It was incredibly sweet and I feel lucky that I got to photograph it for them:) And I have to give a little extra shout out to Alina for having such a kick-ass dress. It was so unique and I loved that it was basically two dresses in one!
The southern Colorado wedding featured on the journal today was one of the neatest weddings I've seen. It's always really special when a wedding takes place on family property since the location has extra importance and meaning to the bride and groom and their families. Erin and Chet's wedding was particularly cool not only because it took place on the family's potato farm out in Monte Vista, Colorado but also because the transformation of the farm building they used was so incredible. It's a really large building with a canvas domed roof that normally stores farm equipment like tractors. But for the wedding the farm equipment was cleared out and the family spent a month prepping the space to host the wedding ceremony and reception. They brought in trees and gorgeous succulents and various rustic elements like tree stumps and completely transformed the space into one of the prettiest weddings I've ever seen. There were so many lovely DIY projects. I particularly admired the pretty wreaths hanging from the ceiling throughout the space. Most of my clients only get to rent their wedding space for a day so there normally just isn't enough time to decorate a space with that level of detail. So it was quite the treat for me to photograph it:) It was also really sweet to see so many of their friends and family come out to celebrate their love with them. Everyone danced late into the night and had a blast. Which is another plus of hosting at your own place! There's no one there to kick everyone out:) Erin sent me a photo of the building back to normal after the wedding and I thought it'd be fun to share it here to show a before and after. Check it out below!
Here's the outside of the building that held the reception and ceremony:
Erin's family potato farm Monte Vista, CO
Pastor Bob Glasgow Our Savior Lutheran
Blanca Gowns Wolfe City, Texas
White by Vera Wang
Treasures by Agnes Etsy Shop
Rios Restaurant Monte Vista, CO The potatos were grown on the family farm and Chet's grandma made the cole slaw:)
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes
Zoe Rierson Erin's Bridesmaid made her wedding cake and engagement cake for her:)
DIY Erin's mom did all of the flowers herself!
And here's how it normally looks on the inside. Check out the pics throughout the rest of this blog post to see how they transformed the space!
Chet made this arch! Erin's sister decorated it.
Erin's grandpa cut these logs for her wedding:) Talk about a talented family affair!
How pretty is this birdcage? I would want it to decorate my house:)
The young lady featured on the journal today is one of the prettiest and sweetest young teenagers I've met in quite some time. She actually reminds me a little bit of myself when I was her age. A little bit shy, enjoys art, and likes wearing black Chuck Taylors;) She and her family live up north and came down to meet me at the Denver Botanic Gardens for her session. It's amazing how many different kinds of plants and settings there are stuffed into a fairly small area at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It's actually one reason why it's perfect for photoshoots. You walk just down the path a little way and you've left a perfectly manicured Japanese garden and stumbled across a wild and untamed Colorado grasslands area. There are pretty waterlily gardens, lovely sculptures, small waterfalls, and of course lots of different kids of colorful flowers. It's impossible to make use of the entire garden in just one session, but I think we came pretty close during our time there. We wandered all over the place and made use of the gorgeous landscaping. And we even discovered an area I hadn't seen before on my previous visits where we found a gorgeous carved door to use as a backdrop (check it out below!). Chandler was the perfect model for her session and we came away with so many great shots of her it was really hard to narrow down just a small handful for the sneak peek.
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