September 23, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Lake Dillon Family Photography | Frisco, Colorado

I met up with this great family earlier in the month to capture them all together while they were up visiting their home in Breckenridge. We opted for a location I haven't had the chance to photograph yet along a trail on the south west side of Lake Dillon on the Frisco side of the reservoir. Along with our goal of getting a good photo of the whole family together we also did some breakdowns of the smaller individual families and groupings too. One of the individual families just had a baby who looked so sweet sleeping in her parent's arms and we even made sure to get the family dogs in the smaller group pictures too. Here's a small preview of what we created that day.
Bright Sunny Day in Summit County Family Portrait at Lake Dillon in Frisco Colorado
Sunny Day Family Photography in Frisco Colorado at Lake Dillon in Summit County
Man's best friend in Frisco Colorado Family Portraits at Lake Dillon with mountain backdrop in Summit County
Sweet Sleeping Baby B&W Baby Photography at Family Session Outdoors in Summit County Colorado
Mommy and Me photo with french bulldog at Frisco Colorado Lake Dillon Family Portrait Session
A cute couple with cute dogs pose for portraits together on a sunny day at Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado
Lake Dillon Colorado Family Portraits with mountain backdrop in Summit County
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September 19, 2017   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Summer

Denver Wedding Photography | Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster

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met Katie and Ryan when I photographed his cousin Alex's wedding a couple of years ago. I even got to photograph him and his family again when they were celebrating his grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary a few years ago. We got the whole family together for some portraits up in Greeley to commemorate that huge milestone in their lives. We also did their engagement photos last fall at South Mesa Trail so when I showed up to photograph their wedding they were no strangers to posing in front of my camera. They prepped for the day just a few minutes away from their wedding venue at the Denver Marriott Westminster hotel in a couple of suites with great natural light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows. Just down the street is the Church Ranch Event Center where Katie and Ryan held their wedding celebration. The venue is gorgeous from the inside out. There are aspen trees and the grounds are covered with beautiful plants and water features. The outdoor ceremony space has to be one of the largest I've seen and can host hundreds of guests. Indoors the ceilings are draped with white fabric and plenty of twinkle lights for great ambiance. Katie and Ryan opted to wait to see each other at the ceremony when she walked down the aisle so we did some of the bride and bridesmaid portraits before the ceremony began and waited until after the ceremony to finish up the rest. Before the ceremony began it started to rain so the guests fled their seats to take cover under the surrounding trees and umbrellas. After a brief rain delay they were able to complete their sweet wedding ceremony. It was a lovely day for a wedding and Ryan and Katie were beaming all day! It was such a blast to photograph them again!
Event Details
Wedding Venue
Hotel
Florist
Lace & Lilies Fort Collins, CO
Officiant
Steve Oeffling Greeley, CO
Bridal Shop
Dora Grace Fort Collins, CO
Bridal Designer
Bridesmaid Dresses
Caterer
Cake
Kristen Morrow Friend of the family
Cinnamon Rolls
June and Carol Croissant Family
Beautiful Essence of Australia Wedding Gown from Dora Grace Bridal Shop hanging at Denver Marriott Westminster for a Church Ranch Event Center wedding in Colorado
Pretty wedding detail photo collage with close up on lace, earrings, and bracelet at a Colorado wedding
A cute impromptu portrait of a bridesmaid in a dark blue gown with lace detail at a Colorado wedding
A beautiful Colorado bride wearing a white robe and her veil waits to put her wedding dress on at the Denver Marriott Westminster
Groom gets some help with his cuff links on his wedding day in Westminster Colorado
Groom's friend helps him with his fancy shoes on his wedding day at Denver Marriott Westminster hotel suite in Colorado
A Colorado groom gets some help from his buddies on his wedding day at the Denver Marriott Westminster hotel suite in Colorado
Groom and his friends enjoy a pre-wedding beer at the wood covered bar at the Denver Marriott Westminster in Colorado
Casual groom portrait with his groomsmen at Denver Marriott Westminster in Colorado
Groom headshot outdoors at his summer wedding at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Groom and his brother portrait at Denver Marriott Hotel in Westminster
Groom's parents get a portrait with the purple flowers at the Denver Marriott Westminster in Colorado
Bride gets some help with her wedding gown on her wedding day in Denver, Colorado
Groom's mom looks on as her daughter in law gets dressed on her wedding day in Colorado
B&W Photo of bride's dress getting buttoned on her wedding day at Denver Marriott Westminster in Colorado
Bride gets help from her bridesmaid with her sandals on her Colorado wedding day at the Denver Marriott Westminster
First Look with Father of the Bride on a Colorado wedding day at Denver Marriott Westminster
Dad and Mom hug the bride on her Colorado wedding day at Denver Marriott Westminster
Lace and Lilies bright bouquet at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Bright yellow and purple florals by Lace and Lilies at Church Ranch Event Center in Colorado
A beautiful bridal portrait under the wood arch at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Denver Colorado Bride at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster
Full length bride portrait from Dora Grace Bridal shop at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Pretty bridesmaids all in a row wearing full length navy blue dress with lace details in front of a wooden arch with bright florals by Lace and Lilies at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Gorgeous bridal portrait with lace and lilies bridal bouquet in front of a small waterfall feature at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Fun bridesmaid portrait in front of rustic wood wall at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Bride with her sister who is her maid of honor in front of a rustic wood backdrop at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Formal portrait of bride and her parents in front of rustic wood wall at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Large outdoor wedding lawn ceremony set up with white chairs at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Wedding guests avoid the rain by hanging out under the trees at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Waiting in the rain under an umbrella at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Westminster Colorado wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center during summer
Beautiful summer wedding with lots of guests on the lawn at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Wedding vows at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Groom's parents watch the wedding vows at Church Ranch Event Center in Colorado
Pretty bridesmaids wearing dark blue dresses with lace holding bright floral bouquets by Lace and Lilies at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Bride and groom hold hands during their wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Happy bride and groom at their outdoor wedding ceremony with aspen trees at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Bride and groom with their families hold hands and pray after lighting the unity candle at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
First kiss wedding ceremony sun comes out at outdoor Colorado wedding at Church Ranch Event Center
Happy Bride and groom hold hands as they walk down the aisle at the end of their wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Minister signs the marriage license as the bride and groom steal a kiss in the backdrop at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Family formal portrait in front of the pretty aspen trees at Church Ranch Event Center in Colorado
Whole bridal party laughs as they look at each other with nice sun flare in the backdrop at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Fun Wedding Party Photo with pretty warm light peeking through the trees at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Beautiful wedding portrait at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
B&W Wedding Portrait of groom and bride laughing with sun flare at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Bride and groom kiss on the pathway at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Bride and groom entrance to their wedding reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, Colorado
Bride and groom smile at their sweetheart table at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Chalkboard wedding signs at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Pretty Colorado wedding venue Church Ranch Event Center Westminster Colorado
Colorado wedding venue with twinkle lights and drapery from the ceiling at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Lanterns with greenery brighten up a wedding as table centerpieces at Church Ranch Event Center in Colorado
Cake table from a wedding at Church Ranch Event Center with cinnamon rolls in Colorado
Cinnamon Rolls and rusic aspen tree bark wedding cake at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Wedding toasts at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Wedding toasts at a reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
B&W First Dance Wedding Photo at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Romantic Wedding photo first dance at Church Ranch Event Center in Colorado
Groom dips his bride at their first dance at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Father Daughter Dance at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Groom dances with his mom at their wedding reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Anniversary Dance winners at a wedding reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster, CO
Smiling baby at a wedding reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Dance floor photos from a wedding reception at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Dad dances with his daughter at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster Colorado
Westminster Colorado Church Ranch Event Center Reception
Glowstick Grand Exit from a Colorado wedding at Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster
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September 18, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Portraits | Denver Botanic Gardens Family Photos

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t's about that time of year when I get to share my sister in law's beautiful family photos. Every year we've been photographing them together and I can't get over how fast this life seems to go by. Each time we meet for the annual family photo my niece and nephews grow bigger their personalities seem to take shape just a little bit more. It's so cool to watch that happen right before our eyes. This year we opted to do their family photos at the Denver Botanic Gardens central location on York Street. I love their dapper outfits and they all looked so fancy this year. Plus the gardens looked amazing and made for a beautiful backdrop for their family pictures. Take a look at how cute these munchkins are now!
Family of 5 all dressed in dapper fancy clothes in shades of blue pose under an arch full of greenery at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado during summer
Family portrait wearing all shades of blue at Denver Botanic Gardens in summer in Colorado
Colorado children's photographer photographs a young boy wearing a navy blue blazer at Denver Botanic Gardens during summer
An adorable little blonde boy wearing a light blue suit jacket poses for his family photo at Denver Botanic Gardens at the Monet Pool water lily garden in Colorado
A cute little girl with a pink bow in her hair gets photographed for family portraits at Denver Botanic Gardens with her mommy
A happy family with three young children all wearing shades of blue and dressed up in fancy clothing for their annual holiday card photo at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Colorado family portrait wearing fancy dark blue clothing at sunset in the garden at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
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September 11, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Colorado Wedding Photographer | Mountain Stream Wedding at Cathedral Rock

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oday is part two of Juliana and Mike's awesome summer weekend wedding celebration in the beautiful Buffalo Creek mountain area which is just south of Conifer. Friday night found these two shuffling around the wood dance floor with their family and friends and Saturday was the day that everyone gathered around them on the island by the river to watch them say their vows. Prior to the ceremony, I had the pleasure of spending some time at Mike's cabin where he was prepping for the day with his 5 kids and other close relatives. Juliana was up at her parents home near the dance hall and reception tent. The ceremony took place down by the river with Cathedral Spires rock formation looming overhead in the background. The sky turned an incredible dark stormy shade of blue right before the wedding and the wind picked up. Along with the rushing of the South West Platte River it all provided a lovely and dramatic setting to get married. After the ceremony, everyone walked through the field to get back over to the wedding reception tent and cabins where the majority of the party would take place. Juliana and Mike are so loved by their family and friends that when it was open mike time there were no shortage of speakers ready to come up and sing their praises. After the delicious dinner created by their family friend, Shannon Hughes the party moved into the dance hall where a live band was set up and ready to rock out for the evening. As an added bonus, Juliana's uncle who is a well known blues singer from Chicago jumped in with the band and serenaded the crowd for a few songs. It was an incredible day full of love all around!
Event Details
Officiant
Theo Avgerinos Friend of the Bride and Groom
Band
Jakarta Band Denver, CO
Caterer
Shannon Hughes Friend of the Bride and Groom
Cake
Beautiful view of Cathedral Spires near Buffalo Creek, Colorado along the South West Platte River in the Colorado mountains
Adorable son of the groom hangs out on his pop's wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Grandma helps her grandson with a bandaid at her son's wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Family helps the kids get dressed for their dad's big wedding day in the mountains of Colorado near Conifer
Daughter of the groom sits quietly on the wedding day in her pop's cabin in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Groom gets some help from his mom with his pocket square on his wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Helping the kids get dressed on a sunny Colorado wedding day at a private mountain cabin near Buffalo Creek
Happy kid on his dad's wedding day at a private mountain cabin home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Colorado mountain river backdrop for a groom portrait near Buffalo Creek Colorado
Groom with his oldest daughter on his wedding day with river backdrop near Conifer, Colorado
Groom poses with all of his kids individually on his wedding day with a mountain river backdrop in Colorado
Groom dad with his daughter on his wedding day in the mountains of Colorado near Conifer
Groom smiles with his niece on his wedding day in the mountains of Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Colorado mountain wedding at a private home near Buffalo Creek Colorado
Beautiful blush wedding dress hangs in a private mountain cabin on a summer wedding day in Colorado
Gorgeous mountain wildflower bouquet at a summer wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Detail macro flower photos from the bride's pretty mountain flower bouquet at a summer wedding in Colorado
B&W Wedding Photo of the bride getting ready on her wedding day at her family's private mountain home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Bride's dad smiles with her on her wedding day at their private mountain home in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
B&W Wedding Photography of bride's friends helping her with her dress on her wedding day in the mountains of Colorado.
Bride puts on her jewelry surrounded by friends on her wedding day in the Colorado mountains
Gorgeous arch creek side with stormy sky and cathedral rock backdrop at a summer wedding near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Detail photo of Cathedral Rock on a stormy summer wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Wedding guests pour in for an outdoor summer wedding next to the river in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Family pose for a quick photo before the wedding ceremony starts next to the river in the mountains of Colorado
Throwing rocks into the river before wedding starts at a summer wedding in Colorado
Groom's niece plays with the wedding bells on a summer wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Groom smiles at his bride as she makes her way down the aisle toward him at their creek side wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Bride walks with her parents down the aisle at her summer wedding in the mountains of Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Groom hugs his mother in law on his wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Stormy wedding day next to the river with cathedral rock backdrop in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Happy wedding couple cathedral rock backdrop next to river at their Colorado mountain wedding
Bride and groom at their outdoor Colorado mountain wedding ceremony underneath sunflower decor
Wide angle view of a wedding ceremony next to the South West Platte River Cathedral Spires rock backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Reader at an outdoor river side wedding in the mountains of Colorado near Buffalo Creek
Wedding speakers at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding during summer
Groom smiles during his outdoor mountain wedding along the creek near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Gorgeous Colorado mountain wedding on a stormy summer wedding day with Cathedral Spires rock backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Bride and groom kiss during their wedding ceremony riverside in the Colorado mountains
Photo of the entire wedding at the ceremony site next to the South West Platte River and Cathedral Spires Rock backdrop on a stormy summer wedding day in Colorado
Bride and groom wedding day portraits river side with evergreen forest backdrop on a stormy summer Colorado wedding day
Gorgeous bridal photography with blush wedding gown next to a mountain river near Conifer, Colorado
Romantic bride and groom portrait on a summer wedding day in the Colorado mountains next to a mountain stream
Bride and groom with green tree backdrop at their summer mountain wedding in Colorado.
Bride and groom wedding day portrait with Cathedral Spires backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
B&W wedding photo of bride and groom walking to their reception hand in hand on their summer wedding day in the mountains
Friends of the bride and groom decorate their wedding as they ride around in an off road vehicle at a mountain wedding in Colorado.
Greeting friends and family at an outdoor wedding reception in the mountains of Colorado
Cute young girl holds the bride's hand as she chats at her Colorado mountain wedding reception during summer
Wedding guests hang out during cocktail hour at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding
Groom and his father in law share a moment after the wedding at the reception at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
String light decor hangs on mountain spruce trees in Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Pretty garden potted plants decorate a wedding reception in the mountains of Colorado
Garden wedding decor at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Painted vases centerpieces at a Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Pretty cute cupcakes from The Rolling Pin Bake shop in Denver at a Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek.
Rolling Pin Bake shop in Denver Colorado cupcakes and fruit covered white cake at a Colorado wedding in the mountains
Pretty garden decor table centerpieces with painted vases and rosemary sprigs at a Colorado mountain wedding
Wedding speeches at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Family speeches and toasts at a private mountain retreat in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Clinking glasses during a wedding toast in Colorado at a mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Bride laughs as her husband gives a wedding speech at their outdoor Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek
Groom's children read from Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss at his wedding in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Family gives speeches and toasts on an outdoor wedding reception in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Family and friends toast the bride and groom on their wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Happy friends and family give love in their speeches at an outdoor Colorado wedding reception in Buffalo Creek
Wedding speeches and toasts for the bride and groom at their outdoor wedding reception near Conifer, Colorado
Wedding toasts and speeches at a tented outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at a private home near Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Cutting the cake at a Colorado mountain wedding reception in a tent near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
First dance inside a wood dance hall cabin at a private mountain retreat near Conifer, Colorado.
First Dance wedding photo with colored blue dance floor lighting at a Colorado mountain wedding reception
Wedding dance floor photos from a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Live band at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Fun wedding reception dance floor photography at a Colorado mountain wedding inside a wood lodge near Buffalo Creek
Groom dances with his daughter on his wedding day at a Colorado wedding reception during summer
Wedding guests boogie down to a live band at a Colorado wedding reception
Dance floor shenanigans and dancing at a fun wedding reception in Colorado
Family friend and blues singer serenades the bride and groom on their wedding day in Colorado
Happy bride dances with family and friends at her Colorado wedding reception near Conifer
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Happy bride and groom walk hand in hand creek side after their wedding ceremony at the family's private mountain retreat near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
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