Tory and Jennifer are recent transplants to Colorado from the East Coast. They decided they wanted to elope out here in Colorado in their new home of Colorado Springs. First we photographed their engagement session in the lovely town of Manitou Springs back in June. They did eventually decide to invite just a few of their immediate family members and close friends to witness their elopement wedding ceremony. It was sweet that they got to share such an important moment in their lives with them and in a spectacular setting too. They picked the cutest little chapel ever called the American Mothers Chapel which is a part of the Rock Ledge Ranch living history farm. It's nestled right next to the incomparable Garden of the Gods national landmark which in my opinion has maybe the most unique mountain views in the entire state. I've been looking forward to photographing their wedding here for a long time now! It was a beautiful sunny autumn day and we timed the whole thing to take advantage of the pretty sunset light. Check out the photos below!
Congratulations, Jennifer and Tory!
My favorite! You couldn't ask for a more pretty and dramatic backdrop for your wedding photos:)
The Santa Fe Art District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Denver. I love that there are big colorful murals around every corner brightening up the buildings and alleyways. There's a great collection of street art to be found in the area. I really love the roaring gorilla found on the side of Artwork Network which is where Jessica and Joe got married. You'll have to scroll down to the end to see what I'm talking about. Jessica and her friends started off their day at The Parlour salon in the Highlands neighborhood before making their way over to The Hotel Monaco where they finished their wedding day prep. Before moving on to the gallery for the ceremony we photographed on the steps of the courthouse. We followed that up with a few fun photos of the bridal party enjoying a few of the brews at Renegade Brewery. It was a good way to get some casual photos of Jess and Joe with their friends without too many guests seeing them before the ceremony. After the ceremony was over we made sure to grab some pictures with the fabulous grafitti covered party bus which looked right at home in the neighborhood. The Basic Kneads food truck made sure everyone was stuffed with delicious wood-fired pizza slices for dinner. The reception went off without a hitch (thanks to Lauren from Hourglass Events) and the dance floor was packed all evening! I think one of my favorite details from Jess and Joe's wedding was their cool custom printed mason jar glasses. They are from opposite coasts and lots of people flew in from Maine and California to meet in the middle and celebrate. The artwork on their glasses reflected this. You know it's an awesome night when you just don't want it to end:)
Artwork Network Santa Fe Arts District in Denver, CO
Hotel Monaco Denver, CO
Hourglass Productions Lauren Smith
Richard Reardon Friend of the bride and groom
Basic Kneads Pizza Food Truck
Hair and Make up
The Parlour Highlands Neighborhood in Denver, CO
I love this one:)
The family featured on the journal this afternoon were smart and scheduled their photo session to take place while the weather was still warm and the beautiful fall foliage was going strong. I'm looking out my office window and lamenting the fact that I kept putting off doing a holiday photo with my husband and the kitties. The snow is covering our yard and most of the pretty yellow leaves have blown away now. So I have just a teeny bit of a jealousy issue going on as I work on this lovely family's photos. I think this is what they call "photographer problems" or a little case of the ol' "Cobblers kids have no shoes" type of thing. They were actually heading out to enjoy the Broncos vs. Packers game that later that day so we needed to schedule the session for mid-day. I suggested that we meet up at the Highlands Ranch Mansion just in case it was a normal bright Colorado sunny day. That way we could make use of some of the covered spaces that venue has. But we got lucky with some nice thin cloud cover which allowed us to use more of the colorful foliage throughout the place. The grounds were still looking lovely when we were there and they were great sports letting me move them around from place to place. Since only one of their grown children still live in the same city with them this was a nice opportunity to get some updated pictures while they were all together.
I like the cuddly feel of this one with all of that pretty color in the backdrop!
Did you ever meet any friends when you were an adult and you thought, "Man, I really like these guys. I wish we had met sooner!" It's pretty rare to meet special people like that once you are grown up but it's really how I feel about these two. Of course we met through playing roller derby together because that's pretty much how I meet everyone these days. I suppose it's not fair to compare friendships made through skating derby to other kinds of friendships you create throughout life because it's such an intimate and unique kind of scenario in which you get to interact. You see each other multiple times a week at practice and it's feels like you are constantly going into battle together when it comes game time. So you get this pretty awesome sense of having each other's backs. These two lovely ladies moved out to Colorado from Chicago a few years ago now. I pretty much liked their weird hippie personalities right away. They're both super smart and funny too. Meghan who I call Gaygan or Gayg studies soil and is always texting the team about her cat's asshole or how to compost her poop. Yes, she and Emily (or Sweet Mary Pain aka Sweets) live in a tiny house with 3 cats and they have figured out living off the grid which is pretty cool. I greatly enjoyed it when they parked their tiny house in my backyard this summer and we got to have nightcap recaps all the time. But, like I mentioned before they are pretty smart ladies and Sweets is studying to be a doctor. Her medical journey has taken them to Fort Collins for the time being but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they come back to Denver and live at my place in their tiny house again. These two are people that you want to be around. That much was obvious at their wedding. They had friends and family fly in from all over to celebrate with them and their best friends helped them plan their wedding too. The venue where they got married was land that belongs to the family so you know their relatives love them so much to put forth the effort into hosting their wedding there. These two have gone through a lot of heartache together. Been through some incredibly sobering losses with the death of Meghan's mother and Emily's father but they've also shared some pretty beautiful moments in this life together too. They've bicycled through the countryside in Europe and hiked about a zillion mountain trails together. This wedding celebration was just one stop in what I'm sure will be a lifetime of happy moments for these two loveable and special ladies.
Sweets and Gayg, you two are the best. I hope you love your wedding pictures!
Riverside Emily's family's private property
Brian Webber Close family friend
Catherine Turner Family
Ceremony + Dinner Music
Wayne Wesley Johnson Guitarist
We had to get a photo of these two in their element. Studying!
Gayg's so tender!
That gorgeous rock formation in the background is called Cathedral Spires and it really special to these two because that's where they spread Emily's dad's ashes.
I couldn't resist posting this series of photos because it so perfectly sums up Meghan's personality. This is her interrupting her mother in law's wedding toast!
Rocky mountain representative Fiona Grapple gave a few kind words.
And of course, their original roller derby league friends from the Chicago Outfit chimed in too.
Too hard to pick a favorite for these two, but this one is up there!
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