This lovely wedding featured on the blog today comes to you from Chatfield Botanic Gardens where the space is large, green, and dreamy. I walked into this wedding having never met the bride and groom (Laurel and Tom) before but it took me very little time to figure out that they were really cool, laid-back kind of people. Laurel sat in one of the small rooms of the white Polly Steele bridal house in her flowy, harem style printed pants while her friends surrounded her helping with hair, nails, and maybe even a couple drinks too. Tom spent some time with his friends in the yurt playing video games and a little foosball challenge before getting dressed. I admit that I sometimes use an old photographer trick and have my clients fake laugh just to see what I'll get and Tom had me cracking up with his very stage actor-esque fake laugh. Laurel is a wise-crackin' irreverent kind of gal but all of that melted away as she walked herself down the aisle. I love that look when someone is trying to hold it together. A stand out line from their ceremony proclaimed that if Laurel and Tom were on the Oregon Trail together they would not let each other die of dysentery. Maybe a bear attack, but definitely not dysentery. Later, during the very heartfelt toasts inside the barn, both Tom and his brother couldn't help but mention the dust getting in their watering eyes. Laurel and Tom are both so sweet that they just laughed when the children joined them on the dance floor during their first dance. I enjoyed capturing them doing all of the traditional wedding events in their special tongue-in-cheek way. When it was time to do the garter, Laurel remembered that she wasn't even wearing it and had to quickly put it on. This is just a tiny overview of what a wonderful day it really was. I think the pictures will describe it much better!
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Littleton, Colorado
We Tie the Knots Claire Williams
Catering by Design Danielle Hassell
Ruffly Rose Denver, Colorado
Little White Dress Denver, Colorado
Kaycie and Greg are getting married next summer up in Estes Park but they wanted to get their engagement photos done now so they can create save the dates. They have a lot of family and friends who'll be making the trip out to Colorado. They need to get their photos done sooner rather than later so we met up on a warm Sunday evening and just walked around the South Platte River area near REI and Confluence Park. Originally we wanted to photograph over at City Park but the Tour de Fat was going on that weekend so we changed locations. I really love this part of Denver since it melds both urban and wild overgrown open space looks together. And the top of the hill at Confluence Park is great near sunset for pretty downtown Denver views as well as getting a great wide open sunset sky. There are even a few grungy-ish alleys with some street art too. The best part of the session was definitely the way Kaycie and Greg fit together though. I love when you can tell a couple are both in love and best friends.
Earlier this month I met up with the cutest little family at the South Mesa Trail in south Boulder. This precious little girl just turned one and her mama wanted to mark the occasion with some nice family portraits so we spent a couple hours walking around the trail and surrounding area. Hanorah was named after her grandma and I think it's one of the prettiest names I've heard in a long time. She went back and forth with giving me her serious baby looks mixed in with her sweet little smile too. And that outfit! Flower headband with a pretty peach dress and jean jacket? Too cute! I just love this age with children because they're still babies but their personalities shine through and they aren't helpless little newborns anymore. Hanorah did an excellent job at her photo shoot and lasted quite awhile for someone her age too. Here's just a small selection of what we got!
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to photograph 3 different couples for their engagement sessions. Kesley and Ryan were the first couple of the weekend. I went up to Fort Collins on a Friday afternoon and met with them in the Old Town area. As with any city location it's best to just wander around through the nooks and crannies of the buildings to see what gems you can find for your photos. It's been quite awhile since I photographed in the Old Town area of Fort Collins and as with most of Colorado it's changed so much! It's very vibrant with lots of fun places to use like the colorful mural and matching piano in an alley off of Mountain Avenue. I loved the playful comic book look of Kesley and Ryan's Thor t-shirts for this location. Plus it totally showed up the silly and goofy part of their personalities. They also wanted to mix in a more natural mountain location too so we drove up the Poudre Canyon a little ways to Grey Rock Trailhead. Here they changed outfits a couple more times and we made good use of the wild plants, river, and bridge. The river in particular looked gorgeous with the setting sun hitting it and they looked like the only two people in the world there. I loved that Ryan wore his army uniform for some of the photos too. He's about to head off for another tour (Thank you for your service, Ryan!) and I know Kesley will appreciate having these photos while they are separated and she's finishes with school. These two are such naturals in front of the camera and it really made it hard to narrow down which shots to share. They are getting married at Ryan's mother's farm in Nebraska next year and whoever gets to photograph them at their wedding is so lucky!
Congratulations Kesley & Ryan!
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