When I first met with Markley about her wedding next fall down in Redstone, Colorado she told me about how she met Trent basically through his dog. She works with animals and kids at her job with 4H but before she did that she was a dog groomer. Trent brought his dog in to get a haircut one day and met Markley. So I think it is very fitting that they chose to bring all three of their furry doggie family with them to their engagement photo shoot. I really loved the action and the energy that they brought to the photos. You could tell they were pretty pumped to be out and about at Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is where we met up for the session. I really love the abundance of forests with aspen trees at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. There is really nothing quite like the sun peeking through the leaves as they glitter all around you. And we even managed to find a few wildflowers for the photos too. Around sunset we made our way to Panorama Point to see if we could catch a mountain view at sunset and I'm happy to report that we succeeded in that. We even caught the moon in a couple of our photos. I am so glad that we were able to catch this pretty slice of Colorado scenery in their engagement photos since these two lovebirds are heading back home to Trent's family on the east coast. I hope that when they look at their pictures they are brought back to their Colorado life where they first met:)
This one cracks me up so much. I couldn't get these goofballs to look at me instead of mom and dad!
Imet up with this super fun extended family a week ago to photograph them together enjoying the great outdoors in the Colorado mountains. They are from Iowa but were here vacationing in Breckenridge to celebrate their parent's 50th wedding anniversary. I really love that the whole family decided to get together to celebrate this incredible milestone in their lives. I really loved that grandma and grandpa were obviously still so in love. You could just see it on their faces when they looked at each other during the session. I use the area around Sapphire Point and the Prospector Campground a lot, but it's easy to see why when you see the scenery there. I know most of the out-of-towners visiting our great state are brought here to see the mountains and they want them featured in their photos! This area definitely delivers with some excellent mountain views. I had a blast photographing this clan. They were silly with each other and having a good time. I know a lot of people dread having to get their family portraits created, but I think it can actually be a lot of fun and just a really nice excuse to hang out with each other. And when they look back years from now they'll have these nice pictures to remind them of how much fun they had together.
Back in May I had to reschedule the majority of my outdoor photo sessions here in Denver due to the incessant rain that we got. Although I was enjoying the cooler temperatures and all of the nice green plants we got because of it, I did start to get frustrated by not being able to photograph as often. But, there was one photo shoot where we chose to do the session in the rain due to time constraints. My friend Stacey who I met at the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls and her husband, Martin wanted to do a photo shoot as a gift for his parents who were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this June. Since the party was coming up, we powered through the rainy weather and actually came away with some pretty unique photos that you don't often see here in Colorado. We went to Roxborough State Park which has gorgeous red rock formations like the kind you see at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. I loved the way the pretty fog draped over the rock formations making it look like a whole new place! We walked along the muddy paths and the tree branches held the raindrops making for some beautiful pictures of the family together The downside is that we got pretty darn wet but I think it was worth it to get something fresh and different than our typical sunny Colorado weather with bright blue skies. I am happy that Martin's parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in mid-June and so now I can share the photos without ruining the surprise!
Ihave heard a lot of good things about Riverbend, the new rustic wedding venue brought to us by the same people who own The Farmette in Lyons, Colorado. And what I heard about it being beautiful and unique was true! The first thing that struck me about Riverbend is just how large and open it is. If you want to bring out of town guests to Colorado and give them a magical outdoor experience with the beauty of nature surrounding them this would be a good place to offer that. There are so many wide open grassy spaces to walk through and a breathtaking view of tall redstone cliffs all along the river. Their ceremony space is situated with a view of these dramatic cliffs but is far enough away from the river that it doesn't drown out the acoustics for the ceremony. They have a huge sail cloth tent for the dinner with the option of being open on all sides on nice days and can be closed when the weather takes a turn for the worse. And perhaps my favorite thing about this place is that they have a huge riverside patio with beautiful cafe string lights strung up overhead to provide just the right amount of ambience (and also helpful for us photographers!) while dancing beneath the stars. There is even a row of adorable tiny houses where guests can stay once the party winds down.
Amy and Jon and their guests definitely made good use of the space. Amy prepped for the big day in the glamping tent (complete with chandeliers!) on one side of the property while Jon and his friends lounged in the adorable cottage over on the other. The guys cracked me up when they decided to jump into the river for a quick bath together instead of doing individual showers. And their adorable little doggie Eli had a blast running around all over the property as they both got ready. Amy was a little nervous so we orchestrated a sweet little first look before the ceremony and then it was time to walk down the grassy aisle. Jon works for Avery Brewing Company and I thought it was a pretty awesome touch that they had brewed a special beer called "Riverbend" just for their wedding day. They toasted with their special brew during the ceremony right before their first kiss as man and wife. After the ceremony and dinner I noticed lots of guests making good use of the relaxation areas they had set up all along the banks of the river with rocking chairs and overstuffed armchairs. The bar, which was set up beneath a gigantic evergreen tree was also rocking. But appropriately the most crowded area with most of the action was the dance floor. Amy and Jon and all of their friends and family partied on that patio next to the river like there was no tomorrow. It was such a fun wedding for a couple who everyone wants to be friends with!
Tucker Neary Friend of the Bride and Groom
Green Bride Littleton, CO Some of the money from their dress sales go toward helping women escape the sex trafficking trade.
Riverbend Lyons, Colorado
La Momo Maes Longmont, CO
Amy's grandparents win the longest married couple dance. This is one of my favorite wedding traditions.
One last nice portrait to finish up the story:)
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