August 19, 2015   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Southern Colorado Wedding Photography | Real Farm Wedding in Monte Vista

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he 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:
Event Details
Venue
Erin's family potato farm Monte Vista, CO
Officiant
Pastor Bob Glasgow Our Savior Lutheran
Bridal Dresses
David's Bridal
Veil
Blanca Gowns Wolfe City, Texas
Bridesmaids Dresses
White by Vera Wang
Groom's Tux
Men's Wearhouse
Bridal Jewelry
Shoes
Creative Sugar
Caterer
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:)
Groomsman Cake
DJ
Flowers
DIY Erin's mom did all of the flowers herself!
The exterior of a canvas dome farm building hosting a beautiful wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
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!
Pretty purple and green bouquet with succulents at a real farm wedding in southern colorado near monte vista
Photo collage of a close up of a pretty purple and green bridal bouquet at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
A close up of a bee on a green and purple bridal bouquet at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado
A pretty bride wearing a plum pretty sugar floral robe on her wedding day sits at the family table and writes thank you notes at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
A B&W photo of a bride wearing a floral Plum Pretty Sugar robe hugging her grandpa on her wedding day at her parent's home in Southern Colorado.
Details of the bridal earrings and high heel shoes at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A pretty lace tipped veil on a floral bouquet at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado
A pretty mother of the bride wearing a long purple dress puts her earrings on in her home on her daughter's wedding day in Southern Colorado.
A flower girl with long curly blonde hair wears a pretty green succulent crown in her hair at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado
Best man wearing tan suit puts on his shoes in the groom's home at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado
Groom puts on his cufflinks on his wedding day at a farm wedding in Southern Colorado
The black family dog chills out at the family home in Monte Vista at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
A cute flower girl sits and reads as the girls get ready on a wedding day in Monte Vista Colorado
A pretty blonde bridesmaid opens a gift from the bride in her plum pretty sugar floral robe at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
B&W photo of a bride wearing a pretty plum pretty sugar floral robe getting help with her wedding dress at her parent's home in Southern Colorado
A happy bride gets help with her wedding dress at her farm wedding in Monte VIsta, Colorado.
B&W photo of a bride getting help with her jewelry on her wedding day at the family farm in Southern Colorado
A cute wedding day portrait in the front yard of the family home at a farm wedding in Southern Colorado
Romantic bride and groom portrait on the front lawn of the family home at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Bridal party walks along a dirt road on the family farm with mountains in the background at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Pretty bridesmaids wearing shades of purple and green pose for photos at the family farm in Southern Colorado.
Groom portrait with the bridesmaids at a farm wedding in Southern Colorado
Bride shows off the back of her dress at her family's farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Groomsmen wearing green and purple ties and tan suits pose in a V formation on the family farm in Southern Colorado.
Bride with a purple and green bouquet walks hand in hand with her groom at their farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Real farm wedding with trees and succulent greenery decorate the ceremony space inside a real farm building in Southern Colorado.
Tree stump wedding ceremony aisle decor covered with succulents and greenery at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Detail close up photos of various succulents and greenery decorating a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Pretty white silk chair covers with knots on the back at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Ceremony space decorated with white chair covers, tree stumps, and succulents and greenery covered wreaths hanging from the ceiling at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Chet made this arch! Erin's sister decorated it.
Tree branch wedding arch decorated with tree stumps, and green plants at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Erin's grandpa cut these logs for her wedding:) Talk about a talented family affair!
Wreaths made out of branches covered with greenery and tree stump succulent aisle decor at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
White rosette table cloth with succulent greenery at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Superhero ring bearers walk down the aisle at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A cute flower girl wearing a white dress and sandals with a succulent hair wreath on her head walks down the aisle at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista, Colorado.
Bride and her stepdad walk down the aisle at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A handmade wooden arch decorated with greenery and succulents with a bride and groom holding hands at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Groom happily says his vows during a wedding ceremony at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Bride and groom kiss under their awesome DIY wooden arch decorated with greenery in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A bridal party wearing shades of green and purple pose on the family farm with mountains and a barn in the backdrop at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
A cute bride and groom pose for sunset photos on the potato farm at their real southern colorado farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Romantic wedding day portraits at sunset on a potato farm in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Pretty mountain farm wedding photos at sunset in southern Colorado near Monte Vista
A bride and groom pose for photos at sunset on their family's potato farm in Southern Colorado in the mountains near Monte Vista
A gorgeous dramatic sunset sky wedding portrait on a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Rustic old windows with painted seating chart at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado.The i
The inside of the tractor building all decorated for a pretty purple and green wedding on a real potato farm in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Wedding reception tables decorated with purple rosette tablecloths and greenery at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
pretty green and purple rustic decor with succulents and logs at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Pretty green and purple table decor at a farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A detail photo of a green and purple centerpiece with a purple rosette floral tablecloth at a real rustic farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
How pretty is this birdcage? I would want it to decorate my house:)
A pretty white rustic vintage birdcage decorated with green succulents card holder at a rustic farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
A huge green and purple tipped succulent centerpiece on a purple rosette tablecloth at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Custom printed green succulent arrow timeline at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado
succulents in small glass jars as wedding favors at a pretty rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Pretty apple crate vintage window candy bar at a rustic real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Maple Bacon and other cupcakes at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Pretty cupcakes with small plants decorating the table at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Gorgeous white two tiered wedding cake decorated with succulents at a rustic farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Pretty purple and green rosette tablecloth at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado
Detail ring photo in a pretty succulent at a rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Pretty ring macro shots on a green succulent plant at a farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado
Wedding toasts at a real rustic farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
B&W wedding toast photo at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
First dance at a real farm wedding inside the tractor building in Southern Colorado
Romantic B&W first dance photo at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Romantic wedding dance photo at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado
Father daughter dance at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado
Mother son dance at a wedding reception at a real farm in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Parent dances at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Wedding guests dance romantically with string lights in the background at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Photo collage of wedding guests dancing at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Happy wedding reception at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado near Monte Vista
Ringbearer passed out sleeping on a purple rosette tablecloth at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
Fun wedding reception at a real farm wedding in Monte Vista, Colorado.
Happy fun wedding reception at a real farm wedding in Southern Colorado.
My favorite!
Pretty sunset wedding portrait on a real potato farm with barn and mountains in the background in Monte Vista, Colorado.
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August 19, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | Senior Pics at Denver Botanic Gardens

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he 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.
A pretty Lauren Conrad lookalike high school senior girl poses in the tall grass at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
A pretty high school senior girl with wavy blondish red hair poses in front of a misty water fountain at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Cute high school senior portraits at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Pretty black and white high school senior picture lying on the pebble walk at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A gorgeous high school senior girl poses in front of a rustic textured door at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
High school senior yearbook photo at sunset at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A gorgeous young high school senior with blondish red hair and a black dress poses in the tall green grass with a small waterfall in the backdrop at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
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August 12, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Mountain Family Photographer | Sapphire Point near Breckenridge

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have another family with 3 generations featured on the blog today who came out to the Colorado mountains to celebrate grandma and grandpa's 50th wedding anniversary. That's 3 different families I've photographed this summer alone who are celebrating big marriage milestones and I have to say it is quite an inspiration! I really love that they all came together to spend time with their parents/grandparents as they mark this momentous occasion in their lives. Seeing them still so in love and happy together after the years makes me want to go home and squeeze my husband tight and tell him how much I love him:) I also think it's a great idea to get a nice family photo together once everyone is all together, especially when you are vacationing in as pretty a place as Colorado. In Summit County where Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne meet up along the I-70 corridor is a huge reservoir called Lake Dillon and there are beautiful mountain views there along Swan Mountain Road. We photographed over in the Sapphire Point area and on this night we were blessed with an amazing sunset with gorgeous purple and pink sky to finish off our session. After all of the rain I've been battling at my recent family sessions I felt very grateful for the good weather this time:)
A sweet older couple celebrates their 50th wedding anniversary with their extended family in the Colorado Mountains at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge
A family wearing blue and white pose in the tall grass with a rustic ranch fence in the backdrop in the mountains of Colorado for their grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary near Breckenridge
An extended family celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary get their family photos taken in a pretty Colorado mountain field near Dillon Lake and Breckenridge at Sunset
A couple wearing shades of blue and white pose with Buffalo Mountain in the backdrop at sunset in a pretty Colorado mountain field near Dillon Lake in Summit County close to Breckenridge
A couple wearing blue and white pose together with Buffalo Mountain in the background of their Colorado family vacation photos near Breckenridge at sunset
A family wearing blue yellow and white pose together on a hillside with the pretty Colorado Mountains at sunset in the background during their family vacation to Colorado.
A family wearing blue yellow and white clothing is photographed at sunset with pink skies and a pretty Breckenridge mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
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August 10, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer

Colorado Engagement Photography | Boulder South Mesa Trail

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he couple on the blog today are so incredibly photogenic. We met up two hours before sunset like I always do and got so many lovely photos of the two of them by the time the sun was setting that it was really hard to pick out just a handful for the sneak peek. They brought their huge doggie with them and he definitely rounded out their pictures quite nicely. We went to the South Mesa Trail just a tiny bit east of Eldorado Springs because it's one of my favorite photo locations. But I think the secret is out about that spot because I saw a few other photographers doing sessions there this time. We spent a little bit of time using the areas that I have previously really liked, but this time we went a little farther up the hill for more privacy and I love what we found. There was a great view of the beautiful jagged purple mountains that Boulder is known for and we also found some really pretty boulders with brilliant shades of green moss and lichen growing all over them. I was also pretty psyched that the moon was glowing against the pretty dusky sky and we were able to get a great photo with it before it moved too high up in the sky. But what really made the session great is that the couple was so comfortable with each other and able to express their love on camera so easily. I am going to have a blast photographing their wedding next spring!
An engagement portrait outside an old stone homestead house on the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs, Colorado.
A sweet husky dog poses with his tongue hanging out while his guardians kiss in the backdrop at their summer engagement photoshoot at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
A cool engagement photo standing in the tall grass at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado.
A gorgeous mountain backdrop at an engagement session with their malamute dog at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
A sweet engagement photo in front of the lichen rocks along the South Mesa Trail near Boulder, Colorado.
A pretty pink and purple sunset in the sky at an engagement photoshoot at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
The moon shines in a dusky sky at sunset during a Colorado Engagement Session at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
So hard to pick a favorite, but I just love this one:)
A rustic engagement session in the yellow wildflowers with their malamute dog along the South Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
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