March 22, 2015   •   Filed in Spring, Families

Denver Family Photographer | Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

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oday's journal entry is featuring a cute family from Arizona. They were out visiting Colorado for a quick trip while dad was on leave from the military and they wanted to get some nice photos taken somewhere in Colorado Springs. It's really hard to beat the beauty of Garden of the Gods so we went there for the evening. It helps that it's also very convenient to get to. We drove all over the park to get different views and I think we came away with some really grand photos due to the dramatic rock formations we used as backdrops. I really love the way the jagged red rock formations stack up in front of the blue mountains in the distance.  
 
If you are planning a trip out to Colorful Colorado with your family consider updating your family portraits while you are out here. I grew up here in Colorado and can help your family find a beautiful place for your photos and will help you with all of the details. Go ahead and contact me today and let me know when you are visiting:) april@apriloharephotography.com  
A family wearing shades of turquoise and black sit on a fence together in front of the dramatic red rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family photo session in the spring.
An 8 year old girl wearing shades of turquoise and black poses at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during her family photo session in the spring.
A pretty young woman wearing jeans and a turquoise blouse sits on the rock ledge at Garden of the Gods with the dramatic Red Rocks Formations in the backdrop on a warm spring day.
A family wearing shades of turquoise and black sit on a fence together in front of the desert scrub at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family photo session in the spring.
A cute couple sit on a fence in front of the dramatic red rocks at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family photoshoot.
A family wearing shades of turquoise and black sit on a fence together in front of the dramatic red rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family photo session in the spring.
A family wearing shades of turquoise and black sit on a fence together in front of the dramatic red rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family photo session in the spring.
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March 19, 2015   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Winter

Snowy Winter Wedding in Colorado | The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge

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little over a week ago I had the pleasure of driving up to the mountains of Colorado for Becky and Sean's wedding at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge. That venue is an incredible place to host a wedding. They have a huge wooden deck with incredible views of the mountains and the ski slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. On the day of Becky and Sean's wedding we were blessed with the kind of Colorado winter day that inspires out of towners to move here. Bright blue skies, huge piles of pretty snow all over the place, and warm sunshine hitting our faces. Most of their guests were friends and relatives visiting Colorado from out of state and I was happy for their sake that it was a week with nice weather and they could enjoy our great outdoors. Becky's dad told me he got to go skiing four times already that week and was planning to hit the slopes one more time the next day before leaving. As you can imagine, it was the kind of wedding where everyone got to enjoy time together before officially connecting their two families for the wedding celebration. The boys prepped themselves in one of the big cabin houses on site at the Lodge and the gals had a bridal suite inside the hotel. Sean waited to see his bride until he was standing on the stage at the Agape Outpost and it was so moving to see the emotion on his face as she walked closer to him. Capturing people in love seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day (whether it's at the actual ceremony or at a first look) is definitely one of my favorite parts of this job. The celebration continued at the Lodge and Spa with guests enjoying the spectacular view on the deck during cocktail hour. We even managed to fit in an adorable family photo of Becky, Sean, and their two cute Chihuahua dogs before heading on to the reception. It was a really fun day and another great wedding is in the books!
Event Details
Reception Venue & Caterer
Ceremony Venue
Dress
A & Be Denver Location
Dress Designer
Houghton Bride Collection Dress Style: Chante
Bridesmaids Dresses
Groom's Tux
Officiant
Baker
Florist
A gorgeous lace wedding gown with an open back from A & Be bridal shop in Denver hangs at a mountain lodge wedding venue in Breckenridge, Colorado
Sparkly Jimmy Choo wedding shoes are photographed at a winter mountain Colorado wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Two old chihuahua dogs chill out in the bridal suite on a wedding day at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
A cute tiny old chihuahua sits on the couch with the flower girl on a wedding day at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
A b&w photo collage of a pretty blonde bride getting her makeup done on her wedding day at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
A bride looks at herself in the mirror after getting her make up done in her bridal suite at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
A bride gets her make up done in her hotel suite at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in the Colorado Mountains
A sweet flower girl relaxes on the couch in the bride's bridal suite at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Two groomsmen help each other out with their ties at a Colorado Winter Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
A groomsman buttons his vest for his tux at a Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
A groomsman gets help with his tie at a Colorado Winter Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
The grooms gets some assistance from his groomsmen buddies on his Colorado Winter Wedding day at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
 A groomsman prepares shots at a Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Wedding rings are photographed on a gold tipped pine cone decor at a Colorado Mountain Wedding in Breckenridge
A pretty bridesmaid hangs out in the bridal suite at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
An adorable tiny Chihuahua dog hangs out while a bridesmaid works on the wedding dress at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Bride laughs as she gets help putting on her gorgeous open back A & Be lace wedding gown at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Flower girl gets help tying her white lace dress from the bride at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Flower girl adjusts her pearl bracelet at a Colorado Mountain wedding in Breckenridge
Bride puts her shoes on in her bridal suite at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
A bride gets help from her maid of honor with her long lace veil at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
A great outdoor photo of the Church at Agape Outpost at a winter wedding in Breckenridge Colorado
Guests walk up the snowy sidewalk underneath huge pine trees at the Agape Outpost in Breckenridge Colorado
Two groomsmen pin their bouttonierres on at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge Colorado
Reverend Scott Awbrey invites guests to sit closer at a winter mountain wedding at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge Colorado.
Ringbearer and flower girl walk down the aisle at an indoor mountain wedding at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge Colorado
Groom tears up as he sees his bride walking down the aisle at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and her dad walk down the aisle together at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Father of the bride hands off his daughter to her groom at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Father of the Bride looks on as his daughter gets married at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and groom say their vows on the stage at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Groomsman and his ringbearer son wait during the ceremony at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A gorgeous wide angle photo of the lodge log cabin style church at Agape Outpost with antler chandeliers hanging from the ceiling in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and groom exhange rings at their winter wedding at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
B&W Photo of a bride and groom kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A happy bride and groom walk out of their wedding ceremony at the Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Gorgeous sunny Colorado mountain day with the Breckenridge Ski Slopes in the backdrop at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Colorado Winter Wedding with snow on the ground at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Colorado Winter Wedding with snow on the ground at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Colorado Winter Wedding with snow on the ground at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Bride and bridesmaid wearing fur stoles pose for winter wedding photos with snow on the ground at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
A pretty bride wearing a long sleeved lace dress and a fur stole poses outside at her Colorado Mountain Winter Wedding in Breckenridge
Indoor winter wedding bridal portrait at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
A cute bride and groom pose with their tiny chihuahua dogs at their winter wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Winter wedding floral decor by Petal and Bean at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Winter wedding floral decor with pinecones by Petal and Bean at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Winter wedding floral decor by Petal and Bean at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Father of the bride gives a warm welcome toast at his daughter's winter wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Wedding toasts in the reception room at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Wedding toasts in the reception room at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Bride and groom walk down the paved path at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge with the ski resort in the backdrop
Breckenridge Ski Resort Colorado Mountain Winter Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breck
Breckenridge Ski Resort Colorado Mountain Winter Wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breck
Colorado mountain winter wedding with snow at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Pretty white wedding cake by Blue Moon Bakery at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Pretty white wedding cake by Blue Moon Bakery at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Pretty white wedding cake by Blue Moon Bakery at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
First Dance at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
First Dance at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Shots at a Colorado Mountain Winter Wedding Reception at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Winter Floral arrangements with pinecones created by Petal and Bean at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado
Fun wedding reception photos at a winter wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Dancing at a Colorado mountain winter wedding reception at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Wedding shenanigans at a Colorado Mountain winter wedding at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
One of my favorites of the newly married couple:)
A gorgeous romantic winter wedding photo with snow and the Breckenridge ski slope in the background from the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge in Colorado.
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March 12, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Winter

Denver Winter Engagement Photography | Civic Center Park and Larimer Square

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oday's journal entry is featuring another super cute couple with an incredibly loveable dog to match. Jess and Joe met up with me at Civic Center park right in the heart of Denver for their engagement photos. I really love the huge white classic columns there. They brought along Landon, their sweet goldendoodle doggie and we had a great time walking around the park and over to Larimer Square for their urban winter photos. We made sure to get some pretty photos with the overhead street cafe lights of Larimer Square which is one of my favorite places to take couples at sunset. The glowing lights make one of the prettiest backdrops in all of downtown Denver. And we also made use of the cool alley right next door too. Jess & Joe are such a laidback, nice couple. Plus they are super photogenic. I can't wait to see what we create in the art district at Artwork network this fall at their wedding:)
A cute dark haired couple wearing shades of blue get their winter engagement photos done at Civic Center park in downtown Denver, Colorado.
A cute dark haired couple wearing shades of blue get their winter engagement photos done at Civic Center park in downtown Denver, Colorado.
A cute photo collage of a small goldendoodle photographed in the foreground with his owners snuggling behind him during their engagement portrait session during winter in Downtown Denver, Colorado.
A natural winter engagement photoshoot with the string lights at Larimer Square during winter with a goldendoodle dog.
Larimer Square engagement photos with string lights and colorado flags as the backdrop during winter in Denver, Colorado.
Larimer Square engagement photos with string lights and colorado flags as the backdrop during winter in Denver, Colorado
A cute couple is photographed in an urban alley environment with string lights hanging in downtown Denver Colorado during winter.
Artistic puddle engagement photo reflection image in an alley near Larimer Square in Denver, CO.
A pretty nighttime engagement photo near Larimer Square in an alley with a goldendoodle during winter in Denver, Colorado.
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March 11, 2015   •   Filed in Winter, Families, Portraits

Colorado Winter Anniversary Photos | Pug Dog at South Mesa Trail, Boulder

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ristin contacted me earlier this year to see if we might be able to get together for pictures with her husband, Manish and their adorable pug, Hoppy (short for Hopscotch) for photos to celebrate their first anniversary. They got married last year in Connecticut and never got engagement photos done so this was a great opportunity to get some engagement style pictures. She was specifically looking for something vivid and I think we were able to capture some incredible color even with it being winter and a ton of snow on the ground. And boy was there snow! Poor Manish accidentally stepped into a hidden puddle toward the beginning of our session but he was a champ and managed to last through the rest of the photoshoot. I'm so happy he was able to continue on because the mountains looked so pretty and blue at the South Mesa Trail near Boulder. And their outfits matched perfectly with the winter scenery. I love when my clients bring their furry family members to their sessions. Hoppy was such a little sweetheart. She trotted all through the heavy snow for most of the session and didn't need to be carried until the very end. What a little lovebug she is! Congratulations to this great couple on their first year of marriage!
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