I've been wanting to share today's wedding for a little while now because it takes place in my hometown of Longmont, Colorado. There is this old historical red barn off of Main Street called the Dickens Barn (aka D-Barn). I vaguely remember driving by it when I was growing up and I thought it had always been there. But really, it was moved to it's present site in 1996 so that memory must not be as old as I thought;) It was built in 1916 and it was originally used as a dairy barn. Nowadays it hosts weddings, parties, and meetings. They've added a ton of pretty twinkle lights to the ceiling which look so pretty in the background of the photos. And I also love the huge wood deck out front. Before arriving at the D-Barn we stopped in at one of my old favorite places in Longmont, Old Mill Park. Old Mill Park is located in a quiet old neighborhood in Longmont off of Pratt Street. It's this adorable little park with old rustic buildings tucked away in what appears to be a gigantic backyard but is actually open to the public. We stopped in there to get some nice outdoor formals before heading on to the reception.
Katelynn & Jake live in Greeley and before the reception in Longmont they got married at their church, St. Mary's Catholic Church. Before the ceremony started Katelynn prepped for the big day with all of her girlfriends in a huge room at the Greeley Guest House. She really did a great job planning all of the details for her wedding as you'll see in the photos. One of my favorite details was the printed programs that she had an etsy designer create. It was full of little facts about the wedding like "10 trips to Men's Wearhouse in Ft. Collins" and "32 hours of Pinterest-ing" and my favorite "378 phone calls to mom." I love that planning a wedding in this day and age is still such a great way to spend family time together!
St. Mary's Catholic Church Located in Greeley
Pink Paisley Events Sarah Flanagan
Vocals: Emily Manion Piano: Kris Pierce Violin: Tom Nugent
Imentioned in my last post that because it's summertime families all over the United States are out vacationing with each other while school is out. And Colorado is quite the popular destination. We're pretty much right in the middle of the country and we get a lot of visitors from the surrounding states. Plus, we're the perfect place for road tripping. We have lots of nooks and crannies to explore. I've lived here almost my entire life and I'm still excited about the places I keep finding throughout Colorado.
I'm lucky that my mom had such an adventurous spirit when I was growing up. I'm the oldest of 7 kids and we didn't have much but she always figured out a way to throw us all into a van and get us out exploring our big beautiful state. As a kid I really didn't appreciate what a feat that is. 7 children of varying ages (someone was always in diapers!) and temperaments being forced to coexist in cramped quarters for hours on end is not a recipe for a nice peaceful and relaxing vacation. I distinctly remember shouting from the backseat every five minutes "Are we almost there yeeeeetttttttt?! When are we gonna beeeeeeeee theeeeeeeerrrrrreeeee?!" And that was just me. Add in a few other siblings to this cacophonous audio mix and say hello to your instant headache. But I suppose that when you decide to give birth to that many kids you accept the fact that "peace and quiet" are no longer going to be a big part of your life.
My obviously crazy mother persevered with these family road trips even after my parents divorced. She loved to take us to museums, parks, libraries, and national monuments. She was a born tourist and dragged us all over the place to get a taste of what was out there. It's something that I look back on very fondly now that I'm grown up and understand that it's not always so easy to just hit the open road when wanderlust hits you. I always get a little whiff of nostalgia when I meet up with my clients who are traveling in Colorado on a road trip with their families. I love that they are getting professional photos taken while they are here in the gorgeous surroundings. I know that if their kids are anything like me, they are going to look back on those photos and miss the days when mom and dad dragged them around to see the world as a family.
My favorite! I love that we have the blue mountains and wildflowers in the same photo:)
It's summertime in Colorado which means that lots of folks are out here visiting the great mountain towns we have. One of my favorites along the I-70 corridor is Breckenridge. They have one of the most photogenic main drags in the state. The buildings are a great mix of old colorfully painted brick buildings, some more rustic wood structures and even a few pretty old Victorians. As is the case for most of the tiny mountain towns here in Colorado it was originally a gold rush mining town. If you go up Ski Hill Road from downtown you'll reach the historic Lomax Placer Mine. It's a great place for a photoshoot with it's rustic mining cabins and old equipment lying around. I love that there are a ton of tiny pretty wildflowers growing at the site too. During the day you can even pan for gold with a tour guide at the site which sounds like a fun activity to do with the kids if you ever make it out to Colorado on vacation.
During the week of July 4th I met up with this beautiful family. Some of them live in Denver, but most were traveling from outside the state to spend some family time together during the holiday. I'm so happy we could meet up and capture their extended family portraits while they were all together. The Lomax Placer Mine was the perfect location with a good mix of rustic cabins and pretty native plants.
Lomax Placer Mine Gold Panning Historical Site
Steamboat Springs is one of my favorite places in all of Colorado. Every year if I am able to book a wedding up there I get really excited because it means an overnight stay in one of the prettiest places in the state and I know I'll be capturing lovely photos. It's located in a beautiful valley with lush green landscape as far as the eye can see and big fat aspen trees all over the place. This year was my first time photographing at the Yampa River Botanic Park which is nestled right in between the ski resort area of town and the old town shopping district. I wasn't sure what to expect from a botanic garden that is located 6,880 square feet above sea level but it turns out quite a lot of colorful flowers can grow at a high altitude. It was easy to see why Christie and Ryan chose to hold their ceremony at the botanic gardens. When we were there, they were in full bloom with tons of bright flowers and a very pretty serene little pond surrounded with painters working out in nature. The ceremony itself was held right in front of the pond (named Peter's Pond) on the green grass which is also a unique petal style umbrella shade. The weather started out a little sunny but by the time everyone sat on the lawn for the ceremony we were blessed with a little bit of cloud coverage which my fair skin always appreciates! It ended up being a beautiful ceremony out in nature.
After the ceremony everyone headed back over to Sevens, a restaurant at the Sheraton on the ski resort side of town, for the reception. Cocktail hour started on the patio which had great views of Mount Werner. After heading indoors I was pleased to see that the mountain was still visible with all of the huge windows inside the restaurant. After dinner the toasts took place and then one of the highlights of the whole wedding day happened. Christie happens to be a very good opera singer. So good that she makes a living from her beautiful voice. On her wedding day she sang a song to Ryan that she had always hoped to sing one day to the man that she fell in love with. And not only that, but her dad played the piano for her as she sang. It was very sweet and the entire room loved it.
Justin Knoll Friend of the bride & groom
The Wedding Shoppe Located in St. Paul, MN
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