July 21, 2014   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Summer

Saint Mary's Catholic Church Greeley Ceremony | D-Barn Longmont Colorado Wedding

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'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!  
Event Details
Hotel
Ceremony Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church Located in Greeley
Reception Venue
Dress
Suits
Wedding Planner
Pink Paisley Events Sarah Flanagan
Transportation
Ceremony Musicians
Vocals: Emily Manion Piano: Kris Pierce Violin: Tom Nugent
Hair
Make up
Tamara Garrett
Cupcakes
Wedding Cake
Brandy Miller
Florist
MJM Designs Mandy Mader
Caterer
Food Truck
DJ
Too Much Fun Neil & Beth
Liquor
Niwot Liquor
Band
Bob Purcell & the Outriders
A short tea length lace dress hangs on the Greeley Guest House door on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado
A cute brunette bride puts her earrings in on her wedding day in Greeley Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A B&W photo of a cute brunette bride getting her make up done on her wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A photo collage of wedding day details like a garter, heirloom string of pearls on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A picture of a jeweled butterfly in a brunette bride's hair on her wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A custom
Purple kitten heel floral shoes photographed on a purple sofa on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A bridesmaid checks out her hairdo with a hand mirror on her friend's wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A young ring bearer sits on a purple stuffed arm chair on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
Purple details like a bracelet and garter are photographed on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A custom purple and yellow wedding program is photographed on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A B&W photo of a bride and her bridesmaid getting their make up done in front of a bright window which is backlighting them on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A pretty brunette bride gets her purple eye make up done on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A blonde bridesmaid gets her make up done on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
A brunette bride gets help into her dress from her bridesmaids who are all wearing yellow on her wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
Flowers designed by MJM Designs sit in rustic lace burlap cans and are photographed in front of the brick wall on a wedding day in Greeley, Colorado at the Greeley Guest House
Groomsman puts on MJM Designs Boutonnierre on the father of the groom at St. May's Catholic Church at a wedding in Greeley Colorado
Three young ringbearers walk down the aisle at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley Colorado.  One of them is crying.
A cute brunette bride wearing a tea length dress walks down the aisle with her dad at her wedding at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado
Photo of a Catholic wedding ceremony from the balcony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
View of the bride and groom kneeling at the altar on their wedding day at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado
Bride puts ring on her groom's finger at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Bride and groom say their vows at their Catholic wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Bride and groom kiss each other during their wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle together during their Catholic wedding ceremony recessional at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Signing of the marriage license at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Bride and her friends drink on the NoCo Party Bus from Greeley to Longmont at a summer wedding in Colorado.
Bride and groom celebrate with their bridal party friends on the NoCo Party Bus from Greeley to Longmont on their summer wedding day in Colorado.
Bridal party photo in front of a white gazebo at Old Mill Park on a sunny afternoon in July in Longmont, Colorado.
Bride and her bridesmaids pose for photos at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on her sunny July summer wedding day.
A short bride and her tall groom pose at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on their summer wedding day in Colorado.
Bride and groom pose in front of a rustic historical cabin at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on their summer wedding day.
A happy casual groom poses at a rustic historic cabin at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on his summer wedding day in July.
A groom and his groomsmen goof around taking a staircase photo at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on a sunny wedding day.
A B&W photo of a handsome tall groom posing in front of a historic old wood cabin at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado.
A pretty brunette bride wearing a cute tea length dress poses in front of an old historic cabin at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on her wedding day.
A close up headshot of a pretty brunette bride wearing a birdcage veil and holding purple and yellow flowers at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado
A pretty brunette bride wearing a tea length bridal gown with a bird cage veil holding purple and yellow floral bouquet poses at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado.
Bride and her bridesmaids wearing yellow dresses pose for photos at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado on her sunny July summer wedding day
A beautiful natural light photo of a brunette bride with a birdcage veil at Old Mill Park in Longmont, Colorado
A happy bride and groom pose together in front of a rustic historic cabin at Old Mill Park on their summer wedding day in Longmont, Colorado
The D-Barn also knowns as Dickens Barn located on Main Street in Longmont, Colorado on a bright sunny summer wedding day in July.
Cocktail Hour decorated tables at the rustic D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn in Longmont, Colorado on a wedding day in July.
Purple and yellow details of a wedding at Dickens Barn also known as D-Barn in Longmont, Colorado on a sunny summer rustic wedding day.
Banquet tables set for a bbq dinner at D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn in Longmont, Colorado on a rustic summer wedding day.
Spread the Love wedding jam jar favors at a rustic wedding at D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn in Longmont, Colorado
The pretty cafe string lights of the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a summer rustic wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The best man and maid of honor give their toast speeches at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom smile happily as their best man and maid of honor give their toast speeches at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
A B&W wide shot of the barn with the bride and groom smiling happily as the best man gives his toast speech at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom look at each other and laugh as the maid of honor gives her toast speech at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom love on each other and laugh as they dance their first dance at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The groom picks up his small bride and swings her around as they dance their first dance at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
A wide shot of the groom kissing his bride at the end of their first dance as their guests look on and clap at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
The groom dips his bride and kisses her at the end of their first dance as their guests look on and clap at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding in Longmont, Colorado.
A photo collage of the groom dancing with his moms during the mother son dances at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A photo collage of the bride dancing with her dad during the father daughter dance at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A close up photo of the wood carved wedding cake display and the two-tiered white cake itself created by Brandy Miller at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom cut their two-tiered white cake and feed it to each other at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom toasts their family and friends at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at their rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A love is sweet purple bunting banner hangs across a ladder display shelf full of sweet desserts at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
Close up photos of rice krispie treats and cupcake cheesecakes displayed across a painted white ladder shelf full of sweet desserts at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
Close up photos of cookies, brownies, cakepops, and other sweets displayed across a painted white ladder shelf full of sweet desserts at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A beautiful close up photo of a diamond wedding ring at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
Wedding guests dance and enjoy themselves at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A B&W photo of wedding guests dancing and enjoying themselves at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A photo collage of wedding guests dancing in a rumba line and enjoying themselves at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
B&W photo collage of the groom and his groomsmen enjoying cigars on the wood porch of the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A photo collage of wedding the bride tossing her bouquet at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A photo collage of wedding guests dancing and enjoying themselves at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The groom picks up his bride and dances with her at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride dances with her dad at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride dances with her groom at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride dressed as Michael Jackson dances to his songs at the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom cuddle each other outside the front entrance of the wood porch of the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
The bride and groom cuddle each other outside the front entrance of the wood porch of the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
A romantic B&W photo of the bride and groom kissing on the dancefloor of the D-Barn also known as Dickens Barn at a rustic historic barn wedding reception in Longmont, Colorado.
My favorite!
A beautiful formal portrait of a bride and groom standing in front of an old rustic historic cabin at Old Mill Park on a sunny afternoon wedding day in July.
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July 18, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Colorado Mountain Family Photos | Lake Dillon Summit County

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mentioned 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.  
A family wearing shades of coral, turquoise, and black are photographed with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their summer vacation.
A young blonde boy wearing turquoise is photographed in the Colorado wildflowers at Prospector Campground with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
A young blonde girl wearing a coral sundress is photographed in the Colorado wildflowers at Prospector Campground beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
A married couple is photographed at Sapphire Point near Frisco, Colorado at sunset with beautiful blue and purple mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their family summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
My favorite! I love that we have the blue mountains and wildflowers in the same photo:)
A cute family is photographed in the wildflowers at Prospector Campground near Frisco, Colorado with beautiful blue mountains near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County Colorado on their family summer vacation roadtrip in Colorado.
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July 13, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Colorado Mountain Family Photos | Breckenridge Lomax Placer Mine

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t'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.  
Event Details
Portrait Location
Lomax Placer Mine Gold Panning Historical Site
B&W Photo of a young brother and sister holding hands and smiling at each other in front of the rustic cabins at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge Colorado.
Summertime outdoor rustic photo of a baby boy wearing cowboy boots and hat sitting on a wooden step in the wild grass at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Young siblings sit on a rustic rusted old wheelbarrow in the wild grass at the Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge Colorado
Married couple smile for the camera at their extended family session at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Grandma and grandpa smile in front of the rustic log cabin at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Extended family reunion portrait outside in the summer at Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
Quiet B&W photo of a young girl outdoors at the Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado
A family moment outside in the summer at the rustic Lomax Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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July 12, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Steamboat Springs Wedding Photography | Yampa River Botanic Park

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teamboat 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.  
Event Details
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Officiant
Justin Knoll Friend of the bride & groom
Dress Shop
The Wedding Shoppe Located in St. Paul, MN
DJ
Cake Baker
Florist
I Do Wedding Design Peggy Britton from St. Paul, MN
Kate Spade Stud Diamond starburst earrings bridesmaids gifts at a Steamboat Springs Colorado Wedding at the Sheraton
Photo collage of a bride putting in her earrings while her bridesmaid relaxes and reads the New Yorker at a Sheraton hotel suite in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Purple high heel satin shoes at a wedding at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Purple, white, and orange bouquets at a wedding at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Photo collage of a green, white, purple, and orange bridal bouquet at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
White and dark purple fuschia pom poms at a Sheraton Resort Steamboat Springs Colorado Wedding
A detail photo of the bride and groom's wedding rings photographed at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, CO
A gorgeous bride gets help with her wedding gown at her suite at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bride puts on her dark purple satin high heels in her suite at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, CO
Bride puts on her grandmother's bracelet at the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A lovely bridal portrait in a hotel suite of the Sheraton Hotel in Steamboat Springs Colorado
A bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day in a first look at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom kisses his bride at the Yampa River Botanic Park with aspen trees in the background on their wedding day in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A bride and groom take romantic portraits amongst the pretty Aspen trees at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom poses with his groomsmen during the formals on his wedding day at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom portrait at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs Colorado during the summer
A summer bride holding purple, orange, and white bouquet is photographed for her bridal portrait at the Yampa River Botanic Garden in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bridesmaids wearing dark plum purple colored dresses pose with the bride on her summer wedding day at Yampa River Botanic Gardens in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The large bridal party group photo near the aspen grove at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A bride and groom kiss each other amongst the flowers and Aspen trees at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs Colorado
An outdoor summer wedding ceremony set up at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A beautiful bride walks down the grassy aisle with her dad at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A father gives his daughter away at her wedding at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony in front of Peter's Pond at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A group of bridesmaids wearing plum purple dresses sing at an outdoor summer wedding in front of Peter's Pond at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
An outdoor summer wedding ceremony is hosted on the lawn at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Outdoor classic wedding in the summertime at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A pretty bride smiles big at her groom during their outdoor summer wedding ceremony in Steamboat Springs Colorado at Yampa River Botanic Park.
Two young kids relax in the grass at an outdoor wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Bride and groom hold hands during their outdoor summer wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A groom places the ring on his bride's finger at their outdoor summer wedding ceremony at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
My favorite:)
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