The matriarch of this adorable family called me up last week hoping they could get some updated family photos while they were all vacationing together up in Keystone, Colorado. It was also a bit of a birthday present for herself too. The family loves to golf together so they rented a big house in the River Course at Keystone golf club neighborhood in the mountains of Colorado. They didn't have to travel as far as some of my other portrait clients since they all live in the Denver metro area like I do. But, as we all know it's not easy to get the whole family together and I think it was a great idea to spend an hour creating these in their pretty woodsy backyard at the house. The last time they got a nice professional photo together some of those grandkids weren't even born yet! Here's a little sneak peek of a few of the images and happy birthday to Rosanne!
The wedding featured on the journal today has been a pretty whirlwind affair. I first talked to Stan and Julie (The bride, Lauren's) parents in December and found out that they were attempting to plan a huge destination wedding in Steamboat Springs with just about six months to work with. I actually was not worried in the least for them because they had so much enthusiasm and were incredibly excited about the planning process. And as you can see from the photos it all turned out splendidly. They had help from Lora from Last Call Events who transformed the Champagne Powder Room at the top of the gondola into the epitome of pretty in pink. In typical mountain weather fashion a thunderstorm blew through and we had to quickly rearrange some of the portrait plans but I love the dramatic feel of the light in their ceremony photos and wouldn't have changed a thing. Seeing such a huge crowd of friends and family travel out from Omaha, Chicago, Kansas City and beyond to bestow their love on Lauren and Connor was really great to witness. Their party was incredibly high energy and everyone crowded the dance floor all night which is my favorite kind of party to photograph. One of the best parts of the night was when Connor went on-stage to show off a little bit of his incredible drumming talent for his friends and family. The live band Mannequin and the high altitude definitely helped keep the energy levels up all evening and you can see how much fun everyone was having in the images. Here's to a life full of fun just like their wedding day for Lauren and Connor!
Steamboat Springs Resort Ceremony on the lawn, reception in the Champagne Powder Room
Coordinator & Florist
Last Call Events Lora Reichley
Kyle Hodge Films Boulder, CO
Mannequin Denver, CO
How can I not share that view one last time?
There is something so special about bringing your whole family together on a vacation as adults. Everyday life is so fast paced that it's really nice to slow down and come together with your loved ones to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. And when it's on Grandma and Grandpa's incredible ranch land in Kremmling, Colorado it's downright magical. The whole family piled into a fleet of ATV's and took off for the open fields of wildflowers and a beautiful aspen tree grove. Luckily there is a whole posse of photographers in the family who actually do this for a living too back home in Indiana. They already had the vision for where they wanted to take their family photos and had already scoped it out so they were totally prepared for the session. I was too busy posing and figuring out what would look best at the time, but when I went to retouch the photos I noticed that there is a huge bird's nest in the trees in the background for some of the photos which I think is really neat. We didn't see any wildlife during the photo session, but the family did tell me about the elk, moose, and even a bear that they had seen during their stay. And since it's a ranch they have access to a stable of horses that they can ride while they out here on vacation. It really was a special place and I hope they had a blast hanging out with each other in the great outdoors of Colorado. I'm inspired to see if I can make something like this happen with my family now!
Dashley and Christopher and a select handful of their closest family and friends made the drive out to Colorado from Texas a couple of weeks ago to celebrate their love in a beautiful wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point. It was a gorgeous afternoon with some cloud cover keeping us all from baking in the harsh Colorado sun. We were lucky with no actual rain to contend with, my favorite for ceremony photos! Dashley wore a beautiful Alfred Angelo gown which showed off her back and Christopher's eyes lit up when he saw her walking down the aisle with her mom. I thought it was so touching that both her ex-step dad and her current step-dad both met up with her mom at the end of the aisle to continue walking her down to greet Christopher. It was a lovely ceremony with the over-fed chipmunks scampering around like crazy and we all listened to Dashley and Christopher make their vows while breathing in that fresh crisp mountain air. After creating some beautiful family portraits right there at the point, Dashley and Christopher obliged me in creating their own beautiful portraits with mountain views and we even made sure to get some photos closer to Lake Dillon on the docks. I truly couldn't have asked for a nicer day with these lovely people. Dashley and Christopher, I wish you a lifetime of happiness together! Congratulations!
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