April 16, 2015   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Spring

Colorado Proposal Photos | Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Summit County

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ne thing I really love about my job is that I get to witness one of the best days of my clients' lives. It truly never gets old for me to see people in love profess their love for each other. This is why I'm pretty excited about the fact that people are starting to make plans to have their proposals photographed. I know I was lucky enough to have a photo from my proposal and the pictures we got on that day are some of my favorites ever because it just reminds me of one of my favorite moments ever. Keith started talking to me a couple of months ago to find out if it might be possible to photograph his proposal to his girlfriend, Amanda while they would be out here visiting Colorado. So we started talking about different places where this could work and we settled on Sapphire Point out in Summit County at Lake Dillon. The place has incredible views and he could tell her that he wanted to take her to see the view before they went for a nice dinner. We also figured I could try to look like a random tourist or wildlife photographer focusing on all of the chipmunks out there.  
I'm stoked that we were able to pull the whole thing off. We sent photos back and forth of each other and of the site and discussed the timing and the exact location for him to get down on one knee. I was waiting out on the path at Sapphire Point when I saw them start to walk over toward me and my heart started pounding since I knew a big moment was about to happen and I needed to be ready for it. I'm sure Keith was even more excited and nervous than I was as he stopped with Amanda and embraced her while looking out at those gorgeous blue snow-capped mountains. Then he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. I think you'll be able to see for yourselves in the photos below what her answer was:)  
 
Congratulations to Keith & Amanda! Here's to a beautiful wedding in Tenessee!  
A couple stands at Sapphire Point and admires the view just before he drops to one knee and proposes at Lake Dillon in Summit County
A guy drops to one knee and proposes to his girlfriend at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado with blue snow capped mountains in the backdrop
A guy drops to one knee and proposes to his girlfriend at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado with blue snow capped mountains in the backdrop
A Colorado mountain proposal at Sapphire Point in Dillon
Sapphire Point Engagement Photos at Lake Dillon in Summit County in Colorado
A cute couple poses for some engagement photos after their proposal at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Colorado
A nice photo of a man who has just proposed to the love of his life at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado
A happy bride to be after getting engaged in Colorado in front of the mountains at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Summit County
A happy couple enjoying the Colorado mountains after their engagement at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon
An engaged couple smiles for the camera after their proposal at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Summit County
Pretty backlit sun slare kissing engagement photo at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Summit County
A sweet engagement photo of a newly engaged couple leaning on the ranch fence at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Colorado
An epic romantic engagement photo at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado
A gorgeous engaged couple photographed at Sunset with the blue snow capped mountains as a backdrop at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Colorado.
A detail photo of the square cut diamond engagement ring at Sapphire Point in the Colorado Mountains
A sunset engagement photo at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Colorado
My favorite:)
A pretty picture of a newly engaged couple after their proposal at Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado
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April 8, 2015   •   Filed in Engagements, Spring

Telluride Colorado Engagement Photography | Dallas Divide and Ridgway

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pring has officially gotten underway here in Denver with the trees exploding with incredible smelling floral blooms. All of this nice weather and nice smells reminds me of a gorgeous session that I did last spring and never got around to sharing. Last May a gal named Stephanie contacted me to see if I would be willing to travel out to the Telluride/Ridgway area to photograph their engagement photos. I've been to Durango, but in all of my years of living in Colorado I have never been all the way out to Telluride or Ridgway before so of course I was on board to photograph in a new location. And oh my, what an incredible location it is! Stephanie's now husband, Kyle lived out in Ridgway for awhile and mentioned that the Dallas Divide might be a good place to do their photos. Geoff and I decided to hitch our trailer to the jeep and spent a night at the Ridgway State Park before meeting up for the photo shoot. Our campsite was just a short walk away from a magnificent view of the water from a cliff. We fit in a hike and also wandered around the historical town where we found an old-school wood pet carrier at one of the many antiques shops they have in town. We even found time to stop by Billings Artworks which is the place where they make the Grammy awards. If you are thinking about where to visit in Colorado I can't recommend this area enough. It's way off the beaten path (about 5 and a half hours from Denver actually) and full of nice people and pretty views. In fact, I would say that the drive from Ridgway to Telluride may be on par with the Road to Hana in Maui in terms of sheer beauty. See for yourself in the pictures below!
A cute couple pose with their chocolate lab along highway 62 in Colorado with the Dallas Divide mountain range in the backdrop at their springtime engagement session.
A photo collage of a good looking couple wearing jeans and shades of purple in the mountains of Colorado just outside of Telluride along the Dallas Divide near Ridgway in May
A gorgeous engagement photo of a cute couple wearing shades of blue in front of the Dallas Divide mountain range near Ridgway and Telluride in Colorado.
Ridgway Colorado Engagement Photos outside with a ranch fence along highway 62 near Telluride
Pretty spring photos with the Dallas Divide in the backdrop along highway 62 near Ridgway and Telluride Colorado
A pretty Colorado blue mountain with white capped peaks as the backdrop at a springtime engagement session in Colorado.
Spring engagement photos in southwest Colorado near Telluride
My favorite:)
Beautiful B&W springtime Colorado Engagement Photos near Telluride and Ridgway
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April 3, 2015   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Spring

Colorado Wedding Photographer | University Club of Denver

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had the pleasure of photographing Chelsea and Noe's wedding at the University Club of Denver a couple of weeks ago. The venue has a beautiful old school look inside with dark wood and gorgeous stained glass windows featuring the logos from various universities throughout the country. Chelsea and Noe prepared for the big day just a block away at the Warwick Hotel where we were able to use the ballroom for Chelsea's dad's first look at her and a few portraits. We photographed Noe and the groomsmen at the University Club using the library. The ceremony was set up inside the college room in front of the fireplace and the club turned the room around very quickly so that the reception could take place in the same huge wood paneled room. The club is just down the street from the state capital building so at sunset we made sure to get a few good shots with the pretty gold domed building in the backdrop before heading back inside to dance the night away. It was truly a lovely wedding with friends and family traveling from afar to celebrate. One of the highlights was when Chelsea decided to read her vows to Noe both in Spanish and English to include Noe's side of the family. They also incorporated the 13 coins ceremony into their wedding which I don't get to see too often. The groom passes coins presented to him by his godmother to give to his bride as a show of his willingness to take care of her. I think that you can tell from their photos that they are head over heels for each other and will be taking care of each other for a long time:)
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maid of honor pours champagne for her best friend in the bridal suite at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Custom handmade bridal champagne flutes decorated for a wedding at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bride and her bridesmaids show off their satin robes in white and teal at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bride hangs out on her bed with her bridesmaids wearing robes in the bridal hotel suite at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
B&W photo of bride showing her grandmother the family heirloom pearl necklace on her wedding day at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bride pins flowers on her mother in law on her wedding day at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Detail of boutonniere on mother of the bride at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Groom in teal vest talks on the phone on his wedding day at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Detail photo of a bridesmaid in a teal dress holds a bouquet of white calla lilies at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Dramatic B&W photo of bridesmad on hotel bed at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bride's mom helps her daughter button her Justin Alexander dress from Little White Dress Shop at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
B&W photo of maid of honor helping the bride button her lace Justin Alexander dress from the Little White Dress Shop at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
B&W Photo of maid of honor helping the bride put on her tall sparkly high heels at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
B&W photo of mom helping her daughter with her peal necklace on her wedding day at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Detail photos of the lace and rhinestones on a Justin Alexander Gown from Little White Dress Shop in Denver, Colorado.
A detail photo of a bracelet
White lily wedding florals from Hannah Dunn at the Warwick Hotel Denver Wedding
A beautiful bride in her Justin Alexander dress from the Little White Dress Shop in Denver, Colorado
Father of the bride rides in the limo to see his daughter on her wedding day at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
A nice portrait of the father of the bride on a wedding day at the Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Father Daughter First Look on Denver Wedding day at Warwick Hotel in Colorado
Father of the Bride with his daughter on her wedding day at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Beautiful bridal photo at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado
Bride with her bridesmaids in their Teal full length bridesmaids dresses at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Pretty Bridesmaids photos with white lily bouquets at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bridal photo in ballroom at Warwick Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
Bride smiles in the back of a limo on her wedding day at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride gets help with her small veil at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
A happy relative at the University Club of Denver Wedding in Colorado.
A cool city photo of a bride at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Groom gets help with his boutonniere at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Groomsmen toast at University Club of Denver in Colorado
Serious groomsmen photo in the library at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Serious groom photo in the library at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
A portrait of the Groom at the University Club of Denver in Colorado
Indoor ceremony set up in front of the fireplace of the College Room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Detail photo of the windows with various school logos in the college room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride walks down the aisle in the College Room of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Wedding ceremony inside the College Room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W photo of bride and groom reciting their vows at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride and groom say their vows to each other in the College Room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride and groom light unity candle at their indoor College Room Wedding Ceremony at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride and groom exchange rings at their indoor college room ceremony at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
13 Coins Mexican Wedding Ceremony Tradition at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W Photo collage of the bride and groom's first kiss at their indoor ceremony inside the College Room at University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W photo of bride and groom walking out of their ceremony in the College Room of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Formal bridal party photos with girls wearing long teal colored dresses in front of the fireplace in the College Room of University Club of Denver in Colorado.
A pretty B&W photo of a bride and her groom standing together in front of the fireplace at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bride and groom pose for formal photos in front of the fireplace in the College Room of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Groom wearing a gray suit with his groomsmen who are wearing teal ties poses outside of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Spring wedding with teal bridesmaids dresses and white calla lily bouquets at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bridesmaids wearing teal full length gowns pose holding white calla lily bouquets in front of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Downtown Urban Wedding Party Photos near University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Bridal party wearing teal and gray walk together along 17th and Sherman near the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Downtown Denver Wedding photos near the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W Portrait of a Groom standing outside of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W Portrait of a bride wearing a headband with her groom outside of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Wine Cork Ravenswood Escort Cards for Table Numbers at a University Club of Denver Wedding in Colorado.
Wine Bottle Centerpiece inside the College Room of University Club of Denver in Colorado.
The College Room set up for a large wedding at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Detail photo of the tabletops inside the College Room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Wedding ring detail photo with the shiny 13 Coins Mexican wedding tradition
Wedding Toasts inside the classy University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Gold domed Colorado State Capital in the backdrop of a wedding portrait at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Pretty sunset photos with the Gold domed Colorado Capital in the background outside of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
First Dance inside the college room of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
B&W Father Daughter Dance Photo at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Beautiful Father daughter dance photos at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Mother of the Groom dances with her son at this wedding at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Fun Dancing photos at a University Club of Denver Wedding Reception in Colorado.
Fun Dancing photos at a University Club of Denver Wedding Reception in Colorado.
B&W dancing shot at the University Club of Denver in Colorado
Fun Dancing photos at a University Club of Denver Wedding Reception in Colorado.
Fun Dancing photos at a University Club of Denver Wedding Reception in Colorado.
End of the night portrait inside of the College Room of the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
Last dance of the night inside the college room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado
Romantic Wedding Dance Photo inside the College Room at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
A group of friends sit on the stairs and pose for one last photo at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
My favorite:)
Bride and groom kiss inside the beautifully decorated window frame at the University Club of Denver in Colorado.
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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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