July 21, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Portraits | Rainy Day Family Pictures at Dillon Lake

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y my, it has been a bit of a frustrating summer for all of us photographers here in Colorado. I've lived here pretty much my whole life and I really don't think I can recall a more rainy spring and summer than the one we've had in 2015. When I googled it my suspicions were confirmed and it sounds like the entire US has been having a particularly rainy year so far.  
Don't get me wrong, one of life's great pleasures for me is cuddling up with a great book, a cup of coffee and listening to the rain fall outside. But, it's busy season, ya'll! I have families who are visiting Colorado who want to play outside! I've been rescheduling when possible, but there are only so many days that are available when the rain keeps coming. Luckily for me, I've had some really terrific go-with-the-flow kind of people who are game for outdoor photos even if there is a bit of a sprinkle coming down on us.  
This sweet family featured on the blog today is one of those awesome families. They were out here celebrating their parent's 50th wedding anniversary (that's three 50th wedding anniversaries in a row for me this summer. How fantastic is that?!) The whole extended family came out to spend time together in the Breckenridge area and decided it would be nice to get some photos with the beautiful mountain scenery. One nice thing about all of this rain is that it has been turning our normally yellow and brown state into a lush green color and the wildflowers have been blooming like crazy. Check out the beautiful pictures we were able to capture for them even with the drizzle!  
A couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the Colorado Mountains pose for a photo at Dillon Lake near Breckenridge.
A couple visiting Colorado with family pose for a photo in front of a beautiful lake and mountains in Dillon near Breckenridge
A cute family poses in the sagebrush at a campground in the Colorado Mountains near Breckenridge
A brother and his two sisters pose for photos in the tall grass in front of a mountain and lake view near Breckenridge Colorado
A cute family pose for pictures together while on vacation in Breckenridge Colorado
Family vacation photos in the Colorado Mountains near Breckenridge Colorado
A sweet couple pose romantically in front of a beautiful mountain view near Breckenridge, Colorado.
An extended family poses for a group family photo in front of the mountains and wildflowers near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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July 20, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Babies

Denver Family Photographer | Olde Town Arvada and McIlvoy Park

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have a special blog post for today. The reason it's so special is that it features the adorable Robbie, who is the first son of an old friend of mine. Robbie's momma, Kate and I go way back actually. She's one of my oldest friends. We've been friends for so long that I can't even remember the exact first time that we met. I suspect that it was band class in 6th grade at Sunset Middle School in Longmont, Colorado. Kate was a terrific french horn player while I played the clarinet badly, haha. We were even roommates for a couple of years during college while we both pursued art degrees here in the Denver area (mine in photography and hers in graphic design). I have a lot of friends who have children these days, but I have to admit that it's a little more surreal when your oldest friends that you grew up with start having babies of their own! I loved photographing Robbie. He looks just like his daddy and gave me some pretty serious faces for most of our photoshoot. But, then he'd throw out a crazy look here and there and a couple of smiles as well to keep us on our toes. What a little lovebug! Isn't that pout of his just so stinkin' cute?
Can you believe that is the same baby?! Haha.
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July 20, 2015   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Summer

Colorado Wedding Photographer | Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

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photographed Anna & Jakob's wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens last weekend. It was my second wedding there this season and the whole place is looking gorgeous as always. There were bunny rabbits hopping around all over the place and the gardens were looking nicely grown in now that it's mid-summer. Anna and Jakob are a really unique couple. They met in Ukraine while serving in the Peace Corps. I had my first inkling that they were cool people and that I would really like them when they mentioned that they were considering doing a Twin Peaks themed photobooth. (Yes, the David Lynch Twin Peaks) They chose to have a more non-traditional bridal party with their friends and family standing on their side no matter their gender and everyone got to choose what to wear for themselves which made for a nice colorful bridal party! One of Jakob's best friends officated the ceremony for them and it was an incredibly sweet celebration. Later in the evening we managed to get some dramatic photos with dark clouds looming before the sky opened up with rain. Luckily everyone fit inside the barn and that's where the rest of the evening's festivities took place. The catering staff just cleared away a few tables to make room for a dance floor area and it was quite cozy inside the barn with the rain falling outside the doors. It was a perfect wedding day!
Event Details
Officiant
Anders Lyon Friend of the Bride and Groom
Rings
Venue
Caterer
Cake
A bunny hops away from the vintage ford flatbed truck with Kansas plates at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
Bunny rabbits nibble on the grass on a wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Groomsmen and ringbearer play foosball during the wedding prep inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
A groom gets help from his dad with his blue wedding tie inside the yurt on his wedding day at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Colorado wedding photo of a groom buttoning his vest at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
Groom ties his shoes inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Groom gets help pinning his boutonniere on inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
Chalkboard Bridal Suite Sign hangs on the chipped white painted Polly Steele Nature Center at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
A pretty bridal gown hangs from a hook on the porch ceiling at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Pretty white high heeled Nina shoes with jewels on the toe photographed inside the bridal suite at Chatfield botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A pretty pink and purple bohemian floral bouquet photographed at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Pretty wedding florals with thistle and lots of greenery at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
A bride holds her bracelet in her fingers before putting it on at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride gets help from her mom putting on a family heirloom necklace at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A bohemian bride wears a bright floral flower crown on her wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
A pretty bride with dark hair gets help from her friend in pinning her floral crown to her head on her wedding day at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A proud mom looks at her daughter in her bridal gown at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton Colorado
Bride twirls in her bridal gown in the foliage at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A groom poses for a couple of portraits before his wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado
A young ringbearer walks down the aisle at Chatfield Botanic Gardens holding hands with his bridesmaid mom.
Groom walks hand in hand with his parents down the aisle at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride hugs her mom at the end of the aisle before meeting her groom at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
Bride and groom laugh during their outdoor wedding ceremony in front of the gazebo at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A friend of the groom reads a poem at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom look at each other lovingly during their outdoor wedding ceremony in the Open Air Field at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride puts ring on her groom during outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom first kiss during outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle together after their sunny wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom pose with their friends and family during formal photo time at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A nice portrait of a bride with a flower crown and her groom at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A bride and groom kiss each other on a tree-lined path in the woods at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A nice groom portrait with the woods in the backdrop at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A bohemian bride with a bright floral crown on her head poses on a path in the woods at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Happy romantic wedding day photos in Denver at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom walk hand in hand to their reception at the Green Farm Barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Denver
Handpainted wood reception sign at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding guests enjoy playing lawn games including Giant Jenga in front of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding guests play lawn games like Giant Jenga on the lawn in front of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A baby guest gets some tickles from his momma during a wedding reception at the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Lovely outdoor summer wedding reception at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Wedding portrait with the lit red barn and gardens with dramatic stormy sky at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A wedding couple embrace with the scenery of Chatfield Botanic Gardens and dramatic stormy skies in the backdrop at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
A gorgeous wedding portrait in front of the red barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens with the string lights and dramatic stormy skies in the backdrop
Wedding menu detail with flowers at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Chatfield Botanic Gardens has lots of rustic decor throughout the barn like this old oil lamp hanging on a hook from one of the beams.
Wedding toasts inside the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Friend of the bride gives an impromptu toast at their wedding reception inside the barn at Chatfield
Chatfield Botanic Gardens wedding reception inside the barn
Three tiered white wedding cake with pretty ribbon frosting from Gateaux at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Bride and groom cut their cake from Gateaux inside the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Denver
Pretty wedding rings on the custom gat and typewriter drawing invitation at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Flowers decorate a cocktail table with cafe string lights hanging in the background at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A stormy wedding reception with the barn lit up at night at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom dance their first dance inside the barn due to rain outdoors at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton Colorado.
Bride and groom dance romantically underneath the string lights at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding reception dancefloor inside the barn Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Guests dance the night away inside the rustic barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride poses with family inside the barn on her wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Bride and groom grand exit through bubbles outside of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens on their summer wedding day.
My favorite:)
A romantic wedding portrait in the woods with a bohemian bride wearing a flower crown at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
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July 13, 2015   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Estes Park Wedding Photographer | Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies

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an, have I had some cool wedding clients lately. There's just something about this 2015 season, but everyone I've photographed lately has just been super fun people that I would be happy to have as friends. The kind of people where you spend one day with them and you just get why they are so loved by those surrounding them. Dan and Meg in particular were pretty rad and let me describe a couple of little vignettes from their wedding to explain why.  
 
1.) It was their wedding day. A day when it's pretty much required to pretend to be queen and king with all of the attention on yourself. I mean, you've invited people all over the place to come witness and celebrate your love for each other right? No big deal, everyone expects that at a wedding. But no one expects that the bride and groom are going to be ready to recognize the fact that three of their guests all had birthdays on this same day. But they did! Meg and Dan put forth the effort to have a special birthday cake with candles for these three guests to blow out on their birthday. Call me a sap, but I just think that is the sweetest.  
 
2.) Lip sync off. Yes, you heard me. Dan and Meg had a lip sync off, Jimmy Fallon-style. Needless to say it was complete pandemonium when this happened. There was also no obvious winner. They are both clearly stars;)  
 
3.) And this last little story I'm going to tell is probably going to go down in history as one of my favorite wedding reception moments ever. I was under the impression that there was to be no garter or bouquet toss at the reception so when Meg suddenly sat down in a chair and Dan knelt before her I was surprised but got into position to capture it for them. He reaches underneath her dress and he doesn't pull out a lacy garter but a bottle of Smirnoff Ice. Yes folks, devious little Meg totally iced her new husband on their wedding day. How deliciously evil is she?! For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about you just need to go check out the link I've posted below for the urban dictionary which explains everything you need to know about the "icing" ritual. This is a tradition that my friends still love to pull out in Vegas but Meg has definitely taken the cake by pulling this stunt at her own wedding. And I love that Dan went along with it. Brilliant!  
 
I could continue on and tell you all about how pretty the Colorado mountain scenery was (it was!), and how gorgeous Meg's A & Be dress was with it pretty delicate lace (duh, just look at the photos!) and how it rained a little during the ceremony and a bunch of other great moments and details from the day, but I think I've rambled on long enough now. I think the photos will speak for themselves.  
Enjoy:)  
Event Details
Coordinator
Kelley McInnis Cousin of the bride. She and her husband do gorgeous architectural photography
Officiant
Mitzi McInnis Megan's Aunt, she a Justice of the Peace from Stowe, VT
Ceremony Musician
Peter Lefebvre Dan's best man
Dress Shop
A & Be Highlands Neighborhood: Denver, CO
Dress Designer
Shoes
Suit
J Crew
Dan's Boots
Frye
Custom Belt Buckles
Exotic Stainless Steel Buckles Designer: Bill Bright
Venue & Caterer
YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park, Colorado
Pie
You Need Pie Estes Park, Colorado
DJ
A Music Plus
Florist
Kelley McInnis & Gina Peters
Catherine Deane Wedding Dress from A & Be hangs in a tree with a gorgeous mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA in Estes Park, CO
Pretty Brown Corral Boots with white scroll print are photographed in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park at the YMCA in Colorado.
A close up detail photo of the bride's grandmother's pearl earrings on her wedding day at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A sihouette photo of a groomsman tying his tie on a wedding day with a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge in YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park Colorado.
An exterior photo of the rustic Mountainside Lodge wedding venue at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A beautiful Catherine Deane wedding dress with dainty lace and buttons from A & Be hangs on a door at the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride with curly hair wearing a pretty white floral robe opens gifts from her bridesmaid friends on her wedding day at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride hugs her friend inside the getting ready area of the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bridesmaids hang out and give gifts to the bride inside the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A happy wedding day inside the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A bride group hugs her bridesmaids inside the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
B&W photo of the bride's mom helping her with her Catherine Deane wedding dress at the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A pretty bride wearing a gorgeous lace Catherine Dean wedding gown on her wedding day inside the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
The bride's new mother in law looks on at her new daughter in law in her bridal gown at the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado.
Mother of the bride smiles at her daughter after she puts her wedding gown on at the Mountainside Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride and her bridesmaids all wearing their own yellow dresses pose together at the back of the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A rustic bride and her bridesmaids wearing yellow dresses pose in front of a the log Mountainside Lodge cabin at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A gorgeous bride with a long veil poses on a rock covered in wildflowers and with mountains in the backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Bride poses with a mountain backdrop with her little flower girl on her wedding day at Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Groom poses with his groomsmen in front of a lovely mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
Groom poses in the beautiful Colorado nature with a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Baby's breathe aisle decor at at rustic outdoor mountain wedding at the Mountainside Chapel in Estes Park Colorado
Groom walks with his parents down the aisle at his outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Wedding party walks down the aisle at an outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Bride walks down the aisle with her father at her outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Groom smiles at his bride as she walks toward him at theiroutdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Groom hugs the father of the bride before he hands her off to him at their outdoor mountain wedding at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A rainy outdoor wedding ceremony high up on the Mountainside Chapel at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A wedding ceremony at the Mountainside Chapel featuring a huge rustic wooden cross at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A view of a wedding on the hill at an outdoor summer mountain wedding at the Mountainside Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride and groom read their vows to each other during their outdoor mountain wedding ceremony at the Mountainside Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride and groom embrace each other during their wedding ceremony in the mountains of Estes Park, Colorado.
Best man gets the rings for an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Mountainside Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bride and groom exchange rings at their outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Wide view of a ceremony at the outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Guests and family pray the Our Father together at their outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Bride and groom have their first kiss at their outdoor Mountainside Chapel wedding ceremony at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Guests toss flowers into the aisle as the bride and groom walk together at the end of their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Mountainside Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Hugging family and friends after wedding ceremony at Mountainside Chapel at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park Colorado.
A beautiful blue sky in the Colorado Mountains on a lovely outdoor wedding day at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park
Beautiful bride and her bridesmaids in yellow pose in front of a stunning mountain backdrop at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A beautiful bride with long curly hair twirls around in her pretty Catherine Deane gown from A & Be at her outdoor mountain wedding in Estes Park
A large bridal party poses on a hill with a beautiful mountain backdrop at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
A close up detail of the groom's custom made Rocky Mountain stainless steel belt buckle in Estes Park Colorado
A view of the pavilion with a mountain backdrop at the YMCA of the Rockies at the Mountainside Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado.
Baby's breath in jars with lemons centerpiece decor at a rustic Colorado Mountain wedding in Estes Park, Colorado.
Meg painted Dan and Dan painted Meg for their custom made bean bag toss game. I love this idea! So cute:)
Custom painted bean bag toss game at an outdoor wedding reception at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Beautiful diamond wedding rings and band photographed on a pine tree branch with mountains in the backdrop at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Baby's Breath flowers in jars and wine glass with sliced lemons for table decor at a rustic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado.
Beautiful bride and groom pose together on a stone chimney remnant with a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Beautiful bride and groom pose together at sunset on a stone chimney remnant with a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Beautiful bride and groom pose together on a stone chimney remnant with a mountain backdrop and the moon out at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Beautiful bride and groom pose together on a stone chimney remnant at dusk with the moon out and a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Beautiful bride and groom pose together on on rocks at sunset with a mountain backdrop at the Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand to their wedding reception at sunset with the mountains in the backdrop at their outdoor wedding at Mountainside Lodge at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Family smile on during a speech at a wedding reception at Mountainside Lodge Pavilion at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Toasts at a wedding reception at Mountainside Lodge Pavilion at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Wedding Pies from You Need Pie bakery in Estes Park Colorado
Bride and groom feed each other pie instead of wedding cake at their wedding reception at Mountainside Lodge Pavilion at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Birthday cake at a wedding reception in Estes Park, Colorado.
First dance beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
First dance beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Father daughter dance beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Mother Groom dance beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Parent dance beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Dancing beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Dancing beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Dancing beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Dancing beneath the string lights in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Lip Sync Off beneath the string lights at a wedding reception in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Lip Sync Off beneath the string lights at a wedding reception in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Lip Sync Off beneath the string lights at a wedding reception in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Lip Sync Off beneath the string lights at a wedding reception in the pavilion at the Mountainside Lodge area of YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
Getting
One of my favorites:)
A gorgeous mountain backdrop frames the bride and groom at their outdoor wedding at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.
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