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As I sit here with the WFTDA championship tournament playing in the background (that stands for Women's Flat Track Derby Association, fyi) I am struck by the coincidence that I have yet another awesome derby girl wedding to share today. Denver has a strong roller derby presence and I've had to pleasure of meeting so many great ladies while playing the game. Tara is one of those great people. I met her through the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls derby league. Back then, a lot of our skaters had a pretty impressive and supportive group of partners who would come to games and have fun cheering and drinking on the sidelines. Tara's man, Ryan came to the warehouse to partake in the shenanigans and was always a big supporter of her skating hobby. As Ryan's friend mentioned at the wedding, he's a hopeless romantic and it's so great that he finally met a girl who was deserving of his attention. It was sweet to see the love between these two on their wedding day. It was a pretty epic day too. It began by getting ready at the Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen where we had the first look by Bear Creek and also did a handful of portraits before the party bus from Elite Rides came to pick up the crew and transport them to the ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Conifer. Tara worked hard on the décor for her wedding ceremony and I absolutely loved the beautiful macramé arch topped with floral that matched all of the bridesmaid's bouquets. She also spent hours creating the pretty ribbon banner that lined the wood deck at Beaver Ranch. It had a lovely bohemian in the woods feel to it. I also thought it was a pretty cool touch when their officiant held a copy of Music of the Cosmos vinyl record as his makeshift clipboard.
After the ceremony, there was a short mini-reception with snacks and drinks in the mountain meadow at Beaver Ranch. After a quick break and a handful of portraits we continued on to Meyer Ranch just down highway 285 to take advantage of all the gorgeous fall color in the Aspen Meadow there. After an afternoon of portraits, the wedding party was a bit pooped so they opted to head over to the reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in north Denver and relax as guests began to show up for the party. Balistreri Vineyard is a really cool venue for a wedding reception. They have lots of pretty string lights and a huge back lawn with gardens lining the edges of it. Being the fun couple that they are, Tara and Ryan started the party off with a conga line as they made their grand entrance. They opted for a casual dinner with guests choosing a food truck and finishing off dinner with some ice cream from the Petey Bird cart. The Balistreri wine and Ratio Beerworks beer was flowing throughout the night and guests partied hard on the outdoor dance floor under the stars. Congratulations to Tara and Ryan!
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Balistreri Vineyard Event Center Denver, CO
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Imet Katie and Ryan when I photographed his cousin Alex's wedding a couple of years ago. I even got to photograph him and his family again when they were celebrating his grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary a few years ago. We got the whole family together for some portraits up in Greeley to commemorate that huge milestone in their lives. We also did their engagement photos last fall at South Mesa Trail so when I showed up to photograph their wedding they were no strangers to posing in front of my camera. They prepped for the day just a few minutes away from their wedding venue at the Denver Marriott Westminster hotel in a couple of suites with great natural light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows. Just down the street is the Church Ranch Event Center where Katie and Ryan held their wedding celebration. The venue is gorgeous from the inside out. There are aspen trees and the grounds are covered with beautiful plants and water features. The outdoor ceremony space has to be one of the largest I've seen and can host hundreds of guests. Indoors the ceilings are draped with white fabric and plenty of twinkle lights for great ambiance. Katie and Ryan opted to wait to see each other at the ceremony when she walked down the aisle so we did some of the bride and bridesmaid portraits before the ceremony began and waited until after the ceremony to finish up the rest. Before the ceremony began it started to rain so the guests fled their seats to take cover under the surrounding trees and umbrellas. After a brief rain delay they were able to complete their sweet wedding ceremony. It was a lovely day for a wedding and Ryan and Katie were beaming all day! It was such a blast to photograph them again!
Church Ranch Event Center Westminster, CO
Denver Marriott Westminster Westminster, CO
Lace & Lilies Fort Collins, CO
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April and Iman held a gorgeous wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Denver Botanic Gardens in early July. They opted to use the Water Garden Gazebo surrounded by the Monet Pool which is full of beautiful lily pads and other aquatic plant life. Lots of family traveled into Denver to help them celebrate their new marriage. I loved the big smile on April's face throughout the evening. She and Iman look like they have so much fun together. They were very laid back and light-hearted, even when they forgot to light their unity candle they just laughed it off and lit it out of order which made everyone laugh of course. After a couple toasts we headed off to create some nice family photos. When we finished those we walked around for a short while creating some portraits of the two of them alone. I loved that we were able to use the Japanese garden and Iman did a perfect dip with April by a nice bridge. We finished up at the gorgeous long colorful garden-lined sidewalk toward the front entrance before they left for their steak dinner. It was a truly lovely wedding!
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Iget to share a really special couple on the blog today. Dan is one of my husband's oldest and best friends and he recently married Jen at Arrowhead Golf Club. Dan and Jen have a storybook romance straight out of a romantic comedy. You see, they first met way back in 1992 in German class at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado. But despite having crushes on each other way back in the day, they never acted on it then. Flash forward about 23 years and they reconnect using the power of the internet (thanks, Facebook!) and start talking again. They end up going on a date and after about a year together, decide to get married. I don't normally get to have this much insight into my couples back story, but because of my husband I got to hear that Dan was the guy from their friend group who all of the ladies always liked (Umm...look at those luscious 90's heart throb locks!) and Jen was the pretty and sweet homecoming queen. I just love stories like this where a couple finds their way back to each other after all that time. It's like coming home. I also love that they chose to get married at what is surely the most dramatic and pretty venue in their entire hometown of Littleton, Colorado. Arrowhead Golf Course is always a pleasure to photograph with its gorgeous rugged red rock formations jutting out from the edge of the foothills. And I love that Jen included her Jewish heritage into their wedding ceremony. They stood under the Chuppah (which they changed to be indoors because of the heat that day), signed the marriage contract (ketubah), and together with Dan both stomped on the glass at the end (my favorite touch which Geoff and I also did at our wedding 5 years ago!)
It was a wonderful wedding day which I was so happy to get to be a part of. I wish Jen & Dan many happy years of marriage together! (And I also hope that they don't kill me for sharing a couple of photos that I stole from Geoff's 1996 senior yearbook! Haha)
Below: Dan and Jen's high school senior portraits + Jen as Homecoming queen + thespian Dan as the crow in The Snow Queen:)
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