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Kelly and Kael's wedding day was so incredible and pretty much exactly what I wish everyone's wedding day could be like for them that it's hard for me to know where to begin when describing it. I guess I'll start by saying that Kelly's smile was so big and infectious all day long. Her bright attitude and playful nature really set the tone for the day. Kelly and Kael have already been together for 7 years, but that didn't stop them from taking in the enormity of what they were doing and letting the emotion flow. I had to hold myself together when I heard the clang of the autoharp at the beginning of Cat Power's Sea of Love. That's the song I picked to walk down the aisle at my wedding and I have to admit I can't listen to it without tearing up just a little bit. Seeing Kelly and her dad walking down the aisle to that very same song put a lump in my throat and brought back that rush of walking toward Geoff on our wedding day. I can only imagine what Kael must have been feeling seeing the two of them walking toward him. He did manage to make it through his vows despite the intense emotion threatening to rob him of his voice. I really loved that when Kelly said her vows in return she had a special one that was just for him which she whispered into his ear so that no one else could hear.
It was such a perfect day and even the weather seemed to want to do its part to make it special. It had threatened to rain during the preparations but stayed nice and dry and evenly covered with clouds. And after the ceremony was over the sun decided to pop out and light up the cocktail hour and reception with its warmth. There were multiple speeches that were all very well done, not too long or short, funny with just the right amount of sentiment which anyone who has gone to more than a few weddings can tell you is not always the norm, haha. We got to make use of the B Lazy 2 Ranch's incredible setting complete with wildflowers, fields, a super cute barn decorated with a bunch of fun kitsch, and of course lovely mountain views which turned an incredible shade of purple as the sun set. Inside the tent, Kelly and Kael's incredible DIY rose gold painted concrete succulent planters and air plants not only looked hella chic but provided a pretty kick ass party favor for their guests. The little air plants I took home are still going strong! They opted to do a raffle for prizes to places like The Fiddly Fig in Kansas City, a bottle of Tequila, and a gift basket from Second Star to the Right a children's book store that Kael's family owns in the Highlands of Denver. Kelly and Kael are animal lovers so all of the proceeds from their wedding raffle went to Maxfund.
And I still haven't even described what incredible dancers these two are! Usually you might see that one person in a couple is pretty decent but Kelly and Kael are both dance floor demons with moves that I would describe as wildly inventive and creative and also look damn good! I truly hope that someone at their wedding got some good video for them because the pictures absolutely don't do them justice.
Kelly & Kael,
Congratulations! You two are definitely killing it!
B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center Fraser, Colorado
Julia and Joel Abrenica
Alyssa and Trace fell in love with each other when they met at their school's graphic design club back in Wisconsin. And since moving here they have both fallen in love with the great outdoors of Colorado. They love to go hiking, rock climbing, snow-shoeing, and camping. I follow Alyssa on instagram and it's epic shot after epic shot of gorgeous Colorado scenery that they find on their adventures. They even had a special place they had picked out for their engagement photos where they like to go rock climbing. I find that pretty awesome considering there are plenty of couples who have no special outdoor place even after living here for years! I thought it was pretty fitting that the wedding venue that they ended up going with (Wedgewood on Boulder Creek) was nestled right alongside Boulder Creek just into the Boulder Canyon a few miles from Pearl Street. It definitely had a similar vibe to Clear Creek Canyon where we did their engagement photos and I think was the perfect place to share their love of Colorado with all of their visiting friends and family who traveled out of state to come share their special day with them. I absolutely love the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek. Just as it says in their name, the rushing water of the Boulder Creek mountain stream adds a nice ambient noise (not to mention beautiful photo opportunities) and they've also done a fabulous job with the gardens and lawn area. I find that the wedding guests always look so relaxed and happy during cocktail hour there. And their open-air outdoor tent is one of the prettiest in the state with billowing white fabric draped across the ceiling and dotted with large beautiful chandeliers. It's truly a lovely mix of outdoor mountain rustic beauty and formal elegance.
Wedgewood on Boulder Creek Boulder, Colorado
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Brilliant Bridal Denver, Colorado
Life Vision Weddings Rev. Girard Sheffield
So romantic:) My favorite!
Katherine and Brent were married over Memorial Day weekend at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. This gorgeous Colorado mountain wedding venue is nestled underneath a breathtaking rugged mountain rock face right across the street from the Fall River Visitors Center and entrance to one of the Estes Park sides of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a venue right there at a national park, it's no wonder that a herd of deer dreamily grazed in the backdrop during their wedding ceremony as they proclaimed their vows in front of all of their friends and family. And it was certainly fairytale-esque when the day's fairly heavy rain cleared up just in time for the outdoor ceremony. In fact, the weather remained pretty nice with no more precipitation for the whole rest of the evening. Hosting your wedding at the front steps of a national park pretty much guarantees gorgeous photos in a Colorado forest complete with silly wild turkeys roaming around. As if all of the natural features weren't enough, Della Terra had plenty of beautiful architecture and man-made features to add to the beauty of Katherine and Brent's wedding day scenery. It was the perfect wedding day full of good friends, laughter and good cheer with a lot of love coming from their families. Congratulations to the happy married couple!
Della Terra Mountain Chateau Located right outside the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO
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One last sweet moment:)
As I was prepping the photos for today's wedding preview I realized that the couple featured in the first wedding of the season this year has something very sweet in common with the last wedding couple I photographed last season. And that sweet something is a new baby to add to their families. I love photographing new families and it's particularly adorable when it's because mom and dad are getting married! This darling little baby boy shown quite a bit in the picture below is such a little lovebug. He's mastered the art of waving goodbye and it was so hard to restrain myself from pinching those scrumptious little baby cheeks of his. And his mommy and daddy are such a good-looking and loving couple. They were so lucky that their wedding day turned out to be beautiful since it's always a weather risk when getting married in Colorado in the middle of March. It was so sunny and warm on the day of their wedding that I kept thinking I was photographing a summer wedding. They were married at Christ on the Mountain Catholic Church in Lakewood and after the ceremony we headed out to capture some portraits at Red Rocks. Once we finished with those we headed on to the Evergreen lake house where the reception took place. With friends and family at their side and incredibly nice weather it truly couldn't have been a better day to get married! Congratulations to this delightful little family and here's to a bright and happy future for them!
One of my favorites!
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