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December 30, 2017 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life
Icannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
Iloved working with the couple featured on the journal this evening. They were a dream to photograph and I really enjoyed their family and friends too! We started off the day at the big beautiful house that they had rented high up on a hill in Silverthorne, Colorado. The gals had taken over the top floor while the groom and his buddies took over the basement after arriving that morning. The rest of the family were scattered throughout with lots of hustle and bustle as you would expect on a wedding day. After coordinating the first look to be at the front door where I really loved the light we did a few portraits with just Beth and Noah at a nearby trailhead. After making sure we included their furry best friend in a few of the photos everyone piled into a shuttle and followed me to our first location. We went to a trailhead where the yellow leaves of the aspen grove were somehow still hanging on despite it being late in the season. I tried to work as quickly as I could since the weather was starting to get pretty chilly and as soon as I captured some fall color photos for the group we headed off to Sapphire Point to catch that beautiful mountain backdrop for the couple. We had only captured a handful of photos before deciding to call it due to the cold weather. We all drove over to the Silverthorne Pavilion where we finished up the rest of the wedding prep, family formals, had a couple drinks and prepared to move the ceremony indoors due to the cold weather. Luckily for Beth and Noah the Silverthorne Pavilion is a beautiful space and their floral arch really added a lovely backdrop for their ceremony. It was a short and sweet ceremony and afterward the crowd enjoyed cocktail hour in the huge light-filled main lobby while the crew at Silverthorne Pavilion hustled to turn the ceremony space into the reception hall. The rest of the reception went off without a hitch with Beth and Noah getting really great quality time with their guests. It was everything a wedding should be! They even managed to coordinate a quick sparkler exit which is not easy to do at a crisp cold Colorado autumn wedding in the mountains! Congratulations to the sweet couple!
Silverthorne Pavilion Silverthorne, CO
Pots & Petals Silverthorne, CO
Jake's Mountain Shuttle Frisco, CO
Master of Ceremony
Keith Zingler Cousin of the bride
Black Diamond Gourmet Keystone, CO
Blue Bridal Denver, CO
Bill Poderzay & Brittany Baumgarter Friend of the couple and sister in law
Scott Wells Friend of the couple
Charlene Baumgarter Mother of the Bride
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!
Bear Creek Cabins Evergreen, CO
Beaver Ranch Conifer, CO
Balistreri Vineyard Event Center Denver, CO
Something Amazing Events Aurora, CO
Elite Rides Denver, CO
Love this one!
Ihad the pleasure of photographing many of my roller derby friends during the month of September. Today on the blog I have the wedding of Meagan and Daniel who have to be one of the cutest, most in love couples I've ever photographed! I knew Meagan before she met Daniel and you can just see what a positive and happy force he is in her life. It's a sad little fact that there have been a decent amount of women in the league whose partners are not supportive of their roller derby hobby. Meagan is lucky in that Daniel not only supports her, but he is her biggest fan. And the feeling is mutual. I have seen her posting about getting into new hobbies (like going hunting or car racing) that Daniel enjoys as well. I really enjoyed photographing the two of them on their wedding day. They got married at the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park up in the mountains of Colorado. It's a very unique and rustic place for a wedding with gorgeous stained glass windows and string lights hanging throughout the barn. The barn is actually an amalgamation of multiple historic old buildings made up of different barns, a church, and even an old resort. It sits right next door to a private animal ranch with buffalo out grazing in the mountain backdrop. The buffalo were kind enough to be grazing next to the lake in front of the mountain backdrop we chose for family portraits and got to be included in some of the pictures. I love how they add a rustic and wild feel of the Pioneering old west to this place. These two had quite a lot of guests at their wedding and it was a super fun and cozy party. They danced on the old wood floors under the pretty string lights and they looked like they were having the time of their life. Check out their story in the pictures below!
The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park Evergreen, CO
Bride's Hair and Make up
Meagan didn't think her sister would be able to make her wedding day, but she surprised her on the big day!
One of my favorites!
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