Love has no boundaries…. as depicted by Arthur & Tyler’s love for each other. This same sex couple will be sharing their wedding vows at Willow Ridge Manor next Summer and we’re so excited to be photographing it, along with my husband providing their musical entertainment via his DJ business. I got to spend an beautiful Summer evening with them strolling around downtown to do these urban engagement photos for them. Since Willow Ridge Manor has a completely different feel to it we decided to focus more on the city that they live in. I love Denver! It keeps changing and there’s always new places for me to take photographs at…. I remember when I first moved here (over 20 years ago). The area around Union Station used to be pretty much a quiet spot without a lot of activity. You could get get a landscape photo of Denver’s skyline from the same place I took the last two photos in this post now there’s nothing but high rises there and it’s always full of people. Progress… it changes things. In this case for the better as I’m so happy that people in love can get married now no matter who they are! Looking forward to celebrating your big day with you both! ~Jamie

What amazing weather we had at this Willow Ridge Manor wedding the first weekend in August! Another amazing couple that shared their vows at this picturesque venue.  Our whole team covered this event. Faith and I did the photography while Taleen used her amazing video skills and my husband, Michael with Digital DJ provided microphones for the ceremony and music and entertainment for the reception. I love it when we all get to cover an event together as everything usually just clicks!  Henry and Bethany were just a joy to work with as well…. lots of love between these two as well as from their friends and family.

I  also loved the Art Deco/ Great Gatsby theme they created for their event. The Golds and shades of purple worked amazingly with this venue. Art Deco represents luxury and glamour. The style uses a lot of geometric shapes and bright colors that seem to be very popular right now with couples and worked really well for these two!

Here’s to many years of wedded bliss in their future! Congrats again! ~Jamie

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Fresh Tracks

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Officiant: Rev. Martin Lettow, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Vocalist: Jacob Baker

Musicians: Renee Hemsing; violin, Anton Smirnov; violin, & Andrew Brown; cello

Guitarist: David Graham

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

I’ve been working on so many weddings the last couple months that I’m a little behind with posting other photography sessions. Since this couple from the engagement/family portrait session I photographed at the end of July are getting married this weekend at Willow Ridge Manor; I thought I better post it! I had such a blast creating these images for this family, so much so that I’m really looking forward to covering their wedding!  A lot of couples today enter into marriage already having children, so it just makes sense to include them in some of the engagement photos! Adalynn is such a cutie! Who wouldn’t want her in the photos! Lots of love to you both and we’ll see you this weekend!

It’s that time of year again! My phone and emails are non-stop right now with those high school seniors for the Class of 2020 who still need to get their senior portraits done before the yearbook due dates. Most of those dates are early or late Fall so please check with your child’s yearbook staff to find out when those dates are because I assure you a few classmates will wait until the absolute last week before even looking into getting them done and by that time it’s too late! For normal turnaround time we usually need a couple weeks to do the editing on them after they are taken and then you still need to go through them, pick one out for the yearbook and then we have to submit it for you! So if you are waiting for Fall colors, but your due date is for example October 20th I wouldn’t wait, I would schedule them as soon as possible as most of my weekend dates are already full! But no worries the sun doesn’t go down until almost 7:30pm we can still do them during the week after school. The best light is around 6pm anyways!

Isaac came to me as a referral from my husband’s other job. His mom, Christina and I talked over location ideas and what he was looking to have in the background of his photos. He requested mountains! So I had the perfect spot to recommend for this outdoorsy guy! Check these photos out, I love how the blue shirt brings out the blue colors in his eyes! Have a great senior year, Isaac!

Moose Lodge at Crooked Creek Wedding – Jordan & Kyle from Jamie Striplin on Vimeo.

This destination wedding for this couple from Missouri was amazing! So many couples coming from the plains to get married in the mountains lately! It’s awesome! And this couple did it right… they came with just their close family and friends. There were only about 20-30 people total for the sharing of their nuptials in a field by this Air B&B rental. No caterer to pay for, no large venue, a friend grilled steaks for everyone, no florist, even a friend did their photography… this opened up their budget to have me videotape this important event for them! It was a great day… but any day I get to spend in the mountains is a great day! Enjoy this highlight video from their perfect day!

Here are some of my favorite photos from another amazing Summer wedding at Willow Ridge Manor in Morrison, Colorado! Rain did not dampen the spirits of this couple and we were able to wait the short showers out before starting the ceremony. Luckily, there are tons of indoor spots to take photos at while we were waiting! Jennifer and Jackson had already spent a number of years together before making it official. They even share a beautiful daughter together that made for a lovely flower girl along with her bestie!

   

Occasions Catering delivered an amazing meal like always! It’s so great that Willow Ridge has put together such an amazing list of caterers to work at their venue! And Digital DJ kept the dance floor rocking all night! It was an amazing event with heartfelt toasts, lots of laughter, and dancing the night away!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Occasions Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography: Crystaline Photography & Video

Kelly and Steven exchanged vows on what was the hottest day this Summer at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion in Denver, Colorado. Luckily, this beautiful venue has no shortage of picture perfect indoor spots to take photos! I tried my best to keep the couple and their large wedding party from sweltering in the heat! It ended up being a perfect day. By the time the ceremony started it was starting to cool off a bit. A great deal of the reception was held outside on the back patio which was amazing! So also very happy we had great (all be it hot) weather for this event!

I loved the couple’s theme which was world travel with a touch of Paris! The bride had a specialty dress made for her from Russia and it fit her and the venue perfectly! It was so unique and beautiful… she even had a dress change prior to the dancing… I think she wanted something more managable to cut a rug in! There were a lot of elements to this event that made it different and unique! The guests were treated to four separate food stations that each had a different type of culinary cuisine! This highlighted some of the couple’s favorite genres of food! There were two piano players that serenaded guests in the main hall throughout the evening and a band the provided music for the dancing! The couple even hired my favorite violinist to accompany their first dance  song along with an opera singer! They also added on our open air photo-booth experience for their guests to enjoy! While the bride had her own ideas for backdrop and props we were able to make sure that by providing the photo-booth station and an operator that anyone who wanted to partake in this fun activity were able to do so along with providing the couple an unique guest book option!

This was an amazing event where you could see all of the thought and attention was put into the details to make it a truly memorable event! I hope they made many memories that day that will last a lifetime!

  

Vendors who helped make this day possible:

Venue: Grant Humphrey’s Mansion

Band: The Crystal Swing Band

Pianist/Vocalist: John Redmon

Violinst: Julia Taylor with Gigue Music

Opera Singer: Teresita Lozano

Bakery: T&Cakes

Florist: Petals Colorado

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Phelyx

Upstairs Pianist During Dancing: Gary Schmidt

Caterer: Clark’s Custom Catering

Bartender: Bar Star Divas

Day of Coordinator: Carson Koinzan

Video: Kevin Campbell Films

Photography & Photo-Booth: Crystaline Photography & Video

Genuine love is all I can say about Nuala & Bryan’s event! Their wedding was just a joy to photograph! And the reaction that Bryan had when he saw his bride for the first time was just priceless! That alone is worth getting the two photographer package! When I met with the couple to do the walk thru at Willow Ridge Nuala was just giddy over Gregory & Lawrence’s German Shepard dogs (which are the best behaved animals of all time by the way) and I heard her make a special request for the puppies to be on site while they were getting ready… to which I replied we must do a photo of you and all the dogs and she was ecstatic about that idea! Now I know not everyone wants a bunch of dogs at their wedding and of course the venue can be dog free upon request, but if you love canines these dogs will not disappoint! Amazing animals to go along with an awesome venue!

Check out some of my other favorite shots from this Summer event…. sure to be one of my favorites from the year!

 

Vendors who made this event possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: Elite DJ

Florist: Sam’s Club

Cake: Azucar Bakery

Alcohol: Tipsy’s Liquor World

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

This was my first time working at the Shupe Homestead in Longmont, Colorado. What an amazing venue! The unobstructed view of the mountain peaks is what really sells this place! But also the homey feel! The owners live on site and meticulously take care of their property and also provide a lot of picturesque opportunities for everyone whether it’s the chandeliers hanging in the trees or the marquee “LOVE” sign you are sure to find something to suit your rustic chic tastes!

I met Leanna’s mother, Jeanine at a company picnic I photographed last Summer and the rest they say is history! I really enjoyed getting to work with this family. Everyone was so nice and thoughtful and Leanna’s dad even offered to help me out to my car with all my gear at the end of the night! This just goes to show what amazing folks they were and how much I enjoyed creating these once in a lifetime memories for them! Lots of love, laughter and happily ever after to this couple!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Shupe Homestead

Bakery: La Momo Maes Bakery

Florist: Longmont Florist

Planner: At Your Service Event Management

DJ/Video: Richard Cole

Cater: Ragazzi’s Italian Grill

Officiant: Dr. David Barker

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

I’m starting to see a trend of smaller bridal parties for weddings this year. I’ve covered quite a few this Summer that only had a maid of honor and best man or no attendants. I think people are looking to have a little bit more of an intimate affair. They are picking their best friends or siblings to stand up with them and then just inviting their friends to attend the party. It’s a great way to save some money and also avoid conflicts, but still have an amazing wedding. Check out Erin & Jerod’s intimate event below we had an amazing time capturing this special day for them! Enjoy!

Willow Ridge Manor Wedding – Erin & Jerod from Jamie Striplin on Vimeo.

They say it’s lucky on your wedding day to have rain. I’m not sure the person who came up with that saying has ever had to tell a bride that rain was going to push back their ceremony! Regardless of the weather these two had an amazing day. The venue had umbrellas for all of the guests and the couple were still able to share their vows outdoors! We took all of the family group portraits up under the portico and when the skies finally parted we went back down to the red rocks to do some more of the small wedding party and just the two of them. I always love how bright the colors are in everything after a quick shower! And we even got a rainbow in some of the photos (it was pretty bright so a little hard to see)

 

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: DJ Connections

Florist: Hawk Flowers

Cake: Gold Mine Cupcakes 

Hair and Makeup : Bel Viso

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography and Video