Finishing up on our final Willow Ridge Manor wedding for the year… this amazing wedding of a couple that has shared 29 years of their life together before they were able to finally tie the knot! Marta and Sheri had an amazing wedding with a ceremony that started out with pure entertainment from a flash mob as they walked in. I’m not sharing the music that they danced into in their highlight video due to copyright concerns from the big league artist’s songs they used, but it was awesome! It was the first time we’ve captured a scene like that for a couple. I’m guessing it took lots of practice not only for the dancers, but for the lovely ladies as too.  I also wanted to mention their floral arrangements as well. The couple chose to go with eco friendly alternative flowers that were absolutely stunning and did not look like “fake” flowers at all. I was quite impressed with both the style and quality of these arrangements. Chris and I had a blast doing photos and video for this happy couple! Enjoy some of my favorite photos below.

 

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Fresh Tracks

Disc Jockey: DJ Guy

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Favors: PB Love CO and MODma

Florist: Flintwood Floral and Design

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

Senior portrait season is pretty much over for the year… yeah, we may get one or two that still have a later yearbook deadline date or someone who never got their photo taken, but would like to have something before their commencement ceremony, but otherwise it’s over. I thought I would post a few of this Brighton High School’s senior session. We did an early morning session just a week before they were due, he was a great subject and I had an awesome time photographing him! Hope these will be some great memories for the years to come! Enjoy!

The beautiful early fall wedding of Frank & Kayla’s Willow Ridge Manor event is featured below along with their highlight video. My crew and I had a wonderful time covering this event. This couple with their little baby girl was the sweetest couple ever, so much love and admiration between the two of them made it an extremely easy wedding to photograph.

I really don’t know how we avoided the rain on this event, but working quickly and saying a few prayers we were able to do just that. One of the amazing things I want to point out about this venue is Lawrence and Gregory’s attention to detail. When those storm clouds started rolling in the two of them were right there handing out umbrellas for all the guests to use and even though they didn’t end up needing them, they were there and ready just in case! Just par for the course with this amazing wedding venue!

Enjoy the photos and the video and congrats again you two! ~Jamie

 

       

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Occasions Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Florist: Flowerama

Photography: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

I’m a little behind again posting other types of portrait sessions that we’ve been busy doing… Senior portrait season is winding to a close now so I’ll be sharing a little bit of my work with all of you! This handsome young man is Connar! I met his mother over 12 years ago when she was working an Arbonne business and was doing bridal shows with me. She did the make-up for all the bridesmaids in my wedding and we’ve stayed in contact through Facebook all these years. She’s an amazingly creative person who created a business painting kitchen cabinets and also restoring or re-creating furniture. Anyways, her son is doing his senior year at Littleton High School and needed to do his senior photos. We had a great time doing these right before the leaves started turning and the weather was still warm. Check them out!

This is another one of my favorite venues to work at! Years ago one of my best friends got married here when it first opened to the public and I got to be a bridesmaid at her event. It has stuck with me as one of the most beautiful picturesque venues in Colorado ever since. I considered it myself when I got married, but there are a few little details that kept me from booking it. At the time they didn’t allow children at all in the venue due to the priceless works of art in it and since kids are a big part of my life I opted to go another route. There were kids at this event so maybe that policy has changed or it may have to do with the amount and the age of them. It’s also very small inside so holding your reception in the actual castle is for only very small intimate events. Larger events can utilize the tent set up next to it.  But if you are up for these small challenges this venue is one of the perfect places to have a truly fairy tale wedding!

Roxy contacted me only a couple months out from her event to book just video coverage because a key family member was not going to be able to attend the festivities. We get a lot of last minute calls for video specifically for this reason. Sometimes it’s because a couple gave it more thought and decided it was going to be important to document their day in a way that only video coverage can. Either way I think if a couple can afford it they should do it, even if it means cutting back on some other service. We do a lot of photo only packages for wedding coverage and the number one thing I hear from the couple after the day is over is “the day went so fast, I wish we would’ve just spent the extra money and booked your video services as well!” I’m never going to push video on someone who doesn’t want it, but trust me… you should just book it!

Fernando & Roxy’s intimate affair was amazing! The weather was perfect, the sunset gorgeous and well the venue… superb in every way! I loved the heart felt ceremony with lots of details about the couple, the mariachi band that serenaded the guests both before and after the ceremony and all of the other Latin flair this wedding had! Thank you again for having me document your day in this way. I even made a new friend in the photographer (another art institute grad) you hired. So thanks for that as well!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Cherokee Ranch & Castle

Caterer: Occasions Catering

Photographer: Danielle DeFiore

Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

We finally had a hot Summer day at this August wedding at Willow Ridge Manor! After multiple rainy and cloudy events this Summer this was a welcomed change. Kori and Chris had a pretty decent sized wedding party as well, but everyone was having such a great time that they were pretty easy to manage! I also really liked the red, white and blue theme. When I asked one of the bridesmaids if there was a significance to why they chose this color pallet I was told Kori is a die hard “Patriots” fan. (Sorry Broncos fans!) I thought the colors worked really well on the red rocks. I also loved that the bride got all of the ladies tennis shoes to wear for later in the evening when their feet would be hurting. It was a thoughtful and cute idea!

Another amazing day that seemed to pass too quickly! But that’s how I know it was an awesome event when everything turns out perfect and almost effortlessly after all of the hard work of putting it together you can’t ask for much more! Congrats again you two! ~Jamie

    

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

Time to chat about the non-traditional/traditional wedding… which really seems to be the way  a lot of today’s couples are going. It’s really a way to put your own stamp on your event. Ryan and Anna really wanted to do their wedding in a manner that was special to them and stayed within their budget. Their Harry Potter theme was awesome! Anna wore a non-traditional black wedding gown and a black opal wedding ring set. They also opted to have a food truck serve all of their guests which not only kept their catering costs down, but made amazing cusine. This venue is great in that it allows couples to use any vendors that they want which can save you a ton of money in the long run. It has amazing views and a rustic charm that is perfect for Colorado.

Anna contacted me because not only had I photographed her friend’s wedding last year, but also because we’re recommended by the venue. It had been a couple years since we’ve covered an event here. A lot of improvements have been made to the facility in that time. The first being getting ready areas for both the bride and the groom. This helps a lot! All of your wedding party can get ready on site making it easier for your photographer to capture those moments along with keeping you on schedule for all of your events. I had a lot of fun photographing these two… we had amazing weather, an awesome wedding party that was willing to go above and beyond for these two and lots of helpful friends and family that really helped to put this event together. Thanks again for having me capture your special day!

     

 

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue – Evergreen Red Barn

Caterer – The Cravings Food Truck

Photography: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

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!