Nothing is better than getting to photograph a couple who have been together longer than I’ve been alive! It truly gives me hope for my own relationship as well as for all of the other couples I see and photograph weekly this time of year! The back story on Don & Eva is that that they were wed in Eva’s mother’s hospital room 47 years ago before she was to undergo surgery. So the couple never got to celebrate with friends and family! I met with them both more than a year before the event and hit it off with Don right away because he had been an avid photographer back in the days of film. I think we clicked (pun intended) because I had started out with film as well working for my mother. Film is a whole different ballgame and I think takes even more skills than the photographers of today because if you get it wrong there was no way to check it as you go like there is now, but I digress….
The couple had a full wedding ceremony and reception including our open air photo-booth option. Chris, my colleague did double duty on this event! He was a 2nd shooter for the preparation and ceremony and he ran the photo-booth the rest of the evening encouraging guests to get silly in front of the camera. He made a comment to me about his observations about photo-booths and their popularity…. people really only get funny and silly when nobody is watching them so he thinks photo-booths allows guests to come out of their shells and do things they won’t normally do because there isn’t someone behind the camera. I think he’s right! Everyone had a blast! Eva said it was the hit of the night!
This was an amazing venue that even though has been in Lakewood, Colorado for years I’ve never had the privilege to work at until Don & Eva chose us to cover this important milestone in their lives. I didn’t get a chance to do the home tour which was given to the guests during the cocktail hour, but think I will try to do that when the museum is open again some day as I love the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” story from the Titanic. Just another fun option for entertaining guests that comes along with this venue!
Thanks to all the other vendors who made this day possible:
Venue: Molly Brown Summer House
Disc Jockey: My DJ and Company
Dance Instruction: The DAM Studios – Dance Art Media
Bakery : Elegant Bakery
Hair: Pam Peterson- Garrison Street Stylist – 303-986-3566
Officiant: Frank Tisby – 303-513-7775
Photography & Photo-booth: Crystaline Photography & Video
It has been quite a few years since I’ve covered a bat or bar mitzvah, so I was extremely excited and honored to photograph Naomi’s big event at the end of May. What an accomplishment! Naomi did an excellent job of reading Hebrew text from the Torah. I myself was greatly impressed with how elegantly she was able to complete this task. Not only was it a beautiful coming of age ceremony, but there was also a rocking party afterwards at the same venue! I have to comment on just how awesome the DJs were for this event! Working with this age group is not an easy task and I can safely say that I didn’t see one child who did not dance or participate in one of the many activities the DJ held for this group! I would highly recommend them not only for their specialty, Mitzvahs, but for any type of party where you are entertaining a large group of kids, tweens and teens!
The wonderful vendors who made this possible:
Venue ~ Arvada Hilton Garden Inn
Disc Jockey ~ Phenomenon Entertainment
Hair & Make-Up ~ Elena Lopez
Photography ~ Crystaline Photography & Video
Another year for graduation celebrations is down on the books! Photo and video pre-orders were sent via the mail today. My apologies to anyone waiting in line behind me! This is always one of those events that makes me look back on the passage of time as it probably does for a lot of you that attend any commencement ceremony. In my mind high school wasn’t that long ago for myself, but since I’ve been covering this event for fourteen years already that means I’ve been out of high school a lot longer than I was ever in it! Something to think about for all of you teenagers struggling with the demands of school, sports, activities and more. It goes so quickly cherish the moments as best that you can, someday you will look back on this day with fond memories. Congrats again to the class of 2019!
Lovely spring wedding at one of our favorite venues, Willow Ridge Manor. Lots of love and laughter was shared at this amazing wedding the first weekend of May! We worked with a lot of great vendors for this one. Check them out below:
Venue: Willow Ridge Manor
Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering
Disc Jockey: Digital DJ
Photographer: Joe + Robin Photography
I was given the opportunity to review another amazing company’s personalized products that they offer. This time the site is Memorable Retirement Gifts. This site has some excellent products that would also work for groomsmen gifts, father’s or mother’s day gifts and just plain old birthdays as well! Here’s the website if you want to check out what they have to offer: https://memorableretirementgifts.com
And here’s my review: The site itself has a lot of gifts that can be personalized with etching, etc. I felt like there were more gifts for men than there were woman on the site, but since I was looking for something for my husband for Father’s Day I thought it was great! They created a really nice product that was personalized with his name and monogram. It will be a great item for him to carry his coffee in the morning to work. The item came quickly and service was top notch! I highly recommend this company.
Again I wasn’t paid to endorse this company, but I did get to keep the item I reviewed.
One of the reasons I love my job is because it can vary from day to day what I’m covering. And at every event I capture whether it’s photo, video or both of those services I always find something to take away from it personally even at weddings! Sometimes it can be a reminder about how great of a partner I have or like last month when I was covering the “Founder’s Day” event for Phi Delta Theta and got to meet a great bunch of guys who were truly doing things that would be benefiting society as a whole. It was great to hear about the charitable works they were doing, the restoration of old chapter houses and listening to the older members tell tales of their younger years was just as heart warming. I really enjoyed photographing this event and hope they will ask me to capture it again in the years to come!
I just did a couple quick photos of this album before Pat came to pick it up from me because I hadn’t sold a memory book album with a leather cover and embossing on it and wanted some photos for reference. This mother of the groom had fallen in love with the couple’s wedding album, but wanted something for herself. Even though the wedding was in 2016 she hadn’t forgotten about wanting an album and contacted me just a month ago. She wanted her album to sort of match the album she had from her other son’s wedding many years ago. I knew she meant an “old school” leather slip in the photo prints type of album. So I suggested doing the memory book with this cover because it not only sets it a part from the album the couple had made, but can somewhat match her other son’t book. I love how it turned out and how we were able to personalize it a little more so for her side of the family with more photos of her and her son and their side of the family.
Parent albums are an add-on option that we offer… couples can just order duplicate albums of their own at a reduced price or they can custom tailor an album to each set of parents. They make excellent parent gifts, especially if they are footing the bill for the wedding! Plus they are something you can do after the event when not ever dollar you have is being put towards your grand affair. Or parents can purchase their own if they wish!
Just got another personalized gift set from an awesome company providing gifts for Groomsmen and more! Groomsday.com sent me a lovely wooden boxed engraved with my husband’s name and in it was a personalized pair of cuff links, a tie tack and a money clip. Mike lost his tie clip last Summer while DJing a wedding so this is an awesome gift set for him! On top of it they included a pair of argyle socks with a personalized wrapper which just sort of finished off the gift… I chose to put my husband’s name and “Dad of The Year” on it since Father’s Day is just around the corner, but these would be great to buy each of your groomsmen and personalize with their names, role in your wedding and the date! The only way to ensure the guys all have matching socks for the cool “shoe shot” is for the bride and groom to provide them! Check out my photos below! This site had really quality products so I highly recommend them! Here’s a link to the sock collections: https://groomsday.com/collections/groomsmen-socks and here’s a link to the gift set: https://groomsday.com/collections/best-sellers/products/groomsmen-gift-set
And after you purchase your groomsmen gifts then you might want to hop over to their sister site www.bridebop.com to check out some amazing gifts for the bridesmaids or other special ladies in your life! I know these two sites are geared towards gifts for your bridal party members, but there are a lot of awesome personalized gifts for everyone you know. Gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Weddings, and more! Check out both sites! I wasn’t paid for this endorsement, but I did get to keep these products, but who wouldn’t want such terrific items!
Don’t you just love Spring? And Spring babies are the best! Fresh and new to the world and super adorable! This young man has three older siblings to help him on his way. I’m so excited to share images from Cole’s newborn portrait shoot! What a cutie!