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Another summer event that was effected by the Covid Pandemic…. Taryne and Fred had to downsize their event to just 50 of their closest friends and family to celebrate their nuptials this past August. And while it wasn’t as large as previously planned it was still quite the party! One of the unique things about this couple was that they are starting their lives together at the end of their working careers. Fred just recently retired and I believe Taryne is or will be retiring soon. From all the speeches given that night it sounds like they are the perfect match for each other and will be enjoying lots of travel and adventures together in the years to come. It was a pleasure capturing the love and commitment that they both have for each other. Enjoy the highlight video and some of my favorite photos below.

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue & Caterer: Wedgewood at Brittany Hill

Officiant: Amazing Weddings & Ceremonies

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography & Video : Crystaline Photography and Video

Will they or won’t they was the theme for this wedding…. Not because the bride had cold feet, but due to that pesky Corona Virus. Katie & Ben were supposed to tie the knot back in May during the heart of the pandemic lock down and so they postponed until December and then a date opened up in July and everything was moved up again! I don’t blame them for wanting to still host a Summer event especially when they picked such an amazing venue with a gorgeous outside view! We’ve been so lucky that we were able to accommodate every couple’s wishes this year… the year of all years! It did end up being a perfect day. The weather was amazing all the important people made it! We’re so happy to be able to be a part of your amazing day. Enjoy some of my favorite photographs from the day below!

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer – Occasions Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

My first wedding in July was a great one and a long one! My photography services covered twelve hours! Starting at the couple’s home to document the getting ready process of the bride, then the catholic ceremony at Queen of Peace Church in Aurora. Followed up by formal photos at the church and at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Ending with more portraits and reception coverage at Willow Ridge Manor. Even though it was a long day it was an amazing day with really great people that were just a joy to work with which always makes my job easier and puts me in a creative state of mind! John and Elena also were dealing with pandemic concerns as are all of our 2020 couples. Their large event condensed down to  just 100 guests that all had to social distance during the ceremony and reception. But even with all of that they still had an amazing event filled with love and joy! It was great getting to photograph a wedding at Queen of Peace after it being quite a few years since I covered my first event there. One of the very first weddings I ever photographed after I started my business was at this location and made me reflect on how much I have seen and how much my skills have grown over the twenty years of being in business. It’s truly humbling to still be doing this career after so much time. Check out some of my favorite images from this event below.

Vendors who made this day possible:

Ceremony Site – Queen of Peace Catholic Church

Reception Venue – Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer – Occasions Catering

Disc Jockey – Digital DJ

Photographer – Crystaline Photography & Video

 

Enjoy Fred & Taryne’s wedding ceremony at Wedgewood’s Brittany Hill.

When your parents’ yard is just as pretty or even prettier than a lot of wedding venues you just have to host your wedding at their home! Blake & Katie were also extremely lucky to have made all of their plans for an outdoor event at a private residence during the time of Corona as well because it worked out marvelously for their dreamy wedding. Everywhere we looked their was a photographic opportunity! From the beautifully decorated home to the amazingly manicured yard and even the classic cars the Blake and his dad owned just made this wedding picture perfect! We covered video and photo for this event while my husband provided the music and MC services. It ended up being an amazing day! Some of my favorite photos are below. It was so hard to choose!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue – Private Residence

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Caterer: Garden of the Gods Catering

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography and Video

Florist : Skyway Creations

Table, Chair, Linen Rental: Colorado Party Rentals

Bakery/Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shoppe

Hair & Make-Up: Fuse Salon / Katherine Sikich

 

 

Here is the full wedding ceremony from Nicholas & Maria’s happy day in July! Enjoy!

Crystal Rose - Bride getting ready

Crystal Rose - Groom preparation

Weddings are finally beginning to happen this Summer! Yeah! This was the one and only event we were able to cover in June. I knew it was going to happen no matter what because Dawn and Jerimy had plans to move the week after the event. Luckily, most of their friends and family are here in Colorado! It ended up being a really lovely day with about 50 or so guests and lots of love! The couple chose Crystal Rose on lookout mountain. I have found this venue to be one of the more affordable venues near Denver, but just a little ways up into the moutains. It has both an off in the distance city view and mountain landscapes and most of their packages include a lot of things like catering, tables and chairs as well as a DJ. Check out some of my favorite photos from this awesome event below!

Crystal Rose - Formal pose bride & groom Crystal Rose - Puppy in the foreground during the ceremony

Crystal Rose - Ceremony wide shot

Crystal Rose - Fun wedding party pose

Crystal Rose - Bride & Groom

An overcast day can be awesome for photography as long as to doesn’t rain! It’s a bit cooler for guests and keeps faces from getting really bad shadows on them. So we lucked out all the way around with Dawn & Jerimy’s event! What an amazing day!

Crystal Rose - Bride & groom recessional

Crystal Rose - signing the marraige licese

Crystal Rose - room set-up

Crystal Rose - Bride & groom first dance Crystal Rose - cutting the cake

Crystal Rose - Bouquet Toss

Crystal Rose -Close up of rings

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue, Caterer & DJ – Crystal Rose

Photographer: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

I’ve been on a hiatus from well doing much of anything in regards to blogging.  Once the shelter in place orders starting coming down in Colorado that basically brought everyone and everything to a screeching halt. I’ve been busy re-scheduling weddings and other events when they can be on our calendar. For the most part it has worked out great! We’ve been really lucky this year to have most of our events scheduled at one particular venue and since they are working with clients on re-booking dates we’ve been able to find dates that work out for both us and in most cases my husband’s DJ company, Digital DJ who is also the disc jockey for most of those events. I’m so saddened to hear that couples are having to deal with this situation that has been unprecedented in the 20 years that I’ve been in business. Even 9/11 wasn’t this challenging! At this point everything is being addressed month to month. June events were taken care of and re-booked this month and if the same thing has to happen in July then they will be re-booked in June. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we navigate this situation with you. We are still excited to be a part of your big day no matter when that will happen!

In the meantime we are just doing some housekeeping stuff and enjoying the slower pace of life. Mike and I have been hunkered down at our home since mid-March. This means he’s been diligently working on my “Honey Do” list with projects around the house that have been neglected a lot due to how busy our schedules usually are. We’ve cleaned out our storage room and garage of all our baby gear! Yes, baby stuff! Our kids are 7 and 5! That’s how long I’ve been hoarding that stuff! We’ve stripped and re-stained our deck, planted our garden, set up our above ground pool and countless other smaller projects around the home like flushed out our water heater (a lot of people don’t know you should do that every year for more longevity of your water heater) and more! Since June will be the first time in probably 15 years we don’t have much in the way of work we will do a couple more big projects, enjoy some fun summertime activities with our kids and work on streamlining some of our business practices that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. We’ll keep crossing our fingers that events will go forward from July on.

We hope everyone is staying safe and that maybe Colorado can start to get back to normal on some level. Remember we are all doing our part to slow the spread of the virus, even those planning one of the best days of their lives!  I remember what it was like to plan this type of event. The stresses of planning a wedding in a normal year can be over whelming, but here’s my thought on this…. At one point I remember looking at my husband (then fiance) and saying to him we should’ve just eloped! There were so many behind the scene things going on, dealing with people who can’t make it, seating arrangements with divorce variations, unhelpful wedding party members and more. But in the end I just let it all go. I told people they could sit where ever they wanted, I didn’t sweat the small stuff and the parental units decided to get a long for our special day.  We have memories of one of the best days ever in our lives that we got to share with everyone we loved. Some of those people are no longer with us so I cherish the moments more than ever. If you have to postpone just realize that the people who want to be there and can be there will come. If they can’t they will be there in spirit and you can share your beautiful photos/video with them afterwards. We’ll get through this together! Best wishes and we’ll see you on the other side of this.

Here’s our first and now our only Spring wedding of 2020! Mandy & Kaleb were so lucky to be able to have their Willow Ridge Manor event in March before all of the Corona Virus Social Distancing Orders starting coming down. It was the best and amazing day for it as well! It was close to 70 degrees on their big day, but still snow peaking through on the mountain backdrops behind them. We had a few firsts for this wedding as well… first time the groomsmen got in a little fun by giving the bride a prop “ball & chain” to pin on her husband after they said their vows and also the first time I’ve ever seen a man in a bunny suit give a toast! You can tell this couple both have a very light hear-ted attitude about life and it was just a great environment to be in! Thanks again for having us be such an important part of your day! A lot of love was shared and captured for years to come!

For all of you folks out there worried about your upcoming 2020 event or  those already planning a post-postponement we feel your pain. This is going to be hard for all of us! We had two events in March cancel, four events in April cancel and so far four weddings altogether postpone with May events in jeopardy as well. The canceled events will not be re-booked so we’re out all the income that those would’ve generated for our business. The saving grace has been the fact that people still want to get married and don’t want to lose all of the money they have already invested in their big events. There are still options to postpone until a later date in 2020 and postponements instead of cancellations are what’s going to save a lot of small businesses. The talk about this lingering on for quite a while has people concerned about their Summer plans as well. We are encouraging all couples to take a wait and see attitude with all Summer dates with the hopes that our self isolation measures will kill this virus off before June.  Stay safe Colorado and the rest of the world, we’re all counting on all of you to become couch potatoes for the next couple months! We’ll be back soon and better than ever!

 

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Officiant: CoCreative Journeys – Paul Paiva

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

I know Amanda, Alec and their families have been waiting patiently for me to finish their wedding video! And the time has come to release their highlight clip and get their photos and images back to them! This was an amazing wedding with a lot of moving parts to it and also not without it’s challenges, which makes me even happier to see the final results of their photos and video. Having a Winter event is always a bit of gamble especially if you are planning it the mountains of Colorado. Taking a chance on this Silverthorne Pavilion wedding was well worth it for them and even though the Eisenhower tunnel closed for a period of time on this day, almost all of the guests were able to make it to the ceremony on time! The couple notified their guests through their personalized website that due to the ski traffic and unforeseen weather issues that people should allow extra time for travel. That warning seemed to pay off for them! I would highly recommend that any couple planning an event do a little research on the area they plan on getting married at for what’s going on around the time of year they schedule it. Many times I’ve seen couples run into things like a festival being scheduled in the town at the same time as their event so accommodations for rooms being scarce, or unforeseen road closures due to construction or weather. If you know about these types of issues beforehand and let your guests know this can help them prepare for traveling and an on-time arrival for your event as much as as they can!

This venue boasts beautiful mountain and creek-side views, but because the sun goes down quicker in the Winter months we had to plan to do all of their formal portraits prior to the ceremony. This lead to a decision to do a “first look “between the bride and groom so that we could get their formal portraits out of the way before the ceremony. It ended up being a really touching intimate moment that they shared on the bridge. It was completely magical which fits in with their magical Disney themed wedding! Loved the romantic photos in the snow. And all of the children that participated in the ceremony singing songs was adorable!

The reception had a lot of unique elements as well. First, the bridesmaids did double duty as bartenders for the cocktail hour where the couple served their guests “Mocktails” which were non-alcoholic fun fruity drinks. This is a great idea for someone either looking to save money on their bar tab or for couples with religious or other reasons for not drinking. In Amanda and Alec’s situation they still served alcoholic drinks they just opted to wait to open the liquor bar until after dinner when the paid bar staff took over.  It was so cute seeing all the bridesmaids wearing rain smocks over their beautiful dresses to prevent them from getting dirty and I think it also gave another level of entertainment to the many young guests both attending and in their wedding.

Amanda’s brother was the DJ/MC for their event. In most cases I would also try to dissuade couples from using a family member for this important service, but in this case her brother had a background in entertainment having worked for a company that hosts parties and provides games and more for their clients. He did an amazing job not only running games that were entertaining for both the kids and adults, but also keeping the dance floor full.  The reception was also very unique in having a line up of different performers that were chosen from their friends and family who sang at different points in the evening. Amanda and her dad even chose to do a duet instead of a typical father and daughter dance. It really put a personal stamp on the event by including guests that were near and dear to them in the festivities.

We had a ton of fun doing the photography and video for this fairy tale event! I hope it will be a moment that they cherish forever!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion

Caterer: A Perfect Bite

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video