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
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 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!
One of the last of my clients to pick up their wedding album from 2018 events just picked up their amazing book today! Stacie & Carols had a fabulous wedding at Wedgewood’s facility at Brittany Hill in Thornton last summer. They chose so many photos that we ended up having to design them a larger book than what was included in their package, but that’s not a bad problem to have! I hope you enjoy your wedding album for many years to come! Thanks again for having us there to document your day!
I received another amazing personalized gift from Bridesmaids’ Gifts Boutique this time it’s a monogrammed makeup bag with my initials. The bag is nicely made, comes in a variety of different colors and has a lovely tassel on the zipper. Super cute! This would be an adorable gift for each one of your bridesmaids or for the bride herself as a bridal shower gift! As always the delivery was super fast so if you are procrastinating on the gifts check out this site! And their associate site Groovy Groomsmen Gifts
For the bridesmaids: Put in a lip gloss, a nice lotion set, maybe a pair of flip-flops for when the dancing starts, some tissues, mints and maybe a cold brew coffee or other caffeinated drink as it’s going to be a long day!
For the bride: Fill it with bridal emergency kit items and you have the perfect accessory for her big day! Need some ideas on what to include for an emergency kit here’s my go to list: 1.) A Tide Pen – for any spills or stains 2.) A small sewing kit – for wardrobe malfunctions 3.) Super glue – I’ve seen this save many a heals on shoes and even boutinears! 4.) Scissors – Everyone always forgets to remove tags 5.) Gum and/or Breathe Mints – Fresh breathe speaks for itself 6.) Pantyhose – In case you get a run in one and they can be used for other things 7.) Lip gloss! 8.) A small first aide kit with band-aids, etc. 9.) Clear nail polish – Also stops pantyhose runs 10.) Tissues – For inevitable crying! 11.) Aspirin or Ibuprofen – For pain relief 12.) A nail file 13.) Sunscreen – Especially if the event is outdoors! 14.) Bobby Pins 15.) Fabric Tape – This has also saved someone from embarrassing clothing mishaps 16) Lint Roller – Keep fuzzies off that dress! 17.) Deodorant – Bride’s forget this all the time! 18.) Pens – To sign the license! 19.) Antacids – In case dinner doesn’t agree with you. 20.) Water & Snacks – the day goes so fast she often forgets to eat!
So a bunch of couples got engaged over the holidays and possibly Valentine’s Day! And they are wondering what they should start with first in the planning process! Well, before you get knee deep in the planning process a fun thing to do is to announce your engagement to the world! And one of the best ways to do this is by having some amazing photos taken of you both during an Engagement Portrait Session! Whether you and your significant other have been together a year or longer, a lot of times there are not a ton of photos of you together as a couple. This is a great way to add some photos to your albums, meet and try out a photographer that you might possibly use for your wedding and to have some fun casual photos of you and your fiance’ for things like your wedding website, save-the-date cards and more!
Here are some great poses and ideas to make your session fabulous!
1.) Beautiful View – Choose a Location for an Outstanding Natural View! (Especially if you can’t hold your wedding at a location with a spectacular view!)
2.) Incorporate Your Pets – Let’s face it your dogs are your family! Bring them along to the photo-shoot for some fun photos. This is a great way to include your furry family members, especially if you can’t bring them to your wedding venue.
3.) Highlight the Engagement Ring – Did your fiance’ do an excellent job picking out your ring? Make sure the ring is the focus for a few shots!
4.) Choose a Fun Activity for Photos – Maybe you are avid rock climbers, role-players, bikers, etc. Use the hobbies that you like to do together to create a fun photo-shoot that shows off what you love to do together!
5.) The Hand-Hold Pose – is a must for every engagement session! It shows how connected you are to the one you love.
6.) Lovely Portrait – Don’t forget to do some traditional poses looking at the camera too! Grandma wants to see your faces!
7.) Nightime Photos – Be unique and schedule your session close to sundown so you can also incorporate some night-time poses, especially if you got engaged around the holidays and Christmas lights are still hanging up around town.
8.) Wall Art Backdrop – Want an urban/edgy look… find some Graffiti Wall Art to pose in front of!
9.) Epic Kiss Photo – Don’t forget the romantic Hollywood kiss photo!
10.) Sun Glow Photos – Use the sun as an interesting/creative element in your photos!
Just delivered another amazing wedding album to another gorgeous couple from their Fall 2018 wedding! Loved this twilight wedding at this fabulous venue.
Just delivered the Summer wedding album to one of the funnest couples from 2018, Eve & Jon! We did a beautiful simple design for this couple who liked a clean, sharp simple book. This 20 page album covered just the highlights of their awesome event. Here are some photos of the finished book with a couple of my favorite spreads!
I absolutely adore Winter weddings and especially when they are centered around a couple’s love of skiing and the mountains! Welcome to Colorado! Katie knew from a young age that she would someday tie the knot at her family’s favorite vacation spot, Copper Mountain Resort! Their beautiful chilly day wedding was perfect from the beginning to the end. Low stress, fun for friends and family and a true celebration for the couple. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!
The bride insisted on skiing down the mountain to her waiting groom which took a little bit of planning to facilitate because she had to wait for the last chair lift up the mountain at the end of the day. We decided to do a first look with her and her groom before the ceremony so that they could also get in some photos with the fabulous covered bridge in the village! Love, love these photos!
Here she is getting in to the gondola with some friends for the ride up the mountain and the lovely ceremony that followed…. Luckily, they found out there was a warming hut at the top of the gondola to wait in for the 4:30pm ceremony time!
Everyone was treated to hot chocolate as they waited for the ceremony to begin and each seat had a cozy blanket to warm up with! The ceremony was set up as a come as you are dressed event so that guests could enjoy skiing right up to the ceremony start time. After the ceremony and a few formal portraits the guests went back to their rooms to change into their more formal attire for the reception held back in the magically transformed ski lodge! What an amazing day!
Vendors who made this day possible:
Venue & Caterer – Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Florist – Lucy’s Flower and Design
Musician & DJ – Gordon Avenue
Photography – Crystaline Photography & Video