Archive for Weddings

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

 

I’d been waiting a while to post this amazing wedding at The Stanley Hotel’s brand new facility for weddings and events just due to getting caught up! It’s call “The Pavilion at the Stanley” and it’s phenomenal! Ashley & Aaron ran into a few snags for their wedding when their original venue, Mary’s Lake Lodge had a huge fire earlier in the year and had to find a new wedding venue. Luckily, The Pavilion had just opened planning on a soft opening their first year, but ended up taking in a lot of these misplaced weddings in Estes Park. I love how they incorporated the same classic style in the new build, but gave it a lot of modern charm and also made it light and airy for events! The other thing I liked about the new venue is that it’s secluded from the very busy hotel which makes the event a little more private. Couples can still use other areas on the hotel property for their photographs, but even if they don’t the Pavilion offers more than enough picturesque views! Here are some of my favorite images from their Roaring 20’s themed event!

 

Vendors Who Made this Event Possible:

Venue – The Pavilion at The Stanley Hotel

Caterer – Occasions Catering

Musician & DJ – Michael Lancaster

Make-Up & Styling – Lesliearts

Caricature Artist – Jane Yamada

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

 

 

 

Heidi and I have known each other for I think about a decade already, so it was a real privilege to be able to photograph a wedding for a friend that I’ve known for so long! She and Jason have been dating for almost nearly as long! He finally popped the question last year and I had been sort of giving her advice for wedding planning since that happened. Planning a wedding with a limited budget is always difficult, but still very doable! I’m still a true believer that no matter what budget you have you can still have an amazing wedding!  All of her hard work paid off this Fall when they tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony at the Spirit of Christ Catholic Church in Arvada, Colorado. This church is a beautiful venue to hold a traditional wedding. It boasts gorgeous stained glassed windows, an amazing courtyard, awesome architecture and it also has a fellowship hall that can be rented out for receptions as well, which is where this couple also held their dinner and dancing after the ceremony.  Church ceremonies usually have more of a formal feel to them, but even so this couple still had a laid back vibe to their event wanting to spend as much time as possible enjoying the company of all their guests so we tried to do as many formal photos before the ceremony that we could!

Beautiful bride, handsome groom and fun and celebrations with everyone they love! What more can you ask for? Congrats again you two! Here’s to many more years together!

              

Vendors Who Made this Wedding Possible:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Spirit of Christ Catholic Church

Hair & Make-Up: Wedlocks Bridal Hair & Make-Up

Caterer: Breadwinners

Disc Jockey: JVision Entertainment

Bride’s Dress: Macie Marie Bridal

Floral: Bridesmaids!

Cake: Whole Foods

Pies: The Dessert Stand

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

 

I’ve shared a few images from this wedding already on Facebook, but now that their highlight video is officially completed I just wanted to share it along with some of my favorite photos from the event! This day was honestly a blur for me… large weddings usually are because there is so many photos to take and so much to do! It goes so quickly!  Kaylee’s mom, Lisa came to me after I did the video of her son’s wedding back in February. They loved their video and I think really enjoyed working with me. Since I was willing to put together a great package for photo, video and DJ with my husband’s company, Digital DJ we were able to provide all three of those services for this event. We like to offer savings to couples looking to book multiple services together with us as we truly love working together. There’s something to be said about knowing for sure that you and the videographer are going to be able to stay out of each other’s shots and that the disc jockey has your back and you have theirs! My husband, Michael’s help has been instrumental in numerous occasions… so when couple’s are willing to use us together we like to reward them!

But enough about us… let’s talk about this fabulous wedding! Lisa and Kaylee put their heart and soul into this event! And it was amazing to see how many people came out to share their love and support for this couple. Right away when they told me what time they had booked their ceremony for at this venue I knew it was going to be a challenge as the sun was slated to set at the exact same time the ceremony was to begin! And I knew that if they ever were going to have beautiful mountain views in their photographs they were going to have to do the majority of their formal photographs beforehand. Kaylee and Matt, however really did not want to see each other before the ceremony. Of course I completely understand that, but I really had to  impress that there’s not much a photographer can do to ensure those beautiful views in the absence of light! So a plan was born… they exchanged hand written vows between a wall before they saw each other and we dubbed them actually reading their vows with the footage of them reading them in their full length video.  We then captured a first look between them alone before we dove into the the other photos and this moment was absolutely magical and heart felt. I’m so glad we were able to do this before the craziness of the wedding! There were so many other great things about this wedding. The funny moments while the guys were getting ready, the fun all the ladies were having jumping on the bed as Taleen and I entered the room, the limo ride with the ladies that Taleen got to capture on the way up the mountain and the beautiful wedding ceremony itself along with the best “asking Dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage” story told during the Father of the Bride’s speech that I’ve ever heard!  It was an awesome event! Mike kept the dance floor packed all night and made sure each and every event during the reception went off without a hitch! Thanks again for having us be such an important part of your day! Enjoy some of my favorite moments below! ~Jamie

              

Vendors who made this day possible:

Hotel Accommodations – Denver West Marriott

Venue – The Pines at Genesee

Transportation – Sunset Luxury Limousines

Disc Jockey – Digital DJ

Florist: Frontrange Florals

Photo & Video – Crystaline Photography and Video

We’re very excited to share the highlight video above and favorite photos below from Chris & Julia’s end of September wedding in Denver at the historic Grant Humphrey’s Mansion.  Chris and Julia put a lot of love and care into their big day! The bride made all of the gorgeous paper flowers herself for not only the bouquets, but also for each and every one of the centerpieces for this wedding. They were absolutely stunning! So much so that I told her she should start a business of just doing this for other couples! Not that she would have any time because she is playing violin with the Denver Philharmonic! She even took the time to share a piece with her guests before the dinner service started at the mansion. We ended up with a very beautiful warm day for this event and it was great being back at this iconic wedding venue in Denver! Thanks for having us capture your special day!

Vendors who made the day possible:

Venue: Grant Humphrey’s Mansion

Caterer: Relish Catering & Events

Disc Jockey: Soundmaster Entertainment

Baker: Gateux Bakery

Paper Flowers by The Bride Herself!

Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Tuxedos: JoS A Bank

Photo & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

Here are some photos of Cassie & Ray’s wedding album that was finally completed after a year of back and forth reviewing and correcting to make sure they received exactly what they wanted in their wedding album. The couple opted to add a few more pages to the album that was included with their photography package so it would cover even more of their beautiful mountain event. This was such a cute wedding with both the bride and groom taking turns on the skateboard which is one of Ray’s favorite pastimes. Thanks for having us cover the photo and the video of your amazing day! So fun to see the final album!

I’ve been a bit behind on posting weddings to my blogs due to just how busy we’ve been at the end of Summer going into Fall. When you are covering 2-3 events a weekend they tend to pile up a bit. Since I just finished photographing my last scheduled wedding of the year I’ll have a little breathing room before the holidays to catch up and post some of my favorite photos from these events!

This mid-August wedding was a great event that I was able to work with my husband, Michael who was also the couple’s DJ! It has been a while since we’ve done an event together so it was fun to be able to work with him again. One of the great reasons we love working together is because we understand how each other work! He’s always there to make any announcements that I need to make sure that people are where they need to be for pictures and I’m always working with his reception timeline in mind to make sure that we get photos done in a timely manner so they can get on to enjoying their reception! It’s a win, win for us and because of that we even offer a bit of a discount for booking us together! Yeah!

I covered the most weddings I have ever had the privilege to photograph or videotape at Willow Ridge in one year and it was an absolute treat being able to see so many happy couples get married at this lovely facility! Gregory & Lawrence have one of the most affordable venues with mountain views that is close to the city! If you are planning a wedding you need to check them out! Or at the very least search my blog posts for “Willow Ridge Manor” so you can see all of the fabulous photos I’ve recently taken there!

Leanna & Thomas had a smaller event, but it was just perfect for them! Close friends and family gathered to see this couple unite on a beautiful warm Summer evening! Thomas’ dad serenading them towards the end of dinner and it was a lovely personalized touch to their event. I also really loved their color scheme! Not an usual choice, but it was really beautiful! Enjoy the photos!

 

Here’s to all of the vendors that made this day possible:

Venue – Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer – Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey – Digital DJ

Bakery: Mulberries Cake Shop

Florist – Lehrer’s Flowers

Officiant – Rev. Scott Awbrey

Photo & Video – Crystaline Photography and Video