Archive for Formals

Kelly and Steven exchanged vows on what was the hottest day this Summer at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion in Denver, Colorado. Luckily, this beautiful venue has no shortage of picture perfect indoor spots to take photos! I tried my best to keep the couple and their large wedding party from sweltering in the heat! It ended up being a perfect day. By the time the ceremony started it was starting to cool off a bit. A great deal of the reception was held outside on the back patio which was amazing! So also very happy we had great (all be it hot) weather for this event!

I loved the couple’s theme which was world travel with a touch of Paris! The bride had a specialty dress made for her from Russia and it fit her and the venue perfectly! It was so unique and beautiful… she even had a dress change prior to the dancing… I think she wanted something more managable to cut a rug in! There were a lot of elements to this event that made it different and unique! The guests were treated to four separate food stations that each had a different type of culinary cuisine! This highlighted some of the couple’s favorite genres of food! There were two piano players that serenaded guests in the main hall throughout the evening and a band the provided music for the dancing! The couple even hired my favorite violinist to accompany their first dance  song along with an opera singer! They also added on our open air photo-booth experience for their guests to enjoy! While the bride had her own ideas for backdrop and props we were able to make sure that by providing the photo-booth station and an operator that anyone who wanted to partake in this fun activity were able to do so along with providing the couple an unique guest book option!

This was an amazing event where you could see all of the thought and attention was put into the details to make it a truly memorable event! I hope they made many memories that day that will last a lifetime!

  

Vendors who helped make this day possible:

Venue: Grant Humphrey’s Mansion

Band: The Crystal Swing Band

Pianist/Vocalist: John Redmon

Violinst: Julia Taylor with Gigue Music

Opera Singer: Teresita Lozano

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Phelyx

Upstairs Pianist During Dancing: Gary Schmidt

Caterer: Clark’s Custom Catering

Bartender: Bar Star Divas

Day of Coordinator: Carson Koinzan

Video: Kevin Campbell Films

Photography & Photo-Booth: Crystaline Photography & Video

Genuine love is all I can say about Nuala & Bryan’s event! Their wedding was just a joy to photograph! And the reaction that Bryan had when he saw his bride for the first time was just priceless! That alone is worth getting the two photographer package! When I met with the couple to do the walk thru at Willow Ridge Nuala was just giddy over Gregory & Lawrence’s German Shepard dogs (which are the best behaved animals of all time by the way) and I heard her make a special request for the puppies to be on site while they were getting ready… to which I replied we must do a photo of you and all the dogs and she was ecstatic about that idea! Now I know not everyone wants a bunch of dogs at their wedding and of course the venue can be dog free upon request, but if you love canines these dogs will not disappoint! Amazing animals to go along with an awesome venue!

Check out some of my other favorite shots from this Summer event…. sure to be one of my favorites from the year!

 

Vendors who made this event possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: Elite DJ

Florist: Sam’s Club

Cake: Azucar Bakery

Alcohol: Tipsy’s Liquor World

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

This was my first time working at the Shupe Homestead in Longmont, Colorado. What an amazing venue! The unobstructed view of the mountain peaks is what really sells this place! But also the homey feel! The owners live on site and meticulously take care of their property and also provide a lot of picturesque opportunities for everyone whether it’s the chandeliers hanging in the trees or the marquee “LOVE” sign you are sure to find something to suit your rustic chic tastes!

I met Leanna’s mother, Jeanine at a company picnic I photographed last Summer and the rest they say is history! I really enjoyed getting to work with this family. Everyone was so nice and thoughtful and Leanna’s dad even offered to help me out to my car with all my gear at the end of the night! This just goes to show what amazing folks they were and how much I enjoyed creating these once in a lifetime memories for them! Lots of love, laughter and happily ever after to this couple!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Shupe Homestead

Bakery: La Momo Maes Bakery

Florist: Longmont Florist

Planner: At Your Service Event Management

DJ/Video: Richard Cole

Cater: Ragazzi’s Italian Grill

Officiant: Dr. David Barker

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

I’m starting to see a trend of smaller bridal parties for weddings this year. I’ve covered quite a few this Summer that only had a maid of honor and best man or no attendants. I think people are looking to have a little bit more of an intimate affair. They are picking their best friends or siblings to stand up with them and then just inviting their friends to attend the party. It’s a great way to save some money and also avoid conflicts, but still have an amazing wedding. Check out Erin & Jerod’s intimate event below we had an amazing time capturing this special day for them! Enjoy!

Willow Ridge Manor Wedding – Erin & Jerod from Jamie Striplin on Vimeo.

They say it’s lucky on your wedding day to have rain. I’m not sure the person who came up with that saying has ever had to tell a bride that rain was going to push back their ceremony! Regardless of the weather these two had an amazing day. The venue had umbrellas for all of the guests and the couple were still able to share their vows outdoors! We took all of the family group portraits up under the portico and when the skies finally parted we went back down to the red rocks to do some more of the small wedding party and just the two of them. I always love how bright the colors are in everything after a quick shower! And we even got a rainbow in some of the photos (it was pretty bright so a little hard to see)

 

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: DJ Connections

Florist: Hawk Flowers

Cake: Gold Mine Cupcakes 

Hair and Makeup : Bel Viso

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography and Video

 

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

Tiffany and Carl had an amazing Summer day in June for tying the knot at Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, Colorado. This venue boasts some wonderful views along with a gorgeous mansion to get ready and hold your reception in. My husband , Michael who DJed their event and I both had an awesome time working with Tiffany & Carl.

Venue: Lionscrest Manor

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photographer: Jenae Lopez Photography

Lighting: Lighting & Design by Scott

Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

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 – LesliesArts

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