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We finally had a hot Summer day at this August wedding at Willow Ridge Manor! After multiple rainy and cloudy events this Summer this was a welcomed change. Kori and Chris had a pretty decent sized wedding party as well, but everyone was having such a great time that they were pretty easy to manage! I also really liked the red, white and blue theme. When I asked one of the bridesmaids if there was a significance to why they chose this color pallet I was told Kori is a die hard “Patriots” fan. (Sorry Broncos fans!) I thought the colors worked really well on the red rocks. I also loved that the bride got all of the ladies tennis shoes to wear for later in the evening when their feet would be hurting. It was a thoughtful and cute idea!

Another amazing day that seemed to pass too quickly! But that’s how I know it was an awesome event when everything turns out perfect and almost effortlessly after all of the hard work of putting it together you can’t ask for much more! Congrats again you two! ~Jamie

    

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

Time to chat about the non-traditional/traditional wedding… which really seems to be the way  a lot of today’s couples are going. It’s really a way to put your own stamp on your event. Ryan and Anna really wanted to do their wedding in a manner that was special to them and stayed within their budget. Their Harry Potter theme was awesome! Anna wore a non-traditional black wedding gown and a black opal wedding ring set. They also opted to have a food truck serve all of their guests which not only kept their catering costs down, but made amazing cusine. This venue is great in that it allows couples to use any vendors that they want which can save you a ton of money in the long run. It has amazing views and a rustic charm that is perfect for Colorado.

Anna contacted me because not only had I photographed her friend’s wedding last year, but also because we’re recommended by the venue. It had been a couple years since we’ve covered an event here. A lot of improvements have been made to the facility in that time. The first being getting ready areas for both the bride and the groom. This helps a lot! All of your wedding party can get ready on site making it easier for your photographer to capture those moments along with keeping you on schedule for all of your events. I had a lot of fun photographing these two… we had amazing weather, an awesome wedding party that was willing to go above and beyond for these two and lots of helpful friends and family that really helped to put this event together. Thanks again for having me capture your special day!

     

 

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue – Evergreen Red Barn

Caterer – The Cravings Food Truck

Photography: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

What amazing weather we had at this Willow Ridge Manor wedding the first weekend in August! Another amazing couple that shared their vows at this picturesque venue.  Our whole team covered this event. Faith and I did the photography while Taleen used her amazing video skills and my husband, Michael with Digital DJ provided microphones for the ceremony and music and entertainment for the reception. I love it when we all get to cover an event together as everything usually just clicks!  Henry and Bethany were just a joy to work with as well…. lots of love between these two as well as from their friends and family.

I  also loved the Art Deco/ Great Gatsby theme they created for their event. The Golds and shades of purple worked amazingly with this venue. Art Deco represents luxury and glamour. The style uses a lot of geometric shapes and bright colors that seem to be very popular right now with couples and worked really well for these two!

Here’s to many years of wedded bliss in their future! Congrats again! ~Jamie

Vendors Who Made This Day Possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Fresh Tracks

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Officiant: Rev. Martin Lettow, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Vocalist: Jacob Baker

Musicians: Renee Hemsing; violin, Anton Smirnov; violin, & Andrew Brown; cello

Guitarist: David Graham

Photography & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video

 

Moose Lodge at Crooked Creek Wedding – Jordan & Kyle from Jamie Striplin on Vimeo.

This destination wedding for this couple from Missouri was amazing! So many couples coming from the plains to get married in the mountains lately! It’s awesome! And this couple did it right… they came with just their close family and friends. There were only about 20-30 people total for the sharing of their nuptials in a field by this Air B&B rental. No caterer to pay for, no large venue, a friend grilled steaks for everyone, no florist, even a friend did their photography… this opened up their budget to have me videotape this important event for them! It was a great day… but any day I get to spend in the mountains is a great day! Enjoy this highlight video from their perfect day!

Here are some of my favorite photos from another amazing Summer wedding at Willow Ridge Manor in Morrison, Colorado! Rain did not dampen the spirits of this couple and we were able to wait the short showers out before starting the ceremony. Luckily, there are tons of indoor spots to take photos at while we were waiting! Jennifer and Jackson had already spent a number of years together before making it official. They even share a beautiful daughter together that made for a lovely flower girl along with her bestie!

   

Occasions Catering delivered an amazing meal like always! It’s so great that Willow Ridge has put together such an amazing list of caterers to work at their venue! And Digital DJ kept the dance floor rocking all night! It was an amazing event with heartfelt toasts, lots of laughter, and dancing the night away!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor

Caterer: Occasions Catering

Disc Jockey: Digital DJ

Photography: Crystaline Photography & Video

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

Bakery: T&Cakes

Florist: Petals Colorado

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

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