wild basin lodge wedding *Ashton & Brian*

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wild basin lodge wedding

It was awesome to photograph Ashton and Brian’s wild basin lodge wedding (elopement). They were both completely genuine and kind the entire day and it was a blast to work with them both! I asked Ashton to share some details about planning her wedding and she shared her answers with me (below). I love asking brides how and why they chose what they did for their wedding. It’s always a blast to chat weddings and no matter how many times I ask different brides I always get such a variety of answers! Each wedding is truly unique!

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Colorado photo shoot locations *Lily Lake*

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Colorado photo shoot locations

Lily Lake is one of my very favorite Colorado photo shoot locations that I have scouted out over the last few years. I have shot there more this year than in the past and when a couple asks for my opinion as to where we should do a shoot, Lily Lake is always one of the suggestions! It is absolutely breathtaking! You can tell form the photos above how lush it is! There are trees and bushes off all shades of green, along with tall grass that blows with the wind. Not to mention, an amazing view of Longs Peak!! It is magical and one of the best Colorado photo shoot locations (in my opinion!).

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Colorado Photo Shoot Locations *Rocky Mountain National Park*

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I just love this beautiful new spot that I found while scouting out locations for Amanda and Brent’s photo’s in Rocky Mountain National Park! It was a gorgeous spot for their session the day after their Wild Basin Lodge wedding and would be stunning for a meadow wedding in the park! It was a very quite spot and easy to access and move around in. In case your interested about where exactly this spot is… I came in the entrance of the park near the Fall River Visitor Center – after entering I drove for a bit and then took the right turn that is for Fall River Road and after passing a parking lot on the right there was a small place to park on the left – we got out and walked up a small hill and BAM there was this gorgeous meadow full of aspens!

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Taharaa Mountain Lodge wedding photography *Justin & Kassi*

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Taharaa Mountain Lodge wedding photography

Justin and Kassie traveled from Iowa to celebrate their wedding at Taharaa Mountain Lodge in Estes Park and what a celebration it was! They were joined by their closest family and friends as they embarked on this new journey together as husband and wife. It was truly a beautiful day for a wedding! It was rainy in the morning and early afternoon and cleared up just in time for their photos outside – it was perfect!

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the power of a photograph

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the power of a photograph

Above are some of the photographs that I cherish!

I recently went and saw the new Planet of the Apes movie and there was a scene about half way through after they had restored power to the city… and the leader of the humans was sitting at his desk and his tablet had finally turned back on. The first thing he did was go into in folder of photographs and look at one of two young boys. He smiled and began to weep while staring at the image. It never explained, but I can only assume that the boys were his children and they had died. The world around him was crumbling and he wanted to simply sit there and look through his photos… His memories.

Now, this movie is silly Hollywood entertainment, but in that moment I was truly moved and inspired at the concept behind what this man was doing and the power of a photograph.

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rocky mountain national park wedding photography

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 rocky mountain national park wedding photography

It was raining all day and I was hoping it would clear up for the ceremony… It did just that! The smell of the rain was in the air as vows were exchanged in the midst of a beautiful forest of trees with the sound of the running water from the river near by. It was truly magical.

Robyn and Dave had an intimate wedding ceremony along a stream near Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with their family in attendance. It was was one of the most beautiful places I have photographed a wedding ceremony and was super excited to shoot somewhere new and so stunningly beautiful!

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estes park family photography *Nagl family*

I had a blast photographing this sweet family! I have the pleasure of working with Christie and Ty Nagl in the Estes Park Wedding Association. Christie is a lovely friend that I have had the pleasure of getting to know the last few years! She owns Bella Capelli, a hair and makeup company specializing in weddings in Estes Park. She and the lovely ladies who work with her create true masterpieces! Ty owns the Wheel Bar located in downtown Estes Park and also Nagl Wedding Photogrpahy. They are amazing people and have two of the cutest kids!

We went to Lily Lake for their family shoot and it was a true blast!! Here are some of my favorites from their session…

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estes park wedding photography