Wild Basin Lodge Fall Wedding

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I had been looking forward to Madison and Scotty’s wedding for over a year! If you remember my post from last year of their engagement session, you’ll know what an amazing couple these two are! They are two very genuine and kindhearted people that I find it a true honor to have met them and been apart of capturing their precious wedding day!

An amazing couple + Wild Basin Lodge + fall wedding… I was in heaven!!! Continue reading

Anna Be – bridal shoot – Wild Basin Lodge

I love fall time in Colorado!! It’s such a gorgeous time of year! I love the colors of the trees, boots, scarves, and most of all warm frothy latte’s! YUM!

I know that spring has just begun… but a girl can daydream!

I photographed a bridal shoot two falls ago and it was amazing! I love that we did the shoot at Wild Basin Lodge! Bella Capelli did the stunning updo’s, Floral Design of Europe was kind of enough to supply the floral arrangements, and Anna Bé brought some of their stunning dresses for the gorgeous models to wear. It was a blast! I had never done a styled bridal shoot before and was quite nervous! However, the crew was awesome and the models were so natural and relaxed – it turned out to be an incredible day.

Anna Be is bridal boutique located in downtown Denver – if you’re shopping for a wedding dress you have to check them out!!

I also had the pleasure of my awesome dad shooting with me!

Thanks Rocky Mountain Aperture for these behind the scenes photos!

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I absolutely LOVE Colorado!! It’s so amazing living in Denver and having all of that a metropolitan city has to offer, but then 90 minutes away there are tons of gorgeous mountain towns at the base of the Rocky Mountains – it’s the best of both worlds!!

As a photographer this type of project can seem intimidating!! Especially when there are so many professionals in the industry that have put their time and effort into the shoot… There is a lot of pressure (mostly internal) to get everything perfect because in the end it’s the photos that will count.

Even after working in this industry and photographing weddings and different types of shoots since 2006 I still get nervous – it has calmed a bunch from when I started, but it has never gone away. It used to drive me crazy, but now I think that it forces me to be better. I am nervous because I want to give my clients the absolute best photos I can give them and that is a lot of pressure, but at the same time it pushes me to explore my creative boundaries.

I am going to hopefully do more shoots like this in the coming year and I can’t wait to organize them and work with some of the best vendors Colorado has to offer!

Here are a handful of the photos from the shoot.

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I love this shot of all the ladies sitting at the bar at Wild Basin Lodge!

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I love sharing photography with my dad! He makes it way too much fun!!! I am so honored that he let me carry his camera bag for him all those years ago and then felt confident to let me take photos at some of his weddings and he must have thought I did okay because he let me know work for him 5 years after that!! What an amazing journey it has been! I can say without a doubt that I would not be where I am today in my business or with my art if he had not helped me and taught me everything he did!! I am so grateful!

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organizing styled photo shoots

I love organizing styled photo shoots! They are so much fun to organize and the creative freedom is amazing. These types of shoots are inspiring and really help me to push myself in my photography.

Styled shoots can be an incredible way for photographers to grow – especially during the off season when there aren’t as many events. They inspire creativity and are an awesome way to network and get to know other wedding vendors in your area

Here are some helpful tips for organizing a styled photo shoot …

1.) Choose a theme – brainstorm ideas, create a Pinterest board with details you love, flip through wedding magazines and check out popular wedding blogs for inspiration- it’s always a great idea to see what blogs/magazines are publishing, especially if you are hoping to submit your session for publication.

2.) Decide what time of year you want to do the shoot.

3.) Take your time to research what vendors you want to work with on the styled photo shoot.

5.) Once you have all of the vendors and details worked out make sure to get everything organized and share all of the details with everyone who is involved so that everyone is on the same page and there is no room for confusion.

6.) MAKE IT HAPPEN!! The sky is the limit – make sure to let your creativity run wild and have fun!

7.) After the shoot make sure to share the images with everyone who was involved. Post the styled shoot to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! Brides who are planning their wedding can’t get enough of this type of inspiration! Make sure your shoot is searchable and easy to find for brides browsing for ideas for their own wedding.

I am lucky enough to have a best friend that looks like a model and loves having her picture taken 🙂 and her husband is awesome enough to humor us! Kasie has been super helpful to me as I have grown in my business and with my photography – when I have a new idea or want to try something – she is game to help out and model for me!

Last fall I put together a styled romantic Colorado photo shoot in Estes Park with Kasie and her hubs, Phil. We headed up to the YMCA, to a location I had scouted out weeks before. However, the entire drive up it was pouring rain. We were stressing out because we had spent a lot of time planning this shoot and wanted it to work out perfectly. Well, after waiting in the car for awhile it finally stopped raining and we were able to get to work. I LOVED the shoot and was so pleased with how it turned out.

We brought a picnic blanket, old fashion basket, wine and wine glasses and a bunch of mini roses to sprinkle around. It created such a romantic scene!

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 I am hoping to work with some wedding vendors this year to organize a few unique styled shoots! I am still brainstorming on this – if you know of anyone that would be interested, please send them my way!

Check out the blog tomorrow for some behind the scenes at a bridal styled shoot!!

Wild Basin Lodge advertisments

I am super excited that Wild Basin Lodge used two of my photos in their recent promotional ads! I could not be more honored and humbled!

Wild Basin Lodge is one of the most amazing wedding venues in Colorado.. and probably the entire the world! 🙂 The owners, Denice and Nils are two of the most kindhearted and incredibly genuine people I have ever met! They do not simply run a business – they take joy in what they do and serve each of their clients to the fullest! I remember when I met Denice (years ago) and in our first conversation (after she gave me a big hug) she told me if I got married at the Lodge, she would take care of me! Well… A few years later I got married there and I never imagined how incredible it would be! The first time I took my hubs there to tour the venue I was so excited because I wanted him to love it as much as I did! When we walked in the door and Denice offered him a beer – he was sold! My wedding was a dream come true and I owe that in large part to the lovely and amazing people who run this incredible venue!

I have had the unique experience of interacting with Denice and Nils and their staff in a professional setting, as I photograph a lot of weddings there and also in the personal setting since I had my own wedding at the lodge. In both of these scenarios I am treated exactly the same! They show me the exact same kindness when I show up to photograph a wedding as they did on my own special day. I am truly touched and blessed by their kindness.

Dianna McGhinnis is one the lovely ladies that works at Wild Basin Lodge and she has been incredible to get to know and work with at weddings and on these promotional advertisements!

THANK YOU to Wild Basin Lodge!!!

The below photo on the left is an online advertisement for My Wedding – an online planning resource for couples and the photo on the right is an ad for The Knot !!

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wedding shoes

Choosing wedding shoes can be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning! There are so many different options – high heels, flats, Toms, sparkles, white, bright colors… the options go on and on!

Here are some helpful tips when searching for your perfect wedding shoes…

*Look in bridal magazines, on wedding blogs, and Pinterest for inspiration!

*Use your wedding gown and color scheme for ideas… Is you favorite color hot pink? Well, have your girls wear pink dresses and pick out matching shoes for your self. The complimenting details are amazing and add a unique touch!

*Take your girlfriends and try on shoes until you drop! Have fun with it! Try on all kinds of styles and colors… You never know what you will fall in love with!

*Make sure to break them in before your big day! There’s nothing worse than annoying blisters.

*If you have to have that sexy pair of stilettos, but can’t imagine wearing them during your dance party – buy a second pair of more comfortable shoes for once the reception starts!

I stumbled on this amazing company called Milk & Honey when I was planning my own wedding… It’s incredible!! They have fun and unique shoes! Best of all… You can design your own wedding shoes from scratch! Check it out if your having troubles finding that perfect pair!

wedding-shoes-wedding-planning-destination-weddingWhen I was little I would watch Cinderella over and over daydreaming what it would be like to be her and have my own prince charming that would search for me with my lost glass slipper… It was a lovely dream!

When I found my own prince charming and he asked me to be his queen, I was over the moon with excitement and every aspect of planning our dream wedding was magical! Picking out my shoes was so exciting – the options were endless!

Have fun with it! Be true to yourself and pick out your dream shoes!!

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have you picked your wedding flowers??

If you haven’t chosen a florist who will create your wedding flowers for your big day then you have to check out Brigitte with Floral Design of Europe! Her arrangements are absolutely gorgeous and smell divine! Brigitte is extremely committed and puts a lot of heart into her work! Plus her European accent is the best!  She has the cutest little cabin floral shop in Estes Park that you can’t help but fall in love with!Set up a meeting with her ASAP… You wont regret it! 🙂

Here are some tips when choosing your wedding flowers:

1.) Have in mind what type of style you want, but be open to creative input from your florist

2.) Bring color swatches, inspiration photos, and/or a photo of your dress when meeting with your florist

3.) Personalize your bouquet with a photo or charm around the stems

4.) Come prepared with how many people will be in your wedding party, how many family members will have boutonnieres and/or corsages, how many table arrangements you will need for your reception and if you will want flowers at your ceremony location.

5.) Always remember the sky’s the limit and this your special day – so make the flowers you own

Here are some samples of Brigitte’s incredible work…

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*winter wedding* Stephanie & Alex

I love winter weddings!!!!!

Stephanie & Alex had an intimate elopement at Black Canyon Inn… they exchanged vows (that they had written themselves 🙂 ) in the beautiful pavilion!

I had a blast walking around the snow covered property with them hearing about their love story and how they got to this very special day. They were both so much fun and kind… such a blast to work with!

I love the unique vintage touches of Stephanie’s stunning dress, pearls and those awesome sunglasses!

Krystle & Adam’s Rehearsal Dinner AND Wedding Reaveal!!!

Last December I was walking through Target wandering around the Christmas section getting some cards and a few ornaments for my Christmas tree when my phone rang and I saw that it was Krystle’s name that popped up… Since we usually text rather than talk on the phone I figured it must be important. After answering she said ‘GUESS WHAT???’ I don’t recall exactly what I said, but she blurted out that ‘ADAM PROPOSED!!!’

After 11 months of planning the big day had finally just about arrived!!!

We loaded up the cars and headed to the venue for the rehearsal which was of course followed by the rehearsal dinner 🙂

I have known Krystle since 7th grade and over the years we (along with Kasie, her twin and my other bestest friend) have had many discussions about ‘when we grow up….’ they of course changed over the years… One of my favorites was that Kasie was going to become a famous singer and Krystle and I would tag along for the ride and live in Kasie’s mansion that she would get and we would all live happily ever after.. HMM well, to our surprise that did not happen 🙂 However, over the last three years we have each gotten married and created out new dreams of happily ever after…

I couldn’t be happier for Krystle & Adam as they start this new chapter in their lives!!!!!! NOW, bring on the babies!!! 🙂

Here some shots from the rehearsal dinner… They are both surrounded by so many people that truly love and care about them!!

I was able to take a few shots of Krystle and Adam’s first look 🙂 It was such a precious moment and they were both SO excited!

Spencer & Alicia’s Stanley Hotel Wedding

Alicia & Spencer were so much fun to work with! I met them at a bridal fair and was super excited when they asked me photograph their wedding!

They were both so laid back and fun to work with. Alicia was stunning… I love Spencer’s expression as she walked down the aisle!

It’s couples and weddings like this that truly make me appreciative what I do… When the bride and groom and everyone around them is so wrapped up in the moment and the joy of such a special day 🙂

Venue : The Stanley Hotel

Alicia’s shoes were awesome!!! It’s unique details like this that really to add to a wedding.

The Stanley Hotel is a gorgeous venue with so many awesome spots to work with!

Angela & Marshall’s Estes Park Wedding

I’m not sure where to even start…

When I met with Angela & Marshall in July I knew I just had to shoot their wedding… I was sold after chatting with them and learning how genuine and laid back they both were and THEN they told me that Marshall would be wearing his awesome sandals on their wedding day!! How cool is that?? I was thrilled when they booked me and couldn’t wait for their big day!

I couldn’t have imagined how amazing this day would be!

When I arrived and saw the big smile on Angela’s face I knew it was going to be awesome. THEN it got a million times better after Angela walked up behind Marshall and he turned around to see his gorgeous bride for the first time on their wedding day. His reaction was one of a kind and something I will not forget. The love and intense laughter that these two shared the entire day was incredible and such a joy to witness and capture.

Every wedding is amazing in it’s own way… This one will stick with me forever simply because of the true kindness that they share between each other and that overflows to those around them.

Their joy is simply contagious and I feel honored to have met them!!!!

Here is a just a small teaser from their wedding day yesterday. More to come very soon! 🙂

Venue : Black Canyon Inn & Twin Owls Steakhouse

 

Della Terra Mountain Chateau Wedding – Kim & Jeremy

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Kim and Jeremy had a stunningly beautiful wedding this past weekend at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO. Della Terra is one of the most beautiful wedding venues that I have ever worked at… The chateau is breathtaking and the surrounding area provides a gorgeous spot to exchange vows.

I love fall time and this lovely couple had a stunning wedding day! The yellow aspens leaves were vibrant and the sky was a piercing blue… Quite the gorgeous combination!

I had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing vendors in Colorado…

Florist – Floral Design of Europe 

Brigitte with Floral Design of Europe is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met! She is kind and compassionate and not to mention an AMAZING florist! You give her a few details about what you are dreaming about for your flowers and she creates the most magical masterpieces that are far better than anything you had ever imagined!

Cake – Colorado Rose Cake Company

Marci at Colorado Rose Cake Company is the BEST! She’s funny, light hearted, and had a heart of gold! Her cakes are THE BEST EVER! I have unfortunately had more wedding cake in my career than I would care to admit… and Marci makes the most delicious ones out of any cake I have ever had and her cream cheese dinner mints are to die for!!

DJ – Standing Room Only

Jay with Standing Room only is amazing! He is an incredible human being and a one of a kind DJ! He is professional and keeps the event flowing all night!

It’s got to count for something that I had the above three companies as vendors at my own wedding as well as guests!!

Caterer – Jubilations Catering

YUM! Jubilations is a culinary mastermind! They have so many options and they are all delicious!

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