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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wildflowers at your wedding

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love wedding flowers! They are colorful, gorgeous, and smell incredible! I am always amazed at the arrangements that florists create… It is a true art form!

Today I will be wrapping up my wedding flower inspiration posts… and to finish I asked on my amazing brides from last year, Rachel Penn how she chose her wedding flowers and what they meant to her.

1.) Did you know exactly what kind of flowers you wanted for your wedding OR did it take some time to narrow it down? Going into the wedding planning, I didn’t necessarily know exactly what kind of flowers I wanted, but I had a pretty good idea of the type of vision and feeling that I wanted them to create. I did know what kinds of flowers and arrangements I didn’t want, which helped narrow things down quite a bit. I have always loved sunflowers so I knew that they had to be incorporated in some way.

2.) What kind of resources did you use to pick you flowers? Pinterest, pinterest, pinterest! How did people plan weddings before Pinterest?! For those that are unfamiliar with the site, pinterest.com is a great resource for finding inspiration and saving it all in one nifty easy to find place. I created a Pinterest board solely dedicated to flowers and would pin anything that appealed to me and matched the vision for my wedding. Once it got closer to the wedding and the initial meeting with my florist, I copied all of the photos into a word document, printed them out in color, and brought them with me to my appointment with Brigitte at Floral Designs of Europe. Having seen Brigitte’s incredible work and knowing she was one of the top florists in the area, I trusted her to take the photos and run with it, keeping in mind the few things I told her that I did and didn’t want. She was able to come up with arrangements that I would have never been able to imagine and incorporate beautiful and unique flowers I had never seen. This is truly a time when it is in your benefit to “leave it to the experts” if you don’t have a very specific idea of what you want. I also found the Wild Basin Lodge blog to be very helpful for floral inspiration because many of the previous WBL brides had similar styles and visions.

3.) Any helpful tips for future bride when picking their wedding flowers? Come up with a few words that describe your wedding and how you want it to feel. Sharing these words with your florist and other vendors will help them to know what you are striving for and steer you in the right direction. Ask your florist if they would be willing to do a “mock up” of a bouquet and/or centerpiece so that you can see everything live before the wedding and tweak a few things if necessary. Think about what colors would complement and clash with the other colors in your wedding and communicate that to your florist. Don’t forget about the accessories – the containers that hold your flowers and what you choose to wrap the bouquets with will accent your flowers and help bring your vision to life.

4.) What made you choose wildflowers? My husband, my brother, and I went on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park one summer and I was blown away by the beauty and wide variety of wildflowers in the area. We had to stop every 5 minutes so I could snap a photo of a new wildflower along our hike. One of the main reasons why we chose to get married at the Wild Basin Lodge in August was because of the sheer beauty of the area and we knew that the wildflowers would be in full bloom that time of year. We wanted our flowers to complement and highlight the natural beauty of the area, which is why we decided on wildflowers for our wedding. The wildflowers also fit in nicely with the rustic and mountain feel of our wedding.

Thank you Rachel for these awesome and helpful tips!! To check out Rachel’s stunning wedding photos – CLICK HERE!

I love wildflowers!!

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Have you considered having wildflowers at your wedding??

Gorgeous venue – Wild Basin Lodge

Floral arrangements created by Brigitte with Floral Design of Europe.

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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