Estes Park Spring Wedding

Estes-Park-Spring-Wedding-2Estes Park Spring Wedding – Madison & Shawn

Wild Basin Lodge is a beautiful venue for a wedding. It is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and sits right next to the Saint Vrain River. It’s surrounded by lush forest and has a stunning view of Mount Meeker. They have two breathtaking ceremony options… One is in a meadow and the other an amphitheater by the river. Each is gorgeous in its own way!

Madison and Shawn chose to say their i do’s in the lovely meadow surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was a beautiful sunny spring day. Continue reading

Best of 2016

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Best of 2016

2016 was a wonderful year. It was my best year yet! For many reasons, but most of all because I became a mom in the beginning of this lovely year. It was an interesting wedding season for sure… One because it was pretty hard to be away from my little lady and also because pumping at weddings was one thing I was stressing about before my season even started. Oh the many joys of a nursing wedding photographer. BUT I worried for nothing! All of my couples were so genuine and understanding! I really do have the greatest clients!! Continue reading

Wild Basin Lodge Summer Wedding

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I love my time when I first arrive at a wedding. Walking into the room where the bride is getting ready with her closest friends and families… There is so much laughter and joy in the air and it always smells absolutely incredible!

The details on Brooke’s dress was stunning! AND she wore Toms! The only shoes I own (besides one pair of boots) are Toms… SO, this was pretty exciting for me! Continue reading

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding – Sara & David

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It was my first wedding back after having my precious little lady… It was tough to be away from her, but this was a perfect wedding to start my season with! Sara and David were simply wonderful and their wedding was at the breathtaking Wild Basin Lodge! What a beautiful spring day in the Rocky Mountains…

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Sun-kissed Wedding – When is the best time to have your wedding ceremony?

Sun-kissed WeddingSun-kissed Wedding – When is the best time to have your wedding ceremony?

I am often asked by couples when I would recommend they have their wedding ceremony. So, I thought I would share my answer here to hopefully be helpful to more couples planning their big day! Continue reading

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

Wild Basin Lodge Summer Wedding

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Kate and Evan are two of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of working with! They were incredibly joyful and excited the entire day and their happiness radiated from their faces from beginning to end!

Enjoy some of my favorites from their special day… Continue reading

wild basin lodge summer wedding – Erica & Josh

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wild basin lodge summer wedding

I love shooting weddings at Wild Basin Lodge!! The lodge and property are absolutely breathtaking. The sky is limit with places to take photos! Denice, Nils and all of the wonderful people who run the lodge are incredible – they make you feel like family! It truly is an amazing wedding venue. I am so excited that Erica and Josh chose to have their wedding at Wild Basin – it fits them so well! Continue reading

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding

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Wild Basin Lodge Wedding *Bree + Derek*

Bree and Derek had a beautiful intimate summer wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge. They said their i do’s in the lovely meadow with their close friends and family by their side. The joy that radiated from the both of them was truly magical. The weather was amazing and it was simply a perfect day. A perfect wedding day. They were such a genuinely kind couple that made me feel welcomed right away! I am constantly blown away by the incredible people that I am blessed enough to meet doing this job. Continue reading

Wild Basin Lodge spring wedding

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Janel & Jay had a beautiful Wild Basin Lodge spring wedding

The sun was shinning bright and the rays beating down on my skin felt absolutely wonderful. I love the first wedding of the spring season! I have usually had a lot of the winter to focus on education and getting my business organized for the upcoming year and once weddings start then the real fun begins! I was really looking forward to Janel and Jay’s wedding – I had only spoke to them over the phone, but could tell it was going to be amazing! Janel was so sweet and kind to me leading up to the big day and when I arrived the smile beaming from her face radiated with pure joy! I instantly felt welcomed by her and her family. There is something truly special about spending such a happy day with people – you get to know them on a level right away that you most likely wouldn’t have other wise. 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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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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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.

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Taking a break form wedding flower inspiration for one day…

I love every aspect of a wedding, but there a few moments that always stand out to me… One of these precious moments is when the groom sees his bride for the first time on their special day.

Months and months of planning have gone into each and every detail of their wedding and the bride has spent hours upon hours flipping through magazines, Pinning on Pinterest, meeting with vendors, tasting cake, trying on dresses, picking out flowers… all of this time and work and the wedding day has finally arrived. If you’re anything like me, you were planning your wedding day way before your groom popped the question! I remember watching Disney movies as a young girl and day dreaming of my own prince charming. My best friend and I both met our husbands in high school and a few years before either of us were even engaged we would go to the bookstore, grab all of the wedding magazines, sit down at the coffee shop and flip through them for hours! Crazy, I know – but it was so much fun for us to dream of what our wedding day would be like! Plus being a wedding photographer for 6 years before getting married often helped my internal planning process 🙂

Anyways, with all of this planning and heart felt energy that is spent to make this one day so magical… It’s finally here!!!!

Most couples will spend the morning of their wedding separate and get ready with their wedding party and families. Some are more strict with this than others, but for the most part there a sense of anticipation for that moment of the grooms reaction to seeing his bride for the first time!

If you’re going to catch the groom tearing up at any point during the wedding day.. this is it!! When the bride starts to walk down the aisle and everyone turns to face her – it is my favorite moment to turn around and catch a glimpse of the groom. It never fails to be a heartwarming expression!

Here is an emotionally beautiful shot from Mari & Andy’s wedding at Wild Basin Lodge.

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More wedding flower inspiration tomorrow!

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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