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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grooms reaction to seeing his bride for the first time…

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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winter wedding photography

There is something truly magical about a winter wedding! The quiet of the mountain air as the crystals of snow fall to the ground… There is nothing quite like it.

I couldn’t help but share one more photo from Mari & Andy’s winter wedding at Wild Basin Lodge. It was was one of my most favorite weddings of all time! They were an amazingly kind-hearted couple that was consumed with love for one another and the outpouring of joy and laughter was truly incredible to witness and be apart of! Their wedding was wonderful! Even though it was snowing and the ceremony was inside at Wild Basin Lodge, that didn’t stop Mari and Andy from wanting to head outside for photos. I loved it!  CLICK HERE to see their full gallery. Brigitte at Floral Design of Europe created a beautiful arrangement for Mari… As she always does!! If you’re looking for a florist for your wedding be sure to check out Brigitte’s work!! Winter wedding photography is one my favorites… there is something so magical about the still quietness while the snow falls. It’s so romantic!

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Be sure to check out these helpful articles on planning a winter wedding!

What to Consider Before Planning a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding Planning

Winter Wedding Tips

MARI & ANDY * COLORADO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY *

As I turned down the street to arrive at Wild Basin Lodge it was as if I were entering a different world… A very snowy winter wonderland to be exact! And what a magical day it turned out to be…

01Mari & Andy’s DIY details were unique and creative! I also LOVE the pine cones in the center pieces and Mari’s bouquet was stunning!

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Mari was so relaxed while she was getting ready… and OH MY what a gorgeous lace dress she had with such beautiful sparkle beading! Once Mari was ready to go it was time for the ceremony!

As I got set up for it to begin I couldn’t help but spy on such a precious moment between the groom and his grandmother… 🙂

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Mari & Andy said their ‘i dos’ in front of the fireplace at the lovely Wild Basin Lodge. It was an intimate and beautiful ceremony. I LOVE Andy’s expression when he saw his stunning bride for the first time!

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After the ceremony we braved the snow outside… I am SO glad that they were up for it! Even though it was cold and snowing… It was so amazing!

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I LOVE the ‘just married’ blanket they had made! It was perfect for the weather and such a fun romantic touch for their outdoor photos in the snow!

The highlight of their reception was when Mari’s bridesmaids and her two cousins got up for their toast… It wasn’t a traditional toast… They had props and fun outfits to go along with the song they sang!! It was awesome and hilarious and had the entire room busting with laughter!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Mari & Andy!

Venue – Wild Basin Lodge

Cake – Colorado Rose Cake Co.

Flowers – Floral Design of Europe

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Lindsay & Mark’s Mountain Wedding

I knew when I met Lindsay and Mark for the first time that their wedding was going to be amazing. They are two of the most kindhearted and laid back people I have ever met! They have such a genuine love for one another… It’s truly inspiring.

We met at Lily Lake for their private reveal… It was so romantic! Reveals are becoming one of my favorite things! There is something so precious about a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day in a private spot… A moment for just the two of them! I love it.

When we first arrived the sun was shinning so beautifully. I was having too much fun with all of the flare!

001After the sun started to go down we headed across the street to a meadow where we could get a better view of Longs Peak. It was such a stunning view!

002We headed to The Estes Park Resort where Lindsay and Mark had a beautiful ceremony in front of a fire place among their closest friends and family. It was beautiful!

003I love all of the DIY stuff at their wedding. Lindsay put together the decor on the mantle… Such an elegant and unique touch! Not to mention their awesome cake topper!

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DJ : Ron Michaels Weddings

Cake : Colorado Rose Cake Company

*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!

Ashley & Travis

What a gorgeous day it was yesterday! The sun was shining and the wind was just blowing a little bit… It was a great day for a wedding! Ashley was a stunning bride and her groom couldn’t have looked happier as she walked down the aisle. They exchanged their vows at Black Canyon Inn with 20 or so of their closest family and friends. It was a beautiful and intimate wedding ceremony.

Congrats to the happy couple! 🙂

Weddings at Wild Basin Lodge

It doesn’t matter the season… If you’re thinking about a Wild Basin wedding you won’t be let down! With two equally amazing outdoor ceremony sites and multiple options for an indoor location, the lodge is a perfect choice for a wedding! Not to mention the INCREDIBLE staff that will woo you from start to finish with their amazing abilities! I have had the pleasure of shooting many weddings at this beautiful lodge in all of the gorgeous seasons. To start… The warmer months are stunning at the lodge… The bright green leaves on the aspens and the warmth of the sun provides spectacular conditions for a special day!

Leaves start turning colors.. the air becomes chilly.. the days get shorter.. sweaters and boots are dragged out of the closet… FALL is coming!! This is my favorite season of the year and I LOVE shooting weddings in the beautiful conditions that fall offers! This incredible season provides breathtaking views all around the lodge.

In Colorado a bride must be ready for anything! Small snow storm in early October… This bride was thrilled! It was a gorgeous snowy fall wedding at the lodge!

The quite stillness in the Rocky Mountains during winter time is something everyone should partake in! It is an incredible time of year and winter weddings are so much fun!

Being a Wild Basin bride myself… I can say that working with the lodge planning my wedding was amazing! The attention they pay to every detail is amazing. Nothing is forgotten and so much care is taken during the planning process so that on your big day… You worry about nothing. The lodge is an amazing venue choice for any wedding!

Emily & Grant Wild Basin Wedding Photography

Emily & Grant had a beautiful winter wedding at Wild Basin Lodge on December 22, 2012. It was an absolutely gorgeous day… Snow everywhere, but the sun was shinning so it wasn’t too cold. Stunning day for a wedding!

It was such a pleasure to meet Emily, her mom, and sister-in-law in May! After chatting with them for a bit I was thrilled for their winter wedding!

Grant and his family are from South Africa!! Emily will be moving there to live with her new hubby 🙂

I had a blast capturing their wedding day and wish them all the happiness in the world as they embark on this new adventure!