Engagement Session in a Boat Barefoot
I always tell my clients I will ask until they say no. Will you get in a old boat barefoot? Will you play in the freezing cold lake? Will you stand on that amazing rickety dock on the lake? My client’s answers are always yes. Jen & Andrew inspire me to not only live life to it’s fullest but never hold back and just be you. You are very wanderlust, let life lead you to your adventures and most importantly,  you do it together. Can’t wait to blog their gorgeous Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding in a few weeks! Until then – a little carefree playful-ness for your afternoon.:)
Downtown Littleton Colorado
Engagement session on a dock feet in water
Engagement on a dock
Engagement Boat on a lake

Colorado Engagement Photographer
Denver Engagement Photographer
Sunset Engagement session on a lake in Colorado

Chair lift wedding with Just Married Sign

When Sarah told me she was going wear Chacos as her wedding shoes I knew we would be a great match. I practically live in my Chacos in the summer when I am not shooting or just around the house. They are possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. For a mountain bride they are the perfect shoe. I often tell my brides to bring a pair of flip flops or comfy shoes to wear because the best shots are the ones off the path. Where the scenery is organic, lots of my clients wear heels and change them later.

Groom getting ready with vest

Soft pink and white bouquet with aspen leaves and white boutonniere - Kimball Floral

Chaco wedding shoes and dress photo in aspens

1st look in aspens

Mountain top bridal party - Granby Ranch

Bride and Groom in Aspens at Granby Ranch

 Sarah and Dave are amazing, the light in their eyes when they look at each other, and the knowing that whatever happens they are both in it together. Most people know that I am all about connection. Connection to each other as husband and wife and connection to your family and friends on your wedding day. These two had an amazing connection to everyone around them. Everyone I talked to shared stories of how these two people had touched their lives.  The weather didn’t hold out to finish their ceremony at the top of the mountain but they were pretty good about rolling with the punches on their day. All that mattered to them was they would be husband and wife in the end. In an amazing coincidence Dave found out the same day as their wedding that he was accepted into a nursing program at Duke University so just after their 1st look he shared the news with his soon to be bride. They definitely were both crying which made me and Chelsy (my partner photographer) tear up too! Every part of their day was so beautiful, even if we did have to finish their ceremony at the bottom of the hill. Sarah and Dave thank you. Thank you for living and loving passionately and sharing your lives and passions with me. I wish you so much happiness and love on your adventures to come!

Mountain flowers for wedding and photo of Bride & Groom in Aspens
Granby Ranch Wedding on top of the mountain
Bride on top of the mountain on Granby Ranch
Granby Ranch wedding on top of the mountain
Most gorgeous ceremony spot in Colorado

Bride & Groom high five
Pink and white wedding flowers Kimball Floral
I pulled them out right before sunset for some awesome photos in this gorgeous field of wild flowers. 
Wedding with sunflowers
Granby Ranch Sunflowers
Milk and Cookies for wedding instead of cake
I love that instead of cake they broke a cookie! 
Bride and Groom Wedding alternatives to cake
1st dance at Granby Ranch
Fun First Dance
Such an amazing and emotional daddy/daughter dance. 
Emotional Father/Daughter Dance
Father daughter Dance Granby Ranch hug
Mother son dance granby ranch
Wedding dance floor granby ranch
Sparkler kiss on wedding day
Granby Ranch wedding Day Sparkler exit

I would love to thank these amazing professionals for helping make Sarah & Dave’s wedding day amazing!

Second Photographer (my partner photographer): Chelsy 

Venue: Granby Ranch

Floral Design: Kimball Floral Design (Sue Kimball)

Video: Elegant Video Production

Hair/Makeup: Erin Daugherty

  • September 3, 2014 - 7:35 PM

    Season Hurd - Gotta love a bride in strappy Chacos

Chautauqua Park Engagement Session
Ahhhh Boulder. So many stereotypes and so many walks of life. From the elite to the homeless hippie Boulder has some of the most interesting and diverse people I have ever enjoyed people watching. What I love about Boulder is that people are so down to earth, they love the gorgeous outdoors, they live life at it’s fullest and to whatever extreme they deem necessary. It also happens to have some of the most beautiful scenery in the state just 40 minutes from Denver.

Krystal & Rafael met in Boulder at CU and have recently moved to Miami, Florida where Rafael’s family is. Krystal grew up here and Rafael was born in the US but spent most of his life in Venezuela. Both of them are amazing, soft hearted, laid back wonderfulness. We had a great time at dinner before our session, (Centro in Boulder has some amazing Latin food BTW – Margaritas, mojitos, and street tacos, yummmm) and then we headed for Flagstaff Mountain and Chautauqua Park. Such a gorgeous night with gorgeous people. The way Rafael could make Krystal smile and laugh. Perfection. Have I mentioned my obsession with wildflowers?! I cannot wait for their wedding in October!


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  • July 11, 2014 - 2:35 AM

    Ilse Esteves - You two look so happy!!! Beautiful pictures. Congrats.

  • July 12, 2014 - 3:40 PM

    Lupe Asprino - What a joy! The Perfect couple, Awesome pictures! Amazing Surroundings. Love it all! Congrats! Keep on smiling!

  • July 12, 2014 - 7:31 PM

    Ana T Agostini-Umana - Absolutely gorgeous!! A perfect match!! I love you both!

“It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.” 

The hopeless romantic in me eats that line up every time (Sleepless in Seattle for those still guessing). For me that is what home is. Magic. It’s a place where unconditional love and acceptability of all those things we call imperfections live and are accepted and we are loved for them. Not because we are tolerant but because we just do. It’s what makes us special, unique, and the bonus is that only the people we let into our crazy world know about us. To them that is normal. We are trusted and loved for just being us. It is the simple things like taking a hand and it giving you butterflies or that feeling of peace that lets you know you are home.

Home. It is filled with stories, sentimentality, and the wear and tear of every day. That is what Rachel and David’s day felt like to me. The comforts of home. My favorite place (The Mountains), laughter filled families celebrating a monumental day, Moms and Dads tearing up (a vulnerable feeling, a loss and yet a happy one), so much pride and joy and…LOVE.

Rachel and David love to travel, love to read, and they love their families, but most of all they love the world. They are gracious and kind and loving, go with the flow kind of awesomeness. I was humbled by the amount of love that surrounded them too.

I am always taken aback at how much I receive from my couples. I learn so much from them and I am so so thankful for those gifts.

Rachel and David. Thank you for making me feel like I was home among your friends and family. It was truly a magical day and I wish you so much fun, laughter, and love on your new adventure.


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01_Deer Creek Valley Ranch

02_Getting Ready at Deer Creek Valley Ranch
Deer Creek Valley Ranch Covered Bridge

Coral and Green Wedding Bouquet
Deer Creek Valley Ranch Ceremony at the covered bridge
Wedding Bouquets with coral roses and greenery
Ceremony at the covered bridge - deer creek valley ranch
Unity Candle outdoor Deer creek valley ranch
Ceremony site at the covered bridge deer creek valley ranch
Colorado wedding ceremony

Flower arbor at Deer Creek Valley Ranch
Wedding at Deer Creek Valley Ranch Mountain Evans
Green and Coral Bridal Party Photo
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golden hour at Deer Creek Valley Ranch
Deer Creek Valley Ranch Wedding in field
Deer Creek Pine Trees Mountain Wedding
Romantic mountain wedding photo
coral flowers and ring shot
the covered bridge at deer creek valley ranch
I loved the vintage book theme for their centerpieces. 
Vintage book themed wedding tables
charles dickens and vintage books for wedding centerpieces
Vintage books and author themed wedding details
The Bundt Cake’s fabulous mini bundt cakes and larger bunt cake were a unique addition to their wedding decor. So Pretty! 
the bunt cake alternative wedding cake in denver
Being the world travelers that they are, Rachel and David wanted to do something a little different for their guest book. They had all their guests sign a globe that will sit in their home. Did I mention they are traveling to Borneo for their honeymoon!!! Amazing (and jealous)!!!
globe guest book for weddings
table place settings with authors names
Gosh I love this barn…
Inside Deer Creek Valley Ranch Wedding setup
Choreographed 1st dances are pretty much my favorite thing ever. 
1st dance at the barn deer creek valley ranch
black and white 1st dance photo deer creek valley ranch
choreographed 1st dance
daddy daughter dance barn at Deer Creek valley ranch

The party at deer creek valley ranch
Dancing at the reception at the barn at deer creek valley ranch
groomsmen silliness deer creek valley ranch

Huge thanks to these wonderful wedding professionals for making this day an amazing experience for all!

Second Shooter: Chris Scott

Venue: Deer Creek Valley Ranch

Planner: Love Is Wedding and Event Planning

Catering: Relish

Florist: Fleur de Liz Weddings

Band: Tina Marx and the Millionaires, 5 star talent 

Bundt Cake: The Bundt Shoppe

Officiant: DD Mallard

Rentals: Event Rents

Hair/Makeup: Tall Grass Spa

Ceremony Musicians: Masterful Musicians 

Wedding Dress: Anna Be Bridal

Tuxes: Amanda’s Bridal & Tux


Want to see more from this wedding? Check out their slideshow by clicking here.

  • July 9, 2014 - 4:26 PM

    Suzanne Barlow - lovely, simply lovely!

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