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Kerrie & Don | Winter Wedding at The Brown Palace

February 22, 2018

We met in Las Vegas in May 2015 while standing in line to see the Beatles Love show…

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“My daughter, Kaylee, spotted Don. She nudged me and said “Mom, look at the handsome man right behind us”! She then asked him to take our picture. He was there on a guy’s golf trip and wanted to buy us a drink after the show.

He drove from Wichita once to have dinner and play golf, but I decided I didn’t really like him. I thought he would be too boring since he was from Kansas! So I basically ignored him for over a year. But during that year, he would occasionally send me cards and hand written letters on loose-leaf paper. He finally gave up and deleted my number from his phone…although he did admit that he wrote it down on an envelope in his office

When he drove out the 2nd time, he had grown a beard and I hardly recognized him. We had a great conversation at dinner and then had more drinks by my firepit. He kept asking me what I thought of his beard and after a few cocktails I finally admitted that I did not like it! Why would he cover up those dimples!?

I knew he was the one when he let me shave off that beard

Don and his parents came to Colorado to visit some family, and I thought that was the weekend he would pop the question. We all went to the air and space museum and I thought he would do it there, but no! Then we all went to a fancy restaurant for dinner and I thought he would do it there, but no! On Sunday we played golf with some friends and on the 4th hole I hit my 2nd shot in the water. He dropped another ball for me to hit. I hit it twice and didn’t look at it until we were on the green. Then I looked at it and it said “Kerrie Kay ❤️will you marry me”? I was so excited and happy!” – Kerrie

Kerrie was referred to us by the staff at The Brown Palace Hotel – we were so honored!  Kerrie and I hit it off immediately…we had a great conversation and just had a great feeling about each other.  I was so excited we would get to shoot her wedding!

She wanted me to do her hair & makeup and of course I couldn’t say NO to this fabulous woman!  She brought all of her Bridesmaids with her to her hair & makeup trial, and we had an absolute blast!

The wedding day was no different.  We hung out while my team got the girls ready and had so much fun!  Once it was time to start shooting, all the little details started coming out… Kerrie hand-embroidered Don’s initials into a handkerchief, which was her wedding present to him (and delivered by the cutest little grand-daughter ever).  Kerrie’s necklace was on loan from their jeweler, and was a show-stopper!  Her dress, she found at the most amazing bridal shop in town, The Little White Dress, not far from our studio.  The invitations, Kerrie adorned herself, and she did all the designing for the event as well.  Of course, the flowers were done by the Brown Palace Flower Shop, and they handled the decor for the reception as well.

The entire event was absolutely beautiful!  Here are some of our favorites from the day…

 

The amazing vendors we got to work with on this wedding:

Venue, Flowers, Catering, & Reception Decor:  The Brown Palace Hotel  |  Kerrie’s Dress:  Matthew Christopher from The Little White Dress  |  Kerrie’s Hair & Makeup:  Jewels Gray   |   Don’s Formalwear:  Men’s Warehouse  |  Church:  Holy Ghost Catholic Church  |  Reception DJ:  Elite Productions  |  Hair & Makeup team:  Logan & Lacy  |  Photography team:  Jewels, Amanda, Sunshine, & Adam


Patricia & Andrew | Classy Downtown Denver Wedding

February 11, 2018

This is the wedding of “Handsome & Sweets”…

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He’s a lawyer and she’s a mechanical engineer. She calls him “Handsome”, and he calls her “Sweets”.

Patricia and Andrew were referred to me for their gorgeous downtown Denver wedding by a mutual friend, and their hairstylist, Alex from Indie Six Salon.

They met at a mutual friend’s dinner party and had an intimate ceremony in Denver’s City Park.  It was originally going to be in Denver’s Civic Center Park downtown, but that happened to be the weekend of the annual “People’s Fair”, which draws 100 thousand people for the weekend…whoops!  It all turned out just fine since we were able to shoot at Union Station and the Byron Courthouse.

They got ready at the recently remodeled Crawford Hotel inside Denver’s historical Union Station.  Patricia is a native to the Dominican Republic and make the most stunning Bride!  Their First Look took place in the Cooper Lounge and the lighting was ahhhh-mazing.  She was in tears as she came around the corner and saw Andrew waiting for her.  They wanted to do something more fashionable and badass for their portraits, so we shot in and around the station and we are in love with the way they look at each other…

Our favorite part of the day was when Andrew interrupted the ceremony to pay tribute to his sweet mother.  He told the story of when he was a young boy and his father would frequently take his mother’s hand and tell him, “You see this woman?  This is your mother – isn’t she lovely?”  He then turned to his bride to be and took her hand, presented her to the congregation and asked, “This is my Bride – isn’t she lovely?”…we couldn’t help but tear up at such a heartfelt and moving presentation!

Here are some of our most favorite photos from the wedding of Handsome & Sweets…

Venue:  Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station  |  Groom’s hair:  Alex at Indie Six Salon  |  Bride’s Hair & Makeup by Jewels


Meredith & Travis | Lyons Farmette Wedding

January 25, 2018

“I always knew Meredith was the one for me.  From the first time I laid eyes on her.  She was so beautiful!”

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Meredith and Travis met in college when they lived across the street from each other.  Travis always had a thing for her from the first time they met.  As much as he wanted to (or should have), a fully committed relationship wasn’t in the cards at the time.  Over the years, there were a few relationships, but none of them ever really compared to Meredith.

“She could be considered the white unicorn and I used to compare them to her, but they never made the cut.”

They always managed to stay in contact over the years, and one day they reunited over dinner and a drink.  From that point forward they both knew the spark was there even more than ever.  They rekindled their relationship and the love grew!  He says, “She was always in my heart and in the back of my mind!”

Hearing Meredith talk about Travis is enough to make any girl swoon and long for what they have!  “He is just so kind and just a GOOD man.”  He is always there for my boys and treats them as if they were his own.”

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Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous.  Our first time getting to shoot a Lyons Farmette wedding, we were in LOVE at first sight!  The grounds are stunning, and the LIGHT that comes through the trees is enough to make any photographer have hearts in their eyes.  To say we were ready to move in would be an under-statement!  The staff on site was fantastic to work with – the fun furniture and details around –  it’s an actual working farm – the lushness and the flowers everywhere – and of course the animals!  Our team was lucky enough to meet the new baby, a sweet little alpaca!  Of course, the vintage pick up trucks that seem to stand guard over the venue were our favorite touch and we couldn’t get enough…

Brittany from Prive Events was especially impressive!

She was so chill and easy to work with… she not only did the flowers (which were soooo pretty), but she provided a bunch of props for the wedding that she already had!  Meredith loved this because it made it so much easier on her to not have to go out and find/buy these items.  Check out the cute guest book set up in the back of the Chevy pickup!

“Colorado based, Privé Events specializes in weddings, social and corporate events. They also cater to all destination weddings and events worldwide. Brittany will be there every step of the way to plan, style and coordinate your event at any destination around the world!  She offers full service event design, styling, planning and production for the most intimate gathering to the most lavish of events. They will coordinate every detail with creative vision and style, assisting you in creating the experience of al lifetime for you and your guests.”

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A really cool and unique element that Meredith and Travis incorporated for their “easy-going-backyard-feeling” was the Simply Pizza food truck.  This thing was impressive!  “Kate” is a 2002 International cab chassis that began as a simple, plain, white and black platform that gladly accepted a 20′ transatlantic shipping container to provide a canvas for the largest, most unique food truck in Colorado.”  Co-owner Ty, spent over 1500 hours taking the unusual combination of truck and container and building this unique pizza factory work of art that captures the attention of all with her sheer presence.  Kim Armstrong is the proud owner and co-pizza perfectionist of Simply Pizza Truck, which serves Neapolitan inspired wood fired pizza made with only the finest ingredients from family inspired recipes.”  Basically, it’s frickin delicious

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No cake – just ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream – YUM!

“Little Man Ice Cream has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it opened its doors on July 4th, 2008. Little Man serves Denver’s tastiest and freshest homemade ice cream, novelties, and other scrumptious treats from an iconic 28ft tall cream can. A scoop of vintage American nostalgia located in the heart of Denver!

Little Man Ice Cream guarantees to make your event special! It is our goal to treat every event uniquely and customize to your needs. We cater all events – from weddings to birthday parties. We have experience catering small, intimate gatherings in a back yard, to catering large-scale music festivals and school gatherings that serve up to 5,000 guests. Special rates are available for education-related events.

In a nutshell, we will pedal-up to your event and scoop a handmade ice cream menu that you pre-determine. Complete with waffle cones, napkins, cups, bowls… we provide everything needed ice cream related. We also offer a self-serve sundae bar complete with fresh fruit, candies, and hot fudge! Our uniformed employees (dressed in vintage ice cream hats and aprons) provide a fun, professional, and delicious experience!”

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Other awesome vendors that helped make this wedding perfect:

Peak Beverage  |  A Music Plus  |  Event Rents  |  Chalk & Nail


Beth & Conrad’s Villa Parker Wedding

January 19, 2018

Villa Parker weddings are stunning in so many ways, and Beth & Conrad’s was no exception!

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This gorgeous Colorado wedding venue looks like it came strait from the Mediterranean.  With stucco arches, an expansive courtyard, and surrounding gardens, it’s absolutely amazing and photogenic.  This is where we met Beth, at the Wed Wonderfully show.  It was love at first sight, and she booked us on the spot!  We were so excited to get to work with her.  She is a woman that knows exactly what she wants, and we like that!

She and Conrad met through work and stayed in contact through social media.  When their lives lead them back to each other, there was no mistaking it – these two were meant to be together.  We love how Conrad looks at her, how he doesn’t seem to see anything else around him.  She is happiest in his arms, and they’re adorable together (and almost sickening, ha!).  They share a love of travel, whiskey, and Beth is a caring and attentive step-mom to his 4 boys, who were also his Groomsmen!  Beth looked classic and absolutely stunning in her dress from Wedding Treasures.  We especially loved the little caps on her shoulders, making her neckline just gorgeous.

Beth & Conrad worked with one of our favorite Denver Wedding Planners of all time – Talayna with Marilee & Grace.  The details of the event were flawless, and Beth had the wedding of her dreams!  The amazing talent behind Olive & Poppy and Scott of Lighting & Design by Scott made the space over-flowing with gorgeous colors, textures, and light.

Three Tomatoes Catering served dinner on the patio, family style, and Conrad’s youngest son Conor gave the most heart-felt and genuine speech we’ve ever witnessed.  He was perfectly poised and well spoken…

Elite DJ‘s Cam rocked the house and they couldn’t get enough on that dance floor!

 


Rebecca & Jimmy’s Denver Engagement Session

January 10, 2018

Rebecca & Jimmy wanted to do something cool for their Denver engagement session…

I loved the idea of getting to shoot their Denver engagement at night with the city lights!  They were game, so we went for it!

Rebecca had her heart set on the D & F Clock Tower, so I was able to get us in there for a few minutes to take advantage of the unique space for their session.  We event went all the way to the very top by the bell, 23 stories up!

After finishing there, we wandered around, snuggling in back walkways (them together, not with me, ha!), and with different backdrops and textures.  Utilizing some off-camera flash, we had a blast shooting around Downtown Denver!

We love it when we get to do something that’s different than most every other engagement session you see out there.  Most are very airy, using natural light, usually in the mountains, or overly processed where the edits look dark and muddy (to me it looks under-exposed – I don’t get it).  The subjects should be well lit, and when doing night shoots, that usually means off camera flash (or OCF).  We have a whole bag of tricks when it comes to lighting and we use all of them as often as we can!  This makes the images more dramatic and exciting!  There are lots of ways to use OCF incorrectly, but we have found the perfect formula for almost every scenario!

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We can’t wait for their Denver wedding this June at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver!  Enjoy more from their rad urban night-time engagement session!