Lexie + Jake | Adventure Session

Hiking in the mountains in the freezing cold with 20 MPH winds? Not stopping these two! Seriously though, I am beyond grateful for these brave souls. I have yet to see a couple this kind and flexible in the midst of crazy weather! We hiked up to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, one of my absolute favorite hikes. On the trail, we passed people dressed head to tow in full winter gear; heavy coats, snow pants, and even snowshoes. Lexie and Jake wore these killer outfits, and kept a smile on their faces the whole time. It was so crazy and we laughed basically the whole time, mostly thinking, "What were we thinking?!". Now that I'm going through the photos, I know it was well worth it! I cannot thank these two enough for braving the elements with me, and creating a memory together. And I must add a shout out to my amazing and supportive husband for being my pack mule, and carrying all our extra clothing and gear around. Here’s to the unexpected, and learning not only how to roll with it, but how to laugh along the way!

 

Hair: Whitney at Halcyon Salon and Spa

Makeup: Ally Triolo

THANK YOU - 2016

THANK YOU.

To all the couples I worked with in 2016, thank you for trusting me with some of your most precious and intimate moments together. I am so grateful for every single one of you! I recognize that I literally couldn’t do what I love to do without you all. I’ve been working as a photographer for years, but this November marked my first official year of owning my own wedding photography business. I am blown away by the growth and support I’ve experienced, both from loved ones and from clients. You all are beyond amazing and I’m honored to have been welcomed into your lives. Here’s to another year of growth, reckless love, and all the laughter! Let's do this 2017!
 

Brittny + Chris | Wedding

Brittny and Chris shared the most elegant evening together in downtown Denver surrounded by close friends and family. They looked like they walked straight out of the 1920's! Their day was so sweet, and my favorite moments probably all involved Brittny's son, Harlan. All day Chris was so sweet to Harlan, helping him get dressed, helping him make his speech, fixing his bowtie after some crazy dancing. It was amazing to see how these three have become a family. Brittny's dance with Harlan was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. A was a beautiful night.

 

Venue: The Brown Palace Hotel

Dress: Emma and Grace Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress: Dillards

Hair and Makeup: The Brown Palace Hotel Spa

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse

Florist: Carina Aguilar

Bride's Bouquet: King Soopers

Catering and Cake: The Brown Palace Hotel

Band: Homeslice

Cordinator and Event Design: Hope Sulerzyski

 

Katherine + Michael | Adventure Session

One of my favorite sessions to date. You know you've found your kind of people when the night begins hiking and quoting Parks and Rec, and ends watching the sun sinking below the mountains. Katherine and Michael were a blast to work with, they are so sweet to each other! They even brought along their beagle, Donna, (yes, she's named after Donna Meagle from Parks and Rec), to share in our adventure. My husband was kind enough to come along and dog-sit during the moments we had Katherine and Michael alone. I’m so grateful for these two for adventuring me, and for evenings like these!

Shanna + Chris | Wedding

Shanna and Chris got married IN A SNOWSTORM and had the biggest smiles on their faces the whole time. Their supportive family and friends stuck it out with them, laughing the entire ceremony and soaking wet by the end. I've never seen a happier couple. From the prayer time shared before the ceremony, to the heartfelt toast from the maid of honor, the day was filled with beautiful moments. Shanna's maid of honor was on bedrest and wasn't able to make it to the wedding, so Chris recorded her speech and surprised Shanna with it during dinner. There wasn't a dry eye in the room! Amidst the weather curveball, their calm attitudes and gratitude were simply unforgettable. I am honored to have been a part of it all. There's no question that Shanna and Chris made the most of their beautiful snowy wedding day. 

 

Venue: Silverthorne Pavilions

Dress: David's Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse

Florist: Stems Flowers Shop

Catering: Rocky Mountain Catering

Cupcakes: Gwendolyn's Bakery

Hair and Makeup: Serenity Spa

DJ: Shindig DJ's

 

Laura + RJ | Engagement

I had a blast photographing Laura and RJ. We spent the day exploring downtown Littleton while they wore matching leather jackets, and ended the evening in the woods experimenting with smoke bombs. Such a fun day. Did I mention all of the laughter and dancing? It was a joy to work with such a fun and confident couple. I can't wait to help them celebrate their wedding day in the Spring! 

Shelby + Bjorn | Brewing Session

You read that right - brewing session! Shelby and Bjorn teamed up with Salud Custom Brew Events to create a custom home-brewed beer together. This was an awesome and completely different day to be a part of. I've known Shelby and Bjorn for a little while, and I've always wanted to work with them. When the idea came up to do a photoshoot centered around brewing a custom beer for a couple, I knew they would be perfect! The night was relaxing, we made dinner on the grill, learned all about the brewing process, and shared some of our favorite brews with each other. I'm hoping more couples choose to brew some custom beer for their big day, it's such a fun experience. Cheers!

Custom Beer Brewing: Salud Custom Brew Events

Custom Signage: Bezalel and Babel

Jewelry: Pam Schell with KEEP Collective

Hair: Halcyon Salon and Spa

Makeup: Ally Triolo

 

Shanna + Chris | Engagement

Shanna + Chris hiked up above Denver with me to watch the sun setting over the mountains, after they had climbed a 14er that morning! We used up every bit of sunlight as it faded and the city lights began to shine. These two have the sweetest affection for each other and were a complete joy to work with. They begin their journey as husband and wife this fall, and I'm honored to be a part of it. 

Corbin + Hank | Vow Renewal

Corbin + Hank  renewed their vows after 4 years of marriage at "The Big Fake Wedding" event in Boulder, CO. It was a blast being a part of the celebration and seeing some incredible local vendors do their thing! (See the day featured on Ruffled here). I couldn't resist sharing a bit of their love story from The Big Fake Wedding Blog:

What was the most unique part of your engagement story?

From her:

Hank planned a perfect engagement! One thing that you should know about hank is that he loves tennis, so he used that to his advantage. He told me that he was going to take me to NYC to go to the US Open. I totally believed him. Right when we landed in NYC he said that we had to go to Central Park. I remember thinking that he seemed in a hurry (very unlike his normal “go-with-the-flow” self) but I didn’t mind since it was my first time to the Big Apple and I was ready to see and do EVERYTHING! After walking around the park for a while we finally ended up sitting on a rock right on the edge of “The Lake” with beautiful views of the city. From there he got down on one knee, and babbled through tears (so precious) as he proposed to me. As he put the ring on my finger he told me that he had been in cahoots with my jeweler friend, Lauren, for the past couple of months and that they had designed a one of a kind ring just for me! I remember saying ” Are you serious?!?!” I was feeling ALL the feels at this point! As if that wasn’t enough, right after he told me about Lauren making the ring for me, he said “you should turn around….” and right when I turned, I saw LAUREN…TAKING PICTURES! Hank had flown Lauren up to NYC to document our engagement! At that point, all I wanted to do was cry (happy tears, of course!) but I couldn’t because I was in such shock! haha. After, all of this finally sunk in, I still couldn’t believe that Hank had pulled off such an awesome engagement! To this day, as I think back to that September day, I still get cold chills and smile thinking about how lucky I am to have Hank.

What is the best date you have ever had?

From him:

For our 2nd Anniversary, we were afforded the opportunity to travel Europe from Amsterdam to Florence. I won trip to Florence as a part of meeting my sales goals for my company. We thought it would be a great idea to go over to Europe a week before this reward trip in Florence and make our way across Europe. I could go on for days about the different people we met, the cities we visited and the experiences we had. During our time on the French Riviera, we rented a car and traveled from San Tropez to Nice, France. It was so amazing to travel by car and stop off at every beautiful point (which was just about every turn). One of the places we stopped at, Sainte-Maxime, was so beautiful and we just had to get out and hang by the beach. This day happen to be our Anniversary and we really wanted to eat along side the beach but we didn’t find the right spot/restaurant. So we decided to just order a large pizza and a bottle of wine and take it to the beach along the Mediterranean Sea. This was such a relaxing and low key date but far exceeded any super dressy date we could have imagined. I had amazing views of the sea, palm trees, my wife, great food and red wine. What more do you need!?

 

Venue: Rembrandt Yard and Event Center

Bride's Dress: Brilliant Bridal

Bride and Bridesmaid's Hair: Halcyon Salon and Spa

Bride and Bridesmaid's Makeup: Ally Triolo

Bride and Bridesmaid's  Jewelry: Pam Schell with KEEP Collective

Groom's Attire: J Hilburn

Floral Crowns, Boutonnieres and Bouquets: Kimball Floral

Ceremony Backdrop: Wildflower Events and Design

Floral, Table and Event Design: Kimball Floral, Wildflower Events and Design, and Boulder Blooms

Catering: The Modern Edge Events and Catering

Invitations: Highwing Creative Co. and Paperfish Designs

Paper Accents and Table Signs: Bezalel & Babel

Signage: Taryn Eklund Ink

Event Planning and Day of Coordinating: M.Social

Ceremony Musicians: A Lyric Ensemble

Reception Band: Diamond Empire Band