On any given Sunday at Sapphire Point in late May, we can usually count on two things; crowds of people and hoards of chipmunks. On the afternoon of May 25th, 2014, however, Sapphire Point was mostly deserted. That is, except for a brief period of time when two lovers from Nebraska walked arm in arm down the trail to an overlook that, even on the grayest of days, was quite beautiful. For Lisa and TJ, the next few moments will define their lives together leading up to now. They’re getting married! In all my years of photographing weddings, I have noticed that on even the craziest of wedding days, some constants never waiver. On a day when ever the chipmunks were nowhere to be found, I was witness to a familiar scene. A groom nervously fights back tears as he speaks his vows. A bride, as radiant as a warm summer day, smiles to her groom as she struggles to slip the ring on his finder. And, despite wearing a sleeveless dress with only a thin cover, she showed nary a goose bump. That, folks, is focus. :) In the end, the union is sealed with a kiss – and off we go. Bring snow, wind and cold. In moments like this, it matters not. Congratulations Lisa and TJ!
May 11th. Snow… But hey, it’s Denver! For anyone who has lived here for even a short time, we appreciate the importance of rolling with the punches. It is the only way. We embrace our fate and have fun in the process. Plan B? Pffft! There is no plan B, we’re going plan A! For Rachel and Dylan, plan A it was. For the record, if you’re planning an outside ceremony but the weather forces you inside, the “inside” may as well be the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver. This historical icon of Denver is beautiful inside and out; a perfect setting for a wedding with all the elegance and fun one could hope for.
One particularly special moment between Rachel and Dylan came by way of – not sight – but touch. While many couples today elect to meet each other in advance of the wedding, most like to stick to the time honored tradition of the groom seeing his bride for the first time that day as she walks down the aisle. Whether or not you want a “first look”, as your photographer, I don’t try to push you in one direction or the other because let’s face it; either way it’s going to be awesome! Instead, Rachel and Dylan asked me to capture a moment between them where they could exchange words and a very emotionally charged touch, leaving the 1st look for the aisle walk. Perfect!
Once again I was joined for the day by my great friend and partner Randy Cupps. Randy contributed many awesome photos on the day; including many in this post!
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Rachel, Dylan and their families will no doubt enjoy many wonderful memories from their wedding day and I am so glad to have been invited along for the ride. Congratulations Rachel and Dylan!
Emily and Andrew traveled from Minnesota to be married against a beautiful backdrop of the Colorado High Country, set at Elk Ridge Ranch in Breckenridge. Of course Emily and Andrew wanted to take a piece of Colorado back home with them and it was my pleasure to provide just that. Wedding photography is about telling a story by capturing beauty, elegance, and special moments. Moreover, I believe wedding photography is about providing a means to relive those moments over and over again. It’s one thing to capture a nice photograph of the Colorado Mountains, but another thing altogether to capture the relationship of those same mountains within the context of such a special occasion. This “relationship” style of photography implores the senses to relive what we experienced that day. Believe me, it all goes by so quickly that our only hope is to hang on to the feeling for as long as we can. For those who were unable to share the experience of the day, we aim to cater to their senses as well. It is my sincere hope that years from now, when Emily and Andrew’s kids view mom and dad’s wedding album, it will not be necessary to explain the wonder of the day – they will just know.
Wedding photography must tell a story. On one hand, I know that if I click the shutter enough times, the story will tell itself. On the other hand, it is important to know who’s story we are telling and what parts of that story are most important to them. On a rudimentary level, marriage is transition. As the song goes, “well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home”, it speaks about transition on many levels. Over the years, I have photographed many such transitions; none more powerful than those between a bride and the two most important men in her life. It’s hard to find the right words, but what a privilege to share the experience.
I was joined for the day by Bart Lillie of Awaken Photography. Bart is a talented photographer and contributed many great story-telling images to the day, including many in this post!
Emily and Jon traveled from their home in Nebraska all the way to Colorado to be married at Sapphire Point, overlooking beautiful Lake Dillon. After a quiet ceremony under a perfect Colorado blue sky, we spent some time together making some memorable images. A fun tradition Emily and Jon have had since they started dating is – whenever they go someplace special, they “jump” for the camera. And jump they did! Judging by the air time involved, it was easy to see these two have had plenty of practice! Another fun and exciting hobby they have is sailing. So, after finishing up at the point, we drove down to the marina on Lake Dillon where Emily had made prior arrangements with a local member of the marina to let us take some photos on their sailboat. Tons of fun!
So – when I ask what are you planning that will make your wedding day special and unique to you, this is what I’m taking about.
I had the rare opportunity to photograph Eliza and Derik a week prior to their wedding day. Due to restrictions on the actual wedding day, they elected to conduct their wedding portraits in advance. This was great, because it was just us and Eliza’s mom, who came along to help out. No pressure, no timelines, just a lot of fun! Derik had not yet seen is beautiful bride in her wedding dress, so of course we started with a “1st look”, which is a fun non-directed sequence to break the ice and get us off and running. We then headed off to Cheesman Park in downtown Denver to shoot the rest of their session in the Pavilion located inside the park. The Pavilion is public, but we were lucky and had the place to ourselves for most of the time. Here are just a few of the images from the session.