Suzanne and Aaron traveled from North Carolina to be married on May 4th at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Since we had only met one time prior to their wedding day, Suzanne and Aaron were unable to schedule a couple’s portrait session prior to their wedding date. No problem; we simply moved it to a “Day-after” session. This was so much fun because they elected to wear their wedding clothes! And so it was, the next day Randy and I met Suzanne and Aaron in the resort lobby and we headed out on to the golf course for a session to remember! Traveling by golf cart, we cruised around the golf course and found several locations to capture our newlyweds showcased against the Rockie Mountains. Perfect! The weather was not the greatest, but we braved the cold and wind just long enough to capture some awesome images. Finally, we came back to warm up by the fire and, of course, more photos. :) Here are some of my favorites!View full post »
Meet Jennifer and James, married on February 8, 2013 at a private residence in Breckenridge, CO. Together with over 30 of their closest friends and family, they rented the entire house and enjoyed a week of skiing and celebration leading up to the wedding. Since the gondola was only a couple of blocks from the house, this was pretty close to ski in/ski out. Nice! From the moment Randy and I arrived, everyone was very casual and laid back. No pressure, stress, hustle or bustle, just fun loving and happiness all around. The mountains had been getting good snow all week – but not today! We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 30s. Of course we “toughed” it out for some fun outside photos. Hey, if the girls and their sleeveless dressed can handle it, so can we!Congratulations to Jennifer and James; thanks for including us on your wedding day!View full post »
Jenn and Dean were married in Estes Park at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau ; a very beautiful venue nestled in the trees above the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The wedding was set to a roaring 20′s theme, with decor that featured lots of bling, feathers and fedoras. Even the guests came dressed for the part. Yep, it was pretty much a photographer’s dream! I was joined for the day once again by Randy Cupps, who always lends a talented eye and contagious smile. Thanks Jenn and Dean for including us on your awesome day!View full post »
Michelle and David were married on September 22 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. This was their second ceremony in as many days! See their Korean ceremony here. Downtown weddings always involve strict timeline planning and Michelle and David’s day was no exception. Not to worry; the logistics were all worked out well in advance, so by the time we kicked things off on wedding day, everything rolled smoothly and much fun was had by all.
We started with some getting ready photos in a suite at The Denver Grand Hyatt Hotel. We were also able to capture some great shots in the hotel atrium before heading to the church. We rode over in the limo with the girls and arrived just in time to walk down the aisle. After the ceremony and family formals, it was back in the limo for a couple of preplanned stops downtown, including the US Court of Appeals. After presenting our permit, we had about 30 minutes to capture some really fun and romantic shots before once again piling into the limo to head back to the Grand Hyatt. The reception was held in the Pinnacle Club on the 38th floor. This venue is one of my favorites! The views are absolutely fantastic to the west, where we were treated to a stellar sunset, followed by a blaze of city lights and the front range silhouetted behind – awesome!
I was joined once again by Randy Cupps – a dear friend who is as fun to work with as he is talented. Many of the photos in the post were taken by Randy, who is great at lending an awesome perspective to any scene.
Congratulations to Michelle and David – thanks for taking us along for the ride!View full post »
It is no secret that I enjoy the experience of a wedding ceremony. As a visual artist, I do my best to capture the essence of this special time between two families and, of course, our happy couple! Through it all, I have a gained a special appreciation for the honoring of cultural values, beliefs and traditions; each so unique and meaningful. Be it a sacrament full of rich tradition handed down for a thousand years, or an informal gathering conceived on a note pad over lunch – the meaning (and end result) is the same. We Americans are an eclectic bunch, having only a couple hundred years to form our traditions. Consequently, we are an… shall we say… evolving culture! If you like surprises, attend an American wedding. If you like 12-15 surprises a year, be a wedding photographer!
So, why the wall of rambling text about the cultural iniquities on display in today’s weddings? Because, unlike a culture that strives to put a personal stamp on their special day, some cultures do it the same – every time. Hey, I like diversity as much as the next person, but I can also appreciate the value in time honored traditions. This brings us to Michelle and David, united in a Korean ceremony on September 21st, 2012. There are times when a photographer is very involved in directing traffic, setting up shots, managing groups, keeping track of time, conceiving and realizing artistic vision. Still, there are times when a photographer is just a photographer. No directing traffic, no schedule keeping, no group management and no talking – just photography – pure and simple. This was one of those times and for me, the experience was delightful. Stay tuned for Michelle and David’s “American” wedding blog post coming soon. Until then, please enjoy some of my favorite moments from September 21st, 2012.View full post »