When Cathy and I were married, our eldest son Daniel was 4 years old.  Reliving that day, almost 25 years ago, the one highlight that always comes up is when Daniel walked his mom down the isle.  It is a great memory we will forever cherish.

On Valentines day, 2014, Karen and Dale created many wonderful memories – not the least of which was when their son walked his mom down the isle.  The moment itself was fast, the room was crowded, maneuvering was a little awkward, and exactly how it all would go was unpredictable.  But it was awesome – not unlike our experience from all those years ago.  As their son grows, so too will the appreciation of that special moment.

Karen and Dale, together with their kids, were married at the Denver Clock Tower in downtown Denver.  I’ve never shot an event there before and all I can say is wow – what an eclectic mix of space, decor, and Denver history!  The good news is – the elevator takes you almost to the top. The bad news is – the elevator does not take you to the top! In fact, upon departing the elevator, the event was spread out between 5 floors of stair-climber goodness.  If you’re attending an event at the Denver Clock Tower, eat your Wheaties! In the end, it was so worth it. Forget the stairs! The venue, views, atmosphere, and most of all – the people – made this a night to remember. Check it out!

They say if you live in Louisiana and you want snow… well, you have to travel to the mountains of Colorado.  Actually I just made that up, but in this case; it applies. Ashley and Brad eloped to Breckenridge Colorado counting on two things; an exchange of vows that would forever bind them as one… and lots of snow.  And so it was, that on February 2nd, 2015, Colorado delivered the perfect storm.

As Ashley walked out to the wedding deck of The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge, she beamed a bright smile to her Brad.  There was no processional music, no guests holding up their iPhones, and no flower petals sprinkled on the deck.   I remember the light sound of Ashley’s boots as she stepped onto the deck. I remember hearing the wind blowing across the valley, sending a cloud of snow high into the air, and yet totally calm where we stood. I remember the sun was partially blocked by the wind-whipped snow and even from what must have been miles away, we managed to enjoy some light sprinkles of snow all around us.  For the next 20 minutes or so, each of us basked in what had to be one of life’s rare and perfect moments.

Our wedding officiant was Julie Wright-Kile of Rocky Mountain Dream Weddings.  Julie took the time to get to know Ashley and Brad.  She spoke in soft, reassuring tones, detailing many key moments in their lives leading up to this day – delivering the message as if they had been best friends for years.

Then it was just the three of us and we made the most of our time together, capturing many fun memories.  When, at last our time together was drawing to a close, it was hugs all around.  Finally, Brad told me, “we’ll remember you for the rest of our lives”.  The perfect end to the perfect storm.


Today my wife and I met some friends for coffee at The Market at Larimer.  If you’ve never been, The Market is a cozy bakery and coffee bar in Lo-Do Denver.  While ordering my coffee, I noticed a plaque on the wall labeling The Market as Denver’s best coffee bar for 2001.  At first I thought, great… so… what have you done for me lately? Then I thought; if it were me and I was ever named “best of” in my business, of course I would put a plaque on the wall and I don’t think I could ever bring myself to take it down.

Last summer we shot Haley and Alex’ wedding in Breckenridge and our musician for the day was Christen Stephens.  Christen is very talented, specializing in Flute, Cello, and Piano.  After the ceremony, Christen and I exchanged information and she asked me if I would be willing to send her some photos of the day’s events for her blog.  Vendor networking is an important aspect of our line of work and I am happy to supply images to my fellow vendors.  Helping them to provide a positive visual for their current and future clients is my pleasure.  In exchange, I get a shout-out and link back to my website. Win-win!

Each year, Christen blogs her “best-of” vendors, which is cool in itself, but imagine my surprise when Christen reached out to inform me that I had been chosen as her “best-of” photographer for 2014!  After lifting my jaw off the floor, my first thought was, “I’m blogging about this!”

You know, maybe I’ll win the “best-of” award every year, and… maybe not. But I can promise you this; the plaque is going up and it’s not coming down.

Check out Christen’s blog and this post in particular!:)IMG_0001View full post »