Ben & Sara | Estes Park Wedding | February 2018

I know we gush about couples a the time... but THEY DESERVE ITTTTT! Especially these two. You know when you meet a couple of people who just has a magnetism? When they stare into each others eyes you can just tell they're looking at their home... well that's a lot like what it feels like to watch Sara and Ben. We can't stand the level of adorable. We kept catching ourselves creepily smile at them from behind the camera.

We are so happy that the universe works the way it does and brought these two together. P.S. In case you needed proof of how lucky these two are... it actually snowed, like a lot, on their wedding day. Which Sara was really hoping for and we were doubtful of because if you live in Colorado you know it hasn't been the snowiest winter we've had. The sky doesn't lie and neither do we.

These two make magic together! 

Thank you to our amazing vendor friends for making this day as magical as ever.

Dress: Hayley Paige
Ceremony: Black Canyon Inn
           Reception: Mary's Lake Lodge             
Glam: Bella Capelli
DJ: DJ Connection
Desserts: Dessert Stand

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Change is good.

Another Big Change Time!

Weddings have smuggled so much of our time and attention that we have decided to solely specialize in them. We want to put forth all of our time and energy into perfecting every last trick there is to be uncovered and really go for the gold. Unfortunately, that means we will be unable to take on any new family photo clients. While we are so, so grateful to all the families we’ve been able to grow with over the years. We are no longer able to fairly accommodate family shoots within our scheduling and resources.

The great news is we have connected with some lovely photographers who do and amazing job and our heading in the opposite direction as us! Funny how the world works right? It's was SO important to us that we found a couple of pros that we trust before we announced this change. Even if we aren't able to provide you all with family portraits, we want you to use someone that we would also trust to do ours, not just someone at an acceptable price point. 

Again, thank you for the opportunity and we’d be more than happy the send any inquiring humans in the right direction to beautiful heirloom photos, just not by us anymore (sad face).

This was a particularly hard decision for Janea as she has been shooting family portraits since 2007. That's over a decade of laughing, happy tears, and full hearts. Shes's been struggling on how best to go about this saying good-bye to such a huge facet of her own business in the last eleven years. So we decided to celebrate all the amazing times  had during family sessions with a nice photo homage. 

Que Enya music in 3....2......1.....

We can’t wait to see what we accomplish with our new heads fully focused!

Love you all!

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Mandy & Jonathan | Della Terra Wedding

Mandy and Johnathan have that classic sort of love. The kind that envelops casual Sundays hanging out, watching movies or maybe going skiing if the season is right. These two are so relaxed and laid back being around them is like a breath of fresh air. They are the type of couple that when they ask you about your day, they actually mean it. So it was no surprise how much love and happiness was floating around in the air on their wedding day. We got to uphold the tradition of taking a group photo of their ENORMOUS pool of close friends. We even made Jonathan's mom join in as it was her that made sure the tradition was never looked over but had never been in one of the photos.

As cool as seeing just how many people care for this couple, one of our favorite parts of the day was witnessing Mandy and Jonathan's own caring during the first look. Mandy and Jonathan had their first look on the walkway approaching the tiny ponds below the ceremony site. It's secluded enough to have privacy down, but still open enough to have beautiful light. Mandy had to sneak passed some wild turkeys (that seem to always be at Della Terra) to tap Jonathan on the shoulder. As he turned around he couldn't contain his emotion. The genuine excitement on Jonathan's face as he saw Mandy for the first time definitely made the back of my camera fog up. I mean seriously his smile was a mile wide and he even did that back up to take it all in thing that you see in movies. It definitely made my the day memorable for us!

Thank you to our amazing vendor friends for making this day as magical as ever.

 Oh P.S. check out the new "Salon" at Della Terra. So much getting ready room, in such perfect Della Terra looking decor. Stone, warm neutrals, everything a elegant mountain chateau should be. 

Dress :Stella York
Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau 
Glam: Bella Capelli
Florals: Florals of Europe
Band: Rockslide
Cake(s): Whole Foods

Jeff & Amy | Steamboat Wedding | Tivoli Reception

So, you know how there are those funny posts on Pinterest where people make things for their wedding and totally mess it up, then post a picture of it with the caption "nailed it?" 

Well this story is NOTHING like one of those posts. They actually nailed it.

This is my version of the captivating tale that is Jeff and Amys' wedding. 

Admittedly this is one of the harder blogs posts I've written lately. Not because i'm struggling for things to say, but because so very many details of this pair's nuptials are ingrained into my brain. I mean the DIY touches of this wedding were off the charts. Amy handmade the most unique bridesmaids bouquets I have ever seen for her wedding. She perfectly grouped types of dried flowers and grasses to create the ideal fall wedding florals. An added bonus of these dried masterpieces is they won't wilt because they are already dried and preserved. Amy also opted for a gorgeous, ever-lasting wood flower bouquet for herself. Such a savvy and fun alternative to traditional florals. The floral accent that really got me wasn't the most obvious one of the day though.

When I walked into Amy's getting ready suite to start nabbing up details, I noticed a seemingly perfect snippet of vine sitting in a small glass on the nightstand. It didn't take long for Amy's sister and friends to fill my on what the said vine was/represented. You guyssssssssss. This vine had been growing since her parents wedding. Can you believe that? It gets better, not only was it around for quite some time, but it was in fact the cultivated descendant of the very same vine that was in Amy's mothers bouquet. Amy's father had kept the original vine going for the girls to have at their wedding. So here I am looking down at this little plant just resting in water, and I'm thinking just how FULL of memories and meanings it was... and can i tell you how fast fast I snatched up some bridesmaids dresses and ran down stairs to recompose under the guise of shooting detail images. I'm too emotional for that level of meticulous and unrelentingly love ladies and gentleman. At least people can't see me cry behind my camera, right?

Anyway, after I got myself together and finished you know the first of my job, Jeff sends one of his friends over with a gift for Amy. I'm thinking I'm good, I can handle gifts. LITTLE DID I KNOW...Jeff is one of, if not THE most thoughtful human on the planet. He not only writes Amy this beautifully written note that gets hear eyes swelling with tears ever so slightly but includes the Rosary in which he prayed on for his future partner during his mission trips. STOP IT, right? Thankfully the next part had me so awestruck i didn't have time to slide back into the emotional mess that is my life. Amy then pulls out this plaque and coming from a Catholic background I immediately recognize the face as the Pope, which was intriguing. Then I read the plaque, and it explained how Jeff had somehow gotten their marriage blessed by the pope. YES, I said BLESSED BY THE POPE. How does that even happen?  

After one of the most gorgeous and heartfelt ceremonies I've ever seen in, we headed up Mount Werner to take some couples portraits and what a genuinely enthralling experience that was. First of all, I had never been on a Gondola in non-blizzard type conditions. This was fall, and there was rain, and then there was fog, and then we were on the fog. It felt a whole lot like magic. I don't think I have ever been more hyper active then I was on the top of that mountain. A BIG shoutout to Amy and Jeff for going along with me through my jittery word jumbling. Anyway when it was all said and done, I captured what were some of my favorite portraits to date. It's had to really get drama mixed with the right amount of casual. These two were just born to be that level of classy and boy am I glad for it.

Cut to Reception a little late on at the Tivoli Student Center in Denver.

I can't really stress the amount of first I had in this wedding. You'd think being from New York i'd be used to photographing cities, but no, not the case. I was all ooooo and ahhhsss from the view of the Denver Skyline from the lawn of the Tivoli. It's seriously such an amazing city view. I couldn't handle it. The building itself was so neat too! It's laid out all old-timey theater style with just the right amount of distress. The level of glam the building holds is just inconceivable to me. Oh and the band! Thumpin' was sooooooo good, like hard to keep still good. I was really jamming out to them even crouched down and taking dance floor photos. The mixture of beautiful people (inside and out), fantastic music and bright lights glittering on the skyline made this the perfect night. So much so that I felt like one of those Hollywood star photographers... even in my $15 sketchers.  -Kate