This time of year ( around New Years) is one of the most popular times to become engaged!
In January and February, the phone starts ringing for me; all of the couples who were engaged are looking at venues, vendors, budgets, and more. I love this time of year!
Before we continue, I do want to say CONGRATS! If you are reading this, you may be newly engaged. I am a wedding photographer in Colorado, and love helping couples with advice for planning the big day.
Today, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips for caring for your engagement ring. The shiny new bling on your finger is not only sentimental, but symbolic.
It may be the most important and valuable piece of jewelry you own, so read on!
In the interest of inspiring all of the winter romantics out there, I'm excited to share this gorgeous wedding.
Merrick & Eliana's 250 guest wedding at Cielo at Castle Pines happened on a sunny day, but that didn't stop them from enjoying a winter-wonderland themed wedding (beautifully put together by Donnah Phipps with Poised Events (http://www.poisedevents.com/).
Their wedding was the end of January, but the weather was warm and everyone was outside without coats.
I'd say it was pretty perfect!
Every wedding I get to be a part of is special. I love everything that my couples bring to the table.
Every once in a while, a really special intimate wedding comes along...and this private elopement in Boulder is a great example!
Maureen & Tim had a small rain-filled wedding ceremony on a trail near their home in Boulder, CO.
Tell us about your first date!
Tim had lost his wife, who he cared deeply for, and told me that he really needed a friend. He asked me to dinner.
We shared about our lives and family, then we went to a book store to look at maps for travel.
I was leaving in July on a trip with friends. He joined the group of friends.
We became fast friends and have travel abroad many times together to see the world. Our first date led to us being best friends for life.
Maya & Charles are insane amounts of fun.
We laughed so hard together at their engagement session! They are fun, full of life, and easy to hang out with.
We took a short drive up to Evergreen, CO for their Colorado mountain engagement session. Keeping things natural, simple, and outdoors fit them perfectly!
I have piles of amazing photos from years of incredible weddings.
Among my favorites, that for some reason don't always get shared, are detail photos of wedding accessories!
We're talking shoes, ties, jewelry, and even a few vintage and nostalgic items that make fantastic wedding accessory inspiration for others who are looking for ideas.
These are small things that you can apply in your own style to your own wedding, and while you may be the only one who really gets a good look at them, having them as part of your day will just add to the 'special' factor.
The trick with accessories? Keep it personal. The more special it is to you, the better!
This bride loved her sparkle heels so much, that she found a pair of sparkle flats to change into for the reception. Comfort and function, while still staying true to her style.
Engagement season is upon us! It's October, and with that comes family, Holidays, cool air, and beautiful sights to see. It's the perfect time of year to propose!
Christmas and New Years Eve, in fact, are some of the most popular days to pop the question. If you really want to throw your partner off with a bigger surprise, consider proposing in the days leading up to the Holidays (instead of ON the Holiday, when he or she might be expecting it).
There are some gorgeous places to propose in Colorado, whether you are coming from out of State, or know the State well. If you work with me to photograph your proposal on the sly, I can help you nail down a location and plan something special too.
Let's get started!
Over-used statements aside here, if I had a dollar for every couple who told me that they 'didn't need an engagement session' I think I'd be rich!
As a wedding photographer, however, I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on the topic of weddings, engagements, and yes...photos!
If you are on the fence about having an engagement session, or if you feel that they may be awkward, strange, or worthless, read on!
I'm sharing some of the best reasons to have a Colorado engagement session, whether you have booked me for your wedding or are traveling from another State.
Morgan and Reed moved to Colorado on a leap of Faith.
They knew that they wanted to get married in Colorado, and were in love with everything about it. It just made sense for them to drop everything they knew and move here without so much as a job, place to live, or plan! Talk about spontaneous - these are my kind of people.
I would certainly say things are looking up for them! They hired me to photograph their wedding at the Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton. Together with Wanda Bonner (Blue Linden Weddings) I'm looking so forward to seeing their beautiful Colorado wedding come to life.
This week I wanted to blog about something super fun, super helpful, and super personal!
Right here is my list of the BEST romantic wedding venues in Colorado, based on my experience as a wedding photographer.
When we work at venues we get to see behind the scenes, how the venue operates, what's good, what's bad, and what makes them super special. I've worked at so many amazing wedding venues in Colorado, and these consistently rank as my favorites.
MY COLORADO WEDDING VENUES SHORTLIST
Rachel & George, like many couples, met in college.
Their relationship led to this incredible spring wedding at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood, CO.
The Cottonwood trees this year in Colorado were INSANE. Kind of like snow - and in a quiet moment together after their ceremony, the cotton sprinkled around them. I had cotton all over myself and my camera bag at the end of the day, but it created some magical photos!