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Wedding at Holy Rosary :: Cassey + Eric

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

It was a beautiful, golden fall day when Cassey and Eric said their vows in a traditional Catholic wedding at historic Holy Rosary Chapel in Cascade, Colorado. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather! I haven’t done a wedding at Holy Rosary in quite a long time, and I’d forgotten what a pretty little church it is. And of course I’m right at home at the Briarhurst Manor, where the reception was held.

Don’t you just love Cassey’s gown? I’m really liking this trend toward long, sheer sleeves. I also liked the warm color, which is flattering on so many skin tones. Naturally Eric was blown away when he laid his eyes on Cassey as she walked up the aisle to him! She was a vision!

Congratulations Eric and Cassey! It was a treat for us to document your big day!

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

Briarhurst Manor wedding Manitou Springs

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

wedding at Holy Rosary in Cascade, Colorado

Briarhurst Manor wedding Manitou Springs

Briarhurst Manor wedding Manitou Springs

Briarhurst Manor wedding Manitou Springs

Marissa’s Boudoir Session

Lovely Marissa came to my studio last month to get some smoking hot boudoir portraits made as an anniversary surprise for her husband. Now that their anniversary date has come and gone, I’m clear to share a handful of them. These pictures are GORGEOUS! I’m going to go out on a limb here and say her husband was very pleasantly surprised with his anniversary gift. Wowsa!

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Melanie and Paul’s “Church Basement” Wedding

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “church basement” wedding, truly of the cake and punch variety. I think it’s such a sweet, old fashioned way to get married. So I was really excited that Melanie and Paul chose me to document their big day! In addition, Paul’s from Uganda, which added an extra layer of fun for me. I’ve done many multicultural weddings but I’ve never had a bride or groom from an African nation, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got was an exuberantly overjoyed mother of the groom who did not hold back on expressing her happiness! What fun! The whole wedding was a profound expression of Melanie and Paul’s love for each other and their shared, deep faith. I had a wonderful time and I hope my pictures really show how happy they were on their big day.

My Photo Shoot at Cork & Cask with Vintage Evening Gowns

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My friends know me as a person with a lifelong passion for vintage clothing and style. I have a serious collection that I’ve been adding to for decades. So a couple of years ago when I acquired some genuine stage costumes of a late 1940s-early 1950s performer, I was over the moon! It took me a while to find a model who could fit into them, then the perfect location had to present itself (the fabulous Cork & Cask), but I was finally able to make a photo shoot happen with a couple of the pieces. It was so much fun!

The dancer and performer who owned these pieces was named Claire Gerber. She married her first dance partner, Howard Marlow, right out of high school, and they plied their entertaining, acrobatic act on stages all over the US and even on cruise ships. I acquired a handful of Claire’s stage costumes, but they’re so tiny that even my extremely petite model, Ember, could only fit into one of them! That’s the bias cut, crystal beaded black gown you see here. (I will find an even smaller model and do a shoot with the rest of Claire’s costumes someday soon!) The pale green dress is much longer and a tiny bit larger than the black one. I learned that it had belonged to one of Claire’s bridesmaids, which explains the size difference. It has a distinctly late 1940s look to it, so I suspect it must have been from Claire’s first marriage, to dancing partner Howard — she went on to divorce and remarry three more times. If you’d like to see pictures of Claire and Howard, check out the comments on THIS Facebook post.

This is one of the funnest personal photo shoots I’ve done lately. I can’t wait to do more with Claire’s beautiful stage wardrobe.

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La Foret Wedding :: Taryn + Nathan

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I was extra excited for Taryn and Nathan’s wedding at La Foret because I knew it would be fun and different. They didn’t disappoint! Everything from the thousand origami cranes in every color to Taryn’s labor of love, the wedding dress she spent months hand-beading, was unique, offbeat and very personal.

Taryn owns a bead shop in Old Colorado City, and she’s (obviously) an expert in the medium. Her wedding dress was truly a bespoke, original work of art. She knew she didn’t want to wear white, so she went in search of something different. The bodice is a Mary McFadden piece from 1980 found in a vintage shop. Taryn modified it with the help of a sewist friend, Karen Holloway, by removing the sleeves and changing the back closure from a zipper to dramatic corset lacing with a modesty panel. She augmented the existing beading with even more hand-done bead work. The skirt is a custom-made piece. Taryn added a lace panel in front and tons of exquisite bead work to tie it in with the bodice. The process took months, and the result is just gorgeous! Best of all, underneath it she wore green platform Chuck Taylors!

But the dress wasn’t the only handmade thing in this wedding. The aforementioned origami cranes, the boutonnieres, the jewelry, the table centerpieces, and all the rest of the d├ęcor were all created by Taryn and Nathan with the help of their good friends and loved ones. It was all so colorful! And in addition to all of the visual loveliness, Nathan serenaded Taryn during their vows, which brought everyone to tears. (Me included.)

Everything about this fun and funky La Foret wedding reflected Taryn and Nathan’s relationship and their creative personalities to a tee. To cap it all off, thanks to the rain we were rewarded with a huge rainbow over the meadow. It was just lovely and romantic and beautiful. I had the best time documenting this special day.

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography

La Foret wedding photography