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Category archives: weddings

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.

La Foret Wedding :: Taryn + Nathan

La Foret wedding photography

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 décor 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

Another Sweet Colorado Springs Elopement!

Colorado elopement pictures

The bride wore white — a white sweater and jeans, that is! Courtney and Tyler got married their way, in jeans on a beautiful Colorado Springs mountainside, with no witnesses but me and my trusty assistant Joy. Have I mentioned that I love doing elopement photography? As you can imagine, it’s different from documenting a regular wedding, because it’s just me and the couple, there aren’t any wedding details or family portraits or traditions like cutting the cake or throwing the bouquet. This elopement was even more casual than most, though, as you can see! We hiked up to the perfect spot on the Section 16 trail, chatting about this and that as we went. Here’s a fun coincidence: when I asked Courtney where she was from, she told me that she was from Dayton, Ohio. I mentioned that I went to junior high and my first year of high school there, and we discovered that she and I actually went to the same school! What a small world!

After a little over a mile of hiking, we came to the spot that Tyler had picked out just days before, and with a gorgeous, expansive view behind them they said their heartfelt vows, exchanged rings, and sealed it all with a passionate kiss. It was so romantic! Then we wandered around a bit to take some romantic portraits, as the snow began drifting down. It was just wonderful and I enjoyed every minute! Congratulations and all the best, Tyler and Courtney!

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado Springs elopement :: Kim + Chris

I sometimes get asked if I do small weddings, and my answer is that I love small weddings! I especially love elopements, when it’s just me, the officiate and the happy couple. It’s the sweetest! Oftentimes it’s a couple like Kim and Chris, who are in their fifties, each with grown children, and taking a second chance at love and lifetime commitment. They opted to get married at a private spot in Palmer Park that had a beautiful view of the mountains and the city. As you can see, they’re madly in love! Congratulations Chris and Kim!

Renewal of Vows at the Broadmoor :: Jen + Nick

Broadmoor wedding

Nick and Jennifer commemorated their tenth wedding anniversary with a low key renewal of vows at the charming, rustic Broadmoor Fish House on the day after Thanksgiving. Only their very nearest and dearest family members were present to celebrate the landmark occasion alongside them. A decade after their Texas nuptials, Jen and Nick, who have been together since high school,  are now the parents of three beautiful, adorable boys. And guess what — another son is on the way! Their renewal of vows was simple and beautiful, not really a ceremony so much as each of them speaking honestly about their love story and their shared life, as their guests listened and their rambunctious little guys played. We were lucky to have such a beautiful and sunny day for this special event, with the nearby foothills dusted with a light coating of snow. The light was perfect!

All in all it was an incredibly perfect, sweet and moving morning at the Broadmoor Fish House, and I was honored to have been the one chosen to document it all. Happy tenth anniversary, Jen and Nick! Here’s to many more decades of happiness!

Broadmoor wedding

Broadmoor wedding

Broadmoor wedding

Broadmoor wedding

Broadmoor wedding