I consider this lovely bride, Alli, to be a personal friend. We met a few years ago when she did some modeling for me, and I became quite fond of her! So when she and James found each other (her mom set them up on a blind date!), got serious, and then got engaged, I was so tickled that they chose me to be their wedding photographer. Of course their wedding at the Mining Exchange was perfection! I’ve never seen Alli so happy, and you can see by the way he looks at her that James is deeply in love. They make a great team, these two. What a wonderful day. So happy for you, Alli and James!
There were no fancy place settings or centerpieces, no bridesmaids or groomsmen, not even a bridal bouquet — just two kids in love, with their parents to witness their vows as Judge Martin formalized their union in a brief ceremony. It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of documenting a sweet little courthouse wedding. I thoroughly enjoyed the short time I spent with Kayla and Cullen. Yes it was cold and damp outside, but we didn’t care. It was all about the moment! Kayla and Cullen met in basic training and fell in like, only to find themselves both stationed at Fort Carson, where like turned into love. Obviously they were meant to be together! I wish them all the best in their new adventure!
Last week I did an Art Déco/Great Gatsby styled wedding shoot at the Windham Grand Mining Exchange in downtown Colorado Springs. The purpose was to show off the Mining Exchange’s elegant new ballroom, the Gold Room, in the gorgeous Art Déco era building adjacent to the main hotel. What a fun day! Our model, Inda, drove over 100 miles to be the “bride”, and the efforts of many wedding professionals all working together made this shoot a huge success. I love the results! I took my visual inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby”. Everything came together just beautifully. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Enjoy!
Location: The Mining Exchange
Model: Inda Kalivoda
Wedding gowns and accessories: Bridal Elegance
Hair: Paige Hoover at Hotheads Studio
Makeup: Rachel Barker
Floral design: Rhonda Nichols
Event design: Terry at Bridal Elegance Event Planners
Gorgeous flowers by Rhonda Nichols.
Gown by Mon Cheri available at Bridal Elegance.
The headband that Inda is wearing is mine, and it’s a geniune piece from the 1920s. I’ve had it for years. Imagine a flapper wearing it back in the day, what a fun thought! Makeup by Rachel Barker, hair by Paige Hoover at Hotheads Studio.
Gown by Mori Lee available at Bridal Elegance.
The Art Déco style pavé earrings from Bridal Elegance were a nice touch.