On July 3rd of last year I documented a marriage proposal at the Broadmoor (to see those pictures, click HERE). Exactly a year later I was at the Broadmoor again, this time documenting a renewal of vows for a couple whose wedding I shot there a decade ago. Talk about full circle! I can’t believe ten years have flown by so quickly. So much has changed for Heather and Ray in that time frame (most remarkably, four gorgeous sons!), but what hasn’t changed is their strong love, support and admiration for each other. It was incredibly touching for me to be a part of this day, watching them profess their love for one another again, with their boys witnessing it all. What a wonderful day!
I’ve done many engagement portraits, at the Broadmoor and everywhere else you can think of (even Pikes Peak!), but I’ve never actually documented an engagement — that is, a nervous guy getting down on bended knee to propose to his sweetie. That’s why I was so thrilled to have this joyful assignment last week, on the eve of Independence Day. It was spectacular! So much love, happy tears, laughter and rejoicing! It was made doubly so when Courtney and Richie walked back to their suite after the big moment to find Courtney’s family there, much to her amazement. They had made the trip from California in secret to surprise her! Richie’s mom Bryn planned the whole thing, and she and Richie’s family were all there too, so it was a wonderful flurry of happy hugs, tears and toasts, after which we strolled around the lake and made some portraits to commemorate this wonderful occasion. Congratulations Courtney and Richie! I wish you all the best!
I admit it: I cried. How could I not? Somehow I managed to get all of these incredible moments while blubbering like a baby 🙂
One of my favorite moments of the day is when Richie did a little happy dance (the photo on the right).
An excited mother of the groom, Bryn, opened the door to reveal…
Courtney’s family, who secretly made the trip to surprise her!
There was never any doubt! Since the couple has been together for six years, Bryn was certain of a “yes”. She hung up this banner with utter confidence.
Bryn put together lots of mementos and goodies to honor the occasion, such as specially bottled wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and these custom made July 4th-themed bandannas for one and all.
Here’s everyone in both families, looking mighty happy! (I told them to laugh like Dr. Evil.)
Richie and Courtney make a handsome couple!
The gorgeous ring.
Congratulations, Courtney and Richie!
My last wedding of the year couldn’t have been sweeter. I love their story: Susan and David knew each other in college but weren’t romantic, and reconnected years later on Facebook. One thing led to another, and we found ourselves at the historic Sheldon Jackson Chapel in Monument, Colorado on a snowy November Saturday as these two lovebirds tied the knot! The ceremony was even more special because David’s dad, Devere, officiated. Afterward, family and friends gathered at David’s parents’ comfy home for a delicious home-cooked meal. It was absolutely lovely. Congratulations Susan and David, it was the best!
Yes, these are foosball figures! It’s an inside joke between Susan, David and their friends. I thought it was hilarious! What do you think of the “bride”? ;^)
Susan and her entourage got ready at the Broadmoor.
Susan’s son escorted her up the aisle.
The classic “cake topper” pose — I thought it would be apropos, since the Sheldon Jackson Chapel has such a sweet, old-fashioned ambience.
Susan was glowing with happiness!
This is literally everyone that was at the wedding. I love it when I can get a fun group shot like this!
A great shot of Susan with her oldest friend, Erin.