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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 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

Great Gatsby Photo Shoot :: Brandi

Great Gatsby photo shoot

This client, Brandi, has come to me for pinup photos in the past, but this time she wanted something different: she wanted a Gatsby photo shoot! The Mining Exchange Hotel generously allowed us to use their era-appropriate lobby for most of these, and Brandi styled herself perfectly. I love any chance to do something different and original — this was a really fun Great Gatsby photo shoot!

Gatsby photo shoot

Gatsby photo shoot

Gatsby photo shoot

Gatsby photo shoot

Retro Senior Pictures in Colorado Springs :: Rowan

retro senior portraits in Colorado Springs

I just love these retro senior pictures that I took of Miss Rowan in various locations around Colorado Springs! She’s so dang cute! And very photogenic. Rowan really wanted these to look like they were taken 60 or more years ago, so I did my best to make them as authentic as possible.

I love it when I get a high school senior who wants something different and isn’t afraid to stand out a little. I think Rowan has got miles of style, and a 1950s look works perfectly on her. In fact, she’s wearing her grandmother’s perfectly preserved vintage swimsuit in some of these photos. It’s certainly no surprise that it fits her perfectly, given their shared DNA! And that beautiful 1956 Chevrolet belongs to an acquaintance of mine who was nice enough to let us use it (very, very carefully) for a prop. The vintage blue and white polka-dotted dress is mine, and she bought the black dress at a thrift store. Rowan’s hair and makeup were expertly done by Kimberly Clay Artistry.

Rowan, you rocked your retro senior portraits photo shoot! What fun!

retro senior portraits in Colorado Springs

retro senior portraits in Colorado Springs

retro senior portraits in Colorado Springs

retro senior portraits in Colorado Springs

Online Dating Profile Pictures :: Paula

online dating profile pictures

Do you need online dating profile pictures? You’re not the only one! Miss Paula is newly single and on the hunt. She’s also a big believer in putting your best face forward, so rather than using just cell phone snaps for her dating profile, she asked me take some flattering, relaxed, natural portraits of her. We did these downtown in mid-May, as you can tell from the pink blooms on the eastern redbud trees (I love them, they smell so nice!). For portraits like Paula’s, I always advise my clients to dress like they would for a first coffee date. In other words, something casual and flattering, but don’t look as if you’re trying too hard. I think what she chose for these pictures was perfect. It strikes just the right note. She looks relaxed and pretty, and there’s no doubt in my mind that she stands out among the many on eHarmony.

online dating profile pictures

Pioneers Museum Wedding :: Savannah + Brad

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

I’m so pleased to share this wonderful Pioneers Museum wedding from earlier in the month. It’s been a long time coming for this beautiful couple. After many years together, Brad and Savannah finally decided to tie the knot, and they did it in style with a ceremony at the historic Pioneers Museum and a reception at the Mining Exchange. They were enveloped by the love of the many family members and good friends who had come from seemingly every corner of the country to witness their happiness on this perfect spring day.

I’ve documented nuptials all over Colorado and the surrounding states, and even as far afield as Florida and California, but I’m always happiest when I get to photograph a downtown Colorado Springs wedding. I live minutes away from and spend so much of my time there — I love every nook and cranny of our funky downtown! So I’m tickled whenever I get to work at a historically significant places like the Pioneers Museum and the Mining Exchange, both of them such great wedding venues. It’s even better when I get to work with a couple that are as nice as Savannah and Brad. They made my job so easy!

Congratulations Savannah and Brad, I loved working with you! What a beautiful celebration! Happy honeymoon!

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs

Pioneers Museum wedding Colorado Springs