What started out as a joke about what we wanted for Christmas soon became one of our most memorable adventures. Mike and I love to travel and Iceland had always seemed like an appealing but unobtainable destination. However, after a little research and a lot of planning, we decided to book our plane tickets as our Christmas gift to each other! We went in May 2015 and experienced some of the most incredible terrain on the planet, some of the harshest weather conditions, and some of the best moments of our marriage on this trip. We’re so excited to finally share photos (both camera and iPhone) of our excursions in our tent, on the Arctic ocean, whale watching, and cafe hopping (my personal favorite thing to do in new countries).
Mike + Tay
Mike setting up his shot at Jokulsarlon Glacier.
Seriously, are these two not the cutest couple ever? I can’t believe we get to shoot their wedding in October! Thunder clouds and rain couldn’t keep us a part though 😉 On my way to Kylie and Jason’s engagement shoot, we chatted on the phone as thunder clouds rolled in through the mountains and rain came down. However, we weren’t about to let that stop us from such an incredible shoot, and we’re sure glad we didn’t! Amazing clouds and rain gave us the perfect rainbow and incredible views, all to ourselves at Maxwell Falls in Conifer. We are SO excited for their big day this fall and can’t wait to shoot this adorable couple again!
These two are just simply two peas in a pod! From the first time we met them for beers, we could see the excitement they shared for this incredible time of their lives. Beth and Trevor were engaged in Las Vegas and had wonderful photos to share with us. As they met up with friends, they patiently waited for someone to notice the newest addition to Beth’s finger. While waiting, they couldn’t hold together their laughter and pure bliss until they finally exploded! During their engagement shoot in Boulder, their laughter and love carried through into their photos. We are so excited to be a part of their wedding in the mountains this coming summer! Thank you two so much for having us be a part of such an fun time in your lives with you!
Mike and Tay
Seeing a couple turn into a family is truly an amazing thing. When we first met John and Jenny, they were about seven months pregnant at the Miller’s wedding. Jenny, in all her maternity glow, had made all the cupcakes for her dear friends big day. When we got the opportunity to meet Sir Axton (not his real name, but that cheeky grin is inspired by calling him “Sir”!) we couldn’t wait to see them again! Thank you so much, Mears family, for welcoming us into your lives and sharing a little piece of your family with us. We can’t wait to see you again and watch your little man grow up!
Mike + Tay
A relaxing Sunday afternoon wedding next to the Colorado River surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and close friends and family is a recipe for an incredible wedding! I’m not going to lie, Mike and I were so excited to return to the Double A Barn in Grand Lake for such an awesome couples big day! Abby and Daniel were surrounded by family and friends as they said “We do!” and started their journey through marriage. We are absolutely thrilled for the two of you and are so thankful we got to spend your amazing wedding day with you and your loved ones. We can’t wait to see where marriage takes you!
Tay + Mike
I strongly believe that one of the most emotional things a woman can go through is seeing a friend get married. There are so many emotions attached to that friendship and seeing their closest family and friends all together in one place is truly moving. Brittany and Trevor ironically met at a wedding years ago and Brittany, being a wedding planner herself, has planned tons of weddings for couples she loves and stuffed animals she adored as a child. Seeing these two at the alter brought me and many others to tears as it was the most sincere and emotional days a lot of us had been a part of. Mike and I deeply cherish these two as friends and business partners and are so thrilled and honored to have been a part of this incredible journey to marriage with them! We love you both so much and can’t wait to see where life takes you!
Mike + Tay
Venue :: Della Terra Mountain Chateau | Estes Park, Colorado
Hair :: Jaded Beauty
Makeup :: Nicole Marie Makeup
Design + Planning :: Prive Events
Flowers -Reception & Ceremony :: Hana Style Designs
Flowers – Bouquets & Boutonnieres :: Bailey’s Blooms
Catering :: Tony’s Market
Day of Coordinator :: Glam Event Design
Videography :: Adam Fusion Weddings
Vintage Decor Rental :: Yours For Your Day
Bride’s Dress :: Lazaro | The Bridal Collection
Groom’s Tux :: Custom at Nordstrom
Cake :: Colorado Rose Cake Company
When a wedding day is absolutely flawless, it’s hard not to be on Cloud 9 all day long. Crystal was flawless. Rob was flawless. The weather was (unexpectedly) flawless. The venue was flawless. The schedule was flawless (there’s my photographer coming out!) The band flawlessly rocked everyone’s faces off all night. The guests were…well, you get it! They even had time to toast each other over a glass of champagne at their first look! We are so honored we got to be with Crystal and Rob as they said, “We do!” at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park. Thank you so much, Mr. & Mrs. Bleecher, for having us be with you on your wedding day!
Tay + Mike
Ceremony Site :: Black Canyon Inn
Reception Site/Catering :: Twin Owls Steakhouse
Band :: Woodshed Red
Florist :: Kim and Company
Cake :: Colorado Rose Cake Company
Hair/Make-Up :: Brittany Slaughter
Dress (Penelope Love Marley) :: A&Be Bridal
Rob’s Sports Coat :: Custom from The Bespoke Edge
Sweet serendipity! Would you believe that Thao and Alan ironically met at a wedding nearly 6 years ago? Thao made the first move by asking Alan to dance with. She spent a good chunk of the night hitting on him in hopes that he would ask for her number. Unfortunately, Alan did not ask for her number that night. (For those who know Alan, he is quite the gentleman, and he did not want to give off the “Wedding Crasher” vibe.) Lucky for Thao, Their mutual friend and groomsmen, Gordon, suggested that they be Facebook friends after the wedding. From there, their love blossomed.
Their proposal story is one for the books! Alan is a bit of an admitted technophile, while Thao is not. For her 27th birthday, Alan mentioned that he wanted to get her a new phone. However, she adamantly told him not to get her a phone since he needed to save his money for other things *hint, hint*. Weeks prior to her birthday, much to her dismay, Alan watched Youtube videos comparing smartphones before bed. A couple nights after her birthday, she was cooking dinner when Alan came in and said that her birthday present had finally arrived. He asked if she wanted to open it and she exclaimed “Yes!” Alan told her to put her hands out and close her eyes. He placed a box in her hand and when she opened my eyes… she saw an iPhone box. She started to yell at Alan and told him to return the phone! Quick to think on his feet, Alan said that he couldn’t return the phone because he got a special engraving on it. He told her to open it because she would love the message on the phone. And there it was…a stunning shiny engagement ring! At that moment, Alan went down on his knees and proposed. She obviously said yes.
Crested Butte is Thao and Alan’s favorite mountain town in Colorado, and they try to make it out there at least once a year. So for their wedding they wanted to share this special place with their guests, since most of them have never made it up there before. Thao said, “As absurd as it may sound, there are only two events in which all of your close family and friends gather into one location for you…your wedding and your funeral…and only one of those events you get to enjoy! So we wanted to give them a reason to visit Crested Butte.”
One of the most memorable parts of their wedding was their ceremony. Alan’s dad was the officiant, and they worked with him to write the script. They each picked a poem/reading and wrote their own vows. They were able to put their personal touch on the ceremony, and said that they felt like it truly reflected their relationship. Also, the ceremony site had a breathtaking backdrop which added to heightened emotions, tears, and laughter!
We adore couples who are true to themselves, and they had opted for a s’mores bar instead of a cake. Thao and Alan had pictures of themselves roasting marshmallows and feeding each other s’mores! They told us, “This was another highlight of the day and our guests raved about it. No one missed the cake, and guests thought it was cute and fitting with our mountain wedding.”
That and Alan are like two peas in a pod. Their shared love of photography, hiking, and exploring the wonderful state of Colorado makes them one of the coolest couples around! Their stunning mountain wedding was nothing short of amazing and was filled with lots of family, friends, and even a hike in heels to their first look spot overlooking the Elk Mountain Range. We so adore this couple and are so honored we got to spend the day with you!
Mike and Tay
If there’s any way to make a vacation to Colorado any better than it already is, getting engaged is definitely the cherry on top! When Austin messaged me about the proposal he was planning for Morgan, I was so honored that Mike and I were going to be a part of it. Planning a proposal has to be the single most stressful moment in a man’s life, and I’ve just got to say, I’m so thankful I’m not a man. The rain was coming down in sheets just hours before Austin was going to propose. Minutes before the were scheduled to arrive at Pine Valley Ranch Park in Pine, Colorado, I myself started getting antsy, barfy, my hands were literally shaking, I was nervous. And then I remembered, I’m not the one with a ring in my pocket or a girl on my shoulder who has no idea it was about to happen! Poor Austin, he must be feeling this times a million bajillion! At least I can sing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” in my head to chill out. I’m so glad I’m not a man.
As Austin and Morgan walked towards me pretending to stretch at Pine Valley Ranch Park, Austin and I exchanged smiles. Having never met it was super exciting to see them walking towards us (Mike was close by, 15 feet up in a tree), and I followed close behind as they made their way to the gazebo Austin had planned to pop the big one! I could see Austin getting all the moves ready; he grabbed her hand, told her to take off her sunglasses, and assumed the one knee position! Immediately, Morgan started giggling and before she even said, “YES!” she reached down to steal a kiss from her man and they stood in a beautiful embrace. Once they came out of the hug, Austin yelled, “So that’s a ‘yes’?!” Morgan replied, with so much enthusiasm and without missing beat, “YES! YES!”
It’s so cool shooting the photos right after the proposal because you know, suddenly, their whole world has changed. NOTHING else in the world matters except that moment. Suddenly, Morgan was looking at Austin and I’m sure thinking something like, “F-O-R-E-V-E-R! My FIANCE! My HUSBAND! My WHOLE LIFE!” Thank you, Austin and Morgan, for having us be a part of this incredible moment in your lives and for trusting us to document these amazing minutes for you! We’re so excited for this incredible journey into marriage!
Taylor and Mike
I can honestly say, with the most sincerity, that we’ve never met a couple who makes each other laugh as much as Laura and James do! Their classic and sophisticated black, white, and red wedding at the Golden Hotel in Golden, Colorado made for the perfect summer Sunday afternoon. Throughout the entirety of their relationship, the number 21 and the date of the 21st has always marked a special day for these two, so they kept their lucky number and tied the knot on June 21, 2015, Father’s Day! Their ceremony was full of laughter and true love. Laura and James, thank you so much for having us be there with you as you said, “We do!”
Taylor and Mike
:: Details we love ::
• The boys have an “Adidas girl” who made a special delivery (yes, delivery) for them at the
Golden Hotel with 4 pairs of white and black Adidas kicks, a surprise to Laura!
• Laura’s “something blue” toenails
• Laura’s stunning shoulder length veil with black lace trim