We all know that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but what about fog? Picture the most beautiful fog you’ve ever seen–where does that fit into wedding day superstitions? Regardless of if it has any true meaning, the insane storms Colorado has been gracing us with these last few weeks have made for some pretty incredible photos and helped make Nick and Kathleen’s wedding day one of the most special we’ve been blessed to be a part of! These two are hopelessly in love and honest to goodness something out of a fairytale. Their adoration for each other and the incredible support from their wonderful family and friends was second to none on this beautiful May afternoon at the Pines at Genesee. Their incorporation of Hawaiian wedding customs made their ceremony so special and genuine. From surprise harps to the best man wiping away the grooms tears, from rainstorms to elaborate leis, and the greatest best man and maid of honor speeches in the history of weddings, the Sutton’s wedding was one for the books!
Congratulations, Nick and Kathleen! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding day!
Taylor and Mike
We love to travel. Anyone who knows us knows that exploring and traveling are our two favorite things. Luckily for us, our career as photographers has led us to some amazing places! Having not yet formally met Paige and Brian, Mike and I were so elated to do a sunset engagement shoot with them just outside of Phoenix, Arizona a couple weeks ago. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE Colorado. However, I’m officially obsessed with the desert and all the amazing scenery that comes with it! Paige and Brian, thank you for being so awesome to shoot! You guys are truly and incredible couple and we can’t wait for your big day in September!
Mike + Tay
Weddings are beautiful and an absolute honor to be apart of. When our couples have been together for nearly a decade though, it adds a new level of excitement to the wedding atmosphere. After nearly 10 years, Mario and Whitney finally tied the knot and we couldn’t be more excited for the two of them! Their sincere and honest love was evident in everything they said and did on their big day. Being huge Broncos fans, the Mile High Station paired with bright orange decor was the perfect day for these two! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Ferrara! Thank you for having us be apart of your awesome day with you!
Taylor + Mike
“Hey, Kari, I have a question for you…” Brent said as he backed away from Kari. She fiddled with the tri-pod (just as planned) as she setup their camera to take some photos of snowy Red Rocks and replied, “Ah huh? Yeah?” Still unaware that Brent was already down on one knee, ring in hand, she finally turned back to look at him and was immediately in shock of what was about to happen!
Proposals are beautiful and hands down one of our favorite moments to be a part of. We didn’t even know what Kari looked like for the first 5 minutes because when Brent popped the big question, she just threw herself into his arms and cried. It was beautiful! Kari and Brent, thank you so much for having us be apart of this beautiful moment! We are so excited for you two!
Taylor + Mike
There’s something so humbling about being in the mountains, but the same can be said for the desert. We just spent last weekend in Moab, Utah, one of our favorite places in the world, camping and running our first half marathon! It was so nice to get a break from the 4′ of snow in our front yard and get some sweet tan lines in 80 degree weather! Feel free to follow us on Instagram for more of our travel photos (@taynfisher). If you’re reading this and are getting married in Moab, we’d love to chat with you about being your photographers!
Enjoy our travel images!
A few weeks ago, we were interviewed by one of Denver’s finest catering companies. One of their questions was, “Which wedding trend are you looking forward to this spring and summer?” Without hesitation, we immediately answered: the first look.
The first look is simply when the bride and groom see each other in a secluded area without any distractions for the first time before the wedding ceremony. This is usually scheduled and prepared by the wedding photographer and is typically far enough away from all the hustle and bustle of pre-wedding events. What initially started out as a great photo opportunity, has quickly turned into a beautiful, organic, and intimate moment in time for a couple on their wedding day to spend a little time together with their best friend before the craziness of the wedding begins. The more first looks we have had the honor of being a part of, the more we value this time for the couple as it’s usually the only time they have alone on their big day.
To be clear, I am in no way trying to undermine the beauty of tradition and waiting until the altar. In fact, Mike and I opted for tradition ourselves, first seeing each other on our wedding day at the altar. My aim is to simply shed light on a relatively new tradition in the wedding industry and offer some considerations to couples who may be on the fence about seeing each other before the wedding ceremony.
The history of waiting until the altar dates back to the times when a father would sell his daughter to a man in the name of marriage to pay off debt, or just make a few bucks. The bride and groom weren’t allowed to see each other until the altar for the sole reason that the groom couldn’t bolt if she wasn’t his type/ugly/had a crazy disease. Seriously, that’s where this tradition began. Since the good ol’ days, it’s become a tradition to wait until the alter for the bride and groom to see each other. However, with the hectic nature of a wedding, many couples are opting for a first look.
Curious to hear the opinions of the couples who did opt for a first look, I decided to interview couples who we’ve had the honor of working with and being a part of their special moment. Hopefully their insight will help you make a decision if you’re consider whether or not a first look is for you!
A couple in love at Red Rocks in the winter is probably one of my favorite things of all time! Bekah and Wes were such awesome troopers during their winter engagement shoot at Red Rocks a couple weeks ago. We are so excited for their big day this fall and can’t wait to be a part of it all! Thank you so much, Bekah and Wes!
I think it’s safe to say we are so excited for Sammi and Mark’s big day! After getting engaged in New Orleans just a few months ago, these two have been at it planning for their big day and we are so excited to be a part of it all. Thanks so much for braving the cold and knee deep snow, you two! You rock and are true Coloradans! We’d also love to extend an incredibly huge THANK YOU to Mark for serving our country in the United States Army and to Sammi for being by his side through it all. We sincerely appreciate your services and sacrifices for our freedom.
Enjoy your photos and bring on September 2015!
Taylor + Mike
When you chat with anyone about their wedding day, whether they’ve been married for 3 months or 47 years, the conversation almost always leads to a proud display of photos. Photographs always have and always will be one of the most nostalgic and precious memories you’ll have from your wedding. Being a bride and a photographer, I’d love to extend some advice on how to choose the person who is best for you! Keep in mind, it’s more than just photos you’re paying for. You’re also investing in peace of mind, guidance, expertise, and an experience. Using these tips will help alleviate some stress for you in the grand and overwhelming search for the perfect wedding photographer!
1. Do Your Research
Good photographers (and bad ones for that matter) tend to create a buzz and a reputation wherever they go and in the lives they touch. Create a list of characteristics and qualities you’re looking for in a photographer and company: do you want to work with a single photographer, or would you prefer two photographers to capture different angles of each moment? Is their website professional and easy to navigate? Do you see a dozens of couples showcased, or do you see one or two couples showcased several dozen times? This can be indicative of their experience and the number of weddings they have shot.
2. Determine Your Personal Style
Each photographer has a specific way they see the world and how they capture that vision. Some photographers have a staged, fine-art style, while others have a more candid, photojournalistic approach that aims to capture and tell a story. Photographers can have several variations of editing styles as well, with some opting for a muted, vintage-style look, and others preferring vibrant colors and higher contrast. Choose the style and look that best represents your personalities and filter your options to photographers who specialize in that area. This will help you easily narrow down whose work you feel drawn to and the style that will best represent and accurately capture your wedding day.
3. Evaluate Their Work
When looking through a photographer’s album, look closely for standard-industry factors, such as clarity, colors, exposure, composition, and focus. Look for common threads and consistency in their editing (adventurous, stylized, candid, posed). Pay attention to how comfortable the people in the images appear and determine if you can see yourself in those images. Hearing couples tell us that our images look relaxed, natural, and happy is the greatest compliment we can receive, as we always aim to make our shoots as fun and as comfortable as possible.
4. Professionalism & Personality
Professionalism in the photography industry is a must, and you can often gauge a photographer’s professionalism from the very first phone call or e-mail. Your wedding day will only happen once, so it’s critical that you choose a photographer you can have absolute trust in. An experienced photographer will know when to offer sound advice on images, locations, timelines, and even other vendors. Be sure to ask questions about how many weddings they’ve shot, their familiarity with your venue, whether they scout out venues prior to the wedding, if they have backup cameras in case of equipment failure, proof of liability insurance, and any other questions that will provide you with reassurance on your wedding day. Feel free to ask questions about their personality as well: is photography their full time job? Why are they passionate about wedding photography? What did they learn from their own wedding day? Their personality is equally as important as their professionalism, which leads us to the final tip…
5. Interview & Reviews
The importance of meshing and having a genuine connection with your photographer cannot be overstated. You don’t have to plan on inviting them to your baby shower (although we love when that happens), but you should feel a sense of comfort and happiness with them. A wedding-industry professional should have a servant heart and mentality, and it’s worth taking the time to find a photographer who lives for their career and for the happiness of others. A photographer with a servant heart is just as interested in the relationship as they are about delivering the highest standard of images. They will live and capture your entire wedding day with you, often spending more time with you than your own family or bridal party. And on the most exciting day of your life, you’ll want your photographer to be your friend in addition to being a professional.
On an ending note, don’t forget to pay attention to reviews from other brides and grooms. Website testimonials may only showcase the best reviews, but Facebook and Google reviews can shed light on the good as well as the bad. They also can’t be edited or deleted to the photographer’s liking, so the words are honest and valuable. Rest assured, if a photographer has thirty 5-star reviews, it’s not because they went through and deleted all the bad ones. It’s because thirty couples were thrilled with their experience and the quality of their photos—and that’s worth more than any words said by the photographer themselves.
Mike said it best when he said, “If Hawaii and Alaska had a baby, it would be New Zealand.” Before we got engaged, Mike and I were totally sold on heading to New Zealand for our honeymoon. However, as many of you know, weddings add up fast. Once we budgeted our honeymoon in we were about $15,000 over what we were planning on. No thank you! We refused to go into debt for our wedding or our honeymoon.
After some serious planning and pact making, we decided that we were going to create a plan of a very strict (and very conservative) wedding budget and continue searching for a way to New Zealand. This took some intense diligence and preparation. Our search ended quite quickly when we discovered an insanely awesome package deal to NZ which revolved around a road trip on the south island, a 3 day layover in Laguna Beach, and a 2 day layover in Fiji. We were elated and booked it immediately! While we were pretty spaced out from jetlag in Fiji, once we got to Christchurch, NZ, we were ready to hit the wrong side of the road in the wrong side of the car and travel this awesome country! We are so thankful to have had this experience and it definitely lit a fire under us as we are already planning our big trip to Iceland in May 2015 (photos to follow)! Enjoy our favorite shots from our epic adventure!
Mike and Taylor
Honeymooning Highlights || 6 THINGS TO DO WHILE HONEYMOONING IN NEW ZEALAND
• See the Remarkables in Queenstown and/or ride the gondola to the top of the city of Queenstown
• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Tekapo
• Rent a car and watch your husband learn to drive in a roundabout on the wrong side of the road and car
• Horseback ride in Glenorchy and/or Christchurch and hearing about the filming of The Lord of The Rings
• Hiking in a rainforest or visit the glacier in Franz Josef
• Eating amazing food for 10 straight days!