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
Sometimes you meet couples that you just click with. Aaron and Michelle were one of those couples right off the bat! Our shared love of our dogs, the mountains, and hiking immediately made them a couple we totally clicked with from our first meeting. Being from Washington, Michelle and Aaron moved to Colorado and headed straight to the mountains, being just a few miles from our home in the foothills. We were so excited to hear that their love of the mountains was going to carry into their wedding at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Even folks from Washington were blown away at the beautiful Rockies during the couples ceremony. Thank you to for being so incredible and having us share your day with you and Apollo!
Mike and Tay
Details we loved :: Their dog, Apollo, came to their first look dressed to the nines in his bow tie. The blue flower in Michelle’s bouquet was made from her grandfather’s tie, who recently passed. The toast the couple made at their first look while they took some time to be together before the ceremony. The wood slabs at the reception came from Michelle and Aaron’s home in Morrison, Colorado.
Megan and Derrick’s big day last week was the epitome of a stunning summer wedding in Colorado. Surrounded by family and friends, these two said, We do!” at Baldoria on the Water and we are so thankful we got to be a part of their beautiful wedding day! Have a wonderful time in Jamaica, you two!
Taylor + Mike
When I met Brian and Alexei for the first time, I knew they were a unique couple. They way they look at each other could make you melt in 2 seconds flat. Their beautiful spring wedding at Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden, Colorado was graced with an amazing Colorado lightning storm, intimate friends and family, as well as lots of laughter and tears from both the couple and the guests. Not only was Alexei a stunning bride, she became a mother of two wonderful boys. Their wedding ceremony was so meaningful and sentimental and we are so honored we got to be a part of your amazing day you two!
Taylor & Mike
• Vendor List •
Venue + Catering | Mount Vernon Country Club
Flowers | A Florae
Cake | Nothing Bundt Cakes
DJ | Elite DJ
Hair | Robert Lindsey Grimes + Dani K Salon
Makeup | Maegan Moncus
Tux | Mens Warehouse | Vera Wang
Brides Dress | Davids Bridal | Galina Signature
With all this rain in Colorado, Monday night’s engagement shoot with Meaghan and Jackson was quite a welcomed change! We are so excited for these 4 (Meaghan, Jackson, Charlie and Ellie, obviously) and can’t wait for their fall wedding. Congratulations on your engagement you two, and thank you for having us be a part of it all!
Taylor and Mike
Brews, barley, bows, and bulldogs are all just about all you need to know about this awesome couple! Matthew and Cortney live in Kansas City but had their amazing destination, brewery-inspired wedding in the best state for it: Colorado. I mean, really–where else can you find over 200 breweries in one state? Aside from their love of hops and beer, these two easily make for one of the most endearing and true-to-themselves couple. Despite a hit-and-run on their wedding day, a broken wedding dress strap, and their adorable bulldog, Barley, barreling down the aisle at the Pines at Genesee like a bowling ball, Matt and Cortney were able to laugh and smile all day long. We love you guys and are so excited for your marriage!
Taylor and Mike
When April and I started chatting about her vision for her business and the images she wanted in order to portray a specific message, I was amped! I love people with passion for what they do. It makes our job easier and exciting. April’s passion for her career is unmatched and the journey she’s embarking on going to be quite an amazing adventure!
We love you, April, and are so excited to see you making your dreams and vision come true! We can’t wait to share more about her journey into her nutrition business, so stay tuned!
Taylor and Mike
Mustang Owners |
Hair Artist | Brook Ashley Huebner at Bombshell and Beau
Makeup Artist | Josie Ballenger