Sometimes we get to work with couples that we just want to constantly hug––this would be Ashley and Eric, hands down. From their genuine and amazing personalities, to having an intimate wedding at a beautiful mountain home in Breckenridge, to decorating and preparing the home for a photographers dream, Ashely and Eric certainly deserved big hugs on their wedding day! During toasts, Ashley’s father mentioned how much she impacts people when she meets them and we can’t think of any truer words for this incredible couple. The Wilkinson’s marriage is purely based on love, respect, and a charismatic, bubbly relationship that beams with light everywhere they go! Thank you for being such an awesome couple who planned every detail of one of the most epic weddings we’ve been to! Your marriage is going to be a fun and wonderful journey!
Mike & Tay
From the first time we met Jen and Ryan, we had a hunch about them. Their laid back and completely in love demeanor immediately made us feel as if we had all been friends for years! They invited us to be on their journey to marriage with them from the first time we met them and it’s been such a beautiful love to be a part of. Every detail of their wedding day at Villa Parker was absolutely perfect and directly reflected them as a beautiful couple. After 6 years of being together, needless to say, these two were ready to tie the knot! Jen and Ryan, thank you so much for having us be a part of this amazing and intimate time with you two! Enjoy your photos!
Mike and Taylor
Ryan + Jen’s First Look Interview
From the bride
What are your thoughts about your experience with the first look?
I loved doing a first look, it was great time to spend with my future husband before the big moment. It put me at ease and was a great break from the craziness of getting ready with the girls.
How do you feel it changed, if at all, your walk down the aisle?
It made me feel more confident. Ryan already knew what I looked like and just to hear him say I was beautiful before I walked down the aisle was comforting.
Did your family conflict with your decision to do a first look?
My mom was apprehensive at first, but with a little convincing, especially with our time crunch for photos, she was okay with our decision.
What made it special?
Being able to spend some quality time with Ryan before the whirlwind of the wedding was so nice.
Do you feel it made a difference in your photos?
I think so, we looked really calm and relaxed.
If you had to do it all over again, would you?
Yes! We would do a first look if we had to do it all over again. I would change the people who watched it. I was hoping for some alone time, but with a crowd I was more nervous and didn’t get that great moment alone. It was great however, to get that time in before the wedding, and it made photos after the wedding way less stressful. With our situation, we would not have been able to take the photos we had if we waited till after (all the people every where!).
What was the single most memorable moment of your first look?
Ryan coming around the corner, he looked so handsome and happy, it was a great way to start off the celebration!
No, we didn’t get much time to ourselves after the first look. We were running around in different directions all night.
Moriah & Isaac could easily be classified as two of the sweetest people we’ve ever met. They are also two of the most fun people we’ve ever met! With her bright red nails and bright red lips, Moriah rocked being a bride on her wedding day. Isaac followed suit in his sharp tux and stylish hair. We knew after their super awesome Harley Davidson styled engagement shoot that their wedding day was going to reflect their wonderful and unique personalities. Everything about their wedding day was uniquely styled for them and their loved ones. From the beautiful ornate Catholic ceremony to the mariachi band, these two had one of the most epic wedding days.
We love you guys and are so excited for the journey you’ve began!
Mike & Taylor Fisher
Many people spend a large portion of their lives trying to find what Brett and Kimberly have. When I spoke with the two of them about their big day, they had just recently got engaged and you could just hear the giddiness in their voices! Their love is sincere, true, and unconditional. They’ve been through many things most couples don’t go through for years in their relationship and it has only given them the ability to love the other more deeply and share that with the world. We are so excited we got to be a part of your big day, Kim and Brett! Thank you so much for opening up to us and having us play such an intimate roll in your special day. We hope you’re having a stellar honeymoon!
Taylor & Mike
Brett + Kimberly’s First Look Interview
“Originally, the first look was something that neither Brett nor I were really wanting to do. We wanted to be very traditional and not see each other until we walked down the aisle, but after looking at the time schedule with everything that was happening for the day, we decided we wanted to spend more time at our reception than doing all of the photos before we went to the reception. Also I had a friend who did the first look and said it was one of the greatest experiences of her entire wedding day because it allowed her and her husband to have some private time without all of the chaos that is part of the wedding day. I think the one thing for me with the first look was really being able to focus just on Brett and not on anyone or anything else for a small moment of time. It was truly one of the best experiences and one of the things I remember most vividly. I remember being so nervous I was shaking walking up to him. I was kind of a nervous wreck all day but having him there really calmed me down.
My family was completely fine with us doing a first look; in fact my mom, who I thought would be against it since she is a more traditional type, really wanted us to do it because she wanted us to get to the reception quicker. I think the only person who was actually the most concerned about doing it was Brett, but I think he will agree that some of the first look photos are our absolute favorites. It rained our entire first look, but it made the sky looks really cool and our favorite photo from the first look is the one where we’re holding hands and looking opposite directions and you have all of Wash Park and the grey-ish sky in the background.
If we had to do it all over again, I would absolutely do a first look again. It was a really special time and it was really great to have some alone time in a day that is usually filled with people grabbing you in all different directions. Also, we got married in the church setting and it was fun to have pictures in the park.
Besides the first look, I don’t think we had a lot of time just to ourselves. With seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen you’re always being pulled away and then having a bunch of people wanting to greet you after the wedding, I think our only alone time really was the first look and then of course the first dance but with that, it was being watched by 150 sets of eyes.
And of course our first look experience was made all the better having Taylor and Mike photograph it. You two made us feel so comfortable with everything :)”
What a beautiful Sunday afternoon it was for a wedding in Washington Park! While others were busy playing volleyball, paddle boating, and jogging, Jessica and Jason were preparing to say, “I do” to each other. Their beautiful ceremony was held in one of the flower gardens (which yes, they pedaled to) and they proceeded to the boathouse for their awesome, laid back, relaxing Sunday afternoon wedding! Thank you so much, you two, for having us be a part of your awesome day (and thank you Anita for sending us home with flowers)! You two are such a lovely couple and we are so excited for the next chapters of your life!
Taylor & Mike
The saying goes, “When you know, you know.” When we first met Hanh and Bryan, we knew they had something special and were quite a wonderful couple. All year long, we were excited and anxious for their big weekend because of all the beautiful Vietnamese wedding traditions, the multitude of family love, and the excitement coming from these two! We are so thankful we got to spend a beautiful August afternoon with Hanh and Bryan as they said “We do!” Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home, family, and wedding day!
Mike & Taylor
Bryan + Hanh’s First Look Interview
I was so much more relaxed for our ceremony after I saw Bryan. Our families were supportive of our wedding decisions and knew that since Bryan and I are pretty private people, a first look on our own before the ceremony was a more heartfelt way of expressing our excitement and love. My most memorable moment was Bryan’s reaction: how he immediately hugged me and lifted me up in the air and how completely comfortable and excited we were about each other and about the day. (That’s why I couldn’t stop laughing, all my emotions just bubbled over :]) I would do it all over again because even though all those details were important, our marriage was the most important part of that day and our first look gave me time to soak that in.”
One of the beautiful things about our job is no two weddings are the same, or even remotely close. After we got to Karina’s family’s home on the morning of her wedding, we realized two things: first, that we were two of the only people who spoke English. Second, we were in for a real party! In Armenian culture, the bride spends the day with all of her family members, immediate and extended and the groom does the same. Before the wedding, the groom comes to the brides house to pick her up with his groomsmen in a limo. But before any of that occurs, the grooms family brings the wedding shoes wrapped in an elaborate and beautiful presentation. They run through the house dancing with all of their gifts for the bride and the mother of the groom assists the bride in the final stages before she meets her beloved. Not only were the shoes ornate and beautiful, every detail of their wedding was to the nines! People literally danced in the streets out of excitement and sincere joy for the wedding ceremony that was about to commence!
We were so thrilled with the amount of love, faith, and family binds that we got to experience on their wedding day! As well as the amount of vodka we were offered every 5 minutes, that was epic too! Congratulations, Karina and Levon! You two are perfect together and we didn’t expect anything less than awesome for your big day!
Mike & Taylor Fisher
Mike + Chelsea’s First Look Interview
“Mikey and I loved doing the first look, it was one of the main things I had to have happen with our wedding. Not only did it allow us more time after the ceremony to visit with our guests, it’s a little more personal between the bride and groom without all the guests being there to watch as well. It also helped to calm our nerves before the big walk down the aisle. Even though there was the threat of rain and all the wind, our first look actually turned out really well, I’m so impressed with your work Taylor. I think our first look was really the only personal time we had to ourselves without someone else being around, I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t have had it any other way (well, maybe minus the storm but hey, that’s Colorado for you).”
Their first dance was “Something in the way she moves” by James Taylor. By the time the song was ending and JT repeats, “She’s been with me now, quite a long, long…” Stephanie added in her own couple of “long’s” at the end of the song. After 12 years of being together, Steph and Joe were more than ready to tie the knot! Family cracked jokes and groomsmen made comments about getting in line for the beautiful bride. Despite the jokes, these two are easily some of the most loving and passionate people we’ve ever met. Honestly, you’d think they’d been dating for only a couple months the way they still look at each other, laugh together, and respect the other. I can’t say enough about the Bleymaiers and am so grateful we were a part of their perfect mountain wedding. Thank you so much, you two, for having us there with you as you finally said, “We do”! You are a beautiful and incredibly inspirational couple.
Venue | Ten Mile Station Breckenridge, Colorado
Dress | Anna Be Bridal
Hair & Makeup | Magestic Mountain Beauty
Florist | Iconic Events & Flowers
DJ | Great Times DJ – Bob Bridges
Desert/Cake | SugarBreck
Caterer | Breckenridge/Ten Mile Station
If you want to be absolutely sure people are going to stay focused during your wedding ceremony, one great way is to have an Australian officiate it! Despite being an amazing couple with an incredible group of friends and family, Sam & Todd also had their uncle fly in from Down Under to officiate their beautiful outdoor wedding in Conifer, Colorado. Having grown up in Conifer and being a huge baseball fan, Todd had his touch at the wedding, while Sam used her love for cats as her inspiration for little touches all over the wedding. Their DIY projects were amazing (I felt much better about our wedding when I saw they too showed up with a U-Haul) and despite the sheets of rainfall, made their wedding day absolutely wonderful, intimate, and full of love!
Congratulations, Todd & Sam! You two are such a great team and we are so happy we got to spend the afternoon with you!
Tay & Mike