I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Amy & Dave are one of the coolest couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with! Their adoration for each other and love for the Lord were so apparent on their beautiful wedding day at Perry Park. Storm clouds rolled in, as they often do on weddings, but held out until all the wedding festivities were done, giving us a beautiful storm during their dancing and partying!
Thank you for having Mike & I be apart of your intimate wedding day. It was truly an honor that we got to be a part of it!
Mike & Tay
When your friends and family don’t hesitate to crack a joke and comment on how long you’ve been together as a couple, you know it’s been a while. However, we knew from the first time we met with them they were an amazing and genuine couple who deserved nothing short of the best. When Arty was telling us the story of how he proposed, our jaws were literally hurting from laughing so hard! And Nicole may be one of the sweetest people alive. After putting on her wedding dress she looked at all her girlfriends and said, “Do you think he’ll like it?” And while practicing her vows, she had the biggest cheese on her face. If any couple was meant to be together, it’s these two. Thank you so much, Mr. & Mrs. Mar for having us there for your wedding day! You are truly an inspiring coupe with some of the biggest hearts we’ve seen!
Arty + Nicole’s First Look Interview
What are your thoughts about your experience with the first look?
I could rant and rave about the first look. I felt like the experience was perfect for Arty and I. We were both apprehensive about being the center of attention the entire day so this gave us time to be together, have a few drinks, and relax. I wouldn’t have done it any other way, it was truly the most memorable part of our whole day. We had so much fun cruising around in golf carts; just him and I! Then, we’d stop at beautiful scenic places and you’d [Taylor] capture a picture of us truly happy, it was great!
How do you feel it changed, if at all, your walk down the aisle?
Since you spend the entire day (and night before) apart, I felt like we needed to connect before we were in front of everyone. I feel that the energy walking down the aisle changed from being nervous to pure bliss!!
Did your family conflict with your decision to do a first look?
I think people that appreciate tradition may have had a hard time understanding the concept, but I feel like you do so much on your wedding day to please everyone else that this was something we knew we wanted.
What made it special?
Do you feel it made a difference in your photos?
I couldn’t have imagined taking photos after the ceremony, I had a hard enough time taking all the family photos! I also felt like it captured more of our excitement.
If you had to do it all over again, would you?
Aside from the first look, do you feel like you had much time to yourselves on your wedding day?
I love my job for so many reasons, but one of the main reasons is for the love stories. Every couple and every family has a unique love story that is only theirs. Kurtis and Sarah met 18 years ago in grade school and although the years brought separation between them, earlier last year they found themselves sitting in a cafe catching up. It wasn’t long after that coffee date that Kurtis called Sarah and asked her on a “real date”, which was followed by courting and eventually their beautiful wedding day at the Evergreen Lake House. Mr. & Mrs. Adams, we are so thankful you asked us to be a part of your amazing and beautiful love story. We are so honored and thrilled we were there to document such an incredible chapter of your lives!
If ever there was a couple who deserved to be happily engaged, it’s Brittany and Trevor. Being a wedding planner herself, Brittany thrives off of marriage, love, and other people’s happiness. She’ll do absolutely anything for anyone without even thinking twice about her own interests. When Trevor called to tell me he was planning on proposing to the love of his life right after her 30th birthday and a surprise trip to Chicago, I was elated! Literally, I ran around the house squealing and giddy as a school girl knowing that Brittany was finally going to get to plan her own wedding with the man she loved!
After getting off a plane in Denver from her surprise birthday trip to Chicago, Trevor had plans to take Brittany on a helicopter ride from Broomfield to the Ken Caryl Manor House. Little did she know that the ride was going to end with her life changing! In the midst of the rain, Trevor got down on one knee and the soon-to-be bride started grinning ear-to-ear as she realized what he was doing. “I had a lot I was going to say, but all I could get out was ‘Will you marry me?'” Trevor said when we met up with them. Brittany said, “I had no idea! I thought it would be another year or two!”
Congratulations future Mr. & Mrs. Tolibas!
When Moriah and I met for coffee back in January, we immediately hit it off! With talk of weddings, proposals, Issac being a barista, and all things girly, we immediately knew we were going to be a good fit to work together during her and Issac’s wedding season. However, when she mentioned that they wanted to incorporate their motorcycle into their engagement photos, I wanted to high five her and jump up and down! Not only did I know it would be one of the coolest shoots we’ve ever shot, Mike and I also ride (not Harley, but whatever…) and there’s a common thread with motorcyclists. My instincts were right and Moriah and Issac’s stylized engagement shoot has been one of our favorites to date! You two are such an incredibly passionate and perfect couple and we are so stoked for your wedding (and totally wish the Harley could be there for it––maybe we can work on those logistics later!)
Taylor & Mike
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Well, that may be so, but I believe better luck was what happened at Renee and Mike’s rustic mountain wedding! Although fire season is upon us in Colorado this time of year, 2014 has decided to bless us with immense thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and copious amounts of rain. Great for fires, terrifying for weddings. Despite the downpour of rain only minutes prior to the newlywed’s wedding ceremony starting, the entirety of their ceremony and photo shoot we were gifted with amazingly beautiful storm clouds without the rain. Literally, the moment we finished Mike and Renee’s portraits, the rain started and the lighting and thunder followed quickly behind as we raced to the reception hall at the Shupe Homestead.
Renee and Mike, you are a beautiful couple with super awesome friends! We are so excited for your lovely marriage and thank you for having us be apart of such a beautiful day!
Taylor & Mike
When I decided to pursue my passion as a photographer, all I wanted was for people to like me and my work (let’s face it, that’s still true). Most of the couples we work with have heard about us from a friend or found us online. However, the day one of my dearest and oldest friends called and said she wanted me at her wedding, I was elated. You see, having the support from friends who cherish you and your work takes how you view yourself as a business woman to a whole new level. Kelly and Ben took me very seriously, which made me look at myself and my business in a totally new way.
Now, from the first time I met Ben and saw how he and Kelly interacted together, I think our entire group of friends knew they were meant to be. While both of them have an awesome sense of humor, Ben took Kelly’s goofiness and other amazing qualities to an entirely new realm. He compliments her in so many ways that our group of friends had never seen in any other relationship we had witnessed. Likewise for Ben, Kelly compliments him and brings out his awesome and unique traits on a regular basis. Their never ending slew of inside jokes, exchange of hilarious facial expressions, and trust in each other set the bar for the rest of the relationships in their life.
Kelly and Ben, I can’t thank you enough for trusting me and allowing me to play a role in the happiest day of your lives. You are truly one of the most beautiful, strong, and loving couples I’ve ever met and I am absolutely thrilled I get to share in just a small part of that. I love you both dearly and am so happy for the journey you’ve began in your wonderful lives!
PS. Thank you for throwing one of the best weddings EVER with some of the best family members and some of the world’s best dancers. Only the Dotson’s could pull off a wedding that awesome!
Ben + Kelly’s First Look Interview
“Ben & I are both so happy we did a first look. The entire experience made the day so much more relaxing & meaningful. Instead of avoiding each other & feeling pressured to keep hidden, it was so special to spend most of the afternoon together as a couple, family, and bridal party. It made waiting for everything to start fun, not stressful.
The first look experience didn’t make seeing each other at the alter any less special. If anything, we felt closer and more ready for the moment. And with all our family & friends staring at me as I walked down the aisle, it was hard to focus solely on Ben’s face. I’m so happy I got to see the expression on his face up close, not across the room, when he saw me in my dress for the first time. And if I ever forget that look, I have a photo of it!
Fortunately, neither of our families had an opinion about us seeing each other before the ceremony. Frankly, they were pretty happy about the idea of getting all of the pictures (with the exception of a few with rings on) out of the way before the wedding. From a practical standpoint, too, it was great to not feel rushed or like we were being rude to our guests by holding up the entire reception. The only major change to the timeline was how soon we had to get ready, and since we had an evening ceremony it wasn’t a big deal. Plus, my make up & hair was still flawless. Our outdoor ceremony was short, but hot, so it was nice to have most photos taken before all of the sweating & kissing (touch-ups can only do so much!)
The best part of the experience was getting to spend so much of the day together, just the two of us (and Taylor). It’s true what they say—the entire day absolutely flew by! It was so great being surrounded by family & friends all night, but if we hadn’t done the first look, I honestly don’t know how much time we would’ve gotten to just sit back & soak in the fact that it was our wedding day. Having the first look gave us a chance to have a truly private moment, and seeing those pictures remind us of how awesome our wedding day was—not just the formal events, but also the entire day.”
I think one of the most amazing and intimate aspects of my job is being at a maternity shoot. Kelly, a beautiful soon to be mama quickly welcomed me into her home a few weeks ago for her maternity shoot. Her and her husband Mat are expecting their first baby girl in just a few weeks. Despite the usual pregnancy symptoms, Kelly was absolutely glowing and said the one thing she misses most about not being pregnant is a good workout! Thank you so much, you two, for welcoming me into your home and following me around Chautauqua Park. I can’t wait to meet your little lady!
If any of our photos have ever expressed the characters in front of the camera, these would have to be them! Amy & Dave are one of the most endearing, loveable, and genuine couples I think we have ever met. Since our first coffee date a few months back, we knew they were an awesome couple. Myself being from the YoungLife family, I felt like I had an immediate connection with newly engaged couple, and their engagement shoot only reiterated that feeling!
Amy and Dave are one of the most fun loving couple we have the honor of working with and immediately put a new element of lightheartedness and goofiness into their engagement shoot (but they work with YL…I’m pretty sure there’s a pre-req for being fun loving and goofy!) They happily followed direction to our absurd requests like, “go jump off that bench.” They never questioned it, just asked “How high? Out of the camera frame?” They laughed at my dumb jokes and mirrored my and Mike’s overzealous excitement for awesome photos that were only SOOC (straight out of the camera). We are so thrilled to be working with you, future Donley’s, and feel so honored to be a part of this wonderful journey that you’re on!
Some people just make our job easy. Stephanie and Joe are those people. When we first met these two, they immediately displayed what a fun and incredible couple they were (you know, the type we all love). Their coolness in front of the camera and Stephanie’s constant giggles made for an awesome shoot at an awesome location (with awesome clouds and an awesome dog with an awesome lake that was just all around awesome). Steph and Joe have been together for 10 years…no, 12––well, there’s still a dispute about it, but they’re into the double digits––and are finally tying the knot this summer in Breckenridge! From hearing about Joe’s proposal to all of the moving they’ve been doing in the last few years, we had such a blast getting to know these two. At some points, I totally forgot we were there for a photo shoot and just kept talking their ears off. Stephanie and Joe, we are so excited for your big day and are so honored to be a part of it! Thanks for being a genuinely beautiful couple!