Nathrop Colorado Wedding at the Tri Lazy W Ranch
Jake and Jen Engelman

Nathrop Colorado Ranch Wedding | Jake and Jennifer Engelman | Colorado Wedding Photographers

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Nathrop Colorado Wedding Photographer at Tri Lazy W Ranch

Wow. We are so thrilled to share have had the honor to be apart of this amazing Nathrop Colorado wedding! It was January when we first met Jen, her mother, and mother-in-law at the Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association Un-Bridal Show in Salida, Colorado. From the first time we chatted with her, we knew we just had to be her and Jake’s wedding photographers! Totally dressed for the part in our cowboy / cowgirl boots, Jen told us about her soon-to-be in laws ranch and her vision for their wedding. As luck would have it, Jake’s folks were our neighbors! What are the odds?

Without missing a beat, we booked their engagement shoot at the ranch, which has held such a special place in our hearts. Jake and Jen gave us a tour of the ranch and told us about all the plans they had for their wedding day there. Needless to say, their big day exceeded all of our expectations!

Jen and Jake, thank you so much for having us capture these memories for you guys. It was truly an honor to be there with you on your wedding day and we can’t wait to see where marriage takes you!
Love, Mike and Tay



How did the two of you meet?

“We met at Colorado Mesa University where we both attended college. We lived in the same dorm and Jake came limping in from rodeo practice. I saw it and held the door open for him while he TRIED going up the stairs and started talking from there!”

Jake, how did you propose?

“Jake proposed by taking Jen to Garden of the Gods, hiking up onto a trail, and asking her there.”

Tell us about planning your Nathrop Colorado wedding at your folks ranch. Having done it, would you do it again?

“Absolutely! Everything was so perfect, the weather, the backdrop, everything! Knowing the setting made planning easier. The best part was just the outdoor setting and having the convenience of the cabins and house to get ready in.”
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What was your most memorable moment from your Colorado wedding day?

Jake: “Jen walking down the aisle.”
Jen’: “Jake crying as [I] walked down the aisle!”

How did you guys choose your folks ranch for your wedding venue?

“As soon as Jake proposed, he said “I want to get married on the ranch.” He wanted to get married there since he moved there.”

What was the most fun part of wedding planning for you?

“The most fun part was taste testing the buntinis and catering!”
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What are you most looking forward to in marriage?

“Planning a life, home and family together with each other!”

If you could pick one word to describe your wedding ceremony, what would it be?


What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding now?

“Remember that there are so many little things your guests truly don’t care about. If something goes wrong, they probably have no idea, and don’t care. So, don’t sweat the small stuff and just have a good time-it’s a party!”
Salida Colorado wedding photographer at ranch wedding
Catering :: Smoking Bones BBQ
DJ :: Shavano Soundz
Venue :: Groom’s Family Ranch
Reception :: Chaffee County Fairgrounds
Cake and Buntinis :: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Flowers :: Beth Davis, Silk Wedding Flowers for Less

13 Comments to “ Nathrop Colorado Ranch Wedding | Jake and Jennifer Engelman | Colorado Wedding Photographers”

  1. Nikki says :

    What lovely Colorado ranch wedding photos! I love the boots! So awesome !

  2. Ally Wasmund says :

    You did a fantastic job on this Colorado ranch wedding! From the details to all the special moments…I bet this couple was so happy with their collection. And that pup with the bow tie?! Aww!!

  3. Emily Harvey says :

    Wow, what a gorgeous Colorado ranch wedding! I love all of the details of this wedding!

  4. Kristy says :

    Love! The dress shots with the antlers were stunning. Seriously adore all the attention to detail. You are so talented

  5. Jaela says :

    This may be one of the coolest wedding albums I have bet seen! I love the inclusion of antlers!

  6. Hilary says :

    Such beautiful Colorado wedding photography! I love all your detail shots. I’m a fan of those!

  7. Jess says :

    What a beautiful day full of so much unique personality! I love that they honored their personalities through their decorations and setup. Those boots are so much fun! Great job capturing this Nathrop Colorado wedding.

  8. Katlin Chamberlain says :

    What a beautiful Colorado Ranch Wedding! The love is leaping off the photos.

  9. Melissa Hirsch says :

    love these colorado mountain ranch wedding photos! What a beautiful couple. and loved learning more about them and their story!

  10. Laurie says :

    What a great Colorado ranch wedding. I love all the candid shots. They couple looks so happy and it shows in the photos.

  11. Mercedes says :

    So beautiful from start to finish! Colorado weddings are so pretty. It’s wonderful how much of their story you shared. You’re not just a great wedding photographer but also a great story teller. Lovely!

  12. Shruthi says :

    This is so cool. I love that you included personal answers into this post along with their wedding photos. It’s basically a scrapbook (2017 version) haha. One creative Colorado wedding photographer thats for sure!

  13. Alyssa says :

    Such a gorgeous Colorado ranch wedding! Love the real dresses