Last week, Kate and her Husband, Cory joined me in Dillon, Colorado for a drink and snow portraits. While I’m “new” to Colorado, I feel like I’ve been one with the snow for years. Weird, right? Well for the last two years I’ve spent most of the Spring/Summer/Fall months traveling around the US, so most of my experience with Colorado is with a foot of snow on the ground. You tend to learn quickly how to layer and to always keep gloves and a hat in your jacket. California family, it’s not that bad, really. I would take snow over 110 degree summers ANY day! Plus, sweater weather. I never actually knew what sweaters were for living in Southern California…and now I own enough for a small village. 😉
Kate + Cory eloped 5.5 years ago, and 4 years ago on New Years Eve they partied with their closest friends and family. But a blizzard got in the way of them having any outside photos of the two of them, so this winter they decided to change that! We explored Lake Dillon for a short time and then drove up the Loveland Pass to finish the session with a beautiful snow storm going on around us. They were amazing in the freezing temperatures and hid their hand-warmers well!
It was normal Colorado Mountain weather, sporadic rain clouds with pockets of beautiful blue skies. But those little rain clouds weren’t going to stop Teri + Ryan from getting married that day. After 8 years, they knew this was the perfect time for them. They drove down from Iowa with their close friends and family in tow.
Elopements are a photographers dream (or at least my dream!), we spend time photographing the sweet ceremony and then have the opportunity to drive around and explore a beautiful place – no stress, just beautiful couples portraits. Congratulations Teri + Ryan! And thank you for sharing that Summer Shandy with me, thats now my favorite seasonal airport drink! 😉
It’s been hard to keep this one a secret! Last November I flew up to San Jose, California for a very special + secret elopement! We made our way up to the Lick Observatory (my dream spot since I’m a space nerd) and played in the California golden light and ended the day in front of the Great Lick Refractor. (The name makes me giggle a bit)
Kyle + Mike found me and the rest of the vendor team from the fun Doctor Who Styled Wedding shoot we did a few years back. I loved how Kyle + Mike incorporated little nods to the BBC show.
I love elopements. Something about them pulls at the heartstrings…and when a sparkly dress is thrown in the mix I kinda go nuts. Rebecca + James have known each other for over 12 years, and knew they wanted to make their wedding day a private, personal ceremony. Other than the officiant (she’s fantastic btw), I was the only other person there and had the honor of being a witness. Yeah, extremely cool.
Even though I was meeting Rebecca + James in person for the first time, the location was very familiar to me. It’s a little off the beaten path, but hands down one of my favorite places to shoot in Nevada. We used the last little bit of sunlight to explore the area before the newlyweds drove back to Vegas for a nice meal.
Prep Location: The Bellagio || Ceremony: Nelson Ghost Town || Hair + Makeup: Amelia C & Co, Las Vegas || Dress Designer: Rachel Gilbert || Florist: Floral 2000 || Officiant: Angie Kelly – Peachy Keen Unions ||
2014…what can I say. It was a crazy good year. I became a wife, photographed 34 weddings, traveled to 2 countries, 10+ states, and packed up and moved to Colorado with my husband + two cats that I think would be much happier plotting world domination.
Thank you. Thank you for letting me into your lives and not running away when I dance like no one is watching. My favorite images this year have a theme…laughter, rad locations + love. Because if you cant laugh at the fact that you are making out in front of complete strangers with a photographer cheering you on…I’m not sure we could be friends.
It was impossible to include everything, in fear of breaking the internet. Really though, I started with over 600 images…and painfully brought it down to where my browser wouldn’t crash into a fiery death. Grab a bottle of wine, put aside 2+ hours in your calendar and enjoy.
As we were getting on the flight in Miami we only knew a few things:
#1 – Between the three of us, we could speak a mix of English, Spanish and a few words of Portuguese (me less than everyone else).
#2 – We were okay without having a solid plan. It was only 3 days in Brazil, so keeping things simple and relaxed was our goal.
#3 – Angel and Chris will be married by the time we come back to the states.
Elopements mean so much to me. Especially after my own wedding…because like most couples, we played with the idea pretty much every day while planning. Marriage means so much more than the party or the piece of paper that you sign in the courthouse, it’s a promise, commitment, and choice to choose that person every day. And after seeing the Rio De Janeiro Botanical Garden, we knew it was the perfect place for their elopement…
Thank you Angel + Chris for letting me into such an intimate moment between the two of you, it’s a day I will never forget and will always treasure.