Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse || Flowers: Margaret Joan Florals || Hair + Makeup: Danielle Roberts || Dress Designer: Nelli Uzun ||
I'm a lover of color, family, love, laughter + sunshine.
I also live on coffee + tacos, but what mom of toddlers doesn't?1
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 ago. 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...
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...
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...
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