Cecilia and Tom : a Mountain Wedding in the land of Fall and Winter

Cecilia and Tom got married in Camp Hale, a 30 minutes drive from Vail. In order to get to this beautifully secluded valley you must drive through twisty roads lined with massive clusters of Aspen trees. The mountains looked painted from green to dark yellow, It was the most beautiful mountain road I have seen in this state.

Our couple wanted a wedding that mixed the rustic feel of the cabins, the mountains and trees with the delicate touch of dark blue and light pink and the result was glorious in spite of everything that happened that day!

Soon after we arrived it started raining and then snowing. The temperature dropped, the clouds lingered and everything was cold and wet. Cecilia’s flowers had frozen overnight and the bouquets were rearranged with what could be salvaged and aspen leaves.  The ceremony site was outside and the venue wasn’t sure about celebrating the wedding there because the path to it was slippery and the benches wet with snow. Finally the speaker stopped working so Cecilia didn’t get her song to walk down the aisle.

Any one of those event would have rattled a groom and a bride who wanted their  perfect day, but not Cecilia and Tom!  Those two were excited about the snow, they marveled over the newly made bouquets, let go of the speaker situation and stood outside, in the middle of a frozen land, surrounded by very cold and happy guests, and professed their love to one another with the kind of intensity that warmed everyone.

The guest cheered on and everyone amazed by the beauty of the place, wrapped in clouds with the yellow aspens poking their ways through the fog.

And so here are the three things I learned from that day :

  • Let go of the details and enjoy the unexpected
  • Remember why you are there and focus on all the love that surrounds you
  • No matter what happens, I will stand by you and help make this wedding the most kick ass wedding you will ever have!

Many congratulations to this fantastic, resilient and loving couple. You guys rock!

Venue :  Camp Hale, Redcliff CO

http://www.novaguides.com/camp-hale-lodge/weddings/


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Jill’s maternity session

Jill touches every person who crosses her path with her incredible presence and her down to earth attitude.  The reason that she is such a positive influence in people’s lives is that she is fearless and she helps people see that in themselves too. It least that is what happens to me every time I see her!

Her and I have known each others for many years and I was able to photograph her as a dancers, her engagement and wedding.

Not surprisingly, Jill had something very specific in mind for her maternity session, she wanted memories of her body, not wrapped in fabric, not hidden behind little pictures or boots or her husband’s hug. She wanted the raw beauty and epic feel of what it is to be pregnant while claiming her beauty and power as a woman.

This session was my chance to tell her story, not only of her carrying a little miracle, but also of her as a goddess, a fearless and graceful leader.

This session is to me the start of a new era for Jill and I :

Her baby was born last week and now Jill is embracing life as a mother. I have no doubt that she will raise and amazing and fearless little human being.

As for me…after her session I pledged to photograph women in a way that not only tells their story but also helps them see how powerful they can be!

Thank you Jill for this amazing session and congratulations to you and Ross on your new baby!

 

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Lorraine and Aaron’s Rainbow Wedding at the Stone Mountain Lodge

How to create an intimate and offbeat wedding in the mountains:

First you choose the venue:  A small venue surrounded by trees with a river running through it and ducks swimming in the little pond.  The ceremony site is secluded and allows for a tight circle to form around you, as you say your vows.

Second you settle on a theme: Lorraine wanted EVERY color of the rainbow for her wedding and so it was. From her dress to the napkins, from her wedding circle to the candle holders, everything was colorful. The rainbow theme was daring and unique and this couple pulled it off beautifully. The tables were  covered with memories, photographs, lovely messages and handmade soaps that enhanced the intimacy of the place.

Third you make this wedding truly your: Aaron wore his father’s wedding shirt and Lo wore a necklace from the 1850s. The family and friends present have been in their lives forever.  This wedding was a mix of traditions and modernism that embraced love, respect to everyone’s uniqueness, and kindness.

Finally: Add good food, good music, tons of laughter and silliness (once you meet Lo you never forget her laugh), plenty of dancing, and (how could I forget) Aaron’s beer! And there you have it: a perfect, intimate, offbeat, fun filled wedding! Congratulations to our lovely couple!

Stone Mountain Lodge, Lyons Colorado

Stone Mountain Lodge, Lyons Colorado

Venue Stone Mountain Lodge
Venue Stone Mountain Lodge
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The Carter’s family necklace that Lo was wearing very carefully
The groom and his dog Stone Mountain Lodge
The groom and his dog
The rings and barrel Stone Mountain Lodge
The rings and barrel
Wedding decorations Stone Mountain Lodge
Wedding decorations
Bridal Dress, hand dyed Stone Mountain Lodge
Bridal Dress, hand dyed
Bridal shoes Stone Mountain Lodge
Poetic License Bridal Shoes
The Bride Stone Mountain Lodge
The Bride
The first look Stone Mountain Lodge
Stone Mountain Lodge
Bridal Bouquet Stone Mountain Lodge
Bridal Bouquet
First Look Stone Mountain Lodge
First Look
Groomsmen Stone Mountain Lodge
Groomsmen
Rainbow Wedding
Rainbow Wedding
The venue : Stone mountain Lodge
The venue : Stone mountain Lodge
Summit the dog as ring bearer
Summit the dog as ring bearer
The ring exchange Stone Mountain Lodge
The ring exchange
The Kiss Stone Mountain Lodge
The Kiss
Rainbow wedding circle Stone Mountain Lodge
Rainbow Wedding Circle
Groom and bride in Lyons
Lorraine and Aaron at the overlook
Mountain top view of Lyons
Lorraine and Aaron at the overlook
Mountain top view of Lyons
Mountain top view of Lyons
Cocktail hour @Stone Mountain Lodge
Cocktail hour @Stone Mountain Lodge
The reception tent Stone Mountain Lodge
The reception tent
Rainbow Wedding
Rainbow Wedding
Rainbow Wedding
Rainbow Wedding
First dance
First dance
Rainbow lights of groom and bride
Rainbow lights of groom and bride

Venue :  Stone Mountain Lodge  https://www.stonemountainlodge.comEvent

Planner : Jennifer Peralta eclecticharmonydesigns.com

Catering : Smoke Shack BBQ  http://smokeshackbbq.com

Desserts :  Nothing Bundt Cakes http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com and Estes Park Pie Shop : http://www.estesparkpieshop.com

Flowers :   www.theBouqs.com

Officiant : Lenny Scovel https://atyourserviceceremonies.com
Dress colors : Erica Martin www.highflyerfashion
Music : Dave Crotser

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A mountain wedding in Estes Park

Lauren and Katie’s mountain wedding at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park, Colorado

Lauren and Katie got married on a sunny day at the beautiful Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. Located near the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park, this gorgeous wedding venue looks like a fairy tale with it’s gorgeous stone buildings and manicured grounds, all of it surrounded by majestic mountain and evergreen trees.

The wedding

Lauren and Katie had a traditional Jewish wedding. Every single detail of this event was carefully planned to incorporate the natural beauty of the mountains and the brides’ interest. Lauren and Katie’s invitation, for example, turn into wildflowers when you plant them (they have seeds embedded inside them). The mother of the bride created custom printed chocolate bars, playing on Lauren’s last name (Hershey). The brides’ dresses matched beautifully along with simple and gorgeous hairdos and flowers.

The power of the feminine

What makes this wedding truly unforgettable is the rabbi’s speech during the ceremony, where she talked about the power of the feminine. We could feel  this power all around us. It was the unstoppable power of two individuals who love and care about each other, two people who balance each other completely.  We also felt it in the love that each family brought to this wedding, it was felt during the dances and the toasts.

This wedding was truly a wonderful starting point to a loving and happy marriage, and I felt grateful and honored to be a part of it.

Lauren, Katie, thank you for this amazing day. I can’t wait to share the rest of those images with you!

Wedding venue: Della Terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Wedding venue: Della Terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Bridal make up
Lauren getting ready with the help of Jessica Padilla
Bridal dress in Della Terra's Moon Suite
Katie is getting into her dress
Off beat bridal glamour portrait in Della terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Katie in the tub
Portrait of the bride
Portrait of Lauren
candid moment bride and mom
Moment between Lauren and her mom
Bride's first look
Katie walking toward Lauren for the first look
Brides first look
The brides’ first look
The wedding party on the bridge of the Della terra
The wedding party on the bridge
bride's men jumping with blue suspenders
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offbeat bridal party pictures
The Bridal party
Offbeat portrait of Lauren and Katie kissing behind their comic book
Lauren and Katie behind their favorite comic book
Brides having fun, Sunflower bouquets
Lauren and Katie
brides kissing in the meadow, Della Terra, Estes Park
brides kissing in the meadow
brides walking toward ceremony site Della Terra
The brides walking towards the ceremony site
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
The ceremony and view
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
The brides with the Rabbi
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
the kiss
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Just married
Bride kisses grandfather on cheek
Lauren and her grandfather
The wedding cake and little dolls of the brides
The Cake !
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The wedding invitation
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The Horah
Bride's bother toast
The toast

Venue : Della Terra Mountain Chateau http://www.dellaterramountainchateau.com

Event planning SeaAnna & Krista Curate Denver https://www.curateeventsanddesign.com

Catering : Jubilation Catering  http://www.jubilationscatering.com

Cake : Piece Love and Chocolate https://pieceloveandchocolate.com

DJ : Jay Kasick https://srodj.com

Videography : David Myers http://www.niceshotfilms.com

Flowers : Brigitte Ohler Floral design of Europe http://www.fdofeurope.com

Hair :Jolene, Bella Capelli Hair Studio http://www.bellacapellihairstudio.com

Make up : Jessica Padilla No guts no glamour http://nogutsnoglamour.com

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Engagement session in the Mountains

Engagement Session in Boulder, CO

Cecilia and Tom’s engagement session took place at the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, Colorado, on  a beautiful winter afternoon. It is usually difficult to pick a day for a winter session because the weather is so unpredictable, however that day in the Rocky Mountains was extraordinarily warm and beautiful. Consequently we spent the session taking in the breathtaking scenery and enjoying the sun. My couple loves the outdoors, and moved to Colorado to be closer to nature.

Cecilia and Tom will get married on September 23rd, 2017 at Camp Hale near Vale and  I can’t wait to photograph their wedding!

Until then please enjoy their pictures!

To receive more information about my engagements and weddings, please click here.

Mountain Engagement photos, Lost Gulch, Boulder
The park near the Lost gulch Overlook
Mountain Engagement photos, Lost Gulch, Boulder
Engagement Session at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO
Engagement Photos at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO
Engagement Session at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO

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Carrie and Eric’s Wedding in Estes Park

Carrie and Eric’s wedding was an amazingly well planned event, in part due to Carrie’s beautiful sense of style and her very sharp and detail oriented mind. From the decorations to the bridesmaids shoes, this wedding was a delight to the eye.

It was a pleasure to photograph this beautiful event, hand crafted with all the love and attention that Carrie brings into everything she touches.

Congratulations to my lovely couple! Can’t wait to show you the rest of the pictures!

the bridal dress with all the fine details of a well orchestrated wedding
the bridal dress with all the fine details of a well orchestrated wedding
the bridal pearls : something old...
the bridal pearls : something old…
the wedding bands on lace
the wedding bands on lace
bridal bouquet
bridal bouquet
the flower girls
the flower girls
St Mary's Lake Lodge
St Mary’s Lake Lodge
The Boutonniere
The Boutonniere
The first look
The first look
The first look
The first look
The bridesmaids shoes
The bridesmaids shoes
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The marriage license
The marriage license
The wedding cake
The wedding cake
The reception
The reception
Carrie
Carrie
Eric
Eric
The first dance
The first dance

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The garter
The garter
The bouquet toss
The bouquet toss
Congratulations Carrie and Eric!
Congratulations Carrie and Eric!

Venue : Mary’s Lake Lodge http://maryslakelodge.com/

Cake  :Colorado Rose Cake http://www.coloradorosecakeco.com/

Officiant : Rev Brigette Weier

Flowers :  Kim and Company www.kimandcompany.org

DJ : Grant Marsik

Hair and Make up : The hair Ninja Studio https://www.facebook.com/NinjaofHair/

Ties : The Knotty Tie Co https://www.knottytie.com/

 

 

Megan and Brian wedding at the Westin!

Megan and Brian got married on a sunny afternoon in Westminster, Colorado. For this beautiful wedding, Megan chose purple and burned orange for her colors and everything from the dresses to the table centerpieces looked absolutely stunning. The highlight of the wedding was with the first dance, a breathtaking performance by the groom and bride followed by a medley of flash mob dancing that left everyone cheering!

Congratulations to my beautiful, fierce, charismatic Megan and my oh so funny groom, Brian, who by the way can dance like none’s business!

I can’t wait to share your wedding pictures with you!

The Wedding dress
The Wedding dress
Bridesmaids Getting Ready
Bridesmaids Getting Ready
Megan and her bridesmaids by the hot tub
Megan and her bridesmaids by the hot tub
The Groom
The Groom
The groom and his groomsmen in the Lobby
The groom and his groomsmen in the Lobby
The Bride
The Bride
The bride before her first look
The bride before her first look
First look
First look
Megan and Brian
Megan and Brian
The bridal Bouquet
The bridal Bouquet
The Bride
The Bride
The Veil
The Veil
Megan and her mom
Megan and her mom
First look of Megan and her dad
First look of Megan and her dad
Megan and the groomsmen
Megan and the groomsmen
Brian and the bridesmaids
Brian and the bridesmaids
The wedding party
The wedding party
The walk down the aisle
The walk down the aisle
The kiss
The kiss
The Wedding Cake
The Wedding Cake
Bustling of the dress
Bustling of the dress
Sunset by the lake
Sunset by the lake
The first dance
The first dance
Flash mob!
Flash mob!

Venue and catering : The Westin Hotel http://www.westindenverboulder.com

Wedding planning : Lauren Williamson http://www.gardnereffect.com

Florist : Kimball Floral Kimball Floral

Cake : Azucar http://www.azucarbakery.com

Linens :  Linen hero Linen Hero Wedding & Special Event Chair Covers & Table Linen …

Videography : Will Jones

DJ : ABC music

Make up  :http://www.makeupbysana.com

Hair : Salon Foushee  Salon Foushee & Spa – Hair Salon and Spa Denver, Littleton

 

Julia and Isaac : An intimate wedding at Bingham Hills

Julia and Isaac wanted their wedding to be bare footed, laid back, in a family friendly space.  It was an intimate wedding where children played on the little sandy beach on the lakefront, where adults ate on the patio, under strings of light, before heading the gazebo and dance the night away. Congratulations to this beautiful couple for a truly splendid day!

Rings on a Carabiner, hanging from a maple tree
Rings on a Carabiner, hanging from a maple tree
Bingham Hills Event Center
Bingham Hills Event Center
The ceremony site by the main building
The ceremony site by the main building
The Bride
The Bride
Bridal barefoot shoes
Bridal barefoot shoes
The Groom
The Groom
The First Look
The First Look
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The Groom and Bride by the apple tree
The Groom and Bride by the apple tree
The groom and bride walking into the sunset
The groom and bride walking into the sunset
Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake
The groom and bride <3
The groom and bride

 

Venue : Bingham Hill http://www.thepreserveatbinghamhill.com/index-2.html

Dress : David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com

Flowers : Palmer Flowers http://www.palmerflowers.com

Cake : Whole Foods https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/custom-cakes-special-events

Maya and Jordan’s Mountain Wedding in Evergreen

Jordan and Maya are mountain climbers, Kombucha drinkers, mushroom lovers (that would be Maya) who have recently moved to Colorado. Their laid back and happy personality made for a splendid wedding.

Brian and I felt honored to be part of their special day!

The Red Barn at Meadows at Marshdale
The Red Barn at Meadows at Marshdale
Maya's beautiful wedding dress hanging from a pine tree
Maya’s beautiful wedding dress hanging from a pine tree
Maya
Maya
Jordan
Jordan
The Bridal Flowers
The Bridal Flowers
The First Look
The First Look
Maya and Jordan
Maya and Jordan
Maya
Maya
Bedeken
Bedeken
Bedeken
Bedeken
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
Party at the Red Barn : The Hora
Party at the Red Barn : The Hora
PixelStick image of Maya and Jordan
PixelStick image of Maya and Jordan

Here is the list of all the wonderful vendors who made Maya’s day special:

Venue : http://www.meadowsatmarshdale.com/the-red-barn/weddings.html

Catering : http://www.laviecatering.com

Flowers : http://lovelettersfloral.com

Make up : Rachel Stern-Pasarel

Hair : Hilary Matthis

Dress : http://www.bhldn.com

 

Westvleteren, Disney, Mers Les Bains and back home

The last two weeks have been packed with a short trip to Disney, awesome sights, amazing churches and cliffs and more oceans.

We first went to Westvleteren, a Trappist brewery in Belgium and is one of the 6 lefts in the world. You can only by the beer at the brewery, it is considered one  of the best in the world….it is simply delicious <3

Next we went to Disney and enjoyed rides and princesses and sent Brian back to America. The girls an I drove back home, making a quick stop to the Chateau de Chantilly, a truly amazing place and horse back riding capital of Europe.

We then headed to Mers les Bains, a seaside town with magnificent houses, a living museum of the Art deco era. I will have more pictures in my next blog 🙂

The girls are now well traveled and are picking up on the culture, food and language. They love their grand parents (especially pay on his bike and many with her cats) and they love their cousins.

We have many images to share, here is a select few!

Westvleteren, A unique trappist Brewery in Belgium
Westvleteren, A unique trappist Brewery in Belgium
Church near Westvetleren
Church near Westvetleren
Le Chateau d'Aisne, near my native village
Le Chateau d’Aisne, near my native village
My dad and his new bike that he loves very much
My dad and his new bike that he loves very much
Le Tronquoy, one of my favorite places every, locates walking distance from the family home
Le Tronquoy, one of my favorite places ever, located walking distance from the family home
Topaz of "Grumpy cat" posing for me
Topaz of “Grumpy cat” posing for me
Falco, who went on an hunger strike when we invaded his house
Falco, who went on an hunger strike when we invaded his house
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris

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On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
Back home before heading to Mers Les Bain
Back home before heading to Mers Les Bain
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains the Market
Mers les Bains the Market

 

Next blog will be up soon and then…Paris…the city of love, food and fashion <3