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
ready set jump!
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
wedding ceremony exit, golf cart, just married
Just married
Bride kisses grandfather on cheek
Lauren and her grandfather
The wedding cake and little dolls of the brides
The Cake !
wedding invitation
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

A lesson in connection : friends to be found in the most unlikely places.

For the last four days I have done something I thought that I would never do : I photographed a pet blogging convention.

You heard me right. Before I met Chloe, Yvonne and Tom (founders of BlogPaws), I didn’t even know such thing existed! I did not expect anything in particular, I walked in trying to figure out how on earth I was going to be working to cover a whole convention, by myself, for 3 and half days.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I photograph dancers, fine art, underwater. I photograph extreme people with extreme passions,  I spend hours editing to perfection, I only deliver completely perfect images. AND I TAKE MY TIME.

And then this :

BlogPaws expected me to cover a collection of events and products and candids and vendors and sponsors and signs and dogs, cats, ferrets, one rat, people, etc etc etc etc ad infinitum. Be at 4 places at once, capture, capture, capture.

Deliver all the selected images at the end of every. single. day. which for me was about 300 images a day. If you are a photographer you are probably starting to roll your eyes. Impossible eh?

By now, some of you know me well enough to guess that I am up for challenges in any shape or form. Challenges are what I live for, I put a little in my coffee every morning. A no challenge day is a bad day and several days of mundane life turns me into a restless evil monster (ask my husband!)

And so all I thought was : watch me. I shall kick ass.

What I knew was that it was super exciting to be traveling to Phoenix like a grown up without children, be with people, be challenged.

What I didn’t know at the time was what a BLAST I was going to have. Yes it was exhausting. Yes I was on my feet 12 hours a day, running from one side to another, with two cameras, hanging from my trusted HoldFast camera holster.

However I felt so pumped up for 4 days that I hardly slept, running on the electric energy I felt constantly run through the entire convention area. I never really felt the exhaustion until the day I left.

Most importantly I found a community of passionate people who’s business was far from what I do (Dance/wedding versus pet blogging? hello?) but no matter how different we were, we spoke the same language, the purposeful language of people who love what they do, are passionate about it, are dedicated to their craft.

And so I have found a very new and unlikely tribe : Animal advocates, bloggers, educators of the pet industry.

And so for four days I connected with most of the 500 attendees, their pets, their blogs, their passion. And it was EXCELLENT.

I am home now with all images delivered on time (yay!! mission accomplished!!!) a suitcase full of gifts from the sponsors, vendors and BlogPaws, a bunch of business cards and new friends.

And new ideas.

<3

 

BLogPaws Convention at the Sheraton at Wildhorse Pass
BlogPaws was hosted at the Sheraton at Wildhorse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona. A gorgeous area with golf courses, a casino and a beautiful hotel and convention center

 

Inside the Sheraton Convention center in Phoenix
Inside the convention center we were fed by attentive and friendly staff at the Sheraton

 

Bloggers and a Petsmart employee! with our four legged friends
Bloggers with their pets

 

Dogs and Cats fashion
Pet Fashion

 

Events and Classes at BlogPaws
Events and Classes at BlogPaws

 

The BlogPaws Nose to Nose Award dinner
The BlogPaws Nose to Nose Award dinner

Lyndsey + Jack’s Wedding at the Space Gallery

the wedding rings
the wedding rings
the dress, hanging in the Lobby
the dress, hanging in the Lobby
Lyndsey in her hotel room
Lyndsey in her hotel room
Portrait of the groom
Portrait of the groom
Jack in the hotel lobby
Jack in the hotel lobby
Lyndsey in her beautiful dress
Lyndsey in her beautiful dress
Lyndsey is waiting for Jack
Lyndsey is waiting for Jack
The first look
The first look
The first look
The first look
The first hug
The first hug
Lyndsey and Jack's first look at civic center park
Lyndsey and Jack’s first look at civic center park
Lyndsey and Jack
Lyndsey and Jack
Lyndsey and Jack's family at Civic Center Park
Lyndsey and Jack’s family at Civic Center Park
The siblings are crossing the street at the Art District
The siblings are crossing the street at the Art District
Lyndsey is led by her dad to the ceremony
Lyndsey is led by her dad to the ceremony
The space Gallery from above
The space Gallery from above
You may now kiss the bride
You may now kiss the bride

Table setup

the reception
the reception
The first dance
The first dance
Lyndsey dances with her dad
Lyndsey dances with her dad
Jack and his mom
Jack and his mom
The Party
The Party
the party
the party

Jill and Ross : Part two (The wedding)

Jill, Ross and the rest of their family arrived at Overlook Ranch a few days before the wedding. This beautiful venue is also a retreat where nature lovers go on hikes and take a break from their busy lives. The little cabins surround the main house, little dirt paths speckled with pine cones connect each of them .

On that day, inside one of the cottages, Jill, her sister, her mom and her closest friends were getting ready. The mood was quiet, meditational even. There was wholesome food on the table,wild flowers ready to be placed in the bridesmaid’s hair. There was sunshine sipping through the windows and Jill was doing her make up.  I grabbed Jill’s dress and headed outside, looking for the perfect place for the first shot of the day.

I have known Jill and her family for a few years and it was with my heart full that I witnessed my lovely bride get into her dress. I saw her hug her dad, her mom, and finally meet Ross in the woods outside the cabin. Everyone cried at that wedding, except for Jill. She laughed the joyous laughter of a child on a Christmas day. She danced and hugged and ate and danced some more. She was life itself, celebrating the beauty this very special day.

Jill and Ross’s wedding was a great big embrace of all the family and friends present. It was also in communion with the breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding them. It was a mix of traditions and shamanic rituals, of Jill and Ross walking in with their entire family, and leaving, dancing up the aisle as husband and wife.

I am grateful to have be present. I am grateful for this family.

A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Overlook is a beautiful and casual venue located just a few minutes from Estes Park
 A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The venue
A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The Dress and Ring
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Our Bride is getting ready in her cabin
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill received the help from her sister and her mom to get ready for her day
A mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Dad’s first look
A mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross getting ready in the main cabin
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Ross and Jill had a first look
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
A candid portrait of the bride
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Bridal Portait
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
The rings were tied in a ribbon to be passed around the guest during the ceremony
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The groom and bride’s family walked with them to the ceremony site
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
Love under a giant sky
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The ceremony
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The couple’s first Kiss as husband and wife!
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
Love this one!!! totally in the spirit of the wedding
A Casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross did not want groomsmen, so everyone became a groomsman
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Lots of hugs, laughter and love came through during this wedding’s group pictures
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The bridesmaids
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross and the mountain behind
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross, walking as husband and bride
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Golden hour portrait of this beautiful couple
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
We took the last bit of sun and captured some more images of Ross and jill
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The Bride in golden hour
A casual Wedding in Estes Park
View from the reception
A casual Wedding in Estes Park
Sarah is tying a beautiful red apron around Jill’s waist, to spare her dress from splashes of bbq sauce
A casual mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and and Ross had a sweetheart table…not for long!
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross’s first dance was epic!
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross and their parent dance. It is always a big deal, no matter what people say
A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The wedding reception turned into a dance floor
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross posed for a light painting session

 

Vendors :

Photographer : Annabelle Denmark Photography 

Venue : The Overlook Ranch 

Catering : Smokin’ Dave’s

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