Today I get to show off the gorgeous engagement photos for Cody and her lady, Jess. Cody is another awesome human that I met while skating for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. I'm telling you, if you want to meet a bunch of really great friends the best thing you can do is go get involved with your local roller derby team. Sadly, she had to retire due to injury but she's keeping busy and going to school along with her partner Jess. They really love autumn and we made sure to time their engagement session so that we could get some great fall color for them. Guanella Pass just outside of Georgetown, CO has lots of pretty aspens and scenery. We made sure to leave a lot of extra time during this session for driving between locations and also because we weren't sure if we were going to hit any rainstorms. Luckily we had dry weather and we still ended up using the entire session due to all of the incredibly photogenic locations along Guanella Pass which is just one of Colorado's 26 Scenic and Historic Byways. I sure feel lucky that I get to photograph and explore this beautiful state with all of my clients! It was extra hard to narrow down for this preview because these two ladies are so cute together. Check out some of my favorites below.
Seven years ago I had the pleasure of photographing Tracy and Bill's wedding in Golden and we recently reconnected in the beautiful city of Golden again. This time we were photographing them with their new addition to the family, Imogen. What a darling little girl she is! When I'm photographing one year olds I'm always trying to make funny noises and sing and make ridiculous faces to see if any of it will make them laugh. Imogen ended up being the one to make all of us laugh with her mimicry skills when she started doing a pretty spot on imitation of me. Bill and Tracy were very prepared for the session as well and had some very cute props for some of the photos including some birthday balloons, an adorable stuffed bunny, and even some bubbles which Imogen loved playing with. We had a short burst of rain, but it made for some beautiful blue skies after it passed so we didn't mind at all. Below I have shared a handful of my favorites from their session.
I LOVE this one!
Kristen contacted me months ago to get her and Brittani on the calendar for their engagement photos. She was really excited to make sure to take advantage of getting some photos with the fall color that happens at the end of September. Unfortunately, when the day came it was during that week and a half or so when we were getting rained out almost every day! Luckily, our schedules lined up to move it just one day later and even though it was still a bit gray and overcast, there was no downpour to contend with. We were originally planning to hit up the South Mesa Trail which is usually one of my favorite places, but they've been doing construction there for the past couple of months so it's given me the opportunity to hit up some other locations that I've put on the backburner. Knowing that these two were really hoping for some fall color somewhere in the Boulder area I told them that the entrance to the Boulder Canyon Trailhead has some pretty great color. The last time I photographed there it was mid-October and the foliage was bright yellow. We were photographing a little earlier in the season and the leaves were just starting to change. So we got to take advantage of that beautiful time during fall when it's still halfway green with yellow starting to come in and little bits of red too. We definitely got to take advantage of a pretty lovely color palette that evening. I'm actually glad that South Mesa wasn't available because I had forgotten how pretty this area by Boulder Creek is even if you do have to watch out for bikers barreling through on the trail. Brittani works for the State Patrol and she and Kristen really wanted to do a few photos with her in her uniform. She looked really great dressed up with her badge and I found out that the style of hat that the State of Colorado uses is called a "Smokey Bear" campaign hat. These two look so great together and I had so much fun getting know them and their story during the session. They met during college playing softball back in Wisconsin. Now they're living in Colorado and getting married in Hawaii soon! Congratulations to this adorable happy couple!
For smaller more intimate weddings nothing beats renting a gigantic pretty mountain lodge with awesome views. That's exactly what Lindsay & Coty did in early September for their wedding day here in Colorado. They live in Kansas, but Lindsay's been visiting Colorado with her family since she was little and it's like a second home for her here in the mountains. So it makes sense that she and Coty opted for a small destination wedding with just their closest family and friends in Silverthorne, CO. They rented a place called Mountain Vista Lodge located off of Highway 9 and Ute Pass Road where the mountain views are incredible. There's a rustic wood triangle arch made out of huge logs at the ceremony site with long benches for guest seating. Lindsay's aunt helped the couple decorate it with huge pretty silk flowers. Lindsay & Coty were originally going to do their ceremony at Sapphire Point so we headed over to Lake Dillon to get some photos mid-day in that area before the early afternoon ceremony took place. It was such a laid back perfect day and one of my favorite parts was when Coty wheeled his new bride around in a wheelbarrow. Apparently that is a family tradition for his side of the family and some relatives back home were kind enough to drive a big wheelbarrow all the way out to Colorado so that he could partake in this family tradition. As the sun began to set Lindsay and Coty were kind enough to indulge me in a few more photos of the two of them together. I am so glad they did since the mountain views in this area were so dramatic and rugged. I love that the full moon came out early to be a part of a few of their portraits too. It was truly the perfect setting to celebrate with friends and family. When I left they were dancing the night away under the stars.
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