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December 30, 2017 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life
Icannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
As I sit here with the WFTDA championship tournament playing in the background (that stands for Women's Flat Track Derby Association, fyi) I am struck by the coincidence that I have yet another awesome derby girl wedding to share today. Denver has a strong roller derby presence and I've had to pleasure of meeting so many great ladies while playing the game. Tara is one of those great people. I met her through the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls derby league. Back then, a lot of our skaters had a pretty impressive and supportive group of partners who would come to games and have fun cheering and drinking on the sidelines. Tara's man, Ryan came to the warehouse to partake in the shenanigans and was always a big supporter of her skating hobby. As Ryan's friend mentioned at the wedding, he's a hopeless romantic and it's so great that he finally met a girl who was deserving of his attention. It was sweet to see the love between these two on their wedding day. It was a pretty epic day too. It began by getting ready at the Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen where we had the first look by Bear Creek and also did a handful of portraits before the party bus from Elite Rides came to pick up the crew and transport them to the ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Conifer. Tara worked hard on the décor for her wedding ceremony and I absolutely loved the beautiful macramé arch topped with floral that matched all of the bridesmaid's bouquets. She also spent hours creating the pretty ribbon banner that lined the wood deck at Beaver Ranch. It had a lovely bohemian in the woods feel to it. I also thought it was a pretty cool touch when their officiant held a copy of Music of the Cosmos vinyl record as his makeshift clipboard.
After the ceremony, there was a short mini-reception with snacks and drinks in the mountain meadow at Beaver Ranch. After a quick break and a handful of portraits we continued on to Meyer Ranch just down highway 285 to take advantage of all the gorgeous fall color in the Aspen Meadow there. After an afternoon of portraits, the wedding party was a bit pooped so they opted to head over to the reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in north Denver and relax as guests began to show up for the party. Balistreri Vineyard is a really cool venue for a wedding reception. They have lots of pretty string lights and a huge back lawn with gardens lining the edges of it. Being the fun couple that they are, Tara and Ryan started the party off with a conga line as they made their grand entrance. They opted for a casual dinner with guests choosing a food truck and finishing off dinner with some ice cream from the Petey Bird cart. The Balistreri wine and Ratio Beerworks beer was flowing throughout the night and guests partied hard on the outdoor dance floor under the stars. Congratulations to Tara and Ryan!
Bear Creek Cabins Evergreen, CO
Beaver Ranch Conifer, CO
Balistreri Vineyard Event Center Denver, CO
Something Amazing Events Aurora, CO
Elite Rides Denver, CO
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Imet Katie and Ryan when I photographed his cousin Alex's wedding a couple of years ago. I even got to photograph him and his family again when they were celebrating his grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary a few years ago. We got the whole family together for some portraits up in Greeley to commemorate that huge milestone in their lives. We also did their engagement photos last fall at South Mesa Trail so when I showed up to photograph their wedding they were no strangers to posing in front of my camera. They prepped for the day just a few minutes away from their wedding venue at the Denver Marriott Westminster hotel in a couple of suites with great natural light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows. Just down the street is the Church Ranch Event Center where Katie and Ryan held their wedding celebration. The venue is gorgeous from the inside out. There are aspen trees and the grounds are covered with beautiful plants and water features. The outdoor ceremony space has to be one of the largest I've seen and can host hundreds of guests. Indoors the ceilings are draped with white fabric and plenty of twinkle lights for great ambiance. Katie and Ryan opted to wait to see each other at the ceremony when she walked down the aisle so we did some of the bride and bridesmaid portraits before the ceremony began and waited until after the ceremony to finish up the rest. Before the ceremony began it started to rain so the guests fled their seats to take cover under the surrounding trees and umbrellas. After a brief rain delay they were able to complete their sweet wedding ceremony. It was a lovely day for a wedding and Ryan and Katie were beaming all day! It was such a blast to photograph them again!
Church Ranch Event Center Westminster, CO
Denver Marriott Westminster Westminster, CO
Lace & Lilies Fort Collins, CO
Steve Oeffling Greeley, CO
Dora Grace Fort Collins, CO
April and Iman held a gorgeous wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at Denver Botanic Gardens in early July. They opted to use the Water Garden Gazebo surrounded by the Monet Pool which is full of beautiful lily pads and other aquatic plant life. Lots of family traveled into Denver to help them celebrate their new marriage. I loved the big smile on April's face throughout the evening. She and Iman look like they have so much fun together. They were very laid back and light-hearted, even when they forgot to light their unity candle they just laughed it off and lit it out of order which made everyone laugh of course. After a couple toasts we headed off to create some nice family photos. When we finished those we walked around for a short while creating some portraits of the two of them alone. I loved that we were able to use the Japanese garden and Iman did a perfect dip with April by a nice bridge. We finished up at the gorgeous long colorful garden-lined sidewalk toward the front entrance before they left for their steak dinner. It was a truly lovely wedding!
Rev. Roy Rayburn
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