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September 11, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Colorado Mountain Wedding Photos | Square Dance Rehearsal Dinner in Buffalo Creek

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oday I am featuring part one of a two part wedding story. Back in August, Juliana and Mike held a beautiful wedding celebration over the weekend with all of their friends at Juliana's family's private mountain retreat complete with cabins in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. Long time readers might recognize the location even though it's a private home because my good friends Meghan and Emily were lucky enough to get married at the family home during fall a couple of years ago. It's an incredible place for family and friends to gather and so much fun stuff around the property to keep the kids entertained. Friday night the family held their annual square dance party along with dinner served by the incredibly delicious Phoenecian Kabob restaurant (located at Colfax and Ivanhoe in Denver, go check them out sometime, you won't regret it!). They have been hosting this square dance every summer and this year was even more special since they combined it with the wedding festivities. Juliana's dad's long time friend was the square dance caller and he wrangled the huge group of family and friends into squares and lines and circles and had them spinning each other all over the dance hall cabin. It was the perfect Friday night pre-wedding activity. What better way to meet other friends and wedding guests than by do-si-do-ing around a big cabin together?
Event Details
Caterer
Phoenician Kabob Colfax and Ivanhoe in Denver
Square Dance Caller
Chris Kermit Friend of the family
Private Mountain Retreat Rehearsal Dinner in Colorado Mountains near Buffalo Creek
Colorado mountain retreat small waterfall feature in the yard at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Reception tent set up at a private mountain home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Mountain garden with string lights at a cabin near Buffalo Creek Colorado
Rustic wood lanterns and patterned tablecloths for a rustic square dance wedding reception dinner in the mountains of Colorado
Colorado wedding guest survival kit welcome gift custom printed hat and backpack and water bottle in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Boys relax on a hammock swing at a private mountain home wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Wedding guest plays on the swing set during rehearsal dinner reception in the mountains of Colorado
Playing with hammock at a private home mountain retreat in the mountains of Colorado wedding rehearsal dinner
Hanging on a rope hammock in the mountains of Colorado wedding rehearsal square dance dinner
Playing in the sandbox at a wedding rehearsal square dance dinner in Colorado
Bride hugs her family at her square dance rehearsal dinner near Conifer Colorado
Square dance caller relaxes before the dancing begins at a private mountain retreat in Colorado
Ladies ready for the square dance at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Bride and groom embrace at their rehearsal dinner square dance before their wedding day in Colorado mountains
Wedding couple ready for square dancing in the mountains of Colorado
Family snapshot at a square dance dinner on a Colorado mountain wedding weekend
Well wishes video rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Groom and friends enjoy rehearsal dinner before square dancing in the mountains of Colorado
Colorado mountains rehearsal dinner square dance in Buffalo Creek
Wedding guests at a rehearsal dinner square dance in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Bride with her friend laughing on her wedding weekend in the mountains of Buffalo Creek Colorado
Family embrace at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Groom and wedding guests at an outdoor rehearsal dinner in the mountains of Buffalo Creek Colorado
Longtime friends enjoy each other's company before the square dance wedding festivities in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Groom plays around with his father in law at a square dance in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Kids dressed for square dancing at a rehearsal dinner in the mountains of Colorado
Colorado mountain square dance rehearsal dinner in Buffalo Creek
Roasted lamb for dinner by Phoenician Kabob from Denver Colorado in the mountains of Buffalo Creek
Middle eastern cuisine from Phoenician Kabob Denver Restaurant at a Rehearsal Dinner for a mountain wedding near Conifer Colorado
Phoenician Kabob middle eastern food at a rehearsal dinner in the mountains of Colorado
Hummus by Phoenician Kabob restaurant based in Denver at a Mountain wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Guests hug at a mountain wedding rehearsal dinner in Colorado
Square dance musicians warm up in a private cabin in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Bride shouts out to all of her friends and family visiting Colorado from out of town at her Buffalo Creek Colorado wedding
Wedding guest smiling during speeches before square dance at a private mountain retreat wedding in Colorado
Square Dance wedding rehearsal in the mountains of Colorado
Bride speaks at her rehearsal dinner at a private cabin in the mountains of Buffalo Creek Colorado
Square Dance Rehearsal Dinner for a wedding in Colorado
Colorado Mountain Wedding Rehearsal Square Dance at  Private Cabin in Buffalo Creek
Square Dancing in Buffalo Creek Colorado at a wedding weekend in the mountains
Square dance action shot from a rehearsal dinner in the mountains of Colorado
Groom with his family at his square dance rehearsal party for his mountain wedding in Conifer Colorado
Happy bride with her dad at her square dance rehearsal dinner at the family home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Group square dance in Colorado at a private cabin in Buffalo Creek
Happy bride and groom dance together at their rehearsal dinner square dance in Colorado
Bride and groom ready for square dancing at their rehearsal dinner at the family cabin in Buffalo Creek Colorado
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September 7, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Boulder Family Photography | Lost Gulch Overlook and Gross Reservoir

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oe contacted me at the beginning of the summer to look into getting his family on the schedule for some updated family portraits of all of them together. He and his siblings are all grown up now and as we all know, life can get pretty hectic and it's not easy to schedule the whole family. It feels like we didn't get that much rain this summer but poor Joe, every time we did get a crazy rainstorm it happened to be on the day that we had scheduled his family's photo session! I think his family wins the record for most number of reschedules due to weather that I've ever had. Even on our 3rd time trying to get them done, we met up and the rain began. We had to wait it out about 30-40 min before we could even begin the session and I was so afraid we were going to just have to call it and try again on another day. But thankfully, the rain finally cleared up and we were able to get some great photos for them afterward. It's usually not a big deal to schedule outdoor pictures here in Colorado due to our 300+ days of sunshine reputation but sometimes the weather has a mind of its own. We started our photos up at Gross Reservoir in Boulder which has beautiful mountain views and forested areas. And with very limited light left at sunset we managed to squeeze in a 2nd location at Lost Gulch Overlook which also has pretty mountain views and looks out over the City of Boulder as well. I really wanted to fit in this location for them since I love the dramatic rocky landscape there. Despite the weather attempting to ruin a perfectly good family photography outing, they were total champs and I love what we were able to get in our shortened timeframe! Joe, thank you to you and your family for waiting so patiently through the rainstorm to get these! I hope you love them!
A cute Boulder Colorado family photographed at sunset at Gross Reservoir with lovely mountain views during summer
Cute backlit sunny sibling photo in a pretty Boulder mountain forest at Gross Reservoir during summer in Colorado
Adorable photo of a married couple snuggling with a pine tree backdrop at Gross Reservoir in Boulder Colorado at their summer family photo session
Sunny portrait of a young man sitting on a large boulder at Gross Reservoir in Boulder Colorado
B&W individual sibling portraits in the mountains of Boulder at Gross Reservoir in Colorado
Sweet family photo of mom and dad with pretty warm backlight in the mountain forest of Boulder Colorado at Gross Reservoir
Beautiful portrait of three adult siblings posing on the rock formations with the mountains and city of Boulder backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook at dusk
A beautiful family portrait with the city lights of Boulder in the backdrop at dusk at Lost Gulch Overlook during summer in Colorado
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August 28, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Crested Butte Wedding Photography | Mountain Wedding Garden & Bonez Reception

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have been so excited about Carole & Chad's wedding ever since we first met up to discuss it last fall at New Terrain Brewery in Golden. They were such an easy going and fun couple to meet with so obviously I was already on board, but knowing that it was going to take place in Crested Butte, Colorado had me very excited too. Despite being what I call an "almost-native" (that's someone who has been in Colorado since she was 3 but was not born here in case you are wondering, haha) I had never been to Crested Butte. It's definitely one of those places you have a to make it a point to visit since it's a bit off the beaten path and you don't really drive through it to get anywhere else. And I'm also one of those "Almost-Natives" who isn't super into winter sports because I'm kind of a baby about the cold and it's hard to find the time to go up when it's not for work. So I had just never thought to make a trip all the way out. But I wish Crested Butte had been more on my radar because holy hell, it's a gorgeous little slice of heaven right here on earth! When you are there, every direction you turn is beautiful because you are literally surrounded by mountains on all sides. And of course, Carole and Chad's wedding was in July which is prime wildflower season too so the rolling hills are covered in them.  
 
We did their first look and some portraits by the Slate River near the Oh Be Joyful recreation area and we also found a pretty cool little spot to get the iconic Crested Butte mountain in the backdrop for some of the photos near Peanut Lake. The ceremony took place at the beautiful Mountain Wedding Garden at Crested Butte's Town Hall over on the ski resort side of town. It was a gorgeous place to say their vows in front of their family and friends and my only regret was that we didn't have much time for portraits there due to the incoming rain storm. But it held off for the ceremony so I can't complain too much. The reception was held at Bonez which is a super cool looking tequila bar and restaurant right in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. I have to give huge props to Carole and Chad's wedding planner, Ciera Freson from Lucky Penny for being so down to earth and easy to work with but also getting the job done! It's not easy to find both qualities in a wedding planner! She and her assistant even managed to get all of the guests lined up perfectly outside of Bonez for a super cute confetti send off with Mt. Crested Butte in the backdrop. That was probably one of my favorite parts of the day since it's always hilarious to see all of the people who love the couple, attack them with pretty sparkly things! And it couldn't have happened in a prettier place!  
 
After the reception, we had originally planned to take the Red Lady Express Lift up the mountain to end the day with a few more epic portraits, but by this point, the rain was getting increasingly insistent upon itself and so we opted to just stick to getting a handful around the downtown area of Crested Butte before we called it a day. And what an incredible day it was! Congratulations, Carole & Chad! I hope you enjoy your time as newlyweds this next year. And I will always be grateful to you both for giving me a great excuse to head out to Crested Butte. What a wonderful place!  
Event Details
Ceremony Venue
Mountain Wedding Garden Crested Butte, CO
Reception Venue
Bonez Crested Butte, CO
Wedding Planner
Lucky Penny Events Ciera Freson Crested Butte, Co
Musicians
Thunder & Rain Golden, CO
Bridal Gown Designer
Groom's Suit
Calvin Klein Found at Men's Wearhouse
Florist
From the Ground Up Gunnison, CO
Transportation
CB Limo Crested Butte, CO
Baker
Das Meyer Arvada, CO
Custom Engraved Skis
Iris Skis Boulder, CO
Officiant
Mark Perrott
Groom preps for his wedding day at a condo in Crested Butte Colorado during summer
Using an exacto knife to cut a suit pocket at a Crested Butte Colorado wedding during summer
Groom preps for his day with a pocket square in Crested Butte Colorado during summer
Shotskis with the groomsmen to get the mountain wedding day started off right in Crested Butte Colorado
Bride's pretty Vera Wang dress hangs on the covered patio at her Crested Butte Colorado condo on her summer wedding day in the mountains.
Pretty white high heeled wedge sandal wedding shoes for an outdoor summer mountain wedding in Crested Butte Colorado
Bride gets her hair curled on her wedding day in Crested Butte Colorado
Mother of the bride gets her hair done for her daughter's mountain wedding in Crested Butte Colorado
Bridesmaids hang out in the condo for their friend's summer mountain wedding in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Bridal make up in Crested Butte, Colorado at a summer wedding day in the mountains
Pretty subtle floral crown for a flower girl by From the Ground Up florals in Crested Butte, Colorado
Beautiful wedding bouquets with succulents by From the Ground Up floral design at a summer wedding in Crested Butte Colorado
Sparkly reception tennis shoes with custom printed shoe laces at a Crested Butte Colorado wedding in the Colorado mountains
Bride gets help with her wedding dress at her condo in Crested Butte Colorado on her summer wedding day in the mountains
Dad sees his daughter for the first time as she walks down the stairs on her summer wedding day in Crested Butte Colorado
Bride kisses her niece on her wedding day in the mountains of Crested Butte Colorado
Mom helps her daughter with her jewelry at her Crested Butte Colorado wedding during summer
Bride helps her mom with her wrist corsage at her summer mountain wedding in Crested Butte Colorado
Champagne and orange juice toast on a summer wedding day in Crested Butte Colorado
First Look on a bright sunny Colorado mountain wedding at Slate River near Oh Be Joyful Recreation area in Crested Butte Colorado
Slate River and Mountain Backdrop in Crested Butte, Colorado on a bright sunny summer day
Bridal party and dog walk in the forest at a summer wedding day in Crested Butte Colorado
Sweet doggie peeks out between mom and dad's legs on their wedding day in Crested Butte, Colorado
Classic beautifyul bridal portrait with Mt. Crested Butte backdrop on a sunny wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Wedding party formal photos with Mt. Crested Butte at a summer wedding in Colorado.
Bride and groom portrait with Mt. Crested Butte backdrop on a sunny summer wedding day in Colorado
Lucky Penny wedding guest relief station for an outdoor mountain wedding in Crested Butte, Colorado
Cute flower girl with long hair and a flower crown at the Mountain Wedding Garden ceremony in Crested Butte Colorado
Beautiful aspen arch with ivory drapery and florals by From the Ground Up at the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Thunder & Rain Country Band from Golden, Colorado play for an outdoor wedding at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Mother of the Bride walks down the aisle at her daughter's wedding at the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Best Man and Maid of Honor walk down the aisle at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Father of the bride shakes his son in law's hand as he gives his daughter away at her wedding ceremony at Mountain Garden Wedding in Crested Butte, Colorado
Beautiful summer wedding day in Crested Butte, Colorado with mountain backdrop at Mountain Wedding Garden
Gorgeous garden wedding at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte Colorado in July
Happy wedding ceremony photos during vows at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Wedding vows with mountain backdrop at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Beaming bride at her outdoor wedding ceremony at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Bride looks at her groom as he says his vows at their outdoor wedding in Crested Butte Colorado at the Mountain Wedding Garden
Ring exchange at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado during July
First Kiss at outdoor Crested Butte Colorado Mountain Wedding Garden Ceremony during July
Bride and groom walk down the aisle together after their wedding ceremony at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
High Five after wedding ceremony at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte, Colorado
Gorgeous Crested Butte Colorado Summer Wedding Portrait at Mountain Wedding Garden
Crested Butte Wedding photography mountain backdrop at Mountain Wedding Garden before rainstorm
Beautiful purple green mountain range backdrop with wildflower fields at Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte Colorado
Instagram chalkboard hashtag sign at a wedding reception at Bonez Tequila Bar Restaurant in Crested Butte Colorado
Iris Skis custom wedding sign in at a summer Crested Butte Wedding Reception at Bonez
Close up wedding ring macro photos from a Crested Butte Wedding Reception at Bonez in Colorado
Bride and her friend show off the custom wedding signage at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Marriage License Signing Crested Butte Colorado Wedding Reception at Bonez
Groom signs his marriage license at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Cute ring bearer hangs out at Bonez Restaurant in Crested Butte Colorado
Cool bar backdrop at Bonez Restaurant wedding reception in Crested Butte Colorado
Groomsman with his lady at Bonez Tequila Bar wedding reception in Crested Butte Colorado
Groomsman beneath the unique glass jar chandelier at Bonez restaurant wedding reception in Crested Butte Colorado
Dad speech at wedding reception in Crested Butte Colorado inside Bonez Tequila Bar
Wedding toasts at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado at a summer wedding reception in the mountains
Best man speech at wedding reception at Bonez Tequila Bar in Crested Butte Colorado
Maid of Honor toast at wedding reception in Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Bride and maid of honor hug at wedding reception at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Beautiful three tiered white wedding cake by Das Meyer at Bonez Tequila bar at a Crested Butte, Colorado wedding reception
Cake cutting at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
First Dance at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado wedding reception
Happy first dance wedding photo inside Bonez restaurant at a wedding reception in Crested Butte, Colorado
Father daughter dance wedding reception dancefloor at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Father daughter dance Crested Butte Colorado wedding photo
Parent dances at Bonez Tequlia Bar in Crested Butte Colorado
Unique wedding reception location at Bonez Tequila Bar in Crested Butte Colorado
Wedding dance floor photos at Bonez Retaurant in Crested Butte Colorado
Crested Butte Colorado Wedding Photographer Dance floor photos
Dance floor photos at a Crested Butte wedding in Colorado mountains at Bonez Tequila Bar
Dance floor shenanigans at a wedding reception at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Grand exit with confetti on Elk Avenue with Mt. Crested Butte in the backdrop at a summer wedding in Colorado
Bride with confetti in her hair after her wedding reception at Bonez in Crested Butte Colorado
Adirondack chairs wedding portrait with greenery backdrop in downtown Crested Butte, Colorado
License plate wall Crested Butte Colorado wedding portrait at a summer wedding in the mountains
Historic ski lift chair wedding photo in downtown Crested Butte Colorado during summer
Cute bride wearing a red flannel plaid button down over her pretty Vera Wang gown and her new husband on their wedding day in downtown Crested Butte Colorado
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August 25, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Summer Vacation Family Photography | Guanella Pass near Georgetown

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t's been such an awesome summer so far. Every week I've had the opportunity to head up I-70 to meet a family vacationing here in beautiful mountains of Colorado. I recently had the pleasure of meeting this family who opted to meet me halfway from Vail in Georgetown. We were going to try and get some photos in the cute little town itself before heading up Guanella Pass, but we had a wee little 5 month old and they weren't sure how long she'd be able to last for picures. So we opted to head for the nature filled river area instead of starting in town. We had gotten our first photos done when all of a sudden the sky opened up and started raining. We waited it out for a bit in our cars and luckily it passed and we were able to finish what we started. I love what we were able to get for them near South Clear Creek and the beautiful forest filled with nice evergreens and aspen trees. Their sweet baby girl was just so cute with her furrowed eyebrows. She is going to love looking back at these one day and seeing all the love her family has for her.
A family wearing shades of white and blue pose for portraits along South Clear Creek on Guanella Pass during summer near Georgetown Colorado
A daddy with his baby girl in the Colorado forest on Guanella Pass near Georgetown during summer
A grandmother and her baby granddaughter pose for a portrait in the green forest of Colorado on Guanella Pass near Georgetown
A grandpa wit hhis sweet baby granddaughter at their Georgetown Colorado family photography session in the mountains of Guanella Pass
A mom with her sweet 5 month old baby girl get a photo together in the forest of Guanella Pass in Georgetown Colorado
Summer Family Photography in the mountains of Colorado in a forest along Guanella Pass in Georgetown
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