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September 18, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Portraits | Denver Botanic Gardens Family Photos

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t's about that time of year when I get to share my sister in law's beautiful family photos. Every year we've been photographing them together and I can't get over how fast this life seems to go by. Each time we meet for the annual family photo my niece and nephews grow bigger their personalities seem to take shape just a little bit more. It's so cool to watch that happen right before our eyes. This year we opted to do their family photos at the Denver Botanic Gardens central location on York Street. I love their dapper outfits and they all looked so fancy this year. Plus the gardens looked amazing and made for a beautiful backdrop for their family pictures. Take a look at how cute these munchkins are now!
Family of 5 all dressed in dapper fancy clothes in shades of blue pose under an arch full of greenery at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado during summer
Family portrait wearing all shades of blue at Denver Botanic Gardens in summer in Colorado
Colorado children's photographer photographs a young boy wearing a navy blue blazer at Denver Botanic Gardens during summer
An adorable little blonde boy wearing a light blue suit jacket poses for his family photo at Denver Botanic Gardens at the Monet Pool water lily garden in Colorado
A cute little girl with a pink bow in her hair gets photographed for family portraits at Denver Botanic Gardens with her mommy
A happy family with three young children all wearing shades of blue and dressed up in fancy clothing for their annual holiday card photo at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Colorado family portrait wearing fancy dark blue clothing at sunset in the garden at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
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September 11, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Colorado Wedding Photographer | Mountain Stream Wedding at Cathedral Rock

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oday is part two of Juliana and Mike's awesome summer weekend wedding celebration in the beautiful Buffalo Creek mountain area which is just south of Conifer. Friday night found these two shuffling around the wood dance floor with their family and friends and Saturday was the day that everyone gathered around them on the island by the river to watch them say their vows. Prior to the ceremony, I had the pleasure of spending some time at Mike's cabin where he was prepping for the day with his 5 kids and other close relatives. Juliana was up at her parents home near the dance hall and reception tent. The ceremony took place down by the river with Cathedral Spires rock formation looming overhead in the background. The sky turned an incredible dark stormy shade of blue right before the wedding and the wind picked up. Along with the rushing of the South West Platte River it all provided a lovely and dramatic setting to get married. After the ceremony, everyone walked through the field to get back over to the wedding reception tent and cabins where the majority of the party would take place. Juliana and Mike are so loved by their family and friends that when it was open mike time there were no shortage of speakers ready to come up and sing their praises. After the delicious dinner created by their family friend, Shannon Hughes the party moved into the dance hall where a live band was set up and ready to rock out for the evening. As an added bonus, Juliana's uncle who is a well known blues singer from Chicago jumped in with the band and serenaded the crowd for a few songs. It was an incredible day full of love all around!
Event Details
Officiant
Theo Avgerinos Friend of the Bride and Groom
Band
Jakarta Band Denver, CO
Caterer
Shannon Hughes Friend of the Bride and Groom
Cake
Beautiful view of Cathedral Spires near Buffalo Creek, Colorado along the South West Platte River in the Colorado mountains
Adorable son of the groom hangs out on his pop's wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Grandma helps her grandson with a bandaid at her son's wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Family helps the kids get dressed for their dad's big wedding day in the mountains of Colorado near Conifer
Daughter of the groom sits quietly on the wedding day in her pop's cabin in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Groom gets some help from his mom with his pocket square on his wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Helping the kids get dressed on a sunny Colorado wedding day at a private mountain cabin near Buffalo Creek
Happy kid on his dad's wedding day at a private mountain cabin home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Colorado mountain river backdrop for a groom portrait near Buffalo Creek Colorado
Groom with his oldest daughter on his wedding day with river backdrop near Conifer, Colorado
Groom poses with all of his kids individually on his wedding day with a mountain river backdrop in Colorado
Groom dad with his daughter on his wedding day in the mountains of Colorado near Conifer
Groom smiles with his niece on his wedding day in the mountains of Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Colorado mountain wedding at a private home near Buffalo Creek Colorado
Beautiful blush wedding dress hangs in a private mountain cabin on a summer wedding day in Colorado
Gorgeous mountain wildflower bouquet at a summer wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Detail macro flower photos from the bride's pretty mountain flower bouquet at a summer wedding in Colorado
B&W Wedding Photo of the bride getting ready on her wedding day at her family's private mountain home in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Bride's dad smiles with her on her wedding day at their private mountain home in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
B&W Wedding Photography of bride's friends helping her with her dress on her wedding day in the mountains of Colorado.
Bride puts on her jewelry surrounded by friends on her wedding day in the Colorado mountains
Gorgeous arch creek side with stormy sky and cathedral rock backdrop at a summer wedding near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Detail photo of Cathedral Rock on a stormy summer wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Wedding guests pour in for an outdoor summer wedding next to the river in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Family pose for a quick photo before the wedding ceremony starts next to the river in the mountains of Colorado
Throwing rocks into the river before wedding starts at a summer wedding in Colorado
Groom's niece plays with the wedding bells on a summer wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Groom smiles at his bride as she makes her way down the aisle toward him at their creek side wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Bride walks with her parents down the aisle at her summer wedding in the mountains of Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Groom hugs his mother in law on his wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Stormy wedding day next to the river with cathedral rock backdrop in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Happy wedding couple cathedral rock backdrop next to river at their Colorado mountain wedding
Bride and groom at their outdoor Colorado mountain wedding ceremony underneath sunflower decor
Wide angle view of a wedding ceremony next to the South West Platte River Cathedral Spires rock backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Reader at an outdoor river side wedding in the mountains of Colorado near Buffalo Creek
Wedding speakers at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding during summer
Groom smiles during his outdoor mountain wedding along the creek near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Gorgeous Colorado mountain wedding on a stormy summer wedding day with Cathedral Spires rock backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Bride and groom kiss during their wedding ceremony riverside in the Colorado mountains
Photo of the entire wedding at the ceremony site next to the South West Platte River and Cathedral Spires Rock backdrop on a stormy summer wedding day in Colorado
Bride and groom wedding day portraits river side with evergreen forest backdrop on a stormy summer Colorado wedding day
Gorgeous bridal photography with blush wedding gown next to a mountain river near Conifer, Colorado
Romantic bride and groom portrait on a summer wedding day in the Colorado mountains next to a mountain stream
Bride and groom with green tree backdrop at their summer mountain wedding in Colorado.
Bride and groom wedding day portrait with Cathedral Spires backdrop near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
B&W wedding photo of bride and groom walking to their reception hand in hand on their summer wedding day in the mountains
Friends of the bride and groom decorate their wedding as they ride around in an off road vehicle at a mountain wedding in Colorado.
Greeting friends and family at an outdoor wedding reception in the mountains of Colorado
Cute young girl holds the bride's hand as she chats at her Colorado mountain wedding reception during summer
Wedding guests hang out during cocktail hour at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding
Groom and his father in law share a moment after the wedding at the reception at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
String light decor hangs on mountain spruce trees in Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Pretty garden potted plants decorate a wedding reception in the mountains of Colorado
Garden wedding decor at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Painted vases centerpieces at a Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Pretty cute cupcakes from The Rolling Pin Bake shop in Denver at a Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek.
Rolling Pin Bake shop in Denver Colorado cupcakes and fruit covered white cake at a Colorado wedding in the mountains
Pretty garden decor table centerpieces with painted vases and rosemary sprigs at a Colorado mountain wedding
Wedding speeches at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Family speeches and toasts at a private mountain retreat in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Clinking glasses during a wedding toast in Colorado at a mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Bride laughs as her husband gives a wedding speech at their outdoor Colorado mountain wedding in Buffalo Creek
Groom's children read from Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss at his wedding in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Family gives speeches and toasts on an outdoor wedding reception in Buffalo Creek Colorado
Family and friends toast the bride and groom on their wedding day in Buffalo Creek, Colorado
Happy friends and family give love in their speeches at an outdoor Colorado wedding reception in Buffalo Creek
Wedding speeches and toasts for the bride and groom at their outdoor wedding reception near Conifer, Colorado
Wedding toasts and speeches at a tented outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at a private home near Buffalo Creek, Colorado.
Cutting the cake at a Colorado mountain wedding reception in a tent near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
First dance inside a wood dance hall cabin at a private mountain retreat near Conifer, Colorado.
First Dance wedding photo with colored blue dance floor lighting at a Colorado mountain wedding reception
Wedding dance floor photos from a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Live band at a Colorado mountain wedding near Buffalo Creek
Fun wedding reception dance floor photography at a Colorado mountain wedding inside a wood lodge near Buffalo Creek
Groom dances with his daughter on his wedding day at a Colorado wedding reception during summer
Wedding guests boogie down to a live band at a Colorado wedding reception
Dance floor shenanigans and dancing at a fun wedding reception in Colorado
Family friend and blues singer serenades the bride and groom on their wedding day in Colorado
Happy bride dances with family and friends at her Colorado wedding reception near Conifer
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Happy bride and groom walk hand in hand creek side after their wedding ceremony at the family's private mountain retreat near Buffalo Creek, Colorado
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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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