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November 4, 2017   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Fall

Colorado Wedding Photography | Beaver Ranch & Denver’s Balistreri Vineyards

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s 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!  
 
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Overnight Accommodations
Bear Creek Cabins Evergreen, CO
Ceremony Venue
Beaver Ranch Conifer, CO
Reception Venue
Coordinator
Transportation
Elite Rides Denver, CO
BBQ Food Truck
Taco Food Truck
Ice Cream Cart
DJ
DJ Connection Denver, CO
A pretty vintage style lace dress with cap sleeves hangs from a tree with Bear Creek in the backdrop at a Colorado Mountain wedding in Evergreen
Cute ankle boots with Bear Creek Mountain river backdrop for a rustic Colorado mountain wedding during fall
Purple floral bridal rustic hair piece for a fall mountain wedding in Colorado
Flower girl wearing a flower crown gets some glitter on her eyelids for a Colorado mountain wedding at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen
B&W Colorado Wedding Photography at a Mountain Cabin at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen
Pretty bridal prep wedding photography Mother of the bride helps with jewelry at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Bride and her mother hug each other at her Colorado mountain wedding at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Father of the Bride hugs his daughter at her rustic mountain wedding at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Bride reads a letter from the groom with her gift on her wedding day at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Gorgeous B&W Wedding photography at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Rustic Mountain Wedding Boutonnieres made with hops at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Colorado mountain rustic wedding photography detail picture of groom's boutonniere made with hops
Groom prep at Evergreen Colorado mountain rustic cabins at Bear Creek
Wedding Photography of groom gifts at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Groomsmen show off their custom wedding gift from the groom at a rustic Colorado mountain wedding at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen
Bride hugs groom from behind before their first look at their Colorado mountain wedding day at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen
First look wedding photography at Rustic Mountain Wedding in Colorado at Bear Creek Cabins
Groom wipes a tear away on his wedding day after seeing his bride for the first time at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Romantic Colorado Mountain Wedding Portrait with mountain creek backdrop at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen
Beautiful Colorado Mountain Wedding photography at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Bride and groom sit in Adirondack chairs for a romantic kiss photo at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Cute rustic flower girls wearing lace dresses, brown boots, and flower crowns at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Formal portrait of entire wedding party next to Bear Creek at Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen Colorado
Mr. and Mrs. Sign hangs from two aspen trees at Beaver Ranch wedding ceremony in Conifer Colorado
Dreamcatcher aisle decor and mums flowers decorate a fall wedding in Colorado at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Gorgeous Fall Wedding Ceremony Decor with Macrame and Floral Arch and ribbon garland on a wood deck at Beaver Ranch in the Mountains of Colorado
Pretty Autumn Ribbon Garland on a wood deck wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Conifer, CO
Outdoor Colorado Mountain Wedding in the fall at Beaver Ranch in the mountains of Conifer Colorado
Bride hugs her had before he gives her away at her wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Colorado
Beautiful autumn wedding ceremony Groom and father in law hug at Beaver Ranch Mountain Wedding in Colorado
Pretty sunflare wedding photography at outdoor fall color wedding at Beaver Ranch in Conifer Colorado
Smiling groom looks at his bride during fall wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch Conifer Colorado mountain wedding
B&W Wedding Photography at an outdoor Beaver Ranch Mountain Wedding Ceremony in Colorado
Rustic Colorado Mountain Wedding Ceremony Venue during fall at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Macrame floral arch backdrop on the wood deck at Beaver Ranch in the Colorado Mountains during autumn
Happy parents smile at their children during their wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Conifer Colorado
Officiant holds Music from the Cosmos vinyl record cover at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Pretty Colorado Mountain wedding during fall at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Bride recites her vows at her rustic outdoor autumn Beaver Ranch Wedding in Conifer Colorado
Groom vows at outdoor Rustic Colorado Mountain Wedding at Beaver Ranch in Conifer Coloado
Beautiful Fall Wedding at Beaver Ranch at a rustic  bohemian mountain wedding in Conifer Colorado
Dramatic first kiss wedding ceremony with macrame floral arch backdrop at a rustic fall wedding in the Colorado mountains at Beaver Ranch
Bride and groom celebrate at the end of their wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch in the Colorado Mountains
Bride and her best friend matron of honor at her rustic Colorado wedding during autumn at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Groom hugs his in laws after his wedding ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Colorado
Groom and his grandpa pose for a photo at Beaver Ranch in Conifer Colorado
Beaver Ranch mountain meadow wedding in Conifer Colorado
Custom beer coozies in teal and purple for a Colorado mountain wedding
Groom signs his marriage license with his excited bride next to him at their outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at Beaver Ranch in Conifer
Bridesmaid stays warm with a plaid shawl at an outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at Beaver Ranch
Bride and Groom portrait in the woods at Beaver Ranch in Conifer Colorado after their rustic fall wedding ceremony
Groom portrait with his friends wearing bowties in the pretty fall color aspen tree meadow at Meyer Ranch in Colorado
Groomsmen Wedding Photography during fall color season at Meyer Ranch in Colorado
Colorado mountain wedding portrait of a groom in an aspen tree grove at Meyer Ranch
Beautiful autumn bride at Meyer Ranch in the fall color in the mountains of Colorado
Bridal portrait in the fall color at Meyer Ranch in the Colorado mountains
Bride with her bridesmaids at Meyer Ranch in the fall color in Colorado mountains
Wedding party has fun with the bride and groom at Meyer Ranch in the mountains of Colorado
Bride and groom lean in for a kiss at Meyer Ranch in the Aspen tree grove with beautiful autumn color in Colorado
Colorado mountain wedding photography during autumn with fall color of aspen trees at Meyer Ranch
Sweet photo of groom kissing his bride with the aspen tree color backdrop of Meyer Ranch in the Colorado mountains
Bride and groom walk through a pretty aspen grove at Meyer Ranch at their rustic mountain wedding in Colorado
Outdoor front view of Balistreri Vineyard Event Center wedding reception photography in Denver
Simple gold wedding vase centerpieces with a Ratio Beerworks jar at Balistreri Vineyards in Denver Colorado
Cute smores station on a ladder at an outdoor wedding reception venue at Balistreri Vineyards Event Center in Denver
Soultyme band plays during cocktail hour at a wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyards in Denver Colorado
Food truck wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
Simple sunflower fall wedding reception decor at Balistreri Vineyards in Denver Colorado
Cute aspen tree Colorado mountain fall wedding cake at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver
Italian cookes at a fall wedding at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
Bride and groom get the party started at their Colorado wedding reception with a conga line on the grassy lawn at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver
Denver Colorado Balistreri Vineyard Wedding Reception Conga Dance line at a fall wedding
Fun conga line at a wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard in Denver Colorado
Wedding Toasts at sunset at a wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard in Denver Colorado
Father of the bride gives a speech at her Denver wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard in Denver
Denver fall wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center
Wedding speeches at sunset for a fall wedding reception in Denver Colorado at Balistreri Vineyard
Bride kisses her groom during a wedding toast at Balistreri Vineyard wedding reception in Colorado
Best man speech on the lawn at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
Beautiful string light lit up at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center at dusk for a Denver wedding reception during fall
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake inside Balistreri Vineyard wedding reception in Denver Colorado
Bride dances with her dad under the string lights at Balistreri Vineyards in Denver Colorado
Sweet father daughter dance at Balistreri Vineyard in Denver Colorado
Groom twirls his mom around under the string lights at his outdoor Colorado wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
First Dance for Bride and Groom under the string lights at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in north Denver
Beautiful B&W Wedding photography from a Denver Colorado Fall Wedding at Balistreri Vineyard
Dance floor wedding photography of a bride with her friends at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
A dip on the dance floor at an outdoor fall wedding in Denver Colorado at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center
Dance floor wedding photography at a wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard in Denver Colorado
Bouquet Toss at a fall wedding in Denver Colorado at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center
Bouquet Toss photo at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver Colorado
Bride's father dances at her wedding in Denver Colorado at Balistreri Vineyard
Cute photo of a bride enjoying her wedding reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in Denver
Bride and groom dance together at their wedding reception in Denver at Balistreri Vineyard
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Beautiful fall wedding photography in the mountains of Colorado at Meyer Ranch
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October 31, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Boulder Family Photographer | Colorado Fall Color at Chautauqua Park

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oday is Halloween and I have the perfect autumn family photo session to share for my favorite holiday! Wendy got in touch with me last month because her husband, Pete, said that he wanted to get some updated family photos for his birthday. They live in Denver like me, but were thinking about doing them in Boulder since he has always loved the Boulder Flatirons mountain after attending the University of Colorado as an undergrad. I grew up in Boulder County myself so I understand holding a special place in my heart for that iconic view. Knowing this, it was an obvious choice to see what the fall color was looking like at Chautauqua Park since those Flatirons are the main focus of that beautiful park in Boulder. Luckily, there was still plenty of nice color throughout the park and we walked up the hill to get to it along the trails behind the Chautauqua Dining Hall. There's a path back there that takes you past the vacation cottages to the Upper McClintock Trail which is surrounded in gorgeous autumn color. I had so much fun with this family and they were really good sports about playing along with my silly games and prompts to attempt to get some genuine smiles out of them. Their kids were really fun and rambunctious with each other too and it reminded me of me and my siblings when we were young. Looking at them rough-house playing you might mistakenly assume they aren't friends, but you can see that sparkle of love in their eyes when they're laughing together. We were thinking about heading up Flagstaff Road to Lost Gulch Overlook for sunset photos too, but it was starting to get chilly and the beautiful autumn trees stacked up in front of the Flatiron mountains was the perfect backdrop for the end of their session. Pete, I hope this was a good birthday treat for you! Here's a small selection of my favorites from the session. Happy birthday!
Family poses together on a path at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado during Fall Color Autumn Season
Gorgeous fall color backdrop with Boulder Mountains off in the distance Mom and Dad alone portrait during fall color family photography in Boulder
Boulder Colorado Family Photography Siblings hold hands in front of the fall color at Chautauqua Park
Beautiful Fall Color Family Photography at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Autumn Family Portraits with gorgeous fall color mom and dad snuggle during family pictures in Boulder Colorado
Siblings pose for a photo on the lawn with the Flatirons in the backdrop at Chautauqua Park during autumn in Colorado
Husband and wife portrait with Boulder Flatirons Mountain in the backdrop at Chautauqua Park in Colorado
Classic Fall Color Family Portrait with Boulder Flatirons Mountain backdrop at Chautauqua Park in Colorado
Happy family photo with fall color and Flatirons backdrop on the lawn at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Family Portrait During Fall with Flatirons Mountain in the Backdrop at Chautauqua Park
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October 26, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Fall Color Family Photography | Ironbridge Gold Club Glenwood Springs

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f you have been a long time blog reader of mine, you may recognize the cuties on the blog this evening. I've been photographing them for years, since before their beautiful girls were even born back when Jen and Pascal were first engaged. It's been so much fun watching their family change and grow throughout the years. They live in Glenwood Springs and it's always a pleasure to take a trip out to see them and photograph them in the beautiful mountain scenery there. I think this session we recently did may just be my favorite one so far. Their girls are still so little that they can't keep focused on smiling for the camera for super long so we got to play lots of fun games and sing songs and move around a lot to keep it interesting for them. I have to say, I really love what we were able to get while keeping them busy! And even though every year I get insanely busy during fall, it's still my favorite time of year to photograph families together. It's not just because the fall color backdrop of gorgeous yellow Colorado aspen leaves and rusty orange maples leaves although that's definitely a big part of why I love Autumn family portraits so much. It's also because that crisp fall air makes family snuggles more fun! Who wouldn't want to cuddle up with mom and dad when that chilly fall air starts swirling around? As sunset drew near it definitely got cold and we were heading back to our cars to call it a night. But Mount Sopris off in the distance looked so beautiful that I really wanted to see if we could get just one more with the family together in front of that beautiful backdrop. After lots of twirling around we were able to get big grins on the girls faces with the pastel warm sunset light on the mountain backdrop making it the perfect ending to a lovely family portrait session. Who knows, this time went so well that maybe we'll get cocky next year and add in the family dog! Check out a selection of my favorites below.
Tickle fest during a fall color family photography session at Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Beautiful photo of wife kissing her husband during their fall color family portraits in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Adorable little girl in pigtails smiles big for the camera with fall color backdrop at family photography session during Autumn in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Cute sisters try to pose for a fall color photo together at Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Fall Color Happy Family Portrait in Glenwood Springs Colorado during Autumn
Happy cuddle photo with mom at fall color family photos during autumn in Colorado
Dad with his daughter during Autumn family portrait session at Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Adorable photo of a mom with her daughter in front of a pretty fall color yellow backdrop in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Happy moment Colorado family photography with fall color backdrop in Glenwood Springs
Big smile from a young girl in pigtails as her daddy carries her at their family photography session in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Dad carries his daughter on his shoulders with fall color backdrop in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Mount Sopris at Sunset backdrop for happy family portrait in Glenwood Springs Colorado during Autumn
Husband and wife get a quick portrait together during their fall family photography session in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Family with two young girls walks together with a beautiful fall color backdrop in Glenwood Springs Colorado
My favorite!
A sweet and happy family photo with two young children at Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs Colorado
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October 23, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Seniors

Colorado Mountain Yearbook Photography | Fall Color Senior Photos in Frisco

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first met Claire when I photographed her family last November when they were staying in Summit County for a ski trip over Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, the weather last year was not very cooperative and there was hardly any snow. Still, it was kind of nice not freezing too badly while photographing them outside at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon. Now Claire is a senior in high school down in Georgia and it's time for her to get her high school senior yearbook photo taken care of. Her family has been visiting Colorado for a long time and she loves it here. She's even considering becoming a CU Buff next year. So she combined a campus visit with an excursion to the Vail and Summit County area to find some fall color for her pictures. I thought that the gorgeous Gore range mountain views at Shrine Pass would be pretty awesome but it was too high up and too late in the season for any fall color there. In fact, there was already snow covering the ground with most of the shrubbery color faded away. We decided to head back down in elevation and found some really great color near the trailhead for Lilypad Lake in Frisco, Colorado. I had actually had this place in the back of my mind as a potential fall color photoshoot location for a few years but hadn't had the chance to use it until now. There were a ton of Aspens that had managed to keep some of their color and we got some nice bright yellows and orange in the photos. The light was fading fast and we managed to get lots of good variety in this one location as well as a couple of pretty sunset sky pictures too. It was really hard for me to narrow these down since Claire is a beautiful girl in a pretty location but here is a selection of my favorites!
High School Senior Girl with long blonde hair walks in the snow at Shrine Pass with Gore Range backdrop on a bright sunny Colorado fall day
Fall Color Senior Portrait with a mountain stream backdrop in Summit County Colorado during Autumn
A gorgeous high school senior girl with long blonde hair is photographed in the fall color in Frisco Colorado near Lilypad Lake Trail Head
Bright orange fall color Aspen tree leaves High School Yearbook photography during Autumn in Summit County Colorado
Aspen Tree backdrop fall color senior photos in Frisco Colorado
Bright yellow aspen trees during fall backdrop for High School senior photography in Colorado
Colorado senior portraits at Sunset with fall color backdrop in Summit County Colorado
Pretty yellow aspen leaves fall color backdrop in Frisco Colorado for a High School Senior Portrait during Autumn
Autumn color with pretty aspen trees in Frisco Colorado at Lilypad Lake Trailhead during fall color season
Gorgeous B&W High School Senior Portrait in the mountains of Colorado during autumn
Autumn Senior Yearbook Portraits with Frisco Mountain Sunset Backdrop and orange fall color at Lilypad Lake Trail head in Summit County Colorado
It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one is up there for me!
Beautiful fall color senior photography in Summit County Colorado
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