elcome to the journal for April O’Hare Photography! Here you’ll find all of my latest photographic outings with the couples, families, seniors and small businesses that I get to work with and make beautiful photographs for. You may also see a personal post here and there discussing my life or my travels with my teeny family of one husband and three cats! Sometimes I even write advice articles with tips to help make your photo experience better which you can check out under the “Educational” category.  

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Autumn Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Colorado

November 1, 2011

I have been really excited for this past weekend for awhile now.  Everyone knows that Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is one of my favorite Denver area venues for a wedding.  (Did I already mention I’m getting married there myself next spring?  Oh, I did?  Like a million times now?  Sorry, I’m just excited!)  I’ve never had the chance to see what an Autumn wedding there is like though because of all of the weddings I’ve photographed at the barn have been in the summer.  So getting to photograph Mike & Emily there this weekend was quite the treat for me.  It snowed earlier in the week, but by Saturday the weather was actually pretty nice for this late in October.  Still, Emily & Julie from Bliss Elevated were smart and thought ahead by making sure the guests were provided with some cozy white blankets to cuddle under during the ceremony.  And I totally have to give a special shout out to Julie because she really worked hard behind the scenes to make sure that Mike & Emily’s lovely day went down as planned.  So much so, that when Mike & Emily realized they had forgotten their sign in thumbprint tree set up at their house in Denver, Julie was on it immediately and had her husband run over to get it for them.  Talk about customer service right?   It was ready and in place just in time for the guests to sign it at the reception.  So mad props to Julie for that little feat!

Mike & Em,

I know you guys left for Mexico today.  I hope you are safe and sound there and sipping on a nice big margarita right now!  Have a great time and we’ll be in touch:)



Dress: WToo by Watters http://watters.com/

Dress Shop: d’Anellis Bridal http://www.coloradobridal.com/

Shoes: Me Too http://www.metooshoes.com/

Hair & Make up: Antoine Du Chez http://www.antoineduchez.com/

Suits: The guys purchased their own and the ties were from Brooks Brothers http://www.brooksbrothers.com/

Florist: Jenni from The Little Flower Market http://www.littleflowermarket.com/

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms http://www.botanicgardens.org/content/chatfield-wedding-packages

Wedding Planner: Julie & Ryan of Bliss Elevated http://www.blisselevated.com/

Officiant: Reverand Kim Tavendale http://www.reverendkimtavendale.com/

Cake: A Matter of Taste http://www.amatteroftastecakes.com/

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering http://www.rockymountaincateringcolorado.com/

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals http://cpartyrentals.com/

DJ: Wes from A Music Plus http://amusicplus.com/

Stationary: Wedding invites from The Papery http://www.thepaperydenver.com/Site/welcome.html

It’s not pictured here, but Mike also created their chalkboard table seating chart

Bus for guests: Premier Charters http://www.premierchartersdenver.com/

This was THE PERFECT dress for Emily
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Sigh…so many pretty things at this wedding to take pictures of!
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See what I mean?
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And these cute lil things were for later at the reception.
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The Little Flower Market did a great job with the flowers!
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Awwww…their first look was so cute
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Such pretty colors there!
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Such a pretty bride in a pretty location:)
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So sweet!
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I love this one!
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Is it just me or does Mike kinda look like he just came from the set of Mad Men?
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I love Chatfield!
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We were able to get a few other formals done before the ceremony too. Here’s Emily with her sis.
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Another shot of the lovely bride:)
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Emily gets a hug from her aunt before the ceremony begins
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Here are those blankets I was talking about
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And the guests cuddling under them:)
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Even in the fall, Chatfield is full of pretty plants
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Mike and his parents on the way
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Em and her dad make their way down the long aisle
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Awww…Em’s dad gives her away to Mike
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Such a lovely smile
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The moment everyone was waiting for!
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Adios to the lovebirds!
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Congratulations all around
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Photographed a few more formals after the ceremony
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Love that we were able to use the corn maze for a few shots
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Love it!
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Mike & Emily really wanted a photo of everyone at their wedding. I did my best!
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Love the autumn inspired decor:)
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Such pretty sparkly rings!
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More seasonally themed decor! Candy apples? Such a great idea:)
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Cake from A Matter of Taste
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Mike & Em’s expression in these are so funny!
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Mike & Emily went out on the patio for their first dance
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First Dance:)
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Parent Dances
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Party time!
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How cute is their ringbearer?
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It’s beautiful out there!
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One last fun one:)
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Be sure to check out the WEDDINGS page of my site for more information about wedding photography!


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  1. CJ Wilkes says:

    Gorgeous couple, gorgeous wedding. Love the detailed shots. They look so in love!!! You really did a fabulous job – they are going to be over the moon!

  2. Robbie says:

    AHHHH LOVE this wedding! Very intimate and so much detail! You rocked it, April!

  3. dsr says:

    Gorgeous wedding and amazing photos! I feel like I was there!

  4. What a gorgeous fall wedding! Fantastic job of photographing all the details – I could look at these all day.

  5. Evelyn says:

    Such a beautiful wedding! It looks like you do a great job at capturing their day.

  6. Jaidean says:

    Such a gorgeous couple and beautiful wedding!

  7. Shawna says:

    Stunning! What amazing photos they will have to treasure this day!

  8. Jen Mahoney says:

    I love all of the details here, love all of the fall aspects of this wedding! And the comparison between the first kiss and when her dad gave her away….I love how they’re both holding her head in such a similar way. Beautiful!

  9. yan palmer says:

    wow, you did a beautiful, beautiful job. i really get a sense of who the couple is and how happy their wedding day was. plus, holy pretty location. makes me incredibly excited and you know why.

  10. Jennifer B says:

    beautiful job, as always! You have such a gift for telling a story. It’s hard to pick a favourite but the one of them kissing is PERFECTION. Gorgeous work!

  11. Amanda says:

    April these are amazing. I think these might be your best yet. I just love them all…you captured so much fun and personality in each shot…even the posed ones still have that genuine and honest feel to them. Great, great work. I am sure they are beyond pleased.

  12. Katie Lou says:

    WOW!! These are so amazing! I love your unique twists on capturing the details (such as the rings) The location is awesome and the love the couple has for one another is evident in these images. They will be over the moon with your work!

  13. donya says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE that barn shot. And the images taken near that brick building are my absolute favorite!