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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
It'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!
Today 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!
Theo Avgerinos Friend of the Bride and Groom
Jakarta Band Denver, CO
Shannon Hughes Friend of the Bride and Groom
Rolling Pin Bakeshop Denver, CO
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Today 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?
Phoenician Kabob Colfax and Ivanhoe in Denver
Square Dance Caller
Chris Kermit Friend of the family