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Springtime Engagement Photos at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

April 12, 2012

Because I am getting married here pretty soon (exactly one month from today!) I chose not to try out for the travel team at Rocky Mountain Rollergirls for the first half of 2012.  I figured I’d want to make sure I had plenty of time to get all of my planning done and not feel the pressure to attend all of the extra practices that being on the travel team requires.  But today I sure am second guessing my decision because 5280 Fight Club just left Denver to play at the Dust Devil Tournament in Tucson.  Luckily I can watch them play live on Derby News Network (http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com) but I will definitely be missing the competition (I LOVE tournaments! I love all of the adrenaline and I always try to watch all of the games.  Even the ones I know will be blow outs) and getting to spend time with some of my favorite people.  It’s hard to admit this, but I’ll even miss shacking up with 4 or 5 girls in one crappy hotel room where we all try to get some sleep on the tiniest double beds ever while doing our best not to disturb our bed partner.  Yeah, I’ll even miss that.

There’s a reason why I mention all of this in today’s blog post.  You see, today I am featuring some photos from my derby wife’s engagement session that took place inside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and City Park.  I met Hannah (aka Anne Shank who will from here on out be referred to as Shank because it feels weird to call her Hannah) at the Dust Devil back in 2007.  Actually, that’s a lie.  I am sure that I met her at practice before we went to the Dust Devil Tournament.  But we didn’t get to know each other until we spent that weekend in Tucson.  I won’t go into specifics (mainly because they are a bit hazy at this point! haha) but we spent a lot of time hanging out together talking a lot of smack and drinking and by the end of the weekend, we had dubbed each other as wifey.  For those of you who want to know what the hell a derby wife is, you can see the Urban Dictionay definition here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Derby%20wife  I actually remember one of our teammates describing us as two little birds just chirping away at each other.

Fast forward a few years and Shank and I are still palling around only now we’re moving on with a new direction in life where we will actually find ourselves as someone’s real wife!

Shank and Andrew,

I am so excited for both of you.  It’s been a scary roller coaster kind of year for you and I am so glad that things are looking up:)  I am pretty sure you guys are the last people I need to say this to, but enjoy every moment together!

Love you,

Nonie (April)

I’m pretty sure this is the funniest place I’ve had the opportunity to photograph engagement photos at!
Bird Diorama at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Shank used her volunteering connection to get us into the museum before opening time so we could hang with the Walruses:)
Denver CO Springtime Engagement Photography

Denver CO Engagement Photographer

I think this one is my favorite from inside the museum:)
Denver Museum Engagement Photography

Shank and Andrew love their little Miniature Pinscher Ramona (who is named after Ramona Quimby which is awesome:)
Spring Engagement Photography in Denver, CO

That first shot is what it looked like lying under the tree when I was waiting for Shank and Andrew to meet me:)
Gorgeous Denver Spring Blossom Engagement Photographer

Sigh…so romantic. And that light is lovely.
Romantic Spring Engagement Photos

Denver Springtime City Park Engagement Photos

Cuddly:)
Denver CO Engagement Photographer

Hi Ramona!
Denver Engagement Photos with a Chihuahua

My favorite!
Romantic Denver CO Engagement Photos

Check out a gallery of my favorite engagement photos of all time HERE!

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  1. Julia says:

    Oh wow. Love all the pictures but especially the one where you’re looking down on them through the trees. Beautiful!!

  2. Dropkick Mary says:

    STUNNING!! Shank looks very happy and in love. You take amazing photos capturing the true essence of people and their emotions. Good job Ms. Fighter.

  3. Cat says:

    Holy cow these are amazing!!! I love the cheetah one. 🙂 You guys sure are photogenic!

  4. Such an interesting session! LOVE LOVE LOVE the shot of them under the tree. Really beautiful.

  5. sunny says:

    these are great!

  6. Taradactyl says:

    Amazing and very creative!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Hot dog our little Shank-y is all grown up 🙂 Such beautiful shots Winona, you are so insanely talented!!

    Congrats Shank and Andrew!!

  8. That last one is my favorite too! I ADORE the photos from inside the museum. Those with the story of how you know each other made this post sooooo entertaining!

  9. Poi says:

    These photos are Beautiful! The first few are so unique, I love these! Congratulations Shank and Andrew =)

  10. Venom says:

    So very beautiful. Many congratulations!

  11. SMP says:

    Wow! Congrats Shank! So happy for you!
    Winona, these are truly beautiful!

  12. These are amazing…so much variety! I LOVE the shot of them looking down through the leaves…so beautiful!

  13. Megan says:

    Wow, these rock! I love the unique shots here – really awesome job!

  14. These are so cool! I love the location, too – fantastic!

  15. April says:

    Thanks so much everyone:) I had to correct myself. Apparently Ramona is NOT a chihuahua, but a Min Pin. (I don’t know jack about dogs!)
    I also called it a jaguar, but Cat you’re right, that is definitely a cheetah:)

  16. Becky says:

    What a fun couple! These are so great – I love all the variety and fun locations!

  17. Kori says:

    Gorgeous photos! And I love your lighting in the museum! Very creative!

  18. That dog is so tiny! eeeeee! Creative location, love the shots.

  19. Barbie says:

    Winona, your pics are amazingly wonderful! I love the pic with the pink blossom tree and the green leaves on the side. Congrats on the engagement Shank and Andrew wish you both the best!

  20. tina stinson says:

    what a great set! Love them all! Fabulous work girly!

  21. Bijou says:

    Congrats Shank and Andrew!!!

    Theses are the best and most unique engagement photos I’ve ever seen!! Just lovely!

  22. Chuckie says:

    LOVE IT! Beautiful session for a beautiful couple.

  23. Undertaker's Daughter says:

    These pics are so awesome!! I love, love, love them all.

  24. batty says:

    Very cute! You guys are a pair of weirdos, and I love it. Well captured, April.

  25. andy sell says:

    Andrew has been one of my closest friends since I met him about 6 years ago. The pictures are perfect.

  26. Joel says:

    Love it!!! Great job… =o)

  27. natalie says:

    congrats hannah! you look beautiful. blessings to you and your fiance. 🙂