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September 27, 2014

Colorado fall weddings are a great time of the year to get married. The weather is not too hot or too cold and the wedding photography can be extra beautiful because of so many elements that are unpredictable.

We had an October 6th wedding a few years back. The day of the wedding we awoke 6″ of snow covering the ground. It wasn’t that late in the season and the trees had not dropped all their leaves yet. It was surprising to wake up to a winter white world. It was not like this ceremony was in the high Colorado Mountains where snow can happen 12 months out of the year. This wedding was right in downtown Fort Collins. The ground was covered in a fresh white layer and yet the trees were still blooming with yellow, red and orange leaves. Luckily enough the ceremony was indoors in a church so we didn’t have to worry about changing locations at the last minute or thinking about how to keep the wedding guests warm on such a cold day.

The bride and groom were good sports about everything because really… “what can you do?”. The bride hitched up her dress and off we went into mother nature for bride and groom portraits. At one point the snow got a little deep so the groom picked up the bride and carried her over his shoulder. Bonus photo! Everyone laughed and had a good time with it all.

The members of the wedding party also got into the spirit of the snowy day but didn’t have snow boots with them so we tried to keep them on the pavement. It’s important to keep the flow of the photos moving so no one stands around too long and gets cold. This is pretty much how we work at every wedding regardless of the weather. Standing around can get boring and everyone gets tired so we move quickly and try a bunch of ideas. This helps keep the energy up, it also helps me find new and different things to photograph. I see a new perspectives, different angles and things I wouldn’t have if I was just shooting from one location.

The nicest thing about something unexpected like snow is that it can completely changes a venue. You end up with unique photographs and something completely different. You will always remember how a simple fall wedding turned into a beautiful winter wonderland.

Bill and I tell our potential clients we think on our feet extremely well. This comes from our many years as photojournalists. No photo shoot is ever perfect no matter how much preparation is put into the day. The bride, groom or even a well prepared wedding planner can’t change the force of the weather or another unexpected situation. It is a good idea to have a contingency plan and lots of good people in place ready to help.  As your photographers our job is to help your special day run smoothly no matter what chaos may lie ahead. Our decades of experience seeing hundreds and hundreds of events adds to what we bring to photographing your wedding. I want my couples to think “I’m not going to worry….  Sherri and Bill have it under control”.

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Airplane themed wedding day

September 19, 2014

Caitlin and Joseph had an airplane themed wedding the first weekend in September at the Tapestry House www.tapestryhouse.com. It was a lot of fun. The groom is a pilot and graduated from the Air Force Academy, you know your basic “fly boy.” This celebration started with engagement session where I photographed the couple with a Stearman Biplane. It was very vintage looking as if it just arrived from WWII. I was thrilled to photograph them with it, bright yellow, big, fun, very photogenic.

The couple worked very hard on the details of their wedding day using the airplane theme throughout. The day began with the bride wearing a shirt with the words proudly scrolled across the front “co-pilot” before changing into her wedding gown. Wedding Programs were passed out to the arriving guests folded into paper airplanes.  The flower girl sprinkled the sidewalk with rose peddles and paper airplanes. The card box where the guests could place their envelopes in was a suit case ready to travel.

The dinner seating chart for the wedding guests were written on paper airplanes. Once the guests found their seats for the reception and dinner part of the day, a luggage tag with their names was waiting for them confirming they were at the right place. The tables were easily identified with a numbered airplane and map. The napkins had the bride and groom’s last name on them and they also had an airplane. If I remember right the bride and groom’s first dance was to “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra. Everything was tastefully done and very classy.

The big surprise of the day came from the groom to his bride. She had wanted a fly over but he said it was not possible. Something about he could not be in two places at once. Little did she know he had already arrange this with his pilot buddy to grant his bride’s wish.

It rained that afternoon (of course) and the wedding ceremony was delayed by about 30 minutes. There were a few technical problems between the communications person on the ground at the wedding and the airplane pilot sitting at the Loveland Airport waiting for a break in the weather. The plan was to fly over (at the correct FAA regulation altitude) right after the kiss. What really happened was the beautiful yellow Stearman Biplane made its appearance somewhere during the family formal photographs. It did not matter the guests were thrilled, the bride was ecstatic and everyone waved and cheered to the pilot.

In the end what I witnessed was two people in love, going out of their way to make their wedding day a little more special for each other and their guests.

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Club Tico wedding

July 25, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Stephanie and Shawn.

Stephanie and Shawn were married at Fort Collins City Park last July and had their reception at the newly remodeled Club Tico. We weres fortunate enough to be their wedding photographers.

Stephanie and her bridesmaids got ready at the Inn at City Park www.innatcitypark.com . It is located a couple blocks from City Park and was the perfect location for the wedding party to start at.

The Inn at City Park is a Bed and Breakfast and was one of the original two bedroom bungalows in the City Park District of Old Town Fort Collins dating back to around 1949. The property used to be a greenhouse & nursery, which explains the beautiful lush landscaping that surrounds the house. The home has been updated into a quant and charming Country French cottage style Bed & Breakfast. The five guest room Inn can also host smaller weddings on the property.

The location was absolutely perfect for Stephanie’s wedding. I was able to make a few formal wedding photographs before the horse-drawn carriage arrived to take Stephanie to the outdoor wedding ceremony.

The Fort Collins based Colorado Carriage and Wagon www.coloradocarriage.com provided the horse drawn carriage. They also service Southern Wyoming, Northern Colorado including Estes Park. You are probably already familiar with them as they provide carriage rides in Old Town Fort Collins.

Their horses are beautiful giants. I do not know anything about horses other than what would be considered completely obvious, size and color. The only other thing I can add is they were tan in color.

Something about a bride arriving to the wedding ceremony in a carriage drawn by beautiful giant horses is magical. I’m sure it has to do with those fairytales we read as little girls. If you can’t have a little fairytale on your wedding day when can you have it?

The wedding ceremony was held under a canopy of huge Cottonwood Trees in City Park. All of Fort Collins Parks are very well taken care of and City Park certainly benefits from the great care it receives. The ceremony turned out fabulous. A gentle breeze kept the guests cool on this hot July day as a variety of birds serenaded them in the background.

After the wedding the party strolled around the lake and over to Club Tico. http://www.fcgov.com/recreation/clubtico.php Club Tico is located right on Sheldon Lake in City Park near downtown Ft. Collins. It was established in the 1920’s and has an 80 year history in the community of being a place that people gather to celebrate. This unique and beautiful building is tagged as the best ballroom in Northern Colorado and some beautiful wedding photographs can be made there.

The building was renovated in 2013 to update it’s decor, refinish the wood floors and various other improvements including efficient air conditioning. The Club Tico stage area is perfect for a band and the New Air conditioning was tested as the guests and wedding party danced and engaged in fun wedding toasts. Club Tico is large enough for weddings with up to 299 guests. The rounded archways and unique round hanging light fixtures help to make it a unique location for a wedding reception.

Thanks Stephanie and Shawn for trusting www.SherriBarber.com for their wedding photography.

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The Gardens on Spring Creek is a beautiful place to get married

June 20, 2014

June is definitely wedding season and it is going strong in Fort Collins. I had the pleasure of photographing Amber and Scott’s wedding at The Gardens on Spring Creek http://www.fcgov.com/gardens/ in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were my first June wedding couple and the first wedding I have photographed at this venue. I had not been to The Gardens since the city first established it in 2004. These gardens are truly beautiful. A stroll through them leaves you feeling very peaceful and at one with the splendors of nature. The colors are so beautiful  with the different shades of greens. Flowers are sprinkled throughout the scene adding pops of pink, reds, purple, yellow like a little colorful surprise. I also enjoy how they have used different types of plants in the landscaping that can add texture and dimension to a wedding photograph.

My over all reaction was “Wow” these gardens have matured and expanded into something that is truly a Fort Collins treasure. A wonderful venue for wedding photography and as a wedding photographer there were so many choices to pose the bride and groom. The only problem I had was that we ran out to time. Honestly I could have spent hours there making wedding pictures of the Amber & Scott.

The staff was extremely nice and stayed late for us. The weather had caused things to run late, rain storms  blew through all afternoon that day. The clouds helped out with the blistering hot sun and softened the light for the wedding photos but I am getting a little tired of  the wind and rain. I’m sure I will be praying for a rain clouds to come and cool me off in July when I am photographing weddings in the scorching heat.

The city of Fort Collins owns the Gardens on Spring Creek so arranging a wedding or other event is done through the city. The rental agreement is on their website and explains all the details. The Gardens not only host weddings but other events such as receptions, wedding reception, award ceremonies, reunions, and meetings. Availability of space is limited and determined by The Gardens program schedule. Outdoor spaces available for rental include the Children’s Garden, Garden of Eatin’, Outdoor Classroom, Rock Garden and the Entire Site. These sites are only available before or after hours. If your are thinking of hosting a wedding at The Gardens I would reserve it as soon a possible to insure the date.

Amber and Scott had an intimate wedding ceremony with only a few friends and family members. Their good friend officiated the ceremony, to the surprise of all their guests. Once the vows were said, rings exchanged and the wedding photographs were taken we were off to Jay’s Bistro http://www.jaysbistro.net/ . Jay’s is one of my favorite restaurant in Fort   Collins. They are a locally owned family business with an entrepreneurial spirit and have been in Fort Collins since the 1980’s.  Jacki and Jay run a first class restaurant. The food is always excellent and the staff is very attentive.  My family has celebrated many occasions at Jay’s from birthdays to college gradations. It is a place I highly recommend and I am always delighted to eat there.

Thanks to Amber and Scott for letting me be your Fort Collins wedding photographer.

 

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Fort Collins Country Club Wedding

June 6, 2014

One of our weddings last week was with Liz & Landon at the Fort Collins Country Club http://www.fortcollinscc.com/. The Fort Collins Country Club has recently remodeled, and it looks great. They have removed the out dated carpet and curtains in the main ballroom and given it a fresh new look. The greatest change I saw was in the bride’s dressing room. It looked like a preschool nursery before, painted a sunshine yellow (not in a good way either). They have completely repainted it and added new curtains.  Adding to the refreshing change was the removal of a giant couch that took up too much space and was always in my way. It’s a really classy dressing room now that looked much better in my bridal portraits.  I’m sure they have made other changes to the facility but I was so busy making wedding photographs to stop and study everything.

In addition to the remodeling there has been some staff changes. Sunie who had been their wedding planner as long as I can remember retired over the winter. Sunie was fabulous to work with and was always on top of everything. She anticipated the bride and groom’s needs down to the last detail. One time she even loaned the bride her shoes so we could go outside and walk in the snow. I was very sad and a touch worried when she moved on, but Heidi the new planner was really great to work too. She has confidently picked up where Sunie left off.  She didn’t have to volunteer her shoes at Saturday’s wedding but I’m sure she can handle any wedding day problems that arise.

The only hitch to the Liz & Landon’s wedding day was the rain during their ceremony. However raining while the ceremony was taking place under the gazebo was the perfect time. The Gazebo at the country club has saved many wedding day plans. All the guests sat comfortably inside and the rain fell outside. By the time the ceremony was over the rain had stopped, and we were able to make wedding photographs outside once again.

 

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Fort Collins Country wedding

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Wedding photographs in reflections

May 31, 2014

One element of a wedding photograph that never fails to catch the eye is reflections: there is something magical about a reflection, transforming an ordinary scene into something special. Using windows, water, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. I like to incorporate reflections into my wedding photography it can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images.

By including the reflection into the photograph or viewing the scene through the reflection it adds an extra dimension to the photograph. The viewer may need to take a little extra time to study the photograph and actually see what is going on in the scene.

The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straight forward to something richer, abstract or otherwise more artistic. Sometimes reflections can be annoying and certainly not artistic. But creativity and good-quality wedding photography depend on the photographer being able to see things differently, rather than seeing only one part of a larger whole.

Reflection of bride in mirror

I like when I am able to show both sides of the bride in her gown at the same time. The front of the gown is beautiful and so is the back of the wedding gown a mirror placed just right will show this off. www.tapestryhouse.com/

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A classical bride and groom portrait on Arrowhead Golf Course Denver Colorado.
http://www.arrowheadcolorado.com/

Bride and groom Unique wedding reflection portrait

Bride and groom laugh in the light cover of an old Royal Royce near Red Rocks Amphitheatre after the wedding ceremony. www.RedRocksonline.com

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The Groom and his groomsmen pose near the edge of a pond at Beaver Meadow in Red Feathers Lake Colorado. www.BeaverMeadows.com

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The bride and groom pose for a classical portrait on the staircase at The Tapestry House. www.TapestryHouse.com

Bride and groom classic bridal portrait reflection in pond

A bride and groom walk around one of the lakes at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland Colorado. www.SylvanDale.com

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The bridesmaids say a pray for the bride before her wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center in Broomfield Colorado. www.ChurchRanchEventCenter.com

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The bride and Groom pose with their wedding party at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra in Loveland Colorado. www.CenterraColorado.com

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The bride smiles at her reflection in the mirror as she gets ready for her wedding day.

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Bride and Groom pose in front of Mary’s Lake near Estes Park Colorado.

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The bride looks at her reflection in the mirror at Della Terra Mountain Chateau Estes Park Colorado. www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com

Sunset magic time for wedding photography

May 23, 2014

Sunset is a the magical time of day. We refer to it as the golden hour. A perfect sunset can make for gorgeous photographs. As much as possible when making wedding photographs I try to take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. The last hours of the day when the sun is low near the horizon and less intense or even after the sun has gone down and is starting to make the clouds glow is “Magic Time”.

I really like how the sunset can light up a veil and make it pop out. Veils can be hard to photograph because of the material they are made out of and tend to blend in with the background of the dress. Veils take on a completely different look when the sunlight illuminates them from behind.

I also take advantage of the sunset and make several different types wedding photographs from one vantage point. I can expose for the sky and make a silhouette. I can add a light onto the wedding couple after the sun has set and create a completely new look to the photograph. This is the time of day I have more control over my photographs and can take advantage of the beauty nature has to offer and create unique wedding day memories.

This year the Summer Solstice is June 21 making that the longest day of the year! For the months of June and July Sunset is between 8:30 – 8:40 pm, with the peak colors generally being within 15 minutes before sunset. Scheduling sunset pictures into your timeline can be a challenge as dinner, toasts, or dancing generally falls around the same time as sunset. If the sunset does happen during the dinner I generally try and schedule in a few moments for a sunset shot with the bride and groom right after they have finish eating and before the toasts start. Most guests are still eating, so if we are quick the bride & groom are not missed.

Sherri Barber

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Beautiful black and white wedding at the Tapestry House

May 16, 2014

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Spring is a great time for a wedding ceremony and as a wedding photographer I am always happy it has stopped snowing. Spring weddings at the Tapestry House in LaPorte Colorado (Northern Colorado) http://www.tapestryhouse.com/  are beautiful. The Lilac Bushes are in full bloom around the property along with Pansy, Iris, Crocus, Daffodil and my favorite Tulips. There is nothing better to say good bye to winter than a wedding photograph full of spring flowers surrounding the bride and groom.

Nicole and Matt were all smiles on their wedding except for a few times emotions over came the bride and she teared up and cried.  Nicole’s tears were happy ones. Her mom even had a tearful moment during the ceremony as she watched her daughter take the next step in life.

I love to capture those unscripted moments in my wedding photography during the wedding celebration. Not every moment of the day needs a wedding plan and some of the best wedding day pictures comes from true feelings. I like to wait and watch and take the photograph just at that moment.

Bobbie and Mark’s team at the Tapestry House always do a great job and are a pleasure to work with. The team out there keeps the lawns mowed, the big oak trees groomed and the flowers fresh looking fabulous. They really do an exceptional job and I appreciate their hard work. It makes my job easier and my photographs better. They are also very friendly and helpful making the bride and groom’s day run smoothly.

The weddings at the Tapestry House always turn out wonderful , even when the seasons of spring and winter get confused on who’s turn it is. I never have a problem finding a great place to photograph the bride and groom. I end up running out of time before we need to move onto the wedding reception.

Call today so I can capture your special wedding
day.

 

 

Pelican Lakes

May 9, 2014

Happy Anniversary Brittany and Joel,

Brittany and Joel were married a year ago this May on the island at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club http://www.homesfortcollins.net .

Brides dress hanging before wedding Pelican Lakes,  Sherri Barber Photography

Classical Bridal portrait with brides maids, Sherri Barber Photography,

Groom's portrait with groomens, Pelican Lakes, Sherri Barber Photography, Northern Colorado Wedding Photography,

Father and bride walk down aisle on the island at Pelican Lakes,  Sherri Barber Photography, Northern Colorado Wedding Photography,

Bride and groom wedding ceremony on the island at Pelican Lakes, Sherri Barber Photography, Northern Colorado Wedding Photography,

Bride and groom Pelican Lakes riding in golf cart, Sherri Barber Photography,

Bride and groom portrait on the island at Pelican Lakes, Sherri Barber Photography

Sunset at Pelican Lakes,  Austin's Homestead Bar & Grill

Pelican Lakes is located in Windsor Colorado about 15 minutes Southwest of Fort Collins. It is a part of Water Valley, a multi-use 300 acre lake community with a championship 18-hole golf course and island event center. The clubhouse contains Austin’s Homestead restaurant and wedding reception venue. The large dining room includes a breath-taking wrap around outdoor patio and has wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains, all housed inside an impressive log cabin-style building.

The island at Pelican Lakes is great because it is secluded from the rest of the golf course. Factor in a little extra time to get from the island to the reception area. The bride and the bridesmaids are normally shuttled out to the ceremony sight in a limo golf cart. You cross a visually attractive arched bridge to get onto the island (the bridge makes great photos!). The thing that always make me laugh out there are the realistic looking “steel” Palm Trees, not necessarily a native tree to Colorado. None the less, they look good and are fun to include in wedding photographs.  On the island there are plenty of photo opportunities, a stream, waterfall, beaches and a paddle boat off in the distance. If the weather is good the sunsets are some of the best because of the mountains in the distance and reflections in the lake.

 

Groomsmen gift ideas

May 2, 2014

Groomsmen gift ideas

The groomsmen are the groom’s best buddies. He has relied on them throughout his life to get into trouble with, to get him out of trouble and tell him when he is being stupid. I have heard some pretty funny stories from the groomsmen during the wedding reception toasts, some stories better off left untold. A word to the wise if the story involves a stolen goat, unhappy cops and or random nude women…. it should not be told in front of grandma. Oops.

On the wedding day, the groomsmen usually behave themselves and offer their to support the groom. A thank you from the groom to his guy pals for their support and friendship is the groomsmen gift.  This may lead to a lot of pressure but don’t worry they are just guys after all. Guys tend to keep things pretty simple.

The most traditional gift is a flask. This can be a very nice gift and engraving the groomsmen’s initials can personalize it. This gift normally confuses me, and I am always left wondering several things. 1. How hard is it to get the booze into the flask and how much is spilled? 2. If you share with a buddy or better yet a cute girl how many sips does it hold? I have never seen a flask big enough. This comment probably says more about me than anything. 3. How much pre-planning will a guy do? If he is running out of the house, stops in his tracks and says wait I forgot to fill my flask. This probably says something about him. 4. If you have a perfectly good container already holding the booze why take it out and put it into another container? Those are just a few things I think of in the middle of the night.

The other classic gifts given to groomsmen are watches and money clips. Both are very nice and neither keeps me awake at night.

The most original groomsmen gift I have seen as a Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer are cuff links made from hand tied flies used in fly fishing. The groom was an avid fly fishing angler and made a unique gift for his friends incorporating one of his passions. Pretty classy!

Groomsmen gift cuff link hand tied fly

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