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Save-The-Date

April 25, 2014

The other day I received in the mail the other day a Save-The-Date postcard from Joseph and Caitlin, who are getting married in September. I will be photographing their wedding. I also photographed their engagement pictures about 6 months ago. Joseph is a pilot, so we incorporated an airplane into their photograph.

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Save-The-Date cards are a great idea. This gives friends and family members a heads-up so  hopefully they will keep that date open on their calendar.  Also by sending these out it will generate excitement for the upcoming wedding, showers and bachelorette parties that will soon follow.

The general rule on sending out the Save-the-date cards are to send them six to nine months before the wedding date. If the wedding is going to be a destination wedding or on a major holiday then your guest will need extra time, nine months to a year are more  appropriate.

Send the cards to all the guest you are planning on inviting. If the guest is on the maybe list then hold off. You can’t un-invite a guest once they receive a save-the-date card. You are obligated to invite them to the wedding. Don’t forget you will still need to send wedding invitations to your guests.

The Print Cafe in Fort Collins http://www.theprintcafe.com/ makes some great Save-The-Date cards. They range in all shapes and sizes from postcards to magnets. My personal favorites are the fun flip cards. They have a video on their website which shows the flip cards in action.

The photograph or photographs on the cards can incorporate something special about the bride and groom. I have photographed couples with their dog wearing a sign with the wedding date on it. I have photographed couples where they got engaged, where they had a special date, where the bride and groom met for the first time. The possibilities are endless.

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Happy Anniversary Sarah and Lane

April 18, 2014

Sarah and Lane were married one year ago this April in a Colorado destination wedding at Saint Malo Retreat Center Chapel on the Rock. The popular landmark is locate near Allenspark, Colorado about 20 minutes from Estes Park Colorado. It is this tiny little catholic church that sits at the base of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker is nearby and the chapel is situated just outside Rocky Mountain National   Park. The church is best suited for small intimate weddings. I’m not sure 100 people will fit inside the chapel.Bride and groom classic bridal portrait Chapel on the Rock St Malo

The weather was a little bit of everything on this particular day from beautiful blues skies to snow. The wind during the ceremony was howling outside. I’m glad the church is made from stones because it felt solid against the gale force winds rolling off the Rocky Mountains that day. I did say a silent little prayer for the roof hoping it would not end up in Kansas before the end of the wedding ceremony.

I had  all these great ideas for outside wedding photographs after the ceremony with the bride and groom which were immediately changed. Weather is one element is photography you can not change. I usually incorporate the weather conditions into my pictures creating and unexpected element which can be fun. If is snows, Great!, put on snow boots. If it rains No Problem, umbrellas are great props. Wind, however, is the most difficult weather element to incorporate. It can be helpful when it catches the veil and dress just right. I can also use it as a high fashion look when it blows the hair. Here is the catch, it has to be blowing from the right direction and not too forceful. Generally wind causes more trouble than it is worth. It makes your eyes water and if that isn’t bad enough everyone is squinting. Not a great look.

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Bride and groom classic bridal portrait Chapel on the Rock St Malo

Bride classic bridal portrait Chapel on the Rock St Malo

Garden Wedding Ceremonies Brookside Gardens

March 21, 2014

I’m excited to see the array of beautiful flowers and plants Brookside Gardens Event Center http://www.brooksidegardens.com in Berthoud Co. has planted this year. They do an exceptionally wonderful job with a wide range of flowers and plants in their gardens. The landscaping and waterfall are truly extraordinary and can take your breath away.  I love photographing weddings there because of all the gorgeous colors. There isn’t really much need for big flower armaments because of what they plant. The arbor is always stunning with the green ivy growing up the sides and the giant flower baskets hanging from the beams full of red, purple and pink blooms. It is always so pretty watching the bride descend from the top of the stairs through the arbor toward the groom on her father’s arm. The beaming bride in her white dress through an explosion of complementary colors truly is a sight to see. If that isn’t enough, Longs Peak and the Rocky Mountain Range can be seen to the west in the distance and adds a great backdrop for any wedding regardless how big or small.

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The party is then moved to the greenhouse building for the reception, which is lovely all on it own. It is open, light with lots of windows and giant doors panels that retract completely out of the way.  I’ve seen it decorated many different ways with up lighting , candlelight and natural light. There is never less than a beautiful wedding there.

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I love photographing brides and grooms at Brookside Gardens because of all the photographic options we have to choose from like, the waterfall, flowers, arbor, more flowers, cool barn, grove of trees and if there is time an alfalfa field that sets to the south.  I quote their website “Your guest will be in awe and the photo opportunities are endless.”

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Wedding photography and Photojournalism go hand in hand

February 1, 2014

In light of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia and Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl, I thought it might be fun to show a few photographs of what this Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer used to do. I worked in newspapers for years. I loved being a photojournalist and all the opportunities it brought me. I photographed a lot of sporting events. I experienced a great number of things from the exciting glories of victory to the crushing sorrows of defeat. I learned a lot about watching people and waiting for the moment to unfold through my experiences of photojournalism. The strict ethics of journalism did not allow me to instruct people how to react, where to stand or what emotion was appropriate for the photograph as a photojournalist. My journalism experience plays a big part on how I photograph a wedding. I approach my wedding photography in the same way I approached my journalism photography. I stand out of the way and let the moments unfold and happen. Weddings are full of emoting both happy and sad. I never know what is going to happen. Families members and friends reunite at weddings after many years of absences are happy and joyous. Families losing a loved one and starting over without them in a new normal way can spark lots of tears. The quote “You can’t make this stuff up” comes to mind as I work my weddings. I love to stand back and document the day. I tell my wedding couples there is a time and place to pose and give instructions.  There is also a time and place for me to pose them and give instructions. It is also very important for me to be a quiet observer and photograph the celebration as it happens. I am a stronger wedding photographer because of every photograph I have taken in my past.

Bill’s photographic career is even more fun than mine. His photography has taken him all over the world, including four Super Bowls and six Olympics. He still has the numb toes to prove it after suffering frostbite to his feet in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

 

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Brooch Bridal Bouquets

January 26, 2014

I photographed a wedding last fall where the bride had made a bouquet out of brooches. Up until her wedding I had not seen a bouquet made from brooches and I thought it was incredibly unique.

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Brooch bouquets are amazing for so many reasons. They are sparkly, they make meaningful keepsakes after the wedding, they are sparkly, you can use jewelry from family members and carry a bit of them with you down the aisle, you make your brooch bouquet well in advance of the wedding, you never have to worry about it not holding up throughout the day and they are sparkly. It will be a keepsake for generations to come and don’t forget they sparkle.

Making a brooch bouquet is quite the DIY project! It takes patience and creativity. But it is a worthy endeavor. Especially when you are ready to walk down the aisle carrying a beautiful brooch bouquet of your own making.

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Since that wedding I have done some research on brooch bouquets and where is what I have found. You will need 50-85 brooches, large earrings or necklaces.

When choosing your brooche you should consider a few things when choosing the jewelry pieces you are going to include into your brooch bouquet.

1. Colors- Choose at least three but not more than five color families and stick to them

2. Finish- Choose one metal type. Use either all shades of gold metals or all shades of silver. It gives your finished brooch bouquet a more polished look.

3. Size- Pick jewelry pieces in a variety of sizes. It will give your bouquet depth and dimension.

4. Sentimentality- You may want to include a few pieces of jewelry that have special meaning to you. A brooch your grandma always wore, you and your fiancée’s initials or the earrings your mother wore on her wedding day would all be sweet additions.

5. Value- Reconsider using any jewelry pieces that are worth too much money. The bouquet will be tossed around and set down all day long. It would be terrible to loose a particularly valuable piece of jewelry.

6. Inspiration- If you have a brooch that you love use it to inspire to colors of the entire bouquet   

There are some great video tutorials on the internet to help with constructing the brooch bouquet.

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As a wedding photographer in Northern Colorado, I love when I see something a little different that I can pass a long to future brides and grooms.

 

Contributing JudyBeauty

Fort Collins Colorado Winter Engagement Pictures

January 22, 2014

Andrea and Brad are getting married at Della Terra Mountain Chateau next August in a Colorado Rocky Mountain ceremony. Della Terra is located above EstesPark at the Fall River entrance to the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park. On a bad day, it is extremely beautiful there. On a good day, it is so close to heaven it feels like you are there.

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Last Saturday we met Andrea and Brad at the base of Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins and drove to Pineridge Natural Area for their engagement photo shoot. Pineridge is a family friendly park and is easily accessible from Fort Collins. The drive took about 10 minutes. This time of year January, February, March can be difficult balancing the weather, location and outside temperature for an engagement shoot. If it is so cold outside it is hard to have any fun or even pretend to look like it is fun. Blue lips and chattering teeth are hard to Photoshop out of a photograph. Also everything is dead or dormant in the great outdoors in these months so dried grass and Pine or Pinon trees can be very useful as the background in the photograph. The wind was not very helpful either, but we tried to use it to our photographic advantage with Andrea’s hair.

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The day turned out beautiful. The temperature was in the high 50’s. The sky was one of those giant blue Colorado skies we take for grant it. Andrea and Brad were good sports about getting a little dirty. Sometimes sitting on the ground is required because it is just the prefect angel for composing the photograph. I do not ask my wedding couples to do something I am not willing to do. I end up sitting in the dirt a lot myself.

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We had so much fun, I can’t wait for their wedding. Thanks guys.

New Years Eve Weddings

December 31, 2013

New Years Eve is one of my favorite days for couples to get married. There is always so much sparkle and excitement of a New Years celebration and to add a wedding to the mix I do not see a downside. The start of a new year signifies a new beginning and a marriage also is the start of a new beginning. In years to come, the world will always help celebrate the anniversary.

There are more advantages to having a New Years eve wedding. The dress code can be a formal black tie affair. Women can adorn their long formal gowns and jewels. Men can go all out with tuxes. The reception room can be decorated with glittered tablecloths. Color pallets can be elegant and sophisticated such as blacks, silver, gold, bronze….The decoration can be as simple as candles or twinkly Christmas lights. The crowd can be extra loud and drink at little extra sparkling wine.

As 2012 exited last year and 2013 entered, we had just one of those weddings. Rachel and James married in a beautiful church ceremony and followed up with a grand party at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland.

Rachel + James were married in a beautiful ceremony on New Years Eve 2012.

Rachel + James were married in a beautiful ceremony on New Years Eve 2012.

The pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church included a part about skiing in the ceremony.

The pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church included a part about skiing in the ceremony.

Rachel and James during the new years eve wedding ceremony.

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Rachel and James exit as their guest line the side walk with sparkler fire works. New year eve wedding at Redeemer Lutheran church Fort Collins.

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The tables are decorated for new years eve wedding reception Embassy Suites Hotel Loveland Colorado.

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The first dance ends with a dip kiss by the groom.

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Strawberries cover the tops of the cupcakes as part of the wedding cake.

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Rachel’s father welcomes James into the family as the guest listen during the toasts.

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Rachel’s sister reminisces about their childhood during her to the new married couple.

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Tea candles provide just enough light and give a romantic look to the tables on the new years eve wedding reception Embassy Suites Hotel Loveland Colorado.

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Guests join the night of dancing.

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Rachel and James surrounded by sparkler fireworks to close out the New Years Eve wedding celebration.

Rocky Mountain Winter Wedding

December 29, 2013

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Recently we photographed Katie + Tyler’s wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. I am happy to announce Della Terra did not wash away in the past Colorado floods and the road (HWY 34) was remarkable. I had heard a horror story of how long it was taking to drive to Estes Park so I was extremely worried.

Della Terra is located above Estes Park at the Fall River entrance to Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a great venue is you want out of state guests to experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Katie + Tyler’s wedding day turning out exceptionally beautiful. The mountains were covered in a new blanket of snow and the sky was true Colorado blue to add that special accent. Their colors pink and grey added that extra pop to make it even more vibrant.

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Estes Park Colorado with a blanket of snow.Sherri Barber Photography

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Katie+Tyler are sprinkled with pink flower petals by their guest as they pass. Sherri Barber Photography

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Parents cried, bridesmaids shivered and a deer walked past before the ceremony all in the stunning backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Wedding Photography – Bridal Show Tips and Tricks for Brides

December 28, 2013

Colorado bridal show season is coming. The shows provide a lot of information in one place and can be very helpful in planning the big day. Here are a few tips and tricks you may want to use.

1. Look at the show.

Really look at what bridal shows you want to go to. There all types of bridal shows, and it is really important to ask yourself what exactly you want when you go to these shows. If you want to see the fashion shows, or some of the larger events, then you’ll want to check out the big ones. If you want to really meet some professionals and actually TALK to someone, instead of walking through a showroom type atmosphere, maybe the smaller shows will be more for you. If you already have your venue confirmed, do they have a bridal event? This will give you a chance to talk to professionals who are most likely familiar with the venue. Think about what you’re looking for, and look at the lists of vendors for the shows you’re interested in. If you don’t need a caterer, do you really want to go to a show that is heavy on caterers? You might, if you want the food. Think about what you need for your wedding, and what you want to see.

2.Tickets

Ask for tickets! Once you have decided what shows to go to, ask some of the professionals that you want to meet if they have discounted tickets. This is a GREAT way to get into the show and talk with them, without paying a ton to do so. Most professionals will either have tickets for you, or help you figure out who to talk to! And for all of you non-brides out there that like to go look at the inspirational stuff – you know who you are – you can come too! Yes, these are bridal shows, and the main focus is definitely brides. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re not getting married, they’re going to turn you away at the door. These events can be very cool if you are planning any type of event, or just want to go with girlfriends to check out some amazing design pieces. Some of these coordinators and designers are super talented, I love looking at their designs!

4. Happy feet.

Wear comfortable shoes. I can not say this enough times. You will be hating life by the end of the show if you wear heels.

5. Not too hot.

Wear comfortable clothes and leave your coat in the car. Look cute, wear flats, and be comfy.

6. Weight yourself down.

If you have a heavy purse like I do, leave it in the car or at home. It will KILL your back by the time the day is done. Designate someone in your group to carry the bag and make sure to  give them a bag that is comfortable to carry. Big wide straps that they can put over their shoulder. You get SO much information, magazines, brochures, and DVD’s add up pretty quickly and can get heavy. Be comfortable, and be smart about what you will have to carry. You don’t want to be lugging around huge purses and bags and magazines and everything else by the end of the day!

7. LABELS LABELS LABELS!!!

Print labels I can’t tell you how much time this is going to save you. Writing your name … a hundred time is not going to be fun and as a vendor reading your hand writing can be problematic as well. This sounds SO silly and dorky, but I can’t even tell you how many brides told me they wished they had them.

Here is what you need to put on these labels.

Name
Fiance’s Name
Address
Phone
Email
Wedding Date
Wedding Venue

It doesn’t have to be super fancy, just full of information. I promise you, this will CHANGE YOUR LIFE at bridal shows. Your hand and wrist will thank you, and all of the other brides will be watching you put your pretty label onto things while they spend forever writing.

8. You’ve got mail.

Make a wedding e-mail for you and your fiance, that way you can keep all the amazing ideas, offers, etc. In one place!

9. Be kind to the one you love!

It’s ok not to bring the groom. I know this might be fighting words but here is the honest truth ladies. If he does not want to come why torturer the poor boy. Bring your mom, sister, mother-in-law to be, BFF BUT if the groom doesn’t want to come it is ok. Do him a favor and streamline the process for him. Go to the show and weed out those vendors you are not interested in. Set up an appointment for a later date with the vendors you are interested in and bring him along.  That really is true love.

 

10. Who was that vendor?

Bring a notebook and pen to make notes, mark down vendors you would like to visit later and ideas you really like. ie: Sherri Barber Photography 

 

 

 

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Brooke Summer

Upcoming Bridal Shows

August 17, 2010

This weekend is the start of the fall bridal show season. This Sunday August 22, we will showcase our wedding photography at the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show in Denver at the Convention Center from 11:00am to 4:00pm. At our booth, we will display wedding photography samples from venues throughout Northern Colorado. I’m sure we will be tired after two weddings Friday and Saturday evening so stop by and wake us up! We will be happy to discuss our wedding photography services and answer any questions you may have.

Bridal shows are a great place for anyone planning a wedding because you can find vendors for all your wedding needs. If you can’t make it this weekend, we will also be at the Bridal Festivals Show at the Ranch in Loveland, Colorado on Sunday September 12, from noon to 4:00pm. We hope to see you at one of these events!

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