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Nontraditional wedding

October 20, 2014

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I always try and get an idea from my brides what their wedding day is going to be like by studying their timeline and asking about any possible hidden surprises. There is nothing worse than being on the wrong side of the room when something important happens. I’m not above sprinting across the venue to photograph something important, but it makes me look unprofessional “Not Cool”.

Joy, my bride for Oct 12th called me and explained their wedding was going to be “nontraditional.” I listened intently as she explained her vision to me.

Joy explained that they would start the day casually and did not want us to photograph their preparations or even them getting dressed. That’s when I started to sweat, Getting dressed is the part of the day where I get to know the bride and her friends a little more. Then she went on to say they were having a cocktail party before the ceremony even started, more sweating for me. A friend was the officiating the ceremony, more concern…. A buffet dinner would follow, and the music was just going to be an iPod.  No DJ to keep everything on track, now I’m really worried.

Sometimes these non traditional plans work fine but sometimes a more traditional timeline helps all the vendors (us, florists, catering, DJ) provide our best services. Joy’s wedding planner http://ladolceeventsboulder.com/ confirmed the arrangements and soothed my concerns “Everything is under control” she said.

Wedding photography is a lot like skiing in powder; keep your knees bent, stay flexible, and everything will turn out ok. If you get too rigid, you are going to make a fun time very unpleasant not only for you but everyone else. Some days I have to repeat this strategy to myself frequently.

We arrived at the Koenig Alumni Center in Boulder Colorado http://alumni.colorado.edu/services/koenig/ eager to get started. The bride was dressed and ready to go. The groom showed up and off we went. The first hour we spent walking around CU campus making formal wedding photographs. It was spectacular. I know those are pretty big words, but I can’t say enough on just how beautiful the campus was that day. The trees were full of fall colors. We found a beautiful pond with a rock bridge across one corner of it. Near it was an old building with rock archways, rock steps and ivy growing everywhere. The sun this time of year is lower in the horizon all day long providing great light.

The day only improved from this great start. The cocktail party before the wedding gave us opportunity for informal groups and discreet casual portraits of the wedding couple, family members and special friends. What Joy hadn’t mentioned was that most of their friends and family had traveled from far away for the wedding. Most had come from New York and Chicago, some had come from as far away as Germany, and one couple came from Dubai. No wedding traditions could have improved this celebration, and it truly turned out to be a celebration of two people joining their lives together. The Hora dance started immediately after the ceremony kiss and the breaking of the glass. After the buffet dinner the party lasted late into the night, The dancing never slowed down as the iPad play a special mix prepared by the groom. This was certainly the most successful non-traditional wedding we have ever been a part of. Mazel tov!

 

Ring bear melt down Tapestry House Wedding

October 10, 2014

Last weekend at the Tapestry House 3-year-old Walton had the honor of being his aunt’s ring bear. Pretty easy duty, all you have to do is hand off the ring when they point at you, right. Nope, that was not how it went down.

The bride and her sister had come up with the plan; Walton could ride his brand new red Radio Flyer tricycle down the aisle in front of the bride. What 3-year-old wouldn’t want to ride their brand new tricycle in front of everyone. It was all trekked out with a bell and everything. He even had a sign announcing the bride ” Here comes the bride.”

Walton waited in queue at the back of the ceremony site with his father. He was all dressed up in his new black suit, argyle socks, bow tie and a boutonniere on his lapel.  His dad talked with him quietly as they sat on the bench and watched the wedding procession headed towards the alter.

The bride had three bridesmaids and one matron of honor . Each was escorted in traditional fashion on the arms of a groomsman.  I can only image what his dad was telling him, as I wasn’t close enough to hear the conversation. It looked as if there were some high stake negotiations taking place. Walton watched closely as each girl took the arm of a gentleman and disappeared down aisle. To the three year old the aisle to the alter must have looked a mile long, AND thousands of strangers were watching. Talk about “stranger danger“.

The officiant was in her place. The wedding party in their places and the music changed. All eyes went to the back of the ceremony site looking for the next person to enter. Walton’s dad stood up and took the three year old by the hand. This was his son’s big moment, but I have a feeling it must have been like “dead man walking” for poor little Watlon. His eyes got big but he bravely mounted his trusty tricycle. The same tricycle I’m sure he has had many hours of fun on.

His dad wheeled him into starting gate under the ivy arbor. Kind of like a horse in the Kentucky Derby ready to run free. His dad bent down and whispered something into his son’s ear and gave him a little push. Walton took off like a shot peddling as fast as he could. He looked so happy for about three seconds. He was announcing the bride’s arrival. “Here comes the bride.” The moment I’m sure his parents had prepared him for with many hours of practicing involved.

His father blew out a sigh of relief thinking his little man was actually going to pull this off. Walton’s gaze lifted from just ahead of his front wheel up to smiling faces of the wedding guests. He stopped cold in his tracks. He slowly surveyed the crowd hoping to find someone he knew. His mom was at the other end, but that was about a mile away he didn’t find her. Grandma was calling his name, but he couldn’t hear her.

Wedding guests started to encourage him.  “You can do it” a gentleman near the back yelled out. “Your mom is down there” another helpful lady whispered. You could see the panic building on little Walton’s face. A amphitheatre full of strangers and he was the center of their attention. Hundreds of thousands of eyes on him and him alone….

He slowly looked around for his safety person, his dad. By this time, his dad had squatted down four steps away under the arbor and was encouraging Walton. “Just keep peddling, Mom is at the other end.” Walton did not budge. “Grandma is calling you. Can you see her.” He pointed in the direction the Radio Flyer was facing.

Walton’s lower lip started to quiver, and his big brown eyes got even bigger. His father said a few more encouraging words but by then the little guy was having none of it. He took in a deep breath. You know the kind of breath where they fill their entire lung capacity with air , the quiet pause just before they blow…….

It was downhill from there. His dad swooped in rescuing him from the terrifying moment and off they went to a safer place.

The flower girl waited for all the shenanigans to clear then made her entrance. The look on her face was pure determination because she was a mature girl. We all know four-year-olds don’t act like that.

Better luck next time Walton, we’re all pulling for you.

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Ring bear on tricycle

Ring bear on tricycle

Ring bear on tricycle

Ring bear on tricycle

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Cheyenne Wyoming weddings

October 3, 2014

Bride groom little america Cheyenne WyomingLittle America in Cheyenne Wyoming turns out to be quite the wedding venue. We have had several weddings at Little America this summer www.Cheyenne.LittleAmerica.com .The hotel its self is very large and can host many overnight wedding guests. They have 188 rooms in total and last time I was there they were in a huge room renovation remodel. All the old furniture was being replaced with new, and the rooms were being painted and redecorated.

I counted three weddings, one 18th birthday celebration and a beauty pageant happening simultaneously in their convention center. The grand ballroom has the option of being partitioned into three smaller ballrooms. The wedding I was photographing had at least 170 wedding guests. There was plenty of room for the guests to move comfortably around the tables. The room also included cake table, candy table, DJ and dance floor. Each ballroom has a private bar/ reception area that the hotel staffs. One of my weddings even had an ice sculpture with the bride and grooms initial frozen into it. At the top of the sculpture, alcohol could be poured through an opening chilling on the way down before exiting out the other side. It was like a mini water slide for booze. This was a fun thing for wedding guest to enjoy, and the kids got a kick out of watching it.

The ballrooms can be decorated in the brides and grooms taste from tall vases with very large flower arrangements to something a little more simple like candles and mirrors. I peeked in the sweet 18th birthday ballroom before the guest arrived, and it was full of pink balloons. Very cute.

The wedding couples have a choice of a sit down plated dinner or a buffet. The catering staff runs both efficiently, so the food is not cold by the time it gets to the wedding guests. The food also tasted good. Sometimes with big events the food can look good and taste terrible. The dinner rolls were my favorite cover in butter YUM.

The weddings I have photographed were at a churches in Cheyenne Wyoming and Little America hosted the receptions. The ballrooms are big enough to host a wedding ceremony and then flip into the reception or the party could be moved to a different ballroom.

This facility also has a nine hole golf course on property so the groom and his guys can spend the morning on the course before the wedding ceremony doing the guy thing. The best thing about the golf course is it makes a great place to take wedding photographs. There is a pretty big pond near the hotel, and it is easily accessible to walk to for the bride and groom. I try not to make the bride hike miles in her high heel shoes which we all know as girls can be very painful. Mature trees line the pond, and small clumps of cute cattails are near the edge. We got lucky in one of our sunset photographs as a flock of geese flew over.

Thanks, Little America I will totally recommend you to my future Cheyenne Wyoming wedding couples.

Wedding day air guitar

August 8, 2014

My favorite air guitarist

Amy and Jeff were married last weekend at the Tapestry House www.Tapestryhouse.com . Their 8-year-old son, Eli, has moved into the top position as my all time favorite air guitarist. I have photographed air guitar performances many times as a Fort Collins wedding photographer so I speak from experience.

The styles range from impromptu to exacting duplications of famous guitarists like; Stevie Ray Vaughan the blues man, Jimi Hendrix the Blues rocker, Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones and notorious Eddie Van Halen. You know the type they grab the guitar, drop their hips and become the music. Then you have your more energetic air guitarists like Slash from Guns ‘n Roses, Rhandy Roads from Ozzie Osbourne or Metallica’s Kirk Hammet hard core metal rockers. These guys are body and soul performers with everything in motion from their heads to their toes. Whatever the style of the “Air Guitarist” they make great wedding photography subjects.

Neil and Beth Carlberg who own Too Much Fun DJ http://www.toomuchfundj.com/ bring a unique service to the wedding reception. They are great DJ’s keeping the wedding on time and fun for the guests. When the dancing starts at the reception they pull out all the stops. They come prepared with a line up of custom made wooden guitars and encourage the weddings guests to get involved. The guitars are painted in a wide variety of designs to suit every air guitarist’s “inner rocker”.

They ease into it with songs very user friendly well known guitar riffs. Fun but not over the top. The momentum builds from there as they move the crowd into the competition part of the evening; boys vs girls, bride vs groom, bridesmaids vs groomsmen. All craziness breaks out at that point until everyone’s inner Judas Priest has them sliding across the floor on their knees pounding a riff on the wooden guitar. Photographing all of this really is really “too much fun”.

Back to my new favorite ax man, Eli. His own distinct style was somewhere between John Belushi and Jimi Hendrix with aspirations of giving Dimebag Darrel a run for his money. He is a guitarist at heart no doubt. Eli was working it at every opportunity; while getting dressed before the wedding, during family formal photographs and throughout the cocktail hour. I’m sure he would have played while he escorted his mother down the aisle if she would have allowed it. My personal favorite presentation from this up and come rock star was during his parents first dance. Eli quietly stood in background strumming a romantic ballad with a smile on his face as he watched his parents seal the deal.

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wedding guest air guitar

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Wedding Photography in Downtown Denver

August 1, 2014

Last Saturday we photographed our first wedding at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts www.denvercenter.org The Complex is located in the heart of the Denver Theatre District in Downtown Denver, Colorado.

The wedding day began with everyone getting dressed at the Magnolia Hotels www.magnoliahotels.com . The hotel website had this information about the property. In 1993, the company purchases its first building, a vacant 85-year-old former bank building in the core of downtown Denver’s business district. The property underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and was restored to reflect its original appearance. The hotel opened in 1995 under the name Holtze Executive Place, later changed to the Magnolia Hotel.

In a big city moving a wedding party and family from the hotel to the actual wedding venue can resemble a Chinese fire drill. Coordinating the rides and times for the bride, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen can be very stressful. It always takes more time then expected. Thank goodness they took my advice and planned for the needed extra time.

Megan and Tim had their “first look” under the marquee in front of the Seawell Grand Ballroom with the wedding party peeking from the upper floors of the parking structure. They chose to see each other in advance of the wedding so we would have more time to make formal wedding photographs. We spent the next hour making wedding photographs in this dynamic architecturally rich environment bursting with angles, layers and light. The atrium roof provided welcome relief from the sun and later the sprinkling rain.  We were thrilled to have a new visual playground and a wedding couple willing to schedule additional time for us to create wedding day imagery for them.

The Seawell Grand Ballroom http://denvercenterevents.org/ is large enough to host both the wedding ceremony and the reception. This wedding they draped the room into two parts, both were dramatically lit.

The Ballroom website says they deliver memorable, inspiring and unique events. “Your guests will marvel at the panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and iconic elements of Denver’s Lower Downtown Skyline — offering an incredible view of urban architecture and mountain peaks.  As the sun goes down, the ceiling transforms into a star-filled canopy above this 10,000 square-foot dream space, lined with mirrors to reflect your theatrical event.”

After seeing what they were able to do to the ballroom I would agree. The ceremony side of the room was beautiful and the reception area was breath taking.

The caterer was Epicurean Group – Denver Catering www.epicueangroupco.com . They are rated in the top 25 caterers in the world by Special Event Magazine. The food was served buffet style and was delicious. The main course was stuffed pork tenderloin with roasted tomatoes and asparagus. My favorite part of the meal was the mashed sweet potatoes.

After the traditional toasts, cake cutting and ceremonial first dances the party really started and the place got bumping very quickly. The wedding guests danced up a storm underneath a 4-foot disco ball that hung from the ceiling. We were exhausted by the end of the night but Megan and Tim’s wedding was truly a beautiful event. Certainly a highlight on our summer Colorado wedding photography calendar. Thanks guys!

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bride groom Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Bride groom Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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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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Beautiful views from Willow Ridge Manor

July 10, 2014

New Years Eve is my favorite day for a wedding and 4th of July is my second favorite. Carrie and Brandon just so happened to get married this year on the 4th of July and Sherri Barber Photography was lucky enough to provide their wedding photography.  My friends and family members are curious about why those are my favorite days for weddings. Here is what I tell them. If this is your wedding date there will always be a party on your anniversary celebrated with food, fireworks, friends and family. It is like the whole world is celebrating your special day with you and how could that not be a recipe for a great day.  A little corny I have to admit, but that’s the way I see it.

Carrie and Brandon held their wedding at Willow Ridge Manor www.willowridgemanor.com in Morrison, Colorado. Years ago when I lived in Denver, I photographed a lot of weddings at this venue. The Manor sits high in the foothills overlooking spectacular red rock formations and the lights of Denver can be seen off to the east. The house was built at turn of the century and was the former home of two U.S. Senators. It has all the grandeur expected of mansions from that era. The outside is painted white so it stands out against it’s backdrop of red rocks. It also has a carport with wonderful arches and on the front of the mansion their are two story columns leading up to a balcony porch.

The ceremony site has been expanded since I was there last, it really is an improvement. They have done a wonderful job in creating a gazebo made from wood and red sand stone to fit in with the natural surroundings. The view looking east towards Denver from the Willow Ridge Manor ceremony site is breathtaking.

The Willow Ridge Manor has beautiful large rooms for the bride and her attendants to dress in. These rooms are wonderfully furnished with large mirrors and furniture for posing group photos. This is a huge benefit for me when I’m making formal bridal portraits. There is a separate suite for the groom and his guys to get ready in and it’s plenty large enough to make candid wedding photographs. The dinning room is connected to a second very large balcony porch and is complete with dance floor and full freestanding bar.

Of course it had to rain that evening, what is a wedding without a little rain, but the storm blew through quickly just before the ceremony started and the day turned out beautiful. We were able to incorporate a little 4th of July spirit using the American flags hanging from the carport in our wedding photography. The last rays of sunlight made for some stunning photographs on the red rocks and the 2nd floor balcony as well.

We ended the evening with a time exposure photograph of the wedding couple using sparklers and capturing the lights of Denver in the distance.

Happy 4th of July wedding everyone.

 

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Rain changes the plans on wedding day

July 3, 2014

The second part of my crazy photography last weekend happened on the following Sunday. This wedding was held at the Tapestry House http://www.tapestryhouse.com/ in Laporte Colorado. I know I have said this before it is one of my favorite venues to photograph a wedding at because they are very organized and the staff is incredible.

The bride, Megan and the groom, Elliot decided to see each other before the ceremony so we could do formal wedding photographs of them. This was probably one of the best decisions they made. Everything went according to schedule I photographed the bride getting ready and putting on her wedding gown. I photographed the groom tying his tie and putting on his hoes and socks, normal stuff.

After the bride and groom had an quiet moment together we made some great portrait wedding photographs. Megan and Elliot were naturals. They were very comfortable with each other, great sports and easily coaxed.

We finished the photographs and it was time for the ceremony. Jenn from the Tapestry House checked on the bride. I got into place and the music started. The guest were in their seats, down the aisle come the grandparents, the officiant, the groom walking the mother of the bride down the aisle and then returning to walk his parents in. Everything and everyone was in place and ready for the bride.

In comes mother nature. The sky had turned extremely dark in minutes and was threatening to rain. Some rain at the Tapestry House is not really a big deal. They always plan ahead and had already passed out umbrellas to the guests as they were being  seated. The giant trees on the property offer a canopy to the bride and groom shielding off the rain. I wasn’t worried until a searing flash of lightning exploded through the sky followed immediately by a thunderous boom. Really Close! The rain drops that had threatened now started. The officiant welcomed everyone and then promptly told the guests they must leave. The lightening was too dangerous to continue with the wedding ceremony outside.

About 20 seconds later the rain started coming down like we were standing in a carwash. The guests headed for shelter but a crowd of 100 takes a little time to move. The rain which was annoying then turned into hail. The groom, friends and a few family member grabbed the flowers arrangements lining the aisle saving them from the pounding rain and hail. All the while the bride watch helplessly from the window as the events of the day unfolded and six months of planning her perfect wedding quickly morphed into plan B.

Megan eventually did walked down the aisle on her father’s arm but inside not outside. Everything was moved to the reception pavilion where the bride and groom said their vows and were married in a more intimate dry setting. The sun came back out shortly after the ceremony like nothing had happened. We were able to make family group wedding photos on a damp lawn and driveway with the wet trees and flowers as colorful as ever.

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Zipper problems on wedding day

June 27, 2014

After many years of experience in the wedding business I thought I had seen it all. But something happened last Saturday that was as crazy as anything. I’m not sure if there was a full moon or what but I am not going to forget that wedding anytime soon.

Our Saturday wedding was with Carli and Adam starting at The Highland Haven Creekside Inn http://www.highlandhaven.com/ in Evergreen Colorado. The inn is located 30 minutes west of Denver and sits beside Bear Creek. It offers many opportunities to make beautiful wedding photographs and is a perfect place to prepare for a Evergreen or Genesee wedding.

We met Carli & Adam a year and a half a go when we photographed their friend’s wedding at Beaver Meadows http://www.beavermeadows.com near Red Feather Lakes. They liked what we did for their friends and booked us soon after. I was happy for them that their day had finally arrived.

They had rented cottages for the girls and guys to get ready and limos to take everyone to the actual wedding. Everything was going according to plan when I arrived, they were just finishing their hair and make up and everyone looked great. At that point there was some debate about whether  Carli should put her wedding gown on at the cottage or at the wedding venue. I lobbied for her to dress at the cottage because the grounds of Highland Haven is so pretty we could make some classic bridal portraits down by the creek. Don’t get ahead of this story, Carli did not fall into the creek.

She decided to go ahead and put her dress on at the cottage because her room there was more spacious. She stepped into the gown and all that was left was zipping it up. Sounds simple enough right? This is where the story take a turn, the zipper was broken. The two track zipper was only on one track of the teeth. Having tried the dress on just two days before, how could this have happened? Now panic sets in and many different ideas were getting thrown around. Her dad show up with the tool kit borrowed from the limo driver containing needle nose pliers, something was said about sewing her into the gown etc….

sherri barber photography

sherri barber photography

I had never faced this problem before so I was absolutely no help. My solution was hide behind my camera and take lots of photos. Everyone was walking in circles around the dress wringing their hands and shaking their heads. I always believed in a time of crisis if you can’t help, stay out of the way, or bring food and liquor.

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The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom saved the day. They tore the bottom of the zipper out, realigned it, got it back on track and sewed the zipper bottom back into the dress. That sentence makes it sound so very easy but it was not. They spent almost an hour taking it apart and putting it back together.

sherri barber photography

sherri barber photography

Carli finally got her gown on and zipped it up. We ran out of the cottage and made one quick group photo of the girls by the creek before diving into the limo for the ride to the ceremony site at Christie’s of Geneseehttp://christiesofgenesee.com/

 

 

 

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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