Archive for the ‘Wedding Locations’ Category
June 14, 2014
Last Wednesday we photographed a small wedding ceremony on a ridge overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado. And I mean small, just the wedding couple, Art the officiant, a horse wrangler, Bill & me. Anja and Joe came from Germany for a Colorado destination wedding at Sylvan Dale Ranch http://www.sylvandale.com/ Sylvan Dale Ranch is nestled in the scenic Colorado foothills just west of Loveland. Even though the Ranch endured substantial damage from the floods last fall, they remain a beautiful location for a Northern Colorado wedding.
Sylvan Dale’s head wrangler Art, wore many hats that day. He was their tour guide, officiant, composer and musician. He guided the wedding couple on horse back onto the mountain ridge above Sylvan Dale Ranch. This high plateau over looked the Big Thompson Canyon, Loveland and Fort Collins. Needless to say the view was absolutely stunning. We got lucky with the weather too. The rain clouds had been building all day and I was extremely worried it was going to open up on and pour but the rain held off. The clouds softened the harsh sun light and made the temperature perfect, not too hot for a June summer day wedding. The rain had been very helpful early this month by making everything green and lush looking. The horses munched away on the tall grass and the meadow was covered with wild flowers as well.
The bride and groom arrived on horseback walking up through the meadow and stopping on the ridge over looking Glen Haven Valley. Art got off his horse and sang them a love song he composed as he played the guitar. A simple prayer was said and then Art lead them through their wedding vows. A bird serenaded the wedding couple as it flew over head and the wind blew gently through the tall grass creating a soft whispering rustle like the string section of an orchestra.
This was a truly wonderful Colorado destination wedding and we were honored to be chosen to provide their wedding photography. www.SherriBarber.com.
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.
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.
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/
A classical bride and groom portrait on Arrowhead Golf Course Denver Colorado.
Bride and groom laugh in the light cover of an old Royal Royce near Red Rocks Amphitheatre after the wedding ceremony. www.RedRocksonline.com
The Groom and his groomsmen pose near the edge of a pond at Beaver Meadow in Red Feathers Lake Colorado. www.BeaverMeadows.com
The bride and groom pose for a classical portrait on the staircase at The Tapestry House. www.TapestryHouse.com
A bride and groom walk around one of the lakes at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland Colorado. www.SylvanDale.com
The bridesmaids say a pray for the bride before her wedding ceremony at Church Ranch Event Center in Broomfield Colorado. www.ChurchRanchEventCenter.com
The bride and Groom pose with their wedding party at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra in Loveland Colorado. www.CenterraColorado.com
The bride smiles at her reflection in the mirror as she gets ready for her wedding day.
Bride and Groom pose in front of Mary’s Lake near Estes Park Colorado.
The bride looks at her reflection in the mirror at Della Terra Mountain Chateau Estes Park Colorado. www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com
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.
May 16, 2014
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.
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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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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