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Getting ready to photograph a wedding

March 27, 2014

On the wedding day, the brides and grooms are hustling around getting ready. The bride and her bridesmaids are having their hair and makeup done while visiting and enjoying each other’s company. The mother of the bride is making sure everyone is doing what they need to be doing. Hopefully she takes some time to enjoy the festivities with her daughter. The father of the bride is running after food, picking up last minute items or dropping something or someone off. I have found the father of the bride is indispensable.

The groom’s job is a lot less stressful, or he makes it look less stressful. The groom usually plays around of golf or disk golf with his buddies. Generally there is some drinking involved….. I know that’s a surprise……  His big job is to get to the ceremony on time, shaved, showered and dressed. One more thing make sure the rings are there. I had one groom making honeymoon reservation less than an hour before the ceremony. That was cutting it just a little short, good thing they did not put him on hold.

I thought it would be a fun video idea to show what it takes to get Sherri Barber Photography ready for a wedding from behind the scenes with my two, no make that three little helpers.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

Saying Thank you to your Bridesmaids

January 17, 2014

A bridesmaid gift is a way to say thank you for being a part of your wedding. A thoughtful gift should be both a wedding remembrance and a token of appreciation for your bridesmaids’ time and efforts. When you’re a bridesmaid, you give a lot of time, attention, and money to make the wedding perfect for the bride. This can include helping with the shower, planning the bachelorette party, answering a million questions from the bride, and spending money on things like a bridesmaid dress, hair, makeup, shoes, and gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and wedding. That’s a lot of work! Give your bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor) a great gift that is both thoughtful and sincere – she’ll appreciate it!

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Bridesmaid gifts run the gamut in terms of price, style, and individuality. Some brides spend hundreds of dollars, while others chose to spend only a few, or chose to make the gift themselves. Some people think that the cost of bridesmaid gifts should correlate with your wedding budget. Others say that the more time your friends helped you with wedding planning, the more you should spend on a bridesmaid gift for them. There’s no right or wrong answer – do what feels best to you.

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You can also choose to get everyone the same thing, get variations on a theme, or chose entirely different presents for each person. Try to spend about the same amount on each present, except for the maid-of-honor’s gift, which is typically more lavish than the other ones.                                                                                                                     

Many bride’s opt to give their friends jewelry or accessories to wear at the wedding as their bridesmaid gift. Tailoring the accessories are an option to suit each of your friends’ individual tastes, making the item an appropriate gift. Keep in mind this can be more a gift for you than gifts for them. The best bridesmaid gifts have very little do your wedding and instead celebrate your friends’ unique personalities.

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Always include a hand-written card and wrap the gift. Say thank you for standing up in your wedding, be specific about why you value your friendship, and be sincere. She’ll love the gift, but she’ll really appreciate your sincerity.

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A few ideas that stood out were:  Monogram Robes, a trip to the salon for hair and make-up on the wedding day, Spa day to include Manicures and pedicures, jewelry, charm bracelets, clutch, large tote bag

 

 

 

Contributing to this article: Nina Callaway, Emmaline Bride, Janna Saltz

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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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 

 

 

 

Contributing source

Brooke Summer

Sherri Barber Photography is your partner in planning a great wedding. Not only with wedding photography but as a resource for the 100’s of little details that will drive you crazy.

December 27, 2013

As the wedding planning is going on for the 2014 brides, the invitations will start to go out. If you have not experienced the frustrations of the RSVP you will.  Most hosts often do not receive responses to the invitation. Therefore, hosts can’t tell how many guests plan to attend their parties, even if an RSVP is clearly requested. This could mean either one of two things. First it could mean that rudeness is a growing trend in our society. Or, as I would prefer to believe, people no longer understand what the term means. Assuming the best, and that the reason guests don’t RSVP to an invitation is a case of ignorance, not rudeness, I will clarify this for the record.

The term RSVP comes from the French expression “répondez s’il vous plaît”, meaning “please respond”. If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you’re coming, and it does not mean respond only if you’re not coming. It means the host needs a definite head count for the planned event, and needs it by the date specified on the invitation.

Some forget; others procrastinate and then feel guilty, so they delay even longer. An incomplete list of respondents can cause numerous problems for a host including difficulty in planning food quantities, issues relating to minimum guarantees with catering halls, uncertainty over the number of party favors and difficulties in planning appropriate seating, among other things.

Give guests at least 15 days between the invitation’s arrival and the RSVP deadline to figure out the logistics. Sending pre-stamped enclosure cards or permitting RSVP via email may also encourage guests to respond faster.

Approximately one week before the numbers are due to vendors, make follow-up calls to guests who have yet to reply. This is a great time to ask your wedding party or family for some help.

Emily Post says You have no choice but to call those who haven’t responded and ask whether they plan to come to your event or celebration. Be kind and non accusatory.

Do’s and Don’ts of the RSVP

DO respond. The most important part of the RSVP is the Respond. No matter if you can or cannot attend, let the host know as soon as your plans are set. Follow the requested form of communication or, if none is listed, call the host to rsvp.

DON’T make excuses. It’s perfectly fine to let your host know that you cannot make an event because you are out of town or because you have family obligations, but keep all rationale short and simple. If you aren’t attending an event because you are headed to a mutual friend’s competing event or because you’d just rather not attend, decline gracefully and without excuses. If you’d rather not go, just rsvp well in advance that you won’t be there. No excuse needed and making one up will only backfire.

DO direct your response to the host. For more formal events, such as bridal showers, often the guest of honor isn’t the person sending out the invitations. Do respond directly to the host. Hosting an event where you don’t know all the guests directly is a lot of work and shouldn’t have to include tracking down guests’ plans. You can also let the guest of honor know, but that alone does not fulfill your RSVP duties.

DON’T add plus ones. For informal occasions, such as a holiday cocktail party, it’s simple to just ask the host when RSVPing if you can bring along your significant other or a friend you’d like her to meet. For formal occasions from a wedding to a seated dinner, no plus ones unless the invitation specified to bring a guest. If you really feel your significant other was meant to be included, you can ask to clarify but have to understand if the host says no.

DO be clear about your plans. On wedding invitations, sometimes there are multiple boxes to check. Try to make sure you have clearly marked which wedding events you plan to attend, how many people will be in your party, or the type of meal you’d like, if asked on the RSVP card. This keeps the bride and groom from having to track down this information and keeps your vegetarian date from being served the beef.

DON’T text when your plans change. When the kid gets sick last minute or you have to stay late at work, do take the time to call your host to update them. Likewise, if you miss the event unexpectedly and want to apologize the next, pick up the phone. It’s just nicer than getting a text.

Contributing to this article is
Rue Daily, Miss Manners,Real Simple

 

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