Archive for the ‘Destination Wedding Photography’ Category
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.
May 2, 2014
Groomsmen gift ideas
The groomsmen are the groom’s best buddies. He has relied on them throughout his life to get into trouble with, to get him out of trouble and tell him when he is being stupid. I have heard some pretty funny stories from the groomsmen during the wedding reception toasts, some stories better off left untold. A word to the wise if the story involves a stolen goat, unhappy cops and or random nude women…. it should not be told in front of grandma. Oops.
On the wedding day, the groomsmen usually behave themselves and offer their to support the groom. A thank you from the groom to his guy pals for their support and friendship is the groomsmen gift. This may lead to a lot of pressure but don’t worry they are just guys after all. Guys tend to keep things pretty simple.
The most traditional gift is a flask. This can be a very nice gift and engraving the groomsmen’s initials can personalize it. This gift normally confuses me, and I am always left wondering several things. 1. How hard is it to get the booze into the flask and how much is spilled? 2. If you share with a buddy or better yet a cute girl how many sips does it hold? I have never seen a flask big enough. This comment probably says more about me than anything. 3. How much pre-planning will a guy do? If he is running out of the house, stops in his tracks and says wait I forgot to fill my flask. This probably says something about him. 4. If you have a perfectly good container already holding the booze why take it out and put it into another container? Those are just a few things I think of in the middle of the night.
The other classic gifts given to groomsmen are watches and money clips. Both are very nice and neither keeps me awake at night.
The most original groomsmen gift I have seen as a Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer are cuff links made from hand tied flies used in fly fishing. The groom was an avid fly fishing angler and made a unique gift for his friends incorporating one of his passions. Pretty classy!
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 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.
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.”
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