Archive for the ‘Mountain wedding photography’ Category
September 27, 2014
Colorado fall weddings are a great time of the year to get married. The weather is not too hot or too cold and the wedding photography can be extra beautiful because of so many elements that are unpredictable.
We had an October 6th wedding a few years back. The day of the wedding we awoke 6″ of snow covering the ground. It wasn’t that late in the season and the trees had not dropped all their leaves yet. It was surprising to wake up to a winter white world. It was not like this ceremony was in the high Colorado Mountains where snow can happen 12 months out of the year. This wedding was right in downtown Fort Collins. The ground was covered in a fresh white layer and yet the trees were still blooming with yellow, red and orange leaves. Luckily enough the ceremony was indoors in a church so we didn’t have to worry about changing locations at the last minute or thinking about how to keep the wedding guests warm on such a cold day.
The bride and groom were good sports about everything because really… “what can you do?”. The bride hitched up her dress and off we went into mother nature for bride and groom portraits. At one point the snow got a little deep so the groom picked up the bride and carried her over his shoulder. Bonus photo! Everyone laughed and had a good time with it all.
The members of the wedding party also got into the spirit of the snowy day but didn’t have snow boots with them so we tried to keep them on the pavement. It’s important to keep the flow of the photos moving so no one stands around too long and gets cold. This is pretty much how we work at every wedding regardless of the weather. Standing around can get boring and everyone gets tired so we move quickly and try a bunch of ideas. This helps keep the energy up, it also helps me find new and different things to photograph. I see a new perspectives, different angles and things I wouldn’t have if I was just shooting from one location.
The nicest thing about something unexpected like snow is that it can completely changes a venue. You end up with unique photographs and something completely different. You will always remember how a simple fall wedding turned into a beautiful winter wonderland.
Bill and I tell our potential clients we think on our feet extremely well. This comes from our many years as photojournalists. No photo shoot is ever perfect no matter how much preparation is put into the day. The bride, groom or even a well prepared wedding planner can’t change the force of the weather or another unexpected situation. It is a good idea to have a contingency plan and lots of good people in place ready to help. As your photographers our job is to help your special day run smoothly no matter what chaos may lie ahead. Our decades of experience seeing hundreds and hundreds of events adds to what we bring to photographing your wedding. I want my couples to think “I’m not going to worry…. Sherri and Bill have it under control”.
August 23, 2014
I recently photographed a wedding that was full of little details which came from Etsy www.Etsy.com . I was really impressed by the uniqueness of this bride and groom’s items. They had champagne glasses for the wedding toast with Mr. and Mrs. and the wedding date engraved on them. This alone isn’t that unusual but wait there’s a lot more.
I had never seen “celebration sticks”. I don’t know what to call them so I made up that name. Sticks that the guests waved as the bride and groom exited the ceremony. In lieu of blowing bubbles, throwing flowers petals, rice or bird seed the guests waved these sticks. They were small wooden dowels/rods with an assortment of ribbons attached to the end. They were very festive looking and no one had to pick up afterwards. This is a great idea for venues that don’t want the extra mess.
Scattered around the tables at the wedding reception were small bags containing the dice game “Farkle”. I did not actually see anyone playing the game that night but it was a nice little gift for the wedding guests to take home with them.
The guest book was not a book at all. The wedding guests signed a piece of wood with the bride and groom’s name and wedding date “Established in 2014”. This could be framed by itself or they could build it into a piece of furniture. What happy memories they will always have when they look at it. At my wedding I had a standard wedding guest signing book and I have no idea where it is now.
The next great detail was the groom’s shirt collar stays. I had no idea what they were until Bill enlighten me. They slide into the corner of a man’s shirt collar to keep the corners of the collar straight down. (See how I got around not using the terms “stiff” and “pointy”.) They were sterling silver and hand cut. One of the collar stays was stamped with the latitude and longitude coordinates of their wedding venue Della Terra www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com . The other one was stamped with their wedding date and a little love note from the bride to the groom.
The reception dinner place cards were arranged on a rustic wooden plank with a slot for each card. This kept all the cards in an orderly fashion and easily accessible for the wedding guests to find their card. Simple but cute.
The wedding favors were individually wrapped bags of trail mix which was very fitting for a mountain wedding in Estes Park. They were neatly arranged in personalized glass jars which could later be used for a candle holder, jewelry box or candy jar.
The last thing was my very favorite. Personalized wedding forks. Both forks were hand stamped with the wedding date on the handle. On the prong end one fork was stamped with “I do” and the other fork was stamped “Me too.” All of these different and fun details made for some unique wedding photography.
Now that I have discovered Etsy, I am finding (and buying) all kinds of stuff I probably don’t need. They have a wide range of items from art, clothing, wedding and home supplies. It is a great place to get ideas for do it yourself projects as well. Move over Pinterest, now I can waste hours and hours on Etsy.
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!
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.