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Airplane themed wedding day

September 19, 2014

Caitlin and Joseph had an airplane themed wedding the first weekend in September at the Tapestry House www.tapestryhouse.com. It was a lot of fun. The groom is a pilot and graduated from the Air Force Academy, you know your basic “fly boy.” This celebration started with engagement session where I photographed the couple with a Stearman Biplane. It was very vintage looking as if it just arrived from WWII. I was thrilled to photograph them with it, bright yellow, big, fun, very photogenic.

The couple worked very hard on the details of their wedding day using the airplane theme throughout. The day began with the bride wearing a shirt with the words proudly scrolled across the front “co-pilot” before changing into her wedding gown. Wedding Programs were passed out to the arriving guests folded into paper airplanes.  The flower girl sprinkled the sidewalk with rose peddles and paper airplanes. The card box where the guests could place their envelopes in was a suit case ready to travel.

The dinner seating chart for the wedding guests were written on paper airplanes. Once the guests found their seats for the reception and dinner part of the day, a luggage tag with their names was waiting for them confirming they were at the right place. The tables were easily identified with a numbered airplane and map. The napkins had the bride and groom’s last name on them and they also had an airplane. If I remember right the bride and groom’s first dance was to “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra. Everything was tastefully done and very classy.

The big surprise of the day came from the groom to his bride. She had wanted a fly over but he said it was not possible. Something about he could not be in two places at once. Little did she know he had already arrange this with his pilot buddy to grant his bride’s wish.

It rained that afternoon (of course) and the wedding ceremony was delayed by about 30 minutes. There were a few technical problems between the communications person on the ground at the wedding and the airplane pilot sitting at the Loveland Airport waiting for a break in the weather. The plan was to fly over (at the correct FAA regulation altitude) right after the kiss. What really happened was the beautiful yellow Stearman Biplane made its appearance somewhere during the family formal photographs. It did not matter the guests were thrilled, the bride was ecstatic and everyone waved and cheered to the pilot.

In the end what I witnessed was two people in love, going out of their way to make their wedding day a little more special for each other and their guests.

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Beautiful black and white wedding at the Tapestry House

May 16, 2014

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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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Groomsmen gift ideas

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!

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Save-The-Date

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.

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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.

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Happy Anniversary Sarah and Lane

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.Bride and groom classic bridal portrait Chapel on the Rock St Malo

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.

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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.

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.

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