Archive for the ‘Wyoming wedding photography’ Category
October 3, 2014
Little America in Cheyenne Wyoming turns out to be quite the wedding venue. We have had several weddings at Little America this summer www.Cheyenne.LittleAmerica.com .The hotel its self is very large and can host many overnight wedding guests. They have 188 rooms in total and last time I was there they were in a huge room renovation remodel. All the old furniture was being replaced with new, and the rooms were being painted and redecorated.
I counted three weddings, one 18th birthday celebration and a beauty pageant happening simultaneously in their convention center. The grand ballroom has the option of being partitioned into three smaller ballrooms. The wedding I was photographing had at least 170 wedding guests. There was plenty of room for the guests to move comfortably around the tables. The room also included cake table, candy table, DJ and dance floor. Each ballroom has a private bar/ reception area that the hotel staffs. One of my weddings even had an ice sculpture with the bride and grooms initial frozen into it. At the top of the sculpture, alcohol could be poured through an opening chilling on the way down before exiting out the other side. It was like a mini water slide for booze. This was a fun thing for wedding guest to enjoy, and the kids got a kick out of watching it.
The ballrooms can be decorated in the brides and grooms taste from tall vases with very large flower arrangements to something a little more simple like candles and mirrors. I peeked in the sweet 18th birthday ballroom before the guest arrived, and it was full of pink balloons. Very cute.
The wedding couples have a choice of a sit down plated dinner or a buffet. The catering staff runs both efficiently, so the food is not cold by the time it gets to the wedding guests. The food also tasted good. Sometimes with big events the food can look good and taste terrible. The dinner rolls were my favorite cover in butter YUM.
The weddings I have photographed were at a churches in Cheyenne Wyoming and Little America hosted the receptions. The ballrooms are big enough to host a wedding ceremony and then flip into the reception or the party could be moved to a different ballroom.
This facility also has a nine hole golf course on property so the groom and his guys can spend the morning on the course before the wedding ceremony doing the guy thing. The best thing about the golf course is it makes a great place to take wedding photographs. There is a pretty big pond near the hotel, and it is easily accessible to walk to for the bride and groom. I try not to make the bride hike miles in her high heel shoes which we all know as girls can be very painful. Mature trees line the pond, and small clumps of cute cattails are near the edge. We got lucky in one of our sunset photographs as a flock of geese flew over.
Thanks, Little America I will totally recommend you to my future Cheyenne Wyoming wedding couples.
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”.
July 18, 2014
Last Saturday we traveled up the road to provide wedding photography in Cheyenne Wyoming. Gayle & Chris were married at the Methodist Church www.fumccheyenne.org Their wedding ceremony was beautiful in the historic structure and everything turned out great. The reception was held at the Cheyenne Depot Museum www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org
The history of the museum is interesting because The Union Pacific Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a nationally prominent landmark that derives its significance from two principal areas: transportation and architecture. The Depot formed a strategic point along the Union Pacific Railroad, America’s first transcontinental rail line, and was easily the Union Pacific’s most grandiose facility west of its starting point at Council Bluffs.
The Depot was completed in 1887 and is the last of the grand 19th century depots remaining on the transcontinental railroad. This is one of the most significant passenger depots in the American West and acclaimed one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings among Henry Van Brunt’s commissions. In 2006 the Cheyenne Union Pacific Depot was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
In 1993 the Union Pacific donated the building to the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, and now is available to rent for weddings and other parties.
At the reception Gayle & Chris were announced along with their wedding party. A buffet style dinner had been served to the wedding guests and the father of the bride along with the best man and maid of honor all made congratulatory toasts to the happy couple. The party was going along great.
The bride and groom had finished their first dance as a married wedding couple. The bride and her dad just started the father daughter dance and then… THE FIRE ALARM WENT OFF! The very veRY, VERY loud fire alarm persisted to serenade an ear piercing screech as the poor father danced with his daughter. Someone in charge and I have no idea who that was or why they were the expert, decided there was no visible smoke so the party must go on. As long as we did not mind losing a little hearing over the deal.
The DJ, George, from Rock on Wheels www.rockonwheels.com with his wicked sense of humor didn’t miss a beat. As the fire fighters calmly arrived and entered the building he starts a playlist of anything with fire or burning in the title. To name a few of the songs the wedding guests danced to:
Alicia Keys Girl on Fire, Billy Joel We Didn’t Start the fire, Katy Perry Firework, Elvis Presley Burning Love
Nobody slowed down. The party continued, the wedding guests danced, the fire fighters looked for a fire and the DJ played on. Eventually it was determined that there was a faulty switch causing the alarm. It was silenced, the fire fighters gave the bride a thumbs up and left. All in all Gayle & Chris have a rather unique wedding day story to tell, and so do I.