Goodness gracious, have I been excited to share this wedding. You may have picked up on it by now if you've read any of my other posts, but gosh do I love documenting life. It's the vanishing moments, the slow stories, the beauty of people and the world that surrounds them that keep me coming back to capture tiny pieces of an infinite subject. I've been blessed to work with consistently awesome couples over the past 8 years, but these two stepped it up a notch - Deanna and Nicholas' wedding (and shoot, even they themselves) spoiled me something fierce. Nicholas is the kind of guy that makes anyone feel always welcomed, like you've been great friends for years by the time you first meet. Deanna is that wonderful balance between selflessly kind and a little rebellious - she's a talented wedding photographer (no pressure Daniel), and quite possibly the most encouraging person I've ever shot with, but I can also warn that she'll shark you at the local pool hall if you're not careful (trust me, she has countless amazing stories of this). When they told me their wedding was in Colorado, I went pretty berzerk (internally of course). I'm a mountain and wilderness nut, and it's been a big itch of mine to combine my love of landscape photography and wedding photography into one story. Because their wedding was to be in a little town called Carbondale just northwest of Aspen, most of their guests made the scenic drive from Denver through the mountains, rivers, and farms of central Colorado. Well, that 4 hour drive became 12 hours for me, as I stopped countless times to capture bits and pieces of this long 'wilderness warm up' to the wedding. It snowed a fair bit on the way over, especially around the icy roads of the 12,000ft Independence Pass, so it felt like I came upon a secret oasis of color and warmth in Carbondale. The wedding itself was breathtaking, not only because of the stunning scenery, but because the purpose behind the wedding was real to them. Having the wedding in a gorgeous location was icing on the cake, but clearly not the cake itself. It was an intimate (but oh, quite lively) celebration of the two of them and their families, and it would have been just as beautiful if it was in an old building or a simple church.All in all, I have had an absolute pleasure getting to know these two and am blessed to call them friends.
So at long last, here is a series I put together to show some pieces of the story:
R O A D T O T H E W E D D I N G
E N G A G E M E N T S
B R I D A L S
W E D D I N G D A Y
A thousand congratulations you two :) And happy birthday Deanna!
You may hear people talk about how weddings are stressful, and how there's always so much happening that there's rarely enough time to have any fun. Hogwash. Wedding days may seem daunting, but at the end of the day it's all about having a blast, making new memories, and stepping into marriage with a big ole hug of support from all of your favorite people. Justin and Krysten had that heartfelt fun-loving approach down so well it was infectious - I already laugh a lot at weddings so I was toast, but it seems like everyone else there caught the bug too. They're a rad couple as it is - Krysten is my go-to person for music festival recommendations, Justin is a hoss and practically built the wedding rigs himself, and they're just good folks to hang around. I was (and am) so excited for them, not only because they're good people and great company, but because they themselves were so clearly excited to be together. It could have poured rain and they would have had a killer time through it, no doubt in my mind. :)
After a few months of traveling and being away from the blog, I'm excited to start sharing new sessions again! Many many posts to write and stories to tell, but for now I wanted to share this engagement sneak peek as my first jump back into things :)Whitney and John are two awesome, laid back, people-loving folks who have just been super cool to work with. We had a blast shooting their engagements out in Magnolia, and I'm beyond pumped to be photographing their wedding later this year!
Lindsay and Memo are exactly why I love wedding photography. Let me back track a bit. When I first met them, Lindsay and Memo were still in the middle of wedding plans and all the busyness that comes with it. It's no secret that the whole planning process can be pretty daunting, so I always hope to provide a relaxed atmosphere and a breath of fresh air for couples between the stressful moments. That being said, Memo and Lindsay kind of caught me off guard - even in a simple coffee den chatting about silly hobbies and favorite breweries, they absolutely glowed. It's something special when a couple constantly gets distracted by how much they love each other.
They were their own breath of fresh air.
It got so bad (good) that I almost forgot to go over any photography details by the end of the meeting. The wedding itself was terrific: a beautiful bride and GQ groom, tons of fun details, a great group of guests, and a lovely B&B locale with the sun setting. And while that's a heck of a recipe for an amazing wedding day, Lindsay and Memo's excitement and enjoyment of eachother was by far the highlight throughout the day. They have massive, unhindered crushes on each other and that has been an absolute joy to witness.
Douglas and Stefanie are two fantastic people, let me tell you. They're talented pianists, lovers of the outdoors, and just a whole lot of fun to be around - but the one thing about them that really stands out to me is just how much they enjoy eachother.
Half of our session was filled with them just being goofy and unabashedly in love; it wasn't cheesy or shallow, but deeply and beautifully genuine.
All of the locations and activities they used were taken from some of their favorite dates - it made for some great recollection of memories, a comfortable atmosphere, and just a ton of fun. While we did walk away with some chigger bites and a whole mess of sweatiness, it was beyond worth it. I'm so excited to be a part of their upcoming wedding!
Until next time!