Maddie & Nick’s Rocky Mountain Wedding at a Private Estate

Maddie & Nick’s Rocky Mountain Wedding at a Private Estate

You could go lots of different places in Colorado for equally beautiful settings for your wedding. The third time I (Bill) guest photographed for our good friend Kent Meireis. From wedding party shenanigans ahead of the ceremony to Nick spontaneously throwing Maddie over his shoulder during the recessional to doing ski shots with their officiant and his wife, I absolutely loved spending the day with Maddie & Nick, not to mention Kent (thanks, Kent!). Below are a few of our favorite details and moments from the day.

The fantastic team:
Venue: Nick’s family home
Planner: Claire + team of Claire Gordon Events
Catering: Wild Horse Catering-We Love Food
Florist: Margaret’s Garden
DJ: DJ Rockstar Aaron
Wedding gown: Little White Dress
Make-up/hair: Kaylee Martin & Ally Triolo / Monika Barnett
Officiant: (Former U.S. Senator) Mark Udall

Wedding dress silhouette in rustic cabin against Rocky Mountains

Wedding day flowers against stone fireplace

Groom getting ready

Bride getting ready, mom buttoning dress

Bride looks up at flower girls as she puts on her dress

Bride and bridesmaids laugh

 Bridesmaids hold bride's hand, showing off wedding ring

Bride and groom see each other against mountain backdrop

Bride swings on custom swing in middle of pine trees

Wedding party portrait on porch of rustic cabin

Bride and groom walk in field toward rustic barn

Bride and sister play

Chivari chairs lined up for wedding ceremony

Flower girl and ring bearer in walk in woods

Flower girls and ring bearer funny wedding portrait

Flower girls and ring bearer funny wedding portrait

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Groomsman holding programs in hand

Ring bearer throws fruit near guests with flower girls in background

Mr. Udall, Maddie’s uncle and having watched her grow up, served as officiant.

Mark Udall performs Rocky mountain wedding ceremony

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Happy couple recess at end of wedding ceremony

Groom picks up bride and throws her over his shoulder after wedding

Bride and mom share tender moment following wedding ceremony

Flower girls talk in field

DJ and flower girls talk

Ok, so how cute is this? The kids, on their own, decided to start helping out the catering staff move the chivari chairs from the ceremony pasture to the reception tent. Pretty sure this spectacle competed with the mountain backdrop for guests’ attention.

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Colorful table setting at farm tables

Circular tables with colorful flowers and purple napkins

Bridal bouquet with wedding cake in background

First dance as bride and groom laugh

Bride and groom laugh, reacting to toast

Bridesmaid and boyfriend share tender moment in field

Bride and groom play at dusk with Rocky mountains in background

Bride and groom tender moment

Bride and groom tender moment with Rocky mountains in background

Bride and groom tender moment with Rocky mountains in background

Ski shots with family at wedding

Dancing in tent at wedding at base of Rocky mountains

Dancing in tent at wedding at base of Rocky mountains

Dancing in tent at wedding at base of Rocky mountains

Sparkler departure for wedding couple at base of Rocky mountains

Congratulations, m&n!

Elizabeth & John’s Colorado Wedding in Leadville

Elizabeth & John’s Colorado Wedding in Leadville

Back in late Summer we had a kinda crazy weekend. Crazy scary and crazy awesome. We photographed Lisa and Elaine’s wedding in North Carolina on Saturday and then attended, as well as photographed, our dear friends Elizabeth & John’s wedding on Sunday back here in Colorado! Normally we would not attempt such a feat, lest we tempt the travel gods, but we just couldn’t miss either one. And that’s what planes are for anyway, right? Well, our journey involved not only planes, but trains and automobiles (if you count DEN’s monorail).

We really thought it through…to speed things up, we parked in daily parking right next to the terminal (no economy lot for us this time!), charged batteries after Saturday’s wedding, already had our wedding clothes hanging in said automobile and changed in a hotel lobby on the way up through the Colorado Rockies. Thanks to our good karma, said travel gods smiled upon us and we made it to J&E’s wedding in plenty of time, ahead of both the bride and groom in fact! And we’re so glad we did.

Talk about a perfect day for these two. We loved every minute of it and since John’s a fellow photographer, we were especially honored to be asked to photograph it, even though there would be other photographer friends in attendance with their cameras. Perhaps one of the craziest parts involved the weather. On Saturday we were ahem, “glowing” in hot, steamy North Carolina and on Sunday, shivering at 10,000 feet where it didn’t make it much past 50 degrees! After some early clouds though, the sun came out just in time for their ceremony and bathed us all in some sweet, warm sunlight reflecting off the mountain lake behind the couple. Guests were asked to bring their camp chairs for the lake side ceremony and lots of other friends volunteered for various jobs, like catering and reception music playlist. E&J met each other among the trees, each with one of their pups and walked to meet their guests together hand in hand. The intimate ceremony they designed was officiated by Elizabeth’s Mom and included readings from several family and friends, as well as a serenade from John to his bride. At one point, they asked their guests to say and share a “word of the day”, which is a tradition E&J started where they share a word each day with one another that is meaningful in some way. Such a cool idea! Needless to say, we love these two and are tickled pink (do the kids say that anymore these days?) to have been a part of it. We also can’t thank them enough for the patience in understanding our crazy travel schedule! With that, on to the photos!

Venue: Leadville National Fish Hatchery

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Oh, those Colorado skies…

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Congratulations, E&J and thank you so much for your faith and trust in us. We love you guys!

xoxo,
…a&b

Lindsey & Rob’s Mountain Wedding at Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Lindsey & Rob’s Mountain Wedding at Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The air at 9000 feet is always pretty crisp, and it wasn’t any different for Lindsey & Rob’s sunny Colorado wedding up at Steamboat Springs this fall. Their guests arrived at the mountain ceremony site via gondola and were treated to breathtaking views while the couple said their vows to one another. Not that anyone was looking at anything other than the happy couple, of course ;-). Talk about a breath of fresh air.

Our wish for every couple is that they have a wedding that feels like them where their friends and family can’t imagine them marrying any other way. Steamboat fit them to a tee, reflective of their adventures together (she hikes 14’ers in a day for fun, and their travels have taken them from Australia to Dubai. You might remember them from their relaxed Boulder County Fair and CU engagement session this Summer–we all had such a blast (plus some cotton candy). Check out a few of our favorite moments and images from their wedding, and of course their complete gallery. The password is Lindsey’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Enjoy!

The awesome team:
Venue: Steamboat Springs Resort
Catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood
Florist: One Fine Day Productions
Hair/Make-up: Waterside Day Salon
DJ: Marc with Complete Music
Baker: Cupcake Mini Bar

B’s faves of A’s:

Laughter at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

It was such a scenic spot photographing the Steamboat valley below, with L&R’s wedding site behind us.

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Dad looks at his daughter before the ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Mountain biker looks on during ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

Even at 9000 feet, the mountains rose up and to the right of their wedding ceremony.

Mountain views during ceremony at  L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Listening during ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Celebratory hand-waving at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Celebratory hugs at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

How cool is it to get a private, surprise wedding gondola for the ride down the mountain? It was just the right timing to photograph L&R as they sped down toward their wedding reception.

Quiet moment in gondola at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Lawn games during cocktail hour at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Laughter at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

Don’t you just love these late-afternoon shadows? A wedding photographer’s dream.

Portraits for L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Portraits for L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Sunset at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Laughter at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Listening to toasts at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

A quiet post-cake cutting moment at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Dancing at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Singing at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Dancing at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Sparkler send-off at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

A’s faves of B’s:

Football throw at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

A gaggle of groomsmen.

Groomsmen portrait at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Pre-ceremony toast at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Groom welcomes his bride during ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

An emotional dad cries during ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Bride smiles during ceremony at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

We loved photographing the wedding ceremony at Steamboat Springs, with mountains on one side and a long valley down the other.

First kiss at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Wedding party portraits at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Bride and groom portraits at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Bride and groom portrait at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

The sun’s so bright at Steamboat Springs even the dogs wear shades.

Sunglass-wearing dog at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Crowd cheers at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Guests welcome couple at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Toasts during L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

 

Photographing sunset at L&R’s wedding reception at the base of Steamboat Springs.

Sunset twilight at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Groom catches cake in his mouth at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

First dance at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Celebration at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Some sweet details:

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Personalized champagne glasses at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Gown and shoe details at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

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Ceremony flower details at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Flower details at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Bride's bouquet at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Bouquets at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Table decor at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Stationery and lace at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Tablescapes at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

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Cake at L&R's Steamboat Springs wedding

Another cake at L&R's wedding at Steamboat Springs

Sunset & dancing at L&R's wedding at Steamboat Springs

Dear l&r,

Some of our favorite moments from your wedding day are:
Your uncle’s quiet moments, Lindsey, stolen away from arriving guests as he prepared to officiate your ceremony. Lindsey, your dad’s emotions as he spoke during your ceremony, and the comfort your mom offered as he returned to his seat to witness the rest. In an only-in-Colorado-moment, a ready-made welcome committee of ultra-marathon race fans cheering you as you walked from the gondola to the start of your reception. Eschewing a more traditional (and some might say boring!) way to feed each other your first piece of cake, you instead tossed the pieces up in the air and each caught them in your mouths. Impressive! The peacefulness you had around your first dance. It was as if you were just lost in each other. Not sure what game it was, but the intensity with which your college friends kept their fingers intently on that beer was fun to watch.

Congratulations, you two and we look forward to sharing a beer sometime soon!

xoxo…
…a&b

 

Laura & Gavin’s Wedding at Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, Colorado

Laura & Gavin’s Wedding at Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, Colorado

When we first moved to Boulder we worked closely with our realtor Chad St. Onge and his awesome team, one of whom is the wonderful Laura. She and Gavin were engaged in Europe shortly before we moved out here and we were so excited when they wanted to talk with us about shooting their wedding up in Lyons, just a short drive outside of Boulder. We all hit it off and the only thing we were bummed about is that Summer 2014 seemed so far away at the time!

You might remember hers and Gavin’s Boulder engagement session from a couple of months ago and their wedding was done in true Colorado fashion. Just look at that view! As you’ll see their nieces and nephews enjoyed running around the grounds, as well.

Below are just a few of our favorite moments and details from their celebration, and of course you can see everything on their gallery. The password is Laura’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Enjoy!

The wedding team:
Venue: Lionscrest Manor
Catering: Greenspoint Catering
Cake: Indulge Bakery
Flowers: Crab Apple Creek Flower Company
Officiant: Keith Vandegrift
Hair & make-up: Salon Salon
Reception Music: Pure Sounds
Stationer: Paperzest

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Some sweet details:

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Dear l&g,

Some of our favorite moments while photographing your wedding include:
Gavin, your arrival at Lyonscrest Manor with your groomsmen was among the most celebratory we’ve ever seen. Joyous, fun, tight with your guys. It was awesome. That mischievous grin on your face, Laura, as you approached Gavin during your first sight. For each of you, when your respective moms saw you dressed for the ceremony that day, they had the most loving, caring, adoring looks on their faces. Your maid of honor’s assertion, holding up her iPhone, that she was being a true Boulder-ite by going paperless with her toast, ha! The semblance of comity (just a semblance) during your cake cutting. You knew you had to do it.

Congratulations, you two!

xoxo…
…a&b

Annie & Adam’s Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Annie & Adam’s Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

You may have remembered the floods that ravaged Colorado last year (it got press as far away as Scotland). A lot of people were displaced, and several had their homes demolished. Houses weren’t the only thing swept away; venues, many with weddings scheduled for that weekend, were also severely damaged. Annie & Adam’s original choice for their wedding was one of those affected. But thanks to a Facebook group, Save My Colorado Wedding, many of these couples found alternate venues, usually changing their wedding date in the process.

We were delighted to assist a good friend, Liesl, as A&A changed their date to one for which Liesl was already commissioned. So we stepped into shoot the weekend’s festivities at the beautifully rustic Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. A&A were such a relaxed, happy couple, and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2014. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the day, and we hope you enjoy!

The incredible team:
Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Planner: Jessica Adler of JA Special Events
Band: Kinetix
Florist: Sweet Pea Flowers
Video: Pure Cinematography
Lighting: Pure Energy
Stationery: Jenny Wittlinger
Calligraphy: Bumble B Design
Hair: Untamed Hair
Make-up: Blush Artistry
Gown: Christos

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Some rockin’ Colorado details:

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Dear a&a,

Some of our very favorite moments from your wedding day include:

Your first sight, when all your built-up nervous energy just utterly washed away. The readings during your ceremony, particularly  Adam’s brother, as he became overwhelmed with love. The awe your guests felt when they walked into the barn for the first time for your ceremony. When your niece and nephew wanted to join in during your first dance–classic. The tenderness with which you first looked at Adam after your dad escorted you down the aisle, Annie. Your laughter-especially during your hora.

Congratulations, you two and we can’t wait to share a beer with you soon at your favorite brewery!

xoxo…
…a&b