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I met the couple in the main parking lot of the Garden of the Gods loop while raindrops poured down on our windshields. There was a chance of rain in the forecast, but it was a small chance and we decided to go for it. I’m so glad we did! Even though it was looking bleak for a little while, we could see some blue sky in the distance, which eventually opened up to a beautiful evening.

When the rain stopped it had made all the colors more vibrant, greens looked super lush and the sky became so dramatic.

The bride-to-be shares, “We’re traveling and visiting friends in Colorado and decided to take some engagement photos to capture the scenery we can’t get on the East Coast. So far on the trip our favorites have been Pikes Peak, Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and all the good food in the Denver area.”

Congratulations, you two!

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Dana and Garret were married on a beautiful September day at the Mt Vernon Canyon Club in Evergreen, Colorado.

Congratulations Dana and Garret!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue and Catering: Mount Vernon Canyon Club
Videography: GPS Wedding Films
Florist: Petals Colorado
Officiant: Hannah Koch Aragoni, Psy.D.
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana dress from The Bridal Collection
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake and desserts: The Dessert Stand
DJ: Elite Entertainment
Transportation: Blue River Transportation
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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Anna and Jim were married on a beautiful September day at Shupe Homestead in Longmont, Colorado.

Anna shares, “Jim and I got engaged in May of 2021 and we picked our venue almost immediately after. I knew with covid and everyone postponing their wedding we were in serious competition. Shupe was the first place I looked. I found it so charming immediately, but looked at about six other places before taking Jim back with me for a second visit and pulling the trigger. The property is naturally beautiful, wedged between farmlands with the mountains in the distance. They have all these quirky and unique touches like chandeliers and sofas around the property. We loved how much flexibility the venue provided, but also how much was included. Shupe came with all the tables, chairs, linens, flatware, barware, plus its own service staff. It felt like a fair deal for the price, plus we had so much flexibility with choosing our own vendors.

Neither Jim nor I consider ourselves to be “fancy,” so we loved the mom and pop vibe of Shupe and its natural beauty and charm.

Weddings are so weird because you put all this time and energy into this one day and I was pretty anxious leading up to it. Everyone told me that the day of it will all just melt away and I didn’t believe anybody. But it was weirdly true. When the weekend finally showed up and there was little I could do to control it anymore, you kind of just let go and let the adrenaline carry you through.

My favorite part of the whole wedding was the ceremony. I was kind of freaking out because, as my bridal party was walking, it was drizzling! I kept saying “wait, it’s raining!” and the planner just told everyone to keep going. As I turned the corner, holding my brother’s arm, I saw everyone standing up for me and immediately went into emotional shock and sobbed the entire way down the aisle. I was basically ugly crying out of pure happiness. It was so intense, and so magical. Everyone clapped for me once I made it down the aisle because I was such a hot, happy mess.

We had two llamas at the wedding, Liberty and Bandit, who were probably my second favorite part, next to marrying my man!”

Anna and Jim danced their first dance to Friendship by Chris Stapleton, “We got friendship, the kind that lasts a lifetime.”

Congratulations Anna and Jim!

Check out their engagement session at Brainard Lake here.

Special thanks to the team:

Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
Venue: Shupe Homestead
Coordinator: AYS, At Your Service, Jim and Tricia
Officiant: Kris Klauber
Caterer: McDevitt Taco Supply
Cookies: Moxie Bakery
DJ/Band: DJ Dancin’ Shoes
Florist: Juniper & Twine
Invitations: The Knot
Makeup: Beth Walker
Hair: Kailey
Llamas: Lightning Ridge Llamas
Rings: Sarah O. Jewelry, Adamas Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Dress Designer /Shop: L’Elite (Boston, MA)
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Suit: Bonobos
Bride’s Reception Dress: Rent the Runway, Dress the Population

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I met Emilee and Dakota at Barr Lake for their engagement session. Emilee loves sunflowers and we were able to find huge patches of them growing wild throughout the park.

Emilee shares, “We met while we were both working at Starbucks. We would change our schedules around in hopes of crossing paths with one another and when we did work together, he would flirt by sneaking up behind me to untie my apron. After two months of these games, he finally asked me out on a date and we’ve been together ever since. After only three months of dating, we moved in together. While some people would say it’s fast, we just knew that we had found the person we were meant to be with. 

One thing about me is that I am obsessed with giraffes. They have always been my favorite animals and one of my favorite things to do is go to the Denver Zoo Lights around Christmas time. After three years of dating, we decided to go on a double date with our close friends to the zoo lights on December 19th, 2020. After an awful covid filled year, we wanted at least one good memory. We saved the giraffe exhibit for last and I remember practically jumping for joy when we arrived. While looking at the giraffes, Dak was behind me asking me to turn around. Once I turned around, he was down on one knee and our friends had their cameras out. It was a memorable experience to say the least and honestly the best way he could’ve proposed to me. 

For our wedding, we decided to get married in Estes Park. Throughout our four years of being together, it has always been our safe space and our peace. Whenever we have a hard week or need to get away from the world, we go to Estes park. Something about the small town in the mountains is refreshing. It is also where we had our first trip together. We stayed in a beautiful cabin right next to Rocky Mountain National Park and overlooked a river for a weekend. We are so excited to get to say “I Do” in the place that has become so special to us.”

Congratulations Emilee and Dakota!

Ellen and Mitch met at CU Boulder and knew they wanted to plan their engagement session in Chautauqua, surrounded by the Boulder Flatirons.

The couple met when Ellen and her roommate Leah (who will be their officiant) were looking for a roommate at CU Boulder. Mitch ended up moving in and their friendship turned into a lot more.

Ellen shares, “One of our first dates was at the Denver Aquarium as I love sharks and I’m definitely a beach girl. One of my favorite things about Mitch is how kind and fun he is. He is always willing to go do something around town or with friends. Mitch says his favorite things about me are how caring, funny, and goofy I am.

Our engagement happened on a COVID birthday trip. We decided to go camping as something fun to do over my birthday. I am very big into celebrating my birthday. There were a couple of iconic Colorado hikes we were interested in doing. We got day passes to Maroon Bells and went super early to be the first couple of people to hike the trails. Getting up this early came at the insistence of Mitch. I didn’t realize at the time why he was pushing to get up so early, but he was able to propose at the top of the hike with no one else around. I was definitely not someone who wanted a big, public proposal so it was the perfect intimate setting for us.

We are not people who go over the top on a lot of things. We knew we wanted a smaller wedding in a cool place. We decided against a destination wedding as that seemed too much to coordinate. We choose the Milk Market/Dairy Block since that is one of our very favorite spots in Denver. The food, atmosphere and shopping all in that one block are just so fun and we definitely love the city.”

We also drove up Flagstaff Mountain to get some beautiful photos at Lost Gulch Overlook. The panoramic view is incredible!

Happy engagement Ellen and Mitch!

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