Elle and Sheldon love Colorado. They traveled from Texas for their wedding and I met them at Lookout Mountain to celebrate their engagement. Their laughs were infectious and their love was palpable.

I had so much fun with you guys!

Elle shares, “We met on a dating app! It was that good ole TINDER, love and care! Our first date was actually at one of the most amazing places ever….Chick-fil-A! Who would have thought we were a chicken sandwich away from falling in love?”

She continues, “Sheldon planned the most AMAZING proposal EVER! He planned a trip to Cali for us in the spring of 2018. We had anticipated our trip for months! He told me he planned a romantic date night and picked out a red dress for me to wear (I never wear red). It was around 7 or 8pm and we headed to downtown LA for our dinner date. We finally make it downtown, and I said, “WOW, the Intercontinental building, can you imagine if we went there?” Sheldon smiled and said, “I can imagine it.” Seconds later we pulled into the Intercontinental parking garage! Talk about MAJOR butterflies; I couldn’t believe it! 

Of course, I had the BIGGEST smile on my face. We headed up to the 71st floor to a restaurant called La Boucherie! My jaw dropped; this place is FANCY! The host took us back to a private section where we wined and dined on lobster and other fancy stuff! I was shaking and just anticipating something crazy to happen (like being proposed to)…but NOTHING! Dinner ended and we left. I just knew he was going to propose after bringing me to a place like that but NOOOO! I was slightly bummed, but still on cloud 9. We drove off and he said we have one more stop!

We drove to the brightest place in downtown LA, “Urban Light.” I was walking around like a big kid amazed at all the lights and feeling grateful to be experiencing something new with my best friend. Sheldon asked if I wanted to take pictures and, of course, I did! I’m a woman! He suggested so many poses, and I was like oooookaaaaay yaaassss I love all of these ideas. Then he said, “take one from the back.” Of course, my response was, “oh yeah, you’d like that huh.” LOL 

I took my shots, turned around to check out my masterpiece, and there he was on one knee. People were applauding, and I noticed a photographer taking photos of everything; even my ugly cry! It was absolutely magical!”

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Congratulations Elle and Sheldon!

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As part of a special styled wedding shoot I took Hannah and Taylor downtown for some wedding portraits at Denver’s Union Station. 

I began my wedding photography business in Washington D.C. and N.Y.C. and it was so fun to be back in an urban setting. I love mountain weddings, but there is something special and electric about being in the city. 

Please see the full wedding photo shoot here, at SPACE Gallery.

Thank you so much to this wonderful team:
Venue: Space Gallery
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Planner: A Bride’s Best Mate
Floral Design: Hutson Floral Design
Beauty: Skin Work Studio
Dress: Vow’d Weddings
Cake: Sweet Ride Bakeshop
Stationery: Chirps and Cricket
Rentals: Allwell Rents Denver
Bride: Hannah
Groom: Taylor

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SPACE Gallery is an art gallery and premiere event venue located in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver, Colorado–the perfect place for a modern bride and groom.

Alison Amy of A Bride’s Best Mate, Chuck Hutson of Hutson Floral Design and I dreamed up this art gallery wedding inspiration. We were inspired by the space, the artwork and a chic city style with pops of color. Along with the creative talents of Chirp’s and Cricket Paper Design, Sweet Ride Bakeshop, Vow’d Wedding Dress, Skin Works Studio and Allwell Rents, the style came together so beautifully.  

Special thanks to SPACE Gallery and the artists currently on exhibit: Rebecca Rutstein, Ramón Bonilla, Frank T. Martinez and Joshua Enck. A big thank you also goes to our couple, recently married Hannah and Taylor. Congratulations on your wedding this past summer!

I have loved visiting art galleries since I was a little girl going to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with my mom. It was such a joy to shoot in this beautiful gallery filled with interesting pieces.

It was pretty amazing to see how Chuck pulled the colors out of the artwork to create this gorgeous bouquet.

More photos of this couple and a trip to downtown Denver and Union Station coming soon!

Thank you so much to this wonderful team:
Venue: Space Gallery
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Planner: A Bride’s Best Mate
Floral Design: Hutson Floral Design
Beauty: Skin Work Studio
Dress: Vow’d Weddings
Cake: Sweet Ride Bakeshop
Stationery: Chirps and Cricket
Rentals: Allwell Rents Denver
Bride: Hannah
Groom: Taylor

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Alix and Alex celebrated their anniversary in a part of Denver that means so much to them, in their neighborhood, the RiNo Art District.

Alix shares, “Alex and I have been together for 10 years and this is our 3rd wedding anniversary! We were supposed to go to Europe for this anniversary but COVID happened so we made some lemonade out of lemons. We just got back from a week and a half long national parks trip! We hit up Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Canyonlands and Arches National Park. We hardly had any cell service the entire time and it was so nice to unplug, just the two of us!

Even though we’ve only really seen each other during this quarantine time, it was awesome to spend time with each other with no other distractions and block out the worries of the year. Alex and I loved the trip so much, we are already planning another road trip for next year! We would like to explore some more national parks in Utah.”

Alex continues, “Alex and I moved to Denver a little over 3 years ago and RiNo has been our home ever since! Alex and I were both born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. We didn’t know anything about Denver when we were moving here. We stumbled upon RiNo and it just felt like “us.” We’ve loved seeing the artwork change over the years and watch the neighborhood grow! We decided during COVID that we needed more space than our apartment and moved into a home. We will miss being walking distance from all the coffee shops, breweries, artwork and epic food! But thankfully we’re just a short drive away.

Stem Cider has been a favorite of ours. It was one of our favorites when we moved here, but we’ve developed a love for it even more as I’ve had to go gluten free about a year ago. “

Happy anniversary, you two!

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Lillie and Zach were married on a beautiful summer day at a lake home they rented in Colorado. Like so many couples this year, their plans changed, but they were able to make the most of it! Their immediate families joined them in their celebration.

First look!

After the first look, we went to the nearby Roxborough State Park for portraits. Roxborough State Park is full of incredible rock formations giving it the nickname, “Denver’s Garden of the Gods.”

After walking through the Fountain Valley Overlook area, we headed back to the house for the ceremony.

The family all worked together to decorate the yard with white flowers and eucalyptus, lanterns and special touches.

Lillie’s brother, Brian, performed the ceremony.

A new kind of family portrait.

Lillie shares, “Our original wedding plan was a more traditional weekend at a hotel with many more friends and family, but we ended up having a small backyard ceremony at an Airbnb with just our immediate families and grandparents, which allowed us to have a lot of family time during the week. It was nice to be together after not seeing everyone for so long (#2020).

We chose to DIY all of the flower arrangements and ceremony/reception set-up. Our families helped us with the prep work the day before to turn the Airbnb into a beautiful wedding venue. We are so grateful for all of their help!

The day was filled with lots of love (and good food). One of our favorite moments was when our siblings surprised us with a family game show that they had organized with our extended family. It was a special way to include our whole family on our wedding day, and it was a lot of fun.

Lillie and Zach shared their first dance to Van Morrison’s Moondance.

The couple has ties to Pittsburgh and one of the family favorite’s is Prantl’s Bakery’s burnt almond torte, which they had delivered for the occasion.

I can attest it is delicious!

The bakery boasts, “The torte has been named the Best Cake in America by the Huffington Post, the Best of Weddings Cakes by the Knot in 2018, and the Best Cake In Pennsylvania by the Food Network in 2018 and continues to be a Pittsburgh tradition today.”

Congratulations Lillie and Zach!

Special thanks to the team:
Rentals: Butler Rents
Flowers: Moxie and DIY arrangements
Dress: Klienfeld’s
Lillie’s Ring: Mineralogy
Zach’s Ring: LaserboyzDesigns
Dinner: 240 Union
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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