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I met Jessie and James and their two sweet pups at Coot Lake for their maternity session. We didn’t know it at the time, but they were only two weeks away from meeting their baby girl! Charlottle was born on October 19th, happy and healthy.

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Jessie shares, “My beyond-wonderful husband, James, and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary and nine years together this October! There are days I still don’t think he’s real because he’s been the best partner anyone could ever ask for. Our little family started out just us two and we added one little kitten named Floof, then two years later we got our first sheepadoodle, named him Pretzel, and he’s seriously the perfect dog and my little shadow. As a wedding gift, we added another sheepadoodle to the family and we named him Sully. Having him in our home is like living with the sweetest blue-eyed baby mammoth. He’s a huge puppy with nothing but love and kisses to give.

James and I knew we wanted a big family and I knew watching him with our nephew and niece that he would be the best dad ever. I knew since I was a little girl that all I wanted from this life was to be a mom and here we are! I’m 37 weeks pregnant and feeling absolutely amazing, and honestly, ready to meet her!
My pregnancy journey has been blissfully easy, no nausea, no sickness, no cravings, little swelling and lots of kicks.

We found out in April that we are expecting a little girl and I was OVER THE MOON! My side of the family is nothing but boys, boys and more boys. I am the only girl on my side of the family. James has his amazing sister who has a little girl of her own and one female cousin, so to add another girl to our family makes this pregnancy feel so much more special.

I grew up very close to my grandpa, Charlie, who just turned 90! I always wanted to name my first baby after him regardless if we had a boy or girl. So for a boy we would name him Charlie Gordon after both of our amazing grandpas, and if we were having a girl we would name her Charlotte, but call her Charlie for short. Her middle name is still in the works.

We are so excited to see her! We had a 3D ultrasound and this little girl has some of the biggest cheeks our ultrasound tech has seen. I hope she has my strong personality, with James’ patience and his eyes, his grandma’s curls, and my dad’s smile and dark brown hair.

No matter what she looks like she will grow up beyond loved by her aunts, uncles, grandparents and even great grandparents. She is the most perfect addition to our family and we can’t wait to meet you baby Charlotte!”

The sunset at Coot Lake was majestic. It was like the heavens were shining down on us saying get ready for this little miracle!

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Congratulations Jessie and James! And Pretzel, Sully and Floof!

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I met Shira and David on a warm September evening at Red Rocks to celebrate their engagement.

Shira shares, “David and I met in northern Colorado, on the dating app Bumble. I was in training to be a veterinarian and have been a lifelong animal lover. Logically, my profile stated “swipe left if you’re allergic to dogs, cats, or horses.” David is allergic to all three, and still swiped right. I can’t quite remember when the truth came out, but it was already too late.

Our first date was at New Belgium in Fort Collins… then Tasty Harmony… then Union. We were having way too much fun to end the date! After eventually parting ways, we met back up the next day to go hiking at Gray Rock, and David brought along his pup Niko. I was hooked.

David and I cultivated our relationship slowly through my challenging years in veterinary school and his demanding years of family medicine residency. After three years together, I headed off to an internship in Washington, DC, and David moved to Montana to start his career in rural family medicine.

I came to Montana to visit David over the new year where he proposed on horseback on the top of a snowy mountain. It was beautiful! I just about froze my left hand off on the way down – I didn’t want to put my glove back on!

Since then, I’ve finished my internship and moved out to Montana to join David. We’re settling into a small cabin at the base of the gorgeous Mission mountains, and have continued acquiring animals. Right now we have three dogs, a snake, and a horse!

Our relationship formed and grew in Colorado, a state that is not only David’s childhood home, but now is a very special place to us. We took our engagement photos at Red Rocks, the site of one of our early dates to see Lake Street Dive, and we’re so excited to marry in the mountains of Colorado in 2023!”

The couple is getting married next September in Colorado. Congratulations Shira and David!

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Catherine and Steve were married on a beautiful summer day in September. They live very close to City Park, so the day began in their home and then we went for a first look in the park.

After taking photos around city park we headed to Space Gallery for the ceremony.

Catherine shares, “My favorite part of our wedding day was the ceremony. I loved seeing Steve as I walked down the aisle. My younger brother Hugh officiated our ceremony and it was the perfect balance of being touching and hilarious. We also asked our moms to choose a reading and it was great to see them coordinate during the month leading up to our big day. My absolute favorite moment was turning and seeing all of our wonderful family and friends that had come to celebrate with us.

Steve shares, “My favorite moment was the end of our first dance. That was the part I was most nervous about. We practiced for hours and hours and it turned out great! Having Claire (Catherine’s sister) sing, Ingrid Michaelson’s made it really extraordinary.”

Bo, the couple’s sweet pup, enjoyed cocktail hour the most, specifically when he got to eat part of a lamb meatball that was dropped to the floor. He was a good sport for wearing his custom dog tuxedo.

Congratulations Catherine and Steve!

Venue: Space Gallery
Coordinator: Micky Adams
Caterer: Footers Catering
Band: Mark Diamond Music
Florals: Hutson Floral Design
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Hair & Makeup: Glam5280
Cake: Eternal Flavors Bakery
Dog Tuxedo: UniqueWeddingFinds, Etsy shop

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Ellen and Zach were married on a beautiful August day in Denver at the historic Grant-Humphreys Mansion. The mansion was built in 1902 in the Beaux-Arts style.

The ceremony took place on the front steps of the mansion.

Both Zach and Ellen come from musical families. During the ceremony, his mom and her dad performed a very special rendition of In My Life by the Beatles.

Ellen shares, “We chose Grant Humphreys Mansion because we love historic homes and think the mansion is beautiful. Another reason the Grant Humphreys is special to us is that it is in the neighborhood we lived in together for years and also the neighborhood where Zach and his family grew up. The mansion was perfect for our wedding. We really enjoyed having different spaces for different parts of the evening such as the terrace for cocktail hour, dining in the dining room, and dancing in the ballroom downstairs.

Our friends at Little Lula Rose blew us away with the flowers for the wedding. We were hoping for unique, lovely flowers and they certainly delivered.

The band, Diamond Empire, were so talented and so much fun! We absolutely loved the music !

We had such a fun day and evening, everything came together so well. What really made our day so wonderful was having all of our loved ones together to celebrate with us.”

Congratulations Ellen and Zach!

Check out their engagement session at Wash Park.

Special thanks to the team:

Venue: Grant Humphrey’s Mansion
Coordinator: Carson Koinzan
Officiant: Tony Mastricola
Florist: Little Lula Rose for flowers
Favors: Good Bread Bakery
Cake: Spoon Me Bakery
Band: Diamond Empire
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Rings: Sarah O. Jewelry

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Sarah and Noah were married at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park. The day started off with rain, but quickly turned out to be beautiful!

Before the traditional chuppah ceremony, Sarah and Noah shared a private ceremony to read their own personal vows to each other.

Sarah shares, “We met at the senior prom in high school in Arizona and went to college across the country from each other, so Colorado was the first place we ever lived together. We got to finally start our life together, and even adopted our dog there. We love the mountains so it’s no surprise Noah proposed on an Alpine lake hike in Breckenridge. He held onto the ring from February until my birthday hike in October.

We chose Estes Park so our guests could explore the Rocky Mountain trails we love so much. The views did not disappoint on our wedding weekend. 

We had a traditional Jewish ceremony, so we exchanged our vows and wedding bands in private. Having this intimate time to ourselves was really special.”

It is a Jewish custom for the bride to circle around the groom seven times.

Congratulations Sarah and Noah!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Officiant: Rabbi Nachum Braverman
Caterer: Blackbelly
Cake: Shamane’s Bakery
DJ/Band: Standing Room Only
Florist: Best Day Floral
Hair and Makeup: Beauty On Location
Bride’s Dress Designer /Shop: BB Bridal in Boise
Bride’s Shoes: Keds
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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