We need some sunshine right now! Our summery micro-wedding inspiration, at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado, showcases a sunny color palette and some unique and fun ideas for couples who are getting currently planning their wedding.
 
I partnered with Blue Linden Weddings to create a style with sunbursts of flowers, an experiential invitation to livestream the wedding, custom cookies that match the wedding cake, welcome baskets with catered snacks, and a whole lot of joy. Please see the bottom of the post for full credit info.

Blackstone Rivers Ranch is nestled up in the mountains of Idaho Springs, Colorado. It is a private sanctuary away from crowds with outdoor spaces for a ceremony, reception and even a first dance. Their large tent also helps with weather concerns and open air flow that allows for a safer option for the guests. 

The invitation suite by Tasha Rae Designs is bright and happy with a yellow color palette and delicate watercolor floral and greenery design.

Florals by Amore Fiori made quite the bursting statement with bright yellow, orange, and pink blooms reminiscent of a fiery, sunshiney sky. A  horseshoe altar piece brought in the elements of sunshine rays, while keeping the color palette slightly more neutral and subdued, so the bride and groom could really stand out. Their tabletop display brought the sunshine theme even further – with lush greens and hanging amaranthus cascading the edges, and bright blooms bursting all throughout the centerpiece, it made quite the statement on the table. 

The hair and makeup styling by Wise Artistry gave the bride and bridesmaid a perfect Colorado summer look–effortless, natural and beautiful.

Britany and Michael just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary! We were so lucky to have them be a part of our day, along with Britany’s good friend, Caillie.

This special wedding event had two invitations: one to attend and one to join on the livestream.

How do you invite someone to livestream a wedding? With an invitation experience! Tasha Rae created a box that includes champagne glasses, champagne gummy bears, confetti, a cookie with a depiction of the real wedding cake hand-painted on it from The Little Peach, along with information to attend virtually.

An installation was also made to celebrate all of the family and friends who are “together, apart.” Rather than a traditional escort design, these hanging suncatchers list the names and locations of loved ones who are viewing through a livestream online. 

Harvest to Home catering created a welcome basket for guests to enjoy as they arrive at the ceremony. This concept allows guests to minimize their contact with others while still enjoying a personalized treat: Harvest to Home Trail Mix (almonds, dried cherries, coconut flakes, dark chocolate chunks, granola clusters), gourmet pretzel sticks, sparkling water, monzu cheese crackers, and a Palisade peach and mini local fruit preserve. 

The wedding rings from Sarah O. Jewelry are rose gold and the bride’s ring features a galaxy diamond as part of their cosmos collection.

I love shooting at Blackstone River Ranch because the property includes so many amazing spots for wonderful photos–the river, of course!, towering evergreens, a field of Aspen trees, romantic string lights, a wooden bridge, a large sail cloth tent for a reception and so much charm.

Brittany, your smile is like sunshine!

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Harvest to Home catering created summer-inspired cocktails including a grilled pineapple mojito and summer crush mimosas along with an incredible meal.

Zahra Ammar created monogram quill paper chair backs for the dinner table. These beautifully detailed pieces are unique additions to a wedding day and special keepsakes!

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The dinnerware, provided by AllWell Rents, features an organic leaf pattern perfect for an outdoor setting. The gold touches add elegance to the table. 

Appetizers included a Palisade peach balsamic bruschetta on a haystack mountain goat cheese crostini and mango and rocky ford melon gazpacho shooters.

The wedding cake, by The Little Peach, is bright, bold and joyful. The cake design centers around handmade, iced flowers, including a hot pink poppy, yellow rose, orange hydrangea and orange berries and dried orange slices. The cake is mirrored in custom, hand painted cookies, included in the invitation box. Mini individual cakes are also placed at each table setting to give each guest a special treat. The mini cake concept allows for less touch points on the wedding day and makes for a safer option for guests. 

Hillhound Productions captured all the joy and worked with the couple to offer the livestream option to their guests from afar. 

Look for me at the one minute mark!


Special thanks to the team! 

QUILL ARTIST Zahra Ammar
BRIDE + GROOM Brittany & Michael
BRIDESMAID Caillie
GOWN DESIGNER Rish Bridala&bé bridal shop
JEWELRY DESIGNER Sarah O Jewelry
BRIDESMAID DRESS Modcloth
BRIDE’S SHOES Betsey JohnsonModcloth
RENTALS Allwell Rents
GROOM’S TIE Tux and Tulle, Etsy

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Amanda and Kevin began their relationship by taking walks around City Park. We enjoyed a beautiful summer evening there, celebrating their engagement. 

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City park is home to a new art installation called Color Fields. It was a great stop for some photos!

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Amanda shares, “When we first starting dating, Kevin lived by City Park. We used to walk around the park on the weekends, sometimes for one or two hours in the morning just drinking our coffee and getting to know each other on a deeper level. City Park became our little getaway, and we both have fun memories of the conversations we had while walking. It was always great to hit the food trucks for a slice of pizza or ice cream while checking out what was going on in the park, whether it was Sunday night jazz or the Colfax Marathon. City Park is significant to us because it is truly where our relationship started, and I’m glad we will forever have these memories of our time there.

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Congratulations Amanda and Kevin! Cheers!

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Are you unsure about your wedding plans, but looking for a way to celebrate? Or are you excited about your new wedding date? Let’s plan a completely free mini-engagement session to celebrate your engagement, have fun and bring you some JOY!

Sessions will last 20 minutes on weekday evenings between 5-8pm. Location will be an outdoor park in the Denver area. You will receive 10 digital photos delivered through an online gallery.

Social Distance: Safety is important. Shooting outside is very low risk and I feel comfortable staying 6 feet away, and working in an unoccupied area. 

Ok, let’s do it! It’s easy! Just email me with this info:

Subject line: FREE E-sesh for Name+Name

1. Your names and please share a recent photo
2. How your plans were affected by COVID
3. A little bit about you two (your personalities, where you’re from, jobs, favorite ice cream flavors?)

Spots will fill up quickly. Email me today at jess@jschmittphoto.com
If you are interested in booking a full one-hour session in the location of your choice, or to talk about wedding photography, contact me today.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Courtney and Erik just recently moved to Colorado. We had a wonderful time walking around Mt Falcon and celebrating their engagement.

Courtney shares, “Erik and I first met while we were attending college at West Virginia University. Erik and my older brother Ryan were fast friends, and luckily that led to Erik and I having a great friendship as well. The three of us all shared a love for online computer games and spent countless hours together online during our college years. Even after college when we all went our separate directions to start our post-college lives, we stayed connected.

Erik and I both admit to having short lived crushes on each other during our college years together, but timing was never in our favor. It wasn’t until nearly 10 years after we first met that Erik made a move, and our time had finally come. One of Erik’s favorite bands, Brand New, was having a concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I happened to be living in Milwaukee at the time, so he took the opportunity for us to meet up. That concert ended up being our first date of many more to come, and when my career led me to Charlotte, North Carolina, Erik moved with me so that we could end our long-distance dating and be together again.

Erik proposed to me over Memorial Day weekend in 2019. He planned an amazing trip to Sausalito, California just outside of San Francisco. The morning after we arrived, Erik was up bright and early at 6am ready to start the day. This should have been my first clue something was going on because neither of us would ever choose to wake up that early on a weekend. Turns out his phone didn’t update from EST to PST, so he thought it was already 9am and he had big plans for the day. Erik and I got breakfast at a local diner overlooking the bay and then headed up to the Redwood Forest for a mid-morning hike. On our hike, Erik found a quiet area overlooking the park and after getting down on one knee, he asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating. I still can’t help but smile thinking back on that day one year ago.”

Courtney continues, “We were all set to be married at a neighborhood yacht club on Lake Norman in North Carolina on March 21, 2020 when covid-19 changed the world around us in a matter of 24 hours. It was the Friday before our wedding weekend when the U.S. officially closed the borders to tourists, and governors leapt into action implementing various restrictions on public gatherings. That weekend, with the health and safety of our family and friends in mind, we made the decision to post-pone our wedding to September of this year. We truly hope our friends and family will be able to gather and celebrate our marriage in September, but even if it ends up being a bit smaller than we had planned, it will be perfect.  

My career brought us to Colorado at the very beginning of March 2020, and even though we couldn’t get married at the end of March as originally planned, I wanted to do something special to celebrate us and our new life in Colorado. I am so glad I found Jessica to shoot our engagement session re-take! Being new to the area, trying to pick a location for a photo shoot was a bit overwhelming, but Jessica suggested so many beautiful locations to choose from. I was drawn towards Mt. Falcon Park because it reminded me of our proposal weekend and the hike where it all began. With our one-year engagement anniversary right around the corner, it was the perfect setting to bring back all those memories of a truly joyous time in our lives.

Courtney and Erik were so natural in front of the camera and you could tell they were so happy together.

Courtney adds, “My favorite moments from our photo session were when our poses left us laughing until we cried. Jessica assured us our laughing fits would make for the best pictures, and from our sneak peak I’d say she was right. Erik and I left the session feeling so light hearted and excited for wedding day to finally come.”

Happy engagement Courtney and Erik!

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