I met Ellen and Zach and their dog, Sammie, in Wash Park to celebrate their engagement. They love to go to the south corner of the park and watch the sunset over the mountains.
Ellen shares, “Sammie is our 13-year-old border collie, she is a sweet girl and still has a lot of energy! She is the center of our universe and knows it!
Zach and I were introduced by friends. He played (and still plays) in a band with the boyfriend, now husband, of one of my closest friends. We met at the Meadowlark in 2015 and have been together ever since!
We got engaged in Minnesota in July of last year while vacationing with my family on Lake Vermillion. Zach knew he wanted to propose on a canoe ride and had a specific day and time in mind. It ended up being quite windy, but Zach insisted we still go out on the water. We had a lovely paddle with the wind on the lake and Zach asked me to marry him while we stopped to float on the open water. I said yes and we enjoyed time on the lake just the two of us.
When it was time for us to head back to our cabin, we had to paddle directly against the wind. The wind was so strong that Zach ended up having to get out of the canoe in his clothes and push the canoe home! When we finally returned, my family was surprised to see Zach was soaked and we were exhausted. We celebrated with everyone and had a good laugh! It was perfect.”
Congratulations on your engagement, Ellen and Zach!
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Suzie and Brandon were married at Brittany Hill on a beautiful summer day.
Suzie shares, “At the time Brandon had begun thinking about proposing, I was working for a company that provided vaccines and testing for the state of Colorado. I was working 80-hour weeks and ruining every grand proposal plan Brandon came up with. Brandon says that on the morning he proposed, he just realized he couldn’t live without me and didn’t want to wait any longer for that “perfect moment.”
He got down on one knee by my bedside early in the morning. I had barely woken up. My hair was a mess. I still had morning breath. Not even coffee in hand yet! Note to everyone: I am not a morning person. My first response went something along the lines of “Are you serious right now?” Brandon gave a nervous chuckle and pressed on for an answer. I knew at that moment how much he loved me to face the wrath of waking me early for a question he was dying to know the answer. I said yes, and the rest is history.”
The bride’s family created a beautiful display to share with their guests at they entered the venue. The Sofreh Ahgd is a Persian wedding tradition that includes many symbols of happiness for the couple, including fruit for a joyous future, candles for energy and clarity, and honey for the sweetness of the union.
Suzie and Brandon shared their first dance to Lucky by Jason Mraz.
Kate and Justin started off their wedding day with a first look at Red Rocks and then they did something really unique–they shared their vows. This private exchange of vows made for an emotional and calming start to the day. They were able to be in the moment and laugh and cry, without the nerves of being in front of so many people.
After they shared their vows, we spent some time taking portraits all around the beautiful rock formations.
The ceremony took place at the Coyote Crossing Pavilion in Bear Creek Lake Park.
Kate shares, “For our day, we wanted it to be a simple summer picnic with warm weather, good food, fun music, and even better company, and that is exactly what we got. It was a wonderful, beautiful day!
There were many things we were worried about, but everything fell into place because of our hard work planning and the incredible effort from our loved ones. We cannot thank our family and friends enough who helped set up, clean up, and fully enjoy the day with us. They were an integral part of the day going smoothly and our hearts are completely overflowing with gratitude. We feel so lucky and so loved and it’s a feeling that is very hard to describe in full.
With a pure outdoor wedding, weather, especially the heat, was a concern, but we hoped for the best and planned for the worst. In the end, it was perfect with cycles of clouds and sun, just a hint of rain to cool us down, and one of the most gorgeous baby blue evenings we’ve ever seen. One of the epic moments of the day was our first look where, right as we saw each other, the sky let just a few big raindrops fall. It lasted for literally 10 seconds and it felt like our family and friends from above were there crying tears of joy with us. We will never forget that.
The ceremony was surprisingly one of the most fun parts of the day. We thought it was going to be a nervous performance and something to just get through but it was actually fun! The first look and sharing our vows in private beforehand really helped get the nerves out so I highly recommend that to everyone. Our best friend (who has a theater degree and a great sense of humor) married us and totally nailed the ceremony. It was so personalized, everyone was laughing and crying, and I remember thinking to myself, “I cannot physically smile any bigger.” It was a perfect representation of us, our love, and our happiness, and was just an incredible experience.
And, my goodness, the reception after! Justin had an awesome surprise guitar performance with the band playing Lenny by Stevie Ray Vaughan and, one of my favorites, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer that blew everyone away. If you get a chance, try to have dinner alone with your new spouse. We took 15 minutes away from the crowd to eat dinner together in private and it was one of the best decisions we made for the day. We were able to take a breath and absorb the day for just a moment. We will always remember the view of the mountains in the evening light, the feeling of the warm air, the taste of our yummy dinner, the sound of our guests chatting, music playing, and cars from Bandimere racing. At one point we just looked at each other and said, “Holy crap, this is amazing.”
In the end, the day was filled with details that built up a beautiful symbol of our relationship. From the memorable first look at Red Rocks, the laughter-filled ceremony, Justin’s awesome guitar performance, the tasty food, and the incredible people, it was just a wonderful, beautiful day!”
I met Beth and Alex at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate their engagement.
Alex shares, “We both met in LA playing coed recreational “Sunday Funday” kickball. I joined Beth’s team because they didn’t take themselves too seriously and shortly after that I knew that she was somebody I really enjoyed being around. Not too long after that, I asked her on a date. A year after that, we both took a leap and moved across the world together; a year & a half after that we moved back stateside to Colorado where I proposed off the edge of the Colorado River, and the rest is history.”
The couple are getting married this July in Colorado. Happy engagement Beth and Alex!
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We’ve got BIG NEWS! Eric and I are thrilled to share that we are expecting our third baby in May! We’ve got tons of excitement and some stories to share.
We have two wonderful little boys and I was sure we were going to have a third boy right from the beginning. In the fall, we had done a genetic blood test and were awaiting the results. Eric and I photographed a wedding in Georgia in November and were in the airport security line on our way home to Denver, when I received a text message, “Your results are now available.” We decided to get through the line and go sit down. The first message told us the wonderful news that our baby was healthy and low risk for any genetic concerns. The second message told us we were having a GIRL!
Sitting in the crowded waiting area of the terminal, I smacked Eric’s arm. Total disbelief. Tears. Hugs. I will never forget it! I immediately asked him to check that my name was correct on the results, so sure they had sent me the wrong information. Then I asked him to check the accuracy. Everything was correct and almost 100% accurate. WHAT??!!
I still don’t believe it! Although that hasn’t kept me from buying little bows and dresses and a whole lot of PINK..!
The next step was telling Ollie and Augie (5 and 2 at the time), who didn’t know a baby was on the way yet. We did some research and found a great way to tell them — have a party! We bought pink balloons, pink flowers and pink cupcakes! When the kids got home from school we told them we had a surprise. I think Ollie thought the cupcakes were the surprise! But then we asked him why he thought there was so much PINK!? As soon as we told him he said, “WOW!” Augie was a little too young to understand what was going on, but was also very excited for cupcakes.
Since then, Ollie has recommended some really great baby names including, “Nacho Cheese, Tuna, and Batman.”
Sharing this news with our family and friends has been wonderful! Thank you for all the sweet messages, comments and likes we’ve been getting from everyone.
Our house is about to get a lot LOUDER! and we can’t wait!