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!”

Congratulations Kate and Justin!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Coyote Crossing Pavilion at Bear Creek Lake Park
Catering: McDevitt Taco Supply
Cupcakes: The Dessert Stand
Band: The Blue Ribbon Band
Florist: Sola Wood Flowers
Rings: Etsy, Ashlyn at FYM Jewelry Design, Tungsten Rings Studio
Bride’s Dress: Brilliant Bridal, Denver
Bride’s Shoes: Converse
Weekend Getaway: Juniper Mountain House in Evergreen
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Note from the bride: Every vendor was professional and welcoming from the beginning. Good vendors are so important for the day to be successful and we HIGHLY recommend all of these folks (especially Jess 🙂 ). They were fantastic.

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I met Beth and Alex at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate their engagement.

Denver engagement session

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..! 

mt falcon maternity

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!

baby sonogram

I met Catherine and Steve and their sweet pup, Bo, at Red Rocks for their engagement session. We were lucky to have a warm winter day to enjoy the scenery.

Catherine shares, “After some serious quarantining in my tiny NYC apartment in Spring 2020, I decided to put all of my belongings into a storage unit and move to Denver to take advantage of remote work. I had a bunch of friends in Denver and I was so excited to go hiking on the weekends – it was going to be the perfect 2-month vacation!

A few days after I moved to Denver, Steve swiped into my life on the dating app Hinge. Our first date was in July 2020 and, in true pandemic fashion, we walked around City Park with takeout margaritas from Middleman. On our first date, we realized we had a ton in common. We both worked in tech and had spent a lot of time working abroad, played ice hockey as kids, and even frequented the same bars in Arlington, Virginia, in our early 20’s. On our second date, I got to meet Bo, his adorable yellow Labrador who he had adopted just 3 months before. 

Starting a new relationship during a global pandemic is a strange experience. Very quickly, we went from being strangers to road-trip companions, co-workers, and roommates. Somehow, my 2-month Colorado vacation has turned into a permanent move and I couldn’t be happier about the way things turned out. Fast forward to January 2022 when Steve proposed to me while snowshoeing in Crested Butte and I said yes! We are so excited to get married in September 2022.”

Happy engagement Catherine and Steve!

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Brandon shares, “We met online through an app called Hinge, in August of 2019. We were both pretty busy with our jobs and found it difficult to meet people organically. Our first date was over four hours full of laughter and conversation at Bar Louie, clearly a connection was made. When COVID-19 hit, it was difficult to keep our distance as Suzie was on the frontlines, but we made it work with several hours of video calling. After a year, we realized COVID wasn’t going anywhere so we were going to move in together and keep our relationship moving forward. I decided to propose when I couldn’t live without Suzie. On April 20, 2021, I couldn’t wait any longer and asked her to marry me at her bedside. She said yes! Our wedding is scheduled for June 2022 in Thornton, Colorado. Suzie and I are excited to have all of our friends and family join us for this amazing day. We can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives with each other!” 

Happy engagement Suzie and Brandon!


The Talk Denver to Me mural was a part of Crush Walls 2020, by Vicarel Studios and Ashley Joon.

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