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I met Hannah and Sam at Mt. Falcon on a beautiful spring day. Their pup, Palmer, was so sweet and loved being on the trails.

Hannah shares, “We met working in Chicago in our early twenties. We often joke that our lives in Chicago were parallel and we have no idea how it took us so long to meet. We lived two blocks away from each other (twice, we both moved to new units and were still the same distance away!), we took the same commute at the same time to work every day… and then, we finally met when we both took a new job at the same company in June 2018. Sam started a few weeks before I did, and our first conversation was at a happy hour for my start class. Sam acted like he had everything figured out and I remember wishing for the day I felt like I knew what I was doing at work. We both remember that conversation vividly, as this was when we realized we would be working on the same client (different project, though, thank goodness!) in LA.

We spent the next year “professionally” – we were colleagues and dating other people, but still friendly. We traveled back and forth from Chicago to LA every week together. Then, the summer of 2019 came around and we started to hang out more and more… Sam started inviting me to non-work events, and finally I had the nerve to text him to meet me on a night out with some friends. It happened to also be my birthday, and now we have an extra reason to celebrate my birthday every year: our “unofficial” anniversary.

We spent the next year continuing to travel to LA together for work, taking advantage of our consulting lifestyles and traveling together on the weekends. When COVID hit in March 2020, we decided to continue our adventures and move to Denver together. The rest is history.

Sam proposed in Beaver Creek in March last year when my parents and brother were visiting for a weekend. He had a beautiful setup at the base of the mountain in the evening where he asked me to marry him, and it was the easiest yes of my life. We’ve known each other as many things – colleague, friend, boyfriend, fiance, dog parent, roommate. We’re most excited to be husband and wife in eleven short months.”

Congratulations Hannah and Sam! The couple will be getting married at the Manor House next spring.



Sweet Cooie’s in Denver is a great place for a treat. Denver couple, Michael and Oscar shared a strawberry milkshake, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Oscar recommends the chocolate salted oreo (you can’t even tell it is vegan!).

I had to get some, too! My favorite is the Space Junkie–black raspberry ice cream with homemade brownie bites and marshmallow swirl.

Michael shares, “When I was a kid I would wonder if I would ever be happy, if I would ever find unconditional love, if I would ever find the church girl I was supposed to marry!

Now you may not be the church girl my “father” wanted me to be with BUT…
You have taught me to be loved and appreciated, to wake up in a positive mood, to be kind, that family isn’t always blood, but those who love and fight for you every day! I was lost without a clue before I met you.

All I can say is thank you and I am forever grateful to have found you!

This Valentine’s season make sure you tell someone you love them, even if that someone is YOU!”

Happy Valentine’s Day, you two!

Special thanks to Little Man Ice Cream, Sweet Cooie’s and Proud Communications.

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Thank you so much to all of the wonderful couples who wrote such lovely reviews! Working with you and celebrating with you makes me so, so happy!

I’m thrilled to announce that my business has won these Best of Weddings Awards, which honor the top wedding vendors across America.

Jessica Schmitt Photography has been selected as a 2023 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings and The WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards, accolades representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests.

This year, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.

To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

Please check out my reviews at the knot and weddingwire and this glowing review from a happy bride, married in August of 2022, “We hired Jess to be our wedding photographer and she did an absolutely wonderful job! Not only did she capture our day more beautifully than we could have imagined, she was great to work with. She is reliable and very well organized. Additionally, her warmth and kindness made us feel at ease while being photographed. We have two young nephews and she and her husband , Eric, were able to capture their personalities and smiles, providing our family with adorable photos that we would have never been able to get on our own! We couldn’t be happier with Jess and absolutely recommend her photography services for any occasion!”

In 2022, I photographed some gorgeous weddings, including:

Lilly and John’s wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado
Ellen and Zach’s Denver wedding at the historic Grant-Humphreys Mansion
Taylor and Sandeep wedding at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colorado

And some beautiful engagement sessions at Red Rocks, Wash Park in Denver and a session at California’s Newport beach.

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Casey and Shakari were married on a beautiful, snowy New Year’s Eve at the Lakewood Country Club in Colorado. The club was decorated with festive holiday garlands for a special December celebration.

Casey shares, “My mother and I went into the bridal shop with one goal: SPARKLES. It’s the one time in my life I could wear a ball gown as big and sparkly as I wanted, and it did not disappoint.”

Casey and Shakari love New Year’s! They share, “It was NYE! Our colors were gold and silver, we had casino games, and we rang in the new year with our loved ones. Most of all, it’s the one night of the year where your wedding can be as over the top as you want it.

Our favorite moments from the day include our first dance, tasting the cake that I only got a quarter of a piece of (this is Shakari’s quote), the first look, and watching my (Casey’s) parents dance to Snoop Dogg. Almost every guest told my parents it was the best NYE of their lives.”

The couple shared their first dance to If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys.

Congratulations Casey and Shakari!

Special Thanks to the team:

Venue: Lakewood Country Club
Florist: Heidi Haas Sheard, Swiss Flower and Gift
Hair and Makeup: Dulce Diem
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal, Amanda’s Tux and Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Gentlemen’s Choice Tuxedo
Cake: Das Meyer Pastry
String Trio: Trading Post Productions
DJ: David with the DJ Guy
Casino Games:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz


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