Finding a creative outlet has been so important to me this year.
Carley and Kristi are beautiful, professional dancers who have not been able to perform since the pandemic outbrake in March. Also, I have not been working in the same way I have in past years, as large events and gatherings have been postponed or greatly downsized. It was such a gift to collaborate with them on this photo session. The juxtaposition of their strength and grace against the massive rock formations feels like a metaphor for the year.
I love dance. I am primarily a wedding photographer, but when I have the chance to photograph some gorgeous dancers I get so excited! I took ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater classes growing up and theater is one of my great loves. During the pandemic, it has been heartbreaking (but so necessary) to see theaters close and so many performers feel uncertain about what comes next. If you are able, please consider donating to Dance NYC or helping to support the arts in any way you can.
Special thanks to my dear friend @carleymar_hello and to @kristianndances for sharing your talent with me. Note: masks were worn throughout the photo session and social distancing was observed.
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!
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!
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.
I’m so happy to announce I have won the WeddingWire award for the 8th year in a row! A huge thank you goes out to all my amazing couples I worked with this past year!
“WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.”
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