Especially to my long-time readers and friends, it seems like I owe you all an explanation for why the blog has had so many breaks in the last 2 years or so and why recently posts have been very few and far between. I also feel like an apology is due to the photographers and couples who have waited an eternity for their weddings to publish when I used to have super-fast publication rates. Unfortunately, I have ruminated on this matter for ages and cannot find a good, succinct way to explain all of the things that I’m feeling about life, weddings, and the blog right now. (I know some of you are laughing because I’m NEVER to-the-point so why start now, right?) I’ve given up trying to find the words. All I can offer you as followers is the reassurance that the many things I’m dealing with are not all bad. Some of them are exciting new prospects that position me where I’d ideally love to be in the wedding industry. Unfortunately all of these things are difficult to balance with blogging.
So I am announcing now a blog sabbatical! Not the wimpy breaks I’ve been trying to take that offer me no real separation from background work on the blog. A REAL break – 6 months is what I’ve chosen. ACC has always been a one woman project and that woman is undeniably flawed. I struggle more than most I feel to maintain a balance. I need time to evaluate what I want ACC to be going forward. (Teaser: The future includes getting back to my roots with inspiration, DIY, and editorials.) I also need to hone some new skills I’m pretty excited about professionally, go to bed at the same time as my husband and wake up rested so I enjoy spending time with my kids, see some doctors about my various maladies, and help make my home and family into the dream that my husband and I had when we got married – i.e. the beginning of the blog. With only a few exceptions, my outstanding submissions will be retroactively dismissed to start fresh when the time comes. I have contacted all of the affected photographers and I hope they brought their clients up to speed as well.
I’m tremendously thankful and humbled by the response I’ve received so far from vendors I’ve contacted about this. It has made it even harder to walk away for any length of time knowing that I will be missed and that my efforts have been appreciated. It certainly spurs me to make this break a temporary one when I know that I have people eagerly awaiting my return. If anybody wants to better understand the blog and the things I’m considering right now, let us get coffee and chat! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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All photos by Elevate Photography
Bride: Ashley | Groom: Nathan
Date: July 30, 2016 | Location: The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards
Back in the day, Elevate Photography was one of the first to take a chance on A Colorado Courtship Blog. I have always admired the various talents in this group of artists and their willingness to share incredible content. And it is again with great honor that I share one of the prettiest, most cheerful weddings on the planet. A butterfly wedding. A flower intensive wedding. A wedding where the bride sneaks looks at her groom that are so filled with adoration that I am forced to audibly “awww”. In my haste to publish lately (more on that later), I have not always been contacting the couples like I usually do. So I can only imagine the incredible access to flowers that this couple seems to have. Do they live on a flower farm? Is their wedding planner Crysta from “Ferngully”? (Am I showing my age there?) Did they save the life of their florist at some point and now she owes them in a major way? I kid, I kid! But for real they must have bogarted half the state’s supply of blooms on that weekend. Even the shepherd’s hooks that hold flower arrangements have foliage climbing up them. It’s simply incredible! If you could do a word cloud of my brain while reviewing this submission it would look like this:
I’m in love here and clearly giddy about it. But let’s hear from someone who actually does know legitimate background information on this insanely adorable couple:
Ashley and Nathan’s seven year relationship through high school and college culminated in one of the most epic weddings that I have had the honor to photograph. The idyllic setting in the mountains west of Vail at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera was the perfect backdrop for their beautiful day. Ashley and Nathan both had plenty of smiles and laughs as they prepared with their family and friends. Ashley’s wedding dress was perfect and after her mom, sisters and bridesmaids helped her get it on and laced up. She looked absolutely stunning. Ashley’s first look with her dad and her mom and sisters looking on was a very touching moment that they’ll both treasure forever. Her first look with Nathan was no less special and there were plenty of happy tears.Their guests arrived to the mountain top location to an amazing display of colorful flowers with the surrounding mountains as their backdrop. The touching ceremony concluded with a butterfly release that left everyone with a smile on their face.The celebration continued with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails served on the lodge’s patio and pool deck. The floral explosion continued at the amazingly decorated tent reception. It was one of the most beautifully decorated receptions I have photographed over the years with sunflowers as the core design element. After dinner and a touching video of their love story, the guys got the place bouncing, literally, as they danced to every song with a ton of energy. After Ashley made a wardrobe change into something more comfortable, the girls joined everyone else on the dance floor for the party. Ashley & Nathan were obviously having a blast as they danced the night away.The whole day is one that everyone that attended is sure to never forget! – Photographer McCory James of Elevate Photography
Venue: The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera
| Photographer: Elevate Photography
| Event Planner: Soiree Studio
| Floral Designer: Design Works
| Hair and Makeup Artistry: Posh! Salon
| DJ: Greatime DJ