Bride: Tiffany – Musical Theater Performer
Groom: Luke – Occupational Therapist
Date: September 22, 2014
Location: Crooked Willow Farms, Larkspur
There are so many things that can be said about Tiffany and Luke’s Crooked Willow Farms wedding. It’s touching, spiritual, and beautiful in images. But the thing that strikes me the most about this wedding is that these folks are FUN! Tiffany and Luke are serious where it counts but when they have fun, they go all out. I have seen a lot of weddings but few where everyone seems to be so legitimately enjoying themselves. Even the bride’s dad is busting it on the dance floor. Normally at least one bridesmaid is reserved in the goofy faces pictures or the classic jumping shot and that makes it less interesting. Tiffany’s bridal party is wild in the best way and nobody holds back. The result is epic photos that are Pinterest worthy for sure. You can tell that everyone is stoked for the bride and groom as they start a lifetime together.
Tiffany and Luke met on Christian Mingle. He an Aussie (who had no idea it was an American site) and she a US native; they had to “date” online before meeting in person. Luke decided to make a trip to the States before an eventual move to New Zealand for a new job. The two met up in Breckenridge but were not expecting much. However, explained Tiffany, “Once we met, we were both hooked. As his dad said at our wedding, ‘There weren’t only sparks – but fire – between us.’ Dont get me wrong, it wasn’t love at first sight with birds and angels singing, but there was something so comfortable, easy, and right about us together.” They started talking nearly every day despite the incredible time zone gap and had a few opportunities to see each other in person.
Although the distance was hard, we have found it to be one of the greatest gifts God has given us. It has helped us learn how to communicate, be intentional with the other, put the others needs before our own, and truly get to know the other person for that person. I know it’s crazy that during our dating we were more apart than together, but we put our trust completely in the Lord, looked to Him for guidance, and sought His will for us. Now we get to be together and it’s almost like we are dating all over again! – Tiffany
During Easter weekend of 2014, Luke got a chance to meet up with Tiffany in Colorado. It was then that the gears were set in motion for this wonderful wedding:
I was hoping and praying that he would propose, but I had convinced myself that it wasn’t happening. Along with the very important fact that I am oblivious to many things that are happening around me, I was, needless to say, shocked when he proposed. Rachel, my best friend, who actually got to meet him on his first visit, was his only source of contact in CO and together they devised a great plan. […] We had been to Garden of the Gods on his first visit and were there the day of the proposal at the exact spot where he proposed. Luke convinced me that he wanted to go back there to see the city lights and stars at night. I thought that it sounded like a great idea. No suspicion. Rachel went ahead to set up. As we got to the car lot and walked over to the spot, I could see some candles glowing. Not for a second did I think it was for me. I even said how it must be someone’s birthday or something special was happening. haha. Although I resisted going over to the candlelit area for fear that we would be interfering with someone else’s special moment, Luke convinced me we would take a quick picture and go. As I tip toed through the rose petals so as not to ruin anything some sweet gentleman had set up for his special lady, I turned around to ask Luke where/how he wanted to take the picture only to find him down on one knee. I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights as so many things and nothing ran through my head at once. Finally, I hear, ‘Are you gunna answer me?’ I am sure it felt like an eternity sitting there on his knee. Heart filled with joy, love, gratitude, and disbelief, I of course said, ‘YES!!!’ No hesitation, except for my delayed response, because I knew that this was the man God had for me and I praise Him. Meanwhile, Rachel was hiding behind a rock trying to take picture…with no luck. After she popped out to celebrate with us, she asked for a reenactment so we could get a few photos and, with the opportunity presenting itself, I asked if Luke would repeat what he said cause I didn’t hear a thing! He was so gracious and did it all again. So I technically got two proposals! – Tiffany
Venue: Crooked Willow Farms | Photography: Haley Allen Photography | Videography: Adam Bradley | Bridal Gown: Something New Boutique | Hair: The Parlour | Makeup: Makeup by Heather B | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Flower Girl Dresses: Debbie Kemper | Flowers: Costco/Self | DJ: Rob Gillen, Function Pro DJ
- The mother of the Bride’s wedding gown was cut apart to create the flower girl dresses and the bouquet wrap. (A beautiful and meaningful sacrifice for sure!)
- Her mom created a wedding invitation video for the couple. Tiffany elaborates, “Considering all the guests being splattered across the world, we decided it would be best to send an email invite. At first this sounds so impersonal. But with my mom’s skillful eye, it became so fun and personal. She made a video with “September” by Earth Wind and Fire in the background while it played a slideshow of pics of Luke and I and info about the wedding.”
- Tiffany’s mother and aunt also created all of the signs (I particularly dig the barbed wire heart direction sign in the first image below) and embroidered tons of fabric accents (table numbers, Mr. and Mrs. signs, etc.). Tiffany, along with her parents, created the pallet seating assignment board.
- The reception decor includes a table with mementos of themselves and them as a couple – including the Aussie hat, boomerang, and kangaroo fur Tiffany was gifted on her first trip to Australia to see Luke.
- The locket around Tiffany’s bouquet has been on four generations of brides in her family.
- Tiffany danced a choreographed dance with her father at the reception and did a “first look” of sorts with him as well. The dance was, “…a surprise to all except my mom and friend who edited it. It was a medley beginning with “Butterfly Kisses” breaking into “The Twist”, “Thriller”, and “Bye Bye Bye” (with many others) and finishing with “The Way You Look Tonight”. I think everyone loved it. I still get comments on our dance and how great my dad did,” gushed Tiffany. (Personal note: Not being close to my father, these sorts of weddings always choke me up. Sadly, for the sake of space, I had to leave out some examples. But you can see in every moment they are together that Tiffany and her father are BFFs. It’s really special.)
I love this bouquet because it is so different and looks like a painting. The bold colors and the dark spots in the anemones are so striking. It’s soft but funky at the same time. The attention to detail is lovely with the succulents having a dusting of pink along the edges. Contents: Juliette garden roses, red ranunculus, white anemones, white dahlias, red hypericum berries, silver dusty miller foliage, green geranium foliage, scabiosa pods and grey succulents. (Floral Design by Plum Sage Flowers)
This glorious engagement session may have been for pets week before I ran out of time. But I think that this Peaceful Valley Ranch engagement certainly qualifies for Photo Ops as well. And even if it didn’t do that, by golly I’d probably find some other reason to publish it because it’s just so flipping beautiful! Any given image looks like an ad campaign for tastefully chosen clothing. Methinks this lovely lady has been practicing her smize cause that come hither look is outrageous. Mikala and Robby are quite a handsome couple. Even their sheltie is off-the-hook photogenic. So naturally a location had to be chosen to compete with all this fierceness. Peaceful Valley Ranch in the autumn did the trick I’d say. Having been there before myself, I can attest that the whole area has tons of places to pose (especially if you are fan of horseback riding). The areas that Plum Pretty Photography chose are among the most beautiful, however, and show how even a couple with a modern vibe can fit in with the rustic and natural setting if approached correctly. Good stuff all around.
Peaceful Valley Ranch: 475 Peaceful Valley Rd, Lyons, CO 80540
Submitted by Plum Pretty Photography
Rock Ledge Ranch has been on the blog before but featured a different location and happened in the fall. Today’s Rock Ledge Ranch engagement has a more spring vibe that really resonates with the shift in weather we’re having right now. Brook and Daniel began their shoot with Ashley Durham at 5:30 in the morning. So the light is really different than the normal evening engagement session. Instead of starting off in the golden hour and ending on a sleepy, darker note; this session conveys that electric feeling as the landscape lights up for the day. The feeling of promise. That feeling is echoed in the awakening landscape with little purple spring flowers and the chemistry of the couple as they embark on a life together.
Rock Ledge Ranch: 3105 Gateway Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80804
Submitted by Ashley Durham Studios
Bride: Laura – Scientist
Groom: James – Scientist
Date: November 9, 2013
Location: Artwork Network, Denver
The Artwork Network seems to be a venue of choice for really cool and creative couples with an eye for details. The space provides so much beauty that a couple need not do a ton to make it awesome and can use their dollars to bring style to so many other details of their day. Laura and James’s Artwork Network wedding is a work of art in itself. Looking at the thumbnail library when I received the submission, I couldn’t help but notice how the blue and turquoise of the flowers, accessories, and even the graffiti on the walls was present in pockets throughout the album and so beautifully brought out Laura’s eyes. (It’s seriously present in the ceiling of the archway in Civic Center Park where the bridal portraits took place. That’s impressive for an out-of-town photographer!) I love to see an album that looks so curated and coordinated. From the thumbnail view you would almost think you are zoomed in slightly on a photomosaic. The style of photography is crisp and colorful to match the qualities of the couple and the artwork present that day. The large scale artwork behind the couple at the altar provides a dynamic backdrop and truly interesting images. Even Laura’s cute polka dot shirt she donned for makeup application was eye catching on film. Overall I can say that this wedding was a feast for the eyes and a cohesive event (no doubt this was the grand design of their planners, Hey! Party Collective, who knock my socks off). Congratulations to the happy couple!
Venue: Artwork Network | Photographer: Rebecca Ellison Photography | Event Planning: Hey! Party Collective | Makeup: Laura Bisio, MAC Cherry Creek | Hair: Elle b Hair Design | Floral Design: Stems | Catering: Epicurean Catering | Coffee Bar: Pablo’s Cofee | Beverages: Mondo Vino | Videographer: Jeff Phelps | Officiant and Ceremony Musician: Matthew Shaw (Bride’s Brother)
A majority of our guests were from out of town, so when we were planning our wedding, we really just wanted to have a fun weekend and give our guests a glimpse of why Denver is such a cool city. [...] Our favorite part was being in a room full of the people who mean the most to you in this world and knowing that they are there because they love you. It is such a humbling experience. Everyone should get to experience that. – Laura
I’ve been looking at Colorado engagements and weddings for years now and never knew this location existed! But I’m hoping to change all of that in their favor because The Barn at Casey’s is such a cute venue for a wedding or, in this case, a rustic engagement session. The Casey’s Lumber mill is on site and provides some fun, rustic machinery and wood. The barn and wedding ceremony space outside was originally created by the owners of the mill and homestead for their daughter’s wedding (holy crap they are the coolest parents ever) and then they decided to rent out the venue to others. The site features lots of beautifully finished wood, gorgeous mountain vistas, and a rocking turquoise antique truck. That alone would be enough but the sweet couple who suggested this location, Emma and Jared, also brought fun props and their adorable selves into the mix. Emma wins the award for unexpected model action in an engagement shoot. Beautiful lady with such piercing eyes! Overall a sweet little engagement in a location that anyone who loves Colorado would appreciate.
The Barn at Casey’s: 32859 N Highway 67, Ste B, Woodland Park, CO 80863
Submitted by Bullfrogs and Butterflies Photography
So far for pets week I’ve been slackin. (My son’s third birthday is this weekend and I’m planning a whole thing.) But I fully intend to make it up for you by doing a Floral Friday that takes it to a new level – a gorgeous bridal session complete with fantastic florals and a dog that could seriously double as a horse! Misty and Leo the Great Dane are a splendid duo. His breed’s regal nature is accentuated by her beautiful gown and soft flowers by Bella Calla. This lovely romp in the meadow with a bride and girl’s best friend was captured by Sharee Davenport Photography.
The floral arrangements for this bridal session include garden rose, lavender, scabiosa, ranunculus, stock, craspedia, lisianthus, hydrangea, dusty miller and snapdragons. (Floral Arrangement by Bella Calla | Photograph by Sharee Davenport)
Continuing the pets at weddings theme, I have possibly one of the cutest examples of a dog engagement session. Several things make this session wonderful – a romantic foggy day, a beautiful location with warm autumn colors, a happy couple, purple hair, and a giant pup that toes that line between homely and adorable. Katelynne and Jake brought their 100+ lb French mastiff named Sully to play in the brush for their Devil’s Backbone engagement session with April O’Hare photography. I seriously want to eat this dog up – mostly before he can eat me. Just kidding. He’s a gentle giant clearly.
Devil’s Backbone Open Space - Plaster Mill Rd, Loveland, CO 80538
Submitted by April O’Hare Photography
See more adorable pet-filled engagement sessions by April O’Hare:
In terms of Photo Ops, this spot doesn’t really fit my normal criteria because I can’t tell you exactly where these images were taken. But it totally fits the bill in terms of pets in engagement sessions and the scenery is quite lovely. And my guess is that there is no location in this park that wouldn’t be just beautiful so the specifics aren’t really necessary. Four legged baby Oli joined his humans, Katie and Eric, for a lovely South Valley Park engagement session. The weather gave them magical rainbows and gorgeous light. Their love gave them adorable moments for photographer Rayna McGinnis to capture perfectly. And their dog gave them probably the best ring shot ever. Seriously, how obedient is that dog?
South Valley Park: 12399 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Ken Caryl, Colorado 80127
Submitted by Rayna McGinnis Photography
I’ve decided another theme week is in order – Pets at Weddings Week! I have too many cute submissions with pets that don’t necessarily fit into my normal mold. Oftentimes pets are our first “children”- the commitment we make as couples before we commit to marriage and the first sign that it’s for keeps. So it’s no surprise that pets are so often included in engagement sessions and even weddings. Man’s best friend can certainly be man’s best man, right?