Bride: Amber Dove, 28 – Graduate Student
Groom: Brian Clark, 29 – Operations Manager
Date: July 21, 2012
Location: Sevens, Breckenridge
Only a true Coloradan would say that one of the best parts of their wedding was the crazy weather and how great it made the pictures. Never mind that it rained and hailed on the ceremony. Colorado girls roll with the punches, move things out of the rain, and rock it out like it was totally part of the plan! And her southern beau? He was loving along for the ride. Amber and Brian’s Breckenridge Wedding is admittedly cooler looking by virtue of the moody weather. All of the sophisticated details really pop on a high contrast day!
Brian and I met while he was working in Colorado and I was taking a break from school, working in my home town (Grand Junction). We only dated for a few months before he got transferred and I moved to start Grad School, but we spent a lot of time exploring the mountains together before we both moved out of state. Most of our relationship was long-distance and we got engaged on a trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg during the Holiday Break. I love history so we had to see Gettysburg and Brian proposed on the battlefield at sunset on New Years Eve. - Amber
- The couple went a little Etsy crazy (who hasn’t?) which can benefit you if you loved their decor: Table Runners | Mr.& Mrs. Signage | Wish Tree Tags A, B, C | Wooden A and B | Napkin Notes
- The bride was also very handy herself, turning old Shakespeare books into paper flowers and vase wraps. She also made the wish tree, flowers on the tables, and those adorable moss covered table numbers.
- The groom’s cake was a “Ragin’ Cajun” cake for the University of Louisiana, his alma mater.
- A unity tree was used at the ceremony in lieu of the standard candle ceremony. The soil they used was from their childhood homes in Colorado and Louisiana. The tree is currently growing strong in Amber’s father’s back yard. (Awww.)
The Best Part:
Venue: Sevens at Breckenridge Grand Lodge | Photography: Eclectic Images (Austin, Texas) | Event Coordination: Something Blue Colorado | Bridal Gown: MoriLee via Abracadabra Bridal | Veil: Blush Bridal (Texas) | Jewelry: Adorn | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Christina P Designs on Etsy | Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Location by Liz | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Greenlake Jewelry (Bride), Blue Nile (Groom) | Cake: Reil Mountain Confections | Floral Design: Petal and Bean | DJ: DJ Maestro | Videography: Locker Partners | Programs: The Wedding Sophisticate | Officiant: Keith Horstman
Getting friends and family together in such a beautiful location was undoubtedly the best part of the wedding. It was fun watching some of Brian’s relatives experience Colorado for the first time and fall in love with our beautiful mountains. The weather was fun as well. We were all getting a bit sunburned at the rehearsal, but the next day it started raining right before our outdoor ceremony. Fortunately, our coordinator and the Seven’s staff were able to move everything under the covered patio at the last minute. It even hailed for a bit, but the sun came out again just as the ceremony ended. The dark sky made for some lovely photos and made the reception space feel warm and cozy. - Amber
Want to see more of this couple? Check out their engagement session and wedding video!
Don’t judge me for my slacking. Judge me for blaming my unborn baby. ;)
My name is Season. It’s been 21 days since my last post. I have committed the sin of slacking on my blog…
Frequent readers probably know, I’m alone here on ACC. I don’t have copy editors, assistants, or even bloggy friends to come to my aid when I’m not on my game. And pregnant, sick, and distracted by real life can definitely put one off their game. I’m in that third trimester slump where the energy is minimal but the baby-related tasks are overwhelming. I’m trying to soak up one-on-one time with my little boy before he’s not our only child anymore. All the while I’m feeling like a massive failure at just about everything because time is so short. We’re so far behind on getting the kids’ bedrooms ready it’s not even funny. But the worst of it has come down to two things: My camera ate it big time off the roof of the car on a highway in South Dakota during vacation and my gallbladder is trying to kill me. Without my camera, I can’t prepare my own Photo Ops posts or otherwise illustrate editorial pieces. That has left me stuck with only submitted content since early July. And with issues with my submission platform preventing the content from being complete, I’ve been SOL and too tired to follow up. Then there is my body’s (baby’s?) attempt to kill me…
As I’m writing this, my chest and back are starting to hurt. Periodically I have been having very painful episodes of chest pain and back pain that have been attributed to really bad heartburn by my OB. The feeling of being struck across the upper back with a 2×4″ while simultaneously stabbed in the chest would come on rapidly, make me miserable, and then leave just as quick as it came. But a few weeks ago the pain stayed a lot longer and came along with other symptoms that made me think for certain I was having a heart attack. It was probably one the scariest things that has ever happened to me. And then it disappeared again. So the next time it came on strongly I went to the ER. Turns out my ticker is doing great, the baby is doing great, and there is no major damage to my gallbladder or pancreas. But I am full of gall stones and the pain when they get stuck is pretty damn well unbearable. The gallbladder will have to come out after the baby does. In the meantime, my diet is really boring and I’m still having increasingly frequent bouts of pain. Most nights I’m really uncomfortable during the time I would normally blog. I also had my morning sickness pretty badly around that time of night so I’m blaming the baby. ;)
I’m doing my very best to get back on my game after this mini vacation from the blog. I have lots of beautiful weddings waiting to be published and am eager to get to work on them now that I’m accumulating all the pieces needed for full posts.
PS – I just got my new camera! It’s better than my old one and I’m itching to use it on blog stuff and babies alike!
Just about anywhere you go in Denver there are little gems for photo ops. These Denver photo locations tend to come in groups, even when they are positioned in unexpected locations. In this case, a little neighborhood right off the beaten path that is Broadway and 1st. Laura Smith Photography submitted Lauren and David’s photo session from this quiet neighborhood. The locations they covered include:
First Ave Presbyterian Church
120 W. 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (Near 1st Ave. and Acoma St.)
Buffalo Bill’s Hot Wings
45 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (Between 1st and 2nd on Acoma St.)
Denver Fire Station Dept 11
40 W. 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80223
(And the 2 buildings in the alley directly behind the fire station)
Bride: Desiree Gonzales, 22 – Pediatric Dental Assistant
Groom: Josh Johnson, 22 – Business Consultant
Date: July 5, 2014
Location: Stonebrook Manor, Thornton
Weddings like this one are just downright fun…and full of groping and this particular case! Desiree and Josh’s Stonebrook Manor wedding is colorful and rich with joy from beginning to end. And it’s a DIY lovers dream come true because all of their projects are so well done. Honestly, these are my favorite kinds of weddings. Tears in their eyes, fun with their guests, and adorable details to love. Proof that talent with DIY and sparingly using very good professionals can make a cost effective wedding worthy of any magazine. Congratulations to Desiree and Josh!
We met freshman year of high school when we were 15 years old. Josh proposed to me at Lake Ada in Hayden, Iowa in the morning. I had no idea it was coming, and even said “Don’t you do it” when Josh got on one knee. – Desiree
- Nearly every adorable extra detail you see in this wedding (banner, stationery, cake topper, guestbook tree, flags for the straws and SO MUCH MORE)…yeah, they totally made it themselves!
- Both bride and groom changed into a more casual reception outfit. The boys donned fun character ties like Superman and Pokemon when it was party time. I love this idea!
- Instead of doing a unity candle, sand, etc. they switched things up and watered bamboo.
- Guests enjoyed lawn games at the reception made by the couple.
The Best Part:
Venue: Stonebrook Manor | Photography: Sharee Davenport | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Artistry | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bowties: Sassy Ever After and Esmer Accessories | Rings: Shane | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Caterer: Stonebrook Manor | Floral Design: Flowers Made Unique | Officiant: Thomas Cross
My favorite part of the whole wedding was our first look. Seeing Josh get emotional touched my heart so much. – Desiree
Occasionally I like to share a bridal lingerie boudoir shoot with you to remind you what a great gift it can be for your spouse or as a keepsake for the future when you are an old married couple and you longer look just so. But the shoot I would like to share with you today also does another great service – it chronicles those special details of the big day that you wouldn’t possibly have the time or ease of mind to photograph on your actual wedding day. Few of us have those tender moments in our lovely lingerie, leisurely sniffing our bouquet. Most of us are actually clad in girdles and held up with tape. The room around us looks like a train wreck of makeup, irons, and luggage. The only thing making us seem leisurely is the champagne. How’s that for a tranquil or sexy moment? (Thanks for the real life letdown Pinterest.) So that’s where your really good boudoir photographers come in to get you those idyllic images with none of the stress. This shoot does a beautiful job of capturing details like the shoes, jewelry, ring and veil. The bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. I love the purple kale and the way it picks up the purple in the room. The photography is so perfect and flattering. I really love DOX Photo! Overall, I would say the images are what every woman wishes for in keepsake photographer. And I think we also all wish we looked like Michelle here…
Photography: DOX PHOTO | Bouquet: Oakes Fields Floral
Typically my Photo Ops locations are very distinct and able to be mapped. In this case, the location is variable and even on the move! Summer in Colorado is full of opportunities to find traveling carnivals, county fairs, and even fixed amusement parks like Eliches, Lakeside, and Heritage Square. They make for such fun places to do an engagement session with lots of colors, lights, and artwork. Who doesn’t love the carnival? Except those who are afraid of clowns maybe. Amanda and Richard had a really fun and colorful carnival engagement session thanks to Melissa Sue Photography. What a fun way to spend the evening!
Bride: Cassidy Willey, 25 – Drama Teacher
Groom: Eric Lamb, 25 – French Teacher
Date: September 7, 2013
Location: Leroux Creek Inn and Vineyards, Hotchkiss
Oh man! Ryan Dearth Photography submissions are among my favorites. You needn’t look farther than the image of the necklace on the bride’s dress, the ring shot, the vineyard shots…oh hell everything…to understand why I say that. You can practically smell the food and feel the energy with this wedding in particular. And it seems like unique couples in the know choose his services as well which makes for a great overall submission with lots of unique details and genuine moments to love. I mean, how beautifully styled is this wedding? It feels like nothing I’ve ever published before and I love that! Furthermore, it is truly unlike any other wedding I’ve published because there was no officiate AND it takes intimate to a whole new level – 20 guests! So enjoy this southwestern vineyard wedding that disguised itself as Arizona so well that I had to check the location on the submission before accepting!
Eric and I met the first week of college in the dorms at CU Boulder. We got engaged six and a half years later on Ocean Beach in San Diego, CA. We were married on the 7th of September, one week before our 7th anniversary of dating. – Cassidy
- The wedding only had 20 guests, no wedding party, and no officiate. Instead, a small collection of friends and family members spoke at the ceremony and the couple read from journal entries they had made about each other when they first started dating as part of their personalized vows. How great is that??
- The stunning tribal necklace worn by the bride was a gift from a Berger woman they stayed with while backpacking in Morocco. (Anyone else getting the impression that this couple would be really fun to know?)
- Cassidy’s vintage engagement ring was from an antique store in San Diego near where they got engaged.
- Their cakes were made by friends and the floral arrangements were all put together by friends and family. (They did good!)
- Look! Corgis!
The Best Part:
My favorite part of the wedding was how intimate it was. There were only 20 guests. Although the decision to keep our wedding small was, by far, the toughest one we made, it was also the best one. We felt so relaxed and truly connected to every single person there. It was a magical weekend. Also, the moment that I shared with my parents before the three of us walked out to the arbor and guests was really special. – Cassidy
Venue, Catering, Wine: Leroux Creek Inn and Vineyards | Photography: Ryan Dearth Photography | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Toms | Groom’s Attire: Alfani | Rings: Fine Things Jewelry | Band: The Strolling Scones
Shiver and quiver, my little tree. Silver and gold throw down over me. – “Cinderella” by The Brothers Grimm
Like many fairy tales, Cinderella had far less sweet origins than the Disney version we know today. (The stepsisters had their eyes pecked out in the Grimm’s story…no lie.) In the original, Cinderella thrice daily laid upon her mother’s grave under the hazel tree weeping. If she were in need of a favor, she would ask the tree and her wishes were thrown down to her by a generous white bird in the tree. It was this bird who repeatedly gave her the wardrobe to visit her prince. But I think neither a magical bird nor a fairy godmother could have bestowed her with the bitchin styling in this shoot. Somehow the Gothic-inspired heavy handedness of the clothing, accessories, and makeup that would normally swallow up a model were but a mere compliment to the vivacious energy of these ladies. Even over time as I forget smaller details of this shoot, my overlying memory will be the intense magnetism of this couple on film. I really felt like I was watching a series of private moments where two people were discovering their fates together. It’s ultimately pretty hot amiright?
Set in the historic Niwot Cemetery and envisioned by my girl Sarah from Painted Primrose Florist, this Gothic cemetery wedding shoot was such a welcome surprise in my inbox. I loved it the moment I set eyes on its thumbnails in a gallery and that love grew as I studied each image in full. With so many fantastic elements from the photography to the styling of the set to the styling of the women…I can’t even find a place to start with the compliments. So many props to the whole team who made me wish I could live in this moment with them. And probably eat that whole cake.
Location: Niwot Cemetery | Photography: Green Blossom Photography | Original Concept and Floral Design: Painted Primrose | Dresses: The Ritz Costumes | Jewelry Design: Lady Luck Jewelry | Makeup: MENTE Freelance | Cake Design: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Models: Marika McMeans and Emily Olson
Happy Independence Day! As is my way with holidays, I wanted to share something out of the ordinary and delightfully delicious with you. So for this sultry afternoon, I’m thrilled to show you a sexy antique pickup engagement from The Photogenic Lab. Their signature style imparts an even more dramatic feeling to the day that surpasses the “cute” and heads straight toward downright cinematic. Saturated colors, artistic angles, a vintage truck, and a downright sexy couple make this Americana session epic. I grew up in the country. Though it was never really my style, I think it’s ingrained in me from birth to think that a strong man in an old truck is the hottest thing alive. Pair that with a woman who clearly knows how to move in front of a camera and you have gold! This was another one of those submissions were culling the images to a reasonable amount was difficult. Take in every detail!
Look at these two. Amanda & Tony were so natural and intimate with each other, this was easily one of my best sessions so far. Being sexy, comfortable, and confident goes a long way in a shoot and they absolutely NAILED it. What also helps? A 1969 Chevy C10 pickup truck, restored by Tony after a promise to his late father to bring his pride and joy back to life. You should hear the roar of that engine. Reminds me of their passion for each other. We lit up on some country roads with a cooler of beer and enjoyed a nice rocky mountain sunset. – The Photogenic Lab
Amber and Joshua met in college and got engaged right before he left for boot camp. They had a very small wedding between boot camp and his first deployment. Their honeymoon was moving across country to a new naval base. Needless to say, things were a whirlwind for this couple and they weren’t totally pleased with their wedding photos. Fast forward EIGHT years. Joshua is still in the military and they are the happy parents of a three year old son. They are once again facing a major move in the name of duty. They have fallen in love with Colorado and wanted to capture something special here before they go. So they recruited friend and photographer Misty Hudson of Folly Photography to help them capture a second attempt at beautiful wedding photos. They wanted something worthy of putting on the wall this time and they certainly got it! They recruited dress designer Maggie Burns of Marie Margot Couture (a favorite on this blog) and scored an incredible dress. With a body that very likely makes other moms of toddlers hate her (I kid, I kid…kinda), she rocked the hell out of an amazing vintage inspired slip dress. Blooms on Buckley provided a beautiful bouquet and Alchemy Artistry made her sparkle even more with hair and makeup. Next to Joshua in his dress blues, they are a magnificent pair in this vintage navy wedding shoot.
Photography: Folly Photography | Dress and Hairpiece Design: Marie Margot Couture | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Artistry | Floral Design: Blooms on Buckley | Location: Downtown Littleton and Elk Meadow in Evergreen