Real Colorado Wedding: Tawni and Adam’s Genesee Wedding

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Silhouette of bride and groom at the altar, backlit wedding ceremony photo, KB Digital Designs

All photos by KB Digital Designs

Bride: Tawni, 22 – Recruiting Coordinator

Groom: Adam, 24 – Assistant Manager

Date: May 16, 2015

Location: Rockland Community Church and The Pines at Genesee

Sometimes I like to throw a traditional church wedding out there. Especially when that church wedding feels as light and airy as an outdoor wedding. Leave it to Coloradans to bring the outdoors in! Tawni and Adam’s Genesee wedding is just┬áplain pretty. And I feel that those of you planning couples who wish to place your beliefs center stage not only at the ceremony, but in your whole wedding day and your marriage, can use this wedding as a lovely example.

Their Story:

Tawni and Adam met in college at Saint Leo University in Florida. What started out as friendly conversation over meals in the dining hall became a strong friendship – and eventually, a lot more. One autumn, Adam flew in to Colorado from Florida (where he was living) to surprise Tawni for her birthday and have pictures taken for their Christmas card. They went to Evergreen Lake and were walking around before pictures:

When we got to the top of a hill, I ended up looking behind me and saw his parents (from Florida) standing with my parents and I immediately looked back at Adam and he said, “Do you know why they are here?” And I just shook my head in shock not wanting to believe what might actually be happening. Then he ended up getting down on one knee and asked me to marry him! – Tawni

The Details:

  • The theme of the wedding was the anchor, symbolic of Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The couple appreciates this passage as representing how they “are anchored through the Lord”.
  • Adam’s grandfather made all the various sized anchors that you see out of wood. They functioned as decor and favors. (Wow if that isn’t ever an undertaking!)
  • The same song (“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri) was used for both the wedding party processional and the bride’s processional. The original was used for Tawni and a male vocal version (Boyce Avenue) was used for everyone else. That back and forth exchange made it like a duet in a way. “So it was as if we were singing the song to each other as we went down the aisle,” said Tawni.
  • Tawni and Adam did a blind first look. They met outside the church and stood around the corner so as not to see each other. They exchanged personal vows there and did more traditional vows at the church service.

The Best Part:

[My] favorite part of my wedding was first putting the wedding dress on and it actually feeling real. There wasn’t anyone in the world who could have wiped that smile off my face once I had that on. The next was seeing my dad because I didn’t tell him anything about the dress or details and I was his little girl, so we did a private first look and seeing his reaction just helped add to how special the day. My last favorite moment was seeing Adam for the first time walking down the isle. It was definitely different than I imagined because the moment meant so much and just to look at him and think that he was the reason I was walking down this aisle having my dream wedding just meant more than words can describe. – Tawni

See more of this couple (and their love of anchors) in their engagement session

Venue: The Pines at Genesee | Photography: KB Digital Designs | Bridal Gown: Amanda’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Knoebel, Clementine’s Boutique Salon | Rings: Zales | Floral Design: Amizetta | Cake: Das Meyer | DJ: Jammin DJs

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Photo Ops: Fishing Engagement | Barr Lake State Park Brighton

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Fishing themed engagement, KB Digital Designs, Barr Lake State Park

All photos by KB Digital Designs

Today’s Photo Ops has two-fold fun: A location I’ve been wanting to share at Barr Lake and an adorable theme fishing engagement. Being themey is absolutely acceptable (if not encouraged) for engagement photos (within reason). The couple at the center of all this fun, Ashley and Dave, share a love of the outdoors and wanted to incorporate that into their session. Their photographer, Katie Brewer or KB Digital Designs, helped them extend their fishing theme.┬áThe special touches of gummy worms and fish crackers added cute without being too kitschy. They also utilized some of my favorite areas of the park where my family enjoys spending time as well.

Barr Lake State Park: 13401 Picadilly Rd, Brighton, CO 80603

Submitted by KB Digital Designs

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Barr Lake State Park is an area that I always thought would be incredible for engagement photography. One two occasions in one year I visited it and took photos because I was so convinced of that fact. I only wish I had gotten out there in winter too because I’m sure that the bridge over the river would look incredible with snow on the ground and that delicious frost on the trees. In the following gallery you can see my very amateur photography of the area and special features that I loved. When you get there, the little welcome center is adorable with a great sign that says, “Happy Trails,” on one side. As you start onto the trail there is a a beautiful bridge that spans the river with foliage on either side. If you take the Niedrach Trail loop, there is this fantastic series of boardwalks. Some many great views down the boardwalks and through the trees to the observation area with the mountains in the background. The whole loop culminates in this archway of trees (as seen in the e-session). The first few pictures were taken in Spring when there is a crazy amount of sunken tree material visible in the water. By the time fall comes along in the latter images, you can see that all of the water is overtaken by this bizarre and colorful overgrowth along the entire boardwalk area. So varied and gorgeous all year round!! (All photos below by Season Hurd – A Colorado Courtship)

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