Chris + Karlie Reception | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Chris + Karlie

August 4, 2017

Chris and Karlie had a destination wedding, but had a reception once they returned to Colorado. I'm bummed they didn't hide me in their suitcase so I could work on my tan on the beach, but it was so fun to be a part of their Colorado reception.

I first met Chris and Karlie during their engagement session they won from my "How he Proposed" contest and had so much fun during our session. It's funny to think that I grew up in the same community as these two, but didn't meet them until after our high school and college years! Even our little communities hold some strangers!

Chris and Karlie had a fun reception, and even despite the rain, some of the guests continued dancing away on the outdoor dance floor! 

Congrats you two! And thanks for letting me in on your special party!

Vendors

Venue

Northeastern 18
Sterling, Co

Caterer

Chip Steger

DJ

Joe Marrick 

Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Breana + Lance | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Breana + Lance

September 16, 2017

I think I've said this before, but I get all sorts of emotional when the girls I grew up with get married! When we were little we used to plan our future weddings and play MASH to find out what our future would hold. Now here we are, living it!

Breana and I have known each other almost our whole lives and it was so great to be a part of their big day!

Bre and Lance had a beautiful fall wedding and it couldn't have been  a better day in Northeastern Colorado! When you get married in Colorado you know the weather could change at any minute, but when you get married in Northeastern Colorado you know it could change at any minute. Peetz isn't anything fancy by any means, but for those of us who grew up there, it means more to us than anything! I have to admit that Breana and her mom made our new little community center look the nicest I have seen it look!!

Congratulations Bre + Lance! I can't wait to see where life takes you!

 

Vendors

Venue

Ceremony
St. Patricks Church
Sidney, Ne

Reception
Peetz Community Center
Peetz, C0

Officiant

Father Mike

 

Wedding Coordinator

Cindy Curtis
(Mother of bride)

Florist

Julie Blankenbeckler
Shelby Roelle at House of Flowers

Cake

Sue Hiett

DJ

Hitchin' Post Productions

Jarod + Denise | Centennial Village Wedding Greeley, CO | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Jarod + Denise

September 23, 2017

These two. I don't even know where to start. When I first met these two I fell in love with them (that's not weird, is it??) These two are the kindest, most loving couple I have met and I loved every part of their wedding.

When I asked them to share their story it sounded like a story from a romance novel. The two started dating just before Denise left for an extended stay in Asia. While she was there, Jarod and her mom came out to visit her, and it was then that she knew he was the one. She bought a custom made dress while she was there, before there was a ring, but she knew she was meant to be with him. 

Overtime I hear these stories it makes me so happy to be a part of the beginning of the story. I love documenting weddings for future generations. This is where it all started, and this is just the beginning of something so much more.

Shannan + Eric | McC Ranch | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Eric + Shannan

August 5, 2017

I reached a big milestone in my career this summer; I photographed my 100th wedding in August. I don't say this to boast, by any means, but to thank the 100 couples that have trusted me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives together. To the clients who have turned into friends, and the friends who have become family, I thank you!

There is an old wives tale that says that it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. In all my years of shooting weddings I've only had rain at a handful of weddings, but Shannan and Eric's was a new adventure where we had not only rain (during the most important parts of the day at the first look and during the ceremony), but we also had the fun of a little Colorado hail storm. It started to sprinkle as we were getting ready for the ceremony and we decided to make it quick and continue as planned with the outdoor ceremony. Eric had said his vows when it started to hail and everyone scattered and made their way inside.

One thing I always tell my brides is that no matter how much you plan and try to prepare for everything, it is a wedding and SOMETHING will most likely not go as planned. Whether its something as simple as a mishap with the flowers or cake, to something as big as stopping the ceremony halfway to move indoors and out of the rain, you have to go with it and accept it.

As we moved inside and started to get ready to start the ceremony back up, I saw Shannan frantically looking around the room, and I soon realized she was looking for me. She looked at me with a look of panic, I said "it's all good!" and she looked relieved and shrugged with an "it is what it is" look and we made the best of it.

In my early years as a photographer I would get really nervous when things didn't go as planned, but after 10 years as a Colorado Wedding Photographer I've learned that Colorado weather never goes as planned, and you have to be flexible.

Shannan and Eric's wedding may not have gone as planned, but I have no doubt that their marriage will. I am so honored to have been a part of your big day. I am so glad that through this adventure we have become even closer friends, and I can't wait to see where life takes the two of you! Congrats friends!

 

Tyson + Jordan’s Wedding | Brookside Gardens | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Tyson + Jordan

7.15.2017

One of the perks of my job is that I get great relationship advice every weekend when I am shooting weddings. At Tyson and Jordan’s wedding I got some more advice that was explained in a way I hadn’t heard before. Relationships are about balance. I loved that about Tyson + Jordan’s ceremony. The pastor told them that their marriage is going to be a balancing act. It’s not about giving and taking, but about balancing out the other. It’s about the differences that help make you equal.

I was so happy when Tyson and Jordan asked me to photograph their wedding. I got to be a big part of one of my friends big day and got to document the whirlwind of a day for them.

Every couple I talk to after their wedding day says “It was all a blur” and in the end your photographs are part of what helps you remember all the minor details of that day, even if it is the funny fact that your groomsmen’s suits didn’t fit or that you spilled spaghetti on your wedding dress. It’s the unexpected moments that make the best memories.

Shannon + Michael’s Wedding | Stonebrook Manor Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Shannon + Michael

07.08.2017

There are three words that you should say to one another when starting your marriage. I know, you’re thinking it is “I love you”, and during Shannon + Michael’s ceremony I thought those were the three words the pastor was going to say, but I was wrong.

“I choose you”

I know, my heart just melted too. Marriage is about choosing who you are going to spend the rest of your life with. For Shannon and Michael it’s about who to go on adventures with and who to love for the rest of your life. Who to grow old with. Who to love forever.

“I choose you”

Shannon + Michael are starting off their marriage with a big leap and moving overseas to follow their dreams of teaching abroad, and I couldn’t me more excited for them!

Best of luck to you two! I can’t wait to see where life takes you!!

Megan + Norm Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Megan + Norman

06.24.2017

As I am nearing 100 weddings I think about all of the things I have seen at weddings, and surprisingly, Megan + Norm were a first for me on many different levels. They were the first wedding I photographed without a wedding party. Megan is the oldest of 5 and Norm is one of 4 boys and their siblings all played a big part in their wedding without the title of “wedding party”. I love seeing all the family members involved in their wedding!

This was my first wedding in the town of Holyoke, Colorado, which is surprising since I grew up close to that area and know many people in the community! It was also the first time I had seen that started with a German style wedding march. It was so awesome to see ALL their guests participating in the march and then surrounding them as they shared their first dance together.

Their wedding may have had a lot of firsts for me, but it also just the beginning of many firsts for Megan + Norm. This is just the beginning of your lives together! The first step of many as husband and wife!

Thank you again SO much for the honor of documenting your big day!

Jade + Jake Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Jake + Jade

07.01.2017

There is something about riding on a party bus with the wedding party and taking pictures in a field of wheat that takes me home. To some, that wouldn’t be a very exciting part of your wedding, but for those of us that grew up in the country, nothing beats a country road and a wheat field at the end of the day.

One of my [many] favorite parts of wedding is watching all the couples dancing and seeing how there are so many different kinds of love, and love is for all ages. At Jade + Jake’s wedding I watched them dance alongside their parents and in the background was their grandparents dancing with each other. It makes me so happy to see these couples as role models for our generation. Jade + Jake really have some great examples of love in their family and I am so happy to see them walk in those footsteps!

Jade + Jake, thank you so much for selecting me to document your big day! It was so great to meet you guys and I am excited to see where life takes you!