Kristen and Scott first reached out to us last summer about photographing their wedding after hearing from a friend of a friend who recommended us.
Both are Catholic, and both are originally from the East Coast. They met at Georgetown University through the ultimate frisbee team late in their undergraduate years. And on this Independence Day weekend — in the middle of an ongoing global pandemic — they said their vows during a Catholic wedding Mass among a small group of family and friends at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado, just outside of Denver.
Like so many couples, it wasn’t the wedding they envisioned — wearing masks, surrounded by a spaced-apart group of family and a handful of friends. Kristen’s priest from her childhood back East couldn’t make it because of concerns over travel, so they had to find another priest, but the Mass and wedding went on.
We photographed some of their getting ready moments, a first look, the Mass and then had about two hours with them and their families afterward to capture their love in the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We were fortunate to have a largely cloudy sky, which made lighting much easier during the middle of the day.
We are frequent Catholic wedding photographers in Denver, but we hadn’t been to Mother Cabrini Shrine in years with a couple, and we had never photographed a wedding. It proved to be a majestic and peaceful place to photograph and witness Kristen and Scott make their vows to one another.
Scott was quick with jokes and laughs all afternoon. Which was quickly followed by giggles and smiles from Kristen. It made the entire afternoon a joy. It’s clear they both love each other deeply, and we’re looking forward to photographing their reception next year. Congratulations, you two, on your wedding at Mother Cabrini Shrine!