Amanda and Michael’s History Colorado Center Wedding

Earlier this fall, we had a fabulous time photographing the wedding of Amanda and Michael. (You will recognize them from their Washington Park engagement session in the spring.) These two radiated such a happiness and joy for their wedding day, their upcoming marriage, and their loved ones who were present to celebrate with them, it was a privilege to document.

Amanda and Michael chose the History Colorado Center in Denver for both their ceremony and reception. Our own wedding reception took place at the center in 2013—we have so many fond memories there; it’s a great venue — and it was lovely returning there for a wedding on the other side of the cameras. Before the museum, we enjoyed playing with the majestic and classic backdrop of the Civic Center Park amphitheater for their first look, as well as pre-ceremony portraits with the wedding party and family.

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Manor House Wedding in Ken-Caryl Valley: Kevin and Ellery

The setting: a mansion, circa 1914, surrounded by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, on a warm, summer day in Colorado. The cast: Kevin and Ellery and their beloved family and friends. The mission: to get hitched.

We were honored and thrilled to photograph the wedding of Kevin and Ellery earlier this summer in Littleton, Colo. As you may remember from when we shared photos from their engagement session last fall, Kevin is my cousin. In a lot of ways his family and mine grew up together in the same little neighborhood, so it was a particular joy to get to document his wedding. An event made even more joyful by the kind, thoughtful woman there to become his wife. Throw in the Manor House — an estate you would be hard-pressed to improve upon given its history (it once hosted President Theodore Roosevelt) and the amazing grounds that surround it — and a guest list of fun-loving people, and you truly have yourself a celebration to remember.

Thank you to both Kevin and Ellery and their lovely families who welcomed us in for the day to document this beautiful celebration. Congratulations!

Chautauqua Park Wedding Photography: Brice and Jamie

Her father admitted, as he held a glass of chilled champagne, that when he first heard of her plan, he thought, “This would make a great romantic comedy.”

She was moving to Colorado and needed a place to live for her and her dog; he was looking to rent out his basement. Sight unseen, man unmet, she signed a lease, and at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in May, her father’s romantic comedy prediction came true.

Brice and Jamie have a love story that you wouldn’t expect existed outside of Hollywood (come on, it’s not every day that you find your future husband on Craigslist!) but it’s as true and beautiful a story as you’ll ever find.

Brice and Jamie: Dan and I had a great time documenting your Chautauqua Park wedding — despite the uncooperative weather! Thank you for letting us be a part of it! — Anya

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Chautauqua Wedding Photography: Brice and Jamie preview

There seems to be a theme in our engagement photos and weddings so far this summer season: rain. Not exactly what you might expect to be up against as a photographer in a notoriously dry state.

However, part of being a photographer is thinking on your feet and making do with what you’ve got. No amount of reverse-psychology rain dancing will make the weather change its mind (though don’t think I haven’t considered giving it a shot!). So, when the rain started to fall for Brice and Jamie’s Chautauqua wedding a few weekends ago — forcing them to move their ceremony inside — we all just went with it. Their ceremony was still beautiful, their excitement absolutely palpable, and no amount of rain could dampen their elation to be promising a lifetime to one another. They were exactly the kind of clients you’d want in that situation. Therefore, when the rain finally let up and we were able to shoot their portraits outside, it was just icing on the cake.

Here is just one shot of the resulting sunshine. More coming! –anya