Earlier this summer, we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Anya’s cousin Kate and her now-husband Jim at the Evergreen Lake House in the foothills outside Denver. The wedding was small and intimate — with a handful of family and friends on hand to witness the day under a bright sun with Evergreen Lake and the mountains serving as our backdrop. We walked around the lake afterward for portraits of the bride and groom. Katie showcased her joy throughout the day and Jim was good with quick laughs and jokes (Jim and Dan hit it off from the first meeting for their shared interest in — nerd alert! — data and computer systems).
After the first dance and dances with mother and father, the groomsmen threw down a coordinated dance for the guests. Toasts from family and friends (including the bride’s sister-in-law Ellery whose wedding to Kevin just a few years back we also loved photographing) were heartfelt and poignant, and we even had a chance — at the request of the bride — to put down our cameras, dance and enjoy the company of friends and family.
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.
When Gino Siller asked me to assist him on a recent wedding he photographed for Natalie and Craig earlier this month, I jumped at the chance. I always really enjoy seeing how other photographers work through a wedding day, and Gino proved to be equal parts easy to work with and motivational.
I spent a good part of the day with Natalie and her bridesmaids who were all very gracious and welcoming to me. (And absolute troopers though the day threatened mightily with rain and wind! Luckily the worst of it held off until after the ceremony.)
Those words didn’t leave my mind as we photographed Mike and Anita’s wedding. Between the moments the two of them shared with each other throughout the day, to the laughter between them and their families during the reception toasts, to the absolute joy that illuminated little Gabriella’s face every time she saw her parents even after only the briefest of separations. The day was awash with love, support, and happiness.
It’s the kind of wedding you can’t help but feel blessed to be a part of, and we most certainly count ourselves as such. –anya
Dan and I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Mike and Anita’s wedding ceremony and reception last Friday, Sept. 16, here in Denver. (Remember Mike and Anita — and adorable Gabriella — from their Washington Park engagement shoot?)
We are working through our final edit of their wedding, but wanted to give you a little sneak peek in the meantime.