Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel & Trinity Church in Downtown Denver

Picture Preview of Katie & Vaughn’s Wedding Day

Katie & Vaughn had one of those once in a lifetime instant connections that quickly led to an engagement and a dream wedding to follow.  This sexy and sophisticated couple live in downtown Denver and wanted to have an urban wedding to match.  Katie got ready at the Four Seasons hotel  with her hair and makeup by Makeup Madame Lindsay Abrosio and wore a stunning Justin Alexander wedding dress that she found at The Bridal Collection.  And Vaughn got ready with his groomsmen at his downtown apartment and looked handsome in his black tuxedo by Brooks Brothers.  The Trinity Church was a perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony.  Katie took everyone’s breath away as she walked down the aisle, and I think I even spotted a tear in Vaughn’s eyes.  After the ceremony Sunset Limos took everyone to the Four Seasons Hotel for their wedding celebration.  Despite all the rain in Denver for the last oh 28 days or so, we got extremely lucky that the skies cleared for pictures as well as for their cocktail hour on the pool deck of the Four Seasons. Guests traveled all over to join in support and celebration of their wedding day.  Elite DJ had the dance floor pumping and the gorgeous modern decor was created by Linens Unlimited & Newberry Brothers.   Their downtown Denver wedding was near perfect and I was so thankful to be a part of their magical day.  Check out a preview of their wedding pictures below.

Groom and Bride portraits

Groom and Bride portraits

wedding details at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

wedding details at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

The very cool wedding party at Four Seasons Hotel Denver

The bridesmaids at Four Seasons Hotel Denver

The very cool wedding party at Trinity Church

The very cool groomsmen

A candid moment at Trinity Church by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

Wedding ceremony at Trinity Church

A candid moment at Trinity Church by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

Wedding ceremony at Trinity Church

 

A candid moment at Trinity Church

A candid moment following the ceremony

 

Bride & Groom strike a pose at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

Bride & Groom strike a pose at Trinity Church

Wedding pictures at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

Wedding pictures at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

 

Wedding pictures at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Wedding pictures at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Amazing decor for the wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Amazing decor for the wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

wedding cake by the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

wedding cake by the Four Seasons Hotel

Bride & Groom strike a pose at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Bride & Groom strike a pose at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

First Dance at Four Seasons  Hotel in downtown Denver

First Dance at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

The groom and his mom share a moment on the dance floor at Four Seasons Denver

The groom and his mom share a moment on the dance floor

fun on the dance floor at wedding at Four Seasons Hotel

fun on the dance floor at Four Seasons Hotel

 

wild wedding dancing at Four Seasons Hotel

wild wedding dancing at Four Seasons Hotel

One last dance at Four Seasons Hotel

One last dance

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The Hardest & Best Year of My Life- Jazlyn’s First 12 months

OK, get ready for a fairly long blog post….

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Daddy & 2 month old Jazlyn share a moment in bed at our home in Denver, Colorado

1st birthday baby pictures

Jazlyn playing with the drums, her 1st birthday present from Daddy

Recently my baby become a toddler.  I now have a one year old.  And its so strange to think of the day when I’ll be saying….I now have an 18 year old, yikes!  From the day we found out we were pregnant it has been a roller coaster ride that I’m pretty sure won’t be ending anytime soon.  From a miscarriage scare to learning how to walk, the ups and downs will keep coming and going. But I am so relieved I can honestly say its been the most amazing journey of my life.  Despite all the sleepless nights and crying episodes, its still the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I was not one of those woman that always dreamed  of having kids and started choosing names long before choosing a husband.  There were a few years in my late 20′s that I didn’t even want kids and could spout out numerous reasons to stay childless.  But it turns out that biological clock is real, and in my early 30′s mine started ticking very loudly.  And I’m so glad I stopped hitting the snooze button and finally let that alarm clock go off.  Now I can’t imagine my life without my little girl.
As the weather begins to warm and clouds clear, I know my slow season is soon coming to an end.  And as probably any professional photographer will tell you, its near impossible to keep up editing your own personal pictures when you’re spending all your time behind the computer editing client’s photos.  So I finally caught up with editing all the pictures from Jazlyn’s first year, (and my maternity pictures from over a year ago) and wanted to share some of my favorite pictures documenting the beginning of her life.  The self-portrait series playing below have been about 1 year and 9 months in the making.  Trust me there were a lot of days, especially towards the end of my pregnancy, when the last thing I wanted to do was set-up my equipment and get in front of the camera.  And since no one was holding me responsible for these pictures, except myself,  there were many times I wanted to say “forget it,” and go lay on the couch instead.  But now I’m so thankful I took these pictures, as I will always treasure them, and hopefully one day Jazlyn and her kids will too.

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

I do feel lucky to have the time and knowledge to capture pictures of my own daughter.  I’ve already cried looking back at the pictures of her as an infant, and can only imagine how these priceless photographs will make me feel 10-30 yrs from now.  Below is a monthly series documenting Jazlyn’s growth her first year.

12 months of baby portraits

12 months of baby portraits

I have so many favorite shots of our first year with Jazlyn that it was so hard to narrow it down.  And I’m also thankful I know so many other great lifestyle photographers that could capture a picture of my whole family, with even me in it!  So while yes, I can set up a tripod and get self-portrait maternity pictures, I would not even try to do the same with a family picture.  So thank you to Ash Marie Photo & Jenae Lopez Photography for all the pictures below that actually include me in it (without a tripod!)

I know not everyone has the ability or the time to capture pictures of their own children and family.  If you want to document your kids before you turn around and realize they’re teenagers, consider hiring a professional photographer, your pictures will be priceless.  Click on the “contact” button above this post if you would like more information on my lifestyle baby photography options.

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Jennie - Beautiful! I love that you’re taking the time to do something with your photos from Jazlyn’s first year :) May 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks so much Melissa!May 21, 2015 – 11:58 am

Melissa - Great post! I love that first b&w image and the 12 months of Jazlyn growing is adorable.May 21, 2015 – 11:36 am

Kate - The first year is full of firsts. You captured the beauty of this year of motherhood perfectly. So much joy.May 21, 2015 – 11:26 am

Elizabeth - ahhhh this is an amazing post! Absolutely love seeing the transistion from belly shots to sweet baby shots. That first image…wow its absolutely breathtaking. <3May 21, 2015 – 11:03 am

Angela - This is wonderful, Nicole! Thank you for sharing your family. I can’t wait for our girls to meet one of these days.May 12, 2015 – 6:21 pm

Denver Engagement Photographer: A Surprise Adventure

Jay & Lee-Ann came to Colorado for a fun romantic vacation.  Little did Lee-Ann know that Jay had much more planned then she expected.  A couple of days into their trip, while on a hike in Steamboat Springs,  Jay proposed to Lee-Ann behind a beautiful waterfall.  She said “Yes” and then he also surprised her with an engagement session adventure around Denver.  Jay and I set everything up and he even added on an extra hour so we they would have time to explore the area and get a wide variety of engagement pictures.   I suggested downtown Denver as well as traveling to Red Rocks, so we could get a unique mix of Colorado landscape and colorful urban scenery.  Neither of them had been to Red Rocks before nor seen much of Denver so it was fun getting to be their tour guide and show them new places.

Love at Red Rocks

Love at Red Rocks

We started out at Red Rocks and they shared their love stories with me.  They used to work together and after a while of flirting they finally set up a date.  They disagreed about who asked whom out, but soon knew after a few dates that they really had something special together.  And  you can certainly tell by how these two lovebirds interact that they were meant for each other.

Romance at Red Rocks

Romance at Red Rocks

Since Jay scheduled a three hour session we had some extra time to play, which inspires me to do something special that I don’t always have the time to do.   Check out these fun unique photo montages below. The first one is an animation, fun to watch but not something that could ever be printed, so its only viewable by digital display.  The second one collages multiple images together into one image, and you could actually print and hang it in your living room.

Unique Engagement pictures at Red Rocks

Unique Engagement Animation

A Fun Engagement Photo Collage

A Fun Engagement Photo Montage

After Red Rocks we drove to downtown Denver for a totally different urban style.  We really lucked out with the weather, especially considering it would have been nearly impossible to reschedule their engagement session since they were flying back to Atlanta the next day!  I was really glad it was warm and comfortable for them, but we also could have had some fun in the snow too.

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

This picture below was a total candid that I happened to capture between shots as we were waiting for the crowds to clear on this pedestrian bridge.

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

playing around

playing around

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

One of my favorite parts about shooting downtown is all the color and unique lighting you can find.  Even a temporary construction sidewalk can come in handy for pictures.  When I was editing these images for their engagement book I realized I captured the three primary colors – blue, yellow, and red, just a fun coincidence!

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

one hot engagement ring!

one hot engagement ring!

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Thanks Jay & Lee-Ann for letting me be  your tour guide and document this vacation that you will surely never forget!  I can’t wait to hear what you plan for your Atlanta wedding and am so excited that you want me to document your wedding day as well!

 

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Abby & Hannah in Denver

How lucky to have another beautiful warm winter day for engagement pictures in Colorado!  I met up with Abby & Hannah at one of  their favorite neighborhoods around Denver- East Wash Park.  After a beer from the brewery we explored up Gaylord Street, down the alley, and found lots of unique spots with fun colorful textures.  Abby & Hannah met in college and its evident they have a strong true love for each other.  They will be celebrating their love this fall with a same-sex wedding back home in Ohio.

Having fun on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

Having fun on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

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A unique spot for an urban picture in the alley

Sometimes the best shots are found in the most unexpected locations.  For this picture above we were walking down the alley and I noticed this random little area with an eclectic mix of brick, metal, and color.  This ended up being the ladies’ favorite image and made into a large metal wall art to hang in their home.  We also found this Caution sign below nearby and had to do a quick fun picture with it too.

Fun engagement pictures around Denver

Fun engagement pictures around Denver

Engagement pictures around East Wash Park

Engagement pictures around East Wash Park

 

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Goofing around on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

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City Romance

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Fun Denver Urban Engagement Pictures

Fun Unique Engagement Pictures in East Wash Park

Fun Unique Engagement Pictures in East Wash Park neighborhood of Denver

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Love at Sunset

I had a lot of fun photographing these two beautiful ladies and was happy to document their love for each other.  Good luck with your wedding back home in Ohio, can’t wait to see your wedding pictures!

 

 

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Engagement Photographer: Red Rocks & Downtown Morrison

downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Sarah & Michael are so down to earth and easy to photograph.  They wanted to do their engagement pictures at Red Rocks, which is a popular location request for photo sessions, and also one of my favorite places to photograph.  But to mix it up a bit I suggested we also hit up downtown Morrison for some more unique urban engagement pictures.  I was so glad they were into my idea because I love the variety we captured and I even found some new spots around downtown that I had never seen before.  We did their pictures back in November, hence all the fall leaves, but I’ve been backed up with blog posts, and the holidays, so just getting around to sharing these now, enjoy!

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Fun Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

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Love on a Bridge

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Goofing around in downtown Morrison

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

check out this awesome mural behind them!

Red Rocks Engagement Pictures

Incredible Sunset at Red Rocks

Red Rocks Engagement Pictures

and a romantic dip to end with

I really enjoyed spending this fall evening with Sarah & Michael and can’t wait to photograph their upcoming wedding this summer!  If you’re looking for a “funky, fun, fine art” wedding photographer, please click here for wedding photography information.

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