Denver Wedding: Urban Fun at Infinite Monkey Theorem

Sarah & Greg’s Wedding Picture Preview

wedding picture at sunset at Infinite Monkey Theorem

wedding picture at sunset at Infinite Monkey Theorem

Sarah & Greg wanted a non-traditional wedding that focused on family and fun.  They decided to hold an intimate wedding ceremony for their family in her parents’ backyard.   The backyard was beautiful, full of lots of greenery and flowers.  And it was really special for them to have this last celebration here as Sarah’s parents had just sold the house and would soon be moving out.

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The bride’s dress hangs under the trellis & later the bride and her bouquet

The bride got ready at her parents’ home while the groom got dressed downtown at Hotel Monaco.  It was a relaxing start to a beautiful day.  And having only one bridesmaid- Sarah’s sister, and one groomsmen- Greg’s father, certainly helped keep things simple and easy. To match her modern and elegant wedding gown Sarah had a simple bouquet made of orange calla lilies by Nature’s Palette florist. 04Denver-Wedding-Photographer-Unique

Both the bride’s father and mother walked her down the aisle, it got a little emotional for a minute.

A beautiful and emotional backyard wedding ceremony

A beautiful and emotional backyard wedding ceremony

The bride’s brother also played a very important role in the ceremony, he performed the ceremony as their officiant.   He made sure to throw in a few personal jokes to keep the mood light and everyone laughing.

wedding ceremony

With the bride’s brother as the officiant there were lots of laughs and emotion.

Sarah & Greg’s dog was also a part of their ceremony.  He had a pink bow tied around his neck and you could tell he was devoted to the couple because he was never far from their side…which also meant dirty paw prints on the bride’s dress, but I’m sure it was worth it to them to have their dog be there.                                                                                                                                                              

backyard wedding ceremony

                               Their dog didn’t want to leave their side

After the ceremony they signed their marriage license and everyone celebrated with a glass of champagne.  Then we captured some romantic photos of the bride and groom around the garden.

beautiful backyard wedding pictures

Their backyard made a perfect backdrop for pictures with all the gorgeous greenery

Before the ceremony I could barely get their dog to look my way for a picture, but when he had his two best friends by his side he had no problem posing for a picture.  Since we had a little extra time we decided to try something fun and unique with one of the balloons from their wedding ceremony.  I created this “flotation” picture below with some Photoshop magic.  Its definitely not something I would normally do on a wedding day, but when there’s extra time for pictures I like to get creative and try something out the box.  

flotation wedding picture

A picture with their loyal dog, & the bride almost floated away

The groom

The groom’s family shares a special moment

Soon it was time to head downtown for their wedding reception.  On the way there we stopped in an alley I had discovered a few days beforehand for some fun urban wedding pictures among the colorful graffiti.

Urban wedding picture in downtown alley with graffiti

Urban wedding picture in downtown alley with graffiti

After a few quick pictures it was time to join the reception at Infinite Monkey Theorem. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery located in the downtown Denver RINO district.  It is one of the couple’s favorite spots to relax with a good glass of wine and it worked perfectly as a location for their non-traditional wedding.

urban wedding pictures at Infinite Monkey Theorem

urban wedding pictures at Infinite Monkey Theorem

The bride and groom had the winery all to themselves (and about 85 of their closest friends and family), so there was plenty of space for guests to mingle and dance.  To  really make things unique the bride and groom hired Cilantro Food Truck to serve fresh organic dinners to their guests.  No boring buffet or place cards for this wedding!  Below you can see the Cilantro Truck in the background.  And on the fence to the left are Sarah & Greg’s initials which they made themselves out of moss.

Outdoor wedding lounge at Infinite Monkey Theorem

Outdoor wedding lounge at Infinite Monkey Theorem

Wine is served at the Infinite Monkey Theorem & chopstick wedding favors

Wine is served at the Infinite Monkey Theorem & chopstick wedding favors

The groom dances with his mother

The groom dances with his mother

one of the flowergirls getting tossed around

one of the flowergirls getting tossed around

This crowd really loved to dance, and drink.  Combine the two and you have one very entertaining wedding reception, complete with some embarrassing toasts, a few falls, and lots of laughter.

lots of funny toasts

lots of funny toasts

Lots of dancing and good times

Lots of dancing and good times

The bride gets down on the dance floor with her father and sister

The bride gets down on the dance floor with her father and sister

wedding picture at sunset at Infinite Monkey Theorem

wedding picture at sunset at Infinite Monkey Theorem

This was the perfect fun and unique wedding to end my season with! Thank you so much Sarah & Greg for having me document this day for you.  

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Denver Wedding Photographer: Red Rocks & Mile High Station

Brandon & Julie’s Picture Preview:  Wedding at Red Rocks Trading Post followed by a reception at Mile High Station

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Julie & Brandon recently tied the knot at Red Rocks Trading Post in Morrison, Colorado.  They had friends and family come from all over the country to celebrate their marriage.  This October morning started out chilly but on the Trading Post platform which overlooks the stunning majestic views of Red Rocks, the sun was beating down on us and more then warmed everyone up.

Wedding Ceremony at Red Rocks

Wedding Ceremony at Red Rocks

Julie and Brandon did a unique tree planting ceremony where they each took soil from their hometowns and used it to plant an Evergreen sapling that will grow with their marriage into a large sturdy tree.

Tree Planting Ceremony at Red Rocks

Tree Planting Ceremony at Red Rocks

Julie’s older brother performed their ceremony which really made it much more of an intimate and personal experience.

Romance at Red Rocks

Romance at Red Rocks

Wedding Party at Red Rocks Trading Post

Wedding Party at Red Rocks Trading Post

Groomsmen Stut Their Stuff at Red Rocks

Wedding Party at Red Rocks

The bridesmaids wore coordinating yet unique grey flowing dresses and the the bride looked stunning in her lace strapless gown from A & Be Bridal ShopBeauty by Belviso did the girls’ hair and Magnifica Bella did their makeup. And Amore Fiori created their delicate purple rose bouquets.

Bridesmaids at Red Rocks Trading Post

Wedding Party at Red Rocks Trading Post

Romance at Red Rocks

Romance at Red Rocks

 

After the ceremony a reception followed at the Mile High Station in downtown Denver.  The old metal warehouse turned wedding venue was the perfect location for their 1920′s speakeasy themed wedding.

Vintage Speakeasy Wedding at Mile High Station

Vintage Speakeasy Wedding at Mile High Station

They rented some of their items, such as the table linens, from Butler Rents and hand crafted some of the decor and design elements themselves.   Maggie and Molly’s Bakery created their buttercream chocolate and vanilla wedding cake.  And Catering by Design created their delicious food.

Vintage Speakeasy Wedding Details at Mile High Station

Vintage Speakeasy Wedding Details at Mile High Station

It’s not technically official until one little piece of paper is signed- the marriage license of course!  Below Julie & Brandon and their two witnesses make it official!

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It’s Official!

One of my favorite parts of photographing at the Mile High Station is the 2nd floor balcony that wraps around the venue, providing a unique angle for pictures.  Below Julie and Brandon have their first dance as bride and groom as their wedding party watches in the background.

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom’s First Dance

Their DJ, Danny from the Pros, kept the dance floor pumping all night.  Their friends had no problem dancing the night away.

Tearing it up on the Dancefloor

Tearing it up on the Dancefloor

The parents of the bride had their own special dance to Tina Turner’s “Rolling on the River.”  They started the song slow dancing but by midway through they were tearing up the dance floor!

Parents of the Bride Dance to "Rolling on the River"

Parents of the Bride Dance to “Rolling on the River”

And of course the bar is always a popular spot for guests to hang out.  I had some fun shooting some candids from the upstairs balcony using just the pin lights from the bar to light up the scene. 17Denver-Wedding-Photographer

Bride & Groom Strike a Pose  Outside Mile High Station in Denver

Bride & Groom Strike a Pose Outside Mile High Station in Denver

Thanks Julie & Brandon for having me document your wedding day!  It was a beautiful wedding and certainly lots of fun!

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Colorado Wedding Photographer: Robison Mansion

Adria & Ryan’s Wedding Picture Preview

Ryan & Adria chose the historic and stunning Robison Mansion & Carriage House and St.Michael’s Catholic Church in Canon City, Colorado for their wedding day.   They lucked out with dry and warm weather (perhaps a little too warm, but better then the alternative!), as about 200 of their friends and family members joined them for a storybook wedding.  

A Bride & Groom and a Vintage Cadillac at Robison Mansion

A Bride & Groom and a Vintage Cadillac at Robison Mansion

Adria’s bridesmaids met her at the beautiful Robison Mansion to get dressed and ready for the wedding.  I loved the unique bridesmaid dresses with their ruffles, and Adria looked gorgeous in her handmade strapless mermaid wedding gown with a diamond belt, lace veil, and floral hair bow.

Adria Gets Ready with Her Bridesmaids at Robison Mansion

Adria Gets Ready with Her Bridesmaids at Robison Mansion

A Special Rosary from Her Grandmother

A Special Rosary from Her Grandmother 

Bride and Her Bridesmaids

Bride and Her Bridesmaids

Ryan and his groomsmen also first met up at Robison Mansion to get ready and prepare for the big day.  They had a fun manly theater/game room to hang out in while they waited for the time to come to leave for the church.

Ryan and His Groomsmen

Ryan and His Groomsmen

For their ceremony their pastor had them put together a cross.  Adria had the delicate inner cross which was held together by Ryan’s sturdy solid frame.  I’ve never seen this before and I loved the symbolism of the crosses and how they were combined to create one whole unit.

Wedding at St.Michael

Wedding at St.Michael’s Catholic Church in Canon City, CO

St.Michael’s is a beautiful Catholic church located just minutes away from the mansion in Canon City.

Wedding at St.Michael

Wedding at St.Michael’s Catholic Church in Canon City, CO

The pastor knew Adria & Ryan and their family from the community and it was so nice to see their genuine delight in marrying them.

1st Kiss as Husband & Wife

1st Kiss as Husband & Wife

After the ceremony we all headed back to the Robison Mansion, the bride and groom caught a ride in a vintage red Cadillac, and Raft Masters provided shuttle buses for the guests. They had a large wedding party, so we did some fun pictures with them first then romantic portraits of just the bride and groom.

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

Taking a moment to relax in front of the water fountain

taking a moment to relax in front of the water fountain

I LOVED this room at the mansion with its red velvet walls!  Perfect for a stunning portraits with the bride.

Bride Strikes a Pose at Robison Mansion

Bride Strikes a Pose at Robison Mansion

Announcing the Bride & Groom

Announcing the Bride & Groom

Their dinner and reception was all held in the yard of the mansion.  Thankfully we had beautiful sunny weather and not a drop of rain!  The yard looked amazing as it was transformed into a large reception area to seat 200 guests and their big wedding party.

Outdoor Dinner Reception at Robison Mansion in Canon City

Outdoor Dinner Reception at Robison Mansion in Canon City

Roses, lilies, and a mix of unique flowers graced the tables in vintage vases. Table numbers were held up by wine corks and pearls and flower filled mason jars also complete the look of their colorful vintage wedding.

Vintage and Bold Wedding Details

Vintage and Bold Wedding Details

Cake Cut

Cake Cut

Blue Moon Entertainment was their DJ for the reception.  The back patio of the mansion made for a perfect outdoor dance floor under hanging lights, drooping trees, and a star filled night. 

First Dance

First Dance

Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter Dance

At the end of the night before we made our trek back to Denver we made sure to capture a few more pictures of Adria & Ryan around the mansion.  I love this shot below my 2nd photographer captured as I was shooting them straight on from the bottom of the stairs.

Bride & Groom on the Robison Mansion staircase

Bride & Groom on the Robison Mansion staircase

Nightime wedding portrait in front of the Robison Mansion in Canon City

Nightime wedding portrait in front of the Robison Mansion in Canon City

The wedding was gorgeous and I really hope to be able to photograph a wedding at the Robison Mansion again.  It’s such a beautiful venue and totally worth the two hour drive from Denver!  Thanks so much Adria & Ryan for hiring us to document your wedding day, see you back in Denver!

 

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Colorado Wedding Photographer: Pastures of Plenty Farm

Lauren & David’s Wedding Picture Preview

fun documentary wedding pictures

fun documentary wedding pictures

Lauren & David tied the knot at Pastures of Plenty Farm in Longmont, Colorado.  As neighbors in college I don’t think they imagined they would one day be walking down the wedding aisle together.  But not long after they formally met, their first date was planned and they soon become much more then just neighbors.  

Pastures of Plenty Farm is one of the most unique wedding venues I have photographed at in Colorado.  Its a working farm full of flowers and organic fruits and vegetables.  When I first arrived on the property there were a few random chairs placed about and an empty white tent.  It was as rustic as you could get.  But within the next hour or two the staff, along with Lauren & David’s family & friends, magically transformed the space into a beautiful wedding venue.   A delicate vintage chandelier hung from the tent and the tables were fully decorated with lots of red roses, greenery, and candles.  The bride’s mother did a fabulous job putting most of the wedding details together.   And Lauren even spent a few days making homemade jam for all her wedding guests to take home.  And even though it was quite hotter then expected for late September, we were pretty lucky to have a beautiful sunny day void of any rain clouds.  

Rustic, Elegant, Vintage, and Beautiful Decor for the Wedding Reception

Rustic, Elegant, Vintage, and Beautiful Decor for the Wedding Reception

 There is a cute little cottage house on the property where the bride and her wedding party can get dressed.  Lauren looked absolutely stunning in her modern strapless dress with unique flowing ruffles that she found at the Denver boutique Blue Bridal.  Her sister was the maid of honor, and only bridesmaid, and she donned a sophisticated navy dress from Nordstrom

The Bride

The Bride’s sister helps her get ready to walk down the aisle

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The father of the bride proudly hand off his daughter to the groom

The held an intimate ceremony with about 80 of their closest friends and family.   Keith, of Weddings by Keith, did a great job performing their ceremony.  I loved how he got all the guests to stand up and introduce themselves to each other before the ceremony started, and he incorporated a lot of personal stories about the bride and groom making it a truly unique ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony at Pastures of Plenty

Wedding Ceremony at Pastures of Plenty

Rustic  and Vintage Wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm

Rustic and Vintage Wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm

 After the ceremony I walked around the grounds with Lauren & David, capturing their love in pictures.  There are lots of beautiful backdrops around the farm for pictures and down the dirt road outside the venue I found a stunning sunflower field that made for some amazing pictures as well. 

Unique Fine Art wedding pictures at Pastures of Plenty Farm

Unique Fine Art wedding pictures at Pastures of Plenty Farm

Romantic Pictures of the Bride & Groom in a Sunflower Field

Romantic Pictures of the Bride & Groom in a Sunflower Field

 

Unique Fine Art wedding pictures

Unique Fine Art wedding pictures

When we got done with pictures it was time for the couple to join their guests for cocktail hour followed by a delicious freshly made dinner prepared by the venue.   Good food is important to this couple, as it should be, and they certainly had a 5 star meal for their wedding day.  

Delicious Wedding Dinner

Delicious and Fresh Wedding Dinner

 Following dinner Mark Diamond and his trio played requested songs for Lauren & David’s first dance, as well as her dance with her father below.  The band did a great job entertaining the crowd with their music all through the end of the night. 

Father-Daughter Dance

Father-Daughter Dance

Unique Detail Picture of the Wedding Rings

Unique Detail Picture of the Wedding Rings

 

Sunset Pictures by the Lake

Sunset Pictures by the Lake

Rustic wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm

Rustic wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm

The Bride having fun on the dance floor

The Bride having fun on the dance floor

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S’mores by the Campfire at Pastures of Plenty Farm

A Fun Sparkler Exit

A Fun Sparkler Exit

The wedding may have ended (with a fun sparkler send-off), but their lives together are now just beginning.  I’m sure everyone would agree that it was an amazing wedding and this couple are amazing together.  Thanks so much Lauren & David for having me be a part of your special day. 

 

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Evergreen Lake House

Julie & Brandon’s Engagement Pictures in Evergreen, Colorado

Romance at Sunset in Evergreen

Romance at Sunset in Evergreen

Julie & Brandon love Evergreen and originally wanted to get married at the Evergreen Lake House until they realized their guest list got a little too big for the venue.  So second best thing to having your wedding pictures in Evergreen- doing your engagement pictures there!

Hanging out at the Evergreen Lake House

Hanging out at the Evergreen Lake House

Colorado Engagement Pictures at the Evergreen Lake House

Colorado Engagement Pictures at the Evergreen Lake House

Just for fun I convinced Julie & Brandon to jump into one of the boats for a few picture on the water.  We didn’t have any oars so couldn’t really go anywhere, but it was still fun, and thankfully no one fell in.

Fun on the Lake

Fun on the Lake

Romance on the Pier

Romance on the Pier

Romance at Sunset in Evergreen

Unique Colorado Engagement Pictures

 

Julie & Brandon first became friends playing on the same intramural sports team.  Over time their friendship blossomed into a much deeper love and appreciation for each other.  They still play on the same sports teams- softball, kickball, and bowling.   Julie & Brandon clearly love to have fun and laugh together, a perfect recipe for a long loving, and fun marriage. 

Having fun in Evergreen

Having fun in Evergreen

those who can laugh together stay together

those who can laugh together stay together

 

telling secrets

telling secrets

Unique Colorado Engagement Pictures

Unique Colorado Engagement Pictures

hold onto me forever

hold onto me forever

A beautiful summer day in Evergreen

A beautiful summer day in Evergreen

Colorado Engagement Pictures

Colorado Engagement Pictures

We stuck around hoping for an amazing Colorado sunset.  The clouds and the sky seemed like they were going to be just right for one of those dramatic colorful skies.  But unfortunately as our luck would have it we were wrong.  The sun quickly set without any vibrant pinks or blues…nothing but a dull grey sky.  Things don’t always work out the way you want it, but thankfully these two are so beautiful together they don’t need a colorful sunset to make a stunning picture.  Looking forward to documenting their upcoming Denver wedding this fall!

 

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