Inspiration from Celebrity Weddings

Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Generally speaking a wedding is a very personal experience. You may have dreamed about how it will look your whole life – and even if you haven’t, you’ll wind up spending months putting it together to be just the way you and your partner imagine. Particularly from a visual standpoint, when you consider how the photos are going to look and what the prevailing images of your wedding will be, your personal touch will be all over the finished product. 

With that said, most couples also look for some inspiration during the planning process, and sometimes celebrity weddings can be just the place to look. Granted, most celebrities are able to spend more on their weddings than the average couple can, and that includes being able to frame the images we see as particularly beautiful and glamorous. But you don’t need to imitate an entire celebrity wedding in order to be inspired by one. Sometimes, little touches here and there can give you excellent ideas both for planning your wedding and for thinking of the types of images you ultimately want to capture of it. 

In keeping with this notion, I’m taking a look back at some of the most gorgeous celebrity weddings I’ve read about and seen photos of in the last year or so in hopes you will find some inspiration for your wedding. 

Kate Upton & Justin Verlander 
This is one of the quieter celebrity power couples we have going right now. Kate Upton has become one of the most famous models in the world (and with good reason), and her handsome hubby Justin Verlander is one of Major League Baseball’s most dominant pitchers. Yet for some reason we don’t tend to see too much of these two, as a couple at least, in the headlines. Their wedding made a bit of a splash however, in part because it was a whirlwind affair that they almost missed because Verlander was playing in Game 7 of the World Series! The wedding was also incredibly beautiful though, staged in an idyllic venue in Tuscany surrounded by gorgeous views and tons of flowers.  Now, I know we can’t all take off to Tuscany or afford a $100K florist bill, but one minor (and very affordable detail) that I loved from their wedding was when they had their guests throw rose petals when they walked down the aisle as husband and wife.  I’ve worked hundreds of weddings and have only seen this once, shown below.  So if you are looking for something a little extra for your wedding day, consider a rose petal toss.  

 

rose petal toss at Della Terra Mountain Chateau

rose petal toss at Della Terra Mountain Chateau

a fun rose petal toss at Della Terra Mountain Chateau

a fun rose petal toss


Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian 
Here we have another celebrity power couple, even if Ohanian isn’t necessarily a household name, as the co-founder of Reddit. Williams, on the other hand, is the greatest tennis player of all time and someone who’d been making particularly remarkable headlines of late. Considered to be a favorite at Wimbledon despite a year off from the sport and serious health complications after the delivery of her first child, Williams remarkably made it all the way to the final this July. Even so, I’m betting the real highlight of her last year was her unique and gorgeous wedding to Ohanian. Held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans (and with the couple’s then-newborn baby girl in attendance) it felt like a beautiful blend of modern style and an almost Greek or Roman royalty aesthetic.  While I have not yet photographed a wedding at the CAC in NOLA, I have done many weddings in New Orleans and Denver with a similar style that mixes warehouse with contemporary and historic decor.  The Denver Art Museum, pictured below, is one such place that comes to mind.  It has a variety of rooms to choose from that let you create your own unique setting with a blank canvas.  And if you’re looking for a photographer for your Contemporary Arts Center wedding please let me know, it’s on my wish list!  

Denver Art Museum wedding

Denver Art Museum wedding

a unique venue for your wedding at the Denver Art Museum

a unique venue for your wedding at the Denver Art Museum


Tara Lipinski & Todd Kapostasy
It’s hard to believe that Tara Lipinski is only 35 years old and just getting married, but that’s what happens when someone is in the public eye from a very young age! Lipinski won a gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics in 1998 when she was still very much a teenager, which may explain why you probably feel like you’ve known her all your life! But Lipinski tied the knot with sports producer Todd Kapostasy in Charleston last year, and judging by the photos it was just about the epitome of how you can let natural surroundings do the work in creating a beautiful wedding atmosphere.  The floral arrangement the two got married under, as a sort of altar, was truly incredible, and I’m sure quite a feat for their florist.   While their endless supply of flowers was stunning you don’t need hundreds of flowers to make a statement.  Just a simple arrangement with some flowy fabric can be just as gorgeous.  Or even add some dead branches for a unique entrance to your ceremony site as shown below.  

romantic floral wedding decor at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

romantic floral wedding decor at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

gorgeous floral altar at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

gorgeous floral altar at the Highlands Ranch Mansion


Meghan Markle & Prince Harry 
Okay, so this is one we’re just kind of tossing in because it was nice to look at. You can’t do too much to imitate a royal wedding grand enough that the whole world tuned in to watch it and celebrated it like some sort of cultural festival. But seriously, how beautiful was the royal wedding?   I didn’t watch the whole thing but I did love that they broke tradition by going with an African-American pastor who it was reported “stole the show” with his words.  Confession..I looked for a black Baptist pastor for my New Orleans wedding, someone that would give a dramatic emotional sermon that would make everyone listen or stand up and dance!  While I wasn’t able to find someone just like I envisioned, I did find the perfect officiant that made the crowd laugh and smile and was a perfect fit for our fun non-religious ceremony.   So take the time to find someone right for your wedding ceremony, whether its the pastor of your church, or an entertaining drag queen like this unique intimate wedding had below! 

unique intimate wedding with a drag queen officiant

unique intimate wedding with a drag queen officiant

unique intimate wedding with a drag queen officiant

unique intimate wedding with a drag queen officiant

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Denver Wedding Photographer: Intimate LGBT Wedding

Kevin & Brad’s Laid-Back yet Sophisticated Backyard Wedding

wedding bands

wedding bands

Kevin and Brad did not just have a wedding, they had a farewell party too. They celebrated not only their love for each other, but the end of this chapter of their lives in Denver.  They were retiring, selling their home, and moving to one of my favorite places in the world- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!  And what better way to end this chapter than getting married and hosting a party in their gorgeous green backyard before packing up all their things and moving to the beach.

I was honored to be in the background documenting the event as they celebrated with their closest friends and family that flew in from all over the country to see them.  The had an intimate and beautiful wedding ceremony led by their dear friend, Lynn, whom you could tell was extremely close and important to them.  I also made sure to take a lot of family portraits because I could tell it was a rare opportunity to have so much of their family together in one place.  And since this home, that they would only occupy for a few more weeks, was so important to them I also made sure to capture Kevin and Brad in their favorite rooms and to even use the house as the background for some of the pictures.

Their wedding was simple but elegant, laid-back but fun.  Check out some of my favorite pictures from their wedding day below.  And thank you Kevin and Brad for being great to work with.  They were so friendly and laid-back, and they even offered me a place to stay next time I visit Puerto Vallarta!  See you there for wedding anniversary portraits on the beach perhaps??  😉

 

helping each other get ready for the big day

helping each other get ready for the big day

cuff links on a colorful tie

cuff links on a colorful tie

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GLBT wedding portraits

Isn’t this room gorgeous? I really want a chandelier like that!

gay male wedding portraits

classic timeless wedding portraits

fun on the piano before the ceremony

fun on the piano before the ceremony

family wedding portraits

family wedding portraitsfun family photos

fun family photos

male gay wedding portraits

male wedding portraits

capturing an intimate moment between the grooms

capturing an intimate moment between the grooms

a farewell moment to their Denver home

a farewell moment to their Denver home

an intimate moment between the grooms

capturing an intimate moment before the ceremony

Kevin is escorted down the aisle by his children

Kevin is escorted down the aisle by his children

their friend performs the ceremony

their friend performs the ceremony

an intimate GLBT wedding ceremony by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

an intimate GLBT wedding ceremony

 

their dear friend performs the ceremony

their dear friend performs the ceremony

embracing for a lifetime

embracing for a lifetime

"I Want to Hold Your Hand"

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” in marriage and forever

GLBT groom wedding pictures by Denver photographer

time for toasts

 

GLBT groom wedding toasts by Denver photographer

wedding toasts

GLBT groom wedding toasts by Denver photographer GLBT groom wedding toasts by Denver intimate wedding photographer

even the kids were enjoying the toasts

even the kids were enjoying the toasts

 

 

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details, cake with 2 grooms, invitation

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details, long table, food

one elegant long table for everyone and lots of yummy food

 

cake cut time

guitar up close

guitar up close

“I Want to Hold Your Hand”

 

hand in hand in marriage

hand in hand in marriage

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Nicole Nichols Photography - Aw thanks! Isn’t it amazing how far we have come. Love is love!June 16, 2018 – 10:36 am

Melissa - How sweet are these grooms!? I love everything about this wedding!June 15, 2018 – 10:31 am

Rachel Schrepel - Such handsome men!! Love how small and intimate this wedding was!!June 15, 2018 – 10:17 am

Cara - Gah I just LOVE LGBT weddings! And blogged just in Time for pride 🙂 you captured this so beautifully!June 14, 2018 – 7:22 pm

Kaleigh - These made me tear up a litte <3 I've been an ally for a long time, I bawled my eyes out when marriage equality was put into law…so these made me extra happy. What a beautiful day- you captured it perfectly!June 14, 2018 – 4:39 pm

Elizabeth Weitz - What a beautiful and fun wedding! I loved their cake topper. You captured so many beautiful candid moments! Great work!June 14, 2018 – 4:04 pm

Sarah Fosco - I love these! You captured their emotions so well! I especially love the laughter during the toasts and the portrait of them playing the piano together! Beautiful!June 14, 2018 – 3:39 pm

Justyna E Butler - Oh!! This is such a beautiful intimate wedding!!! And those cupcakes make me all hungry!June 14, 2018 – 3:02 pm

Denver Photographer: Couple Anniversary Pictures

romance on the river

romance on the river

Angela & Pete have been lovers since college and got married right after they graduated.  Life has certainly changed a lot for them since their carefree college days.  They now have 3 gorgeous kids together and as most parents can relate, take on the daily challenges of balancing kids and a career.  And when it feels like you’re always thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner, which client you need to call back, or fixing the next thing on your “to do list,” its very hard to remember the importance of your own relationship as husband and wife.  Which is just one reason why I LOVE when couples contact me for anniversary portraits.  For way too many married couples, they haven’t had their pictures taken together since their wedding day, at least not without their children included too.  And of course family portraits are important, but so is celebrating the relationship that led to those kids in the first place!  An anniversary photo session helps a couple rekindle the romance while having a fun unique date together.  And of course some updated pictures of yourselves, without the big white dress and the tux you only wore once, is great to have too!   Angela is now a professional portrait photographer, but when she planned her wedding photography was hardly on her mind.  So when she told me she doesn’t have any fun romantic wedding day portraits and wants to document the love between her and her husband, I was more then happy to capture some pictures for them.

Angela & Pete are a fun adventurous couple that love the great outdoors.  So I found a trail for us to explore that made for a fun hike and beautiful pictures.  With 3 kids its not easy finding time to get out just as a couple.  But for this evening instead of being “mom and dad” they got to just enjoy each other’s company and be “Angela & Pete.”   They chatted about their wedding memories, kissed a lot, and walked on water…well maybe not literally but there was definitely lots of water play (see below).

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

do you remember your wedding day?

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

couple in woods sunset

how many sunsets have we seen together?

couple on stone wall

lets have some fun together

couple holding hands over river

I want to hold your hand

romance on the river

romance on the river

couple in woods sunsetromance on the river

couple wading in river

sometimes you just have to take your shoes off and get your feet wet

couple playing in the water

how often do we get to just play together?

couple playing in the water

fun and romance on the river

couple on bridge

one last kiss at sunset

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Kathryn Kim - Ahh I love the shots in the river! These are so stunning, beautiful job!June 1, 2018 – 12:39 pm

Valeria - Happy anniversary to this couple! Such a beautiful session. I love the ones on the rocks!May 31, 2018 – 11:57 pm

Jolie Rodriguez - What a great ideas to do a session to keep that flame alive! Just beautiful!May 31, 2018 – 4:13 pm

ginny - This location and light is perfect for this stunning couple. So adorable!!!May 31, 2018 – 2:10 pm

Kaleigh - Awww this session is so sweer! I love the location!May 31, 2018 – 1:59 pm

Kara Pearson - Such a romantic session. I especially like the black and white image where they are sitting by the river. Nice job!May 31, 2018 – 1:34 pm

kyla - This is soo perfect, I loveee River engagement sessions. Beautiful work!!!May 31, 2018 – 1:18 pm

Jennifer K - How wonderful of them to take time to do a session like this! Wonderful photos — really makes me want an escape to the mountains to hike & play in the water! Beautiful job!May 31, 2018 – 1:14 pm

Anna Bruce | - Awww <3 Love that they were able to do this. Photos are so important <3 You did a beautiful job of capturing them 😀May 31, 2018 – 12:00 pm

Ashley - They have 3 kids?! They look 25 and newly engaged. Perfect anniversary session!May 31, 2018 – 11:55 am

Denver Engagement Photographer: Fun Around Downtown

Sunset to Night Lights- Urban Engagement Pictures with Brenda & Liz

lights and love on Larimer St

lights and love on Larimer St

These two lovely ladies are hosting a destination wedding in Colorado.  They live in Florida but didn’t want the typical beach wedding so figured why not have their wedding in Colorado.  They found me through referrals right before they got to Denver to do some wedding planning and thankfully I had availability to schedule their engagement session before they went back to Florida.   We met up at The Wynkoop, because um beer, and then had fun walking all around downtown Denver together.  We found graffiti along the river, crossed historic bridges, played with shadows, and dodged cars on Larimer St.  Brenda & Liz were truly a joy to photograph.  They have so much fun together and the sweet romantic way they look at each other and hold each other helps make my job easy.   I’m so excited to photograph their upcoming wedding at the Pines of Genesee in just a few days!

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

urban engagement pictures

urban engagement pictures

a romantic moment downtown

a romantic moment downtown

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

silhouette and graffiti along the river

silhouette and graffiti along the river

ladies with sunglasses

too cool for words

urban engagement pictures

urban engagement pictures

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

engagement photos on historic bridge in downtown Denver

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

urban city portraits

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

a romantic moment downtown

walking around downtown Denver

walking around downtown Denver

lesbians having fun with shadows

having fun with shadows

downtown Denver engagement portraits by Denver lgbt photographer

downtown Denver engagement portraits

downtown Denver engagement portraits by Denver lgbt photographer

the historic Union Station

downtown with 2 ladies and city lights

loving the city lights

lights and love on Larimer St

lights and love on Larimer St

an adventurous challenge dodging cars on Larimer St

an adventurous challenge dodging cars on Larimer St

downtown with 2 ladies and lights

one last romantic kiss to end the night

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Wedding Planning Tips – Wedding Invitations

I recently had someone share this Basic Invite website with me and after remembering what I went through with my own wedding I decided I had to share with all of you as well.

For my wedding I remember searching through those huge invitation books and trying to find the perfect invitation for my wedding and not being impressed enough with any of them to validate their high costs.  So being an artist I figured I would just customize and create my own.   Sounded easy, but it turned into the biggest pain in my butt!   I love creating in Photoshop so I actually enjoyed the design process and didn’t mind spending hours getting it just right.  But trying to find good paper to print on, and printing and putting them together myself made me want to rip my hair out!  Which is why I love this wedding invitations website so much!

They make it so easy to customize your own invitations, no expensive design software or art background necessary.  And they do all the printing and processing for you and a very affordable price.  They even use peal and stick envelopes (in over 40 different colors), because trust me, you don’t want to have to lick 100…or even 10 envelopes, yuck!  They have really gorgeous and unique designs and I love that you can get a matching save the dates, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching wedding websites, so everything flows together beautifully.   Oh, and one of the best parts- they will send you a sample of your design so you can feel the paper and make sure everything looks just like you want it, in your hands, before you place your order.  If only they were around when I was planning my wedding 10 yrs ago, it would have saved me so much time and money!

With their permission here are a few pictures I wanted to share of some of my favorite designs they feature.

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