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

Rustic wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm  by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

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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Denver Wedding Photographer: Blackstone Country Club

Caitlin and Patrick’s Picture Preview

Caitlin and Patrick recently held their wedding at Blackstone Country Club in Aurora, Colorado.  With all the rain we’ve been getting in Colorado this summer I was a little nervous of another rainy weather day, but luckily all the storm clouds stayed far enough away to allow for a beautiful wedding day.

Bride & Groom Portraits at Blackstone Country Club

Bride & Groom Portraits at Blackstone Country Club

Wedding Details

Wedding Details

The Stunning Bride

The Stunning Bride

The bride and her bridesmaids found their dresses at David’s Bridal.  The bride wore a contemporary sleek gown and her bridesmaids wore a simple but elegant short black dresses accented by beautiful white and pink bouquets.  These are the type of bridesmaid dresses that may actually get worn again.

Bridesmaids Strike a Pose

Bridesmaids Strike a Pose

The groomsmen wore grey suits from Men’s Warehouse and they each were gifted unique cuff links picked out by the groom ranging from their favorite NFL teams to Superman.

Groomsmen with their Unique Cuff Links

Groomsmen with their Unique Cuff Links

Groomsmen on the Golf Course

Groomsmen Chilling on the Golf Course

The storm clouds parted for the ceremony as they enjoyed a quick ceremony so that they could get on to the fun part- dancing the night away with lots of family and friends!

Beautiful Day for a Wedding at Blackstone Country Club

Beautiful Day for a Wedding at Blackstone Country Club

Sealed with a Kiss

Sealed with a Kiss

After the ceremony we hopped onto a golf cart and took Caitlin & Patrick around the grounds of Blackstone Country Club for their romantic portraits.  This tunnel below is one of my favorite spots to photograph at, lots of fun unique perspectives.

 

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Unique Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

The black and white modern theme carried on through the reception decor as can be seen below.  And instead of a wedding cake, the bride & groom chose something a little more nontraditional- a tower of cupcakes created by Bliss Cupcakes, for all the guests to enjoy.

Black & White Wedding Details

Black & White Wedding Details

Their wedding reception was quite a celebration full of emotional toast, funny introductions,  and lots of surprises.  Their DJ, Robert Krueger Entertainment, provided entertainment including hilarious introductions of the wedding party, a short story about the meaning behind the cake cutting, and shared a love story about the bride and groom. And the groom had some entertainment of his own up his sleeve.  Patrick and his mom started doing a traditional slow mother-son dance and then surprised everyone by breaking out into a mix of fast and funny dances.  Then the groom led his men in a wild Backstreet Boys dance for the bride.

Groom Gives a Touching Thank You Speech

Groom Gives a Touching Thank You Speech

Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter Dance

Mother Son Dance Turns from Sweet to Wild

Mother Son Dance Turns from Sweet to Wild

The DJ Tells the Couples Love Story

The DJ Tells the Couples Love Story

It was a fun night that I’m sure no one, especially Caitlin and Patrick, will ever forget.

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Denver Engagement Photographer: South Valley Park

Adria & Ryan’s Engagement Pictures: The Red Rocks of South Valley Park and Colorado Barns & Fields

Stealing a Kiss by the Barn

Stealing a Kiss by the Barn

For their engagement pictures Adria & Ryan wanted to go outside the city to show off Colorado’s stunning red rock formations and natural beauty.  So I brought them to South Valley Park, a space I discovered a few months ago that I had originally planned to use to photograph a wedding party, but had to skip on the wedding day because of bad rainy weather.   Thankfully we had perfect weather for their engagement session.  The only thing we couldn’t avoid were all the mosquitoes, thanks to all the wet weather we’ve been having this summer.

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Colorado Engagement Pictures

Colorado Engagement Pictures

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Adria & Ryan are both from Canon City, about 2hrs. south of Denver, which is where they will be getting married in just a few weeks.  Now they live in Parker where they have been spending a lot of weekends fixing up their new home together.

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Engagement Pictures at South Valley Park

Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring

 

unique engagement pictures

unique engagement pictures

After walking and playing around the hiking trail we got back on the road and drove down to an old vintage barn.  It was in decrepit conditions with falling apart walls and overgrown with weeds, but sometimes its these odd findings that make for great pictures!

Pictures around an old  vintage barn

Pictures around an old vintage barn

Pictures around an old  vintage barn

Pictures around an old vintage barn

 

Colorado Engagement Pictures

Colorado Engagement Pictures

 

A Beautiful Couple

A Beautiful Couple

Colorado Romance

Colorado Romance

Colorado Romance

Colorado Romance

Colorado Romance

Colorado Romance

Adria & Ryan warned me that they weren’t very good at having their picture taken, but looking at the results I think they did a fabulous job!  I’m excited to photograph these two love birds for their upcoming wedding at St.Michael’s Church and Robinson Mansion in Canon City.

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Graffiti, Breweries, and Architecture

For their engagement session Greg, Sarah, and I hopped around downtown for pictures in front of graffiti walls and unique architecture, and a refreshing drink at the new local brewery, Former Future Brewery (a place I definitely recommend checking out if you’re a fan of unique quality beer).  Sarah was a little shy at first having her picture taken, but Greg was great at getting her to laugh and open up.  This cute couple will be tying the knot with an intimate non-traditional wedding in October.

Having some fun doing Engagement Pictures with Denver Graffiti

Having some fun doing Engagement Pictures with Denver Graffiti

I spotted this abstract blue & white painted wall sometime last year and waited for the right couple to photograph in front of it.  When Greg & Sarah mentioned they wanted unique urban engagement pictures this wall popped back in my mind and they were down for it.  And as it turns out Sarah actually knew the artist that painted the wall.  It’s actually not just an abstract design, but represents the topography of Colorado, pretty cool!

Having some fun doing Engagement Pictures with Denver Graffiti

Having some fun doing Engagement Pictures with Denver Graffiti

Engagement Pictures and Graffiti around Denver

Engagement Pictures and Graffiti around Denver

After we did a few pictures against the wall Greg mentioned that he liked my idea of making a beer stop at a local brewery, and I knew the perfect place right down the street!  Two former clients of mine opened up a new brewery on South Broadway called Former Future Brewing Company.  When I photographed their wedding a few years ago they had a 1920′s prohibition themed wedding and the groom brewed all his own beer, including a wedding cake flavored brew, served out of a vintage claw foot bathtub.   After much hard work they recently opened their brewery and are serving some of the most unique and tasty beer in Denver.   I love the dramatic lighting captured in this photo below at the bar. 

Unique engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

Unique engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

Fun engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

Fun engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

After our drink break it was time to get back on the road and find more unique backdrops for pictures before the sunset.  This building below is another spot I’ve been waiting to photograph in front of.  I just love the lines and how the colors of the sky reflect in the window.

Engagement Pictures and Unique Architecture in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures and Unique Architecture in Downtown Denver

And the Denver Art Museum below left has always been a favorite spot for me to photograph around.

Posing in front of unique Denver architecture

Posing in front of unique Denver architecture

And why not throw in some cows?  I just don’t understand why the artist felt the need to tag their ears?

Having some fun around the Denver Art Museum

Having some fun around the Denver Art Museum’s cows

Lots of unique buildings, colors, and textures around this part of downtown Denver!

Having some fun around the Denver Art Museum

Having some fun around the Denver Art Museum

the Engagement Ring

the Engagement Ring

Unique engagement pictures around the Denver Art Museum

Engagement Pictures and Unique Architecture in Downtown Denver

Denver Engagement Pictures

Silhouette Embrace

Silhouette Embrace

Thanks Sarah & Greg for jumping around downtown Denver with me for your engagement pictures.  It was fun and I’m excited for the wedding next month!

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