Jaye & Stephen’s Wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Colorado Photographer: Jaye & Stephen’s Wedding Picture Preview

Jaye & Stephen have a long history with The Highlands Ranch Mansion.  They both grew up in the area and have visited the historic mansion when younger and now Jaye works there as the Sales & Services Coordinator.  The mansion in a way has become a second home to them and for their wedding one of the most important things was they wanted their guests to feel  at home in the mansion.  The mansion is stunning.  It’s huge, over 120 years old, and if the walls could talk I’m sure they would be full of stories.  Yet with their fun laid-back personalities,  Jaye & Stephen successfully managed to offer a comfortable relaxing environment for their friends and family.

Beautiful Bridal suite at Highlands Ranch Mansion

beautiful bridal suite at Highlands Ranch Mansion

I LOVE this gorgeous bridal suite.  Jaye’s modern yet antique style fit the new but old mansion perfectly.  Jaye was elegant and  beautiful in her gorgeous dress and she added some of her own unique touches with cowboy boots, hand-tied bouquets, and boutonnieres made with beer bottle caps.

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

lots of laughs on their wedding day at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Jaye & Stephen chose to have their wedding ceremony on the front steps of the mansion. Guests stayed warm thanks to rented shawls & blankets by Spendor.  And Stephen’s uncle kept the guests captivated with his heartfelt sermon.

wedding ceremony from above at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding ceremony from above at Highlands Ranch Mansion


After the ceremony the light was fading fast so we got through all the family and wedding party pictures as quick as we could, just in time to capture some of the last sunset colors with Jaye & Stephen’s romantic portraits.

romantic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

romantic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

We then went back inside to warm up and finish their portraits in some unique spaces. Since Jaye works at the venue we were able to get into some places that we would not have been able allowed in otherwise, such as this fun picture below in the office where Jaye works.

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

unique artistic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

unique artistic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

And I was so glad Jaye picked out this bold red bathroom for some unique portraits.

unique fall wedding details
unique fall wedding details

Their wedding reception was held in the brand new ballroom, in the same area that used to be part of the carriage house to hold the mansion’s horses about a hundred years ago.  Jaye created a lot of the decor herself using twigs, wood pieces, and tiny pumpkins grown by one of her bridesmaids.  Event Rents helped complete the design of the room with their dark brown draped curtains to frame the head table.  When it was time for the wedding reception, the wedding party came out dancing “Gangham Style” by the South Korean pop artist PSY.

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Rocky Mountain Catering provided a delicious BBQ buffet that is now making my stomach growl just thinking about those killer mashed potatoes.  When it was time for toast the emotion poured out and got everyone laughing or crying. Then there was a big surprise for the couple when Stephen’s sister showed a homemade video that started with some pictures of the couple then shocked everyone with hilarious karaoke style renditions of “Call Me Maybe” by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.    Digital DJ Colorado kept the dance floor shaking all night, and everyone was having so much fun that Jaye & Stephen decided to extend their reception to keep the party going later.

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansionn

fun documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

At the end of the night I snuck Jaye & Stephen away from the crowd for a few more romantic portraits around the Mansion. I always try to make time for a few end of the night pictures with the bride and groom.  It gives them a chance to take a break from their party and snuggle up for a few more relaxed pictures.  Here is one of my favorites below.

sexy romantic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

sexy romantic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Jaye and Stephen’s wedding was not only unique and beautiful, but soo much fun to be a part of!   Big thanks to my assistants Ashley & Mike for their help documenting the wedding and to wedding coordinator Robin Woodburn for helping keeping everything in order.  To see more pictures of Jaye & Stephen’s wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, play the slideshow below.

I am very honored to have been chosen as one of three recommend Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding photographers.  2013 will be the mansions first full year open for weddings and I’m crossing my fingers I get to photograph many more weddings next year at this breathtaking venue.

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Kim Pennock - Beautiful photos of a lovely day!November 21, 2012 – 11:40 am

Beckie Janikowski - Beautiful pictures and such a beautiful wedding!November 20, 2012 – 8:39 am

Brooke - These are amazing! Can’t wait to see more!November 18, 2012 – 7:45 pm

MacKenna - These are stunning, Nicole! Thanks so much for capturing their reactions to the video 🙂November 13, 2012 – 3:14 pm

Ellen - Congrats on a beautiful wedding! The pictures are gorgeous!November 13, 2012 – 1:09 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thank you Mike for assisting me, it was great to have your extra set of hands & extra set of eyes!November 13, 2012 – 11:32 am

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Jaye, so happy to hear that! Your wedding truly was amazing as well and I’m so honored to have been chosen to document it. Many more pictures coming really soon!November 13, 2012 – 11:31 am

Sally Dixon - Nicole,
These photos are amazing! Looking forward to seeing more. Thank you for your time and splendid attention to detail. SallyNovember 13, 2012 – 6:55 am

Jaye Gumley - Nicole,

These photos are AMAZING! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to my wedding. I can not wait to see all the photos and create my beautiful wedding book! I could not have imagined a more perfect photographer for the style of my wedding.

Thank you,

-Jaye & StephenNovember 12, 2012 – 6:19 pm

Mike Neville - Loved working this wedding with you. Your imagery is superb. Thank you for taking me along.November 5, 2012 – 3:10 pm

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