Colorado Wedding Photographer: Sarah & Brad get Married!

Sarah & Bradley’s Picture Preview: Wedding at St. Frances Cabrini Church & Highlands Ranch Mansion

nighttime wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

nighttime wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

It was just a few weeks ago when Sarah & Bradley had come to town to finish planning their Colorado wedding and we did their engagement pictures in Lakewood.  And now it was the day they had been waiting on for so long…when all their planning and hard work would come together to create the most memorable night of their lives.

The day started off with hair & makeup at Girls & Curls.  Then the girls finished getting ready at the gorgeous Highlands Ranch Mansion. There are very few wedding venues that have such a beautiful room to prepare in…and even fewer that have two rooms for just the girls, plus a huge antique bathroom!

bride getting ready at Highlands Ranch Mansion

bride getting ready at Highlands Ranch Mansion

documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

documentary wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

The girls looked stunning in their bright blue bridesmaid dresses from David’s Bridal.  And the bride left every girl in the room speechless once she put on her stunning Michelle Roth wedding gown from the famous Kleinfield Bridal in New York.

artistic creative wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

artistic creative wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun unique wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun unique wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

After some fun pictures with the bridesmaids it was time to depart for the chapel!  About 100 guests from all over the country came to Colorado to take part in their wedding day.  The church was full, the guests were anxious to see the bride, and the groom was excited as can be to see his future wife come down the aisle.

documentary wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

documentary wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

Their wedding at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish in Littleton, Colorado was beautiful and memorable.  Father Brady was an excellent and emotional speaker that had everyone tuned in with tears & smiles.  Sun poured through the rooftop windows creating an enchanting glow over the altar.

artistic wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

artistic wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

Its often those unexpected candid moments that are my favorite.  Such as this one below when the groom grabs his mother’s hand as they head down the aisle now as husband and wife.  Not only do I love the mom’s look of approval and gratitude, but also the groomsmen’s wide grins in the background as they watch from a distance.

documentary wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

documentary wedding pictures at St Frances Cabrini church

After the wedding ceremony concluded there was lots of hugs & congratulations, then we all took off in the limousines for their reception at Highlands Ranch Mansion.  Its a nice treat when there  is room in the limo for me, I love being able to capture those pure moments of excitement and joy when the bride & groom realize they are now husband and wife.  One comment I often hear right about this time of the day, and I certainly remember saying myself on my own wedding day, is how surreal it all feels, like a dream that isn’t real….but thankfully I have the pictures to prove it was!

documentary wedding pictures in limo

documentary wedding pictures in limo

hmm…just realizing how much I’m liking black & white with these wedding pictures.

unique artisitic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

unique artisitic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Soon after we started doing pictures in front of the mansion dark heavy rain clouds started rolling in.  With just a few minutes to spare before we all got rained on I quickly finished up the wedding party pictures.  It may have forced us to rush things a bit, but I love how the storm clouds created such a dramatic sky as seen below.

as the storm rolls in at Highlands Ranch Mansion

as the storm rolls in at Highlands Ranch Mansion

We quickly found some covered spots for the bride & groom’s pictures once the rain started.  Luckily my camera can handle a little moisture so I didn’t mind standing in the light rain for this shot below.

unique artisitic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

unique artistic wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

After pictures was done it was time to bustle the dress and enjoy a superb dinner created by Rocky Mountain Catering.   Event Rents helped decorate the reception and Michelle from RG Consulting Wedding & Event Specialists kept the whole night running smoothly.

candid wedding pictures during the toasts

candid wedding pictures during the toasts

After dinner & toasts Sarah & Brad took their positions for their first dance as husband and wife.  The bride & groom glided on the dancefloor as the Spotlight Band performed their chosen song.

bride & groom

bride & groom's first dance at Highland Ranch Mansion

Dawn Ellis of Littleton Flower created the beautiful blue & white flower arrangements for the wedding.  And one lucky girl was ecstatic to catch the bouquet symbolizing that she would be next to get married.

fun candid wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun candid wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Sarah & Bradley and all their guests had a blast dancing, mingling, and getting silly photo booth pictures created by Red Door Photo Booth.  Below the bride and groom get goofy with the photo booth props.

fun candid wedding pictures with Red Door Photo Booth at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun candid wedding pictures with Red Door Photo Booth at Highlands Ranch Mansion

The wedding, as always, flew by in the blink of an eye.  By the end of the night the rain was pouring down, but it certainly didn’t rain on anyone’s parade as everyone left the wedding with huge smiles and wonderful memories.

fun candid wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

fun candid wedding pictures at Highlands Ranch Mansion

The wedding was a blast and I was so glad to be a part of it.  Thanks Sarah & Braley for having me document your wedding day!  Do you have a message you want to leave for the bride and groom or a comment about their pictures?  Please don’t be shy, leave a comment below, thanks!

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Nicole Nichols Photography - So glad to hear that Sarah! I know from my own experience how difficult it is to plan a wedding out of state, so I’m glad to hear I was able to help you out with all of that.July 15, 2013 – 6:06 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Nancy, glad you love their wedding pictures! And that shot is one of my favorites, was so glad I was quick enough to capture that moment. =)July 15, 2013 – 6:05 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - thanks Tom! I’ve been told many times I “shoot like a ninja” because I move so quickly and often unnoticed, haha…glad to hear I wasn’t one of those obtrusive annoying photographers!July 15, 2013 – 6:04 pm

Becky Silverstein - Love the pictures and love you two!!!July 15, 2013 – 5:58 pm

Greg Goodman - Those pictures look fantastic!!! Congrats again and thanks for having us all there for your big day!July 14, 2013 – 10:08 pm

Amanda Hegler - These pictures are absolutely incredible! SO many fabulous moments were captured and help to make this a truly unforgettable experience for all, especially Sarah and Brad! CONGRATULATIONS to Mr and Mrs Crilley and I cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures! Love, AmandaJuly 14, 2013 – 5:37 pm

Grace - These pictures definitely capture how amazing the wedding day really was. Thank you for preserving these wonderful memories! Love, GraceJuly 14, 2013 – 4:39 pm

Nick Schaffer - Congrats, you two! The pictures are fantastic, and I hope you are doing well. Lex and I wish you the best.July 14, 2013 – 3:53 pm

Mike Stankiewicz - These pictures are beautiful!July 14, 2013 – 2:53 pm

Elliott Mitchem - Perfectly captured moments at a beautiful wedding that brought together two amazing people. Wishing you both the utmost happiness!July 13, 2013 – 11:16 pm

Bill Poppe - Outstanding photographs capturing a truly beautiful wedding! A diverse collection of traditional, spontaneous, heartfelt, and fun photos…all touching and beautiful. Nice job, Nicole! – Bill Poppe, a very proud father of the bride.July 13, 2013 – 8:02 pm

Jackie Crilley - These are so beautiful, it looks like something out of a fairytale! Fantastic job, Nicole.July 13, 2013 – 4:53 pm

Tom Rooney - I worked in the “wedding reception” business for many years, and know from sad experience that the wrong photographer can ruin an entire day. Do this do that do this do that…..in your case however, I didn’t even know you were there. Very nicely done….one of my favorites is Brad reaching out to his mom…..lots of great memories!!July 13, 2013 – 4:20 pm

Chris Johnson - Amazing pictures! Fantastic wedding guys… All the best moving forward 🙂July 13, 2013 – 3:43 pm

Nancy Crilley - These pictures are absolutely amazing, can’t wait to see more. Thank you for capturing the moment when I grabbed Brad’s hand as they left the altar! Priceless!July 13, 2013 – 3:38 pm

Eleanor Poppe - Beautiful bride, handsome groom, amazing photographer, perfect wedding!!! Love, proud MomJuly 13, 2013 – 3:05 pm

Maureen - These are stunning pictures, everything looks so beautiful!July 13, 2013 – 1:47 pm

Katy Menusan - Absolutely stunning photographs! Sarah was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen and these pictures capture the joy and fun of the night. Wishing Sarah and Brad all the best!July 13, 2013 – 12:13 pm

Connie - Congrats!!! You look so beautiful Sarah!July 13, 2013 – 11:43 am

Sarah Crilley - Thank you Nicole for these incredible shots! Brad and I are so impressed with how you were able to catch each of these moments in such a stunning way. We were so fortunate to have your help throughout the wedding planning process. From engagement photos to setting up our timeline to recommending vendors, you have been there for us every step of the way. We will always cherish these photos and those to come.
-SarahJuly 13, 2013 – 11:43 am

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