A Unique Destination Wedding at the Golden Hotel

Laura & John’s Spring Wedding in Golden, CO

unique night photography with bride and groom at The Golden Hotel

unique night photography with bride and groom at The Golden Hotel

If you’re going to spend more money on a dress then you ever have before, make sure its bold and beautiful, make sure that YOU love it.  Whether that means its pure white as cotton or comes in a bold navy blue!
You will be doing lots of walking, standing, and dancing on your wedding day, so make sure you’re comfortable too…especially if you find glitter tennis shoes to wear under your wedding dress!
If you’re going to travel across the world to marry the love of your life, make sure you choose a location that is gorgeous, yet accommodating to you and your guests, such as the Golden Hotel.
If you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone, find your own way to tell them you love them.   Even if that is best interpreted by making guacamole together during your wedding ceremony.
If you’re going to throw possibly the biggest and best party of your life, do it your way.  Especially if that involves bubble gun fights and silly photo-booth pictures!
And don’t forget to decorate your wedding reception with your favorite items- even if that includes little Lego people.  =)

Venue The Golden Hotel
Bride’s dress – Truly Zac Posen for David’s Bridal
Officiate & MC –Steve Smith (friend) 
Flowers – Liz Carrier – Plum Sage
Cupcakes – The Dessert Stand

I love my rebellious clients that throw the most unique out of the ordinary wedding celebrations!  Laura & John certainly did things their own way and it was awesome!  They flew in all the way from Norway to host their destination wedding in Colorado so you better believe they were going to do it right.  They focused on all the areas of the day that was most important to them and made sure the wedding reflected their fun quirky personalities.  Speaking of fun and unique, check out their urban engagement pictures , which we were able to do on one of their wedding planning trips to Colorado.

One thing I’ve started doing for my brides when time allows, is taking some romantic and sexy boudoir pictures of them before they put on their wedding dress.  I politely kick everyone out of the bedroom and allow the bride some time to herself to feel beautiful and sexy.  The pictures capture the beauty of the bride and also make great surprise gifts for the groom after the wedding.

Following the bridal boudoir portraits we arranged a 1st sight with the groom where the couple see each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony.  This a such a great way to get time alone with your partner and gives you more time for pictures beforehand, which means more time to enjoy your wedding reception with your guests!  And trust me, if you have guests flying in from all over the world to attend your wedding, you are going to want to spend as much time as you can with them.  We did their first look on the Clear Creek River that flows through downtown Golden.  Their wedding took place in late March in the foothills of CO, so there is not a lot of greenery yet and the weather could still be quite chilly, or snowy.  Thankfully we had a gorgeous day which made it easy to spend time along the river as well as take plenty of pictures around the streets of downtown Golden.

Some other awesome elements of their unique wedding day…
1) The wedding party got to wear what they wanted…no spending money on a dress they don’t really like and will only wear once, how awesome is that?!
2) Laura & John made guacamole as part of the ceremony, yep you read that right – guac!!  The couple makes guacamole together almost every night back home so they found a way to tie all the ingredients into the perfect ingredients to a happy marriage.
3) Lots of yummy Mexican food for their cocktail hour
4) An impressive father- daughter dance.  And Laura convinced John to actually do a 1st dance (short and sweet).
5) Their guests put on silly costumes and accessories for pictures at the photobooth we provided for their reception.
6) Laura & John ended the night with a bubble fight with bubble guns, so much fun!

I was thrilled to be a part of their intimate wedding day at the Golden Hotel and there’s probably more details I’m forgetting to mention.  So if you were at the wedding and have a memory to share please comment at the bottom of this post.  Scroll down to see lots of pictures of their destination wedding day in Colorado.

Sparkly wedding rings with sparkly sneakers

Sparkly wedding rings go so well with sparkly sneakers

"Super Mann" cuff links

“Super Mann” cuff links

documentary picture of groom getting readydocumentary picture of groom getting ready

One of my favorite things to do on the wedding day when there is time is to take a few sexy boudoir pictures of the bride in her hotel room.  Bridal boudoir is a great way to capture some intimate portraits that capture your beauty and sexiness with just the simplicity of your wedding day lingerie.  We may only have 15 minutes to take a few quick pictures but it’s a unique addition to the traditional wedding day photos and it’s also fun to surprise the groom with some boudoir pictures after the wedding.

wedding day bridal boudoir

bridal boudoir before the dress goes on

wedding day bridal boudoir

wedding day bridal boudoir

wedding day bridal boudoir

 

mom helps bride put on blue wedding dress

time to put the dress on

mother helps the bride with her dress

bride walking through the Golden Hotel

stunning bride in bold blue dress

stunning bride in bold blue dress

bride walking through the Golden Hotel

bride walking through the Golden Hotel

bride and groom 1st sight along the river in Golden

1st sight along the river in Golden

groom sees the bride for first time on wedding day along the river in Golden

groom sees the bride for first time on wedding day

groom twirls bride along the river

groom was captivated by the bride’s bold blue dress

bride and groom kiss on Clear Creek in Golden, CO

first look on the river

groom and bride

I love this perspective taken by my 2nd photographer from way down the river

a kiss on Clear Creek in Golden, CO

a kiss on Clear Creek in Golden, CO

bride and groom on Clear Creek in Golden, CO

a walk across the bridge in downtown Golden

romantic portraits of the bride and groom outside the Golden Hotel

romantic portraits of the bride and groom outside the Golden Hotel

 the wedding party

VIP- the wedding party

gorgeous unique wedding bouquets

gorgeous unique wedding bouquets

bride & her bridesmaids

timeless portraits of the bride with mom and dad

timeless portraits with mom and dad

family pictures, so simple yet so important

family pictures, so simple yet so important

adding a little fun to the traditional family pictures

adding a little fun to the traditional family pictures

couple at Golden Hotel

couple at Golden Hotel

wedding ceremony along Clear Creek in Golden, CO

wedding ceremony along Clear Creek in Golden, CO

Guacamole- all the ingredients to a perfect marriage!

Guacamole- all the ingredients to a perfect marriage!

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographerromantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographerromantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

romantic portraits around downtown Golden, CO

romantic portraits around downtown Golden, CO

romantic fun bride and groom urban wedding pictures at Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer

reception dancing at Golden Hotel wedding by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols

father daughter dance

father daughter dance

father daughter dance

bride specialty dances
enjoying a dance at Golden Hotel reception dancing at Golden Hotel wedding reception dancing at Golden Hotel wedding reception dancing at Golden Hotel wedding enjoying a dance at Golden Hotel wedding by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols

photobooth fun at a wedding

photobooth fun!

guests love taking photobooth pictures at a wedding

guests love taking photobooth pictures at a wedding, so much fun!

reception dancing at Golden Hotel wedding enjoying a dance at Golden Hotel wedding by Nicole Nicholsfun wedding reception at The Golden Hotel

parents of the bride enjoying a dance

parents of the bride enjoying a dance

fun wedding reception at The Golden Hotel by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

last dance of the night

bubbles and dancing at The Golden Hotel

bubbles and dancing at The Golden Hotel

bride and groom bubble fight at the Golden Hotel in Golden, CO

bride and groom bubble fight at the Golden Hotel in Golden, CO

bride and groom bubble fight at the Golden Hotel in Golden, CO

bubble fight!

bubble fight!

bride and groom bubble fight at the Golden Hotel in Golden, CO

bubbles and sneakers

unique night photography with bride and groom at The Golden Hotel

night portraits at downtown Golden Hotel

unique night photography with bride and groom at The Golden Hotel

night portraits at downtown Golden Hotel


And that’s a wrap!  Thank you so much Laura & John for letting me be a part of your intimate, unique, and super fun wedding day! I hope you will cherish your wedding pictures forever.

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Alyssa Reinhold - Wow this wedding is stunning! I love her dress and the unique details. Great job!May 10, 2019 – 4:45 pm

Monica Evans - Wow! You did a great job photographing this wedding. I LOVE their uniquenessMay 9, 2019 – 9:53 pm

Christina Gonzales - What a fun, unique wedding! Beautiful job telling their story!May 9, 2019 – 5:24 pm

Jennie Crate - Heck yes to a blue wedding dress!!May 9, 2019 – 2:05 pm

Donna Young - Just beautiful! And I love doing a few boudoir shots before! What a great idea!May 9, 2019 – 12:31 pm

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