Best wedding photos from 2016

Becky and Brian share a moment during their first look at Piney River Ranch in front of the Gore mountain range.
Bride Devan walks out with her parents during her summer wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs near the Rocky Mountains for
The couple share a moment on the red rocks for a portrait at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs
Groomsmen ride in an ATV around a farm near Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Michigan in Spetember.
Megan raises her fake flowers in the air with Bryan by her side after they were pronounced husband and wife during their Rembrandt Yard wedding in Boulder, Colorado.
The bride laughs while struggling to place the ring on the groom's finger
A bride wipes away a tear from her groom's face at a Church in Chicago, Illinois in Spetember.
Joshua and Devan shaire thier first look in Garden of the Gods park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
The sun flares over the couple as they embrace in Boulder near Centennial trailhead
A bride and groom kiss on the LaSalle Street bridge as sunlight flares in July 2016.
Megan and Bryan pose on the staircase of Old Main on the University of Colorado campus before their wedding
A couple embrace together and he kisses her on the cheek outside of the courthouse in Denver, Colorado on before they tie the knot
I couple is refelected in the glass and share a moment together while posing before their wedding outside of Trump Tower in Chicago in August 2016.
A groom is reflected in a parobolic mirror while fixing his hair at a hotel in Chicago.
Megan is reflected in a mirror while having hairspray applied before her wedding in Boulder
A bride to be had hairspray applied before her wedding ceremony at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder
A group of groomsmen help the groom with some ironing while drinking beer inside a hotel in Chicago before the wedding.
The groom and his groomsmen help adjust each others bowtie  while getting ready at a condo in the South Loop of Chicago as Willis Tower is seen in the background.
Wedding guests wave their ties in the air while dancing at the reception at Willor Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks Michigan.
Guests dance at the reception in the west atrium
A bride laughs while her brother goves a toast during the reception at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder
The couple share a laugh while sisters of the bride give a toast at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.
Guests dance together during a wedding recption in Chiacgo's west loop at Loft on Lake.
The Bride and groom share their first dance surrounded by glass globes at the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
The perfect light flare encapsules the couplse as they embrace for a kiss after their wedding at Loft on Lake in Chicago.
A couple share their first dance at Architectural Artifacts in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
A groom waits in a colorful elevator on the way to his wedding in Chicago
A groomsmen does a flip inside a bus on the way to a wedding reception for Kara and Matt in Chicago.
A groomsmen pops a bottle of champagne in a trolly in the way to a wedding reception in Chicago.
A couple walk hand in hand out of a red barn during a portrait session following their first look on a farm near Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Michigan.
The couple shares a moment together outside of Rembrandt Yard in Boulder during twilight
Kara and Matt embrace for a portrait before their wedding at Architectural Artifacts in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
Kim and Avram share a hug at a park along the Chicago riverwalk near Trump Tower in Chicago in September.
Matt and Kara share a smile together during a portrait session under Trump Tower and near the Wrigley Building in Chicago in August.
A shaft of light illuminates Bryce and Johnna during a kiss on the cheek outside of Loft on Lake in Chicago.
A happy couple admire the Chicago skyline while standing on the DuSable Bridge at dusk during a portrait session after their wedding.
A couple walk hand in hand on the LaSalle Street Bridge in Chicago on a warm November day.
Caitlin and Matt sneak away for a moment together after their wedding at Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Michigan.
Megan walks down the stairs for the first time in her wedding dress at an Air BnB home in Boulder
Becky adjusts her earrings and flower crown at Piney River Ranch.
The couple share a kiss surrounded by maple leaves in Boulder, Colorado
Devan and Joshua laugh during their first dance at Garden of the Gods Club
A guest break dances on the dance floor during the wedding reception at The Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Bryce breaks the glass as part of the Jewish wedding ceremony at Loft on Lake in the west loop of Chicago.
Jaclyn and Tom react to seeing each other during their first look outside of Trump Tower in August.
The bride dances with guests at the wedding reception at Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Kara dances through a tunnel of guests during her wedding at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago.
Devan dances with her sisters at Garden of the Gods Club
Bride Jen is seranaded by her serority sisters during her wedding reception at Bridgeport Art Center on the south side of Chicago.
A groom shares a laugh and some beers with his groomsmen before his wedding in November in Chicago.
Megan shares a laugh with her mother while getting dressed with her maid of honor before her wedding in Boulder at Rembrandt Yard
Becky and Brian row in a canoe on Piney Lake during their wedding in September outside of Vail, Colorado.
Samantha and Bill share a moment together during a portrait session before their wedding at the Ivanhoe Club in Illinois.
Johnna and Bryce Kiss on the Kinzie Street Bridge near the Chicago Sun Times before on their wedding day.
Caitlin and Matt kiss during their first look in a barn in Three Oaks, Ilinois before their Willow Harbor Vineyards wedding.

Wow, what a year it was. I’m excited that I get to share with you my best wedding photos from 2016. The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on everything that I witnessed, experienced and photographed throughout the season. As part of that process, I have narrowed it down to the best 55 images that you see above. It was an agonizing process to select my best wedding photos from 2016 because I was fortunate to work with some amazing couples in breathtaking locations throughout the year. Without the trust of my clients, none these images are possible.

During the year I photographed a couple from a canoe on a mountain lake piloted by a coordinator, mounted a remote camera to an ATV driven by groomsmen, watched a groomsmen flip inside a buss and took hairspray to the eye more times than I can count.

I owe a huge amount of gratitude to everyone involved who allow me to continue to do what I love. Travis is the best partner in crime that I could ask for. We’re each other’s first call when we need a second shooter but more than that we seem to know what the other is thinking which in turn improves the quality for our clients. I also have to thank Trent and Stacy for their help and comedic relief throughout the year. Thank you to all of the planners, coordinators, DJs, officiants, florists and caterers for working together to execute the best day possible for our clients. Most importantly, thank you to my clients and your families because without you none of this would be possible. It was a pleasure to document your weddings near and far.

If the images weren’t enough, here is the year in numbers:

Weddings photographed: 18
Miles flown: 16,984
Miles driven: 1,117
Images taken: 57,574
Emergency bow tie assists: 9
Granola bars eaten: too many to count

I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2017. Cheers!

Rembrandt Yard fall wedding | Megan and Bryan | Boulder

Megan is reflected in a mirror while having hairspray applied before her wedding in Boulder
Bryan reads a note from Megan and opens a gift from his future wife while getting ready at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
Megan gets her makeup done while a friend irons in the background before the wedding
Bryan shares a laugh with his groomsmen while getting ready at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
Bryan adjusts his suspenders at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder before his wedding
The groom adjusts his jacket while getting ready at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
The bride gets into her wedding dress with help from her mother and maid of honor at an Air BnB home in Boulder, Colorado
Megan shares a laugh with her mother while getting dressed with her maid of honor before her wedding in Boulder at Rembrandt Yard
Megan walks down the stairs for the first time in her wedding dress at an Air BnB home in Boulder
A friend adjusts his bow tie while laughing with the Bride
Bryan practices the guitar at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder before his wedding
Bryan shares a laugh with his groomsmen at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
Bryan laughs while getting help with his tie at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
Megan walks towards Bryan moments before their first look on the University of Colorado campus
Megan and Bryan react during their first look at Varsity Lake on the University of Colorado campus
Megan and Bryan pose on the University of Colorado campus before their wedding
Megan and Bryan pose on the staircase of Old Main on the University of Colorado campus before their wedding
Megan and Bryan walk on Norlin Quad on the University of Colorado campus before their wedding
Megan and Bryan walk on Norlin Quad on the University of Colorado campus before their fall wedding
Megan and Bryan kiss onthe Varsity Lake Bridge on the University of Colorado campus before their wedding
Megan walks down the aisle with her father by her side during her wedding at Rembrandt Yard
Bryan sees his bride during their wedding at Rembrandt Yard
The bride and groom share a laugh during their Rembrandt Yard wedding
Mothers light candles during the wedding ceremony
The father of the groom reads a passage during Megan and Bryan's wedding at Rembrandt Yard
Bryan and Megan participate in the veil and cord ceremony during their Rembrandt Yard wedding
Bryan and Megan participate in the veil and cord ceremony during their Rembrandt Yard wedding
Bryan and Megan participate in the veil and cord ceremony during their Rembrandt Yard wedding
A friend reads a poem during Megan and Bryan's wedding in Boulder
Bryan smiles at his bride during their wedding
Megand smiles at her groom
Megan and Bryan look out at their friends and family during their Rembrandt Yard wedding
Megan reads her vows surrounded by the wedding party at Rembrandt Yard
Bryan laughs during Megan's vows
Bryan kisses his bride Megan for the first time as husband and wife at Rembrandt Yard
Megan raises her fake flowers in the air with Bryan by her side after they were pronounced husband and wife during their Rembrandt Yard wedding in Boulder, Colorado.
Bryan hugs his father in law
Megan pulls Bryan up the hill in the long grass at Centennial Park Trailhead in Boulder
Megan walks with Bryan in the long grass at Centennial Park Trailhead in Boulder following their fall wedding
Megan walks with Bryan in the long grass at Centennial Park Trailhead in Boulder following their fall wedding
The couple sits in a pile of maple trees in Boulder, Colorado
The couple share a kiss surrounded by maple leaves in Boulder, Colorado
Bryan and Megan share a moment together in the last light following their fall wedding
Bryan and Megan share a moment together in the last light following their fall wedding
Bryan and Megan are introduced as husband and wife at their recption at Rembrandt Yard
Friends and family share stories of the bride and groom at Rembrandt Yard
Friends and family share stories of the bride and groom at Rembrandt Yard
Friends and family share stories of the bride and groom at Rembrandt Yard
Friends and family share stories of the bride and groom at Rembrandt Yard
The bride and groom share their first dance on the third floor at Rembrandt Yard during their wedding reception
Parents dance with the happy couple
Bryan performs a song for his bride during their wedding at Rembrandt Yard
Bryan performs a song for his bride during their wedding at Rembrandt Yard
Bryan performs a song for his bride during their wedding at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard
Guests dance at the wedding reception at Rembrandt Yard

Megan and Bryan’s Rembrandt Yard fall wedding was the perfect culmination of their relationship because after meeting many years ago at the University of Colorado in Boulder they returned to where it all began to make things official. Surrounded by friends and family from around the country and beyond, they shared their vows together in front of a thousand hand folded paper cranes with the Flatirons visible through the huge picture windows on the third floor of Rembrandt Yard.

When I met with them earlier this year for the first time I knew that they would be one of my favorite couples of the year because they were passionate about photography and completely trusted me to execute my vision in a way that would leave a lasting impression for generations of their family. I always have detailed conversations with the couples that I work with but Megan and Bryan listened far more than they spoke. They asked intelligent questions and trusted the answers that I provided would lead to great images from their day and it did. I’m trilled to have been able to document such a wonderful day with Travis by my side. He started with the gentlemen at the St. Julien Hotel while I was with the bridal brigade at an Airbnb rental down the street in Boulder.

Since they met as students at CU it only seemed fitting for their first look to be on campus along the bridge at Varsity Lake. The excitement poured out of each of them when they caught a glimpse of one another. It was finally real.

We walked through campus past Old Main, Mackey Auditorium and Norlin Quad for a few photos with them and also the wedding party before it was time to head over to Rembrandt Yard for the ceremony. I mentioned it earlier but I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge all the hard work that Megan’s mother put into folding a thousand paper cranes for good luck. It was a perfect addition to the space and made it their own. The images from the ceremony were full of joy, elation and laughter from nearly everyone in attendance but Megan made sure everyone knew how she felt when she screamed and put her bouquet in the air to celebrate making things official.

After the ceremony we chased the light up the canyon to Centennial Trailhead and then to a couple secret spots of mine just before the sun finally disappeared. The fall color on the leaves was vibrant and added the perfect feel to help tell the story of their day.

Later friends and family shared stories of Megan and Bryan and the funniest thing that I learned was that they shared their first kiss together once upon a time with eventual Maid of Honor Asha sitting between them. That had to be awkward for Asha at the time but it made for the perfect story and toast. The highlight of the night however was watching Bryan perform a song he had written for Megan on the guitar in front of everyone. Travis had mentioned to me earlier that he heard Bryan singing in the shower that morning and it was like nothing he had ever heard from a male voice live. The performance had many people in tears, including Megan.

Megan and Bryan were fantastic to work with and completely organized but I can’t forget to thank Brynn from First Look Events for her help throughout the day. I can’t wait to share so many more images with them and their families in the coming days.

Thanks you two!

Piney River Ranch wedding | Vail, CO | Becky and Brian

Becky gets her makeup done at The Lodge at Vail.
Brian adjusts his bow tie at The Lodge at Vail before his wedding.
Vail village serves as a backdrop as Becky has her makeup done at The Lodge at Vail.
Brian adjusts his bow tie at The Lodge at Vail before his wedding.
Brian shares a toast with his groomsmen before the wedding in Vail, Colorado.
Becky puts her two-piece wedding dress on at Piney River Ranch.
Becky's sisters and mother get their first look of the bride at Piney River Ranch.
Becky adjusts her earrings and flower crown at Piney River Ranch.
Becky walks towards Brian before their first look as the aspen trees are full of color at Piney River Ranch.
Becky and Brian share a moment during their first look at Piney River Ranch in front of the Gore mountain range.
Becky and Brian kiss in front of the Gore Mountain Range outside of Vail.
The bride and groom walk along the hiking path at Piney River Ranch with the Gore mountain range in the background near Vail, Colorado.
Becky and Brian are surrounded by yellow aspen leaves in September at Piney River Ranch for a portrait.
The groom sees his bride walk down the aisle.
Becky and her father walk down the aisle at Piney River Ranch outside of Vail, Colorado.
The wedding ceremony takes place on the deck at Piney River Ranch in September 2016 outside of Vail, Colorado with the Gore mountain range in the background.
Becky and Brian share a laugh together during their ceremony on the deck at Piney River Ranch.
On the deck at Piney River Ranch, Becky and Brian share a first kiss in front of friends and family as white flowers cover the pergula near Vail, Colorado.
Becky and Brian are surrounded by bubbles from guests after their wedding at Piney River Ranch.
Becky and Brian are intruduced to guests during their reception.
The sister of the bride gives a speech during the reception.
The best man toasts to the bride and groom during the reception.
The Father of the bride gives a speech during the reception at Piney River Ranch.
The Bride and groom share their first dance surrounded by glass globes at the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
The Bride and groom share their first dance surrounded by glass globes at the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
The Bride and groom share their first dance surrounded by glass globes at the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
Becky and Brian share a kiss in a canoe on Piney lake as the Gore mountain range are lit by the evening sun during their September wedding.
Becky and Brian row in a canoe on Piney Lake during their wedding in September outside of Vail, Colorado.
Becky and Brian share a moment together as the sunset lights up the sky above the Gore mountain range at Piney River Ranch in September outside of Vail, Colorado.
Guests dance during the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
Guests dance during the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
Guests dance during the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
Guests dance during the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.
Guests dance during the reception at Piney River Ranch near Vail, Colorado.

Last week after photographing the Denver Broncos season opener I made the drive west up I-70 with Travis to Vail for Becky and Brian’s Piney River Ranch wedding. The next morning Mother Nature greeted us with blue skies on our walk through Vail Village over to The Lodge at Vail where both wedding parties were getting ready. The ladies had a great view of the mountain while they did hair and makeup. Travis was with the guys a floor below for most of the morning but called me down to help give a bow tie lesson since they were having some trouble.

Piney River Ranch is almost an hour up a bumpy dirt road from the village but thankfully the view doesn’t disappoint. Our state has some gorgeous views, especially as the aspens change color in the fall. When we arrived at the ranch Becky and the ladies finished getting dressed while Brian hiked out towards the Gore range with Travis for their first look. When they finally got to see each other for the first time Brian’s body language said it all. It was a wonderful moment to witness with such a gorgeous backdrop behind them.

The ceremony was equally as beautiful from the deck at the ranch. They had many friends and family travel from around the country to be there and they were treated to one of the most scenic wedding ceremony locations in all of Colorado.

The views just don’t quit up there so after dinner, speeches and first dances they snuck out into a canoe for a moment together on the lake as the sunset illuminated the Gore mountain range behind them. The temperature drops quickly when the sun goes down so before long they paddled back in and joined the party. The band, HomeSlice, kept the part rocking and dance floor full all night long.

We’ve been talking about their amazing day for a week straight and are so grateful to have met their families and documented everything that happened. I can’t wait to get back to Vail for another Piney River Ranch wedding soon.

Garden of the Gods Club wedding | Colorado Springs | Devan & Joshua

In her mother of the bride t-shirt she shares a laugh with the bride during makeup
Bridesmaids in robes at Colorado Springs Marriott
Joshua the groom puts on his watch before his wedding
Ladies do their nails before the wedding
Joshua gets ready with his father in their Colorado Springs Marriott
The bride gets her makeup done with bridesmaids
Groomsmen toast rye whiskey while getting ready at the Colorado Springs Marriott
The groom adjusts his father bowtie while getting ready
A sister watches as the bride has lipstick applied at the hotel
Bridesmaids in their robes share a toast of rye whiskey with the groom
Devan gets into her wedding gown dress with the help of his sisters and mother
A bride has her dress adjusted by bridesmaids
A bride smiles while putting on earrings
Joshua reads a personal note from his future bride in the hotel room
Devan reads a note from her future husband in her wedding gown while looking out towards Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak
A father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time
Joshua and Devan shaire thier first look in Garden of the Gods park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
Joshua and Devan shaire thier first look in Garden of the Gods park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
The bride's viel blows in the wind at Garden of the Gods park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
The couple share a moment on the red rocks for a portrait at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs
The couple share a moment beneath the clouds and sky for a portrait at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs
Devan and Joshua stand in front of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs during a portrait before their wedding
The mothers celebrate breaking a plate during the Ketubah signing
The Jewish couple shares a first kiss in Colorado Springs
Josh veils his bride before their Jewish wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods club
Joshua walks out with his parents during the wedding ceremony
Bride Devan walks out with her parents during her summer wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs near the Rocky Mountains for
Devan walks down the aisle with her parents at Garden of the GOds Club
Tears fall down Joshua's face during the summer wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods Club
The mother of the groom looks on during the ceremony
The Bride and Groom share a laugh during the ceremony
Joshua places the ring on his bride's finger under the Chuppah made of aspen trees and flowers at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs
The rabbi prays during the jewish wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods Club
The bride celebrates under the chuppah made of aspen trees at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs
Devan and Joshua share their first kiss together under the chuppah made of aspen trees and flowers during their Jewish summer ceremony at Garden of the Gods Club
Devan and Josh share a moment together
Reflected by the pool, Devan and Joshua share a moment together as Pikes Peak provides the backdrop after their wedding at Garden of the Gods Club
Devan and Joshua laugh during their first dance at Garden of the Gods Club
Joshua dips Devan during their first dance
Devan and Joshua are raised on chairs during the horah dance at their wedding reception at Garden of the Gods Club
Devan dances with her sisters at Garden of the Gods Club
Joshua dances with his friend at Garden of the Gods Club
Devan and Joshua share a moment togehter outsude during twilight in front of Pikes Peak during their wedding at Garden of the Gods Club
Devan's grandfather cuts the challah
Joshua smiles at Devan
The couple laughts during a speech from the best man
The sisters of the bride give a speech at Garden of the Gods Club
The bride and groom dance with their parents at Garden of the Gods Club
Dancing to the band at Garden of the Gods Club
Dancing with the band at Garden of the Gods Club
Break dancing during the reception at Garden of the Gods Club for Joshua and Devan's wedding
The bride and groom dance together during their reception at Garden of the Gods Club
The bride and groom dance with all their friends and family during their wedding reception at Garden of the Gods Club

I was so excited to photograph Devan and Joshua’s Garden of the Gods Club wedding in Colorado Springs last week because the setting screams Colorado. As a Denver native I know how beautiful our state is but many of their families traveled from great distances and didn’t know the treat that was in store for them. Devan is from New Jersey and Joshua’s family resides in Chicago and Indianapolis but they even had family travel from as far as Africa to be at the ceremony. That alone tells you how close they are with their families.

Both the gentleman and ladies got ready at the Colorado Springs Marriott just up the road from Garden of the Gods club and while I photographed Devan, her sisters and the rest of the ladies, my good friend Dan photographed the guys just down the hall. While the large group of ladies did their best to all get ready in the suite, the guys toasted some rye whiskey and shared laughs. Both Devan and Joshua wrote notes for one another and while we don’t know what they said, their emotion is ever present in the images. Before too long Devan got into her dress and her father walked into the room which was a treat to witness him see her for the first time one of the most important days of her life.

Joshua had to wait until the two were inside of Garden of the Gods park before he got to see his stunning bride. With Pikes Peak set behind them, Joshua turned around and almost immediately melted to tears. Can you blame him?

After a few bridal party photos we drove over to the club so everyone could freshen up before the Ketubah signing. The Jewish faith has some unique events on a wedding day, like the Ketubah signing, and I love documenting them because they’re always filled with raw emotion. After the mothers broke a plate for good luck and everyone signed the sacred document they were officially married and shared their first kiss among close family. It didn’t end there though because their outdoor summer ceremony was absolutely beautiful as expected.

The reception was quite the party and never let up from the moment everyone walked in the door. This crew definitely knew how to party and they did so all night long. It was a blast to photograph their day start to finish.

I owe a huge thank you to Sara and Maggie with Sarah Viera Events for being so helpful throughout the entire day. No matter what anyone needed they were there to keep the vibe right and the day flowing.