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.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Wedding | Megan & Bill

Bride reflected in a compact mirror while getting ready
groom does his hair while getting ready
A groom adjusts his pocket square at Magnolia Hotel
A sister and her bride get into her wedding gown while getting ready at Magnola Hotel
A sister of the bride adjusts the veil before the wedding
A bride puts her earrings on while looking in the mirror
Bridesmaids get to see the stunning bride for the first reveal
A groom shares a laugh with his groomsmen in Denver at Magnolia Hotel
A groom and his groomsmen play pool and billards at Magnolia Hotel in Denver before the wedding
The bride and groom see each other during a first look at the courthouse in Denver
A couple kiss outside of the courthouse in Denver
A couple walk along holding hands outside the courthouse in Denver, Colorado
A couple look into each other's eyes in Denver, Colorado on their wedding day
A couple embrace together and he kisses her on the cheek outside of the courthouse in Denver, Colorado on before they tie the knot
A couple share a moment together in LoDo near the green building
A couple kiss as the sun glows above them near the Denver Zoo beofre their wedding
A groom sees his bride for the first time
A bride walks down the aisle at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
A wedding ceremony takes place on the rooftop deck of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science building as the Denver skyline and mountains can be seen to the west
A couple exchange letters to each other during their ceremony and place them in a wine box
A bride stares into the eyes of her future husband during their wedding at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
A groom looks into the brides eyes at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
A bride reads her vows at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
A couple share their first kiss together on the rooftop deck in front of friends and family at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
A couple walk together
A groomsman gets excited to walk the bridesmaids down the aisle
A couple descend the staircase in the west atrium as they are introduced at their reception at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The couple pose for a portrait with the Denver skyline and City Park behind them after their wedding ceremony
The couple pose during for a portrait as the sun sets behind them after their wedding ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Details from the yellow and blue themed wedding at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science along with cupcakes and flowers
Sister Lindsey shares a speech at the Denver wedding
A groomsman shares a speech
A groomsman shares a speech during dinner
The sister shares a laugh with the bride
Megan and Bill share their first dance together as husband and wife during their reception in the west atrium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Parents dance in the west atrium
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception
Guests dance at the reception in the west atrium
Guests dance at the reception at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The bride and groom dance together in the west atrium of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science during their wedding

I wish all my clients and their families were like Megan and Bill because their Denver Museum of Nature and Science wedding was one of the most enjoyable assignments that I’ve had in a while. Travis joined me to document the day and when we showed up at Magnolia Hotel to meet up with the ladies, Megan’s sister Lindsey greeted us at the door with a huge smile on her face and was ready to help us (and anyone else) with anything that we needed. I hung around with the ladies while Travis headed down a few floors to join the guys while they got ready, drank and played pool.

Right after Megan slipped into her dress, all of her bridesmaids peeked into to the room to witness the complete transformation from friend to stunning bride. Down the street, Bill was waiting at the courthouse to see his bride for the first time and when he did it only confirmed what he already knew. They kissed and kissed and kissed again along the long corridor of white columns. It was an absolutely beautiful location for a first look and we stayed a few moments for a couple of portraits with them. I drove them another location for a portrait before making a quick pit stop at 7-Eleven to get a chocolate snack for Megan (hey, a bride has to eat) on our way to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the ceremony and reception.

The rooftop provides one of the the best views in all of Denver as you can see everything from Pikes Peak to the south to the skyline and even Longs Peak to the north. I know guests are throughly impressed when they walk through the doors to see everything that our great city has to offer. That backdrop was the perfect setting for their ceremony. One of Megan’s bridesmaids, Brielle, served double duty and also officiated the wedding which was a unique touch. Bill’s dad yelled out “HELL YES” when the parents were asked if they were ready to accept their future daughter-in-law that got a great roar of laughter from everyone in attendance. Megan and Bill each placed a letter written to each other in a wine box for their fifth wedding anniversary, exchanged vows and rings and of course Bill got himself another spectacular kiss in front of all their friends and family.

After a few drinks on the second floor everyone came together for dinner where several people shared some great stories. Megan’s sister Lindsey even explained how their celebrity couple name, the “Chadnerts,” came to be. Dessert and dancing took place on the first floor of the west atrium and they had a blast getting down to Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and everything in between.

I have to give a big shout out to Megan’s sister Lindsey and wedding coordinators Kate and Sheila from Bello & Blue Events for making everything look amazing and creating a stress free day for Travis and myself.

Bill and Megan, thank you both for trusting us to document your day. I can’t wait to share more photos with you and your families as soon as you two get back from Hawaii.

Downtown Denver engagement | Devan & Joshua

Devan and Josh share a laugh at Avanti in the LoHi neighborhood during their engagement session
Devan and Josh share a laugh near Avanti in the LoHi neighborhood during their engagement session
Devan and Josh embrace on a staircase near Avanti in the Lower Highlands during their engagement session
A couple have fun together along a painted grafiti wall on Larimer Street in Denver for their engagment
Devan and Josh are cute together at the Union Station Train Station in LoDo to celebrate their upcoming nuptials
The Terminal bar is a great place to share a drink or a moment together like Devan and Josh are doing
A couple embrace closely on a bridge surrounded by twinkle lights in Larimer Square in Denver during their engagment celebration
I met up with Devan and Joshua at Avanti to start their downtown Denver engagement session but before we did anything we had a drink because, why not? The view is obviously amazing but there is a great vibe going on and food is mouth watering. At Devan’s suggestion we had an arepa from Quiero Arepas that potentially changed my life. Trust me, go and get one at your earliest convenience. With (mostly) clear eyes and a full stomach we were ready to take the party on the road.

Devan and Joshua have a great time together and know not to take each other too seriously. They were always laughing and that is such a great thing to capture. Documenting moments is my number one goal as a wedding photojournalist so they were a blast to spend an evening with. I don’t know what Josh was saying but it was clearly working.

They’re getting married at Garden of the Gods Club which has an amazing backdrop so we decided to take this opportunity to make a few photos in an urban setting. LoHi, RiNo and LoDo are all great neighborhoods to photograph an engagement session because there is just so much to choose from. LoHi offers amazing views, RiNo is a great place to search for color and light and LoDo is one of the best places in the city to eat, drink and shoot at iconic locations. Even after dark I love shooting in LoDo because the city lights up and provides a great opportunity for creativity.

I’m obviously biased since I live in LoDo but downtown Denver engagement sessions provide you the opportunity to capture the skyline, iconic locations, fun backdrops and a great place to have a drink to complete the experience.

If this night was any indication, these two are going to throw one heck of a party and I can’t wait to photograph every moment of the day in just a few weeks.