Erin + Ryan | Keystone Timber Lodge Wedding | Colorado Wedding Photographer

Erin and Ryan are the type of couple that don’t know you are in the same room. They are so madly in love with one another you can see where their focus is at all times, with each other. Ryan and Erin are the kind of Colorado couple you will find in the mountains adventuring, hiking and for sure snowboarding. They fell in love in Keystone and so it was fitting they started their married life together, at the top of Keystone mountain at the Timber Lodge and I was there to photograph it all.

Erin and Ryan decided to have their first look at the top of the mountain. Ryan waited anxiously for Erin to ride up the gondola. Ryan, anxious, nervous and excited would start throwing stones off the mountain in anticipation of seeing Erin. As Erin approached there were already tears flowing before he even turned around. As he turned around he opened the flood gates. Ryan, Erin, Heather (my second shooter) and myself had tears running down our faces. They were so very happy, so in love and so excited to start the rest of their lives together. Their first look was so emotional, charged and private and was the definition of what I love for first looks. They get to see each other and immediately wrap their arms around each other and have their moment.

We headed on the gondola over to their ceremony. Ryan excitedly said to Erin, “Babe, how many times have we been down this ski run, and now we are getting married here!” Not only with this location absolutely breathtaking and the epitome of Colorado, it was a location that was very near and dear to their heart. I loved that so much.

Their ceremony was performed by Erin’s brother-in-law and it was full of laughing, tears of happiness and maybe my favorite thing, Ryan, doing the flossing dance right after he said his vows. Both sides of the family were so happy and close. As we headed into the reception the celebration and laughter continued. I could have stayed here all night. Congratulations to Erin and Ryan and I can’t wait to see what your adventure has in store for you! Cheers!

Planning + Design + Floral Erica Sarell Weddings
Venue: Keystone Timber Ridge Lodge
Entertainment: Great Time DJ

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Brittany + Fabio | Arvada Ralston Crossing Wedding | Colorado Wedding Photographer

You know when you meet someone and you just immediately click? That’s Brittany and Fabio. I had so much fun doing their engagement session at Lost Gulch Outlook. These two are absolutely gorgeous, genuine, phenomenal and some of the most kind individuals you will ever meet. They are so loved by many, which you could tell as so many people attended their wedding and the laughs, dancing and shenanigans were endless at their wedding. Please, take me back to their amazing day!!

Their wedding took place at Ralston Crossing. I have a history with this place, you see before it was a gorgeous wedding venue, it was a little church where I would perform my piano recitals for 8 years. (Shout out to Mrs. Tuttle, who was so nice and kind but knew I had zero musical talent but tried to hardest to get through to me anyway) This venue is absolutely breathtaking and the photo opportunities were endless. It was so fun to watch people gather around the fire, laugh and drink. Fabio’s family is from Italy so the Italian was spoken all around us which created a very romantic vibe. (I’m not going to lie, once in a while I would close my eyes and just listen and pretend I was in Italy)

These two were so wildly in love and I cried tears of joy several times throughout their day. Both of their parents were beaming proud (as they should be). As the night went on the dance floor filled with so many very happy faces and spirited dance. It was a night to remember. When the night came to the end, their friends and family were so inviting that we couldn’t help but join them on the dance floor.

So many thanks to Brittany and Fabio for letting me join their family and friends and capture their day of pure joy and celebration. I am absolutely honored and happy I gained some new friends.

Venue: Ralston Crossing
Photography: Colorado Kate Photography
Film: Colin Lee Films
Hair and Makeup: Alex Stroup
Flowers: Petals Colorado
DJ: T&H Entertainment
Officiant: Jane’s Personalized Weddings
Food: Heart’s Desire Catering
Cake and Dessert: Das Meyer

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Arizona Road Trip with Hippie Momma Bags

What is better than a road trip with a girlfriend or two? Nothing!! The warm sun on your face, the open road, and all the possibilities of adventure. At the beginning of the summer I went on a road trip with my friends to Telluride and there were so many laughs and giggles. These moments, when you drive on the opposite side of the road to pass but think you are going to die, or your friend is mad about the fee and we nickname her Mavis, or the side eye you give each other thinking what the heck is going on?? All of it made memories for a lifetime. I’ll never get that time back, and so I’m glad we went on the adventure.

Recently, I joined Cortney and Brittany on their road trip to Sedona, Arizona as they explored the beautiful red rock desert. It was a blast and I earned my new nickname of “Cactus Kate” by being up close and personal to SEVERAL cactus!! I’m not going to lie, most of the time my mind kept thinking what a glorious place Sedona would be for an elopement. I love all the boho bride vibes this road trip gave me! But you know, as a wedding photographer, that’s how my mind works. But as Brittany and Cortney rocked the gorgeous Hippie Momma Bags, there was no shortage of boho vibes.

Cortney is the owner of Hippie Momma Bags. These bags are beautifully made with quality material and hand crafted with love by Cortney with a gorgeous boho flair. I love watching all her new ideas for bags. She’s constantly evolving her bags. I gave her some previews of this shoot and her bag, “The Hendrix”, sold out in a day. (Don’t worry, there’s more on their way!) You do not want to hesitate on purchasing these bags. If you have any questions about obtaining one of these bags, contact Cortney on her website and she would be more than happy to accommodate your request!

I hope you enjoy this girls road trip as much as I enjoyed capturing it!!

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Boulder Colorado Mountain Top Elopement-Jessica & Graham

Elopements today are so much different than I think they were even  15 year's ago.  To me, elopement's used to mean a split second decision to get married with no one around.  Now, many times, they are a well thought out day with the intention of the focus being more around the couple, rather than the event its self.  Benj Haisch was the first photographer to capture something like this.  Just a couple, together, on the top of a mountain who decided that they wanted it to just be them declaring their love.  I find it to be such a beautiful, intentional and intimate way of declaring your love for one another.

Jessica and Graham contacted me the month before they wanted to get married.  They live in Illinois and decided driving out to Colorado, and getting married on the side of a mountain was perfect for them.  We started planning out where this might be.  Colorado is not short on epic places to get married.   They decided Lost Gulch Overlook would be the perfect place.  Although they had never seen it with their own eyes, they trusted my suggestions.  We met up the day before their elopement so that we could pick the perfect spot.  I LOVE bringing people to new places and watching their face light up at Colorado's unmatched beauty.  They were in awe of the outlook and Graham kept exclaiming, "Babe, this is where we are getting married!!!"

And so it was.  On an early morning we woke up with the sun and Graham, Jessica and a close friend Mitch, officiated their wedding on the side of a mountain.  They said their vows and declared their love and it was such an amazing sweet moment.  I think Jessica said it best when she said, "Sometimes the best things in life are the most simple. We chose to elope so our moment could truly be magical and we could focus on the infinite love that we share for each other."  This is perfect and so accurately describes the day as it was nothing short of magical.  Graham and Jessica were so much fun, full of energy and the perfect combo of silliness and love.  I left that day feeling a ton of gratitude that this is what I get to do for a living, capturing all the smiles, love and emotion.  I'm incredibly grateful.

Thank you to Graham and Jessica for letting me capture your amazing day.  It was absolutely magical!

Flowers:  Fawns Leap
HMUA:  Megan S. with Estes Park Bridal Company

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Indian Peaks Engagement-Haley, Matt and Denver

I had an absolute blast with Matt and Haley at their engagement session up at Indian Peaks Wilderness.  New vistas, cute puppy, fabricating names, beer, and true love; I mean, what’s not to enjoy? I love the Brainard Lake Recreational Area. The forest services do such a good job maintaining the integrity of the area, keeping it pristine by controlling crowds and not letting us humans ruin it for everyone and well, overall ensuring it stays just breathtaking.

Matt and Haley are from Florida, which I find interesting that they ended up in Colorado. I guess they just weren't water people; they had a love for Colorado and the mountains that brought them west.  So much so that they named their incredibly cute pup, Denver.  How awesome is that?!  They had never been to the Brainard Lake area before, and showing people fun and amazing places in Colorado is one of my favorite things to do (or “in life” instead of to do??).  I could tell they were blown away by the view and the stunning mountain range surrounding the lake.  It so fun to watch people just soak in all the scenery and take their breath away.

So, true confession--I owe Matt an apology.  At first, I heard his name as “Pat” when we were introduced, and so I called him that.  Then I reverted to Ryan, as I had just had a wedding with a groom named Ryan.  So Matt, thank you for being so kind to me, and forgiving me all my names I had for you.  I feel horrible!  But even with the name mistakes, we had so much fun as we ran around the lake and in the fields of vibrant wildflowers, snuggled in the hammock (them not me), they toasted their love with some beer from Denver Beer Co, and Denver ran around having the time of his life.  Matt and Haley were so sweet, the weather was gorgeous and the evening was so serene for their engagement session.   I'm so excited that Haley and Matt are getting married and can spend forever together.  I am wishing them a lifetime of happiness doing all the things they love.

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Hailey & Ryan-Brookside Gardens-Berthod, Colorado Photographer

Well, this wedding season has been on fire.  I can't believe I get to be the photographer for so many love stories. I always feel so fortunate to capture the beginning of a couple's journey.  One thing is for sure, Hailey and Ryan are absolutely undeniably in love.  I knew this from the minute that I captured their engagement photos at Horsetooth Reservoir.  The session was windy, but it was not cooling them off, they were on fire.  I could not wait to shoot their wedding at Brookside Garden in Berthod, Colorado.

When I arrived, everyone was buzzing with excitement.  As soon as I saw Ryan he gave me a big hug and immediately asked me how Hailey was doing.  I loved his complete excitement and concern for her.  The ceremony was gorgeous and took place underneath a perfectly manicured trellis with giant gorgeous hanging flower baskets.  The ceremony was so touching and so full of love, but what struck me was how much gratitude there was.  Ryan and Hailey thanked everyone for being there with them, they were each so grateful to be marrying the love of their life and for the people there sharing in their love.  Hailey and Ryan had a short courtship but as Hailey says, "When you know, you just know."  Ryan's grandfather married them, and it was so special…and just simply full of love.

While taking portraits after the ceremony, I was shooting some single photos of Hailey and what I noticed was how her face lit up like a Christmas tree when Ryan showed up.  So at this point I just kept Ryan standing behind me and as you can see, the magic began.  Everyone should have this kind of love. I love this LOVE!  I'm certain when I'm not looking, Jace lights up like this too.  Maybe...maybe when I leave, but whatever (I kid).

The reception was a blast.  The speeches were hilarious and heartfelt and the dance floor was on fire from serious footwork heating it up.  Masks, flossing, laughing--this floor had it all.  The weather remained gorgeous, and at the last part of the night Ryan and Hailey snuck out from the reception and danced under the stars.  It was so perfect, and I was so lucky to be a part of this amazing day full of love’s (fire, flame, heat)

Second Shooter: Heather Cline
Venue: Brookside Gardens
Flowers: Lisa Craton, brides mother
DJ: Uncle Robb, groom's uncle
Officiant: Grandpa Jack, groom's grandfather
 

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Colorado Mountain Wedding-Hannah + Skyler-Chief Hosa Wedding

Mountain weddings, couples madly in love, being in Colorado shooting gorgeous people, these are a few of my favorite things.  I had the absolute honor to shoot Hannah and Skyler's gorgeous mountainside wedding at Chief Hosa on the Summer Solstice.  It was the longest day of the year and Hannah and Sky used every single minute to laugh, love, and celebrate.

The ceremony was just perfect, with happy sweet tears and laughter being such a big part of the day.  It was one of those weddings where my face hurt from all the laughs! Afterward, everyone was dancing and genuinely having the time of their life.  I think my favorite moment of the day was when one of Sky's family members turned to me with her face lit up and exclaimed, "We are so lucky we get Hannah!!"  I totally teared up. I was so honored to be a part of this kind of day and such expressions of love.  Watching two families come together as one and to be so authentically happy about it is an amazing thing.

To add to this day, Colorado was being a showoff that day.  Although it started off a bit warm, the afternoon clouds moved in, the deer came meandering down the mountain, and the skies lit up in celebration of such a wonderful long summer day.  It couldn't have been more perfect.  Thank you, Hannah & Sky, for entrusting me to document your amazing wedding in photographs. Here’s wishing  you a lifetime of happiness ... and the best part is it's all in front of you!

Second Shooter:  Heather Cline of Anderloch Photography
Venue: Chief Hosa Lodge
Hair: Jillian Vargas, Turning Heads Studio
Makeup: Mayra Fuentes
Floral:  Mossholder's Floral
Catering: Front Range BBQ
Dessert: Rheinlander Bakery
Wedding Cake: Trisha Klyber, Rheinlander Bakery  

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Fort Collins Wedding Photos-Lindsey + Devin-Colorado Wedding Photographer

I always thought twins would be a blast to have.  That was until my best friend had them and I knew that I was given only what I could handle which is one baby at a time.  The reason I tell you this is because I had the absolute privilege to capture and document Lindsey and Devin's Fort Collins elopement style wedding.  Lindsey and Devin are both twins (obviously not twins which each other).  What are the odds of that?  (God bless their parents)

Lindsey and Devin were married in front of 20 of their closest family and friends at Primrose Studio in Fort Collins on the most beautiful sunny summer day right by the lake against the mountains.  I am such a sucker for lakes!!  I may or may not have even gotten in the lake to get the good shots, but really I may have just wanted to cool off a little and be in the lake.  The ceremony was officiated by Devin's brother and the thing I noticed the most was how much love they were surrounded by.   Everyone was absolutely glowing watching them make the lifelong commitment to each other.

Afterward, we headed to downtown Fort Collins and they met over 100 guests at The Kitchen.  It was a gorgeous reception and I was amazed at what an amazing job The Kitchen did.  Every detail was thought out and well orchestrated.  It was a perfect day, and I cannot thank Lindsey and Devin enough for letting me be apart of their amazing day.

Photography:  Colorado Kate Photography
Second Shooter:  Heather Cline of Anderloch Photography
Venue:  Primrose Studio
Bridal HMUA: Jessie Wagner
Flowers:  Lace and Lillie's Flowers
Reception:  The Kitchen

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A Denver City Park Engagement Session with Sam and Bryn

I spend the majority of my sessions capturing my couples in love in the mountains.  It’s what I do -- it’s what I love. However, there is still so much more to Colorado than just her lovely mountains.  There are the serene Eastern Plains, the breathtaking Western Slope, and of course, her heart: the City of Denver. When Bryn and Sam decided to have their engagement photos done at City Park, I was really excited for a little bit of city love.

Sam and Bryn are your typical Colorado couple, and you will find them climbing and exploring the mountains.  Sam has well over forty 14ers under his belt (I’m crazy impressed with this). You can’t help but instantly love this couple.  They make you laugh, and they are very in love and are just completely comfortable and goofy around each other. I couldn’t help but smile and be excited for them in this new chapter of the life they are starting.  They have many photos in the mountains and were looking for something just a wee bit different.

We headed over to City Park.  I love this park because you get to see the Denver skyline, the mountains with a beautiful lake, and it’s all in the backyard of the Museum of Nature and Science.  The backdrop is absolutely iconic. The weather was perfect, the lighting was gorgeous, and these two were on fire. They danced, played tag, had some wine, and had a sunset picnic.  Their chemistry was just undeniable, and you could see when they looked at each other the rest of the world faded away. This was not my typical session, but I loved every single minute of it!  I cannot wait to capture their wedding this winter, but for now, enjoy their summer engagement session.

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Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks and Recs: Videographers, Basecamp Visual

I have a confession.  I didn’t have a videographer for my wedding.  Almost 10 years ago it wasn’t what it is today.  When I started looking for a videographer for my clients I almost fell out of my chair when I saw all the amazing talent out there.  One of the companies that stood out for me was Basecamp Visual ran by David and Shanna McCann.  Their videos were jaw-dropping movies, that told a story in a way you absolutely felt like you were right there, and I was completely blown away.  I had to meet this incredibly talented couple.

We met for coffee with their boys and the thing I loved about both of them was how happy, enthusiastic and go with the flow they were.  They were so nice, and the kind of people you instantly want to be friends with for life.  When we met, they were in the middle of selling their beautiful charming home in favor of a 1978 Airstream affectionately named May, to adventure in with the plan of settling down on some land and live that beautiful small-town living.  Their commitment to adventure really impressed me.  When my kids were that young, anything like this seemed impossible.

David and Shanna are in love with the art of storytelling.  Shanna’s background is in writing and David’s in cinematography.  They feel so lucky that they get to get to know a couple and tell their stories.  Shanna gushed, “There are so many good stories to tell.  People have so many amazing stories and we love telling it in a unique and beautiful way.  We feel absolutely honored to be a part of their story.”

They love the couple who finds the outdoor venue and let go of all tradition and do something that is so sentimental and true to who the couple is.  They love when they can go with a couple on a trail and figure out why it has so much meaning to them. They emphasize that they also love tradition as well as long as it speaks to the couple, it all makes for a great story to share.

I asked them if there was anything they would want potential couples to know and they said there is a common misconception, that they should be filming the whole time, but the truth is, the camera isn’t constantly running.  To tell a story in a 3-5 minute film, they are giving the best shots to tell the best story.  They may not include every single moment, but they are collecting the most impactful moments, the letters, or vows, they want to capture the most important to the couple.

David and Shanna were kind enough to share their video of a wedding in the Pacific Northwest in a treehouse.  Enjoy their amazing talent and do not forget to hire them.  I wish they were doing this when I got married, I would not even hesitate to hire them for my big day. 

PNM Treehouse Wedding

 David, Shanna, the boys and May. Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

David, Shanna, the boys and May.
Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

 David McCann Photo credit: Basecamp Visual

David McCann
Photo credit: Basecamp Visual

 Shanna McCann Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

Shanna McCann
Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

 The McCann Family Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

The McCann Family
Photo Credit: Basecamp Visual

 

 

 

Adventures of Colorado Kate: Mount Evans with Love

The other day I went to a funeral and the husband gave the most loving and moving eulogy.  It made me think about what would Jace say about me and it made me laugh.  The first thing that you should know is I come up with epic fail dates.  I really excel at them.  I will drag him  to the sidewalk chalk festival and it's a crowd and it's a cluster, and it's hot and by the end everyone is angry.  So I think about what he would say, "UGH....Kate would drag me around and it was always so awful."  Hey I tried, and he knows that.

Lately, life has run me down and not because of anything bad happening, just not having a break from the hustle of life.   And so for the holiday weekend my kids went off to the country with grandma, and Jace and I had a break.  So I decided we would have an adventure day.  We started kayaking in the morning and ended up on top of Colorado's #14 tallest 14er.  A 14er is any mountain that is 14,000 feet or taller than sea level.  

I've hiked 4 of these and they are brutal.  Although the trails themselves aren't that hard (it should be noted  I've done the "easier" ones, but others I haven't been on are real brutal), the thin air makes everything so difficult.  Usually, towards the top, I have to keep breaking to get air into my lungs.  My friend, Natalie Magee of Yogi Magee Expeditions, had suggested we do a photography workshop at sunset on the top of the mountain.  I thought that was a great idea until we ran into permit issues.  We are currently looking for a new location.  However, it made me realize it would be a great way to introduce Jace to a 14er.  So on our adventure day we headed up to Mount Evans.  

The road to Mount Evans is America's highest road.  It is only open in the summer, and this year it opened Memorial Day weekend.  Depending on the weather, it will close approximately Labor Day.  I'm not going to lie, it's a little dicey for my tastes.  It's narrow and unforgiving at points.  But if you aren't driving, the outlooks are simply breathtaking.  Careful not to fall off the road, we made it to the top.  At this point, we were in hurricane-force winds.  This is the point Jace gives me the look.  The look that says, "Seriously, why are we doing this?  What have you gotten us into?"  With an annoyed sigh, he said, "UGH.  Are we going to the top????"  Ummmm....yes.

We got our winter gear on, hiking boots, leashed up our dog Lucy, and headed for the short hike to the summit.   The wind was fierce and the trail was solid ice.  I'm not going to lie, Jace was annoyed and I knew we were on our way to having another epic fail date under our belt.  We saw a mountain goat on our short hike up, which helped combat against this being a solid loss.   The thing about the summit is that you just simply will not see views of Colorado like that anywhere else.  When we got to the top, Jace couldn't even believe it and then my hope may have come to fruition and he saw my love of 14ers.  Of the 4 other 14ers I've done, I think Mount Evans has the prettiest view.  You can see the Front Range, Pikes Peak, the valley by Fairplay, the Collegiate mountains, the view just goes on and on.  As the sun set, the mountain ranges just lit up and we were so lucky to see the show.

We got back in the car, this time Jace in the driver seat and headed down.  I asked him if he liked it and he said, "Yes that was really cool!"  I shrieked.  Yes!  This would not be an epic fail date and hopefully, a love of 14ers was born so I can drag him to more places around the world. 

 Jace had to walk Lucy because the strong winds and ice combined with my klutziness was a recipe for disaster.  

Jace had to walk Lucy because the strong winds and ice combined with my klutziness was a recipe for disaster.  

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 Although I am a professional photographer, I am a horrible at selfies.  It is what it is.

Although I am a professional photographer, I am a horrible at selfies.  It is what it is.

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 Thanks lady from Austin.

Thanks lady from Austin.

 I love Jace.  I told him to sit on that ledge, forgetting he had a fear of heights.  I'm starting to understand more why we have epic fail dates.

I love Jace.  I told him to sit on that ledge, forgetting he had a fear of heights.  I'm starting to understand more why we have epic fail dates.

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 This is the shadow Mount Evans was casting and it was so cool to see.

This is the shadow Mount Evans was casting and it was so cool to see.

 I will call this the road to heaven, because Jace drove a little too fast up it, while I was screaming, "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!"  I'm super calm and cool like that.

I will call this the road to heaven, because Jace drove a little too fast up it, while I was screaming, "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!"  I'm super calm and cool like that.

Colorado Foggy Mountain Engagement with Paul and Hilary

Being a natural light outdoor Colorado wedding and engagement photographer I am 100% at the mercy of Colorado weather.  So this means being able to go with the flow and be super flexible.  Colorado weather isn't even really predictable until 3 days out and even then, you just really don't know.  You need to embrace what is given to you and see the magic that is meant to be. 

For Paul and Hilary's engagement session the weather was not looking like it was going to cooperate.  Rain on and off for most of the day and lightning thunderstorms in the afternoon.  I'm okay with some rain, but lightning storms in the mountains is an absolute no.  We watched the weather as the thunderstorms were starting at 3pm, then 5pm, maybe 8pm.  Because this was the only day that it was going to work for our schedules we decided to take the gamble and head up to Mount Falcon and take a chance.  If we heard thunder we would close up shop and hope to do our photo shoot another time.

Hilary and Paul were amazing.   They came looking like models out of magazines.  I was so in love with Hilary's gorgeous flowy dresses.  Their sense of style was outstanding.  I wish I could take credit for this style but that was all of them.  As always, I was thrilled they brought their pup Axel too and Paul's mom was there to assist with Axel which I always love and appreciate!  

We shot for about 2 hours, and there was no rain, no thunder, no lighting, just gorgeous moody fog that produced magic that I couldn't have predicted.  Sometimes you think you know what you want, and then you get handed exactly what you need.  I'm so glad the weather wasn't Colorado typical sun and bright.  It put the spotlight on Paul and Hilary's love that shines much brighter than the sun.  Congratulations to Paul and Hilary!  I am wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

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A Colorado Mountain Engagement Session with John, Kelsey and the Pups!

Fact, I never get tired of shooting madly in love couples in the Colorado mountains.  Ever.  I could do it every day and be the happiest girl in the world.  I met Kelsey and John up at Mount Falcon with their amazing pups.  I am so thrilled to be shooting their wedding this fall!  And their love for each other did not disappoint and left me wanting more.

I was so happy that John and Kelsey chose to include their gorgeous pups in their engagement photo shoot.  They are so much part of the family.  I'm still reeling in grief of having to say goodbye to our Charlie girl, I find it so important to include the pets.  If I could, I would even include the cats too, but since they are on their own schedule and pretty unpredictable, it's a little harder.   Kelsey and John rescued both of their pups from very early ages and have spent hours of time and love pouring into Guinness and Bailey.  Their hard work has paid off and these pups are amazing dogs!

When capturing John and Kelsey I could not help but smile and think about how they remind me so much of Jace andme.  All the playful banter, the ease and comfort they are with each other, it makes me so giddy to see them so happy together and you know they are going to have a solid future together.  Plus they treat their dogs like kids and I love that.  Dogs really are kids that never move away, aren't they?

 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.
 Engagement photos up at Mount Falcon in the Colorado Mountains.

Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks, and Recs: Lettering for Your Invites and wedding signs

Here is the truth.  My handwriting wasn't earning me any "A's" in school but I have a real love affair with beautiful handwriting.  My mom had gorgeous writing, and I always knew when any card came from her, it was always carefully written out.  A friend of mine had shared a letting workshop that AE Lettering Co was hosting at Legends Coffee.  I checked out Alyssa's, the owner's, Instagram and was super impressed with her work.  I signed up for her workshop and headed down to the coffee shop.

First of all, can we talk about this cute coffee shop, Legends Coffee located in the Southland Shopping Center?  It is the cutest, with beautiful reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs and gorgeous windows letting in all the light in.  It's a family fun workshop and Tabitha the owner is so friendly and inviting.  If I wasn't in Arvada, I would be here all the time.  Denver South photographers, this is the coffee shop to bring your clients!!  Alyssa greeted us at the door and Tabitha crafted a coffee of our choice.  I had a delicious dirty chai and it was amazing!

The workshop was about 2 hours and Alyssa had a packet of worksheets.  (My 7-year-old daughter couldn't believe I had handwriting sheets too.)  Alyssa explained to us the different markers, the papers, and the different strokes and we were on our way.  Alyssa's packet's also included detailed instructions so we could go home and practice, great resources for continuing our education and a gorgeous professional pen.

If you are a do it yourself girl, grab your bridesmaids, sign up for her workshop and learn to letter from Alyssa!!  She has more workshops coming up.  Follow her on her Facebook page for more upcoming events.  However, if you craft like me, (example below), leave it to the professionals!  Contact AE Lettering for your invites, your beautiful wooden signs, or your mirror signs for your wedding. You will not regret this decision!

 We will put this in the category of, "Well I tried."  

We will put this in the category of, "Well I tried."  

 Seriously the cutest coffee shop ever.

Seriously the cutest coffee shop ever.

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 Tabitha, Ledgends Coffee owner.  You will immidately feel like you are right at home!

Tabitha, Ledgends Coffee owner.  You will immidately feel like you are right at home!

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 The beautiful packet Alyssa provides each student, with paper, professional pens and instructions.

The beautiful packet Alyssa provides each student, with paper, professional pens and instructions.

 

 

Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks and Recs: Manofatto-Homemade Gifts Made with Love

Getting people gifts stresses me out.  What do get a person you care about?  What's the one thing they want?  Then I go to the store and suddenly my cart is full of things and I have to narrow it down to one.  What's a girl to do?

Introducing the answer to your conundrum, Manofatto!  Manofatto, which is slang in Italian for "handmade", are beautiful handmade wooden boxes constructed by Craig and then stuffed with amazing goodness by his wife Katelyn.  These carefully curated boxes are filled with a theme in mind, but Katelyn can also customize any box.  Almost all of her hand picked items are local items or made in America.

When I arrived to Katelyn's home to photograph some of her gorgeous boxes I was taken back by how warm and friendly she was.  It felt like going to hang out with my best friend.  Katelyn told me that although she has about 45 boxes on her website, none of them are premade.  She wants to make sure that they are perfect for each and every person.  Ah, yes, each of these boxes really is manofatto!

As I mentioned above, her husband is a skilled woodsman who makes the boxes.  But this company keeps it all in the family.  Her mom comes over and helps stain all the boxes and her sister is the talent behind all the gorgeous hand-calligraphy notes.  I love so much that this company keeps it in their tight-knit family.  When you get your box, you will feel like you have received a gift full of love and family, which is exactly what you are receiving.

I was able to photograph some gift boxes that were going out to bridesmaids, groomsmen, honeymooners and wedding. Also, don't forget mother's day is coming up, this would be an amazing gift for your mom!

 Photographer welcome gift for clients - Colorado Kate Photography
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Boulder Colorado Mountain Engagement Session with Maureen and Peter

Meet my gorgeous couple Maureen and Peter.  They have recently relocated to Colorado from Connecticut and are quickly settling into the laid-back Colorado lifestyle.  What a great addition to Colorado these two are!  Since they are still fairly new, we headed up through Boulder into the mountains and up to Lost Gulch for that gorgeous mountain outlook.  We were not disappointed with this location and Colorado was showing off with a gorgeous sunset.  (Hooray for sunset season!!!)  I just loved these two!  They were so full of love.  I'm excited to show you their photos!

I love watching people take in all of Colorado, even on a crowded day where everyone is perched trying to get good seats for the Colorado sunset.  One thing I love our about state is how friendly people are.  Several times people offered to move so we could get in an epic spot.  Peter and Maureen were so sweet and so in love, I'm not even sure they noticed the crowds and scenery.  I love watching couples exchange laughs and glances and watching how they are just so comfortable with each other.  I absolutely love my job, I always leave my session so happy and filled with so much hope for the future.  I cannot believe I get to do this for a living.

Maureen and Peter wanted to know if they could bring their dog, Murphy.  UM....heck yes you can!  Meet Murphy, the adventure dog.  This dog was ready for a good hike, good run and lots of love and snuggles.  Murphy was such a sweet dog and I was more than happy he joined the engagement session.  There just needs to be more dogs all around us!  

If you've just become engaged (congratulations!) and need a wedding photographer, or engagement photographer, I would love to help you out!  Contact me, and let's get some coffee and see what I can do to help you out!

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Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks and Recs: Hair and Makeup for Your Hiking Elopement

We've all seen those gorgeous brides who have hiked up the Rocky Mountains or other places, for their elopement and their hair and makeup looks impeccable.  How is that possible???  Let me introduce you to the answer, Megan Swensen of Estes Park Bridal Company.  I was fortunate enough to meet her at our stylized Denver Clock Tower shoot which you may have seen on my previous blog.  Megan worked on the bride's hair and makeup and I was so impressed with her work I had to share her with you!

Megan has been working on hair and make up for over 7 years and has been exclusively doing brides for the last 3 years.  She told me, "It's like painting a canvas, and each and every bride is different and it is so interesting and exciting."   Since she is located in Estes Park, which is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park so she is a great person to contact.  She doesn't even flinch when thinking about a 3 am makeup & hair appointment for your sunrise session.  She truly loves what she does, and it shows in her craft.  Megan was kind enough to give me some tips and tricks to share with you for your mountain hiking engagement or elopement.

Tips and Tricks for your Hair and Make-Up

  1. Use airbrush makeup!  The liquid-based silicone is so bendable, it creates a         customizable tone that looks more natural and applies lightly.
  2. Keep makeup light and natural.  Too much can tend to look a little out of place in the beauty of the mountains.
  3. Use waterproof mascara.  There will be tears, a little bit of sweat and you don't want any black coming down your face.
  4. Braids are perfect for hiking and keeping your hair set while hiking and gorgeous against anything the elements may throw your way. 
  5. Half-up up hair fairs really well hiking.
  6. Have your stylist do pin curls, then let them down when you arrive at your place of elopement.
  7. (Kate's tip:  Hire Megan!!)
  8. Most importantly, make sure you stay true to what is you!!
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Coming Soon! Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks and Recs

Planning a wedding is like nothing else I've ever done.  There were so many things and details to think about and the question is where do you start?  Wedding Wire and The Knot are great starting points, but how do you know you know they are reliable since so much of it is paid advertisement?

That's why I thought I would start a new blog series, Colorado Kate's Tips, Tricks and Recs.  This gives you insights into Colorado's best venues, vendors, unique ideas, giving you some tips on your wedding day.  I've already got a line up of some really amazing and talented people to ensure you have the BEST wedding day possible.  These are a collection of amazing talented people that have really impressed me with their work.  None of them have paid me for these features, that's just not how I roll.  As a Colorado native, I have insight on some great places you may not even know about, tips for having a good adventure in the mountains, and I have connections with some great people that will help you make your day exactly how you imagined it being.

Wedding season is upon us, and for my 2019 couples, I want to help you make this day perfectly about what fits you two as a couple.  Don't forget this day is about YOUR love and what makes you so in love with one another and celebrating this happiness for the rest of your life.  If you have any questions, or I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to contact me!!  I am happy to help come up with ideas or even do a little bit of light research for you if I don't already have the answer.  Let's work together to make your day perfect!

Cheers,

Colorado Kate

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Boulder Mountain Romantic Snow Engagement Session-Lindsey & Devin

Lindsey and Devin are one of those couples who are just delightful when you meet them.  They are a total go with the flow and don't stress about everything type.  (I need to take in more of this energy!)  We scheduled their engagement photos to be take up in Boulder, up in the gorgeous Colorado mountains over Spring Break.  It had been snowing off and on all week so that morning I warned them the spot we chose may be muddy & icy, did they want to possibly reschedule?  No, they didn't.  I love this because some of the most epic  engagement sessions are created in the least perfect conditions.

As our time came around it started snowing pretty good.  Spring time in Colorado, sunny in the morning, huge gorgeous flakes by the evening.  I offered again to reschedule, but they didn't want to and I was so excited.  Shooting in active snow was a goal of mine this season.  As we arrived in Boulder, I realized our original spot was not going to work out as the outlook would be gone so we changed plans and went up to NCAR.  If you haven't been up there you should go.  The NCAR building was built by I.M. Pei, and they have so many trails all around!  I have yet to go up there and not see a heard of deer.  I knew someone who lived in the foothills and called deer big rats, but I still get so excited seeing them!

As we did a little exploring, and capturing love under a blanket of snow I got to know Lindsey and Devin a little better.  She's a nurse and he's a teacher.  They have been together for a while and are now getting married this summer up in Fort Collins (which will be my first wedding of the season and after this session I could not be more excited for it!).  I loved how comfortable they are around each other and how effortless they were.  They had a real softness about them.  I loved their sense of adventure in the snow.  My favorite fun fact about Lindsey and Devin is that they are both twins.  How cool is that?  

I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!!

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