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Julie and Nate: The Wedding
Julie and Nate: The Wedding

Julie and Nate were married in Grand Lake, CO in May of 2015.  It was truly beautiful.  It was also nearly two years ago.  But time and children have intervened and I’ve lapsed in posting until now.  I do remember one thing quite clearly from the wedding.  Julie’s dad gave a wonderful speech about his […]

Shannon and Chris: The Wedding
Shannon and Chris: The Wedding

Shannon and Chris were married at the historic Fleming Mansion in Denver on a beautiful and hot August day.  The day was very laid-back and full of time with family and friends.  And included one dressed-up dog ring bearer who did a very good job. Congratulations!  

Ori and Katie: The Wedding
Ori and Katie: The Wedding

Katie and Ori were married at the Crag’s Lodge in Estes Park on a beautiful and warm day.  The wedding was a true celebration of the family and community of the two.  There were babies, elders, and generations in between here to bear witness and support this new part of the family story.  It seemed […]

Cynthia and John: Wedding Preview
Cynthia and John: Wedding Preview

Congratulations to newlyweds Cynthia and John who only had to stand at the altar for a few awkward moments waiting for the right song to play before their celebratory walk down the aisle as a married couple. “Take us out Phyllis”

Sarah and Dave: The Wedding
Sarah and Dave: The Wedding

Sarah and Dave had a wonderfully personal and intimate wedding that expressed who they were as a couple perfectly.  Dave proposed to Sarah at a bench in the Botanic Gardens so the location just felt right.  Initially they were to marry in June in a large ceremony at a very well known Boulder landmark that […]

Michael and Katie: The Wedding
Michael and Katie: The Wedding

Michael and Katie were married on a Spring day just as the buds were appearing on the trees and the crab apple blossoms exploding.  The day before their wedding it has snowed.  But the warmth of Michael’s relationship was undaunted by the late Spring chill and the wedding was truly a celebration of their relationship […]

Michael and Katie: Wedding Preview
Michael and Katie: Wedding Preview

The touch that says I love you.  The look the says I love you always.  The moment fleeting but the sentiment always present. Congratulations Michael and Katie!

Emily and Noah: The Wedding
Emily and Noah: The Wedding

This wedding sounded beautiful.  It was filled with music enveloping the marriage and the wedding in love.  Not just love for Emily and Noah, the two getting married.  But love of lives well lived.  Love between parents.  Love between a couple married sixty three wonderful years.  Music infused with experience and with a message that […]

Mariam and Mike: The Wedding
Mariam and Mike: The Wedding

This was the third wedding for Mariam and Mike.  The first, a drive-through Vegas wedding.  The second, a traditional Muslim ceremony with Mariam’s family.  The third, this one, a true Seattle wedding with all their family and friends. It was filled with magical moments dancing on the beach.  With family dancing in circles waving handkerchiefs. […]

Elizabeth and Evan: The Wedding
Elizabeth and Evan: The Wedding

The last wedding I photographed was three weeks before my daughter, River, was born.  Seven months later I had a smiling wrigly baby.  Leading up to this wedding I knew it would be tough to be away from River but I knew once I was in the middle of photographing a wedding again I would […]

Wedding Preview: Emily and Noah
Wedding Preview: Emily and Noah

For a few moments before their ceremony, Emily and Noah took time to check in with each other.  To tell each other how wonderful they looked.  How much they were loved.  And just how much they were looking forward to being married (because like everyone else, they were nervous about the actual ceremony but looking […]

Wedding Preview: Mariam and Mike
Wedding Preview: Mariam and Mike

Congratulations to Mariam and Mike married last weekend for the third (and last for now) time! May your marriage be filled with such beautiful laughter and love as it was in your vows.

Elizabeth and Evan: Wedding Preview
Elizabeth and Evan: Wedding Preview

May your marriage be as full of laughter, love, and wonderful family as your wedding day. All our love to both of you!!

Melanie and Jason: The Wedding
Melanie and Jason: The Wedding

Often before the ceremony a couple is nervous.  During a first look they will likely be focused on what is about to happen.  And while this is true sometimes it’s nice to see each other before the ceremony.  Not for the pictures (never do anything for the pictures).  But simply because sometimes the one person […]

Anna and Josh: The Wedding
Anna and Josh: The Wedding

Josh had ginger ale before the ceremony.  Anna had peppermint tea.  Both nervous and so very excited.  And afterwards, nearly at the moment they were alone together, Anna burst into tears on Josh’s shoulder. It’s been months but I still laugh when I think about Jill’s, Anna’s sister, speech at the reception.  These two were […]

Stephanie and Wade: The Wedding
Stephanie and Wade: The Wedding

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that wedding trends are meaningless.  Sure, suspenders might be “trendy”.  Or maybe bunting is “trendy.”  Or weddings in fields are ever so “trendy.” I call bull. Couples should be able to pull from sources of inspiration within themselves and from the outside world without worrying if some fun […]

Angie and Caleb: The Wedding
Angie and Caleb: The Wedding

My favorite part of the day: the wedding vows.  Absolutely hands-down no question. They were nothing special and yet so special.  Sometimes couples write their own vows and they’re beautiful and special and expertly crafted.  Angie and Caleb did not do that.  They went with tradition and embraced the words and commitment of those before […]

Ajana and Bakari: The Wedding
Ajana and Bakari: The Wedding

This was a rare wedding where I had not met the couple before the wedding day.  Normally we do an engagement session or at the very least have a beer (or they have a beer and I stare longingly at it) but that didn’t happen for this wedding.  Because of this I was extra nervous. […]

Mary and Sean: The Wedding
Mary and Sean: The Wedding

As I waited with Mary as her sister and close friend fixed her dress and generally fussed over her, she was impatient.  Not in an anxious way.  No, simply in a I’m about to get married and the moment can’t come fast enough, way.  As we started to hear the sound of her mom’s flute […]

Jessica and Gabe: The Wedding
Jessica and Gabe: The Wedding

There are some couples I meet that I just fall in love with.  Jess and Gabe are one of those couples for me.  Together they exude a tenderness and calm undercut with an incredibly strong love for each other and those dear to them. Together they hold each other up and truly allow each to […]

Kelly and Joe: The Wedding
Kelly and Joe: The Wedding

Sometimes a wedding just feels right.  It has just the right amount of love, beauty, and ease. And the right amount of things going off-plan. That was Kelly and Joe’s wedding. It was perfect in that it was imperfect.  The dead squirrel that had been in the bridal cabin the day before was removed prior […]

Melanie and Jason: Wedding Teaser (and photobooth)
Melanie and Jason: Wedding Teaser (and photobooth)

After the kiss and basking in happiness.  Congratulations, Melanie and Jason! Photobooth images here. Contax 645, 80mm lens, Kodak Portra 400

Anna and Josh: Wedding Teaser
Anna and Josh: Wedding Teaser

Congratulations to a lovely couple who know how to love and never take themselves too seriously.  Yay for Anna and Josh, our favorite newlywed jokesters! Contax 645, 80mm lens, Kodak Portra 800

Liz and Sam: The Wedding
Liz and Sam: The Wedding

If I have one thing to say for this wedding it would be that it was one really, really great party.  A really great party for two wonderful, amazing, and totally in love people. In the toasts it was clear how perfectly matched Liz and Sam are for each other.  They love each other deeply […]