Tucked away up highway 285 outside of Denver is Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. It’s a beautiful place for a destination wedding. It’s quiet and off the beaten path. It’s laid back but still classy. The mountains rip straight up out of the ground to take your breath away. And of course, there’s the hot springs themselves.

The attention to detail at Ron and Nicole’s wedding was amazing. Most of the details were hand made, and while they were all beautiful, it was the thoughtfulness behind each element that stood out to me. Not at all a haphazard collection of ideas, each item was a puzzle piece literally handcrafted to communicate a much larger message. On a day where everyone gathered to express love and support, Ron and Nicole had invested countless hours in preparation to express their love right back to their family and friends.

It was a gift to get to know Ron and Nicole through their wedding. They’re exceptional people who invest in the world around them.

Congratulations you two! I’m so excited for your new life together!

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  • Christine Arguello - These photos are fabulous. I got all teary-eyed again, as I relived the beauty of this wedding. You truly captured the love that Ron and Nicole feel for each other and the beauty of their relationship.

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Sometimes it just all comes together. This was one of those weddings. It was a beautiful day with wonderful people and a gorgeous backdrop at Deer Creek Valley Ranch in Bailey, Colorado.

Kayla and Eric are stunning, and even more so when they’re standing side by side. They’re so happy together. It’s radiant.

My hope going into their wedding day was just to keep up. Not with the schedule so much as the amazing story that I knew was about to unfold. There was just so much love and care surrounding these two that I wanted to convey through their pictures.

You can see the smile on Kayla’s face as she’s getting ready. Pure joy and excitement.

Or Eric’s tears as Kayla walked down the aisle.

Or (one of my favorite moments of the whole wedding) watching Kayla’s mom during the Father/Daughter dance. She was overwhelmed just watching her daughter and husband dance from across the room.

Or while Eric danced with his mom and she just couldn’t help but smile.

I could go on and on. It was an amazing celebration to be a part of!

Congrats Kayla and Eric!

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When I think of Zane and Laura, I smile. I can’t help it. I don’t think anyone can. Laura exudes joy. It’s contagious. She’s happy. She’s fun. She’s constantly thinking about everyone else around her, never taking herself too seriously.

Zane is the perfect compliment. He’s fun as well, but also strong and a born leader. He naturally cares for those around him, but nowhere is it more evident than when he’s around Laura.

Watching them smile and laugh is a beautiful thing, but these two also plan to use their lives together to make the world around them a better place, and I expect big things because it’s already happening.

Congratulations, Zane and Laura!

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When I haven’t shot at a specific location before, couples are often interested in whether or not I want to (or need to) see a particular spot before the wedding day. I’ve gone back and forth on this because I definitely see the value of preparation – and sometimes it’s just a flat out necessary.

That being said, I love the experience of seeing something for the first time.

I read about psychological theory a long time ago that has always stuck with me. The concept is about how the first time you enter a room is the time you’re most sensitive to it’s unique attributes. Things jump out at you more when you’re new to a space. The longer you’re in the room, the more things start to become normal. The unique elements begin to fade.

Matt and Dena’s wedding was at the the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which was a new space for me. From the gold dome outside to the beautifully and intricately decorated interior, the Cathedral is stunning and fun to photograph.

But this theory seems to apply to people just the same, and that’s what I really love. Most of the couples I work with are fairly new to me. As such, there are things that make them, as well as their families, unique and special that I see right away. Things that I get to document throughout their wedding day.

For Matt and Dena the examples were countless. They’re so grateful for the people around them. So caring. So giving. So humble.

We did a first look to get the nerves out and yet Matt still had tears as Dena stole his breath away one more time walking down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony, grateful to be marrying such an amazing woman.

And the toasts… Listening to family members share about how great these two are was moving. Watching Dena and Matt respond was even more so.

The whole night was filled with laughter and dancing as the families came together to celebrate two beautiful and wonderful people. I’ll never forget watching the overwhelmed smile on Matt’s face that he just couldn’t contain every time he looked over at his new bride, Dena.

Congrats, you two!

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This is a little sappy… sorry.

I wanted to post this in July. I’ve been writing this blog post over and over in my head since then and I just couldn’t figure out how to say what I wanted to say. I don’t know how to say it now, but I’m gonna take a shot.

Basically.. it’s a big ‘Thank You!

June was crazy. For starters, we had a whole bunch of weddings (over 3000 pictures delivered from June alone!). We also had a variety of other photography projects, not to mention my wife’s birthday, our 10 year anniversary, my sister’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, and probably some other important stuff that I’m forgetting at the moment.

I thought (feared) going into June that I would be exhausted when it was all over. And I was. I was also afraid that I would want to quit life in general or that I would turn into an angry, bitter, super exhausted ogre of a person (I’m sure there were moments).

Turns out that what June left me with was an overwhelming sense of gratefulness.

And it’s not that June, in particular, was exceptional… it’s just that, while going through the endurance race that was June, I realized that I’m surrounded with exceptional people in exceptional moments on a regular basis.

I work with amazing people on both sides of the camera. My brides and grooms are unbelievable. They really are. Their friends and family are awesome and I’m so very honored to capture one of the most important days of their lives.

The people I shoot with (including my favorite person in the universe, Kristi, as well as Linsey, Danielle, Aidyn, and Karen) are a gift to be around. And then there’s a whole world of people around me, away from the wedding day, who make life possible (Denae, Matt, Lauren & James…).

I can hear the music playing me off stage, so I’ll end with this… I’m so blessed to be surrounded with all you people, create art, and somehow it’s called ‘work’! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU so very much!

 

My June brides and grooms…

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