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Let’s hear it for the boys! With the new law here in Colorado allowing gay couples to get married, it is time for some real inspiration. Colorado is often thought of for its rustic style, more antlers and pine trees than industrial and modern. This style shoot shows off contemporary and masculine decor with zinc details, succulents and other structural floral elements like thistles and lavender, and geometric details on the cake.
- Craft Beer Tasters with appetizer pairings for a true Colorado cocktail hour
- Martinis and other cocktails feature Colorado distilleries like Stranahan’s and the Colorado Vodka Company
- Martini salads with rainbow carrots and micro greens mirror the signature martinis
- A midcentury modern white Rolls Royce for a stylish send off
- Giant “Love” marquee lights, perfect for a romantic pictures at the end of the evening
Photographer: Kokoro Photography | Venue : Villa Parker | Planner Colorado Aisle Weddings & Events | Florist: Bella Calla | Hair Stylist: Kim J. Beauty | Catering: Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering | Wedding Cake: Kelley Kakes | Event Design: Marilee & Grace Wedding + Event Design | Wedding Attire: Wedding Treasures Bridal & Tuxedo | Paper Goods: Chatham & Caron Letterpress Studio | Event Rentals: Event Rents
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” - John Denver
Notes from the photographers, Tiffany and Cr Brinton:
Have you have ever seen any of the romantic comedies like “About Time” or “Natural Disaster” where not even the craziest of weather can ruin the bride and groom’s spirit? Courtney and Brandon’s wedding might as well have been a scene right out of one of those movies. Their wedding takes the cake for the phrase “when it rains it pours” and with that their love for one another shined through the storm and they managed to own the day and just have fun. As guests were being seated for the ceremony at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens the weather decided to take a turn for the worse and left everybody running for shelter. Even with all the chaos there was nothing but love and a lot of laughter in the air. Luckily the rain broke and we were able to venture around and take advantage of the Chiluly exhibit along with the gardens. Ann with Cloud 9 Bliss and Nicole with Swank Stems put together one of the most beautiful weddings we have seen in a while and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to be a part of this very beautiful day. A big thank you to everyone involved!
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Notes from the photographer, Joshua McDonald:
How much can I say about this wedding? How much can I say about these two wonderful people or their families? It’s sincerely difficult to always find the correct words when you are just simply blown away by people. Whether it be their actions, words, or a simple gesture, these two and their family have captured this photographers heart. Our photographic journey originally started this winter when Devon & Phoenix wanted to have their engagement session. Seeing that they’re complete outdoorsy folks who love traveling, hiking, camping, and doing insane things like freezing. I didn’t think much of it. Their engagement session started off beautiful in Golden, then up the mountains we went. I thought we were heading straight to Breckenridge but I assumed wrong. FIRST! We had to stop up at Loveland Pass… It was very very windy and cold. But we did it, it was probably -5 with 50 mph winds. My fingers felt as if they were going to fall off! Haha, well we headed towards Breck to find the perfect location, we photographed in town, outside of town, up from the town, etc… It was a blast, their photographs turned out absolutely beautiful. How could they not? Have you seen these two? Not to mention they’re #headoverheals in love with each other!
So, when it came time for their wedding I didn’t expect anything less then something out of the way, remote and difficult to get to. They said, Alta Lakes… Who would have thought it was at the top of a mountain hovering over 11,000 feet? So, imagine my surprise when I 4wheeled all the way up a mountain, over some hills, rocks, more rocks, to this absolutely beautiful and to die for location? It was worth it. Breathing might have been difficult, so of course, they had oxygen for anyone that needed it! I’m stubborn so I went without.
Their family was fantastic, helped out in every way possible, made sure that everything was taken care of. What a family! I would have to say that’s the very definition of love & support. I loved every second of the day with these two and their family. There was never a dull moment and #geegolly it was beautiful! At one point, I even saw a plane fly by at eye level which was weird to experience. I think I was even higher then the plane.
Did I mention that they DIY’d pretty much everything? Phoenix’s bouquet included a piece from her brother’s wedding, which was her something borrowed. The day was classy, elegant, fun, full of love and care. There may have been an explosion… I can’t really say… Oh and did I mention there was beer? Lots of it, how could we expect anything less from someone like Devon? He is, after all, a beer connoisseur.
I love love #loved this entire day, these people, and everything that they stand for. This Denver Wedding Photographer had an absolute blast and was grateful to be apart of it. I look forward to hopefully many more weddings with this family… Lots of brothers & sisters… Congratulations again you two! I hope you love the photos!
The first weekend of October marks Colorado brides’ once a year chance to shop the extended Monique Lhuillier bridal collection and to save 10% at LISTmember Anna Be! Book early for this trunk show as it will book quickly!
Monique Lhuillier is legendary in the bridal world and once you have a chance to step into her flawlessly designed gowns you will understand why. The spring 2015 wedding dresses have touches of sophisticated sparkle, delicate sleeves, and hints of mint and blue tones. Totally dreamy. The collection ranges from $3,800 – $8,500. For this event, Anna Be is taking appointments this weekend Friday – Sunday.
Notes from the photographer, Callie Riesling Photography:
Kim and Marie were married on the 18th floor of the Daniels & Fisher Tower, The Clock Tower that ascends high into the sky above the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. This stunning and unique venue spans the 17th to the 21st floor plus the additional getting ready suite on it’s own floor and the crow’s nest even further beyond the 21st floor. Kim and Marie’s wedding was a fun filled day with family and friends and the stunning, modern backdrop of the clock faces.
The bride and groom held true to the groom’s father’s Irish traditions and did the “knot tying ceremony” to symbolize the bond of marriage. And, of course, the guys wore kilts which make for killer photos! With the mountain view, the kilts, the fall colors, this fall wedding was everything!
Photographer: Tyler Jones Photography | Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Event Planner: Sarah Viera Event Planning & Design | Floral Designer: Bare Root Flora | Caterer: Biscuits and Berries | Cake Designer: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet | DJ: Starkey Productions | Hair Stylist: Evergreen Cottage | Makeup Artist: Magnifica Bella
Notes from LISTmember and Photographer, Merrick Chase:
Telluride, Colorado residents Sarah and Tyler are two of the most spontaneous, adventurous, and self-motivated people that I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with. Whether day tripping in their dune buggy over high mountain passes in the San Juans (Mountain Range), speeding along together on Tyler’s Ducati through the rugged Colorado landscape, or simply tearing it up on the dance floor of any night club, USA, these two know how to have fun with a capital ‘F’ in utterly any situation.
Sarah is a family practice nurse practitioner who graduated summa cum laude with her masters in science and nursing from Vanderbilt University. She serves her patients with utter dedication and a kindness that you can actually see radiate from her eyes. Tyler is a restaurateur and the two reside in the small and eccentric town of Telluride, Colorado. Both came for a visit independently of the other and ultimately fell in love with the mountains and decided to stay.
Tyler moved to Telluride several years ago to [construct from the ground up] and then open an utterly unique kind of high-end restaurant-bar, offering only the very best in gourmet ‘bites’ and creative cocktails, Manhattan style, with what might be called a speakeasy vibe. Previously, he’d spent the better part of a decade working for famed Nobu Restaurants. During the three-and-a-half years prior to moving to Telluride, Tyler served as director for the entire beverage program for their New York restaurants. Tyler’s Telluride creation, called simply ‘There,’ soon became known to insiders and celebrity visitors to town alike as the ‘hippest place in town to go for a cocktail.’
Located in a quiet corner of Telluride’s slightly less traveled West End, A-list visitors seem to feel right at home ‘there.’ Guests have included the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Lance Armstrong, David Byrne, Hillary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Jewel, Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Shadyac, makeup magnate Bobbi Brown, screenwriter John Millius (think Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry), director Barry Soddenfeld, mandolin virtuoso and Nickel Creek frontman Chris Thile, as well as his Punch Brothers band members. A sampling of private party guests drinking up There’s cocktails while enjoying There food at private events catered by Tyler’s restaurant include the likes of Brad Pitt, Quincy Jones, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Hawke, John Stewart, and Steve Carell- to name a few.
Suffice to say that There has become the stuff of legend in the few short years since its opening and that Tyler and Sarah are pleased. Both are about the most down to earth people you could ever hope to meet and that must be another reason for There’s great success. Tyler and his investors are currently exploring a location for his second Colorado venture, somewhere on the Front Range.
When Sarah and Tyler aren’t working they can be found out enjoying all that high country living has to offer, ranging from the motorized activities mentioned above to both townie and fat biking, powder skiing, and hosting friends for elegant dinner parties (with the best food and drink you’ve ever tasted in your life!). They both also enjoy traveling to favorite destinations like Marfa, Texas, New York City, and Isabella, Puerto Rico.
The images from this shoot really capture the spontaneity of this couple and just how carefree they’re able to be together. They don’t mind being perceived as silly; in fact, they thrive on just this kind of behavior. You can certainly see this in the photos and I think that the photos also go to show what a great team these two are apart of and how much they value each other. The love between them is so free flowing, when you’re around them that you can’t help but feel it- and join in their fun. I think you’ll see what I mean as you have a look at this quite spontaneous shoot that took place while the couple was visiting Boulder on a trip to scout for possible locations for Tyler’s next restaurant project. The shoot serves as sort of a ‘snippet’ of their day as I spent a couple of hours hopping around town with them.