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Patricia & Andrew | Classy Downtown Denver Wedding

February 11, 2018

This is the wedding of “Handsome & Sweets”…

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He’s a lawyer and she’s a mechanical engineer. She calls him “Handsome”, and he calls her “Sweets”.

Patricia and Andrew were referred to me for their gorgeous downtown Denver wedding by a mutual friend, and their hairstylist, Alex from Indie Six Salon.

They met at a mutual friend’s dinner party and had an intimate ceremony in Denver’s City Park.  It was originally going to be in Denver’s Civic Center Park downtown, but that happened to be the weekend of the annual “People’s Fair”, which draws 100 thousand people for the weekend…whoops!  It all turned out just fine since we were able to shoot at Union Station and the Byron Courthouse.

They got ready at the recently remodeled Crawford Hotel inside Denver’s historical Union Station.  Patricia is a native to the Dominican Republic and make the most stunning Bride!  Their First Look took place in the Cooper Lounge and the lighting was ahhhh-mazing.  She was in tears as she came around the corner and saw Andrew waiting for her.  They wanted to do something more fashionable and badass for their portraits, so we shot in and around the station and we are in love with the way they look at each other…

Our favorite part of the day was when Andrew interrupted the ceremony to pay tribute to his sweet mother.  He told the story of when he was a young boy and his father would frequently take his mother’s hand and tell him, “You see this woman?  This is your mother – isn’t she lovely?”  He then turned to his bride to be and took her hand, presented her to the congregation and asked, “This is my Bride – isn’t she lovely?”…we couldn’t help but tear up at such a heartfelt and moving presentation!

Here are some of our most favorite photos from the wedding of Handsome & Sweets…

Venue:  Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station  |  Groom’s hair:  Alex at Indie Six Salon  |  Bride’s Hair & Makeup by Jewels

Meredith & Travis | Lyons Farmette Wedding

January 25, 2018

“I always knew Meredith was the one for me.  From the first time I laid eyes on her.  She was so beautiful!”

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Meredith and Travis met in college when they lived across the street from each other.  Travis always had a thing for her from the first time they met.  As much as he wanted to (or should have), a fully committed relationship wasn’t in the cards at the time.  Over the years, there were a few relationships, but none of them ever really compared to Meredith.

“She could be considered the white unicorn and I used to compare them to her, but they never made the cut.”

They always managed to stay in contact over the years, and one day they reunited over dinner and a drink.  From that point forward they both knew the spark was there even more than ever.  They rekindled their relationship and the love grew!  He says, “She was always in my heart and in the back of my mind!”

Hearing Meredith talk about Travis is enough to make any girl swoon and long for what they have!  “He is just so kind and just a GOOD man.”  He is always there for my boys and treats them as if they were his own.”

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Their wedding was absolutely gorgeous.  Our first time getting to shoot a Lyons Farmette wedding, we were in LOVE at first sight!  The grounds are stunning, and the LIGHT that comes through the trees is enough to make any photographer have hearts in their eyes.  To say we were ready to move in would be an under-statement!  The staff on site was fantastic to work with – the fun furniture and details around –  it’s an actual working farm – the lushness and the flowers everywhere – and of course the animals!  Our team was lucky enough to meet the new baby, a sweet little alpaca!  Of course, the vintage pick up trucks that seem to stand guard over the venue were our favorite touch and we couldn’t get enough…

Brittany from Prive Events was especially impressive!

She was so chill and easy to work with… she not only did the flowers (which were soooo pretty), but she provided a bunch of props for the wedding that she already had!  Meredith loved this because it made it so much easier on her to not have to go out and find/buy these items.  Check out the cute guest book set up in the back of the Chevy pickup!

“Colorado based, Privé Events specializes in weddings, social and corporate events. They also cater to all destination weddings and events worldwide. Brittany will be there every step of the way to plan, style and coordinate your event at any destination around the world!  She offers full service event design, styling, planning and production for the most intimate gathering to the most lavish of events. They will coordinate every detail with creative vision and style, assisting you in creating the experience of al lifetime for you and your guests.”

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A really cool and unique element that Meredith and Travis incorporated for their “easy-going-backyard-feeling” was the Simply Pizza food truck.  This thing was impressive!  “Kate” is a 2002 International cab chassis that began as a simple, plain, white and black platform that gladly accepted a 20′ transatlantic shipping container to provide a canvas for the largest, most unique food truck in Colorado.”  Co-owner Ty, spent over 1500 hours taking the unusual combination of truck and container and building this unique pizza factory work of art that captures the attention of all with her sheer presence.  Kim Armstrong is the proud owner and co-pizza perfectionist of Simply Pizza Truck, which serves Neapolitan inspired wood fired pizza made with only the finest ingredients from family inspired recipes.”  Basically, it’s frickin delicious

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No cake – just ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream – YUM!

“Little Man Ice Cream has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it opened its doors on July 4th, 2008. Little Man serves Denver’s tastiest and freshest homemade ice cream, novelties, and other scrumptious treats from an iconic 28ft tall cream can. A scoop of vintage American nostalgia located in the heart of Denver!

Little Man Ice Cream guarantees to make your event special! It is our goal to treat every event uniquely and customize to your needs. We cater all events – from weddings to birthday parties. We have experience catering small, intimate gatherings in a back yard, to catering large-scale music festivals and school gatherings that serve up to 5,000 guests. Special rates are available for education-related events.

In a nutshell, we will pedal-up to your event and scoop a handmade ice cream menu that you pre-determine. Complete with waffle cones, napkins, cups, bowls… we provide everything needed ice cream related. We also offer a self-serve sundae bar complete with fresh fruit, candies, and hot fudge! Our uniformed employees (dressed in vintage ice cream hats and aprons) provide a fun, professional, and delicious experience!”

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Other awesome vendors that helped make this wedding perfect:

Peak Beverage  |  A Music Plus  |  Event Rents  |  Chalk & Nail

Beth & Conrad’s Villa Parker Wedding

January 19, 2018

Villa Parker weddings are stunning in so many ways, and Beth & Conrad’s was no exception!

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This gorgeous Colorado wedding venue looks like it came strait from the Mediterranean.  With stucco arches, an expansive courtyard, and surrounding gardens, it’s absolutely amazing and photogenic.  This is where we met Beth, at the Wed Wonderfully show.  It was love at first sight, and she booked us on the spot!  We were so excited to get to work with her.  She is a woman that knows exactly what she wants, and we like that!

She and Conrad met through work and stayed in contact through social media.  When their lives lead them back to each other, there was no mistaking it – these two were meant to be together.  We love how Conrad looks at her, how he doesn’t seem to see anything else around him.  She is happiest in his arms, and they’re adorable together (and almost sickening, ha!).  They share a love of travel, whiskey, and Beth is a caring and attentive step-mom to his 4 boys, who were also his Groomsmen!  Beth looked classic and absolutely stunning in her dress from Wedding Treasures.  We especially loved the little caps on her shoulders, making her neckline just gorgeous.

Beth & Conrad worked with one of our favorite Denver Wedding Planners of all time – Talayna with Marilee & Grace.  The details of the event were flawless, and Beth had the wedding of her dreams!  The amazing talent behind Olive & Poppy and Scott of Lighting & Design by Scott made the space over-flowing with gorgeous colors, textures, and light.

Three Tomatoes Catering served dinner on the patio, family style, and Conrad’s youngest son Conor gave the most heart-felt and genuine speech we’ve ever witnessed.  He was perfectly poised and well spoken…

Elite DJ‘s Cam rocked the house and they couldn’t get enough on that dance floor!


Rebecca & Jimmy’s Denver Engagement Session

January 10, 2018

Rebecca & Jimmy wanted to do something cool for their Denver engagement session…

I loved the idea of getting to shoot their Denver engagement at night with the city lights!  They were game, so we went for it!

Rebecca had her heart set on the D & F Clock Tower, so I was able to get us in there for a few minutes to take advantage of the unique space for their session.  We event went all the way to the very top by the bell, 23 stories up!

After finishing there, we wandered around, snuggling in back walkways (them together, not with me, ha!), and with different backdrops and textures.  Utilizing some off-camera flash, we had a blast shooting around Downtown Denver!

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We can’t wait for their Denver wedding this June at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver!  Enjoy more from their rad urban night-time engagement session!

There’s More Than Burlap & Lace – Modern Meets Rustic

January 10, 2018

“There are so many beautifully rustic Colorado wedding venues in the Rocky Mountain region.”

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“Couples sometimes can’t see how options other than burlap and lace will work in a rustic Colorado wedding environment. Not every wedding should look the same. You shouldn’t have the same wedding your friend had six months ago. The elements you use in your wedding should be unique and personal to you. We want to show couples that they can blend modern elements into a rustic environment to create a cohesive look that will satisfy their contemporary eye and amaze their guests. A rustic venue can “stand up” to bling and color of modern details. They can complement each other — they don’t have to compete for attention. We want to inspire couples to think beyond what has been the “go to” rustic style and incorporate their modern tastes.” – Whitt & Co.

Dotti and Kristen are the incredible planners behind Whitt & Co.  They are fantastic to work with and an absolute pleasure to be around! Their approach to weddings and events are so detailed and helpful, all you have to do is enjoy the event. As an event professional, I (Jewels, the photographer) appreciate this so much as it lets me focus on my job and not worry about anything else.

Kristen Whitt-Zimmerman, the Designer, of Whitt and Company has a background in Interior Design which was a real plus when mixing and combining design genre. She has an eye for detail and brings any vision to fruition. Kristen and Dotti Whitt provide full-service event planning specializing in Colorado and destination weddings and events. They understand how to make your ideas reality and help you create the style and ambiance that will make your wedding an event to remember.

Additionally, Dotti & Kristen produce stationery products that complement/coordinate the colors and styles of your wedding. The stationery products, beginning with Save the Dates through to Thank You notes and everything in between, provide an introduction to your guests and creates the cohesive tone of your wedding. A lot of their signage and decor elements was purchased at Hobby Lobby, perfect for the DIY Bride, and they spent hours there putting it all together.

The venue, Blackstone Rivers Ranch is the premier riverfront mountain destination in the Colorado Rockies with exquisite event spaces and a relaxing atmosphere. It is the perfect boutique venue for your wedding or special event. Whether you seek ultimate adventure, unapologetic luxury, and everything in between, Blackstone Rivers Ranch guarantees that your time will be filled with amazing & unforgettable moments. This venue has timeless design, privacy, refined comfort, casual luxury, rustic elegance, and Colorado’s sublime natural beauty. The venue also provides china, stemware, flatware, tables, and chairs!

It’s a photographer’s dream with amazing details everywhere that compliment the modern-rustic feel.  Jewels was the absolute must-have for Whitt & Co. on this shoot.  She is the premier Denver, Colorado wedding photographer specializing in creative, vibrant, and modern wedding photography for urban and mountain weddings with a fashion-forward and cinematic style. As a boutique-style studio, they bring an editorial magazine-worthy edginess to weddings and portrait photography.

Statice Floral Designs is a full service floral design studio that creates amazing flowers with striking colors, rich textures, lingering scents, and inspired design combine to make your wedding extraordinary. Lori is passionate about the type and quality of the flowers used in their designs and she chose soft with a pop of color and texture for this shoot. Mixing soft greens with dahlias, lamb’s ear, roses, thistles and kale, it looked fantastic against the rustic wooden and stone, and the gold vases and votives!

Chair Covers and Linens of Denver is a family-owned, environmentally conscious company providing specialty linen rentals nationwide for all styles of events. With a huge selection of linens ranging from classic to specialty items, including custom options, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. Their creativity is backed by their extensive national presence which enables them to execute top-notch events from start to finish.

Linen Hero is able to work with a variety of clients to transform an ordinary room into something magical.  Dotti and Kristen had a blast working with Julie on this shoot! The pinks and whites in different textures looked amazing and definitely tied everything together for a cohesive look.

While they may be a traditional French pastry shop, that does not stop La Patisserie Francaise from making custom cakes of all shapes and sizes. They chose something simple for this shoot, accompanied by traditional French pastries in pink, white, and gold.

Mindi Lindscombe, designer and owner of Something New Boutique, designed the wedding gown which is part of her 2017 collection. They are a one-stop shop in Colorado Springs offering every detail available in outfitting your wedding party. Their deepest desire is that you create memories, and that your experience is unforgettable.  The modern two-piece fit our model Jacqui perfectly and we loved how it moved when she walked. The lace detail on her arms was stunning and sexy…perfect for the modern bride!

Models – (real couple) Derek & Jacqueline Pilkington rocked it!  Personal items for the shoot include their wedding rings, the tuxedo and Groom’s details, and the Bride’s leather jacket. Jacqui also did her own hair & makeup!