Bree and Mark's Eldorado Springs, CO Elopement

I was immediately intrigued by shooting Bree and Mark's elopement because of the location. Bree told me they'd be tying the knot at the Doudy Draw trailhead in Eldorado Springs. I proposed to my wife a half mile as the crow flies on the Spring Brook trail. The area has an amazing open feel to it, and incredible views of the south flatirons. I knew I had to work with them.

The early afternoon storms coming from the west threatened the day's celebration, but storm tracks thankfully went just north and south of the ceremony site. Horses were a welcome surprise.  Capturing Bree and Mark riding for a bit was stunning, and we finally had some great light toward the tail end of the evening. Last but not least, meeting the skilled videographer, Andrew Pernicano, was a pleasure. Andrew is super talented and you should check out his work here - 3 Tails Media where you can also find his edit of the day.

All the best to you Mark and Bree!

Bri and Levi's Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding

Bri and Levi's wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park was stunning. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Well, I guess we could have asked for less wind, but that would have been just greedy. 

I met up with them getting ready in the Triple R Cottages with family and friends. Bri's dad had made an awesome bouquet for her while it was touching to see Bri's mom so happy for her when she revealed her dress.

Meeting up with Levi while he got ready was fun. His buddies Rawley and Gabe helped the groom get all set for his bride including some sock assistance. One of the bride and groom's friends had made them socks to wear for the occasion as you'll see below.

We setup for the first-look on the banks of the Big Thompson River. The wind picked up a bit and blew through the grasses as Levi first saw Bri. As we moved closer to the ceremony site, we were fortunate enough to catch a small herd of Elk grazing.

Rawley did a wonderful job as the officiant and everyone witnessing the ceremony were brought to tears by Levi and Bri's vows. After the ceremony, we spent some time shooting around Morraine Park with the Rocky Mountain backdrop. As the sun descended behind Gabletop, Knobtop and Mount Wuh, the lighting was spectacular and wow, these two are lovely together. As our last portrait stop before the reception, we decided to head into a small grove of aspens. Although I was pleased with many of the shots throughout the day, these may be my favorites.

We drove down to Farmer Girl in Lyons for the reception and dinner. Toasts by their friends and family were heartfelt and beautiful. Thanks again to Bri and Levi along with their family and friends for welcoming me to capture such a beautiful day. 

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Big shout-outs to the folks at Farmer Girl in Lyons. The service and food during the reception were amazing. I'd highly suggest going there for dinner or checking out one of their local farm dinners.

Taylor and Tyler's Frisco, Colorado Engagement Session

Taylor and Tyler met working at Buffalo Wild Wings. Tyler didn't know it at the time, but Taylor had her eye on the cool cook in the back. They started dating shortly thereafter and eventually moved to Colorado with their awesome husky.

Taylor and I had been trying to plan an engagement shoot for months in the mountains. Each time the weather played tricks on us. This time however, we lucked out with a beautiful day. There was some wind, but with views like this we couldn't complain.

Thanks again Taylor and Tyler and all the best to you both!

 

Bri and Levi's Mayflower Gulch Engagement Session

When I first talked with Bri and Levi on the phone about their wedding, I liked their adventurous spirit. They mentioned where they were getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park and how it was rain, snow, slush, or shine. 

As if in preparation for their wedding, they invited me to join them on a hike up Mayflower Gulch just south of Copper Mountain for their engagement session. They brought their snowshoes, and I wore my backcountry ski setup and brought my dog along as an assistant. 

I had never been to Mayflower before, and it's incredible. I could see why this was one of their favorite spots to take out of town guests. The views are great right out of the parking lot and they just keep getting better as one ascends. 

It was a beautiful day to get to know a bit about them and I look forward to their wedding this weekend!