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Colorado Wedding Photography – Year in Review 2014

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

We’re a little late posting our Colorado wedding photography year in review for 2014 so please forgive the tardiness. Last year was a great leap forward for our business and we were fortunate to cover so many great love stories. Rather than choose “best of” selection of photographs from previous blog posts, we decided to start from scratch and pull from the archives. It was a ton of fun looking back and reliving these moments. It was even more fun putting together a blog post of brand new frames. In a departure from our typical blogging style we’re including a little back story for each image. So grab the popcorn and join us in looking back at 2014!

By the way, please vote for your favorite by clicking the heart in the upper left corner of each photo!

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The clouds and wind kicked up at the end of Abbey & Chris’s engagement session. The outdoor fire pit at Cheyenne Mountain Resort came to the rescue was to warm things up. The flames also provided an awesome foreground for this photo.

 

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This is a “paparazzi” shot of Jessica & Peter through the trees at Bear Creek Park. One of the (many) things we love about Colorado is the fact that photo sessions are great any time of year.

 

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Reflection shots are always cool. Because they are. Jenny & Matt lit up Old Colorado City on a chilly day.

 

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The second kiss is often better than the first kiss, especially with an amazing background and guests looking on and smiling. We love this shot of Abbey & Chris at Spruce Mountain Ranch.

 

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A photo with personality is often better and more meaningful than a perfectly posed shot. Alyssum & Cullen sticking their tongues out at one another in this photo certainly qualifies.

 

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Many of our weddings are outside, but Shove Chapel is awesome and we gladly welcomed a change of pace. This backlit shot of Jill & Gary really works in monochrome.

 

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This is the only photo in the post without a bride, and Jill & Blake’s little boy and ring bearer is the only worthy replacement. All together now: “aaaawwww!”

 

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Here’s a behind the scenes shot that tells a story. The wonderful staff at Cheyenne Mountain Resort gave Alyssum & Cullen a ride to the other side of the lake in a golf cart to help fulfill our vision for a shot.

 

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An action shot complete with cake flying through air made the blog post for Juli & Jeremy’s Crooked Willow Farms wedding. They kissed and made up with cake on their faces in the aftermath. Fun stuff!

 

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Our time with Mikia & Dustin was short, but we found time to swing by Ute Valley Park to grab some shots of just the two of them before their reception.

 

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This is a shot from our second session with Lisa & Andy, a session that was dependent on mother nature and an open schedule. Snow + Garden of the Gods + a great couple = fantastic photos.

 

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Sometimes it’s a joke and sometimes it’s the keen telepathic powers that couples in love develop. Whatever it is we don’t care, as long as our timing is perfect to nail the shot. Take Stacy & Evan, for example.

 

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A flower girl, a bride, and a minister walked into The Broadmoor, and we captured this moment just before Lisa & Steven’s ceremony. Words aren’t necessary.

 

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Proposals are challenging to photograph, especially when you’ve never met the groom. Thank goodness for technology. Of course she said YES!

 

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Laurie & David’s Cheyenne Mountain Resort wedding was all about family and togetherness. They involved everyone in the celebration, and the Hora highlighted the fun and excitement of their special day.

 

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Incorporating meaningful locations for engagement sessions works wonders. We visited a number of such places with Natalie & Steven, creating new memories rather than roll out a forgettable look-at-the-camera-and-smile routine.

 

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As Evan & Stacy’s reception began to wind down we carved out time for a few more photos of just the two of them. The Club at Flying Horse offered so many choices we could have carried on for hours.

Bridal Extravaganza 2015 – Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

It’s engagement season which means it’s also bridal show season. We’re excited to not only be participating in Bridal Extravaganza again this year, we’re also a platinum sponsor! We will have a very nice prize up for grabs in the $20,000 Grand Wedding Sweepstakes to be given away at the show. Stop by our booth to chat about your big day, see our latest sample albums, and take advantage of our day of show specials. By the way there is always free chocolate at our booth. Always.

Bridal Extravaganza 2015 will be on Sunday, January 25th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at beautiful Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This is the biggest and best bridal show in Southern Colorado so don’t miss out. For more information and to request your complimentary invitation visit the Bridal Extravaganza web site. Be sure to stick around for the fashion show at 4 p.m. because that’s when the big winners will be announced, and you must be present to win.

Below are some photos of our booth at last year’s show for your viewing pleasure. See you there!

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Downtown Denver Wedding – Bailey & Doug

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When it comes to wedding photography (or any artistic endeavor, for that matter) it’s always great to find new ways to stoke the creative fire and see different points of view. We don’t often second shoot for other photographers and we rarely shoot urban weddings. Bailey & Doug’s nuptials in Downtown Denver this past summer offered the opportunity to do both. My friend Robinson Usagani invited me to join him for this wedding, and the Downtown Denver location was a very nice bonus.

I started the day with Doug and the guys at The Curtis Hotel. After everyone was buttoned, tied, and pinned we hit the city streets around the hotel and Denver Arts Complex for creative portraits. Denver Comic Con was in full swing so you may spot an interesting character or two in some of the photos. Next up was an elegant ceremony and reception at beautiful Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House. We even had ample time for portraits before the reception.

Thanks again to Robinson for having me tag along, and please visit his blog to see a bunch more photos from this fun wedding.

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Plug in Your Wedding Memories!

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

We’re delivering your wedding memories in style on our all new USB flash drives inside a custom box. These high-quality drives are made of bamboo with an aluminum clip, and come engraved with your names and wedding date. The custom box is made of Colorado-grown beetle kill pine trees and is of course Eco-friendly. USB flash drives are faster and more reliable than DVDs, and besides most new computers no longer include DVD drives. And oh yeah, they look awesome.

Protecting and preserving your wedding memories is one of our top priorities as wedding photographers. There are many inexpensive options available for both on-site and cloud storage, and your peace of mind is invaluable as are your photographs. We highly recommend that you take your custom USB drive and make back-up copies of all your precious photos. Store copies at your office, parents’ home, safety deposit box, as well as with an online backup service. You can never be too careful.

Plug in Your Wedding Memories with a Custom USB Flash Drive
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Club At Flying Horse Wedding – Stacy & Evan

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

After a snowy cold snap earlier in the month, November ended with gorgeous weather just in time for Stacy & Evan’s wedding. Family and friends traveled from far and wide to Colorado Springs and were treated to an unforgettable experience. Everyone (including us) was also treated to the beauty of the U.S. Air Force Academy and The Club at Flying Horse. This was a wedding that came together perfectly with a heart-felt ceremony and rockin’ reception.

The ladies started the day at Luna Hair Studio & Spa and the guys were stationed at a private home. The ceremony was held at the Academy’s Cadet Chapel, a truly one of a kind place (and a must-see when visiting Colorado Springs). Stacy & Evan allowed for plenty of time for portraits after the ceremony and we’re in love with the results. The reception was held at The Club at Flying Horse where the setting, food, ambiance and service are second to none.

There was a ton of awesomeness and it would be easy to go on and on, but since we’re photographers we’ll let the photos do the talking. Thanks again, Stacy & Evan, and congratulations and best wishes on your future together!

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We enjoyed working with the following professionals:

Ceremony – U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel
Reception – The Club at Flying Horse
Wedding Planning – Janine Inscoe
Floral Design – Nada Gutierrez with R.S.V.P. Weddings
DJ – AJ Carlisle with Celebrity DJ
Hair & Makeup – Luna Hair Studio & Spa