Aerial Photography: A New Venture

It official! I've gotten a camera drone. And my excitement is too great to not share it with everyone! And I'm so pumped to share that I can now do aerial photography at your wedding! Whether you want an over sweeping view of the ceremony, or some amazing couples photos from a higher vantage point, I can now deliver. Say hello to my new DJI Mavic Pro!

As an added bonus, I might even take some video to share with your friends and family of your amazing wedding day. :)

5 Best Locations to Get Married at in Denver

I love Denver, Colorado. So much so that my husband and I moved near there. I have some amazing friends there and I've been to visit multiple times. Since I've traveled around quite a bit here, I thought it would be awesome to give you some ideas for the best places to get married in Denver. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best wedding venues in Denver:

1. Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is one of the more popular places to get married in Denver, CO. It has the amazing beauty of the rock formations and excellent staff to help your day go splendidly. It's perfect for that intimate breathtaking view.

2. Moss Denver

Moss Denver is one of my favorite downtown Denver wedding locations for the urban bride. Think loft style with brick, open ceilings, and concrete floors. It houses at most 200 guests which I think is the perfect size. 

3. Denver Botanical Gardens - York Street

If you're more into the floral and fauna locations, look no further than the Denver Botanical Gardens. The location on York Street offers lush gardens as the background to your wedding. I have friends who love that garden atmosphere, so I recommended this for their wedding venue. 

4. Church Ranch Event Center

The Church Ranch and Event Center has everything you could ever need to setup the best wedding ever. Their staff and vendors are the best: completely organized without the Bride needing to plan too much. It has a stunning location that makes for some excellent photos too!

5. Shupe Homestead

Last but certainly not least, the Shupe Homestead is perfect for the rustic Bride in you. Mountain views, amazing barns, and a setting in the country are the perfect venue descriptions to get the country Brides out there! 

 

I hope this helps you find the right place in Denver to get married. If you have any suggestions, please comment below! I'm always on the lookout for new places to suggest to my Brides.

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Sample Family Formal Photo Lists

Ah family. The most hectic part of any wedding day. I wanted to start this entry with explaining that I love family. It's one of the biggest parts of keeping a relationship together. It's also so important to them to be a part of your big day. They always want more photos. Traditionally, there is always a time to take family formals and get those posed shots for mom to hang on her wall. While some of the more unconventional Brides don't want to spend time on these, it sometimes becomes a necessity to keep everyone happy with the day.

But one of the things that makes this process go smoothly, is a clear and concise list of the family members included in each shot. Then as the photographer, I can reference this list to make sure we propel through the photo session and get all of the must have shots. So I wanted to give you an example of what that might look like below. Keep in mind to also mention any distinct family relationships that I might need to be aware of. For example, if mom and dad are divorced and will not stand next to each other because of bad blood, I need to know so I don't accidentally make a suggestion that is met with anger. Let's keep everyone happy!

Sample Family Formals

Groom's Side

Groom with Groom's Parents
Groom with Groom's Mom
Groom with Groom's Dad
Groom with Groom's Parents & Siblings
Groom with Groom's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Parents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Groom's Parents & Siblings
Bride and Groom with Grooms Grandparents, Parents, & Siblings
Bride and Groom with full Groom's side of the family (extended)

Bride's Side

Bride with Bride's Parents
Bride with Bride's Mom
Bride with Bride's Dad
Bride with Bride's Parent's & Siblings
Bride with Bride's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Parents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Grandparents
Bride and Groom with Bride's Parents & Siblings
Bride and Groom with Bride's Grandparents, Parents, & Siblings
Bride and Groom with full Bride's side of the family (extended)

Both Sides

Bride and Groom with both sets of parents
Bride and Groom with both sets of grandparents
Full family on both sides - a large wide shot of everyone

Other Considerations

Things to keep in mind during this include the kids on each side of the family, the order in which you photograph the sets, and the wedding party.

I keep the wedding party separate. These are the close friends, and most of the time they photograph better in fun, candid ways rather than formal sets. 

The order in which you do the groups can mean EVERYTHING. I usually try to start with the big groups first. That way, as they are photographed, people can leave toward cocktail hour as the group narrows down. This also cuts down on the traffic of having a bunch of people milling about.

Do you have a big family? Leave a comment below on the number of people you'd have to squeeze into a shot!

Wedding Day Details

The start of a wedding day can be hectic. Most Brides experience anxiety and stress with regards to timeline, details, and keeping everyone on track. This is a main reason why I recommend using a wedding coordinator, but that's another story. I wanted create a reminder for Bride's on the details that they should bring with them at the start of the day for me to photograph while they are getting ready. It might be helpful to designate someone to hold these details for me and have them deliver the goods after I've finished with the photos.

Items to remember for wedding day

For the Bride:

Bridal Gown with wooden hanger
All the rings - Engagement, her band, and his band
A full invitation suite of the wedding invites
Wedding flowers/bouquet
Jewelry you will be wearing
Veil

For the Groom:

Tie
Shoes
Cuff Links
Watch
Boutonniere

Keep in mind to remind me of any special details that are specific to you. For example, if you have Grandma's handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet of flowers, let me know so I can be sure it get's photographed. What's the most important detail on wedding day for you? Be sure to mention it in the comments below.
 

Taking Action

I think any journey begins by taking action.

There have been so many times that I've looked at myself and wondered, why am I not getting anywhere? And it's because I haven't yet started moving. I've conceptualized and thought through the processes, but my actions haven't followed those thoughts. And sometimes thinking long and hard about how to progress makes you feel like you've actually DONE something.....when you haven't.

So today is for growth. Today is for action. I have written words, posted thoughts, planned actual shoots, and reached out to potential partners. Instead of thinking about how to structure a connection, I've actually started calling people up. It's time to stop being passive-aggressive and (while not actually being aggressive) start talking to people. 

So if you want to connect, reach out! Lord knows I like meeting new people. Even if it's just as simple as shooting me an email that says "Hey, I'm doing something!" DO IT!

DIY Fabric Flower Bouquet

My wedding was an amazing adventure in the woods! I got married on a campsite in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which is an amazing campground surrounded by sequoia trees. One of things I recommend to Brides with an outdoor wedding, is to check if there are any foliage restrictions. What do I mean by that? Well, Big Basin banned outside flowers from being brought into the park to use for ceremonies or receptions. 

Some parks do not want outside flowers or foliage brought into the premises because the risk of pollinating the park with non-indigenous species is increased. To preserve the original nature of the park, they forbid the use of outside foliage. Cool. I'm totally respectful of that (being a nature lover myself, I'd never want to encroach upon the already established plant species!). So what did I do for my bouquets and centerpieces? Enter in the coolest mom ever.

My mom helped me find designs and ideas for a fabric flower bouquet. Yes, you read that correctly. FABRIC. So after searching for the right designs and ideas, we pulled together some of my favorite fabrics in my wedding colors and got to work sewing together these little flowers. We then added touching elements such as broaches or pins to create my wedding bouquet.

If you're interested in making your own, you can find tutorials here and here.

The feathers added something really special and etherial to the feel.

The feathers added something really special and etherial to the feel.

Here's one of the pins we added to the bouquet. I love this tree detail!

Here's one of the pins we added to the bouquet. I love this tree detail!

One of my favorite childhood movies was Hook with Robin Williams. So when Mom found this pin of a ship, I thought it would be perfect to add to the bouquet! I really also like the idea of thinking that this marriage is setting sail on a new adventurous voyage! It makes it so much more personal to me. 

One of my favorite childhood movies was Hook with Robin Williams. So when Mom found this pin of a ship, I thought it would be perfect to add to the bouquet! I really also like the idea of thinking that this marriage is setting sail on a new adventurous voyage! It makes it so much more personal to me. 

Also, my spirit animal is the owl, full of wisdom and age.

Also, my spirit animal is the owl, full of wisdom and age.