Chautauqua is bright and beautiful on a summer morning and a little less crowded than the afternoon. It’s not easy to work with bright Colorado sun. Fun session with this high school senior who goes to boarding school in North Carolina!
I adore this couple! They are so down to earth, natural, and just amazing lovers of life. Karena is a fan of real film so I shot their engagement session with a combination of real Kodak Portra 400 film and digital images adjusted to look like film. Can you tell the difference? Having learned on film in art school and having shot film for the first 10 years in business, I’m excited that it is making a comeback.
Jim and Melissa and their friends were fun, kind and adventurous. There really isn’t anything more beautiful than a Rocky Mountain meadow for a Colorado destination wedding. It’s a small risk with the weather, but with a tent and the right vendors it can be quite luxurious. I loved her beautiful custom made dress by Wai-Ching Studio. It’s pretty amazing what a skilled caterer like Black Belly can do even at 8,300 ft. The music by amusicplus had people dancing on and off the dance floor. If there are more people like this fun group from Seattle I have to visit.
Hope and Tom had a small, intimate ceremony at the Flagstaff House in Boulder, Colorado. They had to postpone the ceremony because of rain, but this gave us the most beautiful light to photograph the details on the covered deck. I love the soft light that makes the flowers look like they were photographed with Fuji film. Rabbi Scott Segal from Aspen officiated at this beautiful ceremony and Ketuba signing and Austin Ellis provided some amazing acoustic guitar. Mozel Tov!
It’s a mixed blessing that anyone can marry you in Colorado. On the one hand you get to have someone with a meaningful history to officiate at your wedding, but on the other, it’s probably their first time officiating and they probably haven’t thought of these things that help the ceremony and the wedding photography run smoothly.
- Ask the guests to stand when the bride comes down the aisle and sit before the ceremony begins. People need this direction and the green light when it is ok to sit back down.
- Talk about an exit strategy after you walk down the aisle. When I was starting as a photographer I kept getting this terrified look and question after the ceremony from the bride and groom – “Now what do we do?” Figure out ahead of time what you want to do. Are you takeing 15 minutes in private, doing a receiving line, or going to a special spot for family photos? The end of the ceremony with 200 people watching isn’t the time to figure it out.
- The officiant should move after announcing, “You may kiss the bride”. Otherwise, you will probably have a strange partial head in the photo looking at your first kiss as husband and wife.
I’ve seen many ceremonies performed beautifully by first timers so hopefully these recommendations will help make it go even more smoothly at your ceremony.