What fun to work with a real Italian bride and her family! I really enjoyed photographing the traditional Italian wedding dances like the Tarantella and others to Italian classics like Dean Martin’s That’s Amore. The family recipe meatballs were so delicious and I don’t even like meatballs! For the mid-day portraits overlooking South Boulder right after the wedding ceremony I used a combination of the new ProPhoto B-1 Air lights and natural light. The images we make on a short walk after the wedding ceremony are always some of my favorites. I was really impressed with Greens Point Catering. They not only have amazing food but they are pros at taking care of every detail to make sure things run smoothly. The ceremony was at Columbine Spiritual Center and the reception was at Horizon’s at Rock Creek.
These Boulder wedding venues all offer brides something different, unique and special for their wedding day. Here are a few of my favorites.
#5 St. Julien Hotel and Spa
With it’s clean, modern lines and central Boulder location near the Pearl Street Mall and Boulder creek, the St. Julien Hotel and Spa is always a special place to work. From the view of the flatirons to the eclectic bar, there is a variety of fun places to shoot. The GM is a wonderful man and his staff are very experienced and helpful. The service and food are both top notch.
With vistas of the Flatirons that wow guests it’s hard to beat Chautauqua views. It’s also one of my favorite locations to do outdoor portraits and “getting ready” photos. Clients and their guests always rave about their private cabins. The historic buildings and cottages set against the foothills offer a wonderful backdrop for photos any time of year.
#3 Pastures of Plenty
A beautiful organic working farm northeast of Boulder that also grows flowers would be enough for me to recommend this wedding venue but they also do catering using the freshly picked produce from their farm. There is something magical about eating outside at a farm. If you haven’t ever done this try meadow lark farm dinners. It’s an amazing experience you won’t forget. A unique experience for you and your guests.
#2 Hotel Boulderado
What makes the Hotel Boulderado so great is its knowledgeable, friendly staff, its historic architecture and its downtown location. It’s not easy to photograph in this historic hotel but when done right the results are stunning. From fun shots around downtown to the historic staircase leading up to the mezzanine, there is an interesting mix of modern and old. The food is consistently very good.
#1 Flagstaff Amphitheater
Ok, so you can’t have your wedding reception here but it is as amazing a spot to get married and take wedding photos as any in Colorado. Only minutes from Chautauqua (on a steep windy mountain road), it offers beautiful views of Boulder and the continental divide to the west. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk after the ceremony with your photographer and maybe even see some deer.
Their big wedding day started with getting ready at their house and the Hotel Boulderado. The ceremony was the stunning European like mountain church of St. Melo in Allenspark, CO followed by some fun portraits along the peak to peak highway and a beautiful lunch at the Flagstaff House. The reception was at the Boulder Country Club. I love the shot on the fence where her vail becomes the snow on the peak – not the wind but just a very clever assistant. At the reception the couple had guests fill out cards of advice for them to open on their first, fith, tenth and twenty-fith anniversaries that they will share with some good italian wine from their honeymoon. What a lovely idea! As a take away the guests got bags of coffee from their favorite coffee roaster, Boxcar Coffee on Pearl St. in Boulder. It was truly an amazing day that we enjoyed being part of.
Brittany and Chad had a magical farm wedding at YaYa Farm and Orchard in Longmont, CO. The details, her wedding dress, the flower girl, weather and the farm setting just to name a few all worked out so well. She made a Pinterest page with some wonderful ideas before the wedding like spelling LOVE with the bridesmaids. Did I mention that this couple can kiss like movie stars?
When it rains it pours. I have never photographed a wedding in such a torrential downpour and I can’t imagine a better couple to enjoy it with. They laughed through the whole wedding ceremony, as did most of their guests. A true Colorado mountain experience. I really appreciated the Nikon weather sealing on their professional cameras and lenses and my Kata rain gear. It did clear for a little while and the wedding reception at Wild Basin Lodge was all that more special afterwards.
A gorgeous day for a Colorado mountain wedding at Boettcher Mansion in Golden, CO. Aptly, Shayna means beautiful in Hebrew. We did a walk with the bride and groom after the wedding around the venue grounds and got these beautiful images of them being together. I love being a photographer in Colorado! These beautiful flowers were from Petals from Heaven and the dance music by Quality Mobile Sound.
Kelly and Eric’s wedding at the historic Hotel Boulderado was unique in many ways. First, the chandelier shop Chantique caught her eye on our photo walk around downtown Boulder and the owner let us take some amazing wedding photos there. After our walk we met up with the bridal party and family at the Corner Bar in the hotel just to have some down time and fun before the ceremony. I heard Kelly say this was one of her favorite parts of her wedding day. Finally, the ceremony was held not on the famous staircase landing but on the far end of the mezzanine for a more intimate wedding ceremony. I really enjoyed this destination wedding for this wonderful couple from Kansas City.
Jordan and Christine ‘s wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateaux in Estes Park, CO was the first wedding I did after the floods. It was an adventure getting there as US 36 was washed out. The Della Terra staff did an amazing job as there wasn’t any signs of damage from the flood. The day turned out to be beautiful with a few light flurries. This little gem of a wedding venue outside the Rocky Mountain National Park makes you feel like you are in Tuscany. The funky wedding shoes were made by the groom’s sister, the beautiful flowers were by Boulder Blooms, the terrific latin food by Centro (we got to sample everything), the fun wedding DJ was A Music Plus, and it was great to see the ceremony bagpiper was Scott. Thanks Christine for the great day and performing the Irish jig at your wedding reception!
This was a very special wedding for me to photograph. Paul and Erin live behind my photography studio in Boulder, CO and I have known them for many years. About a year ago Erin was hit by a car on her bike and severely injured. The recovery was long and difficult but here she is at her wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch after she and Paul road their mountain bikes here the day before from Eldora! Big thanks to photojournalist Sharon Steinman for second shooting with me. That 80’s Band was awesome! Kara Delay did the beautiful flowers and wedding planning, the chic wedding dress by Nicole Miller, and the incredible wedding cake was by Intricate Icings.