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Colorado Photographer shoots the NASTAR National Championships in Aspen, Colorado

I have been shooting the NASTAR National Championships, for SKI Magazine / NASTAR, for a few years now, and it is always fun to photograph this event.  However, this year was even more exciting, as Olympians, Ted Ligety, Steve Nyman, & Stacey Cook, fresh from the Olympics were racing as Pacesetters.  The race takes place at: Snowmass at the Spider Sabich Race Area.  To see all of our images from the event, visit our online gallery.

NASTAR National Championships

NASTAR National ChampionshipsFor those of you that are not familiar with NASTAR, NASTAR, is the largest recreational ski race program in the world.  NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a standardized scoring program that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the U.S. Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.

Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety

Giant Slalom Gold Medalist, Ted Ligety (Ambasador to NASTAR), fresh from the Sochi Olympics, was a Pacesetter at the event, along with some of his current teammates, and former Olympians listed below.  It is always awesome to see these athletes ski in the event!

Steve Nyman

Steve Nyman

Steve Nyman

Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Stacey Cook

Stacy Cook

Stacy Cook

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Kaylin Richardson

AJ Kitt

AJ Kitt

AJ Kitt

Casey Puckett

Casey Puckett

Casey Puckett

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Bridesmaids – The Tradition Of Having Bridesmaids In Your Wedding

How many bridesmaids will be in your wedding?  Why do we have bridesmaids?
At one time, a bride had a court of maids and the primary reason was to fool evil spirits, yes that’s right, evil spirits.  Bridesmaids clothed themselves in a similar fashion as the bride;  it was to confuse ill presences hovering around the wedding.  The ill presence could be in spirit form, or the human kind that just might have intentions to kidnap the bride.  Don’t you know it is difficult to nab the correct woman when her maids are dressed in similar attire!  This superstition of dressing the bridal party the same,  also offered protection from an ill-doer wanting to steal her dowry, which is confusing to me, did she have that on her person?
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The Groomsmen

The Groomsmen

In Rome, law demanded that witnesses come to the wedding to add confusion to the spirits that had evil intent for the bride and groom.  eHow’s “History of Bridesmaids” states that: “female wedding attendants came to a marriage ceremony in garments akin to the bride’s, while male wedding attendants–the forebears of ushers–wore attire that resembled the groom’s own clothing. This supposedly threw off bad luck that could be directed towards an easily identifiable bride and groom.”  Honestly, I never really knew why the wedding party wore the exact same outfit.
We have photographed all varieties of bridal party clothing; men who are required to wear a dark suit of their choice and matching ties, or bridesmaids that wear a dress of their choice all in a similar color, people in casual clothing; parties in all matching dresses, all matching tux’s.  I think bridal parties, at least partially, are breaking from the old tradition.
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The tradition of kidnapping brides has pretty much died off, though, I can’t say for sure if evil spirits still hang out weddings.  That is definitely out of my realm.  In the past, no person of social status was unattended, the more the status, the bigger the wedding bridal/grooms party, a nice way to show off the family’s wealth.  So, why do we still have a bridal party in modern times?  From what I can tell, a girl likes to have her friends around her on a special day, and a guy likes hanging with his buddies to celebrate.   And let us not forget the added bonus of the parties that friends often help throw for the bride and groom leading up to the wedding!
On the wedding day; the bridesmaid is kind of like an executive assistant and helps the bride with her needs on her wedding day.  She is someone who the bride can lean on and celebrate with.
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I am guessing the bridal party exists today for a multitude of reasons.  They definitely are a big help to the bride and groom, fulfilling little tasks, tying loose ends last minute etc.  Tradition certainly plays a role, although, I am convinced that the average bride and groom are probably not familiar with the true beginning of having attendants.  Moral and emotional support given by the party on this important day is definitely a reason to have close friends around.  The end result is a nice support system of friends that always end up having a laugh and a good time!  It seems like a very nice tradition and a way to bond with friends!

Denver Wedding Photographers – Denver wedding Sample Slideshow

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I was putting together a sample slideshow for a corporate client recently, and decided to test out the software on a recent wedding we shot in Denver, at Artwork Network (see the blog post below for the pics).  What do you think?

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Ginger and Josh’s wedding day started out as a better ski day, than a wedding day, but as you will see the weather turned out to be beautiful conditions for wedding photography!

We met up with the ladies at The Retro Room Lounge and Salon, and the men at The Hotel Magnolia.  Took some shots with the entire wedding party right in front of the magnolia, then off with just Ginger and Josh around Denver.  Despite the snowy and cold weather, they were troopers!  Big props to Ginger who was not feeling well, yet was in such high spirits.

Their ceremony and reception was held at Artwork Network  in the Art district in Denver.  What a cool and unique venue!

This amazing day could not have happened with out the help of these talented and professional wedding vendors:

Organizing:  Mark Christopher Weddings and Events:  http://www.markchristopherweddings.com.  We have worked with Mark on several weddings.  He is not only extremely organized and professional, but a blast to work with!
Ladies get ready:  The Retro Room Lounge & Salon:  http://theretroroom.homestead.com
Gents get ready & lodging: Hotel Magnolia:  http://www.magnoliahotels.com/denver/magnolia-hotel-denver
Ceremony and Reception: Artwork Network:  http://artworknetwork.com
Ceremony and Cocktail hr Music:  Masterful Musicians:  http://www.masterfulmusicians.com
Catering:  Three Tomatoes:  www.threetomatoes.com
Flowers:  Bella Calla:  http://www.bellacalla.com
DJ:  Dance Trax Productions:  www.dancetraxproductions.com (ask for Jacob Sanchez. He is really great!)
Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens:  http://www.linenhero.com

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Colorado Photographer shoots ESPN X Games Aspen

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This year at X Games Aspen was filled with milestone moments.  From Colten Moore winning gold in Snowmobile Freestyle, a year after his brother, Caleb died from an injury during last years X Games, to Danny Davis winning his first gold in Snowboard SuperPipe, after 6 years of appearances at X Games.  With mind blowing athletic talent, and concerts by Matt & Kim, Phoenix, Axwell, & Tiesto, this years X Games Aspen topped the many we have shot for ESPN!

Here are some recap photos.  To view all of our comp photos, check out a gallery here.  Images can also be purchased directly from this gallery.

X Games Aspen Slopestyle Photos

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Colorado Wedding Photographer- Shoots Highlands Ranch Wedding

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Congratulations to Shauna and Jimmy! When they were telling me about their big day, I got excited to be a part of this amazing wedding. Then we checked out the website of the venue and also did a site visit… This was our first wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, and all we have to say is, WOW! If you are planning a classic, elegant wedding, you owe it to yourself to check out the Highlands Ranch Mansion. With the combination of amazing professionals and the setting of this beautiful venue, their wedding was an absolute hit!

With Julie Gambrel with Classic Creations coordinating the day, and the pumping beats of Dance Trax Entertainment , the day could not have been any more stress free or fun!

Here are some of the Professionals* that made it happen:

Wedding Coordinator Extrodinaire: Classic Creations & Special Events (www.denver-weddings.com)

Chair Covers and LinensChair Covers & Linens, Inc (www.linenhero.com)

Chairs and Furniture for Guest book area: Chairs with Character (http://chairswithcharacter.com)

DJ: Dance Trax Entertainment (www.dancetraxentertainment.com)

Flowers: Flower House (www.theflowerhouseweddings.com)

Catrering: The Food Guy (www.thefoodguy.net)

Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion (www.highlandsranchmansion.com)

Cake: The Makery (www.themakery.com)

*We have worked with most of these vendors on several occasions. Because our reputation is reflected by who we recommend to our clients, we do not mention anyone we would not use ourselves. Needless to say, we wouldn’t hesitate recommending any of the above vendors, to our clients! If you contact any of them, please mention that we sent you.

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Colorado Wedding Photographer – Shoots an Aspen Wedding

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We recently had the privilege of photographing Haley and Jason’s wedding in Aspen, Colorado.  The day started out with the ladies getting ready at the Limelight Hotel , and the gents getting ready at a private residence in town.  They chose to do a first look prior to their ceremony, which, by the way, makes the day go smoother.

For a truly unique setting, their outdoor ceremony was held at ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies).  With the fall colors in full effect, and some snow on the ground, you could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop for two beautiful people to get married!  As you can see, nothing beats a fall wedding in Aspen!

Here is a list of the amazing wedding vendors that helped make this an amazing wedding:

Wedding Coordinator:  Events by Windy, Windy Gillespy:  www.eventsbywindy.com
Location:  Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ceremony)  http://www.aspennature.org  / Elks Club Aspen (Reception)
Musicians:  Silver City Strings (Ceremony) http://www.weddingmusicaspen.com
Caterers:  Conundrum Catering (Ceremony and Reception) http://www.conundrumcatering.com
Florist:  Mountain Flowers of Aspen (Personal Flowers, Ceremony and Reception)http://www.mountainflowersofaspen.com
Transportation:  Corporate Transportation Specialists http://www.ctsaspen.com
Accommodations:  Limelight Hotel (Bridal Getting Ready) http://www.limelighthotel.com
DJ:  Natzy Nate http://www.djnastynate.com
Linens:  Cloth Connection http://www.clothconnection.com
Vintage Silverware/Plates:  Vintage Rentals Denver http://vintagerentalsdenver.com
Programs, Welcome Bags, and Welcome Booklets:  Express Yourself Basalt/The Hello Totehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/the-HELLO-tote/157447157639329
Hair and Make up:  Salon Tullio http://salontullio.com

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