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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

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Erik Fisher

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Stacey Cook

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AJ Kitt

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Casey Puckett

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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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Denver Engagement Session in Lodo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was just going through and editing my blog when I noticed this blog post didn’t have any text.  We photographed this engagement session in downtown Denver, in Lodo.  You could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

Allow me to go off on a tangent here…  we do a lot of our “urban” photo shoots in Lodo.  It has so many locations to shoot at in a very small radius, making it very productive for the time we spend with our clients.  It also has architectural elements that match our style of photography, from rusty metal textures & brick, to  not so pretty alleys.  We love to utilize these gritty elements to contrast our pretty, good looking clients.  Again, check out our website to see more images that display what I’m trying to describe.

Wedding Traditions – Why Does The Bride Carry A Bouquet?

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Why does the bride carry a bouquet? The origin of this tradition is a little blurred…. One of the reasons that brides carried bouquets was born out of the ‘necessity’ of covering odor, trying to smell pretty on that special day.  Ever take a tour in one of the older cities in Europe, let’s say Edinburgh for example?  It was a very odiferous lifestyle way back then!  In the 1600’s and for a very long time afterwards, people bathed extremely infrequently. According to the Huffington Post, during the 15th century, people took their yearly baths in May and would generally get married in June. Just to be safe, brides carried bouquets to mask the smell of body odor.  You will find this reason repeatedly if you research the tradition behind the bride carrying a bouquet. Another old and popular custom for carrying a bouquet, was to ward of evil spirits.  Usually these bouquets were made from very pungent herbs, spices and yes, garlic could be involved.  I am thinking that you could kill two birds with one stone with a garlic bouquet; evil spirits and evil odor could be knocked out with one bouquet! Oh the old days!  Sometimes the spices/flowers that were included in the bouquet, for example; dill and marigolds (edible) were added and subsequently served up at the wedding feast to promote lust.  So think about the fun that you can have with your bouquet! I will paraphrase what I recently read in “Herlife” Magazine with regard to the tradition.  “In ancient times, a bride was considered especially lucky on her wedding day.  So, guest were compelled to tear off parts of her dress to obtain a good luck talisman for themselves!  Not all brides cared for this activity, as it seamed unpleasant to have their clothing ripped from her bit by bit, compliments of the guests.  So it evolved, that the bride outsmart her guest by giving an offering of herself; enabling a guest to obtain a lucky talisman and allowing herself to keep her clothing intact: she starting throwing her garter and bouquet in lieu of pieces of her dress.”

I was glad to find this article, because it now explains to me some of the crazy bouquet grabbing, or should I say tackling behaviour that I have witnessed at some of my family and friends weddings! Somewhere around the 1700’s brides started carrying pretty bouquets, because:  bouquets are pretty!  and, this tradition is still in style today.  bouquets bring beauty, elegance, a touch of the color scheme, and a bit of the old custom to your day.  There are many florist to shop for your flowers, if you are looking for a good florist here in the Evergreen, CO area, check out Stems,  I simply must mention them here, because I have seen some really creative, elegant, and impressive flowers at some of the weddings that we have photographed, all compliments of this designer.   But, I digress.  So, bouquets:  they also may be used to express yourself through the flowers themselves.  Roses represent everlasting love, lilac is for first love, Stephanotis is good luck, ivy says fidelity and on and on.  You can really add some beauty and say a lot about yourself with a bouquet. This custom seems to have evolved quite a bit from its origin, but todays tradition for the bouquet: added beauty and personal expression.

Colorado Wedding Photographers shoot second Denver Engagement session in two days!

Our Engagement session with Lyndsay and Shawn, and their dog Luna, was the second session of the weekend, and I have to say, it was an awesome one.  We had a ton of fun in a short amount of time.  They live in (or near???) the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, in a cool old house.  Anyone that knows the area can attest that is full of artistic areas to shoot.  The area really fits our style of photography.  Utilizing textures and colors of bricks, stone, trees, metal and wood buildings, is what we love shooting to contrast the fun, and sometimes dressy look of our shoots.

Lyndsay and Shawn have a great sense of fashion, and knew what they were looking for!  For the last half of the shoot they got dressed up, with Shawn wearing dress clothes with a pair of classic wing tip shoes, and Lyndsay, in an over the top, formal gown, with combat boots (again… adding an awesome contrast to the look!).  We did the shoot in less than a one block radius of their house! Hopefully you can see how much fun we had: