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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 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.

Tradition of the Veil

Are you planning on wearing a veil to your wedding ceremony?  I often like the soft romantic look that it gives to a bride.

Just as we are discovering with some other wedding traditions, the tradition of wearing a veil has a less than romantic birth.  It is believed that the origin of the tradition dates back to Roman days when the bride would wear a full-length veil that was also used as her burial shroud.   I read that veils had color once, Roman veils were red and  in Greek, yellow.  Also, Roman beliefs were that wearing a veil would throw off the evil spirits that were potentially stalking the bride.  It seems that these spirits were envious of the couples happiness and the veil/disguise tricked them. So easily fooled!  So, for Roman’s the veil was certainly dual purpose.   We can also look to the days when capturing a bride was all the rage…the veil is a reminder of the act of the groom, or should I say abductor throwing a sack over the prospective bride’s noggin and then carrying her off to her wedding.  I think these theories seem to conflict, back in Roman days, the spirits were jealous of the bridal couple’s happiness, and then what, marriage evolved to kidnappings and then business arrangements, and then back to the modern days of marrying for love?  More research may be required on this subject.

Other traditions hold that a woman wore a veil because the groom in the arranged marriage wasn’t to see the bride until the marriage was official; this was done so that the groom wouldn’t back out based on her appearance.  A nice invention after all, it lets the couple focus on the business deal at hand!

Modern day veils.  According to OurMarriage.com “Veils came into vogue in the United States when Nelly Curtis wore a veil at her wedding to George Washington’s aid, Major Lawrence Lewis.  Major Lewis saw his bride to be standing behind a filmy curtain and commented to her how beautiful she appeared.  She then decided to veil herself for their ceremony.”   She was a trend setter here in the U.S.

There are themes of the bride’s veil demonstrating the male dominance over the woman, a willingness for the wife to obey her husband.  Huh?  My guess is that historically (but more recent history, not ancient),  society looked at the history of kidnappings, arranged marriages etc., and when wearing a veil you  were acknowledging the man as the dominant one in the situation’.  But wait, didn’t I wear a veil because I liked the finishing touch that it offered to my ensemble?  Maybe I liked the romantic, soft look that it gave to my face!  But, I digress.  Again OurMarriage.com states that; “The lifting of the veil (by the groom) at the end of the ceremony symbolizes male dominance.  If the bride takes the initiative in lifting it, thereby presenting herself to him, she is showing more independence. ”  So, with this bold act of the bride lifting her own veil, are we are seeing the birth of ending misogamy? …the birth of the women’s right act?

Are we women throwing aside the symbolic submission in a marriage, i.e., the veil, by not wearing a veil to our weddings?  Are we wearing a veil to say “hey, I think this makes me look pretty and romantic; and, I may do your laundry from time to time, but don’t ask me to obey you!  Honestly, when I got married, I did not know the history behind this tradition, I just thought the veil looked cool.


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.