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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?

Denver Wedding Photographer shoots wedding at Artwork Network

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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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The Money Dance

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Ahhhh the money dance.  I have always know it to be a dance that the male guests dance with the bride and the female guests dance with the groom.  Traditionally a dollar was pinned to the bride by every partner, but in more recent times, I have seen the best man collect the dollars…so no pins.  I come from an area of strong Italian decent and these are the weddings where I would see the dollar dance.  Also, New York weddings seem to strongly favor the dance.

After witnessing more weddings as I go along; I don’t think the money dance is reserved for Italian descent, the Spanish, Greek and Polish seem to use this tradition as well!  The dance does offer the bride and groom a chance to have a personal visit with all of their guests.  So, instead of roaming around visiting your guests whilst they are eating, you can turn to the money dance.  The best man and maid of honor will limit the time of the individual dances to a couple spins around the floor so that you, the bridal couple, have and opportunity to dance and visit with everyone.  If the money dance feels awkward or tacky to you, how about the money collected goes to your favorite charity?  Win, win, you get to visit all the guests and the money goes to a good cause.  Or, if you are on a strict budget, then embrace the dance and keep the money for your honeymoon! …it is just a buck after all!

It turns out that the money dance seems to have originated in Poland in the early 1900’s.  So, as customs and traditions go, it is a relatively new tradition.  Many cultures employ the dance as it turns out and  in the United States, there are areas where the dance is very popular, as well as areas that it is unheard of.  Basically, in all the cultures, it is just a way to give and extra dollar to the bride and groom which represents a wish of good luck and prosperity, and, of course offers an opportunity for a personal visit.

I am going to go ahead and show you what is on wikepedia since there is such variety, and I would not want you to miss out on all of the potential origins!  Here it is:

Poland

The money dance may have originated in Poland around the beginning of the 20th century. The dance takes place some time after the First dance, often once guests have had a chance to have a few drinks. The best man or MC or the disc jockey announces the event. Customarily, the best man begins dancing with the bride, pinning money onto her wedding gown or putting it into a purse, which she carries especially for the purpose, or into the pockets of an apron she dons over her gown especially for this dance. In a more contemporary version of this custom, the dance includes bridesmaids and other ladies who dance .

Ukraine

At Ukrainian weddings, the father of the bride usually begins pinning money on her dress. He is followed by the best man and groomsmen, and, finally, by the remainder of the male guests. Another variation is where the bride’s veil is removed and given to the maid of honor and an apron is placed on the bride. Money is then placed into her apron during the dance.

Yugoslavia

At Yugoslavian weddings, instead of pinning the money on the bride’s gown, the male guests give the money to the best man for safe keeping.

Hungary

At Hungarian and Portuguese weddings[citation needed], the bride takes off her shoes and puts them in the middle of the dance floor. Then the shoes are passed around from guests to guest and each deposits a contribution.

North America

Mexico

Relatives take turns dancing up to the bride and groom and pinning money on their clothes, which allows the couple to spend a few moments with each of their guests. After the money dance, the groom is ridiculed by his friends, tossed in the air while being covered with the veil, and given an apron and broom.

United States

In America, practice of a money dance varies by geographic region and ethnic background of the families involved. It typically involves guests giving small sums of cash to the bride or pinning cash to her gown or veil. Even cultures that accept this may balk at paying the groom for his time and attention, so alternatives have developed, such as “paying” the groom with play money or a stick ofchewing gum. Some consider this a way for the bride and groom to have face time with their guests. Many, including traditional North American etiquette experts, consider the practice incorrect.[1]

This has led to some couples calling it the honeymoon dance instead of a dollar dance or money dance. Some couples have even called it the dime dance and have put dimes under each person’s plate or in a small bowl on each table so that guests won’t feel obligated to ‘pay’ for a short dance with the bride or groom, while still giving them the opportunity to spend 30–60 seconds chatting and dancing with them.

The Philippines

At some Filipino weddings, the money dance is usually announced; males line up in front of the bride, pinning money on her dress or veil, then dance with her. Same with the male, only females line up instead. Money is pinned or taped onto the new married couple’s garments, representing the wish that good fortune is “rained” upon them, while also helping the couple financially as they begin their life together.

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 – Old, New, Borrowed, Blue?

Something old, something new, 

something borrowed, something blue,

and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

This saying came from England from the Victorian Era.  Each aspect of the poem embodies an item of good luck, and a good wish for the bride.  Out of the many traditions that we have surrounding weddings, personally, I really like this tradition.  It doesn’t come with a weird background, like carrying a bouquet to cover your body odor, or not seeing the groom, so that he won’t run away  leaving you at the altar because you are not attractive enough.  This one has a very good well-wishing, loving energy to it.  It is based in sending the bride off with positive pieces of her past, present, and future.  And, you as a bride can have fun with it.  If you agree read on!

The OLD represents the brides heritage of the past, continuity if you will.  A time to reflect on the successful marriages that the bride/you have experienced in your life, and the desire to bring that success to your union.   I once read on a post in The Knot that the traditions in the poem are not of great importance, just little tokens, and that you should not stress about them: feel free to go ahead and take the pressure off of yourself by wearing a used pair of hose. (Washed I am assuming?!)  But, I like the idea of putting a little more thought into it.  I do not see it as a stress, but perhaps a time to reflect on what is important in your upcoming marriage, and a way to privately express those thoughts.  Perhaps you have a piece of jewelery from a grandparent, or I have witnessed brides redesigning and wearing their mother/grandmothers old wedding dress.  Another bride wore an antique dress that was about 100 years old!  So cool!  I personally carried my grandmothers lace handkerchief, and it made me feel like her memory was present with me.

Nicole took her mother’s dress and had it redesigned into a modern-day classic.  Nicole has complied with the tradition of something old in a unique and beautiful way.

The NEW represents the optimism and success of the new life ahead.  This is pretty easy, I am sure that every bride is excited and optimistic about their upcoming marriage, just as  I am sure that every bride has something new in their wardrobe for the big event, the shoes, flowers, dress, veil, underwear, etc..  If not, fall back on The Knot’s recommendation of taking the pressure off, by buying a NEW pair of hose!  And, there is that tradition of the groom buying his bride a gift.  I have witnessed the groom giving his bride a watch, or piece of jewelry  and she knew about the gift in advance, and planned on that gift being the ‘new’ item that she would wear.

The groom hands his bride a gift, she wears it to the ceremony and comply’s with the tradition of something new.

The BORROWED.  It is a symbolic form of support from one of your happily married gal pals or relative.  They are passing on their marital success, blessings and bliss to your marriage.  You borrow an item and with it, its’ positive good marital energy and return it afterwards (otherwise it would change the poem to something old, something new, something kept, something….) It is also believed to symbolize that you can depend on that lending person; I think perhaps you depend on them, the lender,  for marital bliss advice.  It is the same as something old with respect to the item itself…a piece of jewelry, watch,dress, scarf etc. will suffice for the borrowed item.   Borrow something that you like and feel comfortable with and presto; enjoy the well wishes that comes with it!

Something BLUE.  Blue has been involved with weddings for many, many years.  Ancient history is involved here.  In Rome, blue was worn by the bride to symbolize loyalty, fidelity, purity, and love.  Before Queen Vicky changed dresses to white, blue was a popular wedding gown color.  In the past the bridal couple wore blue borders on their wedding attire to express the same ideas that the Romans expressed with blue (loyalty, fidelity, purity and love).  I have seen the bride wear  the following items in blue: shoes, nail polish, garters, flowers, rings, jewels, etc. to comply with this part of the poem. Be creative with it.  Or, if you are stressed by this, just go for the blue hose, used preferably to kill two birds with one stone!

This bride wears a beautiful pair of blue suede ballerina flats, adding a lovely, colorful touch to her gown and complies with the tradition of something blue.

And…the part that we U.S.A. Citizens seem to have forgotten: …..and a silver sixpence in her shoe.  So, the poem/tradition is British and the sixpence is a coin from Britain dating from 1551 to 1967.  It was made of silver and worth six pennies.   According to AskYahoo, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings. And these days, who couldn’t use some reassurance on a future fortune?

This is a tradition that you can really sink your teeth into! If you are not the creative type, it is still easy to accomplish, think previously worn blue panty hose and three are knocked off the list!  What I like most, is that you take time out from the hustle bustle of planning and, you stop and think about what is important from your past,  (the happy influencing marriages from your past), and you look at your present day marriage mentors and then you look to your future dreams for your wedded life.  How nice is that?!

Then you fly to England to collect for yourself a sixpence in an antique shop and you have got a nice trip to England out of that deal.  Or skip the trip to England and put a dime in your shoe.  It can be a very inexpensive tradition that you stick to (if you skip the trip to England), that brings around happy, positive, reassuring thoughts to your upcoming nuptials.  Enjoy!

Nicole in the new version of her mother’s wedding dress.

Bethany’s gown is over 80 years old.  The wedding theme was an ‘antebellum period wedding’, this dress was an amazing touch.