> A look Back at 2013

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One of my most favorite parts about shooting weddings is the travel. I’ve been to so many places I probably wouldn’t have gone had I not shot a wedding there. There’s nothing like an absolutely, positively, awesomely amazing wedding venue! One that lends itself well to a ton of photos in a contained space; one that has great light inside or out; one that has breathtaking mountain views; one that is worth the drive, no matter how long or hard it is. These are the places I’ve been so lucky to see this summer.

4.27.13.Chatfield

Chatfield Botanic Gardens. {see more from this wedding here.}

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YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, mountain top. {see more from this wedding here.}

6.21.13.TwinPeaksGolf

Twin Peaks Golf Course {see more from this wedding here.}

6.22.13.MainStStation

Main Street Station in Breckenridge {see more from this wedding here}

6.28.13.Copper

Copper Creek Golf Course, Copper Mountain {see more from this wedding here}

6.29.13.V3Ranch

Aloft at V3 Ranch in Breckenridge {see more from this wedding here}

6.30.13.SkiCooper

Ski Cooper {see more from this wedding here}

7.14.13.StJulien

St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder {see more from this wedding here}

7.20.13.PineyRiverRanch

Piney River Ranch {see more from this wedding here}

8.3.13.TheMaggie

The Maggie at the Base of Peak 9 in Breckenridge {see more from this wedding here}

8.10.13.WestinDenver

The Four Seasons in Denver {see more from this wedding here}

8.16.13.LodgeAndSpaBreck

The Lodge and Spa at Breck {see more from this wedding here}

8.17.13.Livermore

Private Ranch in Livermore {see more from this wedding here}

8.23.13.AbidingHopeChurchLittleton

Abiding Hope Church in Littleton {see more from this wedding here}

8.24.13.WildHorseInn

Wild Horse Inn, Tabernash {see more from this wedding here}

9.21.13.BlueSkyBreck

BlueSky in Breckenridge {see more from this wedding here}

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The Whitmoor Golf Club (in St. Louis, MO) {see more images here}

10.5.13.WesternRiveriaGrandLake

The Western Riviera at Grand Lake {see more images from this wedding here}

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> Married in St. Louis

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Carrie & Bjorn brought me back home to StL for their Big Day, and it was beautiful. The quick ceremony was under a covered porch at the Whitmoor Golf Club, and the reception followed right inside. The sun hid behind a blanket of grey clouds, keeping temps down a bit. Their smiles only got bigger as the day went on, making my job quite easy!

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> A Four Seasons Denver Wedding

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A classic Denver wedding in the heart of the city, with a rain delay to cool off the night.

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{a Huge thanks to Meredith Moran Photography for having me second shoot with her on this amazing day. Breathtaking!}

> Kaitlin & Connor’s Big Day in Denver

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You’d never know it was a scorcher out on Katilin & Connor’s wedding day – the ladies kept it together and the bride was stunning. Rain cooled off the evening, and after the ceremony we found a huge willow tree and some gorgeous late afternoon magic hour light. Beautiful people + beautiful setting = awesome wedding. Congrats!

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> Jennifer & Rich: Married at the St. Julien, Boulder

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A sweet woman married a sweet man at the St. Julien this July, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of their Big Day. This wedding had it all – the excitement, the nerves, a First Look, a threat of storms during an outside ceremony, a special couple’s cocktail, a big cake and a sweet first dance. Congratulations, Jennifer & Rich!!

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Second Shooter: Laurie of Rendition Studios
Venue: St. Julien in Boulder
Live Band: Easy Bill & The Big Beat
Cake/Dessert: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe
Hairdresser: Tony Westenhaver
Flowers: Lori Dries of Statice Floral

> Lindsay & Jess: A Beautiful Breck Wedding

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Considering all of the rainy days we’ve had in the mountains this summer, Lindsay & Jess’ wedding day in Breckenridge was arguably one of the most beautiful days. After a little hiccup and a delayed ceremony, the couple finally sealed their vows with a kiss under a gorgeous golden sky. Congratulations!!Lohrey-1Lohrey-15 Lohrey-18 Lohrey-19 Lohrey-2Lohrey-20 Lohrey-16 Lohrey-22 Lohrey-21 Lohrey-3Lohrey-23 Lohrey-4 Lohrey-5 Lohrey-26 Lohrey-24Lohrey-25 Lohrey-9 Lohrey-7 Lohrey-28 Lohrey-29Lohrey-30 Lohrey-31 Lohrey-33 Lohrey-32 Lohrey-34Lohrey-11 Lohrey-6 Lohrey-10 Lohrey-37 Lohrey-36Lohrey-39 Lohrey-38 Lohrey-17 Lohrey-12 Lohrey-13Lohrey-14 Lohrey-40 Lohrey-41 Lohrey-42 Lohrey-43 Lohrey-44

> Kara & Matt

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Kara & I got in touch just two weeks before her Big Day when she was searching for a last-minute replacement for her photographer. I was excited to accept the challenge, and met her just two days before her wedding. We clicked right away and I couldn’t wait to get up to Estes Park to shoot her special day with Matt (and their sweet Lulu).

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The whole day was up top at the Mountainside Lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The view is gorgeous in every direction; it’s a perfect Colorado wedding venue. During the ceremony, Kara & Matt invited all of their parents to help plant a new tree that they’ll bring home together.

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Their reception was above the ceremony site by the lodge, under an open pavilion overlooking another mountain range. Name cards were tied to pine cones hanging from a tree nearby. Each setting had a mason jar with a map and wildflower seeds for guests to take with them. The cake was beautiful, the speeches were sweet and the dancing lasted all night. Matt even had a special dance with his almost-one-year-old, Lulu. We grabbed one last photo of Matt & Kara as the sun set behind the mountains.

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Congratulations, Kara & Matt, and thank you so much for including me in your amazing day!