Brides in the mountains - Blue Lake Ranch, Durango, CO

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These two lovely brides got married in a San Francisco courthouse a few months before they called me, but they wanted a wedding in the mountains with close family and friends. I was so happy to be a part of their special celebration! The wedding was simply gorgeous at Ridgeview Events Center with La Plata mountains as a spectacular backdrop. There was amazing food from Yellow Carrot, a lovely violinist playing at the ceremony, and many friends and family who had traveled from all over the country to share in this joyous day! Scroll below to see the photos and the vendor list at the bottom.

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Romance on the Vineyard - Melissa & Kalon, Templeton, California

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Melissa and Kalon contacted me to shoot their wedding when they were on the Canary Islands doing some humanitarian work. I immediately said an emphatic yes and the date was set. Kalon has been a childhood friend of my husband's since they were four years old growing up in Alaska. I couldn't think more highly of someone, he is the most kind-hearted individual. Melissa, I met over delicious indian food a few years ago and since I've gotten to know her, it is apparent that she and Kalon are absolutely perfect for each other. Melissa shares Kalon's gentle kindness and adds a bubbly exuberance that is impossible not to love.

Their wedding, held at a beautiful vineyard in wine country, California in June was magical. There was enough room for both families and all of their friends to stay on the vineyard which made for days of celebrations, from the night everyone arrived for the welcome dinner until well after the wedding. It was the perfect homemade wedding with friends and family lending expertise and help where they could. 

The morning of the wedding was foggy and cool, perfect for getting ready without breaking a sweat. Later in the day, the sweet mist burned off the valley to reveal a blue sky. The rolling California hills covered in mustard flowers and the leafy trees laden with old-mans-beard provided the perfect backdrop for a lovely summer wedding. Their ceremony was held under a flower-laden gazebo and the reception was in the vineyard barn. Dinner was an extravagant homemade paella loaded with surf and turf goodies and sprinkled with mounds of mouth-watering saffron. 

Golden hour provided an irresistible luminescence for couples portraits against the dipping California sun. All in all, you couldn't dream up a more magical wedding!  

To order prints, visit their gallery here. Gallery expires 9/9/18

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A Gorge-ous Wedding - Charlotte and Ben, Taos, NM

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Yes, a pun in the title, I couldn't help it! Charlotte and Ben got married at the Taos Gorge on the beautiful wind swept Taos Mesa overlooking the box canyon. Their ceremony was followed by a lovely reception at Sabroso Restaurant in Arroyo Seco, NM a few miles outside of Taos heading into the mountains. Charlotte wore a beautiful black and red gown adorned with a turquoise jewel piece in her hair and turquoise heels.

Friends and family from around the nation attended to celebrate with them. Dinner was a delicious spread of New Mexican specialties including red and green chilé. The toasts brought everyone to tears and the dancing to joy. It was a perfect evening for these two lovers. 

Order prints from the full gallery here (expires 7/27/18)

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Hair & makeup - Madeline McCue Makeup

Reception & dinner - Sabroso

Officiant - Dan Jones

 

A Caring Couple, Santa Fe Summer Wedding: Gina & Max

My first meeting with Gina and Max felt like catching with old friends even though we had just met. These two were just that friendly! We talked about the details of their upcoming wedding, but we also talked about their love for running, and dogs, and each other! 

Their wedding day was similarly pleasant. The guests began arriving to Hyde Memorial State Park and Gina and her girl friends unhurriedly migrated to the dressing room to sip cold tequila, chat, take a few photos and put on Gina's amazing wedding dress. The guests were able to get drinks and walk around the gorgeous mountain venue set high in the pines above Santa Fe, NM. When it was time for the ceremony, people gathered around Gina and Max while they read each other their promises instead of vows. These two made some really sweet promises to each other surrounded by loving family and friends. Afterwards, the couple made a margarita for each guest as a way of greeting and thanking them for attending.

A beautiful New Mexican dinner spread from Ana Luisa in Santa Fe was served and accompanied by speeches from two close friends. Dancing was kicked off with a classic line dance called la marcha. Gina and Max chose to have guests donate to the Española Animal Shelter instead of giving them gifts. 

To see the love and care these two bring, not only to each other, but to the world, was a special thing for me to be a part of on their wedding day.

Scroll below to see photos of their special day and click on the link here if you would like to purchase a photo (ability to purchase expires 7/28/18).

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Celebrating History: An Anniversary At Pecos Historic Park

On a windy Spring day we headed out to Pecos National Historic Park for this lovely eleventh anniversary shoot. With few other visitors at the park we had free reign to be creative, silly and romantic! Willy Nelson, the dog kept us all on our toes and received many treats for sitting and posing.

Many times I get to work with couples whose love is new. Sometimes I get to work with couples, like these two, whose love goes back a long way. Regardless, I always get to work with couples who are discovering love for each other every day!

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Married Under the Pink Sandias, Shanna & Carlos, Corrales, NM

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Shanna and Carlos said their vows under the glowing pink Sandia Mountains as the sun settled into the horizon for the night. It was a lovely late-October evening. The air was filled with the smell of cottonwoods yellowing and the brisk smell of winter just around the corner. Their wedding was at Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast in Corrales, NM. The location was perfect, nestled into the Rio Grande Bosque with views of the Sandias.

Shanna and Carlos's two sons, Isaiah and Carlitos, happily ran around the wedding venue, excited for their parents' union. Carlitos entertained guests with his mischievous not-quite-a-toddler-anymore smile and Isaiah would formally pose for me, never forgetting his manners. 

One of the most touching parts of the evening was when Carlos's sister made a speech about their late father and thanked her older brother for holding up the family through difficult times. Another was when Shanna presented her grandparents her bouquet, instead of tossing it, to show her appreciation for the older couples' enduring love. Shanna and Carlos will make such an amazing husband-wife duo, I am so happy for the two of them and their sweet family. 

View their wedding photos below or click here for their full wedding gallery where you can order prints (expires on 1/13/18).

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Blue Lake Ranch Romance - Carlin & Scott, Durango, CO

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When Carlin and I spoke on the phone for the first time, I knew this was going to be a good match. She was so sweet, humble and honest about what she wanted. Scott is a firefighter and was not able to meet with us during the consultation, but when I finally met him in person I was equally impressed. Both Carlin and Scott have a very sincere, unassuming quality about them. They are easy-going people and their wedding reflected just that. Both of them got ready at Blue Lake Ranch in separate cottages. The getting ready pictures were fun and relaxed. Carlin's sister and father kept her company and we shot a first look with Carlin and her dad. This was the first time I did a father-daughter first look and it was very touching. I loved it! 

For the ceremony and reception, friends and family gathered at Ridgewood Events Center just down the road for a gorgeous autumn ceremony with the cottonwoods in full yellow color. Carlin and Scott's Rottweiler delivered the rings down the aisle, muscles bursting out of his smart tuxedo. Afterwards, we stole a few minutes as the sun went down and took some couples portraits. The Reception was lively and beautiful in the Ridgewood Events Center wooden cabin-style building. Hello Doll Face rocked the house late into the night as the stars poked out of the perfect autumn sky.

Scroll down to see photos from their evening and to order prints from their full gallery, click here. The gallery will expire on Jan. 3rd 2018.

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Ceremony venue | Ridgewood Events Center, Durango, CO
Reception venue | Ridgewood Events Center , Durango, CO
Getting ready venue | Blue Lake Ranch, CO
Bride's hair  |Taren Schmida, Uptown Girls, Durango, CO
Desserts | The Yellow Carrot, Durango, CO
Digital-film hybrid editing | the FIND lab