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There’s nothing as fun as a super quick engagement session… especially when it directly follows a great time chatting over a good microbrew. I met Audrey and Sean for a quick drink before their engagement session (translation: a little liquid courage for them). Many of our couples are happy to fuel up on a yummy local brew before an engagement session, and I’m happy to oblige them. Not only is it a relaxing beginning to an engagement session, it calms the nerves for people (especially us guys) who aren’t used to being photographed, and it includes beer.
On this particular occasion, however, our conversation became so engaging that we inadvertently lost track of time. In our effort to accomplish what we set out for in the first place, we pulled off the side of a road near Boulder, in this incredible field, for some crazy fun engagement photos. Though we definitely parked illegally (I offered to pay for any fines we received) the field was superb, and the Colorado sunset that afternoon was more than perfect.
If anyone knows my husband, he loves good beer and good company. Oftentimes I have to go collect him from a neighbor’s garage or porch because he got caught up talking and lost track of time. So, it came as no surprise to me when he came home and told me what happened with Audrey and Sean. Sometimes it’s the mistakes that make the greatest results!
Jason and I love shooting a wedding day however it unfolds. With that being said, we have witnessed some pretty incredible moments during a first look. Jason and I actually could not make up our minds (about doing a first look) for our own wedding until we were forced, by the wedding coordinator, to make a decision a few weeks before the wedding… Thanks Debbie for an amazing day. In the end, we decided to have the private moment together. Jason tells our grooms his biggest worry was that the first look would take away from the emotion/moment of me walking down the aisle. To paraphrase, he says, “The first look is it’s own amazing moment, and watching Gina walk down the aisle was a totally different and even more emotional moment.”
What we’ve noticed is that when you are marrying your best friend, spending the day without him or her can be disorienting and kind of stressful. It’s especially hard on our grooms; outgoing men become jittery and reserved guys become chatterboxes. However, upon seeing their bride, a wave of calm washes over them like a cool river. It’s actually quite adorable. Caitlyn and Luke’s first look was not only sweet to witness, it also produced some stunning images!
We rarely shoot weddings in Denver. Most of the weddings we’re privileged to be a part of celebrate the outdoors of the Colorado Mountains. Caitlyn and Luke’s wedding, however, took place in the back yard of a private residence in Cherry Hills. The surroundings were incredible. The warmth of the afternoon sun didn’t come close to the passion these soul mates have for each other. Their joy, happiness and sense of fulfillment reminded me of the day I married Gina. It was as if best friends were finally allowed, with anticipation, to call each other husband and wife.
I think it is quite fitting for us to publish Lauren and Santino’s snowy Vail engagement session during yet another Spring week full of snowstorms. I love a good snow and am quite content curled up on the couch with a blanket, my laptop, and my dogs. I alternate between working and gazing out the window at the beauty outside. The only real disappointment I have with our “wintery” spring is that I fear my tulips and daffodils won’t survive this storm. But they may surprise me!
Random fact: Vail is the second largest ski mountain in North America, second only to Whistler Blackcomb. I’ve always know Vail was vast and epic to ski, but never realized just how mammoth it is compared to other resorts. I’m always excited when I learn something new about the state I love. And, with the crazy snow we’ve gotten, Vail (among others) has extended its season for another week! Who can complain about that?
My complaint this week has to do with the weather too. We rescheduled Lauren and Santino’s engagement session twice last month due to Winter storms in the mountains. Further, I’m working towards my private pilot’s license, and wind/ice/snow are not good flying for the Cessna 172! Two cancelled flights this week alone.
However, I’m thrilled to share these images from our sun-drenched afternoon with Lauren and Santino. Lauren is stunning… and Santino is an Apple fan. In fact, he and I could spend hours chatting about Apple gear and fun small cameras (i.e. Leica, Fuji, etc). Their laid back nature and go-with-the-flow attitude made this shoot as simple as an afternoon walking around Vail with friends (and their fluffy dogs).