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A Downtown Denver Wedding | Brett & Kelly

Brett and Kelly are that couple. That couple who are so in love, always smiling, kind as can be. It was a real pleasure experiencing their wedding day with them, their family and closest friends. Kelly, a Denver native and Brett, a southern gentleman were wrapped in love by their wonderful families from near and far – it was easy to see where their sweetness comes from :) As weddings always are, theirs was the beginning of a new path – once the festivities were over Kelly left Denver to join her new Mr. in Redondo Beach, California where they will start their life together. The story of their best day follows:

The ceremony was held at the church Kelly has attended her entire life, Good Shepherd Catholic Church near the beautiful Cherry Creek area of Denver.

The florals for the day were by Diz’s Daisys– I absolutely loved the bouquets!  Kelly found her unique and beautiful Ivy & Aster gown at Anna Be Bridal Boutique.

Kelly’s shoes were J.Crew – her sister added the lovely bows! They were meant to be, both the bows and the sisters :)

Being that half the party was made up of southerners and one of them happens to own a store on the east coast that does monogramming – there were monograms everywhere, including all the men’s sleeves! I just love the bow-ties, too.

Rather than tossing petals, the flower girls handed out the stems in their baskets to guests along the aisle.

The bridesmaids wore rose-colored silk dupioni LulaKate dresses in the design of their choosing from Bella Bridesmaid.

The men’s suits were by Jos. A. Bank.

This gorgeous home was right across the street from the church.

Kelly’s gown was breathable, light and airy – the perfect weight for the 92° summer day.

I just love the playful Swiss dot material of Kelly’s gown – aptly named Sweetpea. And, it has pockets! She added the beaded belt to make it her own.

The reception was held on the roof of the Denver Athletic Club. Kelly and Brett brought in the majority of the decor, including the adorable variety of flower vases which they spent the last year or more scouting out and saving for their wedding.

They even brought their own chandelier to hang over their sweetheart table :)

It’s been my pleasure to shoot for John Payne for these last couple of weddings – we stole the couple out of the venue for a few shots downtown before the sun went down:

The cake and dessert bar were created by Das Meyer Fine Pastry Chalet.

I literally woke up smiling the morning after the wedding remembering Brett and Kelly’s first dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. I gushed about it on Facebook, now here’s the proof:

Are they not the sweetest? If you haven’t heard the song, take a listen.

Then came the parent dances, first Kelly and her dad:

Then Brett and his mom :)

I majorly heart this one.

Commence dancing the night away.

All in all it was an absolutely wonderful day, one that had me happily noting how much I love being a wedding photographer. Thanks again to John Payne for having me along! Brett and Kelly were to spend a week hopping around the Hawaiian islands, I hope they had a fantastic trip and I wish them the best in their new journey :)

Nicole HimlerAugust 1, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Beautiful! <3 her dress!

Laura LynnAugust 1, 2012 - 3:40 PM

what an lovely couple and the detail shots at the church are amazing. love, love. great job Erin.

Erin DavenportAugust 1, 2012 - 3:55 PM

Thank you Laura :)

Jessica BrueggerAugust 1, 2012 - 6:13 PM

So pretty Great job as always! My faves are the ring shot, the cake shot and her about to toss the bouquet her facial expression is priceless!

LinneaAugust 5, 2012 - 2:52 PM

Erin, these are lovely! You always capture the best emotional images. I especially love the bride’s bouquet!

{Featured} on Couture Colorado | Beth & Trinity’s Garden of the Gods Engagement

Beth and Trinity’s Copper Mountain wedding is coming right up and I know they can’t wait. I’m excited to share that the time we spent together at Garden of the Gods for their engagement session this spring is featured today on COUTUREcolorado, a “one of a kind wedding inspiration” blog!

Head over to see the feature and as always, thank you for your love and support. It means the world!

 

Jesika BolinJune 26, 2012 - 4:20 PM

this is incredible Erin! Congrats! I always knew you had a special talent! Your amazing!

Yana Nielsen NalesJune 26, 2012 - 4:42 PM

Very cool! Congratulations, Erin!

Lisa HolcombJune 27, 2012 - 7:15 AM

Congrats, girlie :) Beautiful images they will treasure <3 And nice kudos for you in coverage!

Jodi McVeyJune 27, 2012 - 2:59 PM

Congrats Erin! Beautiful work… You go girl:-)

Cheryl N. StilesJune 27, 2012 - 9:12 PM

Wonderful images! You have such a good eye!

Amy PaulsonJuly 2, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Way to go, Erin!!!!!!!!!!!! So proud of you and excited for you!!!

A Rustic Chic Colorado Wedding | Scott & Rachel

I recently had an opportunity to join another photographer, John Payne, in Granby Colorado for a gorgeous, warm wedding celebration with so many personal touches. Scott and Rachel are Denverites who chose to have their big day take place about an hour and a half into the mountains to Denver’s west at Granby Ranch.  There’s something so fun about that time spent driving to the location when it’s tucked away down (or up, in this case) a long winding road. This trip in particular had spectacular Colorado views — so different from the oceanside drive I was just traversing not too long ago it seems for Jordan and Amanda’s wedding in Florida.

Rachel and Scott chose Julia and her team at A Touch of Bliss to coordinate the day and help bring all their detail dreams to life — let me tell you, it was executed to perfection! Now, on to the photos. The story continues below . . .

I’d say close to 50% of the guests and all of the wedding party wore cowboy boots! It made for a very homey and relaxed vibe :)

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic church in Granby, about 15 minutes from Granby Ranch.

The three flower girls wore ivory tutus and cowgirl boots and carried pink peony bouquets — lucky girls!

So many special touches were brought to this day, two of them being that it happened to be Rachel’s grandparents’ FIFTIETH wedding anniversary on the dot, AND the Father you see below married her grandparents fifty years ago! How wonderful is that??

I just love the look on Scott’s face here:

What a perfect day for a wedding, a cool breeze was wafting in from these windows right off those mountains.

Scott’s son Keegan was his best man and played a part in the ceremony as well.

Once back at Granby Ranch the bridal party all took the lift up the mountain for pictures at the top — I loved the ride and the photos we got from it alone!

Keegan steals the hearts of many, I’m sure — he sure did mine.

Once at the top we trekked down a little path and were rewarded with the most gorgeous view and magical aspen grove.

I was in Heaven. And will be making this into a canvas for my house :) I kept calling it the enchanted forest . . .

Rachel’s beautiful earrings were a gift from Scott on the morning of their wedding.

The ushers wore pink bow-ties while the groom and his groomsmen wore navy suits with open collars.

I could not get over those tutus all day long. So cute! And with the cowgirl boots . . .

The bridesmaids’ lovely white dresses were BCBG.

The light purple Columbine flowers that dotted the floor of the little forest made it all the more magical :)

Rachel carried her family heritage as part of her bouquet, it was wrapped with pieces from a wedding gown and the handkerchief was a family heirloom as well.

Magical nature.

Talk about a gorgeous bridal party! From their attire to their hair by Winter Park Salon to their bouquets by Flowers Forever Design – lots and lots of beauty right there :)

One of my favorites from the day.

Scott and Rachel had their portraits done at the top as well. They couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful venue!

Back at the bottom of the lift was the reception location where cocktail hour was happening.  This is Scott’s brother – see a resemblance? :)

From what I gather, this giant stein is somewhat of a tradition at the family’s weddings — I just had to include these of Scott with it!

These adorable signs dotted the yard games area and others welcomed guests to the property. I just love personal touches like these, they transform a venue into a couple’s own :)

Two special sets of cornhole boards were made.

Everything tied (literally and figuratively) together so well, it was a joy to photograph and preserve!

The part that peonies played in the day made me a very happy girl. Favorite flower hands down :)  

Julia and her ladies from A Touch of Bliss did such an amazing job setting everything up and keeping the day organized. I highly recommend them!

The banquet style tables made for a family feel, so comfortable yet beautiful.

The centerpiece of the decor was the dessert buffet. It was put together by family and friends and included some family favorites and long-loved recipes. What a sweet and sentimental way to do dessert. Loved it.

The presentation really makes it all pop, too! Coordinating signage and cute vessels/stands brought this display so much cohesiveness and beauty.

I want to eat the following photos:

And I love cupcakes exactly as much as this little cutie!

Rachel’s father gave the most heartwarming speech. He and his girl are close! :)

 I heart this one big time.

Keegan gave an amazing toast as well! So well spoken and charming, it was wonderful to see this family grow.

Rachel and Scott danced their first dance to “My Best Friend.”

Father and daughter danced to Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” In his speech a few minutes earlier his advice was “check the oil” as in the song lyrics :)

The music for the evening was performed by Already Gone.

Later in the reception Scott, Rachel and young members of their families sang an Irish memorial song for family who has already passed and couldn’t be with them. The song was “Men of Erin” and it was one of the sweetest things I’ve seen or heard. Just beautiful.

All in all it was their perfect day and I was so glad to be a part of it. Wishing Rachel and Scott a wonderful time in Nicaragua and a lifetime of happiness!

Amalie OrrangeJune 23, 2012 - 5:24 PM

Well done Erin! Your work is always impeccable :)

Nicole HimlerJune 23, 2012 - 8:50 PM

This wedding looks FABULOUS! Love the flowers and cowgirl boots! :)

Jess BrueggerJune 24, 2012 - 6:51 AM

Love these pics ! My favorites are the ones of the desserts they look super yummy!!!

Jennifer Chase SolomonJune 25, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Gorgeous work Erin. What a lovely wedding and beautiful couple. I love the dessert buffet made by family and friends. Such sweet touch.

Erin DavenportJune 26, 2012 - 4:23 PM

Thank you Jennifer – the dessert station was my favorite!

Erin DavenportJune 26, 2012 - 4:23 PM

I knew you would like it especially :) Those cowgirl boots had me thinking of you!

Erin DavenportJune 26, 2012 - 4:23 PM

Thank you Amalie <3 :)

LinneaJuly 15, 2012 - 6:59 PM

Erin, your photos are amazing!!! I love how you captured the energy and happiness of this wedding. All your photographs are just so crisp and lovely. You nailed it!

Rachel Marion PrestidgeAugust 1, 2012 - 4:58 PM

Erin! I just saw this- you did an incredible job. Can’t wait to share this post with EVERYONE!

Brittany RenderAugust 1, 2012 - 5:15 PM

OMG- This is absolutely PERFECT, I am IN LOVE with your wedding! Can i please copy all of it for my own

Erin DavenportAugust 1, 2012 - 5:27 PM

Hi Rachel, thank you! Hope you and the Mr. and little Mr. are doing wonderfully :)

Teresa HillAugust 17, 2012 - 11:01 PM

Wow! What awesome pictures of a beautiful couple who were married here at Granby Ranch.
Congrats Rachel and Scott! I really enjoyed getting to know you both!

[…] City for the mountain wedding experience! I was thrilled to be going back to Granby after the summer wedding I was able to shoot there and couldn’t wait to be there for this snowy winter […]

Melissa Kay MenningAugust 9, 2013 - 8:27 PM

In love with these pictures. This wedding is just beautiful. Especially love the cornhole game.

A Florida Engagement | Tory & Kevin

Tory and Kevin are my December Florida wedding couple — Tory was the first bride to contact me after my new site redesign who basically said “we’re perfect for each other!” She and Kevin are having a vintage garden themed wedding and she was right on in saying that it is right up my alley :) It’s no secret that’s my all-time favorite theme, I can’t get enough gardeny goodness. These two have such a sweet story, from Kevin proposing overlooking the city lights on a trip to meet her friends and relatives back in Philadelphia to the fact that they’re high school sweethearts and have been together 9 years. I’m happy to be able to share this journey toward marriage with them and can’t wait to celebrate their big day this winter in Florida!

We shot at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park and also downtown Bradenton and I just loved getting to know them better face to face.

I’m so happy for the two of you!

Lots of love,

Marie GraeffJune 15, 2012 - 3:19 PM

Beautiful Pictures

Jessica BrueggerJune 15, 2012 - 4:19 PM

Pretty, great location for an engagement shoot!

Brenda CarrJune 15, 2012 - 6:42 PM

I love the pictures. Each one in their own way is my favorite. I want a copy of all of them!

Jillian AlleyJune 15, 2012 - 11:27 PM

Gorgeous pictures and couple! I can’t wait for their wedding :) :)

Jennifer CrossonJune 15, 2012 - 11:55 PM

wonderful pics, at least I didn’t have to wait an hour for you to find it :)

Mackenzie FryeJune 16, 2012 - 2:48 PM

I love the pictures there so cute together!

Ami MarconiJune 19, 2012 - 11:17 PM

Wow…Tory, you look sooo pretty in all of these! Such a cute couple : ).

Holly RolewiczJuly 6, 2012 - 3:27 AM

You guys are such a great looking couple! Love ya both and miss ya bunches! :)

Wendy M HenryDecember 1, 2012 - 7:54 PM

So beautiful!

[…] Tory and Kevin’s wedding took place on a beautiful warm winter day in Palmetto, Florida at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast. I absolutely loved the setting and how it mimicked our locations for their engagement photos. […]