Vail Elopement - Matt & Lauren - Colorado Elopement Photographer

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to shoot an adventure elopement in Vail, Colorado. Matt & Lauren were up from Arizona and hit me up to do a little elopement session while they were in Vail. Colorado has had an amazingly warm winter so the snow was a little scarce, but I wanted to get them out into nature and have some fun experiencing the beauty that is Vail. 

We didn't have much time so we met in Vail Village by the bridge to get a shot there and then headed up to the trail. 

They were troopers and hiked through the ice and mud to get up to the spots that I had found. 

Finally after slipping through and almost falling, and arriving with the Vans still clean we reached the spot that I had found and had a blast. 

A little further up the trail there was an aspen grove that I wanted to use for the video I was shooting as well. So we hiked up, or slipped up and shot a couple more photos. 

While we had some beautiful scenery, there was one shot that I wanted to get with the mountains in the background. So we headed back to the car and drove to one last spot to snag this photo. 

If you want to watch the video check it out here!

Epic Styled Shoot Part 2 - Anna Be Bridal, Evolution Salon, & Metalmark Fine Jewelry - Denver, Colorado

In the previous post there were more words than photos. It is not that I have run out of words (just ask my wife, I never shut up) but I figure you would rather see these beautiful photos than listen to me ramble on and on about the dresses. 

I mean they say that a photo is worth a thousand words soooooo........

Dress - Monique Lhuillier - Dulce

www.moniquelhuillier.com

Dress - Ines Di Santo - Spicy

www.inesdisanto.com

 

Dress - Berta - 16-103

Vendors 

Anna Be                                                                                                                                     www.anna-be.com  - www.instagram.com/annabebridal

Evolution Salon                                                                             http://www.evolutionsalondenver.com/  -  www.instagram.com/evolutionsalondenver - www.instagram.com/maggiejeanhair

Metalmark Fine Jewelry  - https://metalmarkfinejewelry.com/ -  www.instagram.com/metalmarkfinejewelry

Epic Styled Shoot Part 1 - Anna Be Bridal, Evolution Salon, & Metalmark Fine Jewelry - Denver, Colorado

This shoot was LIT. I think that is how you use that, right? Isn't that what the kids are saying these days? Anyway, ignore my efforts to try and use cool words.

I first found Anna Be Bridal while I was driving for Lyft. (I pick up a lot of passengers in this particular area of Denver. Also if you need some ride discounts use this code MATT067500). You can tell from the outside of the building that the inside is going to be amazing, and it does not disappoint. 

I knew that I wanted to try and shoot a styled session with Anna Be; so I walked in and introduced myself to the shop manager, Joy. A few weeks later I emailed asking if they would like to do a styled shoot, and to my amazement and utter happiness, they said yes!

So, the search was on for the rest of the elements for the shoot. I already had a model in mind as I had worked with Kaysie for a brief bit and we had talked about her modeling. Believe it or not, she is not a professional, but she should be. So I asked her if she was available and she said yes!

 Berta Dress

Berta Dress

I also drive by Evolution Salon in Denver due to them being next door the the Starbucks near my wife's work. So I messaged them on Instagram and asked if they might want to do HMUA for the shoot, and yet again, I received another YES! 

Shucks, everything was coming together. So we finalized our date and made the plans. 

I was hoping for a cloudy Colorado sky, but the Sun decided to grace us with its presence almost the entire time. We had a few clouds, but this was a challenge to execute the vision I had in mind with direct sunlight. 

So we arrived at Anna Be around noon to get the Hair and Makeup done. Maggie, a stylist at Evolution Salon, Kicked A$$ with the Hair and Makeup. You can follower her on Instagram @maggiejeanhair or follow the Salon @evolutionsalondenver.

After the hair and makeup was finished, Kaysie had the opportunity to try on some rad dresses, even a dress from Berta, her favorite designer. Joy got in contact with Mary the owner over at Metal Mark Fine Jewelry and she came over and provided us with some gorgeous pieces for the shoot. Seriously, check them out. 

Berta 16-103 (9 of 20).jpg

As a guy this was my first experience in the world of bridal dress fitting. It is such an intense choice. I never really thought it could be as hard as brides make it out to be. But, as I watched Kaysie try on the dresses each one looked better than the last. 

Anna Be's store manager, Joy, is amazing when it comes to knowing what dresses will look fit well on what body types. She had a few dresses in mind when we arrived and they were all perfect. 

(As a side note, while we were talking, Joy told me that they have an amazing retention rate for stylists. They all love what they do and from what I can tell they are all amazing at it. The parent company - a&bĂ© - has bridal shops in Denver, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, and Portland. But Anna Be on Denver is a separate collection from the rest.) 

After the fittings we headed out to Boulder to for the super sunny locations. If you are a photographer reading this, you know the fear of shooting in direct sun. The harsh shadows, the blown out highlights, and the super saturated colors. But, we scheduled this and I knew that chances are we would have a beautiful sunny day. So I was ready to face the challenge. 

I will write a future post for all you photographers about shooting in direct sun and making the most of it. 

But without further rambling of words, I will show you the images which you came here to view. Also below is a video that I shot during the experience for fun. 

Dress - Made With Love - Hayley

www.madewithlovebridal.com

So this was just the first dress/location. Check out Blog number 2 that is filled with all sorts of photo goodness from the other 3 dresses. You can see that here!

Vendors 

Anna Be                                                                                                                                     www.anna-be.com  - www.instagram.com/annabebridal

Evolution Salon                                                                             http://www.evolutionsalondenver.com/  -  www.instagram.com/evolutionsalondenver - www.instagram.com/maggiejeanhair

Metalmark Fine Jewelry  - https://metalmarkfinejewelry.com/ -  www.instagram.com/metalmarkfinejewelry

Wedding Flowers

So prior to becoming a wedding photographer I never noticed the flowers at the wedding. I might speak for most guys in that this may be one of the last things on our minds when it comes to weddings. The first is probably food. Even if you are the groom, the food and drink may come before any other details. Now I know there are exceptions. I had a wedding this year where the groom was a musician and cared about the reception and the music more than anything. But the ladies love flowers. So I wanted to let some of these long wilted lovelies live on. 

But now, flowers are one of the details that I am most excited to see. Every wedding is different and every bride has a different vision. 

I had two wedding this year that had arrangements that stood out. Elizabeth had one of the most unique bouquets. Her husband Grant is the head coach of Brown University's baseball team so there were many elements that included a baseball theme. My favorite part was that the boutonniere for Grant was made out of a baseball leather, and Liz's flowers had a baseball flower in them as well. You can see their wedding here.  Flowers provided by Blooming Blossoms.

But one of the best flower arrangements was from Caitlin and Drew's wedding. Caitlin is a horticulturalist with the parks in New York. Growing up she worked for Weedweavers of Wakefield, and Elaine created some masterpieces for the wedding. You can see the full wedding here. There are so many from this wedding I had to share all of them. 

Below are a few more of my favorites!

Best of Weddings...2014

So the year is over, and we are on to another. At the end of every year I go through and make sure that all my photos are archived and easily findable. In doing this I get to remember all the great weddings as well as all the couples I have had the opportunity to work for. You make what I do fun and together we created some pretty rad images. Thank you for bearing with me as I tried new things, as we went out into the rain and heat all for the sake of photography. Here are my favorite wedding images of 2014!

It has been a great year. Weddings in Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri and Colorado. Now that I have relocated to Rhode Island lets see if I can get more states under my belt! Here's to 2015!