Denver Engagement Photographer: Romance at Red Rocks

a little fun and romance

Ann and Matt are huge music fans, Matt even teaches guitar for a living.  So when choosing a location for their engagement pictures it made sense to go to their favorite place to see concerts, Red Rocks.  Not only is Red Rocks the best concert venue in Colorado…or possibly in the world, but it has a stunning landscape perfect for pictures.  We first made a stop in downtown Morrison for some unique pictures in front of the license plate wall and on the bridge shown below.  Ann wanted to capture some portraits with her aging dog so they took him along for a few pictures too.  The weather was so nice that everyone was out hiking and touring around Red Rocks, so we had to dodge a lot of pedestrians and cars, but we still had fun and I can not wait for their wedding this fall!  I love this couple’s romantic free-spirit.  And the fact that she has a non-traditional blue stone for her engagement ring, shows how they are not afraid to be a little rebellious and do something unique and all their own.  And I know from talking to Ann & Matt that their wedding day is going to truly reflect their personality- laid-back, fun, and a little different…with of course lots of music tied into it.

fun engagement pictures on bridge in downtown Morrison

fun engagement pictures on bridge in downtown Morrison

engagement pictures on the license plate wall in downtown Morrison

engagement pictures on the license plate wall in downtown Morrison

Ann & Matt with their beloved dog

Ann & Matt with their beloved dog

engagement pictures at sunset with their dog

engagement pictures at sunset with their dog

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

we had to dodge lots of cars for the picture under the tunnel, but it was worth it

unique blue engagement ring

awesome unique blue engagement ring

stunning landscape for pictures

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks

a little fun and romance

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

unique engagement pictures at Red Rock

silly engagement pictures

getting silly

unique engagement pictures at Red Rocks

unique engagement pictures at Red Rocks

romantic silhoutte at sunset

romantic silhoutte at sunset

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

one last kiss at Red Rocks

 

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Justyna - wow!!! her tattoo!!! Now I would love to see the close up!!!April 21, 2017 – 8:47 am

Suzanne Jakes - What a cute and fun couple! I love how natural they look, and you can tell how much fun this shoot was. Love the blue dress with these rocks, and that ring is gorgeous! Great work!April 21, 2017 – 2:29 am

Katie Warnke - What sweet and fun engagement photos at Red Rocks. Great idea to go to downtown Morrison too for some small town vibe. Nice angles, lighting and expression. You even got the dog in there. Well done.April 20, 2017 – 2:14 pm

Taylor Fisher - Aw, their pup! Her blue dress is amazing, especially up against the red rocks. Great shots!April 20, 2017 – 1:45 pm

Kate Hejde - Love the contrast of her blue against the rocks!!April 20, 2017 – 11:26 am

Julie - High five for finding your couples so many cool and unique spots, love that you included their pup! Beautiful work.April 20, 2017 – 10:37 am

Jess - I love the colors that you captured in these images! Beautiful!April 20, 2017 – 10:25 am

Kristin - Love the sunglasses picture with their dog!April 20, 2017 – 9:58 am

Mackenzie Nemeth-Suko - So how COOL is this couple!? I love how you really get to their personality!April 20, 2017 – 9:49 am

Colorado Engagement Photographer: Snow in Estes Park

 

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees in Estes Park, CO

nothing but love

Stephanie & Doug love the outdoors and one of their favorite pastimes is hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park.  So for their engagement session we trekked up to RMNP in Estes Park, CO to take a once in a lifetime hike as I documented their love for each other and love for the mountains.   OK so this was really more of a walk with lots of driving, but we had lots of scenic landscapes to get to before the sun set and we lost all our daylight.   The first spot we stopped in the wind was blowing intensely and we were getting pelted with thick wet snow drops…I’m sure there’s a more technical name for that kind of snow but hopefully you get my drift.  It was freezing and it was so cloudy you could barely make out the mountains in the background, so we quickly got a few shots then headed back to the car.  Thankfully the weather in Colorado often changes within minutes.  And thankfully by the time we drove to our next scenic spot the sun came out, the clouds cleared, and it felt like a perfect spring day.  We walked around a lot and goofed around even more.  As we drove to our last stop in Rocky Mountain National Park it started to snow again.  But this time it was that perfect soft powder snowfall that every photographer hopes for when snow is in the forecast.  It only lasted about ten minutes, but we got lucky to actually capture some pictures with beautiful white snow flakes.  It was a moment out of a romance movie, or maybe a comedy, as these two lovebirds goofed around and kissed as snow fell around them.  Doug and Steph are so cute together and have so much fun together that its obvious they are made for each other.  I also love how Doug, who happens to have a design and photography background, designed Stephanie’s engagement ring and found someone to custom make it.  It’s one of the coolest rings I’ve ever seen, scroll down to see a picture of it in the snow.  We had a great time doing their engagement pictures and I can’t wait for their upcoming wedding this fall.

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

romance in Rocky Mountain National Park

romance in Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

unique custom designed engagement ring in the snow

unique custom designed engagement ring

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

romance between the aspen trees

romance between the aspen trees

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees

unique engagement pictures

unique engagement pictures

a daring walk on a fallen log on a frozen lake

a daring walk on a fallen log on a frozen lake

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

a romantic moment under the snowfall

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

a silhouette under the dusk sky

a silhouette under the dusk sky

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Custom Alternative Wedding Dresses at Rancho Ricardo

Steampunk, Fairytale, and Burning Man Inspired Wedding Gowns by Custom Dress Designer Jade Locke of The Secret Boutique

The group of rebellious alternative models strike a pose in their custom wedding gowns

The group of rebellious alternative models strike a pose in their custom wedding gowns

When local wedding dress designer Jade Locke, owner of The Secret Boutique, reached out to me to do photography of some of her dresses I couldn’t resist once I saw them.  Her historical inspired corset wedding gowns are truly unique works of art.  For the photo shoot we seeked out the perfect location, Rancho Ricardo Gardens, which is a secret all of its own.  Its a new unique wedding venue about one hour northwest of Denver in Berthoud, Colorado that was built in the gorgeous foothills and is filled with amazing sculptures.  There has only been one wedding so far at this venue, so if you are looking for an unknown venue off the beaten path and are intrigued by the creativity of the Rancho Ricardo Gardens, you should definitley seek them out for your wedding or upcoming event.

We had a few other wedding vendors that loved the unique steampunk and alternative wedding style and contributed to the photo shoot.  A Cake Come True created the fun steampunk wedding cake complete with intricate details and the handmade heart topper.  And the unique succulent, metal, and feather bouquets were created by Arranging Dreams Floral Artistry.  Becca Be transformed our models with her amazing hair and makeup styling.  And Donna Beth Creations provided the stunning jewelry and unique hair pieces.

One of Jade’s custom wedding dresses is steampunk inspired with copper color tones and lots of metal latches and hooks.  Perfect for the bride looking for a renaissance yet funky unique style for their wedding day.  It also paired well with her bold blue and purple dress that is just the right fit for a tattooed alternative bride.  And who says you need a groom for a wedding photo shoot?  Its 2016 and there are more same sex weddings taking place in Colorado then ever before!  Personally about 1/5 of the weddings I photograph are same sex couples.  Whether you want to call it a gay, lesbian or just LGBT wedding, it makes me so happy to know that no matter your sexual preference you can now legally get married.  I love documenting love in any shape or form!  These two models weren’t afraid to break the mold and pose romantically without a groom by their side.  Check out the photos below of their amazing dresses, bouquets, and steampunk cake to match.  And they also had a lot of fun posing in this unique metal sculpture for pictures:

steampunk inspired metal and succulent wedding bouquet

steampunk inspired metal and succulent wedding bouquet

alternative wedding bouquet with feathers, succulents, metal and found objects

alternative wedding bouquet with feathers, succulents, metal and found objects

unique metal sculpture makes a fun backdrop forsame sex wedding picture with two brides

unique metal sculpture makes a fun backdrop for romantic, care-free, and rebellious wedding pictures

Here is a great picture of the front of Rancho Ricardo.  And while the horse is not included with the venue rental for weddings, we were lucky enough that a couple of our rebellious models were allowed to take some pictures on top this tall dark and handsome beauty.

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress while riding a horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress while riding a horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress posing with a brown horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

two brides admire their matching steampunk wedding cake

two brides admire their matching steampunk wedding cake

non-traditional steampunk wedding cake

non-traditional steampunk wedding cake

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited tattoo bride models a bold blue and purple custom wedding dress with a unique metal sculpture

free spirited tattooed bride models a bold blue and purple custom wedding dress and unique hair piece

lesbian brides and blue and steampunk custom alternative wedding gowns, photography by Nicole Nichols Photography

bold blue and steampunk custom alternative wedding gowns

two alternative romantic and rebellious brides share a golden sunset kiss

romantic and rebellious brides share a golden sunset kiss

The numerous metal and copper sculptures around Rancho Ricardo Gardens were a perfect fit for our steampunk bride with her metal and copper dress and bouquet!  I love the brass latches on the front of her wedding dress, and the bold jewelry and hair piece by Donna Beth Creations matched perfectly.   If you are looking for a accessories to match your dream wedding dress, definitely check out Donna Beth Creations in Cherry Creek!

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two gorgeous brides and two incredible custom wedding gowns

two gorgeous brides and two incredible custom wedding gowns

 

This bride modeled a fairytale wedding dress, but with its sheer and blue laced corset its definitely more intended for the rebellious princess then the shy maiden.  Posed with the horse it truly looks like a scene out of a fairytale, and perched from the stone balcony she looks like a princess bride waiting for her lover.

custom fairtytale wedding gown with baby blue detail

custom fairtytale wedding gown with baby blue detail

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

The princess bride and her dark horse.

fairytale setting at new wedding venue, Rancho Ricardo Gardens in Berthoud, CO

fairytale setting at new wedding venue, Rancho Ricardo Gardens in Berthoud, CO

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

The cutting edge ultra modern dress below is inspired by the creative costumes found at Burning Man. It would be perfect for a fun hot wedding on the Playa, and if you get married at Burning Man the more rebellious and edgy the dress is the better!  The cut out front of the dress shows off the unique lace leg covers and allows the bride to move more freely and have fun with her dress.  I also love the lace halter of the corset top with its perfectly matching lace headband. Once again the sculptures of Rancho Ricardo fit perfectly with this unique artistic wedding dress.  They remind me a lot of the art sculptures you see on the Playa at Burning Man.

burning man inspired wedding dress for the creative rebellious bride

burning man inspired wedding dress for the creative rebellious bride

 

Ok, you will never see a horse, or even trees, at Burning Man.  But this dress looks incredible draped over the horse and this model certainly knew how to pose it well, even on top of a horse!

Bride wears a unique wedding dress while riding a horse

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited bride models a burning man inspired wedding dress

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited bride models a burning man inspired wedding dress

This was such a fun photo shoot and I’m so glad I got to work with all of these amazing artists.  Here is a list of everyone that helped contribute to this photo shoot:

Photographer:  Nicole Nichols Photography
Dress Designer: The Secret Boutique
Venue: Rancho Ricardo Gardens
Cake: A Cake Come True
Florist: Arranging Dreams Floral Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Becca Be
Jewlery & Hairpieces:  Donna Beth Creations
Models: Molly Tsunami Christopher-Anderson  (alternative tattooed bride)
Alyssa Raker (princess fairy wedding dress)
Amy Cordova (steampunk wedding dress)
Dorotka Modelka (burning man bride)

 

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Cara - Woahhh talk about amazing dresses!! These images capture them so well!August 19, 2016 – 5:16 pm

Sonja - These dresses are incredible! Great job showcasing them! Awesome session!August 19, 2016 – 8:01 am

Ashley Busch - Such a gorgeous venue! Love the unique dresses! Looks like a fun shoot!August 19, 2016 – 6:12 am

Brittany - Beautiful photos!August 18, 2016 – 7:57 pm

Adriana - WooHoo! What a crazy, fun venue! I would wear the burning man inspired dress to Burning Man! 🙂August 18, 2016 – 7:49 pm

Michelle - Wow! Those dresses are gorgeous and unique and that cake! Did you eat it? MmmmmAugust 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm

2016 Year in Review

So lots of people talk very negatively of 2016.  But other then the election drama it was a great year for me!  The highlight of my year was giving birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.  As a full time mommy I continued working only part-time hours for the 3rd year in a row, yet I’ve continued to receive more referrals and praise from my clients then ever before.  I also rediscovered my love for boudoir photography, artistically capturing the beauty of women of all sizes and ages.  And with a new side job as a boudoir photographer for a national company I was able to travel to different cities around the country photographing more women then I ever have before.   OK, so I may not have climbed any mountains or traveled to any exotic destinations this year, but surviving 9 months of pregnancy with a wild and stubborn toddler was far more challenging.  I debated for a few days whether or not to even do a “Year in Review” for 2016 since I had such fewer photo shoots then normal due to the birth of my second child, and since the majority of boudoir photo shoots I was doing unfortunately can’t be shared publicly (but to see those brave beauties that did let me share their pictures scroll down).  But then I realized this “year in review” has become an annual journal for me.  It’s typically the only time I share any personal pictures on my blog (including the not so great cell phone shots below).  And as much as I sincerely love getting personal updates from my clients, I hope they appreciate me sharing my life with them as well.  So thanks for reading this far, and keep on reading through my comments below for more details, or just scroll through the pictures if that’s more your thing.  😉

sailing in peace on Lake Pontchartrain

sailing in peace on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans

2016 started and ended in my hometown of New Orleans.  Its hard for us to miss being home with our family for the holidays, so for the past few years we’ve made sure to be home for Christmas and often for New Years as well.  And of course we need to get our fixin of cajun food, live music, and the French Quarter.

New Years in New Orleans, and then back again for a wedding in the French Quarter

Starting the New Years in New Orleans, and then back again in February for a wedding in the French Quarter

sunset in Pensacola Beach, FL

sunset in Pensacola Beach, FL

our babymoon in Pensacola Beach, FL

3.5 months pregnant- our “babymoon” in Pensacola Beach, FL (photo by my husband)

 

Colorado- family fun on the Breckenridge gondola

back in Colorado-family fun on the Breckenridge gondola, going up to see Michael Franti & Spearhead

landscape in Breckenridge and the riverwalk in Milwaukee, WI

frozen river in Breckenridge and the downtown riverwalk in Milwaukee, WI

Spring snow in Denver

my dog playing in the snow and snow covered flowers in the Spring

Sand Dunes in Colorado

trip to the Sand Dunes in Colorado

2yr birthday portraits at the Sand Dunes in Colorado

2 yr birthday portraits at the Sand Dunes in Colorado

family camping at Apogaea arts festival

family camping at Apogaea arts festival

pregnant in Chicago, self-portait with the "Cloud Gate" sculpture

pregnant and working in Chicago, self-portrait with the “Cloud Gate” sculpture

while working on assignment in Chicago I made sure to enjoy the architecture

while working on assignment in Chicago I made sure to enjoy the architecture

When wedding season started in May I got busy fast documenting weddings.   However with an August due date I only booked weddings through June to make sure I was physically capable of the long hours and ninja moves needed to capture a wedding.  That didn’t give me much time to do many weddings this year but I couldn’t be more excited with the ones I was able to do.  All fun laid-back couples full of love and romance.  I did find it interesting that half of my weddings this year happened to be same sex couples.   But it does make sense to see a rise in same sex weddings since the Supreme Court just passed a law permitting same sex marriages in June of 2015.  Not that there are more gay couples, but a lot of lesbian and gay couples that have been together for a long time are so excited by the new law that they are finally having their formal weddings in celebration, and hopefully those laws will stay that way.

two brides, one love

two brides, one love. wedding in Estes Park, CO

surrounded by the wedding veil

romance surrounded by the wedding veil

One of my favorite wedding venues in Colorado- Highlands Ranch Mansion

end of the night wedding kiss at Highlands Ranch Mansion

end of the night wedding kiss at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding rings

wedding rings

love is equal, gay wedding photography

love is equal

a fun Italian wedding dance

a fun Italian wedding dance

a romantic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado

a romantic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado

romantic wedding portraits at Highlands Ranch Mansion

romantic wedding portraits at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding toasts that get everyone laughing

wedding toasts that get everyone laughing

wedding bands

wedding bands

wedding music

wedding music

wedding party fun at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding party fun at Highlands Ranch Mansion

I also got the opportunity to do a photo shoot this year with the amazing dress designer Jade Locke of The Secret Boutique.  She found me online and thought my style of photography matched her custom rebellious dresses.  And when I saw her dresses I couldn’t agree more.  Jade and all her bride models below were great to work with, and fit perfectly with the unique sculptures of Rancho Ricardo Gardens.

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

2 brides and an amazing sculpture in Colorado

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

I also photographed a good bit of headshots in 2016.  Headshots are always a challenge since most people don’t tend to like pictures of themselves.  Yet its so important to have a good professional photo of yourself that can be used for your business or even just your social media profile.

fun casual lifestyle headshots

fun casual lifestyle headshots

lifestyle headshots with Denver skyline

lifestyle headshots with Denver skyline

environmental headshots of powerful women

environmental headshots of powerful women

headshots in Denver

headshots in Denver

A family I’ve been capturing for years, love this series of their growing family!

family series of engaged couple till married with 2 kids

I’ve been photographing this family since they were just an engaged couple till married with 2 kids

One thing I did a lot more of this year was boudoir photography.  I first started doing boudoir back in New Orleans over a decade ago.  But when I came to Denver I fell in love with weddings and focused my business around them.  I still always did boudoir photography here and there, mostly for my brides to be as surprise gifts for their husbands, or for anniversary gifts years after their wedding.  But this past year I did more portraits of women then I ever have before.  And its been so amazing to work with so many women, each beautiful in her own way, and to see their reaction to these daring photos of themselves.  They are almost always shy and nervous at first, but they always greatly appreciate the beauty I help them find in themselves.  And many women for personal or professional reasons don’t want images of themselves shared online, which is totally  understandable and their choice.  But I do applaud and greatly thank each of these brave woman below for allowing me to show off these gorgeous works of art that you helped me create.

rebeillious boudoir photography in Denver

rebeillious boudoir photography in Denver

fun boudoir in Denver

fun boudoir in Denver

beautiful boudoir in Denver

beautiful boudoir in Denver

unique Denver boudoir photography

unique Denver boudoir photography

romantic bridal boudoir portraits in Denver

romantic bridal boudoir portraits

I had a couple maternity sessions this year, which I always love to do as well.  One of them was a former bride of mine and we did a maternity boudoir session and incorporated her wedding veil.  The other mom-to-be was a rebellious free-spirit that was excited to document her beautiful pregnant body outdoors, during this rare time in her life.  And since these brave women bared it all, its only fair that I also share some pretty revealing self-portraits of myself that I took while on a photo assignment in Chicago.

maternity boudoir with the mom-to-be

maternity boudoir with the mom-to-be’s wedding veil

maternity pictures in CO

maternity pictures in CO

romantic maternity portraits

romantic maternity portraits

 maternity boudoir self-portraits in Chicago

getting a little rebellious with maternity boudoir self-portraits while on assignment in Chicago

And then of course, I had to have someone do my own maternity pictures. I’m very fortunate as a photographer to also know a lot of other photographers.  And I certainly appreciate professional pictures of myself and my own family.  So I had a few different photographers capture my pregnancy and the first few days of life with my newborn.   I love both the candid lifestyle approach as well as the posed portraits, so I found photographers that could give me a mix of styles.

a gorgeous maternity family photo by Sarah & Song Photography

a gorgeous maternity family photo by Sarah & Song Photography

lifestyle family photos at our home by Joy Walz

lifestyle family photos at our home by Joy Walz

my toddler loved to give my belly kisses

my toddler loved to give my belly kisses by Lifestyle by Joy

pregnant at the Denver Underground Music Showcase

almost 9 months pregnant and still rocking at the Denver Underground Music Showcase

my son and I, birth photography by Jessica Mielke

my son and I, birth photography by Jessica Mielke

a baby is born, by Jessica Mielke

a baby is born, by Jessica Mielke

newborn photography by Angela Kleinsasser

my precious newborn by Angela Kleinsasser

a family walk around Evergreen, CO

a family walk around Evergreen, CO

big sis watches over her baby brother

big sis watches over her baby brother

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love dressing up in costume and the beautiful colors of fall.  And thankfully I was able to get the whole family on board to be a pirate family.

pumpkin hunting

pumpkin hunting

pirates for Halloween

pirates for Halloween

a fall frolic in the woods

we were blessed with a long, warm, and gorgeous fall this year

fall in Breckenridge, CO

fall in Breckenridge, CO

a bright orange drive through Breckenridge, CO in the fall

a drive through Breckenridge, CO in the fall

a joyful Christmas baby

a joyful Christmas baby

toddler and baby sibling love in Christmas outfits

sibling love

Fantastic Hosts holiday party

taking a break from being mom to enjoy a holiday party with a friend

And now its Christmas which means back to New Orleans where the year began.  We got to spend lots of time with our family and friends, and of course eat a ton of good food and even catch some live music on Frenchmen St.  Its definitely more challenging to travel now with 4 of us, but it was so worth the trip and hopefully we can get back to New Orleans soon.

daddy and son among the oak trees in Audubon Park & hanging with the cousins at the zoo

daddy and son among the oak trees in Audubon Park & hanging with the cousins at the zoo

holding onto grandpa at the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana

holding onto grandpa at the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana

New Orleans brass band plays on Frenchmen St.

New Orleans brass band plays on Frenchmen St.

toddler with sparkler

Happy New Year 2018! (she may look a little scared here but she was actually thrilled to play with fire)

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Denver Photographer- Halloween Wedding at Villa Parker

bride and groom share a kiss outside Villa Parker

bride and groom share a kiss outside Villa Parker

If your favorite holiday is Halloween, why not combine marrying the love of your life with your love for costumes and fun?!  Liz and Tim got married on Halloween day, so now their favorite holiday will also be their wedding anniversary.  Liz had heard through a former client of mine that I was a unique artistic photographer that loved photographing rebellious and alternative weddings that were a little different then the norm, and she couldn’t be more correct!  I’m so glad they found me, their free-spirit and creativity made them so much fun to work with!

Villa Parker  was the perfect venue for their Halloween masquerade wedding.  The Mediterranean style of the villa with its stone walls and outdoor lighting complimented their Halloween theme really well.  The staff at Villa Parker is also great to work with and their large vintage inspired bridal suite is so useful for the girls to get ready in, and also photographs beautifully.  Liz’s stunning red dress was perfect for a Halloween masquerade wedding.  And her red shoes, black sequin mask, and red feathered hair piece were perfect unique accessories.   The groom wore a complimentary black and silver suit with his own matching black mask.  Their wedding day was filled with all kinds of unique details from vintage key bottle openers used as place cards to a champagne toasts complete with chocolate kisses.  And of course since it was Halloween they had a candy bar for dessert, along with their unique bundt wedding cake.  Scroll down and keep on reading to see what other alternative wedding details and fun moments were documented at this masquerade wedding at Villa Parker.

stunning red wedding dress & shoes

stunning red wedding dress & shoes

bride gets ready in Villa Parker

bride gets ready in Villa Parker’s bridal suite

bride

bride’s unique spider wedding jewlery

groom

groom’s custom pocket watch

unique black diamond wedding rings

unique black diamond wedding rings

unique vintage and Halloween inspired wedding invitations and details

unique vintage and Halloween inspired wedding invitations and details

bride walks down the aisle with her brother

bride walks down the aisle with her brother

a fun romantic wedding ceremony

a fun romantic wedding ceremony

a romantic kiss at Villa Parker

a romantic kiss after the ceremony

the Halloween masquerade wedding party

the Halloween masquerade wedding party

the Halloween bride and bridesmaids at Villa Parker

the Halloween bride and bridesmaids at Villa Parker

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a romantic moment

a romantic moment

gorgeous bride in her stunning red wedding dress

gorgeous bride in her stunning red wedding dress

Halloween wedding details included lots of candy and treats

Halloween wedding details included lots of candy and treats

vintage key bottle openers were used as guest place cards

vintage key bottle openers were used as guest place cards

Most of their friends and family showed up in their own Halloween costumes, colorful ballgowns, and Renaissance attire.  And just to make sure everyone could partake in the Halloween spirit, the bride and groom also made sure to have enough masks for each of their guests to wear one.  And the bride and groom took out their own carefully chosen black masks to wear for their wedding reception.

Halloween wedding guests dressed in their masquerade costumes

Halloween wedding guests dressed in their masquerade costumes

a custom wedding drink with a chocolate kiss

a custom wedding drink with a chocolate kiss

time for a toast

time for a toast

sneaking a kiss during dinner

sneaking a kiss during dinner

bride and groom cut their chocolate bundt cake

bride and groom cut their chocolate bundt cake

Why not take a traditional wedding tradition and add your own spit to it?!  For the father-daughter & mother-son dance, Tim danced with Liz’s mother and Liz danced with Tim’s father.

a unique twist on the father and mother dances

a unique twist on the father and mother dances

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show at Villa Parker wedding venue

dancing the night away

gothic chairs complete the Halloween look at Villa Parker

gothic chairs complete the Halloween look at Villa Parker

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

a masked dance at Villa Parker wedding venue

a masked dance at Villa Parker wedding venue

a free-spirited and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited and rebellious wedding

a trick or a treat? for the garter toss

a trick or a treat? for the garter toss

Villa Parker wedding venue at night

Villa Parker wedding venue at night

bride and groom show off their Halloween masks

bride and groom show off their Halloween masks

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

Their wedding was a blast and I’m sure as all their guests would agree, a great unique way to spend Halloween night!  I’m so glad I got to be a part of their fun masquerade wedding, and my assistant photographer and I even got dressed up ourselves in the Halloween spirit.  I’ve never posted from a wedding day a photo of myself, or my assistant, but this was a unique situation with costumes that deserved to be shown off 😉  Happy Halloween!

Halloween wedding photographers

Halloween wedding photographers

Vendors 
Venue: Villa Parker
Wedding Coordinator: Marilee and Grace
Catering: Three Tomatoes
Officiant: Bob Oldfield
Photography: Nicole Nichols Photography
Floral: Robin Tully
DJ:Elite DJ
Cake: The Bundt Shoppe
Hair and Makeup: Hollywood Hair

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Carrie - What a unique and fun wedding, love the colors they chose. Great capturing there special event! They will treasure these!November 15, 2016 – 8:32 am

Kim M - Wow! What a beautiful wedding! Your shots captured the moments perfectly.November 10, 2016 – 10:07 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Ginny!November 10, 2016 – 9:27 pm

ginny - Umm.. these are AMAZING! How fun and unique! Love the shot of her looking back with her giant train!! Gorg!November 10, 2016 – 8:26 pm

Sarah Goff - Super unique wedding! I love the Halloween decor and vibe! Great use of lighting too.November 10, 2016 – 7:39 pm

Rachel - What a fun couple. Great lighting!November 10, 2016 – 5:38 pm

Katie Merrill - What a fun wedding Nicole! You did an amazing job capturing it all 😀November 10, 2016 – 5:31 pm

Rebecca Walsh - How fun!!! Looks like it was a blast!November 10, 2016 – 4:03 pm