Denver Wedding Photographer: Intimate LGBT Wedding

Kevin & Brad’s Laid-Back yet Sophisticated Backyard Wedding

wedding bands

wedding bands

Kevin and Brad did not just have a wedding, they had a farewell party too. They celebrated not only their love for each other, but the end of this chapter of their lives in Denver.  They were retiring, selling their home, and moving to one of my favorite places in the world- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!  And what better way to end this chapter than getting married and hosting a party in their gorgeous green backyard before packing up all their things and moving to the beach.

I was honored to be in the background documenting the event as they celebrated with their closest friends and family that flew in from all over the country to see them.  The had an intimate and beautiful wedding ceremony led by their dear friend, Lynn, whom you could tell was extremely close and important to them.  I also made sure to take a lot of family portraits because I could tell it was a rare opportunity to have so much of their family together in one place.  And since this home, that they would only occupy for a few more weeks, was so important to them I also made sure to capture Kevin and Brad in their favorite rooms and to even use the house as the background for some of the pictures.

Their wedding was simple but elegant, laid-back but fun.  Check out some of my favorite pictures from their wedding day below.  And thank you Kevin and Brad for being great to work with.  They were so friendly and laid-back, and they even offered me a place to stay next time I visit Puerto Vallarta!  See you there for wedding anniversary portraits on the beach perhaps??  😉

 

helping each other get ready for the big day

helping each other get ready for the big day

cuff links on a colorful tie

cuff links on a colorful tie

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GLBT wedding portraits

Isn’t this room gorgeous? I really want a chandelier like that!

gay male wedding portraits

classic timeless wedding portraits

fun on the piano before the ceremony

fun on the piano before the ceremony

family wedding portraits

family wedding portraitsfun family photos

fun family photos

male gay wedding portraits

male wedding portraits

capturing an intimate moment between the grooms

capturing an intimate moment between the grooms

a farewell moment to their Denver home

a farewell moment to their Denver home

an intimate moment between the grooms

capturing an intimate moment before the ceremony

Kevin is escorted down the aisle by his children

Kevin is escorted down the aisle by his children

their friend performs the ceremony

their friend performs the ceremony

an intimate GLBT wedding ceremony by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

an intimate GLBT wedding ceremony

 

their dear friend performs the ceremony

their dear friend performs the ceremony

embracing for a lifetime

embracing for a lifetime

"I Want to Hold Your Hand"

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” in marriage and forever

GLBT groom wedding pictures by Denver photographer

time for toasts

 

GLBT groom wedding toasts by Denver photographer

wedding toasts

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even the kids were enjoying the toasts

even the kids were enjoying the toasts

 

 

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details, cake with 2 grooms, invitation

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details

simple and elegant blue and white wedding details, long table, food

one elegant long table for everyone and lots of yummy food

 

cake cut time

guitar up close

guitar up close

“I Want to Hold Your Hand”

 

hand in hand in marriage

hand in hand in marriage

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Nicole Nichols Photography - Aw thanks! Isn’t it amazing how far we have come. Love is love!June 16, 2018 – 10:36 am

Melissa - How sweet are these grooms!? I love everything about this wedding!June 15, 2018 – 10:31 am

Rachel Schrepel - Such handsome men!! Love how small and intimate this wedding was!!June 15, 2018 – 10:17 am

Cara - Gah I just LOVE LGBT weddings! And blogged just in Time for pride 🙂 you captured this so beautifully!June 14, 2018 – 7:22 pm

Kaleigh - These made me tear up a litte <3 I've been an ally for a long time, I bawled my eyes out when marriage equality was put into law…so these made me extra happy. What a beautiful day- you captured it perfectly!June 14, 2018 – 4:39 pm

Elizabeth Weitz - What a beautiful and fun wedding! I loved their cake topper. You captured so many beautiful candid moments! Great work!June 14, 2018 – 4:04 pm

Sarah Fosco - I love these! You captured their emotions so well! I especially love the laughter during the toasts and the portrait of them playing the piano together! Beautiful!June 14, 2018 – 3:39 pm

Justyna E Butler - Oh!! This is such a beautiful intimate wedding!!! And those cupcakes make me all hungry!June 14, 2018 – 3:02 pm

Denver Photographer: Couple Anniversary Pictures

romance on the river

romance on the river

Angela & Pete have been lovers since college and got married right after they graduated.  Life has certainly changed a lot for them since their carefree college days.  They now have 3 gorgeous kids together and as most parents can relate, take on the daily challenges of balancing kids and a career.  And when it feels like you’re always thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner, which client you need to call back, or fixing the next thing on your “to do list,” its very hard to remember the importance of your own relationship as husband and wife.  Which is just one reason why I LOVE when couples contact me for anniversary portraits.  For way too many married couples, they haven’t had their pictures taken together since their wedding day, at least not without their children included too.  And of course family portraits are important, but so is celebrating the relationship that led to those kids in the first place!  An anniversary photo session helps a couple rekindle the romance while having a fun unique date together.  And of course some updated pictures of yourselves, without the big white dress and the tux you only wore once, is great to have too!   Angela is now a professional portrait photographer, but when she planned her wedding photography was hardly on her mind.  So when she told me she doesn’t have any fun romantic wedding day portraits and wants to document the love between her and her husband, I was more then happy to capture some pictures for them.

Angela & Pete are a fun adventurous couple that love the great outdoors.  So I found a trail for us to explore that made for a fun hike and beautiful pictures.  With 3 kids its not easy finding time to get out just as a couple.  But for this evening instead of being “mom and dad” they got to just enjoy each other’s company and be “Angela & Pete.”   They chatted about their wedding memories, kissed a lot, and walked on water…well maybe not literally but there was definitely lots of water play (see below).

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

do you remember your wedding day?

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

Colorado Anniversary Portaits

couple in woods sunset

how many sunsets have we seen together?

couple on stone wall

lets have some fun together

couple holding hands over river

I want to hold your hand

romance on the river

romance on the river

couple in woods sunsetromance on the river

couple wading in river

sometimes you just have to take your shoes off and get your feet wet

couple playing in the water

how often do we get to just play together?

couple playing in the water

fun and romance on the river

couple on bridge

one last kiss at sunset

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Kathryn Kim - Ahh I love the shots in the river! These are so stunning, beautiful job!June 1, 2018 – 12:39 pm

Valeria - Happy anniversary to this couple! Such a beautiful session. I love the ones on the rocks!May 31, 2018 – 11:57 pm

Jolie Rodriguez - What a great ideas to do a session to keep that flame alive! Just beautiful!May 31, 2018 – 4:13 pm

ginny - This location and light is perfect for this stunning couple. So adorable!!!May 31, 2018 – 2:10 pm

Kaleigh - Awww this session is so sweer! I love the location!May 31, 2018 – 1:59 pm

Kara Pearson - Such a romantic session. I especially like the black and white image where they are sitting by the river. Nice job!May 31, 2018 – 1:34 pm

kyla - This is soo perfect, I loveee River engagement sessions. Beautiful work!!!May 31, 2018 – 1:18 pm

Jennifer K - How wonderful of them to take time to do a session like this! Wonderful photos — really makes me want an escape to the mountains to hike & play in the water! Beautiful job!May 31, 2018 – 1:14 pm

Anna Bruce | - Awww <3 Love that they were able to do this. Photos are so important <3 You did a beautiful job of capturing them 😀May 31, 2018 – 12:00 pm

Ashley - They have 3 kids?! They look 25 and newly engaged. Perfect anniversary session!May 31, 2018 – 11:55 am

Denver Engagement Photographer: Fun Around Downtown

Sunset to Night Lights- Urban Engagement Pictures with Brenda & Liz

lights and love on Larimer St

lights and love on Larimer St

These two lovely ladies are hosting a destination wedding in Colorado.  They live in Florida but didn’t want the typical beach wedding so figured why not have their wedding in Colorado.  They found me through referrals right before they got to Denver to do some wedding planning and thankfully I had availability to schedule their engagement session before they went back to Florida.   We met up at The Wynkoop, because um beer, and then had fun walking all around downtown Denver together.  We found graffiti along the river, crossed historic bridges, played with shadows, and dodged cars on Larimer St.  Brenda & Liz were truly a joy to photograph.  They have so much fun together and the sweet romantic way they look at each other and hold each other helps make my job easy.   I’m so excited to photograph their upcoming wedding at the Pines of Genesee in just a few days!

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

urban engagement pictures

urban engagement pictures

a romantic moment downtown

a romantic moment downtown

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

laughs and fun around downtown Denver

silhouette and graffiti along the river

silhouette and graffiti along the river

ladies with sunglasses

too cool for words

urban engagement pictures

urban engagement pictures

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

engagement photos on historic bridge in downtown Denver

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

urban city portraits

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

engagement pictures on bridge downtown denver

a romantic moment downtown

walking around downtown Denver

walking around downtown Denver

lesbians having fun with shadows

having fun with shadows

downtown Denver engagement portraits by Denver lgbt photographer

downtown Denver engagement portraits

downtown Denver engagement portraits by Denver lgbt photographer

the historic Union Station

downtown with 2 ladies and city lights

loving the city lights

lights and love on Larimer St

lights and love on Larimer St

an adventurous challenge dodging cars on Larimer St

an adventurous challenge dodging cars on Larimer St

downtown with 2 ladies and lights

one last romantic kiss to end the night

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Wedding Planning Tips – Wedding Invitations

I recently had someone share this Basic Invite website with me and after remembering what I went through with my own wedding I decided I had to share with all of you as well.

For my wedding I remember searching through those huge invitation books and trying to find the perfect invitation for my wedding and not being impressed enough with any of them to validate their high costs.  So being an artist I figured I would just customize and create my own.   Sounded easy, but it turned into the biggest pain in my butt!   I love creating in Photoshop so I actually enjoyed the design process and didn’t mind spending hours getting it just right.  But trying to find good paper to print on, and printing and putting them together myself made me want to rip my hair out!  Which is why I love this wedding invitations website so much!

They make it so easy to customize your own invitations, no expensive design software or art background necessary.  And they do all the printing and processing for you and a very affordable price.  They even use peal and stick envelopes (in over 40 different colors), because trust me, you don’t want to have to lick 100…or even 10 envelopes, yuck!  They have really gorgeous and unique designs and I love that you can get a matching save the dates, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching wedding websites, so everything flows together beautifully.   Oh, and one of the best parts- they will send you a sample of your design so you can feel the paper and make sure everything looks just like you want it, in your hands, before you place your order.  If only they were around when I was planning my wedding 10 yrs ago, it would have saved me so much time and money!

With their permission here are a few pictures I wanted to share of some of my favorite designs they feature.

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Travel Adventures: Denver to Paris

the Eiffel TowerExactly a year ago my family and I were doing the unthinkable- traveling overseas with a 9 mos baby and a 3yr old toddler!   We originally were going to go this year for our 10yr anniversary but then we remembered how challenging it was to travel with a 1.5 yr old vs an infant that can be easily carried around and will still sleep anywhere.  And then when we came across plane tickets roundtrip from Denver to Paris for only $420 we decided to just do it!  It was still a challenge, especially trying to sleep on an overnight flight with a baby on your lap…but at least he wasn’t a big 2 yr old!  And while our daughter may have had some bouts of toddler tantrums, overall she did amazingly well and was a total champ for all the long flights, train rides, and other obstacles that come with such a huge trip.  Of course we also would have never considered the trip if it wasn’t for my mom whom now lives in France.  Since having kids we actually haven’t traveled anywhere for more then a weekend unless there are grandparents either at the destination or coming along with us.  Because not only do we like vacations that are fun and adventurous, but honestly we need a break for at least a few hours away from our kids to get some real rest and relaxation.   So anyway, my mother and her husband met us in Paris where we got to also visit with some other family, and then we met them back in the small town of Monterblanc where they live.  We had about 5 days of city life in the heart of Paris and a week traveling around beaches & castles of the West coast, also known as the Brittany region of France.

For the Moms- How did we do it with kids?
Slowly, with lots of stops at playgrounds and lots of patience.  We skipped going inside all the most crowded places like The Louvre & the Notre Dame.  But my daughter had been looking forward to going to the top of the Eiffel Tower for months, so there was no skipping that.  We booked a time slot in advance to try to avoid the lines, but little did we knew that you still have to wait in long lines to get up the elevators to the top.  That part was honestly a nightmare.   Nolan was fussy and hungry, so once we finally got to the top we looked at the views as quickly as we could then got back in line to head down, and thankfully a couple of sympathetic tourists let us cut them in line.  Screaming babies in extremely tight and crowded lines 108 stories high is not fun!  But we survived, and drank a lot of wine afterwards!  We also knew we would be spending a lot of time in our room with naps and early bedtimes.  So we made sure to find a place that had a full kitchen, a balcony (even though it was tiny one) with a view that we could enjoy while sipping wine while the kids slept.  Quite a few days one of us would walk down to La Boulangerie (typically me since I speak a tiny bit of French) for quiche and pastries for breakfast and bring it back to the room to enjoy.  By the time we figured out what we wanted to do that day Nolan was ready for his morning nap so then one of us would go to the market to buy fresh bread, cheese, charcuterie, and wine for a picnic lunch in one of the many nearby parks.   We would pick a park close to our daily destination so that after a long walk we could take a break and eat.  Then we would keep going, to the art museum, shops, or whatever we could fit in, till the kids would start to pass out.

For the Photo Geeks- How did I do it with cameras and kids?
I knew that traveling with all of the necessary baby and kid gear that it would be tough to also add a heavy professional camera and set of lens to my bag too.  But I was going to France, I couldn’t rely on my cell phone to document this trip successfully.  So what did I do?  Well I left home all my huge heavy lens, left behind my flashes, tripod and everything else that wasn’t essential.  But I did bring one of my pro digital camera bodies along with my favorite travel lens the 50mm 1.8, 10-17mm fisheye, and the 105 mm 2.8.  I love the 50 mm because its a tiny lightweight lens and works great in low light.  I love the fisheye because its also small and shoots really wide shots, which allows me to capture the whole scene such as tiny hotel rooms, or the entire Eiffel Tower from up close (see picture above and first two pictures below).  I almost left my 105 lens home because its not as tiny and light, but I knew we had a view of the Eiffel Tower from our Airbnb and I knew I would regret it if I couldn’t get any close up shots from our room.  And while I ONLY took it out for those pictures of the Eiffel Tower, it was so worth it.  We were about 3 miles away from the Eiffel Tower but with that lens it looks more like we were only 3 blocks away (scroll below to find those shots).  And compared to my other telephoto lens, the 70-200mm (that huge monster only comes out for weddings), the 105mm is actually pretty small!   I also brought along my mini travel waterproof camera, but the battery died before we even made it to the beach.  And of course I had my cell phone with me for all those times I just couldn’t carry anymore heavy stuff.  Anyway, so much I could say about our trip but I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking and I’ll try to add more details with the images.  Enjoy!

Excited to finally make it to our Airbnb in Paris!

Excited to finally make it to our Airbnb in Paris!

baby crawling around our Airbnb in Paris

Nolan loved roaming around our Airbnb in Paris

 wine, cheese, and bread and macaroons

more wine, cheese, and bread please! oh and don’t forget the macaroons!

discovering Jardin du Luxembourg

discovering Jardin du Luxembourg

daddy and daughter at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

daddy and daughter at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

family picture at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

my turn to be in a picture, at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

perfectly trimmed trees at the Luxembourg Gardens

perfectly trimmed trees at the Luxembourg Gardens

boat ride on the Seine River

a relaxing boat ride on the Seine River

boat ride on the Seine River

boat ride on the Seine River

emotion of sculptures in the Rodin Garden

I love the emotion of these sculptures in the Rodin Garden

pigeon frenzy at the Notre Dame

pigeon frenzy at the Notre Dame

street musician and gothic doors of Notre Dame

street musician and gothic doors of Notre Dame

raindrops over Paris Eiffel Tower

watching the rain over Paris from our room

baby boy looks up to window

Nolan wondering what we’re doing out on the balcony

Paris balconies and rooftops

Paris balconies and rooftops

view from our airbnb

view from our airbnb on our tiny balcony

Eiffel Tower light show

the sun didn’t set till 9:30pm, so we had to stay up till 10pm to catch the twinkling light show that comes on every hour after dark

exploring art at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

exploring art at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

daughter holding mom

“come on Mommy, there’s more art to see!”

view from le centre pompidou

view from le centre pompidou

a stroll with the family in Montmarte

a stroll with the family in Montmarte

serenaded on the streets of Montmatre

serenaded on the streets of Montmartre

Parisian picnics with the kids in the many parks

we enjoyed lots of Parisian picnics with the kids in the many parks

 

up to the top of the Eiffel Tower

our day arrives to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower

little girl top of Eiffel Tower

she finally gets to the top of the Eiffel Tower

little girl top of Eiffel Tower

looking down from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view of the Seine River from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view of the Seine River from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view from under the Eiffel Tower

view from under the Eiffel Tower

no more walls, and wine

we definitely needed some wine after the stressful trip up the Eiffel Tower (read those details top of blog)

 quiche

such good quiche

baby boy books and window

I really enjoyed not having a TV in our airbnb, we had a ton of books and a great view to look at instead

sunset over Paris

sunset from our room was magical

sunset over Paris

sunset over Paris

So one of my favorite parts of our vacation was our photo shoot with professional photographer Elena Usacheva.   I wanted to look back at pictures from our trip and know that I was there too!  Since I’m always the one taking the pictures on our adventures I am hardly ever actually in the pictures, so sometimes you can’t even tell that I was there with my family.    Its also extremely difficult to get pictures of a baby and a toddler, even when they’re your own children, so I wanted to hire someone that specializes in family photography to capture these memories of our trip to Paris.  Elena was so great to work with too.  After a long day around Paris I was afraid my kids would be grouchy for pictures but she made it such a fun experience that they were all smiles the whole time!  She also knew exactly where to go for pictures that wouldn’t be crowded with tourists and she had our pictures edited and ready for us before I even finished unpacking my suitcases upon our return home!  When I can I’m now determined to hire a professional photographer for all of our big vacations.  And while we may not be able to go somewhere as far as France every year, I hope we can take many travel adventures together as a family.   Here are just a few of her pictures below.

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

 

Next it was time for us to embark on the 2nd half of our journey from Paris to the Brittany region on the West coast of France where my mom and her husband live.  We took a 3hr train ride from Paris to Vannes and then it was only about a 10 min drive to Monterblanc from there.

 

train ride from Paris to Vannes

train ride from Paris to Vannes

Rue Claude Monet

I love the street names around here

girl in grass fields

playing in the fields…so much open space compared to Paris!

fish market

first thing we did on the west coast? go to the fish market!

snails

snails

crab

crab

west coast of France

seashell hunting on the west coast of France

windy day on the coast

windy day on the coast

a coastline full of mussels

a coastline full of mussels!

house of vines

house of vines

castles in France

so many castles in France

grounds of a castle and some dancing

touring the grounds of a castle and some dancing

 beach of La Baule

our 1st day on the beach of La Baule was too chilly for bathing suits, but our daughter was wanting so badly to play in the water

kids playing at the beach in La Baule

finally a warm sunny day for playing at the beach in La Baule

mom and daughter run up the beach

sometimes I remember to give my husband the camera

the gorgeous coast of La Baule

the gorgeous coast of La Baule

town of Vannes

I love the little town of Vannes

downtown Vannes

downtown Vannes

la boulangerie

la boulangerie

self-portrait

some time to ourselves. self-portrait using a timer and the wall as a tripod

Vannes

Vannes

oyster farm in Cancale

oyster farm in Cancale

oysters in Cancale

oysters in Cancale

Le Mont St.Michele

a day around Le Mont St.Michele

walking on top the border walls of Le Mont St.Michele

walking on top the border walls of Le Mont St.Michele

daddy and daughter play around  in Mont St.Michele

daddy and daughter play around in Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

a view from the peak of  Le Mont St.Michele

a view from the peak of Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

our baby loved to hear his voice echo in the old castle of Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

girl around Le Mont St.Michele

she loved running around Le Mont St.Michele, but she certainly wore herself out

another day hanging out in Vannes

another day hanging out in Vannes

 a pirate ship

we caught a boat festival and got to explore a pirate ship

you can find fleur de lis all around France

you can find fleur de lis all around France, even on pirate ships!

 a pirate ship

a pirate ship

fun on the playground

fun on the playground

carousels around France

lots of carousels around France, now my daughter’s favorite thing to do

fun with Nana on the carousel

fun with Nana on the carousel

Moules-frites in France

we ate lots of Moules-frites in France

kids on  the coast

a day on the coast, we forgot to bring bathing suits, but that’s OK

Oystering in France during low tide

Oystering in France during low tideOystering in France during low tide

Oystering in France during low tide

 

 

oysters

our catch was our last dinner in France

little girl with escargot

and one more serving of escargot as well, she loved them!

French cheese

and so much cheese, oh how I miss the cheese!

sad little girl

a sad last morning at Nana’s

saying goodbye at the train station as we head back to Paris

saying goodbye at the train station as we head back to Paris

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

last night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

having fun in his crib

having fun in his crib

touching down back in Denver

touching down back in Denver

 

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ginny - Looks like you all had an amazing vacation! I am so jealous and ready to pack my bags!May 18, 2018 – 6:29 pm

Jolie Rodriguez - Great advice traveling with kids and cameras! I love all the pictures!May 17, 2018 – 10:00 pm

Kaleigh - Oh wow…you got some amazing shots! I’m heading to Italy in September and have been trying to decide what gear to bring…so this was super helpful! I love the fisheye shots…may have to pick one up before my trip!May 17, 2018 – 9:37 pm

Valeria - The pigeon photo!! Love it! So many beautiful memories and so cool to see how another photographer captured your family too!May 17, 2018 – 6:40 pm

Elizabeth - What a beautiful amazing detailed filled vacation to Paris! Your traveling tips will help so many!May 17, 2018 – 5:54 pm

Kara - You captured great memories! We did Italy with kids the same age. It can be done (and parts of it can be fun – ha!).May 17, 2018 – 2:06 pm

Jennifer K - OK I really want to go on vacation now!! This is such an evocative and wonderful visual journal of your family’s experience! LOVE the pigeon frenzy photo (so full of life!) and I love the “light” lens perspective on Paris. Wonderful!!May 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm

Brooke - WOW these are just stunning. I love the pigeon photo and your daughter’s expression!!May 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm