Denver Engagement Photographer: Eddie & Matt at Red Rocks

 

unique same sex engagement pictures at Red Rocks by Denver wedding photographer

Unique Engagement Picture at Red Rocks

Eddie & Matt both came to Colorado for school.  They met working together on a theater production of Secret Garden and have been inseparable ever since.   They are waiting to finish school to plan their wedding, so they are unsure for now where or when their wedding will take place, but do know it will also have the Secret Garden theme, how cool is that?!  For their engagement session we met at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO.  When we first scheduled their photo shoot they both told me how much they love the rain and would not want to cancel their engagement session if it rained.  Well, they got their wish!  When we first got to Red Rocks it was pouring.  So much so that I was extremely thankful I brought along an assistant with me to hold an umbrella over my head to help keep my equipment safe and dry.  We took a few fun pictures in the rain and then as fast as it came down it  dried up.  Anyone who spends time with these two can tell they are obviously meant for each other.   They are opposites that keep each other balanced, but with enough in common to keep their relationship going strong.  Scroll down to see lots more pictures from their engagement session.

unique same sex male engagement pictures in the rain

fun & unique engagement pictures in the rain

same-sex-engagement pictures in Denver

Love at Red Rocks

I also took Eddie & Matt to downtown Morrison where they have this amazing metal bridge.  I have never seen the water as high as it was that day.

unique same sex engagement pictures at Red Rocks by Denver glbt photographer

engagement pictures in Morrison

gay engagement pictures in Colorado

loving the color of their outfits among the bright greenery

unique same sex engagement pictures on a bridge by Denver wedding photographer in Morrison, CO

Rainy day embrace on a bridge in Morrison, CO

Downtown there is also this unique wall full of licence plates from all over the country.  It made a fun backdrop for pictures, especially for Eddie & Matt whom love to travel, but also love Colorado, where most of these plates came from.

gay engagement pictures in Colorado by Denver glbt photographer

same sex engagement pictures

 

same sex engagement pictures by Denver wedding photographer

fun colorful engagement pictures

gay engagement pictures in Colorado by Denver  glbt photographer

same sex wedding bands by engagement pictures at Red Rocks by Denver wedding photographer

Unique same-sex wedding bands

gay couple take engagement pictures in Morrison, CO

well-coordinated couple and gotta love the rings and the shoes!

After a change of outfits and few more pictures around downtown Morrison we went back into Red Rocks park to finish their engagement pictures.

gay engagement pictures in Colorado

Hanging out in Red Rocks park

gay engagement pictures in Colorado by Denver  glbt photographer

as the fog rolls in

 

black & white unique same sex engagement pictures at Red Rocks by Denver wedding photographer

hand in hand

Eddie & Matt’s love for each other was so real and natural that it made photographing them easy.  Well that and experience being in front of an audience in theater certainly helps too!   I had a lot of fun with these two guys and can’t wait to hear where they decide to get married.

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Email Post|Contact Me

Nicole Nichols Photography - It’s in downtown Morrison. Sorry I don’t know the name of the street but if you are driving out of Red Rocks into downtown it will be on the left. The town only consists of a few blocks so if you drive around I’m sure you can find it!July 24, 2015 – 1:40 pm

Devorah Roldan - I love it, so cool that you are shooting same sex engagement and weddings!July 23, 2015 – 8:20 pm

Taylor Fisher - What a fun shoot! Those umbrella photos are awesome and I just LOVE their emotion!July 23, 2015 – 5:08 pm

Rayna - That first shot is amazing! Also, I love their rings!!July 23, 2015 – 3:51 pm

Elizabeth - ohhhh the licence plate wall for the win! Amazing pics…love the umbrella shots and the black and white by the license plate wall…you can really see his emotion in that one.July 23, 2015 – 3:29 pm

Jamie Kraus - Their love so each other is so clear in these photos. And I love that licence plate wall! Where is it?July 23, 2015 – 3:25 pm

Denver Wedding Photographer: Denver Athletic Club & Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Melissa & Chris’ Wedding Picture Preview

wedding party having fun at the DAC

bride and groom portrait at the DAC

One thing I always try to remember to tell my couples is that no matter how well you plan out your wedding day, something will go wrong.  But no matter what happens laugh it off and and make the most of your wedding day.  Well, thankfully Melissa & Chris were really good at doing just that.  Their wedding day was full of unexpected moments where a lot didn’t go as planned…a table full of drinks crashing down, a dancing injury, a limo driver bad with directions, and lots of stormy weather.  Yet they kept a positive spirit and still had an amazing wedding day that they and their guests will never forget.  And they may have some stories to tell, but the feeling they had when they first saw each other that day, or when they saw all their loved ones gathered for them, is what they will remember most.

The bride and groom got dressed and ready at the Denver Athletic Club in downtown Denver.   Her romantic and unique wedding bouquet and all the flower arrangements were designed and created by Kristi Polhy of Fleur Decor.   And her gorgeous wedding dress was found at the Bridal Collection (this place is suddenly hot, the past 3 of my brides all got their dresses from here!). And Beauty On Location By Liz did  hair and makeup.  The girls got ready in a very simple meeting room, but as long as there is a nice window, mirror, and space for everyone to move around, that’s really all we need to capture these timeless moments below.

denver wedding bouquet & dress hang dramatically in the DAC window

wedding bouquet & dress hang dramatically in the DAC window

candid moment at the Denver Athletic Club

Emotional but happy moment between the bride and her family

fun wedding portraits of the bride at the Denver Athletic Club

fun portraits of the bride at the Denver Athletic Club

The guys spent their time hanging out in the billiards room and took some fun pictures on the rooftop of the DAC.

documentary wedding photography in downtown Denver

groomsmen have a celebratory drink before the wedding

the guys strike a pose on the DAC rooftop

the guys strike a pose on the DAC rooftop in downtown Denver

Melissa & Chris did a 1st sight  which allowed us to capture a lot of pictures of them and the wedding party before the wedding, as well as more time for them to enjoy their cocktail hour later.  One thing that worked out well for their wedding day was timing!  Everyone was ready on time, if not even a little early, and we got to capture these pictures below right before a storm blew through.  With the crazy Colorado weather you never know how things will turn out on your wedding day, so extra time for dodging storms is nice to have in your timeline.

documentary wedding photography in downtown Denver

wedding party having fun at the Denver Athletic Club

documentary wedding photography in downtown Denver

documenting those in-between moments at DAC

wedding party having fun at the DAC

wedding party having fun at the DAC

Melissa & Chris held a traditional Greek wedding ceremony at Assumption Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral of Denver. The bright gold dome of this cathedral is hard to miss when driving around town.  And the inside of this cathedral is even more stunning, check out the pictures below.

bride & groom portrait at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver

bride & groom portrait at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver

 

the crowning ceremony during their wedding at the Greek Orhtodox Cathedral

the crowning ceremony during their wedding at the Greek Orhtodox Cathedral

bride & groom portrait at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver

one last kiss…but the first of many more to come

documentary wedding photography in downtown Denver

a fun exit with bubbles and streamers

It poured heavily during their wedding ceremony, but then thankfully cleared up again in time for more outdoor pictures.

wedding party having fun at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral

wedding party having fun at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral

bride & groom portrait at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver

having fun with the bride’s handmade crocheted veil

After a few more pictures at the cathedral we took off for their cocktail hour and reception back at the Denver Athletic Club.  They created a lot of the decor themselves, such as recycling wine bottles for vases and table card holders.  Das Meyer created their wedding cake which was topped by a beautiful ceramic cake topper.

wedding details at Denver Athletic Club

wedding details

documentary wedding photography in downtown Denver

capturing reactions to the toasts

Another wind storm blew through, but once again timing worked out.  Everyone was first able to enjoy cocktails and admire the city views from the rooftop before the storm came.  And luckily everyone was already seated under the tent for dinner when all the flaps had to be closed to avoid broken wine glasses, or wind-blown hair.  Below the bride and groom enjoy their first dance as husband and wife under the tented rooftop patio at DAC.

wedding 1st dance at the Denver Athletic Club in downtown Denver

1st dance at the Denver Athletic Club in downtown Denver

sunset wedding pictures at the Denver Athletic Club

sunset wedding pictures at the Denver Athletic Club

After some fun sunset wedding pictures on the DAC rooftop their DJ, DJ West, turned on his colored lights and got the dance floor hopping.  I love to see the parents having a good time on the dance floor…especially after sustaining a shoulder injury at the beginning of the evening.

wedding dancing at the downtown Denver Athletic Club

the groom’s parents enjoying a dance

wedding dancing at the downtown Denver Athletic Club

the bride’s mom having fun on the dancefloor

Just one of the best parts of documenting weddings is capturing those candid moments- the mom cutting it loose on the dance floor, or the new parents cradling their baby boy.

 family love by wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

family love

dramatic wedding ring shot by my amazing 2nd photographer

dramatic wedding ring shot by my amazing 2nd photographer

wedding dancing at the downtown Denver Athletic Club

wedding dancing at the downtown Denver Athletic Club

I am so glad I had the privilege of documenting Melissa & Chris’ wedding day.  If you read my blog regularly you may remember this couple from their engagement session on South Broadway.  They live just a few blocks from me, so I was super excited to do their pictures around our neighborhood, as well as photograph their downtown wedding.  And hopefully I’ll see you two around the neighborhood!

 

 

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Email Post|Contact Me

Melissa - We loved having you as a part of our day!July 3, 2015 – 9:57 am

Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel & Trinity Church in Downtown Denver

Picture Preview of Katie & Vaughn’s Wedding Day

Katie & Vaughn had one of those once in a lifetime instant connections that quickly led to an engagement and a dream wedding to follow.  This sexy and sophisticated couple live in downtown Denver and wanted to have an urban wedding to match.  Katie got ready at the Four Seasons hotel  with her hair and makeup by Makeup Madame Lindsay Abrosio and wore a stunning Justin Alexander wedding dress that she found at The Bridal Collection.  And Vaughn got ready with his groomsmen at his downtown apartment and looked handsome in his black tuxedo by Brooks Brothers.  The Trinity Church was a perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony.  Katie took everyone’s breath away as she walked down the aisle, and I think I even spotted a tear in Vaughn’s eyes.  After the ceremony Sunset Limos took everyone to the Four Seasons Hotel for their wedding celebration.  Despite all the rain in Denver for the last oh 28 days or so, we got extremely lucky that the skies cleared for pictures as well as for their cocktail hour on the pool deck of the Four Seasons. Guests traveled all over to join in support and celebration of their wedding day.  Elite DJ had the dance floor pumping and the gorgeous modern decor was created by Linens Unlimited & Newberry Brothers.   Their downtown Denver wedding was near perfect and I was so thankful to be a part of their magical day.  Check out a preview of their wedding pictures below.

Groom and Bride portraits

Groom and Bride portraits

wedding details at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

wedding details at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

The very cool wedding party at Four Seasons Hotel Denver

The bridesmaids at Four Seasons Hotel Denver

The very cool wedding party at Trinity Church

The very cool groomsmen

A candid moment at Trinity Church by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

Wedding ceremony at Trinity Church

A candid moment at Trinity Church by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

Wedding ceremony at Trinity Church

 

A candid moment at Trinity Church

A candid moment following the ceremony

 

Bride & Groom strike a pose at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

Bride & Groom strike a pose at Trinity Church

Wedding pictures at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

Wedding pictures at Trinity Church in downtown Denver

 

Wedding pictures at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Wedding pictures at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Amazing decor for the wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Amazing decor for the wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

wedding cake by the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

wedding cake by the Four Seasons Hotel

Bride & Groom strike a pose at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

Bride & Groom strike a pose at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

 

First Dance at Four Seasons  Hotel in downtown Denver

First Dance at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver

The groom and his mom share a moment on the dance floor at Four Seasons Denver

The groom and his mom share a moment on the dance floor

fun on the dance floor at wedding at Four Seasons Hotel

fun on the dance floor at Four Seasons Hotel

 

wild wedding dancing at Four Seasons Hotel

wild wedding dancing at Four Seasons Hotel

One last dance at Four Seasons Hotel

One last dance

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Email Post|Contact Me

The Hardest & Best Year of My Life- Jazlyn’s First 12 months

OK, get ready for a fairly long blog post….

140517denver-editorial-baby-photographer02

Daddy & 2 month old Jazlyn share a moment in bed at our home in Denver, Colorado

1st birthday baby pictures

Jazlyn playing with the drums, her 1st birthday present from Daddy

Recently my baby become a toddler.  I now have a one year old.  And its so strange to think of the day when I’ll be saying….I now have an 18 year old, yikes!  From the day we found out we were pregnant it has been a roller coaster ride that I’m pretty sure won’t be ending anytime soon.  From a miscarriage scare to learning how to walk, the ups and downs will keep coming and going. But I am so relieved I can honestly say its been the most amazing journey of my life.  Despite all the sleepless nights and crying episodes, its still the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I was not one of those woman that always dreamed  of having kids and started choosing names long before choosing a husband.  There were a few years in my late 20′s that I didn’t even want kids and could spout out numerous reasons to stay childless.  But it turns out that biological clock is real, and in my early 30′s mine started ticking very loudly.  And I’m so glad I stopped hitting the snooze button and finally let that alarm clock go off.  Now I can’t imagine my life without my little girl.
As the weather begins to warm and clouds clear, I know my slow season is soon coming to an end.  And as probably any professional photographer will tell you, its near impossible to keep up editing your own personal pictures when you’re spending all your time behind the computer editing client’s photos.  So I finally caught up with editing all the pictures from Jazlyn’s first year, (and my maternity pictures from over a year ago) and wanted to share some of my favorite pictures documenting the beginning of her life.  The self-portrait series playing below have been about 1 year and 9 months in the making.  Trust me there were a lot of days, especially towards the end of my pregnancy, when the last thing I wanted to do was set-up my equipment and get in front of the camera.  And since no one was holding me responsible for these pictures, except myself,  there were many times I wanted to say “forget it,” and go lay on the couch instead.  But now I’m so thankful I took these pictures, as I will always treasure them, and hopefully one day Jazlyn and her kids will too.

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

Maternity to 1yr Baby Self Portraits

I do feel lucky to have the time and knowledge to capture pictures of my own daughter.  I’ve already cried looking back at the pictures of her as an infant, and can only imagine how these priceless photographs will make me feel 10-30 yrs from now.  Below is a monthly series documenting Jazlyn’s growth her first year.

12 months of baby portraits

12 months of baby portraits

I have so many favorite shots of our first year with Jazlyn that it was so hard to narrow it down.  And I’m also thankful I know so many other great lifestyle photographers that could capture a picture of my whole family, with even me in it!  So while yes, I can set up a tripod and get self-portrait maternity pictures, I would not even try to do the same with a family picture.  So thank you to Ash Marie Photo & Jenae Lopez Photography for all the pictures below that actually include me in it (without a tripod!)

I know not everyone has the ability or the time to capture pictures of their own children and family.  If you want to document your kids before you turn around and realize they’re teenagers, consider hiring a professional photographer, your pictures will be priceless.  Click on the “contact” button above this post if you would like more information on my lifestyle baby photography options.

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Email Post|Contact Me

Jennie - Beautiful! I love that you’re taking the time to do something with your photos from Jazlyn’s first year :) May 21, 2015 – 2:12 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks so much Melissa!May 21, 2015 – 11:58 am

Melissa - Great post! I love that first b&w image and the 12 months of Jazlyn growing is adorable.May 21, 2015 – 11:36 am

Kate - The first year is full of firsts. You captured the beauty of this year of motherhood perfectly. So much joy.May 21, 2015 – 11:26 am

Elizabeth - ahhhh this is an amazing post! Absolutely love seeing the transistion from belly shots to sweet baby shots. That first image…wow its absolutely breathtaking. <3May 21, 2015 – 11:03 am

Angela - This is wonderful, Nicole! Thank you for sharing your family. I can’t wait for our girls to meet one of these days.May 12, 2015 – 6:21 pm

Denver Engagement Photographer: A Surprise Adventure

Jay & Lee-Ann came to Colorado for a fun romantic vacation.  Little did Lee-Ann know that Jay had much more planned then she expected.  A couple of days into their trip, while on a hike in Steamboat Springs,  Jay proposed to Lee-Ann behind a beautiful waterfall.  She said “Yes” and then he also surprised her with an engagement session adventure around Denver.  Jay and I set everything up and he even added on an extra hour so we they would have time to explore the area and get a wide variety of engagement pictures.   I suggested downtown Denver as well as traveling to Red Rocks, so we could get a unique mix of Colorado landscape and colorful urban scenery.  Neither of them had been to Red Rocks before nor seen much of Denver so it was fun getting to be their tour guide and show them new places.

Love at Red Rocks

Love at Red Rocks

We started out at Red Rocks and they shared their love stories with me.  They used to work together and after a while of flirting they finally set up a date.  They disagreed about who asked whom out, but soon knew after a few dates that they really had something special together.  And  you can certainly tell by how these two lovebirds interact that they were meant for each other.

Romance at Red Rocks

Romance at Red Rocks

Since Jay scheduled a three hour session we had some extra time to play, which inspires me to do something special that I don’t always have the time to do.   Check out these fun unique photo montages below. The first one is an animation, fun to watch but not something that could ever be printed, so its only viewable by digital display.  The second one collages multiple images together into one image, and you could actually print and hang it in your living room.

Unique Engagement pictures at Red Rocks

Unique Engagement Animation

A Fun Engagement Photo Collage

A Fun Engagement Photo Montage

After Red Rocks we drove to downtown Denver for a totally different urban style.  We really lucked out with the weather, especially considering it would have been nearly impossible to reschedule their engagement session since they were flying back to Atlanta the next day!  I was really glad it was warm and comfortable for them, but we also could have had some fun in the snow too.

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

This picture below was a total candid that I happened to capture between shots as we were waiting for the crowds to clear on this pedestrian bridge.

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

playing around

playing around

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

One of my favorite parts about shooting downtown is all the color and unique lighting you can find.  Even a temporary construction sidewalk can come in handy for pictures.  When I was editing these images for their engagement book I realized I captured the three primary colors – blue, yellow, and red, just a fun coincidence!

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

one hot engagement ring!

one hot engagement ring!

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Thanks Jay & Lee-Ann for letting me be  your tour guide and document this vacation that you will surely never forget!  I can’t wait to hear what you plan for your Atlanta wedding and am so excited that you want me to document your wedding day as well!

 

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Email Post|Contact Me