Intimate Wedding in Estes Park

Black Canyon Inn– Estes Park, CO
Intimate LGBT Wedding

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

Leilani & Janelle have been partners for many years and they felt like now it was finally time to have a wedding ceremony to celebrate their love for each other.   Not only did November make 20 yrs of being together, but with the recent 2015 Supreme Court decision to declare same-sex marriage legal in all states, there was even more reason to celebrate.   The strong love and affection these two ladies hold for each other is so evident just by the endearing way they look at each other.  And they may have been together for 20 yrs, but they still had that newlywed smile upon their faces.  They didn’t want the traditional big wedding, but Leilani did want her white wedding dress and a small intimate ceremony with the gorgeous Rocky Mountains as her backdrop.  With only about 6 wedding guests it was almost more of an elopement, but they did want their immediate family there to celebrate with them.   Janelle opted for the more comfortable but seriously styling black suit with purple tie and converse sneakers.  Leilani & Janelle have 2 daughters and a son, whom all also wore suits, each styled slightly different from the other, but all with the matching purple tie.

Following the short but sweet ceremony we did the traditional family photos followed by a nice long romantic portrait session with just the two brides.  One of my favorite parts of elopements or small intimate weddings is that there is typically no strict timeline or reception to hurry off to, so we have plenty of time to get creative and do some fun relaxing photos.  After about an hour of pictures we did meet back up with their family for a small toast and cake cut ceremony.  Black Canyon Inn provided them with a cake and did their flowers as well which made those details nice and easy for them.  Also, their oldest daughter is a makeup artist so she did Leilani’s makeup, which was a such a sweet mother-daughter moment captured below.

I always feel so special being able to take part in such small private celebrations.  I was truly honored to have been chosen to spend this special time with them and document their long overdue wedding day.  Thanks again Leilani & Janelle for allowing me to capture these special moments and good luck on 20+ more years together.

candids documenting getting ready on the wedding day

candids documenting the day

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, COclose up of hands and ringsgay wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO by Denver gay-friendly photographer

fun family photos

fun family photos

lesbian bridal portraits

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

beautiful bride portraits over the lake at Black Canyon Inn

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO2 brides toast to happiness

an intimate wedding toast

an intimate wedding toast

sunset silhouette over the mountains

sunset silhouette over the mountains

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January Boudoir Special in time for Valentines

Check out my current boudoir photography special, just in time for a Valentines gift for that special someone…or for yourself!

boudoir photography special for Valentines

Where?  While I love to do boudoir photography in all kinds of unique locations like music venues and rivers, I do recommend for the most personalized and intimate experience doing your session in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  I utilize the natural window light as well as bring in additional lighting to get the best results.  No need to pack a bag or worry about forgetting your wedding ring or favorite stilettos, its all right there.  Make it easy on yourself and let me come to you!  No travel fee for locations within 20 min of Denver metro region, including Golden, Parker, Arvada, Broomfield, etc… If you really don’t want to do your home a boudoir studio in central Denver is available for an additional $100.  Due to the high demand of the studio leading up to Valentines, please inquire asap if you would like to reserve a time slot at the boudoir studio.

When?  I am currently booking sessions on Tuesdays & Thursday between 9:30am-3:30pm, as well on weekends as space is available.  Weekends do book up the fastest, so please email me at nicolenicholsphoto@gmail.com asap if you want to do a weekend time slot.

I don’t have a significant other?  I often have people say that they want to do a boudoir session but don’t have a lover to give the image to.  I say “do it for yourself!”   Having beautiful images of yourself will make you feel good and 20 yrs down the road you will be thanking yourself for doing this.  And who knows how soon you may have someone to show these off too, just because you don’t have someone now is no reason to wait.

Am I too old? You are never too old to feel beautiful!  Age is just a number and if you put this off I promise you in 10 yrs you will be saying “Darn, I should have done boudoir pictures 10 yrs ago!”  (and even if you’re saying that now, then stop putting it off and schedule your boudoir session today!

Am I too big/skinny?  No one is perfect, no one!  Even Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians know how to use the right camera angles and get treated to a little photoshop magic to look magazine perfect.  My job is to disguise those less then perfect areas and flaunt what you (or your partner) love best.  You will feel like you belong in a magazine once you see your pictures!

Do you provide hair & makeup?
Hair and makeup is not included in this boudoir special.  If you would like to get pampered before your session (which is so worth it), there is a fantastic salon nearby that I recommend that typically charges $150 for hair and makeup.

What happens before the photo shoot?  All photo sessions include a Design Consultation which is a brief meeting or phone call with the photographer, myself.  At this time we will decide on a location, date, clothing, and other options that will work best for your photography needs.  I can also do your design consultation complimentary before you even book, that way you can be sure you feel comfortable with me and my services before committing to anything.

And during the photo shoot? For your photo session expect to have fun and feel like a supermodel!  We will meet at the agreed upon time and place.  You are free to bring anything that will help you relax and have fun, whether it’s a glass of wine, your favorite music, or your best friend (but I do not recommend bringing your significant other).   I will provide music to lighten the mood and posing assistance to make sure your best angles are photographed.

And what about after the photo shoot? We will schedule a time for you to do your Image Unveiling either in person or remotely.  At this time I will unveil all your edited images and help you narrow down the best ones for your order and you can let me know of any specific retouching requests.

OK, OK, I’m ready to let my beauty shine!  How do I schedule a session? Click on the “Contact” button in the menu above or you can call Nicole at 720-470-9849 or email nicolenicholsphoto at gmail.com.   We will make sure all your questions and concerns are answered and get you scheduled for your fun & sexy photo shoot!

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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