11.28.2016

Çağlayan Wedding at The Briarwood Inn in Golden, Colorado

the dining room the the briarwood in in golden Colorado for a wedding
Colorado Wedding Photography


It was actually the bride's mother who first contacted me; a friend of a client from last fall.  So not only was I happy to hear about my previous client, but it was a thrill to get to meet this family through another that I had such a great time getting to meet and work with.  But as often the case in Colorado in the winter months our first in person meeting was challenged by snow; but we did get to talk via the phone and start the conversation about the daughter's wedding.

a photography of the bride and grooms rings before the wedding ceremony
Colorado Wedding Photography

Although from Colorado, the bride was at the time working on a degree at North Carolina State University; come to find out the groom doing the same at Georgia Tech.  So as someone who used to live in Atlanta... and whose dad and grand dad also went to NC State, suddenly there was a bit of a connection already.  The bride would be visiting Colorado soon after this initial conversation, giving me the opportunity to meet both the bride and her mother. 

a bride's dress hangs from a ledge before the wedding ceremony in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


Although another snowy day in Colorado, I finally got to meet both Melissa and her mom at the wedding venue, to discuss the details of the wedding day.  A lot of little details were still unknown, but at least as a wedding photographer I was starting get the picture of who Melissa and Çaģlar are as a couple, a little bit of their personalities... and how I could tell their story through photos.  Melissa wanted to focus on a more journalistic approach (my favorite) and just a few "formals," not taking the couple away from their party for too long as both would be in Colorado for a short visit.

a photograph of the bride looking at herself in the mirror as she gets ready for her wedding
Colorado Wedding Photography



Melissa and her mom were still undecided on a lot of aspects, and in some ways I pointed out to them items they would want to think about.  But with a wedding venue like The Briarwood Inn, it was sure to be a great day for these two to celebrate the love they have for one another.  And to have their Colorado wedding on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Upon arriving that morning, I got to meet Çaģlar, his mom, the best man, and the rest of Melissa's family.  Of course the first wedding photography shots to get are the dress and rings, so the introductions were pleasant but brief, so that Melissa and her sister could get her ready. Çaģlar and Melissa had chose a dear friend to officiate their ceremony, so while Melissa got ready, Çaģlar and their officiant went over the last minute details of the ceremony; well, which included... which side does the boutonniere get pinned on?  Where would be be without smartphones and Google?

guests arriving for a wedding at the briarwood inn in golden, Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


The guests arrived in an expected fashion, many obviously knowing one another by the hugs and smiles shared in greeting one another; happy to see each other and be there for the wedding.  Anticipation grew at the clock counted down, and while i'm sure each the Bride & Groom may have been a little nervous, they certainly weren't showing it.  One of my favorite moments was the toast in the Bridal room.  The venue had sent them a bottle of Champagne.  And though the sister of the bride has restaurant experience, getting that darn bottle open was proving to be a bit difficult.  No stranger to the opening of wine (part of my background) I gave her the usual 'hold at 45 degrees and twits the bottle three times' directions.  Nope... wasn't working.  To only discover it was a screw top.  Okay... maybe the nerves of anticipation were showing a bit.  But the glasses got poured, and the toast was made not only with the ladies in the room, but Melissa's two dad who also joined in the pre-ceremony toast.
the bride's sister opening a bottle of champagne for a toast right before the wedding ceremony
Colorado Wedding Photography




the groom shakes the hand of the bride's father before the couple's wedding ceremony
Colorado Wedding Photography


The wedding ceremony was personal and intimate, and you could just see the love these two had for one another in the way they looked at each other.  A look I noticed in Çaģlar just about every time he looked at Melissa that day.  Smiles seemed to gleam from everyone there, especially those in the Bride & Grooms immediate family.     


a photograph of a bride and groom walking to the alter for their wedding ceremony
Colorado Wedding Photography




formal photograph of a bride and groom on their wedding day in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography




a photography of the bride and grooms hands with their wedding rings in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography
a formal photograph of a bride and groom on their wedding day in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

























And after the ceremony everyone gathered in the dining room for the brunch-time meal.  If you've never been to The Briarwood Inn; the interior is rich in wood paneling and accents with timeless chandeliers.  Really the perfect place for a wedding.  

photograph of a bride and groom walking into their reception on their wedding day
Colorado Wedding Photography

The couple went table to table, greeting and talking with their guests.  Speeches from both Melissa's sister and Çaģlar's best man followed.  The whole time, the room filled with not only the love these two had for one another, but the love that everyone at their wedding had for them.  

A photograph of a bride and groom toasting with champagne during their reception.
Colorado Wedding Photography


After brunch concluded the wedding reception moved back outdoors on this beautiful Colroado afternoon.  And that's when my absolute favorite thing about their wedding day started happening.  Even though the bride is from Colorado, she has a Columbian heritage from her mother's side.  Çaģlar, from Turkey, too had a background of diverse music and dancing.  And when these two came together it was really something to watch and enjoy.  There were moments I really wanted to put the camera down and just watch it myself, but being the wedding photographer I had to capture it.  And in going through the photos later on, it was just great to see such diversity coming together.  Music sets alternated between the two cultural backgrounds, but no matter what side of the couples family the guests were... everyone got out and danced.  It really was amazing to watch!  For me one of the highlights of all the weddings I photographed this year.  



a photography of a bride and groom's first dance on their wedding day in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography
a photograph of a bride dancing with her father on her wedding day in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography
 








photography of guests dancing at a wedding reception in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography





photography of guests dancing at a wedding reception in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

The cake was brought out for the cutting, and as the two of them sliced through it together, I couldn't help notice something from the guest table that I had noticed and photographed earlier in the day.  The sign on the table behind them reading "Love, laughter... and Cake!"  After everyone got their piece of wedding cake, the dancing started back up again... and went right up to the very end of Melissa and Çaģlar's Wedding Reception.  In fact even when no one else was dancing, I found them off to the side just enjoying each other's company.  I am very fortunate to get to work with the people who have hired me as their Wedding Photographer, and this is one that will go down in the books as one of my favorites.  I wish these two many many happy years together... and that they never stop dancing!!

photograph of a bride and groom cutting their cake on their wedding day
Colorado Wedding Photography
photograph of a bride and groom kissing on their wedding day
Colorado Wedding Photography
 






















a photograph of a bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography
photograph of people dancing at a wedding reception in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


































10.01.2016

Autumn Engagement Session in Golden Colorado

photography of a couple on a bridge in colorado for their engagement session
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado

Sarah had contacted me about her Engagement Session, wanting to go somewhere cool that showcased the natural beauty of Colorado.  Although she and Matt live in Nebraska, he had proposed to her on a camping trip to Colorado a few months earlier.  So she naturally wanted their engagements in the same state that he proposed.  



A couple poses for a photography on the banks of a river for their Colorado engagement session
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado

























We met at one of the parks in Golden, Colorado for their Engagement Session, and Sarah handed me a printout from a Pinterest post she had seen on there about different poses.  I kind of chuckled as I was familiar with the exact post and had it pinned to my inspiration board.  Unfamiliar with professional portraits, it was kind of an icebreaker for them as we laughed and I joked about her memorizing the poses so that we could do our session together by the numbers. 

a scenic colorado photography of a couple for their engagement session
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado

As I walked them through the park and along the creek Sarah was extremely happy with the location.  It was everything she had wanted with even the nice tough of the fall colors starting to emerge.  And after a little getting to know one another, the session turned more into their story than a bunch of posed portraits.


a couple poses for an engagement photography session in golden colorado
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado
a couple walks into a colorado landscape for their engagement session
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado

























engagement session photo of a couple in colorado
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado
a couple looks at one another during an engagement session in Colorado
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado

























I know it was a quick trip for them for these Engagement Portraits, but I'm so glad they gave me the opportunity to work with them.  

Congratulations Sarah & Matt!!!

a couple sits along a river for their engagement session photograph in golden colorado
Engagement Session in Golden, Colorado






















9.24.2016

Family Portraits in Boulder, Colorado




portrait photography of a family in boulder colorado chautauqua park
Boulder Family Portraits


James called me looking for portraits since family was visiting from out of town.  Well, actually it was his mother that suggested getting everyone out for some photos while they were all together.  And I'm glad I was able to get out with them, because you can't really ask for a nicer family.  

portrait photography of a family in boulder colorado
Family Portraits in Boulder, Colorado

family portraits in boulder colorado
Family Portraits in Boulder, Colorado


The family portrait session with them at Boulder's Chautauqua Park went seamlessly... in fact maybe a little too easy?   I don't know.  But before I knew it we were finished; I had gotten all the shots and then some.  And most importantly, the little one's were happy.  Some "airplane" and "tickle monster" helped to be honest; and the candid's from that are about as priceless as it gets.

portrait photograph of a father and son in boulder colorado
Family portraits in Colorado
portrait photography of a father and son in boulder colorado
Boulder Family Portraits

























portrait photography of a family in Boulder, Colorado
Family portraits in Boulder, Colorado


portrait photography of a couple in boulder colorado
Family Portraits in Boulder, Colorado


photograph of a father and son in boulder colorado
Father and son candid portrait
portrait photography of a boy in boulder colorado
Candid portrait
























Fall is such a great time of the year to get out for family portraits; the colors, meadows of tall grass, Colorado's natural scenery... so thanks to James and his family for the opportunity to get out with you and tell a little piece of your story in photographs!   

Wedding at the St. Julien in Boulder, Colorado

A photography of the courtyard at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder Colorado for a wedding
Boulder CO Wedding Photography


Although Elaine had contacted me about a year ago for her wedding, I finally got to meet her and Greg this past winter.  She had sent me a lot of the details in the regards to the who, where, and how... but meeting in person is always a request of mine to personally get to know a couple.  How they met, a little bit about who they are and where they are from came out in their meeting; most importantly though was getting to know their personalities.  We discussed the family who would be there, the details of the ceremony... and Elaine through her description of the everything helped me visualize the photography aspect.  More from a how to tell their story perspective, than anything else.  And even though the venue changed, I still from this first meeting got a little taste of who they were as a couple.


An elegant photograph of the bride's wedding dress in Boulder Colorado
Wedding Dress Photograph
A photography of the wedding rings at a wedding in boulder colorado
Wedding rings with champagne flutes




At our second meeting, at the new venue, we went more into detail about the shots that they really wanted of their day.  And, of course, bounced some ideas off one another for the dress and ring shot.  As sometimes happens, things changed a bit.  With the weather being overcast on the actual wedding day, the clouds hovered over the Flatirons in the distance.  Which actually set a mellow tone for the day.  The rings still photographed how we had envisioned; the dress though a different matter.  I had already photographed the dress elsewhere when Elaine returned it to her changing room and left to greet her "biologicals." And as I walked through the room, the dress... on a coat rack with the sun pouring through the large windows caught my eye.  That was the shot.  Timeless. Elegant.

a photograph of a floral centerpiece at a wedding in boulder colorado
Boulder Colorado Wedding

As the Reverend arrived, he greeted Greg, and the two of them waited patiently in the hallway; Elaine getting ready with the help of her daughter.  But the time had come, and Elaine propped open the door to her room, ready to approach Greg for their 'first look' shot.  With everyone else gathered outside, the two of them took a moment to watch their families gather, moments before thwo one would officially become one.


a photograph of the bride approaching the groom before their wedding
The first look
A photograph of the bride and groom in Boulder Colorado moments before their ceremony
Wedding Photograph of Bride and Groom














A photograph of the Bride and Grooms table at their wedding in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Wedding Photography




The Wedding in it's entirety really reflected these two individuals. Elegant (with maybe a touch of 'garden party'), modest, intimate... and utilizing an incredible view.


Photograph of the courtyard at the St Julien Hotel in Colorado for a Wedding
St Julien Hotel Courtyard in Boulder Colorado
Photograph of a reverend conducting a wedding in boulder colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography






photograph of a wedding ceremony in boulder colorado
Wedding Ceremony 
the bride and groom walk to the alter for their wedding in boulder colorado
The Bride and Groom

























For the mass and readings portions of their ceremony they sat next to one another, smiles gleaming... holding each other's hands.  And when it came time to take their vows, the look in their faces, and smiles towards each other was unmistakable to two people in love.  



photograph of a wedding ceremony in boulder colorado
Wedding Ceremony
photography of the groom's brother making a toast at his wedding in boulder colorado
Wedding Toast







photography of the bride and he bridesmaid's having a little fun at the wedding in boulder colorado
Girl's just wanna have fun!



We had discussed the formals, but I never mentioned the 'crazy pose' ones.  So it was a little bit of a surprise to the ladies when I asked.  But they got into it, and had fun.  And it was almost like an icebreaker to get them a little more relaxed for the rest of the shots.  I've been very fortunate to get to work with some incredible people, Elaine and Greg no exception.  It truly was an honor to get to meet and work with them, and I hope their future together is full of happy days, making lasting memories.   


formal wedding photograph of the bride and groom in boulder colorado
Wedding Formal Photography


Congratulations Elaine & Greg!


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