I’ve dedicated a good portion of my life to telling love stories. Couples come to me, I get to know them, and I document their engagement and/or wedding day through photos and words on this here blog. But I’ve never taken the time to share my own love story. The reason I do what I do, why love is so important to me and the impact it’s had on my life… My actual heart and soul.
It was a beautiful summers day in Laramie.
The light shone through the trees in gently shifting patterns and the sound of a fountain echoed through the gardens. Matt waited with his back to the mansion as he heard his bride’s soft footsteps down the walkway behind him. Ashley touched his arm and when he turned to look over his shoulder, he saw her bright smile and couldn’t help but pull her into his arms and embrace his soon to be wife.
The sun was shining brightly and love was in the air…
Their wedding day began with games of foosball, shots of fireball, and happy chatter as the bride and groom prepped with their parties. Eric and Megan both being Denver Natives, they had arranged an elegant garden ceremony steps from their hometown. As the morning quickly passed, Megan placed her final touches on her look, grasped her wildflower bouquet and Eric slipped on his vest. They both were anxiously awaiting their big moment while family and friends gathered outside.
If you could imagine a perfect day, with sunshine and birdsong, cupcakes and twinkle lights…
A beautiful landscape with flowers and pines, a couple in love, and a crowd full of joy. Imagine a bride and a groom, in love with each other, full of love for their guests. Now, multiply by 10 and you’ll be close.
It’s easy to see that there is beauty here. It’s in the red rocks and swaying pines of Curt Gowdy State Park, and in the smiling faces of family and friends. It’s in the outstretched hand of a groom for his bride, and a gorgeous bride to be.
On the most perfect summer day with the sun shining and birds chirping,
they held hands in the shade of gently swaying aspen trees. Their wedding day had finally arrived. Moments before, they had arrived separately at his parents home in Laramie, WY. – she put on final touches upstairs, while he and his groomsmen prepared in the basement below. After spending countless hours planning for a beautiful and intimate day, Mollee and Brandon were ready to celebrate with their family, their love as the centerpiece.
Roads closed, and the snow fell softly all day.
Their wedding day began with the kind of quiet that comes with the hush of falling snow. Neither Keely nor Brendan being Laramie Natives, it wasn’t until they came to Laradise that they found each other in a place so far from home. Here, so far from family and friends they found a place to belong in each others arms and a community of friends on the high plains of Wyoming.
We are two full months in to 2017 (how the heck is it march already?!) and I just want to take a second to fully appreciate how amazing 2016 was.
In this post I’m going to share MY favorite wedding images from 2016. These aren’t the images that will grace the pages of wedding blogs and you’ll never find them published in magazines. They are seldom glamorous but they are funny, lovely, and SO right in so many ways.