Samantha & Tim's Flying Horse Ranch Wedding

Stop the press! Sam & Tim’s wedding at the Flying Horse Ranch was a showstopper! I’d never photographed at the ranch before and boy was I impressed! Beautiful views sweeping down to Pikes Peak, a stunning atrium for the ceremony, a cozy and beautiful barn for the reception…this place had it all. I even really enjoyed the open air dancing…which for a photographer can be a little tricky to photograph once the sun sets! I set up my lights for some extra drama and pizzaz and had a blast photographing the dancing shenanigans of all of Sam and Tim’s wonderful guests.

The day started me in tears when Sam had a “first look” with her dad who had the most priceless look on his face when he saw his daughter just before she went down the aisle. Followed by Tim who couldn’t hold back his happiness at seeing his bride for the first time. The whole room was crying it was that sweet and pretty!

After the ceremony I had a blast with their bridal party taking photos in the vast landscape around the property. Then Sam and Tim further endeared themselves to me by (without hesitation) hopping the ELECTRIC fence to go get some stunning photos in the yellow wildflowers and around the lake. Talk about an adventurous pair! The jury is still out on if the fence was currently electrified or not, but we managed (somehow!) as if it were. (Side note: I’ve totally been pinned to an electric fence before by a jerk horse and it is NOT fun…so I’m glad all went well for us here!)

The reception was a blast. Everyone got in on the dancing, the s’mores, and the photobooth before lining up for the grand sparkler exit. I was surprised the event was issued a fire permit, given the prevalance of wildfires this summer, but the staff at Flying Horse followed protocol with the permits and gathered everyone in an area of concrete and rocks so that there wasn’t any danger. Thank goodness because it was certainly beautiful (and fun!) to shoot as they ran through! Check out the photos below and leave them some love in the comments.

Abby & Matt's Pittsburgh Wedding

Last August, I was honored to photograph the wedding of one of my dear college friend’s little sister, Abby, to her sweetheart Matt. Several years after college, my friend had moved to the DC area and his sister found herself in the DC area, too. Over the last few years, I’d wound up getting to know Abby a little bit more beacause we found out we all share a love of musician Matt Kearney and so we’d all end up going to concerts together. When the time came that Matt popped the question to Abby, I was all too happy to take on role of photographer!

The wedding was in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA at Abby’s childhood church with a reception at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Abby’s father had me positively in tears when she did a “first look” with him and he instantly burst into tears. The love this man has for his daughter is beyond words! Then Matt (who has always given me the impression of being a “man’s man”) had tears in his eyes when he saw Abby for the first time down the aisle (again, queue my own tears)!

After the ceremony we went to a cute little park for some photos, then braved the downtown traffic from both a baseball game and the annual regatta festival to head to Abby and Matt’s “secret spot” with an amazing view of the city. When we got back to the hotel, it was full on party time. Being huge music lovers, Abby and Matt’s reception was music themed. Her brother, Joe designed much of the music elements of the night from the “Billboard Top Album” chart that served as the seating chart, to the table numbers that were Abby and Matt’s favorite albums, to the party favors of a customized deck of cards. The love of music was everywhere! Abby and Matt even had their whole concert ticket collection saved and displayed! It was definitely a reception that truly let you know who they are as a couple. Take a peek below and leave them some love in the comments!

Floral Explosion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

As I’m sitting here getting pounded with snow (more than 3 feet in the last day-ish) I can’t help but think back to one of my favorite Spring weddings ever! Sophie & Tyrone came to me through Leanne of Jewell Event Design and they told me their vision was a crazy floral explosion.

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I’d never done a wedding with that sort of theme and I loved how they described how they just want to have fun with it. They wanted their guests to show up in nontraditional wedding wear—complete with whatever floral pattern they wanted. They wanted colors and vibrancy to take over the evening. I had no idea how they were going to pull it off, but I was certainly down for taking some fun, vibrant photos of it!

Well pull it off they did! Between Jewel Event Design and Sabia of The Painted Primrose and their helpers, they created a wild, awesome floral wonderland! The Denver Museum of Nature and Science was an awesome backdrop to support all the colors. It was so modern and the flowers so organic, it really just…well…it worked! Mother Nature also delivered with all of the blossoming trees as well.

The whole wedding day was so unique. The rooftop ceremony was absolutely stunning overlooking Denver and the front range and the reception was off the charts fun with a huge dance party and the evening complete with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream by special delivery from Tyrone’s dad, Jerry himself!

Check out the photos below and leave Sophie & Tyrone some love in the comments!

New Wedding Venue: Breckenridge Lodge by the Blue

Not long ago I got an email from a new wedding venue in Breck called Lodge by the Blue. They’re a lodge that’s been there for a while and known for their onsite restaurant The Myla Rose, but is just getting started taking advantage of their great location (unobstructed views on the mighty 14er Quandary Peak) and beginning to offer weddings. The good people there wanted to throw a styled shoot to show off the property and asked me to photograph. Of course, I was pumped to help them get on the map, plus, I’m always into new venues that are a stones throw from my house in Silverthorne! #SummitCountyWeddingsRock!

So along with the help of the talented Petal & Bean, Majestic Mountain Beauty, and Wendie Bass we got to work and had a fabulous afternoon. That day it decided to snow a BUNCH so we had “fun” dashing inside and out according to Mother Nature’s will. I still think my favorite photos of the day are of our cute couple getting absolutely PLASTERED by a massive snow squall that came out of nowhere (scroll down to see)!

It was all great fun and I can’t wait to see wedding season kick off at this new venue in the fabulous Breckenridge! Check out the photos below and leave some love in the comments.

xoxo,

Lisa

Sarah & John's Mountaintop Vail Wedding Deck Celebration

Oh my gosh guys.

I’m having THE hardest time picking out all my favorites from Sarah & John’s wedding. There are so many beautiful moments I’m just going to have to spam your eyes with a ton of them!

The day started out like most Colorado summer days—gorgeous! Sarah and John got ready in their separate suites at Antlers in Vail. Then like most summer days in Colorado, Mother Nature decided to pull some rain pranks on us. Thankfully, the rain cleared for their adorable first look by the creek but a thunderstorm rolled in as we ran for cover in Vail Village while we waiting for the gondola to open back up. No worries though because despite the rain, there was still some gorgeous light to be found in the village!

Once we finally managed to get on a running gondola and make it to the top we had a blast taking photos! Sarah and John are so sweet with each other and were down for anything if it meant beautiful photos! Plus, Vail is nothing short of stunning. And with multiple bands of storms coming through, it was quite fun (and funny!) alternating dogdging the bands versus utilizing their dramatic beauty in the backdrops of the photos. Sarah and John made everyone’s life easy by taking everything in stride with a smile and adapting as we would run inside and go back out. Major kudos to them!

Thankfully, the rain cleared after their traditional tea ceremony just in time for their ceremony on the wedding deck. (And really…I dare you to find a prettier spot than the wedding deck at Vail!) The ceremony kicked off with two adorably stylish ring bearers and the most adorable flower girls carrying unicorn bubble guns (GENIUS!) and was filled with smiles, laughter, and love throughout.

Rain came (yes, again) after their ceremony during their cocktail hour but the universe had a gift for us. In the middle of their first dance a MASSIVE double rainbow appeared right on the mountain top. It was stunning! Sarah and John asked if we could go out and take photos and I was skeptical. Usually rainbows are extremely fleeting and very hard to photograph. Bright skies behind tend to wash out the colors. But, like any person with a brain I said “if we hurry, we can try!”

We ended up bolting down the stairs. And I mean bolting. Sarah deserves Bride of the Century as she not only ran down the stairs and outside but also down the mountainside in her high heels chasing these rainbows!

To my amazement, they were still there and still going strong. PLUS, the storm was sitting behind in the background keeping the sky darker so the colors were still insanely vibrant and amazing. We got in a bunch of photos and then we decided to chase it further down the mountain to get a view without chair lifts as well. STILL the rainbow was going strong. It was truly something special.

To top it all off, the stars were amazing that night and we were able to create an amazing Milky Way photo to end the evening.

What a truly blessed day!

Check out the rest of their photos below and leave some love in the comments!

Vendor Role Call:

Vail Wedding Deck - coordinator Courtney

Hair and Makeup - Bel Viso

Florist - Bec’s Blossoms

Cake - Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections

Music - On Cue Entertainment, Spinphony

DJ & Photobooth - All Star DJs