This shoot is quite unique because it happened during the forest fires and it was one of the worst days for visibility in the mountains. We still went for it because it creates a surreal environment. The mountains look like they were painted in the background because it was so smokey. I started the shoot with photos of just the couple having fun and being romantic together. We did some photos by the lake and then in an open field filled with daisies. The color palette of white and blues went really well with the daisies. We finished the shoot on a rocky beach by Minnewanka Lake where they were able to sit down and enjoyed their personalized picnic created by Sharon from Naturally Chic.
(Courtesy of Kim Payant Photography)
Caitlin and Sam dated in Denver for six years before tying the knot on September 20, 2014. While Colorado’s mountains make a beautiful backdrop for a wedding, the couple spends most of their time in Denver, so they wanted their wedding weekend to be an authentic reflection of their city lifestyle. The Space Gallery was chosen as the venue, using the modern, urban chic space for both the ceremony and reception. The metallic and neutral tones of the florals and linens were carefully chosen as not to compete with the colorful art donning the gallery walls.
Each element of the wedding was hand-picked by the couple, from the officiant and ceremony musician, (friends of the couple) to the catering (Bistro Boys) to the dessert (Little Man Ice Cream). Caitlin wore a lace and tulle gown by Monique Lhuillier and Sam, an early Fall blue suit by Suit Supply. While most details of their wedding were non-traditional, they also incorporated family heirlooms such as the bride’s veil, made by her Grandmother for her Mother’s wedding day, and the bride’s custom-made earrings, created from diamond and pearl jewelry from the Groom’s family.
(Courtesy of Pink Paisley Events)
I’ve dreamed about doing a photo shoot like this for quite some time. Albuquerque is known for it’s annual Balloon Fiesta, but some people are unaware that the small town of Taos also has it’s own balloon festival in the fall. Joseph and Avriell were the very first wedding I had ever photographed over three years ago so it only made sense that the couple that made me fall in love with weddings should be the couple I ask to relive their wedding day with a unique twist. Avriell had everything preserved beautifully from her dress to her bouquet. She did her own makeup and went for a dramatic eye and deep fall lip color. Joseph wore a casual yet dressy maroon button up that also fit the fall theme we were shooting for. We were up before sunrise to capture the hot air balloons as they were starting to go up. The weather was chilly, but the adrenaline of capturing the perfect shots kept us warm. The way they looked at each other was as if it was their wedding all over again.
(Courtesy of Jasmine Dee Creative Photography)