Justin & Suraya | Downtown Denver | Day After Wedding Shoot

Will's photo of me shooting Justin & Suraya in Denver's iconic RiNo neighborhood. I love the curious onlookers.

Will's photo of me shooting Justin & Suraya in Denver's iconic RiNo neighborhood. I love the curious onlookers.

OKAY Okay, so technically it wasn't the day after their wedding—but I was so glad these two were willing to don their formal wear and explore Denver with Will and I. One of the beautiful things about being a wedding photographer is that I get to see how special complete strangers feel when they're around a bride and groom.  For me, it's like being a celebrity's handler for a few hours. Onlookers quiet down, watch our every move, kindly move out of our shots without being asked, and sometimes even try to sneak their own cell phone photos to remember those few moments they were in the presence of wedding royalty. 

Our temporary celebrity this day was especially fun because it didn't come with any of the weighty significance or compulsory floor show synonymous with an actual wedding. We absorbed the friendly shouts of "Congratulations!" in the street sans the mental load of distant relatives waiting patiently for their 3 minutes of chitchat while sipping signature cocktails, limo drivers waiting to be tipped, or choreographed dances to remember. We had all the time we wanted to find the best street art and laugh together. And isn't laughing together is what it's all about anyway? 

 I would recommend a day after shoot (more realistically: a lets-get-dressed-up-again-and-feel-like movie-stars-shoot) for absolutely anyone. Whether you want to plan for a low-pressure wedding day because you know you'll have plenty of time for portraits later, or because your dress and tux are languishing in the closet. (And what else are you going to do with them anyway?) I've said it before and I'll say it again--the best portraits are made when we're having fun.     —Libby

Jessica & Charlie | Engagement | Crested Butte, CO

Jessica & Charlie are one of those rare, seemingly enchanted couples who are not only beautiful, but have a beautiful life as well. Jessica is a Doctor in Denver, and she and Charlie run a fly fishing organization in Crested Butte. She has a sneaky, delightful sense of humor, and he has an easy laugh and a kind smile. Will and I can’t wait for their wedding this August!

 

In other news, Despite being something akin to an expert in Colorado Mountain Towns, with 11 years of living, working, and exploring in this lovely state under my belt, This was my first visit to Crested Butte. Which has become my new favorite place to shoot—ever. 

 

—Libby

Beth & Alex | Chatfield State Park Colorado Engagement Photos

This secluded spot by the water was Alex’s choice for a surprise proposal a few months ago. It only seemed fitting to return here for their engagement session.

This secluded spot by the water was Alex’s choice for a surprise proposal a few months ago. It only seemed fitting to return here for their engagement session.

I was thrilled to spend time with this delightful couple retracing their steps on a short hike to the exact spot where Alex proposed. We spent a lovely sunset by the water at Chatfield State Park--which is just a few minutes Southwest of Denver. Beth wore an iconic white sundress and a maroon top that is the same color her bridesmaids will be wearing in Buena Vista, CO this October.

Beth and Alex are unfailingly sweet to one another, and both compassionate people with slightly goofy senses of humor. Posing was truly natural with them--with nose-bopping and benign tickling to spare I personally bonded with these two over our mutual love of the arts--Beth is a Ballerina and Alex is a jazz drummer.  I can't wait to spend more time with this great couple this coming October. 

Candace & Justin | Wedding | Garden of the Gods and Craftwood Inn | Colorado Springs, Colorado | Wedding Photographers

Candace and Justin have a very special place in my heart. They are enthusiastic delightful people. They LOVE Disney…like visit Disneyland much more often that is strictly practical for adults love it. Candace even walked down the aisle to that song from Pixar’s “Up” that is the iconic tear jerking 5 minutes telling the story of Ellie and Carl’s married life. I’m trying not to cry typing this description, that’s how amazing that pixar piece was. OH MAN. Please note, unsurprisingly, that Justin has a hit of a tear in his eye when he first sees Candace heading down the waterfall. That's right. The Aisle at the gorgeous Craftwood Inn in Colorado Springs is a WATERFALL. I can't say enough about this amazing wedding.

One of my favorite things about these two (and boy is that a long list) is how they met. Candace’s dad plays in a jazz band and Justin was recruited to be their trombone player. I’m not even kidding. Candace and Justin both love music, and not just the high-brown classically trained stuff that they're both good at. Candace and her bridesmaids randomly broke into Eminem's "Loose Yourself" acapella before the ceremony, and the dancing ended with a circle of friends and family (and me) all singing along to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

I dare you to look at Candace’s smiling face and not break into a grin yourself. 

Will and I photographed Candace and Justin's wedding together in our signature styles. Take a look at my gallery of the day first, followed by Will's incredible Photojournalistic images below.

 

 

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