We drove to what we thought was a sunflower field, upon our surprise- the Sunflowers had not bloomed yet. So we found some purple flowers, some horses, and had a fun little smoke bomb shoot. These two are my good friends. They are both so talented and so genuine. I can’t wait to see them get married next year.
Michelle & Jay had a picture perfect morning wedding. Their venue, The Lionsgate Event Center, represented their personalities so well. Fun and funky, but also elegant and charming. The ceremony room was filled top to bottom with chandeliers, timeless mirrors- even chandeliers hung in the trees outside. The reception area (The Dove House) was filled with clawfoot couches, Pop Art of Audrey Hepburn, along with colorful roosters roaming around outside….
During the reception, guests dined on some VooDoo doughnuts while Jay and Michelle went around and chatted with all the tables. Then, after beautiful speeches by their best friends-Michelle decided to give a small surprise speech as well. She announced to the room that the dress she was wearing belonged to her mother. She made it her own with some alterations, and every little detail of the dress was so special. She also used her mom’s vintage blue garter and showcased her wedding crown on top of a beautiful antique piano.
Since her father lives in St. Louis, he could not make the ceremony for travel and health reasons, but Michelle wanted to make sure he got to see her in her wedding dress (that his wife wore the day of their wedding). So she flew to St. Louis, hired a team for hair and makeup-as if she were getting married that day- and slipped on her mother’s wedding dress. Then she went to see her dad. Michelle gave a beautiful, emotional speech about her father’s reaction to seeing her in the dress. Which was accompanied by a tear jerking video she played for the entire reception. Many tears were shed during the video by her family and friends.
Smells of donuts, pastries and chocolate covered bacon filled the rooms. The day was not short of sweetness (especially the sweetness of this incredible couple). These two marathon runners were the object of everyone’s adoration. Throughout the day their friends and family (Jay’s daughter officiated the wedding) gave them such beautiful praise for both their strength and determination through races and through their lives. Those sentiments were woven in their ceremony by Jay’s daughter, who pronounced them Husband and wife. Right after the announcement, they began a flash mob of dancing as they danced down the aisle.
Michelle showcased her dress all throughout the night, including during the first dance. Jay and Michelle practiced a dance to perform surrounded by their friends. Dancing in her dress gained her a round of applause from the room of guests. After some fun group photos, some photobooth boomerangs, and a special moment in front of a yellow truck- it was time for the couple to make their grand edit. Remaining friends and family gathered together outside to throw Lavender at the couple. Jay and Michelle made their way out of the Lionsgate laughing and cheering, waving their final goodbye.
Makeup By: Ashley Acevedo
Talented power couples are my favorite. My friend Adiel is absolutely going to be famous and you can say you were one of his OG fans if you start listening to him ASAP. Check out Adiel Mitchell on iTunes or Spotify. His latest EP "About Last Night" is such an addictive gem that you won't be able to stop blasting it this summer. You can follow him on Instagram @Adiellee for all of his latest music updates!
His girlfriend, Danni, is an incredible dancer, a naturally talented model, and has a heart and passion for giving back. She just got back from her second trip to Haiti where she volunteered at an orphanage. You can follow her on Instagram @Dannisimon11. Check out their love below!
I always love shooting with my friend and fellow blogger Jess DeoCampo over at TheBixbyLane.com ! Check out her blog and her awesome giveaways! I am quite obsessed with this shoot and how it turned out. The dress looks amazing on Jess (of course!) and she was a fantastic model. Nothing can top the gorgeous murals and art around the city of Denver, I love making art with art in the background! I used some grain effects because I felt that like we were shooting a classic art film almost. I love how they turned out!
You can tell that the joy on my friend Joyce's face so easily shines through in these photos. I think there's only a couple photos where she isn't smiling. She has such a fun, carefree personality that I admire. We had such a fun day with her sister, Dana, and our friends Jess & Demi! We trespassed, climbed things we shouldn't have in sandals and heels, and almost got hit by 50 plus cars. The things we do for a good shot!
Welcome to my favorite blog post ever! I am so excited to share these images of my talented friend & co-worker (Perkins) and her equally talented wife, Steph. I think having the same name made us connect instantly. Throughout our shoot I started to ask Steph & Perkins how they met. I was genuinely just curious, but this was such a great time for them to not focus on posing or the camera- but be present with each other, as they both took turn explaining their story. (Continued below)
"Meet Cute": In film and television, a meet cute is a scene in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time.
The two met in New York City, where they were both living at the time. Perkins saw Steph from across the room at a morning party event (so cool) and thought "she is so gorgeous". She was actually too nervous to go up to her to say anything. (Continued below)
Let's just say their first date went well... (a 13 hour first date!) They stayed up all night, drank coffee until they couldn't anymore and canceled their plans and just became immersed with each other. (Continued below)
When Steph decided to propose, it was their last night in New York. She arranged for Perkins' best friend to take her outside at a party for a quick, heartfelt goodbye so that Steph could set up the room. Every person in the room (a giant room of strangers and some friends) grabbed a rose and formed a tunnel. When Perkins was led back into the room, she started grabbing roses out of the strangers hands, still having no clue what was going on. They led to Steph in the middle of the room, who had to shout "Will you marry me?!" because it was so loud! (Continued below)
They've been married for about 5 months now. They live in such an amazing neighborhood, I mean look at this rooftop view! They are surrounded by mountains, great restaurants, and art. Speaking of art, Perkins actually writes comics for DC Comics (Batwoman, Superwoman, Supergirl, so many powerful woman!) Steph could easily be one of these women, she is the strongest, most fit and motivated person you'll ever meet. She has such a passion for fitness, she teaches yoga as Popfitgo (Check out her events!) I can't wait to see her in action! (Continued below)
Thanks for checking out this sweet session, I wish you a Happy International Women's day!
May you make the women in your life feel special, beautiful, strong, and loved today!
Lena & Kyle met 6 years ago at work by a simple coincidence. Kyle had taken off a year from school and was working night shifts. Lena worked the day shift and they never should have bumped into each other. Kyle was asked to stay and help out on a morning shift and the rest is history! Railyn, their daughter, was about one year old when she met Kyle. Throughout the day, Railyn became my second shooter, always wanting to help out with taking photos and posing her mom and dad.
We began the day with a gorgeous first look at Lagerman Reservoir. Kyle mentioned that the only thing that went "wrong" on their wedding day was that it was actually "too nice" outside. Everyone expected snow, cold temperatures, and the girls even brought along shawls; while Kyle wore a wool suit. The day was beautiful, it was in the upper 60s! We had some fun with the bridal party as the group fled from an imaginary dinosaur (hilarious photo below!)
After photos were finished, we headed to the ceremony at The Oak Room at Oskar Blues. The group had some fun riding around on tricycles, having some beers made by Oskar Blues, and taking some gorgeous photos by the barrels. The ceremony began underneath a gorgeous "Colorado" sign as Lena's Dad walked her down the aisle. Lena and Kyle wrote and said their own vows, as their guests wiped away tears. Their vows perfectly summed up their easy-going, funny, and deeply loving personalities. They included Railyn in a special moment, where they both promised that they would always be there for her. Kyle and Railyn shared a special dance at the end of the night as he held onto her tightly, you could tell throughout the entire day that their bond is very strong.
After some extremely delicious food, four tear jerkingly sweet speeches, and an incredible night of fun dancing- the two left with a sparkler send off surrounded by their closest friends. The newly weds are honeymooning in Madeira, Portugal! It was such a pleasure capturing their day!
This week, SM Photo is partnering with Fashion Blogger Jess Deocampo. The Bixby Lane blog features the fashion, travel, and adventures Jess. Jess is actually getting married later this year in California and agreed to model for me in the snow on a mountain today! These are some of my favorite photos I've ever taken! I can't wait for you to explore them! With these styled shoots, I'm hoping to express the importance of having a dedicated time on your wedding to focus on the details of your gorgeous dress and surroundings.
I am beyond excited to post this session with Mark and Ashley and their kiddos. The first shot here was totally unplanned, unscripted. Honestly, most of the best shots we got were because of their natural way of being goofy and fun with each other. I'm excited to shoot their wedding in October!