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Tara & Dusty – A Wedding in Palisade, Colorado

When we all first met at my awesome studio in the RiNo neighborhood, we hit it off right away. The conversation flowed easily, we laughed, and a friendship flourished immediately. I was ecstatic when I got the news that they wanted to move forward with hiring me as their wedding photographer!

Tara and Dusty met on June 2nd, 2011 at her best friends wedding where her best friend was getting married to Dusty’s brother. Their first date was on October 12th, 2011. As time passed and their love grew, they engaged on May 22nd, 2014 when Dusty took a knee. These two tied the knot on May 29th, 2015- as close to the anniversary of their engagement as they could.

Tara and Dusty wanted something different for their wedding day. They didn’t want a true destination wedding and they also didn’t want a wedding in the city or any other expected venues throughout Denver and its suburbs. They envisioned a shabby-chic vibe with a romantic flare adorned in hints of coral, sage and beige. They chose the Maison la Belle Vie Winery in Palisade, Colorado to host their big day. The venue is owned by John Barbier who is also the onsite chef of this charming venue. This romantically rustic winery is about 3.5 hours southwest of Denver on the Western Slope, where the lands are commonly referred to as the wine country, cherry country, peach country and a small town just up the road celebrates Mike the headless chicken. It is a place in Colorado that is incredibly underrated.

They wanted photographs that embodied the feel of their wedding day, captured their friends and family candidly, and posed photos that felt natural, fun, and vibrant. This sort of style is what I excel at. I love capturing candid moments that feel organic and not forced.

Tara and Dusty, your wedding was simply gorgeous. Thank you both for having me in Palisade as your wedding photographer. I loved working on all these photos. Honestly, there are so many phenomenal images that encompass their day it was a bit tricky to select the ones I wanted to showcase in this post. Cheers to you both and many more happy years together!

~In non-wedding related news – I sadly have been priced out of the RiNo area and my killer office space since our meeting last year.~

  • Wedding Gown: Martina Liana from The Bridal Collection, Centennial, Colorado
  • Wedding Venue: Maison la Belle Vie Winery – Contact John Barbier, Palisade, Colorado
  • Florist: Bride & Bloom Design Company, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Hair and Makeup: On the List, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Save the Dates, Invitations, R.S.V.P’s, Escort Cards, Centerpieces, Signage, Wishing Tree, and other amazing details designed and made by Tara.



Anne- A Maternity Photo Session

It’s pretty rare that I photograph maternity sessions but I just couldn’t say no to a previous wedding client and now friend. Anne and Derek wedded in October of 2009 at the Holy Ghost Church with celebrations that followed at Mile High Station in Denver, Colorado. I was able to capture many beautiful moments of her family and his throughout the celebrations.

Fast forward a few years. . . .

A few months ago Anne shared the awesome news that they were expecting. She then excitedly told me she wanted to do a photo session together and she had some great ideas. I was instantly interested, and was beyond flattered that Anne had asked me to be part of another big moment in their lives. We had an amazing time during our studio session. A lot of it was spent giggling as we all worked together. We played around with lighting, many different outfits, and spent the majority of the studio time taking sexy boudoir-inspired photos of Anne. (Sorry kids, she didn’t want me to share those, but I can promise they are stunning photos of a stunning expecting mother). After a few hours in the studio, we met up on location with Derek to photograph the two of them together.

Everyday I am reminded of how lucky I am to have such kick ass clients! I am ever so thankful I had the opportunity to work with Anne and Derek during another huge milestone. Anne, you personally helped me get over my fear and hesitancy of working with expectant moms with your comforting laugh, and willingness to be patient as I found my groove. You also helped me learn what to do, and what not to do when posing a client with a big baby bump. You may have even inspired me to work on more maternity sessions in the future. Cheers to you two, and to many more happy photo sessions together!

A special thanks to Toni Carroll, Anne’s stylist and helper, of Blondies the Beauty Shop for being there during the shoot.

I would like to congratulate (yet again), Anne and Derek on the arrival of their beautiful, and healthy, baby girl named Alana.

Kyla & Scott – A Sunday Brunch Kind of Wedding

I was about to book a ticket out to California for a long weekend with my husband when I received an email from Kyla. Their wedding was a month away, and I am so glad I saw the email before I booked a flight. I was even happier that I was available on that Sunday in June.

Their wedding was small, about 40 people at Lannie’s Clocktower in downtown Denver. It was intimate, heartfelt, and they forwent all the traditional stuff including a wedding party. Kyla wore black and Scott was fashionably dressed in white. They had a breakfast taco bar catered by Three Tomatoes, breakfast pastries, and a coffee bar where you could Irish up your coffee if you were so inclined. Oh, and cupcakes; amazing cupcakes that I am now craving after looking at the photos!

Andy McMullen, a client of mine from years past, officiated their wedding and had everyone laughing. He was well spoken, and the perfect fit for Kyla and Scott.

After all the photos with Kyla and Scott were done, a few shots tequila, and some good tunes, people began to dance. I watched with a smile, wielding my camera, as Scott’s father attempted to teach him how to dance, and visa versa.

I am so glad I got to spend this Sunday morning with Kyla and Scott. Cheers to you two! Congratulations newly weds, and thank you for having me as your photographer. I had a blast even if I’m not a morning person.

Brianna & Jeremy – A Wedding in Redding, California

“Oh my goodness the pictures are amazing! We absolutely love them! Thank you so much for coming all the way to Cali to do this for us. We could not of asked for a better wedding day and you captured every beautiful moment! :)”  – Brianna Ward

It is easy for me to describe all my amazing clients as fun-loving, heartfelt, and easy going people. Brianna & Jeremy were no exception. However, I think the levels of sentiment ran a bit higher for me during their wedding day as I had photographed her oldest sister’s wedding in 2008. Being around a lot of the same welcoming friends and family really made this one special to me.

 Wedding VenueTBS Ranch
Dress – Stella York purchased at Dreamnette Bridal in Roseville, CA.
Men’s Tuxes by – Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse.
Flowers by – Brianna’s Aunt Becky.
Center Pieces Designed by – Jeremy’s Cousin Sabrina, her husband Mike, Jeremy, and Brianna. Pre-assembled by Nick, Melina, their friends Gary (groomsman) & Traci, Jeremy & Brianna.
Hair and Makeup by – Brianna’s sister Shayla with the help of her friend Cameron.
Brianna’s Sash  & Veil – Designed and made by Drew (bridesmaid) and Tania (friend).
Food by – Jeremy’s Uncle Harry, owner of Old West BBQ Catering Service. He served BBQ chicken drumsticks, Tri-Tip and sweet chili pepper chicken. (It was amazing!)
Cake by – Drew & Brianna. The bottom layer was lemon cake with lemon curd filling, & the top layer was gluten free chocolate cake with Bavarian cream filling.
DJ – Soundz Familiar, DJ Randy.
Set-up, Clean-up, Decor, and much more handled by all her family, friends, and wedding party.




Crow Jane Jewelry – Jewelry for the Real Bride

I might be a touch bit biased, the designer and mastermind behind Crow Jane Jewelry is a very dear friend of mine. We met years ago slinging drinks and burgers at The Hornet Restaurant. I would often catch her whispering words to me about her ‘master plan’. We still giggle about her master plan- she’s been mentioning it for the last 7 years! Well, she has done it. She has worked her ass off to do what she is so deeply passionate about, jewelry creation and design.

Jessica Thomas is an insanely talented woman who wears many shoes. She is a certified masseuse, a freelance interior designer, and a true artisan with her mediums of metal, stones, and gems. She is a busy woman who finds time to be a wonderful friend, mother, and wife. How she finds time for it all still baffles me. Whenever I am insanely busy and feel overwhelmed, I channel the Zen of Jessica- it usually puts things into perspective for me.

While we would like to think the quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line, that isn’t how things typically work out in the real world. Life is funny, sometimes we have to take a really long, trying, and adventurous drive to end up at our final destination, but I’d like to think we all get there eventually. Jessica nailed it, her master plan has finally blossomed after years of hard work. What started as a small Etsy shop where she sold her jewelry has grown into sales at shows such as the Horseshoe Market in Denver and the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago and San Fransisco. You can find her designs at local shops such as Soul Haus, Ironwood, and quite a few other boutiques throughout the U.S. She is simply brilliant!

Jessica has been making jewelry since she was a little girl. Her time spent in art school only fanned the flame for her passion of jewelry making and design. She hasn’t stopped since. She is inspired by native and ancient cultures and this beautiful planet we live on. She truly and wholeheartedly loves what she does.

Her pieces are like some I have never seen. There is a balance of earth and industrialism in every piece. There is a true yin and yang of masculine and feminine design and qualities. She uses a combination of assembly and metal-smithing in all her work. She loves to incorporate different techniques to keep things interesting. Sometimes she is inspired by hardware and assembly, and sometimes she just wants the raw piece of metal to speak. In any case, she makes almost everything by hand. The Crow Jane aesthetic combines organic findings with machined elements. She uses shapes of ancient cultures to create a geometric expression of the dichotomy between nature and industry. Jessica is Crow Jane Jewelry in every sense.

So what does all this have to do with your wedding? Well, I think you would look damn good walking down the isle wearing one, or many, of her unique pieces. Thinking about getting gifts for the gals in your wedding party? I don’t know too many women that don’t love jewelry, especially jewelry this stunning.

product photos by: Crow Jane Jewelry
all other photos by: Amanda Baker Photography