When we first met over beers at Grimm Brothers Brewing, I knew these two were totally my kind of people. Madi and Brandon are down-to-earth, adventurous, and share common interests. They are both geologists and even have a cat named Granite. So perfect!
These two asked if we could take their engagement photos in the Cripple Creek area, at a historical headframe location. Hello?! YES PLEASE! We decided to meet downtown Victor for a few mining town photos before driving up to the Theresa Mine site.
The history in this area is rich. The Theresa Mine was owned and operated by a number of mining companies from 1895 to 1961. Records indicate that the mine produced over $2,500,000 in gold or over 120,000 troy ounces, when gold sold for 20.67 per ounce. The three-compartment Theresa shaft was developed to a depth of 1,620 feet. The entire surface plant was destroyed by fire in 1934. The headframe was replaced with the present steel structure and the plant was upgraded with a metal hoist house, a metal ore house incorporated into the headframe structure. Additional exploration, carried out in 1961, failed to give promising results for production and led to the final closure of the Theresa Mine.
It's always a treat when couples want to represent and reflect their personalities and relationship. We explored around the Mine area, swapping stories and laughs. These two were all smiles and love during their photos. It was a breath of fresh air for this photographer!
Here are a few of my favorites from their session. I can't wait for their summer wedding at Younger Ranch!