Two thousand and seventeen was an incredible year: busy, successful, and fun.
I can honestly say that there was no real "bad" part of this past year. Trials? Yes. Stressful times? Yep. A little heartache? Definitely. But God is good and following His plan this year gave me peace and drive to finish strong. We started the year with a bang at Karen and Ed's beautiful Arrowhead Golf Club wedding and ended the year just two days ago at Allison and Jeremiah's elegant winter wedding at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. 2017 was a year of growth, focus on client experience, and tons and tons of photographs.
In June, Brian and I took a quick roadtrip through southwest Colorado, stopping along the way to see Maroon Bells, Great Sand Dunes, beautiful Molas Pass and Silverton, and finishing with a B&B stay in Palisade for a wine tasting afternoon. In July, we ventured up to Grand Teton National Park for our annual camping trip and two weeks later drove across half the country to visit the family cabin in Washington.
In August, I secretly booked a trip to Jamaica over Thanksgiving to surprise Brian for his 40th birthday. It was a HUGE success, he was completely speechless upon the big trip reveal 12 hours prior to flying out to Montego Bay. If you didn't see the video, check it out here!
We were blessed with a summer of travel and rad couples to keep us busy! Brian started his second year of teaching and I embraced the crazy fall season head on and survived to tell the story, shooting 15 weddings and 22 sessions in 3 months.
I'd been dreaming of putting together a collection of my favorite images from this year's weddings and can finally sit down and breathe long enough to do it! Often I find myself stuck in the focus rut of the "pretty" parts of a wedding: flowers, details, the dress, the venue. But sitting back and thinking through each amazing wedding from this year and I'm filled with emotion remembering the moments: the groom seeing his bride for the first time, a twinkle of tear in a bride's dad's eye as he gives his daughter away, the explosive joy of walking back down the aisle after being announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs, the crazy elation of getting down on the dance floor! These moments are what are remembered for a lifetime, told as stories to children and grandchildren.
So here's 2017. The best of the best. My favorite images from every aspect of a wedding. I'm so excited to share these! HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome aboard, 2018.
Tapestry House (top left)
Spruce Mountain Ranch (top right)
Brookside Gardens (bottom)
BRIDE & GROOM