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My best friend’s wedding

This summer I had the honor of photographing one of my best friend’s weddings. Always such an honor to be an integral part of a wedding day.

Julie has always said, “When I get married, you have to be my photographer.” OK!

And then this spring…the ring went on her finger, and I got the message, “You have to have September 28th open!” Sure enough, I did. Let the journey begin!

Prior to any wedding day, I like to participate in the planner or coordinator’s final walk through. It is a great opportunity to get everyone on the same page. Walk throughs help me understand unique logistics and intricate details of the day, which in turn helps me organize photos throughout the day.

Julie assembled a great team of vendors, and we had a great final walkthrough. Everything was coming together perfectly! On our way home from the venue we finished up photo related conversations. Julie got really quiet and serious, “I am so sorry you are having to do all this work. I feel bad, I should have just hired a different photographer. I wish you could just relax and be a guest. I want you to enjoy yourself!”

I smiled and said, “Ask me what I enjoy.” She did. I told her when given the choice, I would rather be a photographer at a wedding over being a guest. I get to see your day in a way no one else does. I get to be with you all day; not just watch from afar, hoping to talk to you for a couple of minutes. It felt really great to see my best friend exhale. She thought she was making me work when I am supposed to be celebrating. Being a wedding photographer is not work, or is it a job. For me, being an integral part of a wedding day IS my way to CELEBRATE.

These are the moments that only I get to see, moments that bring me happiness. I believe if I wasn’t there to capture it, no one else would get to see it either. As I sit here editing Julie’s wedding, these are the moments I felt most privileged to witness and now, share.

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I’ve said it before, that one of my favorite moments of the day is the first photograph of the bride. Every bride glows on her wedding day. In this moment captured above, I believe I said something like, “Honey, you are getting married today!” Julie exhaled, and gave me this smile. It will forever be burned into my mind, just how beautiful my friend was on her wedding day.

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There are so many images of Julie and Seth that I love. This one in particular seems to describe them best, to me anyway. I can hear Julie’s laugh as she looks at her almost husband.

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The last few moments with Dad and his little girl is one I will always cherish. I love watching the dynamics. Sometimes the moment is too emotional and they won’t look at each other, and other times I get really sweet glances…like I did Julie and her father.

Julie, thank you for allowing me to be your photographer, and giving me the gift of witnessing such intimate moments of your day. You are beautiful inside and out.

Congratulations to you and Seth!

MUCH LOVE

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Mountain Air

There is something about the mountain air that brings my blood pressure down, it is so relaxing!!

Aaron and I spent last weekend hiking and hanging out in Telluride. SO BEAUTIFUL! Everywhere you look are stunning views.

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As a Denver girl, I spend a lot of time in the Front Range and Summit County, which I love. I honestly thought all of the Rocky Mountains looked similar. The San Juan range in southwest Colorado are much steeper, coupled with mesas, bluffs, and cliffs. So different, and beautiful in their own way.

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What I appreciated most about Telluride, beyond the breathtaking views, is the town’s intense intent on maintaining the integrity of the town’s look and feel.  In 1964 the core town of Telluride was put on the National Historic Landmark District registry. An honor the town takes very seriously. Their architecture, traditional design, open space, and small mountain town feel are all very much intact.  The valley floor open space as you approach Telluride will always remain, leaving little room for expansion, and therefore limiting real estate for a fortunate few. The town has done a great job to maintain their small scale, everything is walkable, and pedestrian friendly.  I think the best decision to keep cars out, is the free gondola connecting Telluride to Mountain Village (at the top of Telluride Ski Resort).  The Green Gondola Project transports the public between the two towns saving an average of 2 million cars a year from driving the 8 mile trip, and cuts travel time to a matter of minutes. And of course the ride is stunning!

Aaron and I had an awesome time! And of course, cannot wait to get back. Also, a big thank you to Hotel Madeline for hosting us!

MUCH LOVE!

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more about our trip can be found on my personal blog Rewired Life.