Surprise Proposal in Breckenridge | Kyle and Margi

In less than a month, Kyle and Margi will say their “I do’s” in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Knowing the two of them, the day will be easy-going, full of fun and dripping in love. I thought for today’s post, I would show you a little about their engagement.

Kyle contacted me because he wanted to have his proposal to girlfriend, Margi captured on film while they were vacationing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. After many calls to get the day setup just perfectly, they arrived at Sapphire Point in Breckenridge. If you know the point, you know it’s awe-inspiring but you also know there are not a ton of places to “hid out” except for the bathrooms. So I hid behind them being careful to be as quiet as I could so she wouldn’t see me. She had no idea – they never do – they are so lost in the beauty of the moment you could be standing right next to them. I love that about love. It completely envelopes you in the moment.

After the proposal, Kyle gave away the secret (that I was there) and we spent the next hour playing in the snow and capturing their personalities. I hope you enjoy the images…

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Day Gone to the Dogs and Cats | Denver Pet Photography

So I am a self-professed lover of dogs (and cats, and pretty much all animals). Their zeal and zest for life is totally intoxicating! Here is a quick shoot I did for some friends  – Duncan, is the Basset Hound and Thorp, is the German Shepard and the cats, they are the cats in my alley I have been caring for for the past 5 years.  D&T_1D&T_2D&T_3

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Vail Engagement Photography | Kat & Kaitlin | Winter in Vail

Vail is a place I work often and a place I love deeply. When Kat first called me to do a session with her and her girlfriend Kaitlin in Vail, I was of course excited.  Winter time is so special in Vail – The quiet serenity, the tourists enjoying the snow, the relaxed nature of the locals and the beauty of the mountains.

These girls were just my style. Easy-going, funny, loving and adventurous. At no time did they say, “You want me to what?” – I ADORE that. Colorado was having a cold spell that week and it was really cold that day but they were game for anything – even the sign that said mountain lion’s spotted in the area didn’t phase them.

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Couture Bridal Show | April 11, 2014

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Celebrate Your Style  of getting married

Set to be contrary to the average bridal show; enjoy the collision of a cocktail mixer, a bridal show and a designer trunk show all rolled into one. Marvel at one of a kind GOWNS while enjoying fantastic FOOD and electrifying LIBATIONS. Brides and grooms will have the opportunity to talk to the top wedding industry insiders about how they can take their wedding from average to extraordinary.

The Couture Bridal Show will have a curated collection of Colorado’s PREMIER bridal resources in floral, venues, sweets, catering, photography, paper, entertainment and much more.

Fashion Show, Libations, SKY LOUNGE, Live Music, Food, Prizes and more…    Gift bags full of promotions and peaks and a LUXURY raffle.

Soiree begins: April 11, 2014 from 6:00-9:30 PM                   At: Denver Post Events Venue –  101 W Colfax  Denver, CO 80202

Hosted by: Denver Life Magazine, L Elizabeth Events and Denver Post Events Venue

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Wedding Wars 2014 – Who won?

In January, Rocky Mountain Bride, GoBreck and Baldoria on the Water sponsored the Wedding Wars Bridal Show. This is our second annual event and we loved it even more than the first time. My favorite bridal show, I’ve created, to date!! Here is what a fellow wedding professional said about the show ”

“There are bridal shows, and then there are bridal SHOWS! Straight up – some bridal shows are huge and can be daunting to take on! There is a wealth of information, but they can definitely be overwhelming. I remember going to those shows as a bride and feeling trapped. There were so many people, all moving in one direction, and I couldn’t move the other way, even if I really wanted to!

I hate being forced to go somewhere that I don’t want to go. I hate feeling trapped. I knew that I felt that way as a bride, and I have really focused on being a part of the smaller, more boutique bridal shows as a wedding professional. I MUCH prefer the smaller shows – these amazing collaborations of talented professionals, where brides get to see some firsthand wedding inspiration. Doable ideas, things that can inspire them to build the wedding of their dreams.

And that, my friends, is what Wedding Wars is. I have now had the privilege of being a part of Wedding Wars for two years now, and I love it every time! The couples have a chance to actually TALK with people and get ideas, and they get to vote for their favorite setup.”

Well, we didn’t want to keep you all in suspense about what all the inspired creations (wedding vignettes) looked like and who won the WARS!

 

Dark Debutante made their debut – a sultry New Orleans Speakeasy

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Manhattan Glam showed us the classic beauty of the city can be found just about anywhere

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Land of OZ created a theatrical look full of yummy details and elegant whimsy (our runner-up)

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And finally our WEDDING WARS WINNER – Tuscany, by Land, by Sea gave us a glimpse into the simple beauty of community, food and love

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We hope you were inspired by all the wedding vignettes. Here are the vendors who made each one possible:

TEAM TUSCANY

Planner – L Elizabeth Events, Laura Pearson

Floral – Bella Calla, Lilli Black

Catering – All Love Catering, Cole Crocker

Photo – Rayna McGinnis Photography, Rayna McGinnis

Paper – Lexisworks, Lexis Krieg

Gelato – Pacuigo’s, Kevin Kepler

Wedding Cake – The Dessert Stand, Britney Turk

Wedding Dress – Little White Dress

Tuxedo – Denver Tux, Rick Bender

Chairs – Chairs with Character, Nancy Sartin

Music & Lighting – McKinney Entertainment, Diana McKinney

Makeup Artist – Pretty Bride Shop, Nicole Ramirez

Hair Stylist – Hayley Styles, Hayley Johnson

Models – Kirsten Iona and Ryan Daley

 

TEAM LAND OF OZ

Planner – Events by MAG, Meghan Gutteron

Photography – Brooke Summer Photography, Brooke Summer & Amy Bakke

Floral – Flowers Forever Design, Courtney Cochetas

Custom Dressmaker – Brooks LTD, Brooks Luby

Makeup Artist – Pretty Bride Shop, Nicole Ramirez

Party Rentals – RC Special Events, Janna McRill

Wedding Cake – The Dessert Stand, Britney Turk

Tuxedo – Denver Tux, Rick Bender

Music & Lighting –  Skyline Productions, Eric Bernal

Invitations – DulceyMade Designs, Dulcey Johnson

Hair Stylist – Hayley Styles, Hayley Johnson

Models – Brenda Archer & Maurice Washington

 

TEAM MANHATTAN GLAM

Planner – Colorado Aisle, Anne Herbert

Music – Resonance Duo, Daniel Kent

Photo – Elizabeth Cryan Photography, Liz Cryan

Catering – Sava Catering, Lana Zimdars

Décor – Seated Elegance, Margret Larned

Floral – Timeless Floral and Events, Carrie Bousfield

Wedding Dress – Little White Dress

Makeup Artist – Pretty Bride Shop, Nicole Ramirez

Hair Stylist – Hayley Styles, Hayley Johnson

Models – Lana Cordier Shelton and Kaitlin

 

TEAM DARK DEBUTANTE

Planner – Hourglass Productions, Lauren Smith

Photo – Urban Safari Photography, Ashley Kidder

Catering – A Perfect Bite Catering, Linda Shotton

Décor – Wright Group Event Services, Kinsley Phillips

Dresses – Little White Dress

Floral – Lalé Floral Designs, Stephanie Clark

Venue – Baldoria on the Water, Linda Shotton

Music & Lighting – JM Hyatt Entertainment, Daniel Hyatt

Chairs – Chairs with Character, Nancy Sartin

Makeup Artist – Pretty Bride Shop, Nicole Ramirez

Hair Stylist – Hayley Styles, Hayley Johnson

Models – Melissa Schans and Kinsley Phillips