And the Thunder Rolled

Tara and Paul recently had their one year wedding anniversary! Congratulations to these two! Now. Their wedding was quite memorable as it started out like any June day in Colorado. It was beautiful and sunny. They had their wedding at the Crystal Rose venue in Highlands Ranch. We went outside to have group photos before hand and everything was going just to plan. Paul and his boy’s were having a blast jumping over fences, and the girls were all chatting in the dressing room.

5 minutes before the ceremony was going to start (Bridal party was getting lined up to go out side) and a HUGE – I’m talking HUGE clap of thunder erupts overhead. And then the power went out. (Like I said, typical June day in Colorado). But the generators kicked in and the staff at the Crystal Rose did a speedy turn-around and in less than 10 minutes we were ready for the ceremony – now inside. It was great, and as always, the storm passed and we were able to do more portraits outside right after the ceremony, with the beautiful “after-the-rain light.”

The night continued with an awesome  slide show of embarrassing photos, cake cutting, and some crazy dancing. What a fun time that night was! Truly an unforgettable event! Congrats you two on a year of marriage!

Photo by Heather Smith

Photo by Heather Smith

 

Photo by Heather Smith

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Rain is good luck and great lighting!

Adam and Lily had a romantic, rainy day in Evergreen for their wedding. These two are too much fun! – Seriously, when you get the whole Bridal Party out on a deck in the rain running in circles, how can you not love them?

I met these two back in March when we had their engagement session. And from the second we started shooting, I could hardly wait for their big day. These two are so comfortable together. They have amazing chemistry between them and I am so excited I got to capture that! The rain did not dampen their spirits at all, if anything, it only added to their personalities.

Congratulations you two on your marriage!

Photo By Isaac Small

 

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

And all that Jazz

Time flies by so quickly! It amazes me that it has already been a year since the epic cake-smashing even of Dominic and Shannon’s wedding! I love going back through photos of past weddings, and theirs was a beautiful one. They got married on CU’s campus. It was a beautiful day, with a few sprinkles but the light was amazing and Shannon came prepared with an adorable umbrella. I loved her dress and of course Dominic’s shoes topped it all off.

Happy first anniversary to you guys!

Photo by Leah Millis

Photo by Leah Millis

Photo By Leah Millis

Photo by Leah Millis

High Gear and Senioritis

Well. May has been quite the busy month! So many things going on its hard to keep up! Especially in the blog world perhaps I’ve had a tad case of Seniorits on Blogging. But I have a slight break these next few days to catch up on the month.

Lots of great moments have been happening for so many great people in my life. I would like to take the time to introduce you to a few of my seniors that I shot for senior portraits last year. They are now graduates of high school! I look forward to seeing where they go in their lives and what great things they will do for our world. They, along with me are now in high gear!

Emma I have known for almost all her life. It still shocks me that she is now going off to college! But I am so glad I was there to see her walk at Conifer’s graduation.

Spencer’s shoot was a blast. He got all suited up and we went into the middle of a field and did James Bond style photos.

Brian’s mom also works at Conifer so he had the chance to pose with his mom right after getting his diploma.

   

Sara had an amazing shoot. We waited till there were fall colors for her’s. And her shoot was SO colorful! It was beautiful – and a blast!

Part of being in a small town is that you know everyone. Well Tyler and AJ I’ve known since the T-Ball days. Lots of memories with these two boy. And no matter where I go in life or where they do. I think we will always have a bond over Duct Tape.

Now to Alyssa. She has been a member of our family for the last 3, almost 4 years. I was so happy I got to shoot her graduation ceremony. She is an awesome person and though we have had many photo shoots together, her senior portraits were for sure one of the most memorable! It was pouring down rain. Not your normal Colorado rainstorm. We both figured we’d just reschedule the portraits and just have a fun shoot in the rain. We drove to Denver (very slowly as visibility was terrible) and got to the park she chose. That park was the ONLY place in Denver that was not being rained on – not joking – But it worked out perfect. She got beautiful “after rain” light, and even a small rainbow.

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS Class of 2011

Make it count.

Love you all,

Cora

❤ Love to all who were there for Craig ❤

Lets celebrate mothers!

Mother’s day has come and gone. Though I don’t understand why there is just one day set aside for the mothers in our lives. I suppose there needs to be one day set so we all remember to get things and show out appreciation because lives are so busy otherwise. But honestly, for mothers, it’s kids day everyday. Can you imagine if there was only one day set aside where our moms appreciate us? Humm…. We don’t like it so much when the tables are turned.

I got to celebrate Kelsey’s baby shower with her last month. This is her’s and Shane’s first baby and they are going to have a little girl in August. The party was decked out in Duck theme and these ladies had so much fun! Congrats to Kelsey and Shane! Can’t wait to see her!

Adventure of love, cooking and Gypsies

Happy Anniversary to Kristi and Zac!

These two have had quite the adventure since they tied the knot last May Day! I’ve been fortunate to hang out with them several times over the last year both in Colorado and in Georgia where they now live. Kristi has continued in her passion for cooking (check out her blog Home Sweet Georgia) and Zac is following his dream as sports editor for a paper in Windsor county outside of Athens, GA. The most exciting part?  I will get to see them even more this year as they will soon be welcoming the newest addition to their family in September! Baby shower and Maternity shots will be happening this summer!!!!

Happy first year of married adventures to two of my good friends!!

Black and White with a pop!

Prom time is here again and this was the last year I got to photograph my brother and Alyssa getting ready! They were quite the stunning couple this year. What a fun day, and it didn’t SNOW! CRAZY!!!!!

Photo by Isaac Small


Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

One Year of adventure!

A year ago I was one lucky photographer and friend who got to document the wedding of Chris and Adriana. That was a fun, but slightly chilly day in Pueblo. We might have frozen the bridal party during the group photos … maybe. 😉

Happy Anniversary to Chris and Adriana!

So excited to be married!

Boys walking like the Beatles on the way to the ceremony from the hotel.

Adriana’s sister watching her closely. She was one happy flower girl!

Opening prayer for the ceremony.

Taking some down time on the couch … In the bathroom.

Can you say an awesome bridal party? Too much fun was had … even though they were freezing!

This is still the best Father-Daughter dance I’ve seen. Coordinated and everything!

Happy Anniversary to you two Beautiful people. Thank you for letting me capture these moments.

 

Chris and Adriana are also now the proud parents of little Leila. They have such a beautiful family and I’m so happy I’ve been able to follow them a long over this last year.

And one from Adriana’s Maternity Shoot. Had to include Little Leila too!

Who needs a hat? Its Georgia

For the past few weeks I’ve been in Georgia and Alabama visiting friends and family. I left Colorado looking forward to the “warmer” temperatures and not having to worry about snow. I grabbed a sweater and a sweatshirt thinking I’d be fine. January 9th, the night I was supposed to return to Denver a massive snowstorm decided to hit both Denver and Atlanta. Instead of worrying about being stranded in the Atlanta airport for 3 days I changed my flight to come home the next Sunday. And I am so glad I did! It has been a blast covering this major snow storm in the south.

Ok. Yes. It is a major storm. No, I’m not being a sissy. I’m a Colorado-grown mountain girl. I’ve been in plenty of blizzards, I’ve had to drive to school in a 12″ of snow because they didn’t call a snow day. in the winter, 20 degrees is considered warm.

But it is different in the South. They are not at all equipped to handle snow. Let alone almost nine inches. Nine inches of wet snow. That has two inches of ice on top of it.

Here are just a few photos from the storm. Check out the online gallery at the Athens Banner-Hearld for some more images from the storm coverage.

Three Things Thursday

THREE THINGS THURSDAY

Three things about… Your Favorite Season

 

This is difficult. I love all seasons for different reasons. But Honestly, my favorite thing about the seasons is when it changes. It’s so exciting and new. Each season brings a new phase.

But my favorite season would have to be Spring.

1. Spring brings the promise of life. It brings flowers. That first glimpse of green, poking out from the once cold, frozen earth is the best feeling in the world. The Earth awakes from its long winter nap and we get to experience the beauty of it. And I tell ya, the Earth sure is a morning person! I must also say, that my favorite place to be during springtime is not the mountains. When I moved to Denver for school I remember being in complete awe of the trees on campus that actually bloomed! Trees that bloom are truly one of the most beautiful things.

2. Spring brings warmth. Once spring hits, you can feel the warmth in the air. A slight taste of the summer to come. Though it is still chilly, it is a different feel than that of the raw autumn chill. I love warmth, and just that slight change makes me smile.

3. Spring has the most amazing smells. It has the smell of freshly tilled soil, where seeds were just planted. It has the amazing, sweet smell of bearded iris as you stroll down the street. Spring brings the smell of rain (and yes most of the time snow as well). It has the scent of hope, of love, of beauty.