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About a third of the time, my couples live in another state and in order to get to know one another before the wedding, we rely on a few phone calls and maybe a skype get together.  Every time I talked with Faith throughout the year, I thought to myself how positive and gracious she was and how happy I was to have been connected with these two.  Even after a brief conversation with her dad over the phone about logistics, I could tell that he loved his daughter very much.  I knew this would be a good wedding.

The wedding was on the most beautiful sunny day in early November.  One of my favorite photos of the day was made by my guest second shooter for the day, Wichita photojournalist Craig Hacker.  He found a great hidden spot up front and captured the sweet way that Faith and Julian look at each other.  I felt like it was a very “them” moment, a look that a saw several times throughout the day, but Craig captured it for them in the context of standing up at the altar, about to begin married life together.  The reception was a non stop dance party, fueled by this super-fun cover band that I saw for the first time, The Patrick Lentz Band.

Thank you Faith and Julian for inviting me to be a part!  Here are a few highlights…

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I adore Emery and Miles.  I adored them the first meeting we had at my house, I adored them the night we took engagement pictures and drank wine outside at their house.  I adore the quirky faces that they make at each other, and what kind, good-hearted people both of them are.  I love their style and how both of them love their family more than anything else.

When I left this wedding at the end of the night, I had one solid thought on my mind.  That one of my favorite expereinces about my job is not only falling in love with people but falling in love with whole families.  Getting in on their stories to the point that when I see a moment happen between two people that I know have a history, it often makes me cry and I feel like I have captured a a precious rare gem.  I felt this was shooting that day.  I am so thankful that I got to know you two and be delighted by your presence and get acquainted with the love you have for each other.  Here is a peek at some favorites…

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Nov 28, 2013
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At the end of the night when the reception was over, I was on the elevator with Kristin and Peter, and I said to them, “You guys know that every single one of your guests has never been to a wedding like this, right?”  These two created this amazing experience where everything was special.  From the Soul band flown in from their old home New Orleans to the surprise  Second Line at the end of the night, this wedding had everyone, including me, feeling like we were being given a gift.

One of the images that I think typifies Kristin and Peter and how endearing they are as a couple is a scenario that played out at least three or four times on their wedding day: Kristin overcome with feeling (as she is so often and I LOVE that about her), and Pete with a big smile looking at her with a mix of  a supportive”I got you” and an affectionate half-laughing smile.   The style and fun and beauty of this wedding alone would be inspirational enough to shoot, but the with all of the depth and heart in these moments, it was really outstanding.  May you enjoy your first Thanksgiving as a married couple, and may you be overwhelmed with the good things  you have together.  Much love, bec.

A special thanks to my substitute second photographer, Brandon Parigo.  Brandon is one of the best storytellers I know, a great friend, and I was so thankful for his presence and images that day!

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Nov 21, 2013
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I often tell people that the only advice I have for wedding days is that they try to be fully present in each moment, accepting and experiencing them for what they are.  Anne and Ryan seemed remarkably able to do this.  With no expectations, just letting things come,  their day was absolutely full of deep beautiful moments.  As I documented the day along with Jewel and film maker David Fiser, we continually looked at each other in astonishment of the love between Anne and Ryan.  It was so emotional, and so touching.

I really love these two.  They are hilarious, kind, and admirable.  I’m so glad that we go to the same church so that I can see them often.  Here is a first peek.  Slideshow coming soon you two!

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When Kelsey and Joe decided to get married in Estes Park, they could have never imagined that their wedding would be right in the heart of what was called Estes’ “500 Year Flood”.  Every road into Estes was eventually shut down, some of them washed away by the flood.  All cell service and landlines were out for two days, there was no gasoline, and all visitors were being asked to evacuate the town.  The hardest part for Kelsey and Joe was worrying about their loved ones who were in transit through the storm with no communication.  But here is why it is a happy story.  When things go wrong at weddings, all of the “stuff” is stripped away, and what remains is the love between the couple and the love that surrounds them.  The day of the rehearsal dinner, the restaurant was forced to close because of flooding, but family and friends forged the whole town for a place to gather.  Joe’s sister found a beautiful vacant mountain home and another relative whipped up dinner for 40 people in 5 hours.  The 12 piece band couldn’t get in to Estes, so family stepped up and played DJ all night from a laptop.

When Kelsey and I talked months before the wedding, she said she just really wanted people to have a good time and for people to see the love that they share.  The day of the wedding, the sun came out for the first time in a week, and Kelsey and Joe read their vows to each other to the guests that were there, and everybody cried, and it was one of the most moving ceremonies I’ve seen all year.  In the end, both Kelsey and Joe say that the only thing that mattered is that they got to get married.  I am in love with these two and their families.  It was a wedding that was fun and beautiful and unforgettable.  Here are some favorites…
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Oct 14, 2013
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The first time I met them, Brandi and Ray came and sat on my couch and told me about their story, some of what they had been through individually and together, and how Brandi was thrilled to not only be marrying Ray, but also making a commitment to his three amazing kids.  They told me how they fell in love leading worship together at their church and how deep the connection was to fall in love while playing music and worshiping together.  I knew Brandi and I were kindred spirits in that we are both such feelers and self-proclaimed lovers of “cheesy” sentimental things. I loved getting seeing Ray with his kids on the wedding day.  He is such a good dad.  Whenever I photograph weddings where kids are around, I think how special it is that these couples will get to look back on the day and have their kids there.  Brandi also has an amazing family, and seeing her mom and dad dance all night out there with their four grown kids made me so excited for the family life that I have to look forward to.

The wedding was held at the church where Brandi’s parents and grandparents were married, and the reception was on Brandi’s mom and dad’s beautiful land out in the country.

Thank you guys for being so wonderful.  It was an absolute honor and pleasure to be a part of your lives this year.  Here is your first peek!

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Looking back through Cassie and Tyler’s wedding day, the word that keeps coming to mind is FUN.  There was a lot of hilarity happening all day, perfectly balanced by the most sincere and intimate ceremony.  They say people start to look more like each other the longer they are together.  Cassie and Tyler’s expressions already match.  I saw it happen over and over all day long.  Another thing that stuck with me was how these two completely made the day what they wanted it to be.  They didn’t seem to succumb to the pressure of the “should do”, as many people do when planning a wedding.  This was most evident at the cocktail hour.  Cassie and Tyler had made these really fun yard games for people to play at the rooftop cocktail party.  When cocktail hour was over and all of the guests headed down to the ballroom, they felt like staying to play more yard games.  So they did.  It was their party and they enjoyed it exactly how they wanted to.  I found that so refreshing.

You guys have been the most wonderful to work with, you have always given me complete freedom and it has been so fun to photograph you.  I have loved getting to know you and see a couple as crazy for each other as you two are.  Here’s a first peek!

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There is something really remarkable about a wedding where all of the guests can fit at one table.  Danielle and Travis got married on a Thursday at The Farmhouse restaurant in the River Market.

When there are less than 30 people listening to a couple exchange vows, it feels so intimate that it’s almost like they are making these promises to each other in the comfort and familiarity of their own living room.

Danielle and Travis share a love for calm quiet spaces like this.  I also learned from my time with them, about their shared love of design, photography, and vintage things.  They are a really great balance of best friend, and complimenting counterpart.

I got to see them together for a day, and then look back through all of the glances, and all of their ways with each other.  When I look back through the photos, that’s often what solidifies my view of the unique connection in a couple.  In Danielle and Travis, one of the words that first comes to mind is respect.  Respect in the action sense.  Danielle and Travis seem to have a deference and sensitivity to one another that is more mature that couples who have been married for years.    They both have kindness in their eyes.  They do like quiet, but all day long, they laughed big and loud with each other and their friends.

I was so happy to have my friend and gifted photographer Dave Lueck shooting with me that day.  Thank you Danielle and Travis for choosing us.  We were honored to be a part of your beautiful day.

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I met Daniel’s family several years ago through my sister-in-law.  I knew that they were a really special family, and got to know them better through photographing the oldest sister, Mary’s wedding.  The love in this family of four kids makes me want to be in a big family.  They have been through lots of good times, and some really hard times too, and it’s evident that they lean on each other and that they are deeply bonded.

I had also heard about Audrey, Daniel’s long-time girlfriend.  And that she was a gem.

I love the way Audrey carries Daniel’s burdens.  Daniel lost his dad a few years ago, and there was no doubt that everyone was missing him that day.  He was a very beloved father and husband.  As the wedding approached, I talked with Audrey a few times and Daniel’s dad came up, and Audrey would just cry.  Because it was her pain, but it seemed even more that she was crying for Daniel’s pain.  I can tell by Audrey’s friendships and by the way she is with Daniel that she is one of those people that will stand by your side for the long haul.

And I love the way Daniel supports Audrey and sometimes lightens that load she carries.  I was so moved by the way Daniel comforted Audrey as she cried through their first dance.  When she was stressed, he dissipated it with a smile or a joke.

It was also a joy getting to know Audrey’s family that day.  I swear, Audrey’s mom and dad danced all night long!  Her dad even learned how to do the Dougie!  I just love people who wear their heart on their sleeve and the Bureman’s laugh loud, cry hard, dance hard, and love deeply.

Thank you all for letting me into your lives.  With love…

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Jul 15, 2013

I love that Cassie wore a simple tank top for our engagement session.  I love that on their honeymoon, Cassie and Tyler plan to spend a good part of it hiking.  I love that Cassie loves yellow so much, the color of sunshine and happiness.

There are all different kinds of couples that fall and love and that work.  One of the types is the sort of soul-mate type.  Finish- each- others- sentences kind of connection.  Honestly, it’s a rare thing to see.  I love that Cassie and Tyler get to experience that in each other.  And that they would rather be with each other than anyone else.  That is a treasure.

For their engagement session, they took me to one of their favorite spots to hang out- the dog beach, with their little doggie Lucy.  Here is a look at our time together…

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