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Category Archives: Fashion & Style

{Lafayette Family Photographer} Meet the Pettigrew Family!

I’m happy to report that I’ve found a much faster way to blog my images than ever before.  Hopefully with this, I’ll bring to you more of my sessions.  You might have thought that I’ve climbed into a dark hole and been hibernating for the fall & winter, but it’s been the opposite!  I’ve been so blessed to photograph almost 30 families, this fall alone making it our busiest Lifestyle session season to date.  I can’t take all the credit though, as the ridiculous creative and talented, Jill Carter of Common Couture, and I have teamed up this past year to bring my clients an extra added value!   She’s brought not only amazing wardrobe styling, hair and makeup, but complete set styling too!  She has such an incredible grace upon her to help bring out the beauty in others, and with my desire to capture that beauty in people…well we’ve made quite a team.  Here is just one of the sessions below.  However, this family portrays a special beauty with out any help from us!

The Pettigrews have been waiting over 3 years for this little Christmas miracle, Lily Grace!  They were finally granted their visas this past fall to fly to Korea and meet their daughter for the first time.  This beautiful story of adoption makes my heart overjoyed!  A special thanks to everyone who purchased prints during the month of October, as 10% of the proceeds went to helping “Bring Lily Home.”  Carol was made to be a mother, and just lights up with Lily  or LG, as they like to call her, is in her arms.  Dennis has never smiled, as much as he does now.  This family of 3 is finally complete, and the best present they could ever have asked for, eachother!  Congrats Pettigrew Family!  Thanks for allowing me to capture your family.  A special thanks to Jill of Common Couture for complete styling of wardrobe, hair, makeup and set!  Contact me today to set up your family session at shannon@centeravenueimaging.com or 720.837.4183  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

{Denver Wedding Photographer} Wedding at the Oxford Hotel, Denver, CO…

I don’t always get around to blogging weddings that I second shoot for, but this one is way past due, and a must see.  Not only was the wedding spectacular,but the couple was super fun and dashing too!  If you’re looking for a wedding photographer and I’m not available for your date, then I would highly recommend Jared Wilson, who I’ve had the honor of photographing along side for a number of top notch weddings, Ryan and Jessica’s being one such event, with florals and design by rockstar, Stacy Pisani, Denver wedding planner with Alexan Events. If you’re a bride, who loves the color purple, then you’re going to dig this wedding!  The couple was so laid back and a breeze to photograph, while the details and floral arrangements were easily some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!  Now onto some of the details from the day.

Ryan and the groomsmen getting ready..gotta love chuck taylors!

Love this image of the guys!

Most adorable flower girl....aren't they all?

Here are the bridesmaids on their way to get formal photographs taken.  Charlie, on your left, did an amazing job on the ladies makeup and you may remember from Kevin & Kristen’s wedding.

Isn't Jessica stunning?

Love the slow shutter in this one...such a happy accident!

This one, taken inside Union Station is so much fun! Props to Jared for setting it up.

Some details from the reception!

Congrats Jessica & Ryan on a beautiful day complete with rainbow!

{Vail Destination Wedding Photographer} Wedding at the Arrabelle with Mark and Lindsey…

I realize I’m a few months behind on posting these weddings, but with the end of summer came training and finishing my first half marathon, which I was really excited about! Then I became pregnant with our 2nd child, then there was Christmas, and now after deciding not to sell our house and build a new one, I finally have a little bit of time on my hands. With that said, I was fortunate enough to photograph along the amazing James Christianson this summer up in Vail at the new Annabelle resort, which is a little taste of Europe right in Vail Square. Mark and Lindsey were married at the top of Vail mountain and the lighting could not have been more perfect! There whole wedding had a very Pacific Northwest feel, which was very unique to the mountain landscape, but none the less had the aesthetics, beauty and greenery  suited there wedding day like a glove. Now onto some images from their day in July!

the groomsmen...

first look!

Their dog's name is Chloe, the same as my daughters, good thing she was cute too! On a side note I LOVE Lindsey's green shoes!

I love Vail...the wildflowers were in full bloom too.

the flower girls were too cute!

Love this image of the two of them!

The view from the top of Vail is stunning!

These two are perfect for each other! Mark just adores her.

back down the mountain in the Gondola with each wearing their daddy's jackets..

Details from the reception back at Arrabelle Resort..

sisters...

They also flew in an awesome 80's band from San Fran...check out this guys hair!

{Lafayette Wedding Photographer Trash The Dress} with Jackie…

Last week I had the chance to meet up with the uber sexy, styling and philanthropic Jackie!  She contacted me because, as she stated it, “I’m not the same person I was when I got married.  I went into marriage thinking that it was going to be a fairytale, so I had the big poofy white dress and the long train, but the day after wards I woke up and realized I was wrong.”  Jackie wanted a chance to wear her dress again, but this time, as a new more confident and radiant women.  Honestly, I haven’t seen pictures of Jax on her wedding day, but I think she’s even more gorgeous today!  I think all women should have a chance to do a “Trash the Dress” or “Day After Session,”  well in this case years after, but  sometimes I think it takes having the gift of marriage and years of growing and healing from our past to discover the true women that we are meant to be!  Now onto the photographs!

{Chatfield Botanical Gardens Wedding Photographer} Classic Style & Beauty at MHP workshop…

Last Tuesday was a beautiful fall day and the perfect setting for the Mile High Details Workshop.  There were so many amazing vendors and instructors that gave of their time and talent, please see the full list at the end of the post!  I love photographing with out the stress of the wedding day, and also why I do several “Day after” or “Trash the Dress” sessions, because with the right amount of time, light and subjects you can get images like these!  A special thanks to the following people along with Jess Berthold for putting together a great workshop!

Rock and Roll Bride Table:
Swank Stems
Gabby with Save the Date Events
Event Rents
Chair Covers & Linens

Visions of Sugar Plums Table:
AKHaydon Designs (flowers)
Emily Lenich, Particulars
Chair Covers & Linens

Models:
Wilhelmina Denver

Wedding Dresses:
Priscilla of Boston

Tux’s:
Al’s Formal Wear

Cake:
Intricate Icings

Styling:
Worthwhile style, Tina Gill
Makeup: Makeup by Janine
Hair and Makeup Girls and Curls
Hair: Jewels Grey

beauty & grace...

Setting by Emimly Lenich of Particulars

I loved her flinstone necklace!

This beautiful table was by Angie of Sapphire Celebrations!

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I wish I had these at my wedding!Beautiful!

Love the light in these!

this one too!

in love..

Fun!

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the lovely couple..

classic

stunning

{Manor House Wedding Photographer} Brent + Victoria

After a week solid of rain everyday, which is rare for Colorado, the sun broke through and it was the perfect afternoon for Brent and Victoria to tie the knot!  They had a beautiful ceremony in the foothills at the historical Manor House.  The views were gorgeous from every direction and included Denver, as the backdrop for the ceremony.  What was even more gorgeous than the views was Victoria, she was absolutely stunning!   Although Victoria’s family, who is from Columbia was unable to attend, due to their visas being denied, they were definitely there in spirit, and the friends and family in attendance made certain that Victoria felt loved!  Brent and Victoria couldn’t be more perfect for one another, and it was evident in the way they looked at each other through out the day.  Check back soon for their slideshow!

Kimberly of The Butler's Pantry did they incredible flower arrangments.


I love this shot that Wade got right after their first kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Johnson!

I don't think they could have been any happier!

Here is Victoria giving her mother in law a hug...so touching!

the groomsmen with Red Rocks in the background..

Check out some other additions to the bridal party...so cute!


being announced for the first time as husband and wife...I love weddings!

I'm not usually big on cake shots, but I thought this one was pretty interesting, my flash didn't fire & I got this gem!

Check out Gma & Gdad...they are way into line dancing!  Most adorable Grandad ever, except for mine of course!

A special shout out to The Master Piece Mobile DF for spinning some funky beats!

They did a traditional Columbian dance called the "Cumbia", which was awesome. Victoria even imported the fabric and made these add ons herself!

Brent and Victoria, thanks for allowing us to document your special day in a fun, chic and real style!  I hope you have a wonderful time in Columbia and continue the celebration!

Flowers By:  The Butler’s Pantry

DJ By: The Master Piece Mobile DJ

Event Coordinator: Kelly Case of The Manor House




{Estes Wedding Photographer at Della Terra} Brent & Lea say I do…

As I sit here I don’t even know how to begin talking about Brent & Lea’s wedding, because I felt like we were in a different world at the elegant and stunning Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park.  Not only did Wade & I photograph the wedding, but we were also fortunate to stay there too.  When we arrived there were warm cookies and the sweetest welcome gift from Lea & Brent…bubble bath and bath salts! Plus, the owners could not have been more accommodating and helpful during our stay.  A special thanks to Pam!

More often than not,  by the time I photograph my client’s weddings I feel like an old friend, Lea is actually a very dear friend,  dating back to our days in governor school and college, but you can read more about that here.  Lea’s sister, Carrie, is also my sister in law and not only made Lea’s gown, but hers as well!  She creates the most beautiful, awe inspiring creations, and if your in need of a custom gown for your wedding day, just drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with her!  So being there as the photographer, and friend was an added bonus, seeing as most of the guests in attendance were originally from Pittsburgh, we felt right at home.  It was a small intimate affair with the most superb swing band, flowers, people, affectionate bride and groom and yes, ice cream cakes! Who doesn’t LOVE icecream cake?

I know most brides smile a lot, but seriously, every time Lea looked at Brent she lit up and a huge grin covered her beautiful face…that is if they weren’t busy kissing ;)   Ok, I better post these images or else I could go on and on about how ridiculously adorable these two are together!  View their slideshow here!

One of my most favorite gown shots ever…the rooms here were incredible!

Lea looked breathtaking!

Gorgeous!!!

Brent & Lea chose to do a first look, which I highly recommend for my clients, as we're able to capture some beautiful images!

like this one that Wade took...he's such a rockstar! I'm so lucky he puts up with me :)

this was my view...

then there was the lovely ceremony...

here is Brent's mom...

There were some tender moments in the ceremony, but there were also some funny ones too! I wasn't sure if Brent's ring was going to go on.

Minutes after being announced as Mr. & Mrs. Ertz!

I love this image that Wade took!!

Then the party freshened up back in the room before we headed out for some more images in the Rocky Mt National Park.

It was very cold in the park, so we headed back a little early to catch the happy hour.

Lea, being polish danced with her dad to the Polka...she was rather surprised when her dad took off on the dance floor!

Congrats Lea & Brent!!  I’m so thrilled that you guys are living so close to us…no doubt there will be more parties, hiking and girl time together now that your living here Lea and not in Montana!


{Layfayette Family Photographer} Meet the Carters!

The Carter Family could easily grace the pages of the Anthropologies Christmas Catalog.  Each of them have a signature look that is no doubt timeless and beautiful.  There is no one word to sum up this family, as they are as much gracious, loving and caring as they are beautiful.  Meet them only one time & you’ll feel as though you’ve been part of their family for years!  Now onto our lifestyle session from Saturday!

meet Ava & Zeph...otherwise known as puppy ;)

meet Ava & Zeph...also known as puppy ;) they have the most beautiful colored eyes!

Ava loves her little puppy Zeph.

Ava loves her little puppy Zeph.

Jill loves her puppy too!

Jill loves her puppy too!

Ava has a wonderful imagination & I think she was looking at her invisible baby bird here.

Ava has a wonderful imagination & I think she was looking at her invisible baby bird here.

here she is with her baby bird outside..

here she is with her baby bird outside..

she didn't want to put her down, but later Adam offered to keep her safe in his pocket

she didn't want to put her down, but later Adam offered to keep her safe in his pocket

Zeph looking into the magical camera...

Zeph looking into the magical camera...

hugs..

hugs..

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play time..

play time..

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i love this series...

i love this series...

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love this image...so romantic with the sun flair!

love this image...so romantic with the sun flair!

Jill & Adam like to have fun too! Jill's laughter is contagious.

Jill & Adam like to have fun too! Jill's laughter is contagious.

This image is incredible..Jill is such a classic beauty & it's no doublt that Ava is following in her mom's footsteps.

This image is incredible..Jill is such a classic beauty & it's no doublt that Ava is following in her mom's footsteps.

this field is right in their back yard at Anna's Farms...I love the one lone tree.

this field is right in their back yard at Anna's Farms...I love the one lone tree.

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My job doesn't get much better than this!

My job doesn't get much better than this!

Thank you Carter family for allowing me to document your beautiful family!

{Westminster Wedding Photographer} Bridal Portrait Session @ Castle in Westminster, CO…

To say that I LOVE my job is such an understatement, especially when I have clients like Anh & Kevin who seriously know how to rock it when it comes to style & having fun!  They are getting married next month, but wanted to do a pre-wedding portrait session, so that they could have a few fun & chic prints to display at their ceremony.  We had an incredible time exploring the grounds of what used to be Westminster College.  It is such a quaint and charming location and served as the perfect back drop for our bridal portrait session!  Anh,  I can’t believe I get to photograph you not once, but twice in your wedding gown!  We’re going to have so much fun next month!  Now onto one of my favorite couple sessions of the YEAR!

inside the castle..
inside the castle..
Denver in the background...
Denver in the background…

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I'm so excited about this image...CO has the most beautiful sky!
I’m so excited about this image…CO has the most beautiful sky!
having fun!
having fun!

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Anh is amazingly gorgeous!
Anh is amazingly gorgeous!

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another fave!
another fave!
dancing in front of the castle...sooo romantic!

dancing in front of the castle...sooo romantic!

A special thanks to Lesli who was such a great assistant on the shoot!  Kevin & Anh I will see you next month!  YEAH!

{Boulder Wedding Photography} Trash the Dress

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing Tiffany’s Trash the Dress session at a Victorian Horse Farm near Longmont.  I wish I could start every Sunday morning photographing a fabulous bride having fun in her gown.  She wanted to be photographed at a ranch because her husband, Mark is really into riding horses and is a true cowboy himself!  They’ll be celebrating their one year anniversary next month!  Congrats to both of you and have a great time in Vail!

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If you’re interested in doing a Trash the Dress session please drop me a line at shannon@centeravenueimaging.com or call me at 720.837.4183, as I am currently running a special till the end of the month that you won’t want to mss!