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Monthly Archives: December 2008

{Estes Park Wedding Photography} Wedding at Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado…

When I first met Peter and Kimberly back in the spring, I knew their wedding was going to be unique, but I didn’t know how much so, until I arrived on their wedding day.   This amazing couple has more personality and love than 10 people combined and that love part holds especially true when you see them together.   I admit I occasionally get teary eyed at ceremonies, but this one was especially touching.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the intimate, circular ceremony, as Peter professed his love for Kimberly during their vows.

While talking to Kimberly during the reception, I told her how much fun her wedding had been.  She shared that, “She just wanted people to have a good time!”  Well these photographs prove true of that, and that isn’t enough, an old high school friend came up to her at the same time saying she hadn’t had that much fun in 7 years!!  Kudos Kimberly for putting together such a stylish and an amazingly beautiful wedding and reception!  Kimberly and Peter also rented out our very own custom photobooth, which people were lined up for all night.  Contact us for more information on booking our photobooth for your next event or wedding!  Now onto the days festivities.  Check the slideshow from their wedding here!

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Kimberly getting her makeup done at the Stanley Spa…

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Here is her dad, mother and grandmother.  Her mom has spent the year undergoing chemo and I know Kimberly was very excited to have her there.  If Kimberly hadn’t told me, I would have never known, as she had so much fervor and excitement for her daughters wedding day.

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The happy couple…

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One of the many things I loved about Kimberly is that she is also a photographer and very creative, so when she saw the beautiful light beginning to fade into the sunset she ran outside.   Granted it was -10 degrees, but that didn’t stop her from wanting beautifully lit images of her with her new groom!  Also, she was very excited about the heard of elk chillen on the front lawn, so this may have swayed her outside too ;)

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I loved her topsy turbsy cake by Colorado Rose Cake Company and her stunning flowers by Design Wedding Florals.

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Another unique element to their wedding, along with a quote from Princess Bride during their ceremony, was that every time someone wanted them to kiss they had to hola hoop instead of clinking their glasses…genius!

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Some ladies having fun in the photo booth!

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This is Peter’s sister with her fiance..they’ll be getting married this May in Hershey PA at the chocolate factory!

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I must admit, I’ve never seen a girl fight break out over the bouquet until now….wow, thankfully there were no broken bones!

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The fun ensued, as the groomsmen and DJ Larry (Top Hat Entertainment) in their YMCA attire, lead the party in a special dance routine.  Yes, one of the groomsmen was a girl…isn’t that cool?  I would highly recommend Larry for your upcoming wedding, as he kept the party fresh and fun all night!

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it didn’t stop there, as more singing broke out, as Peter was serenaded.

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Kimberly and Peter thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your awesome wedding!  We are so honored!  Have a wonderful honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen and we’ll see you when you get back!

what is on my Christmas list….

With the Christmas season upon us, I’ve been a very bad blogger, with that said I have a few recommendations for books to read, movies to watch and places to buy your last minute presents!

Last Friday night, my husband and I headed out to the Westin’s O Steakhouse for dinner.  If you live in the Denve area you have to check this out!  Their steaks are amazing!  Plus, if you sign up at restaurant.com you can get a $25 gift card for only $10, so it’s a real savings.  Then we headed over to one of our favorite movie theaters, the AMC Westminster Prominad to see Four Christmases.  Now, I’m a huge Vince Vahn fan, but I had no idea how funny this movie actually was going to be.   I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in years, tears were streaming down my face, as I proceeded to hit Wade’s leg in pure joy over watching a baby spit up on Reese Witherspoon.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to get out there and see it.  It will quickly become one of our favorite Holiday movies to watch next to Christmas Vacation and Elf.

If you need a good book to read and like psychology, I would highly recommend Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.  He’s also the author of the Tipping Point and his newest book, Outliers, which is on my Christmas list.  Here is a little snippet about the book

“Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to reveal the difference between good decision making and bad has less to do with how much information we process than with our ability to focus on a few, particular details,  Gladwell shows how we all can become better decsion makers- in our homes, in our offices, and in our everyday life.”

If you’re looking for unique gifts for the Holiday Season, I would highly recommend the following links to some of my friends that are artists.

http://leazoltowski.com/main.htm

Lea has some amazing functional pottery that isn’t featured on her site, but you can contact her for information on where to purchase it.   She is incredibly talented and her sister and my brother have been dating for eight months now, so here is hoping she becomes part of the family!

 http://www.studio2350.com/

One of the advantages of being an artist is getting to trade work with other artists.  This year, I’ve expanded my collection to include pieces from Aimee’s functional collection, which I’m very thrilled about.  You can also purchase her work at the http://cannonmine.com/default.aspx in Layfayette.

Another wonderful option is to give to the work of some of my favorite non-profits, here are a few

http://web.me.com/csoars/Site/Welcome.html

http://www.kiva.org/

http://www.water.cc/living-water/get-involved/ways-to-give/

http://iempathize.org/

Starting next year, Center Avenue Imaging will be giving 10% of their print proceeds to one of the above organizations!  We are excited to be partnering with life changers around the world.   How will you make this Holiday memorable?

{Destination Wedding Photographer} Thanksgiving vacation in Punta Cana…

I just arrived home yesterday morning to the snowy, cold conditions of Colorado, a far cry from the 87 degree weather I enjoyed on Saturday, as I was swimming in the Caribbean.   We just spent a week in the sunny, breezy Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  We had an amazing time chilling by the sea, swimming, taking long walks on the beach, soaking in the sunshine, driving a speed boat out to the coral reef where we snorkeled and best of all just relaxing.  Wade was such a trooper, as he doesn’t like his photo taken, but we hired one of the local photographers  Kelvin, to do a mini portrait session while were there.   After the session, when we were covered in sand and sea water, we met the most awesome wedding photographer couple, John and Kim Sanderson of Sanderson Images.  They were there to shoot a destination wedding the following day and had we not just finished our session, I would have offered to swap portrait session services, as I love their work!  Here were some of the highligts from our trip.

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the view from our balcony…

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what a beautiful view…

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my new favorite portrait of us…

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I felt like I was in a harlequin romance novel here…

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several weddings took place here during the week of our stay..

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I found that a good karate chop is the best way to catch a fish…they had no chance ;)

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Wade and I snorkeling before I realized I was allowed to take off my life jacket.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We enjoyed eating lobster and shrimp instead of the regular Turkey dinner….not a bad way to spend the Holiday!