When my couples first meet with me, they usually tell me they're not quite sure what goes into a ceremony - what happens when, how do we create the vows, when exactly do you say "I Do" and exchange rings, and lots of other questions. These photo stories will give you ideas from many different kinds of ceremonies, plus you can see the standard progression of a ceremony and also get to know my style through the photos. In addition, you'll view the work of fabulous photographers that I've had the joy of working with this past season. This is just a tiny sampling of the amazing couples I've worked with and there are more stories on the way, so stay tuned!
NIKKI & SCOTT - It's in the stars
Riverbend/ Farmette in Lyons, CO. Nikki & Scott had this great theme of cosmic timing in their relationship. They navigated a long-distance relationship for many years and before that, they "almost met" each other several times throughout their lives - their love is clearly meant to be. I wrote a non-religious ceremony for these two, and the themes of stars, the moon and synchronicity, all of which had deeply touched their relationship, gave their ceremony a spiritual feel. We had a great time weaving Scott's children and Scott & Nikki's new baby into the ceremony so that it was a romantic experience for Scott & Nikki and also a symbolic experience for the children that they are one big happy family. To see what we did during their ceremony, click the slide show arrows and read the story...
Photography by Tommy Tompkins Photography
WHITNEY & GRANT - Like a beach party but with formal wear
Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, CO. Whitney and Grant were having a wedding with formal attire, and at the same time they wanted to have a very relaxed, laid-back and fun ceremony experience. We kept coming back to the phrase "kinda like a beach party but with formal wear", so I wrote a ceremony to fit with this vibe. This ceremony was also unusual because I performed a song at it. In my former career I was a performing singer-songwriter and Whitney & Grant asked me if I would "rock out" at their wedding. I don't usually combine performing with officiating, but they really wanted this, so I said yes! Whitney & Grant's beliefs are of a Christian/Spiritual nature, and they wanted me to use the words "God" and "Love" for the sense of spirituality in their ceremony. To see what we did during their ceremony, click the slide show arrows and read the story...
Photography by Rachel Havel Photography
JENNIFER & JASON - Little Miracles
Stone Mountain Lodge in Lyons, CO. For Jennifer and Jason, I wrote a romantic ceremony that focused on best friendship, true love and their oh-so-sweet family with son Trevor and baby daughter Chloe. We also used the word "Love" to represent all things spiritual and a sense of nature and the outdoors was strong in their ceremony. One of the most miraculous things I've ever seen while officiating happened during their ceremony - right before the ring exchange, Jennifer handed her bouquet to her Maid of Honor and as she did, a bright yellow butterfly landed on it. We all gasped, not believing our eyes, and then it got even better - a second yellow butterfly landed on the bouquet next to the first, then the two flew off together, spiraling around each other as if they were dancing as they flew upward. Nature literally blessed the ring exchange! To see what we did during their ceremony, click the slide show arrows and read the story...
Photography by Dusty Image Photography
SHAUN & STEPHANIE - A sweet circle of love
Chatuaqua Park in Boulder, CO. Stephanie and Shaun wanted a casual & intimate ceremony with just close friends and family. They didn't want fanfare, and so I wrote a ceremony whose focus was simple and on their love. They reserved space on the lawn at Chatauqua and had a circle of chairs set up. The guests loved the special feel - most had never before been to a ceremony where we sat in a circle, including Shaun & Stephanie! In their spiritual preference, they did want me to incorporate God into the ceremony, and we brought that presence in during the ring exchange blessing and end-of-ceremony blessing. A very important element in this ceremony was the combining of two families - Shaun's daughter and Stephanie's son and daughter who each walked their parents down the aisle. To see what we did during their ceremony, click the slide show arrows and read the story...
Photography by Sassafras Photography