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Heartfelt Fall Wedding in Fort Collins

Romantic and Heartfelt Wedding in Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins fall wedding

Every detail of this wedding wasn’t just carefully thought out. It was thought of from the heart. Everything had its purpose and its meaning to Aaron + Melissa.

I was lucky enough to work with the rockstar wedding photographer Felicia Marti as her second photographer for this wedding. It was my final wedding of the season and boy oh boy did I end on a high note. Felicia and I made the scenic trek up to Fort Collins together so we wouldn’t have to sing to ourselves in our own cars. haha

Melissa and Aarons big day took place at a family friends home. If this heartwarming gesture doesn’t give you glimpse into the kind of people Melissa and Aaron are, I don’t know what will. I certainly do not have any friends who would open their home to me and my crazy flock of Canadians.

When we arrived on the property we were immediately greeted by friendly smiling faces and made to feel welcome inside their home. The property was completely adorned with wedding bliss. Twinkle lights in all the trees, love signage down the entire length of the driveway, and golf carts to shuttle people around the property. I was ready to move in.

As every bride should be pampered on their wedding day, Melissa truly had the royal treatment when it came to getting dressed. Her amazing sisters, daughter, nieces and mother helped her slip into her stunning wedding dress. She even rocked some red tights to keep her warm later that evening. So fun and so smart!!

Now, let’s talk about my favorite part of the day…their first look. Aaron and Melissa were originally on the fence about doing a first look. After talking it over they decided that it would be the best decision for them to get some pre-wedding jitters out and to have a romantic moment just the two of them before becoming man and wife. I’ve seen many a first looks and this one even had me crying.

I can not tell you how much I truly enjoyed photographing this day. I never wanted to sun to go down nor the day to end. If you too are thinking of a cozy and romantic wedding day like this and need someone to capture it, Im your girl! Hop on over to my contact page here. Let’s get together, share a shake at chic-fila or maybe grab a couple beers if your local. CLICK HERE!

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Wedding

I must admit that I had only ever been to the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in the fall. To me it was one of those standard fall outings. One where you went to the pumpkin patch, hit up a corn maze and even drank wine at the Lavender festival. I had never seen the Botanic Gardens when all the flowers were in full bloom. You guys - it is freaking MAGICAL! Every direction you turn there is a new and interesting flower or plant. Perfectly sculpted, perfectly happy. Being the crazy plant lady I am, I was beside myself when I step out of my car for Taylor and Kacey’s wedding.

The day started early at 8:00am with quiet morning coffee and mimosas but boy, did it pick up quickly. Kacey spent most of her morning relaxing in the bridal suite with her mother, mother-in-law and sister. While the gents spent their morning setting up tables and chairs, playing soccer and old school Fifa. ha! The relaxed tone was carried throughout the day. I only wish all of my weddings could feel this sweet and this relaxed. It was like being at a family bbq. I never wanted to leave.

Wild Opal Wedding Chatfield

Kacey + Taylor

Elegant and sweet

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Wild Opal Chatfield
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Sand Dunes National Park Bridal Styled Shoot | Michaela + Dylan

Michaela + Dylan drove out from beautiful Colorado Springs to meet me in the strangest location in Colorado for a bridal styled photoshoot. We planned to shoot in the mountains, but because of the unexpected snow, we decided to road trip down to the sand dunes national park and preserve in the San Luis valley, colorado. If you don't know, the dunes are nestled in-between mountains to the right and prairie lands to the left. the unusual landscape just doesn't make sense- I could not help but wonder, how did all this sand get there?! my theory is a family of giants who lived in the mountains decided that they wanted a family vacation to a beach but without all the trouble of travel. so instead created their own beach!...hahaha ok, maybe not but a girl can have an imagination right?

Our journey started with hair and makeup around the camp fire while we set up our campsite. we were fortunate enough to have the lovely and amazing Katie be beauty join us for hair and makeup. she is a wizard and if you are looking for someone to rock some killer makeup, she's your girl, hands down. around 4:00pm we set out into the dunes to find the perfect location. if you are planning on eloping or photographing in the Colorado sand dunes you will need a permit before arriving. you will also be limited to setting up any props within a specified area of the actual sand dunes, legally you will not be able to cross over the river line for shooting but must take photos before the river. the only exception to this is the "back woods dunes" which are not national protected so you may go anywhere within this area to shoot. 

As the evening went on, the sky was ever changing , from white to blue to pink to orange, it was such a perfect evening. the weather continued to hold out for some romantic kissing, barefoot dancing and a few butt squeezes. 

Sand dunes styled Shoot by Courtney Jordan
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Host:  Ashley Taylor Photography   Dress:  A and Be Bridal   Rentals:  Hunt and Gather Events   Floral:  Madelyn Claire Floral   Hair and Makeup:  Katie Be Beauty   Henna:  The Henna Luna   Jacket:  Ellen Walker Art   Calligraphy:  Everything Summer Calligraphy     interested in taking some bridal photos before or after your wedding? whats more romantic than wearing your dress or even renting another dress a second time?! contact me today or comment below for details!

Host: Ashley Taylor Photography

Dress: A and Be Bridal

Rentals: Hunt and Gather Events

Floral: Madelyn Claire Floral

Hair and Makeup: Katie Be Beauty

Henna: The Henna Luna

Jacket: Ellen Walker Art

Calligraphy: Everything Summer Calligraphy

interested in taking some bridal photos before or after your wedding? whats more romantic than wearing your dress or even renting another dress a second time?! contact me today or comment below for details!