I have been wanting to share this wedding for ages, but haven’t yet because – well – 2020. When I flew from Arkansas to Denver last September for Chris & Adrienne’s wedding, we were in the high-stress time of the pandemic. Vacinnes weren’t available yet and I was pretty down about the world. But then I got to escape to Denver, and honestly it was one of the best weekends of 2020. Alone in the city, I had an amazing hotel room where I binge-watched chick flicks and ordered takeout deliveries for 3 days straight – pure bliss!
My first afternoon in Colorado, after settling into my hotel room, I decided to adventure to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where the wedding was scheduled to take place the next day. I spent a few hours roaming the walkways with my camera, scoping out where the ceremony was going to take place, and enjoying the beauty. It was such a delight!
Originally, Adrienne and Chris had planned a bigger wedding for them to celebrate with family and friends. In fact, Adrienne had booked me MONTHS earlier, before the pandemic was even a thought in our minds. To this day, her inquiry form is one of my most memorable and special – I knew from the beginning that I was destined to photograph their special day!
After telling me all about how she and Chris had met, how he had proposed at Rocky Mountain National Park (where we did their engagement session), she said, “so why is a Colorado bride reaching out to a photographer based in Arkansas? Simply put, I fell in love with your aesthetic on Instagram. I love the soft and romantic elements of your photos. I also love how comfortable and natural your couples appear. In a world that seems too carefully curated, it is refreshing to get a glimpse of the actual people and their personalities, in addition to it being a beautiful portrait. I just haven’t seen anyone else’s work that compares!”
Yep, I loved her from the start! Hah!
Anyway, back to this day. When the pandemic started, they decided they still wanted to get married, with or without their original plans. In Colorado, you can apply to marry yourselves – no officiant needed – and so that’s what they decided to do. When I tell you it was one of the most intimate, special, beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed, I mean it. It was just the two of them all day (save for me, of course, and their planner, Jessica Adler). And it was beautiful. I would shoot this day over and over again if I could!
So yes, it did take me 14 months to blog it – but believe me friends, this one was worth the wait. Like all things in life! I do hope you enjoy reliving this dreamy day with me.