Kate Marie Photography » Colorado Wedding Photographer

Anytime a couple asks me where to take their engagement photos, I have the same response.

“It’s up to you. Pick somewhere meaningful…somewhere you love…somewhere that means something to you.”

As a seasoned photographer, I can find great light just about everywhere, and everywhere has gorgeous spots to shoot in, some of which you’d never expect. Those are my favorite. There’s hidden beauty in the spots that most overlook. An alley. A parking garage. An open field. They can all be so beautiful. And when you add the sentiment of a personal connection to the location, it brings engagement photos to a whole new level.

For Justine & Nick, picking somewhere meaningful for their engagement session meant Downtown Denver.

You see, they not only met once in Denver, but they met twice. Two complete chance meetings while out with friends, and the second time was the charm. Nick was a bit embarrassed when he asked for Justine’s number only to find that he had already been given it, but it made for a good laugh. And the rest…well, the rest is history.

Justine & Nick’s engagement session took us to meaningful places all around the city. From The Ginn Mill where they met, to the alley behind Justine’s old apartment, we walked all around Denver and found hidden spots with amazing light and amazing meaning.

Enjoy some of my favorites from these two’s Downtown Denver engagement session.

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Just behind this ramp is a bridge where several photographers were shooting. Justine and Nick may have thought I was a little crazy for ignoring the picturesque bridge for a concrete parking garage ramp, but can you blame me? I love the texture, the light, and the coziness it gives this photo!

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Just above this wall is Justine’s old apartment. Talk about the perfect spot!

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I just love how these photos in front of a parking garage turned out.

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Parking garages – my new favorite location.

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This is the exact spot these two met. Talk about meaningful 😉

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Favorite. Her smile. That ring. The sweetness of their hug.

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Nick, you did an amazing job choosing this ring. It is to die for!!

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Justine & Nick – I had such an incredible time exploring Denver with you and hearing all about your love story. Congratulations!!

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I love being a Colorado wedding photographer. Telling love stories of my clients is such an incredible adventure.

There’s one thing that makes my job even better, though, and that’s working with fabulous vendors.

Lucky enough for you, three of my favorite vendors are celebrating my new website launch with me – mega style!

This is biggest giveaway I have ever done.

Enter below to win over $700 of products and services for your wedding! 

Know someone who is getting married? They won’t want to miss this.

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Pretty great, right?

• A free bouquet from Nature’s Grace Design (Incredible florist!) •

• A free customized Save the Date from Bittersweet Designs
(Stylish & modern stationary perfect for weddings) •

• A free hour of DJ service from DJ Guy (Wonderful DJ to work with!) •

• And a free hour of photographic coverage from yours truly! •

Enter below to win! Winner will be drawn at random Wednesday, July 15th at midnight!

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  • Sarah Pickerell - Getting Married in October @ Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO! ♡ Cannot wait!

  • Jade Stoltz - Getting married September 2015

  • Joyce Carpenter - Looking forward to meeting you soon.

  • Crystal Gregory - We are getting married in August at The Greenbriar Inn just north of Boulder!:)

  • Geoff Townsend - We couldn’t be more excited about our wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud next summer. And we are certain that we have chosen the best photographer we could have! Great personality and easy to talk to. Honestly, we knew from the moment we met her that Kate was the one.

  • Sarah Hahn Brooks - We are getting married next June at Boettcher Mansion, an hour before sunset. We’re so excited to have Kate Marie photograph our wedding!

  • Patty Krus - Getting married in May at the sunrise amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountain. This is a great contest!

  • Patty - Getting married in May at the sunrise amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountain. This is a great contest!

  • Jocelyn Essler - I am getting married in February in Denver. Love your work! Our winter wedding will be so fun!

  • Rori Jean - Getting married next summer at Mile High Station, downtown Denver! Love your work!

  • Kristine barber - I am planning on getting married overseas an then haveing another one I states form family an this would be great

  • Krista Kelly - We are getting married at Granby Ranch. Love Kate Marie! She is amazing :)

  • Gillian Rankin - Our wedding is going to be at Brookside Gardens and we want to use Nature’s Grace Design! Love both of you!

Fun. Natural. Personal. Stunning.

It’s what my photography is about. It’s what my business is about. And now, it’s what my branding and website are about.

After more than eight years owning Kate Marie Photography, I’ve refreshed my business. A new look, a new feel, and a more personal approach than ever.

Katemariephotography.com is more user-friendly and easier to navigate than ever. The site now has information for engaged couples, expecting parents, new families, and anyone ready to document their love.

So… LET’S CELEBRATE! It’s giveaway time!!

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My first giveaway is a photographic session of your choice – engagement, newborn, maternity, or family! This session will come complete with a USB and print rights so you can use your photos in all the ways you love!

To enter, follow the steps below! And keep following me this week on Facebook and Instagram as I announce THREE more giveaways (some of which are from FANTASTIC wedding vendors!)

This is big. So big. Like you-don’t-want-to-miss-this-big.

What are you waiting for? ENTER TO WIN!

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  • Gillian Rankin - Family session, we love your photos!

  • Kelsie Carpenter - I would love an engagement session! You have photographed several of my friends’ weddings and I think you’re one of the best photographers I’ve seen!

  • Stephanie Prothman - We would love a family session by a sweet photographer:)

  • Stephanie Anderson - Family session would be awesome! My grandma’s 80th birthday is this fall and the whole family is coming to Denver to celebrate!

  • Nichole Andrews - I’d love to win a family or newborn photo session!

  • Jody - Love the new look, Kate!! No babies on the way yet here, so family session is the winner!

  • Katie Carroll - LOVE your new look Katie! We had so much fun at our engagement session…you made it fun, were professional, and made us feel super comfortable! We are so excited for you to help us capture the memories on our special day!

  • Debbie Chandler - Love your work and love you!! Your professionalism, kindness, and patience have produced awesome pictures for our family from the bridal portrait session to wedding to newborn pics of sweet baby McKinley!! A family session would be awesome!! Congrats on the new site – wishing you success in all you do!!

  • Cheryl Bass - Would love to win a family session with you!

  • Holly Witulski - Love your style! Would love to win a family photog session!

  • Megan West - Would love pictures of my with my rescued Danes !

  • Sarah Brooks - My fiance and I are so excited to have Kate Marie Photography photograph our wedding next June! Kate has been professional, eager, and supportive of our ideas and of who we are. We’d love to win an engagement session to add to our future wedding photos. . .

  • Cheryl Bass - Would love to win a family session! Love your style!!

  • Linda Meyer - Hi Kate! Would love another family portrait session, especially since we now have another member of the family.

  • Melissa Grassmick - I’d love family pictures!

  • Kelly Williamson - Would love to win a family session to capture my amazing husband anc kids.

  • Katie Tolbert - Maternity! Expecting in Oct! Love the new look!

  • Tegan Wolfe - I would love to get a photo session with my bf :) We don’t have any professional ones and we’ve been together for 5 years! BTW I love the new design at the top of your page :)

  • Shayla Johnson - Family!!! I absolutely love my wedding photos and would love to have a follow up session with you also to celebrate our upcoming 3 year anniversary this year and all of the obstacles we have overcome together :)

  • Whitney DeMercurio - We’d love a new family shoot with Baby D! Congrats on the new site, it looks fabulous.

  • Annie Gorenstein Falkenberg - Newborn…later this fall :)

  • Elisabeth Burrell - Love the new look – classic but fun all at the same time :) So happy to see you expanding and finding such great success!!

  • Kelly Reitan - Family!!! Love my wedding pics, maternity pics, and newborn pics! Can’t imagine using anyone else for pictures.

  • Nicole Peterson - Family portraits

There’s something very special about being pregnant with your first child.

The excitement. The upcoming change. The unknown. The love that’s growing that you know, but at the same time, you can’t even imagine.

Capturing Shauna’s pregnancy with her first baby was just wonderful – and we even beat out the rain!

Congratulations to Shauna and Kris – I can’t wait to meet your baby girl!

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The phone rang.

She excused herself around the corner of a building in downtown Denver, then mid-conversation with her doctor, she emerged to look at me and shake her head.

Moments later, she walked to me, head hanging, eyes hollow.

She collapsed into my arms. I felt her body weaken instantly as I held her up – every ounce of her. It’s all I could do. Because she had just been broken…by cancer.

cancer. 


This 26-year-old spirited woman that I had met just a few months prior just received the worst news she had ever been delivered. and life changed in an instant.

“i’m so sorry, but it’s malignant,” the doctor told her.


in the days to come, i watched kristina as she learned more about her breast cancer and her treatment plans. day in and day out, i saw this strong woman as she dealt with the unimaginable.

there were tears, there were moments of fear, anxiety, sadness, and pure devastation.

but kristina’s journey through cancer has not been defined by these moments.

you see, kristina is no normal woman.

she is fighting this disease with grace. 

with pride.

with faith.

with inspiration. 

and for every tear, there are 10 smiles that emerge from this amazing woman.


kristina has completed her first chemotherapy treatment, and just as the doctors predicted, her hair began to fall out … and quickly.

it can seem so superficial. it’s just hair, right? 

except it’s not.

it’s seeing sickness in the mirror every time you look. it’s strangers asking questions, and giving looks. it’s not looking like yourself anymore. it’s the constant reminder that you are dealing with something much bigger than yourself.


in true kristina fashion, friends and family gathered at a head-shaving party to bid her hair adieu. friends and family joined together with drinks in hand and as they both laughed and cried, the clippers hit kristina’s hair.

she cried. she laughed. and she mohawk-ed.

all in true kristina fashion. 

(to read more about kristina’s journey in her own words, check out her blog.)

below are some of my favorite images from kristina’s head-shaving party.

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kristina…

you.

are.

beautiful. 

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  • Cheryl Kreuger - What an awesome group of friends…you are beautiful with or without hair…look on the brighter side..with each hair lost you are bidding farewell to Cancer and as it starts its regrowth you are the new cancer free Kristina. ..emerging stronger, wiser and just as beautiful. . Keeping you in our prayers! !!!

  • Lauren Trotter - Such an inspiration! I don’t know you, Kristina but I can tell you’re a very strong woman!! Kick cancer’s ass!! You’re beautiful!!

  • Anna Hays - What a beautiful tribute to have that many friends around you. My sister had to do this and your story breakers my heart as I think of her and her short life. She was a fighter and fought it for 20 years before it got her. So rock on, girl. Give it your best fight ever and talk to you in 20 years. Love you.Anna

  • Todd Laurie - Kristina, you are an inspiration, you are wonderful, and most importantly, YOU ARE ALIVE!!! :) In every way, you are alive dear woman.

  • Judy Walton - So special!!

  • Brittany Lee Barnhill - Kristina I love you! You are so beautiful inside and out!!!

  • Tara - and I’m crying. She’s a very beautiful woman.