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Kelly & Eric’s wedding was straight out of a Disney fairy tale. The big dress. The Cinderella shoes (except pink, which is way better than glass). The Disneyworld honeymoon. And most importantly, the story-book love.

Here are some of my favorites from their incredible day.

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Kelly & Eric chose to do a first look, giving them time to have some special moments together before their ceremony.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion was the perfect place for their big day!

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hands down favorite.

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kelly – you are such a beautiful bride!

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Classic Creations put together the most perfect details!

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Kelly & Eric – congratulations on the start of your fairytale!

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  • Jawaya - Casem – Mandie,I’ll say it again, these are amazing, you did such a great job. My mom told me that she was imrsesped with how much fun you were having. I’m so glad you are actually doing what you love to do.So proud.Also, the dance was improvised.Thanks a million times over.

Maybe it’s their itty bitty little lips. Or their ten tiny fingers and ten little toes… the adorable little squeals… the way they look up at you… their cute stretches… I could go on forever. There’s just something about newborns that I love. They’re perfect.

Charlie, is just that – perfect. Sarah and Jack – you’ve got a pretty handsome little guy on your hands. And from one new parent to another, I only have one piece of wisdom to pass along… (how much wisdom can you expect? i’ve only been a mom for 7 months!)

it just keeps getting better.

here are some of my favorites from charlie’s newborn session.

 

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such squishy little cheeks!

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favorite.

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baby toes. because nothing is more adorable than baby toes.

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it’s all about the little moments.

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i’m completely in love with what sarah and jack have done with charlie’s nursery.

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Every little detail is so perfect.

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sarah & jack – congratulations on little charlie. you three are the perfect new, little family. enjoy the journey!

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If you’re from the South, or the word “y’all” is a regular in your vocabulary, you know all about bridal portrait sessions. If not, it’s time you knew what they’re all about! One of my fan-tab-ulous brides from 2012, Leighanne, described bridal sessions better than I ever could. Enjoy her thoughts on bridal sessions, along with some images from her very own bridal portrait session!

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Growing up in the south, our wedding traditions differ than most of your “typical” nuptials.¬† Large bridal parties, monogrammed everything, koozies¬†in hand¬†and a formal yet laid back atmosphere¬†only slightly describe a big day¬†below the Mason Dixon.¬†
Oh yes… and a large framed formal portrait of the bride prominently displayed on an easel by the guest book.
 
One of the most important things on a southern bride’s “to-do” list is having formal bridal portraits taken about 2-3 months before you wedding.¬†Dress fittings, flowers, make-up and hair must all be perfect as well.¬† Yes, it’s that big of a deal!¬† It’s essentially a dress rehearsal for your bombshell bridal look on your wedding day.¬† Not to mention, it’s one more chance to wear your dress and act¬†like you are a model for¬†wedding magazine.¬† What bride would not want that?!
 
How did the tradition start?¬† Long before the early 1900’s, it was uncommon to have a photographer at a wedding.¬† Therefore, bridal portraits or “Bridals”¬†were usually¬†taken of the bride in her dress to commemorate¬†the special occasion..¬† When the tradition made it’s way to the beautiful south, “Bridals”¬†had soon become¬†a rite of passage for Southern debutantes.¬† Today, it is a keepsake that is hung in the bride’s parents home for years to come.¬† My mother has large framed bridal portraits of both myself and my sister-in-law hung up in her formal living room (both displayed at our weddings), as did my grandparents of my mom and aunt, and so on.
 
I purposely picked out my dress about 15 months before I got married and had my make-up/hair trial done 4 months before the big day strictly for the purpose of perfect portraits.¬† You’re probably thinking it sounds like more work than it’s worth.¬†¬†¬†For some it may be but if you’re like me and love getting all dolled up, it’s one more excuse to feel like you’re Cinderella.¬†¬†Plus… you get to¬†SEE your look¬†in photos¬†before hand, that way you¬†feel confident in¬†that you look like a total¬†bridal goddess on your wedding day.¬† It gives the mother of the bride ultimate bragging rights,¬†it’s¬†a historical¬†tradition you can pass down to your children and grandchildren, and it makes for a great¬†little gift to give your husband for his desk¬†at work (just to remind him how perfect and beautiful his wife is). ūüėČ
 
I had only met one photographer in Colorado who had ever heard of such of thing before I talked to Katie.  Sure we had fears of a snagged dress or a torrential down pour mid-shoot, but Katie exceeded every expectation for the vision of my southern bridal look and created the most beautiful formal portraits every bride-to-be could dream of. We had an absolute blast shooting them!  Thank you Katie for all of you AMAZING work!:)

 

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I love engagement sessions. Spending an afternoon getting to know a couple, and hearing stories of how they met, how they got engaged, and who they are. It’s even better when we’re in a¬†beautiful part of Colorado – just like the area that Kelly and Eric chose. These two are just so fun together, and I can’t wait for their big day to be here soon!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their very-Colorado engagement session!

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favorite! kelly – you are just so ridiculously gorgeous!

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There’s something about newborn babies that just makes life stop. I witness it every time I photograph a newborn, and experienced it for myself when my little guy was born almost 4 months ago. All of the sudden, nothing else matters. This tiny little munchkin is all there is. It’s absolutely perfect. Sure, they cry at 2 am…and 4 am…and 5 am… and they demand more of your time than you could have ever thought possible, but they’re just so darn precious. Nothing else matters but them.

Little Alexis joined the world on New Years Day and was quite the little trooper during our session. I don’t think I heard even a teenie little peep from her! Enjoy some of my favorites from her newborn session.

 

Baby yawns are by far the best type of yawns.

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Only 10 days old and already found her hands!

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there’s nothing cuter than a baby bum. nothing.

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