Like most couples planning a wedding in 2020, Jessica and Michael had to drastically alter their wedding plans to account for our changing world. This couple initially set their wedding day for 2020, but they decided to get legally married and save the big celebration for 2021 when they could safely gather with their loved ones. It turns out that this course of action was a better fit for them than what they had planned for initially. Jessica is a spirited violinist who performs with musicians like Emancipator and CloZee, and Michael is her soft-spoken gentleman who quietly fuels her fire. Their laid-back celebration allowed Jess to get all the posed photos on her wishlist while Michael could chill and be himself without any added stress that can come with a typical wedding day. Their celebration at Black Stone Rivers Ranch had one of my most favorite color schemes, and their decor was to die for.
One of my favorite things about Blackstone Rivers Ranch is its outdoor ceremony site. Nestled next to a quiet creek tucked inside the mountains of Idaho Springs, it’s a perfect location to be immersed in nature while still being close to the comforts of home. In the summer, the sunlight hits the ceremony site so perfectly that it literally glows. All that paired with Jessica’s joyous reactions, this ceremony looks straight out of a fairytale.
This couple had one of the most robust connections I had seen in a long time, and I was so happy to have captured that connection in their portraits. Jess and Michael were totally open to all my posing ideas, and they knocked every single one of them out of the park and brought their own personalities into the mix.
The first dance and reception give me the opportunity to play around with lighting to give your photos that little extra something that really makes them pop. I love lighting up a couple as they dance together for the first time on their wedding day and the tender moments between their parents as they relish in one last dance before the night is done.