Tori and Lou are a down-to-Earth couple who dance to the beat of their own drum and decided to do things their way at their wedding. Lou and Tori were cool as cucumbers in the moments leading up to their ceremony at Blanc in Denver. They chose to forgo a bridal party, self-solemnize, and only have their closest relatives attend the ceremony while friends showed up for the reception. Your wedding is exactly that – yours! It’s easy to feel pressured by traditions, but this is your time, and you will want to spend it in a way that allows you to be present in the moment. Tori and Lou wanted the day documented from a candid perspective, and that’s exactly what we did. (With the exception of a few posed images because… well, that’s what I do!).
Since Tori and Lou decided to not have a bridal party, we were able to spend the time before their ceremony on some posed portraits. We started off at the venue to get some dreamy shots in front of the vines covering the back wall. Next, I wanted to take advantage of the vibrant murals around Downtown Denver and infuse them into these photographs. We ended up in front of these fabulous colors of the murals and graffiti on the side of a local tortilla factory. Ironically, Tori and Lou were serving tacos at their wedding, so the smell of the freshly made tortillas had all of our stomachs growling.
This couple self-solemnized their wedding cereomny and being in Colorado, this is a growing trend that I am here for. This allows you to speak directly to one another and to your guests about love, what it means to you, and the love that everyone is here to celebrate. You can tailor your vows to match your personality and acknowledge the little things that make your partner who they are – like when Tori told Lou that she loved his ability to eat a whole sleeve of oreos.
After the family photos, it was all candids for the remainder of the evening. During the reception, I am constantly scanning for good moments that really capture the essence of the party. Hugs, jokes, that dance move you only pull out after one too many. Lou and Tori had all their guests wear shades of white and beige, so all their recepetion shots look like an exclusive party where you need to know the password to get in.