Telluride Winter Elopement

Telluride Winter Elopement, Gotta love it! Have I told you lately that I love my job?!!

A Telluride winter elopement is one of the most romantic things a couple can do, in my opinion! A majestic, snowy setting with the one that you love.  It doesn’t get much better than that- eh?

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A Telluride winter elopement allows you the time to travel to different locations, to have your photographs taken with no timeline!

I love capturing the little moments in between the moments.  This gorgeous couple didn’t even know I was photographing them at the time.

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Telluride winter elopements allow you the time to have fun and be your self!  Without a large guest list you can make your day about the things that truly matter. However the two of you define this.

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LOVE.

From the first phone conversation I had with John, I knew my photography style would be a wonderful fit for him and his wife to be.  John and Derleen have been dreaming about getting married in Telluride for a couple of years and thought that winter would be perfect!  They actually wanted to be married in a blizzard!  And a blizzard is what they got 🙂

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Catching snowflakes on her tongue! Love this!

They braved the cold weather!  With their hand full of guests, we took a couple of photographs in the sideways snow and then headed down to Allred’s Restaurant where we were able to finish their portraits inside where it was warm!  They had an amazing intimate meal and I headed home.  Their day was exactly what they wanted and it was an honor to be a part of it!

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If you’d like more information about elopement pricing or to see more of my Telluride winter elopement work or perhaps another time of year, please contact me at info@reallifephotographs.com

I’ve lived in the Telluride area for over 15 years and have been a Telluride wedding photographer since 2008.  Started my wedding photography business in 2006 and have never looked back.  I love what I do!!!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

If you’re getting married in another beautiful location, drop me a line, it would truly be an honor to be a part of your day!  I travel nationally and internationally!

Top 3 Tips for the best Engagement Photographs

Awe, Engagement Photographs!  Having just photographed a beautiful engagement photography session in Telluride, Colorado a few days ago, I had this thought on my drive home.  How can I help my friends and others get the best wedding and engagement photographs?

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First, Make sure that you connect with your photographer.  As corny as this sounds connection is so important!  When looking for a photographer, be sure to have contact with them. Email, phone calls and an in person consultation come highly recommended.  Make sure that your personalities mesh well and ask what to expect from your engagement session.  Utilize this engagement session as a test run for your wedding.  The more trust you build, the better the end result.  Plus, it’s very important for your photographer to see what makes the two of you tick as a couple.  Are you silly, romantic, fun-loving, energetic, introvert…the list goes on and on.  You want your photographer to capture YOU and however YOU define your relationship!

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Second, spontaneity in a photograph is your friend!  Trust that your photographer will choose a beautiful back ground, make sure the lighting is perfect etc, when they’re ready to start photographing, play to the unexpected of your beloved.  Whisper something playful, beautiful or crazy in their ear, the emotion it evokes is “real”.

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Kiss when YOU want to kiss!  When this comes from you, again, it’s real and more natural then when your photographer asks for it. Be playful with your kisses!

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Running brings out the inner child in EVERYONE.

Give a twirl, have a dance.

Third.  The most common question that I get asked is what to wear in your engagement photographs?  Honestly, as long as you stay away from loud prints, large company logos, thick stripes and just wear clothes that are comfortable!  If you don’t where khaki’s in real life then don’t where them to your engagement session.  Don’t feel the need to be matchy matchy, just let your individual personalities shine!

For more information on an engagement photographs and/or Wedding photography please contact Real Life Photographs at info@reallifephotographs.com

 

 

Telluride Spring Wedding

Lindsey and Justin were wed on the first day of spring in Telluride, CO.

I had the pleasure of meeting them last summer in Seattle where they live and we were able to capture some great engagement images of the two of them.   I remember thinking, How cool is that? I have the honor of photographing their engagements in Seattle and their wedding in Telluride–two of my favorite places!  From Puget Sound to the San Juan Mountains, their wedding day was absolutely beautiful!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing honor.  You, your family and friends were so much fun to work with, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

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From Seattle

To Telluride

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To Telluride (elevation gain 9500 ft 🙂

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So in love with these shoes!!!

So in love with these shoes!!!

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LOVE this!

LOVE this!

T hank you again for this amazing honor of capturing this special day for you!  Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!  I will get you your slideshow this week!  Many blessings to you and yours!

Venue:  Peaks Resort and Spa- http://www.thepeaksresort.com

Wedding planner: Polished Fun – http://www.polishedfun.com

Florist:  New Leaf Floral- http://www.newleaftelluride.com

Dj: Aiko Aiko Sound – http://www.aikoaikosound.com

Videographer:  Larisa Graham – http://www.larisagraham.com

Second Photographer: Nicko Fergeson

If you’re getting married in the Telluride, CO or Seattle, WA in the near future and are in need of a wedding photographer, please contact Kaycee Clark at info@reallifephotographs.com or on the web at www.reallifephotographs.com

Many Blessings!!!

Telluride Elopement

Telluride Elopement at the top of Prospect!

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Alli and Keving eloped from Vernon, BC.  Not far from where my mom grew up or where my auntie lives now.  Such a small world!  We connected over the simple mountain life we both live, laughed about the angry inch that happens every winter and how it’s totally ok to blow off work for a powder day!  Thank goodness, I’m my own boss!

They left their mountains in British Columbia and visited Crested Butte, Silverton and ended their trip with their “I do’s” in Telluride, CO!  Honestly, they hit all of my favorite places–what a cool elopement!  With a very emotional and personal ceremony in the vast beauty of Telluride with Palmyra Peak in the back ground– their day was pure perfection.  We started with portraits in the town of Telluride …..

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One of my faves from the day!

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and then jumped on chair 7 (the oldest chairlift) and made our way to Prospect ridge.

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LOVE this image!!

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I just adore the fact that I get to wear my skis to work!!! Pretty rad!

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Thank you Andy for another beautiful ceremony!

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There’s just something about this image that screams Kevin and Alli!! Just adore you two!!

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Then they changed back into their ski gear for a few more photos before they went on to ski the rest of this goegeous day!!

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This idea is SO COOL!!!  Never seen anyone rock the old school lift tickets! LOVE THIS!!

This idea is SO COOL!!! Never seen anyone rock the old school lift tickets! LOVE THIS!!

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For more information on Telluride Elopements or weddings in the San Juan Mountains, please contact Kaycee at info@reallifephotographs.com or give a ring at 970.275.5637–Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

New Year’s Day Telluride Elopement

Rebecca and Jeff met me at the top of Prospect Bowl with ski’s and snowboard attached.  I met Andy Konigsmark, from Alpine Chapel, for the first time and he conducted this beautiful Telluride elopement at the top of Prospect!  It was truly a beautiful morning as it snowed on us with moments of sun!  I hope you enjoy this one of a kind Telluride Elopement!

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One of my favorite images of the day!

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Jeff suprised Rebecca with brand new Kate Spade champagne flutes along with their favorite bottle of Domaine Carneros Bubbles! Awwwwww…..So thoughtful!!

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We stopped by Alpino Vino for a few photos, where they were going to have their wedding dinner that evening!

We stopped by Alpino Vino for a few photos, where they were going to have their wedding dinner that evening!

After this we headed back to the hotel Madeline and they got dressed up for the evening!

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Thank you so much for this amazing day!  I loved spending this time with you.  You two are such kindred spirits.  I am truly happy for you and know that we will be life long friends! Muah!!

For more information on Telluride Elopements or Telluride Wedding Photography please contact me at info@reallifephotographs.com or visit me online at www.reallifephotographs.com

Thank you for stopping by!

New Years Eve Telluride Elopement

I met Rebecca and Jeff on New Year’s Eve in Telluride, Co.  This was their first time in Telluride and man, did they go through the ringer to get here!  They were to fly in to Montrose, CO on the 30th of December.  They were going to stay the night and drive to Telluride, CO in the morning of New Year’s Eve so they could obtain their marriage license by 1pm in Telluride!  They were to elope in Telluride the following day!

Well, weather got in the way! The airlines cancelled their flight from Denver to Montrose.  Determined to get their marriage license by 1pm in Telluride the following day so they could get married on New Year’s Day, they rented a car and drove ALL NIGHT!!!  They made it to the courthouse with no time to spare!  All things considered, they were determined to have these portraits taken on December 31, 2014.

Dressed, weary eyed, up for 35 hours by the time I hugged them for the first time–they were still all laughs, smiles, giggles and very much in love!  I felt such honor to be able to capture this moment in time for them.  It truly filled my heart with such joy.   We laughed and had the best time together.  I knew the following day, photographing their Telluride elopement, was a dream come true!

Man, I love what I do!

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One of my favorites of the day.

One of my favorites of the day.

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Another Fave!

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Telluride Winter Weddings

I just love winter weddings here in the San Jaun Mountains.  Whether you’re in Telluride, Ridgway or Ouray, you just can’t go wrong with your back ground!  Telluride winter weddings are something special when planning an event here.  Here are the top 10 reasons to have a Telluride Winter Wedding!  Article by my dear friend Holli Owen, published in the latest issue of Rock Mountain Bride Magazine!

10 reasons to be married in Telluride this winter

For more information about winter weddings in Telluride, Colorado  and photography services please contact me at info@reallifephotographs.com or 970.275.5637.