Palisade Colorado Weddings

Mox + Courtney | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

I'm terrible at writing for my blog so I'm trying something a little different and I asked Courtney and Mox to share their love story with us!  Here goes....

From the Bride:  I actually don't remember meeting Mox the first time. It was the 3rd of July and I was subbing for a friend on Mox's kickball team. The group went out for drinks after the game and I do remember fireworks, but not the kind that Mox had hoped for! He remembered me and somehow we ended up with a bunch of mutual friends a few days later celebrating Mox's birthday. A month later I was a regular on the kickball team and we began to hang out as a team on a weekly basis. It wasn't until the end of August when a group of us all went to the Mumford and Sons concert at Red Rocks that I knew I really liked this guy - who doesn't want a gentleman to walk her to the porta potty! We had already shared our first kiss before we had our first official date together in early September. From the very beginning, it was all so comfortable and so natural to just be ourselves together - I didn't even freak when he bought me a ticket to meet his family in Minnesota only a month or so after dating - something he's never done with any other girl! He said I love you first but we both were already madly in love and though we never really talked about it, we both just knew that this was it. On Memorial Day weekend 2014, I was recovering from bronchitis and begrudgingly agreed to take a hike above Lake Dillon. It was above the lake where he proposed and I was so taken back, I tripped over a rock and nearly tumbled down the mountain! Of course I said yes!

After an engagement party, a trip to New York, India, Thailand, and China - the wedding planning began. We knew we wanted to have the wedding in Colorado and to make it somewhat of a destination, so we decided to scope out the Western Slope. We instantly fell in love with the area. After seeing only two venues, we knew that Maison la Belle Vie was the one - it was large enough to accommodate our huge family, yet quaint enough to feel intimate and cozy.

Mox and I both worked together on nearly every aspect of the wedding, from the DIY save the dates and invitations, to the small details like the homemade lavender soap favors! I know grooms who sit back and allow their brides to take the reigns, but Mox being so involved made the entire process so easy and fun! Someone actually said to me "I don't know whether to be worried or impressed about how laid back you are!" We tried to enjoy every minute of the planning - the countless hours we spent punching holes and gluing together invitations (all the while drinking red wine from the venue, of course!), the painstaking process of reupholstering our vintage chairs (an amazing $10 find at Goodwill), sweating bullets while potting herbs in the parking lot of our Grand Junction hotel the day before the wedding, and even the "worst" part of any wedding planning - the cupcake tasting:) We could not have seen our vision come to fruition without the help of my bestie Danielle (who needs to follow her calling of being a wedding coordinator extraordinaire). She spent the morning filling the mason jars with lavender bundles, stacking the lemons, lining up the place cards, setting the gorgeous sweeheart table and every other little detail. One tiny snag - our wedding officiant's office flooded and our marriage license was destroyed. So weren't official until after the honeymoon! If that's the worst that could happen I'd say the day was a success.

It couldn't have gone any smoother otherwise! A wedding will go where it wants to go based on the tone set by the bride and groom - the little things that every bride thinks will matter, in the end, work out exactly the way they are supposed to. At the end of the day, I got to marry my best friend and that's the most important thing of all!

Vendors for the day included:

Bridal Gown:  Blue Willow by Anne Barge, D'Anelli Bridal \\ Hair:  Estilos II \\ Makeup:  Nicolette Holstrom \\ Bridesmaid & Flower Girl Dresses:  David's Bridal \\ Jewelry:  Charming Charlies \\ Groom & Groomsmen Attire:  H&M \\ Floral Design:  3 Leaf Floral \\ Lavender:  Sprigs and Sprouts \\ Cake & Cupcakes:  Pattie's Tiny Cakes \\ Venue & Catering:  Maison la Belle Vie Winery \\ DJ:  DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment \\ Officiant:  Paul Paiva \\ Libations:  Fisher's Liquor Barn \\ Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography

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Congratulations Mox & Courtney!



David + Michelle | Redstone Colorado Wedding Photographer

David and Michelle tied the knot on Valentine's Day in beautiful Redstone Colorado!  It was a beautiful winter wedding held at the historic Redstone Inn.  We enjoyed photographing such a fun group and learning so much history about Redstone while we were there.  Michelle planned the entire day all on her own wight the help of local vendors familiar to the mountain area.

Vendors for the day included:

Venue and catering:  Redstone Inn

Flower arrangements and table centerpieces:  Susans Flowers & Gifts

Cake:  City Market (El Jebel)

Cake Topper:  Mudcards

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal

Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Warehouse

Flowergirl Dresses:  ekidsbridalusa

Hair & Makeup:  Dania LaGiglia (Glaze Studio, Glenwood Springs)



Congratulations David & Michelle!



Andrew + Jordann | Maison la Belle Vie Winery | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

Andrew and Jordann were married recently on October 4th at Maison la Belle Vie Winery (Amy's Courtyard) in beautiful Palisade Colorado.  It was a stunning wedding and oh so much fun!  The lovely couple was surrounded by all of their closest friends and family as they vowed their love for one another.  All of the decorations for the day were prepared by Jordann herself!  Hats off to you lady, every detail was perfect!

Vendors for their Palisade Wedding included:

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal  //  Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Warehouse  //  Venue, Catering & Wine:  Amy's Courtyard  //  Hair and Makeup:  A-Team Beauty  //  Cake:  The Cake Cottage  //  Music & DJ:  Bad Boyz DJ  //  Pastries:  Slice of Life, Palisade  //  Spirits:  Fun Junction Liquors  //  Floral Design:  3 Leaf Floral  //  Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography, assisted by Katie Landers Photography

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Congratulations Andrew & Jordann!



Cory + Lakin | Maison la Belle Vie Winery | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

I am so thrilled to finally be able to feature Cory and Lakin's beautiful Palisade wedding!  Wedding festivities took place at Maison la Belle Vie Winery (Amy's Courtyard) in Palisade, Colorado.  It was a gorgeous September day and the lovely couple celebrated in style with all of their closest family and friends.  Lakin is a local wedding coordinator for I Do and Parties Too and there's no doubt that she had a blast planning her own dream wedding!  Check out the details for yourself!

Vendors for Cory and Lakin's wedding day included:

Venue:  Amy's Courtyard \\  Caterer:  Berna B's  \\  DJ Service:  Bad Boyz DJ  \\  Floral Design & Day of Coordinator:  Bride and Bloom Design Co  \\  Rentals & Decor:  Event Productions  \\  Cakes:  Hello Sugar Cakery LLC  \\

Liquor:  Fun Junction Liquors  \\  Bridesmaid Attire:  David's Bridal  \\  Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Warehouse  \\  Photographer:  Carrie Johnson Photography  Assisted by:  Katie Landers 

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Congratulations Cory and Lakin!



Brett + April | Wine Country Inn | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

Brett and April were recently married at Wine Country Inn in Palisade Colorado!  It was a beautifully warm and sunny day that was beaming with love!  Together, surrounded by all of their closest family and friends, they exchanged vows and expressed their love and commitment for one another.

Vendors for their wedding included - Venue, Catering and Day of Wedding Planning:  Wine Country Inn  //  Cake:  The Cake Cottage  //  Bridal Gown:  David's Bridal  //  Tuxedo's:  Men's Warehouse  //  Flower Design:  Flowers By Lorraine  // Music:  DJ David - Farmington New Mexico  //  Photography by:  Carrie Johnson Photography, Assisted by Jen Swedhin Photography


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Congratulations Brett and April!



Chevelle | Wedding Gown Dress Up | Grand Junction Colorado Wedding Photographer

What little girl wouldn't love the chance to play dress up in her mother's wedding gown?  The opportunity to put on a beautiful dress can make a girl feel like such a princess, and what a wonderful keepsake to give your daughter on her wedding day years down the road!

Chevelle and her mother came to my studio and put on her mother's dress.  The moments we captured over the next hour are priceless treasures.

This is a great alternative to a trash the dress session.  So, Brides, SAVE your wedding dress and perhaps one day you will have a daughter to play dress up with!


Don't wait for your child to grow up!  Create these memories now to cherish for years to come!  Contact the studio to schedule a session for your daughter!



Keira + Troy | Grand Junction Wedding Photographer

June 7th, 2014 was a beautiful day in Western Colorado for Troy and Keira's wedding.  They were surrounded by their loved ones and friends as they exchanged vows in the hot summer sun.  Together they put on a fantastic display and their hard work was shown in all the details.  It was an honor to document their special day!

Vendors for the event included:

Venue:  The Place to Say "I DO"  / Gown:  David's Bridal / Hair:  Allure Salon (Amy Rand & Jessica Silengo) / Makeup:  Kim Kenton and Tracy Bain / Cake & Cupcakes:  The Cake Cottage / Catering:  P.S. Catering / Liquor:  Fishers Liquor Barn

/ Flowers:  Johnsons House of Flowers /  DJ:  Ryan Griz Entertainment  / Event Rentals:  Event Productions  / Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography (many thanks to my best friend and second shooter, Katie Landers Photography)


Congratulations Keira and Troy!  I wish you all the happiness in the world!



Jenna + Shelby | Grand Junction Wedding Photographer

Jenna and Shelby were married June 14th, 2014 at "Behind the wall" in Grand Junction, CO.  It was a fabulous day for a wedding!  The majority of their guests were visiting from out of town so they were shuttled all the way from Horizon Drive to the venue on Orchard Mesa by Absolute Prestige Limousine Service which actually caused the ceremony to be delayed about 45 minutes in order to have everyone present.  No big deal!  What's a wedding if it doesn't run a little late, right?

Vendor for the couple's big day included:

Hair and Makeup:  MENTE Freelance (based out of Denver, CO)

Dress:  Victoria Rose Bridal

Catering:  Enzos

Flowers:  Country Elegance Florists

DJ:  Max Ryan

Cake:  Tammi Cakes (Tammi Kaufman)

Liquor:  Fishers Liquor Barn

Party Rentals:  Grand Events and Party Rentals

Photo Booth:  Ooh Snap Photo Booth

Transportation:  Absolute Prestige Limousine Services

Wedding Venue:  Behind the Wall

Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography (many thanks to my best friend and second shooter Katie Landers Photography)


Congratulations Jenna and Shelby!