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Inspiration Winter Wedding Shoot | Colorado Wedding Photographer

Why plan a winter wedding?

As a wedding vendor I know that the busiest months for marriage are May through September and you can be sure that couples book the vendors they want up to a year in advance.  Couples often miss out on the perfect venue or wedding photographer or even the most popular DJ because the summer months fill up so quickly.  So, why not plan a winter wedding?

Here are a few reasons you might want to consider holding off until the snow flies!

~ A winter wedding provides a magical feel of "winter wonderland"!

~  Guests schedules are less busy during the winter months because most people plan family vacations throughout the warmer season.  You are sure to see a lot more RSVP's from your guest list!

~  The snow and dreary backdrops are surprisingly beneficial when planning out your color scheme as they pretty much go with anything.  You can add as much contrast as you like without worrying about whether or not your wedding colors will clash with the freshly mowed green grass.

~  If you are a holiday fanatic then you have the option of planning for a Christmas or New Year's themed wedding

~   Most of all:  Winter weddings can be much lighter on the pocket book and your budget as most vendors offer discounts during the slower seasons!  (That's reason enough right there!)

Check out the video below to see what myself and the pros at I Do and Parties Too and The Bride and Bloom Design Company  can do to help you plan the perfect winter wedding!

 

Special thanks to all of the vendors that helped coordinate this beautiful inspiration shoot held in the mountains of gorgeous Colorado!

Wedding Planning and Design:  I Do and Parties Too

Floral Design:  Bride and Bloom Design Company

Wedding Gown:  Victoria Rose Bridal

Hair Design:  Blush Salon and Spa (Keeli Vanlandingham)

Makeup Design:  Kiss & Makeup by Marielle Michelle Fazzi

Cake:  Hello Sugar Cakery LLC

Venue:  Five Winds Ranch Weddings

And of course we couldn't forget our talented models - Marlin & Kuersten and Gipp!

Thank you all so much!

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Go ahead, plan your winter wedding!

Seth + Kelsey | Hotchkiss Colorado Engagement Photographer

SAVE THE DATE!

Kelsey and Seth are engaged and getting married May 1st, 2015 in Silverthorne Colorado!  I'm sure this will be a celebration that their friends and family won't want to miss!

Over 4th of July weekend I traveled to Hotchkiss, Colorado to the childhood home of Seth for the couple's engagement session.  We had so much fun and couldn't have picked a more beautiful evening for a shoot.  Thanks to the owners of Kuntz Ranch for the use of their property and their vintage Chevy!  It was the perfect touch to an intimate setting.

Congratulations Seth and Kelsey!  Let the wedding planning begin!

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xoxo,

Carrie

Grand Junction Wedding Photographer | Callie + Josh

Backyard country weddings are so much fun!  That's exactly the kind of wedding that Callie and Josh recently celebrated at her parents home up Reeder Mesa.  It was a very warm spring day, so warm in fact that even one of the flower girls decided to strip down during the ceremony!  It was nothing short of adorable!  Callie spent countless hours building up to their big day gathering and creating all of the wonderful handmade decorations.  The weather was splendid, the music was fabulous, the food was delicious and the guests who shared in the celebration brought with them an abundance of love and support.  The day was perfect!  The bride and groom hired us for only a few hours that day but here is a glimpse at the fun that was had!

Josh and Callie's Vendors for the day were:

Music:  Bad Boyz DJ

Flowers:  Country Elegance

Cake & Cupcakes:  Patty's Tiny Cakes

Food:  Family & Friends

Tables, Chairs, Linens:  What's the function Grand Junction

Special thanks to my sidekick Katie Landers Photography!

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Congratulations Josh + Callie!

xoxo,

Carrie

Chantel + Cody | Western Colorado Engagement Photographer

SAVE THE DATE!  Cody and Chantel will be getting hitched October 4th, 2014!

That's about all the details I have for now but I'm sure to bet that this will be a wedding you won't want to miss, if you're invited that is.  I'm disappointed that I won't be able to shoot their special day due to already being booked but I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to work with this cute couple anyhow.  Oh and their smart little red healer, Roxie, who has just as much bubbly personality as her owners!

Congratulations Cody & Chantel!

 

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Kate + Paul | Colorado Mountain Wedding |Grand Junction Wedding Photographer

- Be My Valentine -

Kate and Paul came all the way from Toronto Ontario Canada to be married at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Valentine's Day!  The day was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way!  The love these two have for each other was astonishing and I will never forget the moment I actually met Paul in person (up until the wedding date we had only been able to Skype) and the first thing I said to him was "your bride looks looks gorgeous" and Paul says to me "Yea, she is!".  I knew from that moment on that this day was going to be so much fun!

Due to the lack of sun and the opportunity for the Bride and Groom to jump right into the party following nuptials, the lovely coupled opted for a "first look" and to do all of the group and formal photos prior to the ceremony.  By doing so, we had so much time for the fun stuff!  I had a hard time choosing photos for the blog post so bare with me because there are many!

Last but not least, a couple of quick shout outs for all those who worked so closely with Kate and Paul remotely to put on the special day.

Makeup by Hope Carlton

Hair by Glory Ugalde @ Virtue Salon

Floral Arrangements by Three Leaf Floral Design

Dinner was catered by The Cowboy and the Rose Catering

Patty's Tiny Cakes supplied deliciously sweet cupcakes

and The Slopeside Inn @ Powderhorn was the Venue

Special thanks to my Assistant and Second Shooter Katie Landers Photography

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Congratulations Kate and Paul!

xoxo,

Carrie

DeAna + Qionn | Grand Junction Engagement Photographer

Downtown Grand Junction is the perfect setting for any photo session if you appreciate the urban feel.  Especially when the weather is chilly and the trees haven't quite begun to show signs that spring has sprung.  That's where I took these two love birds on a brisk February afternoon.  This is DeAna and Qionn.  A newly engaged couple who has proved to me that long distance relationships can and really do work.  Qionn is a Sailor stationed in Japan while his beautiful bride to be is a student at CMU.  Both are from the Front Range so you can imagine how tickled I was to photograph an out of town couple!

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Congratulations DeAna & Qionn!

xoxo,

Carrie

Jenna + Shelby | Engagements | Grand Junction Colorado

Jenna and Shelby:  The Proposal

March 31st, 2013

I copied this straight from their website where you can read their entire story and get details about their wedding at http://shelbyandjenna.ourwedding.com

March 31, 2013 happened to be Easter Sunday.  Shelby and I got up a little earlier than normal so we could go to my sister Nicole's house and watch my nieces and nephew look for Easter eggs.  After wandering the yard for a bit I looked at Shelby from across the yard and noticed he had an Easter basket in his hands.  As I got closer I noticed several colorful plastic eggs in the basket.  He gave me the basket and told me they were mine, and that the Easter bunny brought it for me.  I looked closer at the eggs and noticed they had numbers on them, numbered 1-4.  It was then that I realized what he was doing.  I opened up the first egg and a piece of paper along with a chocolate kiss was inside.  The paper read "Will."  I immediately started shaking and a huge smile was planted on my face.  I proceeded to open the other 3 each one had a chocolate kiss and a slip of paper, the others reading "You", "Marry", "Me".  I looked up from the basket and saw him down on one knee in front of me.  The moment was all too fast but I heard him say "Jenna, will you marry me?"  Of course I said yes and gave him a huge hug and kiss.  I looked around the yard forgetting for a moment that we were still in the middle of our Easter egg hunt and noticed my family clapping and congratulating us.  My mom was snapping pictures and trying her best not to cry.  I was one of the most special moments to date and am so excited to start my life with Shelby.heart

 

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Congratulations Jenna and Shelby!

xoxo,

Carrie

Keira + Troy | Engagements | Palisade Colorado

Troy and Keira:  The Beginning

Troy and Keira met one evening through mutual friends but it wasn't until a few weeks later when Troy friended Keira on Facebook and a friendship began.  They started hanging out and after a few months things escalated into something much more.  Troy proposed to Keira on may 6th, 2013 which happened to be their 3rd anniversary. He told her that he had something for her to look at in his taxidermy shop and when she entered the shop she saw a bouquet of roses on the counter.  When she got closer she found her ring in the middle of a rose. When she turned around to look at him he popped the question!

The wedding is set for June 7th, 2014!

 

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Congratulations Keira & Troy!

xoxo,

Carrie