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Congratulations Kim and Andy!!

July 18, 2008

A perfect day for a wedding at the Denver Botanical Gardens! We were so excited for this day because it had truly been a long wait. We first met Kim and Andy at their engagement shoot back in the fall. Andy is an officer in the US Army and soon after that shoot, he was leaving for the last half of a one year deployment to Iraq. I felt a special connection with Andy because I was in the military also. ( Aside – My first anniversary celebration was a phone call to Julie from the Philippines Islands before boarding the ship for deployment to the Persian Gulf. “Hi Honey..Love you…See you in six months”). After the engagement shoot, Andy was gone and Kim had to do all the wedding prep solo, communicating with Andy via email. Of course we were all concerned for Andy’s safety and also concerned that he really would be able to return in time for the wedding! We were definitely praying for Andy and for Kim. Most Americans who have never served have no idea what sacrifices our service members and their families endure for us. Our thanks could never be enough.

Anyway, after a long fall and spring, Andy did return home safely, and right on time! Whew! So, it was all on for the wedding! Hooray!

We met Kim at her room at the beautiful J.W. Marriott in Cherry Creek. We then went with the entire bridal party via Sunset Limousines to LODO for a little fun and to toast Kim and Andy. This was followed by a gorgeous ceremony at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Even though the rain started to fall as we finished up the family formals, it lasted only a short time and the vibrant colors and dramatic skies that came as a result were wonderful! The party at the J.W. Marriott lasted well into the night with all the details left in the very capable hands of Pam from Sapphire Celebrations. Kim and Andy left for a very beautiful honeymoon in French Polynesia. Does it get any better? We think the world of Kim and Andy and are so glad they found each other! It was such an honor to be their photographer. Here are just a few of my favorites…many more to come!

The Beautiful J.W. Marriott

Beautiful J.W. Marriott in Cherry Creek

Gorgeous flowers by Dore, owner of Stems in Evergreen. She is a true artist who always comes up with the perfect creative idea. Beautiful as always, Dore. And always fun to work with!

Kim\

Andy awaiting the big moment

their first meeting that day

fun times with the entire bridal party in LODO

The whole gang hanging out in LoDo. These guys were a blast!

The beautiful Denver Botanical Gardens

What an awesome day at the beautiful Denver Botanical Gardens.

Kim was absolutely gorgeous! This truly was her magical day...

Sunset Limousines takes them to the J.W. Marriott

the J.W. Marriott

The best workshop in the U.S.!

I just returned from a killer 5-day workshop with my friend, Jim Garner. I have known Jim for over two years and it has been so awesome to see his success-WPPI Young Guns, several huge album of the year awards ( he had 5 albums in the top ten!) to the latest award of being recognized as Top Ten Photographer in the World. Can it get any better? It is so awesome to see phenomenal talent and success go hand-in-hand because it doesn’t always work that way. And the fact that Jim and his lovely wife Katarina are two of the kindest, most generous and giving people in the industry is just a huge bonus! Actually, that’s no the bonus. That’s the MAIN thing. Their talent and success are the bonus!

Anyway, it was five days of shooting, instruction and hanging out with other mega-talented photographers. I just couldn’t wait to return to Colorado to shoot my next wedding. I was inspired and filled with new ideas and new excitement. Here are just a few images from my time in Washington…

Jim Garner

Our awe inspiring leader...Who wouldn't follow this man?

What a place to hang out for a week! Jim shared his fabulous home with us.

We did a sunset shoot from the bridge over Deception Pass. Awesome!

A few of my favorites…

August 7, 2008 - 3:24 pm

Dawn Shields - AWESOME CHRIS!
I love your work you are such a talented photographer. I consider you one of my dear friends and I’m so happy we got to hang together in Seattle, we will have to do it again next year!

Hugs to you and the Family!

August 7, 2008 - 3:29 pm

Dorinda Peyton - Beautiful pics! It was great to mee you. You’re a talented man!

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