The Trip

To say I feel lucky to have been chosen by Kristen and Gary to photograph their wedding would be an understatement. I am so thankful that they chose to fly me out with them for such a special day. This was my first time in Colorado and oh my, it was GORGEOUS! From the flat land the stretched as far as the eye could see, to the mountains that popped up at the end covered with snow, it was absolutely beautiful. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience these views for their wedding.

The Colorado Wedding

Kristen and Gary were married in their favorite state, Colorado, at Willow Ridge Manor. Their venue had a touch of red rocks with a gorgeous view of the mountains behind. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for their wedding. The weather was warmer than expected, and it felt great. Due to the warm weather we were warned to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes which is something I have never had to do during a wedding before.

Kristen and Gary had 40 (yes 40!) of their family members and closest friends fly out for their big day. How special that they have so many people who made that trip for them! They were married by Kristen’s dad, with the mountain skyline on every side of them. They said their vows to each other, and Gary had written vow’s to Olivia, Kristen’s daughter. He placed a necklace on her just as he placed a ring on Kristen’s finger, it was such a sweet moment. The three of them recessed back down the aisle together wearing the biggest smiles you have ever seen. They are truly one HAPPY FAMILY! Congrats Kristen and Gary! I can’t wait to photograph your Maryland Reception.

Reception Round Two!

Today Kristen and Gary are able to relive their amazing wedding in Colorado on the blog! But, after doing so…they will party hard with all of their friends and family in Maryland during their home reception.  It isn’t often that couples are able to re-do the awesome moments of their wedding in a different state with even more people than the first time! I can’t wait to see the two of you tonight!


Bridal make-up at a hotel in Morrison ColoradoBridal make-up at a hotel in Morrison ColoradoBridal make-up at a hotel in Morrison ColoradoBridal details. Necklace for the brides daughter as well as all of the jewelry the bride will wear on her wedding day Bride and Bridesmaid foot jewelry in lieu of wearing shoesBride's sunflower and lace guarder with bling.

Groom preparing to see and marry his bride
Groom portraits in a hotel before the ceremony

Bride's dress on a mirror with a tree and handmade hanger with married name and wedding dateBride's dress hanging on a mirror with a treeBride's wedding dress hanging on a mirror with lace detailsRose Gold engagement ring and wedding bands on sunflower bouquetGroomsmen in the foothills of Colorado on the outskirts of Red RocksBride with tattoos getting into her gown on her wedding dayBride's daughter fixing the wedding gownBridal portraits with sunflower bouquet and tattoosBridal portraits with sunflower bouquet and tattoosThree generations of women on the wedding day



Photographer: Valerie Michelle Photography
Venue: Willow Ridge Manor
Florals: Lace and Lilies
Cake & Cupcakes: Happy Bakeshop
Wedding Gown: Love it! at Stellas
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Engagement Photos: Here