Imagine getting an email from one of your sweetest students saying that they wanted to hire you to come out to Colorado to capture their small, intimate wedding in Aspen…. I was SO EXCITED!!! This was long before COVID or travel bans or quarantine. Haleigh planned her wedding quickly because her dad’s health was declining quickly and she wanted nothing more than for him to walk her down the aisle and get to experience an amazing trip with him. Haleigh’s dad has been battling cancer with a prognosis that is hard to imagine. That reality made Jack and Haleigh’s wedding day so incredibly special, meaningful and intentional.
Jack and Haleigh are from Florida and so their mountain wedding was a drastic change from their normal day-to-day view. The views were just unimaginable. As soon as I walked around the corner of the ceremony venue and saw the backdrop, I was shocked. I hate to say it but images don’t even do it justice. It’s impossible to fully capture how grand and majestic Maroon Bells is in real life. It’s stunning. We were shooting in the middle of the day and so even though the light was harsh, it was still absolutely beautiful and I was able to capture images that I will cherish for the rest of my career!
Their day was so incredibly beautiful, simple, and so them. They wanted epic portraits and to be surrounded by those that love them the most and with the exception of a few friends what couldn’t come because of Covid, that is exactly what they got! It was such an honor to be trusted with their day and to be the ones who had the privilege of capturing such special moments for a family that is walking through so much right now.
Enjoy Jack and Haleigh’s wedding day and just prepare yourself…. these are portraits like I have never captured before!! I would go back and do this all over again in a heartbeat! …. except I would make sure I research the elevation restrictions while 20 weeks pregnant so that I wouldn’t have to order an Oxygen tank just in case!! We have so many fun memories from this trip that will be shared in our next KJ All Access episode and our members are going to LOVE it! Thank you Haleigh and Jack for allowing us to teach and inspire other photographers through your epic wedding day!!!
We love you both and we are cheering for you and this exciting new season of your life!!!
Haleigh you are beautiful!!!!
When her dad saw a note she had embroidered on the back of his tie….
Have you ever seen a more epic First Look location?!
Photographers, notice how much the light was changing literally every few minutes. It was challenging but still epic! We kind of got the best of both worlds…. sunlight and overcast!
Jack tossed this veil himself… Michael may be out of a job in the veil department!
This one got me when I took it. I had mascara everywhere. Haleigh you have such a beautiful relationship with your precious dad. It was such an honor to capture it.
Ceremony | Maroon Bells Amphitheater
Reception | Highlands Alehouse
Dress Store | Minerva Bridal
Dress Designer | Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Florist | Bride & Groom, Florals purchased from Afloral
Hair & Make Up | Aspen Hair and Makeup
Catering | Highlands Alehouse
Invitations | Minted
Hair Piece | Bella Via Designs
Hope Charm for Florals | Etsy
View Jack + Haleigh’s Engagement Session HERE!
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.