Like The High Tide; My Eyes Swell With Tears.

My heart stops and my knees weaken each time I witness a father spin his daughter.

This is exactly what I witnessed through the camera ( and my watery eyes ) while I slowly, and deliberately pushed my index finger down on the button of the shutter. 

This is the moment that I know I will live out with my own daughter. 

This moment marks the chapter that my daughter becomes a wife. A wife that becomes a mother. A mother that becomes a grandmother that has the quiet privilege of celebrating the same moment that I enthusiastically await.

My Favorite Piece of Art

Art is so subjective. What even makes something "art"? 

I often feel that life is art in motion with nobody around to observe the quiet details. I experience a great sense of joy when I witness romance while it goes unnoticed by everyone else. It's the same bittersweet feeling I work through whenever I sink a long putt while playing a round of golf all alone. Sometimes I feel the same feeling when taking the long way home and happen to witness a once-in-a-lifetime sunset in my rear-view mirror. 

A breath. A moment. A split second that belongs me, and only me. 

Rodin has always been someone that I come back to and identify with time after time. "The Clenched Hand" tells such a story in the most simplest way. Someone who has shared and celebrated the quiet details of our human form in a way that no one else has. 

Art surrounds all of us, even in the most desolate locations on Earth. It's up to us to identify it, celebrate it, experience it to its fullest potential, and share our breath enthusiastically with everyone.

How you share it is up to you.

k.b. wedding // coohills // denver, co
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I could never resist the call of the trail.
— Buffalo Bill

Overlook Ranch, Estes Park // sarah + signe
Rocky Mountain Ranch Wedding Photographs
“Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”
— Frederic Chopin

Denver Botanical Gardens // Anna Lee + Brandon

Nothing haunts me more often than the idea of what the World has to offer.

While in design school, I picked up a book that introduced me to the concept of Feng Shui.

 Since then, I have focused on surrounding my life with the five elements of the World: Earth, wind, fire, water, and wood. 

Today, I share with you, the first wedding I've had the pleasure to fully be immersed in the five elements of the World. The organic design of the World I believe in presents itself fully in the tangles of firery glass; the feeling of cool mist floating in the warm summer breeze; and most importantly; the smell of fresh dirt between the trees while digging for lost wedding rings.

I've learned a few things at this particular wedding, such as:

If you are the groom; don't shave after you've buttoned your best white shirt up to the top.

Instead of tossing the garter; just hold an authentic Texan-style auction and see who actually deserves the privilege of the honor.

Live music echoing off the walls of the reception hall embodies the ones you love most. 

Also, make sure your wedding is decorated with unique, hand-crafted glass by a World-renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly, that happens to be featured at Denver Botanic Gardens.

A fairytale wedding venue anytime of the year, but especially in mid-summer, the Botanic Gardens only amplifies the feeling of love shared between two humans.

PS: Live music and Elvis Presley amplifies the love people share at your wedding. 

Imagine doing what you love, while working with someone you love and respect. Today, I spent many hours next to a wedding photographer, Casie Zalud. Thanks for having me stand with you during this beautiful wedding. One love. 

Allison + Cory // Silverthorne, CO Wedding
silverthorne wedding photography
The details are not the details. They make the design.
— Charles Eames

Big thanks to Dana Romanoff for inviting me along. 

Denver Botanic Gardens // RiNo District Wedding
Uh said the man to the lady
Uh said the lady to the man she adored.
— The Pixies

After being around these two all day, Jessica and Jarvis reminded me why I fell in love. A cloudy day at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Denver kicked it off nicely. Crazy as it was; the day continued with a carefree ceremony in the rain at the Denver Botanic Gardens followed by a romantic waltz under umbrellas. 

But wait, it got even better. The deep blue sky insisted on being a guest at the reception in the RiNo District of Denver. Somehow Jessica and Jarvis booked the most intensely raw and organic venue I have ever experienced a wedding reception at. This setting was stellar for the first dance to The Pixies song, "Hey". 

Before the first dance, I caught them practicing in the courtyard illuminated only by twinkle lights; totally alone.

That is the moment that still happily haunts me to this day. This blog post wouldn't have been possible without Audrey Michel inviting me along. Thank you.

Stanley Hotel // Room 217 // Ali+Aaron

lingering echos of the past
held us tight under the covers

the steam from our souls
rattled on to the rhythm of the thin panes of glass 
that weakly separated us and the whipping blasts of snow
the cold chains yanking at our limbs as we rise up

together we sneak a kiss surrounded by brass and glass
the seclusion we endured was only broken by the intrusion of our love.