Spencer + Jayna (or Space + Jay, as they are commonly known in our crew) are two of my very best friends who were so kind to take part in my winter mini-sessions in support of the Human Rights Campaign this last December.  While they weren’t just yet engaged at the time (that happened only recently), they were about to buy a house together in Jefferson Park so these essentially served as their official engagement photos and I’m so happy to have been the one to photograph them!

We took a few photos in and around one of my favorite parts of Denver: Civic Center Park and the buildings surrounding it, including the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum.  I love that this location gives you a ton of different textures, colors, and background options; I’m never bored shooting over here.

I can’t wait to see these two walk down the aisle and do the thing next year!  They’ve booked one of my favorite Denver wedding venues, Space Gallery, in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.  Cheers to these two!

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For this week’s edition of Friday Faves, I have a few images from Pam + Will’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek wedding!  I loved the images that Pam picked out as her faves, and I’m so excited to share my faves at the end, too.

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From the bride (and my dear friend from my college days up at CSU in Fort Collins), Pam:

“This image is so fun because we’re typically pretty laid back and casual people, and this felt so glam and sassy, while at the same time capturing one of our favorite (and more laid back-feeling) places — the mountains! — in the background.  The trees are green and springy, there’s still snow on the mountainside; it’s so quintessentially Colorado, and the juxtaposition of glam and rugged is pretty cool!  Also, it does’t hurt that it showed off the back of my pretty amazing dress.”

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“What I love so much about this picture is that it perfectly emulates what I was feeling in that moment.  This was towards the end of our first look, after the excitement of seeing each other all done up for the first time, and at this point we had settled into things even though we were still really excited!  This was a moment where we just took a breath and were entirely with one another in a quiet moment, preparing for the ceremony to “seal the deal” and begin the rest of our lives together.  It was so touching and the picture speaks volumes to us.”

And now for a few of my faves!

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I loved these candid images of the couple with their moms, respectively.  Weddings can be high-stress for family members and so it was lovely to see everyone just enjoying themselves and not worrying about the details of the day.

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This was a super-fave from the whole day for me, as it was so touching and meant the world to see Pam so happy during the ceremony.  It is always such a privilege and a gigantic honor to photograph weddings for friends, and I always feel so grateful seeing them so happy.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek wedding receptionFinally, I had to throw in a few detail photos from the reception.  Pam + Will decided to go for romantic tablescapes for their reception and I loved the warm and cozy feel of their décor.  It felt sexy, classy, and fit the venue (and them) so well.

Thank you so much to Pam for sharing her favorites with me, and thank you for stopping by the blog!  Stay tuned for the next edition next week!

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I know I’m a tad belated (ok, I’m over a year late) in posting these photos from my first-ever Denver photography workshop, but better late than never, right?!

Last winter, I decided (in the shower, of course, where all my business ideas seem to surface) to marry my past career (teaching) with my current (wedding photography) and host a workshop focused on wedding day details.  At this juncture in my life, I had been out of the classroom, where I taught high school French, for nearly two and a half years, and it was definitely time for me to get back to my educating roots and get in front of a class.

This workshop definitely satisfied my desire to build relationships and give back to the Denver photography community through education.  I was almost a little surprised at how much I had missed being an educator.  I can’t wait to do more photography workshops like this in the future.

We started the day with a little bit of networking, as we had a sold-out room full of nearly 35 photographers.  It was perfect for everyone to be able to schmooze a little bit and make some new friendships before starting the day.  Afterwards, we jumped into the meat of the day where I shared my best tips and tricks for shooting details on the wedding day.  Shoes, jewelry, cuff links, flowers.  Details are my jam and I loved being able to share my knowledge with everyone.

For the last portion of the day, the workshop attendees were able to practice shooting with two models and a full wedding day set-up that included a tablescape, lounge area with the coolest giant paper poppies you’ve ever seen, a stunning four-tier cake, plus a host of other details that ranged from an invitation suite to an apple cider bar.

Take a peek below at the images I shot throughout the course of the day.  Thank you so much to everyone who attended my first-ever Denver photography workshop, and to the vendors who made it all possible.  Cheers!

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Venue: Studios at Overland Crossing | Floral: Something Styled | Paper floral and invites: Felicity Allyse | Dresses: Brides’ own (from Emma and Grace Bridal Studio) | Vintage rentals: Patina Preferred | Hair: Harmony Kilgore | Makeup: Cassandra Garza | Apple crates: Colorado Apple Crates | Cake: Wildflower Cakes | Candles and lanterns: Candlelight Ambiance  | Models: Alicia and Alison | Jewelry: Ashley Anne Jewelry | Vintage furs: Mildred + Bernice | Linen: Pear Tree Rentals

Special thank-you to Kyla, Kim, and Chris who came to help set up and hang out to support me | A million thank-yous to this killer Denver wedding vendor team who brought this whole day to life!

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I’m excited to debut this gorgeous Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding as the first edition of my Friday Faves here on the blog!  I am always fascinated by which photos my clients choose as their favorites.  I see their choices in which ones they get printed on canvas, which ones they want included in their album design draft, or which ones make the social media cut and get featured on their own personal Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Those who know me understand that I am hugely nostalgic and sentimental.  Love notes on cocktail napkins, old handwritten letters from high school friends, ticket stubs, Polaroids, all of the above — I keep it all.  I’m not quite hoarder status yet but I will say that I have a few large wicker IKEA boxes full of little trinkets from as early as 1988: a birthday card from my Granddad telling me how happy he is to have met me.

This kind of stuff is what I would run back into a burning building for (after the dog, of course), and I know my clients are the same way.  I asked Kristin to share some of her favorite images with me from her Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding this past fall and I absolutely loved seeing which images she chose and why she loved them.

Take a peek below at Kristin’s favorite frames from her wedding to Aaron this past September, and stay tuned for my faves at the end, too!  Thank you again to Kristin + Aaron for sharing this love-filled day with me.

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“I love this picture because it is one of the first of us as husband and wife.  After months and months of planning, it has all happened.  It was a magical moment after the ceremony where we were able to step away and take these beautiful pictures to reflect on being married in front of all our friends and family in an amazing setting.  The day was absolutely perfect, and I think this photo captures the beauty, serenity and peace of a mountain wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  The breathtaking sunset and picture-perfect background was a fairy tale beginning to a lifetime as Mr. & Mrs. Loggins.”

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“I love that you were able to capture these special pictures with my dad.  My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010 and after years of struggling he had a bad fall before Aaron and I got engaged and could not walk any longer and spent some time in an assisted living home.  After Aaron and I got engaged, I told him everyday he had to work hard and walk again so he could walk me down the aisle on my wedding day and dance with me for our father-daughter dance.  I think these pictures express how extremely proud Aaron and I are of my dad and his incredible strong will to go from a hospital bed to learning to walk again to be such an important part of our special day.  The pure joy and happiness on his face says it all.”

I can’t echo Kristin’s sentiment enough about the photos with her father.  It was incredibly emotional to be there in the moment and capture those first dance photos on the other side of the camera.  I will forever be thankful for Kristin with entrusting me with such an important moment of her and her dad’s relationship.

In addition to the images above, my favorites come from the absolutely bangin’ reception that night.  Kristin + Aaron had an 80s cover band play for their guests and it was such a blast to capture so many of them cutting a rug and having a great time together.  There were so many fun dancing shots from their evening that I couldn’t narrow it down.  Enjoy the slideshow, and thank you for stopping by the blog!

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding | Ashley Kidder Photo | Planning by JA Special Events
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I am in love with this Colorado winter wedding!  While I love shooting in the summer and fall in this gorgeous state, there is something so romantic about snowy winter weddings!  From Ashley’s ethereal dress to the groom’s classic suit and everything in between, this wedding is dreamy AF and I’m super excited to showcase my favorite images for you on the blog today!

Despite being the end of December, the weather for Ashley + Ryan’s big day wasn’t as cold or as blizzard-y as it could have been!  While Ashley wanted it to be actively snowing on the day, we weren’t in luck in this aspect but we did have fresh powder on the ground from recent snowfall.  I loved that she wanted to have the ceremony outdoors and take all of the portraits outside as well.

Some of my favorite things from this Colorado winter wedding:

  • Those glam-bangin’ bridesmaids’ dresses!  YES!
  • No boutonnières on the guys (this might sound weird, but I felt it enriched the suaveness of the gents without the floral on their lapels)
  • Blush, burgundy + muted greens in the bouquets
  • Photos with Ashley + Ryan at the hotel’s little ski village thingie (I’ve never skied in Colorado — is that what this area is called?!)
  • Seeing how happy these two are together all throughout the day

Thank you again to Ashley + Ryan for having me along to document this stunning Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch wedding.  Take a peek at my favorite images from the day below.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Dress: Hayley Paige | Makeup: Cassandra Garza | Special thanks to my fantastic second photographer, Chris, for making the trek up the mountain with me

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Hello, I’m Ashley and I’m a Colorado winter wedding photographer!  If you’re looking for snowy mountain wedding photos like these, let’s chat!  Click here to get in touch or contact me directly via my email/cell phone number below.  I’m so looking forward to hearing about your upcoming wedding!

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