Catholic Wedding | Colleen and Adam
When the Skype call we schedule with Colleen and Adam included talk of dinosaurs and Arby's, we knew that these two were going to be fun. And when we showed up at Colleen's mother's home in Golden and got a big hug from Colleen like we'd known her all our lives, we knew their Catholic wedding was going to be heartfelt.
Getting Ready in Golden
Eric had the good fortune to photograph Colleen and her bridesmaids at Colleen's mothers home. He made some great photos of Colleen in her dress and a mini first look for her parents. Meanwhile, I hightailed it over to the Golden Hotel to meet up with the guys for photos. This included a walk along ...
July 19, 2017
Scottish Wedding | Amy and Peter
Peter carefully donned every element of his Scottish Highland dress from his McLachlan tartan kilt to his sgian-dubh, or dagger that he kept in his long knitted kilt hose. Some people, if they're going to be in a Scottish Wedding, use decorative daggers that aren't sharp or wont even come out of the sheath. His was real. I checked.
Highland Dress for a Scottish Wedding
Peter and Amy came to Boulder for their wedding even though they live in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They stayed at the Hotel Boulderado and that's where Eric and I first met them - at least in person. We had Skyped before the wedding to get our ducks in a row, but now, on we ...
June 14, 2017
Groom’s First Look
There is something special about the moment of a groom's first look, that split second when he sees his bride for the first time. Whether it is as she is coming down the aisle or in an orchestrated first look before the wedding ceremony it is a moment absolutely filled with emotion for a man about to be married. At least it was for me.
Groom's First Look
There are essentially two ways to do the groom's first look:
Groom's First Look #1:
The good old fashioned way of making him wait until his bride comes down the aisle. We prefer this method as it is the most natural way for the first look to play out. You also have the added drama with al ...
June 1, 2017
Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding | Brittany and Matt
On their wedding day, we met this lovely couple at a rental home at the foot of Lee Hill in Boulder. They planned to get ready at the same location, meet for the first look and do some portraits at a couple different locations if possible. As it turned out, it wasn't possible.
Best laid plans for a Boulder Mountain Wedding
As often happens with weddings, plans go out the window when life intervenes. In this case, the schedule was planned but the reality of the flow of the wedding day made it impossible to do all the things on the schedule. But Brittany and Matt took things in stride. Matt owns the Farm and Smoke food truck so he's no st ...
May 17, 2017
Family Wedding Photos | Dusti & Andrew
So this was a fun one for me! I traveled to Elkhart, IN to do family wedding photos for my cousin's wedding this July and it was special for me to photograph the nuptials of a young man that I have know since he was 5 years-old.
Family Wedding Photos
Andrew married Dusti on July 15th after a romance that started when they worked together at Walmart after high school. For me I first met Andrew when my first cousin started dating his mother, Deanna. I was swimming in my grand mother's pool in Jupiter, FL when my older cousin's soon-to-be new family arrived. I was about twelve years old and a pretty good swimmer. My future cousin had never ...
October 20, 2016
Maternity Photos | Benson Sculpture Garden | Brittany and Nick
Benson Sculpture Garden Maternity Photos
We love it when our clients reach out to us to photograph them after the wedding. In this case, Brittany asked us if we could do some photos for them but didn't reveal the reason. We just thought they missed us and might want some updated portraits now that they had been married a whole year. We were pleasantly surprised when she revealed they were expecting and wanted us to help them spread the news through maternity photos.
When they showed up at Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado, I had already scoped out a good spot. In our days as photojournalists at the Reporter-Herald we had bot ...
October 13, 2016
Second Wedding – Cindy and Nick | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers
Cindy and Nick had been here before. Both stood on the altar and stared into the eyes of someone else. Both of those marriages brought joy through years of love and children. But there was also pain from the death of a spouse. Now, after loss and pain, came happiness once again in this second wedding. They had found one another and joined their families of adult children and proved that love is patient.
Not-so-traditional Second Wedding
Nick and Cindy chose to have their ceremony at Christ Center Community Church in Fort Collins where Nick is a member. The bridal party - all family - gathered early to prepare for the big day. We're well ...
October 6, 2016
Cherokee Castle Wedding | Tesia & Ryan
Tesia and Ryan's Cherokee Castle wedding was the perfect venue to have a Disney Princess themed wedding in Colorado! I had the opportunity to second shoot this awesome wedding with Lisa Higginbotham of Oh Snap Productions and am so glad I did!
Cherokee Castle Wedding
The bride and groom's Cherokee Castle wedding made for a dramatic backdrop especially with the Disney Princess theme. The castle itself was built outside of Sedalia, CO in the 1920's and was designed to look like a 15th century Scottish castle. The neat thing is, it is not cheesy or tacky at all, totally cool actually!
Disney Princess Wedding
Tesia wanted Disney Princesse ...
September 29, 2016
Castle Pines Wedding | Colorado Wedding Photographers | Anastasia & Michael
Anastasia and Michael planned a small family Castle Pines wedding at the exclusive country club near Castle Rock, CO. Just 25 or so guests and and the golf course was all they needed for a beautiful wedding.
The Country Club at Castle Pines Wedding
The first tee was a great place for their Castle Pines wedding. The high position made for great views over the Colorado front range and made for a clear view of the beautiful Colorado sky. The only things sticking up were the iconic country club clock tower and all the amazing trees.
The plan was to do some of the formal and bride & groom photos first then the ceremony and some more p ...
September 15, 2016
Mountain Wedding Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographers | Stacy and John
Stacy and John had the day dialed in. Her father's home in Lyons would provide the perfect backdrop for the perfect Colorado Mountain Wedding. What they didn't know was Colorado's weather had other plans. This couple rolled with the punches and rode the storm out.
The Perfect Backyard Mountain Wedding
Stacy's father owns a home just outside of Lyons, Colorado where she grew up. She knew it would be the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding. She and John were so happy that the day would happen among friends in a familiar setting. This was no wedding venue but her father moved up his landscaping schedule to be sure his little girl would have ...
September 9, 2016
Mountain Engagement Photos | Stacy and John
Stacy and John were going to have a mountain wedding at Stacy's father's house outside of Lyon's, Colorado so why not get their mountain engagement photos done in the same stunning and personal location? The only problem is the tricky Colorado spring weather.
Stacy and John's Mountain Engagement Photos
These two decided early on that they where going to have a mountain wedding at the home where Stacy grew up so why not do the mountain engagement photos in the same location?
We started out shooting their mountain engagement photos on a beautiful spring evening but the weather quickly started to change so we used an old Ford truck to kee ...
September 1, 2016
Lionsgate Wedding | Colorado Wedding Photographers
Larissa and Aaron scored when they booked their Lionsgate Wedding in Broomfield. What better place for a rustic elegant ceremony, yard games, food trucks, gypsygrass and a Stormtrooper? I can't think of one.
Rustic Elegant Ceremony for this Lionsgate Wedding
We loved the venue. Everywhere we looked we saw another great spot for photos. We can't think of better words than what we found on Lionsgate's Website:
"We welcome all couples in our Colorado wedding venues. The Gatehouse has a grand ballroom, elegant stained glass, antique staircase and other extraordinary features to provide a sophisticated atmosphere. The Dove House wit ...
August 25, 2016
Star Wars Wedding Photos | It’s all in the Details
Star Wars cufflinks, check, Star Wars Converse, check, Star Wars underwear... So what do you do when the groom wants to do a Star Wars wedding and the bride wants a casual farm to table food truck wedding? Larissa and Aaron got married on May the 4th (Star Wars Day) at Lionsgate Event Center and they had it all!
Larissa and Aaron had several themes for their Lionsgate Event Center wedding and they nailed it on all of them. Today we'll focus on the Star Wars Wedding Details.
Star Wars Wedding Details
Aaron is a big Star Wars Geek so he wanted to have their wedding on May the 4th and Larissa took the idea and ran with it. She even surp ...
August 18, 2016
Evergreen, Colorado Lake House Wedding Photos
Last Summer about this time I had the privilege of shooting at one of the great Colorado wedding venues, the Evergreen Lake House. If you haven't seen it yet you really need to check it out!
Evergreen Lake House Wedding
I had the opportunity to shoot the Evergreen Lake House wedding of Emily and Dave with wedding photography veteran Steve Tinetti. Recently, I had been in my brother's wedding there, but until then I had never shot at this awesome venue.
Emily and Dave just had a low key wedding with family and friends in the log cabin style venue. Every thing was decorated beautifully, drawing attention to the rustic charm of the Lake ...
August 4, 2016
Intricate Details from a Stanley Hotel Wedding
Christina had this wedding dialed in. She knew the location was gonna be great - and how can you miss with an iconic location like the Stanley Hotel. But she also put a ton of thought into the details and it really shows! Read on for more info about these Stanley Hotel Wedding Details.
Stanley Hotel Wedding Details
Christina's wedding dress from Encore Bridal in Fort Collins was a classic choice with a lot of buttons. Remember the crochet hook for this one! Kenny's suit from Men's Warehouse provided the perfect balance to her beautiful dress.
Christina and Kenny purchased their rings at Fred Meyer Jewelers. ...
July 28, 2016
Dramatic Wedding Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographers
How to use strobes in Dramatic Wedding Photography: So you see those photos of a bride and groom against a dramatic sunset (like the one here) or a couple sitting in a wine cellar and they are lit a different color from say the dramatic blue light of the cellar shelves and you wonder how you can make a photo like that at your next wedding...
Dramatic Wedding Photography Using Strobes
I believe one key to Dramatic Wedding Photography is using off camera strobes. The problem may be that you have mostly used on camera flash and are a bit intimidated by off camera flash. You read blogs and all the talk of TTL and dynamic range and blah blah bla ...
July 21, 2016
Same Sex Wedding Photos Shot in Downtown Denver
When we first met Nicole and Asher we knew their same sex Downtown Denver wedding was going to be different than any we had ever done. Asher is a therapist and Nicole a dominatrix so odds were that they weren't looking for a cookie cutter wedding.
Same Sex Downtown Denver Wedding
Downtown Denver was always going to figure into Asher and Nicole's wedding plans and we were glad to hear it. We love shooting in urban settings. It gives us an opportunity to work in an environment that can lift the event to a new level. A couple, dressed to the nines, pop against the stark harsh landscape that an urban downtown offers. And when we heard about N ...
July 14, 2016
Black and White Wedding Photography in Colorado
Color is distracting! There I said it! When you look at our site you may notice something, there is probably more black and white wedding photography than color. Why is that? Well the answer is pretty simple...
Black and White Wedding Photography
Depending on the photo, there are a lot of things going on: People are dressed in bright colors, flowers are every where, green grass, trees, etc., you get the picture, right? In that same photo is a woman in white and a man generally in black or grey. The white pops out but has to compete with all the color (by definition white is the absence of color) and the black blends in. This is why we like ...
July 7, 2016
Rustic Farm Engagement, Mead | Colorado Wedding Photographers | Larissa and Aaron
Larissa had a vision for an engagement session photo shoot with her fiance Aaron. She wanted a rustic farm setting with just the right amount of personality. Luckily, Eric and I had photographed a wedding a couple years back and knew just the place for their rustic farm engagement session in the plains town of Mead, Colorado.
Perfect Rustic Farm Engagement Location
Stillroven Farm, a private bird hunting preserve, immediately came to mind. The farm is set just the right distance from the majestic backdrop of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. The farm's barns and various outbuildings had just the right amount of character to fit Larissa's visio ...
June 30, 2016
Stanley Hotel Winter Wedding Photos from Estes Park Colorado
Why do you plan your wedding at the Stanley Hotel in February? Because it is the Stanley and it is awesome year round! So what if its windy! The Victorian hotel in Estes Colorado is a icon and in case you didn't know, it is also beautiful.
A Stanley Hotel Winter Wedding The Classic Colorado Venue
Christina and Kenny had a simple plan, they wanted a small Stanley Hotel winter wedding with close friends and family. The ceremony itself would be in the Music Room, again iconic, then they would all move to The Lodge for the mid-day reception. In between the ceremony and reception we would do bridal portraits inside and after the reception we ...
June 23, 2016
Windsong Estate Wedding Fireworks | Brittany and Nick in Fort Collins Colorado
When Brittany and Nick mentioned wedding fireworks for their Windsong Estate Wedding, we were stoked. While there were plenty of sparks between these two, we knew that fireworks exploding in the sky just a couple days ahead of Independence Day would provide the perfect metaphor to tell their story.
A Windsong Estate Wedding and a Perfect Plan
Their Windsong Estate Wedding near Fort Collins was planned to perfection. The couple planned for an outside wedding with a reception to follow immediately inside. The elegant sophistication of the venue offered a surprising contrast to the surrounding farmlands east of Fort Collins. Amongst this ...
June 14, 2016
Back in Print – Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine
We were pretty jaded back in the day. Chris and my photos have been published in national and international magazines and newspapers in addition to the local papers we worked for but this... this is different!
Gay Weddings and Marriage
Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine saw Asher and Nicole's wedding on Two Bright Lights and asked if we'd like to have it published in their glossy and beautiful magazine. Of course we would! It was hard waiting to see the finished product but it was worth it! What a great spread. We even got a double truck (one photo across two pages) and it's in black and white. Who publishes b& ...
February 24, 2016
Estes Park Engagement Session
Many weddings happen in Estes Park and we’ve shot a few. But, Brittany and Nick liked the idea of engagement photos done in the small town at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. After making photos in town we talked about heading toward the National Park or perhaps to the Chapel on the Rock at the St. Malo Retreat Center. We loved the idea.
We met behind the shops along Big Thompson Avenue and made our way along the walking plaza that follows the river, stopping whenever a background caught our eye or the light was just right.
Once we exhausted all the spots along the river, we decided to chase the light to the Chapel on the R ...
February 9, 2016
Heartfelt Wedding at Beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course
It was a whirlwind weekend making photos with Kent Meireis, another wedding photojournalist. We pulled a double header, shooting a Saturday wedding for Sara and Eric at beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course, then it was onto Edwards for a Sunday Mountain Wedding with Mimi and Lauren. It was a bit of a blur but it was fun to see how two couples put together weddings so differently. Here's a link to Lauren and Mimi's Edwards wedding if you would like to see the contrast.
The weather was great. A hot day gave way to a warm evening. Her non-traditional flowered dress set the tone for this wedding. But Jewish tradition was in full effect as the c ...
January 26, 2016
Lauren and Mimi’s Beautiful Same-Sex Mountain Wedding
This is day two of my whirlwind weekend with fellow wedding photojournalist Kent Meiries (take a look at day one here). But this time we got to photograph a beautiful same-sex mountain wedding in Edwards. Lauren and Mimi are such a fun couple and their Jewish faith was front and center during this warm, late summer Mountain Wedding.
What a beautiful day we had to celebrate their day. The crisp mountain air gave way to a warm afternoon that provided the perfect atmosphere for their union. From the signing of the Ketuba, the traditional marriage document, to the ceremony under the chuppah, the ceremony was steeped in faith and tradition. ...
January 26, 2016
Hip Urban Wedding – the Studios at Overland Crossing Denver
I had the good fortune of working with fellow photographer Hardy Klahold for Carly and Drew's beautiful urban Denver wedding at the Studios at Overland Crossing. We have a big network of friends that do what we do and, occasionally, Eric and I like to shoot with other photographers.
It always feels strange shooting with someone other than Eric (at one point I texted him that I felt like I was cheating on him). We've shot together for so long, I kind of take what he contributes for granted. We have a way of communicating without words that can't be duplicated if you don't know the other photographer. That being said, working with Hardy ...
January 20, 2016
Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 2
In my newspaper days I never liked doing "best of's". I always preferred to look forward not back at the year. Since Chris and I started our wedding photography business my feelings on it have changed. It is great to look back and see how far we've come over the year and even from the very beginning. These photos also bring a lot of joy. I love seeing happy people and it brings a bit of warmth to think back on couples reactions to our photos. Now it is my turn to pick my favorite wedding photos of 2015, the Chris Stark edition...
Ok, so this is not a typical wedding photo (above), but it is probably my favorite photo that Chris shot all ye ...
January 8, 2016
Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 1
One of the most painful and best parts of being a photographer is forcing yourself to look back from time to time to get a sense of where you are as a photographer; to see how far you've come and to get better at what you do. Even though the New Year is really an arbitrary mark in time, we usually take advantage of this moment to reflect on the past season's work and reset for another busy year. This year Eric and I decided to switch things up a bit in our year end wrap up. I've taken a look at his work and selected 10 of my favorite wedding photos of 2015 and he'll do the same.
Starting off, Eric made a great photo of Nicole and Asher w ...
January 5, 2016
My Engagement… From My Wife’s Perspective
So I'm blushing already! My wife Khalana had a great idea. She wanted to share her engagement experience with everybody out there. She accuses Chris and I of always being guys and what can we say she's right. But her point is that Stark Bellamy needs a feminine touch occasionally and what can I say, she's right (see how said "she's right" twice already? I learned to say that after 10 years of marriage)! So without further maleness... Here's her memory of when I proposed to her:
StarkBellamy wife here... You may not be able to tell by Eric Bellamy's cool exterior, but he's actually a bit of a romantic. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up in ...
December 9, 2015
One Wedding, Two Photographers-Here’s Why
Ever wonder why there are two photographers at a wedding? Why do even one photographer businesses hire a "2nd shooter" for most weddings? Its because there is way too much happening at one time for one photographer to get it all. But there are other more important reasons...
You simply can't be in two places at once! How can one photographer get the bride and groom getting ready at the same time in separate locations? He/she can't so either the groom gets neglected or there needs to be another photographer. And, that's just before the wedding, what about the ceremony and reception?
During the ceremony there are multiple things going on ...
October 28, 2015