Super Mario Brothers Wedding at Lionsgate Event Center - Rachel + Kellin’s Themed Wedding

A wedding, a great wedding, is just a blast. A celebration of romance and community and love…What is unfun about that? Nothing.

- Ariel Levy

When I found out about the details of Rachel + Kellin’s wedding at Lionsgate Event Center, I was so excited! They had planned their entire day around Super Mario Brothers, and they did not leave any detail overlooked. From the handmade centerpieces to the bride’s shoes (pictured at the end) that were hand-decorated by her mother, their wedding day was themed to Super Mario + Princess Peach - but tastefully. I don’t know about you, but I grew up playing Nintendo and this wedding brought back those memories. Below are some of the many creative details. Both cakes were made by Button Rock Bakery - a bride’s cake replicating a Nintendo Gaming System and then a plain white cake that was the backdrop for a video feed. (And yes, Kellin was the creator of that amazing technological detail.)

Rachel’s dress was stunning and couldn’t have fit her more perfecty. The Chandelier Barn at Lionsgate was the perfect spot for beautiful photos of her wedding dress - as well as the First Look which is shown later in this post.

The Event Center has an antique couch and large mirror in the bridal suite where Rachel got ready. There is also a separate room where she was able to get her hair and make-up done by Elegance by Design. It is basically a beauty salon in a room! Rachel’s make-up was simple, but perfect for the wedding day - not too much.

Downstairs at Lionsgate is also a groom’s suite that has a pub like feel, bold artwork, a few stuffed animals and a pool table. It is the perfect place for the Groom and Groomsmen to hang out before the wedding.

The First Look in the Chandelier Barn was Rachel’s idea and it was perfect. It reminded me of the movie Beauty and the Beast with such an elegant staircase and grand decor.

After their First Look, we did some of their portraits on the staircase because it is just GORGEOUS! And check out her bouquet - Flower Power from Super Mario Brothers!

With a large and diverse wedding party - we were able to fit them all on the staircase for a large group portrait - and then toss the kids in at the last minute.

Lionsgate Event Center has some fun and unique details on their property. All of them are great for wedding day portraits of the couple and their entire wedding party. The old yellow truck made for a nice vintage styled couples portrait with a nice pop of color.

Rachel + Kellin’s wedding ceremony was officiated by their good friend John. Not only did he pronounce them husband and wife, but he also played bartender for their first drink - a tasty white russian! This was all written into their ceremony for a bit of a twist.

The British phone booth wedding portraits are some of my favorites.

Once Rachel + Kellin were finished their portrait session, Rachel was able to go back to the bridal suite where her mother bustled the dress. This is also where they had a drink with their wedding party and signed the marriage license. It’s a nice backdrop for the signing of the marriage license and there is a solid marble table to lean on.

Like I said - no detail was overlooked - to include their choreographed first dance to the Super Mario theme song! They did such a great dance!!!!

Even the guests got into dressing for the occasion!

This venue has numerous areas to play with night photography. There are chandeliers around the property hanging from trees and string lights in the back of The Dove House. It is very romantic.

They did their bouquet toss and garter on the dance floor. For the garter toss, Kellin had strategically placed a bag of Super Mario goodies under the chair - it was quite humorous!

The fun went on all night with their friends and family. They had an interactive video photo booth, glow sticks and bubbles. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

Below are some of the beautiful themed details they incorporated into their wedding. It was incredibly creative and a good time was had by everyone! The fact that they brought this all to life with their friends and family, made it even more special.

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding, then they do in planning the marriage.

- Zig Ziglar

They Swiped Right and Fell in Love

Sometimes you can’t explain what you see in a person.

It’s just he way they take you to a place where no one else can.

- Anonymous

Yes! Rebecca + Martin met on Tinder! They have such a great love story, so continue reading to hear more. They live in New Hampshire, so their wedding was a destination wedding for them and a lot of their friends; however, Rebecca is from Denver originally. She is currently working on her PhD in Ecology and Martin is an engineer. They met on Tinder a little over two years ago and now they will spend the rest of their lives together.

They love to be outside - biking, hiking, climbing, running, skiing - anything adventurous, which is part of the reason why Colorado seemed perfect for their wedding. Martin asked Rebecca to marry him while they were hiking in South Africa! Lions, tigers and engagement rings - Oh my! They picked their venue - Casa Vista - because they wanted one place for both the ceremony and reception, and they wanted it all to be outdoors. The house is minutes away from downtown Fraser and had plenty of room for them and their families to stay for the week. Additionally, many of their friends pitched tents or camped in RV’s on the property for the wedding weekend.

Rebecca + Martin rented an adventure van and drove across country to their wedding, so this place seemed absolutely perfect for them. Their wedding had a rustic, outdoorsy vibe that blended their organic and industrial styles together nicely. Martin brewed all of the craft beer for the wedding, which I thought was a huge accomplishment. They had Pavy’s Food Truck cook to order all of the guests food - which was delish and an awesome band, Spectacle Trio, for their evening dance party. Their wedding was a great celebration of love, family and friendship. And let me just say, their friends know how to have a GREAT time!!!

Brittany + Patrick - YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch

I moved to Colorado determined to meet someone who wore plaid and had a beard.

- Brittany

These two love each other more than I can express to you in a blog post about their wedding. Brittany is one of the sweetest humans I have ever met and she immediately welcomed me into her bridal suite with open arms. Patrick is smart, kind and madly in love with her. Together, they are simply perfect for each other. Their wedding took place at the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch with their ceremony at Columbine Point. They wanted their first look to be amongst the Aspens across from the ceremony site where there was a nice path and small fence. Their wedding day can be described in one word - FUN! And for the reception, it was only 90’s pop for their guests to dance and excitedly sing along to.

Above is one of their couples portraits from behind the small fence. They were just happy to be with each other and couldn’t stop smiling. You could literally feel the love.

Brittany’s dress was elegant with such a gorgeous rhinestone detailed belt.

The belt of her dress.

Brittany wore flip-flops so she could be comfortable and dance the night away! I liked the sparkle of her shoes and ring together. She was surrounded by a great group of family and friends while she got dressed and finished her final touches.

This was a special moment where she received something blue and something old for her dress. A simple blue bead that was her grandmother’s pinned to the back of her dress.

Some of her details for the day photographed in her cabin.

I hadn’t met Patrick, until after his first look with Brittany - and let me tell you - he was overjoyed, excited, and smiling from ear to ear once he saw her. He could not stop telling her how much he loved her and it was where I was first able to see how in love these two are.

They didn’t have a wedding party because they have so many great friends, they couldn’t choose. And after witnessing the ceremony that they put together, it completely made sense that the ceremony just be the two of them. (And their adorable pup Denali)

It rained before their ceremony, but it was okay because I brought some clear umbrellas. I actually love this bridal portrait of Brittany with the umbrella. And she was still smiling rain or shine because she just wanted to marry Patrick - the weather didn’t matter one bit.

Brittany’s mom and dad laughed and cried throughout the ceremony and the reception. Her father’s speech was great and I learned that she was raised in Alaska (so awesome), but raised by some serious “free range” parents. They lived off the grid, hunted and grew their own food, and I think he also mentioned an outhouse, but don’t quote me on that.

Patrick’s brother officiated their ceremony at Columbine Point. There is a giant cross at the ceremony site with the mountains as the backdrop. I loved the personal touch of his brother marrying them, which fit with the entire day.

They wrote their entire ceremony together and planned the whole thing. So, of course they wrote their own vows to each other. I’m not sure who was more nervously excited to confess everything they loved about the other, Brittany or Patrick. Either way, they looked into one another’s eyes and listened to every word spoken.

Patrick was absolutely elated to stand in front of their family and friends, and have Brittany as his wife, partner, and friend. He promised to take her to every Hot Spring he could find while loving her unconditionally.

They are made for each other, which I know sounds cliche, but that’s okay. I was only around them for a few hours, and I can’t imagine them not spending the rest of their lives together.

Their first kiss was like a breath of fresh air for the two of them. They just wanted to hear those words “I know pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss.”

Their first dance was to You and I by Ingrid Michaelson and it was so cute to watch Brittany sing all of the words to Patrick. When we got to the reception, the party started! Their friends are such a fun group and danced the night away to N’Sync, SpiceGirls, Naughty by Nature, and the Backstreet Boys!

Had some photography competition by their niece.

They danced all night long! Not one of their friends or family left the reception early!

sunset wedding photos

You know your in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.

- Dr. Suess

Ryan + Kim - July Wedding at Lionscrest Manor

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” 

- (the three rules of mountaineering)

I feel like the above quote is about the mountains, but can also be compared to marriage. Ryan + Kim became “happily ever after” this July near the mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and the view from Lionscrest Manor was completely breathtaking! It offers every Colorado is known for - views, mountains, forest and beauty. Though I didn’t get to know Ryan + Kim closely, it was an honor to be a part of their wedding day!

This is my favorite photo of their day because it is simply about them, in their wedding attire, in a beautiful location, in the mountains. Every Colorado wedding dream!

An amazing view of the ceremony!

Give me all of the jewel tones for a July wedding! Purple was the color of the year for 2018 - and these florals proved it should be.

Colorado is one of the few places in the US where you can pretty much have anyone you know become your officiant after they are solemnized through the State. I love this because weddings here are even more personal to the couple - they always have someone special to them as their officiant. The ceremony is unique to you as a couple because there are personal stories sprinkled throughout the kisses and “I Do’s.”

Wedding Cornhole for the WIN! Lawngames have been a huge part of the outdoor wedding this year, so if you can personalize your corn hole set with your names and wedding date - you most definitely should.

The reception space of Lionscrest Manor has a ton of windows, string lights, and a balcony. The balcony was a great spot for all of the speeches that night as well as the wedding party introductions.

Candid photos are some of my absolute favorite moments of any wedding day. This is where personality comes through - especially with the kids! Funny faces, delicate moments, many moments that you wouldn’t know about without your photographer freezing it in time. I hope candid moments like these provide love and laughter for my couples when they are browsing their final image gallery.

Bustling the dress with your bridesmaids usually comes with tutorials, You Tube videos, or directions. It is NOT simple, but the photos make it look effortless.

The relationship between a bride and her bridesmaids are priceless. Whether they are your sisters, college friends, high school friends, cousins or friends from another time in your life - they are there to help you every step of the day.

Listen intently to the speeches that day. They are now one of my favorite parts of the wedding day because I get to know my couples a little bit more. Sometimes I even take some of the given advice to heart in my life. I know many of them are taken from our best friend “Google” or thrown together the night before; however, the bride and groom love every word spoken for them.

The father/daughter dance is usually the only time of the day when Daddy + Daddy’s little girl get to have a few moments to chat ALONE. I am sure those dance chats are full of compliments and advice that your dad has been saving up to tell you your entire life. So take this moment on your wedding day and remember what he says.

"It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?" 

—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable

Emily + Peter - May 20, 2018

"You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars."

 - E.E. Cummings

I photographed my first wedding last weekend in Denver, and I absolutely LOVED it!  It was perfect for my first wedding to capture and Emily + Peter could not have been more inviting or welcoming to me.  Their wedding was a quaint backyard wedding in a vacation rental.  I don't know much about their love story (I was shadowing the lead photographer for the day), but what I do know is that they are perfect for each other and love each other deeply.  Their day was their own creation of decorations that were symbolic of their relationship, food that was made from the heart by their family, and a wonderful friend who accepted the role of officiant for his first time.  It was a day to remember and a day to love.  Emily was overwhelmed with appreciation toward her loved ones for putting together her perfect wedding day.  She was so kind in the way she personally thanked everyone and tears of joy and gratefulness kept introducing themselves throughout the day.  Peter was laid back and full of love for his beautiful bride - he was exactly where he belonged.  After the ceremony I asked him if he felt different - "Yeah, I feel more connected to her."  

It was a pleasure to photograph these two beautiful people and I hope to continue photographing weddings in the months to come.  

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