It was an honor to be asked to photograph the girls at the Someone Special Dance again this year! They’re SO adorable with their cowgirl boots and hats! It’s so sweet to see the dad’s dancing and laughing with their daughters! But my favorite part this year, was the dance organizers telling the dads in the long line for photos, that it was alright to get out of line to dance. Then get back in line when the line was shorter. But the dads kept saying they had strict instructions from their wives to get the photo first!
Music is so very important to Bethany and Nick. When it came time to search for a unique place to have their wedding reception they knew they found the right spot when they had the idea to have it at Bluebird Theater in downtown Denver, Colorado. http://www.bluebirdtheater.net. Nick had previously played there with his band MTHDS. http://mthdsmusic.com. Their wedding reception was the first to be held at Bluebird theater, which was originally a movie house and today is a cool music venue.
When planning their wedding, this creative couple knew they wanted it to have lots of personal touches and surprises for their guests so they planned it themselves.
The unique wedding invites set the tone for the wedding and came with concert tickets for entry to the reception.
Their lovely ceremony was held at Church of the Holy Ghost. It was a traditional ceremony that included beautiful readings from their siblings and music played and sung by loved ones.
Bethany was radiant in her dress custom altered by Nick’s very talented aunt Nina of NinaRita. She is known for creating stunning dresses that look like pieces of art. She included one of the couples favorite Bob Marley song lyrics from Is This Love, sewn inside the dress. Bethany wanted a full length dress for the wedding ceremony. One of the biggest surprises of the day, for the guests and the groom, was her dress transformation. After the bride and groom were introduced on stage at the reception, the bride asked the groom to pull on the bottom of her gown. The bottom layer of the dress detached by tiny snaps to reveal a shorter dress. Nina also made her lovely jacket and hair comb. Bethany wore her grandmother’s elegant pearls. Her gorgeous hair was done by Maggie Long from http://asheatelier.com.
Dinner was served family style by ladies in white aprons who delivered large bowls of yummy food to each table. While eating dinner we were treated to many heartwarming, music filled, emotional, creative and hilarious toasts. The bride and her girls surprised us with a very entertaining rendition of Salt ‘N Pepa’s “Whatta Man”. It was so sweet when the groom sang one of his beautiful songs to his bride. MTHDS performed a great show for us too.
In the lobby of the theater a Bob Marley album served as a guest book. A guitar case held the couples wedding cards and gifts. The wedding favors were music CD’s of First Dance Songs of the couples in attendance.
Another really cool surprise for guests was the wedding cupcakes. As guests were hanging out in front of the cool marquee the joyful owner of The Church of Cupcakes rode her cupcake filled tricycle down the sidewalk. It was absolutely the coolest wedding dessert presentation I’ve ever seen. http://churchofcupcakes.com
Bethany and Nick’s wedding day was full of love, music and surprises. The traditional ceremony and non-traditional reception was a beautiful mix. We all felt like we were at a very special event!
Check out Nick & MTHDS online http://mthdsmusic.com and on iTunes.
We’ve been photographing these four year old twins every year since they were 1 year old. So, it was kind of funny when one of them played shy at first. I just asked him to show me his favorite book and we were fast friends again. These two little guys are so sweet together with all their hugging. Their determination and team work with the sled was adorable. We ended our time together with a little snow ball fight! It was so fun to see them again!
It was so great see this mom again. We spent many hours together sitting on the baseball bleachers last spring. Her husband was our oldest son’s coach last year. He’s an excellent coach – so patient and encouraging. We had a nice time catching up with everyone and photographing them too! Their three handsome guys were so polite and fun!
It was wonderful to photograph this family again, for the forth consecutive year. I love seeing how much the kids change year to year. In some ways, they’re the same – I love seeing little glimpses of the personality they had as toddlers. They’re always so fun and sweet!