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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango CO Photographer (Part 3)

I know, many of you probably are tired of seeing images from this gorgeous wedding, but I just finished beautifying all of them, and just have to post a few more (or maybe more than a few).  If you missed Part one and two, just go back a page or two and read all about it.

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The awesome wedding party

 

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A peaceful moment by the lake

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Dancing to the violin music

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First Dance

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Another First Dance Moment

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Sending them to Jail

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Glowing

 

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango Wedding Photographer (Part Two)

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This is part two of Colten and Lety’s Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch in Durango CO.  There may be a part three because I still have a ways to go with the photographs.   I loved this wedding so much I’m going to put together an album for the studio once I have finished beautifying their images.

If you missed Part One, you can view it here

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Bride putting on those sticky eyelashes

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Groom putting on his tie

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Bride and her girls having a laugh

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Lety and her Dad walking down the aisle

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Bride’s mom reading from the Bible during the Wedding Ceremony

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Colten wrote some funnies into his wedding vows

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That good lookin’ groom. His suit was inspired by Beetle Juice (an old movie)

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Groom and his guys joking around

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango Wedding Photographer

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Colten and Lety were married on June 28, 2014 at Sleeping Beauty Ranch in beautiful Durango CO.  I swear, you would be hard pressed to find another area in the whole world that is more beautiful than Durango, and being a wedding photographer here is the best job ever.

I love this couple – they are just too cute.  They’ve been together 7 years, so it’s obviously a match made in Heaven.  Colten designs video games (which is my son’s dream job), and Lety is a barber which she loves.  They live in Seattle WA, but both of their parents live in Durango.  Lety’s parents own Emilios Restaurant in downtown Durango and they catered all the food, which was amazing.  They had prime rib and salmon with risotto, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.  I’m vegetarian, so I didn’t taste the meat part of the dinner.

Christy, who manages Sleeping Beauty Ranch, was the wedding coordinator for the bride and groom and kept things running smoothly the whole day.  Cindy at Wildwoods Fine Flowers supplied the beautiful purple tulips for the bridesmaids, the gorgeous bridal bouquet, and all the table settings – she did an amazing job.   The cake was supplied by Barbara Mills and it was beautiful as well as delicious (yes, I had a piece).

Enjoy some of their images (I will have more later).

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Bride Admires the Groom

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Groom admires the Bride

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Tequila and Champagne for the Wedding Party

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Wedding Bouquet on a Saddle

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Bride and Her Wedding Dress

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Here Comes the Bride

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Bride Emotion during ceremony

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Bridal Party having a little Fun

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Wedding Cake

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Tequila and Limes

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Wedding Reflections

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How Do You Want to Hang Your Family?

So, you want to hang your family (or put them in a book/album)?  haha.

These are some ideas for how to display your beautiful portraits once the session is complete or your wedding images are ready.  Why invest in a portrait session or pay a wedding photographer and then print out a few 8×10′s?  Those are smaller than a piece of paper for goodness sakes.  If you’re going to take the time and energy to get yourself all dolled up and go to different locations for your family portraits or wedding portraits, at least invest in a beautiful way to display them.

Here’s some suggestions:

 

  Wedding Album

 

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This is a 10×10 Wedding album.  When you get married, this is your first Family Heirloom.  Even after you are gone from this world, your children and grandchildren will cherish this Album.  It has very thick cardboard pages that don’t bend and they are stain resistant.  The pages won’t warp or tear and the images are printed on the pages.  I will design the album for you, and then if you wish to make changes, that is no problem.

Canvas Portraits, Durango Wedding Photographers, Durango CO Photographers, Photographers Durango COIf you have one beautiful family portrait that you just can’t live without, that will be your main focus for the canvas cluster.  But then you have several other portraits that you don’t want to leave out, you make those a little smaller and surround the main canvas.  It’s a great solution when you can’t choose just one.

 

album, durango family photographers, photographers durango co, durango co photographersThis is an 8×8 Album that can be used for any number of Sessions.  They are great for family portraits, wedding albums, parent albums, boudoir, and senior portraits.  These are similar to the Wedding album, just a bit smaller.

Canvas Portrait with Floating Frame

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For a single Canvas Art Portrait, a floating frame makes a beautiful finishing touch.  It’s called a floating frame because there is a gap between the canvas and the frame so it appears the canvas is floating inside the frame.  It definitely makes it look like a fine art painting.

 

Wooden Gallery Blocks

 

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These are made of wood and come in many different configurations.  They work great for baby portraits, senior portraits, family portraits, or wedding images.  There are some gallery blocks that have space for text as well.  For instance, I have a sample at my studio that has images of a little girl and the saying underneath her pictures is “Little Girls are Made of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice”.  You can put whatever you like on those blocks – get creative.

 

Image Boxes

 

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This is another awesome way to display your images.  The photographs are mounted on a plastic material so they don’t get bent or scratched and you can put up to 20 into the largest image box (they come in different sizes).  I put one of your images on the top and then your name and date on the side.

 

Accordion Albums

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These small albums (4×4) are extremely cute.  I design them so you have images on both sides and they usually hold 10 photographs.  They are magnetic so they close up and can be carried around in a purse, or put on the refrigerator.  I’m sure you’ll want to carry it around to show off to friends and family.  That’s exactly what I do with mine.  They are great for babies, seniors, or anything you like.

All of these items are hard to appreciate without seeing and touching them.   It’s one of those sensory experiences that I just can’t do justice in this blog post.

Well, there’s some ideas for your next portrait session.  Of course, if you’ve had a portrait session with me in the past, these are always available for purchase any time.

What is your favorite item for Portraits?

 

by Karen Skelly

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Photography Tip for your Wedding Day – avoid ghostly makeup

So your wedding day has arrived, that oh so special day that you’ve been planning and dreaming about for a long time.  Everything is ready to go, except you because you have to do your makeup so you look bea-u-ti-ful.   WAIT just a second!  Check the ingredients on that sun screen and/or foundation you are about to put on.  If they have zinc or titanium dioxide as an ingredient, don’t use them.  Now, if you’re having your makeup done by a professional, they will already know this.

The problem is, these ingredients will cause your face to look like a ghost when photographed with an off camera flash like I use when doing your formals, family portraits, and bride/groom portraits.  I don’t know the science behind this, but those chemicals have a white foundation to them, which isn’t always visible to the naked eye, but the camera sees everything.

I don’t have any photographs of brides or family portraits where someone had this situation because I always educate my clients in advance, so this is a photo of me that I doctored up a little in photoshop, but it gives you the idea.  The first one is the proper color, the second, well it’s a little too white.

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Ahhh, it’s a Ghost!

by Karen Skelly

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6 Wedding Cakes from Celebrity Weddings

Here are 6 of the most expensive wedding cakes ever, including  the cakes from Prince William and Kate’s wedding and Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding.  Of course, Donald Trump had to have one of the most expensive (I’m not a fan of his at all).   I would like to taste all these cakes just to see if they are as good as they look and worth what was paid for them.  I love William and Kate’s cake – it’s very classy.  Take a look.

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by Karen Skelly

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Brian and Shondra’s Wedding by Durango Wedding Photographer

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This wedding was photographed by Durango CO Photographer, Karen Skelly Photography.

Brian and Shondra live in Utah, but chose Durango CO as their wedding site because her parents live near here and she lived in Durango for a period of time.  Both of them love the beauty and charm here in Durango and, of course, the friendly people.   The site they chose for their wedding is called Tall Spruce House and it’s located off Highway 550 near Trimble Springs and Dalton Golf Course.  Brian loves to golf, so I suspect that location had something to do with the wedding choice.  Unfortunately there was only one spot where we could do all their photographs – there was only a front yard facing the road and another house across the street.  No backyard at all.

Shondra had her hair and makeup done at Hair Fusion in Durango, the cake was from The Flour Sack in Durango, and the flowers came from April’s Garden also in Durango.  Shondra wore one beautiful dress for the ceremony, and another beautiful dress for the reception!

Just as the ceremony was to begin, it started to thunder, so everything was moved indoors.  After the ceremony, it cleared up, so the reception and photographs were moved out doors again.  Thank goodness because the house was too small to do any nice images.  It was a very small wedding with around 25 friends and family attending.

Here are some of their photographs.  As always, let me know what you think.

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