Cherry Hills Colorado Wedding with an Elegant French Estate Inspired Pink Rose Theme

My clients hosted their wedding at their home in Cherry Hills, a community south of downtown Denver Colorado. The bride’s inspiration for the wedding theme and decor came from Sofia Coppola’s  film Marie Antoinette. Various shades of pink, creams and pale blues were used throughout the French inspired wedding decor and flowers.

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The entire estate was decorated with floral arrangements. Feather  and rose topiaries were located at the driveway entrance to the home,  rose pomander balls hung from the trees, and a white carriage was adorned with flowers and feathers in the front yard. The couples initials in gold were also hung from the rose weddingpink rose wedding flower

The couple decided to have a daytime private ceremony with their immediate families and children in their rose garden. Their florist created a fabric lined canopy for the ceremony site, adorned with pink roses. Cream couches allowed family members to be comfortably seated during the morning ceremony.  Lunch was catered and everyone was able to relax in the carriage roses

Guests arrived in the early evening, greeted by the Bride and Groom at the front foyer door. Guests walked through the main floor of the home to the cocktail hour, located on a stone patio. A massive fountain  in the patio courtyard was decorated with flowers and handmade pillows to create a comfortable retreat for guests.cherryhillscoloradowedding12

The Marie Antoinette theme continued during the Cocktail hour with passed for d’oeuvres and food stations with delicacies such as sautéed frogs leg. Three signature cocktails were designed and served  by the couples favorite bartender, in addition to french wines and champagnes.

Guests walked off the patio to open tent in the Bride and Groom’s yard featuring long tables covered in blue raw silk. An elegant plated multi course meal was served under candlelight.

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Guests favors from Laduree were shipped directly from France, and placed on the tables.

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Saint Petersburg FL Warehouse Arts District Portraits of Tiago

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Several times a year I join some fellow strobist photographers and local Tampa Bay models for an on location group photography session. I had met Tiago at a Museum of Fine Arts Saint Petersburg FL Erotic Art opening exhibition a few months prior and decided to invited him to model at our photo session in the Warehouse Arts District of Saint Petersburg, which covers a large area that runs from First Avenue North to Sixth Avenue South and 14th to 28th streets. Starting in 2000,  with Saint Petersburg Clay Company, the district has attracted painters, glass blowers, ceramic artists, and metal workers who live and work in this industrial area of Saint Petersburg.

Tiago accepted and joined us at U562 Art Studios and Showroom, a gallery and working artist studio. We walked around the surrounding neighborhood and I spotted this blue pickup and last light in the sky.Working quickly, my assistant hand held one SaberStrip flash modifier for these shots, with my SB-800 inside triggered by a Radio Popper Jr. I shot my D700 with my Nikon 85mm lens at 2.8, ISO 200.

I love how Tiago’s clothes draw upon the blue pickup and then worked very well when I photographed him in front of glass artist Duncan McClellan’s studio doors. I spotted Duncan when we first arrived and he kindly offered for us to shoot in his studios gorgeous gated exterior garden. I thanked him for the generous offer but declined knowing that I had my eye on this door. I love how the light front the Saberstrip shadows the metal work on the door.

I strongly recommend visiting the Saint Petersburg Arts District during on of its Second Friday trolly tours. People can park at any of the stops and hop on the trolley, which will take them to about two dozen studios where art is made and sold.

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Featured Denver Colorado Wedding Vendors at Holy Ghost Church + History Colorado Wedding

Molly + David were married in Denver Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend. Holy Ghost Church  in downtown Denver was selected for their catholic mass ceremony. Their wedding reception was held at the newly opened History Colorado museum. The couple’s wedding theme was a celebration of  Colorado, reflecting that each Molly + David were fifth generation Coloradans. In selecting these vendors,  Molly + David  create an elegant evening wedding ceremony and reception. Molly and David’s Denver wedding was previously featured on the Kristen Sloan Photography blog, but I wanted to further showcase the work of the amazing vendors they selected to create their  wedding day.

Venues: Holy Ghost Church + History Colorado Museum  Denver Colorado

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Dress: Anna Be

Tuxes: Andrisen Morton

Florist: Moss Pink Flora

Stationary: The Paper Lady

Caterer: Continental Divine Catering

Cake: The Dessert Stand

Band: Moments Notice

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When I arrived to photograph David and his groomsmen, I immediately noticed that I was about to photograph a handsome group of gentlemen who were about to be outfitted in an equal manner.  David gave each groomsman a custom monogrammed bib front tux shirt and Trafalgar braces.  The groom and groomsmen tuxes were provided by Andrisen Morton. All were outfitted in black cowboy boots. Men who know how to dress black tie well are extremely attractive!

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Molly purchased her wedding dress at Anna Be  bridal salon in Denver Colorado.

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The bridal portrait was taken at Denver Country Club on a perfect fall day with the foliage at its almost peak in Denver.

anna be denver country club wedding Moss Pink Flora created this bouquet for the session and I especially like that it had succulents and fall colors.

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For her wedding day bouquet, Molly selected elegant shades of ivory

The bridesmaids bouquets were bright and colorful with hydrangea and succulents. I thought the beautiful textures of the flowers created by Moss Pink Flora complimented Molly + David’s Colorado themed wedding.

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All of the wedding stationary, (including the invitations, church programs and menu cards) was provided by

Rosie Wiedenmayer of the Paper Lady, Denver, Colorado.holy ghost church wedding the paper lady

At Holy Ghost Church, Moss Pink Flora created these beautiful aisle candelabras. I especially love the texture of the berry branches. moss pink flora holy ghost church

At their History Colorado wedding reception, Moss Pink Flora included aspen, thistles and branches into their floral designs.

I’m a sucker for pretty wedding flower decor, and what I loved about this wedding’s floral colors was the contrast between the bright blues and purples and the warm corals and oranges. Add in the interesting greenery and branches and then you have a perfect fall themed wedding!

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The menu featured local Colorado ingredients  of autumns’ rich bounty catered by Continental Divine Catering  lead by  Shannon Fitzgerald.

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I’m a sucker for pretty wedding flower decor, and what I loved about this wedding’s floral colors was the contrast between the bright blues and purples and the warm corals and oranges. Add in the interesting greenery and branches and then you have a perfect fall themed wedding!

And to top off the evening, the couple chose the Dessert Stand to make a gorgeous cupcake display and a small white cutting wedding cake. I love cupcakes at wedding receptions because the guests are able to go up and enjoy a cupcake before the “cake is cut” by the bride and cupcakes the dessert stand denver

Evergreen Colorado Aspen Field Engagement Portrait Session

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I have a very quintessentially beautiful Colorado location near Evergreen Colorado that I like to take clients for their portrait sessions. This area includes a couple Aspen fields and I especially love photographing here in the fall. Autumn foliage in the higher elevations of Colorado can peak in early to mid September, way before people in Denver are even remotely thinking about fall photo sessions with lovely golden yellow aspen leaves.

With my wedding clients Shannon and Mark, we happened to be a a little late for peak fall colors, as the area had recently experienced its first snow in very early October. Snow fall in the high country Rocky Mountains can reach most months of the year. In fact, Denver received a good dump of snow yesterday: May 1st 2013!

What I love about this Aspen field, is that it looks amazing year round, especially with summer wildflowers.

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The clouds broke for a few minutes to allow some perfect blue Colorado skies to contrast the Aspen.

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For fill light I brought my SaberStrip and placed it on a light stand in a horizontal formation above the couple. The ground was a little muddy from the recent snow, but that did not deter our photo session.

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Shannon and Mark loved this location for its Colorado outdoor beauty, as Mark is an avid fly fisher. I felt honored to photograph them in such a pretty Colorado mountain location.

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White Sand, Blue Skies and Paisley: Florida Beach Model Session

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Sometimes a trip to the beach is a required break from wedding editing. And photographing a model is a great time to create new images and experiment.

The sunny F16 rules applies to shooting in bright daylight, and as photographers we need to have some serious flash power to match or overpower daylight. I decided to bring my Visatec monolight to Fort DeSoto Beach in Saint Petersburg Florida to experiment with cross lighting the sun.

My model Andrea had the perfect dress for the setting and we decided to keep the shades on!

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Thomas Center Gainesville Florida Pregnancy Portraits

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Couples pregnancy portrait sessions are becoming popular with my clients, and this pregnancy portrait session showcases this jubilant time in an expecting couples life. Photographed on location the Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida, we returned to the location where this couple were married. A very sweet, sentimental gesture and the Thomas Center’s grounds are very pretty with mature oaks and spanish moss.

Raindrops did not slow us from photographing this session, and the umbrellas became fun props.

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Pregnancy Portraits Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg Florida Photographer Kristen Sloan

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Couples Pregnancy Portraits  Saint Petersburg Florida Photographer Kristen Sloan

Couples Pregnancy Portraits  Saint Petersburg Florida Photographer Kristen Sloan


Vinoy Park Beach and Coffee Pot Boulevard Saint Petersburg Florida Portraits

I photographed portraits of Ann in along scenic Coffee Pot Blvd in Saint Petersburg Florida. Coffe Pot Bayou provides a beautiful backdrop, and I especially love the white stucco spanish style park structures which featured bougainvillea in bloom. As the afternoon light progressed, we sought the golden hour light on the Vinoy Park beach.

During this shoot I mixed available light with fill light provided by two SaberStrips in an upside L formation. The SaberStrips in this formation create a soft box look, and allow space for me to photograph my subject. At times I used the fill light, at other times I just shot available light.

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Longboat Key Family Beach Portraits

The Johns family traveled to West Bradenton Florida over the Christmas holiday for a family reunion. They asked me to photograph their extended family in Longboat Key, a beautiful section of the Sarasota Bradenton beaches.

Now is the perfect time to schedule Kristen Sloan to photograph your family portrait session, whether its on the gulf beaches, along the bay in Saint Petersburg or your favorite Tampa Bay urbanscape.

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