It was a pleasure to photograph this wedding with Ashley & Ryan at the Pines at Genesee in Golden, Colorado. The venue cleared tables out of the way making room for the dance floor in the reception hall as the sun set behind us. Large panels of glass walls showed off a view of beautiful pine trees and rolling hills.
The dance I liked the most was the family dance between Ashley, her parents and her three sisters. They all moved around the dance floor seamlessly, swapping dance partners as the song went on, swinging each other around in large movements. Towards the end they all held hands and circled around while moving in and out towards and away from each other with joyous smiles. I thought this was so cute and fun!
I started my day with this adorable couple by doing a first look a few minutes away from the venue. Ashley and Ryan wanted to have some mountain views so we drove up a winding road where there was a small lookout, perfect for some beautiful photos of just the two of them and the wedding party.
We picked out the location before hand which included a small trail that wasn’t entirely flat. Ashley laughed as her dad helped her walk down the trail in her high heels. Ryan stood waiting patiently with his eyes closed ready to see his new bride to be. The trail was a little challenging but Ashley was amazing and made it over to Ryan with grace tapping him on the shoulder.
Like any wedding there are so many details that make the day special. Ryan works as a firefighter so they chose to have the ring bearer bring out the rings on a small toy fire truck. I loved this idea! The moms on either side participated in a rope tying ceremony to signify the strength of love and family. On Ashley’s bouquet, they placed a small military badge, wings in the form of a pin, that belonged to Ryan’s grandfather which was so sweet and touching. One of the coolest things out of the day, was a small prayer book Ashley’s mother pulled out after the ceremony. It was a tradition to have couples in their family sign the back of the book, which showed off signatures dating back to the 1930’s.
Ashley & Ryan, thank you for entrusting me to capture this special time with you and your family and friends. You guys are adorable together! May your home be filled with much love and laughter as you enter into this new chapter of your lives together as husband and wife!
The Creative Team
Venue & Caterer – The Pines at Genesee
Florist – Veldkamp’s Flowers
DJ – Mountain Music Co.
Wedding Dress – Little White Dress Bridal
Photography – Nichole Emerson Photography