Krista + Michael - Welcome Party - Bates Motel, Universal Studios California

Krista + Michael - Welcome Party - Bates Motel, Universal Studios California

Originally I wasn't going to blog this welcome party...especially after being blown away by Krista + Michaels wedding day at the Lombardi House. But, I loooooooove shooting welcome parties. Or as I like to call them, extended cocktail hours of awesome. 

As a main shooter, I don't get the chance to photograph cocktail hours very often. I'm normally running around like crazy wrapping up portraits or setting up for the reception. But I love them. For reals. What other time do I get to joke + laugh with guests, and then switch gears and watch the crowds for a laugh or heartfelt hug?  

When Krista + Micheal hired me for their Welcome Party I was excited to photograph at the Bates Motel again...but more-so I was excited to really get to know their friends + family. I heard inside jokes (why someone brought bananas with Krista's name on them to the wedding), learned that Krista's dad had a group friends he vacationed with every year for like 17 years, + got the scoop from Aunt Carol on who was who. Seriously, knowing and being around love fills my heart. 

Universe: One day I want to only photograph entire wedding weekends. Because when you have 100+ of your friends and family fly in for your event, the things worth remembering don't happen within 6 hours on your wedding day. 

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Teri Ann + Ryan - Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Wedding - Estes Park, Colorado

Teri Ann + Ryan - Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Wedding - Estes Park, Colorado

It was normal Colorado Mountain weather, sporadic rain clouds with pockets of beautiful blue skies. But those little rain clouds weren't going to stop Teri + Ryan from getting married that day. After 8 years, they knew this was the perfect time for them. They drove down from Iowa with their close friends and family in tow. 

Elopements are a photographers dream (or at least my dream!), we spend time photographing the sweet ceremony and then have the opportunity to drive around and explore a beautiful place - no stress, just beautiful couples portraits. Congratulations Teri + Ryan! And thank you for sharing that Summer Shandy with me, thats now my favorite seasonal airport drink! ;)

Location: Estes Park - Rocky Mountain National Park - Sprague Lake || Makeup: Dotted With Hearts Makeup Artistry || Dress Designer: Mori Lee || 

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