I was so excited for this engagement session up in Frisco! Rachel and Dave are the sweetest couple and so much fun to be around. We started off in town and chatted over beers and then we wandered around to a couple different spots. They go up to Frisco a lot and even had one of their first few dates hiking up the mountain we got in the background of a lot of their photos. Can you believe these colors?! So gorgeous!

Beautiful fall weather is here and the leaves are changing up in the mountains. I met Matt & Adrienne up by the train tunnel they got engaged in while on a train ride! It was a perfect spot with old houses, a trail, creek and lots of aspen trees. These two are high school sweethearts and they’re getting married next September. They brought their amazing dog, Neeko along and we got to explore the area!

Last Friday Kelsey and Harrison tied the knot at the stunning Highlands Ranch Mansion. Kelsey attended a Christmas party at this venue and from that moment she knew she’d get married there. It’s one of my favorite venues with the most stunning bridal suite and beautiful gardens/lawn. After the makeup was done all the tears began (of course). Kelsey did a first look with her dad (SO many tears) then her brother walked in and then she and her mom shared a moment and Kelsey had embroidered handkerchiefs as gifts for everyone. Kelsey & Harrison also decided to do a first look before the wedding and it was one of the best I’ve seen. They were the only ones present in that moment. They talked, laughed and Harrison spun her around. It was magical! Kelsey had the most gorgeous group of bridesmaids that were so helpful and sweet. This venue is awesome because you can choose where you want your ceremony setup. This was my first time where it was facing the house and everyone walked down the long aisle of trees. The rest of the evening was filled with so much dancing, amazing cupcakes and a sparkler exit!

Venue : Highlands Ranch Mansion

Coordinator : Everlasting Wedding & Event

Hair : Kaylee Jachetta

Makeup : Suite Remedy by Hailey 

Catering : Biscuits & Berries

Videographer : JDJ Creation

DJ : DJ Guy

Cupcakes : Gigi’s Cupcakes

Prepping for a wedding day shouldn’t be stressful. (Maybe that’s just me 7 years into the biz and I got it down to a science). But really, I keep all my gear in one place and in one bag and that’s where it lives at all times. So all I have to do is grab my larger bag plus my fanny pack and I’m ready to go.

My larger bag is a Canon bag that came with my Mark IV when I purchased it. Inside it I have 4 flashes. One set for me and one set for my second shooter. We use one on our camera for when we’re shooting receptions and the other is for off camera flash, if the venue needs it. I also have battery chargers, some other random lighting tools I rarely use and I keep the macro lens in there as well. The battery chargers come in handy. I’ve found my new Mark IV uses up battery life substantially more than the III. You can read about my other lenses here. I also buy tons of double AA batteries so I’m always stocked up on those.

My second shooter is responsible for her camera and two lenses as well as charging her batteries. 

So the most I do to prep my gear is make sure my camera batteries are all charged up and ready to go and I reformat all my memory cards so they’re empty. My two tripods and wheelie cart are always in my trunk. A newly added element we bring with us to a wedding is our styling kit for all the details. My second shooter is in charge of this and it has ribbon, flowers, fabrics and some other goodies to help style the jewelry, invitations and other details on beautiful backgrounds.

What I think is just as important if not more is how you prep your body. I make sure to get a good night’s sleep and eat really well before a wedding day. We bring lots of water with us and snacks. I haven’t been as religious with this as I need to be but taking an Aleve, cherry pill and Emercen-C the morning of is great for your body, muscles and to make sure you don’t pick up any germs! We also wear really good walking (dress) shoes, padded socks and compression tubes/socks to help with all the standing and walking we do for 8 hours.

It’s a simple as that! Don’t forget to print the photo timeline for the day as well or you can screenshot it and have it as the background on your phone. Happy shooting!