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Andrea and Guillermo’s wonderful Oaxacan wedding

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Oaxaca, Mexico is a beautiful city filled with the arts, some of the best cuisine anywhere and many incredible traditions. Eric was an exchange student in Oaxaca in high school and has remained in close contact with many friends there. Eric and Moni recently traveled to Oaxaca to photograph the wedding of Andrea and Guillermo. They brought along their 18 month old daughter, Sydney who absolutely embraced both traveling and the people of Oaxaca. She made a number of friends while they were there and picked up some Spanish. She continues to say ‘hola’ to everyone back here in Denver.

There are a few differences in photographing a Mexican wedding compared to a wedding here in the states. For example, although Mexico is a largely Catholic country, the ceremony in the church isn’t legally valid so following each church wedding there is a second ceremony with an official. Andrea and Guillermo had their wedding in one of Oaxaca’s beautiful and historic churches, Templo de San Matías Jalatlaco, followed with an open-air reception at one of the city’s very stylish and modern restaurants, Grill Dos28. The civil ceremony was performed at the start of the reception. In keeping with Oaxacan custom it was an especially festive wedding. The couple exited the church to a sea of sparklers held by the guests, and the first dance was accented by a fireworks display just behind the happy couple.

We recommend traveling to Oaxaca both as a destination for your wedding or simply for exploring the area with its wealth of arts, cuisine, scenery and connection to ancient cultures and traditions.

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Jenny and Jon’s wedding was featured in the New York Times!

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We were thrilled to see that some of our photos from Jenny and Jon’s wedding were recently featured in the New York Times as well as in several online publications!

The wedding week started off with a stylish engagement session with the couple decked out in wedding attire at a local Gunther Toody’s along with some fun shots in a nearby bowling alley. The combination made for some spectacular photographs. The wedding was at Aish followed by the reception at the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center.  It was an extremely festive party with everyone dancing to the sounds of one of our favorite Denver bands, Soul-X.

Here are a couple of fun facts: Jon first caught Jenny’s eye while riding a subway in NYC. She decided to get off at the same stop, introduced herself, and the rest is history. Also, Jenny selected her grandmother to be one of her bridesmaids and she looked stunning.

Jenny and Jon are such a great couple, and we really had a wonderful time photographing all the festivities!

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Liz and Wade’s Vail Wedding at the Larkspur Lawn and Four Seasons Vail

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We just photographed Liz and Wade’s beautiful wedding up in Vail.  They are wonderful individuals and such a fun couple.   Moni and I had a fantastic time photographing their wedding on the Larkspur lawn followed by a wonderful reception at the new Four Seasons Vail.  Those are both gorgeous venues and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.  We had quite a bit of rain that week, but fortunately it was sunny and beautiful during the ceremony!  We  photographed the couple’s engagement session up in Vail earlier this year, and at that time we all decided it would be fun to stroll around downtown Vail a bit and capture some great photographs of the two of them on their wedding day.  Here are some of the photographs from the wedding ceremony and from that walk around Vail with the newlyweds.

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Hilary and Matt’s gorgeous wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver

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Moni and I had a blast photographing Hilary and Matt’s stunning wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in October.  We photographed their engagement session up in Vail earlier in the year and had a great time then, and they were just as wonderful to be around and photograph on the wedding day.  They are such a sweet couple, and the day couldn’t have been better.  Alisa Zapiler of Creative Events & Occasions did a fantastic job planning the wedding.  The ceremony had a chic,  modern, and luxurious look and feel that was unlike any we had seen before.  The reception was simply spectacular with wonderful flowers by  Newberry Brothers.  Here is a small sampling of photographs from throughout the day.

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Dylan’s newborn session

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One of the things we enjoy most is photographing the families of couples whose wedding we photographed.  We had a wonderful time photographing Kacie and Daniel’s wedding, and we are now thrilled to be photographing their new little girl, Dylan.  Not only is Dylan absolutely a cutie, but she was a perfect little angel on the day of her session. Her mom had a wonderful pink tutu and some great flowered headbands for little Dylan.  What a stylish newborn.  We love it!

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Liam’s newborn session

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We have been photographing a lot of babies lately.  Here are a few images that we created of little Liam here at our studio in Stapleton.  We photographed Liam with his mom and dad. Liam is quite an adorable baby with an expressive little face!

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Meg’s High School Senior Session

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We had a wonderful session down in LODO with another one of our fantastic seniors.  Meg is a 2011 senior at Colorado Academy, and she was so fun to photograph!  Meg is an absolutely amazing gymnast, and we posted a photograph showing one of her fantastic gymnastic moves.

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Emily’s high school senior session!

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Emily from Mullen High School was one of our fantastic high school seniors this year.  We had a blast photographing her, and she looks fabulous!  At one point during the shoot she spotted guys and girls a bit punked out and wondered if they would like to be in a shot with her.  They agreed and the result looks like it should be on a CD cover… priceless!

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Kelly & Brian’s fairytale wedding

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Kelly and Brian are such a sweet couple, and their wedding was just like a fairytale.  We met Kelly over at the Ritz-Carlton where she was getting ready, and while there we stopped for four or five minutes to capture some photos of her in her stunning Vera Wang gown under the chandelier.  The day was incredible start to finish with the ceremony at Holy Ghost followed by the reception at the Denver Art Museum.  This was an especially fun one for me (Eric) as I worked as a photographer for the DAM throughout most of the 1990’s!  It takes a team to put a such an event.  Alisa Zapiler and her team at Creative Events and Occasions planned and coordinated the wedding. Design Works did an absolutely amazing job with the decor as did Newberry Brothers with the flowers.  Occasions by Sandy catered the wonderful food and Gateaux created a beautiful cake.  The reception was rocking to the incredible sounds of Jakarta.  Confetti Magazine loved the first image so much they ran it on the cover.

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We love photographing people!

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Hi, this is Eric – I picked up a camera before I could even drive and have been photographing people and places ever since. I grew up in Boulder and Milwaukee (actually Brookfield if you know the area), and lived and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. I returned to Boulder to ski and earn my bachelors degree at CU, taught Spanish at the University of Wisconsin -Madison, and eventually launched my career as a professional photographer in New York City. One of my most memorable adventures was riding a bicycle through Europe for four months and photographing what I encountered.

Hi, I’m Moni. I grew up in the Denver metro area, but I am originally from Cambodia. Eric and I married in 2005, and soon after that I began working in our photography business. When I’m not behind the camera or designing albums at the computer I love cooking exotic dishes from around the world (fortunately we both love spicy food!) and spending time with our nieces and nephew. Between the two of us, Eric and I speak four or five languages, but English is the only one we have in common!

These days we specialize primarily in weddings and portraits of children, families and high school seniors. We also photograph quite a few mitzvahs and other events. We hope you enjoy seeing the photos we post and reading about our adventures!

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