ann & jason. evergreen engagement photographer

i had so much fun meeting with ann and jason at dedisse park in evergreen for their engagement session, and i can’t wait for their wedding atop ajax mountain in aspen later this summer! photographing a wedding at the summit of aspen mountain on the wedding deck has been on my list of dream venues since we moved here, and i was also thrilled to find out ann will be getting ready at the little nell! i know their wedding day will be perfection!

i’ve actually known ann for a few years, since we met just months after david and i moved to colorado. oddly enough, we met at a make-up counter in the mall and hit it off right away, bonding over small things like both of us having family in iowa, and she had also lived in georgia while she was playing for the wnba. of course that led to conversations about our favorite foods, especially grits, that we have a hard time finding out here {as a related side-note, everyone should try the shrimp and grits at acorn, located in the source. they rival anything you’d find in the south!}. it’s funny how ann and i have bumped into each other from time to time since that day, and it’s also a testament to how denver is really such a big small town. for example, one afternoon i went to a photography get-together to learn more about shooting film, and ann just happened to be one of our models. then more recently, we ran into each other while trying to reserve venues at denver parks and rec – which is when i found out she was engaged to jason. at the time i was secretly wishing i’d get to photograph their wedding, so wishes do come true! ha!

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paul and cathy.

it’s a wonder the people i’ve met and the profound moments i’ve witnessed because of my camera. this is my favorite image from paul and cathy’s intimate wedding, photographed early this year.

read more about their story from paul’s daughter, kelsey, below…

My dad, an avid outdoorsman, began dating cathy in 2009, shortly after she moved to colorado. He and Cathy enjoyed the outdoors in Colorado, hiking and biking their way through their relationship. Everyone’s world changed in December 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. as the family reeled in collective shock of the healthiest 66 year old any of us knew being diagnosed with this deadly disease, he and Cathy’s relationship grew stronger. In february of 2013, they decided to get married, knowing that they may not have much time as husband and wife.

In the small chapel at Greenwood Community Church, surrounded by their kids and grandkids, my dad and Cathy joined together in matrimony, demonstrating the true meaning of the vows to love one another “in sickness and in health”. Eight short weeks later, he passed away in his home, surrounded by his wife and children.

I learned so much about marriage from these special moments spent celebrating a love that was strengthened by adversity. despite the havoc that pancreatic cancer brought to our family, this day stands out in my mind as a statement of the strength of unconditional love — the love God demonstrates for us and that we, on our best days, shower upon one another.

In memory of Paul B. Anderson 1946-2013. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend.

- Kelsey McCarthy


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samantha and patrick. castlewood canyon engagement photographer

samantha and patrick were actually recently married when i took their engagement photos! they met while she was working as a civilian contractor, and he was serving in the army at fort benning, ga. {i really loved that georgia played a part in their story!} they made it through two of his deployments to iraq before samantha moved hundreds of miles to live with patrick, and 6 months later the army moved them to colorado. they knew it wouldn’t be long before patrick would have to deploy again, this time to afghanistan {his fourth deployment}.

samantha wrote: in april of 2013 patrick proposed while we were on a weekend trip to estes park. he braved riding a horse for the first time and planned a beautiful proposal up in the mountains. we decided to get married before his deployment to afghanistan and had a small ceremony, in may, at the garden of the gods.

i love that samantha and patrick wanted engagement photos, and since she works as a ranger at castlewood canyon state park, it also made the perfect location for their session! patrick is currently serving in afghanistan, and samantha {and their precocious pup, gus}  are anxiously awaiting when he will be home again!

click *here* to see more from samantha and patrick’s engagement session!

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lauren and tate. littleton, colorado engagement photographer

if love is the treasure, laughter is the key. ~ yakov smirnoff

tate has quite a sense of humor, and i couldn’t resist sharing one of his favorite poses…

we left highline canal trail just in time to make it to jackass hill as the sun was setting…

 tate had lauren laughing our entire session, and i can’t wait to photograph their ten mile station wedding next year! i know their day will be full of love, family and friends, and lots of laughter! click *here* if you’d like to see more of lauren and tate’s engagement photos!

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