Best Colorado Wedding Photographer | The Knot’s Best of Weddings

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The Knot every year gives out awards to outstanding wedding vendors, the Knot’s “Best of Weddings” award. This year feels extra special to win this acknowledgment. To be considered one of the best Colorado wedding photographers, especially in a year like 2020, is very exciting.

The Knot’s Best of Wedding vendor Stats;

To win the recognition means to be in the top 5% of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals around the nation. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzes its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories- including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers, and more- to find the highest rated vendors of the year.

I have been fortunate to win this award for the past 6 years now. I’ve also previously won the Knot’s “Hall of Fame” award as well. Every year gets me all teary eyed when I receive the email. This recognition is given out to the vendors who have received many 5 star reviews from their past clients. I always try to go above and beyond for my couples. Seeing that my efforts have paid off and that my couples appreciate our time working together truly means the world to me. This is why I hope my couples see me as the best Colorado wedding photographer out there!

To read what my couples have said about working with me, you can check out my Knot reviews here!

Why 2020 matters for this award;

The reason that this year is special seems to be obvious. 2020 has really tested the whole world. The wedding industry is one of MANY industries that was hit hard by the pandemic. No large gatherings or events could be held. Weddings have been postponed or put on hold indefinitely. I received about 20 emails from brides letting me know they were needing to change plans. Everything has been up in the air. I feel so incredibly sorry for any couple that was planning on getting married in 2020. They had to think of a plan b, plan c….or just cancel. It’s devastating. Not only am I sad for the poor couples, but this also means that my income for the year has been cut to less than half. This is also true for every coordinator, venue, florist, DJ, hair and makeup team, and every other wedding vendor….

Not only was I looking at an empty calendar for the year, but I had just moved to Denver a week before the quarantine happened. My move to Colorado was not because of the pandemic. It was planned for a few months. I wanted to be the best Colorado wedding photographer, and to do so I had been reaching out to local coordinators, venues, and other photographers to get to know the area and say hello. Excited to move my business to Colorado and start a new chapter, I was ready to hit the ground running. Little did I know how things would turn out!

How 2020 actually went;

But, with all that said, some couples decided to pull through with their weddings. The idea of getting married was a non-negotiable. This usually meant sacrificing a guest count, their dream venue, or any other tradition that needed to be thrown out the window. I got a few last minute inquiries for Colorado mountain elopements, which I was more than thrilled about.

Colorado venues I worked at this year;

I ended up shooting at some really fun and extremely beautiful venues! Before the pandemic hit, I was able to shoot three winter weddings of over 100 guests! The first was at Mt Vernon Country Club, with stunning ceremony views over the wedding deck. Second was at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder, where we then went to a field nearby for bride and groom portraits. Last was at an insanely beautiful mountain lodge in Grand Lake. Unfortunately, this venue was a casualty to the Cameron Peak Fire this year. (Oh 2020, how horrible you are to us….)

After the pandemic hit and weddings were cut down to elopements or smaller events, I was able to shoot for the first time at Piney River Ranch (WOW! a new favorite venue!) I also had a wedding in the Rockies at Rocky Mountain National Park, with a ceremony at the Flagstaff House in Boulder. In September I shot another intimate wedding in a field near Cheyenne Mountain. For October there was a wedding at Lone Hawk Farm out near Longmont. Lastly to top the year off, a beautiful winter wedding outside at Beaver Creek Interfaith Chapel.

While there is no dancing, no bouquet tosses, no sparkler exits…. this year has me looking at weddings with a whole new set of eyes.

The best part;

The intimate weddings that I photographed this year were small. Usually just parents, siblings, and maybe a best friend or two. What this means for me, is more time getting to know these lovely friends and family of my couples on a deeper level. I get to sit with dad’s at the dinner reception, and get to chat with sisters in the car. I get to see the silly relationships these brides and grooms have with their families. And dogs! More dogs!

While the wedding was small, the love was big. I think 2020 made everyone in the world change their perspective on what we value in our lives. It is the people, the moments.

And during everything everyone is going through this year, these few couples that I did get to photograph this year, my first year in Denver, still had the time to sit down and write me a lovely review. For that I will be forever grateful!

This award is my first The Knot’s Best of Weddings award that I’ve received since living in Denver, which makes it extra special to me. Below are some highlights from my first year in Denver! I know that it has only been one year since living here, but I hope to continue to be seen as the best Colorado wedding photographer for some couples! Happy almost 2021 everyone!

Interested in working with me for your upcoming wedding!?

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