Bridget & Ryan | Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding | High Lonesome Barn

Most of my business relies on word of mouth referrals. After about ten years in this business there is no way I could have survived without my past couples raving about me to their friends, wedding planners, venues, and other trusted wedding pros who send me clients. Bridget and Ryan were one of these referrals. It’s funny I can usually trace back almost all my referred weddings to someone who introduced me to someone who introduced me to someone who heard about me from someone else. They were friends from a client I had several years back who has referred me several of my couples. They initially heard about me from when I launched Save My Colorado Wedding during all the flooding in Boulder, Lyons, and Estes Park a few years before that. These are really the best kind of referrals because not only do I get to hang out with amazing new people, I get to see my old clients and occasionally, if they are within the same family, I get to see their families too.

I get so sucked in (in a good way) to my client’s lives and their friends and families. I genuinely love getting to know them on a personal level so whenever I get to see them again I love that the current client already knows me and trusts me and the old client is so happy to see me. In this particular case my old client insisted on a dance with them at the end of the night when I was done photographing. It’s always a great start to the day when I already have that personal connection to the couple I am working with. This is one of the biggest reasons I suggest doing an engagement session prior to the wedding too. I believe it should be a hug instead of a handshake when I show up on your wedding day.

This day started out much like any of my wedding days. We arrive, we eat lunch, we get ready to start photographing. The sun was shining and it was shaping up to be a beautiful Colorado day. To be clear I believe all Colorado days are beautiful haha, I just know my couples prefer the ones that are less rainy on their wedding days. We did all the bridal party photos separate after they were dressed because Bridget and Ryan didn’t want to see each other before the wedding. All the guests were seated and everyone was lined up and it began to absolutely downpour. Usually we can handle a few drops of rain but Bridget’s dress was silk and I knew she didn’t want her guests to sit in the pouring rain. So the plan was to wait it out. When it became increasingly apparent that the rain was here to stay we moved their ceremony to the loft and the ceremony happened. It may not have happened exactly as Bridget had pictured but it was perfect. Everyone stood and cheered and were so excited. As we finished the ceremony the rain tapered off enough to do a few full wedding party photos and bride and groom photos outside in with the pretty fall leaves just in time to catch them up for dinner.

I always tell my couples that the day is what you make it. Things don’t always go as planned on wedding days but I am a big believer in that they go how they are meant to go. It was still a perfect day. Everyone laughed and cried and Bridget and Ryan went with whatever happened and we still got all the beautiful photos outside in my secret spot.  Bridget and Ryan you both are a power couple who I love watching you two dote on each other. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your adventure.



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Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Florist: Kimball Floral

Makeup: Lindsay Ambrosio

Hair: Libby Anderson

Dress: Anna-Bé | Hayley Paige

Suits: Men’s Wearehouse

DJ: DTP Events

Reverand: Greg Bunton

Transportation: Mountain Transit Adventures


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