… you are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known- and even that is a understatement. -f. scott fitzgerald
This wedding held a lot of emotions for me personally. I’ve known Tyler since we were 12 years old. Being able to photograph this important day in his life was such an honor.
From as far back as I can remember Tyler has always said he would marry Zosia. Their love has grown over 12 years together. The culmination of all this time came together in one perfect day.
When Tyler proposed to Zosia her gave her his grandmothers ring. During their engagement Zosia kept a journal for him. It was something that she gave to him on their wedding day. She sat on the couch with Tyler’s mom and remembered each entry. When Tyler received the journal it was impossible for him to keep his eyes dry.
I fell in love with Zosia’s dress from the second I saw it but that didn’t stop me from becoming completely overwhelmed with emotion when she walked to to meet Tyler at the front of the aisle. The smile on Tyler’s face told me he was thinking the exact same thing I was. The ceremony had an added level of perfection because the bride and groom chose to do it ‘unplugged.’ In a world where we rely on technology, it was sweet to see everyone simply enjoying the memory.
I couldn’t be happier that my friend has found the perfect partner in life for him. The love that was felt that day will always be a fond memory for me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this journey with both of you!
I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Brynn from First Look Events over the last year. She is incredibly talented, and truly cares about making her couple’s day the absolute best it can be. Now its your turn to hear from one of Denver’s best wedding planners.
Tell me about First Look Events?
Our passion lies in creating innovative, beautiful designs that are perfectly curated to tell our clients story. We find inspiration in the most unlikely places and create extraordinary experiences for the host and guests alike.
What made you fall in love with weddings?
I love any excuse to bring people together over great food and tasty libations, but weddings hold a special place in my heart. The challenge of encapsulating a couples love for each other in a unique way is the best part of my job. The moment I see the couple see each other for the first time, the moment I send them down the aisle to start their forever, and the first time they hold each other with their favorite music playing in the background, I fall in love with my job again and again.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The design and creative aspect of my job is my absolute favorite part of my job. I strive to think outside of the traditional color box and create unique and captivating designs for each one of my clients.
What is one of your favorite stories from a wedding of yours?
There are far too many to pick just one, my job is filled with laughter and crazy moments everyday. I will come out with a wedding planner tells all book eventually and let you in on all my favorite stories.
What trends are you loving, and which would you love to see go?
I am loving the farm-to-table food trend. It is so much fun to celebrate the amazing food and chefs that we are lucky to have in our backyard. While I love a good hashtag, I would like to see this trend fade out so that we encourage guests to be present in the moment and not documenting every moment for social media. After all we hire amazing photographers for a reason
Advice for Brides/Grooms to be?
Enjoy the planning process, don’t do things just because you feel like you should. Make sure your day is filled with people, sounds,tastes and experiences that bring you pure happiness.
How do you encourage your couples to personalize their wedding and step out of the pinterest box?
I love thinking outside of the box and encouraging my couples to come up with unique ideas that represent them. I ask clients to think about their favorite hobbies, date nights, and vacations etc. These are all great topics to inspire unique designs.
Your favorite moment on a wedding day?
This is such a hard question. It is actually the question that inspired my companies name. My husband asked me this exact question and I couldn’t pick just one moment that I loved. My response was: I love the couples First Look, I love the family seeing the couple for the first time, I love the couples First Look at the event space, I love the couples First Look at of the details. I guess in a nut shell, I love seeing my couples enjoy every moment and detail of their special day.
What do you think is the most important thing about the service you offer your couples?
I think my niche lies in really getting to know my clients and expressing their love story through a unique design. Couple should now that I will get to know them as if they are a guest in my home and I will go to the ends of the earth to make their day perfectly unique to them.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of the wedding industry?
When I am not working you will find me enjoying the beautiful landscape of Colorado on long hikes with my family. I am also a huge foodie and love trying out all the new local hotspots!
“He saw her before he saw anything else in the room”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Destination weddings seem to increase the level of romance ten fold. Exotic locations, with only your closest friends and families really change the day. This couldn’t be more true for Hayley and Fitz. The clear blue water and white sandy beaches of Mexico are breathtaking. The fluffy clouds polka dot the sky intermittently as the warmth from the sun falls around you.
A bright and vibrant country like Mexico deserves an equally bright and vibrant couple. Fitz and Hayley lived up to those standards incredibly. For the ceremony Hayley was set to wear a stunning pale pink Vera Wang dress. It complimented her beauty perfectly. Guests watch as the two exchanged personally written vows at the edge of the water.
As everyone switched gears into celebration mode for the reception Hayley changed into a champagne colored dress! The fun began instantly. Laughter roared and smiles were everywhere. The love between Hayley and Fitz combined with their fun loving spirits really set the evening off.
We could not be more grateful for the opportunity to spend such a incredible week with the two of you and your families.Playa Mujeres Wedding
“….when I saw you even the air around me fell in love. That’s the thing about love, it knows no limits, it’s divine” - Anita Krizzan
There’s something so beautiful about a bride feeling completely free and getting ready in the beautiful outdoors, and this is exactly how I love to begin our days. And Piney River Ranch is the perfect place to do that.
With the mountains and lake seemingly surrounding the ceremony, Todd stood in front of family and friends anxiously awaiting the arrival of his bride. Two by two the bridesmaids and groomsmen proceeded down the aisle and now it was finally time for Nicole. As she stood at the top of the stairs the smile on Todd’s face grew larger. The ceremony even featured live instrumentals. When they were announced as husband and wife it was obvious Nicole and Todd were ready to celebrate!
As expected the reception did not disappoint. Keeping with the adventurous spirit of both the bride and groom, guests were treated to s’mores outside as the sun began to fall. The dance floor never seemed to be empty and laughter filled the room. It was the perfect celebration to a day filled with love and excitement.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this incredible day!
January of 2009 seems like ages ago; I was just a kid myself. I found myself working long hours into the nights. I found this work schedule stressful and overwhelming at times but looking back on it I’m so glad I did it. After a long day of work I would go to the 24 Hour Fitness location close to my house. At 11:00 at night it’s rare to find someone interesting to talk to. One night I was taken aback by the handsome man behind the counter. In fact, he was the most handsome man I had ever seen in my life. Being unsure of myself I decided to casually check to see when he would be working again so I could also be there.
Little by little I managed to start conversations with him which sparked an incredible friendship. The friendship turned into much, much more. Before I knew it we were building a life together. Our relationship grew quickly from boyfriend/girlfriend to puppy parents. In just three short years after becoming puppy parents we became parents to the most beautiful little girl. Taylor Leigh – or, as I love to call her, T. I had no idea I was capable of such love but here I was overjoyed at my life with both of them. Three years after that he finally popped the question. Sometimes men tend to drag their feet but it was worth the wait. After 15 months of planning and 7 years of being together we stood at the altar on May 13th, 2016 and become husband and wife.
The morning of our wedding I woke up filled with so many emotions. I began to write the last letter I would write Garrett as his fiance’. As I watched T run around my room my eyes filled with tears. Tears of excitement, joy and love. I listed to the playlist of our favorite songs and noticed how content I felt. I wasn’t nervous at all. I kept thinking one thing over and over in my head: GARRETT IS GOING TO BE MY HUSBAND TODAY!
Once my bridesmaids began to arrive everything fell into place perfectly. I found it touching to have my best friends around who had watched my love for Garret bloom into what it was today. I was brought to tears when my brother arrived. His calm presence quickly washed over me and I realized he was exactly the person I needed to see at that moment. Putting on my wedding dress made everything real for me. This was it. This was the beginning of the rest of my life. T helped me put the finishing touches on my look for the day. The moment I was able to share with my mom was so incredibly special to me. Our times together always are but this was different. When I was able to see my daddy it was such a moving moment for me. This was the man who made me the woman I am today. He was my protector. My hero. It was only fitting that I see him before Garrett. After all, he taught me what true love is.
Garrett and I decided to do a ‘first look.’ I’m so happy we did. Spending that quiet moment with him before we said ‘I do’ brought an energy to the day I couldn’t expect. Looking into his eyes I knew this was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. We had come so far together; experienced so much. I knew without a doubt the best was yet to come.
I want to take a minute and give a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our friends, family and vendors who made this day perfection. Every little girl dreams about what her wedding day will look like and mine far surpassed any dreams I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend every single one of our vendors. They did not disappoint.
Sweet T helping me put on my shoes
These photos of Garrett & T in the morning are some of my favorites.
No cufflink holes… no problem.
By far my favorite photo of T. EVER.
We did a whiskey box ceremony to be opened on our first anniversary with love letters we wrote to each other.
My veil completely wrapped around the pole.
Meet Lindsay, one of my longest friends. We played dinosaurs way back when so I had her reading be “the lovely dinosaur”
Crying grooms are my favorite, especially when he’s mine.
Practicing our first dance
Venue: The Sanctuary Golf Club
Planner: Mark Christopher Weddings & Events – I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mark. He is truly a phenomenal friend and a extraordinary wedding planner.
Florist: Bella Calla – Our florals were absolutely stunning. You made every vision I had come to life.
Cake: Kelley Kakes – By far the prettiest cake I’ve ever ever seen! It was unlike anything I’ve seen before, and fit so perfectly with every other aspect of our design.
Calligraphy signs: Katie Rogers – These were such perfect additions to our day. You an amazing artist. I love you.
Dress: Emma & Grace – You ladies were absolutely wonderful in completely re-designing the dress I had purchased. It turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Veil: Love Veils – Cori, you made finding the perfect veil absolutely painless.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vow to Be Chic – The process with these dresses was perfect. And the fact that we were able to rent designer dresses was a huge win!
DJ & Photo Booth: Elite Entertainment – As always you guys blew me away by your incredible talent.
Hair: Hayley Styles – Sweet Hayley. You did such a beautiful job on my hair, making it look exactly how I had wanted it. Even after me changing it post trial. You are a gem.
Makeup: Make-up by Heather B – My makeup was completely flawless throughout the entire day, with 0 touch-ups needed.
Dance Choreography: Erin Fitzgerald – You created the perfect dance to fit Garrett & I’s personalities.
Photography: Gabe McClintock Photography – Our photos are breathtaking and I love looking through them, and re living every second of the most perfect day of our lives.
Videography: Bosha Video – Kim you captured what we needed perfectly! I will cherish our videos forever.
When we first met Morgan and Kellen we could feel the spark between them. Some couples just touch your soul and they certainly did. Not only was the love between them obvious but their playful love had me more than excited for this wedding. Morgan’s classic dress combined with the subtle colors in the wedding party matched perfectly with the backdrop of the landscape. It felt soft and sweet while still being electrically romantic. Every detail was perfect including the live guitarist set off to the side of guests. Keeping true to their creative sides they chose a reading from Method Man during the ceremony.
“Shorty I’m there for you, anytime you need me,
For real girl, it’s me in your world, believe me,
Nothing make a man feel better than a woman,
Queen with a crown that be down for whatever,
There are few things that’s forever, my lady,
We can make war or make babies.
Back when I was nothing you made a brother feel like he was something,
That’s why I’m with you to this day boo, no fronting,
Even when the skies were gray you would rub me on my back and say, baby, it’ll be okay
Now that’s real to a brother like me, baby.
And I’mma walk these dogs so we can live in a fat-ass crib with thousands of kids,
Word life, you don’t need a ring to be my wife,
Just be there for me and I’mma make sure we be living in the lap of luxury,
I’m realizing that you didn’t have to funk with me, but you did, now I’m going all out kid, and I got mad love to give, you my everything.”
The true victory in life lies not on the field but in the heart. I was honored to witness the electric connection between these two. Their passion for each other is undeniable and it just resonates from these photos. Congratulations Brandon & Nadia, thank you for braving the cold, and for allowing me to document your incredible love story. I’m excited to see where your future takes you.