2017 was a great year for Phreckles! I made many new friends, danced to music, celebrated love (near and far), and documented cherished memories. Here are just a few of my favorite photos and moments from the past year – there were HUNDREDS. Thanks for your support! See you in 2018!!
Deb and Ryan worked for months on their backyard, because that’s where they held their intimate wedding ceremony. The Salida couple kept it simple, sweet and sincere. It was a perfect day for a backyard wedding.
After the ceremony, more friends were invited to partake in the reception – which was in the front yard and the street. They got a street closure from the city for a few hours. Friends showed up on bikes, ate food, and danced the evening away. It was one of the easiest weddings I’ve done in some time. Everyone was so relaxed, there was very little formality or traditionally involved. I loved it.
Thanks for letting me in, friends!
Scott and Brian exchanged vows at their family cabin in Nathrop, CO. They planned a full weekend of events for their visiting friends and family. They even handed out a “Gay Wedding Survival Pack” to everyone. They clearly have a great sense of humor. Their friend and chef, Biju, of Buji’s Little Cury Shop in Denver, cooked all the meals for the weekend – including the fantastic wedding dinner.
The fabulous team at Align Lifestyle Management planned the entire weekend – with a little insider help from yours truly.
Flowers: Rancho Verde Flowers, Nathrop.
White chairs, farm tables and barrels: Settings Event Rental, Salida.
Cake: Family member
Food: Buji – Buji’s Little Curry Shop
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Jodi and Claude are the ultimate adventure couple. They participate (and excel) in every outdoor recreation imaginable. For example, I once ran into Jodi at the top of the Monarch Crest Trail. Once she got on her bike, I never saw her again. Jodi and Claude live in Salida and are always down for a mountain bike, whitewater trip, hike or a climb. Their wedding was no exception.
They invited all their friends to raft down Browns Canyon to their wedding reception. But first, a pit-stop at Jump Rock to change, say their vows and “take the plunge.” Jodi went through the whitewater section on a standup paddle board. #beastmode. After Jump Rock, Jodi SUP’d in her long “river dress.” She’s really impressive.
Once the entire caravan of SUPs, kayaks and rafts made it to the reception spot, Hecla Junction, there was a quick change, (a longer change for the bride) and then the ceremony took place. The entire day was perfectly organized chaos. The weather was fantastic, the company splendid and the moods jolly. Definitely one of the most memorable weddings I’ve witnessed.
Planning a non-traditional wedding? Let’s grab a drink and chat. Out-of-the-box ideas are my favorite.
Maggie and Zach eloped to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Resort. They had a short and sweet ceremony, and then we took some pictures around the resort. The couple planned on soaking a bit, then going jeeping and having a bit of a holiday while in Chaffee County. They said their elopement was perfect. I think Maggie’s shoes were perfect. That pop of color! I really dig it.
The newlyweds had a reception back East when they returned home.
I dream of wedding destinations. I’ve done several, but in Jamaica a wedding gig took me all the way to Negril, Jamaica. It was my first time in the country. I absolutely loved the scenery and the people. Sadly, I didn’t leave myself enough time to explore outside of the Negril resort area. However, some of the crafters I met on the beach were extremely friendly and forward. (My kind of people.) I made fast friends with a man named Whitey and another who went by Captain Ganja.
Mike and Janine were married at the Sandals Resort in Negril. It’s a beautiful resort with a larger campus than I was able to explore in my 4-short days. The happy couple planned an entire weekend of events for their guests, and it was fun to get to know everyone a bit before the wedding.
Minus one rain shower, the weather was perfect the entire weekend. Congrats again to Mike and Janine! Thank you for including me in your destination wedding! I hope to return soon.
Are you planning a destination wedding? Because I am always willing. Have camera, will travel!
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Since September I’ve had the great privilege and honor to travel with The Colorado Health Foundation on their statewide listening tour. I’ve accompanied them on 5 tours, meeting people from roughly 40 Colorado counties. In two weeks, the tours pick up again, and we’ll head to the Plains. I’ve learned a lot about this great state I live in. About the geography, the struggles, the assets and most importantly the passion found in every town – regardless of size. I can’t wait to get back on the road and meet more people committed to promoting health in their communities! The goal of the Foundation is to be the healthiest state in the country – who wouldn’t want that?!
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All my best,
My approach to newborn photography is a little different than the thousands of images you’d see on Pinterest. I do not prop babies up in unnatural positions. Nor do I use an excessive amount of props.
I photograph the baby, and parents, in their home. With a beloved stuffed animal, a handmade quilt and the crib passed down through generations.
While it’s not everyones’ cup of tea, the brave are rewarded for skipping the studio and artificiality that comes with it.
Please enjoy the images, and feel free to contact me for more information!
All my best,
Three weeks ago I had the great privilege to document a live proposal in Riverside Park, Salida! It was quite cold and dark. I waited around the park for 30 minutes, photographing Christmas trees in Holiday Park until I spied the couple. I had never met them, but I was sent a photo of the two from earlier in the day, so I knew what they were wearing.
Michelle and Matt, Texas college students, dated throughout high school. Michelles’ mom said, “I couldn’t have written a better man for my daughter.”
After Matt dropped to one knee, and Michelle gave a teary “yes,” I revealed myself from my hiding locale.
I snapped a few photos, with the flash on, then we went to the Boathouse Cantina for the receiving line of friends and family who were waiting to see the happy couple.
After a few photos with the family, we went back outside for more photos – without tears.
It was a lovely event, and I was extremely proud to be allowed present at such an important juncture in their lives!
Congrats again to Michelle and Matt!!
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Texan couple Misty and Dustin decided on a Salida ceremony, next to the Arkansas River. They wanted it brief before they eloped to enjoy the mountains.
The always eccentric Forrest Whitman with Weddings Your Way performed the ceremony. Misty and Dustin had two friends, and their two children as witnesses.
It was a simple, beautiful ceremony. Everything they needed – nothing they did not.
The marriage license was signed at the nearby River’s Edge Restaurant.
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