Love at First Click

SIX BRIDES SHARE THE WEDDING PHOTO THEY FELL HEAD OVER HEELS FOR

Compiled by Kendall Kostelic, Marian Amini and Hayley Woodward

ANGELA & LINDSAY

Venue: Denver Capitol west steps

Date: May 29, 2016

Photographer: Alison Rose Photography

Why is this your favorite photo?
“We dated for six years and knew that we would wait until marriage equality was a reality for all states before tying the knot,” says Lindsay. “Angela proposed two days after the pronouncement came down from the high court, and we began to plan our wedding. We wanted to combine the community that we hold dear, while also acknowledging how lucky we are to live in a time where we can get married. This is our favorite picture because it shows our community surrounding us in love. We were also the first people to get married on the west steps of the Capitol—so we made history in more than one way.”

What does it say about you as a couple— or about your wedding day?
“Two people in love do not live in isolation. Their love is a source of strength with which they may nourish not only each other but also the world around them.”

EVY & JARRAD

Venue: The Brown Palace, 321 17th St.

Date: August 28, 2016

Planner: Hope Sulerzyski from The Brown Palace

Photographer: Ashleigh with From the Hip Photo

Why is this your favorite photo?
“We really loved The Brown Palace because it’s such a historical, beautiful building,” Evy says. “We are both very simple, classic people and we wanted a picture of the venue our kids and family could see.”

What does it say about you as a couple—or about your wedding day?
“Jarrad and I fell in love in Denver and I think this photo with The Brown Palace beautifully captures our story. It was such a beautiful day and we had so much fun.”

LAUREN & JENSEN

Venue: Cheesman Park Pavilion and Mile High Station

Date: July 9, 2016

Planners: Jessica Carver and Sarah McGinnis from A Touch of Bliss

Photographer: Adam Beach Photography

Why is this your favorite photo?
“This was taken just after the ceremony, when we stopped at Union Station before heading to Mile High Station for the reception,” Lauren says. “We love it because Adam captured our candid emotion on camera—a pure euphoric state.”

What does it say about you as a couple— or about your wedding day?
“It shows our elation of having made an eternal commitment to each other and depicts the way that we hope to progress through the rest of our lives: united.”

JANETTE & JESSE

Venue: Piney River Ranch, Vail

Date: July 14, 2016

Planner: Lauren Ripko from Quintessential Events

Photographer: Katie Corinne Photography

Why is this your favorite photo?
“They had taken my flowers and decorated the canoe and put a lantern in it,” Janette says. “And you can just tell how happy we are. It gave us exactly the feeling that we wanted, which was having Colorado—including the mountains—as our background on Piney Lake. It was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. I remember when I first saw Colorado and the mountains, and when I look at this picture, it brings back that memory and moment.”

What does it say about you as a couple—or about your wedding day?
“I think it says that we are adventurous and take risks. It takes a lot to get in the canoe and take the risk of getting out on the lake—in a canoe and doing some paddling—on your wedding day. And hoping that it all goes well: A few times I thought we were going to flip over! As for our wedding day, we wanted something relaxed that wasn’t so frilly. And we love the outdoors, Colorado—it’s one of our favorite places in the world—and Vail. We also only invited our family members. It was a small wedding, but it felt big. And that’s how this picture was: We’re these two people in this big scene. We took all of the things we love most and wrapped them into one.”

RUBY & JON

Venue: Wellshire Event Center

Date: June 13, 2015

Planner: Jaime Brown from Sapphire Celebrations

Photographer: 11th Door Photography

Why is this your favorite photo?
“Jon and I were very particular about making sure that we enjoyed the day and didn’t get caught up in the craziness that can come with wedding planning, and we had a really good time during our pictures,” Ruby says. “It was the only time we were really alone and it was just so fun. This is right after he first saw me and we were starting to walk to go take pictures together.”

What does it say about you as a couple—or about your wedding day?
“On our wedding day, we were going for elegance and simplicity. I feel like this picture does a really good job of describing that. It feels so calm. I don’t know why, but I love it so much.”

CINDY & KEITH

Venue: Chief Hosa Lodge, Genesee Park, Golden

Wedding date: July 11, 2016

Wedding photographer: Alison Rose Photography

Why is this your favorite photo?
“To me, this picture just really exemplifies the idea that a picture speaks a thousand words. You can see that Keith is holding a little flower I made with a picture of a dog that we lost who was supposed to be the flower girl in our wedding. He looks happy, the dogs look happy—I really like the way my family looks here. I surprised Keith by having the dogs at the wedding: He thought it would be too difficult to get them back and forth.”

What does it say about you as a couple—or about your wedding day?
“It took a lot to get to this moment. I’m a cancer survivor and we were supposed to be married a couple years prior to this, but then I got the cancer diagnosis, so we postponed the wedding. I was diagnosed on July 11, 2014, and we were planning to be married that October, but we went to the courthouse that day instead because I didn’t have insurance and had a courthouse wedding, then an actual wedding two years later.”