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Colorado Engagement Session, Engagement Denver Colorado
Hi, I’m Brooke, Preston’s associate photographer. And a couple weekends ago, I had the joy of flying out to Denver, CO to shoot engagement photos of Zach and Coty in the town that they share a home together. They picked me up at 4:00am after my delayed flight had landed, gave me a bed to sleep in, served me delicious coffee, and took me around to all of their favorite spots in the city that they love. As we traveled from place to place, we had the opportunity to just be and talk and learn more about each other with no agenda. It was wonderful. Zach and Coty are wonderful. I share these intimate details about their engagement shoot weekend because I think it’s important to know in order for you to understand them better. When you look at the following pictures, you will see an absolutely stunning, well-styled, in-love couple. All of this is true. They do love each other deeply – with a compassionate, joyful, and adventurous spirit – but they also extend that love to others, too. And that is exactly what they did to me, for an entire weekend as we gallivanted through their city taking some of the most exciting, beautiful, and personal photos I have ever had the opportunity to take. The photos you see here in this blog post are a true, genuine reflection of Zach and Coty. Where they like to go, what they like to do together, and how much they truly love each other, and others. From Mount Bierstadt to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the Denver Science Museum to the Botanical Gardens to Union station to the charming, historic Denver downtown – Zach and Coty, no matter where you are, your love is obvious and contagious. Thank you for sharing your city and your hearts with me, I can’t wait to make and capture even more memories on your wedding day.

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Elizabeth and Kevin booked me as their photographer about three years ago. After three years of getting to know this amazing couple, three years of anticipation building surrounding this amazing event – you can imagine how crazy excited I was for the wedding day to arrive, and to finally celebrate their awesome love. Needless to say, their wedding day did not disappoint. In fact, almost every aspect blew me away. The venue was gorgeous, the details were stunning, and Elizabeth and Kevin were glowing.

It was a really hot day. So basically everyone was glowing with a shimmery sheen of sweat (haha), but Elizabeth and Kevin were different, they radiated genuine joy the entire day. They could’ve complained about the heat – but I literally don’t think I heard either of them mention the high temperatures once. They were too busy truly enjoying themselves to care. But it wasn’t just Elizabeth and Kevin that were overjoyed by their love and the excitement of them tying the knot – everyone present was, too. For example, all the family and bridal party members wanted to witness their first look, and they hid inside and watched from afar to steal a peek at the special moment the happy couple shared. When your loved ones are as excited about your love as you are, that’s when you know you’re doing something right. Elizabeth and Kevin, it has been an absolute joy to be your photographer and get to know you over the years. I also, am as excited about your love as you two are. It was well worth the wait to experience and shoot your absolutely stunning day. Congratulations again, I see nothing but a lifetime of happiness in your future!

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Zach and Tom are just full of life. It’s obvious that they love to have fun, be present in the moment, live adventurously, and most importantly – do all of those things together. I was far from surprised when they told me that one of their favorite activities to do together is visit amusement parks! They seem similar in all the right ways. I mean, look how great their outfits coordinate? But in all seriousness, it’s clear that they are a perfect pair. They enjoy the same things, aim to live their life in the same fulfilling way, and most importantly love each other exactly as they are. Zach and Tom, it was so fun exploring with you to find fun shots, and getting to know you and your beautiful hearts at the same time. Next up, roller coaster photoshoot? I’m not even kidding… Congratulations again, I’m already excited for your wedding!

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Julianne and Nick had a truly timeless wedding. The venue, what they wore, and their decor – it was all so beautifully classic. Nothing that they did was overly trendy, everything was gorgeous now, and will continue to be gorgeous for years to come. What I loved even more than just the sheer beauty of their wedding day was the way that they balanced tradition with personality in a seemingly effortless way. Sometimes you see couples get lost in trying to do a wedding the “correct way,” and their wedding ends up being exactly what you’d expect of a typical wedding, but it doesn’t feel like “them.” That was not the case with Julianne and Nick; everything about their day was so classy and yet so absolutely “them.”

The entire day was peppered with pieces of their personality, their family history, and their relationship – which made it all the more beautiful and fun to be a part of. Their ceremony at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church was stunning. The building was full of color and life, and their ceremony was, too. It was special to step into their familial values in such a powerful and intentional way. Shortly after we were able to step into a huge part of Julianne and Nick’s relationship at the University of Minnesota. As U of M alumni, that campus is home to many memories they have together and will always hold a huge place in their heart. Taking pictures of them there was sentimental in the best way. It’s so special to go back to a place that helped mold them, individually and together, into the people they are today. As if that wasn’t special enough, Goldy the Gopher also made a surprise appearance at their reception! Which is not only every Gopher’s dream, but also something I’ve never seen before! It was SO fun. The best surprise I’ve ever witnessed at a reception.

But out of all the beautiful, memorable, and unique aspects of their wedding day – Julianne and Nick both agree that their first look was their favorite part. They were both incredibly excited and anxious to see each other, and ultimately, get married. To have that moment of stillness, just the two of them, before they were standing up on the altar before all of their more cherished family and friends, was priceless. Being able to take it all in together, even for just a moment, was something they will never forget and forever cherish. This is what makes Julianne and Nick’s love so beautiful and genuine. Their love is the kind of love that is just as real in a moment of peace together in an empty church as it is draped in satin and pearls in front of everyone they know. Congratulations you two, it was an honor to capture memories on your special day. I have no doubt that your life will forever be filled with love, laughter, and happiness.

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Vendor List
Ceremony – St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Minneapolis, MN
Reception – The Commons Hotel – Minneapolis, MN
Videographer – Make Your Memory
Hair & Makeup – Creative Beauté Agency – Minnetonka, MN
Caterer – The Beacon – Minneapolis, MN
Cake – Queen of Cakes – Edina, MN
Flowers – Forever in Bloom – St. Paul, MN
Dress – Bella Bridal – Woodbury, MN
Men’s Wear – Macy’s – Minneapolis, MN
Transportation – MIK Limo – Eagan, MN
DJ – Instant Request – Bloomington, MN
Save the Dates – Brovado Weddings – Minneapolis, MN
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Jeweler – Continental Diamond – St. Louis Park

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Take a quick second to prepare yourself to be wow’d by Laura and Michael’s story. Normally when we hear that a couple has known each other for a long time, we think high school sweethearts. When we hear that a couple has been together since middle school, we can barely believe it. When a couple has known each other since they were in kindergarten – our hearts are just completely melted. This couple is Laura and Michael. They met in kindergarten and had always been awesome friends. They finally started dating their senior year of high school, and on their wedding day, they had been together for a total of 10 years. I feel no hesitation in saying that these two lovebirds are each other’s best friends and their perfect match.

There is something really special about being completely loved and understood by someone that has known you your whole life (aside from your family). These people have seen your absolutely best, your worst, and all of the awkward stages in between – and yet they still choose to be by your side. I see this sense of complete comfort and confidence between Laura and Michael in their relationship. They know each other deeply – the good, bad, and everything in between – they have fully embraced this reality, and chosen to love every part of each other and their long relationship together. It’s beautiful. And their love was so clearly the highlight of their beautiful wedding day.

They had a classically stunning Twin Cities wedding, starting at the Basilica of St. Mary and ending at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. Those two venues and the cityscapes that came with were enough on their own to create a gorgeous wedding, but Laura went above and beyond with amazing details and impeccable style (see pictures for proof!). It was truly a day to remember, and Laura and Michael are a couple to remember as well. Congrats you two, I’m excited for you to continue living your fullest live by each other’s side!

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Vendor Information
Ceremony Venue – Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis, MN
Reception Venue – Nicollet Island Pavillon – Minneapolis, MN 
Videographer – JW Anderson – Woodbury, MN 
Officiant – Fr. Joseph Gillespie – Minneapolis, MN
Hair Stylist – SM Makeup, INC (Megan)
Makeup Artist – SM Makeup, INC (Steph) 
Caterer – Mintahoe – Minneapolis, MN 
Cake Designer – Mintahoe – Minneapolis, MN 
Linens – Apres Party and Tent Rental – Minnetonka, MN 
Florist – Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling – Minneapolis, MN 
Dressshop/designer – L’Atelier Couture (Romona Keveza) – Minneap0lis, MN 
Tuxedos – Men’s Warehouse – Minneapolis, MN 
Limo/Party Bus Company – Exceptional Transportation – Bloomington, MN
Band – R Factor – Minneapolis, MN 
Jeweler – Roman Jewelers – NJ
Photo Booth – The Photo Booth Group – Minneapolis, MN