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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
By Daniel Colvin Photography
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After shooting hundreds of weddings, I've seen it all - from quiet evenings with families to huge celebrations with raging afterparties.  I'm addicted to that variety of style and size and personality, but truthfully it's the common thread of a couple's love and excitement that makes them each special.  That's one of the many reasons I was so pumped to document this private elopement ceremony for Megan and Sean.  Most wedding days are whirlwinds of excitement and emotions, full of details to remember and places to be and people to greet, with very little time for a couple to settle into the happiness and importance of the small moments together. After going through the possibilities in their minds, Megan and Sean decided to forgo the traditional route and instead focus on the experience together.   Private destination weddings and elopements may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a treasure of incredible times for a couple: a way of crafting a wedding day that isn't weighted by the details or pleasing the Joneses, but purely about making the most of every moment. 

And boy, did these two pick a hell of a spot.  St. Barthélemy (or St. Bart's, to those like me who would butcher the full pronunciation) is a luxury resort island in the French West Indies, and the most exclusive destination in the Caribbean.  There are no direct flights in, so it's only reachable by boat or tiny puddle-jumper planes from larger nearby islands.  It's crawling with celebrities, but without any of the fan fare or tacky tourism one might expect - it's tasteful in every way, overflowing with the perfect romanticism of adventure and solitude.  Megan and Sean are beautiful people inside and out and fit right at home there, which made my job of location scouting and documenting their excitement such a treat.  But in all truth, even if these two were getting married in a parking lot I'd feel honored to be a part of it.  They're hilarious and an absolute joy to hang around, and it was beyond humbling to be able to document this week with them.  Their affection and appreciation for each other is so genuine, and it's that pride in each other that made it all so special.  All the love to them and their future adventures together :)





 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
By Daniel Colvin
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Goodness gracious, have I been excited to share this wedding.  You may have picked up on it by now if you've read any of my other posts, but gosh do I love documenting life.  It's the vanishing moments, the slow stories, the beauty of people and the world that surrounds them that keep me coming back to capture tiny pieces of an infinite subject.  

I've been blessed to work with consistently awesome couples over the past 8 years, but these two stepped it up a notch - Deanna and Nicholas' wedding (and shoot, even they themselves) spoiled me something fierce.  Nicholas is the kind of guy that makes anyone feel always welcomed, like you've been great friends for years by the time you first meet.  Deanna is that wonderful balance between selflessly kind and a little rebellious - she's a talented wedding photographer (no pressure Daniel), and quite possibly the most encouraging person I've ever shot with, but I can also warn that she'll shark you at the local pool hall if you're not careful (trust me, she has countless amazing stories of this).  

When they told me their wedding was in Colorado, I went pretty berzerk (internally of course).  I'm a mountain and wilderness nut, and it's been a big itch of mine to combine my love of landscape photography and wedding photography into one story.  Because their wedding was to be in a little town called Carbondale just northwest of Aspen, most of their guests made the scenic drive from Denver through the mountains, rivers, and farms of central Colorado.  Well, that 4 hour drive became 12 hours for me, as I stopped countless times to capture bits and pieces of this long 'wilderness warm up' to the wedding.  It snowed a fair bit on the way over, especially around the icy roads of the 12,000ft Independence Pass, so it felt like I came upon a secret oasis of color and warmth in Carbondale.  

The wedding itself was breathtaking, not only because of the stunning scenery, but because the purpose behind the wedding was real to them.  Having the wedding in a gorgeous location was icing on the cake, but clearly not the cake itself.  It was an intimate (but oh, quite lively) celebration of the two of them and their families, and it would have been just as beautiful if it was in an old building or a simple church.

All in all, I have had an absolute pleasure getting to know these two and am blessed to call them friends.  

So at long last, here is a series I put together to show some pieces of the story:
 

 

 

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A thousand congratulations you two :)   And happy birthday Deanna!