Annika & Keith were married at Willowbrook Amphitheater in Morrison, just south of Denver. It’s a horseshoe-shaped natural rock formation, sort of like a large cave with an opening on one end and a skylight in the middle. It’s one of the most unique wedding venues in Colorado that I’ve been to, perhaps anywhere. They Annika wanted natural wedding photography by a photojournalist, so we are on the same page. Just before the music started at the ceremony, their dog got loose and ran down the aisle into Keith’s arms. The best moments are unscripted, always.
Willowbrook Amphitheater really is an amazing space. Aside from the stone floor, it looks like a box canyon in Moab, completely wild and natural. Tandem Events had 24 hours to transform it into a wedding venue. They did a great job, though I’m not sure if they slept that night.
These are the flower girls. Although 99% of my pictures are completely natural and candid, I will occasionally pull someone aside for a portrait. And they are clearly portraits, never arranged situations where someone is pretending to be doing something other than being photographed. They tend to be simple, direct, and hopefully honest. If it doesn’t look like a Wedding Portrait, all the better.
Keith at the cocktail hour, engaged in conversation. Unless someone is making eye contact with the photographer/viewer, you can be assured it was a natural moment.
They wanted some regular wedding portraits, so we went for a little walk. A few minutes, then done. Back to the reception.