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.


 
Preparation for Morrison Colorado Wedding
Bride and father at Willowbrook Amphitheater
Dogs at weddings by Denver wedding photojournalist
Bride and father walk down aisle in Colorado wedding
wedding ceremony at willowbrook amphitheater by denver wedding photographer
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.
bride and groom exchange vows at denver wedding
bride and father after denver wedding ceremony at willowbrook amphitheater
friends congratulate groom by denver wedding photographer
flower girl at Morrison Colorado wedding
Portrait of flower girl by denver wedding photojournalist
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.
 
Groom at cocktail hour at willowbrook amphitheater wedding
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.
 
heading to wedding reception at willowbrook amphitheater
best tie for groom misused at denver wedding
father of bride at willowbrook amphitheater by denver wedding photojournalist
bride and groom at morrison colorado wedding
They wanted some regular wedding portraits, so we went for a little walk. A few minutes, then done. Back to the reception.
 
first dance by denver wedding photojournalist
father of the bride gives a toast at willowbrook amphitheater wedding
first dance by denver wedding photojournalist
denver wedding photographer captures reception at willowbrook amphitheater
cake cutting by denver wedding photographer
dancing at colorado wedding venue
wedding reception at willowbrook amphitheater
father of the bride at morrison colorado wedding
dancing at willowbrook amphitheater wedding
wedding reception laughter by denver wedding photojournalist
noir by denver wedding photojournalist
father of bride at end of willowbrook amphitheater wedding
flower girl and father at morrison colorado wedding
bride at willowbrook amphitheater