Monday Misc.

The temps are dropping and wind is blowing and it is Monday again. Here's what we're up to:

Zach:

  • Season's never seem to change gradually here. Rather you wake up one morning and realize that it's now fall. Good by me, I'm ready.
  • Definitely my favorite time of the year to take photos.
  • We had a bunch of friends over for a fire and food last weekend. While Jodi and I are always game to host, we're pretty terrible at cleaning. A week later, we finally have a clean kitchen again.
  • We added a drone to our inventory and I'm super excited to see how it might fit into couple sessions and allow us to get some really awesome photos.
  • There must be something to the changing of seasons that musicians time their new albums too but there's been a boatload of good new music lately. New Neil Young and Angus and Julia Stone are what's currently on repeat.

Jodi:

  • Yesterday I went hiking with a friend and a pup in Maplewood State Park, which is absolutely beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing and wild sumac blowing in the wind. Couples who want to do fall shoots at Maplewood - get at us!
  • Food tastes better outside. Especially corn on the cob! I'm ready to start cooking over a campfire or two.
  • We're signed up to run a long time this weekend but it's been a busy summer without much running so we'll see how long we actually run and how long it takes us to end up on a patio with a beer in hand.
  • I'm planning a roadtrip with my friend Sarah for the fall. We'll be chasing the leaves as they change colors and sleeping outside!
  • Tonight I'm making something with apples (fritters! pie! crisp!) because our neighbors gifted us with about 10 pounds of apples from their tree and I'm ready for fall desserts!

Happy Trails Friends!

Cheryl + Matt - Favorite Photos

We want to create images that people will cherish long past the day they were taken. We hope that every time a couple goes back through their photos, they can actually feel the love and joy from the day, like a time capsule that transports them back to their wedding if only for a few moments.

In this series, we're giving couples the opportunity to share their favorite photos from their wedding.

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The snowfall. That background. Matt’s face. These are the reasons I love this picture. This moment was captured right after I read my vows. It is a rare occurrence to see such a strong man look like that. In that fleeting second, he looked so overwhelmingly happy and I looked and him with strength and faith in our future. It’s simple, raw, and the looks in our eyes I hope to have again and again in our long love together.
— Cheryl
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This is her, the one, and it’s hard for me to look at this picture and imagine anything else but the happiness in her face. Honestly I don’t remember taking this picture, but it is very special to me. It reminds me of how simple love can be. Sometimes love is just pure joy. It’s really that simple when it’s that pure. The look on my wife’s face reminds me of that joy and it is the same way we look at our young daughter. This picture warms my heart and reminds me just exactly how excited we were to become husband and wife.
— Matt

Monday Misc.

Monday is here again! Here's the lowdown:

Zach:

  • Whoever invented the potluck is a brilliant human being. Tons of random food and friends. These are good things.
  • The last couple summers of carrying camera bags all day seem to be catching up to me recently which necessitated a few visits to the chiropractor. A couple neck and back cracks later and I'm feeling pretty good again.
  • Getting your neck cracked is kind of a terrifying thing.
  • Having this past weekend off allowed me to catch up on a ton of little things that have been on my to-do list for months including a new blog feature starting this week that I'm pretty excited about.
  • If you missed it, up on the blog recently was a beautiful Colorado wedding, a winter engagement session and a peak at our most recent wedding.

Jodi:

  • As with all good weekends, this one had a Grand Opening and a potluck. There are few things better than celebrating friendship over food.
  • I don't really know if I did anything this week other than make sure our Grand Opening at the co-op happened and it did indeed happen!
  • We held yoga at the co-op for our Grand Opening and I realized there were several muscles I had clearly forgotten I had. But they know who they are.. and now I do, too.
  • I'm finally watching Twin Peaks! It's weird and wonderful.
  • I've been really thankful to have friends in ND who have been asking and thinking about my mom who is sticking it out through a hurricane there right now. Also thankful for technology which lets us keep in touch in the midst of it all.

Happy Trails!

Tuesday Misc.

Happy Post-Holiday-Back-To-Real-Life-Tuesday! Here's what we've been up to:

Zach:

  • This has been the week of getting caught up on some work that's been on my to do list for a long time. Little website and blog and business things that I'm excited to start putting together. Should be able to begin sharing some next week!
  • Speaking of which, Jodi and I have been brainstorming a photo series that will focus on the role that love plays in all kinds of relationships from newly dating couples to ones that have been married for 60 years. If you're confused, so are we. Still figuring out exactly what it'll be but I think it's gonna be cool. Stay tuned.
  • We finished up an awesome looking set of bags boards so the next project to start planning is a doghouse for Glencoe.
  • What I do know is that it's gonna look wicked cool and he probably won't care at all.
  • Sports talk. The Athletic is a new site and is doing something crazy cool: bring together almost all of the best sports writers under one roof, give them free reign to make amazing content, put no ads on the site. In a world where long form journalism is slowly being replaced by 140-character hot takes, it's incredibly refreshing to see something like this come together.

Jodi:

  • Holy moly this weekend was full to the brim of amazing. Unglued Summer Camp again made me feel like I know some of the best humans in existence. I got to teach hip hop, candle making, and enter a lip synch battle. What a time to be alive!
  • We shot a half Syrian wedding on Saturday and not only was the couple full of joy and absolutely delightful, but we saw the groom choreograph a dance with his mom for their first dance! Plus there was something inescapably beautiful in watching the Syrian side of the family teach the guests how to perform Syrian wedding or group dances. We are more alike than we know.
  • Last week my friend Sarah and I grilled peaches, squash, and tomatoes and then dined al fresco. Is there anything better than a grilled peach?! Probably just eating a grilled peach with people you love. I'm excited for fall, but not quite ready to give up all the summer nights spent on our deck.
  • Zach and I made bags boards! If people still said snazzy, they'd definitely say our boards were snazzy. Now I can practice before getting my tush kicked when I sub in the bags league here.

Happy Trails!

Brooke + Ricky

You know it's a good wedding when you can't tell if the photo is blurry or you're just crying so much that the viewfinder is foggy.

Brooke and Ricky have an infectious love. Being with them fills you up like that scene in Willy Wonka when Charlie and his uncle drink too much of the fizzy lifting drink and they find themselves flying.

Surrounded by trees, in the valley of the Colorado mountains last fall, Brooke and Ricky pledged their lives to one another. 

And then luckily for us, they brought their love a couple houses down from ours.