Colleen and Ryan live in Boulder. They climb rocks. They hike mountains. They ski. They ride motorcycles, rad motorcycles to be specific. And, they love their dogs. They… are freaking awesome. We seriously can’t wait to celebrate their wedding weekend with them in Estes Park this coming July.
When we started chatting about engagement sessions Colleen mentioned that she and Ryan wanted photos in the snow. Being that you can’t really predict weather in Colorado, we decided to not schedule a specific date but just wait till the snow came and be ready to shoot at sunrise. With this past February being one of the snowiest months Colorado has seen in 100 years it wasn’t too difficult to get the snow they were after. In fact, we got about 25 inches of it.
Colleen and Ryan, thanks for being up for anything, including trudging up the snowy mountain and balancing precariously on icy cliffs to get “the” shot.
Imagine its the holidays. Everyone is sitting around tearing open gifts and you open a box with winter gloves in it. After looking more closely you see a ring on “the” finger. You look up and he is there, down on one knee he asks you to be his wife.
If you ask Jacqueline about her proposal story she will tell you as cool as can be “ask Joel, he tells the story way better.” Well… I’m not sure that is the case, but you can’t blame a girl for not wanting to tear up telling her story to someone she hasn’t met before.
Jacqueline and Joel are getting married this coming September at the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs. They work together in Dallas and decided they just had to get married in Colorado. While they were here visiting last weekend we decided there was no better time for engagement photos than sunrise in January. Despite the chill in the air and overcast skies our session was a blast. These two ooze style. Seriously, they are super gorgeous. There is no other way to say it. So, without further ado, here are a few highlights from our session last weekend.
Jacqueline and Joel, thank you for trusting us to tell your story. We are thrilled to be celebrating with you two this year.
To my dearest Adam,
Do you remember that day back in college before we started dating when you came into my office at the newspaper and told me you had been asked to quit photography? Do you remember what I said? God had given you the ability to tell people’s stories through a lens in a very unique and beautiful way and that gift needs to be shared with the world. I then demanded that you not quit… Is that when you decided to ask me out on a date? 😉
I think its safe to say that you made a really good decision by sticking with photography. And even through all of the hurtles, road blocks, and brick walls we faced this past year and the parts of 2011 we would love to forget, we have to remember there were SO many amazing parts we shared together. The year ended on such an amazing note and the first week of the new year is looking AMAZING!
This past year you took your photography to a whole new level. Words cannot describe how extremely proud and blown away I am by the work you have produced. There is only one way to go from here and that’s UP. We can’t look back on the past we have to continue to grow and look ahead to what the future has in store for us.
This week the industry took notice as well. Out of 5,000 entries only 50 photos were chosen as the “best wedding photos of the year,” by Junebug Weddings and your photo was among them. Can you believe it? Your photo was among images from some of the world’s best wedding photographers, some of whom we are lucky enough to call our friends. You are a part of Junebug’s Best of the Best for 2011! And since you have such a hard time bragging about yourself, I’ll do it for you!
So, today we’ll celebrate you (and a little bit of me ;)) and some of our awesome features we’ve had the last few months! I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with this year… our couples are going to be SO ecstatic!
Love always, Imthiaz
You can check out the entire list of Junebug Weddings Best of the Best by CLICKING HERE!
We also have to thank ALL of the editors and bloggers who featured our work this year. It means so much anytime any of our work is published! To start things off, The Knot Colorado was VERY good to us this year and we have to thank the entire staff at the knot for Ryan and Caki’s wedding feature.
The issue is on newsstands now, so make sure you pick up a copy or check it out at theknot.com!
2011 will most certainly be a memorable year for us. We have met so many amazing couples and we have watched them cry, laugh, shout, hug, love, fight, kiss, and cry some more. Thank you to all the couples that chose us to document their day, and most of all, thank you for the trust. This year has held many challenges for us. We will carry on though with a true love in our hearts, and a burning desire to tell the story. Without further ado. Here is just a small glimpse of some of our favorite wedding images of the year, in no particular order of course.