High on a Colorado promontory… in the heart of a protected 3,400-acre ranch preserve… rises a medieval-inspired castle where Heather and Greg were married. The stunning Cherokee Ranch and Castle, is a Scottish-style castle on the National Register of Historic Places and is located just 45 minutes from Denver.

As our bride and groom were getting ready in the castle, guests started arriving and made their way to the staging area where they gathered the elements to build their qintu’s (prayer bundles).

Although Heather and Greg didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, they wanted to have a special, private moment where they could touch, but not see each other. I was truly having a hard time not crying during this special moment. It was so wonderful, so tender.

Their Shaman sister performed the most incredible ceremony. Throughout the ceremony, guests blew wishes for the happy couple into their prayer bundles. Heather and Greg surprised each other with their wedding bands that they didn’t see until the rings were put onto their fingers. The ceremony ended with them jumping the broom.

After the ceremony, guests hugged and kissed the happy couple as their prayer bundles were collected for the Despacho ceremony which was held in the courtyard of the castle.

The reception was held in the tent pavilion just outside the castle. It was a festive celebration full of love, happiness and laughter.

I feel so blessed to have been Heather and Greg’s wedding photographer. They are each incredible people and together are the most wonderful couple!

Wedding Venue: Cherokee Ranch and Castle | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Flowers: Bloom by Anuschka | Catering: Rocky Mountain Catering | Photography: Susan Pacek Photography

When you allow yourself to think outside-the-box when developing the look you want for your boudoir session, the possibilities are limitless! For this session, we started with a ‘sexy housewife’ feel. As always, the session included hair and makeup. The first part of the session, we added rollers to her hair. Not something typically used for a boudoir session…BUT….it so worked with this one! Dressed in her lingerie, she hung out her delicates on the clothesline to dry. Hair and clothing were then changed for the second part of the session for an urban grunge feel around abandoned buildings.

Boudoir photography doesn’t necessarily have to occur in a studio or a hotel room…thing beyond and create your own look! Themed boudoir sessions are fun, sexy and creative! Why not capture your inner, provocative, sexy self in a creative way that will put a devilish smile on your face and make him fall off his chair!!!

For all the weddings I’m photographing this summer/fall in Colorado, I’ve offered them a free destination engagement session on the beautiful Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres. Although all of them want to come to Mexico (especially when the weather is cold in Colorado) most just can’t swing it. But, Heather and Greg took me up on it!!! The day of their session was perhaps the windiest day that I have yet experienced on the island. It was also not the usual sunny day. Although my camera wasn’t too happy about being sand-blasted, I was thrilled to have the entire beach to ourselves! Plus, the waves were crashing pretty good….an unusual thing for Playa Norte. The sky was this deep, stormy blue which made for some dramatic shots. The weather set in pretty good, so we got together the next day to finish our session. It was so great to see Heather again and to meet her wonderful man, Greg! I cannot wait until August for their wedding at Cherokee Ranch!! For those who follow my blog, you may want to check out my destination wedding website to see what I’ve been up to all winter!

Girl hugging snowman

I love photographing children and families in the winter, especially at a wonderful natural, outdoor setting. Tall, native grasses blanketed by snow combined with a fun and loving family, what can be better! The light during this time of the day and year is so soft, so inviting. It’s almost magical! Building a snowman and having a snowball fight…oh, and eating snow too…is so much fun. The other day, I met up with the Eisner family for their yearly family photo session. We were going to do it in the fall, but for various reasons we weren’t able to. Actually, I’m happy because our winter photo session at the park was better!!!

Girl making snowman
Parents swinging daughter
Girl holding stick
Girl holding stick
Father kissing daughter
Mother smiling and holding daughter
Family making snowman
Girl playing peek a boo in field
Parents holding daughter in field
Girl holding onto fence in field
Parents kissing and holding daughter
Girl holding up hands in field in black and white
Girl climbing fence
Girl climbing on rock in winter
Family standing next to stream
Parents holding and looking at daughter
Parents swinging daugher
Family sitting on rock
Girl holding stick in black and white

Bride and groom kissing with full moon
Groom and guys at beach
Short wedding dress and shoes
Flower girl laughing
Daughter helping father dress for wedding
Wedding flowers on Mayan statute
Wedding rings on beach shells
Daughter helping mother dress for wedding
Bride and flower girl in black and white
Isla Mujeres wedding setup
Wedding details in Mexico
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Isla Mujeres wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
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Isla Mujures wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
Mexico destination wedding
Isla Mujeres wedding
Bride groom and flower girl on beach
Groom carrying bride on shoulder
Wedding party throwing flowers in ocean
Bride groom kissing on beach
Family wedding photos on beach
Wedding guests on beach
Bride groom kissing on beach
Bride on beach
Bride groom on beach
Groom kissing bride on beach
Bride and groom with daughter flower girl
Bride and groom on beach kissing
Bride and groom on beach
Bride groom on beach laughing
Casa Ixchel wedding setup
Wedding cake purple yellow
Bride groom in palm trees
Bride and groom kissing at sunset on beach

Madelyne and Jeff have a true and incredible love story. They were high school sweethearts, but went their own ways for years. Then one day, on Madelyne’s birthday, Jeff sent her a Facebook message which went something like this: “I have never forgotten you and will never meet anyone like you. We are meant to be together.” Well that message reunited them and a few days ago I had the incredible honor of photographing their destination Mexico wedding on Isla Mujeres. They were married at Casa Ixchel, a boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres with an incredible energy. This intimate space overlooking the Caribbean blue waters is a place to relax, recharge and get married to the love of your life!

Madelyne and Jeff choose to share their vows on the day the moon was full…and oh what a moon they had!!! I wish you both all the happiness in the world!!

Destination Wedding Venue: Casa Ixchel  |  Wedding Coordinator/Officiant: Sabina Tamm, Sundreamers Weddings  |  Hair/Makeup: Tania Tagle |  Photography: Susan Pacek Photography