Awaiting Baby Schmalz

I recently had the privilege of capturing a baby shower at the new Downtown Grand Junction event venue Pineapple Place, and it was a blast! Mackenzie was the epitome of glowing mama-to-be with her baby bump. They’re choosing to reveal the sex of the baby when she gives birth, so the party was themed around woodland creatures in the most elegant neutral/winter colors and decor. R&R Events and Design with Elite Events really outdid themselves with the design! Sip Mobile had a coffee cart for all the guests to enjoy while they mingled and Flavours by Sodexo created a great set of hors d’oeuvres. Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from the day:

Awaiting Baby Schmalz | Tablescape at Pineapple Place by R&R Events and Design Awaiting Baby Schmalz | Awaiting Baby Schmalz | Woodland creatures cupcakes Table design by R&R Events Awaiting Baby Schmalz | "Oh baby" banner and dessert table Awaiting Baby Schmalz | Awaiting Baby Schmalz | Sip Mobile coffee cart at Pineapple Place Hors d'oeuvres from Flavours by Sodexo Baby shower woodland creatures game Woodland creatures cupcakes Awaiting Baby Schmalz |

Beaumont Hotel | Western Slope Wedding Venues

We’re taking things south today on the Western Slope Wedding Venues series! Ouray is one of my absolute favorite spots in Colorado, and with such a short drive I shoot there fairly often! I had the pleasure of capturing a wedding at the historic Beaumont Hotel in Ouray last summer (see it featured on Rocky Mountain Bride here!) and I wanted to highlight the Beaumont as the wedding venue this week.

Beaumont Hotel | Western Slope Wedding Venues

Beaumont Hotel wedding venue in Ouray Colorado | amanda.matilda.photographyThe Beaumont Hotel is a beautiful, elegant setting for your wedding celebration. With outdoor and indoor spaces the Beaumont has flexibility in case of inclement weather. As a historic boutique hotel, this venue offers ornate and unique rooms for getting ready space and your guests to stay on site!

Beaumont Hotel wedding venue in Ouray Colorado | amanda.matilda.photographyAble to accommodate up to 300 people, this is one of the larger wedding venues on the western slope! Couples who book the Beaumont Hotel can expect to spend between $999 and $3,000 on their celebration depending on the coverage and amenities. While the Beaumont offers a preferred vendors list to couples, you are allowed to book whatever vendors you like. No catering is offered or required, making your meal options flexible and personalized.

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As a photographer this space is a dream. Beautiful, decorative spaces including a grand staircase, luxurious getting ready rooms, vintage furniture and more make for amazing backdrops. The outdoor space features beautiful brickwork, a balcony for unique angles, and can really be customized for your celebration. I also love that the Beaumont is within walking distance of some fun architecture on the main street, and of course the whole town is surrounded by stunning mountain vistas!

If you’re looking for an elegant, classic space for your wedding venue I highly recommend looking into the Beaumont Hotel! Check out their wedding website here for more information and photos:

Quick Facts on the Beaumont Hotel

Beaumont Hotel wedding venue in Ouray Colorado | amanda.matilda.photographyLocation: Ouray, Colorado
Capacity: 300
Couples Can Expect to Spend: $999 and $3000
Is In-House Catering Offered?: No
Is In-House Catering Required?: No
Can Brides Choose Own Vendors: Yes
Alcohol Policies: Beaumont provides all beverages
Is there Lodging on Site: Yes
Ceremony Reception Space or Reception Space Only?: Both

5 Ways to Save Your Bridesmaids Money

We all know weddings are expensive. You might not think about how much money goes into the wedding for your wedding party though! Dresses, shoes, tux rentals, gifts, lodging and more. Today I’m focusing on your girls – I’m going to be sharing with you five ways to save your bridesmaids money on your wedding.

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5 Ways to Save Your Bridesmaids Money

Five Ways to Save Your Bridesmaids Money | amanda.matilda.photographyDress Options. Letting your bridesmaids choose their own dress within a color scheme allows them to make a choice within their individual budgets. This really takes stress off your bridesmaids! Plus they can pick a dress they love, that they find flattering on themselves, and they might even wear again.

The Shoes. Being flexible with what shoes your girls can wear is another great way to save your bridesmaids money. Some brides tell their girls to wear a certain color shoe, or even a certain type. Maybe you want them all in black flats or everyone wearing red heels. This is a common decision for brides these days, and really helps your group save money and stress less!

Bridesmaids pose with red roses for her Winter Wedding at Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photographyGifting. Many brides get their party gifts for being their bridesmaids. One great way to help your girls save money is by getting them useful gifts. Whether you decide you want everyone in matching robes for getting ready, or you gift everyone the jewelry for the day, this is a fun way to get the look you want for your girls without making them pay! Similarly, many wedding party members still feel obligated to buy the couple a wedding gift on top of all the expenses of being in the wedding party. Encourage your party to forego the gifts; their participation as your wedding party is gift enough!

Hair & Makeup. Some brides require professional hair and makeup for all their bridesmaids. One way to help your bridesmaids save money is to not require professional hair and makeup – or to foot the bill yourself. While I definitely recommend professional hair and makeup for the bride, it’s not always necessary for the whole group especially if even one of your girls can do it really well. See if she’ll help any of your bridesmaids who aren’t comfortable DIYing it and save everyone some money.Palisade Wedding |

Travel. It’s often customary to have bridal showers and/or bachelorette parties with your bridesmaids. If your girls are coming in from out of town or out of state for the wedding, consider encouraging your bridesmaids to consolidate all these gatherings. I’ve seen some brides make a 5-7 day party out of their wedding, with out of state guests coming in days before the ceremony to celebrate these kinds of events with the couple while they’re here. This saves on travel costs (and makes for one heck of a fun week too!)

I hope these tips help you think about the ways to save your bridesmaids money on your wedding and maybe think outside the box to keep your own costs down too! Click here to read more of my wedding planning series or click here to see my wedding work!


Seema & Travis | Grand Mesa Maternity Photos

Seema and Travis reached out to me for a special maternity session. Having lived in Texas, and anticipating moving back to south Texas after baby arrives, they wanted Grand Mesa maternity photos featuring the snow, pine and aspen trees they will miss! The Grand Mesa was special not only for its snow but for their history of hiking adventures atop it. It was the perfect spot to capture them awaiting their little one.

Travis and Seema will not know the sex of the baby until she gives birth, so we incorporated some fun props for their Grand Mesa maternity photos that weren’t exactly gender-specific which was fun! They brought a red ribbon to offset her beautiful blue dress, the baby bump wrapped like a present. We also used some little booties for baby – aren’t baby shoes the cutest things in the world??

I had so much fun exploring a bit of the Grand Mesa with these two as we documented these days of awaiting baby. If you’ve followed me for a while you know how important it is to me to capture these fleeting yet oh so important moments of life! Photographs really allow you to revisit stages of your life over and over again (without the morning sickness or braxton hicks haha.) Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from our Grand Mesa maternity adventure:

Expecting couple embraces the baby bump on the Grand Mesa Grand Mesa maternity photos | Expecting mother dressed in blue smiles in front of snowy pine Expecting couple poses with baby booties Grand Mesa maternity photos | Black and white photo of expecting couple kissing at Mesa Lakes Expecting couple poses with baby booties Expecting mother's maternity photo looking down at her bump Grand Mesa maternity photos | Expecting couple snuggle with a onesie reading "The Snuggle is Real"

Interested in your own maternity adventure? Let’s get coffee and chat!


Palisade River Ranch | Western Slope Wedding Venues

One of the Western Slope’s newest wedding venues is Palisade River Ranch. This space is truly unique and perfect for events! Not only are the views to die for, there is so much versatility with this venue.

Palisade River Ranch - Western Slope Wedding Venues with amanda.matilda.photographyFeaturing 100 acres and almost a mile of Colorado Riverfront there is plenty of space for your wedding event. Palisade River Ranch can host up to 200 people, making it one of the larger venues in the area! With exquisite views of Mt. Garfield, the Mesa and the Bookcliffs the Palisade River Ranch is a photographer’s dream. Looking for those great vista photos? You’ve got it here!

View of Mt. Garfield from Palisade River Ranch - Western Slope Wedding Venues with amanda.matilda.photographyNot only are there beautiful backdrops, there are lots of different options for the location of your ceremony and reception. With sprawling yard space, an awesome 1,500 sq. ft. deck, beautiful gazebo, and a fire pit by the river, there are endless amazing possibilities for customizing this space to exactly fit your vision! The Palisade River Ranch also features giant cottonwood and riverside trees, three ponds, hay fields and private orchard… all of which would be so cool for portraits! (Be sure to check out their website for less wintery photos too!)

Couples booking with the Palisade River Ranch are able to bring in their own liquor and catering. There is lodging on site, including a Bridal Suite for getting ready! Couples can expect to spend at least $5,300 for their coverage, and with all the potential of this space that’s definitely worth it! Be sure to check out their website for less wintery photos too haha) Contact the Palisade River ranch today for more information and to set up a tour.

Palisade River Ranch Quick Facts:

Gazebo at Palisade River Ranch - Western Slope Wedding Venues with amanda.matilda.photographyLocation: Palisade

Capacity: Up to 200

Couples Can Expect to Spend: $5,300

Is In-House Catering Offered: No

Is In-House Catering Required: No

Can Brides Choose Own Vendors: Yes

Alcohol Policies: Guest to supply, must have dedicated server

Is there Lodging on Site: Yes