Ben & Courtnee | Wichita Courthouse Wedding

When I met Eric we were living in Iowa at the time. He would tell stories of his adventures, his old friends and his previous homes. I came to know his friends through these stories, and eventually through Facebook too. It was at our wedding that I finally met Ben, one of Eric’s closest friends, and it was so cool to see this person I’d heard so much about in person and see the three of them (including their best friend Dustin) interacting together like old times.

This, I’m sure, is very similar to what Courtnee experienced when we arrived in Wichita. We finally met her in person, and she finally met Eric whom she’d heard so much about. I loved getting to see everyone again in their own town this time, being introduced to the places from those old stories. Watching Ben and Courtnee interact it was easy to see how in love they are. Eric mentioned a few times that he’d never seen Ben so happy. It was amazing to hang out with them together leading up to the wedding day, and then spend their big day with them as well.

We started the day down by the river at Wichita’s famous Keeper of the Plains with their two dogs. It was cool to do photos somewhere so meaningful and so “Wichita” for them. Following that we got breakfast at a diner that had the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever eaten! From there the day began to get real. Courtnee left for her makeup appointment and the getting ready began. Friends started to show up and pretty soon we were all carpooling downtown to the courthouse!

The ceremony was short but sweet, exactly what you’d want from a courthouse ceremony, and we followed it with photos of all the loved ones who made it out. Having only two weeks to plan and get everything organized, it was amazing to see how perfectly it all came together. Everyone really rallied around these two, and you could see how much love and support they have in their lives.

Following the courthouse we gathered at the Wine Dive where we were treated to delicious food and drink. Ben and Courtnee cut their sunflower-topped cake, the perfect end to a perfect day. It was such an honor to be part of their beautiful day, finally meeting everyone who mean so much to them, and documenting it all along the way. Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from their day:

Ben and Courtnee holding their dogs in front of the Keeper of the Plains Courtnee's ring in her sunflower and thistle bouquet Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the riverfront Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the riverfront Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the Keeper of the Plains bridge Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the riverfront Courtnee's bouquet with sunflowers and blue thistle Ben and Courtnee holding their dogs in front of the Keeper of the Plains Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the riverfront Ben and Courtnee walking their dogs along the Keeper of the Plains bridge Ben and Courtnee kiss while holding their dogs along the riverfront Ben and Courtnee's dog Charlotte Ben's mom pins his boutonniere on him Ben & Courtnee's Wichita Courthouse Wedding | amanda.matilda.photography Ben & Courtnee's Wichita Courthouse Wedding | amanda.matilda.photography Ben & Courtnee's Wichita Courthouse Wedding | amanda.matilda.photography Courtnee's parents hugging her at the courthouse Ben's family formal photograph at the courthouse Ben & Courtnee's Wichita Courthouse Wedding | amanda.matilda.photography Ben & Courtnee's Wichita Courthouse Wedding | amanda.matilda.photography Ben and his oldest cat Sunflower decorations for the reception at Wine Dive The group shares a toast at the Wine Dive Ben and Courtnee looking at each other in the wine cellar White frosted cake with sunflowers adorning it Ben and Courtnee cutting the cake at the Wine Dive in Wichita Ben and Courtnee share a piece after cutting the cake Ben and Courtnee share a kiss after cutting the cake at the Wine Dive in Wichita


Morgan & Josh | Amy’s Courtyard Engagement Proposal

I love capturing engagement proposals! The secrecy, seeing the behind-the-scenes planning as loved ones come together to envision the perfect scenario for a couple they love so dearly… it’s humbling to be a part of! Josh planned an Amy’s Courtyard engagement proposal on Morgan’s birthday – the perfect excuse for everyone she loves to gather under the willows for a brunch celebration. I hid out as another tourist enjoying the winery as the party bus drove up. Josh gave me a hidden thumbs up, and the proposal began!

Morgan thankfully clearly had no idea what was coming. “I just thought he was giving me my gift or something!” she explained afterward. There were many tears of joy from Morgan, her mom, and her sister in law. We explored the courtyard capturing some just-engaged photographs before they settled in for a celebratory brunch provided by Maison la belle vie! Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from their Amy’s Courtyard engagement proposal:

Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography Morgan & Josh's Amy's Courtyard engagement proposal | amanda.matilda.photography

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xo,


The Importance of Wedding Albums

Whether you’ve experienced loss or have simply been curious about the past, there’s a good chance you’ve seen wedding albums from your parents’ wedding or maybe even your aunts/uncles/grandparents. It’s fun to see the now-silly hairstyles and funky designs that were popular “back in the day.” Even more, it’s so cool to see photographs of grandparents passed away or how young your parents were. All of this is to say, I wanted to talk today about the importance of wedding albums and why I include them in every wedding collection I offer!

The Importance of Wedding Albums

The Importance of Wedding Albums | amanda.matilda.photographyI was scrolling through facebook one day and stumbled upon a photo my aunt posted from her wedding day. It struck a chord with me and I got goosebumps. “This is why I do what I do!” I commented. Seeing the joy on her and my grandparents’ faces, heck even just seeing my grandma in photographs is amazing as she died before I was born. I recalled being younger and my mom showing me her wedding album, my uncle still a child, cousins I’d never met, and my parents so in love and happy on their wedding day… I don’t have words for how important that experience is to me.

The Importance of Wedding Albums | amanda.matilda.photographyI hope to inherit that album one day, and I look forward to being able to show my children their grandparents’ wedding day and following it with our own wedding album. Something tangible they can hold and touch and connect with the past through. Photographs take us back to moments before we were born, help us to relive memories we hold dear, and bring us closer to the stories of our loved ones. So much of our lives is lived online these days, and I strive to remind my couples how essential it is to print what you want to preserve!

The Importance of Wedding Albums | amanda.matilda.photographyAs I mentioned, all of my wedding collections include a wedding album – with archival paper and heirloom quality, these books are designed for you to enjoy and pass on to future generations! (You can read more about the books here, here and here!) I’d love to hear your experiences with seeing your parent’s or grandparent’s wedding albums! Leave me pictures and stories in the comments below 🙂

xo,

P.S.
For your viewing enjoyment: some of my favorites from my parent’s wedding album! ♥


Learn more about me!

my philosophy

Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time, and probably a little overwhelming. You’re beginning the sometimes-daunting task of planning the wedding of your dreams. It is my goal as a wedding photographer to help make this part of your planning process as easy and clear as possible.

My mission is to beautifully capture the story and scenery of your celebration and to provide genuine, emotional artwork from the day. I aim to provide the most memorable, simplified and fun experience, and give you tangible high-end artwork from these experiences to pass on to future generations! As such, all of my collections include a high end wedding album, engagement session, and digital negatives from your wedding day, along with a number of other options.

the process

Black and white photo focused on wedding rings while couple kissThe biggest way I ensure my couples the best photography experience possible is through forming relationships with them! It is so important that my couples are a good fit with my business and trust me as a photographer. Trusting and genuinely liking your photographer relieves so much stress for your wedding as you know I care about you as a couple and you trust me to capture every moment beautifully.

I’ll be there every step of your wedding planning journey, starting with the engagement session where we learn how we work together and I get to know you both a bit better! From there I may be designing your save the dates or just helping you with your custom timeline for the big day. I want to take as much stress away from the planning process as possible!

Engagement Session

Orchard Engagement photographer in Palisade | amanda.matilda.photographyAll wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session. This is the time we will build our relationship and you will get a chance to see how i work! You’ll get comfortable in front of my camera, taking stress off of photos the day of your wedding. Engagement sessions are 1-2 hours long and you’ll receive your gallery within 2 weeks after the session!

shooting style

Bride and groom exchanging love letters | amanda.matilda.photographyI love being both interactive and discrete while documenting your day. There will be times in the day that I need to take the lead in order to keep the timeline on track and make sure everything goes according to plan. Formal photos are among those times for instance! People like to know where to stand and what to do. Other times during the day, and my honest favorite, are those quiet moments between the hustle and bustle where I capture candid moments of you, your loved ones and the love you all share!

digital files

All wedding collections include the digital files from your wedding day. You will receive approximately 75-100 images per hour of coverage on average. Each wedding is different in terms of events and details, so no specific number is guaranteed, but you can expect about that amount! All my couples are featured in a blog recap telling the story of your day the Wednesday after your wedding – no waiting months to see your images! Final galleries are delivered 3-4 weeks after the big day.

coverage

Bride and groom share a kiss during their sparkler exitBecause all of my collections include a wedding album, I strive to capture as much of your wedding day as possible to tell the full story in your images. This is why I include at least 8 hours of coverage, all the way up to 12 hours. You don’t have to worry about whether you’d rather have getting ready photos or reception shots. You can have it all!

Ready to learn more and save your date? Contact me here!

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xo,


Mike & Amy | Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument

I had the honor last weekend of capturing Mike and Amy’s spring elopement on the Colorado National Monument! With recent rainstorms passing through the valley, I had been keeping a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to their big day. While the clouds remained, we lucked out without a drop of rain!

Travel is such an integral part of Mike and Amy’s lives; which is part of what brought them across the state to the Colorado National Monument for their elopement! Mike proposed during a trip to Australia and New Zealand over Christmas 2017. He proposed at night, at the Sydney Opera house. Can you imagine anything more romantic?! Amy recalls, “It had just started to drizzle so there was nobody else around – it was perfect! We had talked about getting married before, but the proposal was still a surprise and I started crying happy tears almost immediately, so the rest is a little bit of a blur!”

The Colorado National Monument was a big highlight of their first trip together, and they realized it would be the perfect location to exchange their vows. They knew they wanted something intimate without all the stress of planning a big wedding, opting instead to elope and throw a casual party for friends in the summer. But they also wanted it to be meaningful and memorable, which is why they chose an officiated ceremony with formal attire, flowers, and photos to capture the moment! I’m definitely all about making sure you have photographs of important moments, and even elopements are significant!

Their flowers were beautiful, adding a pop of color to their elopement on the Colorado National Monument. Amy told me, “I love warm vibrant colors and our florist did a great job of looking at photos I sent for inspiration, incorporating the color of the dress selected by Mike’s daughter, and incorporating seasonal flowers, which was important to me.” Bride and Bloom Design absolutely killed it; they couldn’t have been more beautiful!

We spent some time after the ceremony to capture portraits of the group and Amy and Mike as newlyweds, exploring the area and marveling in the views that just never get old. These two told me their favorite thing is to laugh together, and that definitely reflected in their celebration. We laughed the whole time we adventured around the area, and I so enjoyed capturing the joy on their faces! Take a peek into some of my favorite moments from their elopement on the Colorado National Monument:

Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Groom first sees his bride on the Colorado National Monument Bride walks into ceremony at their elopement on the Colorado National Monument | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Bride and groom hold hands during their elopement on the Colorado National Monument Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Spring wedding bouquet by Bride & Bloom Design in Grand Junction Bride and groom exchange rings Wedding rings in desert sands Bride and groom exchange rings Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Newlyweds' individual portraits Newlyweds share their first kiss on the national monument in Grand Junction Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Black and white photo focused on wedding rings while couple kiss Newlyweds sign the marriage certificate Wedding rings posed on juniper tree Witnesses sign the marriage certificate Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Wedding party walking through the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction Wedding couple and party on cliff in Colorado National Monument Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Mike & Amy's Spring Elopement on the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction | amanda.matilda.photography Full elopement group beside Colorado National Monument park sign

Elopement Vendors:

Photography: amanda.matilda.photography

Officiant: Wine Country Ceremonies

Dress Shop: Something New Boutique – Colorado Springs, CO

Dress Designer: Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Bridal Shoes: Gianni Bini

Hairpiece Vendor: Davie & Chiyo – Vancouver, BC

Suit/Tux Shop: Men’s Warehouse / Dillards

Florist: Bride & Bloom Design Company

Rings Jeweler: Luisa Graff Jewelers

Hair/Makeup Artist(s): All About Looks Image