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M & J’s Summer Solstice Wedding | Colorado Couples Photographer

Half a year ago, I met Missy at a women’s networking group in Denver. We sat next to each other and were partnered up for some ice breakers. It turned out she was getting married about a month later, and I was able to photograph her winter solstice wedding in Boulder! Then six months later, I got to capture the next part of their ceremony on the summer solstice.

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Vendors
Venue: Lyons Farmette
Meal: Katie Baum with I Cook, You Eat
Dessert: Chef Chris and Chef Alex from Spruce Farm & Fish at the Boulderado
Florist: Helen Skiba
Dress Alterations: Maggie Evans Designs
Bridal Make Up: Sarah Pierce
Bridal Hair: Abby at West End Salon

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It was so amazing to see this couple’s wedding ritual come full circle through a six month long journey. For their summer wedding, Missy and Jaice had a few of their closest friends and family members join them in Lyons, where they live. Since they first met over tea, they started their rituals with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Missy and Jaice intentionally spilled the tea when they were pouring it, symbolizing that in life, shit happens and you just have to deal with it and keep going. (I might be paraphrasing a bit!) Then they exchanged rings by the river and celebrated with their loved ones.

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Food is very central to Missy and Jaice’s lives together. They had an amazing family style meal, using all local ingredients (some picked right from the Lyons Farmette). Everyone shared food, stories, and laughs around the table as the solstice sun began to set behind the mountains. They ending the evening the way all good evenings should end. With music and dancing under the summer night sky.

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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M and J’s Winter Solstice Ceremony | Boulder Wedding Photographer

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Missy and Jaice met, like many do, on a dating site. Missy says that the night before Jaice messaged her, she wrote down exactly what she wanted from a partner and Jaice fit the description perfectly. They had an instant connection on their first date and their love for each other shines brightly. Their bond is so tangible, it can be felt even when they are apart.

Missy and Jaice’s first date was at a tea house on the Pearl St. Mall in Boulder so that’s where they started their ceremony. They drank tea, laughed with friends, and cozied up together. Then, they all went out to a nearby park and huddled together on a bridge. With the water flowing under them and the beautiful snow surrounding them, it was the perfect spot to begin their next journey together.

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This was one of the most joyful and sacred marriages I’ve witnessed. It was an absolute honor to be included in it.

Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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Lauren and Jake’s Chicago Wedding

In September, I was able to be the second photographer for Karli Cadel Photography. This wedding was such a joy to photograph for so many reasons. It was in my hometown of Chicago, at one of my favorite venues, Ravenswood Event Center. It was a beautiful fall wedding, and I already knew the couple and many of the guests.

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Everyone who knows Lauren and Jake, can see how completely in love they are. It shows every time they look at each other, every time they talk about each other, every time they even think about each other. It was such an honor to be part of their special day.

Lauren and Jake met at The Glimmerglass Festival, where I was the photography intern in 2013. Karli was my mentor that summer and it was so wonderful to work with her again. There were so many people at the wedding who I knew but hadn’t seen for over a year. It was like a little Glimmerglass reunion!

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If you’re looking for someone to document the next big event in your life or just a regular day, I’d love to chat with you.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in New York City, definitely check out Karli Cadel.

Happy Anniversary Nicole and Chuck

Last year, I photographed Nicole and Chuck’s wedding with David Beyerlein and today is their anniversary!

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I love shooting weddings in autumn when the leaves are changing and the air is getting crisper.  Kraus_131011_NicoleChuckWedding_0089

There were lots of cute, little ones at their wedding and I had so much fun snapping candids of them!

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Congrats to the happy couple!

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