Durango Wedding Photography // Matt & Marianne


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Cowboy boots and red lace dresses ... Marianne and Matt stole my heart with their sweetness and style. It was such a treat to capture an engagement session with these two. We got a gorgeous Colorado day with blue skies and puffy clouds ~ what a gift! 

I can't wait to capture their wedding this September at Purgatory Resort! It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE fall weddings in Colorado and Purgatory is one of my favorite local Durango wedding venues.

Enjoy a few photos from their sweet engagement session! 

Reising Stage & Adela Floral // Durango Wedding Venues & Florists


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Like a typical spring day in Colorado, the weather surprised us with a little snow and made Juan & Elyse's day even more magical. With Juan set to deploy in a few weeks, these two sweethearts took advantage of the time they had together before he left by sealing their vows. There is nothing quite as emotional as two young people in love ~ then add in an upcoming deployment, and you have me set up for some tears. I was so thankful to capture such an intimate day as these two began their married lives together.    

It was also a special day because Marie, the bride's mom, is opening a new wedding venue here in Durango called the Reising Stage! If you're searching for a venue that combines a rustic, farm feel with elegance, hospitality, and open space ~ this is your spot! Marie was such a generous host for the event and I was so thrilled to see her vision come to reality as she hosted her first event at the barn... which was none other than her daughter's wedding. What a way to start! Check out the pictures of her beautiful event space below and go visit her website here to book your next event. 

And last but definitely not least, we had GORGEOUS florals by the amazing Adela Floral. Natalie knows how to create stunning arrangements with color, texture, warmth, and glow. Her flowers add so much to any event. Brides, if you are on the hunt for a good florist, go visit Adela Floral's website here. She's not only talented, but incredibly sweet and kind. Check out her beautiful arrangements for this wedding:

Happy Wednesday! 

xo, Vanessa

Durango Adventure Engagement // Sam & Tristan


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Springtime in the desert ... an amazing couple full of laughter and love for each other ... and blue skies = one amazing engagement session! 

Sam & Tristan are getting married in a couple of months and I cannot wait to capture their wedding at one of my favorite Durango wedding venues, Ridgewood Event Center! Brides, if you are looking for an amazing place to get married in southwest Colorado ... check them out. Beautiful outdoor ceremony location, gorgeous warm wood indoor venue for the meal and dance, and a great staff. Take a peek at Grant & Kaylee's gorgeous summer wedding that I photographed there a couple of years ago to see more. 

As for this dreamy desert engagement session ~ Sam & Tristan were incredible. They were happy to hike, explore, and Tristan was happy to scramble up rocks in order to get to some fun spots. I love an adventurous, outdoorsy girl who is willing to explore and hike to out of the way spots, all while dunning an adorable floral dress and wedge boots. You're amazing, Tristan!

Check out some of Sam and Tristan's romantic and fun engagement session here.

I had so much fun with Sam & Tristan! They kept us laughing through the whole session ... right down to the last moment when they pulled out about a dozen "props" from their car that Tristan's mom had sent along for the session. 

Sam & Tristan are my kind of people! They don't take themselves too seriously ... and feel so comfortable with each other. I can't wait to capture more of their joy, laughter, and amazing family and friends in a couple of months when they get married! 

Sam & Tristan ~ You two are amazing. You are incredibly gifted people ...  and yet so down to earth, kind to others and each other, and fill others around you with joy and laughter. The way you enjoy one another, your depth of friendship, and your connection will be such a gift for all the years to come. I can't wait for your wedding!

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Snowy Telluride Engagement Session // Sean & Tammy


These two were amazing troopers on what turned out to be a snowy, adventurous day in Telluride! Sean reached out to me a few weeks before they traveled from Houston with an idea ... proposing against the stunning mountain backdrop of Telluride, Colorado, which he had seen years earlier in a romantic movie and thought would be the idyllic location to pop the question.  

And it was! With flurries swirling around them, Sean got down on one knee and proposed to the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. And she said yes! 

From there we got caught in the snowstorm of the century ... well, not exactly, but it sure felt like it at the time! Sean and Tammy were such good sports! They just rolled with the wind, the crazy snow, and the chilly temperatures. 

It was an amazing day that I will never forget ... and I hope these images they have will remind them of their love for one another. And when the next storm hits in life, they'll know they have what it takes to cling to each other, laugh, and ride it out until the calm. 

Sean & Tammy ~ Thank you for entrusting me to capture such a memorable, important day in your love story! You two are thoughtful, kind, creative, fun, and full of life. I wish you all the best in both the sunny days and snowy days to come! You two are a presence of light and good in this world ~ let your love shine brightly. 

Dylan & Abigail // Durango Engagement Photographer


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These two captured my heart with their sweet, tender love. They were so at ease with one another ... their love was like coming home. 

And can we just talk about this arch?! And that light?! Wowzers. This was pretty much an engagement session dream and we had so much fun hiking around and capturing such a beautiful evening. 

Dylan & Abigail ~ I cannot wait to capture your wedding this summer! You two are gracious and kind to the core. I appreciate your sweet love, full of laughter, and light. Cheers to an adventurous year ahead for you both! 

Colorado Winter Engagement Session // Durango, Colorado


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I had so much fun meeting up with Austen & Nicole in the mountains a couple of weekends ago to capture their engagement session! Huge props to Nicole for adventuring through the snow in adorable wedge boots and a skirt! Now that is my kind of girl. 

We hiked through the snow, bumped along some four wheel drive roads, and related over our love of good music and playing the acoustic guitar.  These two are fun-loving and kind to the very core. I can't wait to capture their wedding day this coming summer at one of my favorite venues, Blue Lake Ranch. If you are looking for an amazing Colorado wedding venue, check them out!  

A little shout out to all you future brides out there debating whether or not you should do an engagement session! Here are a few reasons why I LOVE capturing my bride and groom before their big day:

  • It puts you at ease with the photographer. 

Instead of meeting your photographer briefly over coffee, or for the first time on your wedding day when nerves can be running high, its so nice to get to spend some time with your photographer at an engagement session. Engagement sessions are laid back, don't have a timeline, and allow for great conversation and interaction with your photographer. This will allow you to feel totally at ease with your photographer when your wedding day approaches, which is worth the money in my books. I LOVE the time I get with a bride and groom during an engagement session ... because by the wedding day we have built such a friendship and trust ~ which makes the wedding day even more special. 

  • It allows you to express your personality and interests! 

I love the chance to get to know my wedding couples in a space and environment that they love! I talk with the couple before their photos and ask them more about what is meaningful to them, and then find ways to incorporate that into their engagement session. This session is a great time to show of unique interests, places you love, or meaningful things that brought you both together in your dating relationship. 

  • It gives you photos to use for your wedding experience. 

There are so many ways to incorporate your engagement photos leading up to and into your wedding day! From Save-the-Dates, to guest book, to photos on your wedding website, to centerpieces on tables, to photos at the gift table ... the options go on and on! Its also a sweet way for your guests to see you both in a fun, natural setting ~ and often times guests may only know one of you, so this gives them a chance to get to know you both as a couple.

So, if you are engaged, I would highly recommend including an engagement session with your wedding photographer! They are photos you will treasure for years and years to come. 

Cheers, y'all! And happy Friday! 

Durango, Colorado Engagement Photographer // Alan & Alex

There's something so sweet about engagement sessions. It's such a unique and special time in a couple's life ... full of hope, possibility, and tenderness. That's why I was honored to go adventure in the mountains with these two lovebirds last week and capture some of these special moments. 

Alan & Alex ~ I'm so excited for all that's ahead for you both! Let your love be a safe place to always come home to. I hope that these photos are a treasure for years to come. 

xo, 

Vanessa 

Telluride Ski Resort Wedding // Featured on Rocky Mountain Bride

I'm delighted to announce that Erin & Elias' stunning Telluride wedding is featured today on Rocky Mountain Bride! Not only was their day well-planned, thoughtful, and gorgeous down to every detail, but at the center of it, were two people so filled with love, generosity, and joy that it radiated through every person who had the privilege of being a part of it.

 I'm so honored to be featured today on Rocky Mountain Bride's blog here, or you can take a little peek below. 

Elias & Erin ~

Marriage is an adventure. One filled with mountain top joys and low valley challenges. And you two have what it takes for the journey. You are building your love on a deep heritage of love, passed down from your parents. May your roots go even deeper and stronger. May your love be a beacon that always guides you home. 

Maternity & Newborn Session

Having kids totally changed my life. You are no longer responsible for just yourself and suddenly have another person who is totally and utterly dependent on you ~ which is the most exhilarating and terrifying thing in the world. 

My kids have changed me in ways I never imagined ~ and looking back over the last several years, I'm so grateful for the ways that they have. They have taught me to see the world through their eyes, forced me to become more selfless and generous, showed me how to slow down, revealed my shortcomings and the way I desperately need Jesus, demonstrated faith in ways only a child can, shown me how to give and receive unconditional love, and taught me how to live in the moment. It's more challenging than anything I've ever done, but also more rewarding than anything I've ever known. 

So when my friends Adam & Lexis told me they were pregnant and asked me to capture their maternity and newborn photos, I was so excited. Excited to capture this important milestone and transition in life ... a change that is so big that it goes much beyond photos. But I hope these pictures serve as a reminder to them of a beautiful season - a season of change, growth, dependence, exhaustion, delight, and beyond all else - a season where their hearts grew bigger than they could have ever imagined. 

2016 Favorites

I feel so honored and grateful to have captured so many incredible people this year. Honestly, I'm humbled by my role ... I feel like I get to sneak into some of the most joyful moments of people's lives, and photograph a memory to be captured in time forever. 

From truly amazing people and talented vendors, to some of the most spectacular views this side of the San Juan mountains, through snow, rain, & sunshine, I wielded my camera into some breathtaking places - and want to say a huge thank you to every client that I had the joy of photographing this year. Thank you for inviting me into your lives. It's such a gift. 

Looking forward to another incredible year filled with love, memories, and great adventures! Here are a few of my favorites from 2016.