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Jessica and Gary’s Wedding at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs

Jessica and Gary planned an elegant and intimate fall wedding at the acclaimed Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their simple ceremony took place on the South Terrace overlooking the stunning lake with the Rocky Mountains as their backdrop. It was a perfectly gorgeous day. Everything flowed seamlessly, thanks to the bride’s planning and the skillful day of coordination of Jessica Hayes with Bridalize. Flowers by Ivy Lane Floral were simple and refined: orange tulips and white calla lilies.

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Regina’s Favorite Top Destination Weddings

What is Recherche Photography doing this time of year? Wedding consultations. (Along with LOTS of baby portraits!). I’ve traveled to some of the most wonderfully romantic wedding destinations all over the world, but to be honest, the last decade has been such a whirlwind that I barely remember it. Looking back on my first ten years of wedding photography feels pretty surreal. I’m so thankful to have something gorgeous to show for all the hours I’ve spend in airports, hotels, rental cars, trudging around with film cameras, laptops, etc. It didn’t feel very romantic at the time, but you’d never know from these photos!


Thank you to all my amazing clients and family and friends for making my life so fabulous. Here’s to another decade of destination wedding photography!


 

A wedding image of Krystal & Chris on the ruins in Belize. Love how Chris’ shirt is the same color as the sky!


This is one of my favorite shots from Susie and David Duval’s wedding at his beach house in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. We did all the formal portraits on the beach (with no shoes of course) and the kids were eager to get down there first!


Abby & Drew with their faithful companions. Pastures of Plenty is just the most wonderful organic outdoor wedding venue in Boulder County. The food is scrumptious and the setting is just lovely.


Kim & Chris chose a little hacienda, Playa del Secreto, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for their breezy ocean-side wedding. Although it was storming on both sides of us, the weather was perfectly overcast for the entire ceremony. (And this wedding was my very FIRST blog post!!)


Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO has always been picturesque; the epitome of Colorado rustic mountain charm, but in the last five years they completed a major renovation. Now is not just charming but completely luxurious, spoiling Amy & Heath and all their guests.


Josh & Stephanie were wed on a private little island in Fiji, aptly named Treasure Island. I nearly expired of heat exhaustion, but we try to forget that bit! Private little cabanas, huge spiders, the most amazing selection of fruits and seafood I have ever seen. And the sunsets were unreal.Treasure_Island_Fiji_Beach_Destination_Wedding_Photo


Marion & Jason’s wedding at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera was the sweetest thing. Every detail, from the hanging vases of flowers in the gazebo to the personalized m&m’s in yellow and blue, were impeccable. But more importantly, the couple just adored one another (and still do!)Lodge_Spa_Cordillera_Colorado_Wedding_Gazebo_PhotoLodge_Spa_Cordillera_Eagle_Vail_Colorado_Wedding_Portrait


The picture below says it all- a perfect fall wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado. Sublime.Wild_Basin_Lodge_Estes_Park_Colorado_Fall_Color_Aspens_Wedding_Photo


If you need an elegant venue in Denver, CO for a wedding of well under 200 guests, Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver just might suit you! Courtney & Ben certainly made it work!
Grant Humphreys Mansion Denver Colorado Wedding Photo


It came as no surprise to anyone that the lovely Heather Dwight from Calluna Events made a stunning bride. She chose as her venue the private and exclusive Boulder Canyon House. A few drops brought out the umbrellas and perfect light.

Recherche Photography Destination wedding at Boulder Canyon House


Harkness Park in Mystic, Connecticut was one of my all-time favorite locations. The day on which Suzanne & Andrew married, it was stormy, blustery and bone-chilling; something straight out of an Emily Bronte novel. All the guests were lamenting the weather but I was ecstatic.”Mystic Connecticut Harkness Park Destination Wedding Photo


After this couple wed in a beautiful little Catholic Church in San Pedro, California we drove along the coastline to their reception venue. We got out and take in the view and and shoot a few gorgeous images of the wedding couple.San Pedro California Beach Cliffs Wedding Photo


A beach wedding on Marco Island, Florida was Vanessa’s dream. It did NOT, however, include a gale so strong that it blew all the un-sat guests chairs all the way down the beach and a torrential downpour of rain on the entire party. I was still shooting film WAY back then and my assistant, Cat, was desperately trying to cover me up with a flimsy umbrella and shower cap so I could change film and keep shooting the oh-so-dramatic event!! (See the watermarks on the lens? Those are NOT photoshopped!)
Marco Island Florida Beach Destination Wedding Photo


 


The Sunrise Amphitheateris one of Boulder, Colorado’s most lovely wedding ceremony spots. That’s about all I have to say about that!


The Keystone Lodge in Timber Ridge, Colorado. Again, no words necessary. Actually, I should just really stop writing anything besides the location. This post would go a lot faster…
Keystone Colorado Mountain Vista Wedding Photo


The Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Perhaps the farthest I’ve traveled for a destination wedding was Sydney Australia for Wendy & Paul’s wedding. Lush & lovely. (And check out that ancient blog post!!! Geeze!)
Sydney Australia Destination Wedding Photo




A destination wedding at Snow Mountain Ranch’s Columbine Point. I was speechless. Just one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. Snow Mountain Ranch Estes Park Colorado Outdoor Wedding Photo


The first destination wedding I photographed in Europe- or the British Isles was in Shannon, Ireland at this fantastic castle. It was early September and the castle gardens were stunning. The whole thing still feels like a dream.

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Tina & Joe’s ceremony at the Wedding Chapel in Kauai, Hawaii had a very tiny guest count- her parents and brother. And me. They basically eloped and brought along a photographer. Perhaps my most favorite type of destination wedding of all!Kauai Wedding Chapel Hawaii Beach Destination Wedding Photo


I feel SO lucky to have captured this image of this wonderful wedding couple tucked back in an aspen glade in Beaver Creek Colorado just outside Saddle Ridge. I had about five minutes to do all the portraits of them because the groom could not stand still for more than 15 seconds! So fun! Saddle Ridge Beaver Creek Breckenridge Colorado Aspens Wedding Photo


This destination wedding at the famously fabulous Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs was dripping ceiling to floor in elegance.

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This wedding couple escaped the pouring rain with a tender moment under the outdoor covering of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church. I was taking cover on the other side of the garden and caught this image.
Romantic Wedding Photo St Elizabeth Church Denver Colorado





One of my favorite destination weddings took place at a resort in Costa Rica

planned by the fabulous Aimee Monihan of Tropical Occasions.. I shot this romantic image of the wedding couple taking a moment to themselves after their ceremony by taking a stroll down the beach.

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The Apple Valley Orchard in Lyons Colorado is a private estate so this wedding couple was ecstatic to secure an October date for their wedding. The colors could not have been more stunning.

Apple Valley Orchard Lyons Colorado Autumn Wedding Photo


We shot this beautiful formal portrait of all the wedding guests at Anna & Rob’s destination wedding at St. Malo Catholic Church in Estes Park, Colorado.

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It was a dream come true for this bride to have her wedding the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota Florida as her father grew up in this mansion which has since become a historical museum. She has a keen eye for funky vintage glam and an impeccable sense of style so everywhere I turned there was another gorgeous detail, a stunning angle, a lovely expression to photograph. Incidentally, this mansion is where they filmed Great Expectations several years ago- before they did a major renovation so shooting this wedding was a vintage romantic destination wedding photographer’s dream come true!
Powel Crosley Estate Sarasota Florida Destination Wedding Photo


As an artist in a highly competitive industry, it is easy (for me at least) to feel like I’ve never really “succeeded.” I see other photographers’ images, people with kids, fancy cars and a second home in some fabulous place and a little voice whispers that I have nothing to show for my life. Well, perhaps I don’t have those types of things, but I am happy, loved and have stacks of lovely images created for my clients. Over and over again I need to define success on my own terms and focus on all the beauty in my life. Perhaps take a moment to jot down YOUR definition of success in your own life.

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My Favorite Broadmoor Hotel Wedding

I’ve had several requests recently to see images from weddings at the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. It was my pleasure to pull from the archives a few images from my all-time favorite Broadmoor Wedding: Trina & Ken Thiel. Drop dead gorgeous. Every bit of it. Exuding glamour and sophistication. And to top it off, Trina is wonderfully kind and creative human being. Ken is a lucky, lucky man. And I am a lucky, lucky photographer.    BroadmoorSldsh002BroadmoorSldsh004BroadmoorSldsh007BroadmoorSldsh008 BroadmoorSldsh009 BroadmoorSldsh010 BroadmoorSldsh012 BroadmoorSldsh020 BroadmoorSldsh013BroadmoorSldsh021 BroadmoorSldsh023

A rare glimpse of my favorite videographer of all-time, Dennis with Over The Moon Films. For a real treat click on his website. His work is just fantastic. He is so brilliantly talented I can barely stand it. There is no one I would rather partner with for my events. BroadmoorSldsh024 BroadmoorSldsh027 BroadmoorSldsh029 BroadmoorSldsh033 BroadmoorSldsh039 BroadmoorSldsh045 BroadmoorSldsh048 BroadmoorSldsh084 BroadmoorSldsh087 BroadmoorSldsh090 BroadmoorSldsh098 BroadmoorSldsh112 BroadmoorSldsh113 BroadmoorSldsh117 BroadmoorSldsh119 BroadmoorSldsh124 BroadmoorSldsh126 BroadmoorSldsh128 BroadmoorSldsh136 BroadmoorSldsh139

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