Grant Humphreys Mansion wedding

Fototails PhotographyReflecting back to a wedding favorite, I wanted to share one of the great weddings at Grant Humphreys Mansion in Denver, located on Quality Hill in Denver, Colorado. The Mansion was built in 1902 by James B. Grant, Colorado’s third governor.  It is such an outstanding location for a wedding from the beautiful brides room to the pillars and grounds that surround.grant1grant2grant3grant5grant6grant7grant8grant9grant10grant11grant12grant13

Grant-Humphreys Mansion bridal show – January 31st, 2010

photographer: Jeanine Thurston

Grant Humphreys Mansion


Quality permeates at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion bridal show, located in the historic Quality Hill District of Denver.

This is a necessary for any couple – newly engaged to finalizing your ceremony.

Taste incredible food from Colorado’s top caterers

Sample delicious cake from featured bakers

Talk one-on-one with experts: photographers, officiants, DJs & hair/make-up stylists Obtain ideas by viewing work samples from linen companies, florists, salons, calligraphers, and stylists

Take with you an incredible goodie bag which includes a keepsake 50-page wedding planning guide! Attend informative planning workshops at the show: Presented by professional planners.

Each session is 45-minutes, drop-in/drop-out format, ending with a Question & Answer session.

A keepsake 50-page handout and planning guide is in the bride’s goodie bag.

11:30 am: Getting Started & Pulling it all Together Getting started: Developing your overall style, budgets and format Create your wedding day agenda Finding the perfect location and outdoor considerations

12:30 pm: Your Ceremony Ceremony setup checklist & diagram your processional and recessional Examples of different ceremony programs & what to include in your program Ceremony setups and floor plans for the Grant-Humphreys Mansion ~ decor, linens, florals and more

1:30 pm: Food, Beverage and Reception Setup Different types of food service & how to save money How to design a table top: from blah to bling, from dull to dynamite! Floor plans for Grant-Humphreys Mansion: dinners and reception setups Taste: Wedding cake cutting demonstration and couples


Grant Humphreys Mansion

Puttkammer family

puttkammerIt was such a cold day in Denver today, and while a few of my sessions were rescheduled – The Puttkammer family was more than willing to brave the cold for an hour of photography time.  I can’t believe how the time passes… as I had photographed their wedding a few years ago, maternity and newborn… and now Jake is a year old already.  We had a fun few shots near Union Station in Denver and then a quick stop by the park too, before it was turning our noses red.  It was such great lighting this afternoon with just a few snowflakes falling during our session you could feel winter coming.


Adolph Arneson Wedding

IMG_1674Brrrr.  Oct. 10th, 2009 for a wedding – and that morning all you heard about was 20 car pile ups in Colorado Springs, and tons of accidents on I-25 due to the icy road conditions.  Happy to say the roads dried off by the time I was off to Lindsey & Todd’s wedding… but still a bone chilling 20 degrees according to my car.  So… not much for outdoor photos, but they were die hard and slipped out for a few outdoor photos anyway… even though it has dropped to 17 degrees by the time it was portrait time.  It didn’t matter – as they still had a smile on their faces – just so happy to be having their wedding.  The beautiful car almost didn’t make it – as it was having a crisis about the weather… but the engine finally gave and the RR made it for a few shots with the bride & groom.

Their son Oliver was the life of the party… never stopped for more than a second the entire day and evening – the energizer bunny was on his side… and won for the most part, until we caught him hiding under mom’s gown!  He was taking in every corner and hiding place at Cielo at the Pines, and there was no space left undiscovered by the handsome 2 year old.

The dress was stunning on Lindsey – and I’m sure she won’t mind me saying that she got it at a consignment shop in Colorado Springs… it was amazing, and with her accessories (including a beautiful comb) she was stunning!IMG_2274

Then of course it goes without saying, the entire day is a whirlwind for the bridal couple… especially the bride – with all of the preparation finally coming together.

IMG_2306 I love the smile that they get as I tell them it is finally time to go in and enjoy the rest of the evening. But not without a little fun in photographing the guys.  It doesn’t matter how formal the wedding, the men are always more happy after some fun photos instead of being stiff all the time, and they were cold – so I told them to warm up by the fire.  They decided above the fire was more appropriate!Then at last – with all of the chaos going on around them Lindsey and Todd were able to catch a moment together on the dance floor, and block out the rest of the world.


Kelly, Matt & Ella


I was so happy to see Matt & Kelly this morning.  I’ve photographed for their families for a few years now and I photographed their wedding out in California a few years ago too, so I was so excited to meet Ella their daughter.  She is beautiful! Ella2tears I fell in love with a lot of images, but the one here with the tear on her cheek is not what it would seem.  While many times we have to work between toddlers being upset about one thing or another, this image was simply a product of the cool morning this morning – and yet the way she was looking at me for this shot just breaks your heart.  I could say it was because we took her baby doll away from her or her sippy cup (which happened later in the session) but reality is “just timing.”  Ella3

The image here in the tree however was Ella’s location of choice.  With her persuasive way, she had mom & dad climbing the tree too… but in the end she was the one happiest perched there.Ella5

Then of course, it is hard not to notice what a “daddy’s girl” little miss Ella is – she is so sweet on Matt it just makes you smile.  And, she constantly had an eye out so she knew mom was close.Ella6Ella4Ella7 You have to love mornings like this photographing with people that are so happy to be a family.Ella8