Matt & Christy’s Autumn Riverbend Wedding in Lyons, CO

Riverbend in Lyon’s, CO is a new wedding venue opened in the summer of 2014 by the owners of the Lyons Farmette. Matt & Christy were among the first couples to be married here, and their fall wedding was breathtaking. Riverbend has a “glamping” tent where the bride and her bridesmaids can get ready, and plenty of room to spread out for the wedding ceremony, reception and enjoying the day by the river. Christy spent a ton of time on the handmade details (take note, DIY brides!) such as wood burning their initials on each rustic wood ring centerpiece and enlisting some help with making hundreds of colorful paper cranes. And don’t miss the handmade stunning antler arbor they were married under!

Riverbend wedding venue in Lyons, CO

Love by the river at the Riverbend wedding venue in Lyons, CO

Christy's flowing wedding gown hung in Riverbend's "Glamping" tent in Lyons, CO

Christy’s flowing wedding gown hung in Riverbend’s “Glamping” tent

The bride and her ladies get ready in Riverbend's "Glamping" Tent

The ladies get ready in Riverbend’s “Glamping” Tent

Matt & Christy's Riverbend Wedding in Lyons, CO

Matt & Christy’s Riverbend Wedding in Lyons, CO

Matt & Christy's Lyons fall Riverbend wedding ceremony

Matt & Christy’s Lyons Riverbend wedding ceremony

Deer antler arbor at Matt & Christy's Riverside wedding in Lyons, CO

Handmade antler arbor at Matt & Christy’s Riverside wedding in Lyons, CO

The bride wore a flower crown and paper cranes decorated the trees at this Riverbend wedding in Lyons, CO

The bride wore a flower crown and paper cranes decorated the trees

Riverbend wedding decor of Matt & Christy's wedding day

Riverbend wedding decor of Matt & Christy’s wedding day, with rustic wood centerpieces Christy burned their initials into

Matt & Christy by Riverbend's river Wedding near the Farmette in Lyons

Matt & Christy by Riverbend’s river Wedding near the Farmette in Lyons

Matt & Christy by Riverbend's river Wedding in Lyons, CO

Matt & Christy by Riverbend’s river Wedding in Lyons, CO

Paper cranes and gorgeous DIY wedding details at Riverbend

Paper cranes and gorgeous DIY wedding details at Riverbend

The bride & groom on a vintage red velvet couch at their Riverbend wedding

The bride & groom on a vintage red velvet couch at Riverbend

Marquee Lights and a full dance floor at Matt & Christy's Riverbend reception

Marquee Lights and a full dance floor at Matt & Christy’s Riverbend reception

Matt & Christy's Riverbend reception tent in Lyon's, Colorado

Matt & Christy’s Riverbend reception tent

Lyons, Colorado Riverbend wedding photography

Lyons, Colorado Riverbend wedding photography

Nicole & Britton’s Commons Park Engagement Photos

Nicole & Britton met me in Commons Park in autumn for their engagement photos. Commons Park is a little gem in downtown Denver, with lots of sweet spots for lovebirds. We also took some photos in nearby LoDo (Lower Downtown) in Denver. I’m running a bit out of order here but these two are so sweet and I wanted you to see their gorgeous fall engagement photos! (Haven’t seen their amazing Colorado Red Rocks wedding? Don’t miss it!)

Nicole & Britton's engagement photos in Denver's Commons Park © Marni Mattner Photography

Nicole & Britton’s engagement photos in Denver’s Commons Park © Marni Mattner Photography

Nicole & Britton's Commons Park engagement photos in Denver, Colorado © Marni Mattner Photography

Nicole & Britton’s Commons Park engagement photos in Denver, Colorado © Marni Mattner Photography

Engagement photos in Denver, CO's Commons Park in downtown © Marni Mattner Photography

Engagement photos in Denver, CO’s Commons Park in downtown © Marni Mattner Photography

Commons Park engagement photos of Nicole & Britton in autumn © Marni Mattner Photography

Commons Park engagement photos of Nicole & Britton in autumn © Marni Mattner Photography

Downtown Denver engagement photos of Nicole & Britton © Marni Mattner Photography

Downtown Denver engagement photos of Nicole & Britton © Marni Mattner Photography

Nicole & Britton in love in downtown © Marni Mattner Photography

Nicole & Britton in love in downtown © Marni Mattner Photography

Denver engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Denver engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Blake & Jenny’s Evergreen, CO Fall Engagement Photos

Blake and Jenny wanted fall mountain engagement photos that with the Rocky Mountains’ gorgeous yellow aspens. Doesn’t Jenny’s dress absolutely pop out of the aspen photos? We took their engagement photos in a special spot I’ve found and fallen in love with in Evergreen, Colorado.

Fall engagement photos in Evergreen, CO with the aspens changing

Fall engagement photos in Evergreen, CO with the aspens changing

Blake & Jenny's autumn engagement photos in Evergreen, CO

Blake & Jenny’s autumn engagement photos in Evergreen, CO

Mountain engagement photos of Blake & Jenny in Evergreen, Colorado

Mountain engagement photos of Blake & Jenny in Evergreen, CO

Blake & Jenny's Evergreen, CO engagement photography

Blake & Jenny’s Evergreen, CO engagement photography

Blake & Jenny's Evergreen, CO engagement session

Blake & Jenny’s Evergreen, CO engagement session

Sweet, Sleepy Liam’s Stapleton Newborn Photos

Little Liam slept through much of his Stapleton, CO baby photography session – but we were treated to sleep smiles, snuggles and a glimpse of his beautiful blue eyes as we watched in wonder. What a sweetheart! These were special baby photos for me, because I photographed Liam’s parents on their wedding day (see Patrick and Christina’s stunning Boulder, CO wedding). There’s nothing better than seeing a bundle of joy in the arms of two people who are perfect for each other!

Colorado's Stapleton in Denver infant photography of Liam

Denver infant photography of Liam in Stapleton

Liam and Chrissy cuddle in his Denver baby photography session

Chrissy and Liam cuddle up in Liam’s baby photography session

Newborn Liam sleeps soundly through his Denver baby photos

Newborn Liam sleeps soundly through his Denver baby photos

Patrick and Chrissy snuggling little Liam at his 7-day-old infant portrait session in Stapleton, Colorado

Patrick and Chrissy snuggling little Liam at his 7-day-old infant portrait session in Stapleton, CO

A glimpse of little Liam's blue eyes as he holds his papa's hand for his Denver, Colorado baby photos

A glimpse of little Liam’s blue eyes as he holds his papa’s hand for his Denver, CO baby photos

Liam and his new best friend during his Stapleton baby photography session in Denver, CO

Liam and his new best friend during his Stapleton baby photography session

Liam and his papa take some time to chill out during their Denver, Colorado infant photography session

Liam and his papa take some time to chill out during their Denver infant photography session

Liam's little pink feet, the newest addition to this Denver, CO family

Liam’s little pink feet, the newest addition to this Denver, CO family

Mama and Liam, 7 days old, cheek-to-cheek in Stapleton, Colorado

Mama and Liam, 7 days old, cheek-to-cheek in Stapleton, CO

It’s AgriCultural Photography Contest – First Place!

Marni Mattner Photography was awarded First Prize in the Open Professional category of the Colorado It’s AgriCultural Photography Contest, featuring photography related to Colorado’s agriculture. Over the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of photographing more than 20 family dairy farms for the Western Dairy Association, and this particular image really resonates for me with what I’ve seen in that time in terms of the love these families have for their work, the land and the animals they care for.

Marni Mattner Photography's It's AgriCulture Professional Category First Prize Award Winner

Marni Mattner Photography’s It’s AgriCulture Professional Category First Prize Award Winner by Marni Mattner Photography, taken for the WDA

 

Sarah & Jim’s RiNo Engagement Photos

RiNo (River North) is an area of downtown Denver that is spectacular for engagement photos off the beaten path. Jim and Sarah joined me in RiNo just in time for us to wait out a downpour (a typical summer afternoon deluge). We were treated to spectacular light as the storm passed.

Sarah & Jim in downtown Denver's River North  © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim in downtown Denver’s River North © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim's eyes © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim’s eyes © Marni Mattner Photography

RiNo engagement photos in downtown Denver © Marni Mattner Photography

RiNo engagement photos in downtown Denver © Marni Mattner Photography

Graffiti goodness in RiNo art district for engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Graffiti goodness in RiNo art district for engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Jim & Sarah, engaged! in downtown Denver © Marni Mattner Photography

Jim & Sarah, engaged! in downtown Denver © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim in Denver's RiNo District © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim in Denver’s RiNo District © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim in RiNo for their engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Sarah & Jim in RiNo for their engagement photos © Marni Mattner Photography

Jesse & Jessica’s St. Paul College Club Wedding

Jesse and Jessica had a spectacular backyard wedding ceremony at the St. Paul College Club in Minnesota. The reception in the beautiful mansion included homebrew made by the couple, a full dance floor and a great time had by all!

The lovely bride Jessica puts on her wedding gown with the help of her bridesmaids

The lovely bride Jessica puts on her wedding gown with the help of her bridesmaids

Jessica's gorgeous wedding dress

Jessica’s gorgeous wedding dress

Getting ready for the wedding at the St. Paul College Club

Getting ready for the wedding at the St. Paul College Club

The flower girls look on as Jessica dresses for her wedding

The flower girls look on as Jessica dresses for her wedding

Jesse & Jessica's Backyard Wedding at the St. Paul College Club in St. Paul, MN

Jesse & Jessica’s Backyard Wedding at the St. Paul College Club

The bride and groom at the St. Paul College Club in Minnesota

The bride and groom at the St. Paul College Club in Minnesota

Jesse and Jessica, newlyweds!

Jesse and Jessica, newlyweds!

The bride and groom after their St. Paul College Club wedding

The bride and groom after their wedding

The  St. Paul College Club decorated for Jesse & Jessica's Wedding

The St. Paul College Club decorated for Jesse & Jessica’s Wedding

Jesse & Jessica's St. Paul College Club Wedding Reception

Jesse & Jessica’s St. Paul College Club Wedding Reception

Wedding reception lights as everyone takes to the dance floor

Twinkling wedding lights as everyone takes to the dance floor

Wedding photo booth, homebrew and the St. Paul College Club wedding scene

Wedding photo booth, homebrew and the St. Paul College Club wedding scene