Winter Engagement Photos at Red Rocks Park

Is it the middle of winter, and you find your self needing some winter engagement photos? Red Rocks Park is one of the truly unique photo locations in Colorado. It’s even beautiful in the winter! We love spending engagement sessions in the winter here at Red Rocks. Sometimes when the snow falls against the red background, it’s just absolutely beautiful! Take a look at these beautiful different engagement photos from different sessions from Randall Olsson Photography!

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Photographs by Randall Olsson, Felicia Marti, and Hannah Medoff  from Randall Olsson Photography

Wedding at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Denver.


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Dain and Lauren are a beautiful couple who were married in May in a wedding at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with a reception following at The Pines at Genesee. The downtown Denver ceremony with the mountain views at the reception were the perfect combination for urban and nature photos!

Enjoy these beautiful wedding photographs from the wedding at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, and learn a little bit more about this beautiful couple!

Lauren was born and raised in Littleton, CO. She has a Bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history from Colorado State University. Immediately upon graduation she began her career with OppenhiemerFunds in Englewood, CO. She decided to make finance her career and has obtained her Series 6, 7, and 66 licenses. In July 2012 she moved to be with Dain in Des Moines, Iowa where she began to work for Merrill Lynch.

Dain is from Highlands Ranch, CO, and comes from a big family. He played football and basketball growing up, but decided to pursue a football career at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. From there he went on to play a season with the Utah Blaze, but his season ended in knee injury that forced life changing decisions. He took the opportunity to go back to Drake as a graduate assistant defensive line coach. He now works with Wells Fargo in Des Moines.

randallolsson2014-1Lauren and Dain met through mutual friend and bridesmaid, Shannon! Shannon had gone to high school with Dain and stayed good friends with him after she went up to collage at CSU. Lauren and Shannon became friends in college. When Lauren first saw a picture of Dain on Shannon’s facebook, she says it was love at first sight! She even called her mom that day to say she saw her future husband! It wasn’t until a couple of years later when they were introduced and exchanged phone numbers. Almost a year later, Dain texted Lauren out of the blue when he moved back to Colorado from Iowa. It happened to be the very same day that she was moving back to Littleton from Fort Collins. They went to lunch and thus started their new life together.

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Lauren and Dain are huge football fans and participate in fantasy football together. They love the Denver Bronco’s. They watch and attend games whenever possible. They also love to work out together and spend lots of time with their adorable dog’s Roma and Luna. They are big believer’s in doing everything together, even running mundane errands!

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Dain and Lauren’s families are both located in Colorado and they could never dream of getting married anywhere else. So, when Dain proposed on Easter Sunday via an easter egg hunt, Lauren said ‘Yes!’, and began planning their wedding long distance. Lauren gives much of the planning credit to her fantastic mother who took care of much of the coordinating.

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Holy Ghost Catholic Church is an absolutely beautiful church to be married in! With it’s rich history.

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Lauren’s advice to those planning a wedding now is to not sweat the small stuff because you will stress yourself out.  It is so important to remember why you are getting married and to be focused on celebrating your love.  No one will ever remember or notice if the cocktail napkins aren’t absolutely perfect.  Your wedding day is about you, your spouse, and your family.  Lauren and Dain’s wedding was planned on a fairly strict budget but you would never guess that looking at the gorgeous venue that day, the pictures, or tasting the food.  There are so many ways to cut back and save money! Spend your money on what matters most to you.

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Wedding Vendors

Venue: The Holy Ghost Catholic Church and The Pines at Genesee      

Caterer: The Pines Catering

DJ/Band: Jammin DJs

Bridal shop: d’Anelli Bridal in Lakewood, 

Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Bakery: Astonishing Cakes, LLC 

Celebrant/Officiant:  Monsignor Kenneth Leone at Holy Ghost Catholic Church

Florist: Evans Craft, Diane Evans

Photography:  Randall Olsson Photography, Randall Olsson and Erica Cavanaugh

Inspiration for your Wedding Bouquet

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One of our favorite parts of wedding photography is when we get to take a few close ups of the beautiful wedding bouquet that the bride has chosen. This goes for wedding boutonnieres too!

Each couple’s flowers are unique expressions of art, creativity, and a reflection of the tone of their wedding! We love the amazing different wedding bouquets we see. Some wedding bouquets are extremely colorful and wild, while others are more simple and refined. Here is a look at a beautiful collection of wedding bouquets and boutonnieres for you to enjoy and glean inspiration from!

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Photographs by Randall Olsson, Hannah Medoff, Felicia Marti, and Erica Cavanaugh

Lookout Mountain Engagement Sessions

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Lookout Mountain in the stunning Golden, Colorado is a perfect mountain location just minutes away from the city. It is full of forest, meadows, mountain overlooks, tree clearings, and more! Here is a sneak peek at a few of our recent sessions for our brides and grooms who wanted to be surrounded by nature for their Lookout Mountain engagement sessions!


Photographs by Hannah Medoff and Erica Cavanaugh from Randall Olsson Photography

Wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion


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This wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion is one of our favorites! The Highlands Ranch Mansion is an absolutely amazing place to have a wedding. With all of the mansion’s history, its spacious interiors, and beautiful landscaping, you simply cannot go wrong! Kelly and Ramsey are the amazing young couple who’s wedding day we captured last September.


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Photos by Hannah Medoff and Felicia Marti of Randall Olsson Photography

A wedding collection from 2013

At Randall Olsson Photography, our wedding season is filled with a variety of wedding styles, beautiful venues, and unique Colorado locations. Here is a wedding collection of some special moments and details we captured in 2013.

Bridal and groom portraits are a staple in our wedding collection of each wedding we photograph. We love to capture brides beaming with beauty on their big day and groom looking stunningly handsome! These portraits also give us an opportunity to show off the great Colorado views and Rocky Mountain locations.

Shoes, boots, bouquets, rings, and fancy cars. Each wedding details shows your personality and makes your day extra special for guests to enjoy. They also help us to tell the story of your wedding and make your wedding collection uniquely you!

Randall Olsson Photography likes to send two photographers to fully capture a wedding day. This wedding collection of ceremony, family formals, and bridal party pictures were all taken by a second photographer. We love the candid feel and unique perspectives in these pictures. It’s true…two are definitely better than one!

At wedding receptions, you set the mood to celebrate surrounded by family and friends! Our wedding collection of receptions highlight beautiful uplighting and a classy wedding cake design.

Photos by Erica Cavanaugh of Randall Olsson Photography

Lakeside Ceremony at Evergreen Lake House

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With the beautiful mountain views, Colorado is the ideal location for wedding with a lakeside ceremony. At the Evergreen Lake House in Evergreen, CO, you get the best of what a Colorado wedding can offer. This post features a couple who tied the knot with a gorgeous lakeside ceremony at sunset. They chose to get married on a perfect fall day with plenty of sunshine and colors bouncing off the water. The Lake House provides a beautiful setting for loved ones to experience this special day.


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The ceremony deck at the Evergreen Lake House provided a uniquely Colorado backdrop as it overlooked the lake with tall evergreens and mountains in the distance. We love the serene look of this view as we await the guests to arrive.

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As the sun set on their lakeside ceremony, the water came alive with color. We love the feel of these intimate moments as they said their vows and took in the beauty around them. Choosing such a beautiful location on your wedding day can add depth and emotion to your wedding day memories.

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Even in the cool of the night, our couple enjoyed being lakeside as they stole a few moments alone on the deck. Whether you are getting married by day or dancing by moonlight, you can never go wrong with a lakeside venue!


Wedding at Red Rocks During Concert Season

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Do you love Red Rocks? Are you dreaming of a summer wedding in Red Rocks park? The Chapel at Red Rocks is a popular wedding venue for couples who have this as the vision for their Colorado wedding. But what do you do when you want photos in Red Rocks park and there is a concert? The parking lots are packed, you can’t drive through the park, what’s available for wedding photography?

When this happens we drive to the lower level of the park and use the cascading Red Rocks as the backdrop! Take a look at these beautiful photos taken in the lower level of the park. We also threw in a few that were taken at the various backdrops at The Chapel.







Mt. Vernon Country Club & July Weddings in Colorado

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We’ve assembled a collection of our photos to give a little insight to what July weddings in Colorado look like. Mt. Vernon Country Club is one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding. With it’s beautiful mountain overlook there’s not much more nature lovers could ask for!

Here are a few samples of different ceremonies from Mt. Vernon Country Club, and one from a venue down the road at the Crystal Rose on beautiful Lookout Mountain that took place in mid-July.

Here’s one from a morning ceremony at Mt. Vernon Country Club mid-summer!

A beautiful evening ceremony a half-hour before sun-set at Mt. Vernon Country Club.

And here is the wedding from The Crystal Rose Lookout Mountain.

And here are a few other photos taken from wedding on Lookout Mountain and near Genesee.


Shoes for your Wedding Day!

Deciding which shoes to wear for your wedding is a big deal! Do you want to pick your wedding color? Buy from your favorite designer? Your favorite pair of cowboy boots? Do you go with flats? Or wedges? Well look at these various pairs of gorgeous shoes that our brides selected for their wedding day.

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Look at these cute and coordinated purple wedding shoes for the bride and groom!

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Shoes that are the something blue!

These bride’s had coral as their color- and the coral shoes are fun and colorful!

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Pink Wedding shoes! And Wedges. So you know you can walk without aerating the grass!

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These shoes were made for a Harry Potter themed wedding, with parts of the book mod-podged to the shoes. They are absolutely creative and they look amazing!

Cowboy boots with style.

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More blue shoes! And with bows!

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Ballet flats!

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Or white heels that are a mile high! And yes, that is a blue ‘I do’ on the bottoms.

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Sparkley strappy Steve Madden’s.

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Another set of gorgeous heels!

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More bows! More white!

And lastly, here is a set of grooms & groomsmen shoes!

We hope you get some ideas for your own wedding shoes. And, see some gorgeous images that can be taken of your own pair of wedding shoes. Good luck with all of your wedding planning!

The Chapel at Red Rocks & Embassy Suites Downtown Wedding

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Brian and Emily were married last August at the Chapel at Red Rocks in Morrison, then took their party downtown with a wedding reception at the Embassy Suites. This couple wanted to blend their love of nature with their love of the city, and their mission was accomplished!


When Brian and Emily met at a baby shower (of all places), they had no idea that one day they would soon be married! When the time came to propose, Brian actually flew the ring out, secretly, on a trip to Missouri to visit Emily’s parents to ask for their permission, before returning back to Colorado to propose on top of a mountain!


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We talked to Emily and got her take on her wedding day! She said, “It all went by so fast! The entire day was pure perfection. My favorite memory is walking down the aisle. I saw him at the end, crying despite what he claims; my dad looked at me and smiled and I knew everything was going to be perfect. Then I saw some really great friends in the pew in front of me that had said they were not coming; it was a surprise to see them sitting there at my wedding and I couldn’t have been happier! You guys even caught my facial expression when I first saw them!”

When it came time to plan a wedding Emily knew it had to be modern yet traditional. There was so much that was important to keep traditional, especial for parents, but they couldn’t keep it too “old school”. Brian and Emily are fun, goofy, quirky people and wanted everything to represent our character. There was an expectation of clean mixed with humor and creativity: from green socks for the groomsmen, to songs titles for table names and playing each song to release guests to dinner.

When it came to their wedding day, both were most excited for the reception. Emily gave us insight saying, “The wedding was beautiful, but we both wanted so badly for everyone to have a blast at the reception. We worked really hard to make sure that the wedding was short and sweet: people get bored really easy! With the reception we wanted great food and great music. The teacher in me really made sure that everyone was not sitting too long and lots of movement throughout the night. We even set up the first dances and stuff so that people could eat in between and not get too bored watching dances.”

Photos by Randall Olsson and Felicia Marti of Randall Olsson Photography

Ceremony:  The Chapel at Red Rocks

Catering & Reception: Embassy Suites Downtown- Kristen “my saving grace”

DJ: Jammin DJ’s- Morgan “I would recommend them to anyone!”

Photography: Randall Olsson Photography “They did such a great job of exceeding my expectations”


Is a ‘First Look’ Right for you on your Wedding Day?

A ‘First Look’ is all the buzz these days in weddings. It is a great way to get a lot of photos accomplished before your ceremony especially if you have a long list of family photos for afterwards, or if you are wanting to be part of your cocktail hour.

What does it mean exactly? It’s a moment set-up to still capture that first reaction to each other on your wedding day. One of our bride’s most requested photos is where her groom sees her for the first time. Traditionally this would be as she makes her way for the aisle, but when it’s set up as a first look- the bride and groom get a chance to react to one another, talk, touch, and have an intimate moment together.






Eloping in Colorado: Romance and Mountains

Kari and Jason called us a week before their date to ask if we could capture their wedding ceremony. They were eloping in Colorado from Texas, wanting to just pull up to a picturesque mountain view and get married! We met them in Boulder at Flagstaff Mountain, hiked up the mountain to a breathtaking view, and captured this amazing intimate moment in their life together!

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Considering a Colorado Elopement to get married to the love of your life? We hope these beautiful pictures inspired you to consider hiring a profession photographer to capture this special moment.


Photos by Hannah Medoff of Randall Olsson Photography

Arrowhead Golf Club Wedding

Here is a look into a stunning Arrowhead Golf Club Wedding that took place last August. Miles and Michelle’s wedding was the opportunity for a big family reunion, and under the warmth of the day they wed with the beautiful Red Rocks behind them, and then partied their afternoon away.

Every wedding is different, and this Arrowhead Golf Club wedding shows photos from an early ceremony and luncheon reception. Miles and Michelle also had a first look, which was fun to do at Arrowhead! They are also avid golfers, so there’s a look at some fun golf wedding photos!

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Snowy Engagement Photos in Colorado

Snowy Engagement Photos are trending right now. Maybe it’s because there are so many summer weddings being planned. Or, maybe it’s because everyone’s just got engaged and there’s a kind of magic in these winter months that is so romantic. Either way, with snow coming down hard in Colorado, we have had the chance to photograph in these mini-blizzards!  The result is some awesome snowy engagement photos.

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If you’re in Colorado, be sure to consider heading out for that snowy engagement session. It may be cold, and you’ll definitely have to dress for the weather- but it will be worth it!

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Photographers: Randy, Hannah, and Felicia

Picking Bridesmaids Dresses

When it comes to picking colors for bridesmaids dresses, where do you begin? Do you want something that is colorful? Or neutral? Do you pick long, or short? Do you go with what’s so in right now doing different colors for each bridesmaid, or just one color? Do you pick a pattern for your bridesmaids dresses? Do you choose something that they can wear again? And what about picking dresses for a certain body type?

There are so many choices to consider, but the most important thing in our opinion, is picking something that represents YOU. We love showing up to the wedding and seeing the color pallet that reflects in those bridesmaids pictures. Every bride wants a fantastic photo of her and her best friends- but especially one on one of the most important days of her life.

Get some inspiration from these varying choices from some of our brides!

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Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding

Dreaming of a beautiful spot in Denver for your wedding, consider having a Denver Botanic Gardens wedding! The York Street Denver Botanic Gardens has six different ceremony sites in unique gardens. We love photographing weddings here because each wedding is absolutely unique when it comes to the couple, the garden they say their vows in, and the endless photo opportunities throughout the garden for romantic wedding photos.

Here is a collection of our favorite photos from very different couple’s Denver Botanic Gardens wedding. The three different ceremony sites that are shown here are the Romantic Gardens, the intimate Water Garden Gazebo, and the All-American Selections Garden.





Photos by: Randall Olsson Photography


Afraid of rain on your wedding day?

Are you up at night worrying that it’s going to rain on your wedding day? We are here to ease your fears, and let you know that some of the most beautiful photographs are taken at weddings where it it has rained! We’ve heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck- and so far that seems to be true for all our rained on brides and grooms!
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If it rains before your ceremony, we often take indoor bridal portraits! Using beautiful windows or mirrors for unique portraits. At other times we stuck the rain out, put our bridal party under archways and rain out into the rain to grab some amazing portraits. Occasionally during the worse storms, we’ve had couples who will run out in it for a moment for us to grab a few shots!

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Take it from our bride, Chelsea, “We actually LOVE that there was rain on our wedding day.  Getting ready it was blue skies and sunny, but when we got to The Pines at Genesee, it was raining…a lot!  We were talking about having to move the wedding inside.  Felicia and Randy, you were both so calm and reassuring that the storm would pass and we could get married outside.  Sure enough it did!  We loved the rainy day good luck and the rainbow that followed.  It seemed like a nice reminder from nature to weather out the storm together.  Here we were, worried it would be too hot for people, instead it was fresh, crisp, and very comfortable.  It wasn’t as “planned” but it was perfect and so much better for us than if it hadn’t rained.”

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Rest assured knowing there is always a way around the rain, and if not, then there is a way through it!


Venues featured in these photos: 

The Pines at Genesee

Three Tomatoes Steakhouse at Fossil Trace

Mount Vernon Event Center

Red Rocks Country Club

City Park Pavilion in Denver

Rockland Community Church

Lookout Mountain Park

Halloween Wedding with Comic-book Inspiration

We loved Cliff and Abbie’s vision from the beginning. They came to us and said, we want to do a comic-con style, halloween theme, fun, costume-included, wedding and give tribute to all the characters and things that we love. We had no idea when we showed up to photograph their wedding that everyone would be dressed in amazing costumes.

Their ceremony was a compilation of various wedding traditions including drinking whiskey from a chalice, being tied together, jumping over a broomstick. As they we pronounced husband a wife and ran back down the aisle, the couple and crowd were armed with nerf guns and a nerf gun war ensued.

As they made their way to the reception they entered through a lightsaber tunnel, and continued to party with their families and friends. We absolutely love how unique and creative Cliff and Abbie were with their wedding quest! We think they absolutely conquered their day!

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Photos by Hannah Medoff and Felicia Marti of Randall Olsson Photography