Jacobi & T'Quael by Yasiris Torres

When Jacobi and TeQuael contacted me to do their upcoming wedding, I was pretty excited. Their wedding is not until 2019, but I cannot wait to photograph this amazing couple. I invited them to participate at a photographer's shootout with other photographers and we had so much fun. I will be doing another engagement session soon. 

For TeQuael it was love at first sight, but maybe he didn't know at that time. Jacobi, however, wasn’t so sure. After he sent a text message saying "hi" she replied back and the rest is history. When They first started talking, they had no interest in being together so they just became really good friends. Their relationship blossomed to best friends. He would call her after school everyday and we would just stay on the phone until one of them fell asleep! Eventually they started talking about being together, they even tried it out a few times but it never really stuck. Then on April 11,2011, it was her graduation party, and they made it official!!

Congratulations and I cannot wait to photograph your lovely wedding!

 

 

 

Tori & Allie| Colorado Outdoors Weddings|Equally Wed by Yasiris Torres

 

This couple was my first ever same sex wedding couple. OMG when they first contacted me, I was over the moon and was hoping they would choose me. I fell in love with both of them. One is more bubbly than the other, but both so super sweet. I think their wedding was a lot of fun and their pictures turned out amazing. I am pretty happy with all the pictures I was able to deliver to them. 

Tori and Allie fall wedding in Pikes Peak, Colorado, was a celebration of their love of the outdoors and the natural beauty of Colorado landscape. Every detail spoke to the couple’s relationship with nature, from the mountain top ceremony to their table decorations.  When I first met with these gorgeous brides they spoke to me about the venue and how it was the perfect place for them to get married. The views to Pikes Peak are spectacular.

Thanks for trusting me lovely ladies! I am forever grateful you both chose me to shoot your lovely wedding. 

 

Claudia and Kristin| Beach Wedding by Yasiris Torres

Claudia's and Kristin's wedding was full of unique and artistic details that created a romantic atmosphere for these two amazing lovely ladies. Their 50s vibes were created by the couple’s DIY handiwork, like the incredible stationary and custom wedding invitations created by Kristin, and the handmade flowers used to decorate the arc and barefoot sandals.  Let me know what you think about this wedding. LOVE WINS!

Melissa & Chris | Colorado Wedding Photographer by Yasiris Torres

I met this amazing couple during the summer of 2017. I wasn't sure they were going to book me, but I immediately loved them both. As a Colorado Wedding photographer, they were one of my ideal couples. I could tell they were not a 100% sure they wanted to hire me, but I am glad they did. Their story began around 4 years ago. Christopher was holding a "friendsgiving" thanksgiving for friends. Melissa just happened to be friends with a mutual friend and tagged along with to go to the friendsgiving. She knew immediately Christopher was an amazing man, but they did not connect right away. they both just got out of bad relationships and were not ready to make the next move.

About a year later their paths crossed again. They were both single and ready for something new. One could say destiny has a lot to do with this encounter again. They just happened to be at a country bar. Christopher asked Melissa to dance. He told her that he had been looking for her his entire life.

Over the next 6 months they fell in love. They both knew they were meant to be. He asked her to marry him at their favorite country singer's concert. They were front row and when he pop the question. The people around them went wild. So much so that Easton Corbin stopped his show just to congratulate them. Asking for a woman’s hand in marriage is one of the most important things a man will do in his life. Therefore, a good deal of consideration should be put into the timing and setting of this event.Christopher sure did and he made it such a memorable moment for her.

Their wedding ceremony was so symbolic and emotional. Melissa's grandfather officiated the ceremony in Spanish. It meant the world to both of them. Family is first. Mexican-American weddings make for an enjoyable party for all guests to enjoy! Not only is family a huge portion of the event, but also traditional events! I was so touched to see the groom get so emotional when his bride was walking down the isle. during the ceremony They lassoed together by their padrinos. It's a symbol of unity that's common in Catholic wedding ceremonies. The reception was also full of traditions and so muchfun. One of those traditions was  the money dance, where guests pay (and sometimes pin bills to the Bride’s dress) to dance with the bride. This money is normally used for the honeymoon, or used to purchase furniture for the couple’s new home.

It was a lovely beautiful wedding of nonstop fun, nonstop love and happy tears.  These guys are clearly so in love and one can tell that family matters to them the most. I want to thank this amazing couple for choosing me to be their photographer for their big day. May god continue to bless you both. I also like to thanks the two lovely ladies who assisted me during this wedding. You can see some of their images here edited by me. check out their websites and see their amazing work.

 http://melissashanleyphotography.com/ and http://www.jennisummerstudios.com/

 

Val and Bruce by Yasiris Torres

Wedding plans aren’t just for the young. Last month I had the pleasure to meet this amazing couple. Val has never been married, but Bruce found a second chance at love with his lovely bride. They are such a unique couple. 

Their wedding was so unique. I loved the little details they incorporated into their countryside mountain wedding. The cake with the bear top was my favorite. Every thing was simple yet lovely. 

Getting married as an older bride and groom might make you feel like you need to think small, plan simple, and avoid all the fanfare. However, that simply isn’t true. With more couples waiting to get married and finding love in their golden years, weddings these days have become both timeless and ageless—just like they should be.

Congratulations Val and Bruce! and Thanks Crystal Clear Photography for having me as your second shooter for this lovely unique wedding. 

 

 

Rylie & Josh Olson by Yasiris Torres

Capturing a young couples's marriage is such an honor for me and it takes me back to when I got married 18 years ago. I  got married at nineteen. I was, for all intents and purposes, a teenage wife. I did not get pregnant. and my husband was a US Marine at the time. I happen to take the long route to getting things done. At 22 I had my first child and completed college by 25. So one could say I did everything backwards. I don’t fit into the stereotype that so many people want to put me into; therefore, when I have the pleasure of shooting young couple's wedding, I always tell them not to listen to others who happen to be judgmental of their age thinking that because you are young your marriage will fail. That is not the case and when you know you have met your soulmate, why let it go?

I think this world is filled with way too much judgement and way too many expectations of how we live our lives. Marriage will always be hard and it’s definitely harder doing it in your 20’s. We are not promised tomorrow and sometimes we put up things thinking that the time is not right or just because of what others may say or think.

To all those young mature couples thinking about getting married, do what makes you happy and what fulfills your life. It is essential to be open, understanding, and accepting of how others live their lives. There are challenges in life no matter what. It’s up to you to make your choices because at the end of the day, you have to live with the life you’ve created so build something you’re proud of. And if you want, build it with someone you makes you happy, no matter how old you are. Age is nothing but a number.

This beautiful couple was so sweet. What I loved the most about their wedding was their first look. It was emotional and the sweetest thing I have ever seen. 

 

 

Joé & Blanca's Rainy Engagement Session by Yasiris Torres

In most cases, when my clients see high chances for rain, they immediately reschedule. However, when your big day is less than a month away, you work with what you got!  when Blanca, Joé, and I began planning their engagement session, they wanted mountains and to showcase the beautiful state where they live in; therefore, we decided to go for the South Mesa Trailhead in El Dorado. 
The story behind Blanca and Joé rainy engagement session is pretty simple; we trusted the forecast for the weather since it predicted mininal rain showers and clear by the time our session was supposed to take place.  Blanca decided to still go through with the session as their wedding day is quickly approaching. The session stated with no rain and just la few drizzles here and there, but fifteen minutes later, we got rained down a little more. Maybe you could see some of the rain drops in some of these pictures. 
Blanca and Joé met at a summer program at Colorado State University before their freshman year of college. They didn't talk that summer as Blanca thought he was too conceited, overconfident. After coming back to Denver they connected through mutual friends. A half a year later they both started to date. Even though they were in different cities, their relationship still managed to blossom. After Blanca graduated from college, she got a job in Denver closer to Joé and they were able to see each other often. They dated for six year and he finally proposed!!! The proposal happened in Florida during Joé's birthday at a golf course where he always wanted to play. That particular day Blanca recalls waking up early to see the sunrise and take pictures during that time. She was not expecting it and remembers how beautiful the proposal was and how they were the only ones at that place during that time. 
People say opposites attracts. They both fell in love yet they both have such different personalities. I think they balanced each other pretty well and their chemistry during the session was obvious. Even though they have different personalities to certain extent, they both share the same values and interests as well as their love for God. In the end, she was judging a book by its cover and later realized he is not coincided or over confident but rather loving, caring and outgoing. Lastly, this couple is very family oriented. I can't wait to shoot their wedding soon. I am delighted they picked me to be their wedding photographer. 

by Yasiris Torres

Pakistan Wedding Journey

I was recently fortunate to be part of this amazing wedding thanks to the talented photographer Catherine Solomon from Catherine Lea Photography.  This wedding was so unique in so many levels. Alma looked stunning and I was just so grateful to be part of her lovely day and a wedding full of traditions. 

This was my second wedding full of vast customs and traditions. It’s interesting that the majority of Pakistanis continue to follow this cultural trend of marriage passing their traditions to newer generations who proudly showcase what their culture is all about during such an important day for a woman. 

For me the most emotional part was the send off of the bride. Nothing had prepared me for such event. Towards the end of the celebration, the family prepared to send off the Bride, this beautiful and emotional custom becomes a very emotional scene as the daughter is moving from one family to another. I was able to capture some of those touching moments. I admit that I was not expecting all the guest to walk along the families in silence as the married couple was now ready to start a new life with her new family. it was lovely to see how close she was to her parents. 

Here are some of my most favorite shots out of the more than 800 pictures I took that day!

 Alma's dress probably weighed about 100 lbs.      

Alma's dress probably weighed about 100 lbs.

 

 

 Without a doubt, wedding ceremonies in Pakistan are full of striking, amazing and eye-catching traditions.  I had to dig deeper and learn why the brides hand had drawing in them. I learned this type of art is called Mehndi and it is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant.    

Without a doubt, wedding ceremonies in Pakistan are full of striking, amazing and eye-catching traditions.  I had to dig deeper and learn why the brides hand had drawing in them. I learned this type of art is called Mehndi and it is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. 

 

 So many beautiful details...

So many beautiful details...

 Even the cake was something I had never taste before. 

Even the cake was something I had never taste before. 

The send off of the bride was by far the most touching moment for me as a photographer during this wedding since I was experiencing something new. I am looking forward to shooting more weddings such as this one full of customs and traditions.