Bride and groom dancing
      Leila and Luke
      Hillside Gardens
      Colorado Springs
      May 24, 2009

      It was a memorable holiday weekend for Leila and Luke — they graduated from med school and got married! I’m glad they had sunny skies for their engagement portraits earlier this month, because it rained hard on their wedding day. They had planned for an outdoor ceremony, but thanks to a hardworking and cheerful group of family, friends, and vendors, they were able to move the ceremony under cover at the last minute. The rain was intermittent throughout the day, which gave great opportunities for photos with stormy clouds, umbrellas, and sun rays through the clouds.

      My friend Walt Palmer was my second shooter for the day, and Lindsey Zahalka was my assistant. Thanks for your help, Walt and Lindsey!

      Leila and Luke, I’m so happy for you and all your recent accomplishments. Congratulations, and good luck with your new careers!

      Iris covered with rain drops

      Peony bouquet
      (Photo by Walt)

      Rainy day at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs
      Heavy rains greeted the families as they arrived at Hillside Gardens.

      Rainy day at Hillside Gardens

      Ringbearer at Hillside Gardens
      Leila’s brother

      Rainy day at Hillside Gardens
      Leila and her friends arrived, smiling and optimistic.

      Wedding rings on program

      Wedding ceremony musician
      (Photo by Walt)

      Mother of the bride
      Leila’s mother and sister

      Bride's bracelets
      Leila received this turquoise bracelet as a gift of something old and something blue.

      Bride getting ready in the cabin at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bride's half up hairstyle

      Bride

      Ringbearer pillow

      Mother and grandmother of the bride
      Leila’s mother and grandmother at the start of the ceremony

      Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Hillside Gardens

      Reading during wedding ceremony
      Luke’s father gave a reading during the ceremony.

      Wedding vows
      Saying his vows

      Flowers in wedding ceremony
      They gave their parents roses during the ceremony.

      Reading during wedding ceremony
      Leila’s father read a poem. In the large version of this photo, you can read each word.

      Reader during wedding ceremony

      First kiss during wedding ceremony

      Bride and groom wedding recessional

      Bride and groom immediately after ceremony
      Immediately after the ceremony

      Ringbearer and flower girl
      Leila’s little cousins were the ring bearer and flower girl.

      Rainy day wedding
      Staying dry

      Ring bearer and flower girl under umbrella

      Bride and bridesmaids on rainy day
      It was a group effort to bustle the dress!

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs
      Leila and Luke didn’t mind the rain as they walked around together after the ceremony.

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bridesmaids at a rainy wedding

      Guests at a rainy wedding
      The rain couldn’t keep the guests away from the bar.

      Gerber daisy wedding cake topper

      Table centerpiece at a Hillside Gardens wedding

      Table settings, centerpiece, and favors at a Hillside Gardens wedding
      The placecards and favors were bottles of personalized M&Ms that said “The love doctors.”

      Bride and groom at reception
      During the toasts

      Best man toast
      Luke’s brother giving his best man toast (photo by Walt)

      Wedding toast

      Wedding bouquet toss
      The sun came out long enough for Leila to toss her bouquet outside.

      Groomsman in front of Pikes Peak
      I’m not certain, but I think he was doing that “Firepower” thing from Night at the Museum. (Photo by Lindsey)

      Bride and groom at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs

      Bride and groom during first dance at a Hillside Gardens wedding

      Bride and groom during first dance at a Hillside Gardens wedding

      Bride and her father at a Hillside Gardens wedding
      Father-daughter dance

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs
      Don’t stop believin’ (Photo by Walt)

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Sparklers at a Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs
      Drinking + fire usually makes for a good party (Photo by Walt)

      Sparklers at a Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Sparklers at a Hillside Gardens wedding in Colorado Springs

      Venue: Hillside Gardens
      Florist: Rhonda Nichols Floral Design
      Gown: Casablanca
      Coordinator: Weddings and Events by Susan

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      haha πŸ˜€ I LOVE the dancing photos.
      and they just look so happy to be together!

      Re: From Russia, Moscow, for sure with love

      Wow, what wonderful praise! Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me that! Yes, please do have a wedding when your time is right. You don’t have to do any tradition that doesn’t interest you, but I highly recommend having a party with all the people that you love. πŸ™‚

      From Russia, Moscow, for sure with love

      Dear Charlotte! To tell you the truth, I’ve never wanted to have a wedding! I hate to be in the centre of all’s attention and couldn’t find any good reason to explain all those expenses… You know, when I look at your photos and all those happy people in love – I feel like I DO WANT A WEDDING! πŸ™‚ Many thanks and all the best to You!

      The ladies in black with the matching shawls are the ushers; I loved that idea.

      Beautiful, beautiful dress! It’s also nice they found such a pretty interior space at the last minute.

      Question about the wedding – the women in the black dresses with boutinerres (sp?) and shawls; they don’t look like they’re part of the wedding party, is the matching coincidental or were they involved in the wedding? Just idle curiousity!

      I especially like the photo with the dark blue sky, it’s one of my favorite colors.

      Beautiful, beautiful dress! It’s also nice they found such a pretty interior space at the last minute.

      Question about the wedding – the women in the black dresses with boutinerres (sp?) and shawls; they don’t look like they’re part of the wedding party, is the matching coincidental or were they involved in the wedding? Just idle curiousity!

      I especially like the photo with the dark blue sky, it’s one of my favorite colors.

      That last image with the sparklers is just . . . magic.

      That last image with the sparklers is just . . . magic.

      I really appreciate the response. Must be great to have multiple camera bodies πŸ˜‰

      “I just feel it, I guess. Sometimes I think about the lenses strategically, and sometimes I decide instinctually.”

      And that’s probably what distinguishes good photographers from brilliant photographers. Can’t wait to see more of your work! πŸ™‚

      I really appreciate the response. Must be great to have multiple camera bodies πŸ˜‰

      “I just feel it, I guess. Sometimes I think about the lenses strategically, and sometimes I decide instinctually.”

      And that’s probably what distinguishes good photographers from brilliant photographers. Can’t wait to see more of your work! πŸ™‚

      Oops I meant sparklers. I don’t think people would appreciate firecrackers at a wedding πŸ˜‰

      You’re right on both accounts — I do carry two bodies, and I also change my lenses every minute. πŸ˜‰ I carry a Shootsac filled with three lenses, and the two bodies always have a lens on each, which means that I carry five lenses around with me most of the time. I change the lenses frequently. I love to have variety in perspectives.

      I’m not sure how I decide which lens to use. I just feel it, I guess. Sometimes I think about the lenses strategically, and sometimes I decide instinctually.

      Me too! There was an audible gasp among the ladies in the bride’s room when the gown was taken out of its hanging bag. Beautiful.

      I was outside when that song began playing, and I could hear the crowd singing it louder than the recording.

      That’s perfect! I’m so glad the photos had that effect.

      Thanks, Rachael! I actually think that rain makes for interesting photos and fun challenges.

      Oh wow, such a small world. Lindsey found me online.

      Sparklers are so fun to photograph! Usually they are a bit dangerous after the guests have spent several hours drinking, but everyone seemed to behave themselves this night. πŸ™‚

      Oops I meant sparklers. I don’t think people would appreciate firecrackers at a wedding πŸ˜‰

      These are amazing! As always. πŸ™‚

      These are amazing! As always. πŸ™‚

      Okay, it just occurred to me that you probably have more than one camera body. But still – oh man.

      I love your work.

      I am so amazed! I dabble in photography as a hobby, but your stuff is just brilliant. Do you change lens like every minute? How do you decide? How do you keep up? *speechless*

      Okay, it just occurred to me that you probably have more than one camera body. But still – oh man.

      I love your work.

      I am so amazed! I dabble in photography as a hobby, but your stuff is just brilliant. Do you change lens like every minute? How do you decide? How do you keep up? *speechless*

      Absolutely stunning. πŸ™‚

      luke perry! πŸ™‚

      i love the ‘don’t stop believin’ photo. whenever i’m out and that song comes on, everyone in the bar stops to sing. i’m glad i’m not the only one who’s seen it. πŸ™‚

      oh wow – great photos – I honestly /feel/ like I was just there! πŸ™‚

      Oh Charlotte – only you can take something like a rainy wedding day and turn out the most beautiful photos! You are incredible!

      how do you know lindsey? i worked with her. she took over my old position.

      Oh I LOVE the firecrackers!

      oh wow – great photos – I honestly /feel/ like I was just there! πŸ™‚

      Oh I LOVE the firecrackers!

      Charlotte Geary

      CHARLOTTE GEARY

      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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