We are excited to announce that we have a new member on the Silver Sparrow Photography Team! It looks like this guy is going to fit right in with our fun and crazy little family.
Erik Holladay-McCann is an internationally award-winning photojournalist with 32 years of experience, and has spent his life documenting and telling stories through photography. Erik says "photography is thrilling, and electric even. The beauty of photography for me means artfully crafting and preserving the moments you want to remember forever, and helping you create the stories that you want to share. An image may be a millisecond of history, but with the right composition in the right moment, a photograph has the ability to capture a recollection clearly in your mind’s eye, further expanding to other memories and reliving the experience."
Erik will be our new Lead Partner Photographer and will be working on weddings, senior portraits, family portraits, and will be the in-house social media master!
You can start seeing some of his work in our portfolio pages, our instagrams here and here, and on our blog posts right here on the website!
I'm not the kind of gal that gets super excited about what I call the "fluffy" details of a wedding. You know, the perfect color scheme or the adorable favors or even the trendy donut bar. These are all well and good, but I'm after the real stuff—the look on the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time. The emotional father daughter dance. The toast that everyone cries at. Those are the moments that make me love photographing weddings. And this wedding was full of the real stuff.
Matt and Karlye are my kind of people. They are high school sweethearts who love being outside and listening to live music. Their whole energy was full of life. And their wedding was exactly representative of who they are as a couple too: laid back and so, so in love. They got married at the Meadow Creek Lodge in Pine, Colorado, the perfect mountain setting for a couple that obviously feels most comfortable outdoors. Matt wore a perma-grin as Karlye came down the aisle, as did her father. Karlye's brother officiate the wedding which added such a special touch. They made their way through teary vows, and when it started to rain, they barely noticed. Matt walked his barefoot bride down the aisle after what can only be described as a celebratory kiss.
Their reception was one of the most emotional I've been to. They had extremely heartfelt speeches and there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including me! The people around them were so unbelievably supportive and genuinely happy to see them married. See what I mean? The real stuff!
Matt and Karlye, thank you so much for trusting me to capture this incredibly special day. When you guys turned toward your friends and family to be announced as a couple, I thought to myself, "This might be the happiest couple I've ever photographed." Your faces made it look like you just made the best decision of your entire lives. And I think you probably did.
This year has been so wonderful! I have photographed a lot of weddings with amazing couples and some incredible destinations! From Colorado to Cancun, it has been an awesome year!
These are a few of my favorite moments from this 2016.
From the very start, I knew that family would be a huge part of Zach and Alex's big day. They talked about them and how they would incorporate family members from the beginning, especially their kids. Even the proposal was done with their families, on Thanksgiving at Zach's mom's house. And to me, that's exactly what matters on a wedding day. Not the dress, not the colors, not which flowers she chose, but the people they would be saying their vows in front of. Their enthusiasm about the people in their lives made me so excited to work with them.
On the day of their wedding, I saw even more how important this piece was to them. They spent most of the day hugging their families and chatting with them—I could feel the love all around!
One of the most hilarious moments during the cake cutting was Zach surprised Alex with quite the smash, getting cake everywhere. But a few seconds later, Alex's aunt had her back and retaliated by serving Zach some cake in the face. I'm pretty sure they were both still digging cake out of their noses the next morning.
Overall, the wedding reflected exactly what Zach and Alex represent: connectedness. They prioritized one another above themselves as individuals and the day was a true celebration of their love and family. I felt honored to be a part of it and to watch the beginning of the marriage.
Nicole and Wesley created a quaint, vintage wedding that fit them perfectly. They chose to get married at Evans Chapel which provided them the intimate ceremony they wanted along with the old-school look they were after. They were so connected and sweet, obviously so ready to start their life together. And the magic followed us when we stepped outside of the chapel and found snow falling! They absolutely loved it, and of course I thought it was awesome as well. Those photos in the snow are some of the best of the entire day—they showed their pure joy and excitement.
My favorite detail of the day was her vintage dress that she changed into right before we got to the reception. It was just another detail that represented them and made their day unique. They were announced as a couple for the first time right before a cocktail hour where they got to mingle with their guests. The reception was simple: good food, sincere toasts, and a fun cake cutting. Nicole decorated the reception with old photos of their families as well as filigree cake stands and picture frames. The small touches gave the day an incredibly sweet tone, which matches Nicole and Wesley. I wish them all the happiness in the world after
Tradition, family, and nature were the every present themes for Chris and Aly’s wedding at Lionscrest Manor in breathtakingly beautiful Lyons, Colorado. One of the many amazing locations for a wedding here in Colorado!
The lovely bride, Aly, walked down the aisle to her waiting groom to be, Chris, barefoot so that she could feel the earth under her feet. During the traditional ceremony the couple participated in the Ketubah signing, candle lighting, and the breaking of the glass. Tradition carried on into the reception as the newlyweds danced the afternoon away, surrounded by family and friends. It truly was an honor to get to photograph so many special moments at the wedding of this fantastic couple!
Chris & Aly, who love being out in nature together, became engaged on their 5 year anniversary trip to Steamboat Springs where Chris proposed to Aly next to Fish Creek Falls. They enjoy hiking, watching movies, cooking and look forward to having babies, living on a farm, and raising animals once they move to the Pacific Northwest (which they did…just a couple days after the wedding!) Here’s to a long lifetime of happiness together!
For a couple of movie loving, self-proclaimed dorks with a deep love for all things Disney – a wedding in Nashville at the enchanting Belle Meade Plantation was quite literally a storybook wedding, down to the Beauty & the Beast cake toppers! This fun-loving Colorado wedding couple chose Nashville for their big day as it was a central location for their tight knit, yet spread out, soon to be joined families. With mom of the bride, Judy, handling the décor, sister-in-law Dawn stepping in as wedding planner, and family sprinkled throughout the wedding party – it truly was a family affair!
The bride, clad in a Snow White inspired gown she got back home in Colorado at Wedding Treasures, Justin, and the rest of their clan danced the night away at Belle Meade Plantation. The fact that this lovely location was reminiscent of Gone with the Wind was no accident! Every single little detail of this romantic wedding was perfectly tailored to the bride and groom.
Ruth and Justin look forward to travelling together as a couple and enjoying their time with each other before settling down to married life and starting a family. A Disney vacation is in their future I’m sure! Silver Sparrow Photography wishes them a much deserved happily ever after!
One can always find an excuse to head up to the mountains of Colorado and spend the day in beautiful Estes Park, but to spend it capturing the wonder and magic of a couple in love is one of the very best reasons to do so! In this case it was Matthew and Leah’s wedding that brought us up into the majestic Rocky Mountains on a beautiful June day. Outdoor weddings are always a crowd pleaser, and this mountain wedding with such a breathtaking backdrop, would be no different.
Romance was alive in the crisp mountain air at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado (a small community just outside Estes Park) and there was the definite sense of being transported to another time at this lovely wedding. The groom, Matthew, carried his grandfather’s pocket watch in the vest of his custom suit as he waited for his vintage gown clad bride, Leah, to stand by his side. A Goorin Bros. hat occasionally adorning his head, a look of love ever present on both of their faces, and all the while surrounded by their loved ones. This wedding was what little girls dreams are made of.
The gathering was small and intimate – a mix of a private Native American smudging and a public traditional Jewish ceremony. The perfect setting to capture the love these two so beautifully share. And capture it we did! From their approach to the altar where they would declare their love for each other, to their first moments as husband and wife, and all the joy in between and after.
As a photographer, the couple is always the most important part of the wedding; and for this couple to have the photography be at the top of their list was a match made in Colorado mountain wedding heaven.
Happy to share that Lacey and Brian's outdoor summer wedding in Colorado Springs was featured on DIY Wedding Magazine! This happy couple was married on their family property and all of the decor was hand made. The family catered everything and cousins helped out by serving. Everyone was happy to help, even the bride was walking around handing out bottled water! Their was dancing, performances and tons of fun!
Brian and Lacey were married on family property in Colorado Springs in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Family played a very important role in their big day and everyone pitched in and helped. We started the day with a first look at a friends beautiful property. Most of their families and wedding party joined us and we did the family portraits at that time as well. Then we headed to the grandparents property for the ceremony and celebration!
The decor was made by family and colors were chosen by the bride. Yellow and white daisies were everywhere and added a bright, cheery feel to this already perfect day. The backyard reception had family style tables and big yellow umbrellas.
This Baldoria on the Water wedding was a blast from beginning to end! The darling flowers girls were adorable! The decor and details were gorgeous! The dancing at the reception never stopped! What else could I ask for??
Andrew and Ashlee were absolutely amazing! I really enjoyed getting to know them from the consultation, engagement session and wedding. Such a loving couple and I am lucky to have been able to work with them.
They met at an Irish pub in Denver called Maloney's. Ashlee was out with her friend Emalie (she was a bridesmaid) and Andrew was out with his friend Josh (he was a groomsman). Andrew came over to say hi to Emalie because they went to High school together and Emalie had dated one of his best friends back in high school. Ashlee and Andrew ended up talking for awhile, he gave her his number and she sent him a text a few days later. Andrew loves that Ashlee asked him out first. Their official first date was a Broncos game and from that moment on they were together.
I am excited to share some highlights from their big day with everyone! Enjoy!
Edwina and Dominic's wedding day was one of my favorite's of 2015. They are such good people who know how to have fun! The ceremony was held at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and the reception followed at Grant Humphrey's Mansion in Denver. The reception was a great time filled with dancing and photo booth fun!
Edwina and Dominic taught at the same high school for about 5 years - then Edwina moved away for a year to teach at a college in Iowa and when she came back neither of them could stay away from each others hallways in the building! They had a date over lunch, and had the best time flirting for a few weeks, and the rest is history!! It was basically love at first sight - 6 years later!!
Here are some highlights from their amazing day!
Starting off 2016 I have been working on this years goals and planning. One of my goals is doing more destination weddings....so I decided to make a list of places I want to go and people I want to work with so if any of these fit you or your venue, I'd love to chat!
Wild Basin Lodge - Estes Park Colorado
I have done quite a few weddings and events at this venue and would love to return in 2016! The location is amazing and the staff is always friendly. It's a great place for the Colorado Rustic Wedding.
New Zealand- Anywhere
I have been wanting to travel to New Zealand for as long as I can remember! The landscape images I have seen are amazing whether it's winter or summer. The list of activities and things to do is perfect for the adventurous, outdoor couple!
As 2015 comes to a close I like to go back through the year and remember all of the amazing couples I was able to work with....and there were MANY! There was no way I could only share one image from each special day.
I am very excited to share my favorite wedding moments from the year!!
Joe and Rachael's summer wedding makes me wish for warmer weather on this cold December morning. These love birds said their "I Dos" at the Summit of Peace Lutheran Church in Brighton then we all headed over to The Arvada Center for their beautiful reception.