{Elizabeth&Paul | Day After Session at Emerald Lake | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado}

I got to spend a whole weekend with these two! From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding to this awesome day after session. Elizabeth and Paul met me at Emerald Lake in CB and we romped around in their wedding attire. I may or may not have gotten them a bit muddy, but we still had such an amazing time with these adventurous two! Check out our awesome day after session below!

Enjoy!
KiKi

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{Cattlemens Queen | KiKi Creates |Crested Butte, Co}

A couple months ago I was contacted to put together a mini styled shoot. Heather, at Industry Hair Salon was interested in doing a shoot with the cattlemens queen. It embraced all those mountain, Colorado vibes and even included a dressing room in a barn, a beautiful horse with braids and the ever so graceful Cattlemens Queen. She is apart of the sixth generation of Spanns to live in the Gunnison Valley. And her family ranch is a beautiful property to walk around. Check out our moody sunset with these two!

Enjoy!

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{Courtney&Raphael | Wedding at The Mountain Wedding Garden | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado}

Let me start by saying, these two are a kick ass couple! They’ve lived in my two favorite places, Hawaii and Colorado. Courtney is a gorgeous read head. They have an adorable dog, in which they put a giant bow tie on. And to top it off, they hiked around on their wedding day even though Courtney was sportin’ a broken foot and a baby bump. It was just one of those days where I felt like I was hanging out with my friends all day. Even though we had just met. 🙂

The wildflowers were going off for their beautiful summer wedding at the Mountain Wedding Garden in CB. With a flower crown on and their pup in the back seat, we ventured around Gothic for some sweet portraits. It was a perfectly beautiful day! They have since moved back to Hawaii and are expecting their baby soon! They are going to be some seriously adventurous, fun loving parents. Congrats you two!

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{Allison&Dave | Wedding at Antler Hill Barn | KiKi Creates | Biltmore Estate, North Carolina}

Besides the absolutely beautiful setting and arrangement of Allison & Dave’s wedding day, there is one thing I remember, even a year later. How thoughtful these two are. From the first time talking with Allison, I knew she was going to be a great person to work with. Her and Dave are just the nicest, sweetest, most intelligent duo. I can remember multiple times I was thanked and hugged by these two throughout their wedding day. Even right before the first look, literally as Allison was about to walk down, Dave was so kind to pull me aside and thank me for being there and took the time to let me know how important this all was to him. Then one of the most emotional first looks  I’ve been apart of took place. Everyone was crying (maybe even me) and to top it off their dog ran over moments later and gave them a big ‘ol hug and kiss.

This was an effortlessly, loving day that could only be created by two people that were truly meant to be. Happy one year Allison & Dave!

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Venue: Biltmore Estate Antler Hill Barn,  Asheville NC mrichardson@biltmore.com

Photographer: Kiki Creates

Dress: Maggie Sotero from Urban Set Bride in Richmond Va  info@urbansetbride.com

Makeup and hair: Lola Salon and Gallery, Asheville NC lolasalonandgallery@yahoo.com

Rentals: Biltmore Estate, Grayline Trolley elaine@graylineasheville.com

Florist: Lily Bees Floral,  heidi@lilybeesfloral.com

Cake: Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC mrichardson@biltmore.com

Caterer: Biltmore Estate,  Asheville NC mrichardson@biltmore.com

Officiant: Dr. Dennis Trickett, stepfather of the bride,  trickett@bellsouth.net

Coordinator:  Heidi Garcia with Lily Bees Floral, heidi@lilybeesfloral.com

 

 

{Jenna&Josh | Engagement at Neptune Beach | KiKi Creates | Neptune Beach, Florida}

I was pretty excited about this shoot when Jenna first approached me. I mean who wouldn’t want to take off on a Monday, pop champagne on the beach and then proceed to jump in the ocean, fully clothed? And then follow it up with another bottle of champagne and an underwater shoot in one of your friends pools? Usually I am sending emails on Monday, so this was a welcomed change.

Jenna and I have been friends for several years. She has seen my style change and ideas go all over and still been so supportive of my work. When you meet Jenna, you can instantly tell she is one of those people that is always smiling and so incredibly kind to others she meets. She would joke that she was excited for me to photograph her engagement, even when she wasn’t engaged. It made me feel so special and excited to one day do that! Then in comes Josh. Sweet, loving Josh that seems to make Jenna smile even more. He was so open to my ideas as well. Especially for not knowing me too well.  Things like, “Throw Jenna in the water fully clothed.” ; “Pop the champagne right over my shoulder.”; and “Hey, I am going to get a picture of your dog taking a #2 right in front of you guys kissing.” didn’t seem to phase him. 🙂 Overall it was one of the most fun engagement shoots I have ever done. And I will let ya just check out the photos. Enjoy!

KiKi

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{Lana&Greg | Engagement at Garden of the Gods | KiKi Creates |Colorado Springs,Co}

I am headed back to Colorado tomorrow after two weeks of weddings in Neptune Beach. So what a fitting time to post Lana and Greg’s engagement at Garden of the Gods. I give props to a girl who can hike uphill in heals! Check ’em out below.

Enjoy!
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{Emily&TJ | Wedding at York Harbor Inn | KiKi Creates | York,Maine}

My first wedding in Maine really set the bar for any others. It was an absolutely gorgeous, brisk day on the seaside. They had transformed the ballroom into a soft, twinkle lit reception. Created a beautiful arch looking over the ocean and essentially took over this small town in Maine and made it this sweet family gathering.

I had met Emily years ago when I was looking for a roommate. She was always a super sweet and bubbly person to be around. And meeting her amazing family for the first time, only affirmed where she got her lovely personality from. Tj and her had been together for almost 4 years, so it was no surprise they were getting married. But seeing them on their wedding day, literally non stop gazing at each other, smiles ear to ear, and so many laughs, really put into perspective how perfect they were for each other. The exciting is that this Sunday will be their one year anniversary and a few days ago they had their first baby.  So I thought it only fitting their blog post should go up! I hope you enjoy!

KiKi

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{Niki&Dan | Elopement at Anastasia Island | KiKi Creates | St.Augustine, Florida}

I wanted to live in Niki & Dan’s day forever. Seriously. Even though there were only 7 of us total, it was a blast to hang out and see two people that have never been to the states, enjoy such an awesome day. Especially with me as the tour guide. They had a ceremony on a secluded beach, kissed each other right as they say each other (couldn’t wait till i dos!), threw pebbles in the ocean with their family and friends after they tied the knot, sipped champagne and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.

But everything was not perfect from the start! Here is a little something I wrote the day after the wedding about everything up until the ceremony…

Somehow thousands of miles away, Niki and Dan found me. They flew in from Britain to get married on Anastasia. The week they flew in, a huge tropical storm hit Florida. When they arrived to their air Bnb to get ready for their wedding, it wasn’t ready and they had to quickly relocate to a hotel. They booked an Uber to take them to their ceremony, which canceled moments before it was suppose to arrive. Once they got in a car and got half way to the ceremony, they realized they had forgotten the marriage license and had to turn around. It was also dumping rain when they arrived. Feeling helpless watching the radar, a huge gust of wind came in and blew the weather away. Opening up for a bit to take photos on what was now a completely secluded beach. What’s funny is that I’ve had couples break down over the smallest thing when they are getting married a few minutes from their home. But Niki and Dan, thousands of miles from home, having absolutely no idea where or what they were getting into, with what seemed to be everything working against them, were so incredibly happy. Hugging and giving me kisses on the cheek, making jokes, doing an American accent as I tried to do a posh British one. It was like nothing ever happened. I know there is so much that goes on during a wedding day. Whether you have 5 guests or 500. Its an emotional and well thought out day. But if all else fails, remember that you are one of those lucky ones that found someone who loves you rain or shine, Uber or no Uber, marriage certificate or not. You love them and damnit if a tropical storm is going to prevent you from shouting it from a secluded beach and putting a ring on that finger. You guys are seriously “totally awesome” (to be said in a posh American 1990s accent)

Enjoy! KiKi

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{Ali&Aaron | Wedding at Waunita Hot Springs | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado}

Ali & Aaron’s wedding was truly a labor of love. Their friends and family came together to put on a loving and beautiful spring wedding. I was literally the only vendor there that was not a close friend or related to them. Her mother made her absolutely gorgeous bouquet, her aunt made her vintage looking, adorable cake, friends helped with hair and makeup. A close friend played acoustic guitar during the reception and another officiated the ceremony. The entire wedding even stayed on the property together, sharing a private hot springs and horse ranch all to themselves.

The details of the day were gorgeous, but the most amazing thing was my interaction with Ali and Aaron. I had met them for the first time an hour before their ceremony. Their warmth and overall excitement was contagious. And made me, the only “vendor” of the day, feel like family. They were genuinely kind and spiritual people. During their ceremony they asked their guests to remove their shoes with them. Saying that it would connect them not only to the earth around them but to each other, on a day that was so important and special. After their ceremony, family pictures were filled with a bunch of jokes and goofy poses. Their reception was filled with several speeches from close family and friends on how much they cherish and adore Ali & Aaron, how meant to be they were. The love from their guests was almost never ending and incredibly sweet to hear and be apart of. The cherry on the Sunday is that the song they danced to, one I have never heard at a wedding before, was always one I had dreamt of dancing to on my wedding day. They are two seriously awesome people and I feel so special to be the one to capture such a wonderful day.

Enjoy

KiKi

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