{Sara&David | Engagement Session | KiKi Creates | Neptune Beach, Florida}

The latest sunrise of the year brought on this gorgeous engagement shoot. Sara & David dressed in their finest (I mean look at Sara’s dress!) and within minutes were knee deep in the ocean waves. It was a phenomenal sunrise and happy I got to share it with these two on their visit from New York.

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Mother & Daughter Session | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado

My good friend Courtney had a photo session planned with her mom when she came in town this past summer. When she first approached me she asked, “is it weird for a 30 year old to do a mother daughter session? I always see it with little kids.” It’s true, but just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t be done! And that is the true Courtney Burton way!

In honor of my mother’s birthday week and the fact that I would love to have a mother daughter session with my mom, I’ve posted these lovely photos. Courtney, Debbie, Birdie the dog and I took a hike around the wildflowers, mountains and river bends and documented their adorable and loving personalities.

Enjoy this warm, smiley Colorado session on this cold winter day!

KiKi

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{Catherine & Ryan | Day Before Session at Sylvan Lake | KiKi Creates | Custer, South Dakota}

 

It may have rained the entire next day on their wedding, but we sure did get a gorgeous day before session. Check out Catherine and Ryan romping around South Dakota on their last single day before they said I do!

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{Wes & Franny’s Wedding at Woods Walk | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado}

It’s suppose to snow all day in Crested Butte (fingers crossed) today. So I thought, why not post this winter wonderland wedding! Easily the most magical, snowy, stunning wedding I have had the chance to be apart of.

I woke up the morning of to -4 degrees. Coldest wedding I’ve ever photographed. While the girls were drinking champagne and getting ready, the guys took a couple hot laps on the mountain. I really couldn’t imagine anything more perfect to start your wedding day with.

We did a first look as it dumped snow on us and Franny and Wes’ adorable pup, Mr.Finn, joined dressed in bow tie and all. As they saw each other for the first time, Wes popped a bottle of champagne and they sipped straight from the bottle as we stood in the secluded woods while it snowed. It really was such a happy and beautiful moment.

They gave their guests the option to not attend the ceremony, since it was snowing outside and in 20 degree weather. Everyone still showed up, wrapped in jackets and sharing blankets they watched the two red nosed lovers say I do and kiss with Mount CB as their backdrop. Again, such a happy and beautiful moment.

We photographed everything outside, family photos, bridal party, everything. And not one person complained about the cold, even the girls that had sleeveless dresses were up for it! Such an amazing group of people to photograph and share memories with. The reception took place in a warm and cozy restaurant in town. With a fire in the background and whiskey and champagne flowing all night, we danced, took Polaroids, laughed at speeches, and ate some amazing elk! It was a super classy and beautiful day. But I’ll stop talking and let you just check it out yourself 🙂

Enjoy!

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Thank you to the awesome vendors below that helped make this day possible!

Day of coordinator: crested butte events
Floral: from the ground up
Ceremony site: woods walk
Reception venue: elk avenue prime
Dress: Christos
Bolero: Maria Artega Studios (Milwaukee)
Hair: Kim Jundt of Kim J Beauty
Makeup: Leilani Drum
DJ: DJ Justin Howard
Rentals: Settings (Salida, Colorado)
SLO motion booth: sweet tea studios
Invitations: xowyo paper + press
transportation: Alpine Express

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Jenny May & Weston Wedding at Fort Macon | KiKi Creates | Beaufort, North Carolina}

Two thirds of Jenny and Weston’s relationship has been long distance. Jenny had an amazing opportunity to help others in need in Indonesia and moved there shortly after they started dating. And after many phone calls, face times, a 13 hour time difference, thousands of miles of distance and 14 months of being away from each other, they reunited at the Denver airport and spent 5 days in the Rocky Mountains together. On the Fifth day, Weston Proposed. It’s only fitting that their storybook love story was greeted by a storybook sunset on a secluded beach on their wedding day.

They were surrounded by friends and family on a windy day at the beach. As the sunset they said I do and shared a beautiful first kiss amongst their tearful guests. Following their ceremony we had an amazing sunset on a secluded beach where we frolicked around in the sand and salt.

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Flowers: Sandy’s Flowers

Cupcakes: Hales bakery

Photographer: Kiki Creates

Food: Harris Teeter

Ceremony Venue: Fort Macon state park

Reception Venue: private residence found on Vrbo.com (north river, Beaufort, NC)

{Rachel & Kevin Wedding at The Ribault Club | KiKi Creates | Jacksonville, Florida}

Rachel & Kevin are one of those couples you can sit down to have a beer with and end up having 6. Their easy going, fun, incredibly genuine, always have a smile on and are ultimately exactly why I began photographing weddings.

I think it is pretty incredible that I can meet someone for the first time on a day that is probably one of the most personal and emotional days of their lives and become friends with them immediately.

Rachel & Kevin did it up right for their wedding. They got ready at the beach, at homes across the street from each other. With a lace dress and a blue suit they had a first look by the river at one of my favorite wedding locations, the Ribault Club. They were married under a giant oak tree by a family friend and had confetti thrown as they were introduced for the first time as husband and wife. Their 26 person bridal party was the largest I have ever photographed and is only a testimony to how amazing and loved the two of them are.

At their reception, with flowers in her hair, Rachel was twirled by Kevin as he smiled at her non stop (my favorite moment). The sunset was perfect without a cloud in the sky. At the end of the night a cigar rolling station started and their entire bridal party put on a choreographed dance for them. It was a really magical and fun day and I am excited to see where Rachel and Kevin take their next journey to! They are absolutely wonderful and I can only expect absolutely wonderful things from them!

PS. Rachel & Kevin, I will come to California and  we will get that Beer (or 6) together. 🙂

Enjoy!

KiKi

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Photo Booth: KiKi Creates Photo Booth (www.KiKiCreates.com)
Caterers: D’Vine Cuisine (http://www.d-vinecuisine.com/)
Band: Bread and Butter (http://www.breadandbutterband.com/)
Cake: Sugar Flour Pastries (http://www.sugarflourpastries.com)
Wedding Planning: Mugwump Productions (https://www.mugwumpproductions.com/), specifically with the help of Molly Waugh and Jennifer Trent
Wedding Décor:  Mugwump Productions
Flowers: Sheri Kostick with Isobel Rose Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Peyton & Joe Engagement in Talbot Island | KiKi Creates | Florida}

With another Hurricane headed towards the East Coast and as I am about to hop a plane for a wedding in Florida, I figured, what a perfect time to post this Sunset Beachy Engagement! Peyton & Joe woke up super early to play around my favorite beach in Florida.

Talbot Island is a secluded beach that has been hit by some serious storms far too many times. The island, that was once three times it’s size, has been eroding and leaving it’s trees as giant driftwood on the beach for years. It is a beautiful place in Jacksonville and on I hope weathers the storm!

Everyone stay safe and enjoy these sunny Florida Photos for now!

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