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I flew to Colorado. I hiked. I photographed. I refused to make any lodging plans except for what Jake + Annemarie (my amazing wedding couple) provided the night before and after the wedding. I captured three couples that week. One wedding and two engagement sessions. All of them currently residing in different states, Seattle, New Mexico, and Texas. The fall-colored event I’m currently writing about in this blog is Jake and Annemarie’s wedding, and they couldn’t have picked a better time of year to plan their wedding. The colors were vibrant and alive, everywhere I drove, through the Rocky Mountains, around the Rocky mountains, through Boulder, through Littleton, and Denver, wow! I had previously photographed Jake and Annemarie’s engagement session in Seattle while it was slightly drizzling and cold (the image with the couple holding the black and red umbrellas high, which everyone loves on my wedding website). When the time came to fly into Denver and reconnect with my new friends, Annemarie and Jake already knew what to do, and went above and beyond my expectations for photos, showing their effection for each other and their cherished families in such a beautifully happy emotional way. We started at the Red Rocks amphitheater for the first look before the ceremony, and then proceeded over the the Hudson’s Garden and Event Center for the remainder of the day! So, here are just a few images of the day! Congratulations to Jake and Annemarie!

(below the blog, I also captured some landscape photos).

-Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
-Venue: Hudson Gardens and Event Center
-Caterer: Canon Catering
-DJ: DJ Guy Professional Disc Jockeys
-Florist: Finishing Touches
-Cupcakes: Frills Cake Shop
-Pedicab: Colorado Rickshaw
-Dress: d’Anelli Bridal
-Makeup: Makeup by Heather B.
-Hair: Hair by Danelle McCright


red rocks amphitheater wedding photographer shooting bride and groom first look red rocks colorado weddings photography bride groom portraits bride getting ready photos at hotel in Colorado Littleton The hudsons Garden and Event Center wedding photographs by photographer groom portraits at red rocks amphitheater before wedding ceremony hudson
I’m posting also a few of the landscape photographs I captured while in Colorado, and as I have more time to process my work (when wedding season slows down), I will hopefully post more. While in Colorado, I never made any plans for lodging because I didn’t know if I would be sleeping in my car, in my tent I brought along, or on a trail somewhere, or even as a last resort, in a motel. One night I was in the middle of the the wilderness with my camera gear doing some time-lapse photography, must have been near 11p.m, and I heard loud elk all around me. I’m thinking in my head that these Elk have like superpower eyes that can see in the dark against my eyes that can’t even see my hands in front of me. (You can listen to the elk sounds near me as I recorded them on my iphone with my Uber quiet wilderness voice, which I posted on my facebook page September 29, 2012). View it here on my Facebook:

Anyway, I was able to capture some scenic landscape photos of the mountains and some fall colors! Enjoy!


The Rocky Mounain National Park early morning
rocky mountain high colorado sunset beautiful artistic landscape

The Rocky Mountain National Park II later in the morning
another rocky mountain high sunset with clouds and fog landscape photography

Overlooking Lake Granby and all the beautiful falls colors and downtown on the otherside of the National Park. It makes one want to move there!
national rocky mountains park with Lake and fall colors

Some beautiful fall colors contrasting with the trees around them.
rocky mountain high national park with colors and trees photographed by Charleton churchill


Lastly, this is a six foot wide panorama of the Rocky Mountain National Park during the early morning, which took me a little more time to process. I’m excited to print this large image and put it on my wall! And if you’re wondering, yes, I will be putting this pano up for sale next month. If we’re connected on Facebook as friends, then you’ll find out when I post the link. View it here on the link below!
rocky mountain national forest panorama sunset early morning landscape photograph

View the jumbo size image in marvelous detail here: Click here to view it in Detail.

View my website here Charleton Churchill Photography

  • Annemarie Moersen - AMAZING photos! We love these and can’t wait to see the rest! You did a great job of capturing our special day!October 21, 2012 – 3:48 pmReplyCancel

San Jose Wedding Photography and Engagement Photography
Shane and Amelia recently booked me as their wedding photographer from the Knot Magazine. They will have their wedding in March of 2011, and live in San Jose. Currently, they attend college in Utah. We first met on-line through Skype, since they were in Utah at the time looking for a photographer, and I now meet with all my wedding couples in person or on-line before I send out any contract, to make sure we are a good fit. Skype is great since I meet with couples in other states, in Europe, or even just locally in Sacramento or the Bay area, where it’s hard to find time. Shane and Amelia were excited and have great smiles. They had all these ideas and excitement for their pictures, so that’s a plus!

Story of me being reported to Homeland Security
We had to quickly plan the engagement session since their wedding is in March. Shane liked my images with the old airplane in the background, so I Googled some place in between us, which was the Stockton Metro Airport (I know, but never again). Well, long story short, we captured some amazing images with old planes in the background and this burnt torn rusty car I found sitting in the middle of an alley, but upon leaving, as I was sitting in my car, when a San Joaquin deputy sheriff pulled in right behind me with his lights on. He whipped out his gun from his holster while I was parked and asked me what I was doing. Well, I had finished texting my wife off the side of the road, and he gives me attitude and tells me I can’t be photographing around there (I wasn’t at the time, but I had permission at the airport to be shooting on the vintage airport property, which is where I shot). I had verbal contract with them, but he kept insisting for documentation, and said after 911, you can’t be photographing around an airport. Actually, I can. A photographer can photograph anywhere that is accessible to the public, accept for certain military operations, and reasonable private places (like through a window of someone’s home).  I showed him my images, that I’m not any spy or terrorist, but that didn’t matter. I was doing nothing wrong, and apologizing, he told me to quit arguing, that I was “pissing him off” and then he wanted my driver’s license.  After he returned my driver’s license and reg, etc.,, he told me he reported me to the Homeland Security. I was so mad. I’m just a wedding photographer sitting in a car texting my wife, and next thing I know, I’m being reported to the Homeland Security. Something is really wrong with this picture!

However, we captured below what was worth being wrongfully harassed for, and I’m glad I was able to capture these images of the great couple!

stockton metro airport engagement photography with a San Jose wedding couple

Old rusty car with a lovely couple posing for the camera fashion style

woman staring at man in old broken torn care being romantic

fashion pose in the vintage torn car in the middle of nowhere by the Sacramento wedding photographer

beautiful woman staring at camera with fiance in the background of the car photographed by Charleton Churchill Photography

couple hanging out in the empty rusty car that is broken in half while being captured by Charleton

bride and groom to be standing next to old car that is rusty and dangerous

romantic couple in the driver seat of a rusty old car with no seats or anything

tipped over airplane with engaged couple tipping their heads for a quick picture

a young couple inside of airplane that no longer works for their sweet pictures

killer dramatic pose of a woman in high boots staring out the window for a pose from the photographer, Charleton Churchill

overexposed by cool image of couple holding hands in the middle of the road at the airport

stunning image of couple in front of an aircraft that is old and vintage before their wedding event

manly shot of guy with girl in front of a vintage airplane showing off their cool poses

artistic couple shot on the grass in the fall near Lodi California by Wedding Photographer, Charleton

fun couple playing with each other for their engagement photography by Charleton Churchill

couple sitting on the ground next to a colorful wall in the plane yard

the sun is shining on the lens next to an airplane for a sweet picture together of this romantic couple

young beautiful woman posing on the wing of an aircraft with a canon 5dm2 camera photographing her

photographing a couple in Lodi with a bush near the winery and the old broken car, before their wedding day, planning with the photographer

  • Steffani - Great shots!! I still think it sucks you got reported. Praying it isn’t as bad as he made it out to be.December 3, 2010 – 5:22 amReplyCancel