vendors we ♥ | little america cheyenne {historic elegance}

Rick and I still do about half of our work in Colorado. When our Colorado brides find out we are based out of Wyoming, their heads fill with visions of ranch weddings, horse drawn carriages, rustic décor and mountain scenery. While all of these are VERY Wyoming, what they don’t know is that Wyoming has some absolutely stunning options for brides who are looking for something high end, luxurious and jaw droppingly gorgeous. When THIS type of bride contacts us for a venue recommendation, Little America is definitely at the top of our list. Little America features beautiful damask linens imported from France, Belgium and Portugal. Beautiful Murano chandeliers and  Moscatelli wall sconces adorn their walls and help to add that little bit of sparkle to your wedding décor. Your guests will swoon as they are seated to gorgeous Christofle flatware direct from France and enjoy a meal flawlessy prepared for YOUR wedding by world renowned Executive Chef, Santiago Ramos.

We have a wonderful relationship with Little America and have had many mutual brides. We really enjoy working with Little America’s Sales & Catering Manager, Heather Drick. We wanted to know all about this fantastic venue to be able to share this info with our Ardent Brides. Here are a few questions we asked:

What would you say is the ‘style’ of your venue:

With over 50 years of hospitality experience, Little America thrives on lasting relationships. Our full-service resort hotel delivers the most elegant banquet and event space featuring European-style furnishings. Delectable food selections from our renowned Chef make for an outstanding event and visit. Let us do the work; come and be our guest.

What wonderful options do your offer as far as the wedding meal/food options are concerned:

Santiago Ramos our Executive Chef is backed by an experienced culinary team. Chef is always open to new ideas. He consistently exceeds the client and guest’s expectations. In order to perfect the to-be meal, we offer custom tastings upon request.

What would you say differentiates you from other venues in WY & CO:

Brides will say “you’re the nicest place in town.” Yes, there are other places in town that offer a similar product as we do, however I believe it’s the relationship Little America has with these brides and grooms and families. I hear constantly “we come here all the time” or “we grew up coming here.” It makes me very happy when I can offer such a wonderful product that goes beyond the material and seen items and services. We are so much more to people than a beautiful venue – we offer a sentimental value that cannot be bought elsewhere. We’re the home away from home, the family gathering, the Sunday brunch routine, the experience and we’re the unwinding escape.

What amenities do you offer that make you the perfect place to get married:

Here are a few amenities that may make us more appealing over the competition:

  • ·         Ample Space
  • ·         Elegance
  • ·         Executive 9-hole Golf Course
  • ·         Custom Menus
  • ·         Dedicated Staff (yours truly… hehe)
  • ·         Beautiful Grounds
  • ·         State of Art Audio Visual Equipment

How many ballrooms do you offer your brides:

We have 2 rooms actually considered “Ballrooms:” the Wyoming Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom. The Wyoming Ballroom can break into two mid-sized rooms and the Grand Ballroom can break into three Grand sections. One of those sections can split into half – a lot of variations for the wedding of choice.

As I mentioned, Rick and I have had the pleasure of photographing weddings at Little America many times over the last few seasons. Here are a few of our FAVORITE images from this gorgeous venue:

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carson | the first year {every single moment}

As soon as our Chloe was born, literally the first few minutes into her life we started documenting. Her smiles, her crazy hair, every giggle, all the moments that are so fleeting and so easily forgotten. THIS is what photography means to us, looking back at a photo and being able to remember what you felt, what BEING in that moment was like. Last year we had the pleasure of being able to capture all of these little moments for the Schluck Family…

We first met Mike and Ashley when they found out Carson was on the way. These two were so happy to be parents and it was so noticeable on the other side of our lenses. We headed up to Centennial, WY to capture that gorgeous baby bump and we all left wondering about what their precious little one would be like. Would he be tall like his daddy? Would he have an infectious laugh like his mommy? Would he love the Yankees? Ok so loving the Yankees is mandatory to live in the Schluck household right guys?

When Carson was born we got to spend the day with them again. We took countless pictures of his nautical themed nursery and spent our time capturing their new little family. 10 fingers, 10 toes and the most adorable Mohawk. You could feel how already Carson was the most important thing in both Ashley & Mike’s lives. We cherished getting to photograph them as they were, right there in their living room.

Time passed and Carson turned 3 months old. Suddenly the world was brand new to this curious little one. He could hold his head up, look around on his tummy and make little noises that made us all giggle. On a chilly fall day we headed outside with this wonderful family to capture photos that would help them to remember these new stages. His cute little stare, how tiny he was in their arms, how he wouldn’t stay little like this forever…

3 more months came and went and by the time his 6 month portraits came up he had learned a few new things. How to sit up, a love for baseball and surprise surprise he DID get his mommy’s infectious laugh! Cold and wintery outside we photographed this sweet family inside a historic train depot. By this time we knew Ashley, Mike & Carson very well and really enjoyed every time we got to spend time photographing their lives!

Who knew 9 months could go SO fast. For this session we met the Schluck Family in Fort Collins. We played at City Park, ate leaves (well Carson did lol) and fed the ducks. All of a sudden that tiny little baby boy we photographed in his living room was learning to stand, communicate and make his place in this world!

Photographing Carson’s one year birthday was a blast. Ashley & Mike designed the cutest golf themed party and invited all of their family and friends. We spent the afternoon  photographing the kiddos playing, cake smashing and Carson absolutely loving it all. Ashley and Mike were able to focus on BEING in the moment, knowing we were there to capture everything on film for them.

We went rustic to celebrate Carson being ONE YEAR old. Incorporating a rustic lodge and old barn into his session. Looking at these photos still blows my mind. That little boy that was too little for his lion costume JUST last Halloween was wearing big kid clothes. He smiled and posed, completely used to having his picture taken.

Ashley & Mike, thank you for letting us into your world. Seeing our photos on the walls of your home is an honor and so humbling. Getting to see Carson grow big, strong and happy from the other side of our lenses was a privilege. Cannot wait to see you guys again soon for family pictures!

wedding | must do

Time for another installment of wedding | must do… all about SHOES!!! This post is packed full of great little wedding ideas for you big day! If you missed our previous ‘finds’ be sure to check them out here. Happy Planning! Oh and PS: If you have seen something cute, awesome or otherwise blog worthy please do not hesitate to send us a pin on Pinterest.

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bailey + kyle | engagement {sno cat adventure}

Clad in their Carhartt gear Kyle proposed to Bailey after taking her on a Sno Cat ride to 11,000 feet in Centennial, WY. She of course said YES:)These two wanted their engagement photos to capture the magic of this moment, we were thrilled to be able to head back up to Snowy Mountain Lodge with them and relive it all!

We roamed around this gorgeous lodge, keeping warm by the fire and capturing their love amidst the cabin wood and lovely window light. Outside we were greeted with majestic icicles, dreamy white snow piled high against the logs and the PERFECT setting to get some cuddling in while we waited for the Sno Cat to warm up. From there we headed up the mountain to the back country where we were surrounded by freshly fallen snow, quaint mountain cabins and sunshine. A little bit of romance and a whole lot of laughing later we couldn’t wait to look over the amazing images that filled our cameras. These two are SO playful and fun and they really don’t take themselves too seriously. This can be seen in the photos where they donned traditional fox fur caps Kyle had brought back from a recent trip to Mongolia!

Spending the afternoon with these two God centered love birds was fantastic. Easily one of our FAVORITE engagement sessions ever!

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Sara - HAHA – LOVE the hats!!