Erin is Married


After finishing a delicious lunch in Downtown Denver, the girls shopped and ambled from store to store. Once inside American Apparel, I snuck out and called JD. Dude, I’m dealing with some serious anxiety right now…I feel like I should be photographing the bride or something!!! He told me to take a deep breath and just enjoy being a wedding guest for once. One breath didn’t do it, so I stood with my chest protruded—hand on my waist—and inhaled deeply a few more times. I looked like a rooster doing a wild mating ritual, but it made me feel better.

I spent the rest of the afternoon catching up with my dearest friends from college and felt so lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing group of girls. We’re all quite different—a dentist, a teacher, business women, entrepreneurs, an actress, a curator—but we realized early on the center of who we are is entirely the same. In college, we lived in a campus suite together and became a pseudo sorority. We ate, studied, slept, and lived in unison, each carving our own memories and staking claim to each other’s hearts. These girls were also pillars of support during my mother’s battle with cancer and I can never repay their love and kindness during such a hard time in my life.

We traveled from many different parts of the United States to see our dear friend, Erin, marry the man of her dreams. We beamed as she walked down the aisle (seriously, we glowed) and cheered loudly as Erin and Heath shared their first kiss. During the reception toasts, Erin’s dad thanked the Whittier College Girls for coming out, and we responded with a cacophony of shrieks, yells, and hollering. It was then when I realized that nothing—nothing but the geographic distance that separates us—has changed and I felt so blessed with our friendship.

I took my camera, but I didn’t shoot too much…here are a few from their wedding at St. Andrew’s church, and reception at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, which had the most insane view of the city…watching the sunset was beautiful from the 37th floor!

Augh…Erin made such a stunning bride!!

I’m the first from the left. Why everyone else looks looks fabulous and I look like I’ve been playing with an electric socket all day is beyond me. It was windy, I promise.

The First Dance

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  1. Jennifer Tabery

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I love that you couldn’t *just be a guest* in the end and took some fabulous pic! I am the same way. I guess it just becomes habit…

  2. nena

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:24 am

    If you’re not my wedding photographer, can I invite you as a friend and you can take pictures like these? =-) First I need a boyfriend, but those details are small! =-)

  3. Heather España

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Oooh, you’re so lucky you at least got to take SOME pictures! My best friend got married last weekend, and I was her MOH and her florist so I had NO time to get out my camera. It was so hard to be IN all the pictures for a change! I feel you on the wedding withdrawals… 😉

  4. katie slater

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I love the last dance pic of the kiss…so passionate!! Your friend Erin looked beautiful!

  5. Joan Solitario

    September 22nd, 2008 at 1:09 am

    For a guest, you take pretty good pictures heheh Hmmm.. when I do my 25th silver anniversary renewal of vows in about 20 years, I’ll be sure to invite you too! ;-D Congratulations to your friend and I agree with Katie, I love the last dance pic of the kiss too!

  6. hennesseyg

    September 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I always feel out of place when I’m at an event without a camera. Mainly because I look much better behind the camera. Speaking of looks. In the big group pic… the second lady from the right looks an a lot like you!

  7. Natarsha N. Wright

    September 22nd, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I am so happy that you were able to be a guest. My fav pic is the one with her husband dipping her..loves it!

  8. Anne

    September 22nd, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Gorgeous bride and amazing pictures!!!

  9. Gina Leigh

    September 22nd, 2008 at 3:14 am

    You look gorgeous, as always, J.! Glad you had fun. 🙂

  10. Tanya Jose

    September 22nd, 2008 at 3:27 am

    i LOVE the one with the "dipping"…you can see the love in their eyes. I LOVE IT!!

  11. Leah

    September 22nd, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Hey Jasmine! I totally shot a wedding there when I used to live in Denver! I cannot wait to go there in November to shoot a wedding…I miss it so much, so hearing that you were at American Apparel…that was about 4 blocks from my loft. =(
    Made me sad, but also even more excited to get there soon! Great pics girl!

  12. Onsite Minnesota Wedding Photography

    September 22nd, 2008 at 5:41 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets anxious going to a wedding without shooting. I keep thinking about the great moments I’m NOT capturing.

  13. Cathy Crawley

    September 22nd, 2008 at 6:54 am

    I hope your photos aren’t better than the official photographer (although knowing you they probably are) 😉

  14. Bobbie

    September 22nd, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It sounds like you had a blast! I love the pictures you got – even just as a ‘guest’ you take a-maz-ing pictures!!

  15. Rachel B.D.

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    That picture where he’s dipping her. WOW. I can feel the passion seeping through my monitor as I stare at it! Great pictures, beautiful couple!

  16. Dawn

    September 22nd, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Who was their photographer?

  17. Jeff Sipper

    September 22nd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Great pics! The wife and I have a hard time being "just a guest" at our friend’s weddings. We find ourselves watching the photographer the whole time looking for shots he missed… It really is a sickness! 🙂

  18. brianna

    September 22nd, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    It’s settled then…you can still be in my wedding and be an actual guest if you manage to give me a handful of pictures like these. Everyone’s a winner!

  19. Rachal

    September 22nd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Ooooo….you wore white!!! Love the pics!

  20. Amber Paterson

    September 22nd, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Wait, do you have a twin sister? I can’t tell if it’s you in the white, or you in the black with pearls…

  21. Paper Monkey

    September 22nd, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    That shows that you truly have a calling to your job when you can’t put your camera down and just be a guest. I’m sure Erin will be very pleased with the photos you took. 🙂

  22. Allie

    September 22nd, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I LOVE the dip shot. Love love LOVE it.

    And I couldn’t stop laughing about your electric socket comment! I miss you!

  23. Yvonne L

    September 22nd, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    The dance dip with the kiss takes my breathe away!

    And you hardly look like you’ve been playing ALL day with a socket… puh-leeze!!

  24. Karen Kirkland

    September 22nd, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Your photos are incredible – as ALWAYS!

    …and you look great. BTW – is that your sister in the group of women photograph (2nd from right)?

  25. triShwong

    September 23rd, 2008 at 2:44 am

    all of you ladies look stunning!! what a great celebration as friends!! and hey, do you have a twin or something, cos i thought it was you on the far right side!!

  26. cassandra m

    September 23rd, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Girl, I am laughing sooooo hard right now I almost fell off my stool. I knew…I knew…I knew you were going to be going through withdrawals from not taking photos…ha.ha. I knew you would take your camera. I am laughing as I think of you sneaking it in your purse, just so you can grab a shot or two. btw/ AWESOME shots. that dip with the kiss is INSANELY beautiful. I am glad you had fun & took the day off…ha.haha.ha.ha.

  27. Agnes

    September 23rd, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Hey Jasmine, what’s up with you and breeze? 🙂

  28. Rochelle Ax

    September 23rd, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Oh My … I love the dip picture! She was gorgeous & You look super cute too! 🙂

  29. Sue Jean

    September 24th, 2008 at 4:50 am

    You ooze it! Love you and miss you already!

  30. Cori MJ Bright

    September 24th, 2008 at 5:32 am

    I have to agree with everyone…the DIP pic is my fav. A captured moment of true romance. But the pic of all of us and Tay steals my heart!

  31. jeramy

    September 24th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    beautiful! your story of friendship is inspiring! great shots….

  32. robin dini

    September 25th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    it’s tough to be a guest! love those first dance shots though. beautiful composition!

  33. Lydia

    September 26th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    What beautiful pictures! She’s so lucky to not only have these, but to have such a wonderful friend!

  34. wendyz

    September 29th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    the dipping kiss-breathtaking!

  35. Big Momma aka Vicky

    September 29th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    What a gorgeous bride. I’ve been on this blog a few times and always love the pictures you take!

  36. chucks

    October 21st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    hey that pic "electric socket comment" is that a double of you on the right? 2nd from right, she looks exactly like you! =)

  37. Valentina Glidden

    November 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    The dipping photo! Wow! So perfect!