Groomsmen Gift Idea

I’ve been photographing weddings since 2004. To date, I’ve had the honor of photographing more than 400 weddings. Which means, I’ve seen a LOT of stuff. Good stuff. Bad stuff. Awesome stuff. Sweet stuff. Cool stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. One of the things which I see a lot of are bridal party gifts. I feel like girls have the gift thing down pretty pat. There are tons of cute options that are all ending up being useful, but guys? Well…sometimes the guys need a little help. I mean, really…tie clips? No offense to anyone out there, but everytime I see a guy get a tie clip, I just envision collections of them ending up in the bottom of a drawer somewhere never to be looked at or used again. Maaaaybe that’s just me and my experience having recently found my husband’s stash of tie clips, but I digress.

My point is, why not get your groomsmen something that is not just cool, but useful? Something that won’t end up held captive in a junk drawer. You love these awesome dudes in your life so much you want them standing with you at this very important moment (annnnd you’re spending hard earned moolah on them as well), it’s time to make it worth it! Enter: Groovy Guy Gifts

I have to admit I didn’t know anything about them when we met and they asked me what I thought of their products. Of course, I can’t give feedback without trying out some stuff, so I took a look at the stuff they have. Wow! So much more cool stuff that was waaaay better than what was available in 2007 when I was looking for my own wedding! Most of their stuff has a refined, rustic feel which works for “man” gifts, but the big bonus is that they’re pretty much all things you can envision guys actually enjoying and using again.

I decided to try the whiskey rocks (not so secret, secret: I LOVE whiskey). Truthfully, I’ve been wondering what the hype is about as I know they hit the market hard a few years ago. I couldn’t get past thinking they must give off some kind of taste or something and I just muddled along with my ice. So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. When the rocks arrived, the etching they had done on them was beautiful. The stones were nicely uniform (about a cubic inch big or so) and just plain looked cool. After giving them a quick wash and dry with some dish soap I tossed them in the freezer. I ended up pouring one of my favoite whiskeys over them. Since I know the flavor profile so well, I figured I’d be better able to tell if the rocks altered anything taste wise…

Well…I was kinda right. They did change the taste, but for the better! I didn’t realize how much the ice was OVER chilling the whiskey and masking some of the more subtle flavors and characteristics. The rocks didn’t chill it…more like cooled it. Probably what I imagine to be more of a “proper” tasting level. (Full disclosure: I’m NOT a whiskey expert and don’t claim to be, I just am a big fan who likes all kinds of it!) The stones were not awkward at all in the cup (I worried about them clanking around or smashing my teeth but there were no such issues). They also kept their chill for quite a while. I love how start to finish, the glass was “pure” and as it should be.

So, if you’re in the market for a cool groomsman gift (or really any “man” gift) and that guy happens to enjoy some whiskey from time to time, you might want to check out these rocks from Groovy Guy Gifts. They were great and also, more affordable than many that I’ve seen sold in stores, even with the personalization! Winning all around!

Sarah & Eric's Wedding: Rust Manor

Sarah and Eric’s wedding day was gorgeous! Sunshine and blue skies (and of course a healthy dose of happy friends and family scattered all about). Rust Manor in Leesburg, VA was the perfect setting for these two love birds to share their vows to eachother. I was swooning over Sarah’s ridiculously gorgeous lace dress (that she totally rocked) and I had loved Eric’s two tone navy/black tux…both of which were classic with a twist of modern! Eric happens to be a super talented professional opera singer (as are several of their friends) so you could imagine how awesome it was when Eric and his friends spontaneously serenaded Sarah in the reception…so awesome! (Not to mention, this crowd could DANCE!)

Check out their photos below and leave them some love in the comments!

Jess & Lindsay: Briarwood Inn Wedding Golden, CO

Jess and Lindsay’s day didn’t start off quite how they planned, the torrential rain all day long threw a bit of a monkey wrench in that! After much wishful thinking and hoping (and tons of analyzing radar screens on smart phones) they decided to bring the ceremony indoors at the cozy Briarwood Inn. The staff and friends and family all pitched in to transform the dining room. They even found a way to hang the 1,000 paper cranes that Jess and Lindsay folded together before the wedding to perfectly adorn the ceremony space.

Ultimately, the day ended up wonderful and I felt honored to bear witness and record the love between these two and their friends and family. I think it’s so awesome that two these two incredible people met by chance while Jess was on a business trip in North Carolina. They didn’t get eachother’s numbers after they had talked all night and parted ways which I think made the Gods of Fate a little peeved that these two didn’t get the message because they brought the two together again a few weeks later when Jess went back to the same restaurant on another business trip! That time they got the hint and it was the start of something beautiful.

Please leave your love and congrats for Jess and Lindsay below after you check out their awesome sneak peak photos!

Christina and Chris: Married in Eagle Vail!

 Christina and Chris celebrated their wedding at the Eagle Vail Pavillion surrounded by family, friends, and of course, mountains! The two couldn’t stop smiling all day—and for good reason! Their “happily ever after” has been a long time in the making. I couldn’t have been more honored to have photographed for them and share in all the love and fun. They put so much heart and soul into all the DIY design elements (I adored the “ski slope” direction signs and the ceremony gateway doors) and even more effot into a beautiful choreographed first dance. Check out their photos below and leave them some love in the comments!

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Samantha & Tim's Colorado Engagement

I can’t tell you how much fun I had with Sam & Tim (and their huge fur babies Tank and London) for their enagement session! It was a beautiful day to explore around the Tihsreed Lodge in Florissant, Co. I had done some winter portraits at Tihsreed a few months ago and when Sam told me she was hoping for an engagement session location that celebrated the Colorado mountains and potentially had some awesome turning colored Aspens for Fall, I thought of Tihsreed.

These two highschool sweethearts are so easy going and super sweet with eachother that I couldn’t stop smiling the whole session. Check out their gorgeous photos (complete with some of the most awesome alpenglow I’ve ever seen on Pikes Peak!) and leave them some love in the comments below!