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Colorado Wedding Anniversary | Shayonna & Shaheed

Wedding Anniversaries.

Shayonna & Shaheed will have their colorado wedding anniversary soon and it is approaching! We went to do some photos to remember another year together. Shayonna is also another photographer here in Colorado but is relocating next year. 🙁 I had so much fun working with them!

We stayed in Colorado Springs area for their photo session & of course we did sunrise! The lighting is so amazing at that time we went for it! I want you to hear from the both of them a little glimpse into their love story.


We met at our first job. A grocery store in our hometown. We had no idea we went to the same school. He was in 12th and I was in 10th grade. How did you know he/she was the “one” ? Shayonna said: I actually didn’t realize he was truly the one until we broke up for a summer. Even though we weren’t together, we didn’t skip a beat. He was always there, and so sweet even when I wasn’t the sweetest to him.

Shaheed said: When she was the only one that I have ever been willing to wait for. And she called me on all my bull and made me a better person for it. He proposed to me in the living room as we were having an argument about how he was never going to propose to me. What are some things you both love to do together? Travel, go new places to eat, but mostly Netflix and chill.

Best advice for other couples out there?

Open communication, being yourself, forgiveness, being a team has made our relationship successful so far. I also think that having a friendship with your spouse is important.

 

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Our Engagement Story- Emily and Luke

I love to hear about how you and your fiancé first met one another, how he proposed to you and advice to all future Brides & Grooms looking to plan their upcoming wedding day. Tell us your story & I’ll be there to photograph it.

You can view more from Luke & Emily’s engagement session here: Emily & Luke Engagement Photos


1.How did you two meet and how long have you been together? 

Luke and I met Junior year of High School at a hockey rink back in our home town. We have been together for 4.5 years.

2.How did Luke Propose?

On December 28, 2016 luke had flown in to visit me for the holidays. Because it had been a while since we had seen each other, he wanted to do something special to celebrate. He told me that we would be going on a carriage ride downtown Indianapolis that night.

We both got all dressed up and got on the carriage. When we got on, he handed me a book that he was hiding in his coat full of pictures and cute little sayings. We began to read it together as I was holding back the tears. He had said I was reading it too fast so we stopped half way and enjoyed our ride. The driver had told us that we would be stopping half way to see the big light up tree in the middle of the circle of downtown Indianapolis. We both got out and begin to pose for a picture. As the flash went off, luke got down on one knee where he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

I was so surprised and was not expecting it at all! Once we got back into the carriage, we finished the rest of the book. On the last page it said, emily will you marry me?

I am so happy that I have this book to always look back at and to show our kids one day. My mom, my family, and neighbors were all at home waiting for us to arrive. My mom was the only one who knew that this was happening so when I came home, everyone was in shock! It was so fun to share such excited news with the people I love the most. As for the proposal, it had deeper meaning. My father, who passed away almost 2.5 years ago, proposed the same way to my mom. The day after my proposal is my parents anniversary. It truly was such a special and meaningful way that luke could of done it!

3.Where will your wedding be & what are you both looking most forward to on your wedding day?

Our wedding will take place in Fishers, IN. The thing we are most excited about is being with all of our closest family and friends. Because we will have done long distance for 5 years at the time of our wedding, we are also excited to finally be together and spend everyday together.

4. If you both could give any advice to the next bride and groom planning their wedding day what would you tell them?

Advice that we would give to the next bride and groom getting married is start planning right away! We have found that there are more things to a wedding then we thought of and it takes a lot of time to plan. As well as, working together to compromise and understand one another on what they want. Be in the moment with the planning and do get caught up in all the small stuff. This is a day dedicated to the both of you and being with the people you love is all that matters. Be a team in the process and make it a fun and exciting experience for the both of you.

5. What advice would you both give to the future Bride and Groom once they are newlyweds?

Advice we would give to a future bride and groom once they are newlyweds is take risks and be in the moment with one another. This is your time where you both are finally able to be together. Go try new things, communicate with one another, and keep the relationship alive. It can be a crazy and scary new thing but it will be amazing doing those things together!

-Emily & Luke

 

Photo shoot location: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado Engagement Photographer

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Garden Of the Gods Sunrise Engagement | Emily and Luke

 

Sunrise.

Let me tell you that if you’re a morning person and even if you’re not a morning person check out these photos! Emily and Luke had their engagement session at sunrise here at Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs. It was such a fun time working with these two! They are getting married next year in Indiana to be close with their family and friends. I can’t wait to do another sunrise session. Who’s next?! It’s seriously so beautiful! If your truly not up for waking up during the dark hours to get to a photo session that’s totally okay! We can do a late afternoon with golden hour with daylight savings kicking into gear!

 

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After this first location where we began their engagement session. I was like we need to get some fall foliage in their photo session here at Garden of the Gods as well! So I knew of another location not far from here and we headed over that way. We did have to walk a bit but they were totally up for a little bit of hiking.

 

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This beautiful Fall foliage in Garden of the Gods Sunrise Engagement! I had a vision of the images I wanted to capture of Luke and Emily there and we totally made it happen. The lighting was perfect right where I want it and just take a look at these images! All the gold and glowing sunshine is worth everything. Check out Emily’s engagement ring down below.

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The little last bit of Fall has passed us and all these gorgeous leaves are no longer on the trees here in Colorado. We’re expecting some snow tomorrow but we shall see what Colorado’s weather has in store for us. So stay warm, enjoy your evening and have a great week friends.engagement

 

Congratulations to Emily and Luke and your upcoming life together as one. Thank you for having me take these beautiful memories for you!

 

Location: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Jake & Sam’s Engagement Session at Mount Falcon in Colorado

Jake and Sam are one of my amazing winners from my engagement session giveaway on Instagram. And if you aren’t following me there just yet CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW US!

Sam told me how Jake proposed to enter the contest and here is a what she sent in,

“Jake and I always wanted to take our time and enjoy each other as much as possible before getting married. After 7 years (in heaven) together, we were forced to spend 5 weeks apart this summer. I was in Arizona training for work and he was in Colorado. Within 3 weeks of being separated, we began to talk about marriage. We couldn’t stand to be apart! Less than 2 months after I got back, he proposed to me at the top of Pikes Peak! This may seem cliche to some, but to a girl from Indiana, 14,000 feet was the perfect place to say “yes.” This photo was taken with our dog, Winston, moments after our engagement September 16, 2016. <3 “

I am so happy we got to meet and chat and just have a great time at Mount Falcon up by Denver, CO. It’s such a glorious place and mountain views to enjoy on our little hike! Thank you for having me take your engagement photos!

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Switchback Coffee Roasters Colorado Springs | Bryan and Neena

Hope everyone has had a great start to their New Year!

So many new goals for both Business and Personal. What are your goals this year? Mine so far is to make more time with my family, organize all that pesky paperwork to get ready for Tax season & of course getting to photograph many more beautiful weddings and families!

I got to start of 2017 with a couple session who had an awesome request at a local coffee shop. Switchback Coffee Roasters were so kind to allow us to photograph at their establishment here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. And it was so beautiful, hanging light lit outside. By the way 6am was perfect to make a coffee run there and we ended up being the only ones there besides the employees! Seriously though what a perfect opportunity to work at & plus yummy coffee.

Big shout out to my beautiful clients Bryan & Neena for suggesting a new, fun setting!

So ready for what this year will hold. It’s been getting quite busy already, especially for Weddings! If you’re wanting to book your wedding date contact me ASAP before it’s taken!

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Painted Mines in Calhan, CO Engagement | Erica & Joseph

Painted Mines Interpretive park out east in Calhan, CO Joseph & Erica suggested this location and it’s so beautiful!!! Amazing landscape views and even more amazing couple.

The rock formations here are just amazing, it’s a great place to hike through for just a day outing with your family and even better place for photos! Win-win!

Wedding is quickly approaching and I can’t wait for your special day. Congratulations you two on getting engaged on this fine morning of your session!

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Jessica & Cody’s Calhan, Colorado Engagement

 I love hearing your story of how you met and how your boyfriend/girlfriend proposed to you and just everything down to your wedding details! Cody and Jessica’s connection during their engagement session was just so effortless, seriously though check out their images below! (hint, hint)

I met Jessica and Cody through a mutual friend, Kayla (Cody’s sister) who I graduated with in beauty school and told me her brother is getting married in August and I got in touch with the bride, Jessica and her family to book their wedding and here we are! 🙂

Seriously though I never even heard much of the smaller towns in Colorado out east and now i’m kicking myself for not even knowing or exploring it more for that matter. It’s stunning out there! So many wide open land, livestock, relaxing country outdoors, I can probably go on an on about this but you get what i’m saying, who knows maybe I’ll live out there one day! 😀

Their wedding is going to be just stunning this August at the Spring Valley Golf Club in Elizabeth, CO.

Thank you so much for having me and exploring together on this beautiful private property, it was such a pleasure to work with you and I’m looking forward to working with you all on your wedding day. 🙂

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Why you should have an Engagement Session | Colorado

Engagement Sessions are such an important part to do a couple of months before your Wedding day.

Photography will be one of those things you most likely will decide that is extremely important you have your wedding day capture in it’s entirety with all the beautiful decor, venue etc. Not only that but photos of you and your significant other on one of the most amazing days of your lives! 🙂

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Now Engagement sessions are a beautiful way to capture your personalities together at a location that fits what you are looking for! And I’m here to help with finding you a location that suits that, but not only do you get such glorious photos that you can hang in your home it also gives me a chance to find out more about you two. For instance I will be able to see what you both are comfortable with posing as well as more candid images.

Also Assuming you have viewed all my previous work you’ll see that variety of candids and some posed portraits throughout my portfolio in my blog posts. I can also see what is important to you like for example these images of Bryan and Neena as Newly weds brought along their adorable fur babies in the outdoors with Colorado’s Mountain Views!

These all tie together and begin to tell your story leading up to your new life journey together!

(but wait there’s more!)

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Now, Are you ready for this amazing offer!?

Oh yes! There’s an awesome deal 😉

 

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When you Book your Wedding starting today and until May 1st, 2016.

*Which means you must have your deposit and contract signed with me to hold your wedding date. And your wedding date does not have to be by May 1st, this offer will just end on that date*

You’ll receive a complimentary Engagement Session!* 😀

*That includes 1 hour session, 20 images, Print release & a private online gallery to download your images. And Engagement Sessions MUST be used by and are Valid until December 31st, 2016.

This offer can not be combined with any other offer.

Colorado | Shayla Velazquez Photography

Colorado | Shayla Velazquez Photography

If you have any questions on my Wedding Packages or to schedule your Wedding Consultation CLICK HERE to contact me. 🙂

 

Colorado | Shayla Velazquez Photography

Colorado | Shayla Velazquez Photography

Colorado | Shayla Velazquez Photography

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Joel & Ali | Colorado Love | Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and how i love how every store sells those cute heart shaped candies &  adorable cards you can send to you loved ones. It’s always good to do little gestures on a normal day when Valentine’s day has passed.

For this beautiful loving couple, we did some photos for them together showing their love & laughter together. We had so much fun downtown in Colorado Springs. So many little hidden gems this beautiful town holds.

I wanted to thank all of our Soldiers that are not able to be at home with their loved ones. Being able to spend any day with your significant other and family will be one of the most precious moments you’ll always hold close to your heart.

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Selfies are always a must when your having fun! 😀

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Please note that this image above^ was taken when the crosswalk had given us the moment to do this image. My client’s safety and my own is my number one priority.

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The above image^ we were wanting to respect the flag at all costs, so no the flag is not wrapping them nor touching them, nor the ground. 🙂 <3

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Loved working with Ali & Joel. Such a loving couple with amazing kids! 🙂

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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Yerkes Family | North Cheyenne Canon

Good Afternoon Friends!

Christmas is only a couple days away and I’m so excited to just spend it with my family. Happy Holidays to everyone & a Happy New year! 🙂

I love when my past clients always come back and not just that but seeing their families grow every year is just awesome! Here’s to the Yerkes Family, such a sweet couple and I’ve worked with them since their Military homecoming I believe which was a couple years ago. So honored to be photographing them every year! Here’s some images from there session in North Cheyenne Canon 🙂

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

Shayla Velazquez Photography | Colorado

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