Layna + Dave {Boettcher Mansion Wedding Photographer}

The first time I was in Colorado it didn’t end well. I left with a cast on my left wrist, a broken spirit that snowboarding didn’t come natural to me, and frostbite on my toes. Needless to say I was a little nervous when my college friend, Janelle {who is also a super talented photographer herself} informed me her twin was getting married and wanted me to photograph her wedding on a Colorado mountain top. Setting my fears aside I was super excited to give Colorado another try…in the summertime. Well, it far surpassed my expectations. Layna and Dave’s wedding was uh-mazing!!! From their DIY projects including old logs found at the grooms house which were cut into centerpieces, personalized invitations, menus, banners, bride and groom signs and cupcake puffs to their first look, to their super fun bridal party I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. There were so many details that reflected who Layna + Dave are as a couple and I loved it. To Layna, Dave, Janelle, Mr. and Mrs. VanHouw, thank you for letting me be a part of this very special day. I was honored to be there. And to Layna and Dave… Thank you for making photography such a big priority. I was so grateful to have the whole day and night with you guys. I loved all that you put into this wedding and I loved your excitement and enthusiasm about picutres. It made for some epic moments 🙂 Here are some of my favorites.
P.S. If anyone else is getting married, in the summer in Colorado….I’m thinking of making annual summertime trips out there…Hint, hint. More Mountain top weddings? Yes please!!!
P.P.S. I’m excited to announce that Layna + Dave’s wedding was featured on the lovely wedding blog, Love and Lavender. Click here to see the post.

Ceremony + Reception :: The Boettcher Mansion, Golden Colorado
Catering :: Biscuits & Berries
Cake Designer :: Happy Cakes Bakeshop
DJ :: Quality Mobile Sound



  • Carolina Araujo - Love love love!!! Awesome details, amazing photography! You rock girl!

  • Justin DeMutiis - Oh my goodness! This is soo unbelievable! I wish I could’ve been at this wedding, it looked like so much fun!

  • jen baumann - UMMMM. Seriously?? You have outdone yourself Miss Smith. I am kind of speachless. THIS is why your blog posts make my day. I could seriously leave a comment that is a mile long on this post… but I won’t do that to you… I will keep it to the point… LOVE: the details, the DIY elements, the uhh-maze-ballz light, the natural stunning surroundings, and the genuine emotions you captured.

  • Janelle - AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks soooo much Steph. You are truly an artist! You preserved such incredible memories of my sisters wedding that our family will cherish forEVER! I love you bunches beaver =)
    Janelle-maid of honor

  • Jessica - i have been STALKING your blog waiting for these pics – and they were MORE than i ever expected! you’re amazing! i’m also (happily) surprised there are no pictures of my crazeballs dancing that night…

    i can’t wait until you can come photograph MY colorado wedding!! or, to at least see you on an annual visit!!!

  • Shem - AMAZING!!!!!! WOW!! So, so, so pretty…love the details, but this couple just looks so happy and like so much fun! That is the best. You ROCK!! 🙂

  • Michelle - I too have been stalking your blog waiting for these photos 🙂 They are AMAZING and I’m not just saying that because you captured a photo of Brian with the bottle of wine on the dance floor… In all seriousness, WELL DONE! You truly captured the beauty of the day and the love between Layna and Dave!

  • layna - Thank you so much!!!!!!! I am so happy I got to meet you and that you were our photographer on our special day! You are so talented and a joy to work with 😉 I will recommend you to all my engaged Colorado friends, and you are always welcome to stay with us when you visit! 🙂
    ps- I love the pippin picture, he will love you more next time! 🙂

  • Marta Selmo - I love them all….:D … Great work !!!!!

  • Jessica - Gorgeous!! You really captured the FUN in the wedding & the wedding party! 🙂

  • Shipra - perfectly perfect photography coverage! This looks like the most fun couple ever!

  • Kathleen Frank - There is nothing like seeing a couple that is so completely in love and having so much fun together! Love these images. Amazing, amazing work, Stephanie!

  • dustin - so amazing, beautiful wedding

  • Charisma - Beautiful wedding! I love all the detail shots and the first look! Sock picture = amazing!

  • Sharon Malik - What a beautiful setting and the pictures are exquisite. Thanks for sharing. I pray for lots of love and happiness in your life together.

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