I'm Tamera Goldsmith, a portrait and wedding photographer based in Colorado Springs and serving the Front Range: the Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo and the world. I specialize in wedding photojournalism and creative lifestyle portraiture, including maternity, babies, children, families and high school senior portraits. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Cate loves Scott!

When Cate and Scott called me from their home in Brooklyn, NY to ask about wedding photography, I just knew that they were going to be a cool couple to work with. Hiring a photographer without benefit of meeting her in person requires a leap of faith, but we hit it off so well over the phone that we knew right away it was going to be a great fit! I didn't actually get to meet Scott and Cate until the day before their wedding and yet it felt just like old friends. What a nice couple, and what wonderful, interesting families they both have! Their wedding and reception last month was a relaxed affair at the Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs. The ceremony was unique in that they solemnized it themselves (no officiant, just their siblings standing up for them). Many of their friends and family traveled all the way from the east coast and points beyond, so I'm happy that we had such a sunny Colorado day to celebrate this happy union.

Many warm congratulations Cate and Scott!

Gown: Marisa, from Kleinfeld Bridal
Wedding ceremony & reception venue:
The Craftwood Inn, Manitou Springs
Jean Marie Designs
Wedding cake: Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery

As she descended the stairs and rounded the corner, Cate was greeted by her many awestruck admirers!

When I took Cate outside for a few pre-ceremony portraits, her beloved 94 year-old Grandma Gigi arrived. This was Cate's emotional reaction upon spying her.

The flowergirls, Courtney and Ashley, do a little last-minute recon before heading down the aisle.

Married 30 seconds!

I couldn't imagine Cate and Scott striking some uberdramatic high fashion poses for their portraits, so I kept it simple and classic.

Cute couple alert!

I absolutely loved Cate's gown. It reminded me of something John Singer Sargent might have painted. Gorgeous!

Their simple, elegant cake was from Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery.

I always love these sorts of displays because I wonder if someday a photo I've taken will end up on a table just like this, at some wedding far in the future.

Cate's dad Garritt delivered a toast that had everyone in stitches.

Their first dance

This lady was cracking up because she had just discovered that the outfit she'd bought to wear at the wedding still had the security tag attached!


Anonymous said...

What an adorable couple! I love her gown, too! Great job, Tamera!

Susan said...

Viewing your photos of C&S's wedding has given me the opportunity to think a bit about the art of photography.

Of course, we have several other shots of the BIG DAY taken by family members and friends, but the contrasts between yours and theirs couldn't be more striking!

Some the amateur stuff is pretty good, but we also have several photos of the backs of people's heads during the ceremony and framing that includes telephone poles and water faucets.

Now I know you have the advantages of superior equipment, lots of experience, and professional training.

But the difference between your stuff and theirs is the difference between good-natured visual record keeping and the eye, and soul, of the artist.

Susan (MOB)

cate said...

We clean up so nice in your photography, Tamera! We are so excited and so happy with this entire experience. Thank you. Cate

Brian said...

What a great set of photos! I know the bride & groom will be ecstatic with your work!

Meredith said...

What amazing points of view. You captured emotion and such happiness. What a gorgeous couple and day was shown through your work. Meredith