Love can see many places in life, it can travel the far corners of the world and trace a net across its surface – but at the end of the day, love isn’t a place. It’s a person. It’s the home you find in another’s soul, and that home follows you wherever you may go!
A word from photographer, Sarah Porter:
“The Rocky Mountain region is so prominently known for its mountain landscapes and organic beauty. It is no wonder that couples always desire to travel to the mountains for their engagement and anniversary sessions. However, there is another side to Colorado that is often overlooked and underappreciated. When Collin and Celynn approached me to shoot their anniversary session in gorgeous Downtown Denver, I couldn’t say no!
Married three years, Celynn and Collin recently made Denver home after their moving around the world for Collin’s hockey career. Both growing up in the mountains, Collin in Colorado and Celynn in the Canadian Rockies, they were looking to capture their anniversary as a tribute to their new home.
Combining fine art film photography in urban settings was the goal of this formal anniversary session, while including the couple’s personality with a casual coffee date in Denver’s historic Hotel Teatro. The architecture of the Voorhies Memorial in the heart of Denver was a lovely setting to a more classic and formal session.
‘She knew she loved him when ‘home’ went from being a place to being a person’ – E. Leventhal”
Love notes from the couple, Collin & Celynn:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Celynn: “Our story began in a hockey rink where Collin was playing in my hometown of Calgary, Canada and I was working. We knew of each other but never actually spoke until he was back in Colorado! We started talking on Facebook and planned our first date in Vegas where he had an away game (talk about nerves!) We had a whirlwind 8 hour day walking along the strip, I went to his hockey game, and finished it off at our now go-to restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory. When we left the date we decided to make it official and ended up doing 2 years of long distance before our wedding day in Banff, Alberta in August 2015!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“During the wedding planning process, stay committed to the purpose of the day – your fiancé. Opinions, budgets, and let’s be honest, Pinterest, will all be competing to become the number one priority. But at the end of the day, the wedding is about coming together and that should really be the most important part. Spend the same amount of time (or more) investing in your relationship and your new marriage. Learn about each other, plan new adventures you want to embark on as a married couple, work on communication skills, love on each other and pursue each others hearts fervently!”
What is the most important thing in your marriage?
“Our faith is the number one thing that remains in the center of our marriage. We are 100% committed to our relationship, and strive to love each other like Jesus loves us. At the heart of it, we are each others best friends. There is no one else I would rather spend my life with, adventure with, or trust my heart with.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
“Marriage is a funny thing… it exposes the deepest parts of yourself that sometimes you didn’t even know. Quirks, fears, personality traits, expectations, and more all come to the surface when you spend your life with someone who has differing ones. The best thing we’ve learned is to appreciate each others differences and use them as ways to become a stronger team.”
photographer: Sarah Porter Photography / venue: Downtown Denver and Hotel Teatro / stylist, planner, and designer: Tied with a Bow / hair and makeup artist: Monica at Cellar Door / film lab: The Find Lab
I sincerely love their advice on marriage. Such a sweet and precious session. I feel honored to know these two.