The Photographer’s Challenge

I encourage all brides to consider one of the biggest challenges your photographer faces–it’s not the weather or the lighting but your wedding guests. It’s tragic when Aunt Sue cuts in front of the professional photographer and ruins an either wise memorable shot.

The Photographers Challenge
It’s a beautiful hat, I’m sure Aunt Sue paid a pretty penny for it, but a photo of all the bridesmaids would be preferable.

Perusing the inter-webs I came across a May 2013 Huffington Post and it’s relevance rings well beyond it’s year and a half date. Corey Ann from Corey Ann Photography expressed her sadness over the overzealous wedding guest who jumps in front of the camera ruining an otherwise picture perfect moment. The following text was pulled from that article:

“Prior to the ceremony, the officiant read this: “Welcome, friends and family! Good evening, everyone. Please be seated. Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology. If Dan can do it, then so can you.” I can’t tell you how many happy leaps of joy my heart did when reading this!! The guests all obeyed, and even after the ceremony, many decided to keep their arms down and their hearts open and enjoyed the day, instead of being an observer from behind their cameras.”

I have to repeat the words “distraction of technology”.  There are many diversions available and technology is only one but this one is gaining momentum in it’s attention seeking capability.  Everyone has a device in their pocket which allows them to connect worldwide but interrupts them from the present.  To me this photographer’s challenge is also a chance to give your guests the opportunity to unplug.  How many times have you used your phone to take a picture and had to look at a new text message/email.  I say don’t.  Opening our hearts to experience that which is right in front of us is something to be done everyday.  Cut out distraction and be present on your wedding day!  Help your guests and they, in turn, will help you.

Best Wedding Photo
A moment like this should never be missed.


Best Wedding Photo 2

Being a truly present guest is a gift to all (including the photographer); allowing friends and family to relax and enjoy every moment (in the moment) on your wedding day.

Leaving photography to the professionals…

The SteamPlant

The SteamPlant is a beautiful venue for your wedding. Our renovated 1880’s plant can be decorated to match any décor you have in mind and the back drop (Arkansas River and Sawatch Range) can’t be beat. Below you will find views of the Plaza, day and night, as well as a local couple taking wedding photos along the banks of the Arkansas River.

Call us today (719.530.0933)and schedule an appointment with one of our event coordinators–Salida has so much to offer and we want to share it with you!

A beautiful summer afternoon on the banks of the Arkansas River.
A beautiful summer afternoon on the banks of the Arkansas River.

Magnificent setting--day or night!
Magnificent setting–day or night!

The perfect mixture of romance and tranquility.
The perfect mixture of romance and tranquility.

The Importance of Cake

For those of you, like myself, who find food to be one of the MOST important things in life; you can appreciate the importance of a decadent wedding cake.

Each photo highlights a very unique wedding cake–each scene a room all its own. At the SteamPlant you could use any of these photos to inspire your own beautiful backdrop behind your cake table. It is even an option to bring in your own table if you like. The sky is the limit.

Enjoy these “delicious” photos and I hope they spur your creative juices.

Yellow Flowers


Orange Flowers

Old Fashion

Middle Green Cake

80's Colors

Dark and Rich


Pick a Seat

Just last weekend, at Jennifer and Chad’s Wedding, they put this sign up for their guests. Being an Event Coordinator for the SteamPlant I have seen many decorations and designs but this one made me stop and laugh. Don’t be afraid to be completely yourself on your wedding day. If you can’t this day…then when?!

Weddings are in full bloom and the SteamPlant already has a few under our belt. Look through the following pictures for a little inspiration for your upcoming day:

Northside of Plaza
Wedding on the Northside of the Plaza–Arkansas River running behind the bride and groom

Jennifer and Chad
Jennifer and Chad about to exchange vows

Outside Bar
An Outside Bar for the Cocktail Hour

Lovely Lavender
Lovely Lavender center pieces at each of the guest tables

Cake Table
A Quilt Backdrop for the delicious varieties on the Cake Table

Another Beautiful Colorado Wedding…

Enjoy these images of a yellow and gray Colorado wedding. They are a testament that you can do whatever you want on your big day. Don’t be afraid to stand out! Choose the colors your heart desires and run with it. If it’s your vision then it’s unique and beautiful, just like you, and must be used. Stick to your guns and make it happen. (Images are courtesy of Urban Safari Photography)

Grey and Yellow Wedding by Urban Safari Photography-14

Grey and Yellow Wedding by Urban Safari Photography-19

Grey and Yellow Wedding by Urban Safari Photography-50

Grey and Yellow Wedding by Urban Safari Photography-61

grey and yellow wedding by urban safari


Bridal Open House–Saturday April 12th from 1-4pm

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The SteamPlant is again hosting, Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association, Bridal Open House Saturday April 12th from 1-4pm in our Ballroom.

Last year, hundreds of brides walked through our facility. Making contacts with our local vendors offering services in beauty, floral, catering, photography, and more. This is an excellent chance to ask your initial planning questions and make appointments. It also gives you a chance to poke around the SteamPlant and see what we have to offer you for your wedding day.

SteamPlant Wedding Featured in Colorado Weddings Magazine

Colorado Weddings Mag

Jessica & Daniel | September 1st | Salida, Colorado

From the bride:
“Salida was the first place we went camping together, and the place we always returned to every summer to camp and mountain bike. Plus, the collegiate peaks are stunning, and we wanted our guests to experience a part of Colorado that not many tourists see.
We wanted to keep it simple yet unique and focus more on creating a weekend of memories and experiences. We tried to marry vintage with rustic. We chose floral arrangements that were filled with different shades of greens and lots of texture to evoke a more earthy feel. We kept coming back to the motto of keep it simple and make the experience as fun as possible.”

Check out Jessica and Daniel’s SteamPlant Wedding (and the amazing photos) featured on February 20th in Colorado Weddings Magazine Blog. Log on to their website at:

SteamPlant Event Center

SteamPlant Weddings

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Ululani Event Design

Nuptials. Feasting. Merriment... Inspired Event Styling and Travel Design in Salida, Colorado and beyond.

Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association

Wedding Professionals for Salida, Buena Vista, Nathrop and beyond


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