2018 Year in Review | Jennie Crate, Photographer

And just like that, we’re into a new year.  This holiday season felt different for me as I had more time at home to spend with my family.  Between cookie baking and holiday decorating, we had a wonderful holiday season.

But the holiday is now over, and everyone is headed back to work today.  So it’s only fitting that I sit down and take the time to recap my wonderfully busy and beautiful 2018.

To all of the couple’s who trusted me to document their wedding, both in Colorado and across the U.S., THANK YOU.  I could not have even dreamed of taking the big leaps I did this year without your support and kindness.  You are the best.

Memorable Moments from 2018

Walking on a frozen lake in Dillon, CO with Josh and Lizzy.

Spending hours lounging next to the fireplace at a photography retreat in Breckenridge in January.

Getting back on the Volleyball court after a winter break and getting to know a new team.

Witnessing Cat and Taylor tear it up on the dance floor with their friends at their late April Boulder wedding.

Spending nights on the couch after our dog Remi’s double ACL surgery so he wouldn’t have to sleep alone.

Buying a new car because our old one became a money pit.

Learning from some of the local best at my first flash specific photography workshop.

Celebrating Heather and Chris with photos by the creek in Vail at sunset.

Watching Andrea and Taylor laugh their way through their wedding day in Beaver Creek.

Driving up Boreas Pass with Gabe and Jo two times in 48 hours to capture engagement and wedding photos.

2nd shooting with some amazing Colorado photographers at some of my favorite Colorado venues (Piney River Ranch and Devil’s Thumb Resort).

Welcoming a newborn foster kiddo into our family.

Wandering Strawberry Creek Ranch with Rebeca and Kayla for shoot #1 of my Branding Video.

Driving to the top of Mt. Evans for sunset vows with Kelly and Irwin for shoot #2 of my Branding Video.

Leaving my job at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (after 4 years) to pursue wedding photography full time.

Finally seeing the finished branding video, a true labor of love and kick-ass collaborate with Christin of Oak & Feather Films.

Watching Heather’s joy as she walked down the aisle at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion to a waiting Jay.

Flying to the beautiful Captiva Island with Easton to photograph Jonathan and Lindsey’s sunset beach wedding.

Meeting Carisa and Liz and their dogs at the Lily Lake trailhead at before sunrise to capture their elopement.

Witnessing our neighbors tie the knot in a small, intimate ceremony at Sapphire Point.

Welcoming a 5 year old foster kiddo into our family and then saying goodbye as they transitioned to a longer term placement home.

Driving the entire way through Rocky Mountain National Park, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, and seeing a bear on the side of the road.

Visiting Lake Louise in Banff National Park with a group of photographers and watching the fog and rain roll in over the hills.

Learning and growing during a workshop with the amazing Two Mann Studios in Canmore, Canada.

Venturing up to 12,000 ft with Maysun and Nathaniel for their engagement.

Celebrating with Carisa and Liz and their family and friends at a private beachside wedding.

Walking a mile down to the waterfront from my airbnb in Madison, CT to get the town’s best lobster roll.

Sitting among the locals at a hole in the wall breakfast spot in San Diego, savoring a ginormous, homemade cinnamon roll.

Photographing my longest wedding of the year with Lizzy and Josh at Rancho Valencia.

Getting my sea legs while photographing my first wedding on a yacht.

Watching Robert and Teresa throw a family-centered wedding in Denver.

Taking Heather out to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie for their birthday.

Hosting Christmas in our house.

Enjoying endless nights of cuddles on the couch with my wife and afternoons laughing with our son.

Memorable Images from 2018

Lake Dillon Winter Engagement photo
cozy winter engagement photo at boreas pass
deep snow engagement photo
Intimate Colorado Engagmement Photo
vail winter engagememt photo
fun winter engagement photo
emerald green engagement dress photo
Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Photo
ice cream engagement photo
Rocky Mountain Wedding Photographer
Winter Park Resort Winter Wedding
colorful bridal party winter wedding photo
Colorado Mountain Engagement Photo
Downtown Frisco Winter Engagement photo
Fun bridal party at LGBT colorado wedding photo
lace wedding dress with beaded veil photo
summer wedding at Grant Humphrey's Mansion
bride and grointimate beaver creek wedding photo
Boulder Creek wedding photo
bride and groom walking through Beaver Creek village photo
first look denver mansion wedding photo
Emotional toasts at colorado brunch wedding photo
romantic denver wedding photo
bride and dad walk down aisle photo
getting ready at Captiva Island beach house photo
summer wedding photo at blanc denver
breckenridge colorado wedding photo
intimate mountain elopement photo
v kneck custom wedding dress photo
bride window light photo
mountain skype wedding photo
Mt. Evans sunset elopement photo
Boreas Pass wedding photo
Truvelle lace skirt wedding dress photo
top of the world wedding photo
Boreas Pass Wedding Photo
Captiva Island Florida Beach Wedding photo
intimate same sex wedding photo
thumbs up from groom photo
summit lake colorado elopement photo
bride getting in lace sheath wedding dress photo
Boreas Pass Breckenridge Wedding photo
Denver Mansion wedding photo
Cozy firepit at mountain wedding photo
Intimate Colorado Wedding Photo
bride getting ready with bridesmaids photo
pink, burgundy, and plum wild bridal bouquet photo
Goofy beach wedding photo
Strawberry Creek Ranch romantic wedding photo
Captiva Island Florida Wedding photo
Strawberry Creek Ranch wedding photo
Hiking elopement photo
Captival Island Florida Beach Wedding photo
elegant sunset wedding photo
sunrise Breckenridge Hiking Elopement photo
colorful bride and bridesmaid photo
grandma getting ready wedding photo
California summer wedding photo
San Diego beach bridesmaid photo
after party wedding party with balloons photo
RMNP Engagement photo
first look at connecticut beach wedding photo
emotional bride at sunset connecticut wedding photo
sunset wedding at Rancho Valencia Spa photo
intimate connecticut beach wedding photo
colorful california weddin party photo
excited bride at alter photo
California wedding party selfie photo
dance floor photo
colorful Rancho Valencia bride photo
brides running down beach at sunset photo
Colorful Annette Gomez Wedding Flowers california wedding photo
bride getting ready on Rancho Valencia patio photo
Rocky Mountain National Park fall engagement photo
San Diego groomsmen photo
two brides on beach with dogs photo
fall colorado wedding photo
Trail Ridge Road RMNP Engagement photo
copper and opal wedding jewelery photo
Tanzinite Engagement Ring photo
Estes Park Fall engagement photo
Sparkler Exit at Rancho Valencia Wedding photo
s'mores at wedding photo


Interested in working together in 2019?  I’m taking a limited number of intimate weddings in Colorado and across the US.  Let’s chat to see if we’re a good fit!


  1. Jennie!  These are STUNNING!  2018 looks like it was such a good year for you!  I’m so happy to see that you’re photographing full time, and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for you.  P.S. – I love the photos of the gentleman playing the “air trumpet” ????

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