Life is better when you know a few things…

Boulder queer wedding photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

These are a few things I know:

  • How to rock a pair of maroon pants
  • Cinnamon rolls can (and should) be eaten any time of day — “breakfast” hour be damned
  • A good story never gets old
  • Life is better when you fall asleep holding hands
  • Being who you are and caring about the people around you is the most important, bravest, coolest thing you can do…

…especially on your wedding day

These people; they are my family

We knew what we meant to each other before the Supreme Court of the U.S. did. Eight years in, same-sex marriage finally became legal. There was a sense that so many couples who had been waiting so long to be able to declare themselves what they were — married — could finally do it. 

There’s a beautiful intimacy and depth that comes when people choose each other, even as the world tries to invalidate what they have. The relationships we form, as queer people, are extra special, because we had to recognize and value them first. Your relationship is valid, unique, joyful, meaningful, and real. That’s what I want you to see when you look at your photos.

I met my wife at 21

Don’t we look like babies when we moved to Colorado in 2012?

Between that infectious smile, and an uncanny way they had of making me feel heard and understood, I fell hard. Was it always easy? Definitely not. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

When times were tough, we leaned on each other. We grew together. We laughed loud. We hugged harder. And we trusted in the direction we were headed together.

When it came time to plan our wedding, we were purposefully very intentional about the people we invited. Our guest list was made up of people who supported and celebrated us through every step. Now, when we look at our photographs, we get to see love — not just in the moments captured between us — but in the faces and gestures of our friends and family. This intimacy is what I strive to capture in every wedding I photograph.

Valley of Fire at sunset with two brides

​​Jennie does a brilliant job capturing the intimacy and joy shared between a couple, and she makes the (sometimes awkward) experience of being photographed full of laughter and silliness.”

~Jordan and Ashley

Here’s the thing. Deep down I’m pretty dorky and

awkward in front of the camera, too.

Here’s the proof.

My job is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. And while it might not be the most “natural” thing you’ve ever done, I promise, it will be more fun than you think it will be.

Meet Your Photographers

A.K.A My Amazing Team

As much as I wish that I could serve each and every couple that comes into my inbox, there just aren’t enough weekends in the year. And since I can’t really clone myself, I’ve done the next best thing. I’ve built a fantastic team of photographers who can serve as extensions of me.

But don’t worry: I would never send someone to your wedding that I didn’t trust 100%. AND I’ll still be your editor, so your wedding will look like the weddings on my site.

I’ve known each of these wonderful humans for at least 10 years (and worked alongside them!) and I can vouch for their technical skill, their desire to capture authentic human connections, and their attitude on the wedding day. They are 100% there to serve you.

They will capture the story of your wedding day, but more importantly they will capture the feeling of your day.

Read on to get to know the team and get some of your more in depth questions answered.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hi I’m Candice!

After a decade of photographing weddings, I still find myself smiling and dancing when photographing couples. Wedding days are an amazing celebration of love, no matter the size. When I approach a wedding day, my goal is to put my couples at ease and photograph their true connection. I am a mom, a self-proclaimed geek, a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and a lover of color and sunshine. Fun Facts: I am 6’1, never played sports, grew up eating pickle and peanut butter sandwiches, and my thumbs are double-jointed.

Favorite part of the wedding day: My favorite part of the wedding day is Cocktail Hour. Cocktail hour is the perfect time for couples to relax, friends to chat and catch up, and sometimes everyone gets to watch the sunset while holding a delicious drink.

Best thing you’ve ever eaten at a wedding: Appetizers! It also goes along with my favorite part of the wedding day. I live for snacks.

Bucket list travel location: Japan. I have always been interested in Japanese culture and art and would love to travel to the Japanese countryside. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hi I’m Amelia!

I’ve turned my love of observing people into a career I adore. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to capture moments in time – subtle gestures of love, adoring glances and bellowing laughter. I take a well-prepared but relaxed approach to the documentation of life. I tell a couple’s unique visual story. Documenting genuine moments fuels me from within, so I encourage couples to do and feel what they love. I am grateful for each and every client that invests in the authentic documentation of their lives.

Favorite part of the wedding day: I adore documenting a couple interacting with their loved ones

Favorite food: Roasted beet salad with feta

Bucket list travel location: Iceland

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Hi I’m Chelsea!

Favorite part of the wedding day: I honestly don’t have a favorite part of the day. I love getting ready because I enjoy seeing all the personal touches. I love the excitement and nerves. I love seeing the friendships and hearing the stories. The ceremony, I LOVE capturing the looks between the couples. I love seeing their family’s reactions. Catching crying guests is a favorite. Couples portraits are obviously amazing…. And the reception, I just love when guests are having fun and to see the couple really let loose and finally enjoy themselves.

Best thing you’ve ever eaten at a wedding: I love all food. Unless it’s a boxed vender meal, I’m one SUPER happy camper. I’m not a wedding cake person, so it’s always fun for me when the couple does something unique for dessert. Favorite food outside of weddings is typically anything Asian. 

Bucket list travel location: Santorini!! Followed by Maldives. Then probably an African safari. 

“Candice displayed a warm and caring personality that really made us feel comfortable and excited to work with her. On the wedding day the team was full of energy, laugher, and joy. Our photos look stunning, full of vibrant colors, and really captured the best moments. This team put us at ease and helped get the awkward feelings out of the way!”

~Andy and Brent

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We travel all over the state of Colorado and across the US for cinnamon rolls (and/or to photograph your wedding).

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