Washington Park Engagement: Mike and Anita

Anita and Mike, and their little girl, Gabriella, these three couldn’t be more perfect together. Quick to laugh, play, and love, I was extremely touched with how they interacted with each other when we photographed their engagement session. There’s so much happiness among them, and what could be better than spending an evening capturing that?

We will be photographing their wedding in a few weeks, and are very much looking forward to sharing the next part of their story.

Until then, here are a few frames from the park. -anya

Mike Eck and Anita Gartner walk hand-in-hand in Washington Park in Denver on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (Daniel Petty, A&D Photography)

Mike Eck and Anita Gartner walk hand-in-hand in Denver's Washington Park.

Mike Eck and Anita Gartner pose in Washington Park in Denver during an engagement photoshoot on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (Anya Semenoff, A&D Photography)

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Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Final Mass in Denver Cathedral

It’s hard to describe in words what happens to a community when it’s leader steps aside after so much time.

For Denver’s Catholic community, that moment came in mid-July, when Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the diocese’s leader for the last 14 years, was named to take over the much-troubled Philadelphia Archdiocese in September. Chaput’s final Mass celebration at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver was Sunday evening.

Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrates his final public Mass in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Chaput is moving to take over the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in September. (Daniel Petty, The Denver Post)

Archbishop Chaput delivers his homily to the congregation during his final Mass. (© Daniel Petty, The Denver Post)

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Paul and Jenna

This wedding took us to Pennsylvania and into a story 11 years in the making.

Paul and Jenna were high school sweethearts. To see them now, you can imagine what that first spark looked like because they still love so fully and happily.

We had an absolutely wonderful time traveling out east and join them in such a beautiful setting and beautiful romance.

Thank you, Paul and Jenna for welcoming us into your day. All the best to you both!

Jenna and Paul's wedding bands, Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Berwyn, Pa.

Jenna and Paul's wedding bands.

Jenna's wedding dress, Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Berwyn, Pa.

Jenna's wedding dress.

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Seth and Brigid

Kate walked up to Brigid and said: “I just met your new best friend.”

And she couldn’t have been more right, because a little over a year later, Brigid stood up before friends and family and promised her “new best friend,” Seth, that she would remain his best friend for the rest of her life.

Seth and Brigid’s wedding was a beautiful start to what I’m certain will be an incredible life together. It was a wedding full not of stress and anxiety over the minutiae of the day, but rather, of overwhelming love, excitement and commitment to each other and their marriage.

Seth and Brigid, congratulations again! You guys were an absolute joy to work with, and we feel so blessed to have shared it with you. — anya

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