René Tate Photography

Colorado Springs Anniversary Portraits: Tricia & Joe

08.17.16 by René anniversaries

Anniversary portraits are my favorite new thing.  Because Lord knows marriage ain’t easy. I’m two years in and I’m realizing what a victory it is for two inherently, selfish people to continue to choose each other every day, for the rest of their days.

And these pictures… they’re so much more than pictures.

They’re every tear you’ve shed, every miscommunication you’ve had, every action you’ve forgiven, every battle you’ve chosen… or not.  They’re the love pats, the winks across the room, the sentences finished. These pictures commemorate every prayer, every overcome hardship, every dream for the future.  These pictures represent the trust and love so deeply rooted… They’re all the things that can’t possibly be understood if someone told you, “Marriage is hard work, but it’s totally worth it.”

Tricia and Joe are 19 years deep into this covenant called marriage.  Their advice?

Grace.

Joe & Tricia, here’s to 19 more and then some. Congratulations, sweet friends.  Thank you for letting me be the one to walk a short part of your journey with you.  Here’s to Grace. Lots and lots and lots of Grace. :-)

Saved by Love,
René

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2 Comments

  1. Jesie McElroy said

    The intro <3

  2. tricia muehlbauer said

    Rene-thank you so very much! In all my years of photographing, I’ve never been on the other side of the lens. It was a great experience! You are most artistic! Thank you for capturing love, still, after 19 years. Here’s to many more for us and many more for you! Cheers to grace. And all God’s goodness. ox ~trish



Silverthorne Pavilion: Jenn & Casey

08.15.16 by René weddings

Aw, happy Monday, friends!  I’m excited to help you start your week with a gorgeous, Colorado mountain wedding!

Jenn & Casey were married in the heart of the summer in the heart of Colorado.  These two mean so much to me.  Casey and I go back almost ten years; he and I taught and led a yearbook worship for high school kids.  He taught design and I taught photography; eventually we were asked to plan and lead the whole thing.  Working with him showed me a.) how much he cares about kids 2.) how much he values good style & design and 3.) what a terrific guy & friend he is.  I’m so thrilled he found Jenn — gal who’s beautiful personality is matched only by her bold, beautiful laugh.   Together these two will be amazing parents to Casey’s daughter, Hannah.  ‘Twas an emotional day as these two became one and a new chapter begins.

Some of my favorite parts of this wedding were the bright, bold colors — corals, magentas, and oranges,  the mountain backdrops, the first look set against an emerald lake, and Casey’s love for Jenn. Oh, and the confetti poppers!!

Casey & Jenn, I feel so privileged to have been a part of this day.  I cannot see what the future holds for you both.  I am blessed to call you friends.  Looking forward to 18 and a few brews this fall!!

With love & joy,
René

Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion | Ceremony: Ruby Ranch | Coordination: Petal & Bean | Beauty: Glam Team | Blooms: Petal & Bean | Catering: All Love Catering | Entertainment: Elite DJ |  Cake: GlitterSweet Bake Shop

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1 Comment

  1. Casey said

    OH MY GOD!!! I love these so much. You’re a great friend, Rene. Thanks for capturing our special day. These pictures remind just how amazing it was, and I’m thankful we could share it with you.



Pikes Peak Engagement: Anna & Ben

08.12.16 by René engagements

Good morning and happy Fridaaaaay!  I am so happy to be back in the swing of things this week after a couple weeks off because that means I get to show you Anna & Ben!

I first met Ben at his brother, Tom’s, wedding at the Broadmoor a few years ago.  I fell in love with Tom & Victoria’s family so when Tom’s mom inquired about shooting her other son Ben’s wedding, I knew I had to be a part of it!   Especially when she told me Ben & Anna are both Christians and having their wedding at the amazing Glen Eyrie Castle!  I knew we’d be a great fit! Plus Ben is in the same line of work as my husband in the Air Force, as well as Anna’s brother!  Small world.

I met up with these two for two rounds of coffee at Colorado Springs’ Agia Sophia.  Then we ventured up the Pikes Peak Highway to shoot at some pretty incredible backdrops.  We drove through black clouds and pouring rain, but these two were incredibly patient and trusting as we watched the storm blow away.  I’m thrilled with how these turned out and cannot wait to get to know these two sweet souls even better.

Ben & Anna, thank you SO much for letting me be the one to do this for you!  This is just the start of an epic journey God has in store for you!

With love & joy,
René

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  1. Emma said

    This is my best friend!!! These pictures are gorgeous and capture their beauty and joy so perfectly!!!



Villa Parker Wedding: Michelle & Steven

07.20.16 by René weddings

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Today we bring you our annual Free Wedding Giveaway couple Michelle & Steven!  This time, we joined in with Villa Parker’s Free Wedding Giveaway to a military couple.  Their whole wedding was gifted by Villa Parker and some amazing vendors associated with Villa Parker.  We were honored to be a part of this!  There couldn’t be a sweeter, more deserving, more grateful couple. My heart was so full after this day, seeing all the best vendors coming together for this couple and their families.  Truly, it was a beautiful sight!

Michelle & Steven had a vintage, 1920′s art deco themed wedding.  And it was a dream.  Michelle honestly looks straight off the Downton Abbey screen and had the perfect look.  Everything from the shoes to the dress to the antique hankies given to every guest… it was a perfect day.  My favorite moment, however, was their private communion, prayer, and marriage license signing that took place immediately after the ceremony with their pastor.

Steven & Michelle, we are lifers.  THANK YOU for letting me be the one to do this for you! I have been so blessed by you two and am so so so grateful for our new friendship!! Love you both so much!

With love & joy,
René

A huge shoutout to the amazing vendors who donated their time and services to make Michelle & Steven a dream wedding day.

Venue: Villa Parker | Coordination: Marielee & Grace Wedding + Event Design | Beauty: Pretty Bride Shop | Blooms: The Olive & Poppy | Specialty Decor: Candle Light Ambiance | Lighting: Lighting & Deisgn by Scott |  Catering: Tony Rosacci Catering | Entertainment: Elite DJ | Invitations: Felicity Allyse | Cake & Desserts: Kelley Kakes & The Bundt Shoppe | Photo Booth: Gusto Booth Co. | Rentals: Event Rents 

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  1. Michelle Lucas said

    I just can’t get over how amazing you are. I thank God we found you <3