René Tate Photography

San Francisco Anniversary Portraits: Jesie & Brandon

08.24.16 by René anniversaries

Wikipedia says, “the seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around year seven of a marriage. The phrase originated as a name for irritating and contagious skin complaints of a long duration.”

Not for these two.

Jesie and Brandon are just getting started. I know; this girl is one of my very best friends and I’ve seen this couple walk through thick and thin.  I know their marriage has only gotten stronger, and more deeply rooted with each passing year. But it takes work and these two have set such a beautiful example to me & John about how to communicate, pray, and love & respect one another.

And how much of a babe is my bestie?  We tried a couple of times to get their anniversary pictures done but were enveloped by San Francisco’s Karl the Fog. But we rolled with it anyway, and even managed to get in some shots with Brandon & Jesie’s sweet, sweet baby girl, Bella, despite the cold, damp air.  Bella handled the evening like a champion.

Friends, it is so so good to see you in front of my camera again.  I love you.  We are lifers.  Here’s to the next 7 years!

With love & joy,
René

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2 Comments

  1. Maria Lampman said

    Oh my Gosh!!! These are so awesome! Bella is adorable!

  2. Ashley said

    What a beautiful family!!



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!!!