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Denver A-List 2013 BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPER Finalist | Colorado Wedding Photography

September 4th, 2013

 

On Friday I received an email that I had become a Finalist for the Denver A-List Best Wedding Photographer!!  I came in #5 out of 414 photographers!!  WooHoo…is about all I said this weekend! :)

I have the best couples who show me so much support!  This award is also for them for the being the BEST WEDDING COUPLES!!  <3  Thank you to everyone who voted – I appreciate it more than you can imagine!!


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Handmade Dining Table and Chandelier | Colorado Thrifty DIYer…Kim Shokouhi

September 3rd, 2013

I sit at this table often when I work on weddings…and I thought it should get a little recognition!  I made this table with my very own hands – and man, were they blistery at the end!  I love DIY home shows and my favs are the shows that make someone else’s trash into their own treasure.  I do this often…and it drives my hubby crazy.  But when it’s all said and done, he always likes my creations. :)

Here is my Custom Dining Table:

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Soon after we moved back to Colorado from Chicago we built a house in Arvada.  There was always building material scraps all over our neighborhood.  I’m addicted to re-purposing and recycling architectural salvage and was in my glory!  I eyeballed this cable spool for a few weeks when I finally told my husband I was taking it to make a table!!  (Again ‘CRAZY’ was going through his mind and he made me push all the way home by myself).  Of course taking pictures of me to show my future therapist!

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It took me a couple of months to decide exactly what I was going to do….and then it came to me!

I took the spool apart (saved the rusted hardware of course) and got some dark wood stain from the garage.  I made some spots darker than others to make it look more aged.

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I bought four used stair railing balusters at ReSource (an architectural salvage yard in Boulder) and cut them to size. Then I sanded and stained them to match the top.

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I turned the balusters around so the balls would be the feet.

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The table legs were not sturdy enough on their own so I added galvanized steel supports.  Because the silver didn’t go with my design, I purchased rope to cover it.

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I had to hot glue the rope – and let’s just say my hands were so raw from the roughness of the rope and the heat of the glue – that I’ll probably never do this again!  I’ve had friends ask me to make them one and I promptly tell them “It is a one-of-a-kind”!

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While shopping at Habitat for Humanity I found these brand new chairs.  I couldn’t believe it!  There were two of each and they were right off the showroom floor with brand new tags still on them.  They were marked regularly $459 and $259 and I got them for $40 each!  I <3 thrifting!!

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The final product (well almost – the image is missing the glass I bought brand new for $130 to lay on the top).  COST: table spool: free; balusters $16; stain: already owned; rope, hardware, steel supports: $33; chairs $160…My overall cost for my new awesome one-of-a-kind custom dining set: $339 and some blisters!

And to go along with it I made a custom chandelier:

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I found this old window at an antique shop.  It had three of the four panes broken – but I saw it still had some love to give!  I refinished the wood to match better with my new table.  I bought these cute lanterns and bird cage at Hobby Lobby and VIOLA!  Another project my friends and family questioned me on until they saw the final product!  (We have since added a small pendent light that attaches to the ceiling and hangs down in the middle of the chandelier!  :)  Beautiful and I love it! <3

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It’s Never Too Late! | Colorado Wedding Photography

August 29th, 2013

Speaking of Arrowhead Golf Club…Look what just got delivered…another Coffee Table Book!!

I got a call recently from Katie & Matt – whose wedding I photographed in 2009 at Arrowhead in Littleton, Colorado.  They, like many newlyweds, were planning on making a wedding album for themselves.  Next thing you know…life gets back to normal and days become months which then become years.

I was so excited to hear from Katie – one thing I love almost as much as photographing weddings is designing wedding albums.  The wedding album is the heirloom that holds all your favorite wedding images forever!!

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Thanks again Katie & Matt for asking me to create this family heirloom for you!  Please keep in touch!  xoxo, Kim.

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Keena & Jesse: Married at Arrowhead Golf Club | Colorado Wedding Photographer

August 29th, 2013

Keena & Jesse were married May 24th at one of my favorite Colorado venues: Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton.  I have been photographing weddings there since 2004.  It truly is a beautiful location for a wedding – I had never heard of it before I was commissioned to photograph Megan & Mike Greene’s wedding there on July 2, 2004…if I had, I probably would’ve been married there also.  :)

May 24th was beautiful and the weather was perfect!  Keena & Jesse had made plans before to do a Reveal Ceremony (see eachother before the ceremony and do all the formal photos early).  Reveal Ceremonies are awesome for different reasons: 1. If you are having your ceremony and reception at the same venue – it frees you up after the ceremony to go directly into the cocktail hour and be with your guests. 2. Getting married is crazy on your nerves already…now bring in 100-200 people staring at you while you walk down the aisle and see your husband or wife to be – and it will forsure make you cry!

Their wedding was lots of fun and they have great families!!  I hope you enjoy their photos…

These are some of the other vendors who helped make the day special for Keena & Jesse:

Venue/Catering: Arrowhead Golf Club

Entertainment/DJ: Jay Kacik of Standing Room Only

Officiant: Josh Ratzlaff

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I loved the wedding and the bridal party!!!…Thank you Keena & Jesse for having me be a part of your day!!  xoxo, Kim.

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Barceló Los Cabos Palace | Mexico & Destination Wedding Photography

August 28th, 2013

I had the honor of photographing Mike & Jacqueline’s wedding in Cabo at Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe Hotel in June.  The wedding was gorgeous…as was Jacque!  They had almost 80 guests (which is alot for a destination wedding) and really had a fantastic celebration…ending it off with a lantern release on the beach.  (See more of their images on Facebook)

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I love this sign!!!  “Today Two Families Are Becoming One. Please Pick A Seat, Not A Side.”  (Writing it just gave me goosebumps!)

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Congratulations again Mike & Jacque!!  I’m so happy I was able to be part of this amazing day.  xoxo, Kim.

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BFF Portrait Session | Boulder Colorado Photographer

August 27th, 2013

Who says portraits are only for families??? Well this was a fun session with BFFs Meghin and Jenny….who have been best friends since elementary school! They decided to do a girls day out and have their portraits done together with their daughters at Chatauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. What a special memory to have with girlfriends.

Go to Facebook to view more!

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Hope the ice cream after was just as much fun!   xoxo, Kim.

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10 Metallic Wedding Decoration DIYs | Colorado Wedding Photography

August 6th, 2013

I just came across this in my Inbox.  It’s from Whimseybox (a monthly craft box subscription) and it has some really fun and inexpensive DIY ideas for your wedding!!  So since I love DIY and I love weddings – I wanted to make sure I shared it with you!!

Check out their entire blog post on 10 Metallic Wedding DIYs.

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Photo Credit: adailysomething.com

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Happy 7th Anniversary | Boulder Colorado Wedding Photography

July 22nd, 2013

My friend and past bride, Jennette, wrote on Facebook that TODAY was her and Erik’s 7th Anniversary!  That means I photographed their wedding July 22, 2006 – oh how time flies!

I remember it was such a fun (and HOT) day and some of the best families I’ve ever worked with!  Now, Jennette and Erik have two gorgeous kids and are living happily ever after! :)

View my Facebook page to see more of my favorites from their day.

Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder     Reception Location: Westin Westminster

Congratulations Jennette & Erik!  I’m so honored to have been a part of your day and your lasting memories!!  xoxo, Kim.

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Nominated for 2013 Denver A-List | Kim Shokouhi Photography

June 25th, 2013

I was excited to see the email today that I’ve been nominated for the Wedding Photography category on the Denver A-List for 2013!  I’d love your support and your VOTE!!  xoxo, Kim!

 

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Personal Project | Kim Shokouhi Photography

April 9th, 2013

This year I promised myself that I would start doing a personal art/craft project every month.  It might be sewing, building, painting, wrapping, etc. and it might even be photography {other than weddings!} ;)

I recently came across a fabulous idea that went along with my desire to craft – Whimseybox!  It’s a monthly diy craft subscription box.  You pay only $15 (including s&h) which has an assortment or craft/art supplies, instructions on what to do or inspiration to create your own design…and it also comes with the cutest reusable box with a label holder…to store your craft supplies!  Did I say it was only $15…and I didn’t even have to search a store to find all the materials!  (Every time I go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s I end up spending atleast $50 – if not $100.)

I just received my first month’s subscription last week.  Since today is a snow day…I thought it would be the perfect day to craft!

The March Whimseybox included a 6″x8″ board, some nails, baker’s twine and wire.  It had a few designs included, but since this was my first I wanted to make it personal and be something that I believe in!  My favorite crafting materials were once used for something else (re-purposing) – or even better – were someone’s else trash (recycling).  I always tell my kids “one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure”!!  – Yes – they think I’m crazy!

So I found a design online at Clker.  It is the recycle symbol turned into a heart! <3

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I printed out the recycle heart design and made dots along the design where I was going to place the nails.  I taped the paper to my wood so it wouldn’t slip…then began nailing.  After all the nails were in, I took the paper off.

 

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I had to redo my first arrow because I used one of the nails from a different arrow.  Make sure you remember if you have spaces that will not be filled with the twine or wire.

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Once I was done stringing the wire around all the nails I decided to add a little more color.  I couldn’t find my painter’s tape but used archival tape instead.  I taped off a border around the heart – about 1/4″.  Then I used some all purpose acrylic paint to paint the edges.

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I added a little Mod Podge when the paint was dry for a shiny effect.  Once it was dry I slowly removed the tape.

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This is my first finished Whimseybox project!   And my first personal project of the year (yes…I know it’s April!)…I’ve been busy! ;)  I hope you love it!!…and it inspires you to become or stay crafty!

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xoxo, Kim.

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