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My journey with becoming a wedding photographer started when I was just a little girl. I had no idea then that I wanted to be a wedding photographer, I just knew that I loved weddings. But looking back now, that’s where it all started for me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with weddings. I spent hours on the internet looking at wedding dresses and daydreaming what mine would look like. I planned my wedding from start to finish, picking out everything from flowers to songs we would dance to and making all of my friends bridesmaids, setting every last detail. When I was done, I’d start all over again.

The funny thing was, I didn’t even go to that many weddings when I was young, just one or two here and there. I have a hard time pinning down where this obsession started for me, but it feels like it’s always been a part of who I am.

My first attempt at a wedding dress

I would go through my parents wedding album over and over again as a child. I loved looking through their wedding photos, but I remember feeling disappointed that there weren’t more photos in it. I wanted to see more of what my parents wedding day was. I wanted to know how they felt, I wanted to feel their joy and love. Their photos are beautiful, and I can tell they’re happy, but, simply because of what wedding photography was in the 70’s, the photos don’t capture the full emotions of the day. I didn’t know this at the time, but that feeling, that desire to experience the joy my parents felt at their wedding would become the foundation for why I became a wedding photographer years later.

At 18 I left for college, ready to be out on my own, and knowing exactly what I wanted from life. I was going to study interior design, find my one true love, get married and start a family.

Being a wedding photographer wasn’t even a blip on my radar.

Day one of my very first interior design class found me sitting in a crowded lecture hall thinking to myself, “Nope. This is not for me.”

I remember very clearly walking back to my dorm that afternoon, so confused. I wanted to be an interior designer since I was 10. If that wasn’t what I was going to do, what was I going to do? I sat on these thoughts for a couple days and then decided to drop that interior design class and just focus on getting general credits until I figured out what I wanted to change my major to. Which worked out just great util the time rolled around to start signing up for next year’s classes.

I had hoped that by this point I would know what I wanted to do, but that wasn’t the case. I was probably more lost now than I had been 8 months ago. Over the course of those 8 months I had thought about being a baker, an art historian, a writer, a museum curator, and a florist, and a million other things. I had no idea, I was so lost. I called my mom, sitting on my dorm room bed, crying, so confused, so scared, having no idea where my life was taking. How was I supposed to sign up for classes when I didn’t know where I was going? She told me, like she had many times before, that it was going to be ok, that I didn’t need to know that right now. She asked me, “Why don’t you take a year off to figure it out?” And the instant she asked me that question a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I have never even considered taking a year off and her asking me was almost like her giving me permission. It was ok if I didn’t know what to do. It was ok if I took some time to figure that out.

So that’s what I did. I dropped out of college, with every intention to go back the following year.

Myself and my college roommate and bestie, Brittany

 I spent the next year trying to figure out my life. I felt a little overwhelmed that I was expected at just 19 years old to know what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. How was I supposed to know that? I’d hardly done anything to begin with, how should I know what the rest of my life was going to look like? I got a job to fill the time, and, like I had the previous year, kept jumping back and forth between what I wanted to do. The time to enroll for classes approached much quicker than I thought it would. I panicked and declared English as my major and signed up for classes again.

Then, I took a vacation with my family to Florida, and this is where everything was set in motion for me.

Read Part 2 here!

  • Alyssa Bouma - I’m so glad life led you to be a Denver Wedding Photographer!ReplyCancel

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Such a beautiful day for a Denver LDS Temple Wedding!! Courtney and Jason were married in the Denver LDS Temple surrounded by family and friends on a beautiful spring day. There was so much love and laughter, everyone was all smiles! I had photographed Courtney’s sister’s wedding a few weeks before so it was so much fun to see all these familiar faces again! This is a family that truly loves each other! I loved the teal and gray Courtney and Jason picked for their bridal party, (we all know I’m a big fan of teal!) and those ties the guys had were perfect!

Courtney and Jason totally lied to me before the wedding and told me they weren’t photogenic! Not true at all! They were so great in front of the camera, and I loved how sweet they were together.

My favorite moment of the day had to be the father daughter dance. This is always a favorite moment of mine, daddy daughter dances always get me, but Courtney had a special surprise for her dad. They started off dancing a nice slow song, and a few seconds in it switched to “If I Had a Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies. Her dad’s reaction was priceless! And then SO sweet as they hugged and danced! I definitely cried in that moment, and I know I wasn’t alone.

Courtney and Jason, it was an honor to be a part of your wedding day. I hope you love your photos and I wish you two all the best!

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Want more LDS weddings?! Then you’ll love Carrie & Willam’s wedding or Jenna & Jake’s wedding!


Melissa Sue Photography is a Colorado and Destination wedding photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Colorado, but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over.

To learn more about me, my photography, and how I can best serve you on your wedding day click here or send me an email to set up a consultation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Mercedes - Lovely images! You certainly know your way around the details and moments of an LDS wedding. You’ve got to be one of the best Denver LDS wedding photographers!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - What a beautiful Denver LDS wedding! You photographed it so beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Moore - Wow that temple is absolutely gorgeous! What a gorgeous day for a wedding, and you captured it beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • EJ - What a beautiful LDS wedding! You do great work!ReplyCancel

  • Kerlyn Van Gelder - What a lovely wedding! The bokeh on the lights during the dance were perfect. You are such an amazing LDS wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor Jones - They are such a cute couple! And you gotta love the Denver LDS temple!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - What a great Denver LDS wedding! You did a beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - This LDS wedding is breathtaking. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jiyeon - What a sweet LDS wedding! You are such an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - These photos are incredible! I think I would’ve cried too during the father daughter dance! Another gorgeous Denver LDS Wedding!ReplyCancel

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Who would’ve thought I’d be posting a snowy wedding in the middle of May?! Colorado said “Spring? lol jk” for Margaret and Josh’s Cielo at Castle Pines wedding, but it turned out to be amazing. The snow was stunning, big puffy soft flakes, and it really wasn’t all that cold out (some bridemaids may disagree with me there!) so we were still able to get some portraits outside.

Out of all of the amazing things about this day (beautiful venue, incredible people, gorgeous details) my favorite thing by far was how incredibly happy these two were. They didn’t let an expected blizzard ruin their day, even though the ceremony had to be inside and we couldn’t go take photos at the spot we’d picked out. I loved that! They were all smiles all day long, and truly enjoyed every second of their wedding day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride as excited as Margaret was! (and I’ve seen a lot of excited brides!) Their joy was infectious, everyone around them was laughing and joking all day long. Including us photographers! Everyone – their family, bridal party, guests – were so much fun to be around and made us feel so welcomed!

Margaret and Josh, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting Corrie & I be a part of your wedding! It was an incredibly beautiful day that we were honored to be a part of!

And thank you, beautiful, incredible Corrie Brockman, for being an incredible 2nd photographer (per usual).


Melissa Sue Photography is a Colorado and Destination wedding photographer who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. Melissa is based in Colorado, but travels worldwide, capturing local and destination weddings all over.

To learn more about me, my photography, and how I can best serve you on your wedding day click here or send me an email to set up a consultation.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Jasmine - This Colorado wedding is just full of charming delights. Really dig those snowy portraits, you can feel the chill and their joy!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hinds - Oh my goodness snow it May is just mean, playing tricks on you as a Colorado photographer! lol But you did an amazing job! I am in love with the shots in the tress. The snow looks so magical! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • sarah - You nailed the detail shots at this Cielo at Castle Pines WeddingReplyCancel

  • Kerlyn Van Gelder - Such gorgeous Colorado wedding! I love he pops of color everywhere and it looks like they had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - What a lovely venue! You really took great shots at this Cielo at Castle Pines Wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - This Cielo at Castle Pines Wedding party was brave to do all the pictures in the snow. Great contrast with the deep purple dresses.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Oh my goodness that snow is beautiful Colorado is full of surprises!ReplyCancel

  • Sharee Davenport - What a lovely winter wedding at Cielo Castle Pines! I love their purple detailsReplyCancel

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