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ISES Denver Annual Wedding Showcase

I just got back from an International Special Events Society (ISES) event about an hour ago. Oh how inspired I come back every time from an ISES event. Today’s Wedding Showcase was no exception. Once a year ISES board asks wedding vendors to get together and collaborate on an idea, on a design to showcase their unique work and show off their abilities as the masters in their field. This collaboration takes a form of a inspirational table design. Being a photographer who carries a camera almost to any occasion, I snapped some photos to share with my brides and to show off the talent of Denver. I was a little late to the event and didn’t get to write down all of the information about the tables. If any of my dear readers notice the work of any particular vendor they know, please let me know!

ISES Wedding #1

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My ideas, inspiration and photography

Once in a while I wake with an idea! Weather it is a challenging recipe or something related to photography it always bugs me until I give birth to it by letting my imagination do the work. This time I had this crazy idea that I needed to organize a bridal shoot. Well, crazy or not, I pushed myself to make it real! By the end of the photo shoot I found out that I can cut my own hair, fix my model’s hair and do her make up!

Despite many challenges we have had while preparing for this photo shoot, we were able to pull it off in less than a week, thanks to the amazing vendors of Colorado. The aim was to achieve a very classical concept with chateau feel to it.

We couldn’t possibly do much without a dress. Although I had this another crazy idea of wrapping my bride with white curtains and pretend that it was a wedding gown! No, really! Have you seen that dress made out of a toilet paper?  No kidding, some famous designer took on a task on making a dress out of toilet paper. So, making a dress out of curtains didn’t seem like a bad idea to me. Later I decided to keep that idea for future projects and went on looking for a real dress. My very good friend Mia Voss  introduced to me Breanna of Anna Be Bridal Boutique, who agreed to give me one of her new Monique Lhuillier gowns. I died! Considering that I was picking the dress up the morning of the photo shoot I couldn’t afford laying there dead. So, I decided to get up and make the photo shoot happen.

My bride-my best friend Olya is a biology major, you know. She had nothing to do with modeling or wanting to be a model. The power of friendship is a bomb 🙂  It empowered her to be my model for the shoot and I couldn’t have been any happier that I talked her in for working with us.

While we were planning to take pictures outdoors, the day turned out to be very windy and cloudy with a high chance of rain. I started panicking. If I didn’t really die at Anna Be’s now was the time to do so when the weather went berserk on me. My dear husband of course had a plan B. Good to have a supportive husband on your side, I will tell you! We quickly contacted the closest hotel – DoubleTree Denver Tech Center to see if they could accommodate us. Without much delay, the hotel management kindly gave us permission to shoot in their premises. The hotel turned out to be perfect for our photo shoot and the PI Restaurant where we shot the majority of the images was absolutely beautiful – certainly a nice place for weddings. Brides, keep that in mind!

We had to cancel many details we were counting on since we only could use them outdoors. But I decided not to disclose the nature of our accessories to you now, since they are going to be part of my crazy ideas to come 🙂

Nilufer (Splendor Your Guests) my dear friend, provided beautiful shawls for our bride and we also wrapped them over mahogany chairs provided by All Well Rents to pull all the colors together. The beautiful guest cards were provided by Julie Sandusky of JS Designs custom designs matching our cherry, cream and gold colors. Oh, how I adore thee. With the collaboration of such a great team and their hard work, I believe we all did a great job.

One of my favorite flower shop owners, Julia Kaaren (Mulberries flowers ), offered her help with designing flowers for our photo shoot on such a short notice. When I saw the bridal bouquet and the center piece, I was speechless of how pretty they were.

Rachael of Intricate Icings provided us with a stunning cake which was very cohesive with our target design.

One special person was with me for the entire time that week. My amazing little sister Kamola went through fire and water for me to get everything done. She helped me to pull the design together and kept (still keeping) my sanity together, too! I have so much to tell her, but instead I prefer to simply hug her tight to let her know I adore her endlessly for being there for me.

Portfolio #9

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December 11, 2010 - 2:07 am

Pritam - Hey Lola,

you, Nasim are superb. I regularly follow u guys blog. Just quick question how did you make this photograph so rich. I tried many times but never got that much color depth. Do you use any photo editing tool?


December 11, 2010 - 11:48 pm

Makhsuma - Ne perestayu udivlyatsya tvoyey fantazii i energii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do inspire me and other people to make beautiful things…

December 12, 2010 - 1:00 am

nick - well, those are some pretty good shots here. me wife very beautiful and the photographer excellent job. Maybe you can start shooting for some wedding magazine. Two years later hopefully for Vogue.

December 12, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Lola Mansurov - Ksuma, spasibo tebe jonim. You always make my day with your comments 😀

December 12, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Lola Mansurov - Amen, Nick! 😀

December 13, 2010 - 1:55 am

Lola Mansurov - Pritam,

Thank you for your feedback! Nasim will soon be posting some tips on processing portraits in Lightroom very soon!

December 13, 2010 - 3:55 pm

Inspiration: Warm Design with Claret and Ivory - Splendor for Your Guests – Umbrella Rental | Shawl Rental | Personalized Gifts | Embroidered Shawls | Wholesale Shawls - […] I’m only including a few photos here. Please read Lola’s blog post to see all photos. […]

January 20, 2011 - 12:25 pm

SeminoleX - Astonishing shots! Good job Lola and Kamola!

January 27, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Lola Mansurov - Thank you, SeminoleX!

What I will miss about 2010, Part I

The year of 2010 was a very fruitful year for both Nasim and I. I will obviously miss a lot of good things that happened to us and to our photography business. I decided to dedicate one post to each of the big events that we were lucky enough to be a part of in 2010 and post images that never surfaced our blog from those events. We are grateful for having a chance to meet so many wonderful people in the wedding industry. I particularly had a blast working alongside my husband, who I adore more than anything and anyone in the world. He taught me most of what I know and I will make sure to bug him 200% more in 2011 🙂

The most memorable event was the wedding that we attended of Erica and Brett. This couple amazes me each and every day. I most definitely need to thank “Facebook” for being in touch with them as much as I am. It is great to see what love can do to two people. What can it do, you might ask. A child? Maybe? Why, yes and why not! 🙂

I will not jump before the train. But I invite you to join me in revisiting my memories of 2010 one image at a time, from Erica’s and Brett’s wedding in Manitou Springs.

Erica and Brett (2)

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January 15, 2011 - 10:32 am

Pablo Quiroga - Just i like to know what camera you used for this weddings. I want to work in weddings and i need look different samples and the camera with take a picture for desire what camera is the best, but with a reasonable price(2000-3000€). Superb samples

January 18, 2011 - 9:09 am

Mat - Hi Nasim & Lola,

I love reading your site. While I consider myself to be technically accomplished as a photographer, I love the human aspect that you bring with your blog and your ideas. It’s really inspirational to me. So many sites concentrate on technical information and equipment, it’s easy to lose site of why we want to take pictures in the first place! Your portraits clearly show your passion for ‘people’ photography. Regardless of what I think I know I always find that there’s something new to learn here.

Anyway – I wondered if you noticed your reflection in the mirror on the 2nd shot in the post!?

Thanks for all the hard work you put in to your site – I honestly don’t know how you find the time.

Warm regards,

January 27, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Lola Mansurov - Hi Mat 🙂 Sorry it took me some time to answer you Yes, I’ve seen my reflection on the mirror 🙂

Thank you very, so much for kind worlds and support. Trust me, we need it. At times things get hard and don’t go the way we intend for them to be. But with friends like you, we can take on anything!

Thank you again for visiting our blog!!

September 6, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Shirley - I’m curious why the Brides rarely smile in your photos…

Larisa and Alex: Wedding

Larisa and Alex got married last month and we celebrated their wedding at a beautiful Russian restaurant called “National”. Before I jump into showing off pictures from their wedding I want to tell you a little story about how these two love bugs met.

Larisa and Alex got to know each other through a mutual friend’s profile, in a Russian version of Facebook-style social site called “Odnoklassniki“. The found out that they both lived in Denver, so they started communicating and getting to know each other online. Then one day, after many hours of online chat, they decided to meet in person… Larisa thought to herself: “Well, we are not a couple and this is not a date”. So she decided to go casual and wear jeans and all. Being unpredictable and fun as Alex is, he takes her to a fancy restaurant! Larisa got embarrassed a little, but promised herself to be better prepared next time. For their next date, Alex called Larisa and told her that he wanted to take her out to a secret place as a surprise. Larisa got all fancied up, putting nice make up on, using her best wardrobe. Alex picked her up and took her to indoor skydiving! Just as you thought Larisa would lose herself and be upset at Alex, she hopped on one of those skydiving tubes, forgetting all about her fancy clothes, hair and make up. Her experience? The make up was obviously ruined and the fancy dress did not serve the purpose, but it was unforgettable!

That’s how Alex fell in love with Larisa, for her being so supportive of him in every way. Not being afraid of jumping from a parachute and letting Alex ride his bike! It feels amazing when one finds a partner who loves you for who you are. Larisa is happy to have found a person who understands and cherishes her. It is really a two way street… and happy wife, happy life!

Larisa and Alex #10

Larisa and Alex #1

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November 21, 2010 - 6:28 pm

Larisa and Alex - Hi Lolochka and Nasim,

We’re absolutely love, love, love all of the pictures. We are amazed by how beautiful pictures came out. I can’t express everything in words, but we love both of you and what both of you create is astonishing. You made it so easy and stress free.
I’m sure this is not going to be the last thanks that we will be able to say.

Sincerely both Alex and I.

January 11, 2011 - 2:47 am

nansagi dauda - I looked in all your pictures were so good. But now why don’t you tell us which type of lens you used in this function. I will be glad if told the lens. Thanks for the good work.

January 11, 2011 - 2:51 am

nansagi dauda - i had already written to you , thanking you the work done on Larisa and Alex ‘s wedding. But you forgot to tell us which lenses you used . Please tell us.

Olga and Nikolay: Portraits

Our dear friends Olga and Nikolai posed for us during Anastasia and Artem’s wedding. That was one amazing wedding, I will tell ya! I felt like we had all the time in the world in our hands to shoot away. One of those moments was dedicated to creating a quick mini-session with Olya and Kolya (as we call them). I love these photographs because they portrayed true energy between these two love bugs…and I love Olga because she is my bestie 😀

Olya and Kolya #1

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