Osborn Farm Wedding | Loveland
Colorado Mountain View Farm Wedding
We love how wedding photography turns out outside of the city along the front range. For Kyle and Lea they had a good day with blue sky, clouds, and good sun. Wind was a variable that seemed to pick up when the bridesmaids came out to get photos. There were some moments that might not make the blog cut of hair going straight up with laughter. Looking back at the initial contact there was the self described lack of doing great and being comfortable in front of the camera. From looking at what we got in the wedding and engagement we would say we would have never thought that to be the case. There was a playfulness and a relax personality to them both. We call this the natural photography. It is finding how to help a couple feel all chill and relaxed when cameras are around. The idea is to focus less on posed photography and more on the candid real you. Its almost like you need to help the couple detach from the day and get lost in each other. There were some minor stresses earlier for them and so it wasn’t an instant type of thing as it seemed like Lea had her mind going with all the things in the wedding day pipeline. They had a comical ceremony officiated by a friend. Vows were finalized before the ceremony and tugged some tears out. Thank you Mr. Tissue for saving the makeup. The drinks were flowing before the ceremony and if we are not mistaken the 4 kegs of beer and 21ish bottles of wine were pretty much consumed. As a point of clarification that was not all pre-ceremony but rather throughout the night. On a side note if you want a good party for you and your guests open up the bar before the ceremony. If you are concerned there might not be enough self control to allow people to get behind the wheel you can do what they did and arrange for a limo shuttle to the hotel.
For these outdoor evening kind of weddings lighting is always a variable requiring some skill to balance sharp naturally warm photos. They had rope lights on poles staked into the ground lining the dinner area. There were candles on the tables and hung some trees outside. The DJ “Bam” brought in some blue lighting which we supplemented with some warm lighting for some key events like the first dances, cake cutting, and bouquet toss. When it came to the dancing things were barely lit but as you will see things were adapted without going overboard on the flash.
Osborn Farm Review:
Osborn Farm is a private property farm that has been in the family for over 100 years. We think that is what was on the sign for their main driveway. We had two suggested addresses from Google. The first had us turn a turn to early. The second was correct but on going to the second we saw a sign for The Osborn Farm. You will want to direct your guests to go to this address or have signage for the wedding at the other turns. Either way it was a minor thing that even tripped us up. Outside of that it was a great outdoor Colorado front range venue. It seems they only do weddings on the weekend dates. On their website you can see availability which is rather nice. There isn’t a lot of other information on the website but basically you have a barn for the reception, a ceremony site by the edge of the lake. Between the ceremony site and the barn things were setup for dinner out on the grass. Along side the barn is where cocktail hour got its motivation with the beer kegs and wine. One perk of this location is the bringing of your own alcohol. When you have a group of 120+ who loves to party and starts to drink before the ceremony in a pre-ceremony cocktail hour know you will benefit from the BYOB and BYOW. After writing the BYOW we needed to google it to make sure it was a thing and in the Urban Dictionary the “W” can mean wine as we intended but also weed. We meant wine but nonetheless I am sure some of the other was brought cause its Colorado. We digress – there is also a mini barn / shed that can work well for catering. One note on the catering is that the style of food should be prepared in full before arrival and ready to go for serving. This typically means a more low key type of food. Another alternative if you want a freshly prepared food is a food truck which would work great at this location. Last of all there is a mini home which is rather cute that works for the bride and bridesmaids to do their thing. Bathrooms are standard issue portable ones as many farm weddings will have but overall we will rate them at a C+ with honorable mentions to the wash station beside them with running water, soap, and mints. If you want a laid back and chill wedding with a little more control over how the wedding looks then this is a great venue option.
If you are thinking of doing the private property / family home kind of wedding here are the other backyard weddings on the blog.