Golden Hour Engagement Portraits on a Family Ranch

It’s so fun to photograph engagement sessions at locations that are special to the couple, so when Chelsea & Eric suggested we do engagement portraits on a family ranch, I was all in. We drove out to Chelsea’s family’s land on a sunny summer afternoon, and lucked out with the most stunning golden hour light.

Chelsea & Eric are such a kind and fun-loving couple and always ready to party. They met through Chelsea’s family, and while they knew each other for years, they dated for a short time before deciding they were ready to tie-the-knot.

They were instantly trusting of me behind the camera and ready to have fun walking around the ranch! When a couple forgets the camera and has fun with each other, the photographs are true to them. Chelsea & Eric did such an incredible job of that and I think their personalities show so much in these photographs!

We spent the first part of their engagement session in a clearing of the ranch with lovely, big oak trees. They wore matching jerseys with their names on the back–the vibrant color was so fun with the dreamy evening light.

Then we drove up into a more open field for some more formal portraits. I loved that they incorporated so much color into their outfits! As the sun went down, they popped a bottle of champagne and toasted to their engagement.

They got married a few months later, at a country club wedding with a killer dance floor. View their gallery to see their autumn wedding, with some super fun flash reception photographs.

Couple walks together hand in hand during engagement session on family ranch.

Bride and groom kiss during engagement session on family ranch

Bride wraps her arms around grooms neck with engagement ring showing, the back of his jersey reads "Mr. Robertson"

Bride and groom chest bump in open field

Bride and groom laugh as they try to pop a bottle of champagne.

Two people cheers champagne flutes.

Facing each other, groom looks at camera while bride kisses him on cheek.

Couple stands side by side, with bride holding close to groom's arm, during golden hour engagement portraits.

Couple hugs, laughing with their faces close together.

Black and white photograph of groom's arms wrapped around bride as he kisses her on the forehead

Couple holds hands, walking away from camera in open field.

Formal portrait of couple in an open field at sunset

Couple links arms, drinking champagne in front of sunset on family ranch.

Alison Brooke Helms is a Colorado wedding photographer creating heirloom photographs of your most magic moments. Learn about my approach to a wedding day here.

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