Denver /CO + worldwide

Colorado wedding and elopement  photography 

imagery & film of
"the way it felt"

Based in Denver, Colorado, we're a married wedding and portrait photography duo who love to roam the Rocky Mountains and raft rivers, but are total Star Wars geeks, and rock out at local punk shows too. We believe people are complex—that you can be a punk rocker and a romantic, an adventurer and a Netflix binger—so no one cookie-cutter approach to photography is going to work for everyone. Our work is personal and honest, and we find it difficult to call it "work" at all. We have fun, try hard to stay present, and never take ourselves too seriously. We hope you'll want to get to know us, so we can get to know you!


Hi friend! We're Mike & Mandi.

We grew up on opposite sides of the country, but fate would have it that, one day, we would meet in a coffee shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. After four years, innumerable cups of coffee and conversation, camping and rafting trips, bike rides and hikes, and even a bit of long-distance, Mike proposed in Rocky Mountain National Park. Together, with 30 of our close friends and family members, we sealed the deal with a small, intimate wedding at that same coffee shop where we first met.

We're obsessed with craft coffee, Taco Tuesdays,
and Game of Thrones.

Hungry for life and new experiences, a little rock n' roll, and unafraid to show off your love


"I love you and I like you."

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Mike is a musician. He plays bass in a punk rock band, and is a fine woodworker, leatherman, and professional luthier by trade (he repairs and makes guitars by hand). Craftsmanship is a huge part of our daily lives. The artistry, commitment, and care of something hand-crafted is something we strive to show in our photography, too.

Mandi is a storyteller. She met Mike while earning her M.F.A. in creative writing so the art and craft of storytelling informs how she captures images. People have described her photography as natural and journalistic because at the heart of that story is always character—you—how you hope to share your life and how others will remember it.

Craftsmanship & Storytelling


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We're your kind
of people if...

You feel most alive when you’re adventuring with your best friend. If the messy, raw, in-between moments of your life are just as important as all the big ones. If you dream about wearing Vans under your wedding dress instead of heels, hiking to your ceremony spot, going on a road trip and exchanging your vows outside your Airstream—heck, the quirkier, the geekier, the more different, the better. Because your love isn’t universal, it’s one of a kind.

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Don’t see your dream location on here? You’re out of luck. Just kidding! We’re always down for exploring new places. Get in touch and let’s make this happen!

· Scotland or Ireland · Argentina ·  Prague · Netherlands · Japan · Italy ·  Greece · New Zealand ·  Australia


· Acadia National Park, Maine · La Push, Washington · Alaska · Montana · Joshua Tree, California · Arizona ·  Olympic National Park ·  Hawaii


Love has taken us all over the world. From photographing weddings in San Francisco and Vermont to honeymoons in Iceland. We believe that travel and adventure bring us closer together and there’s nothing more exciting than capturing these special memories.

If you’re an adventurous, down-to-earth couple who wants to remember life lived to the fullest, take us with you. We offer discounts for weddings, elopements, honeymoons, anniversaries and vow renewals in the following destinations:

Let's Adventure Together

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Our photos are truly worth a million words: joyful, relaxed, organic, intimate, authentic, priceless...These two really bring it all, from their skills behind the lens to their friendly good-nature that allowed us to have our most true selves captured on film.

Audrey & colton—Rocky mountain elopement

My husband was in charge of choosing our wedding photographer, and because he’s an artist, he was very picky. From pre ceremony nerves, mid ceremony tears and laughter, to post ceremony hilarity on the dance floor, Root and Blossom captured everything in a breathtaking manner. They got every shot we wanted and every shot we didn’t know we wanted, but love so much. 

Pedro & Kendall—vail colorado mountain wedding

Root & Blossom Photography captured our day in a way we could only dream of. Mandi and Mike cared for every detail of our wedding experience. They went above and beyond with every step they took before, during, and after our wedding. This is passion at work. They love what they do, and it shows. Use Root & Blossom Photography, you won’t regret it. You might even make a couple new friends.

Jordan & Erica — golden, colorado intimate wedding

Mandi! It's our first day back into everyday life, and let me tell you...seeing the photos you shared made it SO much easier!! The tears keep flowing. I wish words could capture how grateful we are for you guys. You truly have such a gift - we are your biggest fans! You and Mike touched our hearts and we appreciate you both so very much!

Aimee & Lindsey — sapphire point overlook intimate wedding

Ah! I'm crying! Griffith and I can never thank you enough for capturing the best day of our lives. We are so grateful to have our memories frozen in time so artistically and beautifully. You two are the best.

Lissette & Griffith — Denver colorado wedding 

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

The Colorado Rocky Mountains are a very special place to us. One January day, we strapped on snowshoes to explore our favorite landscape transformed otherwordly by winter. We didn’t quite make it to Dream Lake that day because of a snowstorm that came down from the mountain peaks.

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Our name, Root & Blossom,
is inspired by our couples and moments
of great change and tremendous feeling,
of rooting down and growing, together.

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What are some of your favorite things to do together? It’s these experiences that make for the best memories and the best photos. Whether that’s going on an adventure in the mountains, exploring a cool new town, or getting cozy at home.

· 1-2 locations
· 1 1/2 - 3 hours
· Location planning & scouting, permit assistance
· At least 75 images
· Online image gallery, unlimited hi-resolution downloads & personal
print rights

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If a big party doesn't feel like you; if the "performance" aspect or "production" pressure of traditional weddings gives you anxiety; if experiences mean more to you than fluff and stuff; if you dream of a wedding ceremony in an epic, natural, outdoor location. Elopements and intimate weddings bring the focus of wedding days back to the commitment of marriage itself. It's an intimate, adventurous, and completely customized experience. We’ll meet you anywhere in the U.S. and worldwide to capture your day, your way.

· Coverage from 8-10 hours, and overnight packages available
· Location recommendations
· Vendor recommendations & permit assistance
· Online image gallery, unlimited hi-resolution downloads & 
personal print rights 
· Our unwavering support, creative direction & expertise

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You’re going to do the thing, and it’s going to be amazing! Whether your big day is in a national forest or your parents' backyard, whether you've planned for years or a few months, we want to be there for you every step of the way with encouragement, timeline and vendor guidance, lots of creativity, and probably too many dad jokes.

· Two photographers: Mike & Mandi
· Full day coverage: 8-10 hours — Get in touch about weekend coverage
· Complimentary engagement session
· Online image gallery, unlimited hi-resolution downloads & 
personal print rights
· Our unwavering support, consultations, creative direction & expertise


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*Only July and August 2020 dates available.

Denver, Colorado

Mike & Mandi

- Mike & Mandi.

If you have trouble with the contact form, please email us directly at heymikeandmandi
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