It’s all about your love and joy

I BELIEVE IN CREATING EXTRAORDINARY

EXPERIENCES

I champion intimate weddings because they put you and your partner’s desires first. The heart of all adventure right?! That’s what it’s all about. No matter what other people expect, you should plan the day that honors your love story your way. Committing to a life with your best friend surrounded by natural beauty is truly the best experience, and I promise, you won’t regret it.
And even better, once you have your favorite adventure, my goal is you’ll have beautiful keepsake photos that feel so totally you, you wont be able to stop reliving them over and over.  You deserve to be seen as who YOU are, and nothing short of that.

Let’s make memories you’ll never forget

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MY LIFE HAS BEEN AN ADVENTURE

I'VE GOT THIS WHOLE TRAVEL THING DOWN

My story has taken me all over the globe, and I’ve been fortunate to see so many beautiful places and try lots of delicious and sometimes terrifying foods. As a highly experienced international traveler, I’ve encountered it all. Over the years, I’ve learned how to navigate just about any situation that might come up (margarita's help) and want to be your guide in this process.
 Like most things in life, I believe that a sense of humor, a touch of patience and a generosity towards humans everywhere goes a long way. This goes for how I approach my work as well - so while the introversion is there, I empathize with this mentality that life is one big adventure. 
Can't wait to share it with you.  

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Matlai /mat-lie/

: the name of the easterly winds that come off the Indian Ocean in Kenya.

The name of my business is special to me because it’s a nod to my birthplace, Kenya. The easterly winds bring much-needed rains to the region of east Africa, and I was born on such a morning in December. This name is symbolic to my life, not only as a tribute to hometown and my life of international travel, but it reflects the deep desire to observe the natural world around us, and cultivate the intention of adventure and mindfulness. 
Wanna know a secret though? When I was a kid, I did not love this name. Its my middle name and I always thought it was weird. Funny how maturity and perspective does things to you. 

Her thoughtful planning and connections with other supporting vendors provided us with a stress-free elopement.

Rose was absolutely amazing to work with! Her thoughtful planning and connections with other supporting vendors provided us with a stress-free elopement. Planning with her helped us identify exactly what we wanted. We loved her artistic eye - we took all of her suggestions, which turned out better than we imagined. Thank you again, Rose, for everything you did to make our day so special and memorable.

ROSA VERA

PHOTOGRAPHY

With “connection” at its core

LET’S DO THIS

ONE TRUE CALLING

IS MY

For far too long, I spent my life doing what I thought I should do. With a job in economics and diploma in hand, I suddenly realized that I felt … nothing. After a trip overseas with Photographers Without Borders, I saw firsthand how important this work is, and how fulfilled I felt for the first time in a long time. I spent my teens and 20s taking photos of the people and places around me, and my passion had only grown.

I love taking photos because it allows me to make connections, preserve moments that matter, and give people their favorite days for a lifetime. Now, I pour my heart and soul into my work, I build lifelong friendships with the couples I capture, and I can’t wait to give you your most meaningful moments to keep forever.

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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I’ve hiked 17 of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks. The view from the top is unlike anything else on Earth. Only 44 left to go if I want to summit them all!
Just kidding my fear of heights out paces the need to do them all. 

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I have a deep love for black coffee, dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, and thin-crust pizza. They speak to my soul. You won’t catch my pantry without them.
and margaritas. Spicy ones

03.

My family. My dog Atlas, and spending time with them both is definetly on the list of my favorite things. 
Also LOTR

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In 2018, I worked with Photographers Without Borders. I was stationed at an AIDS clinic in South Africa, documenting the work of a local non-profit. It was a profound experience and changed my perspective on everything.

She got adorable candid photos of us but was also able to capture the beauty of the background, too.

What an absolutely incredible experience we had with Rose. I searched far and wide trying to find a photographer for our wedding celebrations in Colorado, and we hit the jackpot finding Matlai Photography. She got adorable candid photos of us but was also able to capture the beauty of the background, too. Rose is simply the best and you’d be silly to pass on the opportunity to work with her.

CAMERON PAYNE

Places I’ve called home:

Nairobi, Kenya
Mexico City, Mexico
Central Texas
Switzerland
Brussels, Belgium
Denver, Colorado
Changwon, South Korea
Washington, D.C.

Bucket List Destinations:

Patagonia
New Zealand
Norway
Namibia
Thailand

I BELIEVE IN...

IF YOU KNOW ME, YOU KNOW

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I prioritize spending time getting to know all of my couples throughout the planning process leading up to their wedding. I want to build a real connection, rather than just exchange a few emails here and there. That way, on your wedding day, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that I’m here for you – not just to take pretty photos, but to give you the best experience possible.

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Your love is yours, and it’s worthy of celebration no matter what it looks like. I’m here to support you and remind you that you can do whatever the hell you want and encourage you to always show up as your authentic self. All I want is for you to have the wedding day that feels exciting, right, and honors your unique love story.

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There are no rules when it comes to planning your wedding, so why not create a day that makes you happy? I’m here to help you explore all of the possibilities and make plans that put a smile on your face. You and your partner deserve a joyful experience that you’ll always remember, and I’ll be there to capture it all on camera.

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From the minute we made contact, Rose helped us create the most perfect day!

Rose was probably one of our best decisions ever (besides eloping in Iceland, of course). From the minute we made contact she helped us create the most perfect day! Her response time is incredible, she is the sweetest person, and we really feel like we got to know her. Our social media blew up when we posted our sneak peeks and we have had so many people compliment us on the photos. They are absolutely breathtaking and we are over the moon with them!

CHARLIE EDMONDS

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