Celynn and Ryan had a small wedding planned at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, CO. Family and a few friends had made the trek to watch these two incredibly loving people vow their lives to one another. It had been warm the entire week and thankfully we were blessed with another incredible bluebird sky and sunny afternoon. The ceremony was short and sweet and we were able to take our time with photos on the beautiful trails running around the mountain overlook.
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Hayley has been one of my best friends since High School. We met on a mission trip to Germany and returned the next year as room mates for the whole summer. She's someone who will tell you what needs to change straight up and will hold you to your word. The moment I caught wind of this tall man named Luke I couldn't wait to meet him. Unfortunately that didn't happen until the week of the wedding because Hayley and I live across the country from one another. After meeting him I'm able to say that Luke matches her perfectly and takes extremely good care of my best friend. Their actual wedding day photos were taken by another photographer more local to the area but Hayley had asked me to take several photos of them together, prior to the wedding. We wrapped a bandana around Luke's eyes while Hayley prepared for their first look. We were fairly close to the highway at a turnout to a field that has a view of the blue ridge mountains. A few people honked as they passed and Luke took it upon himself to begin blindly waving and saying hello to those driving by. He gave us all a laugh and the photoshoot began.
Elopement at Hanging Lake? Yes, please. Hanging Lake is my all time favorite place to take friends and family who visit. The hike to get to the hidden gem is fairly mild and fun, plus you're surrounded by waterfalls and foliage the entire way up. This area never gets old and I'm always in awe of the beauty surrounding it. I might add that it's also the most perfect setting to get eloped in. This adventurous couple hiked up early, spent time getting ready in the woods, and proclaimed their vows under a waterfall in a secluded nook made from tree roots growing around towering rocks. After the ceremony and with no time constraints we were able to scour the area and take as many photos as we desired. Alli and Sean were up to get creative, even if it meant crossing streams and stepping onto precarious logs that were slick with moss. When we finally came down from the lake we regrouped in Glenwood Springs for an afternoon appetizer and drinks before they were whisked away to a romantic dinner and the end of a beautiful day.
Although the weather turned into blizzard conditions we safely traversed back and forth across the county for this winter wedding. The ceremony was a small one of family and a few close friends and it made for an intimate feel, especially when we returned to the reception site; a cozy cabin home set in the heart of Breckenridge. The bridal party was incredible and not only agreed to it but were also excited to hop into the storm and snag a few snowy photographs. They even started a snowball fight before rushing back into the warmth of the house laughing and brushing off snow. The night ended as family and friends gathered in the cozy log cabin to yummy food, champagne bottles being popped, and a fire crackling in the background. Whenever I left the reception I was welcomed to over 8 inches of snow on the road and light fluffy snowflakes hitting my lashes. I smiled and looked forward to editing the photos from the last few hours. What a lovely wedding.
Prior to their big day, I had been co-workers with Ash and Shea for quite some time. They were consistently a fun, spunky, and adorable couple. I loved hanging out with them and when they told me they were engaged and looking for a photographer, specifically me, I couldn't be more excited! Not only would I get to photograph friends but, I'd also get to photograph a couple that you could literally see the love and happiness emanating from them. Their day was special and unique with lots of little details, friends who traveled across continents, and amazing drinks/eats. Their wedding was held at a location with a restored old barn and dance floor that opened up to the gorgeous mountain background Grandby, Colorado, beholds. Their ceremony was held in front of this lovely backdrop where we also took the majority of their wedding party photos and ended them shortly before a rain shower began. Their reception was filled with delicious food and laughter and they ended the night dancing to the best funky music that their friends got down to. Seriously one of the funnest and easiest weddings I've gotten to be a part of. Brides, get married in this gorgeous state, and ask me to photograph it!