First and foremost, our photography team loves a happy bride and groom. If you add panoramic, mountain views to a ‘first kiss’ , well, our team is on cloud nine! Fortunately, our brides and grooms love the mountains as much as we do so our team has had many mountain memories—we wanted to share a few of these with you since we are currently daydreaming about the glowing aspens.
“The very first destination wedding I had the opportunity to photograph was in Beaver Creek, CO. Ever since, Colorado holds some of my all time favorite destination weddings. Personally, I love Colorado in the summertime. Outside of work, it’s when our family enjoys the mountains the most. I had never been to Colorado in the fall before a wedding only a few years ago. Driving I-70 in September is unlike any other month. The aspen groves light up in a blaze of yellow unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Texas. I will always remember Sara Sutherland’s wedding in Vail and Dulaney Miller’s wedding in Aspen when the trees were ablaze with golden leaves.
Most memorably though, and most recently, when Lauren & Mack were scheduled to ride the Gondola to the top of the overlook in Vail for their ‘first look’ but at the same time there were dozens of mountain bikers in a line that spanned past the bridge. We were greeted by a rather unpleasant lift operator when we asked (pleaded) to be allowed to go up on the next available lift. Mind you, Lauren is in her wedding gown and the line would have been at least an additional half hour or forty-five minutes. Everyone near us in line was being very kind and asked the lift operator to oblige, but he said we would have to ask every. single. individual. person. in the line in order to do so. Without hesitation, I screamed to the crowd “Would y’all allow a bride cut in line to see her groom?” and it was a resounding, chorus-like response shouted in unison “YES!” they replied. Resigned, the lift operator let us on the lift and we made it back down and to the church on time. Sometimes Colorado has a few surprises in addition to ever-changing weather forecast that make for memorable wedding day moments.”
“My favorite mountain wedding memory took place at Camp Hale just outside of Vail. It’s hard to pick a single moment—it may have been the late afternoon fly fishing that all of the guests participated in after the welcome luncheon, watching the ceremony on the small island on the lake, or stepping outside during the reception and seeing a blanket of stars over the water. Cara and Emory were not only a delight to be around all weekend, but they seemed to fit perfectly in the setting. I will mention though that when I came out and saw the table of warm apple cider for guests as they walked to the ceremony, I never felt so thirsty. It was a perfect fit for the setting and seemed to add the most unique touch that I’ll never forget.”
“I remember standing at the front of Mallory and Rex’s ceremony location. It was a cool and beautiful day. I looked down into a crystal clear pond, which was glass-still in the quiet afternoon light, then back at the Tetons. Incredible. Shortly after, along came a beautiful and joyful bride. The celebration of the ceremony and the serenity of the mountains made a huge impression on me. I realize I was hired to be there, but in those moments I was thankful to be a (small) part of a beautiful moment in an incredible place.”
“There are couples that are like magnets, drawing each other and all who surround them in with warmth and love, and together they all rise. That is how it felt to be around Caroline and Daniel in Vail, CO for their wedding weekend. The cold weather was refreshing to our Texas lungs. The mountain tops towered like cathedrals. And with the sun beaming down, it felt like worship. I’m not sure if it was the personalized ceremony music by family + friends, the powerful vows and blessing, or the sweetest “AT LAST!!” moment when they were finally presented as man and wife, but by the time Caroline and Daniel were walking down the aisle together, I was misty-eyed, along with most of the crowd!”