When two climbers fall in love and get married in the mountains, I want to be there for it. Lucky for me, Kristin and Pat were down with it too! We met for a beer to discuss their wedding plans … we eventually got to the subject of their wedding plans after we covered camping, Colorado, climbing, beer and bluegrass! These two are my people! Laid back, kind, fun and adventurous, I knew this would be a real highlight of my year.
Snow Mountain Ranch is a venue that promises mountain views and a real Colorado adventure. I love photographing weddings there for the nostalgia of living and working at a YMCA camp after college.
Getting ready photos are always some of my favorite of the day. Especially when they happen in a cabin surrounded by trees. The window light is romantic and the rustic details are unique. My amazing second photographer, Hewitt, hung with the guys and captured some whiskey drinking and cigar smoking, while the girls helped each other with hair and make up and had lots of laughs.
Kristin and Pat did something I had never seen before, they shared letters with the parents prior to the ceremony. Emotional moments are pretty dreamy for a photographer and you can bet that I had tears in my eyes.
Just as we were leaving the clouds rolled in and so we hung back in the cars for a few minutes until the weather moved out (thank you -most of the time- for being so dynamic, Colorado weather!). Kristin and Pat decided not to see each other before the ceremony and the long walk that Kristin and her dad had down the dirt road to the top of the aisle was a sweet start to the ceremony.
Following their ceremony Kristin and Pat strolled into Aspens for some sweet moments and some craft beer (yeah Upslope!). These were some of my favorite couples’ photos of my season and I am so excited to share them below. Snow Mountain Ranch is just full of the most spectacular backdrops
We got back to the reception site via the back of a pick up truck in time to enjoy the end of cocktail hour. After several toasts that were both emotional and humorous, Burn it Bluegrass got everyone out of their seats and onto the dance for a dance party that included REAL step dancing by the groom and his brothers.