Nichele & Ben | Keystone, Colorado
From the bride: We fell in love snowboarding together a few years back. When Ben asked me to marry him, he mentioned having a destination wedding in Colorado, I thought he was crazy but I was on board in no time!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
The first look! I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Seeing my husband see me for the first time was so very special!
We had the perfect mountaintop ceremony. It was a fairytale dream come true.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Steph & Chris | Beaver Creek, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. The day before, at our welcome dinner, it started dumping snow and what was supposed to be an outdoor BBQ with yard games and whiffle ball turned into a snowglobe. So, on the morning of our wedding, everything was dusted with snow. It was a magical way to start the day!
I had every plan to wear my fun sparkly heels during the wedding or at least the ceremony, but due to the snow, I wore a pair of platform sneakers. The whole night. Never took them off. Sparkly shoes be damned.
The Flower Girl
Our black Labrador, Luna was our flower girl–she’s a trained avalanche rescue dog and we were able to teach her how to shake the flowers to get them all over the aisle.
Our ceremony was very “us.” Our dear friend married us, and we incorporated different elements to reflect who we are. He tailor wrote our ceremony to reflect our love for adventure, and we did a knot tying (double fisherman’s knot) to literally “tie the knot!” Growing up, I sailed and Chris is a rock climber and rafter, so knots mean a lot to both of us. A friend of our family did a reading “Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton, and we wrote our own vows.
The Cake Topper
My Nana used to have a big collection of Bearfoots bears, which is a hobby I have inherited. Our cake topper was two cuddly bears, one in a suit and the other with a diamond and a veil.
The reception was amazing–the dance floor was packed from the moment we started dancing until the end of the band’s encore. Our band was incredible and played music for all ages. Our family and friends were able to travel from all over, including my British family, so I’m so glad they were able to have as great of a time as possible!
Our band had finished for the evening, but the dancefloor was still packed and they wanted an encore. So the band played an encore. A 15 minute set of Led Zeppelin. It was AMAZING! And when the party was over, we became Beaver Creek ski bums again and went to the Coyote Cafe to continue the celebration!
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Jennie Crate | Planning: Hourglass Production | Flowers: Vintage Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Venue and Catering: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek | Makeup: Casandra Garza | Hair: Hayley Styles | Videography: Ampersand Family
From the photographer, Kelcy Leigh Photography: Michael and Kimberly were married six months before this session. We decided to venture out and do a little bit of hiking and climbing in the Wichita Mountains in Lawton, Oklahoma. We celebrated marriage and love and life while taking in the gorgeous mountain views. I was so thrilled to be able to give these two images that were different from their wedding photos.
Surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Mountains on a warm autumn day, this stylish engagement shoot is filled with love and laughter, fashion and fun, mountains and teepees… all the elements that encompass the beauty of southwest Colorado. With illuminarts behind the camera and Dunton Hot Springs as the backdrop, we are 100% in love with these stunning images!