Erin & Adam | Estes Park, Colorado
From the bride: It was the second marriage for both of us so we wanted a destination wedding. We didn’t want to do the typical beach wedding and since my husband is outdoorsy we decided a mountain wedding would be perfect. I looked up locations and fell in love the Estes Park, Colorado.
My style is very classic and Adam’s is more rustic. We chose a color palette of rose gold, blush, soft peach and mint/sage green and added lace and natural elements.
The Rocky Mountain views is why we picked the Black Canyon Inn. My favorite ceremony memory was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband standing there.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Our first dance, outside in the rain.
My favorite detail was our cake topper, You’re my Person.
Enjoy the day, it goes by so fast.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Ceremony Site & Lodging: Black Canyon Inn | Reception Site: Bristlecone Inn | Photographer: Ashley Rae Photography | Flowers: A Florae | Caterer: Jubilee Catering | Officiant: Wed for Good | Hair & Makeup: 5280 Divine Beauty
Kristin & JJ live in Minnesota, but decided to have their engagement photos taken in Colorado, which we love! They chose the stunning backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park (highly recommended) to spend the weekend. From one end of the park to the other, the love between this couple truly shines in each photograph thanks to their amazing photographer, Ellen Ashton Photography.
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!
Joyce & James | Squamish, British Columbia
Joyce and James are the epitome of an adventure couple. They met at the rock climbing gym and now their relationship thrives with anything to do with the outdoors. It only made sense for them to fly to the top of a mountain to tie the knot and vow to love each other for the rest of their lives. Their sunrise ceremony was very intimate. Only Joyce and James’ closest friends and family attended.. anyone else who wanted to join would have to hike 6 hours and 2030m up the mountain to the Serratus Glacier…. then hike back down.
The Wedding Team
From Lindsay Eileen Photography: With the upcoming Christmas holiday, we were instantly drawn to the idea of a plaid wedding. Our hosting venue was a beautiful, quiet farm tucked away in the mountains of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and notably, it is the same place where my husband and I tied the knot a few years earlier. Our models, Kylie and Billy, are a real-life married who are absolutely adorable and crazy-in-love!
Our invitation suite was personally designed by Kristy at Locust House, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with her interpretation of our theme. The black and white plaid pattern mixed so well with our red and black plaid, and our lay flat was able to feature both as well as the beautiful rings made with real antler from Boundless Bands.
A favorite detail of mine were the vow books we featured from The Art of Etiquette. It’s such a beautiful way to make sure you both have those all-important vows on your wedding day, and they are such a lovely keepsake that a couple can keep for years to come.
Kylie fit our gorgeous “Jasmine” fit-and-flare gown from the Disney Princess Collection like it had been made for her, and we chose a bright plaid pattern to really show off the contrast between the jeweled ivory and the red and blacks of the shirt. Her hairstyle and make-up were modern, elegant, and fresh with a bold red lip and fabulously crafted updo. We loved the floral hairpiece our amazing florist created for her as it matched the various floral pieces throughout our decor set-up beautifully.
From the shiny red charger plates to the black matte salad plates, our reception and sweetheart table appeared luxurious, whimsical, and festive. Silver stags and candle holders made from trees mingled among gold-rimmed glasswares and clear ornaments holding lit candles.
One of my personal favorite parts of the shoot was the partially naked cake created by Mediterra Bakehouse. From the sugar crystal covered berries that graced the top to the elegant icing drips falling over the sides, it was an absolute wintery delight. I can see this particular cake being perfect not just for a holiday wedding, but for a Christmas party as well! They also supplied us with a variety of sweet treats including apple pie caramel apples (Divine!!!), tarts, mini frosted cakes, and several lovely large loaves of bread.
We chose to set up our ceremony location near a rustic building known to The Farm on the Ridge’s brides and grooms as the “chapel”. The rust-covered walls made the perfect backdrop for our hand-built wooden ceremony arch crafted just for us by Danielle’s husband Josh.
The Style Team
Photographer: Lindsay Eileen Photography | Event Designer: Event Planning and Design | Design and Decor: Josh Kelly, Furniture Construction | Design and Decor: All Occasions Party Rental | Cake Designer: Mediterra Bakehouse | Jewelry: Boundless Bands | Floral Designer: Allison Brooks Events | Event Planner: Em E Events | Calligrapher: Locust House | Venue: The Farm on the Ridge | Vow books: The Art of Etiquette | Hair Stylist: La Pomponnee Salon and Spa