The skier bridge at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch is one of my favorite ceremony spots in the Vail Valley. Rachael & Keegan's wedding could not have been more beautiful. The weather for their June 24 wedding was perfect - not a cloud in the sky. This couple is so fun and they laughed all day long. What a great start to a lovely marriage.
Tara & Bruce's St. Patrick's Day wedding was super fun. I had a blast working along side my favorite photography duo, Nate & Jenny Weddings and wedding planner extraordinaire Jill Chalfant of Snapdragon Celebrations. Their day could not have been more perfect. Not many couples can say they were lucky enough to ride a snowcat to their wedding ceremony. Tara and Bruce exchanged vows at the top of Beaver Creek Mountain and danced the night away with close friends and family at Allie's Cabin.
Trappers Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain is a quick chair lift or drive up from the Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch. It's the perfect setting for an elopement or small wedding. In September I had the fun opportunity to film a styled shoot planned by my friends and colleagues; Jill Chalfant of Snapdragon Celebrations and Jenny Nelson from Nate and Jenny Weddings.
The beautiful Autumn-inspired shoot was classic and elegant. Stunning tablescapes were designed by local Florist Rose Petals. Our two brides, Abby Perlmutter (star Denver fashion blogger of Denver Darling) and Stephanie Walker (a very recent bride who was married just the week prior) had their make-up done by the talented Michelle McKamie. Their hair was styled by the hilarious and also very talented Kacee Picot.
We shot video and photo until the sun set and sipped drinks from Vail's favorite spirits company 10th Mountain Whiskey. The fun continued with Colorado Flipbooth inside the cabin. It was truly an inspiring shoot. I love seeing fellow vendors outside of weddings and having the opportunity to film them all in one setting. We have such a great wedding community here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and I think this shoot highlights some of the best.
Paige and John had one of the best first looks I've ever shot. If you're on the fence about doing a first look watch this video at least until you see it. John's face is priceless when he see's his bride for the first time. First looks can be great, especially if you tend to get nervous. I've never seen anything calm the nerves like seeing your bride or groom before the wedding. Also, if you want to attend your cocktail hour definitely do a first look, otherwise your photos will take up all that time. Some think it's not as romantic as seeing your bride walking down the aisle for the first time. However, it is often more romantic since you are alone.
Paige and John's ceremony was held in the garden of the Manor Vail Lodge. Their cocktail and reception followed at the Donovan Pavilion all located in Vail, Colorado. Their wedding could not have been timed better with the aspen leaves at their peak. Bursting yellow in the mountains. It was a spectacular day filled with joy and love.
Huge thanks to wedding planner Erical Sarell Weddings & Events for making the day run smoothly and on time.
Nicola and Bud's elegant wedding took place at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and Sebastian Hotel. These two have been together for 11 years. They finally made it official on Sept. 3 with guests flying in from all over the world - including Scotland and Iceland. Nicola and Bud are super laid back, making Vail the perfect destination for their fabulous wedding.
When I say I like to "tell the story" of your wedding day this is exactly what I am talking about. Kelly & Phil have a great story from how they met to how they fell in love with the mountains of Colorado and Telluride. There were two very special people who were not at this wedding in person but with all the love and remembrance there's no doubt they were there in spirit.
The weather may not have cooperated but this wedding was something special and could not have been more perfect. They had to forgo an outside ceremony at San Sophia Overlook to have their ceremony and reception at Gorrono Ranch. Gorrono Ranch is a beautiful, rustic, barn-style ranch right on Telluride Mountain. Everything ran smoothly as Kelly and Phil exchanged vows mountainside with close family and friends.
When the wedding vows start with "I promise to love you in spite of these things..." you know there is nothing "normal" about this wedding. Jenna & Jake's Lower Golden Ledge wedding was unique and tailored to this adventurous couple. The expansive 360 views of the San Juan mountains offered a perfect back drop. I love filming weddings anywhere in Telluride but this venue was definitely one to beat.
Ambria & Devin's beautiful Telluride elopement proves that all you really need to get married is a picnic basket and a mountain top. They exchanged vows and rings alone at San Sophia Overlook. You cannot beat the views at San Sophia Overlook with mountains to one side and the town of Telluride to the other.
Telluride photographer, Rachel Gomez, and I had the best time capturing this intimate elopement. It was the most perfect day!
I had such a great time back in my home state of Michigan filming Emily + Chris' wedding at Country Club of Boyne. These two were so happy and laughed through their entire wedding day. They are a wonderful couple who I just know will have a fun-filled life together. Oh, and I got to film along side my favorite Michigan photographer and close friend Stephanie Baker. It sure was a great day!