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In 10 years of photographing weddings, I’ve never had a weekend quite like this one:  experiencing ghost stories, taking engagement photos in caves, celebrating ceremonies under a natural bridge. It was all spectacular. Congrats to Felicia + Jon! Can’t wait to share more of this beautiful couple.

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There is something special about weddings in Colorado, and I enjoy every visit we have in the Rockies. This trip was extra meaningful, as it was Kitt’s first airplane ride (he rocked it!), and we had the honor of celebrating Danielle + Ben’s wedding day in Estes Park. A few of my favorite moments:
// Danielle and Ben hosted a small wedding with only 40 or so of their closest family and friends. Most of their guests stayed at the same cabin, so it felt like one big family by the end of the week.
// Danielle’s grandmother walked into see her getting dressed and absolutely lost it. It was sweet to see her get so emotional about her first grandchild getting married.
// Danielle and Ben wrote their own vows, which were personal, sentimental, and comical at times. Ben cried more than Danielle the entire day, which was the sweetest. I also adored the fact that their family performed the ceremony, each taking turns to speak to the couple.
// This particular morning in Boulder was foggy and rainy. As soon as I drove over the mountain entering into Estes Park, there was a hole in the clouds where the sun rained through. The sun stayed through the ceremony and disappeared as soon as it was over. It seemed like it was meant to be around just for the two of them.
// Instead of using sparklers for their exit, their family and friends held them for their first dance. It was incredibly romantic as the lights swayed, and Danielle + Ben took it all in.
The team for the day:

Wedding Planning: Ivory Event Planners
Catering: A Spice of Life Catering
Florist: Lalé Floral Designs
Cake: Scratch Bakery
Hair and Makeup: Bella Capelli
Ceremony: YMCA of the Rockies
Reception: Private home

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The fog gripped the dense air, the faint light and the wet road as the sun rose. Everyone had traveled hundreds of miles to see the view at 6000 feet, but the clouds hugged the ground, obscuring the stunning landscape that surrounded us all. While their parents and siblings were still a bit groggy, Caroline and Chris were alert with anticipation and excitement.

In fact, they had hoped for fog.

With tears in their eyes, they promised forever. Everyone smiled. Pastries were shared from a picnic basket as the clouds rolled away for just a minute to show off the Blue Ridge Mountains. We all gaped at the view before the mist took over again, playing hide-and-seek with the peaks.

As we made our way to the pinnacle, the warmth of the sun tore through the clouds to give us the most spectacular morning vistas. We had the mountain to ourselves. With eyes full of wonder, Caroline and Chris took in the nature, each other, and their first day of marriage.

The celebration ended with hot coffee and brunch at The Biltmore. Each person took turns reminiscing of the journey thus far and wishing happiness upon the newlyweds for the days ahead.

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When your first look is at a waterfall, you know it’s going to be a great afternoon. I could write a novel about these two and probably will at a later date. For now, here’s a small glimpse of an incredible day.

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We began our ascent as the morning overcame the night. This was no ordinary hike. This was an off-the-beaten path adventure that left us breathless as we climbed to Shay + Tony’s secret spot off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There wasn’t a trail to guide us, but the trees and rock formations marked the way.

Covered in morning dew, humidity, and sweat, we made it to the pinnacle. We were welcomed with a view of blue mountains and watercolors of the sunrise in the sky. Everyone changed into their wedding clothes, and the ceremony began.

Shay and Tony exchanged vows in the presence of two of their closest friends. Each friend emotionally expressed their love and affection for the couple. Elle held the bouquets made of foraged flowers from the day before. Joe handed over the rings while Shay + Tony made forever promises. With a kiss to seal the deal, everyone celebrated with a shout and champagne.

As we made our way down the mountain, we were showered with a morning thunderstorm. The forest felt enchanted as the rain found its way through the canopy of trees.

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