Marriage is getting to have a sleepover with your best friend - every single night of the week.
- Christie Cook
Alison + Ray tied the knot on a mountain top at Keystone Resort in Colorado. You cannot beat the breathtaking views at their ceremony - mountains, lakes, evergreens and beautiful blue partly sunny skies! In order to get to the ceremony site, you have to take the River Run Gondola and take it up to School Marm. At the top of the mountain there is a restaurant, outdoor picnic area, and tons of outdoor games. I met Ray at his hotel lobby with his groomsmen, some friends, and the Dads. We grabbed some shots of the guys playing pool, putting on their boutonnières, and then headed to the gondola. The resort on the ground is equipped with tons of shopping, restaurants, hotels and depending on the time of year - festivals. If you are planning a destination wedding, this is a great choice because there is a ton to do at all times of the year. Distinctive Mountain Events helped with the planning of the entire weekend, which was a huge help with navigating the ceremony and reception. After the gondola ride to the top, Alison + Ray had their first look right behind the ceremony site. Whether the couple has been together for 6 weeks or 6 years, this is always such a special moment - and they are both always filled with nerves and excitement.
After the first look, we headed to the other side of the mountain top for photos with their families, dogs and the bridal party. Johnna + Tillie with Distinctive Mountain Events already had some beautiful locations picked out, so we were able to stick to the timeline for the day. Once all of the photos were done, everyone was able to relax with some water, a beer or maybe some oxygen at the top and enjoy each other’s company prior to the ceremony. The ceremony started on time and was filled with laughter. Their officiant was Ray’s sister and she began the ceremony quoting the movie “The Princess Bride.” After their first kiss, Alison + Ray greeted and hugged all of their guests prior to heading to the reception.
In order to get to the Alpenglow Stube where the reception was, everyone must take another short gondola ride and enjoy some additional epic Colorado mountain views. The Stube is a quaint building straight from a German village. There is an outdoor patio where cocktail hour had started. Alison’s father was happily sitting at one of the outdoor fire pits, wearing a tie Alison had made him out of construction paper when she was in Kindergarten. Although my time was up at the beginning of the reception, it was a beautiful wedding to be a part of and I hope to photograph many weddings to come at Keystone Resort.
As we grow old together, as we continue to change with age, there is one thing that will never change…I will always keep falling in love with you.
- Karen Clodfelder