Ryan + Kim - July Wedding at Lionscrest Manor

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” 

- (the three rules of mountaineering)

I feel like the above quote is about the mountains, but can also be compared to marriage. Ryan + Kim became “happily ever after” this July near the mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and the view from Lionscrest Manor was completely breathtaking! It offers every Colorado is known for - views, mountains, forest and beauty. Though I didn’t get to know Ryan + Kim closely, it was an honor to be a part of their wedding day!

This is my favorite photo of their day because it is simply about them, in their wedding attire, in a beautiful location, in the mountains. Every Colorado wedding dream!

An amazing view of the ceremony!

Give me all of the jewel tones for a July wedding! Purple was the color of the year for 2018 - and these florals proved it should be.

Colorado is one of the few places in the US where you can pretty much have anyone you know become your officiant after they are solemnized through the State. I love this because weddings here are even more personal to the couple - they always have someone special to them as their officiant. The ceremony is unique to you as a couple because there are personal stories sprinkled throughout the kisses and “I Do’s.”

Wedding Cornhole for the WIN! Lawngames have been a huge part of the outdoor wedding this year, so if you can personalize your corn hole set with your names and wedding date - you most definitely should.

The reception space of Lionscrest Manor has a ton of windows, string lights, and a balcony. The balcony was a great spot for all of the speeches that night as well as the wedding party introductions.

Candid photos are some of my absolute favorite moments of any wedding day. This is where personality comes through - especially with the kids! Funny faces, delicate moments, many moments that you wouldn’t know about without your photographer freezing it in time. I hope candid moments like these provide love and laughter for my couples when they are browsing their final image gallery.

Bustling the dress with your bridesmaids usually comes with tutorials, You Tube videos, or directions. It is NOT simple, but the photos make it look effortless.

The relationship between a bride and her bridesmaids are priceless. Whether they are your sisters, college friends, high school friends, cousins or friends from another time in your life - they are there to help you every step of the day.

Listen intently to the speeches that day. They are now one of my favorite parts of the wedding day because I get to know my couples a little bit more. Sometimes I even take some of the given advice to heart in my life. I know many of them are taken from our best friend “Google” or thrown together the night before; however, the bride and groom love every word spoken for them.

The father/daughter dance is usually the only time of the day when Daddy + Daddy’s little girl get to have a few moments to chat ALONE. I am sure those dance chats are full of compliments and advice that your dad has been saving up to tell you your entire life. So take this moment on your wedding day and remember what he says.

"It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?" 

—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable