Brittany + Patrick - YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch

I moved to Colorado determined to meet someone who wore plaid and had a beard.

- Brittany

These two love each other more than I can express to you in a blog post about their wedding. Brittany is one of the sweetest humans I have ever met and she immediately welcomed me into her bridal suite with open arms. Patrick is smart, kind and madly in love with her. Together, they are simply perfect for each other. Their wedding took place at the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch with their ceremony at Columbine Point. They wanted their first look to be amongst the Aspens across from the ceremony site where there was a nice path and small fence. Their wedding day can be described in one word - FUN! And for the reception, it was only 90’s pop for their guests to dance and excitedly sing along to.

Above is one of their couples portraits from behind the small fence. They were just happy to be with each other and couldn’t stop smiling. You could literally feel the love.

Brittany’s dress was elegant with such a gorgeous rhinestone detailed belt.

The belt of her dress.

Brittany wore flip-flops so she could be comfortable and dance the night away! I liked the sparkle of her shoes and ring together. She was surrounded by a great group of family and friends while she got dressed and finished her final touches.

This was a special moment where she received something blue and something old for her dress. A simple blue bead that was her grandmother’s pinned to the back of her dress.

Some of her details for the day photographed in her cabin.

I hadn’t met Patrick, until after his first look with Brittany - and let me tell you - he was overjoyed, excited, and smiling from ear to ear once he saw her. He could not stop telling her how much he loved her and it was where I was first able to see how in love these two are.

They didn’t have a wedding party because they have so many great friends, they couldn’t choose. And after witnessing the ceremony that they put together, it completely made sense that the ceremony just be the two of them. (And their adorable pup Denali)

It rained before their ceremony, but it was okay because I brought some clear umbrellas. I actually love this bridal portrait of Brittany with the umbrella. And she was still smiling rain or shine because she just wanted to marry Patrick - the weather didn’t matter one bit.

Brittany’s mom and dad laughed and cried throughout the ceremony and the reception. Her father’s speech was great and I learned that she was raised in Alaska (so awesome), but raised by some serious “free range” parents. They lived off the grid, hunted and grew their own food, and I think he also mentioned an outhouse, but don’t quote me on that.

Patrick’s brother officiated their ceremony at Columbine Point. There is a giant cross at the ceremony site with the mountains as the backdrop. I loved the personal touch of his brother marrying them, which fit with the entire day.

They wrote their entire ceremony together and planned the whole thing. So, of course they wrote their own vows to each other. I’m not sure who was more nervously excited to confess everything they loved about the other, Brittany or Patrick. Either way, they looked into one another’s eyes and listened to every word spoken.

Patrick was absolutely elated to stand in front of their family and friends, and have Brittany as his wife, partner, and friend. He promised to take her to every Hot Spring he could find while loving her unconditionally.

They are made for each other, which I know sounds cliche, but that’s okay. I was only around them for a few hours, and I can’t imagine them not spending the rest of their lives together.

Their first kiss was like a breath of fresh air for the two of them. They just wanted to hear those words “I know pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss.”

Their first dance was to You and I by Ingrid Michaelson and it was so cute to watch Brittany sing all of the words to Patrick. When we got to the reception, the party started! Their friends are such a fun group and danced the night away to N’Sync, SpiceGirls, Naughty by Nature, and the Backstreet Boys!

Had some photography competition by their niece.

They danced all night long! Not one of their friends or family left the reception early!

sunset wedding photos

You know your in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.

- Dr. Suess

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