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September 28, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Summer Camp Wedding Photography | Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder

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am so excited to share this cool summer camp wedding on the blog today. I never had the opportunity to go to a real summer camp as a kid and I was obsessed with the idea. One of my all time favorite movies is Wet Hot American Summer and I had multiple favorite summer camp themed movies as a kid. (Heavyweights anyone? What about Camp Nowhere which I recently watched again and it surprisingly still stands up pretty well)  
 
Needless to say, when Lauren and Galen told me that their wedding celebration would be taking place at a summer camp in the mountains of Boulder, CO I was pumped! Colorado Mountain Ranch is a beautiful place for a wedding. It's pretty high up in the mountains and it has beautiful views from the big covered wraparound porch at the Ponderosa Lodge. I loved the simple rustic feel of their wedding day. The ceremony took place in the big outdoor amphitheater where guests sat on benches smelling the fresh mountain air and enjoying the view of Longs Peak in the distance. And the Pondersosa Lodge where the reception dinner and dancing was held was the perfect setting for a wedding with its log cabin style giving it a nice intimate and cozy feel. Instead of an official first dance Lauren and Galen opted to do a cute rendition of "Baby, it's Cold Outside" before opening up the dance floor for the evening. It was a fun touch and different from anything I've seen before at a wedding!  
Event Details
Venue
Colorado Mountain Ranch Gold Hill near Boulder, CO
Officiant
Sarah McDavid A friend of the bride and groom
Caterer
Cupcakes
Florist
Dress hangs in the window backlit at a Boulder Hotel on a summer wedding day in Colorado
Bride's mom gets her make up done at the Millenium Harvest Hotel in Boulder Colorado
Detail beading on a bridal gown at a Boulder Colorado wedding
Bride hangs out in the bridal suite at the Millenium Harvest Hotel in Boulder Colorado
Bridal shoe photos at a Boulder Summer Wedding in Colorado
Bridal jewelry detail photos on a rustic wood ring holder in Boulder Colorado
Bridal suite casual hanging out wedding day photos in Boulder Colorado
Bride walks down the stairs with her sister on her wedding day at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder mountains
Bride's mom helps her with her dress on her wedding day at the Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp in Boulder
Boulder bride wearing a pretty beaded gown at the Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Wildflower bouquet at a Colorado Summer Camp Wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Groom and friends take shots before the ceremony at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Boulder Colorado Groom portrait in the woods at Colorado Mountain Ranch during summer
Groom portrait with his pals in front of Longs Peak at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Wedding guests arrive for Colorado mountain ceremony at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Boulder wedding officiant at Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp wedding
Cute little dog dressed up in a doggie tux at an outdoor Colorado summer camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch
Groom and his mom look at each other before walking down the aisle at Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp Outdoor Amphitheater Venue in Boulder
Groom hugs his mom after walking her down the aisle at Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp in Boulder
Bride gets help with her dress's long train at Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp in Boulder
Groom smiles as his bride makes her way down the aisle at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Bride walks down the aisle with her parents in the outdoor amphitheater at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Bride and groom hold hands during their outdoor ceremony at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Groom smiles at his bride during their wedding ceremony at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Outdoor Amphitheater wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Bride's mom smiles during the ceremony at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Frisbee flip to determine who says their vows first at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Boulder Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp wedding photography at the outdoor amphitheater
Ceremony kiss at Boulder's Colorado Mountain Ranch Summer Camp
Bride and groom walk down the aisle together at their outdoor amphitheater wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch
Summer camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Beautiful mountain view wedding portrait at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Pretty bride poses for a portrait at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Mountain wedding photos in Boulder at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp
Gorgeous mountain view with a wedding couple at sunset at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Columbine cabin at a summer camp wedding in Boulder at Colorado Mountain Ranch
Colorado Mountain Ranch wedding day at sunset in Boulder
Bear sign at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp wedding
Summer Camp wedding photography at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Wedding decor at a summer camp wedding at the Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Ponderosa Lodge all set up with tables for a summer camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Succulent table decor with glass jars at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
This was a pretty neat fireplace decor because the owners of the ranch found it after the huge fire that came through the property a handful of years ago.
Burned metal fireplace decor at a Colorado summer camp wedding in Boulder
Summer camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Cute cupcakes on a whiskey barrel at a rustic summer camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Bride and groom enter their reception at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Guests cheer on the bride and groom as they enter their reception at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Colorado Summer Camp wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Table decor at a rustic mountain wedding in Boulder Colorado
Best man gives a toast on his friend's wedding day at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
Wedding speeches at a summer camp in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado wedding at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp
Parents give toasts at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Bride and groom feed each other at Colorado Mountain Ranch in Boulder
Bride and groom sing to their guests instead of a first dance at Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp in Boulder
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September 13, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer, Portraits

Colorado Bridal Photography | Boulder Bride at South Mesa Trail

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auren and Galen were married in late August and their wedding sneak peek will be making its debut on the blog soon. But before we delve into their beautiful wedding I wanted to share a handful of the gorgeous bridal photography from Lauren's session at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder from mid-August. She had a whole crew of family there to help us out and we were able to create these lovely photos of this beautiful bride in some stunning scenery because of their help! She was trying to decide between these two dresses for her ceremony gown (the reception dress wasn't quite ready for the bridal session) but I won't spoil the surprise of which one she ended up going with on the wedding day. I'm so glad I can share these now that the big day has come and gone. Check back later for more of this beautiful bride on her actual wedding day in Boulder!
Love this one! I can never get enough of those rugged purple Boulder mountains. And adding a gorgeous bride to the scene only makes it better!
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September 13, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Same Sex Colorado Mountain Wedding | Lesbian Backyard Wedding in Conifer

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am so very excited to share these images on the blog today because they feature two of the most wonderful humans I've met in the past few years. Terra aka Honey Bunches of Chokes and her lady Traci aka Catcher in the Thigh both moved out to Colorado from Arizona a few years ago. At first, it was just Terra who was skating and she made the right choice to come to the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. At the time, I was one of the trainers for our league and we would take turns running a Sunday afternoon basic skating class for girls who were interested in trying out. Traci decided she might want to give this whole roller derby thing a try so she started coming to those skating classes that we called "Derby Days." I quickly grew to love her sweet disposition and hilarious personality. I was a little scared of Chokes at first because she reminded me of someone else I once knew but once I got to know her I realized she was a total doll as well. I recently decided to hang up my skates to pursue other adventures in life and I am so pleased that Terra was my captain for my last season and I got to skate with Traci on the travel team as well.  
 
These two have been engaged for quite awhile so I was thrilled for them when they came up to me to let me know they had picked a date only 3 months away and wanted to know if I had it available. I'm so thankful that I did because it was an honor for me to capture their love photographically on one of the best days of their life. Their families and some of their friends came all the way out from Arizona and it was a crowd full of derby people which I love. And Traci's best friend Chelse (who she also met in derby!) and her family were so generous by hosting the celebration at their beautiful home in Conifer. It's hard to believe they planned such a beautiful ceremony and reception in such a short amount of time but it just goes to show what you can do when you have the love and support of so many people. They said their vows in the front yard with all of these people there to witness and partied into the night in the backyard where they had built a wood dance floor decorated with beautiful string lights to illuminate it. One of the best parts of the party was when they gave a nod to the way that they met and what has become such a big part of their lives by roller skating their first dance together.  
 
Traci & Terra,  
Wow, you did it! I'm amazed and impressed by you two so often and it did not surprise me that you created such a wonderful wedding day together with all of your family and friends. I look forward to photographing you two through more of the joy that this life will surely bring to you. I am so grateful that we met and became friends.  
Love you both!  
Congratulations!  
Nona  
Event Details
Venue
Myslik Manor Chelsea's family home
Florist
Flaxen Annalise Lundeen
Officiant
Sandra Knecht Friend of Terra & Traci
Cake
Dolores Golden
Catering
Chipotle
Pretty wedding rings on locks at a Colorado Lesbian Mountain wedding in Conifer
Two pairs of Bride's shoes at a lesbian mountain wedding in Colorado
Two bride's dresses hang at a Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Pretty tattooed bridesmaid gets her hair done at a lesbian colorado mountian wedding in Conifer
Best friends hug on her wedding day at her Lesbian Colorado Mountain wedding in Conifer
Beautiful lesbian bride at her Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Happy smiling bride gets help from her bridesmaid with her shoes at her Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Bride gets help with her necklace from her mom at her Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Blue and Yellow bridal bouquets with sunflowers at a lovely same sex wedding in Conifer Colorado
Bridesmaid helps her friend with her bridal gown at her same sex Colorado mountain wedding
A friend of the bride smiles on her Colorado mountain wedding day in Conifer
A beautiful tattooed bride gets help with her jewelry from her friends at her Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
A happy bride changes our her earlobe guages for her Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
A sweet emotional bride sees her bride for the first time at their outdoor backyard Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Two brides embrace at their beautiful outdoor Colorado wedding in Conifer
A sweet kis on the cheek at a lesbian wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Two gorgeous lesbian brides on their beautiful Colorado wedding day in Conifer with Sunflower bouquets
Blue and yellow sunflower floral arch at a backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
White chairs decorated in blue ribbon at a pretty outdoor Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Weddings guests wait for the ceremony to begin at a backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Father of the bride smiles big as he prepares to walk her down the aisle at her lovely same sex Mountain wedding in Colorado
Bridal party walks down the aisle at a backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
An emotional bride walks down the aisle with her dad at her Colorado mountain wedding in the mountains
Bride walks down the aisle with her dad at her backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Dad embraces his daughter before handing her off to her bride at her beautiful same sex wedding in the Colorado mountains
A beautiful same sex forest wedding in the mountains of Colorado in Conifer
Officiant leads the ceremony at a pretty backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Two happy brides hold hands during their lovely lesbian wedding ceremony in the Colorado mountains
A beautiful wedding ceremony in the backyard of a nice mountain home in Conifer Colorado
Two brides exchange rings at their beautiful outdoor mountain lesbian wedding in Colorado
Ring Exchange with two ecstatic happy brides at their Colorado Mountain wedding
A beautiful lesbian wedding in the mountains of Colorado Ceremony Kiss
Two happy brides walk down the aisle at their gorgeous Colorado Mountain wedding
Guests embrace after a beautiful same sex wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Two beautiful brides hold their marriage certificate at their Colorado mountain wedding
Two gorgeous lesbian brides in full length gowns pose for portratis at their same sex wedding in the Colorado mountains
A lesbian mountain wedding at a private home in Conifer Colorado
Beautiful backyard mountain wedding with two brides in Conifer
Lesbian brides with their bridesmaids in bright blue dresses holding sunflowers at their mountain wedding in Colorado
A pretty tattooed bride and bright blue eyes poses for a portrait at her Colorado mountain wedding
Coordinating back tattooes from two brides at their lesbian mountain wedding in Colorado
Pretty backlit full length bridal portrait at a same sex Colorado wedding in the forest
Hand painted wood signs decorate a Colorado DIY mountain backyard wedding
Cocktail table with sunflowers and fresh fruit at a pretty backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Cupcakes and macaroons at a pretty backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Three tiered blue and yellow white wedding cake with sunflowers at a pretty Colorado mountain wedding
A backyard wedding in the Colorado mountains
Two brides enter their beautiful backyard Colorado wedding in the mountains
Guests take a selfie at a lovely backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Wedding speeches at a Colorado backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
A pretty bridesmaid wearing a bright blue dress stands in front of her family's vintage playground equipment and gives a speech
Wedding toasts at a Colorado mountain backyard wedding in Conifer
Bride hugs her brother at her gorgeous Colorado backyard wedding
Brother gives a speech for his sister's same sex wedding reception in the mountains of Colorado
Two pretty brides enjoy the toasts at their lovely backyard wedding reception in the Colorado mountains
A pretty lesbian backyard Colorado wedding reception toast in the mountains
Beautiful B&W photo of two lesbian brides at their Colorado backyard wedding reception in Conifer
A Sunset sky featuring a bright moon on a gorgeous wedding day in Conifer Colorado
Evening portraits at Dusk with a bright moon in the cloudy sky at a Colorado Mountain Wedding in Conifer
Beautiful Lesbian Wedding Portraits at Dusk at a Colorado Mountain Wedding
Two brides hold hands at their Colorado Mountain Wedding with the moon overhead
Roller Skating First Dance Roller Derby Lesbian Brides at a Colorado Backyard Wedding
Sweet First Dance Photo at a lovely Backyard Lesbian Wedding in Colorado
Bride and her dad dance at her wedding reception in Colorado
Bride hugs her dad at her Colorado Backyard wedding reception in Conifer
Bride and her dad dance with string lights and the moon overhead at her backyard Colorado mountain wedding
Bride dances with her dad at her backyard mountain wedding in Colorado
Wedding guests dance the night away at a pretty backyard wedding with string lights in Colorado
Two bridemaids laugh as they dance under the stars and string lights at a pretty backyard Colorado wedding
Pretty bartender takes care of guests at a backyard wedding in Colorado
Same sex wedding reception in the backyard of a Colorado mountain home in Conifer
The guys hang out next to the dance floor at a Colorado backyard wedding
Bridesmaid and her husband pose for a portrait with pretty string lights in the backdrop at a Colorado mountain wedding in Conifer
Happy wedding guests dance at a backyard wedding reception in Colorado
Fun photo of two brides and their brothers on vintage playground equipment at a backyard wedding in Colorado
Two pretty lesbian brides pose for a photo with their hanging frames at their backyard wedding in Colorado
A sweet dance floor photo of a lesbian couple dancing together at their beautiful backyard Colorado mountain wedding reception
Blue and yellow glowstick send off at a same sex wedding in the Colorado mountains
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August 28, 2016   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Stormy Colorado Mountain Wedding | Vista Overlook at Steamboat Springs Resort

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hoo hoo, I just finished up the retouching for Sarah and Mitch's beautiful wedding which I can finally share on the journal. It was truly a beautiful day with the sun and the storm competing for the sky which makes for a very dramatic backdrop for their wedding pictures. Sarah prepped for her big day at her parent's house in Steamboat with their sweet doggies keeping us all company. The sky opened up and poured down an epic rainstorm while she was in the make up chair and we figured that would be the end of that. When we made our way up the mountain in the gondola we noticed some dark clouds off in the distance that were heading our way. They managed to finish their simple and sweet ceremony in time but we were only able to get through a few of the formal photos up there before the lightning scared us off. Luckily we found a few places around Aurum restaurant where their reception was held to finish up the group photos and the Yampa River at sunset made for some very pretty photos too. Sarah and Mitch looked so happy to not only be getting married but to be spending such a lovely day with their closest friends and family too.
Event Details
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Event Planner
The Main Event Jill Waldman
Dress Designer
Bridal Shop
Pence and Panache Burleson, Texas
Officiant
Baker
Life is Sweet Kendall Silverberg
Reception Music
Florist
Pretty Allure Weding Dress Hangs in an Aspen Tree in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Leather wedding wedge shoes photographed in front of a mountain in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Pretty Diamond Post stud earrings on a vintage sixpence coin for a bridal shoe in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Sweet family dog lies on his doggy bed while the bride gets ready at her parent's home in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Sweet black dog hangs out at the bride's parent's home in Steamboat Springs on her wedding day in Colorado
Mother of the bride on a Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding day
Bride checks out her hairdo in the mirror at her parent's home in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bridemaid hangs out with her friend at her home in Steamboat Springs in Colorado.
Bride's brother at home in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Steamboat Florist bridal flowers at a mountain wedding in Colorado
Pink bouquet of flowers at a Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding
Bridesmaids at home with bride at a Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding
Mother of the bride helps her put on grandma's necklace on her wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride gets help with her shoes on her wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride puts on her earrings and jewelry on her wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
View of the pretty greenery on the hill from the Gondola ride up to Steamboat Ski Resort wedding during summer in Colorado
Chipmunk eats a snack stolen from a guest on the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort wedding at the Vista Overlook
Guests seated for an outdoor mountain top wedding ceremony at the Vista Overlook in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Groom walks with his parents down the aisle at Vista Overlook in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Colorado mountain wedding ceremony at Steamboat Ski Resort
Groom smiles as his bride walks down the aisle toward him on their wedding day at the Vista Overlook in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride hugs her dad after he walks her down the aisle on her wedding day at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Beautiful stormy summer wedding ceremony at the Vista Overlook in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom hold hands at the Vista Overlook during their ceremony at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Mother of the groom does a reading for their outdoor Colorado mountain top wedding ceremony at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
An emotional bride reads her vows during outdoor Colorado mountain wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom hold hands during their wedding ceremony on top of the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Ring exchange at a Colorado mountain wedding at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Happy bride and groom at the Vista Overlook at their wedding ceremony in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom walk down the aisle at their Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding
Beautiful stormy wedding day portrait at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Beautiful dramatic stormy wedding photography on a mountain in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Pretty aspen tree backdrop wedding portrait with wildflowers at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Bride and groom pose in front of the epic view from the Vista Overlook at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort on their stormy wedding day
Bride and groom look out at the view from the mountain on their stormy summer wedding day in Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand down the dirt path on the mountain at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in Colorado
Beautiful Colorado wedding day at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Groom and his best man pose in front of a rustic wood wall in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and her friends laugh together during portraits at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Wedding party portrait in front of a rustic wood wall in Steamboat Springs Colorado next to Aurum Restaurant
Bride and groom portrait in front of blue brick wall at Aurum Restaurant on their Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding day
Bride and groom pose for portraits at Aurum Restaurant on their wedding day in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Sweet and happy wedding day portrait in Steamboat Springs Colorado at Aurum Restaurant
Beautiful sunset photo of bride and groom on a bridge over the Yampa River with Steamboat Ski Resort in the background
Pretty sunset wedding photo of bride and groom with the Yampa River in the backdrop in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Grandma in a lively discussion at Aurum Restaurant wedding reception in Steamboat Springs Colorado
A beautiful wedding gown detail photo of the back from Allure Bridal in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Parents of the bride give a speech at their daughter's wedding at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bridesmaids give toasts at their best friend's wedding at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Pretty white three tiered wedding cake with pink flowers at Aurum Restaurant by Life is Sweet in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Life is Sweet Wedding Cake at Steamboat Springs Colorado wedding reception
Groom's cake with bicycle at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom cut their cake at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado during their reception
Jim Walters plays guitar for a wedding reception on the patio of Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Guests dance on the patio at a wedding reception at Aurum Restaurant in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom dance their first dance on the patio with a sunset and string lights in the backdrop at Aurum Restaurant in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Bride and groom dance their first dance at Aurum in Steamboat Springs with the Yampa river and string lights in the backdrop
Bride and her dad dance together during her wedding reception on the patio of Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Dancing on the patio at Aurum wedding reception at Steamboat Springs Colorado
Wedding guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Mom dances with her son at a wedding reception on the patio at Aurum in Steamboat Springs Colorado
So hard to pick a favorite but this one is up there:)
Bride and groom portrait at sunset with Yampa River in the background in Steamboat Springs in Colorado
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