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Iam 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!
Colorado Mountain Ranch Gold Hill near Boulder, CO
Sarah McDavid A friend of the bride and groom
Greens Point Catering Longmont, CO
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.
Lauren 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!
Iam 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!
Myslik Manor Chelsea's family home
Flaxen Annalise Lundeen
Sandra Knecht Friend of Terra & Traci
Whoo 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.
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort Vista Overlook
The Main Event Jill Waldman
Pence and Panache Burleson, Texas
So hard to pick a favorite but this one is up there:)