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Ihave been so excited to share the photos from Alex and Ryan's beautiful Colorado wedding at BlueSky Breckenridge which took place earlier this September. Alex is a wedding photographer herself out in Iowa so she knew what to expect and had her day planned out extremely well which translated into lots of good photography time to create portraits with their best friends and family. We started off the day at BlueSky Breckenridge hotel in the Tyra Snowflake neighborhood. After capturing some of the preparations (including a sweet photo of Alex's besties seeing her in her gown for the first time) we did some first look pictures both with Dad and with Ryan. I loved seeing the emotion on Ryan's face as he saw his stunning bride for the first time. Alex made sure to schedule some photo time with just her and Ryan after this so we made our way over to Sapphire Point and the docks at Lake Dillon for some gorgeous photos with the mountains in the backdrop. We made our way back over to BlueSky to finish up the formal portraits with the family and the wedding party and finished up all of it before the ceremony began. That meant that Alex and Ryan got to enjoy their cocktail hour with all of their guests which I think is particularly nice when it is a destination wedding and everyone has traveled so far to be there to celebrate with the bride and groom. It turned out to be a wonderful party with awesome speeches and toasts and a pretty epic dance party too. A highlight of the evening was when Alex performed Salt N Pepa's song, "Shoop" to the crowd's delight. And the cherry on top for this wedding celebration was the fact that BlueSky Breckenridge allowed for a sparkler exit to cap off the evening. Here in Colorado that's pretty rare and always makes for a pretty photo to end the evening. Below I've shared some highlights from their spectacular Colorado wedding day!
Today is part two of Juliana and Mike's awesome summer weekend wedding celebration in the beautiful Buffalo Creek mountain area which is just south of Conifer. Friday night found these two shuffling around the wood dance floor with their family and friends and Saturday was the day that everyone gathered around them on the island by the river to watch them say their vows. Prior to the ceremony, I had the pleasure of spending some time at Mike's cabin where he was prepping for the day with his 5 kids and other close relatives. Juliana was up at her parents home near the dance hall and reception tent. The ceremony took place down by the river with Cathedral Spires rock formation looming overhead in the background. The sky turned an incredible dark stormy shade of blue right before the wedding and the wind picked up. Along with the rushing of the South West Platte River it all provided a lovely and dramatic setting to get married. After the ceremony, everyone walked through the field to get back over to the wedding reception tent and cabins where the majority of the party would take place. Juliana and Mike are so loved by their family and friends that when it was open mike time there were no shortage of speakers ready to come up and sing their praises. After the delicious dinner created by their family friend, Shannon Hughes the party moved into the dance hall where a live band was set up and ready to rock out for the evening. As an added bonus, Juliana's uncle who is a well known blues singer from Chicago jumped in with the band and serenaded the crowd for a few songs. It was an incredible day full of love all around!
Theo Avgerinos Friend of the Bride and Groom
Jakarta Band Denver, CO
Shannon Hughes Friend of the Bride and Groom
Rolling Pin Bakeshop Denver, CO
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Today I am featuring part one of a two part wedding story. Back in August, Juliana and Mike held a beautiful wedding celebration over the weekend with all of their friends at Juliana's family's private mountain retreat complete with cabins in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. Long time readers might recognize the location even though it's a private home because my good friends Meghan and Emily were lucky enough to get married at the family home during fall a couple of years ago. It's an incredible place for family and friends to gather and so much fun stuff around the property to keep the kids entertained. Friday night the family held their annual square dance party along with dinner served by the incredibly delicious Phoenecian Kabob restaurant (located at Colfax and Ivanhoe in Denver, go check them out sometime, you won't regret it!). They have been hosting this square dance every summer and this year was even more special since they combined it with the wedding festivities. Juliana's dad's long time friend was the square dance caller and he wrangled the huge group of family and friends into squares and lines and circles and had them spinning each other all over the dance hall cabin. It was the perfect Friday night pre-wedding activity. What better way to meet other friends and wedding guests than by do-si-do-ing around a big cabin together?
Phoenician Kabob Colfax and Ivanhoe in Denver
Square Dance Caller
Chris Kermit Friend of the family
Ihave been so excited about Carole & Chad's wedding ever since we first met up to discuss it last fall at New Terrain Brewery in Golden. They were such an easy going and fun couple to meet with so obviously I was already on board, but knowing that it was going to take place in Crested Butte, Colorado had me very excited too. Despite being what I call an "almost-native" (that's someone who has been in Colorado since she was 3 but was not born here in case you are wondering, haha) I had never been to Crested Butte. It's definitely one of those places you have a to make it a point to visit since it's a bit off the beaten path and you don't really drive through it to get anywhere else. And I'm also one of those "Almost-Natives" who isn't super into winter sports because I'm kind of a baby about the cold and it's hard to find the time to go up when it's not for work. So I had just never thought to make a trip all the way out. But I wish Crested Butte had been more on my radar because holy hell, it's a gorgeous little slice of heaven right here on earth! When you are there, every direction you turn is beautiful because you are literally surrounded by mountains on all sides. And of course, Carole and Chad's wedding was in July which is prime wildflower season too so the rolling hills are covered in them.
We did their first look and some portraits by the Slate River near the Oh Be Joyful recreation area and we also found a pretty cool little spot to get the iconic Crested Butte mountain in the backdrop for some of the photos near Peanut Lake. The ceremony took place at the beautiful Mountain Wedding Garden at Crested Butte's Town Hall over on the ski resort side of town. It was a gorgeous place to say their vows in front of their family and friends and my only regret was that we didn't have much time for portraits there due to the incoming rain storm. But it held off for the ceremony so I can't complain too much. The reception was held at Bonez which is a super cool looking tequila bar and restaurant right in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. I have to give huge props to Carole and Chad's wedding planner, Ciera Freson from Lucky Penny for being so down to earth and easy to work with but also getting the job done! It's not easy to find both qualities in a wedding planner! She and her assistant even managed to get all of the guests lined up perfectly outside of Bonez for a super cute confetti send off with Mt. Crested Butte in the backdrop. That was probably one of my favorite parts of the day since it's always hilarious to see all of the people who love the couple, attack them with pretty sparkly things! And it couldn't have happened in a prettier place!
After the reception, we had originally planned to take the Red Lady Express Lift up the mountain to end the day with a few more epic portraits, but by this point, the rain was getting increasingly insistent upon itself and so we opted to just stick to getting a handful around the downtown area of Crested Butte before we called it a day. And what an incredible day it was! Congratulations, Carole & Chad! I hope you enjoy your time as newlyweds this next year. And I will always be grateful to you both for giving me a great excuse to head out to Crested Butte. What a wonderful place!
Mountain Wedding Garden Crested Butte, CO
Bonez Crested Butte, CO
Lucky Penny Events Ciera Freson Crested Butte, Co
Thunder & Rain Golden, CO
Bridal Gown Designer
Calvin Klein Found at Men's Wearhouse