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Autumn Wedding at Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado

October 11, 2018

Man, I have to admit, September totally kicked my butt! It’s consistently the busiest month of the whole year for me and 2018 did not stray from that trend. It’s the time of year when fall color descends upon the high country and that means there is a huge influx of people wanting to take advantage of all the gorgeous scenery for everything from weddings to family sessions as well as seniors looking to get their yearbook photos turned in on time. I finally had more than a day to get into a groove behind the ol’ editing screen and that means this blog is about to explode with tons of new work that I’m super excited to finally get to share!

And I’m especially pleased that I get to start this explosion of pretty photos with Sam and Kevin’s stunning wedding at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort. They started their day getting ready in Keystone which is the closest town to A-Basin with amenities like overnight accommodations. I started off the day with Kevin and his buddies at a condo where they were kind enough to get dressed way ahead of schedule just for me and my camera. After a brief visit with them I made my way down the street to stop in with the gals and their preparations for the big day. We then drove as one big group over to the resort where I held my breath as we gingerly made our way up the mountain to get some first look pictures and wedding party portraits prior to the wedding ceremony. We managed to coordinate our timing so that Samantha and the girls would be hidden away at the base of the mountain while guests began to arrive on the shuttle. One thing I just love about living in Colorado is that I get to see people from all over experience the fun of a destination wedding in our beautiful mountains. Their destination wedding experience at Arapahoe Basin means they get to hop onto the Black Mountain Express chairlift and arrive at the ceremony Colorado-style. After everyone is seated and ready to go, then the family and the wedding party arrive on the chairlift making for a fun and unique ceremony start. And this was the perfect crowd for such a cool wedding location. Kevin and Sam were total sweethearts to work with and so were all of the friends and family in their wedding party. And their guests were also up for all of the fun high up on that mountain top too. They all really seemed to roll with the laid-back atmosphere and I saw lots of people taking advantage of the new oxygen bar making it easier for them to party down on that dance floor all evening. I was impressed with the high number of people who managed to make it through the whole reception to send off the newlyweds in style with a sparkler grand exit. What an absolutely stunning and awesome day for this really great couple! I wish them all the best!

Groom Getting Ready in Keystone Colorado for an Autumn Wedding

Groom prep wedidng photography with suspenders at a private condo in Keystone Colorado

Close up of groom putting his bowtie on at his Colorado mountain wedding in Keystone Colorado

Groomsmen get ready in a private condo in Keystone Colorado

Lace wedding gown hangs in Keystone Colorado

Floral design by Erin Ashley Design at a Colorado mountain wedding

Bridesmaids in matching floral robes getting ready for wedding day in Keystone Colorado

Bridal preparations in Keystone Colorado on a fall wedding day

Bride prep at a Colorado mountain wedding during fall in Keystone Colorado

Bride and mom have a moment in Keystone Colorado

Bridal headshot portrait in Keystone Colorado hotel suite

Black Mountain Express Chairlift at a fall wedding at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Pretty florals by Erin Ashley Design at a Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Wedding

Fall wedding boutonnieres by Erin Ashley Design at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in CO

Groom gets help with his boutonniere from brother

First look for bride and groom in the mountain meadow at Arapahoe Ski Resort in Colorado

Huge Epic Mountain Backdrop at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort during Fall Wedding

Beautiful sunny day bridal portrait in the mountains of Colorado

Groom portrait in a mountain meadow at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in CO

Groom with his friends at his autumn wedding in Colorado mountains

Groom with Groomsmen in blue suits at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in CO

Bride and bridesmaids wearing red at her fall wedding in Colorado

Fun Wedding Party Portrait on a sunny wedding day in Colorado

Gorgeous wedding photography in Colorado with a mountain backdrop

Wedding ceremony set up on the deck at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort on a fall wedding day in CO

Pretty arch decorated with florals from Erin Ashley Design at A-Basin Ski Resort During Fall

Close up of the floral arch for a fall wedding at A-Basin Ski Resort in CO

Wedding guests ride the Black Mountain Express chairlift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in CO

Wedding guests walk to the ceremony site after exiting the chairlift at a Destination wedding in Colorado

A beautiful photo of wedding guests riding the chairlift at a destination wedding in Colorado

Groom walks his mother down the aisle at his destination wedding in Colorado

Bride and her father walk down the aisle at her fall wedding in Colorado

Bride and groom see each other at their wedding ceremony on the deck at Black Mountain Lodge at A-Basin in CO

A beautiful sunny Colorado wedding day on a mountaintop at A-Basin

A Colorado Fall Destination Wedding on the Deck at Black Mountain Lodge at A-Basin

Beautiful Colorado Destination Wedding on the deck at Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Happy moment during ceremony at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Wedding

Outdoor gorgeous destination wedding in Colorado

Beautiful sunny destination wedding in Colorado

Ring exchange at outdoor wedding ceremony at A-Basin

Romantic Destination Wedding Photoraphy in Colorado

A happy bride and groom celebrate their wedding by riding the chairlift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado

A beautiful Colorado destination wedding chairlift photo

A wide view of bride and groom riding the chairlift with A-Basin and Loveland Pass in the backdrop

B&W photo of a bride and groom enjoying their chairlift ride at A-Basin in Colorado

Bride and groom walk hand in hand back to their party after chairlift ride at A-Basin

Beautiful fall wedding day at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Wedding formal pictures with epic mountain backdrop at A-Basin

Epic Colorado Wedding photography with huge mountain backdrop

Stunning Destination Wedding Photography in Colorado

Autumn Wedding Photography with epic mountain backdrop at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Classic Mountain Wedding at A-Basin in Colorado

Bride and groom head back to their wedding reception after their romantic portraits

Artistic Wedding Photography in Colorado

Erin Ashley Design Sweetheart Table at Black Mountain Lodge

Pretty Colorado Wedding Decor at a Destination Wedding at a Ski Resort

Smores Dessert Table at Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Dessert detail photos from a Colorado destination wedding

Smores at a wedding instead of cake

Artistic B&W photo of the bride and groom at their reception with mountain reflection in window

Bride and groom dig into dinner at their sweetheart table at Black Mountain Lodge

Mother of the bride gives a speech at wedding

Wedding guests at a Colorado destination wedding

Guests laugh during dinner at A-Basin Destination wedding in Colorado

Impromptu portrait of guests at A-Basin Ski Resort Wedding

Colorado Destination wedding oxygen bar

Bride and groom use the oxygen bar at their Colorado mountain wedding

Wedding toasts at Black Mountain Lodge at A-Basin in CO

Father of the bride speech at a Colorado Destination wedding

Wedding reception list up at night at Black Mountain Lodge at A-Basin

First Dance at Black Mountain Lodge at A-Basin

Colorado Destination Wedding in a Ski Resort Lodge

Romantic Colorado Wedding Photography at A-Basin

Father Daughter Dane A-Basin Ski Resort

Groom dances with mom at his Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Wedding

Collage of Dance floor photos at A-Basin

Dancing photos from a Colorado destination wedding

Firepit wedding photo in Colorado

Signing the marriage license in Colorado

Dancing inside the Black Mountain Lodge in Colorado

Awesome Wedding Reception Photography in CO

Romantic B&W Wedding Dance Floor Photo

Bride and groom walk down the sparkler aisle for their Grand exit at the end of their wedding reception

Sparkler wedding photo in Colorado

Sparkler Grand Exit in the mountains of Colorado

Venue: Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
Florist: Erin Ashley Design
Dj & Ceremony Music: Drew Reges
Transportation: Peak 1 Express

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  1. Charlie Quandt says:

    Sammy, you make a beautiful bride, and the both of you make a great couple!!!!
    See you soon!
    Love, Dad

  2. April quandt says:

    These are just beautiful!!