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Backyard Wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado

June 24, 2011

Beautiful Summer Backyard Wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado

I have the most beautiful backyard wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado to share on the journal today.  Wedding season is in full swing and Friday marked my first mountain wedding of the season.  You probably remember Jen & Pascal from earlier in the year.  They did their engagement session down at Larimer Square and brought along their adorable pup Milo.  Well Milo is a big guy now and he was there to celebrate with his proud owners:)  The wedding ceremony took place at Jen’s parents’ house which has GORGEOUS views of the Yampa Valley.  This has to be one of the prettiest backyard wedding in Steamboat Springs Colorado ever!  Their farm property is so beautiful that all of their daughters have been married there.  You’ll see from the pictures that it would be crazy not to!  At this backyard wedding in Steamboat Springs, there was so much pretty property to use and so little time;)  That’s because it was summertime in the Rockies and we had a late rainstorm. 

Rainy Wedding Day in Steamboat Springs

It actually ended up halting the plans to ride up the mountain on the Gondola where the reception was to be held.  But the Steamboat Resort just shuttled everyone up instead.  And luckily it had calmed down enough by the end of the night that we were able to enjoy a Gondola ride with a beautiful night view.  And I really have to give a huge shout out to Jen & Pascal for being the most laid back and down to earth people.  They braved a pretty wet rainstorm at their reception in order to get some more pictures of the two of them alone.  They got a little wet, but here’s hoping that they think it was worth it after they see the photos:)

Jen & Pascal,

I’m so lucky that this is my job because it really makes me feel so good watching two people who are as in love as you two marry each other.  Watching you guys say your vows and just seeing how happy you looked on Friday made me super excited to get married myself.

Hope you enjoy the photos and they help you relive the day over and over again for the rest of your lives!



Vendors who worked on this wedding:

Reception Venue: Steamboat Springs Resort

Dress: La Sposa http://www.splasposa.com/

Dress Shop: Blue Bridal Denver

Bridesmaids Dress: Bari Jay http://barijay.com/salon.php

Suits: Allen’s Menswear 828 Lincoln Ave. Steamboat Springs, CO http://www.exploresteamboat.com/marketplace/businesses/allens-clothing/

Cake: Mountain Brew 427 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO http://www.catchalocalbuzz.com/

DJ: DJ Also Starring: http://djalsostarring.com/

Flowers: Alpine Floral http://www.steamboatspringsflowers.com/

Officiant: Paul Sachs  http://www.paulsachspc.com/

Hair & Make up: Rocky Mountain Day Spa http://www.steamboatmassage.com/

Ceremony Music: Teri Rose http://www.harpandflute1.com/

Started off with some bridal prep at the Sheraton Hotel at the base of the mountain
B&W Getting Ready Wedding Photography

There is always so much “clutter” in the room, but I like how it added to the photo in this one:)
Unique Steamboat Springs Wedding

More prep…
Bridal Prep Photojournalistic Wedding photography

Bling! Had to get a good shot of the hair decor. I love details!
Stunning blonde bride Wedding Photography

This was Jen’s garter which was made from her mother’s wedding dress. Something blue and something old all in one:)
Creative Steamboat Springs Wedding Photographer

The floral decor was really pretty at their wedding
Colorado's Best Destination Wedding Photographer

Wow, that’s really all I can say about that view.
Mt. Werner Wedding Photography

This time Pascal gets treated to a little bling;)
Fun Denver and Steamboat Wedding Photographer

I believe he can fly…
Colorado's best Destination Wedding Photographer

Meanwhile, back where the ladies are at there is work being done!
Bride gets help putting her dress on in Steamboat Springs CO

The girls obviously approve!
B&W Photojournalistic Wedding Photographer

Jen’s turn for her gift. She got that pretty necklace.
Gorgeous light wedding photography

Loved all of the bright colors. Went well with the pretty scenery in Steamboat.
Pretty pink high heels at a Steamboat Wedding

So rustic. So gorgeous. How lucky is Jen to have grown up here?
Rustic Farm Wedding Steamboat Springs CO

They had these cool owls all over the place
Lovely Steamboat Springs Wedding Photography

Jen had just a couple of bridesmaids;)
Mt. Werner Wedding Photography

Close up time
Stunning Wedding Photography of a Bright pink green and white bouquet

Steamboat Springs Wedding Photographer

Celebration. How apt!
Fun Colorado Wedding Photography

Waiting for the celebration to begin
Awesome CO Wedding Photographer

Jen’s mom planted lots of flowers to spiff up what was already a gorgeous location to begin with!
Colorado's Best Wedding Photographer

Pascal gets a good look at his bride:)
Steamboat Springs Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Lovely outdoor Steamboat Wedding

Yes, they really did smile this big all day:)
Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Sigh…Jen’s parents are so lucky to live there:)

Haha..I wonder what she was working on?
Cute Wedding Photography

The kiss!
Romantic Steamboat Springs CO Wedding Photography

Pretty CO Wedding Photography

Yay again!
CO Celebratory Photography

Time for a few formals
Pretty Steamboat Springs CO Photography

The detail on her dress was gorgeous!
Stunning Bridal Photography CO

Look how big Milo’s gotten!
Fun dog wedding photography

He’s too cute! Ok, last one with Milo then we have to move on;)
Cute puppy at a wedding

The color in this one is so beautiful!
Gorgeous Steamboat Farm Wedding

Gondolas closed due to bad weather. So shuttles it is!
Unique CO Destination Wedding Photography

It was FREEZING for June, so we tried to get those poor gals inside as quick as possible!
Pretty CO Wedding Photography

Love this one. Jen’s a natural!
Yampa Valley Wedding Photographer

The groomsmen were so animated. It was awesome:)
Fun CO Mountain Wedding Photography

They were having a good time. Good singers they are…

I know I don’t normally share this many of the guys, but they were just such a blast that their pics turned out really fun!
Awesome CO Wedding Photography

How cute is this guest?
Wedding Reception Mt. Werner Steamboat Springs CO

Detail at Thunderhead
Steamboat Springs Wedding Reception

Loved the decor!
Destination Steamboat Springs CO Wedding

The wedding favor
Fun Denver Wedding Photographer

Such a cute and simple cake
Simple white wedding cake Photo Steamboat Springs CO

Cupcakes for everyone!
Creative Wedding Photography

First Dance!
B&W Steamboat Springs CO Wedding Photography

We made sure to catch a few more shots of Jen & Pascal alone during the reception
Stunning Bride & Groom Portraits

Awww I love this one. It’s not easy to look good while dipping in a photo:)
Gorgeous Mountain Wedding Photography

Tried to get some sunset in the shot
Mountain Wedding Ski Lift Photography

Didn’t have much time because it started to REALLY pour after a bit.
Lovely Romantic Wedding Photography

Back inside we had a little toast time
Fun wedding photography

Then a little bit of parent dances
Stunning Steamboat Reception Photography

Then everyone else joined in. The DJ even played a couple of Dutch songs since Pascal and his family are from Holland.
Denver's Best Wedding Photographer

Dance photos are fun:)
Steamboat Springs Wedding Reception

Another fun one!
CO Photographer

As you can see, it was quite the party:)
Colorado Wedding Photographer

Some got a little worn out;)
Colorado Wedding Photographer

It was way too hard to pick a favorite, so I just saved a good one for last:)
Colorado Wedding Photography

If you’re searching for a wedding photographer in Steamboat Springs be sure to check out the WEDDINGS page of my site and get in touch!


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  1. Dawn says:

    WOW! Amazing photography.

  2. Susan says:

    Beautiful wedding! The bride is just stunning! Love all the detail shots.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Gorgeous wedding!! Love all the details. Too many favorite images for me to list here! They’re all great!

  4. CJ Wilkes says:

    These are Gorgeous!

  5. Jen says:

    Lovely photos! The colors are beautiful!

  6. Christie says:

    You are so talented April! These are fantastic … love all of the details and the joy in all the photos. Congrats to the newlyweds!

  7. Yana says:

    April, these are fantastic! You captured the mood of the day so well. I love them all. And they are a beautiful couple!

  8. Liz says:

    Stunning and perfect! I adore this wedding! The bride and groom must be ecstatic!

  9. Paul says:

    These are all great! My little bro is a lucky guy!

  10. Kitty says:

    Gorgeous photos. There’re amazing, can’t wait for the rest.

  11. Megan says:

    WOW! I love how much personality you got out of the wedding party, Gorgeous work here!

  12. WOW – what an amazing setting for a wedding! You did a fantastic job of capturing their big day – and those jumping shots are awesome. 🙂

  13. Malia says:

    Beautiful!!! What awesome photos! 🙂

  14. Laura Fisher says:

    That color portrait of Milo is just too cute, love his expression. 🙂 Beautiful photos, as usual!

  15. Amanda says:

    What a GREAT place for a wedding and these are wonderful images. I just adore all of their details and your shots of the wedding party.

  16. Tori Piercy says:

    Wow what a location and wedding! Loved the commentary and your pictures- beautiful work!

  17. Alida and Tom Canale says:

    We are so sad that we missed that wonderful celebration! The pictures are so nice, and catch the fun and personalities, also the beautiful people! Steamboat Springs rules, it is a bit of heaven! Our best wishes to all of you! Alida and Tom Canale

  18. Brady says:

    What a Beautiful Wedding!
    What great photography! ‘
    Jen you are absolutely gorgeous! congratulations!

  19. Liz says:

    Your photography is stunning! You captured true feelings! I love it!

  20. Lindsey Yochem says:

    Amazing! What a beautiful Bride and Groom! 🙂

  21. kaym says:

    I’m going to photograph a wedding, just taking an idea of your pictures. I’m amazed you are such an inspiration. I really love your pictures.