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Colorado Intimate Wedding Reception Dinner at The Fort Restaurant in Morrison

August 7, 2018

This couple featured on the journal today are so cute and spunky. I had a blast photographing them because they have a fun and goofy energy about them and were so totally head over heels for each other. They held their laid-back, family-only reception dinner in the private Tower dining room at The Fort restaurant which is a frontier-themed replica fort in Morrison, Colorado. I was looking at the Fort’s website and found it pretty interesting to read up on. I have lived in the area for a long time so I’ve always heard about the Fort, but I had actually never been to it. I didn’t realize it was based on the real Bent Fort which was Colorado’s first fur trading post built in 1834. This replica building was built in 1961 and originally was meant to be only the family home. But when the budget was busted, they decided to turn the lower level into a restaurant specializing in traditional foods of the American west. I also learned that the family adopted a black bear named Sissy who lived at the Fort with them until she died of old age the same year I was born in 1982.

But back to Samantha & John’s intimate wedding dinner reception; we began with some family formal portraits in the courtyard area with the adobe walls as the backdrop. This family was having a ton of fun posing for lots of candids together before I had Samantha & John follow me over the the red rocks for some romantic portraits of just the two of them alone. Keeping in mind the warnings of the signs posted everywhere to watch out for rattlesnakes, we gingerly walked around to capture some of the gorgeous views as the couple enjoyed each other’s company before dinner began. I made sure to capture some of the candid moments that were happening throughout their dinner as impromptu speeches were made and a delicious meal served. And I even got to photograph them cutting their cake as night fell. Check out some of the highlights from their sweet small wedding below!

Extended Family Portraits for a small intimate wedding reception dinner at The Fort Restaurant in Colorado

Bride hugs her dad on her wedding day at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, CO

Groom's parents pose for a family photo at The Fort in Morrison CO

Family pictures at The Fort restaurant in Morrison CO

Candid family formal portraits at an intimate wedding at The Fort in Colorado

Sweet romantic wedding day photography at The Fort in Colorado

Candid family portraits at The Fort at a small wedding in Morrison

Groom and his mom laugh during family formals at The Fort Restaurant in CO

Groom with his sister at The Fort restaurant in Morrison CO

Sibling photo from an intimate wedding at The Fort in Morrison CO

Colorado family photos at a small wedding at The Fort in Morrison

B&W Romantic Wedding Photo at The Fort restaurant

Bride and groom walk together at sunset at The Fort restaurant

Romantic CO Wedding Photography at The Fort

Mountain backdrop in Morrison CO Wedding Photo

The Tower Room at The Fort Restaurant in Colorado

Candid photo during a private wedding reception dinner at The Fort

B&W photos from an intimate wedding reception dinner at The Fort

Bride's dad and his wife at his daughter's intimate wedding

Sister gives a toast for her brother's wedding at The Fort in Morrison CO

Newlyweds pose with frontier props at the Fort restaurant in Morrison CO

Wedding speech from groom's dad at The Fort restaurant

The Fort restaurant intimate wedding dinner in the Tower Room

Dinner reception at a Colorado restaurant The Fort

Bride holds hands with her dad during her wedding dinner at the Fort restaurant

B&W candid photo in the Tower Dining Room at The Fort restaurant in Morrison CO

Dad clinks glasses with his daughter after a wedding toast at the Fort Restaurant

Wedding dinner in the Tower Room at The Fort restaurant

Vows inside the Fort Tower Dining Room in CO

Candid wedding photography from an intimate wedding dinner at The Fort

Detail photo of a two tiered white wedding cake

wine cork wedding cake toppers at an intimate wedding in Colorado

Wedding reception from intimate wedding dinner at The Fort in Colorado

Newlyweds cut their cake at their intimate wedding dinner at The Fort

Fun cake cutting and feeding to each other wedding picture in CO

Beautiful happy wedding photography in Morrison Colorado

Saved my favorite for last!

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