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Crested Butte Wedding Photography | Mountain Wedding Garden & Bonez Reception

August 28, 2017

Crested Butte Wedding Photographer

I am a Crested Butte wedding photographer with a gorgeous summer wedding to share on the blog today! I have 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. It’s definitely one of those places where 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. But Crested Butte during the summer is 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 beautiful mountain views 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.

Slate River First Look at Summer Wedding in Crested Butte

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 choosing me to be your Crested Butte wedding photographer. What a wonderful place to celebrate love!

Sweet photo of a couple during wedding ceremony from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Reception photos by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Natural wedding photography from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Crested Butte wedding photographer at Bonez
Shotski from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Pretty detail wedding photos by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Crested Butte wedding photographer at Mountain Garden
Happy wedding ceremony outdoors from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Wedding vows outdoor ceremony from Crested Butte wedding photographer
Sweet moment captured by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Famous license plate wall from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Wood ski unique guest sign in from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Fun Crested Butte wedding photographer
Happy bride photographed at her outdoor wedding ceremony by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Bride looks at her groom at outdoor ceremony by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Details from Lucky Penny photographed by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Adorable rustic bride wearing red plaid over her dress from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Sweet dog photo from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Crested Butte wedding photographer photographs a couple in the stunning scenery outdoor wedding
Wedding party portraits created by Crested Butte wedding photographer
Bright and Sunny Wedding Day next to the Slate River from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Beautiful Outdoor wedding photographed by Crested Butte wedding photographer
Classic wedding portrait with Crested Butte mountain backdrop from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Beautiful wedding portrait created by a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Grand exit on Elk Avenue captured by Crested Butte wedding photographer
Crested Butte Wedding Photographer Bridal Portrait
Outdoor wedding ceremony ring exchange from a Crested Butte wedding photographer
Parent dances at wedding reception captured by a Crested Butte wedding photographer

Be sure to check out the WEDDINGS page of my site to find more information about wedding photography!

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  1. Chad Calhoun says:

    Thanks SO MUCH April! These photos look amazing! So glad you were able to shoot our wedding AND that you loved Crested Butte. The day worked out so well. Thanks!!!