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Rainy Colorado Mountain Wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs

August 17, 2018

I have been dying to share this wedding with the world and I finally managed to finish all of the detailed retouching that I like to do for sneak peeks. As I was culling the wedding and going through the photos I kept flagging so many of their pictures for the preview because I was just loving what we captured on Laura & Michaels pretty rainy wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Maybe part of the reason I ended up loving these photos so much is because all of that precipitation reminded me of my own wedding day. I had a tented reception as well and I remember the rain making it feel so much cozier inside as we danced the night away and I think it created a similar vibe for Laura & Michael’s day. Some bride’s are so sad about having rain on the day of their wedding that it ends up souring them for at least part of the day. I get that very few brides are dreaming about big fat raindrops ruining all of the outdoor fun but there are definitely some positive sides. I’m happy to report that neither Laura and Michael seemed to care one bit about the rain and were entirely focused on enjoying the day regardless of what was thrown their way. We were able to take them out into the rain to capture some romantic and wild photos in the beautiful scenery with mountain wildflowers and the rain only added to the sense of the new adventure they are undertaking as husband and wife. Rain only slows you down a little bit on a wedding day (and maybe that’s not a bad thing!) and in this photographer’s opinion, I don’t mind the nice even lighting giving us a break from all of the bright and harsh Colorado sun that we normally have to fight all day!

There were a lot of nice little touches from Laura & Michael’s wedding. Right away I noticed their super awesome and incredibly well done metal coasters that the couple used as wedding favors. Their wedding planner, Jessica from Pink Champagne Events, let me know that Michael made them. He is so talented! I also noticed how worn and well-loved the Bible they would be using during the ceremony was. It was clearly a family heirloom. I somehow managed to get a couple of new favorite photos from this wedding too! I felt a little bad doing it, but I knew it would make for a funny picture if I tricked mom and asked her to look at her favorite child during the family formals. You’ll see the photo I’m talking about because everyone’s reactions to her doing it are priceless! I also loved that at one point during the reception, almost every single guest invited to the wedding got on the dance floor in one huge circle and belted out Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places. There is a pretty hilarious photo of a group of them with their mouths wide open singing which I love. As much as I love creating pretty portraits, it’s the candid and photojournalistic coverage from a wedding that really makes me love my job!

Check it out below! (Vendors are listed at the bottom!)

Pretty Lace Wedding Dress Hangs on Wood Wall at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs

Blue lace garter with white bow on colorful flowers

Colorful floral wedding bouquet made by  Jessie Salus at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs Colorado

Flat lace wedding shoes detail photo at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bright and colorful wedding bouquets by Jessie Salus

Bridesmaid in a blue and white floral robe in the bridal suite at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Pouring champagne in bridal suite at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride and Bridesmaids Cheers with Champagne at a Colorado mountain wedding

Bride applies lip gloss in the bridal suite at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Taking a moment to pray before the wedding

A tear falls from the bride after a prayer on her wedding day

Bridesmaid hugs her friend on her wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bridal preparation photos putting dress on at a Colorado mountain wedding

Bride gets some help with her dress at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Bride preparing for her Colorado wedding

Dad hugs his daughter after seeing her for first time on wedding day

Detail photo of a special tie hand sewn for Dad at his daughter's wedding

Custom tie clip with an engraved message on it at a CO mountain wedding

Groom preps for his wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Groomsman has a laugh in the groom's room at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs Colorado

Mother helps her son with his boutonniere at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Artistic photo of a groom with a glass reflection at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs

Classic B&W headshot portrait of a Groom in CO

Pretty floral aisle decor for an outdoor wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Detail photos of the floral aisle decor at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Worn family bible detail picture from an outdoor wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Groom walks down the aisle with his mom at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Groom looks at his bride as she makes her way to him during their Colorado mountain wedding

Bride walks down the aisle with her father at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride and dad hug during wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Happy bride and groom under the trees at their outdoor wedding ceremony in Colorado

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs CO

Wedding party all lined up during wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Bridesmaid reads from the bible at an outdoor wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride and groom look at their friends doing a reading at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Summer Mountain Wedding Ceremony in Colorado at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Ring exchange during outdoor wedding ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs CO

Signing marriage license during ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Happy couple at their outdoor Blackstone Rivers Ranch wedding in Colorado

Ceremony Kiss photo at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Couple celebrating and walking down the aisle at their wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Beautiful Colorado wedding venue Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Hawaiian leis decorate the bride and groom

Candid family portrait from an outdoor summer wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Mom and Bride pose for a portrait

Fun candid family formals at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Hilarious moment of a family together on a wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Mom really went there! Haha

Classic portrait of a large wedding party at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Groom with his mom on his wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Groom and his brother who is the best man pose for a silly photo together

Dapper group of men pose for a photo during wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride with her bridesmaids in light blue dresses at Colorado mountain wedding

Cute photo of the bride laughing with her bridesmaids at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride strolls along path with her bridesmaids at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Fun candid group photo of entire wedding party at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Full length portrait of the bride at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride and groom hand in hand at Blackstone Rivers RanchDramatic kiss photo of bride and groom at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Cute photo of bride and groom from behind at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

River backdrop for a classic portrait of Bride and Groom

Wooden bridge at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Rainy wedding day portrait with umbrella and wildflowers at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Sweet Rainy Day cuddle photo under a clear umbrella

Cute photo of a bride and groom under a clear umbrella on their wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Bride and groom walk across a rustic foot bridge on their rainy wedding day

Bride and groom walk back to their reception under a clear umbrella at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Detail photo collage of pretty colorful floral decor at a tented wedding reception at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Wood chairs and tables decorated with florals by Pink Champagne Events in Idaho Springs CO

Custom metal engraved coasters favors for a mountain wedding

Head table at a wedding reception Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Cute rustic table seating chart with bunting

Greenery with bright florals on a long wood table at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Tent reception all set up and ready to go by Pink Champagne Events

Happy couple smile for a photo at their head table

Father of the bride gives a toast and a prayer at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs CO

Brother of the bride gives a speech at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Giving speeches and toasts on a rainy wedding day

Maid of honor gives speech at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Best man speech on a wedding day

Simple white cake from The Dessert Stand at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Donut bar from Glazed & Confused at a Colorado Mountain Wedding

Detail photo collage of various flavored donuts from Glazed and Confused

Delicious donut holes from Glazed & Confused donut shop at a wedding

Strawberry donuts from Glazed and Confused

Groom kisses his bride after they cut their wedding cake

First dance at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Groom dances with his mom at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Bride Dances with her Dad on her wedding day at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Dance floor photo from Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Fun Colorado mountain wedding photography at a reception

Candid family portrait at a Colorado wedding reception

Detail photo of a floral centerpiece with candles from a rustic mountain wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Colorado

Party-goers sing along in a huge circle at a wedding

Dance floor photos from a Colorado mountain wedding

Hilarious wedding photography in Colorado

Dance floor shenanigans at Blackstone Rivers Ranch in CO

Funny dance floor photography at a wedding reception

Dance floor antics are caught on camera at a Colorado wedding reception

Cute singing dance floor photo at Blackstone Rivers Ranch

Crowd gets low at a wedding reception

Bride and groom boogie down at their wedding reception

A cute grand exit in the Colorado mountains

Event Planner: Jessica McTaggart from Pink Champagne Events
Venue: Blackstone Rivers Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colorado
Catering: All Love Catering
Wedding Dress Shop: Encore Bridal
Alterations: RosieGowns Alterations
Hair & Make up: Breckenridge Hair Company
Donut Bar: Glazed & Confused
Cake: The Dessert Stand

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