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Steamboat Springs Colorado Gondola Wedding up at Hazie's Restaurant on Werner Mountain

September 2, 2010

This past Saturday found my faithful assistant (and lovely sis!) Gabby and I heading up to Steamboat Springs at the ridiculously early hour of 6 am in the morning.   Ok, I realize that for some this isn’t so crazy, but if you know me at all you know that I am the world’s worst early riser.  However, that Saturday I found myself in really high spirits because I had been looking forward to this wedding for over a year and we were going to the mountains!  Plus, I promised myself that I could have Burger King breakfast since calories consumed before 7 am don’t count:)  It’s been sort of an unofficial New Year’s resolution of mine to try & escape the brown cloud of Denver and get up to the beautiful mountains more often and although I have done better about it this year than in 2009, I still haven’t been up nearly as much as I’d like.  So yeah, we knew it was going to be a good day.

While Stefan & Jess were hanging out with their groomsmen and bridesmaids down at the base of Mt. Werner, Gabby and I headed up the Gondola to scope out the venue (http://www.steamboat.com/weddings.aspx) and take a look around.  If you ever need an idea for a nice daytrip to the mountains, I highly recommend taking a ride on the gondola where you can drool over the views and talk about how cool it would be to have a weekend house there:)  At the top you can go on all sorts of hikes and later on after dark you can go skinny dipping at Strawberry Park Hot Springs like all of the cool kids (http://www.strawberryhotsprings.com/2005/).  Plus google maps said it would take 3 hours and 15 min. to get there, but it only took maybe 2.5 hours.  Could be that O’Hare’s are notorious for having lead feet in the car though.

Since we gave ourselves plenty of travel time we had a lot of time to hang out with the gals in their condo at the Highmark (http://www.highmarksteamboat.com/) and take photos of them preparing for the wedding.  I am in love with so many of the photos we got during this time.  It sure doesn’t hurt that Jess and all of her bridesmaids are such gorgeous gals!    Meanwhile, my second shooter Kirsten (http://photography-kirsten.blogspot.com/) got to harass the boys with her camera over at the Phoenix Condos just down the street (http://www.thephoenixatsteamboat.com/).  Thank you again to Kirsten for traveling from Longmont (my hometown!) to take pictures with us all day:) 

Eventually the time came for us to head over to Concordia Lutheran Church (http://www.steamboatlutheran.org/) to put the dress on and I don’t know, GET MARRIED!  Both Jess & Stefan looked amazing up on the altar.  I swear Jess’s dress just sparkled.  It was absolutely beautiful and you could just see how happy they both were to be there with each other.  After a few family formals on the altar at the end of the ceremony, it was time to hop on the party shuttle and head up the Gondola.  This is where I have to give huge props to Jess & Stefan and their entire bridal party.  The rain only held off for a short while that day during our photo session on the mountain but they never let it ruin the party.  I’m sure the drizzly Colorado rain seemed like nothing to Jess & Stefan since they live in Seattle, but I know there are a lot of brides out there that would probably be pretty upset about the weather.  Not Jess!  She was obviously too busy having the time of her life:)

After pictures, everyone was ready to finally just party and relax and they did both of these quite well!  As the song of the evening goes, they danced, they laughed, and they had a REALLY REALLY REALLY good time!   If you don’t believe me, check out these two links which feature the choreographed dance moves of one of the most fantastic bridal parties I’ve ever had the priviledge to photograph!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjohnston/4940507800/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjohnston/4939925933/

And be sure to check out all of the awesome vendors who helped to make this fantastic wedding happen!

Wedding Planner: Jill with The Main Event http://www.steamboatevents.com/

Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones http://www.augustajones.com/

Suits: Calvin Klein http://www.calvinklein.com/home/index.jsp

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

Hair: Stephanie Weiss of the Bella Sol Body Boutique http://www.bellasolspa.com/

Make up: Cari Gelbart of the All Season Wellness Spa http://www.allseasonwellness.com/

Cake: Jean Wernig of Steamboat Springs

Jewelry: Family jewelry!

Gettin’ made up
Gettin' made up

Sigh…so gorgeous!  Dress by August Jones: http://www.augustajones.com/
Sigh...so gorgeous!

Jess went with Nina shoes
Jess went with Nina shoes

One of my favorite captures that day. I just love how proud Jess’s dad looks in this one.
One of my favorite captures that day.  I just love how proud Jess's dad looks in this one.

Who doesn’t love a pretty view while they get made up?
Who doesn't love a pretty view while they get made up?

Jess’s MOH
Jess's MOH

She did such a good job helping Jess with her super long veil
She did such a good job helping Jess with her super long veil

More shoes!
More shoes!

How cute is Jess?
How cute is Jess?

Jess’s big sis gets her hair done
Jess's big sis gets her hair done

Jess’s other sister practices “The Dance.”
Jess's other sister practices "The Dance."

Jess practicing too!
Jess practicing too!

Took some time to try out some fun ring shots.
Took some time to try out some fun ring shots.

Love that my fave photo of Jess that day was before she even stepped into her gown:)
Love that my fave photo of Jess that day was before she even stepped into her gown:)

Waited to put the dress on until we got to the church.
Waited to put the dress on until we got to the church.

Look at those grins! How adorable:)
Look at those grins!  How adorable:)

Words aren’t really necessary right?
Words aren't really necessary right?

Kissing the bride!
Kissing the bride!

Par-Tay!
Par-Tay!

Top of the hill near the Gondola
Top of the hill near the Gondola

What a gorgeous group of gals!
What a gorgeous group of gals!

The whole bridal party
The whole bridal party

So pretty! (The girls and the view!)
So pretty!  (The girls and the view!)

Seriously, they must practice this! How did they all jump at the exact same height?
Seriously, they must practice this!  How did they all jump at the exact same height?

How awesome is her super long veil?
How awesome is her super long veil?

Stefan is super funny and nice. Jess is a lucky gal:)
Stefan is super funny and nice.  Jess is a lucky gal:)

Awww…they are so cute together!
Awww...they are so cute together!

Having fun in the rain:)
Having fun in the rain:)

Gorgeous bride and groom, check. Evergreens and Aspens, check. Rustic wood fence, check, Blue mountain backdrop, check. This has gotta be the quintessential CO wedding photo:)
Gorgeous bride and groom, check.  Evergreens and Aspens, check.  Rustic wood fence, check, Blue mountain backdrop, check.  This has gotta be the quintessential CO wedding photo:)

Who cares if you are getting rained on if you are in the arms of your loved one right?
Who cares if you are getting rained on if you are in the arms of your loved one right?

Loving the cute ski run themed table decor:)
Loving the cute ski run themed table decor:)

Jess’s reception sash matched her cake:)
Jess's reception sash matched her cake:)

I LOVE these!
I LOVE these!

Some words were spoken….
Some words were spoken....

The proud Pops
The proud Pops

First Dance
First Dance

Awww…so romantic!
Awww...so romantic!

Doesn’t this one just make your heart melt? Promise I’m not really that much of a sap, but this one makes me all teary-eyed!
Doesn't this one just make your heart melt?  Promise I'm not really that much of a sap, but this one makes me all teary-eyed!

When they told me a slideshow would be playing during the dances I had my doubts about how that would go down, but I LOVE all of the expressions I was able to catch because of it!
When they told me a slideshow would be playing during the dances I had my doubts about how that would go down, but I LOVE all of the expressions I was able to catch because of it!

Did you watch the videos I posted above? If not, you really need to stop, go back and watch them. The pics don’t really do it justice!
Did you watch the videos I posted above?  If not, you really need to stop, go back and watch them.  The pics don't really do it justice!

Good times were definitely had. I haven’t seen a dance floor that packed for that long in quite awhile! Way to go party people:)
Good times were definitely had.  I haven't seen a dance floor that packed for that long in quite awhile!  Way to go party people:)

Apparently this is a classic Stefan shot!
Apparently this is a classic Stefan shot!

Just one last cute one for fun!
Just one last cute one for fun!

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  1. Amanda says:

    These are just AWESOME April! I can’t believe the great emotion you captured and the beautiful group photos filled with fun. Amazing work.

  2. Dominic says:

    You have an amazing gift, sis!

  3. amy says:

    April These just look awesome. It looks like it was alot of fun and you capture all of the emotions perfect. LOVE Them.

  4. Megan says:

    WOW!! These are amazing! I love the storytelling that you did. It was like being there. That picture of all the men jumping is AMAZING! Seriously great work!

  5. Anya Coleman says:

    Fantastic work!Love all of them!

  6. These are simply gorgeous! beautiful work. I love your details shots!

  7. Gabby says:

    Just another reason I love doing weddings with you! Awesome work!

  8. totally gorgeous! that jumping shot is awesome! the green boots are perfect too! love how you captured all the little details… great job!

  9. rebekah says:

    these are awesome! love the one with the guys jumping! so cool.

  10. Maggie says:

    As on of the bridesmaids at this wedding, you did a GREAT job capturing the absolutely wonderful time that we all had and the amazing personalities of the bride and groom. It truly was an amazing day. LOVE all the photos!

  11. April says:

    Awww…even my siblings stopped by to comment:)

    Maggie thank you for your kind words:) It really was the perfect day wasn’t it?

  12. Kirsten says:

    APRIL! You are blowing my mind with these shots! Fantastic job and thank you, thank you, thank you a million times over for inviting me to second shoot with you. It was an amazing day and so much fun!

  13. I love the green cowboy boots!