Steamboat Springs is one of my favorite places in all of Colorado. Every year if I am able to book a wedding up there I get really excited because it means an overnight stay in one of the prettiest places in the state and I know I’ll be capturing lovely photos. It’s located in a beautiful valley with lush green landscape as far as the eye can see and big fat aspen trees all over the place. This year was my first time photographing at the Yampa River Botanic Park which is nestled right in between the ski resort area of town and the old town shopping district. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a botanic garden that is located 6,880 square feet above sea level but it turns out quite a lot of colorful flowers can grow at a high altitude. It was easy to see why Christie and Ryan chose to hold their ceremony at the botanic gardens. When we were there, they were in full bloom with tons of bright flowers and a very pretty serene little pond surrounded with painters working out in nature. The ceremony itself was held right in front of the pond (named Peter’s Pond) on the green grass which is also a unique petal style umbrella shade. The weather started out a little sunny but by the time everyone sat on the lawn for the ceremony we were blessed with a little bit of cloud coverage which my fair skin always appreciates! It ended up being a beautiful ceremony out in nature.
After the ceremony everyone headed back over to Sevens, a restaurant at the Sheraton on the ski resort side of town, for the reception. Cocktail hour started on the patio which had great views of Mount Werner. After heading indoors I was pleased to see that the mountain was still visible with all of the huge windows inside the restaurant. After dinner the toasts took place and then one of the highlights of the whole wedding day happened. Christie happens to be a very good opera singer. So good that she makes a living from her beautiful voice. On her wedding day she sang a song to Ryan that she had always hoped to sing one day to the man that she fell in love with. And not only that, but her dad played the piano for her as she sang. It was very sweet and the entire room loved it.
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