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Vail Colorado Wedding at Piney River Ranch

July 5, 2011

Jenn & Joe are really into the great outdoors.  They are the kind of people who’ll plan a honeymoon with a week in Mexico and then 2 weeks in Alaska.  So it really was quite fitting that their wedding was held at Piney River Ranch which is about a 40 min drive up a bumpy dirt road near Vail, CO.  I was expecting the site to be beautiful, but the view was much more of a take your breath away kind of beautiful than I was expecting.  We started off the day at the West 1 Salon in Vail where Linda and Kate did their magic on the hair and Jill B. did a great job with the make up.  Jenn & Joe opted for a mid-afternoon ceremony in front of the lake and soon after hair and make up was complete everyone headed out to Piney River Ranch.  It was a beautiful day with barely a cloud in the sky which really made the mountain backdrop behind the lake pop.  It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the day, but the first dance is high up on my list.  Jenn & Joe danced to U2’s “All I Want is You.”  Now I have to confess that I normally can’t stand U2.  But there is just something about this particular song of theirs that I just adore.  It might be because it’s the song that plays in the montage scene in Reality Bites when Winona Rider and Ethan Hawke  are really missing each other and end up making up and getting back together on her front lawn.  Watching Jenn & Joe dance with each other to this song made my stomach all fluttery with how romantic it was.    Here, you can listen to it while you look at the pictures for their sneak peek:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bF-8cCCNoY

Jenn & Joe,

Congratulations!  Have fun on that nice long honeymoon together:) 

April

Dress: Anjolique  http://www.anjolique.com/

Dress Shop:  Blushing Bride in Windsor CO http://blushingbridecolorado.com/default.aspx

Shoes: Me Too from http://www.zappos.com/

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-Shop-By-Color?&colorName=Lapis

Hair: Linda and Kate from West One Salon Vail, CO

Make up: Jill from West One Salon

Suits: Each guy wore his own black suit.  Ties were from JC Penny http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/default.aspx

Flowers: Flowers were done by Plum Sage: http://www.plumsageflowers.com/  Jenn’s sister Kristen Hauck cut and arranged the flowers for the cakes.

Cake: Kristen Hauck made these as well!

Caterer & Venue: Piney River Ranch http://pineyriverranch.com/

DJ: Bob Bridges from A Great Time DJ http://www.agreattimedj.com/

Stationary: Jenn’s Mom Karen Hauck created the stationary.  Kristen also created the “Mr. and Mrs.” signs

Officiant: Pastor Tim Phenna with Calvary Chapel in Golden http://www.calvarygolden.net/

Jenn and Jill B at the West 1 Salon
Wedding Photography Vail CO

Jenn’s mom was so happy for her daughter. I loved how she kept looking at her all day:)
West 1 Salon Wedding Photography

One of the main colors of the wedding was this beautiful purple.
Purple flat wedding shoes with rhinestones

Yay for helpful bridesmaids:)
Piney River Ranch Wedding Photographer

Jenn’s mom helps her get ready
Wedding day Prep in Vail CO

Attempted to get a few formals done before the ceremony started
Groom in the great Colorado Outdoors

The main building at Piney River Ranch
Piney River Ranch in Vail, CO

Table decor + Bridesmaid’s bouquet
Piney River Ranch White and pink Rose detail

Joe gets a look at his bride for the first time
groom at the altar Vail CO

Love how incredibly excited and happy Jenn looks at this moment
Bride walks down aisle with her dad Vail CO

Jenn makes her way down that aisle
Piney River Ranch Wedding

Look at that view!
View from deck at Piney River Ranch CO

Pretty Jenn
Outdoorsy Colorado Bride

Kissing his bride:)
Piney River Ranch Lake Wedding Colorado

The Luv Boat:)
The Luv Boat Canoe at Piney River Ranch

I saw the canoes by the lake when I first arrived and hoped that Jenn & Joe would be adventurous enough to go out on the lake in one:)
Wedded couple on a canoe on their wedding day

Another angle in the canoe:)
An outdoorsy Colorado couple sit on a canoe on their wedding day in the mountains

It’s so pretty there!
Bride & Groom Walking in a green field in front of mountains

Had the entire wedding party walk down the hill together
Natural Wedding Party Photography Colorado

Jenn with her gals
Gorgeous Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Jenn, you looked amazing!
Colorado Mountain Bride Photography

One more with the whole bridal party
Outdoor Colorado Mountain Wedding Photography

Jenn’s sister was a total sweetheart and made their pretty wedding cakes
Detail shot of white wedding cakes with yellow and light orange roses

Cake cutting time!
Fun Colorado Mountain Wedding

Love this particular detail:)
Piney River Ranch Wedding Reception

Jenn & Joe enjoying their reception
Colorado Destination Wedding Photographer

The rings paired with the favors
Colorado Destination Wedding Photographer

The Programs
Purple Wedding Programs

“All I want………..is you!!!”

This might be my favorite….
Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

How cute!
Colorado Mountain Destination Wedding Photographer

Everyone else started dancing too!
Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Omg, this little guest dancer was just the cutest!
Colorado Fun Wedding Photographer

There were a lot of cute kiddos at this wedding
Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer

How about one last beautiful shot of Jenn & Joe to end the sneak peek?
Colorado's Best Destination Wedding Photographer

Please check out the WEDDINGS area of my site to find out more information about wedding photography.

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  1. Lila says:

    April, I love these!! Such a beautiful couple and setting, and you really captured such a variety of moments and details – fabulous job and lovely work!

  2. WOW!! What a backdrop for a wedding. I think you’ve captured the event beautifully.

  3. Linda Whiteley says:

    IT was an awesome day in a beautiful setting. The pictures really captured the joy and love of Joe and Jenn. Can’t wait to see all of the pictures

  4. Julie Kraai says:

    Stunning. Just stunning. I love he location they chose – the mountains make my heart ache to live in CO again. I just love looking at your wedding photos, April – and these do not disappoint. Beautiful beautiful work.

  5. Mom of Bride says:

    OMG! What fun we had! April, these are great! My daughter is so beautiful, and you really captured her happiness! Thanx for a great day!

  6. Clarice says:

    These are gorgeous! What an amazing backdrop to a beautiful wedding!

  7. Karen Byker says:

    WOW! What an amazing job of capturing their special day. They must be thrilled!

  8. Yana says:

    Another gorgeous couple you captured beautifully. Wonderful job! Love the dancing ones.

  9. Jeni says:

    You seriously know exactly how to find the beauty in everything. I never tire of your wedding work because its absolutely stunning.

  10. wow, what an amazing location and gorgeous wedding! Love all the details!

  11. Cindy says:

    Wow, wow, wow, what a stunning location for a wedding! You so totally rocked this, April! Beautiful work!

  12. Kay Schuller says:

    What stunningly beautiful pictures. Jenn and Joe are a great couple and what a georgeous setting! You really captured the MAGIC!! from Aunt Kay

  13. WOW – what a gorgeous location for a wedding! You did a fantastic job of capturing all the details of their big day. Congrats to the newlyweds!

  14. Katie Lou says:

    Beautiful couple and what a amazing location for their special day! Love your attention to detail and the way you have captured their happiness!

  15. I love looking at your wedding work. So crisp and clean. That location was spectacular!

  16. Erin says:

    Simply Stunning! The pictures of your beautiful day took my breath away! We wish we could have been there to celebrate, but sent our love. Congratulations, you make a gorgeous couple!

  17. Kandi says:

    Jenn & Joe, you both look wonderful! Jenn, you have really become quite the beautiful young lady! I LOVE the pics ~ great photographer! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!
    Karen ~ you look so happy! I can’t blame you!
    Kristin ~ you are so very beautiful as well!!
    What a blessed family!