When Carissa and Kyle reached out to me just three months ago and told me what they were planning I jumped at the chance to photograph their intimate summer wedding in Summit County. They were open to any and all of my ideas so I made a few suggestions and they got to work planning what turned out to be a great day. It was an absolute treat to work with them and the 23 other friends and family that they invited to their small mountain wedding. I arrived at Carissa’s parents condo in Dillon just as she was sitting down for makeup. There wasn’t a lot of room in the space with good light so she decided to take her cousin with her outside to get into the dress. There was an aspen grove on the hill behind the condo that provided some privacy so I followed them as they trekked up the mountain in heels like it was nothing. I have photographed brides getting into their gown outdoors before but this was a particularly beautiful location.
While we scrambled down through the trees with loose ground cover under our feet, Travis arrived to photograph the guys getting ready but found them playing waffle ball across the street at an old baseball diamond. The morning was off to an unusual start but there is nothing photographers like us love more than unusual. It was a pleasure to witness them truly make the day their own.
They were down for an adventure so first look took place next to Pass Lake on Loveland Pass where we found stunning views and exploding wildflowers for a few portraits before heading back down the mountain. With just close family and friends in attendance, their Sapphire Point wedding ceremony was perfect. There was even a group of chipmunks that decided to crash their wedding ceremony. After making it official, they held a delicious catered lunch at Dillion Marina Park complete with some of the best craft beer options I’ve ever seen at a wedding.
We met up with them again later that afternoon for more portraits at two of my favorite locations, Officers Gulch and Shrine Pass. They originally wanted to elope with a couple friends and a photographer so I’m glad that we were able to schedule in time for more photos because I know how important it was to them. The sun played possum with us for a while but eventually came out with magical light in tow. Their summer wedding in Summit County was unique to them and I’m so glad that they asked me to be part of it. Congratulations you two!