Lyons Wedding Photography: Danielle and Jeff

Charlotte and I got the opportunity to work a great intimate wedding at one of the best venues I've been to.  Danielle and Jeff got married at the Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest and it couldn't have been a better day.  The staff at the Lodge were incredible and made sure everything went perfectly.  The bride and groom were big outdoor lovers and that is why they chose a location that was right in the woods.  I spent some time with Jeff while he was getting ready and we talked about skiing and mountain biking and where our favorite spots were.  I try to find some connection to every couple I work with but it was particularly easy with Jeff. The other factor that made this such a great event to photograph was the gorgeous light that we were getting from the overcast sky. Yes, most photographers LOVE overcast days because it means they can photograph everywhere without having to worry about "raccoon eyes" and hard light from overhead sun.  The clouds turn the sun into a giant softbox, making the light beautiful and soft.

Follow the link below to see the rest of Danielle and Jeff's awesome mountain wedding!

I love the rustic feel of this gorgeous amphitheater!  The location really enhanced the real-ness of the event. (I know, I just made up the word 'real-ness' but I'm a wedding photographer, not an english major. ;) ) Amphitheater at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest ColoradoA large stream rolled by just down from the venue: Stream near Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest Coloradored napkins in glasses and table settings at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest ColoradoI hung out with Jeff and the guys as they got ready and offered my usual help with ties and other clothing concerns.  I've learned a lot about formalwear from being a photographer. Haha:

Jeff looked really handsome on his wedding day; So did the two family dogs in there red bowties! Here is Rudy, soaking in some sun.

The guys got ready in a cabin that was a short walk from the venue:The dogs waited patiently for the ceremony to begin; Gracie was one of those young girls who knew just how adorable they are and was constantly giving Charlotte and I looks made for the camera. Danielle had such a gorgeous real smile that was one of those entire-face smiles that I love.I can't get over this expression on Jeff's face! We must have been saying something ridiculous or making animal noises, which I sometimes do to get people laughing.  You've got to be able to make fun of yourself to be in this profession. :) Danielle trying to throw Jeff in the water: Bride throwing groom into water at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest ColoradoJeff looks so happy and lucky to have married Danielle:Flower girl running around during a wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest ColoradoThe really pretty cake was made by Jeff and Danielle's friend who is a professional pastry chef:Don't worry, it's not Champagne....: little girl sipping champagne at wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest ColoradoThe monorail lighting on the dance floor gave such a wonderful backlight as the newlyweds danced for the first time:bride and groom first dance at Wild Basin Lodge in Roosevelt National Forest Colorado

Below is a slideshow of Danielle and Jeff's wedding.  Note: The slideshow contains music:

Keystone Wedding Photography: Chris and Dave

I am finally getting around to posting the other wedding I photographed with Charlotte during my back to back weekend in Keystone.  I've been pretty busy with moving to a new house so this post fell to the side a bit.  I'm so excited to share this wedding because it was another beautiful event at Timber Ridge on Keystone Mountain and the bride and groom were wonderful to work with.  This was a destination wedding for everyone and Chris and Dave came all the way from their current residence in France!  Chris is originally from Colorado and wanted to get married in her beloved Rocky Mountains.  She was so easy going and a joy to be around all day.  It was easy to see why Dave looked like he was wondering how he got so lucky to be marrying Chris. Keystone Wedding Photography at Timber Ridge

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As is typical with most Colorado mountain weddings, there was an afternoon storm that delayed the loading of the gondolas that would take the wedding party and guests to the venue.  Fortunately, they only had the gondola shut down for about a half hour.Chris was so cool about the delay and was smiling the entire time saying, "This is my Colorado and I love it!"The ceremony and reception took place at Timber Ridge on top of Keystone Mountain. I love it when wedding favors have a more personal touch to them and Chris and Dave shared a batch of Chris's grandmother's hot chocolate mix with all the guests. I won't try to hide the fact that photographing children can be met with resistance sometimes.Chris was such a beautiful bride and her veil and hat were great compliments to her dress. To me, this really evokes the magic memory I strive to create at every wedding.I feel like this photograph captures Chris's personality perfectly. There was a slowdown in the ceremony and Chris just stood there happy as can be without a care.During the formal photographs, this little girl aimlessly walked right in front of the group and had no idea that people were behind her. Congratulations to you both!