Crisp fresh mountain air, just enough blue skies to clouds, a light sprinkle of rain, and a 30-minute ride on a ski lift in a wedding dress. This is a Colorado mountain wedding on its best behavior. As Colorado wedding photographers, we can certainly appreciate when every little thing goes right on a day like this.
Kelsey & Brent's August wedding at Copper Mountain ski resort went off without a hitch, and a lot of that is due to meticulous planning by Kelsey and her wedding planner, Erica, of Erica Sarell Weddings & Events. Ski resort weddings take a ton of attention to detail, timing, and the ever-present Colorado mountain weather situation, and we're so glad Erica was there to wrangle all of these things at once.
Brent and his groomsmen were a hoot. Everyone in Kelsey & Brent's wedding party were energetic and in high spirits. As wedding photographers, we couldn't ask for better portrait subjects!
Kelsey & Brent opted for the suite on the top floor here. Their wedding happened to be on the same day as the Copper Mountain Hamburger Festival, so the ever-present smell of hamburgers on the grill was a wonderful addition to the scene. I'm glad we brought snacks that day.
Some people who meet with us are concerned about the way their full-sun, early afternoon wedding ceremony will look in photos. Shadows on the face from objects between you and the sun, or where the shadow of a wedding arch will fall (sometimes on the bride) -- these are valid concerns that could affect your photos if you have an outdoor mid-day ceremony. There isn't a lot we can do about those things during a 2pm wedding ceremony no matter where it is, but all that said, we thought these 2pm mountaintop ceremony photos turned out amazing.
The cloud cover went away right as we began formal portraits. That's why we'll ask you about shady areas near your ceremony site if you're having a mid-day wedding with a sunny forecast. For formal portraits at 2:30pm, we'll need some shade for proper exposure.
...but there's also room to play with informal wedding portraits in full sun, especially when there's an epic view.
Below, you can really see the difference in our wedding photography shooting styles. We love giving our clients variety in their images, and with two of us shooting, a wide variety can happen in half the time. These two images are almost identical in composition, and happened at close to the same moment, but Josh is directly in front of them, while I'm standing off to the right side. Josh is using off-camera flash, and I'm shooting with natural light with vastly different camera settings. The difference is literally day and night.
Congratulations, Kelsey & Brent!
Vendors & Venues:
planner | Erica Sarell Weddings & Events
caterer | Copper Mountain Resort
florist | Carla at Garden of Eden (Frisco, CO)
bridesmaids' dresses | JoAnna August line at Bella Bridesmaids
suits | The Black Tux
dj | Erik Vienneau at Greatime Events
hair & makeup | Valerie Connelly at Southern Exposure Salon