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Estes Park Wedding

You know you’ve got some great friends when they abandon 80-degree weather in February for 30 degrees and a blizzard. Most of the time, people try to go the other way. But not Amy and Ken’s friends and family, who trekked from New Orleans (and even further afield) to Colorado for their Estes Park wedding.

In true Colorado form, the weather in the morning was relatively warm – as long as you stayed in the sun. With sunny skies and just enough white fluffy clouds, it was the perfect day for a wedding. Amy and Ken’s guests bundled themselves up beneath the pavilion at Black Canyon Inn to watch the couple exchange vows in front of the most breathtaking view of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Range.

Just as we wrapped up family portraits, the wind picked up and the snow clouds that had been looming on the horizon moved in to town; big white flakes started falling toward the end of Amy and Ken’s portraits. It was a good sign to wrap up and head in for some warming beverages (and also to make sure that the newlyweds didn’t get frostbite….Jesse and I could have shot all afternoon!).

After dinner at Mary’s Lake Lodge, we noticed that the snow had really picked up. Putting our upcoming drive to Colorado Springs out of our minds, we grabbed the bride and groom for a nighttime snow shot. It’s no exaggeration to say that we’ve been waiting 10 years to do a photo like this and I’m thrilled that Ken was skilled in dipping Amy in the style of the VJ Day sailor in Times Square.

Amy and Ken, thank you so much for having us at your Estes Park wedding, but more importantly for being such troopers in the cold weather! And thanks, as well, to your friends and family who were all so warm and welcoming. You two are truly blessed!


Amy and Ken’s snowglobe photo was featured in the Huffington Post.

Ceremony venue:  Black Canyon Inn
Reception venue:  Mary’s Lake Lodge

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