wedding party portrait at winter wedding at Black Canyon Inn
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Winter Wedding at Black Canyon Inn

Even though weddings feel like they’re the epitome of tradition, we here at J. La Plante Photo get most excited about the non-traditional elements our couples include in their day. Happily, Amy and Ian’s winter wedding at the Black Canyon Inn had no shortage of “non-traditions!” A few for your perusal:

Non-traditional wedding party: Gone are the days of needing to confuse evil spirits or select your Best Man on the basis of his sword skills. Nowadays, weddings are celebrations of love between two people, surrounded by their closest friends and family, gender be damned. And nothing feels more right! (Bonus: check out the non-traditional wedding party portrait we took of everyone. No standing in a line, fake laughing for the camera here!)

Non-traditional ring bearer and flower “girls”: Instead of the usual relative between the ages of 2-6, Amy and Ian’s cast of characters included Ian’s purple-haired grandmother; a 40-something-year-old whiskey-loving ski patrol buddy of Amy’s; and Turtle, their red golden retriever who stole the show even though he botched his job. (He also stole the show at their Alt Session, but it’s ok. We forgive you, Turtle!)

Non-traditional reception: Amy and Ian have converted me. I now think every wedding should have a collection of games for guests to play. From foosball, shuffleboard and ping pong to classic games like Galaga, Uno and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, there was something for everyone if they wanted a break from dancing. I think the only time Amy and Ian’s guests stayed in their chairs all night was to devour the amazing dinner provided by the chefs at the Black Canyon Inn!

Amy and Ian, thank you. Thank you for adventuring with us – on the water and in the snow – and braving the icy winds to get all the epic shots. Thank you for having such an amazing community who welcomed us as if we were family. And thank you for just being awesome in general; anytime you want to throw a shindig, we’ll be there!

Venue/catering: Black Canyon Inn
Game rental and DJ: Colorado Event Productions/Sounds of the Rockies
Hair & makeup: HD Hair and Makeup
Floral: Boulder Blooms

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