Last week, Susan and I had the great pleasure of traveling to Keystone, Colorado to photograph Kim and Josh's wedding. I have known Kim for a number of years, and I was delighted when she told me she was getting married - and even more delighted when she asked us if we would photograph her wedding, Kim is a Personal Trainer and has kicked my butt more times then I care to remember. However she has always done it in a spirit of "I'm doing this for your benefit" so I forgave her . . .
When we left our hotel to start taking pictures of the bride and groom getting dressed at 7:15 in the morning it was about 9 degrees and snowing heavily. In fact, it took us 10 minutes to dig the car out of the 4-6" of snow that had fallen overnight before making the short drive to the bride and groom's respective hotels.
As Susan and I photographed the bride and groom, respectively, the snow continued falling and the prospect of an outdoor wedding (Plan A) was starting to recede. Fortunately, as the time for the ceremony drew near, the blizzard (by our standards anyway) started to abate and we got the 'go' signal.
Although it was pretty darn cold by this Florida boy and girl's standards, we dressed (as advised) in layers and had a great time photographing one of the nicest couples you could ever wish to meet. Kim looked positively radiant in the snowy surroundings - which were, of course, beautiful - and her and Josh happily accommodated our every request.
The ceremony itself was lovely, and was held in the Quaking Aspen Ampitheater, a simple, but gorgeous surrounding. Here, as snow continues to fall lightly, Josh watches his bride as she walks towards him.
Guests huddled under blankets and hoped for some input from the heat lamps, but were warmed by the love radiating from our couple as the ceremony unfolded.
After the ceremony, we did the formal shots in the same location - starrting with the entire audience.
The coolest part about this whole wedding, from a photographer's perspective, was that Kim and Josh wanted to be photographed at the top of the mountain, AND to ski/snowboard down in full wedding regalia! We were definitely up for that! Thankfully, ski lifts were not the only way up, so after the Reception. the four of us boarded a gondola for a more secure (and warm) ascent.
Our very cool couple planned to ski/snowboard down the mountain - in full wedding dress!
And here they come . . .
We had a great time in Keystone, and are so grateful to Kim and Josh for trusting us with the photography of their very unique wedding. We wish them a long and happy marriage - it couldn't happen to a nicer couple!