Is there anything better than a quiet mountain trail and the smell of sun warmed pine during your portraits on your wedding day? I mean, if anything IS better than that, it's gotta be doing a back flip in a wedding gown... which Grace actually did.
Grace and Zak's early October wedding at Sunrise Amphitheater in Boulder was full of great moments like the back flip. These two had gotten ready together and then driven to Flagstaff from Longmont. We met for pre-ceremony photos while their guests arrived and were seated. The ceremony was performed by Zak's father and it was heartfelt and at times quite funny. All of their friends were invited to decorate their car while we did their family photos. Grace and Zak laughed SO HARD when they saw someone had written "Just Married! But Would Rather Be Hiking." Funny because it's true, they said.
We ended with a group photo of all of their guests and then invited everyone to circle around Grace and Zak for their epic first dance. There were multiple swing dance moves and even a 360 degree flip that sent Grace into the air upside down.
After doing their engagement photos on an overcast day in Thailand, Grace and Zak were hoping for a sunny Colorado wedding day for their photos - and Colorado did not disappoint! The only question was: with an 11am ceremony and taking their photos outside from 12-2pm, would there be too much sun? Any photographer can tell you that midday sun is the harshest and hardest to work with. But scroll through these photos and tell me it doesn't make you re-think taking your photos at high noon. Because these turned our SPECTACULARLY well, am I right??
Even at the overlook where there is no shade whatsoever, their photos look brilliant. We were even able to share some of their spotlight with Longs Peak, which they had hiked together the week before their wedding. Fun fact: the groom has hiked every Colorado 14er!
As we made our way down to Boulder we decided to stop at Chautauqua for a quick moment because can you really get married in Boulder without a photo in front of its most iconic flatirons? Finally these two arrived at The Kitchen Upstairs, which had been completely rented out for their reception. It's always a memorable dining experience at The Kitchen - especially for brunch.