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Erin & Clay - Blackstone Rivers Ranch Wedding - Colorado Wedding Photographer

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WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?! Seriously, I have no idea how I am going to paint the picture that is Erin and Clay. For starters - have you ever heard someone laugh and it seriously colors the entire room? That's what Erin's laugh is like. She laughs with her whole body, and it's so contagious!

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Clay and Erin met the first week of college, freshman year. He proposed in South Carolina while on vacation together. When I asked them what their favorite thing about each other was, Clay said Erin's ambition, and Erin said Clay's sense of humor. Which, only knowing them for about a year, I totally see and agree with. Erin is a boss lady who gets things done - she recently landed her dream job, which prompted a sudden out of state move, but allowed them to travel the world for a bit! And if Erin's laughter light up a room, then Clay's sense of humor is definitely to blame. 

It was truly an honor to be able to capture Clay and Erin's Blackstone Rivers Ranch wedding in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It was my first time shooting here, and I'm now obsessed. Being a wedding photographer in Colorado never ceases to amaze me. A place I had driven by a million times was now a gorgeous wedding venue at the base of Mount Evans. And I wasn't alone! I had an amazing team of vendors helping me out, including the beautiful Kim Mitiska as my second. For more info, scroll to the end of this post. Enjoy!

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Heather and Darren - Maroon Bells Destination Wedding - Aspen Intimate Wedding Photographer - Aspen, Colorado

Darren kissing Heather on the cheek.

My New Years Resolution this year (I know what you're thinking - it's March girl, time to let that go) was to blog more. Way more. Like, I made a goal for myself to blog about my amazing clients once a week - starting with all the stuff I shot over the last two years that I didn't get to blog about because I was either preparing/pushing a baby out of my body or taking care of said baby. And I'm determined to stick to it. Even if it means going way back, because these stories deserve be shared and told. So, with that said, here is Heather and Darren's rainy yet stunning intimate wedding from last August at the Maroon Bells. 

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and prepare, there are still forces against you on your wedding day. A vendor is running late. There is an electrical issue. The best man forgets his pants. Mother Nature decides she's in a mood and is gonna bring everyone down with her. 2017 brought all of the above, but man, Mama N was especially tough to deal with. It seems as though every other weekend I was dealing with some scarzy (yes that's scary and crazy in one word, I typed it out like that and have decided it will remain as such) weather. And all of my couples were like "WELP. Let's do this!", which I think speaks volumes as to the kinds of people they will be when hard times come their way, and how they will face the ups and downs that come with being in a committed relationship.

When Heather and Darren arrived at the Maroon Bells for their wedding ceremony, they didn't even bat an eyelash. Rain? Grab an umbrella folks. This is happening. They walked down the aisle in the rain, were trekking through the mud for me, and eventually Heather even went wading in the lake (which actually helped get some mud and dirt off the bottom of her dress). H & D, thank you so much for letting me capture your love at the Maroon Bells and for being so incredibly cool! 

Maroon Bells on a foggy summer day.
Maroon Bells Amphitheater sign.
Heather walking down with her dad during her Maroon Bells Ceremony.
A wedding guest at this Maroon Bells Destination Wedding.
Darren taking in Heather during their Maroon Bells Wedding.
Heather and Darren's Wedding Guests at their Maroon Bells Wedding Ceremony. 
Rainy day ceremony at the Maroon Bells.
Heather during her Maroon Bells Wedding Ceremony
Heather and Darren during their wedding vows at the Maroon Bells.
Heather during their wedding vows at the Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren's ring bearer, their yellow lab.
The bride and groom during their vows.
A guest using a disposable camera.
Heather and Darren exchanging rings at the Maroon Bells.
Maroon Bells Wedding with their officiant.
Heather while Darren is expressing his love during their Maroon Bells ceremony.
An emotional officiant.
Heather laughing during Darrens vows.
Darren laughing at Heathers vows.
Right before they say I do!
A guest at this Maroon Bells wedding ceremony.
Heather and Darren before they say I do.
A happy bride on her wedding day.
Heather and Darren exchanging rings.
Heather and Darren sharing their first kiss as husband and wife at the Maroon Bells!
Heather and Darren embracing during their rainy day ceremony.
Heather's wedding flowers.
Heather and Darren slow dancing together.
Darren holding Heather close.
Heather standing in front of Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren enjoying their first dance as husband and wife in a field.
Heather holding Darren in front of the Maroon Bells.
Darren and Heather during their Aspen Destination Wedding.
Heather and Darren walking through a field in front of the Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren when the sun came out during their Maroon Bells wedding.
Heather and Darren on the left, Heather walking towards the lake on the right.
Heather and Darren holding hands during their Maroon Bells Elopement.
Heather and Darren laughing as they walk the trails at the Maroon Bells on their wedding day.
Heather decided to take a quick dip in the lake!
Heather and Darren having an intimate embrace.
Heather and Darren posing in front of the bells.
Heather and Darren sharing an intimate moment after their Maroon Bells cerermony
It was so muddy during their Aspen Wedding but Heather and Darren did not mind at all!

Listening to: Altered Carbon on Netflix. This show is ridiculous.