Lauren and Santino are warm, affectionate, and inviting people. The second I met Lauren’s parents during the engagement shoot, I knew exactly where she got those traits and why she sought out a man who mirrored them. It wasn’t more than two minutes before Rose, Lauren’s mom, had me sitting, with my shoes off, and a plate of food in my hands. They are incredibly hospitable. Sitting smack-dab in the middle of the holiday rush, it is so easy for me to focus on my own to-do list and neglect others. I’m happy to be reminded of this today! I can only hope Jason and I live out graciousness and hospitality in our own lives and, more importantly, pass it on to our children.
Lauren and Santino had to reschedule their Winter engagement session in Vail a few times due to poor weather. However, the weather gods provided a pristine afternoon for their late Summer wedding on the Vail Wedding Deck. The world is calmer at that altitude, even with the buzz of wedding guests and the 5 dogs (yes, 5 dogs!) included in the wedding. The sound up there dissipates in the thin air, the breeze is cool, the sun is incredible. The feeling of absolute joy, radiating from this amazing couple, was contagious. Even though the dogs dragged the flower boy down the aisle, one of the groomsmen fainted right onto the brick during the ceremony, and the delay of the ceremony left us with 6 minutes of shooting time on the mountain; the memory of that sun-drenched afternoon is as sweet as the 12 year Balvenie Doublewood single-malt scotch I’m enjoying these Winter evenings.
Some days everything just seems to come together. The light, location, time of year, and (of course) the couple. Tiana and Spencer’s afternoon was just one of those days. Mountain engagement sessions, especially in Vail, are some of my favorite. The 360 degree views of the Gore range is incredible. Then, when you take a short walk up the hill, you have a completely different setting! There is something magical that happens to a recently engaged couple when they walk through a meadow holding hands or squeeze in tight sitting on the forest bed deep in the Aspen groves… they loose the awareness of a camera and simply enjoy each other, and that makes for great pictures!
Jason & Gina’s Take
One of the things we love the most about having partner photographers as part of our team is how it enables us to be in more than one place at a time. We are often fortunate to enjoy shooting on a beautiful day with our clients and THEN we get to relive those same gorgeous afternoons through our partners’ lenses. Well done Zach!
Meredith and Cort know how to throw a party. Oxygen bar, glow sticks on the dance floor, a rocking band… Oh, and did I mention their wedding was on the Aspen wedding deck? Talk about an epic venue to show their Texas crowd a good time! It was an absolutely incredible day!!
I love to gamble! I love a friendly bet on a football game. I’ve even wagered on the outcome of a game of Candyland. Those who know me well won’t play poker against me (I take that as a compliment). With that in mind, It is rare that we’re worried about the weather… we’ve actually never been rained out on a wedding day. But, the weather in Aspen on that September afternoon looked incredibly ominous. When Meredith gambled on sunny/clear weather for her ceremony on top of Aspen mountain, I would have bet against it. Storms were popping up left and right. Meredith, however, didn’t travel to Colorado for her destination wedding (and hire us!) to have an indoor ceremony. Meredith’s bet paid off big time. It was the only time I would have lost a bet (ahem… maybe).
Be sure to check out Meredith and Cort’s Aspen Engagement session as well!
Thank you to Jane Floyd and Associates for creating a spectacular day!