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I try to not make assumptions about people without getting to know them. I openly make one exception. When I meet someone named Gina Marie, I immediately think, or rather know, they are awesome. How could someone who has my exact name not be (in my opinion) fantastic? We come from two different worlds and live halfway across the country from each other, but I immediately felt a kinship. Well, it turns out that Gina is WAY cooler than me. It’s alright though… it makes me feel cooler just because I share her name. I loved her wedding and her style. It was so familiar, like being at a mountain wedding in Colorado, just with a West Coast flair. Perfect way to cap our 2013 wedding season.
I looked forward to this wedding all season! The fact that it was our final wedding of 2013 only made it a bit sweeter. For Gina and I, it was a mini-getaway that allowed us to enjoy San Francisco for a day, then drive down the coast to Big Sur… one of the most beautiful places on earth (without a doubt). Whether we have the opportunity to shoot there again or not, we’re already planning a family road trip down the coast of California with a couple of days spent in the huge trees, rugged mountains, and sweet ocean breeze of Big Sur. I’m smiling as I relish the memory of the entire trip. The wedding day was perfect, a mellow morning fog with a brilliantly sunny California coast afternoon. Gina and Rohan truly gave us a gift in having us photograph their wedding day from start to finish.
As a side note… we love the meaningful details that are part of every wedding. For this wedding, Rohan had his groomsmen wear ties that once belonged to his father who recently passed away. It was a subtly special way to celebrate the memory of his father.
Andrew and Jessica had a three-day Aspen wedding weekend starting with a BBQ welcome dinner at the Lynn Britt Cabin on Snowmass Mountain and ending with a private after party at Ryno’s, a local Aspen arcade. From the moment their guests stepped off the shuttles that first afternoon, they were treated to amazing food, gorgeous surroundings, and lots of laid-back fun. Other highlights include a guided fly fishing trip on the Frying Pan River, a photo booth at the rehearsal dinner, and local, crazy-good ribs at the reception. The festivities had a lighthearted feeling that was perfect for Andrew and Jessica’s goofy, sweet personalities. At the end of each night, I felt myself anticipating the fun the next day would bring.
We spent three solid days with Andrew and Jessica’s fantastic collection of family and friends. When we’re intimately involved in a celebration like this, we inevitably feel as though we’re part of the family, not just outside observers. For me, one of the many highlights of this three-day epic wedding was the fly fishing trip (of course!). I was fortunate enough to enjoy a beer or two, while casting some flies, and catching half a dozen trout… all while carrying a bag of gear and shooting the groomsmen as they enjoyed a morning on the Frying Pan. I totally dig hanging out with a group of guys who love to fly fish! Although the crazy amount time we spent that weekend on our feet with cameras in hand was absolutely exhausting, the net result are lifelong friendships… not to mention some incredible images on the perfect weekend of the year for Autumn colors in Aspen.
There was a team of fantastic vendors that made this incredible weekend of wedding events go off without a hitch:
Planner: BlueBird Productions
Venue: Lynn Britt Cabin
Venue: BBs Kitchen
Venue: Aspen Chapel
Venue: Aspen Marolt
Floral: Carolyn’s Flowers
Decor: Aspen Branch
Hair & Makeup: Full Circle Aspen
Entertainment: Soul School
There’s nothing as fun as a super quick engagement session… especially when it directly follows a great time chatting over a good microbrew. I met Audrey and Sean for a quick drink before their engagement session (translation: a little liquid courage for them). Many of our couples are happy to fuel up on a yummy local brew before an engagement session, and I’m happy to oblige them. Not only is it a relaxing beginning to an engagement session, it calms the nerves for people (especially us guys) who aren’t used to being photographed, and it includes beer.
On this particular occasion, however, our conversation became so engaging that we inadvertently lost track of time. In our effort to accomplish what we set out for in the first place, we pulled off the side of a road near Boulder, in this incredible field, for some crazy fun engagement photos. Though we definitely parked illegally (I offered to pay for any fines we received) the field was superb, and the Colorado sunset that afternoon was more than perfect.
If anyone knows my husband, he loves good beer and good company. Oftentimes I have to go collect him from a neighbor’s garage or porch because he got caught up talking and lost track of time. So, it came as no surprise to me when he came home and told me what happened with Audrey and Sean. Sometimes it’s the mistakes that make the greatest results!