Donovan Pavilion Wedding Photographer

I’m proud to be a Donovan Pavilion Wedding Photographer. Along Gore Creek sits a bit of heaven waiting to host your wedding and / or reception. Donovan Pavilion was contructed by the city of Vail in 2003 to host events of every type. The high ceiling 2600 square foot grand hall with matching outdoor terrace is big enough to take guest lists over 200 with plenty of room to stretch out, decorate, and entertain along the creek banks.

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Donovan Pavilion Wedding | Lisa + Matt

I don’t what age it is when you cease to be so self-obsessed. There’s a not-so straight line between always looking over you shoulder in your teen years and high school, so conscious of what everyone thinks of you, to being mentally independent. You know who you are and you’re comfortable in your skin. Sometimes it takes a move across the country, some big challanges on the job or a life crisis or two. As a wedding photographer, I can immediately tell if clients have jumped over the bridge. Those on the other side don’t care about “how everyone else does it.” The know they’re crazy (like everyone else is) and they’re just going to enjoy life with their crazy friends and crazy family. You wanna know what it looks like? Scroll back and look above at Lisa and Matt’s day. Grown ups, lit, at high altitude.

Donovan Pavilion Wedding | Anh + Phillip

They met in Vail, on a ski trip — set up by a relative. Anh’s attachment to Phillp was so strong she said goodbye to her giant Dallas family and relocated her pharmaceutical career in DC where Phillip’s a government I.T. guy (as in, “Phillip, we need to get the 1940 U.S. Census records online”). They say opposites attract, but I noticed right away how much Anh + Phillip were alike. Both calm, always forward-moving, and both capable of spontaneous frenzied humor at any moment.

So everyone’s favorite Auntie married in a perfect Summer Vail Summer Wedding. All of Anh’s nieces and nephews were present and actively engaged. The processional was one “awww” after another. If the unspoken pressure on Phillip and Anh join the family procreation stampede wasn’t obvious, the Father Of The Bride toast got it out in the open. He announced that due to his limited English (ha ha) that his toast would be very short. Then, holding a grandchild he quipped, “make some babies.”

It was a real treat to hear Jerry and the Peneplain Jazz Band again. I really love the sets he puts together for weddings — the right mix of jazz standards and jazz arrangements of pop covers. Great ear candy. Donovan was its usual photogenic self. It’s a great facility with plenty of room to party, and right on the Vail bike path and creek so there’s lots to explore on a quick stroll. Thanks to my wife Sonia for carrying a wireless flash for the awesome tandom bike getaway and getting some nice additional coverage with the “everything looks like a movie scene in this lens” Canon 50L.

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Donovan Pavilion Wedding Vail | Amanda + Jimmy

Bitter cold didn’t cool Amanda & Jimmy’s fabulous Donovan Pavilion wedding and reception. Single digit outdoor group shots? No problem for this crew. Just don’t breath as we’d see the condensation, lol. She’s an interior designer, he’s shaking things up in the financial world. Smell the flowers.

At just over 5,000 square feet, Donovan’s a perfect sized venue for 150 or less. Built in 2003 by the town of Vail, it’s both grand and intimate at the same time. Music is really important to this bride + groom. Friends played favorite pieces during the ceremony, and the Peneplain Jazz Project killed during the reception.

Planning on a Donovan Pavillion event or Vail winter wedding? I’d be honored to document it! Please click on the camera below to see if I’m available on your day.

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We take the challange of being a Donovan Pavilion wedding photographer seriously, blending in with the crowd and capturing moments that last a lifetime. Family and posed photos happen quickly along the creek or other nearby scenic spots and don’t take a lot of time out of your day — allowing to spend more time enjoying family and guests. You see your wedding images quickly and receive high definition downloadable files with personal-use copyright release.

We photograph Vail weddings year round. Are we available on your day? Please click on the CONNECT button at the top of the screen for service and pricing details. Congratulations!

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