Steamboat Springs Wedding Photographer

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Steamboat Springs Wedding | Bella Vista Estate | Emery + Jordan

As featured in Colorado Weddings Magazine and Paper Moon Weddings

From Texas, Emery planned a perfect day in the Colorado Summer sun and that’s exactly what all the forces conspired to deliver. She’s a special needs teacher with big smile so bright several planets orbit around it (including Jordan). The groom’s an accomplished business executive from Kansas City and families convened on paradise for this Colorado destination wedding. Both of my children were with me on this wedding — Helen (2nd shooting) and Cole (lighting & logistics) — and both gasped when we got out of the car to see Bella Vista Estate for the first time. Within a few minutes of walking the grounds Helen remarked, “Dad, we have to remember this place when I get married.” I smiled and shot back, “great honey, but that’s not for a million billion years.”

All the wedding guests and family had an infectious altitude high and the day was very special to all the fellow vendors who teamed up to make the event unforgettable. The talents of Brio Saloon, Alpine Floral, Marnos Custom Catering, and The Fever were on display all day — wedding A team.

Shot Ski

Emery’s step Dad was particularly proud of his shot ski. Conceived at the University Of British Columbia and perfected at the University in Colorado (Colorado Springs), the shot ski solves a practical problem. What to do with more timid drinking partners who might want to chicken out of the shot or just weakly sip the shot? Enter the shot ski — once you’re in that line and the glass tips, it’s all together and nobody’s backing out! It became quite a light night hit. Of particular interest to me was the participation by guest far older than the intended college-aged partyers. Blame it on the altitude?

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Steamboat Springs Wedding | Midnight Ranch | Alita + Denny

Midnight Ranch near Steamboat Springs is a wide-open, sprawling bit of Colorado beauty. Scenery that goes for miles, an awesome party tent, and a genuine down home feel missing from a lot of big name mountain venues.

Meet Alita. She goes in a special place in the tomK memory books not for being beautiful, smart or funny (she’s all those things). She doesn’t get remembered for planning her Steamboat Springs wedding from her house in Italy. She goes down in the bride’s Hall Of Fame for waking up early on her wedding day and cooking all the food! Alita was only able to pull off her DIY wedding with the help of her sister / maid of honor — never less than a big smile while barking orders into the 2-way radio. Always there, always on top of it. Denny’s one cool cat who’s a Denver petroleum executive on assignment in Europe.  He proposed to Alita on the shores of Lake Como (wish I was there to take photos). He’s proud of his getaway car, a BMW 650 drop top. Shines so much I can see your reflection. Hey Denny, where’s the honeymoon? Hawaii? Costa Rica? Nope — “Back to Lake Como.” Nice.

Steamboat Springs Wedding :: Steamboat Mountain :: Krista + Jeff

K + J came to me from two dear friends whose wedding I photographed last Summer. A destination wedding of sorts and friends from all over the world decended on Steamboat. As You Wish handled the coordination and all the vendors pitched in to take this event over the time. Local Flavor handled the scrumptious food & cake, DJ Digg is such an amazing talent (Top 5 DJ for me), and Last Call Events put the floral arrangements together. Everyone met up at Torian Plum Plaza for prep fun. The scenes of titans of modern industry trying to work the bow ties was a scream. Both bride + groom has been in start-up marketing and management since ending school, and all the trial and error made for two fun seekers. No obstacle (or mixed drink) too big! Trusted friend Thomas officiated the vow exchange on Thunderhead Mountain lawn that came with selected readings from relatives, and a lot of tears from Krista. She couldn’t believe was glorious day it was, and what a perfect mate she found in Jeff.

My daughter Helen shot this wedding with me, and we both agreed Krista + Jeff put together the best cocktail hour of all time. As it turns out, it was the cocktail TWO hour. In those 120 minutes, bride and groom got to hug, toast and laugh with every single guest that filled the tent. Highly recommended. The guest don’t mind as long as the photographer doesn’t steal you way (we didn’t).

If you’re putting together a Steamboat Springs Wedding — ski down or not — I’d be honored to document it. Click on the CONTACT button above to see if I’m available on your day.

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