Vail Wedding Photographer

I’m proud to be a Vail wedding photographer, and have been capturing love in the Vail Valley since 2005 …

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Vail Wedding Photographer | Lizzy + Clay | Vail Interfaith Chapel | The Lodge At Vail

A good portion of the state of Texas descended upon Vail for Lizzy & Clay’s big day! Vail was such a central part of the couple’s early dating so a Mountain Wedding was the automatic choice — how about that Citizen Kane moment in front of the Vail Interfaith Chapel! Look closely and you’ll see a couple of celebrities and politicians.

SoulSchool was a big fun reception band … and who would’ve guest we would have the most dance-happy collection of pre-teen boys ever collected? They kept egging on the band with awesome results! Thanks so much to JoAnne at Mountains & Meadows wedding planning – she looked out for everyone (including me) all day – the best! The Lodge At Vail’s seen a lot of changes over the years. It was Vail’s very first lodging facility going waaay back, to 1962 (lol, Vail’s not very old). The reception hall is new and the guest rooms have all been renovated to 21st century luxury. The exterior still keeps its old Swiss chalet vibe, but the inside’s hipster for sure.

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Katie & Ben | The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera Wedding | Edwards, Colorado

This Autumn destination The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera Wedding of Chicagoland guest list looking for a little altitude adjustment. They came from every corner of the country for this party in the mountains. Growing up, Katie and Ben’s families separately spend a lot of leisure time in Colorado so it was perfect gathering spot.

Katie’s a nurse, Ben’s in financing. Don’t let this get out, but they met in a “dive bar” (her words, not mine). The couple’s mutual friend Whit performed the ceremony and brought such a real world touch to the service. I’ve witnessed hundreds of weddings, and the officiants words are often loss on me. Whit approached the definition of marriage from an individual’s point of view, rather than a member of flock performing a pre-ordained act. His words were a treat to hear in the bright afternoon autumn sun …

“We spend much of our lives searching. We search for goals, for fun, for satisfaction, for art, for work, for validation. We search for someone we can love, who will see us without judgement, without bias: someone who could be our partner in life. And often, whether we know it or not, what we’re searching for is someone who can make us feel that we simply are, who we are. We try to find someone who will, just by being there, make us more proud of ourselves, and more confident, better people.”

Bullseye. From my observations, I’d say Katie was looking for someone fun to take her away from life’s work at the ER and Ben was looking for someone to calm his frantic days in the market. But I’m just here to take the photos, and the shutter clicks were flying to keep up with this bunch. One thing you can tell from the photos, is how close Katie and Ben’s parents were to all of their respective friends. Their lives were enriched by relationships with young adults half their age [well, 60% :-)] and it was obvious both verbally and in action — there was lots of toasting, dancing and laughing among the generations — much more than I see at a lot of receptions.

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