Out of all the wonderful weddings we have had the honor of shooting in 2017, this next wedding we have to share is truly a special one. Kimberly and Dan's wedding was one of our favorites all year for many reasons. Let's start off with the location: Granby Ranch, Colorado. Located on the south-western border of Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby Ranch is a charming little ski area, tucked away in one of Colorado's less developed mountain areas. Needless to say, the area is an ideal location for an outdoor mountain wedding.
After taking a chairlift to the top of the mountain, Kimberly and Dan spent the morning getting ready separately in a canvas gazebo and tent, each nestled back in the forest. Their ceremony was only a short distance away. To get there, you walk a short distance through an aspen grove and come out to a small clearing. At the edge of the clearing, the mountain suddenly drops away, offering unobscured, sweeping views of the landscape before you. Jagged, snow covered mountain peaks make up the horizon with miles of tree-covered hills between. This was the setting where Kimberly and Dan exchanged their vows to each other. If that wasn't good enough, their wedding was in September, so all of the aspen leaves were vibrant shades of yellow, red, orange, and green. It really doesn't get much better than that!
To top it all off, during their reception, we stole Kimberly and Dan away for a little while and drove a short distance out of the town. We parked and hiked up to the top of a grass covered hill. At the top of the hill, there is a lone wood gazebo and incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We later found out that this same gazebo was where Kimberly had dreamed of getting married her whole life (how special is that?!). As golden hour set in, Kimberly and Dan got to enjoy a moment alone together on top of this ridge, watching the sunset. It was hands down one of the most beautiful moments of the entire year for us. As the rest of the night carried on, there wasn't a moment that wasn't filled with laughter, smiles and enthusiastic dancing.
Kimberly and Dan, thank you SO much for entrusting us to help capture your special day! We had so much fun taking part in your wedding, and it was really heartwarming getting to see the enormous amount of faith, love and support you have in the family and friends around you.
Special thanks to the photographer, Brian Schindler, for his help and enthusiasm throughout the day. He truly has mad skills with a camera, and you can check out his incredible photos of Kimberly and Dan's wedding on his website (linked above). And of course to the marvelous MAG Events for coordinating and putting together this event. You all were such a great team to work with!