When we made plans for Courtney and Mike’s session they said they were up for whatever. It was the perfect time to explore more of Shrine Pass for their colorful Colorado wildflower engagement. They’ve had to reschedule their wedding TWICE because of the pandemic so I wanted to go an extra mile (or 4.5, so we found out) for them. They had great energy from the moment Travis and I arrived and I’m sure some of that can be attributed to a few adult beverages. I typically meet couples at a brewery or bar to start so even in an unusual year things got off to the typical start.

The wildflowers were absolutely insane. Every color of the rainbow covered the hillside. Nature is great to great to experience, just don’t be like the handful of idiots we saw on the trail who picked some of the flowers to take home. Leave everything as you found it so everyone can enjoy the spectacular high country.

I did manage to convince Mike, Courtney and Travis (who tagged along to assist) to hike up to the top of Shrine Ride. The roughly 4.5 mile round trip and 1,000′ of vertical felt tougher with tons of camera gear in tow. I know all three were skeptical of what we would find but the color along the ground and in the sky didn’t disappoint. And hey, the beer tasted that much better when we got back down after a moonlight hike to the trailhead.

Thanks for the adventure Mike and Courtney! I can’t wait until I finally get to capture your wedding day next year.

Courtney and Mike walk through a field of yellow wild flowers during their Shrine Pass engagement session in Colorado
A couple walks along the Shrine Ridge Trail
A couple shares a kiss in a field of colorful wildflowers near Shrine Pass during their Colorado mountain engagement
Courtney walks with Mike atop Shrine Pass during their engagement photos
Mike and Courtney share a moment together atop Shrine Pass as the sun sets over the Gore Range near Vail, CO during their engagement session
Mike hugs Courtney as the sun sets over the Ten Mile Range during their summer engagement session

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