If you’ve never seen the Gore Range from Piney Lake, it should be on your Colorado bucket list. For that reason alone, I was excited when Caroline and Brendan asked me to shoot their fall Piney Lake engagement in Vail. Located about 40 minutes North of the town of Vail up a logging road, it may be a bumpy ride but the view alone is worth the adventure. I haven’t been back since I photographed this wedding at the ranch and fall is the perfect time to visit.

Caroline and Brendan are getting married out of state and since they love the mountains and water, we knew this would be an ideal location for their engagement photos. We shared a beer on the deck before venturing up the trail past the lake. It was a picture perfect, Colorado bluebird day and with the aspen trees changing color you couldn’t ask for much more.

We had a great time shooting everywhere from the aspen grove to the edge of the lake where it flows into Piney River. Thankfully we managed to avoid the moose herd that calls the area home. Just before the sun disappeared, we made a few photos on the boat dock as the still lake provided a gorgeous reflection. I hope you enjoy the photos from their fall Piney River Ranch engagement in Vail. I plan to be back sooner rather than later.

The couple walks together during their fall Piney River Ranch Engagement
Caroline and Brendan embrace in a grove of fall color near Vail
A couple poses in plaid flannel shirts during their fall Piney River Ranch engagement in front of the Gore mountain range near Vail Colorado
Caroline and Brendan walk together near a grove of colorful aspen trees at Piney River Ranch
A couple surrounded by yellow aspen trees near Vail
Caroline and Brendan pose near yellow aspen trees at Piney River Ranch
A couple pause on the trail during the fall at Piney River Ranch
Brendan kisses Caroline near the water edge at Piney River Ranch during their engagement session in Vail
Brendan and Caroline pose on the dock as the sun sets on the Gore mountain range during their fall Piney River Ranch engagement in Vail Colorado

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