When Carissa and Kyle reached out to me just three months ago and told me what they were planning I jumped at the chance to photograph their intimate summer wedding in Summit County. They were open to any and all of my ideas so I made a few suggestions and they got to work planning what turned out to be a great day. It was an absolute treat to work with them and the 23 other friends and family that they invited to their small mountain wedding. I arrived at Carissa’s parents condo in Dillon just as she was sitting down for makeup. There wasn’t a lot of room in the space with good light so she decided to take her cousin with her outside to get into the dress. There was an aspen grove on the hill behind the condo that provided some privacy so I followed them as they trekked up the mountain in heels like it was nothing. I have photographed brides getting into their gown outdoors before but this was a particularly beautiful location.

While we scrambled down through the trees with loose ground cover under our feet, Travis arrived to photograph the guys getting ready but found them playing waffle ball across the street at an old baseball diamond. The morning was off to an unusual start but there is nothing photographers like us love more than unusual. It was a pleasure to witness them truly make the day their own.

They were down for an adventure so first look took place next to Pass Lake on Loveland Pass where we found stunning views and exploding wildflowers for a few portraits before heading back down the mountain. With just close family and friends in attendance, their Sapphire Point wedding ceremony was perfect. There was even a group of chipmunks that decided to crash their wedding ceremony. After making it official, they held a delicious catered lunch at Dillion Marina Park complete with some of the best craft beer options I’ve ever seen at a wedding.

We met up with them again later that afternoon for more portraits at two of my favorite locations, Officers Gulch and Shrine Pass. They originally wanted to elope with a couple friends and a photographer so I’m glad that we were able to schedule in time for more photos because I know how important it was to them. The sun played possum with us for a while but eventually came out with magical light in tow. Their summer wedding in Summit County was unique to them and I’m so glad that they asked me to be part of it. Congratulations you two!

bridal makeup reflection
Groomsmen playing wiffle ball in Dillon, Colorado
The groom plays wiffle ball with friends in Dillon
The bride and cousin laugh while trying to get the dress down from a tree
Carissa gets help putting her wedding dress on in an aspen grove
The bride walks through an aspen grove
Carissa crosses the street on her wedding day
Carissa walks up a hill to Kyle during their first look on Loveland Pass
Wedding day first look on Loveland Pass
The couple embrace as clowds form above them at loveland pass
The bride and groom share a moment together atop Loveland Pass near Keystone, Colorado
Wildflowers in full bloom as the bride and groom stand on a rock on Loveland Pass
The bride and groom pass by a mountain pond on Loveland Pass during their wedding day
The bride walks down the path with her father at Sapphire Point
The wind blows Carissa's hair as she walks down the aisle with her father at Sapphire Point
Kyle reacts as his bride walks down the aisle
General view of Carissa and Kyle's Sapphire Point wedding
Chipmunks search for food during a wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point
The bride laughs while putting on the groom's ring during their Sapphire Point wedding ceremony
Kyle and Carissa share a kiss during their wedding at Sapphire Point
Carissa and Kyle share a moment near the water on their wedding day in Colorado
Wedding toast at Dillon Marina Park
Sunlight flares over the ridge as Carissa and Kyle embrace on their wedding day at Officer's Gulch
A bride and groom walk hand-in-hand as the sun sets atop Shrine Pass near Vail, Colorado
Kyle kisses Carissa as they embrace in the sunlight at Shrine Pass
The sun flares over the ridge as Carissa and Kyle walk together at Shrine Pass
The bride and groom kiss in a grove of wild Indian Paintbrush flowers on Shrine Pass
A bride and groom's footwear on the red dirt road on Shrine Pass
The sun sets as the bride and groom kiss at Shrine Pass

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