‘Tis the season! After shooting all day Saturday, I was right back at it on Sunday (with Krista by my side) for another beautiful wedding with Mandy and Mitch at the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at the Spruce Saddle Lodge. We had some pretty major plans for outdoor photos and even a ride up the lift, but the rain clouds rolled in and hung around most of the day. I know this might sound crazy, but it’s refreshing to have my “plan” fall apart because then I have even more of an opportunity to be creative and I enjoy being forced to think on my feet. We did all the family formal shots inside the lobby of the Park Hyatt with the beautiful window light. I wouldn’t have done that if not for the rain, but they ended up looking so gorgeous. And we had great soft light and cooler temperatures for all the men in tuxes when we were able to get outside for a few shots. I used locations I might not have used if we had felt more comfortable getting further from the hotel that ended up looking gorgeous. AND, not only that, but there was literally a hole in the storm right over Spruce Saddle for just long enough to have the ceremony outside. What a wedding- I’ve never seen anything like it before! You could see the rain coming down all around the ceremony- but not a drop ON the ceremony. It was amazing seeing clouds hanging in the sky behind and lower than everyone’s heads- Talk about a dramatic backdrop! Kudos to the Heather Allen of Table 6 Productions for all your fabulous work. And also to the Perfect Petal for working so hard and fast to set up the outdoor ceremony at the last minute and for their gorgeous flowers (as always!)
Mandy and Mitch were an absolute joy to photograph and another couple that I connected to the instant I met them! They were both so happy, sweet, and so cooperative considering the chaos of the large families, wedding party, and all the last minute changing of plans. The look on Mitch’s face when he saw Mandy for the first time was one of the best expressions I’ve ever seen! They both just beamed with radiance and pure love and intimacy. And talk about a FUN reception! Funkiphino rocked the lodge all night long and completely packed the dance floor. Thanks again to Krista for being such a fab second shot. It was awesome having you with me all weekend!