I am incredibly excited to finally share with you an amazing and special Colorado wedding of some of my dearest friends, Jess and Jim. I wanted to give the fabulous bride & groom, my good friends Jess & Jim, some beautiful, intimate and amazing wedding photographs (see more of said photos here) It was the least I could do for this amazing couple who've been some of my best friends for basically my entire adult life!
It all started back when Jess became best friends with my middle younger sister, Louise, at CSU. Once my youngest sister left home and got to know Jess too, the four of us girls spent lots of time together. Activities included creating crazy Halloween costumes, dancing many nights away at cabin parties and of course spending hours upon hours up on the slopes!
Jess and Jim met years ago in Fort Collins, at Old Chicago's. Currently Jess works as an engineer, she loves her art and traveling! Jim is a financial analyst, who loves his baseball and playing guitar. Jess and Jim were, and still are, absolutely in love with Colorado and everything the Rockies have to offer. If this adventurous couple isn't ski diving, hiking, skiing, or mountain biking, they're probably outside with their dog, Nikko! Jess & Jim's love for Colorado certainly shined through on their wedding day. Not only were we surrounded by a beautiful landscape and gorgeous mountains, the weekend was filled with ski poles, flowered flip flops, Colorado flags, maps of the mountains and guests were even reminded to sign a pair of cool wooden skis for the bride & groom!
Jess and Jim rented out the Bella Vista Estate for the entire weekend, where all close friends and family were invited to stay. I LOVED that I got to spend so much time with not only Jess and Jim, but with both of my sisters and brother-in-laws! All of us even got to play a role in the wedding weekend; my sister Louise was the co-maid of honor, Jesse sang Ben Harper's "Forever" during the ceremony, my brother-in-law, Rob, sang "Try a Little Tenderness" at the reception (and brought the house down!) As for me, well, I got the privilege and honor of being their wedding photographer :)
Just as the thunder boomed and rain drops started to fall out of the sky, the ceremony began! The guests' eyes (and mine) were all aimed towards the sky as Jess and Jim met at the end of the aisle. Walking confidently, ready to commit their lives to each other, the weather seemingly not in their mind. Within minutes, the drops transformed into pouring down rain! That’s when Jim looked at his beautiful bride getting drenched and called it. Everyone ran for cover under a tent, but not to worry, soon enough we proceeded right where we left off. One thing’s for sure, no one will forget that ceremony anytime soon! As Jess and Jim whispered their vows privately to each other the raindrops came again, only this time, softer, and no one seemed to mind. After the deal was sealed with a fabulous kiss, they held hands together, practically skipping up the aisle, damp, but married… finally and forever.
A beautiful rainbow awaited the bride and groom as the rain left for good. The colors of the sky were breathtaking, and by then Jess's curls had sprung back to life, beautiful as ever, almost as if there hadn't been any rain in the first place. What an amazing weekend for some gorgeous Colorado wedding photography. Thank you Jess and Jim for an unforgettably fun and amazing weekend in Steamboat Springs!
Location: 31095 US-40.
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