I have been looking forward to this wedding for some time. It was the initial consultation when I realized that Jason and Beth were going to have a really fun wedding. They had great plans and I wanted to be a part of it all. Well there day was September 9th and it didn’t disappoint. They had family from New York to Mississippi come for the wedding. Jason even made it after a Motorcycle crash that resulted in a broken arm and hand among other injuries but with a few plates and screws he was back to himself and didn’t seem to miss a beat.
I started my coverage with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. This was a great chance to get to know their families before the big day. The grilled buffalo was super and the atmosphere of the fort featured a campfire and a happy birthday with the birthday girl wearing a buffalo head hat.
Only at the fort can you see this….
Two days later the wedding day started at Beth’s home. As the girls did makeup we started documenting the day. With the sound of the doorbell the limo had arrived and we were shortly off to The Chapel at Red Rocks. Once at the chapel Beth donned her dress and did finishing touches. Beth and Jason were going to see each other before the ceremony and I wanted to make this a special first encounter. On a secluded patio of the chapel we brought Beth out with Jason turned away as not to see her. Then on the count of three Jason turned to see his bride. I always like to give the couple a few minutes to take each other in and have some quite time before we proceed.
All the family members and wedding Party were waiting on the other side of the chapel. Once Jason and Beth come around we started the group pictures and did some fun images of the wedding party in the field behind the chapel. It was now time to hide Beth away and get ready for the ceremony.
It was a wedding that only Red Rocks can provide with the ancient rocks creating grandiose scenery. With a near full chapel, Beth walked down the aisle holding her fathers arm.
I get wrapped up in photographing so much during the ceremony that time seems to stand still and then before I knew it they were kissing and walking back down the aisle toward me. Their guests created a cloud of bubbles like I have never seen before as they walked down the stairs. I am not exaggeration it was hard for me to keep bubbles from popping on my lens.
I am finding more and more that having an hour or two with the bride and groom alone during the course of the wedding day is very important. It gives the couple a time to take the day in and relax and it also gives me a chance to create some really interesting portraits of them. In this case we spent our time making images using the scenery of Red Rocks.
Off to the Mount Vernon Country Club and the reception. It was a short drive up the hill and the party was already underway. As they were announced the cool mountain air was nice on the large deck where a receiving line began. The Mt. Vernon staff did a great job as dinner was great and the party when on into the night. Around midnight Jason and Beth slipped away into the Rolls Royce waiting out side. They were going home for a few hours before leaving for their honeymoon on a 5:30 am flight to the Caribbean.