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    Bethany and Jake had a traditional Colorado mountain wedding. They both got ready in a cabin inside YMCA of the Rockies. These cabins are a great getaway for anyone looking to visit the mountains in Estes Park. I met Bethany upstairs where she was getting her hair done. I was happy to see some big windows which offered plenty of natural light, along with some interesting shadows. When I notice great light such as this, I use it to carefully place my subjects either all the way in the light or just enough to light up their faces to give a more dramatic look. I was taught early on in my career to use the light and not be afraid of it. it can create some interesting effects. Back to the story at hand; Bethany was full of nerves as she kept pacing around, but she almost always had a smile on her face as she was very excited to get married. I loved seeing her excitement and was eager to capture it. Jake was pretty much the same way as I met him and his groomsmen, downstairs. They got ready in a tight space in one of the bedrooms, but I was ready to capture the action with my wide angle lens. There was no first look, so I didn’t have to stage anyone. As Bethany and her family made their way out the car, Bethany paused, and walked away from the group to take a moment for herself. It was a perfect opportunity for me to grab some intimate moments. I used the strong sunlight and mountain backdrop to my advantage as I created some silhouettes.

The ceremony site was gorgeous as the stage was in front of the mountains. Jake held back some tears as he saw Bethany walk down the aisle. It was a sweet moment, and not the only tears shed by him. Bethany’s friend gave a funny speech comparing cats and their sometimes difficult to love behavior, to human love, and how it can be difficult, but rewarding in the end. It was well done and a perfect analogy for Bethany as she loves cats. Jake had a family member play “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and Jake again, teared up. I was ready for this moment as the couple told me ahead of time that this would probably happen. That is why it’s so important to go over all the details together before the big day. The reception took place under a pavilion back at the YMCA. We had some strange weather as it was sunny with no clouds one minute, then the next, it started downpouring. That’s mountain weather for you though, always unpredictable. There were some touching speeches made and then the dancing started. I was happy to see both the bride and groom dancing a lot as this doesn’t always happen. There was a great moment involving the bride, an older relative, and a kid “flossing.” I still don’t know how to do that dance move. This was a wedding filled with fun moments to capture which made my job lots of fun. I can only hope to get more weddings like this one.

Venue: YMCA of the Rockies

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