Warm hearts in the Rocky Mountain Winter

This one is a pretty big deal.  I had imagined my own wedding to be an elopement to the mountains.   Something simple.  Sweet.  Just like this one.  Emily & Bryan knew I was going to Estes Park to shoot a wedding.  They asked me if I would shoot an elopement while I was there.  I told them I love the idea.  Their wedding plans had been thrown into disarray because of the pandemic.  I’m still shooting their formal wedding next year.  It’ll be great.  But shooting a wedding in the winter in Rocky Mountain National Park was on my bucket list.  In September I shot two of them in one week!

It was just the three of us.  That’s all that is required in Colorado.  I was a witness.  I also completed the ceremony.  Every single ingredient was there.  A cabin, boots instead of shoes & heels, fresh snow as far as the eye can see, craft beers instead of champagne.  All of their details were focused on their relationship & their sense of adventure.  They love to travel & they love nature.  This was everything a love story should be.

This was a magical afternoon for two of the sweetest people (for all 3 of us really).  It’s so exciting to think that every day together will be like that for them.

An elopement.  A feel trip.   A love story.  A massive September snow storm.

This is almost like a Hallmark Christmas movie…and just like those, this one has the happiest of endings.

This is extreme kung fu.


Brian Rickey Photographer