Fun fact: Portland is at sea level. Fun Fact: Estes Park, Colorado is at 7,522 feet. So what happens when you transplant two Portland wedding photographers and fly them to Colorado rockies for an Estes Park wedding? I know, I know, this question is just keeping you up at night. Well good news…the answer is in this blog post!
Okay that’s about all I got for the clever lead in. It’s true, we were a couple of 0 altitude Portlanders trying to survive while shooting at 7500+ feet. We drank tons of water, and let the loopy-ness take over to create some amazing images for Todd & Gosia’s Estes Park wedding. Luckily for us, Todd and Gosia are incredibly, and I mean incredibly, gracious and kind people. They put us up for the entire weekend so we could acclimate and also capture some of their rehearsal at their epic mountain wedding venue, The Chapel on the Rock. Fun fact, the chapel was an extra 1,000 feet up! Yeah baby!
It was an early October wedding and literally days before we arrived, the weather was pretty close to perfect. 70 degrees, sunshine, and you had stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park. As any bride (and photographer) does, you start to check the weather the week before. So we’re checking…and checking…and it’s changing…and changing. Fast forward to Todd and Gosia’s wedding weekend and let’s just say that the weather turned it’s head on us. It literally went from warm and sunny to a snow and fog over night. Yet everyone’s emotions quickly went from, “Oh no!” to “Oh yeah!” The weather was fully embraced. We packed our parkas and seized the moment. Actually, Daniel forgot his coat (!) so Todd actually loaned him one for the wedding day. Seriously, nicest people!
Todd and Gosia’s wedding weekend was simply magical. The mountains may have faded into the mist but the snow was about the most dreamy replacement to sunshine you can think of. It was everything a Colorado rockies wedding should be and more. Their Chapel on the Rock wedding ceremony was something out of a movie. An intimate reception at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau followed. The setting at this mountain B&B was quite charming and felt really special to be a part of, considering the limited guest list for the wedding. We should mention that this entire experience was made possible by Gosia’s sister. She’s a photographer herself, who recently moved from NYC to Denver to be closer to Gosia. Gosia trusted Kara with the job of finding a photographer and we are so thankful she found us of all people! We were honored to capture this wedding in such a breathtaking landscape in a place we’ve never been before. The energy and connection we had with Gosia and Todd was the icing on the cake.
Enjoy our favorites from the weekend and stay tuned for when we return to Denver again this fall for another Colorado wedding! Who knows what the weather will bring but now we know we can handle just about anything.