Steve and Cori were very clear that they wanted their wedding to be a party. They wanted their ceremony to be special, but not too long because they wanted to dance all night at the reception. They specifically told me that they wouldn't be doing any sort of special exit because they planned on being the last ones out the door. I knew right then that we would have a great time on their big day!
Cori was absolutely relaxed while getting ready. She kept the day super simple, chatting with her family and making jokes with her sister. I could tell she was so ready to see Steve by the time we photographed their first look. They were giddy when they saw each other. After a few portraits, it was time for the ceremony. Cori's sister Paige officiated it and did an excellent job. It was such a special touch to see the strength of their sisterhood and Paige's admiration and respect for Steve. It's those kind of moments in weddings that make my job so incredibly fun.
Well, that and a couple who throws a damn good party like Steve and Cori! The reception was amazing and everyone who attended had such a blast! It was exactly what they intended for their big day. They had the coolest details that were so focused on their guests. For example, they had lottery scratch cards with everyone's name on them instead of plain name tags with table numbers. They also had giant Jenga and corn hole boards custom made so guests could play while they waited for the reception to begin. And for just a little extra fun, they had a fire pit with a s'mores station for people after they cut their cake! A lot of their guests were from out of town, and it was so obvious that they cared about everyone's experience that day.
From their vows to their absolute happiness to their incredible attention to detail to their desire for everyone to have fun—it was a true honor to be a part of this day. Steve and Cori emanate love and light; I knew it from the moment I met them. And watching their friends and family celebrate that love proved that even more. Thank you guys SO much for such a wonderful experience. I wish you all the happiness in the world!
I'm not the kind of gal that gets super excited about what I call the "fluffy" details of a wedding. You know, the perfect color scheme or the adorable favors or even the trendy donut bar. These are all well and good, but I'm after the real stuff—the look on the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time. The emotional father daughter dance. The toast that everyone cries at. Those are the moments that make me love photographing weddings. And this wedding was full of the real stuff.
Matt and Karlye are my kind of people. They are high school sweethearts who love being outside and listening to live music. Their whole energy was full of life. And their wedding was exactly representative of who they are as a couple too: laid back and so, so in love. They got married at the Meadow Creek Lodge in Pine, Colorado, the perfect mountain setting for a couple that obviously feels most comfortable outdoors. Matt wore a perma-grin as Karlye came down the aisle, as did her father. Karlye's brother officiate the wedding which added such a special touch. They made their way through teary vows, and when it started to rain, they barely noticed. Matt walked his barefoot bride down the aisle after what can only be described as a celebratory kiss.
Their reception was one of the most emotional I've been to. They had extremely heartfelt speeches and there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including me! The people around them were so unbelievably supportive and genuinely happy to see them married. See what I mean? The real stuff!
Matt and Karlye, thank you so much for trusting me to capture this incredibly special day. When you guys turned toward your friends and family to be announced as a couple, I thought to myself, "This might be the happiest couple I've ever photographed." Your faces made it look like you just made the best decision of your entire lives. And I think you probably did.