Laura and Joel have two great things going for them: a close-knit family and friends who adore them. Their wedding just outside Aspen at Flying Dog Ranch was a celebration of the people who mean the most to them surrounded by the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains, including heaps of wildflowers in bloom.
Laura's wildflower bouquet in pink and purple was created by Diz's Daisy in Carbondale.
I loved Laura's turquoise ankle strap wedding shoes.
Joel made an adorable groom.
Weddings at Flying Dog Ranch are fun and unique. Guests are invited to sit around the lake or stand on the bridge with a view of couple on the dock.
The bride's brother walked her down the aisle.
Laura and Joel's numerous friends from all over the country came to the wedding and watched the couple exchange vows from the bridge.
The couple walked down the aisle together to the Beatles' "All You Need is Love."
Married - cheers!
The flower girls were adorable and loved my camera.
This was a party crowd!
Laura and Joel are true Colorado natives, and had their guests sign a Colorado "shotski" instead of a guest book on their wedding day.
Joel's best man, Daniel gave a toast that had everyone laughing one moment, and shedding a tear the next. He wrapped up by awarding the bride the coveted "Golden Frisbee," an ode to one of Joel's favorite pastimes—frisbee golf.
Friends from Joel's alma mater, the University of Arkansas.
There are no shortage of serene and beautiful places to sit at Flying Dog Ranch.
The shotski got a lot of use on the wedding day, and some guests brought their own Colorado bottle warmers.
Laura and Joel were such an easy going couple—relaxed and truly living in the moment all day. It's fun to photograph a couple who forgets I'm there during the portraits.
The last moments of sun at Flying Dog Ranch light up the Aspen and evergreen trees in brilliant yellow.
Flying Dog Ranch and the master gardener, Lydia, knows who to create gorgeous organic landscapes. It's always warm and colorful here, spring through fall and there are so many places for portraits.
Thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding day Laura and Joel! xo
Vendors: Aspen Wedding Photography: Cat Mayer Studio / Caterer: European Caterers, Steve McKenney / Florist: Diz's Daisy / Flower Shop- Julia Park / Officiant: Michael Chapman / Reception Musician(s) / Band / DJ: Max Rosenbaum