Alison and Josh are kind and full of love for one another. They had the single most intimate wedding I've ever had the privilege to photograph, high in the mountains on the back side of Telluride Ski Resort at an old cabin called the Observatory at Alta Lakes. It was such an honor for me to capture this special time in their lives. The candlelight, the rain, the handwritten vows with words spoken only for each other... what a beautiful night.
Alta Lakes Observatory is an historic cabin tucked high in the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride, Colorado. A 4x4 is a must in summer, and in winter it is only accessible by snowmobile. But it's so worth the trip. It's in a breathtaking setting, and the cabin itself is full of geometric shapes and beautiful light. It's a rustic cabin with modern conveniences and a storied past.
When I saw Alison's unique lace dress, I decided it needed to be photographed in several spots throughout the cabin.
Florals throughout the day were created by Willowcreek Floral in Ridgway, Colorado. Judy always does a beautiful job with wildflowers.
I loved the moments when Josh was helping Alison with her dress and jewelry. They did everything their own way, and it made the day all their own.
Despite the rain, which we decided was romantic, we headed out into the trees for portraits before their ceremony. It is always inspiring to be surrounded by such natural beauty; this is why I photograph weddings exclusively in western Colorado.
Josh and Alison wrote their vows on paper. The rain began to wash away the ink, but they knew all the words.
Once back to the Observatory, private chef Rabbit Rabbit had arrived and was creating a special, intimate dinner for Alison and Josh. It was the perfect time for signing the marriage license, a first dance as a married couple, and some celebratory Champagne.
Alison and Josh... thank you for inviting me to be a part of your extraordinary wedding day. My heart was full as I drove down the mountain that night. It was an experience that will stay with me always. I wish you all the love and happiness in life that was with you on your beautiful day. xoxo cat