Chelsea & Ryan’s 4-hour Destination Wedding

Chelsea and Ryan traveled from Ohio to be married at the Garden of the Gods. Their destination wedding lasted 4 short, but very sweet hours one morning. Chelsea and Ryan planned their destination wedding without a wedding planner. And they didn’t have a florist or a DJ. What they did have was a great love for Colorado Springs where Chelsea grew up and where she attended Colorado College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. When Chelsea called and described her wedding to me and asked if I would consider photographing it, I immediately said yes. And without ever meeting before the wedding, we went about the work of planning a photography schedule that would capture her wedding in a 4-hour time span. I met Chelsea and Ryan at the new Holiday Inn Express in downtown Colorado Springs and photographed them getting ready. After about 30 minutes, Chelsea and Ryan traveled separately to the Garden of the Gods where they shared a private moment before the ceremony. Aftewards Chelsea and Ryan met their family and friends at the Siamese Twins trailhead and hiked to the dramatic rock formation in the park. Chelsea decided to be married in front of the Siamese Twins because of her fond memories playing there as a child with her family. I photographed the ceremony conducted by Chelsea’s grandfather. Their family and wedding party pictures followed. We finished the day with picturs in the mountains above Colorado Springs. Later, Chelsea and Ryan celebrated with a barbecue at her grandfather’s home. Long story short? Chelsea and Ryan pulled off a destination wedding in Colorado Springs for the price of a weekend vacation to Colorado. I've photographed a handful of weddings like this over the years and they are always a lot of fun. Chelsea and Ryan's wedding inspired us to create a wedding package specifically for couples who are adventurous enough to plan a 4-hour destination wedding in Colorado Springs. Does this sound like your kind of wedding? Then send me a note for details! — Seanthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-weddingthe-4-hour-destination-wedding

Timber Ridge Wedding : Beth & Tyler

Beth and Tyler were married at the Timber Ridge Lodge at the top of Keystone Resort this summer. They traveled from Minneapolis to be married in the Colorado Rockies. Thank you Beth and Tyler for inviting me to photograph your wedding day! – Sean timber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimber-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picturetimbder-ridge-wedding-picture

Consider a Post Wedding Portrait Session

mount-falcon-wedding-pictureYou’ve just planted a kiss on your partner and have exited your wedding ceremony to the applause and cheering of family and friends. It’s time to grab a drink and bask in a glow of happiness as you enjoy together your guests and the setting you’ve chosen for your wedding.


But wait. You have to stop and take family pictures. Seconds turn into minutes. Minutes into an hour. And that glow you felt as you walked down the aisle? It’s quickly faded into a permanent and painful smile. Your feet are hurting. And you’re starting to feel a little hangry, too. 


And you still haven’t taken those romantic shots you see in all of the wedding blogs. I’ve experienced this scenario over and over again as a wedding photographer. But it doesn't have to be this way. 


Consider scheduling a post-wedding portrait session on your wedding weekend.


I recently spent an incredible evening with a couple, Christin and Jacob, who married in a beautiful mountain location. They decided well beforehand that the experience I just mentioned - nearly universal for wedding couples in the United States - wasn’t for them.


Instead, Christin and Jacob spent an evening with me a couple of days after their wedding enjoying themselves and each other as I photographed them in the mountains with a dramatic sunset and a rising moon. It was memorable, relaxed and truly romantic.


We met at Mount Falcon Park above Denver for the session and timed it for the golden hour - that precious hour of sunlight before sun sets. Most couples never enjoy the sunset on their wedding day. By the time family photographs are finished, the cocktail hour is over and everyone rushes inside for dinner. Usually, I’m watching Dad toast the couple while the best light of the day disappears over my shoulder into darkness.


Here are the results of Christin and Jacob's post-wedding portrait sitting. I love how it turned out. — Sean



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