Let’s see, where to begin? Three days before the wedding the Father of the Groom broke three ribs while mountain biking, the night before the wedding a bridesmaid had a seizure, three hours before the ceremony the Mother of the Bride was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital for altitude sickness. Wait, there’s more. As the Mother of the Bride was being rushed to the hospital, Mark tried to join her by hitting his head so hard on a pointy wood beam that he was dizzy half the day and had a severe headache for the entire day. (I have to say, he turned out some sweet images for wondering if he had a concussion all day.) A variety of storms rolled through all day causing the lift to stop running, then start again, then stop, then start, you get the idea, making the ceremony on top of the mountain a very difficult task to accomplish. While on the mountain both Kacie & Kurt lost important possessions and then we almost missed the last lift ride of the day while Kurt somehow got himself locked inside Spruce Saddle trying to find a bathroom. He escaped and we caught the lift only to get caught in another passing storm, get rained on and pray all the way down that we didn’t get struck by lightning. We made it, just in time for Kurt to start feeling ill at cocktail hour.
Here’s the thing, after all that, Kacie & Kurt only shed a few tears (mostly tears of joy) but mostly laughed the entire day taking every challenge in stride. The Father of the Groom, Mother of the Bride and bridesmaid were all miraculously in attendance and feeling well. Most importantly, Kacie & Kurt not only got married but they did so on top of the mountain, under the shining sun, in between two thunderstorms. If a couple can handle these kinds of challenges with the grace that Kacie & Kurt did, I believe they are destined for a long, beautiful marriage.
Due to all the surrounding circumstances, Mark & I had to change our plans and improvise more than ever before. (Funny, we kind of did the same thing at their engagement portrait session.) There was not much time to think, barely enough time to act. And with that fact I am so proud to have created such a beautiful collection of images for Kacie & Kurt. I told Mark yesterday, Kacie & Kurt may have dealt with more challenges than any Bride or Groom ever should but you would never know it by looking at their photographs. I call that a success.
A few words from the bride:
“I know I’ve said this to you many times already, but you and Mark were our saving grace. Kurt and I woke up the next morning feeling like we had been hit by a Mack truck, completely exhausted. (Did I mention our marriage license never even made it to Leslie the day before?!?) I felt relieved it was all over, and did not want to go through it all again…ever! But then when you sent us our sneak peek, we felt overwhelmed with joy. It was a reminder of how amazing the event really was, how many people were there to show support, how many people love us and what the day was really all about. We chose our first dance song, “Thank You,” for a reason: “If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.” We truly feel that you and Mark were able to capture these phrases in your photographs of us and we will cherish them forever.”
Kacie & Kurt’s team of vendors:
Ceremony: Beaver Creek Wedding Deck
Reception: Saddle Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Photographer: IN Photography
Officiant: Leslie Ross
Band: Whitewater Ramble