Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek has become one of our favorite mountain venues and Michelle & Paul really made it their own for their destination wedding at the end of January. They didn’t play by the rules and instead created a celebration that was uniquely them, no compromises. The outcome was a remarkable day that we are thrilled to have been a part of. Here’s a look at Michelle & Paul’s winter wedding in Beaver Creek…
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Something really special that I’ve never seen before was Michelle & Paul’s decision to have his father and her mother as the Best Man and Matron of Honor. Below are Paul and his father getting ready.
Props to Michelle for finding actual coats for all her bridesmaids to wear. Typically I just see pashminas for the girls at winter wedding and I never now how they do it. Brrr!
I’m thrilled Michelle & Paul decided to do a first look. In the winter, the days are so much shorter. Them seeing each other before the ceremony gave us the opportunity to get more photos while the sun was still out.
Seeing a Bride & Groom with those great big smiles that they just can’t help are why I love my job. Pure bliss.
Who says cocktail hour has to wait until after the ceremony? As soon as the guests arrived at Saddle Ridge they were greeted with drinks & apps as Michelle & Paul decided they wanted cocktail hour to happen first. This was another first for me and I thought it worked out flawlessly.
Cocktail hour took place downstairs in the library at Saddle Ridge. Once it was time for the ceremony to begin, the guitarist led everyone upstairs to be seated. Nice touch.
I’ll be honest, when I heard the ceremony was to take place on the staircase, I was a little nervous. Although it was a little more challenging to shoot, it was refreshing to see a couple do things a little differently and I think the photos turned out great.
Mark & I had to commit to our spots at the ceremony, there was no moving around like we’re used to. He took the upstairs balcony while I stayed at the bottom of the stairs. Thank goodness there were two of us to be able to capture two perspectives!
Isn’t her dress spectacular?
One of my favorite parts of a wedding has to be immediately after the ceremony. The emotions are the best.
Saddle Ridge is such a unique setting. The floral details complimented perfectly.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Grandfather own a dance floor the way Michelle’s did. And there is something about his too-tight suit that just makes this shot. Go Grandpa!
Congratulations Michelle & Paul! I know we’ll never see another wedding like yours, it was phenomenal!