Katie and Brad | Sunrise Amphitheater Intimate Wedding
Savannah Chandler Photography | Boulder Elopement Photographer
Katie and Brad were wed up on Flagstaff Mountain at Sunrise Amphitheater, an overlook just above Boulder, Colorado with stunning views of the town below. They had their families join them all the way from Indiana for their intimate ceremony up on the mountain.
One of the great things about having an intimate wedding is having flexibility – when we saw the weather forecast and impending storms heading towards Boulder in the evening, we decided to move their ceremony and portraits up to 11:30 in the morning. This ended up being a fantastic decision, we were graced with a little bit of sunshine followed by some crazy intense pre-storm skies.
Once the decision was made to move our time together earlier in the day, I met Katie and Brad up at Sunrise Amphitheater for their intimate ceremony. They wanted to do a first look out on the rocks, followed by a Sake shot together (which is most definitely a great way in my opinion to start the celebration of your union). I headed down to greet their families and watch the bride and groom walk down the aisle to their ceremony together. One thing that was important for Katie and Brad was to have a friend who knew the two of them be the person to officiate their ceremony. Their good friend was able to fly out to Colorado to do just that – marry them after NINE YEARS together. Yes, nine years. Katie and Brad were high school sweethearts, and even have prom photos together. I don’t know why, but I think that’s so awesome when couples have prom photos together as well as wedding photos. Maybe it’s the photo nerd in me 🤓
After their intimate ceremony was concluded, we spend some time taking family portraits up at Sunrise Amphitheater. I love to include portraits of just your guests individually alongside the formal family portraits, when was the last time your parents/aunt and uncle/crazy cousins had a professional photo taken of just them?!? We said goodbye to Sunrise Amphitheater after a Champagne toast up on the mountain.
To finish our time together, we headed to a few spots up on Flagstaff Mountain for some couple’s portraits. The sky started to turn a deep blue with distant rain once we headed over to Artist Point – which makes for some beautifully dramatic wedding portraits. We finished our time as the rain started to approach the Boulder area at Lost Gulch Overlook – which is one of my favorite places to take couples for portraits due to the dramatic rocks with the Continental divide in the background.
Thank you, Katie and Brad, for inviting me to celebrate your Intimate Boulder Wedding with you!