Lily Lake Wedding | Ashley and Aaron | Estes Park Wedding Photographer

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Savannah Chandler Photography | Ashley and Aaron
Lily Lake Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographer

 

Ashley and Aaron had an intimate wedding at Lily Lake, nestled in Rocky Mountain National Park near Allenspark.  In my years of photographing, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a couple’s ceremony location be so important to their relationship as Lily lake was to Ashley and Aaron.

When they first began dating back in 2013, they were traveling around and living in a portable house boat.  The couple loves to climb, so they set out to climb Jurassic Rock – the formation that jets out behind Lily Lake.  We’re known for our crazy weather here in Colorado, but in September 2013 we experienced what has since been called the “100 years Flood”.  Estes Park was hit very hard with rain and flooding, leaving Ashley and Aaron stranded in the Lily Lake area without road access.  During this multiple weeks time they were isolated, they met one of their dearest friends, Jim Detterline.

Fast forward a few years (and two kiddos) later, when the time came to tie the knot, the location of their vows was selected.  The place where their relationship was founded, Lily Lake.  Their friend, Jim, was set to officiate as well until he unfortunately passed in a climbing accident.  In honor of Jim and his climbing legacy (he was world renowned), we made sure to photograph with Jurassic Rock in the background for their portraits.

When the day of their wedding came, I met Ashley at their rental townhouse along hwy 36 on the entrance to Estes Park.  We spent some time getting her ready and set out to drive to Lily Lake shortly afterwards.  I try to help with what I can on wedding days, I truly feel as if my job is to make sure that my bride’s days run as smoothly as possible.  Part of Ashley and Aaron’s day was putting car seats into multiple cars to ensure that all the kiddos arrived safely.  I made sure that Ashley wasn’t in her lovely lace gown attempting to put seats into a car – those of you who’ve done that before know how it can be a pain in the butt to get them secured properly. 🙂

After their emotional vows, we spent a little time venturing around Rocky Mountain National Park to take some couple’s portraits.  After our time at Jurassic Rock, we headed to the Longs Peak Trailhead.  Long’s Peak is one of Denver’s iconic 14,000 ft mountains, as you can see the mountain from nearly all of the front range.  Long’s Peak was another incredibly important location to Ashely and Aaron, as they have plans to climb the Diamond Route that their friend Jim had established before his passing.

While we were photographing at the lookout, the sun began to beam from behind the peak.  We ended our time together on a beautiful and emotional note.

Thank you again, Ashley and Aaron for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day.  It was an honor to spend the afternoon with you and your loved ones <3.

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Recent Colorado Weddings

        

Colorado – my home for the past 34 years and counting.  My family were Pioneers from Norway and Germany to Colorado in the 1880’s.  I think it’s pretty amazing that our family has always had an interest in photography and capturing moments.  Growing up seeing photographs of our family in covered wagons on their way to Colorado is one of my fondest memories.
  Truly, I love Colorado and the amazing mountain ranges throughout.  I grew up heading into the Mountains on weekends to hike in the summer, and to snowboard in the winter.  I’m hapy to say that not much has changed, I’ve just added a husband and child into my adventerous outdoor mix.  My husband and I now take our little man out into the wilderness that Colorado has to offer, hoping to fill his young life with amazing memories and experiences.
I hosted my wedding in Evergreen, Colorado in May of 2011 at the Evergreen Lake House  .  After our wedding day,  I knew that I wanted to be a Colorado Wedding Photographer.  I was attending Metropolotian State University of Denver for fine art photography at the time, and the transition into a Wedding Photographer was fairly seamless.
I love adventuring to new places for weddings and elopements!  I hike regularly, and love showing couples my favorite spots.  There are amazing places in every corner and in every season.  Snowboarding is also a passion of mine, and I LOVE to capture couples shredding Pow Pow down the mountain.  Interested in a Colorado Hiking or Adventure Elopement?  Contact us on the form below!  Every year I have a list of locations that have special prices for couples wanting to hike, I’d love to chat about my current list!

   

Awesome Colorado Wedding Vendors

One of the great things about being based here in Colorado is getting to work with some of the best wedding vendors! Here are some of my very favorite places and people to work with. They're all awesome. Almost as awesome as the views we have here across the continental divide... almost.

Venues: Strawberry Creek Ranch in Granby, Colorado
               TimberRidge and Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, Colorado
               Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado
               SkyView at Fall River Village in Estes Park, Colorado 
Planners: Sweetly Paired
Videographers: Whitney Milton
Florists:  Olive and Poppy

Review from Jenna and Chris

"Savannah is the most AMAZING photographer!!! I would recommend her a thousand times over again. I would plan another event just to use her again! She is incredibly professional and incredibly talented!!! Best vendor/photographer/professional I have ever worked with."

Check out Jenna and Chris' Estes Park, Wedding Day HERE

Review from Ashley and Aaron

"Savannah is an amazing person and photographer! She captured our wedding in every way we could imagaine. Looking back on the pictures she took makes us remember and feel those special moments. Savannah is very professional but at the same time will help load up carseats and offer a helping hand wherever she can. She is very knowledgeable from locations to take pictures to making us feel comfortable in directions to pose. We have nothing but good things to say. We definitely reccomend Savannah Chandler!"

Click HERE to see Ashley and Aaron's Estes Park, Colorado Wedding Day!

Review from Katie and Brad

Savannah was so great and managed to make us (two awkward people) feel super comfortable and thrilled about wedding photos. :) She saved our day with her flexibility and the pictures were better than we could've ever hoped for! Highly recommend!

Check out Katie and Brad's Boulder, Colorado Wedding Day HERE

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer


Photographing in the Rocky Mountain Region, Including: Keystone, Aspen, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Twin Lakes, Leadville, Silverton, Telluride, Durango, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Larkspur, Steamboat, San Luis, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Winter Park, Granby, and the Spanish Peaks.

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