Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding | Carrie and Kyle

Carrie and Kyle | Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding
Savannah Chandler | Colorado Wedding Photographer


2016 was one of my favorite years so far.  I got to meet some of the most amazing people and spend the most important day of their lives with them.  Carrie and Kyle had one of the most amazing weddings I’ve attended to date.
I met the two of them just before they moved to Colorado from Chicago.  They were planning a Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding, in Larkspur from halfway across the country at the time.  We met at a coffee shop in Denver, and I knew from the moment I first talked with Carrie and Kyle that they were amazing people.  To say that Kyle lights up when Carrie enters a room is an understatement – the two of them are just smitten for each other.
Once September rolled around, I attended their rehearsal dinner at Wynkoop Brewery and was able to meet their closest friends and family the night before the wedding.  I love when couples opt for rehearsal coverage – I get to spend some more candid time with the most important people in their lives.  Just after dinner, a few people stood up for some speeches.  One line that was spoken that really stuck with me was a family member said “to be with Carrie and Kyle is to be in the presence of love.  To really know what love is.”  Following the speeches, Kyle’s uncle gave a beautiful guitar and song set.  Come to find out, Kyle sung at his uncle’s wedding – it was an emotional and lovely performance to be invited to witness.

On the next morning, September 24, 2016, Carrie and Kyle had their Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding at Trey’s Vista.  I’ve attended quite a few Spruce Mountain Ranch weddings, but this was my first time photographing at Trey’s Vista.  The views are stunning and the weather was a gorgeous mix of sun and clouds.
Carrie and Kyle decided to do a first look at the doors to Trey’s Vista just before the ceremony.  One of the things that I love about first looks is the privacy they offer, and allow for you and your fiancé to have a moment just between the two of you.  The moment Kyle turned around to see his bride, his smile widened and his eyes swelled up with tears.  This feeling was what his family was talking about – we could feel the presence of love in this exact moment.

After a lovely ceremony, that included Kyle serenading Carrie, we headed over to the Ponderosa Lodge for a night full of fun and celebration.  It wasn’t until just before it happened that I knew about it, but Kyle’s family had a “surprise” for the couple during their reception.  All the men on that side of the family had coordinated a dance – complete with posters, break dancing, and lots of hilarious shenanigans.  The entire night was a blast to be a part of – everyone was having the time of their lives.

To end the night, we headed back out to Trey’s Vista for a few “Star Shots”.  It’s pretty rare that we have a dark enough location with clear skies to get the Milky Way in the image.  This was one of those rare, perfect nights.

Thank you again, Carrie and Kyle, for inviting us to photograph your Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding – it was an honor to be a part of your incredible wedding day.  I wish nothing but the very best for the two of you.



Venue:  Spruce Mountain Ranch

Event Planner:  Erin Hehn with Events by Erin

Florist:  Kimball Floral

Secondary Photographer:  Lindsay Lack

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They look totally smitten for each other! What a beautiful wedding!

Amgie says:

Wow! These are fabulous! So many amazing shots!

Tiara says:

What an absolutely stunning wedding. I love all the bride + groom shots and the detail shots are AMAZING!

This is such a beautiful wedding! The reception/dancing shots are so sweet.

Angie says:

Gorgeous images! What a beautiful love story!

Jennifer says:

What a beautiful wedding! I love the way you captured the first look in that huge doorway. Gorgeous.

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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.