Strawberry Creek Ranch Wedding Photographer | Jessi and Jake | Granby, Colorado

Jessi and Jake | Strawberry Creek Ranch Wedding


Savannah Chandler Photography | Granby Wedding Photographer


Strawberry Creek Ranch is one of my favorite locations in all of Colorado to host a wedding.  I love the laid back vibe mixed with the stunning views looking back over the Tabernash hills and Winter Park mountains.  If they had been open when I got married, I sincerely think that I would have opted to get married here.  Back in 2016, my brother Alex did get married at Strawberry Creek Ranch… so it must be a family affair.  I *may* have suggested he take a look at it.

Jessi and Jake have an amazing story.  They’ve been together the past seven years and are high school sweethearts.  At a party they both attended when they first met, someone thought they were such a cute couple that they “married” them back in 2011.  One would think that this was an obvious joke, however, they had to explain to friends who saw their facebook status (and eventually change said status) so people knew they weren’t actually married.  On July 28th, 2018 – they were ACTUALLY married.  You know – the legally binding, saying vows, throwing one massive party kind.  In the past seven years, before saying “I Do – Again”, Jake has gone to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Jessi studied abroad in France and modeled in New York City.  They’ve already endured hardships, long distance struggles, and have remained strong throughout.

The morning of the wedding, I continually looked up the weather report.  We were in a streak of weather that entire week – as often happens on July afternoons in the mountains.  Nearly the entire state of Colorado was showing thunderstorms.  As we pulled in to Granby, you could see dark clouds yet there seemed to be a decent break floating above us.  As the ceremony started, we watched all of the dark skies swirl and twirl above the distant mountains, but they never came our way.  The coordinator – Rami with PickMe! Weddings (check her out- she’s AH MAZ ING) let me know that all the other mountain towns were getting pounded with rain.

As we set out to take their couple’s portraits, the skies were absolutely fantastic.  We spent some time walking through the fields (and of course by the amazing reflection pond) before we headed back to what would turn out to be one hell of a party.  Jessi had family fly in from Helsinki, Finland (where her dad is from) to celebrate, and even play a lovely song for the father/daughter dance.  Being high school sweethearts meant that they had a ton of friends in common, and a large group of Air Forcemen provided tons of dancing, chair lifting, and near the end of the night – whiskey throwing.  I think I can honestly say that this was the first wedding that I came home smelling like whiskey.  The entire night made for a ton of fun, and some really epic photo taking.  I always tell my couples, I love it when there’s lots of events happening or a the party gets really cray cray – it’s an awesome opportunity for us to photograph a bunch of different things going on.

Thank you, Jessi and Jake, for inviting us to celebrate with you.  And thank you for your kindness and patience.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the next seven(ty) years for you two.



Venue: Strawberry Creak Ranch Wedding
Wedding Coordinator: Rami with PickMe! Weddings
Florals: The Stalk Market
Catering: Smokin Moes BBQ
Bar: Peak Beverage
DJ: Encore Events


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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.