Cecily and Jimmy | Loveland Pass and Lake Dillon Engagement
Savannah Chandler Photography | Summit County Engagement Photographer
Cecily and Jimmy are having a Colorado destination wedding this upcoming August in Estes Park at the new Fall River Village. They’ll be flying out from Virginia, along with all of their family and friends to celebrate in the Rocky Mountains. This past month, the two of them headed West to check out their wedding venue and spend some time in Breckenridge (where their family cabin is located – and also where they got engaged) and we met up to photograph their engagement portraits. We settled on meeting at Loveland Pass, and possibly hiking up a little ways on the initial incline that heads out towards Mt. Sniktau and Cupid Peak. When we got to the pass – it was cold and windy AF. The start of the trail sits at 11,990 feet of elevation – meaning there’s no trees even at the very base to help shield the wind. As we were walking up, we found a small patch of wild flowers that were sitting alongside the trailhead and decided to hang out there and forgo hiking up any further (as it’d just mean more wind and less air). Having to photograph in wind, I LOVE when the ladies wear flowy fabrics. Wind swept dresses are one of my very favorite things.
After we had enough of the wind and cold, we decided to seek lower ground and head towards Lake Dillon. I’ve photographed at the lake multiple times in the winter, but this was my first time visiting the lake in the summer! I knew that down by the Dillon Marina was my favorite view of the Ten Mile mountain range – especially in the evening as the sun is beginning to crest over the mountains. We got out of the car at the marina – and ZERO WIND and it was a lovely 75* outside. I may not be a beach person, but a beach that’s mountainside – with a beautiful couple and stunning light?? Yes please. I’ll take that kind of beach any day.
We hung out on (and in) the water until the sun set down behind Buffalo Mountain off to the West. The day ended up being one of my favorite adventures of the beginning of this wedding season.
I can’t wait to head up to Estes Park on October 7 to celebrate with you, Cecily and Jimmy! <3 . Say hello to the East Coast for me in the meantime! 🙂
Savannah Chandler | Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer | Colorado Engagement Photographer
Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide
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