Lake Dillon Engagement Photographer | Emily and Jake | Summit County Engagement

Emily and Jake | Lake Dillon Engagement
lake-dillon-engagement-photographerSavannah Chandler Photography | Keystone Engagement Photographer



It’s finally almost summer, and all the ice is melting here in the Colorado high country.  Just the day before I met Emily and Jake for their Lake Dillon engagement session, IT SNOWED.  The Breckenridge area got almost a foot of snow in the higher elevations – on May 23.  Being a fifth generation Coloradan, I’ve never surprised by large spring snow storms.  I get a little perturbed that I can’t yet go 4×4’ing in the jeep yet and that all the high alpine lakes are still too cold to SUP in, but never surprised anymore.

Once we took a look at the weather report the week of their session, I’m so incredibly glad that we moved our session back by a day.  We got amazing sunlight, and no snow on the ground.  Down near Lake Dillon, the weather was quite pleasant.  A balmy 60* or so, with no winds.  We headed out towards where dock #3 used to be, only to be (not so pleasantly) surprised that they had torn out the dock with the addition of the new Dillon Amphitheater.  It looks like quite the amazing location for a concert, but the beautiful dock that I loved photographing on is no more.  Nevertheless, we headed out onto the sandy beaches of the Lake Dillon Marina and walked around in the sunlight for some portraits.

Jake has just moved to Colorado this past February (during one of our worst winters in recent memory of course) – and he wanted to visit a lovely “top down” mountain view.  We headed up to Swan Lake road, which has a stunning overlook at the summit.  As we walked towards the summit trail at Sapphire point, he made a comment that this was the most beautiful place he’d ever seen.  I love when couples have a moment during our time together that means something to them – and I hope that every time they look back at their photographs they are reminded of those special moments.

Although there was a lot of sun, once we were at 9,500 elevation, it was quite chilly.  The temps dropped into the low 40’s.  Just as the sun was dipping over the Ten Mile range in the background, we headed to the Mustang to get Jake and Emily warm.  I’m incredibly warm blooded, so it’s very easy for me to forget how cold out it really is ;).  As the clouds began to turn colors, I asked Emily and Jake to place my flash inside their vehicle so we could get some photographs in Jake’s coveted ‘Stang.  I’ve since been told that those are his favorite images.

Thank you, Emily and Jake, for adventuring around Summit County with me!  I can’t wait to work with Sweetly Paired Events for your wedding in Granby next January!


Savannah Chandler Photography | Lake Dillon Engagement Photographer
Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide

Keystone | Granby | Telluride | Ouray | Breckenridge | Vail | Estes Park | Allenspark | Steamboat | Silverton | Buena Vista

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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.