Timber Ridge Keystone Wedding Photographer | Pooneh and John

Pooneh and John | Timber Ridge Lodge Wedding



Bride and Groom in the mountains




Savannah Chandler Photography | Keystone Wedding Photographer





I’ve had the honor of meeting some of the most amazing people over the years.  I first met Pooneh and John last September for their Vail engagement session (which you can view HERE).  They flew out from Texas on one of their only work breaks to see their amazing venue, and to take some awesome mountain portraits.


Fast forward to this past July, and it was time for their Persian and American fusion wedding at Timber Ridge Lodge in Keystone.  When Pooneh and I first spoke on the phone and she told me about all the amazing traditions that they would be incorporating into their wedding, I was giddy with excitement.  Witnessing cultural wedding traditions is one of my favorite things about my job.  I love to be invited to partake in all the unique ways humans around the world celebrate the union of two people.  For their mountain top ceremony atop the North Peak, they first began with a traditional American ceremony.  The wedding site faces both the stunning Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges – with Mount Guyot and Bald Mountain booming up in the background.  Once it was time to begin the Persian ceremony, Pooneh and John made their way behind the Sofreh to be showered with all things sweet.  I love the tradition of bestowing the newlywed couple with sweet items, to signify a “sweet start”.  Another portion of the wedding that I loved was when Pooneh was asked if she would take John – to which she waited to be asked three times and finally responded BELLA, BELLA, BELLA!!  I think anytime anyone wants something from me, I’m now going to respond bella, bella, bella.


For the ceremony, we all moved into the Lodge at Timber Ridge, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the ceremony site.  It’s quite nice to just walk a few yards and be at the reception area (especially after two gondola rides to get there 😁 ).  During the planning process, I got an email from Pooneh to be ready for the “Knife Dance”.  Without any previous context or Persian wedding experience, I was quite intrigued by what that meant.  I made sure to ask for more details, as my head was spinning with all the possibilities of what that could mean!  Turns out, it’s super awesome and involves the groom throwing money at the bridesmaids who are holding the cake knife hostage.  Speaking of money… it was thrown into the air quite a bit at the reception 😝.  Literally.  It was such a fun reception, as there was always something awesome happening in every corner of the dance floor.


Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you, Pooneh and John.  It was an amazing day, and I truly had such an amazing time.  I wish you both the best in Houston. 💗








Creative Collaborators:

Planners: Cloud 9 Bliss 
Venue: Timber Ridge Lodge – Keystone Weddings
Florals: A Design Resource
Second Photographer: Megan A

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Estes Park Wedding
Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for travel worldwide

Servicing the Rocky Mountain Region and Beyond
Telluride | Dillon | Keystone | Vail | Breckenridge | Winter Park | Granby | Grand Lake | Estes | Buena Vista | Ouray



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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.