Dream Lake Adventure Session | Ashley and TC | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photographer

Ashley and TC | Dream Lake Adventure Session

Savannah Chandler Photography | Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Photographer




I have had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing couples during my time as a wedding photographer here in Colorado.  I’ve met people from all walks of life, most of whom agree that Colorado and the outdoors are pretty damn awesome.  Insert Ashley and Tc.  If you want to hear even more gushing about these two amazing humans – you can check out their proposal story HERE and their wedding day story HERE.  But for today – I will gush some more.  Side note – remember Gushers candy?  Yum.

I went to go meet Ashley and TC for dinner one night, just to catch up and say hello.  We met at a local brewery, and just talked about life.  TC brought up the question if Ashley should clean her gown – to which I replied HELL NO.  Let’s go hiking at 4:45 in the morning to an amazing frozen lake you can walk out onto and take photos.  They replied with the same amount of enthusiasm with a HELL YES.

So one lovely winter morning, we met in Estes Park and began hiking at just before 5:00am.  The hike to Dream Lake took 26 minutes (thanks, Garmin watch) – which isn’t too terrible for a winter hike.  When we got to the lake – the weather couldn’t have been better.  No wind.  No clouds.  Lots of sunshine coming up over the horizon.  Right as they walked out onto the frozen water – the entire mountain range turned bright pinkish red.  Pred we shall call the color.  This was the most glorious Alpenglow I’d seen up at Dream Lake at all my times visiting.

We basked in the pred glow of the sun rising, just long enough for Ashley not to freeze in her strapless Little White Dress gown.  #Badassbride.  Just as the sun hit the side of Bear mountain, we began to descend the 1.1 miles and 450 feet down to the parking lot.  One great thing about a sunrise session is that you still have the rest of the day!

Thank you, Ashley and TC for being some of the most incredible people – Inside and out.  I can’t wait to hear of your journeys in Charleston.  And I’m really REALLY looking forward to seeing the two of you in the South in the not too distant future when we come visit. <3








Savannah Chandler Photography | Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide
Colorado Wedding Photographer | Estes Park Elopement Photographer

Servicing the Rocky Mountains and Beyond
Keystone | Durango | Telluride | Dillon | Steamboat | Ouray | Breckenridge | Granby | Estes Park | Vail | Larkspur

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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.