Rocky Mountain National Park Intimate Wedding | Val and Keith | Estes Park Wedding Photographer

Val and Keith | Rocky Mountain National Park Intimate Wedding and Loveland Dinner Party

Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Wedding Photographer



In June of 2017, Ben and I headed to Manhattan for a couple’s vacation.  Just before we left, I got an inquiry asking about an August 2018 intimate wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I let the couple know I would be able to chat once I got back from NYC… only to find out that Val and Keith LIVE just a few minutes on the train from where we were staying in Midtown!  We made a time to meet up near the 42nd Street Station for some wedding chat and macaroons.  I was over the moon when I heard about their intimate wedding plans – to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park then head over to Loveland for a dinner party with their closest family and friends.  The most important elements to their day were supporting our National Parks system and having good ol’ Colorado mountains in the background.

I met Val and Keith at their reception venue – a LOVELY home that was the perfect setting for both a place to stay for family as well as to celebrate with dinner later in the evening.  Val got ready in the Bridal suite while Keith got ready in the house.  My secondary photographer, Melissa, met up with Keith in the main house while I hung out with Val getting ready.  Something incredibly amazing about all of Val’s details is that she made them by hand.  Yes.  All of them.  HER WEDDING GOWN.  Made by hand.  I was beyond astounded when I saw her stunning gown, veil, shoes, crown – all of these items that she made in NYC and brought out to Colorado.

Once everyone was dressed, read their letters, and ready to go – we headed up Trail Ridge Road inside of Rocky Mountain National Park for their first look.  I love how up near the Lava Cliffs, you get jaw dropping views of the Never Summer mountains as well as Longs Peak.  On our winding way towards our meeting point, Val and I talked all about their amazing adventures – including how they got engaged at Machu Picchu!  Yeah… not jelly at all.  🙃

After we spend some (beautifully emotive) time up on Trail Ridge Road, we made our decent down towards their ceremony site.  Rocky Mountain National Park has a list of designated wedding sites that you can get a permit for – Val and Keith chose Upper Beaver Meadows.  Looking out into the meadow, Longs Peak looms over the stunning valley.  I think that they chose a fabulous ceremony site for their guests to experience all that Colorado and Estes Park has to offer.

To cap off the evening, Val changed into her other gown (handmade of course) with a Dolly-Parton inspired fringe vest.  We spent the evening listening to beautiful guitar music by Piatro and eating amazing food by Sugar Pine Catering.

Thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you and your loved ones, Val and Keith.  I’m so honored to have been a part of your stunning celebration.

Ceremony: Rocky Mountain National Park
Dinner Party: Private Residence
Day of Coordination: Amanda Bowers
Gown and Accessories: Bride
Floral: Bliss
Catering: Sugar Pine
Cake: Daddy Cakes Bakery
Musician: Piatro









Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Wedding Photographer | Rocky Mountain National Park Intimate Wedding
Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide

Photographing in the Rocky Mountain Region and Beyond
Estes Park | Telluride | Granby | Grand Lake | Silverton | Winter Park | Vail | Keystone | Breckenridge | Ouray | Durango | Buena Vista
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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.