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
Catering: Sugar Pine
Cake: Daddy Cakes Bakery