It's easy in the bustle of wedding season to get lost in the hectic maze of run, shoot, edit, repeat. And yet, there's always one wedding that stops me in my tracks and reminds me of why I got into wedding photography altogether. Kayla & James's October union won that title this year. From the soft light of a burgeoning autumn to their gentle & charming chemistry, it was a such an honor to document.
Younger Ranch has an excellent juxtaposition of ruralism and chic design, which was fitting for their personalities, both down to earth and sophisticated. The fifth generation family cattle ranch is so spacious you could get lost in it. In fact, in moving between ceremony & reception locations, it's best to drive. There's a lovely feeling of stillness in a space so vast. I think that came across in the photography, an easing into nature and escaping the fast paced city vibes of Denver. It was especially optimal for some drone photography to capture the scale of the land. The venue is north of Colorado Springs and next to the Black Forest region. There are great mountain backdrops at the ceremony site and wrapping behind the red reception barn. If you're looking for a rustic mountain venue with a provincial flair, this is your place.
Kayla & James met in high school and never looked back. I feel the way they handled every aspect of their wedding speaks volumes to their relationship and general selves. It all felt smooth and carefree. They giggled and exchanged looks during their ceremony only they could understand. Their family photos felt more like a fun gathering rather than a lightning race to get a huge list of groupings completed. Everything exuded a feeling of calm assurance. It was a much needed day to remember that I live for capturing the still, peaceful moments of love. It's my greatest joy as a wedding photographer, and Kayla & James's grounded love is the perfect embodiment of that.