I’ve been waiting to share this couples session for about a week. They’re photos that I’m incredibly proud of so I wanted a lot of attention on them. Haha. Just kidding. No but seriously, they’re that good.
Josh and Alexis will have a wedding story to tell for decades to come. Just like thousands of other couples across the globe, they had to cancel their wedding due to the pandemic. Back in the spring, we thought, “Nah. We’re fine. Your wedding is in September. We have the entire summer for the virus to settle down.” And here we are. It’s supposed to be their wedding day today. We aren’t in Vail, Colorado celebrating with vows, mountain views, family and champagne. Instead, they’ve chosen to celebrate with a small backyard ceremony because they’re still committed to making this day special. The day will be spent with immediate family, horderves, and yummy beverages.
They are still planning on an incredible reception for late summer of 2021 in the same location, with the same intent- to enjoy each other’s company.
So, let’s get to these photos, shall we?
When we knew the wedding was likely off, it made me sad to think that they would not have photos to share and I wanted to do something special for them. My second photographer and videographer for the scheduled wedding, Nick Thayer from Narrative Imagery, and I set out to have an epic couples session. We didn’t have the most solid plans leading up to it. We didn’t have a location in mind until a week before, and we didn’t know how it was going to pan out. However, we did know that Alexis was going to wear a dress and Josh would wear pants that were easy to roll up just in case we picked somewhere with water.
I Know Just the Spot
Thinking back to my summer adventures with my kids, I remembered a specific location where we had a picnic lunch. I almost died from it’s beauty and didn’t want to leave. Zero clue this gem of Colorado even existed. I went ahead and made an executive decision that this would be where our session would take place. We opted for an hour before sunset which is my most favorite time to shoot.
The drive up there…oh boy. Do not take a nice car that you love dearly to this spot. There were some pretty rough patches of washboard roads, dust to coat your car, and winding roads to make you sick. But, Lord, it was worth it. Worth it times a million.
Cotton Candy Skies
We were able to get some photos with water and amazing rock formations that look like you’re climbing up to Heaven. But the best part was the sun setting up against the hazy skies of a wildfire burning just north of where we were. This allowed the sky to turn into a cotton candy backdrop that makes for the best photo-op. Josh helped Alexis climb onto the rocks, and it was there that my favorite photo was snapped. Cue goosebumps.
Was Your Couples Session This Fun?
They brought their favorite beverage, made a toast, and got down with some silly moves. They were there for intimate couples portraits, but made sure jokes were exchanged and flirting happened. We got some great candid couples photos, and wrapped up our night by a hike back up the little mountain and a dark drive home.
I wouldn’t change a thing about this couples session. Nothing. It was perfect in every way. I can’t wait to see Nick’s video footage of this session- I know I’m going to cry and it’s not even for me. Ha! Take care guys, and hey- think about having a session here. You’ll love it!