When Tori and April reached out to me about shooting their Vail, Colorado, wedding they mentioned their love of dogs and the outdoors – obviously I was in! These two spend a lot of time in the Vail area skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer so it only made sense for them to get married there too! I was so stoked that they brought me on board to spend the day hanging out with their friends and family as their Vail wedding photographer!
April and Tori live in Golden, Colorado, and met at the Crossfit gym that April owns. And while they bonded over a love of fitness, dogs, and the outdoors its clear that their connection goes WAY beyond that! These are two of the sweetest and most in love humans you will ever meet and I’ve had a blast getting to know them over the last eight months!
They began their wedding day at the Four Seasons in Vail before making their way through the village and up the gondola to The 10th. It had poured rain all morning and there was some concern that we’d get rained out and have to move everything indoors. We kept a close eye on the weather all day long but got lucky and when it was go time the skies were clear … for a while.
As the ceremony began the clouds started to build … while the sun still shown down on the couple. If thats not a sign of the universe smiling down on you, I don’t know what is! They said the sweetest vows (there wasn’t a dry in the house – including mine) in front of their friends and family and had their first kiss as wife and wife JUST as the skies opened up and rain started coming down. I don’t think you could have dreamt up a more perfect ceremony if you tried!
After the ceremony we moved inside for cocktail hour to let the rain pass and then headed back outdoors for some photos and lawn games. The day ended with a delicious dinner and massive dance party!
As I’ve started focusing more and more on adventure elopements and intimate weddings I take fewer of these big weddings every year – and I’m super selective about the ones I take. From the moment I met these guys it was clear that even though they were having a bigger wedding than I typically shoot these days, we were a perfect match. I had a blast hanging out with them, getting to know their friends and family, and getting down on the dance floor as the night ended. As I rode the gondola back down to the village at the end of the night I felt so freaking lucky to get to do this job every single day!
All that to say, it was an awesome day with awesome people. Here are some photos from their day. Enjoy!
Thanks to all the vendors who made this day so special!
Venue: The 10th Vail
Coordinator: Anne Sutherland
Florals: Cedars Flower Shop
Tori’s Dress: Claire Pettibone
Apri’s Jumpsuit: Theory
Hair + Makeup: Andrea Clarke from Matthew Morris