There are a million reasons to want a wedding in the mountains, but for McKenzie & Brandon it came down to a celebratory escape with 12 of their nearest and dearest. Nestled in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, they crafted a truly intimate affair with Heather Payne behind the lens. We’re obsessed with the end results and if you have yet to check out their rehearsal dinner, what are you waiting for?
From Heather Payne… McKenzie & Brandon celebrated their destination wedding weekend in the hills of Telluride, Colorado surrounded by 12 of their closest family members at the most quaint venue tucked into the San Juan Mountains called the Observatory at Alta Lakes. The panoramic views were absolutely magical…a photographer’s dream!
The couple pulled together an incredible team to create and execute the intimate event, including Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers who was designer and florist. Brown Linen custom-designed all of the paper goods for the event, including a hand drawn picture of the venue and a watercolor pamphlet outlining the weekend’s events. Kelly designed incredible custom pieces including a custom crest (inspired by the crest on their invitations) & bridal bouquet with fragrant white and green creation of garden roses, ranunculas, tulips, local sweet peas, tuberose, pieris, bay, and dusty miller.
Each and every detail included in the wedding held special meaning to the couple. My favorite being an Italian veil that was worn by both the groom’s grandmother and mother at their own weddings. It was my honor to photograph this event and it will be one I will never forget!
From Heather Payne… McKenzie and Brandon traveled to Telluride, Colorado, from New Mexico with 12 of their family members for their intimate celebration. They kicked of their celebratory weekend with an intimate lakeside Italian feast rehearsal dinner inspired by their love of nature and mountain views. The family stayed in a cabin surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Mountains at the Observatory at Alta Lakes for the wedding weekend.
McKenzie saw the rehearsal dinner as a great opportunity to rock a flower crown and vibrant florals made by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers. The dinner was set up along the Alta Lakes which was a perfect setting with breathtaking views. The table was covered with embossed sky-blue linens and crystal glasses.
The couple and I snuck away into the hills to photograph them surrounded by nature. They found the most perfect tree where the engraved their initials into the bark. It was the most perfect intimate celebration and the photos are priceless.
The natural beauty of the Telluride countryside and surrounding mountains has nothing on this gorgeous Bride in a gorgeous Tara Keely lace and tulle ballgown carrying a beautiful bouquet. Add in bridesmaids in shades of icy blue, two adorable dogs, one very handsome Groom, and photos from Tamara Gruner Photography and you’ve got the perfect elopement. See it all in THE VAULT!
From Tamara Gruner Photography… Shelby & Tyler came all the way from California to have a very intimate elopement in Telluride in Colorado. Both love Telluride so much that they decided to have their wedding here in fall. Along with their closest family they celebrated two days of fun. On the first day they went horseback riding while on the second day they had their family celebration. Congrats to this lovely couple!