I love shooting multi day events. For many couples their wedding isn’t contained in just one day, but rather they invite their guests for multiple days of cool activities leading up to the actual wedding. Jon and Ashley who are from Brooklyn invited guests from all over the country to come celebrate with them up in Beaver Creek, CO not for just one day, but three. The wedding was much more than just a mere ceremony and reception, there was tubing, welcome parties, tuxedos, smores, skiing, classic books of literature, etc etc. To say it was a fun party would be… quite an understatement. :)
Here’s just a small sampling of the 6,000 some images I captured over three days of shooting Jon and Ashley’s epic wedding weekend.
The weekend started off with a fun rehearsal dinner up at Allies Cabin in Beaver Creek.
Ashley made the chalkboard menus herself. Amazing.
The next day the gang met out at the tubing hill. So much fun. I’m not gonna lie… I may have put my camera down and enjoyed one or two runs down the hill myself. :)
Later that evening, everyone met up for a fun welcome party at the Westin in Beaver Creek where people not only had dinner, but fun smores as well. :)
And then the actual wedding day…. :)
Jon is a graduate of West Point and served our country both in Afghanistan and Iraq. I think it’s safe to say he knows how to shine a pair of shoes. :)
Beaver Creek got a good bit of snow on Saturday, and it provided an amazing backdrop for the pictures… (more to come on this below…)
The timing of heavy snowfall couldn’t have come at a better time than when I was shooting pics of the bridal party and Jon and Ashley alone. Snow works well when it’s snowing HARD and the weather didn’t disappoint. :)
This next image might just be my favorite shot from the whole weekend. I just love how happy they both look. The wedding, the parties, the snow… months worth of planning had finally come down to this day and everything was perfect. Ashley’s expression in this image isn’t something I can “direct” or ask someone to do… You just have to set up a shoot in such a way that it can happen organically and then be ready to capture it.
Ashley and Jon had a super creative theme for guest table cards. They created these bookmarks and then put them in these old books. They continued the theme in the guestbook, asking people to write notes in the margins and blank spaces in old copies of classic books that they had collected. Super original idea that was executed really well!
The next day I joined Ashley and Jon out on the slopes to document their first run as husband and wife.
Ashley and Jon… You guys are amazing and your months of hard work and planning paid off in an incredible three days that I don’t think anyone who was there will soon forget.
The wedding wouldn’t have gone off nearly as smoothly as it did without several people, first of whom would be the amazing Rachel Hagen of Talia Events. Not only did Rachael do an outstanding job of making the wedding go off without a hitch, she did it while being pregnant! Unreal! I’ve looked forward to working with Rachel for a few years now and was so glad we finally got to work together for this event.
A few of the other venders who did outstanding work for Jon and Ashley:
The Cake: Intricate Icings (you may recognize Rachel, the wizard behind Intricate Icings from several of her appearances on The Food Network)
Flowers: Bare Foot Flora. Amazing Amazing Amazing. :)