If your dream is to get married in a quaint winter wonderland, look no further than Emerald Lake Lodge. The setting is magical when covered with snow, and the venue itself feels cozy and private. I was so excited to work with Tiffany and Neil, and thrilled to have their big day featured on Rocky Mountain Bride. Here is what I had to say below:
“Working with Tiffany and Neil was a blast from the very start. They’re a lighthearted couple who will have you laughing in any situation, and their wedding day was no different. From striking a funny pose during their first look, to confetti bombs during their first dance, they kept me on my toes in the best way.
As I drove up to Emerald Lake Lodge the morning of their wedding, I was in complete awe. We couldn’t have scored a more beautiful winter day to celebrate their marriage! The venue was perfectly blanketed in snow, but the water hadn’t frozen yet, so there was the most beautiful reflection in the lake. I felt so grateful to be there and honored to have been chosen to document Tiffany and Neil’s day. I was thrilled that they decided to go ahead with an outdoor ceremony, even if they lost feeling in their fingers during the vows and ring exchange, it was definitely worth it for such a beautiful backdrop. We did the majority of their photos outside because I believe that if you choose to have your wedding in the winter in the Rockies, you’d better come prepared for making the most of the beautiful scenery!
Some of my very favorite images in my portfolio came from Tiffany and Neil’s big day. I loved their approach to their bridal party – their sides were uneven, the bridesmaids picked their own gowns, but everything came together so beautifully. I loved the cute touch of the matching mittens too, each bridesmaid had mittens to match her unique gown! Also a highlight – they brought their sweet pup Pepper to be their flower girl! She looked fabulous, but I think she may have been the coldest guest out there.
Lastly, I loved how Tiffany and Neil decided to have a wedding that felt good to them. Instead of following traditions that weren’t meaningful to them, or investing in vendors that they didn’t feel were necessary, they focused on what was most important to them as a couple! They swapped wedding cake for delicious homemade pies, took the time to handwrite their vows and let’s just say there was a lot of vodkas…I’m not sure if everyone else remembers the reception, but that’s what photos are for, right?”