He was a “nerdy scientist” finishing his PhD in Florida, she was on her way to Panama to serve with the Peace Corps, but when a wedding (and a love of Phish) brought them together, there was no way that distance would keep them apart.
After falling in love with the miles between them, Chrissy and Scott brought their families all together in the heart of the Rockies this fall for their Lake Dillon wedding. And they promised forever.
Chrissy and Scott wanted, above all, to have a stress free celebration of their love. And they were wonderfully, beautifully successful. All of the florals you’ll see as your scroll through were directly from the garden they’ve cultivated together. Every member of the intimate group in attendance was a key influence in their lives. Each contributed to making the three days they shared in their Dillon Air B&B joyful and magical.
I LOVE when couples hand write their vows. It doesn’t matter if you have horrid chicken scratch (cough*Nate* cough cough). There is so much POWER in seeing those promises written in your partner’s own hand. Something a typed page (or worse a cell phone screen) could never accomplish. And if you can put them down in charming matching books like Chrissy and Scott’s? Pure romance.
As part of their plan to keep their Lake Dillon wedding intimate and stress-free, Chrissy and Scott rented this beautiful Air B&B with room enough for everyone. In addition to elegant antique furniture and homey vibes, it was chock full of the most wonderful light. Nate and I were one happy photo/video team!
Scott could barely keep it together when he saw Chrissy, so naturally I couldn’t at all. Yep, even after hundreds of first looks, I still cry at weddings. (And Disney movies. Don’t judge me.)
Chrissy and Scott were originally considering various locations around Breckenridge/Silverthorne/Lake Dillon for their ceremony and I happily provided them with a list of all my favorite spots in the area. But, in the interest of that ever elusive “stress-free” goal, they opted to exchange vows right on the deck of the house. Clearly a very good call.
Yes, I think it’s safe to say the house was a perfect location for their intimate wedding ceremony when you consider that we only had to walk down the street for all this golden glory. The aspens took their time turning this year, but what they lacked in punctuality they made up for in enthusiasm.
Here are some of those amazing flowers straight from Chrissy and Scott’s garden (and a special brooch from Chrissy’s grandmother on her hand made bouquet). One of the things that brings Chrissy and Scott so much joy is the home they share together. They both mentioned in their vows that one of their favorite parts of the day is when Scott comes home and they spend their evenings cooking together and sharing their day. To me these touches carefully brought to the mountains from their Denver home represent the bond they share. I also provided the super glue to help finish Scott’s boutonniere from my wedding emergency kit, so I’m deeply invested.
After laughing our way through the aspen trees, we next took the short trip down to the shores of Lake Dillon. The clouds were the tiniest bit threatening and the breeze a tad chilly, but Chrissy and Scott gamely held hands and danced despite it all. And that, my friends, is where the magic happens. Be willing to get a little uncomfortable and trust us and you won’t be sorry.
After we wrung every last drop of light from the September evening, we piled into the car and headed back to the house and a warm (both literal and metaphorical) welcome. The fire was roaring and the rooms were filled to bursting with the sounds of laughter and the smell of barbecue. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as heaven.
It turns out that, in addition to being perfect for an intimate Lake Dillon wedding ceremony, this marvelous deck is ideal for dancing. Chrissy and Scott’s family made sure to take full advantage.
First dances are just the best guys. Brides and grooms don’t get a lot of time to be alone on their wedding day usually. So when they find themselves essentially alone on the dance floor it often comes as a delightful surprise. It’s always a moment of peace and joy, and it’s one more reason my job freaking rocks.
Congratulations Chrissy and Scott, and thank you for welcoming Nate and I into your family for the day! Your adventure is going to be beautiful!
Photography: Folly Photography
Videography: Folly Photography
Venue: Carolina in the Pines
Florals: By the bride, from the bride and groom’s garden.
Catering: Arapahoe Cafe & Pub
Bride’s Dress: Lulu’s