My husband and I photograph weddings in Durango CO, but this one was super special. It involved riding atvs and hiking a long way up a mountain, then getting hit by big hail on the way back.
Sorry there are so many photographs (not really sorry), but this was such a fun and interesting wedding. Melissa and Chris wanted to get married at the top of Silver Mountain in the LaPlata Mountain range in Durango CO. We ended up only going to Deadwood Mountain (when I say only, this is an 11,500 ft mountain). The great thing is that Silver Mountain was in the background.
We (Melissa, Chris, my husband, and I) took atvs part way up the mountain and then hiked (straight up) the rest of the way to the top. They carried Melissa’s dress and boots, Chris’ clothes and shoes, a wedding cake, two champagne glasses, and other items for their ceremony and celebration. Melissa and Chris both changed into their wedding clothes when we arrived at the top. Then we did a First Look which turned out to be kinda funny because Melissa had told Chris that her dress had giant flowers and and bows, so he was surprised when he turned around and saw her in her beautiful wedding dress.
After the First Look, we did the ceremony where they read their vows that were on their phones. Then they cut the cake, toasted each other, and we did some couple portraits. About that time, the sky turned dark, and then it started sprinkling. They quickly changed into their hiking clothes and then it started hailing – and I mean big hail coming down really hard. It was very painful, especially on the tender ears. None of us had coats or hats, so we all got wet, cold and beaten up. The hail lasted for around 1/2 hr while we tried to get off the mountain top because there is no cover up there. We survived, but don’t think we warmed up for several hours.
They’re going to be getting a beautiful Wedding Story Book as soon as I can get it put together for them.
Hope you enjoyed their story.
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