Estes Park is one of the top destinations in Colorado for wedding photography, and arguably so. It’s incredibly picturesque with its massive mountain ranges, dense pine forests, and seemingly endless mountain lakes. This area is also one of Colorado’s best wildlife spotting locations too! When you get married in a place like this, it’s almost a guarantee your going to capture some great photos.
Danielle & Nick reached out to me one summer day in 2023. They were going to be coming to Estes Park from California, and it was finally time to get wedding photos taken. They shared with me the story of how their wedding was originally canceled due to the pandemic. Then after being rescheduled, their wedding venue burned down! After these two big disasters, they decided not to wait any longer. One day while in Colorado, they went to Fort Collins and signed their marriage license. They picked up a ring at a local tourist shop in Estes Park, and called it good. Until now. After 3 years of marriage, it was finally time to put on that wedding attire and call up an Estes Park photographer.
And that’s where I came in.
After choosing a time that worked for us both, I met them at their family cabin outside of Estes Park. Their cabin is in a beautiful wooded area, surrounded by lodgepole pines, aspen trees, and views of the mountains towering nearby. Fun fact: it’s actually just across the dirt road from where Shayne and I used to live! Remind me to tell you about our cabin in the woods experience sometime.
Their family cabin is one of their favorite destinations to escape to. I remember while we were walking around the property, Danielle stopped to point out a little wooden bridge she helped build as a kid. I captured a photo of her walking across the bridge in her heels and wedding dress. A nod to the past, and all the wonderful memories this cabin already holds.
After some time at the cabin, and lots of love and pets for their beautiful samoyed dog, we took off for Rocky Mountain National Park!
During the planning process, I had shared some of the best spots for photos in Rocky Mountain National Park with them. They had selected their favorites, and that evening was spent road-tripping from spot to spot, soaking in a variety of views! We visited Sprague Lake, 3M Curve, Endovalley, and wrapped up their day on Trail Ridge Road. It was the perfect combination of locations that gave them a little bit of every scenery type in their photos. And the best part? They didn’t have to hike miles and miles to see this all!
One of my favorite parts about photographing in RMNP is that you can get so much variety in one park!
Here’s a look into Danielle & Nick’s long awaited wedding portraits..
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