Photographing Ashton & Tom's wedding in Colorado was a dream come true! Nestled in the mountains, Silverthorne, CO is within minutes of Frisco and Breckenridge. Gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains, and soooo much to do! We traveled there at the end of May for an extended visit, checking out Denver, Boulder, Frisco, and Breckenridge on the trip.
Ashton and Tom celebrated with friends and family from all over the country, many of whom flew in for their wedding weekend. Their first look was just outside the Silverthorne Pavilion, on a bridge over the river. Ashton's lace dress was beautiful and paired perfectly with a pair of cowboy boots, while Tom wore a gray suit with navy accents. From there, we drove up a private dirt road overlooking the mountains for their formal and group portraits. Ahhhh-mazing views, and there was a herd of elk just grazing in a field next to us. Does it even get more perfect than that?!
With a ceremony that consisted of vows they wrote themselves and a craft beer pour, it was truly a beautiful moment to witness. I've known Ashton for years, and it was such an honor to photograph this wedding. Ashton, I'm so seriously happy for you and Tom :)
During their wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne, CO is when I fell in love with the Ed Sheeran song, Perfect. Sooo in love. Ha, I mean, it's even in the lyrics. I've been into Ed Sheeran on Spotify for a couple of years, but this is my new fave. Maybe he'll come to Red Rocks soon (see below - who's in?!) Ashton and Tom had a choreographed dance and it was just the most perfect first dance ever. But I legit LOVED when Ashton and her dad danced to one of my all-time favorite country songs (Austin) as part of their choreographed mashup. Ahhhhh, I love stuff like this. Weddings are such a memorable day to be yourselves and intertwine your fun personalities into the traditions.
In short, their wedding was one of those I'll probably remember for the rest of my life. Love you guys! Thank you for introducing us to your beautiful state - I cannot wait to come back someday soon!
Here are a few of my favorite suggestions for anyone taking a trip to CO in the near future:
Foodie favorites: Denver Biscuit Company (think crazy amazing sandwiches like chicken cordon bleu with honey on a homemade biscuit). Jelly (ummm...fresh hot maple bacon donut bites) for breakfast in Denver. Pasta Jay's in Boulder for outdoor seating and a crazy good Italian pasta dish. Buff's for breakfast in Boulder, CO (they had cinnamon pecan quesadillas with a glaze dip for breakfast...OMG).
Things to do in CO: we began our trip in Denver, shopping at the Tattered Cover Bookstore. Absolutely in love with this unique & funky spot where you can get a coffee and browse handwritten recommendations within the shelves. Possibly my favorite bookstore ever, but I'm nerdy like that. In Boulder we window shopped along Pearl St. where I tried a blueberry cheesecake popsicle (soooo good - foodies, take note!) and hit up a couple more bookstores. Found a first edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn that I seriously wanted to take home, but talked myself out of at the last-minute (only so much could fit in my suitcase and camera gear bag). While we were in Boulder we hiked a portion of the Flatirons trail at Chautauqua Park, which overlooked the city, and had some delicious shrimp tacos with margaritas for lunch at Centro. On our way to Silverthorne, we drove through a snow/ice storm. Yeah, it was late May, and still snowing in the mountains. One of the shop owners at a cute little spice/tea shop we found said that it can snow through June. But...snow is so much prettier when you're traveling in a fun place and there are mountains! It was still a little chilly by the time we got to Silverthorne, so we hit up an escape room in Frisco with a group of random guys from Texas. One was wearing flip flops while it snowed! While we didn't beat any records, it was a great time and we followed it up with a stop in a German pub afterwards. Breckenridge didn't disappoint, either - had the most amazing egg strata with Mexican hot chocolate for breakfast (I'm clearly a foodie, at heart) when we stopped at Park & Main the next morning. On our way back to Denver after the wedding, we stopped for a walk around Red Rocks, which quickly became the newest item on my bucket list. Who wants to go see a show there with me?! Picked up a couple of souvenirs at Dinosaur Ridge (yes, we actually went to see real dinosaur bones...so freaking cool!) for my daughter, who is obsessed.